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CCI's Con Programming, Reduced to Comics Offerings
posted July 8, 2007
 

For my own edification, I always reduce the Comic-Con International programming to a list of comics-only events, which I will now post here and hope no one gets mad. I tried to be as generous as possible in my definition of comics programming. The one that made me laugh was the 30-line long description of some academic panel.

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Thursday, July 26

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation -- Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC's Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in Educational Settings -- Comics have long been stigmatized as a lesser medium of communication than text. However, for many years comics have been making inroads to classrooms as an effective medium for learning, from analyzing graphic novels as literature to using superheroes to teach philosophy and writing textbooks in the comic medium. Neil Cohn (Tufts University), Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design), Leonard Wong (Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver), and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) discuss the various roles comics and the comics medium can and do play in education. Room 30AB

11:30-12:30 Writing with Mark Verheiden -- Comic-Con special guest Mark Verheiden, co-executive producer of Battlestar Galactica and writer of the upcoming live-action Teen Titans movie, offers advice to aspiring writers in a lively Q&A session. Want to write for television? Features? Comic books? Bring your best nuts-and-bolts questions! Room 4

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Comics and Literacy -- Leonard S. Wong (Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver) investigates the ways the alternative views of culture, history, and human life made accessible through graphic novels aids the development of academic and critical literacy among students in multiethnic inner-city classrooms. Robyn A. Hill (National University) and Bill McGrath (National University) examine the effects of using comics and graphic novels within the juvenile court and community schools system to foster a greater interest in reading, stimulate creative writing and artistic expression, and improve overall literacy and academic success within this "at risk" student population. Jacqueline Bauder (Saint Louis University) illustrates how she uses the Punisher's arguable status as superhero, vigilante, or supervillain to teach the principles of legal writing to law students. Room 30AB

12:00-1:00 TwoMorrows Publishing -- Join the gang from TwoMorrows Publishing for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating all their fan-favorite books and magazines on comics! Author George Khoury, Modern Masters' Eric Nolen-Weathington, Alter Ego's Paul Hamerlinck, Write Now!'s Danny Fingeroth, and publisher/moderator John Morrow unveil new products and offer exclusive previews of upcoming items, in a multimedia presentation! Room 3
12:15-1:15 DC Countdown . . . to the End? -- The DC Universe survived 52, but will it survive Countdown? This can't-miss panel looks at the new year-long adventure and the ramifications of a DCU with 52 universes. The Monitors are watching closely as Jason Todd, Donna Troy, and Jimmy Olsen are joined by a cast of hundreds! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio and senior group editor Mike Carlin, the panel includes Countdown writers Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Tony Bedard (Supergirl and The Legion of Super-heroes), Adam Beechen (Robin), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Jimmy Palmiotti (Superman Confidential), and more. Room 6B

12:30-1:30 GoComics Mobile Comics -- GoComics, the only major U.S. distributor of comics on mobile devices, presents a panel of creative professionals to discuss how mobile comics and animation fit into the multiple-media delivery of popular entertainment. Come and meet some of the producers and creators who are making this happen. Participants include Jeff Webber, uclick/GoComics content director;
Jeremy Ross, TOKYOPOP director, new content development; Richard Starkings, Active Images editor/designer, creator of Elephantmen; and Steven Calcote, Menfond Electronic Art producer/animator. Room 2

12:30-2:00 The Many Faces of the Graphic Novel -- Graphic Novels come in many shapes, sizes, and formats, and they've been written about almost every topic under the sun! Six creators whose work explores very different aspects of the medium -- Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy), Becky Cloonan (East Coast Rising), Renée French (The Ticking), Jim Ottaviani (Cowboys, Bone Sharps, and Thunder Lizards), Andy Runton (Owly), and Doug TenNapel (Creature Tech)—discuss the diversity of the form and the innovative places the graphic novel is going with moderator Mark Siegel (First Second Books). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Mike Ploog -- One of the great artists at Marvel in the early 70s, Mike Ploog produced inspired work on books such as Werewolf By Night, and The Monster of Frankenstein. Ploog spent many years in the film industry as a production artist and storyboarder, working for Ralph Bakshi and The Jim Henson Company, among others. Most recently, he's been drawing the Abazad children's book series scripted by J. M. DeMatteis. Room 8

12:30-2:00 Drawing Style and Storytelling -- In a classroom-style workshop, Darwyn Cooke (The Spirit), Brian Wood (DMZ), Cameron Stewart (The Other Side), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and Colleen Coover (Banana Sunday) -- and maybe another special guest -- discuss design, look-and-feel, and how they develop the visual style of specific projects. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 30CDE
1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Morrie Turner -- Legendary comic strip artist Morrie Turner (Wee Pals) talks with world's fastest cartoonist Sergio Aragonés about his award-winning career in comics. A new documentary is being prepared on Turner's incredible life and work. Room 3

1:00-2:00 Rosario Dawson: Occult Crimes Taskforce -- Actress Rosario Dawson (Grindhouse, Clerks 2, Sin City) is joined by her creative team, writer David Atchison and illustrator Tony Shasteen, as well as 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner (The Ride) and Gus Vazquez, for a Q&A session about their hit comic series Occult Crimes Taskforce. With their first trade paperback in stores now and new stories on the horizon, the O.C.T. is just gearing up! Find out about the upcoming miniseries and get an update on Dimension's Occult Crimes Taskforce feature film. Room 6A

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Gender: Bending Masculinity and the Image of the Hero -- Using interviews with Brian K. Vaughn, Esther N. Kim (Johns Hopkins University) explores the relationship between Vaughan's views on gender identity and relations, portrayals of gender identity and relations in Y: The Last Man, and 21st Century notions of gender identity, gender relations, and feminism. Eric Schlegel (Washington High School, Atlanta) uses the synergy of Queer Studies to examine the rich possibilities of sexuality, gender, and marginalization presentation in figures like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Nightcrawler to help us question, examine, and construct our own gender identities. Shawn O'Rourke (CSU Stanislaus) argues that the Rawhide Kid's recently revealed sexual orientation is not an aberration or a deconstruction of the western hero but a reconciliation of actual history with the myth of the west as it has been represented in popular culture. Room 30AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Matt Wagner/25 Years of Grendel -- Matt Wagner's signature anti-hero, Grendel, turns 25 this year. Wagner's rich history with the character, as well as his other comics work, is discussed in this session with Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz. Room 1AB

1:30-3:00 VIZ Media Anime and Manga -- Check out the VIZ Media anime and manga panel and get the scoop on the year ahead! Panelists will include Wes Harris, director, product and brand marketing; Wendy Shimamura, associate product manager, home entertainment; Jason Bergenfeld, animation production manager, TV production; and Beth Kawasaki, editorial director. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Gary Friedrich -- The author of some of the most fondly remembered Marvel Comics of the 60s and 70s, Comic-Con special guest Gary Friedrich will be interviewed by Mark Evanier about his comics career, including a memorable and though-provoking run on Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandoes, created during the height of the Vietnam War. Room 8

1:45-2:45 Stan Lee: True Believer -- Featuring the new documentary currently being produced that looks at Stan Lee's Marvel-ous life both then and now. The film explores Stan's broad influence on modern pop culture and will try to discover the secret to Stan's youthful energy! Join Stan Lee and other special guests for this event. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:00 Bongo Comics Sneak Peek -- Bongo Comics offers a mouth-watering preview of upcoming projects featuring The Simpsons and Futurama. Managing editor Terry Delegeane and creative director Bill Morrison host a panel featuring the writers and artists who create the comics and books based on Matt Groening's phenomenal TV shows. Find out what's in the future for Futurama Comics and what to expect in Simpsons Comics and Simpsons Super Spectacular. Plus, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Tone Rodriguez (Violent Messiahs), and Gerry Duggan (The Last Christmas) will be on hand to talk about their terrifying contributions to this fall's star-studded issue of Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror! This is a "must-attend" panel for all fans of The Simpsons and Futurama -- and anyone looking for a place to sit down! Room 3

2:00-3:00 LGBT New Creators -- Who are the next LGBT comics superstars? With the astonishing breakthrough of Alison Bechdel's award-winning Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Phil Jimenez's run as lead artist on Infinite Crisis, and Allen Heinberg's big splash into comics with Young Avengers and Wonder Woman, LGBT creators have shown themselves to be a major force within the comics world. Prism Comics, a nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) comics, creators, and readers, not only champions these comics superstars but actively encourages, promotes, and develops tomorrow's stars as well. Join moderator Terrance Griep (openly gay pro wrestler known as "SpiderBaby" and comic book writer of Scooby-Doo and Judo Girl) as he presents up-and-coming LGBT comics creators, including Steve MacIsaac (artist/writer of Shirtlifter, winner of Prism's first annual Press Grant), Megan Gedris (writer/artist of YU+ME, winner of Prism's second annual Press Grant), Tommy Roddy (writer of Pride High), and Sean McGrath (writer of Frater Mine). Room 10

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke -- One of comics' most distinctive cartoonists, Comic-Con special guest Darwyn Cooke made his mark with the epic DC: The New Frontier. Now he's tackled an almost-impossible job with incredible skill and joy: updating Will Eisner's classic The Spirit for a whole new audience. Join Darwyn in this Q&A event as he discusses his work. Room 1AB

2:30-4:00 Sergio & Mark: Groo's 25th -- It's hard to believe, but it's been 25 years since Sergio Aragonés' Groo first wandered into our lives. Many issues and seemingly just as many publishers later, Groo is still hale and hearty. Join creator Sergio Aragonés, colorist Tom Luth, letterer Stan Sakai, plus a Groo editor or two, along with Mark Evanier, whose involvement with the character remains a mystery to all of us. Room 8

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Reflecting and Refracting: Comics as a Social Mirror -- Patrick Jagoda (Duke University) explores Brian K. Vaughan's award-winning Y: The Last Man as a means of characterizing the political investments of dystopian narratives as commentaries on the present and the perverse counterforce within developed civilization that inspires the imagining of everything from sociopolitical decline to total destruction. Dana Anderson (Maine Maritime Academy) discusses the way comics generate meaning through the lens of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology by examining the word/image interaction in E.C. horror comics and their suggestion that our capitalist system, with its emphasis on consumption, leads to a cannibalistic community. Room 30AB

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Daryl Cagle -- Meet the MSNBC.com cartoonist behind the huge political cartoon website (Cagle.msnbc.com) and the annual Best Political Cartoons of the Year books. Daryl Cagle's cartoons are seen by more people in more newspapers around the world than those of any other editorial cartoonist. Cagle also runs his own syndicate (Caglecartoons.com), and represents and syndicates over 50 editorial cartoonists and columnists. Join Cagle for a lively slideshow of his own work, an overview of the business of political cartooning on the web and in print, and the issues facing the editorial cartooning profession. Room 2

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Dan Brereton -- One of the first painters in comics, Dan Brereton's rich art style perfectly compliments his storytelling. Brereton is celebrating the appropriate spooky 13th anniversary of his signature creation, The Nocturnals, this year and he'll talk about their return along with his other work in this special Spotlight panel. Room 3

