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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.


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 cartoonist behind the huge political cartoon website ( 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 (, 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 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 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 (, 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