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Comic-Con International announces Friday programming

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Comic-Con International announces Friday programming

Just like clockwork, Comic-Con International has released the schedule for the second day of the convention, one marked by tributes to Gene Colan and Frank Frazetta, spotlights on David Finch, Tony DeZuniga, Gary Alanguilan, Jeff Smith, Chester Brown, Dave Stewart, Ed Bennes and Dave Gibbons, the Aspen Comics, Oni Press and Radical Publishing panels, and a look at the state of the Hellboy Universe.

There’s also plenty of comics-to-screen action, with a viewing of the rejected Locke & Key television pilot (followed by a Q&A), The Walking Dead panel, presentations on The Amazing Spider-Man, The Adventures of Tintin, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Marvel Anime, and the premiere of the animated Batman: Year One.

Add to that a look at Marvel’s X-Men, DC panels devoted to the September relaunch, Superman and the Justice League, a discussion with Roman Dirge (conducted by Comic Book Resources’ Jonah Weiland), and — well, you’ll have to check out the rest for yourself. And it’s all topped off by the annual Eisner Awards ceremony.

To help you with your Comic-Con planning, we’ve highlighted the comics-specific programming below. To see the full Friday schedule, complete with television, film and video game content, visit the convention website.

FRIDAY, JULY 22

10:00-11:00 DC: Talent Search— DC’s editorial art director, Mark Chiarello, presents an informative orientation session to explain how DC’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD magazine. If you want to learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, this is the panel for you. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

10:00-11:30 The Black Panel— This year’s panel will be a bitter yet sweet departure from the past. Help celebrate the life and work of Dwayne McDuffie, with Peter David (writer of stuff), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles, The Knight Life), Reggie Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, Black Panther), and the reunion of the original Milestone partners, Derrick Dingle, Denys Cowan, and Michael Davis, who have not done a panel together in over an decade. It will be a joyous celebration with a surprise guest or two and some big announcements. Room 5AB

10:00-11:00 Spotlight on David Finch— One of the most popular artists working in comics today, Comic-Con special guest David Finch is currently writing and drawing Batman: The Dark Knight. In this spotlight panel, Finch discusses his career in comics and what’s coming up for both him and the Dark Knight. Room 6DE

10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Tony DeZuniga— Comic-Con special guest Tony DeZuniga is one of the comics medium’s most prolific artists. His memorable work includes numerous books for Marvel and DC, and he’s especially known for his work on both Conan (for Marvel) and Jonah Hex for DC, defining the scarred western character from almost the very beginning. DeZuniga will talk about his long career in comics and what he’s up to today with fellow artist and Comic-Con special guest Gerry Alanguilan. Room 9

10:00-11:00 DC: Mad about MAD Often imitated but never duplicated, MAD is more than just the country’s bestselling humor magazine — it’s also the inspiration for the outrageous animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring short animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags inspired by the iconic magazine, MAD is currently one of the highest-rated series on Cartoon Network — and it’s back at Comic-Con to share more laughs and explore the world of MAD. Join MAD magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and Spy vs. Spy artist Peter Kuper, along with MAD series producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, for a sizzle reel of laughs from season one, a sneak peek at season two, and a wise-cracking Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD. MAD airs Mondays at 8:30 ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 25ABC

10:30-11:30 Locke & Key FOX Pilot Screening— The most talked-about pilot not on the fall schedule was the FOX production of Locke & Key. This screening of the entire pilot will show you just what a void there will be on your TVs this fall. Watch the special filmed adaptation of Welcome to Lovecraft, and see the Eisner-nominated comic brought to life. Can’t get in to see it this morning? Don’t worry…there’s a rescreening tonight at 9:15 in Room 6DE! Room 8

11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola: Worlds at War— The world is falling to chaos in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Hellboy’s facing his demons in a big way in Hellboy: The Fury, and monsters are overrunning Europe in the upcoming Baltimore: The Curse Bells. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor Scott Allie, and new B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook for exclusive insights on what has been and will continue to be an epic year in the Mignolaverse and beyond. Room 4

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Gerry Alanguilan— Comic-Con special guest Gerry Alanguilan is a 16-year veteran of inking comics for Marvel and DC (Superman: Birthright, Ultimate Avengers) and is the creator of the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Elmer. Gerry is known on the Internet as the “Hey, Baby Smile” guy (as seen on Tosh.0, The Russell Howard Show, and Graham Norton Show). Here’s your chance to ask him anything! He will not lie. (Hopefully.) Room 9

