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[Convention] Comic-Con Special Edition: Programming Schedule for Saturday, Nov. 27th

by Jason Bennett
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Comic-Con is Comic On! After COVID forced the cancellation of comic book conventions throughout 2020 (even into 2021), the industry has been rebounding in the latter half of this year. While many cons are still going virtual for their events, there has been an uptick in promoters and show organizers making necessary adjustments and rethinking how a convention can still run amidst the lingering pandemic. By creating new procedures and requirements for guests and attendees, these events have been able to restart simply by implementing COVID recommendations to be in compliance.

Comic-Con International: San Diego, which has hosted two July virtual conventions (2020 & 2021), has created a scaled-back version of their show entitled Comic-Con Special Edition and will be running Friday, November 26th – Sunday, November 28th. Much of the Hollywood boost the show receives during their annual summer dates will not be taking place, offering more of a comic book-focused convention than in years past.

PopCultHQ will be attending and covering this year’s event, bringing you pictures, videos, interviews, and who knows what else? To better help those attending the event, we want to provide fans with the important things to know for this year’s show. We will be bringing you pertinent information regarding creators appearing, cosplay, badge info, COVID-19 policy, exclusives, films, games, and more!

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Adapting the Biggest IPs for Tabletop

Room 29AB

Designer Michael Shinall (Bloodborne: The Board Game), Mike Bisogno (Spin Master’s licensing lead for games), and Geoff Skinner (CMON’s SVP) discuss bringing movie, TV, and comic book hits to the tabletop, and answer your questions about current and upcoming games. Room 29AB

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Art into Activism: Social Impact in Entertainment

Room 23ABC

Chaseedaw “Cha Cha” Giles (actor, writer, lyricist, journalist), Gregory Douglass (renowned independent musician), and Andrey Ostrovsky, MD (social impact angel investor, health policy expert) discuss producing unique stories to educate, partner with communities and organizations, and advocate for change. Moderated by Larissa D’Andrea (social impact producer).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Cardboard Superheroes: Past, Present, and Future

Room 7AB

Connor Lee and Bauer Lee (co-founders of Cardboard Superheroes) will unveil their completed 8-foot-tall, life-sized cardboard Hulkbuster! They will discuss the history of Cardboard Superheroes, including their journey of building life-sized cardboard models such as Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Groot, and more. Also, they will take you through current/recent projects such as the Pop Culture STEAM Curriculum in collaboration with the Comic-Con Museum, share tips on how you can build your own superheroes, and share their plans for the future. Bauer will reveal a new interactive special effects action video event to introduce the power of public speaking. A Q&A session will be held at the end with a chance to win a free life-sized cardboard Thor Hammer.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Everyone’s a Critic: Being a Pop-Culture Journalist in an Online Age

Room 9

The past decade has seen an explosion in the scope of journalism, from the rise of citizen journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. This panel of critics, journalists, and reaction hosts will include Alan Ng, Danielle Broadway (Black Girl Nerds, LA Times), Jason Bennett (PopCultHQ), and John Nguyen (Nerd Reactor), and will discuss the roles new media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve. Topics will include varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show-specific outlets versus general news sites, and more.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Not-So-Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling

Room 26AB

Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling “a comic book come to life.” That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan to the anti-heroics of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the villainy of Ric Flair, this panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and Flobo Boyce (The Indelible Silverstreek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Comics and Psychology

Room 25ABC

Kyle A. Hammonds (University of Oklahoma) analyzes the rhetorical strategies Nathan Pyle uses in both the form and content of his Strange Planet comics to create a communicatively constructed sense of community by appealing to a shared sense of alienation. Christopher Warren (Long Beach State), Bridget Le (Long Beach State), and Daisy Manriquez (Long Beach State) propose a typology that categorizes comic art characters according to their experienced trauma and displayed resiliency and discusses the implications of that typology for individuals who experience trauma as well as the artists who craft character canon.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Cosplay: The Spice of Life!

Room 3

Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer and charity volunteer), Brendan Prout (co-founder of the San Diego Star Wars Society, member of the 501st, and author of Superhero Grief), Leah Panos (charity cosplayer, musician, proud Marine wife and home school mom), Michael Mason (filmmaker and cosplayer), Allison Fulster (post-apocalyptic costumer and prop maker) and Annika Paka Littlest Jedi (young cosplayer and children’s charity volunteer) discuss the world of cosplaying and all the fun you can have while doing it.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Judging the Eisner Awards 2021: Behind the Scenes

Room 8

How does the judging process work for the “Oscars” of the comics industry? What challenges did this year’s panel of judges face in arriving at the nominees in over 30 categories? What were some of their personal favorite works from 2020? Marco Davanzo (owner, Alakazam Comics, Irvine, CA), Pamela Jackson (popular culture librarian, San Diego State University), Keithan Jones (founder and owner of KID Comics; creator of San Diego’s annual Black Comix Day), Alonso Nuñez (co-founder, executive director, and lead instructor of San Diego’s Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and Jim Thompson (comics scholar, Comic Book Historians) share their experiences. Moderated by Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Dustin Nguyen

Room 5AB

The spotlight shines on Dustin Nguyen, the Eisner Award winning co-creator/artist of Descender and Ascender, and the artist behind some of your favorite past (and future!) Batman stories! Come join in on the fun with moderator Fletcher Chu-Fong as they dive in and talk all things Dustin!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Changing Face of Pop Culture

Room 24ABC

The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exist. Whether it’s whitewashing, exclusion, or blatant hate crimes, there is much work to be done in every industry. Diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Hosted by Tony B Kim (CEO, Hero Within), with panelists Victor Dandridge (Vantage Inhouse Prod), Ivy Doom Kitty (pro cosplayer), and Wendy Lee Szany (actor).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 10:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Darknights and Daydreams: From Batman to Broadway

Room 6DE

How far would you go to make your dreams come true? Devastated by how Batman was portrayed as a campy joke in the 1960’s television series, teenager Michael Uslan vowed to show the world the dark and serious avenger envisioned by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. He didn’t stop until he made Batman in 1989. The worldwide blockbuster that changed the course of superhero movies forever. Now Michael’s story is on its way to Broadway! Michael Uslan and Robert Nederlander Jr. (CEO of Nederlander Worldwide Productions) and David Baxter (VP of Development from fan-owned production company Legion M) discuss the journey of adapting Uslan’s inspirational memoir The Boy Who Loved Batman for the Broadway stage. Moderated by Gary Miereanu (entertainment publicist).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Designing Tabletop Games: Designer Roundtable

Room 23ABC

Listen to industry professionals, B. Dave Walters (Demiplane RPG), Kailey Bray (Pixel Circus), Christian Shelton (Sheltonshire Games), Jonathan Ying (Bargain Quest Games) and Spenser Starke (Alice is Missing) as they talk about designing tabletop games in 2021. Find out tools, techniques, communities, and more that help them create the tabletop games we see on the table today.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Figure Drawing for Popular Media

Room 2

Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (Draw the Line; John Buscema: A Life in Sketches) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Come ready to take notes and to draw.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Native American Comics and Culture with Extended Reality and 360 World Building

Room 9

Learn how emerging technologies are providing a new platform for comic arts and storytelling for Native Americans right here in San Diego, which is home to 18 Native American tribes and over 10,000 years of tribal culture. Moderator Kilma Lattin (Extended Reality/XR creator from the Pala Cupeño Tribe) is joined by panelists Sycuan Kumeyaay Chairman/Chief Cody Martinez (Extended Reality/XR contributor), Ricardo Caté (Kewa Pueblo cartoonist/creator of the daily comic strip Without Reservations), Johnny Bear Contreras (San Pasqual Kumeyaay artist and sculptor), Brandie Taylor (vice-chairwoman/former chief of the Santa Ysabel Tribe), and Alec Calac (president-elect, Association of Native American Medical Students from the Pauma Band of the Luiseño).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Protecting Your Legacy: Wills, Gifts, and the Creative Afterlife

Room 29AB

What will happen to your comics after you’re gone? From original art and intellectual property to collectibles and personal archives, CBLDF interim director Jeff Trexler will lead a discussion about the latest strategies for protecting the legacy of a life in comics.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Set Secrets with Film and TV Creatives

Room 7AB

What does it take to bring a film and television show to life? Directors, editors, composers, and others provide insights on the process of developing and producing films and TV shows, With panelists Ernesto Matamoros Cox and Lawrence Gan (editors, Arcane: League of Legends), Spencer Creaghan (composer, SurrealEstate), Jennifer Smith (music supervisor, Why Women Kill), and Doug Rockwell and Tova Livtin (songwriters/composers, Julie and the Phantoms, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series). Moderated by actor and content creator Chris Villain. [Part 1 of Impact24 PR’s two-part Behind-the-Camera panel series]

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Turning Comic Book Dreams Into Reality!

