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SDCC@HOME: Comics Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2020

EDIT (22/07/2020): listings edited to show [CANCELLED] panels, programming that has been removed from the schedules – the two Dynamite Comics panels may have removed, due to recent controversy at the publisher, leading to a number of creators leaving the books published at Dynamite….

In two weeks time, San Diego Comic-Con will be heading into the virtual space known as SDCC@HOME, held over the dates of what would have been the summer’s big Nerd Christmas (Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th July; Preview Night, Wednesday 22nd July) – and once again, we’ll hear the rumblings and complaints that Comic-Con isn’t about comics anymore.

Every year, the grumblings from industry insiders and creatives gets louder and louder as the headline-grabbing and attention-hogging multimedia companies attracts more and more social media chatter (and, if this was the actual convention, grabs precious exhibition floor space), complaining that Hollywood has stolen their con.

It’s a legitimate argument, as plenty of magazine ink gets spilled and pop culture sites devote more bandwidth to the flashy big and small screen attractions every year – but many forget that Hollywood has been a fixture of San Diego Comic-Con long before TWILIGHT rolled into town (with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Katherine Hepburn being guests at some of the early SDCC events).

And you can’t say comics aren’t represented in the programming of Comic-Con with the average number of panels listed varying from 64% to 73% for the past five years, covering every aspects of comics, from creator spotlight panels to How To Draw sessions, from self-published efforts to announcements from the mainstream companies, from breaking a story to raising the profiles of marginalised voices, from fine-tuning that first pitch to the nuts and bolts of publishing. It’s a lot.

It’s also represented in the streamed video content we’ll be able to watch from SDCC@HOME. In-between the BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC panels and the Nathan Fillion Q&A’s, there’s a veritable raft of comics-based content comic your way in a fortnight’s time – here’s our breakdown of what you comics fans can enjoy…




Graphix: Get Drawn In

YouTube: https://youtu.be/IujvhnZ9iIk

Stories that inspire. Characters that connect. Art that comes alive. Meet the authors of some of the hottest upcoming graphic novels for kids. Featuring Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant (authors, Animorphs), Chris Grine (illustrator, Animorphs: The Graphic Novel), Varian Johnson (author, Twins), Shannon Wright (illustrator, Twins), and Tom Angleberger (illustrator, Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel). These are the stories that ignite kids’ imaginations, spark creativity, and encourage reading in new and exciting ways. There are graphic novels. And then there’s Graphix. Moderated by Raina Telgemeier (author/illustrator, Smile).

Thursday July 23, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am




Odds are, when most people hear the name “Batgirl, ” the first character to come to mind is Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter. First appearing in 1967, she’s been a comic mainstay, first as Batgirl and then as Oracle. But as is tradition in the Bat-family, when things happen, the cowl can been passed from hero to hero. From Stephanie Brown to Cassandra Cain to The Bat Girls, each having a wildly different take on the role of caped crusader. Join Cecil Castellucci (Batgirl -Barbara Gordon), Sarah Kuhn (Batgirl -Cassandra Cain), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl -Stephanie Brown), Nancy Kiu (Batwoman -Kate Kane), Marieke Nijkamp (Oracle -Barbara Gordon) and Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) who have brought these different iconic versions of Batgirl to life in a celebration of what makes them different and what makes them Batgirl.

Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

James Bond – 007 in Comics! [CANCELLED]


A deep dive on Ian Fleming’s James Bond in comics past, present, and future. Special guest Steve Orlando (Supergirl) reveals his upcoming new series. Writers Greg Pak (Star Wars), Mark Russell (Flintstones), and Danny Lore (Ironheart) join to discuss the excitement and challenges of bringing the legendary spy to the page.


Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Web Comics: Saving the Entertainment Industy, Four Panels at a TIme


With film productions on hiatus, comic book distribution fragmented, and tv shows resorting to watered down “at-home” versions, COVID-19 has broken the entertainment industry. Where is a world, starved for new content, left to turn? Why, to the wonderful world of web comics, of course! Joined by moderator Will Romine (pROMINEnt Media) are Alan Truong (TheMissingDigit.com), JR Gervais (YoungCannibals.net), and Eddie DeAngelini (CollectorComics.com), who will talk about how quarantine, BLM, and the rest of 2020 have affected their work, art, and life. It’s a panel for fans, pros, and everyone in between.

Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm


Comics During Clampdown: Creativity In The Time of COVID


How do cartoonists deal with writer’s block in the face of a global pandemic? How do you balance homeschooling with publishing deadlines? Panelists Brian Fies (A Fire Story), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), MariNaomi (Life on Earth trilogy), Ajuan Mance (1001 Black Men), Thien Pham (Sumo), Jason Shiga (Demon), Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops), and moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discuss work-life balance, sanity, and survival in the midst of our brave new world.

Thursday July 23, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Oddball Comics Not-So-Live!


Longtime cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog, Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!, The Flintstones) once again presents his uniquely hilarious digital slideshow of “the craziest comic book covers ever published!” This acclaimed digital slideshow is a relentless cavalcade of mind-blowing, offensive and hilarious images of vintage comic books from Scott’s collection, accompanied by his wry, observational commentary. Stan Lee said, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I’d seen it all, but Scott Shaw!’s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott!’s outrageous opuses are a blast!”

Thursday July 23, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Paperfilms’ Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Creators Jimmy Palmiotti (writer on Painkiller Jane, Jonah Hex, Harley Quinn) and Amanda Conner (artist on Vampirella, Harley Quinn, Power Girl) chat with Londyn Jackson (historian, History of the Batman creator) about their co-founded company PaperFilms, reinventing DC Comics’ Harley Quinn for a new generation of fans, their innovative Kickstarter projects, and the importance of fans supporting both corporate and independently created comic books. https://linktr.ee/HistoryoftheBatman

Thursday July 23, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Comics Satire and The New Political Cartoon


There’s no shortage of fodder for political and social satire these days, yet some say political cartooning is a dying art! Join five very different cartoonists, Ben Passmore (BTTM FDRS, Sports is Hell), Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS, Upgrade Soul), Mr. Fish (Nobody Left), Ann Telnaes (Trump’s ABC), and R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated) as they discuss their approaches to making relevant, critical comics in the age of. . . whatever it is that’s going on right now! Moderated by Jacob Brogan (assistant opinions editor at The Washington Post).

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Insider Art: A Compendium of Comics, Crafts & Cats for All Ages


Insider Art is a comics initiative that begin during the early days of the COVID19 pandemic; a way to bring female and non-binary creators together to raise money for our own: female and non-binary comic book retailers who faced financial hardships under quarantine. 8 editors, 1 retailer liaison, and over 100 creators from around the world united for one grand mission: to bring over 250 pages of comics, crafts and cats to the masses and conquer the tedium of the great indoors.

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Legendary Comics 2.0: Sci-Fi, YA, Romance, and More!


The Legendary Comics team chat to find out who they are and what they publish. Built on a solid foundation of world-class storytelling, Legendary Comics is bringing amazing and inclusive tales of Sci-Fi, YA, Romance, Horror, and Fantasy to life. . . but not all at once because that would be confusing.

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Terry Moore Is Still Drawing Comics


Terry Moore is still going strong with an impressive collection of work since his comics debut with the Eisner Award Winning series, Strangers In Paradise. Now there is Echo, Rachel Rising, Motor Girl, Five Years, and more on the bookshelf and Moore isn’t finished. From his studio, Moore discusses his work and what’s next, plus offers thoughtful answers to questions. Don’t miss this chance to sit with a career cartoonist and talk about comics.

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Draw Along With Dark Horse


Dark Horse Comics invites you to join Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy), Naomi Franquiz (Tales From Harrow County: Death’s Choir), Tyler Cook (Colonel Weird: Cosmagog), and Mike Deodato (Berserker Unbound) as they discuss breaking into comics, visual storytelling, and the process of illustrating comics. They even draw each others iconic Dark Horse characters!

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Horizon Zero Dawn Comes To Comics


This August, Titan Comics and Guerrilla will embark on an exciting adventure together, as the first original comic book series set in the world of the global smash-hit PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn comes to comics. In this panel, the creative team behind this hotly-anticipated comic book launch–writer Anne Toole, artist Ann Maulina, Guerrilla narrative director Ben McCaw, principal artist Gilbert Sanders, and Guerrilla studio director/art director Jan-Bart van Beek–discuss bringing the critically-acclaimed Horizon world to this illustrated medium.