11:00-12:00 Roman Dirge— Cartoonist Roman Dirge will be discussing his new art book Taxidermied and his ongoing Lenore comic series with Titan. Join Roman and moderator Jonah Weiland (Comic Book Resources) for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session. Room 23ABC

11:00-12:00 Radical Publishing— Radical will announce its imprint deal with Sam Worthington’s production company, Full Clip, and introduce the writers and artists working on those projects. Panelists include Sam Worthington (Avatar), John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz (Full Clip Productions), Rick Remender (The Last Days of American Crime), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer), and Radical Studios president Barry Levine. Radical will also give the inside scoop on Sam Worthington’s attachment to Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime. Room 24ABC

11:00-12:00 Manga: Manga!? Hear it Straight from Japan!— The leaders of Japan’s manga industry present an in-depth discussion of where the international manga industry is and where it is headed in the near future. Also, catch a sneak peak of jmanga.com, Japan’s 39-publisher-strong Digital Comic Association’s new manga portal website. Panelists include Sam Yoshiba (Kodansha), Takashi Watanabe (Shueisha), Toshitaka Tanaka (Shogakukan), Kouji Shimano (Futabasha), Naobumi Ashi (Kadokawa), Motoi Suzuki (Shueisha), and Sasaki Hisashi (editor-in-chief of Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump, the world’s top-selling manga magazine). Room 25ABC

11:00-12:00 Page One— The opening page of a comic sets up everything that comes after it, for good or ill. Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages), Greg Rucka (Stumptown), and moderator Douglas Wolk discuss great first pages of comics and the way they can instantly pull their audience in and establish the tone and themes of a story. Room 32AB

11:15-12:15 DC Comics: The New 52— he DC Universe explodes in September with 52 new number-one issues, and one panel is not enough to cover it! With a “DC Comics: The New 52” panel each day, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Bob Harras, DC’s editor-in-chief, and DCU executive editor Eddie Berganza offer an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever relaunches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting edge! Room 6DE

11:15-12:15 AMC’s The Walking Dead Stars Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints), Steven Yeun (The Big Bang Theory), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile); series creator/writer/director/executive producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption); executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator); executive producer Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series); and makeup artist and consulting producer Greg Nicotero discuss the success of season one of AMC’s series The Walking Dead and reveal what to look forward to in season two, which will air on AMC thisfFall. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season two. Ballroom 20

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Patrick McDonnell— Award-winning Mutts cartoonist and New York Times bestselling author Patrick McDonnell is joined in conversation with author Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil). Patrick will discuss comic strips, cats and dogs, George Herriman, Charles Schulz, Jack Kirby, Jane Goodall, pen points, Shelter Stories, punk rock, frogs jumping in ponds, The Power of Now, the future, and nothing. Q&A will follow. Room 5AB

11:30-12:30 Locke & Key Panel— Make your plans to watch the Locke & Key TV pilot at 10:30, then join Eisner-nominated creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, along with Locke & Key TV pilot writer Josh Friedman, for a frank discussion of the show, the comic, and what’s coming up in Clockworks, the second-to-last story arc in the acclaimed series (or is it?). Room 8

12:00-1:00 The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2011— Aspen Comics creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Joe Benitez, JT Krul, Alex Konat, Jason Fabok, Beth Sotelo, and some surprise guests announce and preview new Aspen releases for 2012, including a special look at their new series in association with director McG’s production company, Haunted City, as well as answer questions about Aspen’s growing library of titles. All attendees will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics! Room 4

12:00-1:00 Tribute to Gene Colan— The comic book industry lost a giant last month. Gene Colan was a true artist and a truer gentleman. Fans and co-workers gather to remember him, including Marv Wolfman, Roy Thomas, Dean Mullaney, Andrew Farago, Glen David Gold, and moderator Mark Evanier. Come and add your voice and memories to a discussion of one of the greats. Room 24ABC

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Dave Gibbons— Comic-Con special guest Dave Gibbons is the artist behind one of the most popular graphic novels and comics stories ever, Watchmen. Here’s the A to Z of Dave Gibbons…everything you ever wanted to know about Dave’s life in comics in an interactive format where the audience calls the shots. Room 25ABC