Room 26AB

Twelve years ago, Michael Kingston (Headlocked, WWE) set out to bring his groundbreaking wrestling comic Headlocked to the world . . . and was summarily shot down by everyone. Today, Headlocked is a thriving comic book brand that is on pace for another year of record growth. Kingston will take you through his successes and failures as he illustrates multiple paths to bring your comic dreams to life. Topics include collaboration, formats, funding, and marketing, as well as some secret hacks.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


ComiXology Originals: CONversations: with Brian Azzarello and Will Dennis

Room 24ABC

Legendary co-creators Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso recently completed their newest collaboration, with Moonshine. Edited by Will Dennis (longtime editor of 100 Bullets), Moonshine puts a horror twist on a classic gangster tale. ComiXology Originals’ head of content Chip Mosher is joined remotely by Azzarello and Dennis for a deep dive into this hit series.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


New Creator Panel: Official Ronin Comics

Room 8

Oni Kyo (CEO, writer, artist), Mike Fallin (CEO, writer), Brock Smith (CEO/writer). Zen Snowden (artist), and Kathleen Lewis (editor) discuss their unique stories and experiences as creators with their new company, Ronin.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Cindy Pon

Room 3

Comic-Con Special Edition special guest Cindy Pon (Want) and Lizz Huerta (The Lost Dreamer) discuss their love for writing magical girls in their stories and how their backgrounds and culture inform their work.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Star Wars Samurai Universe

Room 5AB

Moderator Christopher Canole (Dude Vader charity causeplayer) along with Nathan Seekerman (cosplay and props designer), Beth Accomando (KPBS host of Cinema Junkie), and Brendan Prout (co-founder of the San Diego Star Wars Society) discuss the interconnection and influence of samurai movies, graphic novels, history, and philosophy with the Star Wars culture and community.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 11:30 am (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Comics Arts Conference Session #5:
Dystopia Now! Comics as a Reflection of Societal Trauma

Room 25ABC

From X-Men to Wonder Woman, comics have historically provided a fertile space for exploring the different societal forces that lead to collective, dehumanizing behavior and, ultimately, dystopia. But what is dystopia? How do dystopian cultures emerge? A collection of comics scholars and creators discuss how comic books serve the social justice function of educating the public about the seeds of dystopian worlds. Moderator Scott Jordan (Illinois State University) examines the differences between Eastern and Western approaches to dystopia as presented in Fullmetal Alchemist. Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival) considers the history of dystopian narratives in comics. John Jennings discusses dystopian narratives apparent in Kindred and Parable of the Sower. David Walker describes the role of dystopia in his series Bitter Root. Victor Dandridge, Jr. (Vantage InHouse Productions) unpacks X-Men, Age of Apocalypse, and Elisabetta Di Minico (Autonomous University of Madrid) examines violence against women in selected superhero comics. Finally, illustrator Emiliana Pinna (Red Sonja: The Superpowers) will “illustrate” the themes of the panel in real-time, including audience discussion.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


CBLDF: Defending the Future

Room 29AB

In 1986, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded to defend comic book retailers from spurious obscenity charges, and the organization has worked tirelessly since to defend the First Amendment rights of comics and its community of creators, publishers, retailers, educators, librarians, and readers. But the comics community has changed, as have the challenges of making, selling, and reading comics. CBLDF interim director Jeff Trexler and CBLDF coalition director Betsy Gomez lead a conversation about the expanded mission of the Fund, how contemporary attacks on free expression foreshadow a prolonged fight for the rights of the comics community, and how we can all defend our rights.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Developing Global Myth from the Muslim World:
A Richer Storytelling Landscape for Us All

Room 26AB

With an increased emphasis on more diverse narratives, publishers, studios, and game designers have now turned their attention to Muslim creators. To meet this demand, Sohaib Awan (IDW Publishing’s Jinnrise) presents “Fictional Frontiers,” a Muslim creative collective. Sohaib joins Barry Award–winning author Dr. Ausma Zehanat Khan (The Unquiet Dead), Aamna Qureshi (The Lady or the Lion), and Noor Yusuf (Beyond the Forest) to discuss how this initiative will develop global stories inspired by the Muslim world and announce multimedia projects for 2022 and beyond.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Dinosaurs vs. Unicorns

Room 9

This spirited family discussion determines which stories/characters/toys/activities are for girls and which are for boys. Professional educator Tony Bianca will stimulate conversation as Alizarin Todd (age 12) and Charlie Hetrick (age 13) speak from the heart, balanced by experienced debate moderator Laura Todd. Bring your questions and experiences to share.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


How to Create Cutting Edge Art for Comics

Room 2

Comics creator Brian Haberlin (Spawn, Witchblade, Sonata) will guide you through a variety of new techniques to bring your comic ideas to life. Brian will focus on the new and mobile options, as more and more professionals are working on mobile equipment, and will show you what app options are available.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Pitches, Pilots, and Beyond! A Look Into the Visual Storytelling Process

Room 7AB

Film and television showrunners, producers, and directors discuss their careers and bringing new stories to the screen. Learn more about how films and television shows get made, from writing the pitch to shooting the film or pilot episode, as well as building out a story world in both linear and interactive stories. With panelists Michael Price (co-creator, showrunner, F Is for Family; co-executive producer, The Simpsons), Steve Anderson (supervising director, writer, director, Monsters at Work, Meet the Robinsons, Winnie the Pooh), Jon Gosier (CEO, FilmHedge and Southbox Entertainment; executive producer, Witch Hunt), Ben Simms (director and executive producer, WWE’s Escape the Undertaker, You vs Wild, Running Wild with Bear Grylls), Katherine Waddell (actress and producer, First Bloom Films, Balloon Animal), Allissoon Lockhart (creator and showrunner, Battle of the Bands), and George Salinas (CEO, Bridge Works Entertainment; executive producer, Julie and the Phantoms). Moderated by actor and content creator Chris Villain. [Part 2 of Impact24 PR’s two-part Behind-the-Camera panel series]

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Avatar: Braving the Elements Live Podcast

Room 6DE

Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Prince Zuko) take you on a journey into the Avatarverse as they record an all-new episode of the hit podcast, featuring audience participation. Co-produced by Nickelodeon and iHeartRadio, this official companion podcast extends the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender for loyal fans who grew up on the beloved franchise, as well as newcomers to its wonderful world.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:15 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:15 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Kevin Eastman Studios

Room 24ABC

Comic-Con Special Edition special guest Kevin Eastman talks all things TMNT, including the number one comic in America, The Last Ronin. There will be additional panelists on hand to discuss all things comics going on at Eastman Studios, such as Drawing Blood.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Key Frames – Creators Talk Their Favorite Single Panels in Comics!

