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Friday, October 17
 

1:00pm

Film Makers Explore Modern Gothic Horror
Please Join Panel host Neal Hallford as he chats with Mike Poole, and Phil Roberts as they show two short films from their Moz Chronicles series. The film makers will discuss their views on Gothic Horror and adapting the genre for the modern audience.


Friday October 17, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

1:00pm

How We Draw
Professional artist discuss the craft, tools, techniques, and processes of producing art for a living. From pencils to Photoshop.

Speakers
ES

Eric Shanower

Eric Shanower is a comics creator who has won multiple Eisner Awards. In addition to his own original “Adventures in Oz” comics, he scripted Marvel’s adaptation of the first six Oz novels. He has illustrated several Oz books in prose, including his own “The Giant Garden of Oz” and “The Salt Sorcerer of Oz,” and he recounts the Trojan War in “Age of Bronze.”


Friday October 17, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

1:00pm

Storyboards and Comics

Jack Kirby said comics are like storyboards for the greatest movies never made. How are comics and storyboards alike and how do they differ? What additional knowledge and skills must a comics creator acquire in order to create professional storyboards for films and television shows?


Speakers
avatar for Pete Von Sholly

Pete Von Sholly

Dinosaurs, Monsters, Lovecraft
MV

Mike Vosburg

Storyboard/concept artist (Narnia films, Tales From the Crypt show, many more), comic artist, and, as a teenage fan, publisher of one of the first comic fanzines, MASQUERADER. See Mike on Friday in the Artist Alley.


Friday October 17, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

2:00pm

Comics Without Capes: Science Fiction
The Wake, Letter 44, Manhattan Projects and on into infinity. Science Fiction is hitting big in comics. What is the history of speculative fiction in comics and where is it going?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Anina Bennett

Anina Bennett

Author, Abrams Books
Co-author of the historical/science fiction mashups BOILERPLATE and FRANK READE, plus the groundbreaking SF comic book series HEARTBREAKERS. Recovering comic book editor. Amateur actor. | | www.BigRedHair.com | twitter.com/bigredhair | www.tumblr.com/blog/bigredhair


Friday October 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

2:00pm

Ethno-Horror
Join Professor Ajani Brown as we will dive into the realm of the surreal and supernatural in comics based on African/Afro-Caribbean folklore

Moderators
avatar for Ajani Brown

Ajani Brown

Professor, San Diego State University
Professor of Africana studies who teaches topics covering literature, rhetoric, comics and Afrofuturism.

Speakers

Friday October 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

2:00pm

How We Write
Professional writers discuss the tools, techniques and processes of producing stories for a living. From pen and paper to Microsoft Word or Scrivner.

Moderators
avatar for Tone Milazzo

Tone Milazzo

Writer, Freelance
I bang out code during the day and fiction during the night until I can switch that ratio around.My first novel, Picking Up the Ghost was called "African magic and folklore color this unusual coming-of-age story . . . . [T]his debut entertains with an original approach and mix of breezy humor and dark fantasy." —Publishers Weekly

Speakers
avatar for Blaine C. Readler

Blaine C. Readler

Blaine C. Readler is the author of seven novels and a collection of short stories. His tales straddle the intersection between thriller and science fiction in the mode of the late Michael Crichton. He has a degree in engineering, and applies his knowledge of science and mathematics to lend a credible foundation to his stories of ordinary people struggling with extraordinary adventures. | | Blaine's books have won numerous awards, including... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

2:00pm

Pop Culture Professionals: Self-Publishers
It seems like everyone's Kickstarting a book these days. but don't kid yourself, self-publishing is hard work. What's the reality? Is the life of a self-publisher for you?

Moderators
avatar for Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre & I'm a Black Nerd! BlackNerdComedy on YouTube. Actor/Comedian. I ♥ 80s-90s Cartoons, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Gremlins & Smurfs!

Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
avatar for Tim Heiderich

Tim Heiderich

writer, Misunderstanding Comics
The writer behind the parody graphic novel Misunderstanding Comics, and the writer/animator of Emergency 411: questionable advice for unlikely situations. | | http://misunderstandingcomics.com | Emergency 411: http://www.timtoon.com/category/videos/e411/ | | Follow him on Twitter: @MisComics
avatar for John Holmstrom

John Holmstrom

Crazy Person, CARTOONIST
Ancient Chinese curse: "May you lead an interesting life." So far, so good (and bad)... Points of interest include: Punk rock, PUNK magazine, Bananas, The Joe Show, Bosko, Hep Cat, publishing, HIGH TIMES, censorship, SCREW, Japanese clothing and fashion, Yale University's Beinecke Library, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the "CBGB" film, Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner (my teachers at SVA and later my bosses), geodesic domes, 1980s video games... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

3:00pm

Best Non-Fiction Graphic Novels
Our panelists present their choices for the best graphic novels that focus on history, science, autobiography, etc.

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Estrada

Jackie Estrada

Jackie Estrada has been involved in comics fandom since the late 1960s, when she and her then-husband Davey Estrada collected comics and subscribed to just about every fanzine. She attended the first San Diego Comic-Con in the summer of 1970 and she has been to all of them ever since. She began volunteering with Comic-Con in 1975, handling PR chores in tandem with Jeff Gelb. She went on to edit the Souvenir Book and other publications beginning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yetta Howard

Yetta Howard

professor, SDSU
queer cultural studies prof. researches and teaches underground, alternative, and experimental visual/auditory studies.


Friday October 17, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

3:00pm

Digital Lizards of Doom
Music

Friday October 17, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Tent Outside

3:00pm

Spotlight on Liam Sharp
Like many British new wave artists, Liam Sharp's career was launched in the weekly comics mag 2000AD, home of Judge Dredd. Eventually, Liam move on to Marvel UK for whom he created their best-selling title ever, Death's Head II. Now residing in California, Liam is exploring the frontiers of motion comics via his own Madefire publishing company. Liam will be interviewed by his longtime friend and colleague from the British new-wave comics scene, Igor Goldkind.

Moderators
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →

Speakers

Friday October 17, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

4:00pm

Archery for Artists and Actors with Jim MacQuarrie
How to make your archery-based character look like a pro. Whether for comics, animation or live-action, you can make your archer look strong, competent and confident by adding the elements of good archery form.

Moderators
Friday October 17, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

4:00pm

HP Lovecraft Beyond
Cosmic horror beyond the scope of Innsmouth. From Deep Space, the New Weird and In the Mouth of Madness HP's tentacles are in a lot of pies. What's the legacy of Lovecraft?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Eben Brooks

Eben Brooks

I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of... Read More →
avatar for Pete Von Sholly

Pete Von Sholly

Dinosaurs, Monsters, Lovecraft



Friday October 17, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

4:00pm

Metalocalypse
Jon Schnepp designed and created the band characters of “Dethklok,” and Adult Swim bought the Metalocalypse show a few months afterwards. Schnepp went on to direct 34 episodes and co-produce all four seasons of the mega-hit Adult Swim animated series. Jon directed most of the animated music videos for the successful Dethklok live concert tours.

But wait, you say, that's still not enough Dethklok. Fortunately, Schnepp agreed and proceeded to co-plot and do covers for the new Dark Horse Comic Book Series based on Metalocalypse. Join Jon and interior artist Lucas Marangon for a look at all things Metalocalypse.

Moderators
Speakers
LM

Lucas Marangon

Freelance Illustrator, Disney Latin America
Born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1971, Lucas Marangon and his parents suffer political exile in Mexico during the military dictatorship of 1976. Back in Argentina, Lucas attends the Fine Arts Highschool in Mendoza and then graduates as a Graphic Designer, while working as a professional illustrator. | | In 1996, Lucas moves back to Mexico City where he works as advertising illustrator and comic-book artist in various titles and companies... Read More →



Friday October 17, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

4:00pm

Pop Culture Professionals: Editors & Publishers
The bureaucrats of the comics and publishing business are the engine that keeps it running. Managing the work of writers and artists has been compared to herding cats. Here's how it's done.

Moderators
avatar for Anina Bennett

Anina Bennett

Author, Abrams Books
Co-author of the historical/science fiction mashups BOILERPLATE and FRANK READE, plus the groundbreaking SF comic book series HEARTBREAKERS. Recovering comic book editor. Amateur actor. | | www.BigRedHair.com | twitter.com/bigredhair | www.tumblr.com/blog/bigredhair

Speakers
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

4:00pm

Leave the Universe
Music

Friday October 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tent Outside

5:00pm

Battlecast
Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Solid Snake and The Doctor (of Doctor Who) at Pokemon Stadium? That's the kind of thing you'll find out at a Battlecast. Some rules: They rotate between representing characters and judging the fights. The battleground is randomly assigned and often dictates the "rule set" they'll follow. A coin flip decides who goes first. Enjoy.

Moderators
Friday October 17, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Tent Outside

5:00pm

Boilerplate, Heartbreakers, and Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention
Creaters Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett will be here to talk about their steampunk robot story Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel (acquired by J.J. Abrams to become a major motion picture), steampunk adventure story Frank Read: Adventure in the Age of Invention, and science-fiction comic Heartbreakers (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year).

Speakers
avatar for Anina Bennett

Anina Bennett

Author, Abrams Books
Co-author of the historical/science fiction mashups BOILERPLATE and FRANK READE, plus the groundbreaking SF comic book series HEARTBREAKERS. Recovering comic book editor. Amateur actor. | | www.BigRedHair.com | twitter.com/bigredhair | www.tumblr.com/blog/bigredhair



Friday October 17, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

5:00pm

Fan Fic Theater with Chris Gore
It's comedians reading Fan Fiction! Yes, the only thing better than reading Fan Fic, is hearing comedians reading Fan Fic. Join comedians and TV personalities who will read aloud the weirdest, wildest and strangest fan fiction found on the internet.

