SDCC '10 | Highlights of Sunday's comics programming

At last we arrive at the schedule for the final day of Comic-Con International -- Sunday, July 25 (aka "Kids' Day").

Below you'll find highlights of the comics-related programming, which include the final Smallville panel, an appearance by famed Japanese artist Yoshitako Amano, spotlights on Matt Fraction and Dennis O'Neil, and a look at the upcoming Spider-Man storyline "Origin of the Species."

The full programming schedule for Saturday can be found here.

10 to 11 .m. Emily The Strange — Get your last day of Comic-Con off to a strange start with Dark Horse's Emily the Strange panel! Meet Emily's creator Rob Reger and Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore, and come prepared to quench your curiosity about all things Emily. Exciting announcements, wacky wordplay, and tasty news bits are all on the menu for this early bird panel! Room 3

10 to 11 a.m. Jack Kirby Tribute — It's time once again to pay tribute to Jack "King" Kirby, the prolific writer/artist who co-created some of the world's most famous superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, the New Gods and many more. Kirby biographer and friend Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics) hosts this annual Comic-Con tradition and is joined this year by writers Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans) and Kurt Busiek (Astro City, JLA/Avengers) and other Kirby fanatics to discuss the King. Room 4

10 to 11 a.m. Super Hero Squad Online: How We Built the First All-Ages Marvel MMO — Gazillion's The Amazing Society offers a sneak peek at SHSO, including new areas unveiled at Comic-Con. Moderator Serena Robar (community manager, TAS), Jason Robar (VP and studio manager, TAS), Jay Minn (creative director, TAS), Nik Davidson (senior game designer, TAS), Franz Felsl (senior game designer, TAS) and Matt Bell (art director, TAS) present a fun and interactive Q&A! Room 7AB

10 to 11 a.m. Smallville Screening and Q&A — Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns for its last visit to Comic-Con in advance of the show's 10th and final season, as showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson join star/executive producer Tom Welling and series stars Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman and Justin Hartley to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips from the final season. From Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Fridays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW. Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 7. Ballroom 20

10 to 11 a.m. BOOM Kids! Muppets Spotlight — Mark Waid moderates as Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Roger Langridge gives up all the secrets behind creating the critically acclaimed fan-favorite The Muppet Show Comic Book. A must-attend spotlight for all Muppets fans! Room 24ABC

10 to 11 a.m. Techland Presents: Comics and Digital Piracy — Just about every comic book is now available online within hours of its release in stores -- whether or not its publisher is selling it in digital form. Techland.com's Douglas Wolk moderates a discussion of what's happening in the online comics Wild West with David Steinberger (comiXology), as well as publishers, scanlation experts, digital-rights specialists and an opinionated creator or two. Room 25ABC

10 to 11 a.m. Manga Drawing For Kids — Austin Osueke (eigoMANGA), David Karrow (Alpha League), David Kolodny Nagy (Mad Beanz) and Natashia McGough (Palbot) are professional manga illustrators and cartoonists from eigoMANGA. The team visits Comic-Con to teach another year of manga artwork and anime storytelling specially designed for kids and young people of all ages. Room 30CDE

10 to 11 a.m. Christian Comics: The Word in Pictures — From Andre LeBlanc's classic Picture Bible to Robert Crumb's recent adaptation of Genesis, there is a long tradition of Bible-based comics. Moderator Buzz Dixon (Snokie Stories) and panelists Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible) and Eric Jansen (The Christ of Prophecy) discuss the challenges involved in adapting the words of scripture into visual media. A short devotional message will precede the panel discussion, put on by the Christian Comic Arts Society. Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Hotel and Marina

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Spotlight on Doug TenNapel — Writer/artist, video game creator, filmmaker — Comic-Con special guest Doug TenNapel has it all covered. His graphic novels, including Creature Tech, Tommysaurus Rex, Monster Zoo and Ghostopolis, have been optioned as big-budget movies. Hear what's next from this multitalented creator! Room 5AB