Room 5AB

From splash pages to quiet character beats, creators pick one panel from a comic that was most influential on them as readers, and one from their own work that they’re proudest of. Join Henry Barajas (La Voz de M.A.Y.O., Helm Greycastle), Vincent Kings (Time Dog, This Is Where We Fall), Chris Miskiewicz (Grateful Dead Origins, Thomas Alsop), and Mimi Pond (Over Easy, The Customer Is Always Wrong) for a lively discussion of comic craft moderated by podcaster Adam Greenfield (Making Comics: Gutter Talk, MIT’s The Great Communicators podcast).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Mexican Bronze Age of Comics: Under the Shadow of the Wall

Room 8

Luis Gantus (Sergio Antes de Aragonés) and Adalisa Zarate (Building Blocks, Traveling Seers) have a candid conversation with Sebastian Finck (NerDos) about the Bronze era of comics in Mexico and how the great boom of collector editions and comic book stores specialized in American comics affected the already weak Mexican Industry.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Ryan Benjamin

Room 3

Popular comics artist Ryan Benjamin is on hand to talk about some highlights from his career (his credits include such top-selling comics as Brothers Bond, WildCats, Grifter, X-Men, Star Wars, Iron Man, Grifter/Midnighter, and Batman Beyond) and to fill you in on his current projects.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 12:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


A Lawyer’s Holiday Special

Room 29AB

It’s a wonderful lawsuit, as lawyers and judges debate: Can Rudolph sue for nasal discrimination? Could the Burgermeister Meisterburger ban all toys in Sombertown? Just what legal ethical lessons are there from Miracle on 34th Street? Is Frosty the Snowman protected by the Endangered Species Act? And can Santa Claus be sued for invasion of privacy? Circuit Judge John Owens (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman (U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon), U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin (United States District Court for the Southern District of California), Nari Ely (Durie Tangri), and Kathy Steinman (Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego) offer their yuletide legal analysis of holiday classics. Moderated by Joshua Gilliland (Greenan, Peffer, Sallander, & Lally LLP). Brought to you by The Legal Geeks.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Funmaker Mike

Room 7AB

How to build a brand through Making Fun, with Funko founder Mike Becker.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


How to Create Safe Spaces in the Geek Community
during Traumatic Times: Survive the Zombie (COVID) Apocalypse

Room 2

It’s easy to be an audience member in a scary movie and predict to not open the door late at night or invite the vampire into your home, but what if there was a real-life zombie virus? What would you do and how would you survive the zombie apocalypse? How do you create and find physical and emotional safety when you’re worried about transmission? At least they’re not the zombies from 28 Days Later . . .

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


It’s a Great Big Genre-Verse

Room 23ABC

Fiction in its many guises, genre and cross-genres and subgenres, offers readers both the satisfaction of established tropes and the excitement of mash-ups and mix-ups. Get enthusiastic with authors Darby Kane (The Replacement Wife), Alexa Donne (The Ivies), S. B. Divya (Machinehood), Lilliam Rivera (We Light Up the Sky), and Gretchen McNeil (#NoEscape), in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Manawa Kau/Algorithm Pictures Slate Reveal and AAPI Creators Discussion

Room 9

Kawika Hoke (Kuleana, Aloha Surf Hotel) and Brad Starks (Temptation Island, White Lotus) present a look into the hidden gem of Hawaiian Hollywood on Maui. Get brief looks into new projects, concepts, sizzles, and trailers alongside a Q&A with Team Kula (Kalani Edwards, Gabby Galindo, Austin Alimbuyuguen, and Keli’ikoa Miller).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Women’s Color Code

Room 26AB

Women’s Color Code is two women of color in video games who are excited to talk to you and answer your questions about the game industry. They share their experiences working on titles big and small, from Race with Ryan Road Trip and The Arcslinger to DreamWorks’ Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia and Pac-Man: Mega Tunnel Battle. Game designer Alissa Smith (Heavy Iron Studios) and publishing producer Cheyenne Shotton (Outright Games) hope to inspire game lovers, women, and people of color to pursue their dreams of creating video games.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics, History, and Nostalgia

Room 25ABC

Ryan Purcell (Cornell University) uses the Uncanny X-Men arc “Days of Future Past” to demonstrate the utility of comics as historical sources and as vehicles to broaden social justice discourse. Amy DeSuza-Riehm (California State University, Long Beach) analyzes how Sam Humphries creates a version of Harley Quinn who both struggles with nostalgia and—true to her trickster nature—subverts it to suggest that nostalgia for both form and self is a trap. Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University) considers how Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang make temporal blurring the centerpiece of their Paper Girls, challenging nostalgic and monolithic histories that have traditionally centered straight white males.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


100 Years of Visual Effects

Room 3

This title is a lie! Visual effects has been around for 115 years! Geoffrey Mark (Serenity, The Orville) takes you through the visual language of film and the brilliant minds who created mind-blowing effects to tell the most fantastic stories we all know and love.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Behind the Veil: Winchester Mystery House Online Mystery Puzzle Game

Room 5AB

Award-winning escape room designers and Society of Curiosities co-founders Yacine Merzouk (technical director) and Michelle Rundbaken (creative director) are joined by Walter Magnuson, general manager of Winchester Mystery House to discuss the behind-the-scenes creation of the upcoming Society of Curiosities’ Winchester Mystery House ultra-real online puzzle games. Moderated by Jill Collins (Licensing Works!), this panel explores the key criteria for successful online game design and the challenges of creating an authentic, immersive digital mystery experience based on one of the most intriguing architectural marvels in the world and the incredible life of its unique owner, Sarah Winchester.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Curiouser and Curiouser:
Going Down the Shipping Tumblr Rabbit Hole with Psychologists

Room 8

Shipping describes fan pairings of favorite characters/celebrities into relationships (romantic or platonic). Ships come in many forms: slash (Kirk/Spock), hybrid names (Tarlos), and the one true pairing or OTP (Destiel). These are often the relationships of fanfiction and Tumblr where same-sex, poly, and rivalry relationships are discussed with the affection usually reserved for heterosexual couples. Psychologists April Fugett, Ph.D. (professor, Marshall University), Britani Black, Psy.D. (instructor, Marshall University School of Medicine), and Keith Beard, Psy.D. (professor, Marshall University), with a little help from Morgan Kinsey, M.A. (graduate assistant, Marshall University), explore how love, curiosity, personality, and orientation impact over 200 ships from across a variety of genres.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Sina Grace

Room 24ABC

After years of cultivating a fan base for bringing a unique charm to every character he’s‑ahem—graced, comic creator Sina Grace (Iceman, Ghosted in LA, Getting It Together) finally gets to kick his heels up and celebrate a career that spans literal decades on his very first spotlight panel. This in-depth conversation, moderated by editor Chris Robinson, will include loads of new announcements, including an in-depth look at Sina’s upcoming Image book Rockstar and Softboy, as well as a guaranteed serving of piping hot tea. Attendees will see Sina’s mom in the audience and also receive a limited-edition goodie bag with an exclusive Rockstar and Softboy zine and stickers, as well as a sneak peek of [REDACTED]!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Z2 Comics: Chuck D and Vince Staples

Room 6DE

Celebrating their journey into comics, respective hip hop luminary Chuck D of Public Enemy, and rising talent Vince Staples unite for an unmissable panel that merges the world of music and sequential art. Rap legend Chuck D again changes the game in a whole new art form with Apocalypse 91: Revolution Never Sleeps, building upon a narrative established 30 years earlier in the album of a similar name. A master of verse and narrative, Vince Staples is currently channeling his winding storycraft into Limbo Beach, his debut graphic novel geared toward younger audiences releasing early next year. These two unique voices join Z2’s Jeremy Atkins to discuss the creative process in all its forms.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 1:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


After “Always:” The Harry Potter Fandom in 2021

Room 9

Heidi Tandy (legal committee volunteer, Organization for Transformative Works), Rachael Vaughn (Snapecast), Shirley Lu (US Quidditch), Katie Sciurba (assistant professor, San Diego State University), Mary Wojcicki (MuggleNet), Naim Martin (fan of fantasy stories), and representatives from the International Quidditch Association and other fan communities look at how Harry Potter fandom has changed over the past two decades, discuss fan creativity, and share perspectives on the complicated map of wizardly fandom and fannishness.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Metaverse Creators

Room 26AB

This FutureTechLive! panel focuses on the evolving concept of the metaverse, the technology supporting it, and how a metaverse is built—a term coined in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 sci-fi novel, Snow Crash, and what 60 Minutes has called the “future of the internet.” Featuring metaverse creators Dante Venafro (Dante’s Inferno, partner at Alpha Sigma Capital), Michael Young (director, Looking for Group, Alter Ego, Madden Football), Ted Schilowitz (futurist, Paramount/Viacom), Kris Layng (partner, Parallux), Mark Murphy (The Jurassicverse, FutureTechLive!), and representatives from Unity Labs, Artory, and a Blockchain partner. Moderated by David Bloom (Forbes).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Roddenberry and The Comic-Con Museum!