3:00-4:00 Fletcher Hanks: The Ed Wood of Comics? -- Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the inkwell. Hanks worked for only three years in the earliest days of the comic book industry and then . . . disappeared. Genius? Nutcase? Visonary? All of the above? Cartoonist Paul Karasik (co-adapter of Paul Auster's City of Glass) has spent years tracking down Hanks' obscure buried stories and collected them in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks. But he saved one of the weirdest to present at this lecture. Hanks is the greatest Golden Age cartoonist that you never heard of -- until now. Visit www.fletcherhanks.com for more information. Room 10

3:30-5:00 Spotlight on Scott Kurtz -- Comic-Con special guest Scott Kurtz (PvP) and his friends Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis) and Ryan Sohmer (Blind Ferret Entertainment) discuss turning PvP from a comic strip into an online animated series. You'll be treated to the first public screening of some of the webisodes. Scott discusses PvP's 10-year road from 700 readers a month to where it is today. Room 1AB

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Guy Delisle -- Guy Delisle is the cartoonist behind the bestselling and critically acclaimed Drawn & Quarterly graphic novels Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China. In his first U.S. appearance, Delisle will be interviewed about his work by comicsreporter.com editor Tom Spurgeon. Room 3

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Christos Gage -- It's no secret that Christos N. Gage is a talent on the rise! Find out all you want to know about this rising star writer with moderator and WildStorm editor Ben Abernathy, including plans that will surely change the WildStorm Universe! Room 4

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Adam Hughes -- Celebrating his 25th year in comics, Comic-Con special guest Adam Hughes is one of the premiere cover artists in the medium, and you need look no further than the cover of this year's Souvenir Book to see what we mean. Adam will talk about his career and art, including the upcoming All Star Wonder Woman. Room 5AB

4:00-5:30 The Golden and Silver Age of Comics -- Comic-Con has a long tradition of seeking out talent from the early years of comics, and this year is no exception. Along with comics stalwarts Dick Ayers, Gene Colan, and George Gladir, moderator Mark Evanier interviews first-time special guests Allen Bellman, Mel Keefer, and Lily Renée Phillips about their lives and careers in comics. Room 8

4:00-5:00 Tripwire Returns! -- Britain's much missed comic book magazine returns to shelves this summer. Join editor Joel Meadows and guests such as Frazier Irving, Daniel Goodbrey, and many more to celebrate its revival. Room 10

4:45-5:45 Mondo Marvel -- 2007 has already been a major turning point for all things Marvel! Marvel creators, editors, and special guests discuss World War Hulk, Annihilation: Conquest, and all things Marvel! Room 6A

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Brian Wood -- Critically acclaimed creator Brian Wood is front and center in his first Comic-Con Spotlight. Whether it's his hit series DMZ or the highly anticipated Northlanders, Brian is here for you! With Vertigo editor Will Dennis, this Q&A session that promises to entertain. Room 1AB

5:00-6:00 Random House: Flight/Postcards -- Meet some of the most creative minds in graphic novels today, including Joshua Hale Fialkov (Elk's Run), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight), Mike Knapp (Out of Picture), Vincent Nguyen (Out of Picture), and Jason Rodriguez (Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened), as well as Villard editors Chris Schluep and Dallas Middaugh. Villard, an imprint that has positioned itself on the leading edge of popular culture, is quickly expanding its graphic novel offering with critically acclaimed anthologies and original content. Join these creators for a Q&A session and also hear the latest news from Villard. Room 10

5:30-7:00 Comic Book Podcasting: One Year Later -- Since the first gathering of comic book podcasters last year, podcasting has become a mainstay in the comic book community. With more showing up every day, podcasts have become just as big a part of reading comics as going to the shop on Wednesdays. Hear from the voices behind some of your favorite shows. This year's panel includes podcasters Scott Hinze (Fanboy Radio), Jon Towry (Comic Talk Cafe), Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Mr. Phil (Indie Spinner Rack), Josh Flanagan (iFanboy.com), Ian Levenstein (Comic Timing), John Mayo (Comic Book Page) and will be moderated by comic book writer and retailer Vito Delsante (Stuck, JSA Classified). Room 8

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Roman Dirge -- Roman Dirge, creator of the hit comic book series Lenore, looks back on the 10th anniversary of SLG Publishing releasing issue #1. Moderated by Spookyland websmaster and Ghouly Boys creator Christopher. Room 1AB
6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Joe Jusko -- One of the most dynamic painters working in sequential art today, Joe Jusko is most famous for his series of paintings based on the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs and for his incredible Marvel Masterpiece collectible card sets. Joe will discuss his work, past, present, and future. Room 2

6:00-7:00 100 Manga Magazines in 60 Minutes -- In Japan, manga is published in massive weekly, biweekly, and monthly manga magazinesthat fit every imaginable category: shojo to shonen, science fiction to horror, moe to yaoi, children's to adult. Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide) provides a visual tour of the manga world, its industry secrets, and future trends. Room 4

6:00-7:00 DC Group Therapy: Leagues, Legions, Societies, and Teens! -- The DCU is home to the world's greatest super-heroes, and they have banded together in teams with one common goal in mind: justice. Whether they're rambunctious teenagers from the future, WWII veterans teaching a new generation, the super-powered elite, or the sidekicks who have forged their own way, they are among the DCU's greatest assets. Don't miss this important panel featuring the best teams that define heroism in the DC universe. Geoff Johns (Teen Titans, Justice Society of America), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and Tony Bedard (Supergirl and The Legion of Superheroes) will be teamed with senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio, group editor Eddie Berganza, senior editor Mike Marts and editor Mike Siglain to bring you teamwork as you have never experienced before. Room 6A

6:00-7:00 Dumbrella -- Artists from Dumbrella, one of the most popular online comics collectives, discuss webcomics, independent publishing, and subverting popular culture. Feel free to quiz John Allison (Scary Go Round), Andrew Bell (the Creatures in My Head), Sam Brown (explodingdog), Steven Cloud (B.O.a.S.a.S), Jon Rosenberg (Goats), Jeff Rowland (Overcompensating), and Richard Stevens III (Diesel Sweeties) about anything your Internet heart desires. Room 10

8:30-10:30 2007 Friend of Lulu Awards -- Every year during Comic-Con, Friends of Lulu hosts their Lulu Awards as a way to bring honor and recognition to the most inspiring and noteworthy women in the comic book industry. Awards will be presented by Trina Robbins, Shaenon Garrity, and more. The 2007 Friends of Lulu Awards are sponsored by Minx/DC Comics. Room 10

Friday, July 27

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on George Gladir -- One of the most prolific writers ever in comics, Comic-Con special guest George Gladir has entertained readers with almost 50 years of stories for Archie Comics. Join Gladir as he talks about his incredible career in comics with friend and cartoonist Batton Lash. Room 3

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation -- Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC's Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4

10:30-11:30 Image Comics: The Founders -- Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Mark Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and maybe even a surprise guest panelist or two reunite for Image's remarkable 15th anniversary. Join the conversation as they explore Image Comics' beginnings, impact, and future in the comics industry. Moderated by George Khoury (author of Image Comics: The Road to Independence from TwoMorrow Books). Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 Comic Base/Atomic Avenue -- The ComicBase folks will be on hand to reveal their newest products and to show off Atomic Avenue, the world's fastest-growing marketplace for comics. Don't miss your chance to hear creator Pete Bickford chat about special ComicBase program features, tips, and tricks, and get all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the making of the program, plus your chance to win limited-edition prizes and giveaways! The ComicBase/Atomic Avenue User Group Meeting is open to all interested collectors at this once-a-year opportunity to hear about all the latest developments. Room 10

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero -- Superheroes were created by Jews. Is that significant, or a complete coincidence and no big deal? In a reading from his provocative new Continuum book, Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero, longtime Spider-Man editor and author of Superman on the Couch Danny Fingeroth explores the backgrounds of the young, largely Jewish men from Eastern European backgrounds who created the most well-known superheroes. Fingeroth will discuss how the creators' Jewish backgrounds may have helped make superheroes the most familiar popular culture icons of all -- on TV, in movies, and in electronic media, as well as in comics. Room 30AB

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School® 101: Let's Start at the Beginning -- A very good place to start learning how to protect your intellectual property rights, that is. Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (soon to be an expanded graphic novel). This first workshop will cover the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, characters, and their names from the point of creation forward. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, then have the opportunity to work together in developing a game plan to protect a new comic book series proposal in preparation of shopping the proposal to publishers. Plus, discussions about recent legal decisions affecting the field of popular culture and how these issues play an important role in your creative and business plans. And along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Room 30CDE

11:30-12:30 VIZ Media's Shonen Jump: SJ Evolution! -- VIZ is deep in "SJ Evolution" -- the first major upgrade of the biggest English-language manga publication in the world. Panelists will announce the next big serialized title in Shonen Jump, give a sneak peek of the major upcoming shift in the Naruto storyline, and make plenty of time to yap with readers about all things Jump! Panelists include Joel Enos, manga editor; Amy Yu, manga editor; Hiromi Hasegawa, magazines; and Kristine Givas, director, magazine advertising and marketing. Marc Weidenbaum, VP and editor-in-chief, magazines, will moderate. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Joe Matt -- The original antihero Joe Matt (The Poor Bastard, Fair Weather) surfaces for a Q&A session guaranteed to be as side-splitting as his infamous autobiographical series Peepshow. The spotlight is moderated by Brian Doherty, a senior editor of Reason magazine, author of the books This is Burning Man and Radicals for Capitalism, and a lifelong friend of comics. Joe Matt's new graphic novel, Spent, is available from Drawn & Quarterly. Room 3

11:30-12:30 IDW Publishing -- What's coming up for IDW in '07 and '08? Find out in this informative panel that will features big announcements, big guests (Cory Doctorow, Mike Baron, and Brian Lynch, among others), discussions of upcoming Angel, 30 Days of Night, and Transformers, and more, all presided over by IDW publisher Chris Ryall. Room 4

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Paul Dini -- From introducing Batman to a new generation of fans with the now-classic Batman: The Animated Series to the resurrection of tabloid-sized comics with Alex Ross, and from Detective Comics to the current classic-in-the-making Countdown, there is no doubt that Paul Dini is one of the modern masters of superhero storytelling. Joined by DC's senior VP/executive editor DCU, Dan DiDio, this is one Spotlight that is sure to thrill! Room5AB

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics Aren't Film and Other Vicey Verses -- Carrie Lynn Reinhard (Ohio State University) argues that cinematic and televisual adaptations of comics work must incorporate the readers' and fans' perspectives by retaining the spirit of the original, as captured in the sensory details of the comics' visual presentation. Ariel Schudson (UCLA) discusses the panoply of visions of identity of John Constantine in the Hellblazer comic book and the character as a figure of multi-authorial mosaic in relationship to traditional auteur theory and as a gauge of authorial parameters in adaptation to the screen. Frank Verano (Temple University) traces the origins of film language in early avant-garde surrealist cinema to examine the implications this code of representation has on Grant Morrison's understanding of the relationship between language and reality in The Doom Patrol. Room 30AB

11:45-12:45 Marvel Comics: Cup O' Joe -- Join the EEK himself, Joe Quesada, as he unveils what's in store for all your favorite Marvel characters and creators, makes some surprising announcements, and takes on any and all questions! As always, this is the one, no-holds barred panel that everyone's gonna be talking about, and the one panel you don't want to miss! Room 6CDEF