Moderators
Friday October 17, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

5:00pm

Making Indie Work Work as a Business
It's often said that today creative artists, writers, musicians et al. have to be savvy business people as well if they expect to make a living in the arts. Is that truly necessary? If so,  so how does one make a success of indie work?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Ken Pisani

Ken Pisani

An Emmy-nominated writer and producer for television, KEN PISANI has optioned features and sold network pilots, events that expired with little fanfare. His work has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Nickelodeon, DisneyXD, Syfy, TNT as well as devices you can stare at while you should be paying attention to the world around you. Whatever. | Ken and artist Arturo Lauria won the inaugural Geekie Award for Best Comic Book & Graphic Novel for their... Read More →
avatar for George Wassil

George Wassil

George, much to his chagrin, no longer gets asked for ID when he purchases alcohol or the Senior breakfast at Denny's. A life long writer, he wrote his Great American Novel at 18 and mercifully it resides in some landfill just outside Cleveland, Ohio. An undergraduate degree in engineering and a master's in education put him on a path teaching high school special education students which somehow evolved into more than a decade as a group... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

5:00pm

Science and Mutation Experiments Gone Wrong:
From the Hulk, Captain Atom to the Fantastic Four and countless Anime, science can change you (at least in the comics it can). What are the origins of this trope and what's the meaning behind it?

Moderators
Speakers
BT

Bjo Trimble

Co-Owner, Ancient Earth Pigments
Over 8 decades, my interests have ranged from fantasy to science fiction to historical re-enacting to any form of crafts. While participating in everything from Star Trek charity drives to every kind of conventions to AIDS walks, I've met many fascinating people. I'm much more proficient in talking Trek than comics, but as a long-ago pre-computer graphics artist, I do appreciate comicbook art. Mainly, just talk to me; I love meeting other fans... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

5:00pm

Spotlight on Comic-Con International President John Rogers
Spotlight on San Diego Comic Fest Fan Guest of Honor, Comic-Con International President John Rogers. John will be interviewed by his old friend and former Comic-Con colleague Mark Stadler.

Speakers
MS

Mark Stadler

Mark Stadler spent 15 years as a volunteer, committee member, and Board member for Comic-Con International. These days he is the Director of Outreach for the San Diego Comic Fest.


Friday October 17, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

6:00pm

Bill Morrison's DEAD VENGEANCE
Creator Bill Morrison gives us an advance look at supernatural noir comic Dead Vengeance, featuring great art by Stephane Roux and soon to be published by Dark Horse in January, 2015. Set in 1940, Dead Vengeance tells the story of John Doe, a radio commentator and archenemy of Detroit's notorious Purple Gang.  The mayor, the mob, and the cops all wanted him dead and were delighted when he disappeared in 1930, but is he really gone?

Speakers
avatar for Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison

Head of Digital Development, Bongo Entertainment
| Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison began his career in The Motor City as a technical illustrator, but he really wanted to be a cartoonist. When Bill decided that he had rendered his last diesel fuel pump, he moved to Southern California with his wife and two cats. | | He began working immediately in motion picture advertising where he painted dozens of movie posters, including many for Walt Disney Pictures, such... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

6:00pm

Exquisite Corpse
A writing game. Watch 5 writers start a story. After a minute they have to pass their paper to the left and continue where the writer to their right left off. At the end of the game we'll read off the flash-fiction, Frankenstein's monsters they produced.

Speakers
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Wallace

Elizabeth Wallace

Podcaster & Book Reviewer, PixelatedGeek.com
Elizabeth is part of the Binary System Podcast along with her twin sister Kathryn, talking about Night Vale and the Walking Dead and comics and books and movies and every other shiny thing that distracts them. | She also reviews books; mostly science-fiction and fantasy but seriously, she'll read anything. You can find all of that over at pixelatedgeek.com


Friday October 17, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Galleria Salon Two Upstairs

6:00pm

Happy Birthday, Jerry and Joe!
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were born exactly one century ago. (Joe on July 10, 1914 and Jerry on October 17, 1914). These two lifelong friends created the most iconic superhero of the 20th century and jumpstarted the comic book business. Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron presents a look at their lives, their struggles, their triumphs, and their tragedy - a tale of mythic proportions writ large on the American landscape.

Speakers
MC

Mike Catron

Co-Founder and Editor of Fantagraphics.


Friday October 17, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

6:00pm

Spotlight on Jackie Estrada
A PowerPoint presentation of photos from her new book, "Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s.

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Estrada

Jackie Estrada

Jackie Estrada has been involved in comics fandom since the late 1960s, when she and her then-husband Davey Estrada collected comics and subscribed to just about every fanzine. She attended the first San Diego Comic-Con in the summer of 1970 and she has been to all of them ever since. She began volunteering with Comic-Con in 1975, handling PR chores in tandem with Jeff Gelb. She went on to edit the Souvenir Book and other publications beginning... Read More →

Friday October 17, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

6:00pm

Steampunk Family Friendly Film Festival
A pleasing pastiche of steamy fun suitable for all ages and sensibilities. Bring the kiddies and grandma too!

Moderators
avatar for Hal Astell

Hal Astell

Film Critic and Author, Apocalypse Later
Hal C. Astell is a film critic and author based in Phoenix, Arizona, and is known in Steampunk circles as Count Chaos. He runs mini-film festivals at many southwest cons, including Phoenix Comicon, Wild Wild West Con, Phoenix FearCon, San Diego Comic Fest, amongst many others.

Friday October 17, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

6:00pm

True Stories
Music

Friday October 17, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Tent Outside

7:00pm

Jerry Siegel Centennial Celebration Party!
The first day of this year's San Diego Comic Fest, October 17th, is also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. So come on out and join with us in celebrating the centennial of the man who more than any started this whole wonderful world of superheroes that we enjoy today. We're honored that Jerry's daughter, Laura Siegel Larson, will be our special guest for the celebration. Festivities include a Superman trivia contest with prizes hosted by Ben Dunn of Ranker Comics.

Speakers
BD

Ben Dunn

Content Department Manager for Ranker Comics.



Friday October 17, 2014 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

10:00pm

Ken Krueger Story Hour

The late Ken Krueger was a member of science fiction's First Fandom, a pioneering small-press publisher, Chairman of Comic-Con #1, and beloved friend and mentor to so many fans. Listen to his friends talk about the old days with Ken. (BTW, There's a reason this panel is scheduled so late at night.)




Friday October 17, 2014 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

10:00pm

Steampunk After Dark Film Festival
From the dark depiction dystopian societies to the carefree chronicling of colorful characters, Steampunk films run the gamut. Our sampler has a little something for every taste from the zany to the macabre. (Parental Advisory: Some slight gore, as well as glimpses of a buxom lass or two).

Moderators
avatar for Hal Astell

Hal Astell

Film Critic and Author, Apocalypse Later
Hal C. Astell is a film critic and author based in Phoenix, Arizona, and is known in Steampunk circles as Count Chaos. He runs mini-film festivals at many southwest cons, including Phoenix Comicon, Wild Wild West Con, Phoenix FearCon, San Diego Comic Fest, amongst many others.

Friday October 17, 2014 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs
 
Saturday, October 18
 

10:00am

Pop Culture Professionals: Event Runners
How did this convention and other conventions like it get put together? Meet the con runners for some of San Diego's fandom conventions and find out what it takes to make these labors of love a reality.

Speakers
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Nedopak

Kristen Nedopak

Creator / Showrunner, The Geekie Awards
Dubbed one of Comic Con’s “Most Dangerous Women” for her high-action sci-fi and fantasy series and films, Kristen Nedopak is the creator | of the award-nominated The Skyrim Parodies, Fight Class, Outta This World: The Art of Fantasy and Sci-Fi and the first-ever Hollywood award show for geeks: The Geekie Awards. She’s aa public speaker and the founder of ‘Geek Girls Create’, a traveling panel of creators aimed to inspire artists... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Crescent Upstairs

10:00am

Science Fiction will Save the World
Robots are coming for your jobs, the rising seas will take your land and global warming will take the rest. Is science fiction exploring solutions to these oncoming crisis that our governments won't?

Moderators
avatar for Eben Brooks

Eben Brooks

I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of... Read More →

Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold


Saturday October 18, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Clarendon Downstairs

10:00am

Spotlight on Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson is the comic artist winner of 2014 Eisner, Reuben, and Harvey awards for the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle. His friend and fellow artist Mark Irwin will interview Andrew about his great and multi-faceted work on The Fifth Beatle and many other comics and graphic novels.

Moderators
Speakers


Saturday October 18, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Garden One Upstairs

10:00am

Spotlight on Mike O'Neal
Formerly an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab working on the Mars Pathfinder project that landed the first rover on Mars, Mike O'Neal switched careers to become a leading visual-effects creator. Mike's film credits include Oscar winners Life of Pi, The Golden Compass, What Dreams May Come, and Titanic. With 18 years of experience in the visual-effects industry, Mike is currently working for Dreamworks Animation as a software engineer in the new technologies initiative. (Mike will be interviewed by his buddy Mark Habegger.)

Speakers
MH

Mark Habegger

Effects creator and Comic Fest committee member.


Saturday October 18, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Garden Two Upstairs

11:00am

Frank C. Papé
British artist Frank C. Papé (1878-1972) is all but forgotten today, but in the period preceding the First World War he was a highly regarded illustrator in the UK, providing lavish color plates for popular collections of fairy tales and folklore. His career was interrupted when he volunteered for the Royal Army Service Corps in 1915, and faltered for a few years until he was commissioned to provide black and white illustrations for a 1921 edition of American satirist James Branch Cabell's controversial novel "Jurgen." Cabell's wry fantasy brought out Papé's own satirical impulses, and the resulting sly, risqué artwork led to more work illustrating books by such "disreputable" authors as Cabell, Anatole France, and Rabelais. This second career brought Papé international acclaim, but by the mid-1930s his output had slowed down and his fame faded. "Opulent Conceits: The Art of Frank C. Papé" will take a look at the life and career of this unjustly overlooked artist, with an emphasis on his satirical work in the 1920s.

