SDCC Friday: Beyond Hall H (and Ballroom 20)

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A selection of the panels being held in the smaller rooms on the second day of San Diego Comic Con.

Geeking Out on Secret Loves: When Personal Tales Fill the Page
10:00AM-11:00AM, Room 25ABC

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
10:00AM-11:00AM, Room 4

Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) and today’s biggest TV writers, showrunners, and executives from your favorite genre shows discuss navigating the TV spec terrain including beginner’s mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Spotlight on Marjorie Liu
10:00AM-11:00Am, Room 29AB

Engage in a wide-ranging conversation on publishing, race, and gender with Marjorie Liu, the New York Times bestselling and Eisner-nominated author of Monstress, Han Solo, X-23, and many other titles.

What Rebellions Are Built on: Popular Culture, Radical Hope, and Political Engagement
12:00PM-1:00PM, 25ABC

As America faces the drawing up of Death Star plans (or border walls, refugee bans, and faith-based registries), culture and politics have never felt so . . . pop culturian. But stories have always been political and fandom has, too. Today, themes of hope and resistance in stories such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Wonder Woman are serving not just as moral guides but as inspiration for plans of political action. Hear from geeks making activism their superpower as they wield nerd enthusiasms like the Force, hacking popular culture for social justice, civic activism, and participatory politics, including through anti-bullying initiatives, advocacy, and charity. Moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) will talk with Robyn Jordan (Black Girls Create), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin), Josh Siegel (Geeks Out), Fox Smith (Super Heroines, Etc.), Amber Garza (Sequential Rights, Geeks Out), and Maddy VonHoff (ONE Campaign, GeekGirlCon) about how memes, cosplay, and performance challenge stereotypes and raise consciousness around identity politics, rebellions being built on favorite fandoms (and, of course, hope).

Drawing the Sword: Gabriel Rodríguez
1:00PM-2:00PM, Room 23ABC

Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez is launching his first-ever fully creator-owned, written, and drawn series, Sword of Ages, this fall. Hear all about the new series, future Locke & Key plans in print and TV, Gabriel’s decade-plus at IDW, and a special announcement or two. All that and a free Sword of Ages preview comic for all in attendance! Moderated by IDW CCO Chris Ryall.

Hollywood Location Scouts
1:00PM-2:00PM, Room 9

They found Tatooine in Tunisia, Vulcan in Utah, Middle-earth in New Zealand, and King’s Landing in Croatia. Working alongside directors and production designers, location scouts are the visual artists who bring forth every place that you see on the screen. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (The Mummy,Justice League) joins Location Managers Guild International panelists Kokayi Ampah (Million Dollar Baby,The Shawshank Redemption), Robert Foulkes (La La Land,Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Shani Orona (Logan,Sicario), Laura Sode-Matteson (Jurassic World 2,Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), and Tommy Woodard (Westworld,Terminator Genisys).

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett
1:00PM-2:00PM, Room 28DE

Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, “What a weird panel description,” then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells, Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, A-Force, Animosity) on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more!

Selling The Hit—What You Always Wanted To Know About the Stunt Industry
1:00PM-2:05PM, Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

Stuntmen/women Esteban Cueto , James Gerardi, Brian Danner, Bryan McGowan, Patricia Tallman, Jessie Graff, and others 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. Moderated by Eric Cajiuat.

Bisexuality and Beyond: Deadpool Made Us Do It (Again and Again and . . . )
2:00PM-3:00PM, Room 28DE

Definitions of gender and sexuality are becoming more and more open in popular media as comics, film, and television creators are telling stories with bisexual characters and affirming role models who are not limited to one definition. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a spirited discussion of the present and future of sexuality in media with the real-life bisexual creators who draw, write, and perform these roles: Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), R. J. Aguiar (YouTube’s TheNotAdam,, Lynnette McFadzen (BiNet USA), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC). Last year, called this panel “One Of The Most Amazing Moments Of Affirmation At San Diego Comic-Con.”

Save the Bees with Art
2:00PM-3:00PM, Room 2

Camilla d’Errico (Pop Manga) and Debra Tomaszewski (founder of Planet Bee) and Holbein Artist Materials offer a fun color-along discussion on eco-friendly ways to create art and protect the environment. Coloring pages and door prizes provided. Moderated by Jesse R. Yu (J*RYU) (Kidrobot guest curator).

Disney XD’s DuckTales
3:30PM-4:30PM, Room 6A

Life is like a hurricane on the new DuckTales series for Disney XD. Series stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates, Don’t Think Twice), Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless), and Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Sing) join creative team Matt Youngberg (executive producer), Frank Angones (co-producer/story editor), and Sean Jimenez (art director) to share exclusive sneak peeks and talk about what it’s like bringing this classic family of adventuring ducks to a new generation of fans.