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Secret Origin of Good Readers — Navigate the wonderful world of comic books with professors of education Dr. Robyn A. Hill (National University) and Dr. Bill McGrath  (National University), writer/artists Bill Galvan (Archie) and Jim Valentino (Image Comics), and comics store owners Nancy McCann  (Comics Unlimited, Westminster, CA) and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City, UT). Panelists discuss how teachers, librarians, retailers and publishers can work together to bring comic books into the classroom for use as an innovative and motivating cross-curricular teaching tool. This multimedia presentation includes personal remarks and a Q&A session; the speakers will present an overview of the medium and highlight specific ways that comic books and graphic novels have been used to engage a variety of learners while promoting reading and literacy. Room 3

11 a.m. to noon DC Kids: Aww Yeah! — Don't miss your chance to chat with Mike Norton, Art Baltazar and Franco, the creative team behind Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam and the best kid-friendly comic on the market, Tiny Titans! DC co-publisher Dan DiDio hosts what is sure to be entertaining discussion for the whole family! Room 4

11 a.m. to noon Marvel: The Women of Marvel — One of the most talked-about panels from last year is back! Forget Storm and She-Hulk; meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it's like working as a woman in comics today and how you can join them. Say goodbye to the so-called "Boy's Club" -- these ladies are busting down the four-color ceiling! Panelists include Marjorie Liu (Black Widow), Kathryn Immonen (Heralds), Christina Strain  (Shadowland) and others. Room 7AB

11 a.m. to noon Entertaining One's Inner Child — Ever since Harry Potter burst onto the scene, children's books have been taking over the bestseller lists. Creators discuss the thrills and challenges of creating memorable characters for the younger set. Panelists include Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Sina Grace (Among the Ghosts), Matt Holm (Babymouse), Adam Rex (Fat Vampire), David Steinberg (Daniel Boom), Greg Van Eekhout (Kid Vs. Squid) and moderator Jennifer Holm (Babymouse). Q&A to follow. Room 24ABC

11 a.m. to noon Archaia: The Jim Henson Company — The first series of Fraggle Rock comics were a rousing success, so what do Archaia and The Jim Henson Company have in store next? Find out exclusive information on upcoming Archaia/Henson comic book and graphic novel ventures from Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy  and artist/illustrator Brian Froud, who worked closely with Jim Henson on The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth movies as a concept artist. Joining them will be Fraggle Rock editors Tim Beedle, Paul Morrissey and Joe LeFavi, plus Fraggle Rock writer Heather White. Room 25ABC

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dark Horse: Yoshitaka Amano — Please join Dark Horse Comics to celebrate the career and the rare U.S. appearance of legendary Japanese artist Yoshitako Amano. The creator of Vampire Hunter D will be joined by Hollywood darling "Mink" to discuss their recent collaboration, Shinjuku, an epic work of artistic genius that explores the seedy underworld of modern Tokyo. Room 8

noon to 1 p.m. WildStorm Focus on RED: the Comic Book — Wanna know more about RED -- one of this fall's most anticipated movies with an all-star cast led by Bruce Willis? Artist Cully Hamner  is up front-and-center to tell all about his exciting thriller co-created with Warren Ellis. Plus, with your hosts, senior VP for creative affairs Gregory Noveck and VP/general manager Hank Kanalz, there's more RED comic news with screenwriters Erich Hoeber, John Hoeber, Doug Wagner and others on what's in store for this ageless hero! Room 4

noon to 1 p.m. Spotlight on Dennis O'Neil — One of comics' most legendary writer/editors, Comic-Con special guest Dennis O'Neil is best known for his work on Batman. O'Neil's long career includes writing and editing at Marvel and guiding the Caped Crusader at DC Comics for many years. Dennis will talk about his career and what's up next for this fan-favorite creator. WildStorm's Scott Peterson moderates. Room 25ABC

noon to 1 p.m. Kids Draw with James Sturm — Create your own cartooning adventure in this fun, interactive drawing session with Eisner Award–winning cartoon adventurer James Sturm  (Adventures in Cartooning)! Using simple building blocks, you'll learn how to put together an adventure of your own -- and have fun along the way! Room 30CDE