Room 29AB

Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Trevor Roth (COO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Eddie Ibrahim (senior director of programming, Comic-Con International), Chris Ryall (Syzygy Publishing), and Rita Vandergaw (executive director, Comic-Con Museum) discuss how two names synonymous with fandom have combined forces to bring Comic-Con to life 365 days a year. Are your geek glands salivating yet? Join moderator Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring It On) and some surprise guests as they get the scoop from representatives of science fiction’s greatest franchise and conventions’ greatest event.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Secrets to Successful Self-Publishing, from Concept to Audiobook

Room 2

Michael C. Grumley, bestselling author of the Breakthrough series, teams up with renowned audiobook narrator Scott Brick to share secrets of successfully self-publishing your novel, getting it to the marketplace, and ultimately seeing it released as an audiobook. From choosing a lucrative topic and avoiding common missteps to establishing an effective social media presence and becoming publisher-ready, Grumley and Brick offer invaluable insights in this attendee-interactive panel.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The ABC’s of NFTs

Room 7AB

This panel will educate artists, producers, and managers on NFTs, from the creative to the financial. During the panel, international pop artist and NFT master Rob Prior will create and mint a 1/1 NFT.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Zombies, Blips, and the Apocalypse! Why Write Stories about Disruptions?

Room 23ABC

From The Walking Dead to Infinity War, 28 Days Later, and the Age of Apocalypse, writers, and fans have been obsessed with tales of doom. But why? Are we writing self-help books? Are we trying to understand the human condition by putting people in bizarre, extreme situations? A panel of psychologists, anthropologists, writers, and over-the-top fans, Dr. J. Scott Jordan (Dark Loops Productions), Dr. Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comic Studies), Dr. Tom Bertolotti (Legosophy), and Ms. Brittani Oliver Sillas-Navarro (Black Panther Psychology) discuss their favorite disruptive tales and examine of why they spend so much time thinking and writing about the end of days!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Indie Toy Makers Unite! How Indie Toy Makers Are Changing the Collectible Industry

Room 3

It’s been a challenging time for toy collecting and an even more challenging time for those who are independently producing and selling action figures. Hear how these creators have not only survived but also excelled during these challenging times. Join video guests Brian Flynn (Super 7), Julie Kerwin (I Am Elemental Action Figures), Chris Gawrych (Amazo Toys, US Space Force Action Figures), Bill Murphy (Fresh Monkey Fiction, Eagle Force Returns), and John Russell (Chicken Fried Toys, Dime Novel Legends) as they discuss key insights and mistakes to avoid when creating and selling your own toy line. Moderators Richard Mayerik (Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, A Toy Store Near You), Jordan Q. Hammer (Instagram and YouTube’s Toyshiz), Eugene Son (toy collector and writer on Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Legend of Vox Machina), and Gavin Hignight (Wandering Planet Toys; writer,Transformers: War For Cybertron) will keep the conversation going as they Q&A with attendees.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Making Your First Comic: The Good, The Bad & The Business Side

Room 24ABC

Brand new comic creators Heather Hale (She Bites, grand prize winner of the 2020 Script2Comic Contest) and Anastazja Davis (Eternus) discuss the process of making their first titles with David Bowles (Clockwork Curandera), Scout Comics partner Don Handfield (The Dark Age, Eternus), Scout Comics co-publisher Charlie Stickney (White Ash), writer Joshua Malkin (Unikorn, The Source), creative executives Phillip Braun (Chispa) and Jordan Moore (Motor). Moderated by comedian Janelle Draper.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Mictlan: An Ancient Mythical Tale (From Mexico to the world)

Room 8

Guillermo Alarcon (founder and creative director for Mictlan) Jose Iturriaga (environment concept artist), and Jonathan Mehraban (mocap director) show you the amazing world of Mictlan, Mexico’s highly anticipated open-world adventure video game. Mictlan is set to be the first realistic open-world video game showcasing the untold mythical tales of ancient Mexico. Portraying indigenous cultures, re-creating ancient pyramids, decoding códex, and telling the story and reenactment of how Mesoamerica once was is something never seen before. Meta Studios takes pride in representing their culture and traditions to be able to tell the story of their ancestors and place Mictlan amongst the most anticipated video games in LATAM and soon the world. Moderated by Beth Accomando (host of KPBS’s arts and culture Cinema Junkie Podcast).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Jae Lee

Room 5AB

Moderator Jose Villarrubia (The Sentry) grills Jae Lee (The Sentry) on everything he hates to talk about like only a close friend and frequent collaborator can!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


NBC’s La Brea

Room 6DE

The cast and executive producers of La Brea gather for a virtual discussion of the hit series and share an exclusive first look of the season finale airing November 30 on NBC. Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Chiké Okonkwo, and Nicholas Gonzalez will partake in a Q&A session alongside co-showrunners David Appelbaum, Steven Lilien, and Bryan Wynbrandt, moderated by TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 2:45 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 3:45 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Antagonists, Villains, and Monsters, Oh My!

Room 29AB

Have you ever watched a movie and rooted for the villain? Do you read books where you cringe and are yet delighted by the awfulness of the bad guy? Have you ever seen a villain transform before your eyes as you realize their motives are not that far from what you yourself believe? Learn from writers and actors on how to make villains memorable, make them tick, make them real, and get your audience cringing and still wanting more, all while making the hero shine brighter. Featuring USA Today bestselling authors Rebekah Ganiere (Fairelle series, Dead Awakenings) and Angel Payne (Blood of Zeus series, Bolt series), along with James Ganiere (Emmy-nominated director/producer, Crypted franchise), David Howard (writer, Galaxy Quest), Thomas Hobson (actor, Ghost of Ozarks, Nickelodeon’s That Girl Lay Lay, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Gigi Edgley (actress Farscape), and Sean Kanan (actor, The Karate Kid Part III, Survive the Game with Bruce Willis).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


How to Promote Yourself and Your Work Online

Room 2

Learn from Denise Vasquez (artist, author, writer, photographer, actress, recording artist, content creator) how to promote yourself, how to showcase what makes you and your work stand out from the rest, how to find your niche, and how to attract clients online.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Make Mine Ultima!

Room 26AB

The comic industry is experiencing a sea-change. Decades-long status quo in every area of the business, from publication to distribution to retail, has been shattered. As the market struggles to adjust, the time is right for a new way of doing business—a way to create, build, and thrive! Independent is the new mainstream. Introducing: Ultima Comics! Hosted by Joshua Waldrop (CEO, Ultima Digital).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spirit Skies Vol. 2 Goes to Panama

Room 25ABC

Did students write and illustrate an international graphic novel? YES! Did they have a launch party for Spirit Skies, volume 1 outside the Comic-Con Museum? Oh, yes they did! Is the project over? Oh, they’ve just got started! At Special Edition, it’s all about volume 2! See tje students talk live with their friends from the International School of Panama who are illustrating Spirit Skies, volume 2. The students will discuss the process of cooperation in the age of Covid, and the student illustrators from Panama will share their concept art and storyboarding for volume 2. Lucky winners will get a free copy of volume 1.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Sam Maggs

Room 9

As a writer for video games, comic books, and novels, Sam Maggs (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel) has contributed to the geek world’s biggest universes, from Star Wars to Transformers, My Little Pony, Critical Role, and Call of Duty, and is now creating her own. Join Maggs and moderator Mallory O’Meara (Girly Drinks) for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The “Bad Movie Medicine” Holiday Special

Room 7AB

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” Johnny Kolasinski and Dr. Jackson Vane, co-creators of Hi Everybody! A Bad Medicine Podcast, are joined by Dr. Ewa Farelly, Dr. Courtney Nicholas, and Dr. Greg Winter to discuss what holiday classics like Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and Die Hard get right and wrong about injuries, medicine, and how the body works.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Adapting Famous Books & TV for Comics

Room 24ABC

Film/TV/comics writer Steven Peros (Shi, Stoker & Wells), Mark Haynes (Stargate, 24, plus top-secret Roddenberry project), and David Avallone (Twilight Zone, Doc Savage, Zorro, Elvira) discuss adapting famous novels, iconic characters, and hit TV shows to comic books and graphic novels.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


ComiXology Originals: Past, Present and Future

Room 24ABC

Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay, Marc Bernardin, Jeff Lemire, Ariella Kristantina, Chip Zdarsky, Spike Trotman—the hottest creators are to be found via comiXology Originals, the digital-first comics line on comiXology and Kindle. How did it start? Where is it going? A rare behind the scenes panel with comics veteran and comiXology Originals’ head of content Chip Mosher and guest panelists.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Let’s Talk BookTok

Room 5AB

TikTok has taken the world by storm over the last year, including the emergence of BookTok, a collection of videos starring people geeking out over their latest bookish passions. Four of BookTok’s biggest YA author obsessions—Lizz Huerta (The Lost Dreamer), Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves), and Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth)—talk fantasy, adventure, romance, and all of the things that make BookTok tick. Moderated by Michelle Bucud social media coordinator for Mysterious Galaxy).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Major Grom: Plague Doctor. American Dream Made in Russia.