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Allen Bellman -- Having started out doing backgrounds for Captain America in the 1940s, Allen Bellman went on to work on a number of other Timely Golden Age series, including Sub-Mariner and Human Torch. In the 1950s he worked with the legendary Charles Biro and Bob Wood and Lev Gleason Publications, before leaving comics for the newspaper world. Meet one of the unsung heroes of the Golden Age of Comics as Mark Evanier talks to Bellman about his career in comics. This is Mr. Bellman's first appearance as a Comic-Con special guest. Room 8

12:00-1:30 Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels -- Some of the biggest names in comics will teach you what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. This year's star-studded faculty panel includes Peter David (She-Hulk, X-Factor), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Wyrms), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Nguyen (Batman, Justice League Elite) and Comics Buyer's Guide senior editor Maggie Thompson. Find out the best way to submit your work, learn the dos and don'ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session. Room 30CDE

12:30-1:30 Avatar Press: 2001 Maniacs -- Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street), the star of the new 2001 Maniacs films, appears with Tim Sullivan (writer/director, 2001 Maniacs) to unveil all the secrets of the new Avatar Press 2001 Maniacs comic book. They will also discuss the original film, show never-before-seen footage, and reveal secrets of the soon-to-shoot sequel, 2001 Manicas: Beverly Hellbillies! Room 2

12:30-1:30 Terry Moore: SIP RIP -- Last month Terry Moore brought his Eisner Award–winning series Strangers in Paradise to an end with issue 90 and closed a chapter in comic book history. Now readers in 11 languages around the world are scrambling to read the conclusion to this epic series as the final trade paperbacks, pocketbooks, and hardcovers hit the market. So what now? If you think the cartoonist plans to retire and polish his many awards, think again! Find out what's next when Terry reveals his plans for the future and his next series! Room 3

12:30-1:30 Alter Ego Magazine -- Started by Jerry Bails in the early 1960s, Alter Ego was taken to new heights as the top fanzine of its time Roy Thomas. Roy resurrected the publication in the 1990s as a slick magazine on comics of the Golden and Silver Ages, and its celebrating its 70th issue this month from TwoMorrows Publishing. Roy will be on hand to moderate a lively discussion of Alter Ego's past, present, and future, featuring regular columnist Bill Schelly and Fawcett Collectors of America (FCA) editor P. C. Hamerlinck, plus a surprise guest or two! Room 4

12:30-1:30 Vertigo: I Am Legend -- Top sf/comic book writers and artists Orson Scott Card, Richard Christian Matheson, Mark Protosevich, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Levy, and Jason Chan unveil and discuss their contributions to the I Am Legend–inspired comic book, as well as master sf author Richard Matheson's enduring influence. The limited-edition comic will be available at the panel and at designated times in the DC Comics booth. Room 5AB

12:30-1:30 TOKYOPOP Industry Panel -- Mike Kiley (publisher, TOKOYOPOP), Rob Tokar (editor-in-chief, TOKYOPOP), and TOKYOPOP editors discuss some of the exciting titles that are sure to lead TOKYOPOP's Manga Revolution into 2008. Room 10
12:30-1:30 Minimates Fan Group Meeting -- The Multiverse does exist! Members of the Minimates Multiverse and Minimates fans in general come together to hang out and discuss the "block figure" sensation that is DST's Minimates! Put a name to the face, show off your custom Minimates, or just talk about upcoming waves with Shanester (board moderator), Nervous Rex (Minimates customizer), TBT! (Minimates historian), and maybe even have your own run-in with the elusive CloneMe (Minimates customizer extraordinaire). Room 24A

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Mel Keefer -- First-time Comic-Con special guest Mel Keefer spent most of his career in the world of newspaper syndicated comics, drawing strips such as Perry Mason, Mac Divot, and Rick O'Shay. Mark Evanier talks to Keefer about his work, including as a layout and character design artist in animation and his "starring" role as the artist behind Jack Lemmon's cartoonist in the 1965 movie How to Murder Your Wife. Room 8

1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Of Supermen and Kids with Dreams: The Secret Origins of Superman -- Thomas Andrae (California State University, East Bay) traces the evolution of the concept of the superman and his transformation from a menace to a messianic hero. He looks at the emergence of the idea of the superman in the philosophies of Nietzsche and H. G. Wells and their critique in science fiction literature. Andrae discuss Jerry Siegel's radical break with this tradition and the sources for his creation of Superman, including his first (unknown) superhero, the fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the pulps, and films of the twenties and thirties. Last, he discusses Siegel and Shuster's unpublished Superman work and its importance in revising our understanding of the Superman mythos Room 30AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Miriam Katin -- Illustrator Miriam Katin's first graphic memoir, We Are On Our Own, chronicled her escape from Nazi-held Budapest with her mother during World War II and debuted to national fanfare from magazines such as Time and People. Cartoonist and editor Shaenon K. Garrity will interview Miriam about her life and work. Room 3

1:30-2:30 The Image Comics Show -- Your friend and ours Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Show) hosts a panel featuring all your favorite Image Comics superstars! See what Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Matt Fraction (Casanova), Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon), Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon), and Jay Fotos (Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer) have planned for the future of creator-owned comics. Learn what gives them the drive to pour their energies into their own creations. You may get inspired to do some of your very own! Plus, some startling announcements and previews from many Image favorites! Room 5AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Jaime Hernandez/Love and Rockets' 25th -- Chat with Jaime Hernandez about his beloved comic book series Love and Rockets, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth engages Jaime in a discussion (and audience Q&A) about L&R, Jaime's characters Maggie & Hopey (hailed as two of the great women characters in comics history) as well as other work, including his recent graphic novella, Maggie La Loca, serialized earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine. And what's going on with that long-discussed Love & Rockets movie?! Room 10

1:30-2:30 The Comic Art Prof Show: How to Create Successful Comics Page Layouts -- Young comics artists focus on learning to draw. Great comic artists master the page. Good page design brings clarity, rhythm, accent, and life to your comics. Starting with the basics, such as balloons placement and panel shapes, and stepping up to more advanced layout concepts, such as pacing and style, The Comic Art Prof (aka Christian Hill, professor of illustration and sequential art at Calstate Fullerton) will show you the processes professionals use in mainstream and alternative comics, manga, and Eurocomics to lay out impeccable and unforgettable pages. Room 30CDE

2:00-3:15 Spotlight on Neil Gaiman -- One of Comic-Con's most popular guests returns to spend his weekend with you. Neil Gaiman talks about this busy year, including upcoming films Beowulf, Coraline, and Stardust (set to premiere Comic-Con weekend in L.A.), that little ditty called Death looming on the horizon, and tons of other great stuff he has in the works. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:30 Marvel in the 60s and 70s -- The Marvel Age of Comics was a magical time for both the people who created the books and fans who read them. Mark Evanier talks to Roy Thomas (Avengers, Conan), Gary Friedrich (Sgt. Fury, Ghost Rider), Gene Colan (Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury, Fantastic Four), Mike Ploog (Ghost Rider, Monster of Frankenstein), and Magazine Management's David George, about that magical Marvelous era. Room 8

2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Storytelling and Visual Language -- Neil Cohn (Tufts University) reports the findings of a psychology experiment showing that readers navigate comic layouts by using systematic rules that rely on subtle cues of panel sizes and relationships while often defying the stereotypical Z-path, "left-to-right and down." Durwin S. Talon (Indiana University, IUPUI) explores the techniques of color theory to immerse the reader within a graphic narrative via changing emotion, clarifying detail, setting mood, creating environment, and defining character. Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) traces Vaughn Bode's creation of a catalytic gestalt of the comics form by examining the influence of cartoonists and writers as disparate as Harvey Kurtzman, Alex Raymond, e.e. cummings, and James Joyce on Vaughn's work. Room 30AB

2:15-3:15 Halo Universe -- The Eisner Award–winning team of Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers) and Alex Maleev (Daredevil), as well as their Halo editor Ruwan Jayatilleke (Marvel's VP of development), give an inside scoop on Halo: Uprising, the comics miniseries, which occurs between the blockbuster video game Halo 2 and the highly anticipated Halo 3. Joining them for a Q&A session is best-selling author Eric Nylund (Ghosts of Onyx). Plus, Mark Tuttle (WizKids brand manager for Halo ActionClix) will give be on hand to discuss the Collectible Miniature Game, and John Williams (Topps creative director) will preview the Halo trading cards. Room 6A

2:30-3:30 Dark Horse Comics -- Be on hand for a special retrospective on Dark Horse Presents, the anthology series that started it all. Publisher Mike Richardson and editor Randy Stradley, along with a cast of creators, invite you to join them for a special trip down memory lane of who, what, when, where, and why. If that's not reason enough, make sure to stop by for an announcement so big, it will literally shake the foundations of the San Diego Convention Center! Room 1AB

2:30-3:30 Archaia Studios Press Round-Up -- ASP comics editor Joseph Illidge leads a roundtable discussion of ASP writers and artists as they take questions about their past and future work. Panelists include Russ Manning Award–nominee David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Alex Sheikman (Robotika), Marvin Mann (Inanna's Tears), Ed Lavallee (Revere), David Rodriguez (Starkweather: Immortal), and Nick Tapalansky (Awakening). Room 2

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Rick Geary -- Writer/artist and San Diego Reader staple Rick Geary talks to long-time friend David Wilson about his career in comics, including his ongoing series of graphic novels, Treasury of Victorian Murder, the latest of which, The Bloody Benders, is out from NBM in time for Comic-Con. Room 3

2:30-3:30 Legacy of Will Eisner -- Even after his death, Will Eisner's legacy continues with the same intensity that marked his long and remarkable career. A major motion picture adaptation of The Spirit, new Spirit comic books and archival collections from DC Comics, new collections of Eisner's influential graphic novels from W. W. Norton, theatrical adaptations, art exhibitions and a never-before-published textbook are among the many projects in the works. Discussing this wide range of activity are Will's widow Ann Eisner, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics's Will Eisner's The Spirit), and movie producers Michael Uslan and Deborah Del Prete. Moderated by Eisner's long-time publisher and art and literary agent Denis Kitchen. Room 4

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Gilbert Hernandez/Love and Rockets' 25th -- In this 25th anniversary year of the legendary independent comic book Love and Rockets, co-creator Gilbert Hernandez sits down with his longtime publisher, Fantagraphics' Gary Groth, for a frank discussion of Beto's work and his opinions about comics, touching on his recent Vertigo graphic novel, Sloth, his forthcoming Dark Horse miniseries, and the just released Chance in Hell from Fantagraphics. Ask your own questions in an audience Q&A. Room 10

2:30-3:30 Third Annual Valiant Comics Open Conference -- Join Kevin Vanhook, Mark Moretti and Valiant fans across the world to discuss the Valiant Universe. Other past Valiant artists including Jim Calafiore will be on hand for an ask-anything panel, up close and personal. Celebrate the return of the Valiant Universe with the impending Harbinger: The Beginning hardcover next month. What else is in store from Valiant? Room 24A

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel -- Her autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic took both the comics and mainstream book worlds by storm late last year. Comic-Con special guest Alison Bechdel and Fun Home have been nominated for three 2007 Eisner Awards: Best Reality-Based Work, Best Graphic Album–New, and Best Writer/Artist. Alison talks about what's next for her and, of course, her Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip and collections, in this visual presentation. Room 1AB

