San Diego Comic-Con is well underway, bringing over 130,000 people to enjoy the pop culture extravaganza taking place inside and outside the convention center. There is a lot to see and do every day during SDCC. More likely than not, if you don't go in with a plan for experiencing the things that you most want to check out, you'll miss them!
To help any con-going readers with their convention plans, ComicsAlliance has put together this handy list of panels we recommend. Some are panels we think sound cool and some are panels where you can see CA contributors! You may not be able to experience everything (and probably not everything on this list!), but here's what we think are the best panels to attend on the final day, Sunday, July 12th!
10:00am-11:00am: IDW: Kids ComicsRoom 4
IDW loves comics as much as kids do, so come find out what's new for 2015! My Little Pony, Disney, Angry Birds, TMNT, Transformers, Skylanders, and more! Want to learn how to make your own comics? Come prepared with questions for the panel, including CCO and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall (and daughter Lucy), editors Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow , marketing marvel Rosalind Morehead, and writer/artist Derek Charm. Free comics for the kids!
11:00am-12:00pm: How We Tell StoriesRoom 28DE
Comics stories can be told in innovative ways that make the reading experience engaging, immersive, and fun for the reader. Heidi Macdonald of Publishers Weekly and The Beat will speak to four groundbreaking authors, asking how they adapt their storytelling techniques for different audiences and different formats. Marc Bell (Stroppy), Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) will talk about their strategies for telling stories and how these change when you're writing for online (DeForge, Piskor), alt-weekly magazines (Bell), or your own sketchbook (Nilsen).
11:00am-12:00pm: Spotlight on Jeff SmithRoom 4
Jeff Smith discusses all things Bone, his Eisner Award-winning science fiction thriller RASL, the new series TUKI Save the Humans. Also, learn about a new citywide cartoon festival he is helping to build in Columbus, Ohio known as CXC.
11:15am-12:15pm: Different Is CoolRoom 6DE
Eisner Award-winning Brazilian Wonder Twins Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Umbrella Academy) and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, Casanova) share their experiences, both inside and outside the U.S. comics market. They invite young creators and readers to a discussion about how the best way to break into comics and build a career may not be by doing what everyone wants, but by doing what only you can do. An eye-opening Q&A will follow the presentation.
11:30am-12:30pm: A Style of Your Own: Developing Your Signature Art StyleRoom 8
What does it mean to have a signature art style? Is it better to be distinctive or to be a chameleon when it comes to comic art? Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) leads a lively discussion with all-star artists David Aja (Hawkeye), Joe Phillips (The Midsummer's Knight), Tom Grummett (Fantastic Four), Kevin Nowlan (Jack B. Quick), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Jackson "Butch" Guice (WinterWorld), and Tony Harris (Starman) as they give insight into what it truly means to have a style of your own.
12:00pm-1:00pm: Normalizing PublishingRoom 32AB
Shonda Rhimes famously said that she's not "'diversifying' TV, she's normalizing it: "Making it look like the world looks." Join Sara Ryan (Bad Houses, Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Writers Retreat instructor), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K., Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity recipient), Nicola Yoon (Everything Everything, We Need Diverse Books team member), Cindy Pon (Serpentine, We Need Diverse Books advisory committee, Diversity in YA co-founder), and Greg van Eekhout (California Bones, The Boy at the End of the World) discuss how this normalizing is, and isn't, happening and what we can all do to promote inclusive storytelling.
12:15pm-1:45pm: CBLDF: You Can't Draw That! Live Art JamRoom 5AB
Join Michael Cho, Denis Kitchen, and special guests celebrate creative freedom by making live art before your eyes. Join the CBLDF and these great creators as they share their perspectives on censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art to benefit the Fund's important work. Get a chance to watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
1:30pm-2:30pm: From Comics to AnimationRoom 23ABC
Working across mediums can be challenging, and keeping true to your vision even more so. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) leads panelists Jerry Beck (The Hanna-Barbera Treasury), Michael DeForge (Adventure Time), Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther animated series), Jill Thompson (The Scary Godmother), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), and Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha) in a discussion about working in both comics and animation. Learn what it takes to convert a comic to an animated project and how to succeed in both.
1:45pm-2:45pm: Spotlight on Raina TelgemeierRoom 5AB
Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama) and Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up) discuss Raina's work and her role in ushering in a new era of realistic graphic novels aimed at preteen girls. They'll also reveal the title and a brief description of Raina's next book, slated for fall of 2016.
2:00pm-3:00pm: Cover Story: The Art of the CoverRoom 25ABC
Forget about the insides! What makes for a great cover on a comic book? This topic will be discussed and debated by some artists who've been responsible for some of the best. With Kevin Wada (She-Hulk, Adventure Time), David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist), Lora Innes(The Dreamer), Steve Lieber (Quantam & Woody, Road to Perdition), and Chip Kidd (Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design). Your host is Mark Evanier, and that about covers it.
2:00pm-3:00pm: Raising Future Fans: Geeky Parents and Children Speak OutRoom 14A
If you love anime, cosplay/costuming, gaming, and mega-media geeky franchises like Disney/Harry Potter/MCU/Star Wars, then come learn about how parents have found creative ways to integrate their favorite fandoms into child-friendly fun for the whole family. Hear directly from parents and children about ways you can merge a variety of child-friendly fandoms into your household on a daily basis. Enjoy a thoughtful discussion, including Q&A time, on ways to lessen dependency on electronic devices with activities to inspire the next generation in the greater fandom community. Panelists include Tom Ammonn (anime/gaming fan and parent), David Biffith Jr. (Star Wars fan and parent/grandparent), Karen Jallion (artist and mother), Sandra Durbin (parent, costumer, sci-fi movie and book fan), and moderator Anastasia Hunter (all-around fan girl and aunt of three younglings).