Room 3

In July 2021 a Russian movie titled Major Grom: Plague Doctor made it onto the top of the Netflix worldwide chart. How did it become possible, and what did the filmmakers do to achieve this goal? Evgenii Eronin, writer and producer of the movie, will guide you through, starting from the first issue of the Major Grom comic book published more than 9 years ago.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 3:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Bringing Worlds to Life: Publishing Tabletop Games

Room 23ABC

Hear from tabletop game industry veterans, B. Dave Walters (Demiplane RPG), Kailey Bray (Pixel Circus), Jon Cohn (Bread and Circuses), and Spenser Starke (Alice is Missing) as they share about bringing their unique worlds from concept to fully launched tabletop games. What makes a tabletop game world unique and what can you do to find success in an ever-growing industry. Moderated by Ross Thompson (Steamforged Games).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Destination Fear: To Hell and Back

Room 6DE

The thrill-seeking friends from Destination Fear (Travel Channel/discovery+)—Dakota Laden, his sister Chelsea Laden, Tanner Wiseman, and Alex Schroeder—are back from the latest leg of their tour de terror and will be on hand to share the terrifying tales from their fright-fueled road trip to America’s most haunted locations. Join the paranormal explorers as they reveal the horror and hauntings they encountered during the new season of the hit series, which returns with new episodes this November. As the team ups the ante on their frightening social experiment about fear, spending the night alone inside abandoned haunted buildings, asylums, and prisons, their pursuit of paranormal evidence and a deeper understanding of fear takes them on their most challenging and extreme journey yet. Fans will hear about their nightmarish experiences, including the most shocking moments, the places they would never return to, and what it takes to endure sleepovers night after night inside these sinister destinations. Fans will get exclusive intel and a special first look, plus an exciting giveaway.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Fifty Years of Funny: The Cartoon Career of Scott Shaw!

Room 7AB

Scott Shaw! was a 1950s kid who taught himself how to read, write, and draw by studying comic books because he wanted to be a cartoonist. Now 70-year-old Shaw! will display samples of his artwork from boyhood, fandom, underground comix, ground-level comics, mainstream comics, syndicated comic strips, children’s books, animated cartoons, advertising, toy designs, album covers, cereal package designs, and more.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Kapow, Woosh, Zap! Engaging Students with Comics in the Classroom

Room 25ABC

Hear from a panel of super teachers, including Jaime Chavez (intervention counselor, San Diego Unified), Mick Rabin (resource teacher, Youth Advocacy Dept., San Diego Unified), Ella “Dizzy” Rogosin (teacher, Sweetwater UHSD), Edwin Lim (Teacher, Bonita Vista High), Scott Nielsen (mild/moderate special education teacher, Grossmont UHSD), and L. Gabriel Senteno (teacher, ELA, MLL, Clairemont High), moderated by Jewyl Alderson Clarke (San Diego County Office of Education), as they dive into their experiences using Comics in the Classroom. Hear how incorporating comics into the curriculum increases engagement and access for all students while developing a love for learning (and secretly powering up literacy skills) and how the Comic-Con Educator Book Club brings together teachers from across the region in pursuit of great reads, community, and strategies for the classroom. You, too, can become a super teacher!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Larry Nemecek’s “The State of the Trek” Fan Forum

Room 26AB

“Dr. Trek” Larry Nemecek (The Trek Files, Portal 47) will kick things off and referee as you vent or share your thoughts with fellow fans about current Trekland: the changing face of media, fandom, culture—and what it all means for Star Trek. Lower Decks, kid-centric Prodigy, Picard’s familiar but dark faces, the evolution of Discovery, old-school Strange New Worlds and the elusive big screen Star Trek 4 are all up for discussion. Also slated as a special edition of The Trek Files podcast, from Roddenberry!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Observational Drawing Without Using Perspective Theory

Room 2

Wei Xu, Ph.D. (artist, mathematician, and author) talks about the pros and cons of perspective theory, including why it causes problems even for artists. He will then present an alternative scientific solution to control shapes for both 3D objects and 2D images. People at all drawing levels will benefit from this talk.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Shang-Chi: Cultural Impact and Celebration of Fight Choreography

Room 29AB

For decades Asian American audiences have enjoyed the works of stars like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and many others. But there has never been a movie quite like Marvel’s Shang-Chi. The first Western Asian superhero film has proved to be an entirely unique filmgoing experience, even when compared to the vast and impressive lineup of its MCU peers. Jessica Tseang (international comics historian) and special guests from the stunt team discuss the process of bringing to life Marvel’s first-ever Asian superhero (and how they succeeded in making him look so darn cool), as well as reflect on the emotional journey of being a part of creating a new kind of hero, a higher caliber of representation, and joining the MCU blockbuster film roster.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Why Monsters Never Die

Room 9

Demetra Brodsky (Last Girls), New York Times bestselling author Kim Liggitt (The Grace Year), Gretchen McNeil (#No Escape), Marlene Perez (The Afterlife of the Party), and Joshua Pruett (Netflix’s The Last Kids on Earth) share their insights about monsters, both human and inhuman, why people continue to be fascinated by the fictional monsters in literature and TV/film, and why certain types of monsters continue to endure. Moderated by Stacia Deutsch (Werewolf Weekend: Tales from the Scaremaster Book 2).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


How to Get Into Character

Room 3

Liezl Fernando (costume designer; Everwing, Miss Global Pageants) Gina Su (actor, The Bold and The Beautiful, Fetish), and Harry Mok (producer, writer, Animal Crackers, Rambo: First Blood Part II) share their wisdom and experiences to bring your film projects, cosplays, and productions to life. Q&A session moderated by Francis Kong (curator, Imagine Talks).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Lights, Camera . . . Identity! Never Alone

Room 5AB

Pop Culture Hero Coalition spotlights their comic book Lights, Camera . . . Identity! (never alone). Join PCHC and Friends including; Terry Farrell (Star Trek Deep Space Nine/Becker), Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow: I Want Candy), Elizabeth Dennehy (Star Trek The Next Generation, Boston Legal, Charmed, Seinfeld), and Scarlett BoBo (Rupaul’s Dragrace Canada) as they dive deep into their Identity comic book pages with topics including bullying prevention, self-acceptance and what it means to be an ally. Check @SuperHeroIRL on social media for Special Guest Updates/Info!!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Storytelling Master Class: Writing for Animation

Room 8

Get the inside scoop from some of the finest scribes in the industry and learn about all the hoops today’s screenwriters must leap through to complete a script for films, television, and games. Tim Sheridan (Batman: The Long Halloween, Masters of the Universe: Revelation), Mae Catt (Young Justice, Transformers: Cyberverse), Jeremy Adams (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise, Batman: Soul of the Dragon), and Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) give insights into honing your skills as a professional animation screenwriter. Stay for the Q&A when moderator Gary Miereanu (GT Marmots/PR, Inc.) will give away a few-limited edition prizes.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