3:30-4:30 Boom! Studios -- Boom! Studios has an exciting new publishing plan for the rest of 2007 and 2008. Panelists talk about Boom!'s new partnerships with Disney, Paramount, and Epic Games, their existing partnerships, and the many exciting new projects coming out from Boom! Studios. Ross Richie, Adam Fortier, and Andrew Crosby (creator of the hit SCI FI series Eureka) talk about all things Boom! Room 3

3:30-4:30 Business of Web Comics -- Scott Kurtz (PvP) and Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade) will create a brand-new webcomic, live on stage and show how the creative and business aspects of the property work (and don't work) in parallel. Q&A session to follow afterward! Room 8

3:30-4:30 Broccoli Books -- Broccoli Books are the people who brought you such great manga titles as Juvenile Orion, Galaxy Angel, KAMUI, Disgaea, and the Square Enix hit, E'S. You'll be the first to preview some new manga, merchandise, and more. Representatives will provide announcements and a Q&A session, not to mention some nice promo stuff for attendees. See you there! Room 10

4:00-5:00 Lessons from Masters in Visual Storytelling -- Marshall Vandruff will show how such masters of comic art as Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland) and Harvey Kurtzman (MAD) brought images and story structure together that form a foundation for all visual storytelling, including children's books, animation, and film. This session is part of the Crash-Course in Sequential Art being offered next weekend at The Art Institute of California, San Diego. Room 30CDE

4:30-6:00 So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer -- You do, don't you? You have that dream of opening a great comic book specialty store, right? Then this is the one panel at this year's Comic-Con you can't afford to miss! This is also the only retailer-specific panel open to the general public at Comic-Con! The panel is moderated by ComicsPRO President Joe Field from Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff (Concord CA) and includes retailers Joe Ferrara from Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz CA), Nancy Trempe from Comics Unlimited (Westminster CA), and Derrick Taylor from Comic Oasis (Las Vegas NV). Also featured is Dave Hawksworth from Diamond Comic Distributors, who has probably seen more comic book stores than anyone alive! An essential part of ComicsPRO's mission is to grow the number of professional stores in the Direct Market, and the response to this panel over the last few years has been a good start. This is your chance to hear the "Comic Retailer Origin Stories" of the panelists and to ask the questions that will help you get your career in comics' retailing off the ground. Successful futures in comic book retailing start here! Room 2

4:30-5:30 New Voices in Graphic Novels -- The medium is exploding with new opportunities and new creative talent. Six graphic novel creators who have published their first books in the past year -- Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own), Leland Myrick (Missouri Boy), George O'Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), David Peterson (Mouse Guard), Christian Slade (Korgi), and Jamie Tanner (The Aviary) -- talk about their inspirations and about the place their books have in the changing graphic novel market. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publisher's Weekly). Room 4

4:30-5:30 Vertigo: Looking Over the Edge -- Vertigo is a name that you have come to trust to deliver smart, provocative, and consistent quality books. Be here to find out what's in store for your favorite Vertigo titles as well as some major new projects that will be announced for the first time! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, with group editor Shelly Bond, editors Will Dennis and Jonathan Vankin, and creators Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Loveless), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Mike Carey (Crossing Midnight, Lucifer), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing), David Lapham (Silverfish), Simon Oliver (The Exterminators), Matt Wagner (Sandman Mystery Theatre), Steven T. Seagle (American Virgin), G. Willow Wilson (Cairo), Bill Willingham (Fables, Jack of Fables), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Mark Evanier -- Sure, you've seen him moderate about a gazillion panels at Comic-Con, but have you ever heard the Evanier story? Comics and animation writer -- and long-time ME friend -- Paul Dini sits down and turns the mic on Mark Evanier for once. Learn about his life, his career, his popular blog, and what he really does when he's not moderating panels at Comic-Con! Room 8

4:30-5:30 Seven Seas Manga -- You love Boogiepop & Kashimashi with all your otaku heart and you keep your copies of Amazing Agent Luna & Aoi House enshrined in plastic. Now join Seven Seas' editors and series creators in a wild and wacky (and slightly neurotic) panel as they answer the questions you want answered and unveil all their hot new titles and the big developments that the future has in store! Panelists include Jason DeAngelis (Seven Seas president), Adam Arnold (senior editor, writer of Aoi House), and Shiei (artist of Aoi House). Room 10

4:30-5:30 Center for Cartoon Studies: How to Dramatically Improve Your Comics -- Whether you are applying for a job at Marvel, are seeking a Xeric Grant to self-publish, submitting work to Drawn and Quarterly, or applying to the Center for Cartoon Studies, Tom Devlin and James Sturm from The Center for Cartoon Studies will give you ten simple ways to drastically, dramatically, and definitively improve your comics. They will offer one-on-one portfolio reviews for the final 30 minutes. Don't miss this rare opportunity! Room 24A

5:30-6:30 Top Cow -- Marc Silvestri (Civil War: The Initiative), Seth Green (RobotChicken), Hugh Sterbakov (Freshmen), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Stjepan Sejic (First Born), Matt Hawkins (president of Top Cow), Rob Levin (VP of editorial) and some special guests join moderator Filip Sablik (VP of marketing and sales) to discuss Top Cow's publishing plans for the rest of 2007 and explain why 2008 will be "The Year of The Cow!" Find out what "Pilot Season" is all about and what Top Cow has in store for the coming year! Plus every attendee will receive a free exclusive mini-lithograph. Room 1AB

5:30-6:30 Scott McCloud and Family -- Award-winning comics artist and author Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics; Making Comics) and his family (Ivy, Sky, and Winter McCloud) recap an incredible year on the road, meeting thousands of comics artists and fans and seeing all 50 states, plus Canada, England and Spain! Want to know the state of American comics in 2007? The Clan McCloud has all the answers! Room 5AB

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Dave Stevens/The Rocketeer's 25th -- The Rocketeer zoomed out of the sky 25 years ago in the pages of Pacific Comics Presents and took the comics world by storm! Dave Stevens' lush art and evocative 1930s setting -- not to mention the Rocketeer's main squeeze, Bettie Page! -- is still being talked about today. Mark Evanier talks to creator Dave Stevens about the legacy of The Rocketeer and what he's doing these days. Room 8

5:30-6:30 Yen Press Launches! -- Spend an hour with Kurt Hassler (former Borders graphic novel and manga buyer), Rich Johnson (former VP, book trade, DC Comics) and senior editor JuYon Lee (former senior editor, ICE Kunion) as they discuss what's in store for Yen Press, the new graphic novel and manga imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. Room 10

5:30-6:30 Stargate Offworld Fandom Gathering -- The iris is open! Experience the essence of Stargate in one hour! Marcia Patterson invites you to get together with other Stargate fans to share trivia, games, giveaways, hot news, fanworks, discussions, a costume contest, and other Stargate Offworld Fandom surprises! Joining Marcia from Stargate Offworld Fandom are Martin A. Smith, Jennifer Carey, and Tony Cade. Room 24A

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Ben Templesmith -- His evocative and downright scary art helped catapult 30 Days of Night into the major hit stratosphere. Now the vampire series is about to become a major motion picture, and the film's director, David Slade (Hard Candy), will interview Comic-Con special guest Ben Templesmith about his work. Templesmith, who has gone on to become one of comics' hottest young artists, will talk about his career and art with Slade, with special emphasis on those 30 Days that put him on the map. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Lost in Translation -- Lately foreign comics, especially manga, have topped the bookstore graphic-novel sales charts. And in other media as well, foreign entertainment has been making a big push. See long-time translators, editors, and industry people answer questions and discuss the trials and triumphs of being in this exciting area of the media industry! Panelists include William Flanagan (Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle), Jonathan Tarbox (Angel Sanctuary), Jake Forbes (Fullmetal Alchemist), Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide), Shaenon Garrity (Overlooked Manga Festival blog), and Stephen Paul (Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad)! Room 3

6:00-7:00 DC Nation -- Come one, come all, rise up and join the DC Nation! Meet Dan DiDio, senior VP/executive editor DCU, as he invites you to be part of the revolution! Discuss surviving 52, living in a multiverse guarded by Monitors, and trying to discover the secret of the cosmic chess game as the DCU counts down. Rise up and shout -- The Nation is waiting! Room 6A

8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards -- The 19th annual Eisner Awards, the "Oscars" of the comics industry, will be given out by celebrity presenters, including Reno 911's Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, comedian Brian Posehn, cartoon voice actor Maurice LeMarche, British TV celebrity Jonathan Ross, and author Neil Gaiman. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics' Bill Morrison, who will be aided by the Go-Gos' Jane Wiedlen. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees -- just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Ballroom 20

Saturday, July 28

10:30-11:30 TOKYOPOP: Star Trek in Print: The New Golden Age -- With more than two years since the completion of the Star Trek: Enterprise television series and a year until the release of the next Star Trek motion picture, publishing is now the next major frontier for this enduring franchise. Moderator Paula Block (senior director, product development, CBS Consumer Products) talks to Wil Wheaton (author, Te Cura Ipsum from TOKYOPOP's Star Trek the Manga: Kakan ni Shinkou), Luis Reyes (senior editor, TOKYOPOP), Scott Tipton (author, IDW's Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell), Dan Taylor (editor, IDW), Margaret Clark (executive editor, Pocket Books), and Marco Palmieri (senior editor, Pocket Books) about the latest Star Trek publishing projects. Room 2

10:30-11:30 Meet the Press: Writing About Comics -- From blogs to books to magazines, the public conversation about comics is livelier -- and faster -- than it's ever been. Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly), Nisha Gopalan (Entertainment Weekly), Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter), Tom McLean (Variety), Graeme McMillan (The Savage Critics), and moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) discuss the state of the art of comics criticism. Room 3

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation -- Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC's Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4

10:30-12:00 Quick Draw -- We've said it before and we'll say it again: Quick Draw is just about the most fun you can have at any comics convention panel. Host Mark Evanier keeps artists Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and Kyle Baker on their toes through this rollicking cartoon improv event, while you get to see them draw their hearts out live on the big screen. Room 6CDEF

10:30-11:30 Spirituality In Comics -- Spiritual themes weave a significant pattern in the story arc of our comics' worlds. Hear from distinguished guests Doug TenNapel (Creature Tech), Holly Golightly (School Bites), Miriam Libicki (Real Gone Girl Studios), Christine Kerrick (Soul Trappers), and Leo Partible (Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith). Moderated by Scott A. Shuford (Christian Comic Arts Society.) Room 10

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Superheroes, Villains, and Vixens: A Discussion of the Top Pop-Culture Icons of 20th-Century Comicdom -- Gina Misiroglu (Visible Ink Press), Peter Coogan (Fontbonne University), Alex Boney (Ohio State University), and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) discuss the popularity of the superhero and supervillain in popular culture (why some are fleeting, why some endure), the evolution of both heroes and villains in comics, characters who have alternately been hero and villains, and the unique dynamic between hero and villain and how that relationship has changed -- and in many ways remained the same -- since the early 20th century, when superheroes first made their mark on the comics pages. Specific characters are discussed and debated, with audience participation. Room 30AB