12:30 to 2 p.m. CBLDF Live Art Jam — Watch Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Ale Garza (Fathom), Chris Burnham (X-Men: Manifest Destiny) and Daniel Leister (Hack/Slash) battle it out to see who can make the coolest art before your eyes! Get an inside look behind the scenes at how these artists work, as they make live art projected onto the big screen at the CBLDF Live Art Jam! All art will be auctioned off at the end of the event to benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Room 5AB

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Funny Stuff: Humor in Comics and Graphic Novels — The world of comics isn't just about dark and mysterious superheroes. There are a lot of great funny books out there. The Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago talks to Comic-Con special guests Peter Bagge  (Hate), Howard Cruse  (Wendel), Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship), Keith Knight  (The K Chronicles), Larry Marder (Beanworld) and Doug TenNapel (Monster Zoo) about the humorous side of comics. Room 8

12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Marvel: Spider-Man — The hunt has begun and the moment that everyone's been clamoring about is almost here! How much more can everyone's favorite web-slinger take? You've got questions and these people have answers! Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), Marvel's talent liaison C. B. Cebulski and Amazing Spider-Man assistant editor Tom Brennan talk about what's on the horizon for Peter Parker and just what is "Origin of the Species"? There's only one way to find out, True Believers -- attend this panel! Room 6A

1 p.m. to noon Spotlight on Al Wiesner — This writer/artist has been doing it his way for 25 years! Comic-Con special guest Al Wiesner created his own superhero, Shaloman, after many years of searching for a Jewish superhero. Some 38 issues later the "Kosher Crusader" is still thrilling readers around the world! Al talks about his series in this special spotlight panel. Room 4

1 to 2 p.m. BOOM Kids! Get-a-Sketch PanelDarkwing Duck creator Tad Stones moderates the first-ever BOOM Kids! "Get-a-Sketch" panel. Darkwing Duck comic artist James Silvani, WALL*E artist Morgan Luthi, Incredibles artist Ramanda Kamarga, and a host of other BOOM Kids! artists will be drawing sketches to be handed out to some lucky attendees! Also in attendance: Toy Story writer Jesse Blaze Snider with his Muppet Snow White co-writer Patrick Storck. Learn everything that goes into making a BOOM Kids! comic and maybe get a free sketch! Room 24ABC

1 to 2 p.m. Cover Story: The Art of the Cover — Despite the old adage, you can tell a book by its cover, especially if it's a comic book! Mark Evanier talks with fellow Comic-Con special guests Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Dave Dorman (Star Wars), Sean Phillips (Criminal, Incognito) and Ivan Reis  (Blackest Night, Green Lantern) about what makes a great cover. Room 25ABC

2 to 3 p.m. Keenspot 2010 ... in 3D! — Pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot returns for their 10th annual Comic-Con panel! Creators scheduled to appear include Bobby Crosby  (Dreamless, Marry Me, Last Blood), Sarah Ellerton (Dreamless, The Phoenix Requiem, Inverloch), R.C. Monroe (Out There) and Benny Powell (Wayward Sons). Additionally, director Jay Weisman will be debuting an exclusive 3D trailer of his upcoming shot-in-3D feature film Shockwave Darkside, a Red Giant Media/Pipeline Entertainment sci-fi thriller about a war on the moon! Joining Jay from the film will be stars Mei Melancon (Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand, The L Word) and Rich Ceraulo (Death Sentence), and previews of the Keenspot webcomic based on the film will be shown. The film is produced by Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Kevin Fox, Christian Beutel, Dan DeFilippo, Dave Marken and stars Bill Sage (Precious), Mei Melancon (X-Men: The Last Stand), Sonequa Martin (The Good Wife), Rich Ceraulo (Death Sentence) and Alex Cendese  (Law & Order). Room 4