TOKYOPOP: I Didn’t Know That Had a Manga

Room 24ABC

TOKYOPOP has been bringing manga to the world for over 20 years, and they partner with some of the most well-known licenses in the world. Learn about upcoming manga and graphic novel partnerships, including Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Descendants, and more.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 4:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Create an Original Comic Book Hero with
Academy Award-nominated “Before Sunrise” Trilogy Screenwriter Kim Krizan

Room 2

Interested in creating your own original comic book hero? In this workshop, Academy Award–nominated Before Sunrise trilogy screenwriter and The Magic Hour Patreon writing instructor Kim Krizan will lead you through a series of exclusive exercises that will end in your having created your very own heroic protagonist. Come armed with paper and a pencil or pen.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Pop Culture Fantasy Draft

Room 7AB

Fantasy drafts and pop culture collide in this debate-style panel, where participants pick a team of unusual pop culture characters to overcome a slew of ridiculous, audience-chosen scenarios. On stage will be puppets Chunk (Art Vega, Perception Studio) and Cucumber (Danny Montooth, Perception Studio), with Cole Garrison (content creator, Rogue Jedi Gaming), Daniel Dawson (actor and content creator, TheDanielDawson), Kim Wong (actress and voice actress), and JPG (pop culture advocate and RPG performer) rounding out the competition.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spotlight on Henry Barajas

Room 9

Henry Barajas has been writing, editing, lettering, publishing, analyzing, critiquing, reading, and collecting comics since he was old enough to know better. He is a by-product of comic books and Comic-Con International. Learn how not to make comics by his Bizzaro journey to making La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo and Helm Greycaste, and hear the story about how he got to write Avengers Assemble! There will be no flash photography or filming allowed. You have to be there to believe it.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


STEAM Superstars

Room 25ABC

Real-life STEM superheroes are here to get kids interested in STEM! The IF/THEN ambassadors are changing the culture around science, technology, engineering, and math through representation ( like their full-sized 3D printed statues) and through innovation by incorporating art and other unconventional methods to teach and communicate science. By changing STEM to STEAM, they’re reaching new audiences and helping girls and youth find their own STEAM superpowers. Join Dr. Beata Mierzwa (molecular biologist, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research), Jasmine Sadler (rocket scientist, STEAM Collab), Dr. Claire Meaders (assistant teaching professor, UCSD), Dr. Kimberley Miner (climate scientist, NASA), and Sam Wynns (conservation biologist, Cabrillo National Monument) for a discussion moderated by Dr. Crystal Dilworth (neuroscientist, TV host) about career paths, education, STEM, and art as they share their passion and commitment to the next generation.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Telling the Story of Comic-Con

Room 29AB

For over 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con has had a profound social and cultural impact. It helped to turn fandom into a force to be reckoned with and provided the setting for pivotal moments in the history of comics and entertainment. A few storytellers have made it their work to preserve and promote the history of SDCC in books, photographs, recordings, and podcasts as a way to connect today’s event to its origins and build bridges across generations of fans. Join two of Comic-Con’s founding generation, Mike Towry (Comic-Con Memories) and Jackie Estrada (author, Comic Book People), podcast producer Mathew Klickstein (Comic-Con Begins), and author Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) for a conversation about Comic-Con’s roots and ongoing role in 21st-century pop culture.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Enduring Appeal of the Alien Franchise

Room 26AB

Since 1979 audiences have been captivated with the Alien franchise. Gareth Von Kallenbach, owner and editor of Skewed & Reviewed, along with Skewed & Reviewed writers Victor and Juliette Calderon, explore the enduring appeal of the franchise from films to games, comics, and the pending television series. This panel looks at not only the history of the franchise but also its fans’ deep fascination with the stories and characters and the franchise’s impact on pop culture and our psyche.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


You Are My Childhood: Stars of TV Shows from a Bygone Era

Room 23ABC

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Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Revolutionizing Animation: A Transcendent Way to Bring Drama to Life

Room 6DE

Trioscope’s creative leads L.C. Crowley, and Greg Jonkajyts (The Liberator) are joined live and virtually by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil, Ratched) to reveal exclusive details including a first look from their upcoming George R.R. Martin-produced short film Night of the Cooters. Based on a short by Howard Waldrop, the film is directed by and stars D’Onofrio. Panelists will show how fusing live-action human performances with animated environments creates a groundbreaking moving graphic-novel experience, transforming sci-fi and fantasy into stunning reality. Night of the Cooters actor and producer Elias Gallegos will moderate.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:15 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:15 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Mega64 Panel for Giving Thanks

Room 23ABC

The long-time infamous digital filmmakers at Mega64 are thankful for a special edition of Comic-Con over this most festive weekend. They’re gonna show it by getting the whole cast and crew—including Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield, and many others—together to show new and unseen videos, do a Q&A, and celebrate their favorite San Diego hometown convention!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Newest Chapter in Stan Lee’s Alliances Universe –
Graphic Novel From Artist Bill Sienkiewicz

Room 8

In 2019, fans were introduced to one of Stan Lee’s final collaborations with the Audible Original A Trick of Light, the first story in the complex braided narrative of the Alliances Universe. Now, Alliances creative architects Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert are excited to reveal the next stage of the expanding Alliances Universe, which is now in publishing and audio and soon to be a graphic novel. Alliances: Orphans featuring a story written by Lee, Lieberman, and Silbert featuring the art of legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz and fan-favorite Szymon Kudranski. Sienkiewicz will join Lieberman and Silbert in revealing dozens of new characters and a galaxy-spanning story.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Perfecting & Pitching the Picture Book

Room 3

If you want to write a children’s picture book, but don’t know where to start, this panel is for you. Stephen W. Martin (Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion, Simon and Schuster; Charlotte & the Rock, Penguin Random House) takes you through the process of picking the perfect idea, using classical structure to polish it up, and then sending it out with a creative query to capture any editor or agent’s attention. Bring your pencils, paper and colored crayons.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Web Comics: Healing in Four Panels

Room 24ABC

Friends, it’s been a hard year and a half, but we’re all together again! The world is deeply polarized, and we’re not laughing at the same things we used to. Dedicated webcomics creators JR Gervais (YoungCannibals.net) and Eddie DeAngelini (CollectorsComic.com) have taken it upon themselves to increase the shared laughs between old and young, red and blue, and everyone in between. Moderated by Kristen Parraz (host, Comadres y Comics podcast). They will be giving away a 9.0 CGC–rated copy of Action Comics #1 for the best question. Not a typo, not an imaginary story, but a genuine copy of Action Comics #1!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 5:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Bronies React to a New Generation

Room 29AB

Sylvia Mondragon (“Mom,” member, Tijuana Bronies), Will Barron (“Steam Tank,” head creator, Railroad Bronies), Ethan Chang (creator, First Awesome Platoon), Jonathan Gilfry (“Mechaflyer,” co-founder, Railroad Bronies), Patrick Ramirez (“Lance,” co-organizer, SoCal Bronies), and Ted Visser (chair, Pacific PonyCon 2016 & 2017), discuss Hasbro’s new version of My Little Pony: “A New Generation,” released on Netflix. Additionally, they will discuss the state of the brony fandom since the end of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Moderated by James Udan (organizer, SoCal Bronies; coordinator, San Diego Wikimedians User Group).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Fandom Has Saved SciFi Franchises!

Room 7AB

2020 cemented the truth that fandom as an entity is an essential force in all sci-fi franchises. Many have known the power of fandom for years, but it is only in the past five years that this has been driven home: Deadpool’s fan base forcing Fox to reassess the viability of the movie, The Expanse getting renewed on Amazon after being cancelled, Dune resurrected due to the director’s absolute love for the content, The Orville saved—there are so many stories of fandom impacting sci-fi directly. An all-star panel of fandom and sci-fi experts in the industry look back at the impact fandoms have had, and more important, the power they hold now. Insights, Q&A, and exclusive giveaways!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Finance for Creatives (Formerly the Financial Superhero Panel)

Room 9

Panelists will discuss some of the year-end finance, tax, and credit planning that creatives will need to prepare for, including where to turn for help and support. Featuring Eric Atilano (Best Equity Financial), Matt Medeiros (Clelland & Company, Inc.), Neil Narvaez (owner, Professional Tax Services, LLC), and industry professionals Chris Neuhahn (5-time Emmy-award winning producer & animator), and Alonso Nuñez (founder and art director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio). Moderated by Karen Martin (The Princess Project).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Prop Shop Talk with the SheProp!