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 102 -- Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (soon to be expanded into a graphic novel). This second workshop will cover some of the more complicated issues facing creators who are looking to actually market their creations and ideas, including transfers and licensing of rights, marketing, merchandising and distribution, and what to do when Hollywood comes knocking. This interactive seminar gives attendees the opportunity to participate in the discussions as we cover various means for profiting from your creations and (time permitting) to participate in a mock contract negotiation! With in-depth discussions about the options and opportunities for profit, as well as the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision, you can't afford to miss this seminar. Room 30CDE

10:45-11:45 Marvel Ultimate Universe -- It's the beginning of something huge, true believers! The architects of the Ultimate U -- including Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb -- are on hand to unveil the most shocking development in the six-year history of the Universe that redefined the industry! Room 6B

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Paul Pope -- This popular writer/artist moves easily between self-published personal works and more mainstream material (Batman: Year 100). Comic-Con special guest Paul Pope talks to friend and DC Comics editor Bob Schreck about his career in comics, his upcoming projects, and more, including a visual presentation. Room 1AB

11:30-12:30 VIZ Media: Naruto Nation -- Ever wanted to know how Naruto comes to life? We've rounded up the key players who make it happen -- the people who bring Naruto to the U.S., from the manga to the toys and video games. Find out how they do it, and how they landed these awesome jobs! Panelists include Marc Weidenbaum (VP and editor-in-chief, magazines), Joel Enos (manga editor), Jason Bergenfeld (animation production), Philippe Therien (Ubisoft game designer), a representative from Mattel, and others! Wes Harris (director, product and brand marketing at VIZ Media), will moderate. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Reality-Based Graphic Novels -- The rise of graphic novels in the past few years has seen the creation of some incredible work rooted in the real world. Some of these are personal autobiographical memoirs, while others are rooted in history. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco) interviews Comic-Con special guests Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Guy Delisle (Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea), Rick Geary (The Bloody Benders), Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own), and Joe Matt (Spent) about tales of their own lives and those of others. Room 3

11:30-12:30 Newspaper Editorial Cartoonists -- MSNBC.com's Daryl Cagle moderates a panel of eight top newspaper political cartoonists who will discuss their own work and the state of the editorial cartooning profession, where interest in politics, world events, and the work of political cartoonists is exploding as the newspaper industry is shrinking. Panelists include Steve Breen (Pulitzer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune), Mr. Fish (AKA Dwayne Booth, LA Weekly and Village Voice), Patrick O'Connor (Los Angeles Daily News), Monte Wolverton (syndicated editorial cartoonist, Mad Magazine artist, and son of legendary cartoonist Basil Wolverton), Brian Fairrington syndicated editorial cartoonist, co-editor of the annual Best Political Cartoons of the Year books), Lalo Alcaraz (syndicated editorial cartoonist, LA Weekly, and the syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha), and Steve Kelley (New Orleans Times-Picayune). Room 4

11:30-12:30 SLG Publishing -- SLG staff and creators look ahead at their new releases, both digital and in print, and field any and all questions regarding the company, the industry, and all things SLG. Moderated by company president Dan Vado. Room 10

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Comics as/and History -- Vincent Tomasso (Stanford University) argues that Frank Miller's 300 is a story designed and manufactured for an audience who is used to and expects the comic book framework, and as such it is inappropriate to devalue Miller's work on the sole basis of historical accuracy. Thomas Schilz (San Diego Miramar College) asserts that Frank Miller's 300, though historically inaccurate, manages to achieve a propaganda viewpoint that would have been embraced by the Greeks of the 5th century BC; that their struggle against Persia was the first ideological conflict in history and marked the birth of Western democracy and individualism. Phillip Troutman (George Washington University) revisits and extends Joseph Witek's path-breaking study Comic Books as History (1990) by examining Will Eisner's The Plot, discovering insights into Eisner's intentions and drafting process provided through interviews with Benjamin Herzberg, situating The Plot in the context of other modes of visual history. Room 30AB

12:00-1:00 Minx: Evocative and Fearless -- Learn more about DC's newest imprint Minx, with Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, the creators of the very first Minx book, The Plain Janes! They are joined by Mike Carey (Re-Gifters, Confessions of a Blabbermouth), Sonny Liew (Re-Gifters), Aaron Alexovich (Confessions of a Blabbermouth, Kimmie66), Minx group editor Shelly Bond, and some surprise new faces! Room 8

12:00-1:30 Wolfman and Kesel Writing Comics -- Marv Wolfman and Barbara Kesel conduct a comics writing workshop, discussing how to create characters, story, and theme. If you've ever wanted to become a comics writer, this is for you. Room 30CDE

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on J. H. Williams III -- His Eisner Award–winning work with Alan Moore on Promethea made him one of the top artists working in comics today. Comic-Con special guest J. H. Williams is joined by writing partner Scott Johnson and writer Grant Morrison in this fully loaded panel moderated by Lauren McCubbin. Room 2
12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Lily Renée Phillips -- She was one of the pioneer women cartoonists in the Golden Age of Comics, producing an impressive body of work for Fiction House in the 1940s, a period dominated by male artists. Comic-Con special guest Lily Renée Phillips talks about her life and career with cartoonist and noted comics historian Trina Robbins. Room 3

12:30-1:30 National Cartoonists Society Panel: What Do We Do All Day? -- Five nationally syndicated cartoonists reveal the secret life behind daily deadlines and show pictures of themselves working in their pajamas: Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Steve Breen (Grand Avenue), Daryl Cagle (msnbc.com), Andrew Feinstein (Girls And Sports), Michael Jantze (The Norm), and Steve Kelley (New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial cartoonist). Moderated by Fred Bronson (writer, Star Trek: TNG). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Aspen 2007 and Beyond -- Meet the creators and artists behind your favorite Aspen Comics titles in this special presentation of upcoming Aspen releases and projects, from the thrilling new series Iron and the Maiden to Soulfire, Fathom, Shrugged, and everything in between. Following the presentation, Aspen will offer fans an exclusive Q&A session to answer all your burning Aspen Comics questions! Panelists include Michael Turner, Frank Mastromauro, Jason Rubin, J. T. Krul, Peter Steigerwald, Mark Roslan, Micah Gunnell, Francis Manapul, and Vince Hernandez. Room 5AB

12:30-1:30 TOKYOPOP and the Jim Henson Company Present Legends of the Dark Crystal and Return to Labyrinth -- In 1982, Jim Henson released The Dark Crystal, a visionary fantasy film unlike anything seen on film before. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the movie, the story continues in Legends of the Dark Crystal, a multivolume manga prequel. Writer Barbara Randall Kesel (Meridian), artist Heidi Arnhold, editor Tim Beedle, and head of children's television for the Jim Henson Company Halle Stanford preview and discuss the upcoming series. Joining them will be Jake Forbes, author of the Return to Labyrinth manga, who will be on hand to discuss the upcoming volume of this successful Labyrinth sequel. Room 10

12:30-1:30 The Comicbook Artists Guild: An Open Call for Members Nationwide -- Trying to break into the comics industry? Need an outlet for telling interesting stories with words and pictures? Keith Murphey, the founder of the Comicbook Artists Guild (otherwise known as CAG), along with a panel of members representing the East and West coasts, invites all aspiring creators to take part in an enlightening discussion of how CAG can unite talent together for projects of their choosing and how talented people like you can benefit from membership! Never been published? Need to find your own "voice"? Want to start a CAG chapter in your own hometown? Come find out how! Room 24A

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #11: High Art and Low -- Richard Becker (CSU Northridge) discusses the nature of the narrator and authorial self-insertions in comics, like those of Lee and Kirby, Gerber, and Morrison, and the schism between schools of storytelling in which the writer is very visible and another in which the writer seeks to be completely invisible. John A. Walsh (Indiana University) examines Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol stories and their punctuation by appearances of and allusions to similarly fracture, damaged, and outcast artists and works and asks whether the members of the Doom Patrol are artists or heroes and if there's a difference. Jason Mott (UNC-Wilmington) uncovers the history of comic book superheroes and traces their evolution from serving purely as devices of metaphor for poets to becoming the subject of extended development and progression by award-winning poets such as Brian Dietrich in Krypton Nights and Jeannine Hall in Becoming the Villainess. Room 30AB

1:30-2:30 VIZ Media's Shojo Beat -- Manga-ka extraordinaire Ariana Tanemura (Full Moon, The Gentlemen's Alliance +) and her editor from Japan, Miho Yamaji, joins this year's Shojo Beat panel in an exclusive Q&A session. Panelists Megan Bates (senior editor, Shojo Beat) Nancy Thistlethwaite (manga editor), and Hiromi Hasegawa (translating)will also share lots of news about the biggest shojo manga publication in the English-speaking world. Marc Weidenbaum (VP and editor-in-chief, magazines) moderates. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Renée French -- Her strange and compelling art and stories have made her a popular indy comics mainstay since the early 1990s, with such disturbing books as Grit Bath, The Ninth Gland, Corny's Fetish, and the multi-Eisner-nominated The Ticking. Comic-Con special guest Renée French talks about her work with Picturebox art director and editor Dan Nadel. Room 3

1:30-2:30 Great American Comic Strips -- We're living in a Golden Age of comic strip reprints, and this panel discusses the many ongoing series of books devoted to this great American art form. Moderator Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) talks to Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics Books (Peanuts, Krazy Kat, Popeye and the upcoming Pogo); Carolyn Kelly, daughter of Pogo creator Walt Kelly; Tom Devlin of Drawn and Quarterly (Walt and Skeezix, Moomin, Oh Skin-nay); Bruce Canwell of IDW (Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie); Steve Tippie, VP, marketing and licensing, Tribune Media Services; Charles Pelto of Classic Comics Press (Mary Perkins On Stage, Dondi); and noted comics historian and author R. C. Harvey (Meanwhile . . . .A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon) about the sudden growth of high-quality chronological reprints and the art of the American comic strip. Room 4

1:30-2:45 DCU: New Worlds Order -- The crisis is over, isn't it? With 52 finished, the DCU is counting down and the Monitors are watching closely. Come play catch-up, have your questions answered, and learn what lies ahead for the DCU in this extensive slide show presentation moderated by Dan DiDio (senior VP/executive editor DCU) and Bob Wayne (VP, sales). Joining them will be coordinating editor Jann Jones, senior group editor Mike Carlin, group editor Eddie Berganza, plus Tony Bedard (Birds of Prey,), Adam Beechen (Robin), Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Justin Gray (Countdown), Geoff Johns (The All New Booster Gold), Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Jesus Merino (Superman), Carlos Pacheco (Superman), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown), Grant Morrison (Batman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), and Gail Simone (The All-New Atom). Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Oni Press Presents: Stumped! -- Help celebrate Oni Press's 10th Anniversary with their first ever San Diego Quiz Show! Pit your wits against a gaggle of Oni Press creators and staff in a brain-battle covering topics far and wide -- not just comics! -- for a chance to win free comics! Plus, get an exclusive peek at Oni's upcoming slate of exciting comic book and graphic novel projects from creators like Greg Rucka (Whiteout), Chris Gage (WWH: X-Men), and many more! Room 10