Speakers
DW

Dan Whitworth

A comic fan and Comic-Con attendee since the 70s, Dan Whitworth also created and moderates the Frank C. Papé Enthusiasts Facebook group.



Saturday October 18, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Clarendon Downstairs

11:00am

Latino Comics
Comics have a long history in the Spanish-speaking world. Are they the same as comics eveywhere else or do they have their own particlular characteristics. What about the comics market? What comics are most popular and how popular are they? Join moderator Phil Yeh (Winged Tiger Press, Cartoonists Across the World) as he discusses Latino comics with Lucas Marangon (Mexico City comic artist and writer), Gaby Maya (Mexico City comic artist, writer, editor, and translator who helped popularize the Manga/Anime style in Mexico), Mario Torero (San Diego artist and muralist), Victor Ochoa (San Diego artist and muralist), Ricardo Delgado (creator of Age of Reptiles and other comics, movie storyboard artist), and Igor Goldkind (marketer and publicist for the British new wave comics and founder of new organization Comics Without Borders)

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
LM

Lucas Marangon

Freelance Illustrator, Disney Latin America
Born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1971, Lucas Marangon and his parents suffer political exile in Mexico during the military dictatorship of 1976. Back in Argentina, Lucas attends the Fine Arts Highschool in Mendoza and then graduates as a Graphic Designer, while working as a professional illustrator. | | In 1996, Lucas moves back to Mexico City where he works as advertising illustrator and comic-book artist in various titles and companies... Read More →
avatar for Mario Torero

Mario Torero

MUNDOgallery
MARIO TORERO is an ‘artivist,’ visionary, and urban shaman with exhibitions and public works featured locally, in different cities throughout the U.S. and abroad including Chicano Park in San Diego, Toledo, Ohio, and works in Czechoslovakia, Peru, Japan, Costa Rica, and Barcelona. | | Mario's work arises from his desires for a creative and colorful environment that encompasses and involves the participation of the ‘community... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Crescent Upstairs

11:00am

Newbies in Movies
What's it like being a film-industry "newbie" on a high-profile, big-budget, major-VFX movie? That's what we'll find out from Bill Bryan (Dune and Ghostbusters), Bill George (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), Henry Mayo (Dune and Ghostbusters II), Paul Sammon (Silent Running), and Robin Shelby (Ghostbusters II).

Speakers
avatar for Henry "Hank" Mayo

Henry "Hank" Mayo

Ghostbusters, Comics (Horror, Humor and Adventure). Make-up effects, Science Fiction, Dinosaurs, Movies...some Animation


Saturday October 18, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Garden One Upstairs

11:00am

Zero
Award-Winning sci-fi short about a loveable robot by San Diego filmmakers now to be made as feature film. Join actors and producers to learn more about this project.


Saturday October 18, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Garden Two Upstairs

11:00am

Make your own Scarf or Hat.
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Saturday October 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

12:00pm

Arkham Sessions
The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight! Join the Arkham hosts as they create their latest episode live at Comic Fest.


Saturday October 18, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

12:00pm

Nuka Break: Fallout Indie Film Series
Meet cast, crew, and production members of the team responsible for the popular Nuka Break indie film series, which is based on the Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas post-apocalyptic video games. (And congratulations to the Nuka team for their recent, more-than-succesful Kickstarter project to fund the next season in the series!)

Saturday October 18, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

12:00pm

Science Fiction Story Contest Awards Ceremony
Awards will be presented to the winners of the San Diego Comic Fest Science Fiction Short Story Writing Contest with brief excerpt from the winning stories read.

Saturday October 18, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

12:00pm

The Crunchiness of RPG Rules, From Hard to Soft
In table top RPGs the rules can be very detail orientated and tactical, or open and free form. Which way is the pendulum swinging? What are the benefits and limitations of the extremes and what does the middle ground look like?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Eben Brooks

Eben Brooks

I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

12:00pm

Weird Tales of the Ramones
In 2005, Rhino Records released the Weird Tales of the Ramones 3-CD box set with included anthology comic of the same name. Learn how the CD set and comic came about and what it was like working on a Ramones project from Hugh Brown, Rhino Records Creative Director who designed the project, and contributing comic artists/writers Mary Fleener (underground comix and editorial cartoons), John Holmstrom (co-founder, editor, and cartoonist of PUNK Magazine), Bobby London (Popeye, Dirty Duck), Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics Art Director, Disney artist), John Pound (Garbage Pail Kids, album covers, comix), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist, animator, producer of the ever-popular Oddball Comics).

Speakers
HB

Hugh Brown

Artist and Rhino Records Creative Director who art designed the WEIRD TALES OF THE RAMONES box set and included comic.
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John Holmstrom

Crazy Person, CARTOONIST
Ancient Chinese curse: "May you lead an interesting life." So far, so good (and bad)... Points of interest include: Punk rock, PUNK magazine, Bananas, The Joe Show, Bosko, Hep Cat, publishing, HIGH TIMES, censorship, SCREW, Japanese clothing and fashion, Yale University's Beinecke Library, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the "CBGB" film, Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner (my teachers at SVA and later my bosses), geodesic domes, 1980s video games... Read More →
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Bill Morrison

Head of Digital Development, Bongo Entertainment
| Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Bill Morrison began his career in The Motor City as a technical illustrator, but he really wanted to be a cartoonist. When Bill decided that he had rendered his last diesel fuel pump, he moved to Southern California with his wife and two cats. | | He began working immediately in motion picture advertising where he painted dozens of movie posters, including many for Walt Disney Pictures, such... Read More →



Saturday October 18, 2014 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Garden One Upstairs

1:00pm

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)
Theoretical physicist (UCSB) and author A. Zee will speak on SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Fellow UCSB physics professor Roger Freedman says of Dr. Zee, "His concept for how alien civilizations can communicate across the galaxy is one of the wildest (while firmly based in modern physics) that I've ever encountered!"

Speakers
AZ

A. Zee

Theoretical Physicist (UCSB) and author.


Saturday October 18, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

1:00pm

Steampunk Comics, Novels, and Haiku
With the recent burgeoning of 19th century-tinged aesthetic influences in everything from mainstream fashion to automobile design, it's easy to forget that Steampunk began as a literary genre. This panel comprised of genre-bending literary ladies examines some current trends in steampunk lit. This ain't yer grandpappy's speculative fiction! With panelists Veronique Chevalier (MODERATOR), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical), and Elizabeth Watasin (Dark Victorian).
 

Moderators
avatar for Veronique Chevalier

Veronique Chevalier

Steampunk Co-ordinator, San Diego Comic Fest
Veronique Chevalier, (aka The "Weird Val" of Dark Cabaret), is this year's SD Comic Steampunk Programming Co-ordintor. | | She has extensively performed, as well as presented panels, at Steampunk, fan and comic conventions across North America, including SDCC, Dragon*Con, Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, Seattle Steamcon, Teslacon, World Steam Expo and more! | | Her original music has been played on Dr. Demento Radio; Rue Morgue Radio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Boston Metaphysical Society

Boston Metaphysical Society

Writer/Creator, Boston Metaphysical Society Comic
A TV, feature film and comic book writer, Madeleine is the winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film. She also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting and also teaches a seminar called "Kickstarter for the Independent Creator." The book is now available at Amazon (print and eBook), Nook, Kobo and other eBook formats... Read More →
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Elizabeth Watasin

Elizabeth Watasin is the acclaimed author of the Gothic steampunk series The Dark Victorian, The Elle Black Penny Dreads, and the creator/artist of the indie comics series Charm School, which was nominated for a Gaylactic Spectrum Award. A twenty year veteran of animation and comics, her credits include thirteen feature films, such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Princess and the Frog, and writing for Disney Adventures... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

1:00pm

Writing for Childrens' Animation
What are the special challenges of writing for childrens' animation? How is it different from writing for adults? How can a show be written to work for a wide range of ages? Learn all this and more from panelists Eric & Julia Lewald (X-Men:The Animated Series, Disney TV Animation, Exo Squad, Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles, Skeleton Warriors, Dream Defenders) and Marcy Brown & Dennis Haley (Emmy and The Humanitas Prize winners for Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Franklin, Pac-Man, Dream Defenders).


Saturday October 18, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

1:00pm

Make your own Puppet Creature
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Saturday October 18, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

1:30pm

Ghostbusters Anniversary Panel
This year is the 30th anniversary of Ghosbusters and the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II. The Ghostbusters films broke new ground in combining comedy, the supernatural, and big-budget special effects and this is our chance to listen to key creators of the films talk about the experience of making them. Cinefex founder and publisher Don Shay (who wrote the original Making Ghostbusters book) will moderate for panelists John Bruno (Oscar-winning VFX creator and frequent James Cameron collaborator), Bill Bryan (VFX artist who created and performed in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man suit), Bill George (Oscar-winning VFX creator from ILM), and Michael Gross (associate producer and art designer who created the famous "no ghosts" icon).


Saturday October 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

2:00pm

Conlanging: The Art of Language Invention with David J. Peterson
David J. Peterson, language consultant for the HBO® series Game of Thrones® and author of Living Language Dothraki, will discuss conlanging: how he develops new languages from the ground up, from coining new words to structuring unique grammar and crafting the language to reflect the culture of the speakers. Peterson will discuss how he created the Dothraki language and others, and answer questions from the audience.

Moderators

Saturday October 18, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

2:00pm

Evolution of Online Fandom
From BBS to Twitter how are nerds connecting without having to interact?

Moderators
Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
avatar for Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre & I'm a Black Nerd! BlackNerdComedy on YouTube. Actor/Comedian. I ♥ 80s-90s Cartoons, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Gremlins & Smurfs!