Social media and buy links: https://linktr.ee/TitanPanels

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

IDW: G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes with Rob Liefeld

YouTube: https://youtu.be/m3bW-4ON0RI

Snake Eyes is back, with veteran comic book creator Rob Liefeld (New Mutants, X-Force, Youngblood) leading the charge! Get a first look at his take on the G.I. Joe character with Liefeld and moderator Jim Viscardi (ComicBook.com executive editor).

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Shaenon Garrity in Conversation with Andrew Farago


In the summer of 2000, Shaenon K. Garrity launched her first webcomic, Narbonic, to an audience of a few dozen online friends. Twenty years later, Garrity’s still creating webcomics, scripting graphic novels, editing manga, and writing the occasional sci-fi short story. How does she do it? Only Shaenon’s husband, moderator Andrew Farago of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, knows for sure.

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Shaman King: Then, Now & Tomorrow


To celebrate the digital debut of Hiroyuki Takei’s original Shaman King series via comiXology Originals, Kodansha Comics experts Misaki Kido, Ben Applegate, and Ivan Salazar bring you a in-depth look at Hiroyuki Takei’s supernatural battle manga masterpiece, past, present, and future. Fans of the manga, anime and newcomers alike won’t want to miss this panel full of exclusive announcements, sneak peeks, and general excitement over the shonen classic Shaman King!

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

SYFY:The Roast of Todd McFarlane

Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Todd McFarlane–the innovative artist and entrepreneur who is the subject of the brand new SYFY WIRE documentary film, Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t. Todd is known for (quite literally) breaking down barriers, so they thought they’d invite some of his industry friends along to break his chops. To celebrate the documentary and Todd’s achievements, join a panel of industry greats as they commend Todd on his contributions to the industry, while simultaneously poking fun at the man who essentially “raised hell” to get where he is today.

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal Graphic Novel


The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal Graphic Novel–In the third Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family’s wildly popular RPG podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle as they hit the road again for Petals to the Metal. Join co-creators of The Adventure Zone,Clint McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Griffin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother, and Me) as well as co-adapter and illustrator for the graphic novel, Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes), to learn more about The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal, which has it all: blossoming new friendships, pining for outlaw lovers, and a rollicking race you can root for. This panel will be moderated by Satine Phoenix (Gilding Light).

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Humanoids Legacy


Famed creators Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Russell, and Tula Lotay talk with Humanoids CEO Fabrice Giger about the influence Humanoids has had on the comic book and film world for the last four decades. Moderated by Harley Salbacka.

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Soundtracks to Fandom: Z2 Comics and the Graphic Album


Z2 Comics have pioneered the marriage of comics with music, producing collaborations with such notable acts as Electric Century, Gorillaz, Poppy, Yungblud, and Skillet, as well as American legends The Grateful Dead and The Doors. The pairing of some of the finest talents in comics with groundbreaking and legendary musicians has led to a rich, immersive experience that pushes the possibilities of what both comics and music can do.

Join creators Dave Chisholm (Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in Los Angeles), Chris Miskiewicz and Noah Van Sciver (Grateful Dead: Origins), Leah Moore (Morrison Hotel), and musician Yungblud, rock legend Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, with a special appearance by 2D of the Gorillaz. Moderated by longtime music journalist and critic Ryan J. Downey.

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Graphic Novel or Illustrated Book: You Make the Call


The debate has raged for years, and now the last few year’s liveliest panel debate returns for another round: Is a 200-page comic story a graphic novel? Or is it a long comic book? Is a novel that is 100% filled with illustrations a graphic novel? Or is it an elaborate picture book? A new wave of profusely illustrated books has entered the fray, including Super Catchy by Rick Veitch, Timeless by Armand Baltazar, and Doctor Cthulittle by Mark Wheatley and G. D. Falksen, among others. Join the discussion as our all-star panel explores the exciting new developments and the history of this field!

Rick Veitch
A comics artist and writer who has worked in mainstream, underground, and alternative comics, best known for Army@Love, Brat Pack, Swamp Thing, and Tomorrow Stories. He continues to create new works and his books are available published by his own imprint through Amazon.

Armand Baltazar
Armand Baltazar was born 1967 in Chicago’s North Side. He studied at the Art Institute Chicago, then later graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Advertising & Editorial Art and later earned a second BFA in Illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Ca. Armand began his film career in feature animation first as a background artist, then as a visual development artist, and art director for DreamWorks Studios, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Image Movers Digital and Pixar Animation Studio. Armand currently resides in Northern California with his family, working full time writing and creating the art for the epic illustrated middle grade novel series . . . Timeless for HarperCollins Publishing.

You can visit him online at

Website: https://timelessarmandbaltazar.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArmandBaltazarStudios/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/armand_baltazar/
Email: info@armandbaltazar.com

Karen Green
Columbia University Libraries
Librarian for Ancient & Medieval History; Graphic Novels Librarian; adjunct curator for Comics.

J. C. Vaughn
VP-publishing – Gemstone Publishing, creator: Zombie-Proof, Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children, co-writer: Stargate Atlantis and SGU, original Earper

Mark Wheatley
Mark Wheatley, Overstreet Hall of Fame inductee, has been awarded the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, Golden Lion and nominations for the Harvey and the Ignatz. His work has appeared in Spectrum, the Library of Congress, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and other museums. He has designed for Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, ABC’s Beauty and the Beast, and Square Roots, as well as Super Clyde, The Millers and 2 Broke Girls on CBS. His most recent print projects include The Earliest Ray Bradbury, The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom, Songs of Giants, Doctor Cthulittle, Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time, Swords Against the Moon Men, The Philip Jose Farmer Centennial Collection, Mine!, and Wild Stars. Past creations include Breathtaker, Return of The Human, Ez Street, Lone Justice, Mars, Black Hood, Prince Nightmare, Hammer of The Gods, Blood of The Innocent, Frankenstein Mobster, and Skultar as well as Tarzan, Baron Munchausen, Jonny Quest, Dr. Strange, The Flash, Captain Action, Argus, The Spider, Stargate Atlantis, Torchwood and Doctor Who.

Thursday July 23, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable


While COVID-19 negatively impacted most book and comics publishers, one of the few bright spots in book sales in Spring 2020 was . . . manga!? What are the factors contributing to manga’s resiliency, and what are its prospects for the future? Get a taste of what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next from the perspective of top publishing pros, including Ben Applegate (director – publisher services, Penguin Random House), Kevin Hamric (vice president – marketing sales, VIZ Media), Mark de Vera (sales and marketing director, Yen Press), Masaaki Shimizu (general manager and publisher, book publishing division, Square Enix), Ed Chavez (publisher, Denpa Books), Tomo Tran (marketing director, Kodansha USA / Vertical), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), Dallas Middaugh (executive editor and co-founder, Mangamo), and MattAlt (translator and author, Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Thursday July 23, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm



This is the destination for all young Marvel fans (and their families)! Check out everything Marvel HQ has to offer about your favorite Super Heroes, with a comics read-along, an epic LEGO battle, and a behind-the-scenes look at the animated series, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venom. And grab some paper and a crayon because we’re going to draw that symbiote baddie together in Marvel Draw! Visit Marvel HQ at youtube.com/marvelhq

Thursday July 23, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Teaching and Making Comics


Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Roman Muradov (Vanishing Act), Trina Robbins (Flapper Girls), and Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions) are four vital cartoonists who have taught classes on comics themselves. They speak with James Sturm (Off Season) about their teaching philosophy, and how teaching has transformed their perspectives on the comics canon and their own work.

Ebony Flowers: https://bookshop.org/books/hot-comb/9781770463486?aid=40
Roman Muradov: https://www.fantagraphics.com/vanishing-act/?sef_rewrite=1
James Sturm: https://www.cartoonstudies.org/
Trina Robbins: https://www.fantagraphics.com/flapper-queens/
Sophie Yanow: https://bookshop.org/books/the-contradictions/9781770464070

Thursday July 23, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!


Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW), Comics Experience creators workshop director Bon Alimagno (Marvel), and artist Sanford Greene (Bitter Root) present an invaluable guide to breaking into the industry! You’re willing to do the work, but the world of comics is tough to crack into; join these pros as they break down the walls and offer practical advice that will jumpstart your career!

Andy Schmidt
Comics Experience
Twitter: @ComicExperience

Sanford Greene
@SanfordGreene (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)

Bon Alimagno
Instagram: @Bonstrocity
Twitter: karma_thief

Thursday July 23, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Crossover Spotlight from Image


Bestselling creative powerhouse team Donny Cates (God Country, Redneck), Geoff Shaw (God Country), Dee Cunniffe (Redneck), and John J. Hill (Nailbiter) come together to announce what will be the biggest series launch of the year–Crossover. Join us to get the exclusive scoop on this exciting new project.