2:30-3:30 Storytelling with and Without Pictures -- Authors of prose and comics discuss how they write differently for different media -- or do they? Find out with authors David Morrell (Captain America: The Chosen), Christopher Golden (The Myth Hunters, Talent), Mike Mignola (Baltimore, Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Hellboy), Richard Morgan (TH1TRE3N, Black Widow), Tad Williams (Shadowplay, Aquaman), Barbara Hambly (Renfield: Slave of Dracula, Garden of Emptiness), and Mike Carey (The Devil You Know, Lucifer). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 1AB

2:30-3:30 Rude Dude Productions: The Return of Nexus -- Tired of waiting ten years for the return of Nexus? The wait is over! Join the Rude Dude gang with founders Steve Rude (Nexus, The Moth), Mike Baron (Nexus, Badger, The Flash), Gary Martin (Nexus, The Moth), and Jaynelle Phillips-Rude, as they discuss what's in the future with this exciting new company. Q&A will follow as well as a special showing of the Nexus animated promo in its final, completed form! Room 2

2:30-4:00 Remembering Caniff and Canyon: 100/60 -- Panelists Harry Guyton (Milton Caniff Estate), R. C. Harvey (Meanwhile. . . A Biography of Milton Caniff), Denis Kitchen (Steve Canyon Magazine), Russ Maheras (Steve Canyon 50th Anniversary comic strip), Diana Doalson (Milton Caniff's grandniece), and John Ellis (Steve Canyon DVD producer) will offer a rollicking remembrance of all things Caniff! Includes the first public screening of the restored 1959 NBC Steve Canyon episode "Operation Intercept" in over 40 years. Room 4

2:30-4:00 Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics -- For nearly four decades (!), cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and the Final Arc) has presented his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published" to SRO audiences at Comic-Con. Now seen at www.oddballcomics.com and in the pages of Geek Monthly magazine, Scott's Oddball Comics show features such nutty four-color oddities as All-Negro Comics, Popular Teen-Agers' "Toni Gay and Butch Dykeman," It's Fun to Stay Alive, "crotch-centric" issues of Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane, and funnybooks with a "fish-in-the-face" motif. . . plus, a baker's dozen of the most notorious Oddball Comics of all time! Don't dare miss the presentation that Marvel's Stan Lee calls "the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen!" Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session -- Want to go in depth with a comics scholar? The poster session provides that opportunity. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday scholars' PowerPoint presentations will be available to read in printed "poster books," then the scholars will be on hand at the poster session to discuss their presentations in small-group and one-on-one discussions. Jennifer K. Stuller provides a critical history of the cultural effect of Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise while exploring her contributions to comics narrative to elucidate the legacy of Britain's princess of spy-fi. Brad Ricca (Case Western Reserve University) unveils "The Secret Name of Lois Lane" by tracing early, never-before-seen Siegel and Shuster material and outlining a Lois whose character and name is indebted to various, previously neglected sources, as well as proposing the definitive identity of the "real" Lois and showing how this information critically informs our understanding of her early character as an idealized (but problematic) representative of 'higher' art. Gregory Bray (SUNY -- New Paltz) examines the way adolescent trauma in Smallville is encoded through the principles' interactions with their parents -- Jor El, Jonathan and Martha Kent, and Lionel Luthor -- and asserts that Clark is defined by his trauma so fully that it's all that feeds his actions and drains the rest of who or what could be, while Lex is ultimately consumed with his destiny and enters a cycle of anti-humanism. Marc DiPaolo (Alvernia College) discusses the portrayal of the Punisher as insane Italian American crimefighter and Vietnam veteran. Robert Emmons (Art Institute of Philadelphia) explores the personal experiences of Alison Bechdel in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Craig Thompson in Blankets and how they can be transposed to a young audience to teach an understanding of the "other" to create open and honest discussion that provides context for the "other" and ourselves. Hal Shipman (Northwestern University) examines the particular aesthetics that are consistently at work in the graphic memoirs such as Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Guy DeLisle's Pyongyang, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, and Judd Winick's Pedro and Me to elucidate what it is about this most subjective of media that has made it so effective in telling these tales so explicitly presented as truth. Doug Highsmith (CSU -- East Bay) traces the rise and fall of the American romance comic book. Travis Langley (Henderson State University) relates the conflict between pro-registration and anti-registration heroes in Marvel Comics' Civil War to Erich Fromm's basic human dilemma involving conflicting desires for freedom and security, examining how character motivations on both sides arise from positive human qualities because Fromm's image of human nature is ultimately optimistic, holding that people on either side are struggling to find what is best for all. Jason Strykowski (True West Magazine), Meg Frisbee (University of New Mexico), and Shawn Wiemann (University of New Mexico) use the failure of Marvel's NFL Superpro to show how representations of the fantastic in sequential arts are incompatible with the fantasies in professional sports and thereby reveal contrasts that cannot be resolved in a single form of American popular culture. A group of graduate students from the UC -- San Diego present a poster panel on comics and the construction of identity: Marisa Brandt looks at memory and identity in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury arc The War Within; Matthew Brown asks why the DC Universe should have crises of identity; Adam Streed and Amanda Brovold assert that the superhero is as good as dead; Sabrina Starnaman examines identity formation in David B.'s Epileptic; and Evan Moreno-Davis explores how Christopher Chance targets the human condition. Room 30AB

3:00-4:15 Marvel: Spider-Man -- This is the panel we've been teasing for months! Join Joe Quesada, Spidey editor Steve Wacker and the new creators on the thrice-monthly Amazing Spider-Man to find out what's in store for Peter and his supporting cast, and why 2008 will see the dawning of a brand new day! Room 6B

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Kyle Baker -- One of the busiest writer/artists in comics, Kyle Baker works in animation, produces graphic novels, and creates just plain old-fashioned funny books. Kyle talks about the move of Kyle Baker Publishing to Image Comics this year and his many projects, including our personal favorite, The Bakers, the cartoon adventures of his own family. Room 1AB

3:30-4:30 Radical Comics -- With a combined experience of 60 years in comics, film, music, and photography, Dave Elliott (Atomeka) and Barry Levine (film producer for Rex Mundi) have joined together to bring the world of film to comics: pulp adventure, epic fantasy, horror, science fiction, all by the top creators of comics, film, and fantasy. See for yourself why so much excitement is building around Radical Comics' first titles: Hercules, Legends, Orphan, and Caliber. When the company debuts its titles in 2008, you will learn the true meaning of Radical. Room 2

3:30-4:30 Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth -- Featured for the first time will be the exclusive screening of the documentary Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth. The documentary will show what made Alex such a unique and beloved artist. Following the screening will be a brief panel discussion featuring Mark Chiarello, Ruben Procopio, Toth's children, and documentary producers Alex Gray and Jon Mefford. Room 3

3:30-4:30 Del Rey Manga -- Tthe Del Rey Manga team will be on hand for exciting new manga announcements -- both Japanese and OEL -- plus an exclusive look at Terry Brooks' first-ever graphic novel, Dark Wraith of Shannara, and the usual fun of the Del Rey Q&A. Get those questions ready now and Dallas Middaugh (associate publisher), Ali Kokmen (marketing manager), Mutsumi Miyazaki (director of licensing and acquisitions), and Tricia Narwani (Del Rey manga editorial) will do their best to answer and/or dodge them! Room 10

3:30-4:30 Little Lulu Fan Group Meeting -- One of the most memorable kids' comics ever published, Little Lulu has generated a fan following around the world. Learn more about this classic comics character and join in for the annual reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome! Room 24A

4:00-5:00 Mission: McFarlane -- Todd McFarlane (Spawn, McFarlane Toys), R. A. Salvatore (Drizzt Do'Urden, 38 Studios), Brett Close (38 Studios president and CEO), Brian Haberlin (editor-in-chief Spawn Comics), and in a special appearance Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead and Invincible) talk about all the stuff about the McFarlane Companies that they can talk about in one hour, including company announcements. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Jeff Smith -- Join Jeff for an open Q&A about his latest projects, including Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil (DC Comics), the new Bone Volume 6 color edition (Scholastic), the new Art of Bone book (Dark Horse) and the Ohio State Wexner Center Bone Art Exhibit planned for 2008. Also get a sneak-peek at his upcoming new self-published comic: RASL. Room 8

4:30-6:00 Spotlight on Roy Thomas -- One of the first big-time fans turned pro, Roy Thomas went from editing the seminal comics fanzine Alter Ego to a job at Marvel Comics that saw him produce memorable runs on Avengers, X-Men, Conan and just about every other Marvel character and group, including, at one point, editing the whole line. Mark Evanier interviews Thomas on his long and storied career in comics, including his return to the magazine that started it all, Alter Ego. Room 2

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Kent Williams -- Comic-Con special guest Kent Williams talks about his dual career in comics and the art world. Comics artist and colorist Jose Villarrubia will interview Kent about his work, and Kent will present a visual presentation featuring his art. Room 10

4:45-5:45 Dark Horse Presents: Joss Whedon -- With the hugely successful release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 for Dark Horse Comics, Joss Whedon (Fray, Astonishing X-Men) talks about picking up where the TV series left off, his other projects, future plans, and possibly even a few surprises. A sneak peek from the upcoming Serenity -- Collector's Edition DVD will be shown. Ballroom 20

5:00-6:00 Ellen Forney: I Love Led Zepplin -- This multimedia show features Ellen Forney performing as narrator with flash cartoon clips of her wildly amusing observations on contemporary urban culture, including her elegy to live-fast, die-young ethos "The Final Soundtrack," which inspired the title of her book. The program will also include her collaboration with comedian Margaret Cho, "How to Be a Fabulous Fag Hag," and her early brush with celebrity in "My Date with Camille Paglia." Room 4

5:00-6:00 WildStorm: Storm Front -- The pieces are moving into place, as 2007 is shaping up to be a banner year for DC's left coast imprint, WildStorm. Be here to see what's on the horizon in the WildStorm Universe! Bob Wayne (DC Comics VP, sales) moderates, with Jim Lee (editorial director, WildStorm; artist, WildC.A.T.S), Hank Kanalz (VP/general manager, WildStorm), Ben Abernathy (editor, WildStorm), Scott Peterson (editor, WildStorm), and some of comics' top talents, including Christos N. Gage (Stormwatch PHD), Gail Simone, (Gen13, Welcome to Tranquility), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown, Friday the 13th), and Justin Gray (Countdown, Friday the 13th). As a special incentive, a collectible comic will be distributed to fans at the panel! Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 NBM's 30th Birthday Party! -- America's original graphic novel publisher -- the company that has brought you fantasy by Ray Bradbury, classic tales by Will Eisner, best-selling art books by Luis Royo, and sexy stories by Milo Manara and Guido Crepax -- is celebrating! Join the NBM gang for birthday cake and news about new books by Bryan Talbot, Eisner nominee Lewis Trondheim, and other stars. Scheduled to appear: Rick Geary (A Treasury of Victorian Murder), Chad Michael Ward (Autopsyrotica), Rob Vollmar (Bluesman and The Castaways), Bryan Talbot, and some surprise guests! Room 8

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Joseph Michael Linsner -- His incredibly lush style of painted art made Dawn an instant hit. Comic-Con special guest Joseph Michael Linsner talks about his almost-20 years telling tales of the goddess, what's next for both him and Dawn, and his long-time collaboration with writer/artist and co-colorist Eva Hopkins. Room 1AB