Saturday October 18, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

2:00pm

ZAP Comix with Fantagraphics Editor and Co-Founder Mike Catron
Now it can be told -- the true story of Zap Comix, the seminal underground comic book. See rare photos and artwork of and by Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and Paul Mavrides. Be the first to see a preview of the final issue of Zap, which is included in the upcoming 5-volume collection of the complete Zap Comix from Fantagraphics Books. Presented by Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron. (Some material rated R.)

Speakers
MC

Mike Catron

Co-Founder and Editor of Fantagraphics.


Saturday October 18, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

2:00pm

Make your own Mask.
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Saturday October 18, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

3:00pm

Damian Bowles
Music

Saturday October 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Tent Outside

3:00pm

Dune the movie. What happened?
It's been 30 years since the film Dune was released to wide disappointment. It seemed to have had so much going for it: a popular, epic source novel (Frank Herbert's Dune); a talented, artistic director, David Lynch; skilled actors including Kyle MacLachlan, Max von Sydow, and Patrick Stewart; and a big budget from an experienced, well-known executive producer, Dino De Laurentis. So, how did it turn out to be the box-office bomb that Siskel and Ebert named the worst movie of 1984? Join Paul Sammon (who made the official promo film for Dune), Bill Bryan (who designed the Dune stillsuits), and Henry Mayo (Dune was his first professional movie-making experience) to find out what happened and the experiences they had on the Dune sets in Mexico, where it was filmed.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Henry "Hank" Mayo

Henry "Hank" Mayo

Ghostbusters, Comics (Horror, Humor and Adventure). Make-up effects, Science Fiction, Dinosaurs, Movies...some Animation


Saturday October 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

3:00pm

Kickstarter Do's and Don'ts
Kickstarter projects have become a preferred way of funding independent pop culture projects. However, while many projects are funded, some many times over, others never meet their goals. Learn the do's and don'ts of Kickstart projects from panelists who have been there and done that successfully.

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Estrada

Jackie Estrada

Jackie Estrada has been involved in comics fandom since the late 1960s, when she and her then-husband Davey Estrada collected comics and subscribed to just about every fanzine. She attended the first San Diego Comic-Con in the summer of 1970 and she has been to all of them ever since. She began volunteering with Comic-Con in 1975, handling PR chores in tandem with Jeff Gelb. She went on to edit the Souvenir Book and other publications beginning... Read More →

Speakers
ES

Eric Shanower

Eric Shanower is a comics creator who has won multiple Eisner Awards. In addition to his own original “Adventures in Oz” comics, he scripted Marvel’s adaptation of the first six Oz novels. He has illustrated several Oz books in prose, including his own “The Giant Garden of Oz” and “The Salt Sorcerer of Oz,” and he recounts the Trojan War in “Age of Bronze.”
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Boston Metaphysical Society

Writer/Creator, Boston Metaphysical Society Comic
A TV, feature film and comic book writer, Madeleine is the winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film. She also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting and also teaches a seminar called "Kickstarter for the Independent Creator." The book is now available at Amazon (print and eBook), Nook, Kobo and other eBook formats... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

3:00pm

Neal Adams and Sons: Working in Comics Then and Now
Comics legend Neal Adams, the man Geoff Boucher called the "greatest living comic book artist" and who Wizard Magazine said "revived Batman, saved the X-Men, challenged the system and changed comics forever," talks about working in comics then and now with his sons Joel Adams (Emmy-winning character designer for King of the Hill) and Alrdrin "Buzz" Aw (Vampirella, JSA).

Speakers
JA

Joel Adams

Emmy Award winning character designer for KING OF THE HILL.
AB

Aldrin "Buzz" Aw

Comic artist (VAMPIRELLA, JSA, and more).


Saturday October 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

3:00pm

Writing for Animation
From weekly half hour (or even 15 minute) shows to epic movies, animation still starts witha script. What are the challenges and techniques of writing for voice artists and animators?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tim Heiderich

Tim Heiderich

writer, Misunderstanding Comics
The writer behind the parody graphic novel Misunderstanding Comics, and the writer/animator of Emergency 411: questionable advice for unlikely situations. | | http://misunderstandingcomics.com | Emergency 411: http://www.timtoon.com/category/videos/e411/ | | Follow him on Twitter: @MisComics


Saturday October 18, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

3:00pm

Drawing Games with Ms. Anne.
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Saturday October 18, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

4:00pm

Artistic Corpse and Other Live-Art Fun
Per Wikipedia, "Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule... or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed....The technique was invented by Surrealists." Join artists under the tent as they play "exquisite corpse" and indulge in other artistic fun, perhaps with audience participation.

Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Tent Outside

4:00pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
This panel presents the vital basics of group management and networking as base concepts so covered topics apply to literally and group with a goal from hobbist to professional purposes as well as any interest of geek or creative culture. These basics are for anyone interested creating for comics, illustration, TV/movies/webseries, webcomics, design, animation, costuming / cosplay, blogging to name a few categories. As an added bonus the panel will give away a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud, a $599 value and a varied and important tool for pretty much any creative endeavor

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sean Glumace

Sean Glumace

Adobe Education Leader,, Adobe / Golden West College
Sean Glumace is an Adobe Education Leader, graphic and web designer, WordPress and college level digital media arts instructor, comic book letterer, print and web media art director and all around creative person for the past two decades. He has been an integral part of the renowned Digital Media Department at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA joining the faculty in 2001, and also serves on the faculty at Concordia University Irvine. In... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

4:00pm

Lawyers of SHIELD: The Level 7 Hornbook to Criminal & Constitutional Law with California Attorney and Legal Geek Joshua Gilliland

Agents of SHIELD and Captain America The Winter Soldier were Constitutional joyrides. Joshua Gilliland, one of the two attorney bloggers from The Legal Geeks, will break down the legal issues from Season 1 of Agents of SHIELD and Captain America 2.

The presentation will address what is known about the legal structure of SHIELD, the lawfulness of resurrecting Agent Coulson, whether SHIELD violated the 4th Amendment with their computer searches, whether Skye committed treason for hacking into the NSA, and whether the Winter Soldier could be convicted of treason. The material will also discuss how drones can be used in law enforcement and due process issues from Agents of SHIELD.


Speakers
JG

Joshua Gilliland

California Attorney and Legal Geek.


Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

4:00pm

Ranker Comics: Super Nerd Trivia Contest
Super Nerd Trivia is cutting the geek from the meek with the hottest new trivia show sweeping fandom. SNT has been played at The Nerdist Theater in Meltdown Comics, Stragedicon, Bentcon and Comikaze. Join host Ben Dunn of Ranker Comics as he hurls questions at three audience members who will be pitted against one another in a quest to win amazing prizes!

Moderators
BD

Ben Dunn

Content Department Manager for Ranker Comics.

Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

4:00pm

Rod Serling with Anne Serling
Anne Serling, daughter and author of "As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling," presents a retrospective of her father's work and a personal insight into what is was like growing up with the man behind the Twilight Zone. A multimedia portrayal including clips of his work, select readings from her book, snippets of home movies, followed by a Q&A session.



Speakers

Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

4:00pm

Spotlight on Bobby London
Bobby London's work has ranged from underground comix (including the legendary Air Pirates Funnies), to 42 years of his Dirty Duck strip (still being published in Playboy), to several years of the Popeye newspaper comic strip (recently collected and published by IDW). Along the way he found time to do art and comics for PUNK magazine and 17 years of illustrations for The New York Times Op-Ed page, and contribute to the Weird Tales of the Ramones Anthology. Bobby didn't forget the kids either, working for Cartoon Network on Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and the Spongebob Squarepants Movie while also doing the family-friendly comic strip "Cody" for Nickelodeon Magazine. This is a great chance see Bobby in person and hear firsthand about his career in comics.

Speakers

Saturday October 18, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

5:00pm

Apocalypses and Dystopias
Dark futures have always been a feature of science fiction in every medium, but they seem to be the main current of genre today, especially in film, TV, and YA novels. What fears and expectations do they exploit? Does today's preference for disaster say something about the state of our culture, or is it merely a matter of marketing trends?

Moderators
SP

Stephen Potts

Professor, UCSD
Stephen W. Potts teaches in the Department of Literature at UCSD. He has published books and articles on science fiction, science studies, fantasy, American literature and film, as well as his own fiction, editorials, and reviews.

Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold


Saturday October 18, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

5:00pm

Laura Siegel on Jerry Siegel
With the publication of the first Superman comic story in Action Comics #1 in June 1938, the world of superhero comics was born. Created by two young men from Cleveland, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman was an instant success and of lasting impact on popular culture. Jerry Siegel's daughter, Laura Siegel-Larson, a successful newsperson whom he called the real Lois Lane, will speak of her father, his comic-book creations, and his importance to American culture.


Saturday October 18, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

5:00pm

Leave The Universe
Music

Saturday October 18, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Tent Outside

5:00pm

The Wizard of MGM
Wizard of Oz behind the scenes, technical wizardry, effects and funny antidotes.  From matte paintings to flying monkeys, this engaging session explores this beloved movie from the Art Director's perspective, A. Arnold Gillespie, the man behind Forbidden Planet, Ben Hur, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and countless MGM effects blockbusters.

Moderators
avatar for Robert A. Welch

Robert A. Welch

Pour cream into a water glass and film it upside down. You've just simulated an atom bomb effect. | | Transporting the audience into mythical lands, robots that bid your will (or not), flying monkeys and making the unbelievable believable is the creative responsibility of the Art Director and effects team. Before CGI there were practical effects, miniatures, matte paintings and camera tricks. A. Arnold "Buddy" Gillespie as head of the MGM... Read More →

Saturday October 18, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

5:00pm

Workshop: Dothraki 101 with Language Developer David J. Peterson (requires purchase of Living Language Dothraki)
David J. Peterson, language consultant for the HBO® series Game of Thrones® and author of Living Language Dothraki, will lead a beginner class in Dothraki, covering the basics of the language, from pronunciation to essential expressions. To fully participate in the workshop, attendees are asked to bring along a copy of the course to the panel. Living Language Dothraki courses ($19.99) will be available for purchase on-site, and are also available for advance purchase from these retailers:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Mysterious Galaxy

HBO Shop

Moderators

Saturday October 18, 2014 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

5:30pm

Benefit Auction
Fee Raffle to all who attend!