12:00-1:00 CBLDF Master Session 3: Jaime Hernandez— No one can touch Jaime Hernandez‘s art as the gold standard for visual characterization in contemporary comics. Through a complex use of body language, facial acting, and the playful mix of exaggerated and realistic visuals, Hernandez’s characters come to life in a way that is instantly recognizable and wholly unique. Witness his singular approach to visual storytelling at this CBLDF Master Session. The pieces created during this event will be available for bidding in Saturday’s CBLDF Benefit Auction. Room 30CDE

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Jeff Smith— Jeff Smith and his wife/business partner Vijaya Iyer discuss the 20th anniversary of Bone, feature films, the future of comics, and much more. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) Room 5AB

12:30-1:30 Marvel: Year of the X-Men— The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point, tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men Regenesis, where all your questions are answered. Writers Marjorie Liu (X-23), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), and Chris Yost (X-Men: First to Last) and editor-in-chief Axel Alonso lay out what’s going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-deadly panel! Room 6DE

1:00-2:00 Free 3D Glasses for You at the 3D Comics Panel!— This presentation in actual 3D will take you through the exciting history of million-selling 3D comics. It showcases their invention in 1953 by Joe Kubert and Norm Maurer and the artists who followed their lead: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bob Powell, Otto Messmer, and more. Projected in 3D, you’ll see rare comics and unpublished art by these geniuses and the 3D comics that have inspired today’s 3D movies. Hosted by Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe, author of the Amazing 3D Comics (IDW/Yoe Books), premiering at Comic-Con. Room 4

1:00-2:00 Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars Share favorite moments in Star Wars comics with resident Jedi Randy Stradley and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and beyond, including Mick Harrison (Dark Times — in his first public appearance!), Scott Allie and Stephane Roux (Jedi — The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), and Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey). There will be exclusive news and images, giveaways, and even a chance to win a custom Stormtrooper helmet with art by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)! Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 Publishing Queer: Producing LGBT Comics and Graphic Novels— Queer-themed comics, once solely the domain of the gay press, are breaking into the mainstream. What are the challenges and rewards of producing this work and getting it in front of an audience hungry for the material? How can it be marketed and publicized, both to an LGBT readership and beyond? Should queer cartoonists self-publish or look to established publishers? Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Prism Comics Talent Chair) leads a spirited conversation with a diverse panel of publishing pros: Brian Andersen (self-publisher, So Super Duper), Charles “Zan” Christensen (publisher, Northwest Press), Jacquelene Cohen (publicist, Fantagraphics), Shannon O’Leary (comics editor and journalist), Bob Schreck (editor-in-chief, Legendary Pictures), and Tony Valenzuela (executive director, Lambda Literary Foundation). Room 9

1:00-2:00 There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics— We all know that comic books have been fertile ground from which video game developers can harvest great characters and games. These days the tech has caught up with the art and we’re seeing that road run both ways. This panel includes video game and comic book industry luminaries intimately familiar with bringing a comics sensibility to games and transporting virtual, interactive worlds to the printed page. Join them to discuss what it takes to be successful in multiple dimensions. Room 23ABC

1:00-2:30 The Golden Age of the Fanzine— Once upon a time…before the Internet and publishing on demand, a hearty group of comics lovers produced their own publications, called “fanzines,” and comics fandom was born. Spinning off Comic-Con’s 50th anniversary celebration of the birth of comics fandom, these pioneers of the fanzine will talk about those heady days and what it was like to publish their own zines. Panelists include Jean Bails (the widow of Dr. Jerry Bails, creator of Alter-Ego), Richard Kyle (Graphic Story World), Paul Levitz (The Comic Reader), Dick and Pat Lupoff (Xero), Roy Thomas (Alter Ego), Maggie Thompson (Comic Art), and some surprise fanzine publisher-type guests. Moderated by Bill Schelly, a fanzine editor himself and the guy who wrote the book on fandom (The Golden Age of Comic Fandom). For more on the Golden Age of Fanzines, check this year’s Comic-Con Souvenir Book for a special feature! Room 24ABC