5:30-6:30 Keenspot Unplugged 2007 -- Those crazy cartoonists from pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot return for their seventh annual panel discussion! Keenspot creators scheduled to appear include Dan Shive (El Goonish Shive), Chris Layfield and Pascalle (Zap!), R. Smith (Funny Farm), R. C. Monroe (Out There), Mark Mekkes (Zortic), and Keenspot co-CEO Darren Bleuel (Nukees). Hosted by Chris Daily (Striptease). Late-breaking announcements and previews of Keenspot's newest comics and animation projects! Free Keenspot giveaways for everyone who attends. Room 3

5:30-8:00 Gays in Comics Panel and Mixer: The 20th Anniversary! -- Two decades of "Gays in Comics" is celebrated at its birthplace: Comic-Con! From DC's diverse roster that includes a lesbian Question and Batwoman and a gay Pied Piper and Midnighter to Marvel's Moondragon and Quasar or Hulkling and Wicca, super-hero comics have come a long way in representing gay characters. With Yaoi also exploding in the marketplace, the bravura graphic novel Fun Home winning awards worldwide, and TV shows such as Heroes tapping into the comic book closet, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters and fans are finally being represented. An all-star panel of GLBT creators (and a straight one) will offer startling insight and glimpses of surprises to come! Joining founding moderator Andy Mangels, best-selling author of Star Trek novels and director of She-Ra and Isis DVD documentaries, are Alison Bechdel, the writer/artist of the critical best-seller Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the writer of Sensational Spider-Man and Nightcrawler; Chuck Kim, a writer for the Heroes TV series and many DC Comics titles; Charles "Zan" Christensen, the co-founder of PRISM and writer of the upcoming The Mark of Aeacus; Alonso Duralde, pop culture critic, author of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men, and former Advocate arts editor; and Megan Gedris, PRISM grant-winning artist of Yu+Me manga webcomic. Plus, a very important special guest may make an appearance! Afterward, stick around for the hour-long gay comics fan mixer/social, sponsored by PRISM Comics, with prizes and surprise special guests! Room 6A

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Mark Verheiden -- The popular writer of movies (The Mask, Timecop), television (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), and comics (Superman Batman, The American) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest. Mark Verheiden talks to writer and friend Jeff Gelb about his career storytelling on the big screen, the small screen, and the printed page. Room 2

6:00-7:00 The Goon -- Independent and cult comic book icon Eric Powell discusses the past, present, and future of his Eisner Award–winning comic The Goon, from the ongoing series to the long-awaited Chinatown graphic novel. Room 8

6:00-7:00 Create Your Own Comics and Manga -- Learn how to create comics and manga on your computer. Manga Studio, the leading Manga and comic art software, provides all the essential tools you need to create professional, ready-to-publish pages from start to finish! Manga Studio offers an intuitive interface and delivers the best suite of ready-to-use screen tones, content, and special manga and comic effects for hobbyists, experienced artists, and professionals. Featuring Steve Yatson (VP of marketing, e frontier America Inc.) and Lincy Chan (manga artist, TOKYOPOP). Room 30AB

6:00–7:00 The Hero Initiative: I'm Supposed to Retire on This?! -- When you're a professional in comics, you are in charge of your own destiny, including paying your taxes and funding your retirement. But how are you supposed to save any money when Uncle Sam takes it all? And if you do have any money left over, where do you put it -- IRAs, SEPs, savings accounts or bank CDs, what's the difference? Harlan Wenig (independent financial advisor) and Joe Davidson (registered tax preparer) explore the financial aspects of being a comic book professional. Room 30CDE

6:30-7:30 Josh Howard/Dead@17 -- After its remarkable debut in 2003, plus a fistful of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, the comics series Dead@17 has finally gone monthly. Join Josh Howard (The Lost Books of Eve) for this Q&A session, including a special sneak preview showing of the Dead@17 short film (by Mark Steensland) a month before its world premiere in England! Room 10

7:00-9:00 CBLDF Benefit Auction -- This is the big one! The CBLDF holds its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con, and this year brings some amazing one-of-a-kind items to raise money for free speech! Primo items include original art by Jim Lee, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Charlie Adlard, Norm Breyfogle, Rich Buckler, Brian Stelfreeze, and more! Plus a mind-blowing array of rare signed items, including signed portfolios and books by Frank Frazetta, Richard Corben, Hal Foster, Rebecca Guay, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and many others! The Fund will also be auctioning off hot comics, including CGC 9.8 copies of Captain America #25, first printing and variants. Join auctioneer Chuck Rozanski and the CBLDF crew to support the Fund's current casework in Georgia, and help them shore up reserves to protect comics' First Amendment rights against any threat on the horizon. You will need a bidder number for this auction, which can be obtained, along with a full auction list, at the CBLDF booth #1831 or at the start of the event. Room 8
7:30-8:45 Comic Book Club -- Iron your capes, unplug the Bat Signal, and set your decoder rings on awesome: the Comic Book Club is in session! The Comic Book Club is a weekly comic book talk show from New York featuring the best comedians in town talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. They're coming to San Diego to get to the bottom of all the news from the con! Featuring a panel of surprise guests from the con and your hosts Justin Tyler, Alex Zalben, and Pete LePage. Come, unwind, and talk comics -- you're in the club! Room 5AB

9:00-11:00 Spotlight on Warren Ellis -- Warren Ellis (Authority, Black Summer) is not only one of the most critically acclaimed writers of comic books but also one of the most outspoken. Don't miss this chance to see him talk about everything from modern technology to how he crafts a tale, and get special sneak peaks of his new Avatar titles Doktor Sleepless, Black Summer, and some amazing surprise project announcements! Room 6CDEF

Sunday, July 29

10:30-11:45 Jack Kirby Tribute -- Let's face it: when it comes to comics, it's Kirby's World and we just live in it. 2007 has seen a bumper crop of Kirby projects, including the first volume of DC's deluxe chronological reprinting of all the Fourth World stories, a major documentary about Jack on the Fantastic Four DVD, and Mark Evanier's upcoming art book Kirby, King of Comics. Join Evanier as he talks to Neil Gaiman, Erik Larsen, Darwyn Cooke, Mike Royer, and members of the Kirby family about the lasting influence of the undisputed King of comics. Room 1AB

10:30-11:30 TOKYOPOP: The Creators -- A diverse and talented panel of artists and authors discuss the creation of their original and innovative TOKYOPOP manga titles. Featuring Becky Cloonan (creator, East Coast Rising, artist, American Virgin), Brandon Graham (author, artist King City), Tricia Hale (author, Grand Theft Galaxy), David Hine (creator, Poison Candy; writer, Son of X, Daredevil, and Spawn), Jim Pascoe (author, Undertown), and Felipe Smith (creator, MBQ). Room 2

10:30-11:30 Archie Comics -- Archie comics creators Craig Boldman (Archie newspaper strip, Jughead), Tania del Rio (Sabrina), Bill Galvan (Jughead & Friends), George Gladir (Archie, Betty, Betty & Veronica), Rich Koslowski (Archie & Friends, Jughead, Sonic), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica, Veronica), Andrew Pepoy (Archie & Friends: Katy Keene, Betty & Veronica, Sonic) and staff members Victor Gorelick (VP/managing editor), Fred Mausser (VP/director of circulation), and Rik Offenberger (public relations coordinator) discuss upcoming plans at Archie Comics, talk about comics for kids, and take questions from the audience. At the conclusion of the panel there will be free copies of Archie Digest #236 for fans, while supplies last. Room 4

10:30-12:00 CBLDF Live Art Jam -- Did you ever want to look over a legendary artist's shoulder while he or she created a great piece of art, then add it to your collection? Well, here's your chance to do just that and support a great cause! See Jim Lee (Batman), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) draw live art projected onto the big screen at the first ever CBLDF Live Art Jam at Comic-Con! Watch these comics legends make stunning drawings of your favorite comics characters that you can bid on to support the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! (Please note, you will need a bidder number to bid on art in this event, which you can pick up throughout the con at Booth 1831, or at the start of the event.) Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 DC Big Guns -- Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. Green Lantern. The Flash. They stand for more than Justice. Each, in his or her own way, is the archetypal hero. Listen in as their top creators discuss where they've been and -- more important -- where they're going in the year to come. See what's in store for the World's Greatest Super-Heroes with the new iconic architects Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman), Jesus Merino (Superman), Dustin Nguyen (Superman/Batman), Carlos Pacheco (Superman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), group editors Eddie Berganza and Bob Schreck, and senior editors Matt Idelson and Mike Marts. Room 6A

10:30-11:30 The Graphic Novel Explosion -- Up until the last few years, graphic novels were published primarily by specialty houses that produced only comics and related works. Now, however, traditional mainstream publishing houses are producing graphic novels and even setting up graphic novel divisions, spurred by bookstore sales trends, library demand, and critical recognition. What has led to this trend? What sorts of books are these publishers looking for? Who is the audience? What role has manga played? And is the graphic novel market going to continue to expand, or will the bubble burst? Panelists include Charles Kochman, senior editor, Harry N. Abrams; David Saylor, creative director, Scholastic/Graphix; Karen Berger, executive editor, Vertigo/Minx/DC; Mark Siegel, senior editor, First Second; Dallas Middaugh, associate publisher, Del Rey Manga; Chris Schluep, editor, Ballantine/Del Rey/Villard; and Calvin Reid, news editor, Publisher's Weekly, and co-editor, PW Comics Weekly. Moderated by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards administrator and consultant to Foreword magazine's Comique graphic novel supplement. Room 8

10:30-11:30 Christian Comic Arts Society -- Hear about the 2007 explosion of Christian themed projects from major publishers, and network with other Christians. Panel features Buzz Dixon (Serenity, Goofyfoot Gurl, Realbuzz Studios), Eric Jansen (Foursquare Missions Press), Robin Parrish (Fearless -- The Dominion Trilogy, INFUZE magazine), and Thom Parham (The Gospel According to Super-Heroes). Moderated by Robert Flores (Christian Comic Arts Society.) Room 24A

10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Cultural Continuity -- Anne Hoyer (German Society of Research on Comics) traces the decline of Scots-specific features in Oor Wullie, a Scottish newspaper strip published since 1936 whose protagonist was voted Scottish icon of the year in 2004, and the increasing Englishness of the strip. Kristy Boney (Ohio State University) explores how many modern comics such as Bill Willingham's Fables, and Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin take their cue from the Friedrich Schlegel and the Brothers Grimm and discusses the extent to which they stay faithful to the Volksmärchen (folk tradition) or follow the Kunstmärchen (artistic tradition) and become more subversive, expanding the collective folk tradition. Kotaro Nakagaki (Tokiwa University, Japan) reexamines the cross-fertilization of Japanese manga and American popular culture and analyzes cultural identity and globalization within the global market context of American and Japanese circulation. Room 30AB

10:30-11:30 Kid's Drawing Day Workshop: Basic Skills -- To be a good cartoonist you must know the basic skills of cartooning. Whether you're drawing animals or people, facial expressions or body action, knowing these basic skills is a must. This session is designed to illustrate and assist young artists in applying these basic skills into their cartoon drawings. Gil McCue is a cartoon art teacher, NCS member, and author-illustrator of the book Cartooning -- The Basic Skills, now available online. Room 30CDE