All proceeds to to P.A.G.E. Popular Arts Comic Education Foundation

Auction Items Include: Awecome Comics, Toys, DVD's, Original Art & Bargains Galore!

Auctions Start at $1 with NO RESERVE!

Dealers Welcome!

See dealer space "Offworld Toys" for more information or to make a donation.

Saturday October 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

6:00pm

Couples Who Create Together
What's it like when your significant other is also your creative partner? What are the benefits and are there any special challenges? How do you leave your work at the office? Learn the answers from animation show runners and writers Eric and Julia Lewald, animation writers Denis Haley and Marcy Brown, comics creators and graphic novelists Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, and comic artists/writers Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.

Speakers
avatar for Anina Bennett

Anina Bennett

Author, Abrams Books
Co-author of the historical/science fiction mashups BOILERPLATE and FRANK READE, plus the groundbreaking SF comic book series HEARTBREAKERS. Recovering comic book editor. Amateur actor. | | www.BigRedHair.com | twitter.com/bigredhair | www.tumblr.com/blog/bigredhair


Saturday October 18, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

6:00pm

Houdini
The recent History Channel mini-series Houdini, starring Adrien Brody in the title role, has no doubt stoked public interest in the great magician and escape artist, but Patrick Culliton's fascination with the him dates back decades. Patrick, who can lay claim to being the world's foremost Houdini expert, will speak the unvarnished truth about who he was and the things he truly achieved.

Speakers
PC

Patrick Culliton

Actor, author, and world's foremost expert on the great magician and escape artist Harry Houdini.


Saturday October 18, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

6:00pm

Sequels Part 2
What makes a good second story? And were do so many go wrong?  Do we even need sequals or is Hollywood playing it too safe?

Moderators
avatar for Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre & I'm a Black Nerd! BlackNerdComedy on YouTube. Actor/Comedian. I ♥ 80s-90s Cartoons, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Gremlins & Smurfs!

Speakers
avatar for Eben Brooks

Eben Brooks

I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

6:00pm

The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?
The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? is a feature length documentary about the unmade movie Superman Lives. Producer/director Jon Schnepp says, "This film, out of all the various attempts to make a Superman movie between 1987 and 2006, would have stood the test of time and become a bonafide Cult Classic nowadays. I am not alone with my intense interest in knowing everything I can about this project, and so now I'm embarking on making a Documentary that will cover everything ever made for this film, from interviewing as many people as I can who were involved, to including actually recreating scenes from the script!!!....I’ve been interested in this film since it was first announced back in the late 90’s. Nicolas Cage was announced as Superman, Kevin Smith was announced as the Writer, Tim Burton was announced as the Director." Moderator Jon Schnepp will talk about the documentary and the star-crossed film it is about. Joining Jon will be artists Liam Sharp and Pete Von Sholly who both worked on the early stages of Tim Burton's Superman Lives.

Moderators
Speakers
HP

Holly Payne

Producer of Jon Schnepp's documentary THE DEATH OF "SUPERMAN LIVES": WHAT HAPPENED?
avatar for Pete Von Sholly

Pete Von Sholly

Dinosaurs, Monsters, Lovecraft


Saturday October 18, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

6:00pm

True Stories
Music

Saturday October 18, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Tent Outside

7:00pm

Comic Book Live Improv with Patrick Ian Moore
"Comic Book Live!" is a live & unscripted stage adaptation of a comic book or graphic novel, created by some of Hollywood's funniest improvisers, in FULL COSTUME! Join them for a nerdtastically good time filled with fantasy, adventure, cosplay & comedy, and see an improvised adaptation come to life onstage! Gifts & prizes (FREE COMIC BOOKS) at every show provided by Hippy Comix!

Speakers
BB

Brandon Barrick

Improvisor/actor with Comic Book Live!
TB

Tommy Bechtold

Improvisor/actor with Comic Book Live!
PI

Patrick Ian Moore

Improvisor/actor with Comic Book Live!
DR

Derek Reid

Improvisor/actor with Comic Book Live!


Saturday October 18, 2014 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Tent Outside

7:00pm

Exploring Our Solar System
How have we done so far in exploring our solar system, what projects are currently in the works, and what does the future hold in the near and long term? Our panelists who will seek to anser these questions are David Rosing, lead Project Element Manager at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) on projects spanning from missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, to Earth Orbit on both Space Shuttle and free-flying spacecraft, and Mike O'Neal formerly a JPL design team leader and mechanical systems integration engineer on the Mars Pathfinder Mission which landed the first Rover on Mars.

Speakers
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Boston Metaphysical Society

Writer/Creator, Boston Metaphysical Society Comic
A TV, feature film and comic book writer, Madeleine is the winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film. She also won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting and also teaches a seminar called "Kickstarter for the Independent Creator." The book is now available at Amazon (print and eBook), Nook, Kobo and other eBook formats... Read More →


Saturday October 18, 2014 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

7:00pm

PodCRASH with That Chris Gore LIVE
See PodCRASH with That Chris Gore LIVE at Dragon Con! Chris Gore (Geektime on SiriusXM Howard 101, Attack of the Show, Film Threat founder) brings together a Justice League of popular podcasters in a roundtable discussion for the ages. Chris' hilariously entertaining podcast will include special celebrity guests and plenty of surprises.

Moderators
Saturday October 18, 2014 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

7:00pm

Tattooine Law: Legal Lessons from Star Wars with California Attorney and Legal Geek Joshua Gilliland

California attorney Joshua Gilliland from The Legal Geeks explores the legal system from a galaxy far, far, away. Star Wars teaches valuable legal lessons on Tattooine: 1) the intricacies of property ownership of R2D2 and CP3O; 2) Employee & Independent Contractor Safety Issues in Jabba’s Palace; and 3) Han's Legal Justification to Shoot First. 

 “Tattooine Law” explores whether the Jawas had a valid ownership interest in finding CP-3O and R2D2, which determines whether the Skywalkers had a valid sale of the Droids. We will go deep into Jabba’s Palace and understand Jabba’s duty to keep a safe work environment for his employees. Finally, we will explore the issue that is the epicenter of fanboy rage: Han’s legal justified to shoot Greedo first.




Speakers
JG

Joshua Gilliland

California Attorney and Legal Geek.


Saturday October 18, 2014 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

8:00pm

Madus
Madus is composed of Dugan Cruz on vocals, Kirby Shaw on guitar, Lenny Barahona on Bass, and Sam Sobo on Drums. Formerly known as Tangent Transmission, the band had songs placed in several films and TV shows such as, CBS’s NCIS: LA, documentary H2Indo, and Stone Brewing CO’s Holiday promo video. The band became Madus in May 2013. They are known for their electric live performances and ability to blend together different styles of music. (The also have serious comic-book credentials through guitarist Kirby Shaw who is the son of cartoonist Scott Shaw! and is named after legendary comics creator Jack Kirby!)


Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Tent Outside

8:00pm

Mars Film Festival
We're pleased to present a festival of short Mars films, including the very first Mars-themed film ever: Thomas Edison's film "A Trip to Mars" from 1910. We'll also screen animated films, live action and dramatic pieces, and yes, even a handful of TV commercials! Come watch over two hours of the best (and shortest) Films of the Red Planet.


Speakers
GW

Gerry Williams

Gerry runs the Mars Movie Guide and San Diego Vintage Sci-Fi.


Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Clarendon Downstairs

8:00pm

Masked Ball

Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Garden One Upstairs

9:00pm

Chris Gore and the Kings of Cosplay Comedy
Join host Chris Gore for a night of Cosplay Comedy. See some of the best comedians in the nerd universe dressed as your favorite characters from Star Wars, Marvel and DC doing stand up comedy like you've never seen before! It's geektastic fun!

Moderators
Saturday October 18, 2014 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Tent Outside

10:00pm

Digital Lizards of Doom
Music

Saturday October 18, 2014 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Tent Outside

12:00am

Scott Shaw!'s Oddball Comics Live!
A special late-night showing of the oddest comics ever published with running commentary by Scott Shaw! Scott's Oddball Comics shows are legendary, and the midnight edition is not to be missed.

Moderators

Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00am - 12:50am
Garden One Upstairs
 
Sunday, October 19
 

8:00am

Blood Drive
It's a blood drive!

When scheduling an appointment nline please logon to www.sandiegobloodbank.org, click Donate Blood and then click Appointments and provide sponsor code SDCF

Sunday October 19, 2014 8:00am - 2:30pm
Parking Lot

10:00am

Afrofuturism
AfroFuturism remixes history and projects possible futures through a black cultural lens. Here we will explore how science fiction concerns itself with the black experience with Prof. Ajani Brown

Moderators
avatar for Ajani Brown

Ajani Brown

Professor, San Diego State University
Professor of Africana studies who teaches topics covering literature, rhetoric, comics and Afrofuturism.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Gipson

Grace Gipson

Doctoral Student, UC Berkeley
Ms. Grace Gipson by day is a current nerdy, second year doctoral student in African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a graduate of Clark Atlanta University (B.A., Psychology) and Georgia State University (M.A., African American Studies). [By night Grace is a mutant-android international scholar at the Berkeley Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters]. As a student of the human and mutant world, Grace’s area of... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Clarendon Downstairs

10:00am

Must Science-Fiction Films be Dumb?
People say, "The book was better," for a reason. What happens when Hollywood adapts science fiction or makes their own and it just falls flat? Is it really that hard to get good sci-fi to the screen?