1:00-2:00 Oni Press Panelmonium 2011— It’s a new comic extravaganza with trendsetting indie comic powerhouse Oni Press, featuring Comic-Con debut titles One Soul, Petrograd. and Spontaneous! Join in the Q&A with Ray Fawkes (Possessions) and get the first word on his game-changing graphic novel One Soul. Plus an in-depth chat with Phil Gelatt (Labor Days) and Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D) about their new historical graphic novel chronicling the infamous assassination of Rasputin, Petrograd! Joe Harris (Ghost Projekt) and Brett Weldele (Surrogates) talk about their new miniseries Spontaneous, while Artist Brian Hurtt and writer Cullen Bunn join in the fray to discuss their hit ongoing series The Sixth Gun. And, as always, Oni Press’s Panelmonium brings announcements, reveals, special guests, free comics, and the only interactive panel in town! Guaranteed by Oni Press’s totally biased employees to be “the most fun you’ll ever have at a panel”! Room 32AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Ed Benes— Fan-favorite artist and Comic-Con special guest Ed Benes (JLA, Birds of Prey) commemorates his first U.S. convention appearance with a look back on almost 20 years in the comics industry, from his start with Continuity Comics in 1993 to his eye-popping work on titles like Birds of Prey and Justice League of America. He’s now looking ahead to his new series (Red Lanterns — due in September). Ed will discuss his career path, the inception of his own studio, and all the challenges along the way. Discussion will include fan Q&A. A rare opportunity to pick the brain of one of today’s finest talents! Room 5AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Chester Brown— Louis Riel, Yummy Fur, and Ed The Happy Clown cartoonist — and Comic-Con special guest — Chester Brown has been one of the most influential and acclaimed alternative cartoonists for the past 20 years. His 2011 graphic novel Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John is easily the most talked about book of the year and was praised in the New York Times. Join him on his panel as he performs his acclaimed slideshow, reading from his North American book tour for Paying for It. The slideshow will be followed by a Q&A. Ask anything you wanted to know about the most controversial book of the year. Room 8

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Dave Stewart— Eisner Award-winning color artist and Comic-Con special guest Dave Stewart is one of the busiest colorists in comics. Known for his work on such titles as DC: The New Frontier, Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Conan, Batwoman, and The Goon, Dave will talk about his work and how he brings comics characters to colorful life. Room 4

2:00-3:00 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Video Presentation and Q&A— Warner Bros. Animation brings the Green Lantern to television in a new CG-animated action series for Cartoon Network from world-renowned producer, artist, and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series). Based on the DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series centers on Hal Jordan and his partner Kilowog, who find themselves alone on the edge of the Guardian Frontier fighting off an invasion by the deadly Red Lantern Corps. Timm headlines a panel — moderated by Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register (Teen Titans) — that also features producer Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer/story editor Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm). In addition to the Q&A, fans in attendance will be treated to footage prepared exclusively for Comic-Con. Don’t miss out, or you’ll be waiting ’til 2012! Room 6BCF

2:00-3:00 VIZ Media Panel— VIZ Media’s 25th anniversary celebrations continue with a special panel packed with exciting news and prizes for our fans. VIZ Media staff will provide the latest updates on new acquisitions and upcoming releases, as well as give the scoop on groundbreaking projects they’ve yet to announce. Don’t miss a chance to win prizes such as $25 iTunes gift cards, special prizes from VIZ’s partners, and more! Room 9

2:00-3:00 Nappy Hour— The infamous cooking timer returns as Keith Knight (The Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink, MAD) brings together another lightning-fast roundtable discussion of all things nerdist, with a stellar lineup of panelists including writer/producer/illustrator Michael Davis (Milestone Media, The Black Panel), writer/performer Pam Noles (And We Shall March, Death 40 Feet Tall), and writer/director/critic David Walker (Bad Azz Mofo)! Room 23ABC

2:00-3:00 Dark Horse Presents As Dark Horse celebrates its 25th year of publishing, the company is proud to reintroduce the title that started it all: the game-changing anthology Dark Horse Presents. Known for featuring the industry’s top talent and launching some of the most successful titles in comics history, Dark Horse Presents was, is, and will continue to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more. Find out what makes this book so important to the comics medium, with Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson as well as a cast of top talent past and present, including Eric Powell (The Goon), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Sanford Greene (Deadpool), and more! Panel attendees will receive a Dave Gibbons minicomic exclusive to Comic-Con. Room 25ABC

2:00-3:00 Frank Frazetta Tribute Panel— Frazetta associate J. David Spurlock follows Comic-Con’s crowd-pleasing panel from last year honoring the late, great master of fantastic art by hosting a new all-star group of guests to pay tribute to the legendary artist of Conan, Death Dealer, Vampirella, and more. Expect surprises, announcements, and a remembrance of Frazetta contemporary Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Room 32AB