Room 2

Can you walk that prop and talk that shop, but feel like an outsider in many of the maker forums? Members of SheProp!, the prop-making forum for women, trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary artists and creators, will answer all of your cosplay and prop-making questions, free of judgment and criticism.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spirtual Themes in Comics

Room 23ABC

With continued emphasis on spiritual themes in comics, movies, and television, such as Wanda Vision, Loki, and The Eternals, this panel will delve into and examine how these spiritual themes influence the entertainment industry. Panelists include Jessica Tseang (historian), B Dave Walters (actor, writer), Bryan Mero (Spirit Knight), Ralph Miley (Christian Comic Arts Society), Luis Serrano (Rooted Chronicles), and Kyle Keene (moderator).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Nearest Stars Within 100 Light Years

Room 26AB

Have you ever wanted to know more about our closest stellar neighbors? Authors and actors discuss the 4,000 nearest stars within 100 light-years and alien civilizations that might be found in our region of the Milky Way. Learn about the Nearest Stars Project, which is a collaborative undertaking to create a 3D map of our region of space. Featuring Mark O’Bannon (Imperium, Aia the Barbarian), Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge), and Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Rise of the Ethnogothic: Black Horror and Popular Culture

Room 25ABC

Cultural anthropologist Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival) moderates the conversation between two-time Eisner winner John Jennings (UC Riverside; Megascope), Tananarive Due (UCLA; Horror Noire), and Courtney Baker (UC Riverside) on the rise of Black horror as a genre and its impact on popular culture through literary works, feature films, and drama series.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Bat in the Sun

Room 6DE

Bat in the Sun is the awarding-winning, talent filmmaking crew responsible for Super Power Beat Down, Batman: Dying is Easy, and their newest project Legend of the White Dragon. Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Kevin Porter, and Vera Bambi talk about filmmaking and future projects.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Kamen Rider 50th Anniversary and Beyond

Room 5AB

Team Kamen Rider members (David Clarke, A. J. Velasco) and Shout Factory discuss upcoming toy releases and information about upcoming subbed series with the help of moderator David Edmundson (senior marketing manager for Bandai Namco Collectibles LLC.). Immediately after the panel, there will be a screening of the U.S. premiere of Kamen Rider Zero-One: REALxTIME.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Ins and Outs of Working as a Freelance Storyboard Artist/Illustrator

Room 3

Ralph Lee Miranda (storyboard artist at ADG 800) will walk you through how to develop storyboarding skills, how to apply those skills, and the day-to-day life of a storyboard artist. He will also discuss how storyboarding led to the creation of his new cartoon Oh, Bubba Lu! Jen Lu (writer), Kelvin Chung (art director), and David Seung (producer) will also discuss creating and finalizing a film. All in attendance will receive an exclusive Oh, Bubba Lu! poster and a storyboarding cheat sheet handout.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The Science of Star Wars

Room 24ABC

Examples of real-life science are everywhere in the galaxy far, far away. Join the Fleet Science Center for this discussion of how science influences Star Wars and how the fantasy epic continues to inspire scientists. Fon Davis (creative director, Fonco Studios) will share behind-the-scenes knowledge from working on over 40 feature films, including the Star Wars series. Scientists include Lisa M. Will, Ph.D. (astrophysics professor, San Diego City College), Frank Santana (herpetologist, San Diego Natural History Museum), Amit K. Patel, Ph.D. (ophthalmologist, University of California San Diego), and Melissa Miller (science writer, Star Wars Insider magazine, Nerdist). Moderated by James Floyd (freelance writer, Star Wars Insider, and podcast host, Star Warsologies).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Video Game Industry: Forge Your Career!

Room 8

Video games have created innovative careers with their unique design and development process. From storytelling, concept art, audio, cinematics, and programming to marketing, pro-gaming and entertaining, this panel will unveil unique sides to the video game industry. Genese Davis (Ary and the Secret of Seasons), Jason Hayes (World of Warcraft), Sam Hall (Nexus), and Eric Kieron Davis (Star Citizen) discuss the game creation process, the gaming industry at large, and the key ingredients they pour into their niche.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 6:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Comics on Comics: LIVE! 10th Anniversary Show!

Room 26AB

Comics on Comics has had lots of fun and laughs at Comic-Con over the years and for Special Edition they are bringing back some of their favorite past participants to talk about all the comic goodness seen in the past few years, From Marvel Phase Four to Watchmen to The Boys, we have been in a Golden Age of comics in pop culture! Juan-Manuel Rocha hosts comedian Asterios Kokkinos, podcaster Vito Lapiccola, and other panelists.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Docs that Rock

Room 29AB

Documentaries covering pop culture subjects such as comic books and movies are more popular than ever, topping the charts on iTunes and streaming services. Join Chris Gore (Film Threat, Attack of the Doc), April Wright (Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story), Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop Country), Malcolm Ingram (Clerk), Taylor Morden (The Last Blockbuster), and Jesse Suchmann (Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie) for a conversation about what it takes to get an indie doc made, how to promote it at a film festival, and tips for selling the film to a major streaming service like Netflix.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars

Room 25ABC

David Rosing (JPL HLS system engineer), Shonte Tucker (JPL Deputy Sec Mgr for Spacecraft Mech Engineering), and Keith Rosette (JPL MSR CCRS deputy project manager) discuss the successful M2020 landing in the middle of inhospitable terrain on Mars ,only to experience the gut-punch of the first core sample that was unable to collect a rock core. See how the team saved the future of the Mars Sample Return Project.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Outlandish Confabulation: An Outlander Fan Panel

Room 9

Ginger Wiseman (The Outlander podcast), Summer Reynolds (The Outlander podcast), Heather Insley (Outlander SoCal Edition), Rita Meistrell (Outlander SoCal Edition), and Caitlin Gallagher (The Dipp) discuss popular fan theories and invite attendees to take part in a conversation about the books and television adaptation.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Spies, Secrets, and Espionage: Technology and Tactics for Deception and Detection

Room 7AB

Decades before the emergence of Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Agent 37 of Spyral, spies, espionage, and trickery had been pervasive in comics and graphic novels. Moderator Steve Broback (co-founder, Dent the Future) will engage with Jonna Mendez (former chief of disguise for the CIA), Clint Emerson (Navy SEAL ret., author), Barbara Rae-Venter (genetic genealogist), and Jamy Ian Swiss (magician and author/historian) to discuss spy technologies of the past, present, and future.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Trivia for the Rest of Us

Room 23ABC

Use your own device to play in this inclusive, open, online session covering topics like superheroes, video games, monsters, princesses, Stan Lee, and more! Winners will receive prizes. Featuring Debbie Kunes (curator), Jeff Kunes (director), Owen Kunes (monitor), and Tyler Kunes (creator). Everyone is welcome; appropriate for all ages.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Kamen Rider Screening

Room 5AB

U.S. premiere of Kamen Rider Zero-One: REALxTIME.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 9:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Replay Saturday

Room 24ABC

Did you miss Comic-Con in 2020 and 2021? So did we! Join programming coordinator for Comic-Con International Tommy Goldbach in this 1.5-hour block in which Comic-Con will rebroadcast some of 2019’s popular panels from Hall H and Ballroom 20. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest and it’s a first (or second?) chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 9:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Mythology of Final Fantasy

Room 3

Jared Griego (Eat the Magic, Dapper Bard’s Tavern) discusses world mythology and pop culture references that have inspired the popular Japanese RPG series Final Fantasy. He will explore myths and legends from the East and West, the fantastic and mundane, that ensure the fantasy worlds that have given us countless hours of gameplay will never be final. Moderated by Scarlet Aznable (Convention Tea, published cosplayer).

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Space Command: Epic Adventures!