Thursday July 23, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm


How To Thrive as an Indy Comics Creator Now!


Legendary indie comics creator Brian Pulido (creator/writer of Lady Death, Evil Ernie) has over 28 years in the game and has raised over four million dollars for comics via Crowdfunding in the last five years. Want to know how it is done? Pulido details his eight rules on how to thrive in the ever-changing landscape of indie comics. Get all the inside info on how to get ahead of the pack!

Thursday July 23, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

How To Write And Create Manga


The superhero genre has grown exponentially, creating impactful stories and characters that represent a larger demographic of the audience while offering universal themes and ideals for readers of all ages. Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), this panel features Frederick Luis Aldama (Eisner Award-winning author, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics), Dr. Theresa Rojas (professor, Modesto Junior College), Peter Murrieta (executive producer, Mr. Iglesias), and Sebastian Kadlecik (creator, Eisner Award-nominated Quince) discussing the educational import of superheroes and how they allow readers to process complex themes and topics in a more digestible manner.

Thursday July 23, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

The Impact of Universality of Superhero Stories


The superhero genre has grown exponentially, creating impactful stories and characters that represent a larger demographic of the audience while offering universal themes and ideals for readers of all ages. Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), this panel features Frederick Luis Aldama (Eisner Award-winning author, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics), Dr. Theresa Rojas (professor, Modesto Junior College), Peter Murrieta (executive producer, Mr. Iglesias), and Sebastian Kadlecik (creator, Eisner Award-nominated Quince) discussing the educational import of superheroes and how they allow readers to process complex themes and topics in a more digestible manner.

The Impact of Universality of Superhero Stories


The superhero genre has grown exponentially, creating impactful stories and characters that represent a larger demographic of the audience while offering universal themes and ideals for readers of all ages. Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), this panel features Frederick Luis Aldama (Eisner Award-winning author, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics), Dr. Theresa Rojas (professor, Modesto Junior College), Peter Murrieta (executive producer, Mr. Iglesias), and Sebastian Kadlecik (creator, Eisner Award-nominated Quince) discussing the educational import of superheroes and how they allow readers to process complex themes and topics in a more digestible manner.

Thursday July 23, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm



DC@Home Day One

Whether its Batman’s final showdown with The Joker, Wonder Woman taking on new adventures, or the Man of Steel taking facing threats from Metropolis and across the cosmos, DC is the place to be for the best storytellers lending their talents to the World’s Greatest Super Heroes! Don’t miss your chance to hear first-hand from these comic book legends in the making as they give you the inside scoop on what’s in store for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other DC heroes and villains!

Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Howard Cruse: The Godfather of Queer Comics


Howard Cruse, widely recognized as the “godfather of queer comics,” passed away on November 28th, 2019. He left behind a remarkable legacy as the creator of Gay Comix, Wendel, and Stuck Rubber Baby (back in print from First Second Books in a 25th Anniversary Edition). Howard Cruse not only broke open doors with his prodigious talent, but he held them open for those who came after him. Join Prism Comics and moderators Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, professor, California College of the Arts), Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother, Queers & Comics Conference organizer) and Karen Green (curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University) for three panels discussing Cruse’s life and work featuring creators who worked with or knew Howard – Trina Robbins, Denis Kitchen, Roberta Gregory, Robert Triptow, Diane DiMassa, Robert Kirby, Ivan Velez Jr., Rupert Kinnard, Ajuan Mance, Steve MacIsaac, Tara Madison Avery, William O. Tyler, and Andy Mangels.

For more about Howard Cruse please visit http://www.howardcruse.com
For a historical tribute to Howard Cruse written by Andy Mangels please download the Comic-Con 2020 Souvenir Book [if CCI would like to put your link here you can]

Panelist Links
Tara Madison Avery – stackeddeckpress.com
Jennifer Camper – jennifercamper.com
Diane DiMassa – Facebook: Diane DiMassa Artist
Roberta Gregory – http://www.robertagregory.com
Justin Hall – justinhallawesomecomics.com
Rupert Kinnard, cartoonist – Facebook: Rupert Kinnard
Rob Kirby – robkirbycomics.com
Denis Kitchen – http://www.deniskitchen.com
Steve MacIsaac – stevemacisaac.com
Ajuan Mance – 8-rock.com
Andy Mangels – http://www.andymangels.com
Robert Triptow – https://roberttriptow.com
William O. Tyler – https://www.williamotyler.com
Ivan Velez Jr. – planetbronx.com
Prism Comics – https://www.prismcomics.org

Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Last Gasp: 50 Years of Publishing the Underground Part I The comics, moderated by Jon Cooke and mainly focused on the period 1970-1995


Ron Turner (founder and publisher, Last Gasp), George DiCaprio (Forbidden Knowledge, Greaser Comics), Robert Williams (Through Prehensile Eyes, Zap Comix), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout), Mary Fleener (Billie the Bee, Weirdo), Jon B. Cooke (The Book of Weirdo), and Colin Turner (associate publisher, Last Gasp) discuss the early history of Last Gasp, from its founding in 1970 and through the rise of the underground comix movement. www.lastgasp.com

Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Reclaiming Indigenous History and Culture Through Comics


For hundreds of years, the history of the indigenous peoples of the Americas has been told by everyone but themselves, by people who often diminished and distorted it, and even suppressed their cultures and languages. Thankfully, this situation is changing, with indigenous peoples increasingly reclaiming their history, languages, and cultures. Comics and such visual technologies as augmented and virtual reality are ideal tools being used to accomplish this. Join our panelists Johnny Bear Contreras (Kumeyaay, public artist), Kilma Lattin (Pala Band, founder of OurWorlds.io), and Chag Lowry (Yurok/Maidu/Achumawi, graphic novelist) as they discuss their projects to reclaim indigenous history and culture.

Johnny Bear Contreras – https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/when-the-world-comes-to-life Kilma Lattin – https://ourworlds.io/about/ Chag Lowry – https://greatoakpress.com/news

Friday July 24, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am


Blade Runner Comic Panel


Return to the original world of Blade Runner 2019 with Titan’s latest bestselling comic series! Hear from the awesome co-writer Mike Johnson (Supergirl) and director of Alcon publishing Jeff Connor, along with editor David Leach. Listen in as they discuss adapting this critically acclaimed world to the comic platform, while expanding the canon of this beloved franchise!


Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Decoding the Kirby/Lee Dynamic


For over half a century, the relationship between Jack Kirby and Stan Lee that resulted in the creation of the Marvel Silver Age has been one of the most contentious issues in comics scholarship, with economic and legal consequences echoing down to the present day. In this panel, two recent biographers of Stan Lee–Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) and Abraham Riesman (True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee) join comics historian/writer Fred Van Lente (The Comic-Book History of Comics) and playwright Crystal Skillman (King Kirby) to explore pivotal moments in Lee and Kirby’s shared history and attempt to shed more light on the complicated dynamic that produced some of the greatest characters in comics–and some of the bitterest recriminations. Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) moderates.

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing


Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski breaks down all the latest and greatest coming from the House of Ideas with some of Marvel’s most epic creators! Tom Brevoort, Al Ewing, and Dan Slott will dive into the cosmic calamity coming to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the pages of Empyre! An army is gathering in the latest X-Men crossover event, X of Swords, and Jordan White, Tini Howard, and Gerry Duggan have all the juicy details! Nick Lowe, Nick Spencer, and Mark Bagley will discuss the landmark Amazing Spider-Man #850 ushering in the return of the Green Goblin! Plus Nick Lowe rejoins the panel to discuss the return of the classic Marvel character, Werewolf by Night, with creators Taboo and Ben Jackendoff! Be there, True Believers!

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Raina and Robin in Conversation


Two top children’s graphic novelists, Raina Telgemeier (author and illustrator, Guts) and Robin Ha (author and illustrator, Almost American Girl), discuss the art of creating graphic novel memoir, draw on camera, and take questions from their fans.

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Think Big!


Harley Salbacka, rep at Humanoids (former educator) discusses the role young-reader graphic novels play in education and libraries along with graphic novel librarian, Tina Lorena.

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm



Tom Gauld (Department of Mind-Blowing Theories), Simon Hanselmann (Bad Gateway), John Pham (J & K), Walter Scott (Wendy, Master of Art), and Rikke Villadsen (Cowboy) tackle complex subjects–and they are funny doing it! These five cartoonists speak to Graeme McMillan (The Hollywood Reporter) about how they use humor to process and respond to the difficulties and oddities of life.