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Alan Davis— Artist/writer/storyteller. Co-creator of Excalibur. Creator of the ClanDestine. Also worked on Captain Britain, Marvelman, DR and Quinch, Harry 20, Batman and the Outsiders, Detective Comics, New Mutants, X-Men, Batman: Full Circle, Fantastic Four, JLA the Nail, The Avengers, Superboy’s Legion, and Killraven. Most recently contributed to X-Men Dark Reign, Young Avengers Children’s Crusade, and Avengers Prime…Comic-Con special guest Alan Davis‘s dynamic art and storytelling style has been a hallmark of comics for more than two decades. Any questions?  Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Seymour Chwast— Comic-Con special guest Seymour Chwast, a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, screens some of his award-winning design and illustration work and discusses his graphic novels Dante’s Divine Comedy and the upcoming Canterbury Tales and Homer’s Odyssey. Noted designer and comics enthusiast Chip Kidd talks with Chwast. Room 8

2:30-3:30 That ’70s Panel— It was a decade of change in comics — a new generation taking over. What made it all happen? That’s what moderator Mark Evanier will ask artists Walt Simonson (Manhunter), Joe Staton (E-Man), Mike Royer (New Gods), and writer/editors Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula) and Louise Simonson (Warren Publications) about that Bronze Era. Room 24ABC

3:00-4:00 DC: Superman— How does The Man of Tomorrow fit into the new DC Universe that rises in September? Find out as group editor Matt Idelson joins new Action Comics writer Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman Incorporated) and author of the bestselling Superman: Earth One graphic novel J. Michael Straczynski (Superman, Wonder Woman) to take fans new and old up, up, and away to give them a sneak peak at what’s in store for Superman. Room 6DE

3:00-4:00 Shonen Jump Panel— Have you ever dreamed of becoming a manga creator? This panel gives you an opportunity to learn the secrets to being a professional artist and a writer. Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hisashi Sasaki will give you straightforward tips and advice on how to improve your manga. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the editor of Japan’s #1 manga magazine! Plus, a chat with Hiroshi Matsuyama, the president of CyberConnnect2, about an upcoming Naruto Shippuden video game. Room 9

3:00-4:00 Image Comics Show— The folks from Image Comics present a slew of exclusive announcements about upcoming projects, updates on ongoing projects, and a Q&A session with some of the best writers working in comics. Find out about what Image is up to before anyone else does, get cool giveaways, and ask questions of your favorite creators! Panelists include David Baxter (Marksmen), John Layman (Chew), Scott Snyder (Severed), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Ben McCool (Pigs), and Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash). Room 25ABC

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Eric Drooker— Painter, graphic novelist, and Comic-Con special guest Eric Drooker talks about his multitrack career in fine arts, graphic novels, and illustration. The award-winning artist’s latest work is his illustrated version of Howl! by poet Allen Ginsberg. Room 8

3:30-4:30 50 Years of Alter Ego Comic-Con special guest Roy Thomas (editor, Alter Ego; writer, Conan the Barbarian, All-Star Squadron, Avengers), discusses the half-century (1961-2011) history and legend of Alter Ego, from a dittoed fanzine sent to 150 scattered fans to a globally distributed magazine of comics history and interviews, with Bill Schelly (author of The Golden Age of Comic Fandom), Jean Bails (widow of Jerry Bails, founder of AE), John Morrow (co-publisher of AE), and P. C. Hamerlinck (FCA/Fawcett Collectors of America). Room 24ABC

3:30-4:30 Graphic Novels for Non-Teenagers— Libraries have already established graphic novels on their Teen/Young Adult shelves, but what about books for other ages? Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), Kearsten LaBrozzi (Glendale Public Library), Jill Patterson (La Habra Branch Library), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library) discuss graphic novel titles for adults and children. Room 26AB

4:00-5:30 So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer?— ComicsPRO’s Retailer Mentoring Forum brings you this Comic-Con tradition — an always lively and fun discussion in which your dreams of owning your own comic book specialty store take flight! You have questions? This panel of experienced retailers has answers! Hosted by Joe Field (ComicsPRO president, owner of Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA), with Portyln Polston (Brave New World, Newhall CA), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon, Guelph ON), Chris Brady (4 Color Fantasies, Rancho Cucamonga CA), and Diamond Comic Distributors outside sales manager Dave Hawksworth. Your career in comics retail starts here! Room 32AB