2 to 3 p.m. The Digital Age of Comics — Have we moved from the Bronze Age to the Modern Age to ... the Digital Age of Comics? This lively discussion about eComics is moderated by Macworld senior editor Jason Snell, with IDW's Jeff Webber, iVerse Comics' Michael Murphey, Sony PSP's Adriana Eyzaguirre  and creators Jeff Smith and J. Scott Campbell. Room 5AB

2 to 3 p.m. DC Focus: Premiere Teams — DC Comics knows a thing or two about teams. From the company that brought you the first team in comics' history (Justice Society of America), don't miss this panel on the DCU's top teams roaming Earth (JLA, JSA, Secret Six, Titans), the farthest reaches of space (R.E.B.E.L.S.), and even across time (Legion of Super-Heroes)! Senior group editor Mike Carlin is joined by Tony Bedard (R.E.B.E.L.S.), Marc Guggenheim (Flash), JT Krul (Titans), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Matthew Sturges (JSA All-Stars) and others for this collaborative panel! Room 6A

2 to 3 p.m. "The Batman Dreams of Hieronymus Machines," or The Matt Fraction Spotlight Panel — Comic-Con special guest Matt Fraction (Casanova, Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men, The Mighty Thor) performs "The Batman Dreams of Hieronymus Machines," a weird spoken-word history of comics, art, and his own experiences with both and how comics -- and art -- can save your life. Also: Bruce Lee, cave paintings, Stilt-Man, and profound brain injuries. First performed as a part of W00tstock 2.0, now it's coming to San Diego! Then, after that, probably a discussion and some Q&A and stuff moderated by Bill Hader (SNL, Paul, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Room 7AB

2 to 3 p.m. Growing Up with Archie Panel — Archie Comics creative staff share inside perspectives on the creation of Archie, how Archie Comics has evolved, and why Archie titles dominate the newsstands and supermarkets in comic sales. Panelists include Archie Comics president/editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick, Archie Comics VP/managing editor Mike Pellerito and creators George Gladir (Sabrina), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica), Batton Lash and Bill Galvan (Archie Freshman Year), Rich Koslowski (Archie), Tania del Rio (Sabrina), Arie Kaplan (Archie & Friends), Craig Boldman (Jughead) and Andrew Pepoy (Katy Keene). This is your chance to meet the Archie Comics creators face-to-face. The panel will feature a Q&A session with the fans as well as a comic giveaway to all fans in attendance. Room 32AB

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Archaia: All-Ages — All-ages books are not necessarily children's books -- they're books that readers of all ages can enjoy! Join Archaia for updates, previews and exciting new information on several of its all-ages titles, including Berona's War, Fraggle Rock, Gunnerkrigg Court, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe and Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard with creator David Petersen and contributors Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Katie Cook (Fraggle Rock) and Karl Kerschl (The Abominable Charles Christopher), and Return of the Dapper Men with artist Janet Lee. Moderated by Archaia's Mel Caylo. Room 3

3 to 4:30 p.m. Comics Pro/Fan Trivia Match — Len Wein (Microbots), Kurt Busiek (Kool-Aid Man) and Mark Waid (Batman Electric Talking Toothbrush) face off against fans Tom Galloway (former Google employee), David Oakes (college professor) and Michael Grabois (rocket scientist) in a match on significant pre-Crisis DC events in celebration of DC's 75th anniversary. Peter David (Captain America's War on Drugs) will moderate. Room 4

3 to 4 p.m. DC Town Hall Meeting — All are welcome to join DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee for a relaxed Sunday afternoon discussion. Share your thoughts on what you love about comics now and what you hope to see in the future! Room 25ABC

3 to 4 p.m. Dynamite Entertainment Speaks with Fans One-on-One — Fans can meet with Dynamite's president and publisher Nick Barrucci and editor Joseph Rybandt in a "one-on-one" with fans in their first-ever Comic-Con panel. Room 32AB

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