Tom Gauld – https://bookshop.org/books/department-of-mind-blowing-theories/9781770463752
Simon Hanselmann – https://www.fantagraphics.com/bad-gateway/
John Pham – https://www.fantagraphics.com/jk/
Walter Scott – https://bookshop.org/books/wendy-master-of-art/9781770463998
Rikke Villadsen – https://www.fantagraphics.com/cowboy/

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm


Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes with Undiscovered Country


Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, and Giuseppe Camuncoli reveal the secrets behind the Eisner Award-nominated, chart-topping series out from Image Comics, Undiscovered Country. Listen in as they share their story about the making of the series, anecdotes about the first story arc’s creative process, and hints at what’s to come. Moderated by series editor Will Dennis.

Friday July 24, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

History Goes Graphic


Authors behind graphic adaptations of cultural pasttimes, historical figures, social justice movements, and autobiographies discuss their process. How does one adapt “real life” into a comic format? How is it different from fiction? In what way must art stick to (or differ from) “authenticity”? Featuring Fred Van Lente (The Comic Book Story of Basketball), Tom Scioli (Jack Kirby), David F. Walker (The Life of Frederick Douglass), Mikki Kendall (Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists), and Malaka Gharib (I Was Their American Dream), moderated by Ten Speed Press associate editorial director Kaitlin Ketchum.

Friday July 24, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Undiscovered Art of Jack Kirby: Architect


Barry Ira Geller (Jack Kirby co-designer, Science Fiction Land, Lord of Light), discusses the discovery of the secret visual language inherent within all the Lord of Light architectural work created by Jack Kirby in 1978–part of which is its expression and adaptation into all forms of Media–with Mike Royer (Jack’s favorite inker and Disney guru), Tom Kraft (president of the Jack Kirby Museum), and Wally Anne Marie Wharton, model painter and colorist for Lord of Light.

Friday July 24, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

TOKYOPOP: Manga for Everyone


Kae Winters (marketing), Stu Levy (CEO and founder), Lena Atanassova (editor), and Janae Young (editor) discuss TOKYOPOP’s latest manga lineup with titles for kids, teens, adults and ongoing initiatives to highlight LGBTQ+ stories and titles by women and people of color.

Friday July 24, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Thought Bubble x San Diego Comic-Con: Tula Lotay In Conversation

Join Laura Jones and Thought Bubble’s Tula Lotay in conversation as part of the collaboration between the Festival and SDCC@HOME, talking about starting in the industry, Thought Bubble and the exciting SDCC team-up.

Friday July 24, 2020 12:00pm – 13:00pm


IDW: Draw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!


TMNT co-creator Kevin EastmanTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer and artist Sophie Campbell, and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Chad Thomas bring the turtles to life demonstrate how to draw everyone’s favorite ninja turtles while discussing the IDW TMNT comics with moderator Caleb Goellner (journalist, author, writer).

Friday July 24, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Make Mine Marvel: Bringing Back Marvel Classics for Today’s Readers


Mark Evanier (comic book writer and historian), Lauren Bisom (Marvel entertainment editor), Russell Busse (Abrams senior editor, licensing and entertainment) gather for a discussion moderated by Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts editorial director) about the legacy of classic Marvel Comics, and how new books for readers of all ages are bringing classic comic art, characters, and storylines to a new generation.

The group will discuss exciting new titles including My Mighty Marvel First Books: The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America, a series of collectible board books that introduce the world’s greatest heroes as drawn by the world’s greatest creators, the Marvel Classic Sticker Book, featuring over 250 vintage stickers and 5 pull-out posters, as well as Marvel Comics Mini-Books, a collectible box set featuring history and facsimiles of Marvel’s smallest comic books and which Evanier contributed to, all published by Abrams Books and available this summer. The panel will also include a sneak peek at Marvel Value Stamps: A Visual History written by comics legend and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas and releasing this fall.

Friday July 24, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Real Weird Science Alive and At Home!


Members of Los Angeles-based group Captured Aural Phantasy Theater (CAPT), working with legendary publisher EC Comics and the EC Fan Addicts Thommy and Josh Burns, dissect the real science in famous Weird Science comics from the 50’s. Entomologist Lisa Gonzalez joins a discussion led by Ben Dickow of CAPT and an LA science museum about the gruesome real life habits of bugs featured in the comics. Learn something! And check out the debut of the group’s CAPTivity, their unique, quarantine-friendly performance series that brings comics to life–at home!

Friday July 24, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Hermes Press and Gothic Comics in America


The panel, moderated by publisher Daniel Herman (Silver Age the Second Generation of Comic Book Artists), will feature Kaz Windness (Mother Goth Rhymes), who will talk about her new book, If UR Stabby, which focuses on a grumpy unicorn whose name is indicative of what he does to people who irritate him; Bill Holbrook (On the Fast Track) and H.H. Glynn, who will talk about their new graphic novel, Dethany and the Other Clique, exploring middle school life and how to be yourself even in a clique; and Molly Mercier, whose new book, The Lazy Goth: Method How to Alienate Friends and Avoid People, is a collection of comic strips exploring the adventures and misadventures of a Goth in her day to day life. The panel will feature artwork from each of these titles discussed by its creators.

Friday July 24, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel


Every year, former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier hosts a gathering of fans of the man some call “The King of the Comics” and his vast, persistent impact on not only comic books but related fields, as well. This year, Mark and John Morrow (publisher of The Jack Kirby Collector) discuss all this with master artist Alex Ross who discusses the influence Kirby had on his work.

Friday July 24, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Vortex opens AGAIN- Vortex 2.0 launches Storm King Comics


John Carpenter is known for his summer blockbusters and this one comes in comic book form. Storm King Comics’ John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex 2:0 is the sequel to the original storyline and this panel lets you hear in-depth from the entire creative team as to the process of launching this new series. Panelists include Sandy King Carpenter (CEO, editor), Tim Bradstreet (cover artist), Mike Sizemore (writer), Dave Kennedy (artist), Pete Kennedy (color artist), Janice Chiang (letterer), Sean Sobczak (project manager), and moderator Lys Galati.

Friday July 24, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Comic-Con: Robert Kirkman at Home


Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Fire Power) shares his latest projects and answers your questions!

Friday July 24, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

How to Make a Comic From Start to Finish


Wanna learn how to make a comic? Where to start? How panels work? What does one letter with? Does it need to be in color? And much, much more! Acclaimed industry pro Brian Haberlin (Spawn, Witchblade, Sonata, The Marked) will take you through the process using his Image Comics creations as examples and will touch on the whole process from soup to nuts!

Friday July 24, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Legendary Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane Talks Toys, Comics, and More!


Host Jim Viscardi, executive editor of Comicbook.com and Todd McFarlane, Spawn and Venom creator, McFarlane Toys’ CEO and president of Image Comics, talk about all your favorite geekdom things. McFarlane gives fans a sneak peek into the future of upcoming toys, comics, and what’s on his entertainment horizon.

Friday July 24, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Vampirella 50th Anniversary Finale


Dynamite joins current Vampirella writers and artists Christopher Priest (Black Panther), Tom Sniegoski (Punisher), Lucio Parrillo, Meghan Hetrick, and editor Matt Idelson to discuss the timeless appeal of the character, current storylines, and tease the future.


Friday July 24, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

VIZ: A Haunting Conversation with Junji Ito

From the depths of your nightmares to your screen, VIZ and Comic-Con conjure Junji Ito. Junji Ito is the master of horror manga, the Eisner-winning creator of Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection and creator of Uzumaki, an upcoming anime from Production I.G. on Adult Swim, among countless other terrors. Join us in a creepy conversation across the Pacific to dig into the depths of his brain and pull out the answers everyone’s been waiting for.

Please check out Junji Ito’s Frankenstein here: bit.ly/2XNWLkl

Friday July 24, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm


IDW: The Mueller Report in 10-minutes


Shannon Wheeler (cartoonist) and Steve Duin (journalist) take you through the ins and outs of The Mueller Report. They recently turned the political tome into a pithy graphic novel (published by IDW–out in July 2020). Was there collusion? Was there obstruction? Did the Russians interfere in our election? There is no conspiracy theory just the facts that Mueller investigated and laid out. Get a good understanding about what this book is, and isn’t, by joining these two luminaries on a journey of understanding one of the most mis-represented books in recent history.