Room 8

Space Command’s cast is a Who’s Who of TV and film genre stars, including Doug Jones (Star Trek Discovery, The Shape of Water), Ethan McDowell (The Walking Dead, Doom Patrol), Mike Harney (Orange Is the New Black, Project Blue Book), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, TRON), Bill Mumy (Lost In Space, Babylon 5), James Hong (Blade Runner), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), Victor Manso (Tesla Adventures), and John Hennigan (Glow, WWE). Created by Star Trek writer Marc Scott Zicree (TNG, New Twilight Zone). See a new episode extended HD preview, and get background info from those behind the scenes.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:30 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Dr. Horrible Screening

Room 6DE

Join the fun and sing along as we screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Bring your fro-yo but do not bounce!

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 7:45 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 8:45 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


The San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition Masquerade

Ballroom 20

Ballroom 20 stage becomes a celebration of cosplay costuming with a fun competition inspired by comics, movies, and other pop culture, with impressive re-created and original design costumes crafted by our talented and creative attendees. Not a dance or party, it’s part talent show, part fashion show, with clever stage presentations, trophies, and cash prizes. Always one of the most popular events at our cons, doors will open for audience seating at 7:30, but the line for choice seating will begin earlier. Unlike our usual Comic-Cons, tickets are NOT required for seating. During the judging break, there will be special live entertainment from The Corps Dance Crew, and The Saber Guild performance group. (Overflow seating with live video provided if needed in Room 23ABC)

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 10:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Gorilla With A Pen: The World of Esports

Room 7AB

Anthony “Ape” Pratt (Gorilla With A Pen CEO, CEO of Anomaly Brand Esports), David “Panda” Chen (partner, FaZe ClanEsports teacher at SMU), Mark Deppe (director of Esports at UCI, commissioner at NASEF), Donovan Carter (Vernon Littlefield on HBO’s Ballers, defensive lineman, Oakland Raiders), and Bekka Prewitt (Resident Evil: The Village, The Evil Within 2) discuss the rise of the esports community, family support within the community, and the opportunities that exist for gamers.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 9:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Inside the Horror Film Bundy Manor

Room 9

When a family moves to a small town they discover an extreme haunted house run by a charming retired surgeon. Things start getting out of hand when they realize he is going too far. The cast and creators preview the official trailer for Bundy Manor and talk about the making of the film. Moderated by producer Tim Drake (Funny or Die, Robot Butt), the panel will also feature Lucasfilm writer and director Alex Watson (Star Wars: Journey of a Fan Film, Take Me Out), and main cast members Julie Cordell-Seamons (Echo Boomers), Paul Anthony Sonnier Jr. (Extinct), Walter Mecham (Yellowstone), Clare Pace, Ilara Phoenix Williams, Emily Perry, Pamela Beheshti (The Devil in Me), and Siddiq Maginn.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 9:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Selling the Hit: What You Always Wanted to Know About the Stunt Industry

Room 26AB

Stuntmen and stuntwomen from Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Walking Dead, Agents of Shield, MacGuyver, and many more discuss their experiences and offer advice in getting into and navigating the stunt industry in movies and TV, as well as how the industry has changed and is changing. Panelists include Esteban Cueto, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Brian Danner, Joette Orman, and Tammie Baird. Moderated by Justin T. Bowler.

Start time: Nov 27, 2021 8:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End time: Nov 27, 2021 9:00 pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Purchase your badge for Comic-Con Special Edition NOW!

Important Notes About Attending Programs
and Events at Comic-Con Special Edition

Comic-Con Special Edition features a comprehensive and diverse schedule of programming events. It spans all three days and includes 13 separate rooms in the Convention Center, ranging from 256 seats to 1,000 seats to the larger 4,250-seat Ballroom 20 for the Masquerade on Saturday night.

The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel has opened their meeting space to us. The facility is located on the Harbor Drive side of the hotel, adjacent to the Convention Center on the Hall A side. Events are in Pacific Ballroom 14–16, 17–19, 21–22, and 23–26. The Marriott Marquis serves as the headquarters hotel for games and the Hospitality Suite.

As attendance at Comic-Con events has grown, so has the number of people attending the programs. To make everyone’s programming experience as safe and pleasant as possible, please follow these guidelines. While they apply to all events and rooms at Comic-Con Special Edition, including anime, film screenings, and games, they are particularly important in the larger programming rooms. These procedures are for safety purposes and to help ease line and crowd control issues. They include:

  • Some of the larger rooms have specific areas for lining up. When you’re in a room, please watch the presentations on the screens that occur between events for directions for leaving once a program is over. Also, look for signage that will help you locate the correct line for each programming room.
  • Comic-Con Special Edition has a break between programs in Room 6DE. This break is to help get attendees in and out in a timely manner. The room will not be cleared during these breaks. (The programs in the other rooms—2, 5AB, 7AB, 8, 9, 23ABC, 24ABC, 25ABC, 26AB, 29AB, and 32AB—will still run back-to-back without breaks.)
  • In addition to following current health-care and governmental guidelines, everyone attending Comic-Con Special Edition will be required to wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status at all times, even while sitting. Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and not have any gaps.

Please keep in mind . . .

  • Seating in all event rooms at Comic-Con Special Edition is on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the number of attendees, simply having a badge does not guarantee a seat in programs and events or an autograph from a specific celebrity. If there is a specific program or presentation you would like to see, it’s always a good idea to plan accordingly and arrive early.
  • Seating is limited in each room, from the smallest (256 seats) to the largest (1,000). To help everyone, please:
    • Do not put your bags, food, or other items on the seat next to you.
    • Please do not save seats.
    • Don’t leave gaps in seating. Please fill in all seats.
    • If you are standing in a room, you may be asked to move or to find a seat. This request is for safety reasons and is under the jurisdiction of the Fire Marshal. Standing in any programming room at any time is not recommended.
    • There is no reserved seating for press. Press badges do not guarantee entry to any event.
  • Rooms will not be cleared between programs. You are permitted to stay in the same room for multiple programs (with certain exceptions; if a room is to be cleared, it will be announced).
  • Full rooms: Rooms filled to capacity will be closed, and no additional attendees will be admitted. This policy is under the jurisdiction of the Fire Marshal.
  • Recording of any of the video footage or images projected onto the screens in any of the rooms is strictly prohibited. Panel presenters go to great lengths and expense to bring these special presentations for Comic-Con Special Edition. In many cases, they are exclusive, specifically for you, the Comic-Con Special Edition attendees. Recording of any of these presentations, by any means, including cameras and camera phones, is a violation of copyright law. Please don’t ruin it for everyone! Comic-Con has an exemplary record in this regard, and that’s why you’ll continue to see exclusive material only at our events, but only you can make sure that continues.
  • Photography: Each program has its own set of rules, and sometimes photography is allowed. When taking pictures, please keep these guidelines in mind:
    • Keep flash photography to a minimum.
    • Take photographs from your seat.
    • Selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand are not allowed.
    • Follow the rules of each particular panel. Some events will not allow photography of any kind. An announcement will be made if that is the case.
  • Q&A: When asking questions of the people on stage, please be courteous. Because of time constraints, sometimes not everyone who gets in line will be able to ask a question. In the bigger room, 6DE, your question will be screened before you can ask it.
  • Cell phones: Just like in a movie theater, please silence all cell phones when you enter any programming room. If you must take a call, please leave the room to do so, but be advised that if the room is full and closed, you may not get back in. At all times, please be courteous to your neighbors.
  • Trash: Please take your trash with you. Remember that other people will also be attending events in the room following you. Do not leave trash on the chairs or in the area around your seat.
  • Cancellations: In rare instances, a panel will have to be cancelled because of a situation out of Comic-Con’s control. Keep in mind that all programs, events, and listed appearances are subject to change.

WonderCon, Comic-Con International, SAM, and Comic-Con Special Edition have the best attendees in the world and everyone in the pop culture industries knows this. That’s why Comic-Con events have the most incredible guests and programs of any convention. We know you’re here because you love this stuff as much as we do. We are all fans. Please keep the above guidelines in mind at all times, and everyone will have a safe, courteous, and fun time at the show!


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