4:15-5:15 DC Comics: Justice League Comics’ top talents — writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee — team up for the first time ever to bring you the new Justice League, making its debut as part of the new DC Universe. Johns, Lee, and DC executive editor Eddie Berganza bring together the talents behind the new JLA titles, including writers Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Green Arrow), and Eric Wallace (Mister Terrific) and artists Francis Manapul (The Flash), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), and Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman). Room 6DE

4:30-5:30 Marvel Television Presents: Anime on G4— Marvel Television and G4 take your favorite characters — Iron Man, Wolverine, The X-Men, and Blade — to Japan to tell their stories in a whole new way, beautifully animated by the anime masters at Madhouse. Hosted by Attack of the Show‘s Blair Butler, watch a never-before-seen episode with Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb and surprise guests. Plus, get a sneak peek at The X-Men‘s explosive first episode. Room 6BCF

4:30-5:30 Art of Design— It’s in every book, comic, magazine, movie, TV show, action figure package, and everything else we see each day. Good design is often invisible, but this panel of experts talk about the art of design and how it relates to comics in particular. Noted designer Chip Kidd (Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal) talks with Mark Chiarello (DC Comics editorial art director), Art Directors Hall of Fame member Seymour Chwast, magazine and movie designer Michael Gross (National Lampoon, Ghostbusters), artist and designer Ashley Wood (Popbot, Robots vs. Zombies), and comics historian and designer Craig Yoe (Amazing 3-D Comics, Barks Bear Book). Room 24ABC

4:30-5:30 Comics in the Library— Librarians Candice Mack (LA Public Library), Mike Pawuk (Cuyahoga County Public Library), and Eva Volin (Alameda Library) come together for a discussion of the place of comics in the library. Which titles should you buy, where do you shelve them, and how do you convince the people you work with that comics have a real place in the library? This panel will tell you all this and more. Moderated by Gina Gagliano (First Second Books). Room 26AB

5:00-6:00 Monsterverse Horror Comics Ate My Brain— There is no escaping Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave horror anthology comic and upcoming graphic novel series, Flesh And Blood. Joining Monsterverse’s Kerry Gammill (Superman) and Sam F. Park (The Halfway House) are Bela Lugosi Jr., screenwriter Peter Briggs (Hellboy), Robert Tinnell (Flesh And Blood), James Farr (Xombie), Chris Moreno (World War Hulk), Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News), Dan Brereton (The Nocturnals), James Groman (The Hobbit), and Mike Dubisch (Aliens vs. Predator). Expect a slideshow and discussion of Monsterverse’s horror projects, along with a Q&A session. Room 9

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: American Vampire The acclaimed Vertigo series American Vampire — nominated for a 2010 Eisner Award as Best New Series — introduced Skinner Sweet and a whole new type of undead, blazing a blood-drenched new trail. Join the creator of this series, as well as the new miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, for an undead discussion with writer Scott Snyder, artist Rafael Albuquerque, and editor Mark Doyle. Room 6DE

5:30-6:30 The Art of the Comic Strip— Cartoon Art Museum’s curator Andrew Farago talks to syndicated cartoonists Mell Lazarus (Miss Peach, Momma), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), and Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City) about their everyday work in the funny papers. Room 24ABC

5:30-6:30 CBLDF: Can Comics Send You To Jail?— What if the comics you took on a plane landed you in jail? That’s the danger facing one American, who could spend a minimum of a year in a foreign prison for doing just that. Turns out that anyone leaving or entering the country can be stopped, searched, or detained by customs agents because of comic art in print or on laptops, tablets, or cell phones — even without suspicion of criminal activity. Learn how the CBLDF is working to fight this trend and what you can do to help. Room 26AB

6:00-7:00 Hermes Press / Dark Shadows The Classic Series and the New Tim Burton Film— Lara Parker (Angelique from Dark Shadows), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres from Dark Shadows), Jim Pierson (consulting producer for the new Dark Shadows film), and Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press) talk about the classic show, the comic book, and print tie-ins and reveals up-to-date news and some surprises about the upcoming Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, along with a Q&A session. Room 4

6:00-7:00 Crime Comics— Crime Comics are hotter today than at any time since the Golden Age! Join Mark Waid (Potter’s Field), Greg Rucka (Stumptown), and Gary Phillips (Angeltown) for a conversation about the exciting resurgence of this classic genre. Moderated by comics scholar Professor Ben Saunders. Room 7AB