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Wallace

Elizabeth Wallace

Podcaster & Book Reviewer, PixelatedGeek.com
Elizabeth is part of the Binary System Podcast along with her twin sister Kathryn, talking about Night Vale and the Walking Dead and comics and books and movies and every other shiny thing that distracts them. | She also reviews books; mostly science-fiction and fantasy but seriously, she'll read anything. You can find all of that over at pixelatedgeek.com

Speakers
avatar for Hal Astell

Hal Astell

Film Critic and Author, Apocalypse Later
Hal C. Astell is a film critic and author based in Phoenix, Arizona, and is known in Steampunk circles as Count Chaos. He runs mini-film festivals at many southwest cons, including Phoenix Comicon, Wild Wild West Con, Phoenix FearCon, San Diego Comic Fest, amongst many others.
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
SP

Stephen Potts

Professor, UCSD
Stephen W. Potts teaches in the Department of Literature at UCSD. He has published books and articles on science fiction, science studies, fantasy, American literature and film, as well as his own fiction, editorials, and reviews.


Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Garden Two Upstairs

10:00am

Pop Culture Professionals: Movie Makers
Directors, producers, editors: The people behind the scenes. What does it take to make a movie these days? How are people getting into the business and what happens to them when they do?

Moderators
avatar for Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

Founder and Director, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego
I created San Diego's first annual horror film festival: | http://www.hifilmfest.com | | Like monsters? Horror movies? Listen to Monster Island Resort! My online radio show that goes bump in the night! http://www.monsterislandresort.org | | http://twitter.com/MonsterResort | | http://monsterislandresort.tumblr.com/ | | Join my on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Island-Resort-Podcast/132352603466049?ref=ts... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Crescent Upstairs

10:00am

Spotlight on Corey Rosen
Corey Rosen is the VP of Creative Development at Tippett Studio. Rosen began his career at Industrial Light & Magic as a visual effects artist and screenwriter for 12 years, before moving to The Orphanage, heading their creature department and serving as visual effects supervisor on commercials. Corey has worked on visual effects for many high-profile films including The Lost World Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Iron Man, Night at the Museum, Gwoemul (aka “The Host”), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Ted. Corey has stories to tell and he's going to tell them at Comic Fest in this spotlight on his career in visual effects.

Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Garden One Upstairs

10:00am

Crafts with Crafteeo. Drop in Anytime!
Come and join How-Lun Chen, founder of Crafteeo, in building your own spearhead from paper and glue. A fun project for families to share and a perfect accessory for your warrior or barbarian costume this Halloween. All materials will be provided and appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Moderators
Sunday October 19, 2014 10:00am - 11:50am
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

11:00am

A Conversation with Anne Serling and Laura Siegel Larson
Growing up with such interesting and unusual dads. How it affected their childhoods and played a large role in their adult lives as well.


Sunday October 19, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

11:00am

Animation: Then and Now
The days of animating by hand are (mostly) over. Listen to people who used to animate with a pen, people who have only animated with a computer, and people who have worked both ways.

Moderators
Speakers
WI

Willie Ito

Willie Ito first animated for Disney on the famous Spaghetti-eating scene in Lady and the Tramp. Since then he has done much more animation and comics for Disney and animated for Hanna-Barbera as well.


Sunday October 19, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Garden One Upstairs

11:00am

Fans in the Analog Age
"Back in my day we read everything on paper, and we liked it." Want to hear about the difficult days before the Internet? Well, you're gonna hear it anyway. Find out what it was like, combing the TV Guide for worthwhile programming, tracking down films at art house theaters and subscribing to 'zines.

Moderators
avatar for Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

Founder and Director, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego
I created San Diego's first annual horror film festival: | http://www.hifilmfest.com | | Like monsters? Horror movies? Listen to Monster Island Resort! My online radio show that goes bump in the night! http://www.monsterislandresort.org | | http://twitter.com/MonsterResort | | http://monsterislandresort.tumblr.com/ | | Join my on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Island-Resort-Podcast/132352603466049?ref=ts... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre & I'm a Black Nerd! BlackNerdComedy on YouTube. Actor/Comedian. I ♥ 80s-90s Cartoons, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Gremlins & Smurfs!


Sunday October 19, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Garden Two Upstairs

11:00am

Insanity for Authors, Artists, and Filmmakers with David Gerrold and the Arkham Sessions

Insanity in various forms is such a commonly-used plot device: Is it accurately depicted in pop culture? Are scientists really all that likely to be “mad” and, if they were, would they be able to function at a level of creative intelligence? If insanity is poorly depicted in popular fiction, is that due to ignorance, laziness, or because the reality would be relatively "boring"? How could writers do a better job of depicting insanity? Should mental illness be treated with more sensitivity and understanding by authors and, if so, might this actually help them to write more interesting, more nuanced and intelligent fiction? With award-winning science-fiction author David Gerrold and the hosts of The Arkham Sessions, Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward.


Moderators
Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold


Sunday October 19, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Crescent Upstairs

11:00am

Making of the Tik-Tok Man
The Tik-Tok Man of Oz is a one-hundred-year-old stage musical written by children's author L. Frank Baum as a sequel to his classic story The Wizard of Oz. The curtain first went up on The Tik-Tok Man of Oz on March 31, 1913, at the Majestic Theater in Los Angeles, California. After a successful Los Angeles run, the show toured the USA and Canada, then closed in 1914. There hadn't been a fully-staged revival since. Until this year's Winkie (Wizard of Oz) Con. Comic artist and writer Eric Shanower raised funds via Kickstarter to stage a wonderful, one-night-only revival performance of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz at Winkie Con. Learn how this musical was brought back to life.



Moderators
ES

Eric Shanower

Eric Shanower is a comics creator who has won multiple Eisner Awards. In addition to his own original “Adventures in Oz” comics, he scripted Marvel’s adaptation of the first six Oz novels. He has illustrated several Oz books in prose, including his own “The Giant Garden of Oz” and “The Salt Sorcerer of Oz,” and he recounts the Trojan War in “Age of Bronze.”

Speakers
LB

Laura Bueno

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
CB

Chrissy Burns

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
EC

Eduard Cao

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
TH

Taylor Hamilton

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
RH

Reggie Hutchins

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
DI

Danny Ingersoll

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
TR

Tamara Rodriguez

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.
TS

Taylor Schwartz

The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Cast and Crew.



Sunday October 19, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Clarendon Downstairs

12:00pm

1984- Warning or Instruction Manual
Moderators
avatar for Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

Founder and Director, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego
I created San Diego's first annual horror film festival: | http://www.hifilmfest.com | | Like monsters? Horror movies? Listen to Monster Island Resort! My online radio show that goes bump in the night! http://www.monsterislandresort.org | | http://twitter.com/MonsterResort | | http://monsterislandresort.tumblr.com/ | | Join my on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Island-Resort-Podcast/132352603466049?ref=ts... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
SP

Stephen Potts

Professor, UCSD
Stephen W. Potts teaches in the Department of Literature at UCSD. He has published books and articles on science fiction, science studies, fantasy, American literature and film, as well as his own fiction, editorials, and reviews.


Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

12:00pm

Edward Gorey
Linda Salem, librarian for the Edward Gorey Personal Library at SDSU, will speak on Edward Gorey and his influences. Of her presentation she write, "What is inspiration? For authors like Edward Gorey, inspiration came from the books he read and consulted over a lifetime. In this session, meet with the librarian of the Edward Gorey Personal Library collection and take a look at how the books Gorey collected show up in many ways in the books he created. Maybe this will evolve into a discussion of how ‘what is around’ artists might shape the form of their creative work. Gorey’s illustrated work was informed by so very many sources found in his library about nonsense, surrealism, criminology, film, theater, neo-Victorianism, etc…. This will be a good way for artists to learn more about how others use sources and background to inform their work."

Moderators
Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

12:00pm

How to Write a Picture Book (All ages event!)
Bring your pen or pencil! You're never too young to write a book. Kids (and adults) will learn how to write a picture book. We will discuss Layout, Plot Types, Genre, Setting, Story Arc, Theme, Main Character, Point of View, Tense, Word Choice, Love/Friendship, Satisfying Ending, and Re-readibility.

Moderators
avatar for Henry Herz

Henry Herz

author, editor, Self-Employed
Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. His debut traditionally published picture book, MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES, was published by Pelican in January 2015. WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY and LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH will follow in 2016. Henry and his sons have also indie-published four children's books. NIMPENTOAD reached #1 in Kindle Best Sellers large print sci-fi & fantasy, and was featured in Young Entrepreneur, Wired... Read More →

Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Galleria Salon Two Upstairs

12:00pm

Reboots and Remakes
Hollywood seems to be fixated on trading old ground. It this really a sign that they're "Out of ideas" or are they on to something?

Moderators
Speakers
BA

Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie
Addicted to film and dark chocolate. Would love to be a zombie in someone's movie or find a zombie boyfriend who'll love me for my brains. If I could have one super power it would be the ability to be in multiple places at once so I could attempt to catch up.
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
avatar for Tim Heiderich

Tim Heiderich

writer, Misunderstanding Comics
The writer behind the parody graphic novel Misunderstanding Comics, and the writer/animator of Emergency 411: questionable advice for unlikely situations. | | http://misunderstandingcomics.com | Emergency 411: http://www.timtoon.com/category/videos/e411/ | | Follow him on Twitter: @MisComics
avatar for Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre & I'm a Black Nerd! BlackNerdComedy on YouTube. Actor/Comedian. I ♥ 80s-90s Cartoons, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Gremlins & Smurfs!


Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Tent Outside

12:00pm

Reel Steam: Retro-Futurism in Film
Join our illustrious panelists for an introduction to steampunk in film, from the early days when there wasn't even a name for it to modern blockbusters who borrowed the look of our genre because, hey, they want to be cool, right? Each of our panelists have been involved with at least one steampunk film.


