With hundreds of panels to choose from at San Diego Comic-Con, the show can be an overwhelming experience — and it’s far too easy to miss a panel you think you might have loved, or to find yourself on the wrong side of the con floor five minutes before a great panel is about to start!
ComicsAlliance has sifted through the schedule to offer up our pick of the best programming at the con. Today we offer our suggested highlights for the final day of the show, Sunday July 27, 2014, when most of the family programming is scheduled. We’ll also let you know where and when you can find ComicsAlliance contributors at the San Diego show.
10:00am - 11:00am: Comics for the Whole Family, Room 23ABC
Everyone loves comics, and the only thing better than reading comics is sharing them with your friends and family. An all-star panel of cartoonists discuss what makes a great all-ages comic book that the whole family can enjoy.
Moderator: Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum)
Panelists: Brian Crane (Pickles), Eleanor Davis (Stinky, The Secret Science Alliance), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly Productions), Willie Ito (The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny), and Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge)
10:00am - 11:00am: IDW: Kids Comics! Room 4
Who's got the best comics for kids? IDW, of course! My Little Pony! Angry Birds! TMNT! Littlest Pet Shop! Skylanders! Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War!
Panelists: Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, David Hedgecock, Carlos Guzman, Louise Simonson, Katie Cook, Tony Fleecs, Andy Price, Derek Charm, and more.
10:00am - 11:00am: The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond, Room 24ABC
One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, is now one of the most highly anticipated films. Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot) introduces a series of very special guests for a discussion of The Fifth Beatle's development, and breaking news.
11:00am - 12:00pm: Middle Grade Extravaganza, Room 25ABC
The best stories stay with you forever. They shape who we are and what we love. Join some of the industry's great storytellers as they talk about stories that shape and mold and stick with you long after the book has closed.
Moderator: David Mariotte
Panelists: Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Rachel Renee Russell (The Dork Diaries), Brandon Mull (Sky Raiders), E. J. Altbacker (Shark Wars), Pseudonymous Bosch (Bad Magic), and P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book)
11:00am - 12:00pm: Robert Kirkman's Skybound Comics, Room 7AB
Skybound's Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and other Skybound writers and artists discuss not only their own works but the ever-changing landscape of the modern comic book industry.
Moderator: Sean Mackiewicz
Panelists: Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Khary Randolph (Tech Jacket), Matt Roberts (Manifest Destiny), and Chris Dingess (Manifest Destiny)
11:00am - 12:00pm: Spotlight on Chuck Dixon, Room 28DE
Comic-Con special guest Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher, Winterworld, Bad Times) will conduct his own informal Q&A about comic book writing, the creation of Bane, how to live in Florida but write about life in a world of constant winter, and what it's like to be a lightning rod of controversy in a world of make-believe.
11:00am - 12:00pm: Spotlight on Jim Rugg, Room 4
Comic-Con special guest Jim Rugg (Street Angel, The PLAIN Janes, Afrodisiac, Rambo 3.5, The Guild) discusses his experience as a cartoonist/designer/illustrator/podcaster through a visual presentation and an audience Q&A.
11:15am - 12:15pm: Marvel: Women of Marvel, Room 5AB
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to Tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry.
Panelists: Judy Stephens, Lorraine Cink, Alexis Auditore, Katie Cook (All-New Marvel NOW! Animal Variants) Rachelle Rosenberg (Amazing X-Men), and editor-in-chief Axel Alonso.
11:15am - 12:15pm: Spotlight on Jim Lee, Room 6DE
Join DC Entertainment co-publisher and Comic-Con International 2014 Souvenir Book cover artist Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) as he talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry, followed by a brief Q&A session.
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Dark Horse Builds Characters: Tomorrow's Comics Today, Room 24ABC
Join panelists for an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry!
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Panels & Pictures, Room 32AB
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids. Panelists discuss what makes a graphic novel "for kids," their creative processes, and their latest books.
Moderator: Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish)
Panelists: Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess), Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters)
12:15pm - 1:45pm: CBLDF: You Can't Draw That! Live Art Jam, Room 5AB
Join Francesco Francavilla to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Comics Code and celebrate its recent demise by creating live art before your eyes. The only rule is that it would have been forbidden by the Comics Code! Artists will talk about censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Marvel: Next Big Thing, Room 6DE
Gather 'round friends and family to pay respect for our honored dead -- the legendary X-Man, Wolverine! The Death of Wolverine is here and it will rock you to the core! Plus, what happens in the wake of this summer's murder mystery mega-event Original Sin?
Panelists: Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), and Mark Waid (Daredevil)
1:00pm - 2:00pm: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived, Room 24ABC
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We're not just talking about "kids" comics, we're talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between.
Moderator: KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters
Panelists: David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Candy Capers).
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Superheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation, Room 23ABC
Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world.
Panelists: Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron), and ComicsAlliance's own Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com)
1:45pm - 2:45pm: Marvel Comics' 75th and Daredevil's 50th, Room 6DE
75 years ago the Marvel Universe first came to life with the release of Marvel Comics #1. Ever since then, Marvel's characters have demonstrared remarkable staying power and worldwide appeal. Daredevil celebrates his 50th anniversary this year, for one! Panelists discuss these heroes and what keeps them fighting the good fight.
Moderator: Mark Waid (Daredevil)
Panelists: Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man) and Joe Quesada (chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment)
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Cover Story: The Art of the Cover, Room 25ABC
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let's ask five top artists.
Moderator: Mark Evanier
Panelists: Mark Brooks (Amazing Spider-Man, The New X-Men), Amanda Conner (Power Girl, Harley Quinn), Jae Lee (Before Watchmen, Batman/Superman), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), and Fiona Staples (Saga, Trick 'r Treat)
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Image Comics: I Is for...Innovation, Room 7AB
Drawing creator-owned comics can be tough, but our panelists make it look easy. Panelists discuss work ethics, storytelling, finding collaborators, and creating some of the best comics in the business.
Panelists: Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), Chris Burnham (Nameless), Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose) and more
2:15pm - 3:15pm: Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel Featuring Quentin Tarantino, Room 6BCF
Join Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci, Dynamite senior editor Joseph Rybandt and moderator Alan Kistler as they present a special 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring the upcoming Django/Zorro crossover creative team of Reginald Hudlin (editor, Django/Zorro), Matt Wagner (writer, Django/Zorro) and of course the very special guest Quentin Tarantino as they help to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite Comics!
3:00pm - 4:00pm: DC Comics - My Secret Origin, or How I Broke into Comics, Room 6DE
The comics industry can be tough to break into! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC Entertainment's top talent made their careers crafting the tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.
Panelists: Nicola Scott (Earth 2), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Batman Eternal, The Wake), and Charles Soule (Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing)
3:00pm - 4:00pm: End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture, Room 24ABC
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition is back by popular demand with this powerful discussion on how to overcome bullying. Learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders.
Panelists: Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Brad Bell (Husbands), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth), Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alice Cahn (VP of social responsibility, Cartoon Network), ComicsAlliance's own Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars), and representatives from the United Nations Association and Anti-Defamation League.
3:30pm - 4:30pm: First Second in Conversation, Room 26AB
First Second authors Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) in conversation.
4:00pm - 5:00pm: The Battle for Multicultural Heroes, Room 28DE
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today's media. Diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future.