Friday July 24, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm

No Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Pro Wrestling and Comics


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), Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), R.C. Samo (FanboyNation.com), and Flobo Boyce (The Indelible Silverstreek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).

Friday July 24, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Read Manga and Learn Classics Literature!


Want to get kids reading classic literature while they are not in the mood for books with thousands of words? Manga can help you! Join Manga Classics co-founder Erik Ko and English literature teacher Mike Barltrop to learn how to use Manga in learning!

Friday July 24, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Hip-Hop And Comics: Cultures Combining


Hip-Hop and comics cultures exist in constant communication: continually namehecking and reflecting each other, trading ideas back and forth, and sharing many common inspirations and influences. Both forms reconfigure existing elements to create vital new works; utilize bold imagery and complex storytelling; and form passionate fandoms around their characters and personalities.

Here, curator and historian Patrick A. Reed (Depth Of Field Productions, twitter.com/djpatrickareed) presents a “visual mixtape” with an all-star cast of musicians, comic creators, and visual artists discussing the cross-generational impacts of these cultural crossovers. Panelists include Pharoahe Monch (http://www.pharoahe.com/), Johnny “Juice” Rosado (https://theoddysy.bandcamp.com/), Vita Ayala (https://twitter.com/definitelyvita), Danny Lore (http://dannylore.com/), DJ Nu-Mark (https://djnu-mark.bandcamp.com/), Marc 7 (https://twitter.com/marc7j5mc), Mega Ran (https://megaranmusic.com/), Christopher “Play” Martin (https://twitter.com/theplaygroundz), Adam Wallenta (https://www.punktaco.com/), Kenny Keil (https://www.kennykeil.com/), LiKWUiD (https://www.ellamaeflossie.com/), James Reitano (http://tfustudios.com/), David F. Walker (https://davidfwalker.com/), Ronald Wimberly (https://ronaldwimberly.com/), Murs (https://twitter.com/MURS), MC Esoteric (https://www.czarface.com/), Erin Yoshi (https://www.erinyoshi.com/), Gloria “Glow” Muriel (http://www.gloriamuriel.com/), P.So The Earthtone King (https://psotheearthtoneking.bandcamp.com/), and Turner Lange (https://twitter.com/wallyfresch).

For more information on this topic, please check out www.hiphopandcomics.com

Friday July 24, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

The Wonderful, Horrible World of E.C. Comics


Max Gaines started E.C. Comics in 1944 as Educational Comics. With his 1947 death, his son, William M. Gaines, changed the name to Entertaining Comics, and put out controversial horror, crime, war, and science fiction comics (and MAD magazine), working with the greatest talent to ever do comics. E.C. historian Grant Geissman’s The History of E.C. Comics–the ultimate E.C. Comics compendium, with over 1, 000 illustrations–is scheduled from Taschen for fall 2020.

To celebrate the new tome–and all things E.C.–comics historians Grant Geissman (Foul Play! The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!), Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee), Arie Kaplan (From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books), and Dr. Travis Langley (The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them) look at E.C.’s lasting impact. Visit https://linktr.ee/DannyFingeroth for more info on the panelists.

Friday July 24, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Travel Through Time with Comics


Have you ever wished you could turn back time? Ponjea (outstanding Taiwanese comic artist) and Leo Huang (EVP at Friendly Land) will show you the experience of time travelling through the fantasy comic Chronos Ruler, including the showcase of the anime PV and comic drawings by Ponjea! Visit linktr.ee/Taiwanese_Comics for exploration!

Friday July 24, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm


The 32nd Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The “Oscars” of the comics industry honors comics creators and their works in 32 categories, including the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Hosted by Phil LaMarr, the actor/voice actor/comedian known for roles in animated series including Green Lantern/John Stewart and Ed Reiss in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Hermes Conrad in Futurama, and the title characters on both Samurai Jack and Static Shock. His film and TV acting credits include Pulp Fiction, Free Enterprise, Veep, Get Shorty, and Supergirl. The recipients of the 2020 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award will also be announced.

Friday July 24, 2020 7:00pm – 8:00pm



(Nearly) A Decade of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales


New York Times bestselling author Nathan Hale celebrates the upcoming publication of the tenth book in his nonfiction graphic novel series for kids, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. Nathan will share the little-known but true stories from history that inspired his beloved book series and show sneak peeks from the forthcoming installment, Blades of Freedom, which dives into the story of the Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase. In addition to the Hazardous Tales series, Nathan is also the author of young adult graphic novels One Trick Pony and Apocalypse Taco.

Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Dynamite’s Two Huge Crossovers Revealed! [CANCELLED]


Dynamite Entertainment unveils two action-packed, ambitious crossovers set to debut this fall and winter. First, legendary writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) unveils the biggest Dynamite series since Swords of Sorrow. Two parallel series starring Red Sonja, Vampirella, and the Project Superpowers characters will converge into something even bigger! While Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) brings a deadly infection to all your favorites in DIE!namite!


Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Last Gasp: 50 Years of Publishing the Underground Part II lowbrow art, 1996-2020


Ron Turner (founder and publisher, Last Gasp), Ron English (PoPaganda, Abject Expressionism), Robert Williams (Through Prehensile Eyes, Zap Comix), Camille Rose Garcia (Tragic Kingdom, Saddest Place on Earth), Andrea Harris (fmr director, Grand Central Art Center), Jon B. Cooke (The Book of Weirdo), Attaboy (Hi-Fructose magazine), and Colin Turner (associate publisher, Last Gasp) discuss the history of Last Gasp, from the 1990s and the rise of lowbrow art through present day and current projects. www.lastgasp.com

Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

The Guide: Overstreet’s 50th Anniversary


Gemstone Publishing president and CEO Steve Geppi, MyComicShop.com’s Buddy Saunders,Comics Buyer’s Guide veteran Maggie Thompson, CBCS Primary Grader Steve Borock, and Gemstone’s Mark Huesman celebrate Bob Overstreet and five decades of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Moderated by Gemstone’s J.C. Vaughn.

Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

UDON Entertainment 20th Anniversary!


UDON Entertainment is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary! Join UDON chief of ops Erik Ko and the UDON crew to see what new projects the company has to bring in 2020!

Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am


DC@Home Day Two

Be sure to drop in on this panel to hear from DC’s hottest talent about their latest works and how they’re making DC and The World’s Greatest Super Heroes the home for fans of great superhero storytelling worldwide! The creative talent behind some of DC’s most popular characters are on hand to give behind the scenes details on their stories and how they put their own unique voices to the heroes and villains that DC fans have come to know and love (and hate)! DC talent to appear: Greg Capullo, Cecil Castellucci, Katana Collins, Kami Garcia, Jorge Jimenez, Darren Warren Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Sean Gordon Murphy, Bruno Redondo, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Brad Walker.

Saturday July 25, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Giving a Voice to Independent Creators


Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to see more characters and stories that relate to you? Maybe it’s time to write your own! Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), join Lisa K. Weber (artist, Hex11), Kelly Sue Milano (writer, Hex11), and Lynly Forrest (editor/producer, Hex11), along with indie creators Alston Novak (artist, Glitch), Travis Rivas (writer, Super-Abled Comics), and David F. Walker (writer, Bitter Root) for a discussion about creating comics outside the mainstream and tips on exactly how to do it.

Saturday July 25, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Inspired: Personal Stories in Graphic Novels


Whether biography or memoir, the comics medium has proven to be one of the most compelling formats for personal stories of triumph and tragedy, with numerous books having shown up on the most prestigious of bestseller lists. However, personal triumphs don’t only have to find their way to the page through true life stories, and Oni Press hosts a conversation with creators whose work has both represented and been inspired by the lives behind them. Join Oni Press creators Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), Joel Christian Gill (Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence), and Katie Green (Lighter Than My Shadow) for an empowering discussion on therapeutic nature of the creative process. Moderated by Shawna Gore (Oni Press, editor).

Saturday July 25, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen: David S. Goyer Q&A

The writer behind such iconic comic book film and TV adaptations including Blade, Batman Begins, Constantine (TV), and Man of Steel,David S. Goyer, discusses his creative writing process and what it took to bring characters and tales from the pages to the to the screen. Moderated by Backstory Magazine publisher Jeff Goldsmith.

Saturday July 25, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm


Dark Horse All-Stars


Three of the industry’s best creators including Gerard Way (co-creator of The Umbrella AcademyNnedi Okorafor (co-creator of LaGuardia), and Matt Kindt (co-creator of BANG!) gather for a roundtable discussion about characters, the writing process, and the joys of creating. Moderated by Anthony Mauro.