Moderators
avatar for Hal Astell

Hal Astell

Film Critic and Author, Apocalypse Later
Hal C. Astell is a film critic and author based in Phoenix, Arizona, and is known in Steampunk circles as Count Chaos. He runs mini-film festivals at many southwest cons, including Phoenix Comicon, Wild Wild West Con, Phoenix FearCon, San Diego Comic Fest, amongst many others.

Speakers
avatar for Veronique Chevalier

Veronique Chevalier

Steampunk Co-ordinator, San Diego Comic Fest
Veronique Chevalier, (aka The "Weird Val" of Dark Cabaret), is this year's SD Comic Steampunk Programming Co-ordintor. | | She has extensively performed, as well as presented panels, at Steampunk, fan and comic conventions across North America, including SDCC, Dragon*Con, Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, Seattle Steamcon, Teslacon, World Steam Expo and more! | | Her original music has been played on Dr. Demento Radio; Rue Morgue Radio... Read More →
avatar for Steve Ziolkowski

Steve Ziolkowski

Pixel Monkey, Chronophotograph
I remember when I was seven and forty was really old. Now that I am, it doesn't seem so old at all. It does, however, feel like the warranty expired.


Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

12:00pm

Seeing Your Work Made into Film
What is it like to have a story you've written made into a Hollywood feature? What are the steps in the process an author goes through in seeing the movie made? Are they consulted by the producers or director? Is their work respected? What is their relationship to the screenwriters who will be hired to turn their story into a script. Does it increase their book sales, even if the movie bears little resemblance to the story they wrote? Is it an experience they'd care to repeat and, if so, what would they do differently the next time. These are some of the questions that may be answered by our panelists who have been through this experience: David Brin (The Postman), David Gerrold (The Martian Boy), and Richard Lupoff (12:01 PM).

Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold


Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

12:00pm

Spotlight on John Holmstrom
In 1975 in New York it was ground-zero for the punk explosion and there at the center of it all was John Holmstrom and PUNK magazine. John co-founded, edited, designed, and hand-lettered (!!!) that influential magazine as well as doing comics and illustrations for it. John even created fumetti (photo comics) for PUNK, including "Mutant Monster Beach Party" which featured appearances by Debbie Harry (Blondie), Joey Ramone, Andy Warhol, and other noted figures from the New York alt-art scenes. The Ramones supported PUNK and John returned the favor by drawing classic album covers for them. As Wikipedia says, "Holmstrom's work became the visual representation of the punk era." Post PUNK, John has continued to be a prolific cartoonist, artist, designer, writer, and editor. Of course, when Hugh Brown was putting together the Weird Tales of the Ramones project, he had to include John's work in the included comic. (John will be interviewed by Batton Lash, with whom he attended art-school and discussed Steve Ditko back when they were just starting out on their career paths in New York.)

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Holmstrom

John Holmstrom

Crazy Person, CARTOONIST
Ancient Chinese curse: "May you lead an interesting life." So far, so good (and bad)... Points of interest include: Punk rock, PUNK magazine, Bananas, The Joe Show, Bosko, Hep Cat, publishing, HIGH TIMES, censorship, SCREW, Japanese clothing and fashion, Yale University's Beinecke Library, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the "CBGB" film, Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner (my teachers at SVA and later my bosses), geodesic domes, 1980s video games... Read More →



Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

12:00pm

Trek Talk
No fans have been more closely associated with Star Trek than John and Bjo Trimble. In fact, it's arguable that there would have been no third season of Star Trek, no Star Trek movies, no Star Trek Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, or Enterprise were it not for the Trimble's efforts in spearheading the letter-writing campaign that saved Star Trek from cancellation after its second season. We are therefore delighted that the Trimble's will host this infomal "Trek Talk" program to answer your Star Trek questions and, simply, talk Trek.

Speakers
RB

Rob Burman

Makeup and VFX creator for Star Trek films and many others.
BT

Bjo Trimble

Co-Owner, Ancient Earth Pigments
Over 8 decades, my interests have ranged from fantasy to science fiction to historical re-enacting to any form of crafts. While participating in everything from Star Trek charity drives to every kind of conventions to AIDS walks, I've met many fascinating people. I'm much more proficient in talking Trek than comics, but as a long-ago pre-computer graphics artist, I do appreciate comicbook art. Mainly, just talk to me; I love meeting other fans... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

1:00pm

Comics Without Borders: The Latest Conspiracy
Igor Goldkind (writer/producer) will host a panel with Liam Sharp (Madefire), Alonzo Nunez (LittleFish), Mario Torero (Muralist/ teacher); Victor Ocheo (Muralist); Rogelio Cassas (Education Curator for the San Diego Modern Art Museum); James Edwards (San Diego City Schools); to discuss the launch by stealth of COMICS WITHOUT BORDERS (CWB), a loose association of comics professionals, artists, and educators who are dedicated to the comics industry, outside of its own box. CWB is connecting the dots between sequential art and other popular arts; erasing the borders between genres, formats, as well as national and cultural boundaries. Comics Culture is international!

Moderators
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mario Torero

Mario Torero

MUNDOgallery
MARIO TORERO is an ‘artivist,’ visionary, and urban shaman with exhibitions and public works featured locally, in different cities throughout the U.S. and abroad including Chicano Park in San Diego, Toledo, Ohio, and works in Czechoslovakia, Peru, Japan, Costa Rica, and Barcelona. | | Mario's work arises from his desires for a creative and colorful environment that encompasses and involves the participation of the ‘community... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Tent Outside

1:00pm

Creator Rights with Neal Adams
Throughout his long career in comics, Neal Adams has been in the forefront of those calling for creator rights. Early on he played a critical role in helping Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to receive some just recognition from DC, both financial and in terms of credit. Unfortunately, creator rights have continued to be the subject of controversy and struggle in the years since. Join Neal as he explores this important issue.

Moderators

Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

1:00pm

Kaiju
Not only are giant monsters, well... big, they're back on the screen. From Japanese men in rubber suits to computer graphics the effects have evolved, but have the stories?

Moderators
BA

Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie
Addicted to film and dark chocolate. Would love to be a zombie in someone's movie or find a zombie boyfriend who'll love me for my brains. If I could have one super power it would be the ability to be in multiple places at once so I could attempt to catch up.

Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
avatar for Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

Founder and Director, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego
I created San Diego's first annual horror film festival: | http://www.hifilmfest.com | | Like monsters? Horror movies? Listen to Monster Island Resort! My online radio show that goes bump in the night! http://www.monsterislandresort.org | | http://twitter.com/MonsterResort | | http://monsterislandresort.tumblr.com/ | | Join my on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Island-Resort-Podcast/132352603466049?ref=ts... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

1:00pm

Pop Culture Professionals: Academics
What's the day to day reality of teaching culture for a living. What does it take to earn that PhD? And how hard is it to land a job in a city that has culture?

Moderators
avatar for Yetta Howard

Yetta Howard

professor, SDSU
queer cultural studies prof. researches and teaches underground, alternative, and experimental visual/auditory studies.

Speakers
avatar for Ajani Brown

Ajani Brown

Professor, San Diego State University
Professor of Africana studies who teaches topics covering literature, rhetoric, comics and Afrofuturism.
SP

Stephen Potts

Professor, UCSD
Stephen W. Potts teaches in the Department of Literature at UCSD. He has published books and articles on science fiction, science studies, fantasy, American literature and film, as well as his own fiction, editorials, and reviews.


Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

1:00pm

San Diego Comic Fest Official Steampunk Meet-up & Photo Op
Elegant costumes & finery, as well as astounding props & gadgetry are certain to abound when Steampunk enthusiasts gather to see and be seen on Sunday afternoon. All are welcome to gather and gaze upon the splendor that shall proudly be on display during this informal "Mix & Mingle". Come in your Steampunk best, or simply bring a camera to capture the proceedings. Free and open to the public! Costumes not required, but highly encouraged!

Moderators
avatar for Veronique Chevalier

Veronique Chevalier

Steampunk Co-ordinator, San Diego Comic Fest
Veronique Chevalier, (aka The "Weird Val" of Dark Cabaret), is this year's SD Comic Steampunk Programming Co-ordintor. | | She has extensively performed, as well as presented panels, at Steampunk, fan and comic conventions across North America, including SDCC, Dragon*Con, Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, Seattle Steamcon, Teslacon, World Steam Expo and more! | | Her original music has been played on Dr. Demento Radio; Rue Morgue Radio... Read More →

Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

1:00pm

Spotlight on Joe Fordham
Joe Fordham has been staff writer for Don Shay’s Cinefex magazine since 2001, and he co-authored, with Jeff Bond, the just-published Titan Books’ Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend. Prior to that, Joe worked in visual effects, special effects, makeup effects, miniature effects, animation and editing in LA and in London. Joe has also made more short films than he’d care to mention, including "The Glitch," which will be screened as part of this spotlight on Joe's career.

Moderators
MH

Mark Habegger

Effects creator and Comic Fest committee member.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Fordham

Joe Fordham

Flashfilms
http://www.flashfilms.us | http://www.glitchsite.com


Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

1:00pm

Make an Imaginary Friend & its Habitat.
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Sunday October 19, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

2:00pm

Hummingbird graphic novel project of the Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
High-school students of San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities will present a program about their year-long graphic novel project, which they describe as follows: "Our plan is to include every academic department in producing a series of graphic novels dedicated to the hummingbird. The plan is to collaborate with science classes on the biology and physics and social science on geography and the mythology of the hummingbird. The English students can write the copy and the art students will draw it. The eventual goal is to produce four books, each dedicated to the four biomes that the hummingbird flies through on it's migration from Alaska to Panama. The mission is to have the public realize that wild life in not just found in zoos but in their back yards as well. From that realization hopefully will come a sense that stewardship of the environment is our civic duty. The students are excited that the means to achieving this goal is through the medium of the comic-book."