11:30-12:30 Graphic Novels in Libraries -- Get practical advice about graphic novels and anime in libraries! Programming, collection development, review resources, bibliographies, and more will be discussed by Jill Patterson (La Habra Branch Library), Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), Kearsten LaBrozzi (Glendale Public Library), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library). Room 3

11:30-1:00 Comics Are Not Literature -- For years, comics have presented themselves as a new kind of literature -- but cartooning isn't prose, and graphic novels aren't novels. What if conflating comics with "literary" storytelling is a terrible mistake? Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) moderates what should be a contentious discussion with Cecil Castellucci (The PLAIN Janes), Dan Nadel (PictureBox Inc.), Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible), Paul Tobin (Spider-Man Family), and Sara Ryan (The Rules for Hearts). Room 8

11:30-1:00 Friends of Lulu Annual Meeting -- President Shannon Crane and directors Leigh Dragoon, Marion Vitus, Shawnelle Gibbs, and Shawnee Gibbs discuss Friends of Lulu's past year as well as future plans. Learn what Friends of Lulu is all about and how you can help further FoL's goals of increasing diversity within the comic book industry as well as breaking down stereotypes about women and comics. Nominations will be taken for the new Board of Directors for the 2007–2008 year. The meeting is open to all. Room 24A

11:30-12:30 Kids' Day Drawing Workshop: Kids' Cartoon Studio -- Watch as six fantastic kid-friendly cartoonists draw their hearts out, right in front of you! Scott Morse (Magic Pickle), George O'Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), David Nakayama (Marvel Adventures Hulk), Amy Kim Ganter (Sorcerers and Secretaries), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), and Nick Bertozzi (Houdini: The Handcuff King) will be showcasing a diversity of styles from manga to superheroes and everything in between. They’ll talk about their backgrounsd and then hit the drawing boards. Moderated by Janna Morishima, Diamond Kids Group. Room 30CDE

11:45-12:45 Marvel X-Men -- "Endangered Species" is underway, and "Messiah Complex" is looming. Ed Brubaker, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Mike Carey, and executive editor Axel Alonso are unveiling huge plans and unleashing some mutant mayhem that you'll have to see to believe! Room 6A

12:00-1:00 My Dad Makes Comics! -- What does a comics career look like from a kid's eye view? Find out with Sky and Winter McCloud, daughters of Scott McCloud (Making Comics); Alexa Kitchen (Drawing Comics is Easy (Except When it's Hard)), daughter of Denis Kitchen; and Brennan Wagner, son of Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage) discuss what it's like living with dad, the cartoonist. Room 5AB

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Wolf Gal and the Feral Women of Li'l Abner -- Cartoonist and historian Trina Robbins (From Girls to Grrrlz) presents a slideshow talk on the feral girls -- Pig Girl, Hawk Girl, and Wolf Gal -- of Li'l Abner's Dogpatch, a bloodthirsty lot with no compunction about turning Dogpatchers into dinner. Wolf Gal, the starring wild girl of Dogpatch, is strong, beautiful, independent, and -- don't laugh -- a feminist. When the little girls of Dogpatch imitate Wolf Gal by taking no guff from the boys, the citizens of Dogpatch react. They want their daughters to grow up as "overworked, wore-out, respectable married drudges," not "wild an' happy an'f ree, like th' wolf gal!!" Robbins connects these cartoon wild women with mythical feral children and more contemporary figures like Misha Defonseca, a Jewish orphan during World War II, who hid from the Nazis in the forests of occupied Europe for four years and eventually teamed up with a family of wolves. Recounting her experiences years later, she wrote, "the only time I ever slept deeply was when I was with wolves . . . Those were the most beautiful days I had ever experienced." Room 30AB

12:30-1:30 VIZ Media: You Oughta Know . . . About These Manga -- Want to expand your manga reading list but don't know where to begin? Find out what the VIZ Media editors recommend. Editors will discuss series you've never heard of and series you may have heard of but aren't reading. Fans will also have a chance to ask questions about titles. Panelists include Joel Enos, editor of Naruto, Godchild, The Cain Saga, From Far Away; Nancy Thistlethwaite, editor of Absolute Boyfriend, The Gentlemen's Alliance +, Ouran High School Host Club, Crimson Hero; Amy Yu, editor of Buso Renkin, Tail of the Moon, Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation; and Elizabeth Kawasaki, editorial director. Room 2

12:30-2:00 Secret Origin of Good Readers -- It's back, bigger and better than ever! The 7th annual Secret Origin of Good Readers panel features Dr. Robyn A. Hill (National University, San Diego), Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), Jesse L. McCann (noted children's author), Bill Galvan (creator/artist The Scrapyard Detectives, artist Archie Comics) and Frank Beddor (creator/author/producer, The Looking Glass Wars). The panelists will discuss how teachers, librarians, retailers, authors, artists, and publishers can work together to bring comic books into the classroom for use as an innovative and motivating cross-curricular teaching tool and a vehicle for promoting reading and literacy. Through a multimedia presentation, personal remarks, and a question-and-answer session, the speakers will present an overview of the medium and highlight specific ways that comic books and graphic novels have been used to engage a variety of learners. Breakout sessions will follow the main presentation. The 70-page resource book The Secret Origin of Good Readers is available online for free download - click here to download it, courtesy of XMission.com. Room 3

12:30-2:00 Pro/Fan Trivia Match: The Multiverse -- The Purple Pros (Len Wein, creator of Wolverine; Mark Waid, writer of52, and two versions from parallel worlds to be named later) take on the Black Ink Irregulars (Tom Galloway, Terence Chua, David Oakes, and Hal Shipman) in a contest of trivia about the Multiverses of both DC and Marvel, moderated by Keith DeCandido (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Deathless). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Kids' Day Drawing Workshop: You Can Draw Star Wars -- Pack your pencil and come to class! The author and artists of You Can Draw Star Wars will show you how it's done during Kids' Day at Comic-Con. Bonnie Burton, author of You Can Draw Star Wars, is a prolific writer, particularly on all things Star Wars. As an online content developer at Lucasfilm, she has written a multitude of step-by-step drawing tutorials. Her first book, Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs, is out now. Artist Tom Hodges has become a Star Wars fan favorite. Named one of wizarduniverse.com's Top 5 to Watch in 2006, his work appears on the popular starwars.com Hyperspace webstrip series. Illustrator Matt Busch's work can be seen regularly on official Star Wars projects, and his hilarious "How To Draw Star Wars" webisodes are quickly becoming fan favorites. Room 30CDE

1:00-2:00 Vertigo: Fables Forum -- The fan favorite panel from last year returns with a bigger cast of characters! Fables is not just another series; it's an institution with successful spinoffs such as Jack of Fables and graphic novels such as Fables: 1001 Nights. Vertigo group editor Shelly Bond is joined by Bill Willingham (Fables, Shadowpact), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables) as they guide you trough the magic world of Fables. Room 5AB

1:00-2:00 What's Happening in Kids' Comics Today? -- Some of the most creative work in the industry is being done in kids' comics. Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Amulet), George O'Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), and Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) talk with moderator Dave Roman (Nickelodeon) about the importance of kids' comics -- and the fun they have creating them! Room 8

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #15: What's the Big Idea? -- Alex Boney (Ohio State University) examines the origins of the absurdist "Godot Effect" of unchanging stasis without resolution as a necessary trope in the superhero genre and explores the darker undertones of tragedy that emerge from characters perpetually trapped in this state of arrested development. Clare Pitkethly (La Trobe University, Australia) lays out the dual vision of America as utopia and dystopia presented in Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman comic books and, treating them as post-colonial literature, examines the association between imperial ideology and post-colonial utopianism in the American imagination. Chuck Huber (UC -- Santa Barbara) compares images of ultimate evil in Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" mythos and J. R. R. Tolkien's "Middle Earth" mythos that suggests that both authors saw free will at the core of humanity and located ultimate evil in the domination and subjugation of the will of others as symbolized by Kirby in the "Anti-Life Equation" and Tolkien in the One Ring of Sauron. Room 30AB

1:30-3:00 Cover Story: Art of the Cover -- They lied. You really can tell a book by its cover, and Mark Evanier is going to talk to some of the best cover artists in the comics biz about it. Join Mark along with fellow Comic-Con special guests Adam Hughes (Catwoman, Wonder Woman), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), Joe Jusko (Tomb Raider, Marvel Masterpieces), Rowena (renowned fantasy cover illustrator), Matt Wagner (Grendel, Batman), J. H. Williams (Promethea), and others as they tell their own cover stories. Room 1AB

1:30-2:30 Kids' Day Drawing Workshop: Kids Can Draw Cartoons -- Kids Can Draw Cartoons -- Kristian Sather (Jetsons) uses simple shapes to show kids how to create their own cartoon characters. All kids are welcome in this fun and interactive workshop! Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 CMX: Manga in Demand! -- Manga is one of the hottest areas in publishing, and DC Comics' manga imprint, CMX, is right in the thick of it. With the strength of its line behind them, CMX proudly presents upcoming and renowned manga, including Samurai Commando: Mission 1549, Gon, Variante, and Presents. And now, CMX is pleased to announce a bold, new publishing venture with Japanese partners Flex Comics. Join DC's VP of business development John Nee, WildStorm director of manga Asako Suzuki, and manga editor Jim Chadwick for this in-depth and in-demand panel. Room 4

2:00-3:00 Nicolas and Weston Cage Talk Comics -- Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but he's also one of us: a big-time comics fan. Nic and his son Weston Cage have created their own comic, Voodoo Child, published by Virgin Comics. Father and son will talk about their mutual love of comics and what it's like to collaborate on this brand new book! Ballroom 20

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #16: The Culture of Popular Things: Ethnographic Examinations of Comic-Con 2007 -- Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. The presentation caps a weeklong for-credit field-study course and presents the trained observations of undergraduate students. Their instructor Dr. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) provided a framework, guidance, and transitions among the participants, and readings on popular culture and ethnographic methods as well as a number of on-site lectures and discussions. Students extended the analysis of Matthew Pustz (Endicott College) in Comic Book Culture: Fan Boys and True Believers (2000), which examined aspects of fan culture but did not include on-site analysis of cons. The students were encouraged to explore the intersection of fan practice (e.g., costuming) at the nexus of cultural marketing (e.g., the exhibit hall sales booths) and were free to select a number of aspects of fan culture to examine. Pustz himself serves as respondent on the panel. Students include Nicholas Langley (Henderson State University), Melissa Andrada (University of Washington), Cameron Catalfu (Wittenberg University), W. Stephen Combs (Wittenberg University), Pamela Geranios (Wittenberg University), Julia "Kit" Moran (Wittenberg University), and Karen Stover (Wittenberg University). Room 30AB

2:30-3:30 Kids' Day Drawing Workshop: Basic Anatomy -- Neko Press Art Studio's Billy Martinez, instructor and comic book artist with experience in the industry for over 14 years, will be teaching an introduction to dynamic anatomy. This class will teach basic anatomy and how to structure characters in action. Billy's approach to this class is comfortable for beginners as well as informative for more advanced artists. Room 30CDE