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion and Visibility Matter


The past year has witnessed the birth of transformational change in the social fabric. The Killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery (to name a few) has triggered a response to the structural racism that has caused the nation and the world to take stock of its institutions. The growth of more diverse faces on the pages of popular comic books and in feature films has proven to be essential to reflect the world in which we all live. And, despite the onset of an unprecedented pandemic, the inclusion of people of color, women, and persons with disabilities and the LGBTQ community not only better reflects today’s culture, it has also proven good for the bottom line.

We will bring an award-winning panel together to challenge ongoing issues and push the conversation forward. Panelists include John Jennings (MFA: Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside, 2-time Eisner Award winner (2016, 2018), Frederick Aldama (PhD: The University Distinguished Professor, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished scholar, The Ohio State University, 2019 Eisner Award winner), Christina Steenz Stewart (syndicated cartoonist, Heart of the City; 2019 Dwayne McDuffie Award Winner), Chelsea ‘Ché’ Grayson (MFA: Executive Director, Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation), David Walker (comic book writer, Bitter Root, Image) (Legendary Films): 2020 Eisner Award nomination, Naomi (DC): 2020 Eisner Award nomination), and Stanford Carpenter (PhD: Comics and Pop Culture anthropologist and Chair, Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival) .

David Walker https://davidfwalker.com
Frederick Aldama https://english.osu.edu/people/aldama.1
Chelsea Grayson https://chegrayson.com
Steenz Stewart https://www.oheysteenz.com
Stanford Carpenter https://www.linkedin.com/in/stanford-w-carpenter-phd-46658a5/

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist Edition Spotlight


Get the inside scoop on IDW Publishing’s newest Artist Edition books, including one featuring one of the most popular comic book artists of all time, Jim Lee! Scott Dunbier (IDW, director of special projects) and Dirk Wood (IDW, senior vice president integrated marketing) join Scott Williams (artist, inker) for a discussion about this very special Artist’s Edition featuring Jim Lee’s stellar work on X-Men and more stellar Artist Editions coming this year.

Scott Dunbier (IDW, director of special projects) Twitter: @sdunbier
Dirk Wood (IDW, senior vice president integrated marketing)
Scott Williams (artist, inker, Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition) Twitter: @ScottW_inks

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Spotlight on The Cloven: With Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth


This panel will spotlight the debut sci-fi graphic novel collaboration by author Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain) and cartoonist Matthew Southworth (Stumptown). These two pacific northwestern creators have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind story steeped in its Seattle roots. The Cloven: Book One is the first installment of this dynamic, atmospheric, and wryly funny graphic novel trilogy by two bestselling and critically acclaimed storytellers. Moderated by the book’s editor and Fantagraphics associate publisher, Eric Reynolds.

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender & the Comic Book Medium


The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that focuses on the merit and craftwork of Women and Non-Binary People working in the comic book industry. They host comic book education events across the country, including their own convention, Women in Comics Con. In this segment of their ongoing panel discussion series, they will discuss the current state of the comic book industry and how it’s been impacted by the events of 2020; from COVID19 Pandemic to Racial unrest due to Police Violence. Panelists include, Jonita Davis (film reviewer, and pop culture journalist), Jules Rivera (comic book artist), Vanee Matsalia (writer, educator), Camilla Zhang (writer, editor, consultant), Marqueeda LaStar (tech & pop culture journalist), and moderator Regine L. Sawyer, (writer/publisher).

Jonita Davis
The Black Cape Magazine – The Black Cinema Anorak’s* Pop Entertainment Magazine

Jonita Davis, Vanee Matsalia, & Marqueeda LaStar
Blerd Galaxy

Regine L. Sawyer, Women in Comics Collective International

Comic Book Conventions | Women in Comics Collective International

Saturday July 25, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Masters of Storytelling


The all-stars in storytelling from Image Comics–Ed Brubaker (Pulp, Cruel Summer), Chuck Brown (On The Stump), Alex de Campi (Dracula, Motherf**ker), Matt Fraction (Adventureman), and Emma Kubert (Inkblot)–reveal their secrets behind creating some of the best stories in comics. Moderated by Marla Eizik, executive assistant at Image Comics.

Saturday July 25, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2020


Frank Mastromauro (Aspen co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (Aspen EIC), Mark Roslan (Aspen director of design and production), Gabe Carrasco (Aspen editor), Siya Oum (artist of Lola XOXO), Jordan Gunderson (artist of Soulfire), J.T. Krul (writer of Soulfire), and Alex Konat (artist of Fathom) reveal Aspen’s 2021 publishing plans and the future of independent comic book publishing. They also reveal their new Aspen Comics Kickstarter project.

Saturday July 25, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Tribute to Dennis O’Neal: Beyond Batman


Born the same spring when Batman debuted, Dennis O’Neal would take Batman back to his darker roots and weave humanity and social consciousness into the adventures of Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Iron Man, and many more. This legendary comic book writer and editor collaborated with and guided countless others as mentor, hero, and friend. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology; The Joker Psychology) moderates a super team who have come together to share remembrances, lessons learned, and endless appreciation for Denny, who was truly one of the greats: Jo Duffy (Power Man and Iron Fist), Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee), Mike Gold (ArrogantMGMS), Larry Hama (Dark Horse), Joe Illidge (Heavy Metal), Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts), Paul Levitz (former publisher, DC Comics), and Michael Uslan (executive producer, Batman/The Dark Knight films).


Saturday July 25, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Gender, Race, and Comic Book Coloring


Did you know that comic book colors used to be hand-separated by an army of women in Connecticut? That “benday dots” are named after a real person? Or that there’s a technical reason African-American skin tones look wrong in old comics? Geek out on the hidden corners of comics history, from the Golden Age up to today’s digital era, and learn about the craft of coloring with color artist Marissa Louise (Amethyst), comics creator Mildred Louis (Astrea’s Nexus Studio), researcher and essayist Zoë D. Smith (University of Chicago), and master letterer/former DC production artist Todd Klein (Sandman). Moderated by author Anina Bennett (Boilerplate).

Saturday July 25, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

IDW in 2020 and Beyond


Look ahead to everything new from IDW Publishing! Learn what’s next for your favorite series and much, much more! There’s nowhere better to get a behind-the-scenes look at IDW than this conversation with Chris Ryall (IDW president, publisher, and chief creative officer), John Barber (IDW editor-in-chief), and moderator George Gene Gustines (senior editor at the New York Times).

Saturday July 25, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Best and Worst Manga of 2020


There’s a lot of manga available in English now, but what’s REALLY worth reading? Join a panel of opinionated manga bloggers and comics curmudgeons as they share their picks for the best new manga that hit the shelves in the past year. In rapid-fire rounds, see them rave about their favorite continuing series! Watch them rant about the excruciatingly mediocre manga that they were forced to read (so you won’t have to)! Find out what Brigid Alverson (SmashPages, School Library Journal), Justin Stroman (The OASG), Morgana Santilli (The Beat, MangaMaven.com), Eva Volin (supervising children’s librarian, Alameda Free Library), Megan Peters (ComicBook.com), Rob McMonigal (Panel Patter) and Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly) loved and loathed to read in the past year, hear about their picks for the most anticipated upcoming releases for Fall 2020 and beyond, plus discover their favorite under-appreciated manga gems that are worth picking up.

Saturday July 25, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

ComiXology Originals: Creator-Owned Comics and Beyond

YouTube: https://youtu.be/eUgrjmF-nMA

Are you currently reading digital comics? Are you familiar with comiXology’s exclusive digital content program – comiXology Originals? Join comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher and a cast of beloved comic creators and rising-stars including, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jason Loo (Afterlift), artist Claudia Aguirre (Lost on Planet Earth), writer Curt Pires (YOUTH) along with some surprise guests, to get the scoop on the latest comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making them! They’ll intrigue you with behind-the-scenes stories about the process of bringing comics from concept to the page and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond.

Saturday July 25, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Learn How to Color Comics


Do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (The Flash) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn professional techniques for flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips.

Saturday July 25, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Mark Waid and the Future of Humanoids


Mark Waid, the newly established publisher of Humanoids, chats with other creators, John Cassaday, Mark Russell, and Ibrahim Moustafa, about the current comic industry and the ever-expanding vision and future of Humanoids in his own words.