Moderators
ZB

Zac Brown

Canyon Crest Academy Teacher
TS

Timothy Stiven

Canyon Crest Academy Teacher

Speakers
FH

Fernanda Herrera

High-school student presenter
TI

Tommy Ingrassia

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
VJ

Vedant Jain

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
DK

Diane Kang

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
SK

Sophia Kazmierowicz

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
DL

Dani Levie

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
NR

Nick Ravazzolo

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
AR

Adrienne Rozells

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities
TW

Tamara Wachsman

High-school student presenter
SW

Sarah Wesson

High-school student at San Diego's Canyon Crest Academy's Conservatory for the Humanities


Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

2:00pm

Invader Zim
Join character designer Aaron Alexovitch and background artist and voice of GIR Rikki Simons for a look back at Invader Zim's animated efforts to defeat the feeble humans and deliver Earth to The Almighty Tallest, rulers of the Irken Empire.


Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

2:00pm

Naked Picassos
Music

Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Tent Outside

2:00pm

Twilight Zone Retrospective with Anne Serling and George Clayton Johnson
Few shows have been as beloved and influential as The Twilight Zone has been from its premiere in 1959 down to the present day. This is a rare opportunity for an intimate look at this important with Anne Serling, daughter and biographer of Twilight Zone creator and host Rod Serling, and George Clayton Johnson, writer of many classic Twilight Zone episodes including "Kick the Can," and "A Game of Pool."


Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

2:00pm

When Will Amateur Movies Truly Blossom?
Underground music is alive and well on the Internet. But independent film makers are still struggling, if they want to make features that is. Are youTube and Vine the film of the future?

Moderators
BA

Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie
Addicted to film and dark chocolate. Would love to be a zombie in someone's movie or find a zombie boyfriend who'll love me for my brains. If I could have one super power it would be the ability to be in multiple places at once so I could attempt to catch up.

Speakers
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
avatar for Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

Founder and Director, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego
I created San Diego's first annual horror film festival: | http://www.hifilmfest.com | | Like monsters? Horror movies? Listen to Monster Island Resort! My online radio show that goes bump in the night! http://www.monsterislandresort.org | | http://twitter.com/MonsterResort | | http://monsterislandresort.tumblr.com/ | | Join my on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Island-Resort-Podcast/132352603466049?ref=ts... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

2:00pm

Make your own Zoetrope or Kaleidoscope.
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

3:00pm

Black Light: The Weird World of L.B. Cole

Leonard B. Cole's eye-popping proto-psychedelic comic book covers exploded off the newsstands of the 1940s and 1950s. Join Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron for a surreal experience as we consider a color-saturated cornucopia of Cole's cleverest creations – from horror to action to romance to science fiction to funny animals. Prepare to be wowed.


Speakers
MC

Mike Catron

Co-Founder and Editor of Fantagraphics.



Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

3:00pm

Comics in Education with Dr. Virginia Loh
What role can and should comics and graphic novels play in education. Are they throwaway culture that will distract from "real art" or are they worthy subjects for study? Can they used to promote literacy? Can they find more use in the teaching of many unrelated subjects, such as science, history, and other social studies? Join SDSU Education Professor Dr. Virginia Loh as she and her fellow panelists discuss this important topic.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan

Faculty/Author, University of Pittsburgh

Speakers
avatar for Ajani Brown

Ajani Brown

Professor, San Diego State University
Professor of Africana studies who teaches topics covering literature, rhetoric, comics and Afrofuturism.
avatar for Sean Glumace

Sean Glumace

Adobe Education Leader,, Adobe / Golden West College
Sean Glumace is an Adobe Education Leader, graphic and web designer, WordPress and college level digital media arts instructor, comic book letterer, print and web media art director and all around creative person for the past two decades. He has been an integral part of the renowned Digital Media Department at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA joining the faculty in 2001, and also serves on the faculty at Concordia University Irvine. In... Read More →
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →
avatar for Yetta Howard

Yetta Howard

professor, SDSU
queer cultural studies prof. researches and teaches underground, alternative, and experimental visual/auditory studies.


Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

3:00pm

Digital Lizards of Doom
Music

Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Tent Outside

3:00pm

Pop Culture Professionals: Podcasters, Broadcasters, Vloggers, and Media Web Sites
Covering visual mediums in an audio format. What are the challenges? What's the technology? And how does one grow an audience?

Moderators
BA

Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie
Addicted to film and dark chocolate. Would love to be a zombie in someone's movie or find a zombie boyfriend who'll love me for my brains. If I could have one super power it would be the ability to be in multiple places at once so I could attempt to catch up.

Speakers
avatar for Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Andre Meadows (Black Nerd)

Creator, Black Nerd Comedy
Hi, I'm Andre & I'm a Black Nerd! BlackNerdComedy on YouTube. Actor/Comedian. I ♥ 80s-90s Cartoons, Nintendo, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, Gremlins & Smurfs!
avatar for Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

Founder and Director, Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego
I created San Diego's first annual horror film festival: | http://www.hifilmfest.com | | Like monsters? Horror movies? Listen to Monster Island Resort! My online radio show that goes bump in the night! http://www.monsterislandresort.org | | http://twitter.com/MonsterResort | | http://monsterislandresort.tumblr.com/ | | Join my on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Island-Resort-Podcast/132352603466049?ref=ts... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Wallace

Elizabeth Wallace

Podcaster & Book Reviewer, PixelatedGeek.com
Elizabeth is part of the Binary System Podcast along with her twin sister Kathryn, talking about Night Vale and the Walking Dead and comics and books and movies and every other shiny thing that distracts them. | She also reviews books; mostly science-fiction and fantasy but seriously, she'll read anything. You can find all of that over at pixelatedgeek.com


Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Garden One Upstairs

3:00pm

Pop Culture Professionals: Writers
Professional writing is more than writing. There's contracts, pitching ideas, working with agents, editors and publishers. What's the reality of the writer's life when she isn't writing?

Moderators
avatar for Tone Milazzo

Tone Milazzo

Writer, Freelance
I bang out code during the day and fiction during the night until I can switch that ratio around.My first novel, Picking Up the Ghost was called "African magic and folklore color this unusual coming-of-age story . . . . [T]his debut entertains with an original approach and mix of breezy humor and dark fantasy." —Publishers Weekly

Speakers
avatar for Anina Bennett

Anina Bennett

Author, Abrams Books
Co-author of the historical/science fiction mashups BOILERPLATE and FRANK READE, plus the groundbreaking SF comic book series HEARTBREAKERS. Recovering comic book editor. Amateur actor. | | www.BigRedHair.com | twitter.com/bigredhair | www.tumblr.com/blog/bigredhair
avatar for Igor Goldkind

Igor Goldkind

Poet, Writer, Producer, SUBVERSIONfactory
As a teenager, Igor Goldkind volunteered as the Science Fiction Coordinator for the San Diego Comics Con back in the early 70’s. Years later he worked for Titan Books in the 1980s and then for IPC/Egmont/Fleetway in the 1990s as a marketing consultant and PR "spoke" for comics and SF. Goldkind helped develop and promote the term "graphic novel" as a way to help sell Watchmen, Dark Knight and the early works of Neil Gaiman into the book... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Garden Two Upstairs

3:00pm

Robin Henkel
Blues and jazz musician Robin Henkel will perform in the Comic Fest cafe.

Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Twilight Zone Cafe At the top of the tower

3:00pm

Make your own Space & Time Machine.
Make it, Take it Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older)

Sunday October 19, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Le Sommet At the top of the tower

4:00pm

Arkham House Turns 75!
This year is the 75th anniversary of the founding of Arkham House, the specialty publisher founded by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei to issue fine hardcover editions of the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Over the years Arkham House expanded its mission to publish works by Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Greg Bear, August Derleth himself, and many others. The classic Arkham editions are highly prized and much sought after by collectors. Join our panel of Arkham House afficianados as they discuss the history of this small yet important publishing house.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Von Sholly

Pete Von Sholly

Dinosaurs, Monsters, Lovecraft



Sunday October 19, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Crescent Upstairs

4:00pm

Con Talk Back
How'd we do? Get some facetime with founder Mike Towry and programming coordinator Tone Milazzo and tell us the good that bad, and the ugly of Comic Fest 2014

Speakers
avatar for Tone Milazzo

Tone Milazzo

Writer, Freelance
I bang out code during the day and fiction during the night until I can switch that ratio around.My first novel, Picking Up the Ghost was called "African magic and folklore color this unusual coming-of-age story . . . . [T]his debut entertains with an original approach and mix of breezy humor and dark fantasy." —Publishers Weekly


Sunday October 19, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Clarendon Downstairs

4:00pm

Science in Superheroes
Despite early attempts with radioactive spiders and cosmic rays, no one has come up with a really good extrapolation of science to explain superpowers. Are superheroes science fiction, let loose on a flight of fancy, or in fact fantasy? Do readers even care, and if not, should this be worrisome?

Moderators
avatar for Blaine C. Readler

Blaine C. Readler

Blaine C. Readler is the author of seven novels and a collection of short stories. His tales straddle the intersection between thriller and science fiction in the mode of the late Michael Crichton. He has a degree in engineering, and applies his knowledge of science and mathematics to lend a credible foundation to his stories of ordinary people struggling with extraordinary adventures. | | Blaine's books have won numerous awards, including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eben Brooks

Eben Brooks

I am “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. I perform original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of... Read More →
avatar for Henry Herz

Henry Herz

author, editor, Self-Employed
Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. His debut traditionally published picture book, MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES, was published by Pelican in January 2015. WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY and LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH will follow in 2016. Henry and his sons have also indie-published four children's books. NIMPENTOAD reached #1 in Kindle Best Sellers large print sci-fi & fantasy, and was featured in Young Entrepreneur, Wired... Read More →


Sunday October 19, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Garden One Upstairs