The Lazarus Pit Gets Real
4:00PM-5:00PM, Room 28DE

The Marvel and DC (and other) universes universally feature age-inhibiting “renewal elixirs” in their storylines. Nick Fury, Black Canary, and Batman are among the scores of characters who have reversed or delayed the aging process. Thanks to rejuvenation biotechnologies being developed by people like Bill Maris (founder, Section 32) and physician Joon Yun (president of Palo Alto Investors), the Lazarus Pit, Vigoral, Super-Soldier Serum, Extremis serum, Infinity Formula, and Pym Particles are now no longer fantasy concepts. Remarkable progress has been made in extending the life spans of animals and, soon, humans. This panel will cover the latest in anti-aging and cognitive enhancements.

Skybound Entertainment: Creators, Fans, and Franchises
4:30PM-5:30PM, Room 6BCF

Skybound Entertainment’s Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Invincible) and the company’s CEO and fellow producer David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) discuss their upcoming slate of television and film projects, including the film adaptation of Kirkman’s long-running comic series Invincible, their AMC comic book docuseries Heroes and Villains, and more. Kirkman and Alpert will be joined by Skybound Entertainment’s Catherine Winder (The Angry Birds Movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Sean Furst (Star-Crossed, Dice), and T. Q. Jefferson (Telltale’s The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Michonne), who will dive into what’s next for the company in the VR, gaming, and animation space. Moderated by Steve Zaragoza.

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
5:30PM-6:30PM, Room 6DE

It’s been a banner year for J. Michael Straczynski (JMS): writing the pilot for Midnight Nation for Universal and Gale Ann Hurd, adapting Ten Grand for A&E, writing a top-secret miniseries for TNT, and writing a Rising Stars screenplay for MGM. And of course this past May saw season 2 of his Netflix series, Sense8. Meet the Man, the Myth, and the Hollowed Out Chocolate Easter Bunny known simply as Joe for behind-the-scenes stories in what promises to be one of the most personal talks he has ever given.

You Do What?! Women in Film Production
6:00PM-7:00PM, Room 28DE

Forget navigating Hollywood backwards and in heels! Angela Robinson (writer/director, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood), Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer, RocketJump: The Show), Cat Paschen (SFX makeup artist, Face Off All Stars), Alicia Minette (metalsmith/art department, Gilmore Girls), and others discuss working in traditionally male-dominated fields of production with Q&A session moderated by Brittany Sandler.

The 7 Comic (and Card) Shop Archetypes: Who Triumphs, Thrives, and Survives
6:30PM-7:30PM, Room 26AB

This panel explores the basic categories of comic shops, provides analytical yet nostalgic insights on trends and changing consumer demographics, and invites panelists to forecast the future. They will also explore best practices for shops to sell and promote card games like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon. Featuring an all-star cast of comics retailers and professionals including Chris Brady (4 Color Fantasies), Jeff Watkins (Cloud City), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), Bill Schanes (Pacific Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors), and Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, ICv2). Moderated by Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency).

Reunion of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Art Department
7:00PM-8:00PM, Room 29AB

Carey Meyer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scorpion), who designed 110 episodes of the hit TV series, reminisces with members of his art department— Caroline Quinn (Buffy, Angie Tribeca), Will Batts (Buffy, CSI: Cyber), Loni Peristere (Buffy, Angel), David Koneff (Buffy, Rizzoli & Isles)—and answers audience questions

Star Wars’ Dysfunctional Skywalker Family
7:00PM-8:00PM, Room 7AB

Twins separated at birth, domestic abuse near a volcano, space divore, and child abandonment on desert planets . . . the root of all evil in the Star Wars universe is not the dark side, it’s bad parenting! This panel will look at the future of the Skywalker family and how Kylo Ren’s parents’ divorce may have adversely affected him. Plus, the panel will speculate on what’s to come in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Join Chris Gore (Film Threat), Chelsea Blackstone (YouTube’s Figure Fights), Jeff Tucker (Gemr CollectorCast), and comedians Tommy Bechtold (The Middle) and Steele Saunders (Steele Wars) for a fun yet serious look at how poor parenting choices in the Skywalker family led to a galaxy far, far away thrown into chaos.

If You Love Something, Make a Book of It
7:30PM-8:30PM, Room 24ABC

While many writers and artists incorporate their favorite pop culture characters, stories, and universes into their work, some have made the leap from ardent fan to published creator. Come hear the stories of authors and artists who have taken their fan obsessions and turned them into books that further inspire and entertain fans worldwide. Find out how their popular works came to be, what it’s like creating with pop culture icons, and how these works have opened new opportunities for them. Moderator April Whitney (Chronicle Books) talks with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Tim Leong (Star Wars Super Graphic), Scott Koblish (Deadpool, The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish), Jenny Parks (Star Trek Cats), and Brandon Bird (Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art).

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