Saturday July 25, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Adrian Tomine spotlight panel


Adrian Tomine is one of the most important voices of the graphic novel age. His new memoir, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, traces a lifetime of making comics punctuated by chaotic book tours, disastrous interviews, and cringe-inducing interactions with other artists. It is uproariously funny and poignant and sure to be one of the graphic novels of the year. Malaka Gharib (cartoonist of I Was Their American Dream) speaks to Tomine about identity, fame, and the joy of drawing.

Malaka Gharib: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/575400/i-was-their-american-dream-by-malaka-gharib/
Adrian Tomine: https://bookshop.org/books/the-loneliness-of-the-long-distance-cartoonist/9781770463950

Saturday July 25, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Creating the memorable characters of Image Comics


What makes readers so attached to comics characters that they keep returning issue after issue to keep reading? Join Image Comics creators Dani (Coffin Bound), Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls), David Walker (Bitter Root), Darcy Van Poelgeest (Little Bird), Kit Seaton (Norroway), and Johnnie Christmas (Tartarus) as they discuss what (or who!) inspires some of the most beloved characters in comics. Moderated by Marla Eizik, executive assistant at Image Comics

Saturday July 25, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Outta This World with DMC: Darryl Makes Comics and Friends


Rap hip/hop legend and comics mastermind The King DMC Darryl McDaniels @thekingdmc teams up with writer Amy Chu @amychu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, Sea Sirens and Sky Island) and the legendary writer/artist/editor/actor Larry Hama (Wolverine, G.I. Joe) to share their personal stories, creative process and show an exclusive sneak peek of their latest comics project Outta This World with the award winning artist Rob Guillory. Thanks to our special audience guests, the Trenton Central High School Comics and Manga Club!

Saturday July 25, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Apex Comics Publishing Group 2020-2021 Exclusive Previews


William Shatner War Chronicles and Stan Lee’s God Woke writer/artist/publisher, Mariano Nicieza (Phazer, Blackray, Blue Sultan, Agent Three Zero) will feature exciting new creator owned projects with SDCC exclusive premiere announcements! Apex reveals sneak-peek art and info about upcoming releases by Frank Lovece (Atomic Age), Mark Torres (Designated Survivor), L.P Feldman (Split City), and Tim Walsh (A Daze Work)! Also, a look at a brand new company, Liquid Avatar with co-owner David Lucatch. Special project previews with Wilson Ramos Jr. (art director) and Tom Vargas (Factory Entertainment).

Saturday July 25, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Comic Shops : Perservering Through Crisis


This COVID-19 lockdown has impacted many industries, and it has been especially devastating for the front line of geek culture; the nation’s comic shops. Learn how leading retailers developed entrepreneurial strategies and plans to get through these difficult times. Join Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, Concord, CA), Marc Hammond (Aw Yeah Comics, Harrison, NY), Jeff Beck (East Side Mags Montclair, NJ), and Dr. Christina Blanche (Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie, IN) for a surprisingly engaging discussion on retailing endurance. Moderated by entrepreneur Ed Catto (Ithaca College, Agendae).

Saturday July 25, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga: Summer Edition


Are you an anime watcher, manga reader (or even a comics fan) looking for recommendations to get you through the summer? Have we got the manga titles for you! Join the manga experts at Kodansha USA Publishing including Misaki Kido, Tomo Tran, and Ivan Salazar as they recommend the perfect fun in the sun stories, as well as some award-winning and nominated titles that are all a part of Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL library! These aren’t your usual manga recommendations, but we’re sure you’ll love them!

Saturday July 25, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm

What’s New In Small Press Comics


Catch up on everything awesome coming from some of the best small press publishers in the world. Joshua Starnes (publisher, Red 5 Comics) hosts James Haick (president of Scout Comics and Entertainment, Inc.), Christina Harrington (managing editor, AfterShock Comics), Josh Werner (art director at Source Point Press), and Manny Castellanos (director of sales, Mad Cave Studios) as they give an early look into new books coming out this year!

Saturday July 25, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm


25th Anniversary of Witchblade and Beyond


Marc Silvestri (CEO) and Matt Hawkins (president & COO) remember the legendary Witchblade sensation on her 25th anniversary–and showcase what’s to come from Top Cow Productions! Conversations with Colleen Doran (The Clock), Stephanie Phillips (A Man Among Ye), and Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone) moderated by Henry Barajas (director of operations).

Saturday July 25, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Ahoy Comics: Expect More!


Ahoy Comics has burst on the scene with acclaimed creators, smart satires, and a commitment to publishing fun and eclectic storytelling. Join editor-in-chief Tom Peyer, artists June Brigman and Steve Pugh, and writers Mariah McCourt, Stuart Moore, and Mark Russell for this panel discussion. Will Jesus return (again) with all-new Second Coming comics? Is there any escape from Billionaire Island? Why don’t all comics feature old ladies saving the world, like Ash & Thorn? Will Ahoy continue to publish funny comic books in these dark times? Get the answers straight from the brain trust of Ahoy Comics in this intimate, pre-recorded, virtual panel.

Saturday July 25, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Fantagraphics and IDW: Classic Comics Reprints


Classic comic reprints give readers of all ages a chance to read comic classics in new and exciting ways. Join moderator Karen Green (curator for comics and cartoons, Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library) and panelists Dean Mullaney (The Library of American Comics creative director), Peter Maresca (founder and publisher of Sunday Press), and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics associate publisher) for a celebration of comic classics.

Saturday July 25, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

First Squad: How A Western Story Was Adapted Into A Japanese Anime And Manga


Misha Shprits (First Squad) will discuss the journey and techniques that he and his co-creator took to get their original story produced into a Japanese anime and manga.
Misha Shprits will partake in a Q&A discussion with Austin Osueke (publisher of eigoMANGA).

Saturday July 25, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Out In Comics 33: Virtually Yours


The comic world’s longest-running panel is 33 this year and enters the virtual age with Comic-Con@Home! As the comic book world has become a celebrated part of the pop culture world, “Out In Comics” is more relevant than ever before. With LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators as writers, artists, directors, producers, actors, entertainers, and journalists, what do their characters and creations mean for diverse representation, characters, and storylines in comics, film, and television? In our politicized and sometimes polarized world, what kind of heroes do we need, both behind-the-scenes, and on the page and screen?

At a time when politics, viruses, racism, homophobia, and transphobia–sometimes interchangeable–intrude on every aspect of our lives, join Prism Comics and our diverse all-star panel to celebrate and spotlight creators, comics, and fans as they discuss the past, present, and future of Out In Comics!

Founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ‘77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Star Trek and Star Wars books and comics) again chairs the panel and welcomes special guests, including Christian Cooper (famous bird-watcher and Karen-fighter, co-creator, and writer of the Marvel series Darkhold and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, editor of the Marvel Swimsuit Specials, and creator of the Independent Queer Nation online gay comic), Hazel Newlevant (cartoonist of the graphic novellas If This Be Sin and Sugar Town, and their recent graphic memoir No Ivy League. They have edited and published the anthologies Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers and Comics For Choice, and co-edited the Eisner-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong. They are the recipient of Ignatz, Xeric, and Prism Grant awards.), Noelle Stevenson (executive producer and showrunner for DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, author of TheFire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures, Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-winning and New York Times bestselling writer of Nimona andLumberjanes), TimSheridan (writer for WB Animation and Netflix, with credits on DC Super Hero Girls, Justice League Action, Scooby-Doo!, Teen Titans Go!, Reign Of the Superman, The Death and Return of Superman, and the upcoming Superman: Man of Tomorrow and Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation).

Panelist Links
Andy Mangels – http://www.andymangels.com
Hazel Newlevant – newlevant.com
Noelle Stevenson – Twitter – @Gingerhazing
Tim Sheridan – Twitter @iamtimsheridan
Prism Comics – https://www.prismcomics.org

Saturday July 25, 2020 6:00pm – 7:00pm



Celebrating 80 Years of Will Eisner’s The Spirit


Will Eisner’s The Spirit was seen weekly by five million newspaper readers in the 1940s and 50s and has been continually in print for the 80 years since. The Spirit was famous for its imaginative storytelling, film noir style, unforgettable characters, and stories. Since then, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Darwyn Cooke, and many others have tried to match Will Eisner’s creativity with their own versions of the The Spirit. Join moderator Danny Fingeroth (Stan Lee: A Marvelous Life; Will Eisner Week Chairman) and panelists Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist, The Spirit publisher, Will Eisner’s agent and friend), and Dan Schkade (Lavender Jack, The Spirit artist) as they discuss The Spirit as Will Eisner wrote and drew him. Visit https://linktr.ee/willeisner for more info.