6:00-7:00 A Strange Tale of a Panel: Indie Creators on Marvel’s Strange Tales Excelsior! Show up early and stay late as some of comics’ best indie creators come out of the closet, revealing themselves as maniacal Marvel madmen. Witness twisted love for some of mainstream comics’ best characters! Forbidden fantasies fulfilled! Shannon “Too Much Coffee Man” Wheeler comes clean about his eco-terrorist Red Skull; Jhonen “The Homicidal Maniac” Vasquez mulls over M.O.D.O.K.; and Jeffrey “Incredible Change-bots” Brown messes with the Merry Mutants. And more major terrific talents join this core crew, spilling secret stories from Marvel’s Strange Tales. Room 9

6:00-7:00 The Hub: Batman: 45th Anniversary of the Original Series— Holy Comic-Con Panel, Batman! For the first time ever, three stars of the iconic 1960s TV series are together at Comic-Con: Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) team up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the landmark television series now airing on The Hub TV Network. The cast will share memories from the show and introduce and discuss their favorite scenes, followed by an audience Q&A. Bang! Pow! Woosh! Room 23ABC

6:00-7:00 Girls Gone Genre— Come talk with women who write, read, game, and perform in arenas that are statistically dominated by men. What happens when traditionally “male” genres are reinvented by female writers and embraced by female fans? Sex and the City it ain’t. Meet the women who like to play with trucks and Barbies. And Wolverine action figures. And flux capacitors. Moderator Jenna Busch is joined by panelists Marti Noxon (screenwriter/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, Fright Night), Gale Anne Hurd (producer, The Walking Dead, Terminator, Aliens), and Marjorie Liu (writer, X-23, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Black Widow, Dirk & Steele novel series). Room 25ABC

6:30-7:30 Yen Press Panel— The Yen Press crew — publishing director Kurt Hassler, senior editor JuYoun Lee, and assistant editors Tania Biswas and Abby Blackman — unveil exciting new projects for 2012 and take questions from the audience. And of course, the swag. We mustn’t forget the swag! Room 8

6:30-7:30 The Best and Worst Manga of the Year— There are a whole lot of Japanese manga, Korean manhwa, and manga-inspired comics out there — but what’s worth buying and reading, and what’s not? Manga/comics bloggers/pundits Christopher Butcher (Comics212.net and The Beguiling), David Brothers (4th Letter!), Eva Volin (School Library Journal), Carlo Santos (Anime News Network), and Deb Aoki (About.com Manga) share their picks for the best new and continuing manga series for kids, teens, and grown-ups and jeer at the most annoying manga published in 2010-2011. Room 26AB

7:00-8:00 UDON and the Art of Comic and Game Design— Representatives from UDON share their trade secrets, learned from working with a host of different comics and game companies over the past 10 years. Take a tour of winning design elements through UDON’s vast portfolio of works, and get ready for special announcements of which comics, manga, artbooks, and video game properties they’ll be working on next. Featuring Jim Zubkavich (Skullkickers), Jeffrey Cruz (RandomVeus), Long Vo (Inception), and Matt Moylan (Mega Man Tribute). Room 4

7:00-8:00 Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts Get a first look at the upcoming feature-length documentary chronicling the life and work of one of comics’ greatest writers, Warren Ellis. The film features extensive interviews with Ellis himself, as well as with key collaborators, and reveals the inextricable links between Ellis’s life, work, and philosophy. Moderated by executive producer F. J. De Santo (The Spirit), the panel features director Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods), DP/producer Jordan Rennert (Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods), and a special guest! Room 7AB

8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards The 23rd annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out at a gala ceremony at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison. Segment hosts include writer/actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, Balls of Fury, Night at the Museum) and comedian/voice actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, MadTV). Presenters include CCI special guests Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, Walt and Louise Simonson, and Filipino cartoonist (and viral video star) Gerry Alanguilan, as well as Eisner nominees Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Ian Boothby, with many more to be announced. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees — just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pro and VIP seating at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:15-12:00 Encore Screening: Batman: Year One Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation offer a second opportunity to see Batman: Year One, along with a chance to see a few special Comic-Con exclusive trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. films, videogames, and Blu-ray/DVD releases. Ballroom 20

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