Sunday July 26, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Imagination & Fun for Kids – The IDW Way!


Tune into this engaging exploration of comics and graphic novels for kids! Moderator and author Sam Maggs (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel) joins some of the best storytellers in the IDW Publishing stable including Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog), Tony Fleecs (My Little Pony, Star Wars Adventures), plus graphic novel creators Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), Jared Cullum (Kodi), and Adam Tierney (Afraid of Everything) as they show kids how to unlock their creative potential!

Sunday July 26, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Little Fish: From Physical to Digital, Thriving and Growing


Little Fish Comic Book Studio, San Diego’s own nonprofit comic studio and advocacy group, has had quite a year! They’re taking a look at where they’ve been, the history of the studio and the impact that COVID-19 has had on comic art making and the local comic community. Join Alonso Nunez (executive director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), Mark Habeger (vice president, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), Margo Porras (KPBS, One Book, One San Diego), and the brightest new talent around, from inside the studio and out!

Sunday July 26, 2020 10:00am – 11:00am


BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours


BOOM! Studios returns with exclusive news about some of the year’s biggest new books–and first looks at your newest comic book obsessions! Join a star-studded panel of Sabaa Tahir (A Thief Among The Trees: An Ember in The Ashes Graphic Novel), Nicole Andelfinger (A Thief Among The Trees: An Ember in The Ashes Graphic Novel), Gabby Rivera (b.b. free), Matt Kindt (Folklords), and John Allison (Giant Days) discuss the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM! and more surprises! Moderated by Filip Sablik (president, publishing and marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Sunday July 26, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Jack Kirby 101: An Introduction


Comic-Con legend Mark Evanier (onetime Jack Kirby assistant, and author of Jack Kirby: King of Comics) and The Jack Kirby Collector’sJohn Morrow (TwoMorrows Publishing) join The Jack Kirby Museum’s Tom Kraft and Rand Hoppe for a discussion that will provide an introduction to Jack Kirby, the man, his work, and his influence on comics, comic conventions, and the culture at large.

Sunday July 26, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm


V.E. Schwab Shades of Magic Comics Panel


Torn straight from the universe of V.E. Schwab’s best-selling Shades of Magic novel series – now in the works with Sony for a smash hit movie adaptation- the final chapter of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic comic book trilogy hits stores in July 2020. In this special spotlight panel, New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab and artist Enrica Eren Angiolini discuss this hotly anticipated graphic novel, the final installment of Prince Maxims adventures.


Sunday July 26, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm


Masters of Style: Woodring, Fleener, Muradov and Hernandez


The diverse but instantly recognizable styles of master cartoonists Jim Woodring (The Frank Book, Poochytown), Mary Fleener (Life of the Party, Billie the Bee), Roman Muradov (Vanishing Act), and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) inspire many admirers and imitators. Join them for a discussion of line, color, abstraction, and the choice to hone (or not to hone) a single visual style of the course of a comics career. Moderated by Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth.

Sunday July 26, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Craft of Worldbuilding in Comics


Image Comics creators Kieron Gillen (Ludocrats, Die), Stephanie Hans (Die), W. Maxwell Prince (Ice Cream Man), Mirka Andolfo (Mercy), and Sanford Greene (Bitter Root) enjoy a free-wheeling conversation on immersive, authentic worldbuilding technique in comics. Moderated by Marla Eizik, executive assistant at Image Comics

Sunday July 26, 2020 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Comics about Motherhood and Reproductive Choice


Reproductive choice, women’s autonomy, and the challenges of parenthood and families are at the heart of memoirs by Lisa Wool-rim Sjoblom (Palimpsest: Documents from a Korean Adoption), Leslie Stein (I Know You Rider), and Teresa Wong (Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression). Hillary Chute (Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere) speaks to these award-winning and bestselling cartoonists about how and why they depict these joys and traumas in comics.

Hillary Chute – https://info.harpercollins.com/whycomics/
Lisa Wool-Rim Sjoblom – https://bookshop.org/books/palimpsest-documents-from-a-korean-adoption/9781770463301
Leslie Stein – https://bookshop.org/books/i-know-you-rider/9781770464018
Teresa Wong – https://www.byteresawong.com/about-my-book

Sunday July 26, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Kevin Eastman Panel


Talking TMNT, Drawing Blood, and answering some great fan questions! All with special guests, Tom Waltz, Ben Bishop, and David Avallone.

Sunday July 26, 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Creating and Drawing the Action Comic Character with Monte Moore


Panel discussion and drawing demonstration with veteran comics industry artist Monte M. Moore on how to create unique comics characters of your own as well as drawing suggestions for creating dynamic comics action-oriented illustrations. Monte will cover basic concepts and fundamentals as well as integrating character illustration into a cover layout for a published comic book cover. See Moore at https://linktr.ee/studioscarab

Sunday July 26, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Inspired by Real Life: The True Stories Behind Graphic Novels

NBA winner illustrator Nate Powell of March, author Van Jensen of Two Dead, and author/illustrator and Eisner nominee Scott Chantler of Bix, discuss the true life inspirations in their graphic novels. Joined by editor Diana Pho, and more.

Sunday July 26, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Invader Zim Conquers Everything!


DOOOOOM! Celebrate Invader Zim with an exciting panel of authors and creators behind the most recent art books and comics from the hit series. Join author Chris McDonnell (The Art of Invader Zim, ABRAMS Books), Eric Trueheart (Invader Zim show and comics, Oni Press), Drew Rausch (Invader Zim #41, Oni Press), and Aaron Alexovich (Invader Zim show and comics, Oni Press) as they discuss the origins of the show, the creativity and originality that made it the cult classic it is today, and never-before-seen art from Invader Zim books and comics coming this summer, including the Invader Zim Quarterlies with Gir’s Big Day! Moderated by Jeff Spry (SYFY Wire).


Sunday July 26, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

LGBTQ Comics and Popular Media for Young People


Comics and animation are universal mediums that have recently made huge leaps in presenting LGBTQ-inclusive stories and characters for young audiences. These groundbreaking successes have made unique creative opportunities for LGBTQ storytellers. A mix of animation and publishing storytellers discuss their projects and answer the questions: How do they approach LGBTQ content and characters for tweens & teens? What are the new and upcoming projects to watch for? And how do new LGBTQ creators find their voice and get their start?

Join Prism Comics, moderator Cort Lane (Marvel Rising, Ultimate Spider-Man) and talented panelists Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), Trung Le Nguyen aka Trungles (The Magic Fish, Twisted Romance), Alex Sanchez (You Brought Me The Ocean), Noelle Stevenson (Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance, DC Super Hero Girls), and Michael Vogel (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Young Justice) as they look at the world of LGBTQ storytelling for the young fans of today and creators of tomorrow.

Gina Gagliano – Twitter – @_GinaGagliano
Trung Le Nguyen aka Trungles – http://www.trungles.com
Alex Sanchez – https://www.alexsanchez.com
Noelle Stevenson – Twitter – @Gingerhazing
Mariko Tamaki – Twitter – @marikotamaki
Michael Vogel – Twitter – @mktoon
Brittney Williams – https://brittneywilliamsart.carbonmade.com
Prism Comics – https://www.prismcomics.org

Sunday July 26, 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Keenspot 20th Annual Comic-Con Panel: Pandemic Edition


Host Rob Potchak (Junior High Horrors) checks in on various Keenspot creators to see how they’re surviving this historic pandemic as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. Plus, news and photos from the set of the Marry Me movie adaptation starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, big new distribution announcements, and much more! Those who watch the panel can learn how they can get a free surprise digital Keenspot comic book.

Sunday July 26, 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Public Domain Comics: From Sherlock Holmes to Mickey Mouse and Beyond


The rich history of comic series, characters, creators and stories don’t disappear into history thanks to laws governing public domain intellectual properties. By looking at the public domain status and history of properties like Sherlock Holmes, Mickey Mouse, Amazing Man and many others we can learn much about preserving history and making old things new again. Join the lively discussion with Tom Mason (Uncensored Mouse editor), Dave Olbrich (Malibu publisher), Barry Gregory (writer/publisher Gallant Comics), and Michael Lovitz (trademark, copyright and entertainment attorney and Comic Book Law School® founder).

Sunday July 26, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Leonard Sultana
Leonard Sultana
Leonard Sultana is a full-time DJ / part-time nerd and is doing his damnedest to swap those around. He is the creator of An Englishman In San Diego, The Convention Collective and a rather nice cocktail involving Dandelion & Burdock.

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