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SDCC ’12 | Sunday programming schedule announced

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SDCC ’12 | Sunday programming schedule announced

2012’s Comic-Con International wraps up on Sunday with its traditional focus on kids. Kid-friendly properties like LEGO Ninjago, video game characters Sonic and Mega Man, SpongeBob SquarePants, Carton Network’s Ben 10 and Level Up!, and many more are represented, along with creators like Raina Telgemeier, Art Baltazar and Franco, Shane Houghton and others who know a thing or two about creating great kids’ comics.

Comic publishers get their final chance to talk up their lines, as Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Archie, IDW Publishing and more are represented. The schedule also includes spotlight panels for Jason Shiga, Angelo Torres, Tom Yeates and Alison Bechdel.

Here are some of the comics-related highlights below; visit the Comic-Con website to see the complete schedule.

10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Jason Shiga— Comic-Con special guest Jason Shiga is best known for his interactive comics, including Meanwhile and Knock Knock. He will present a career retrospective detailing his unlikely journey from math genius to cartoonist. Jason will discuss past, present, and future projects including an exclusive peek at his latest comic, Demon. Come and see some of his crazier interactive comic creations that have never been published, including the only known comic with movable parts. Room 4

10:00-11:00 The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel— There might not be comic book industry were it not for Jack Kirby…and if you don’t know who that is, you really don’t belong at this convention. Each year, his friends and co-workers gather to talk about Jack and his work and to marvel (no pun intended) at the length and breadth of his influence, not just on comics but on TV, movies, and all the arts. This year, the dais will include Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Stan Goldberg (Marvel colorist), Paul Dini (Batman), and Charles Hatfield (Hand of Fire), all chatting with moderator Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics). Room 5AB

10:00-11:00 DC Comics: Young Justice— They may be young-but they’re still heroes! Find out what’s happening for The Legion of Super-Heroes, Teen Titans, Blue Beetle, and more as more DC Comics-The New 52 unfolds in this panel featuring Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans, Red Hood and the Outlaws). Room 6DE

10:00-11:00 Comic Strip Legends— It’s Sunday-what better day to sit and talk about some of our favorite comic strips with these legendary cartoonists! Comic-Con special guests Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean), Greg Evans (Luann), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Dan Piraro (Bizarro), and Morrie Turner (Wee Pals) talk to Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum gallery manager/curator) about their lives in the funnies. Room 7AB

10:00-11:00 Kids Can Draw Cartoons with Kristian Sather— Hey, Kids! Kristian Sather (Bonkers, Jetsons, will demonstrate the techniques used in drawing funny cartoon characters. You will learn how to draw your own characters using basic geometric shapes. Join Kristian for this fun and informative session! Room 11AB

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creator Rob Reger, artist Buzz Parker, and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some cool stuff just for showing up and being Strange? Room 23ABC

10:00-11:00 Sonic and Mega Man: Video Game Comics Showcase— Get your game on! Folks from the two most popular video game comic series share what’s in store in one, must-attend panel! Learn what’s on tap for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and Mega Man. The editorial mastermind behind both books, Paul Kaminski, is joined by Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, artist Evan Stanley, and Archie Comics executive director of publicity and marketing Alex Segura. See some exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming storylines, and get a glimpse at the biggest comic book event of the year. We. Are. Not. Kidding. Be there! Room 24ABC

10:00-11:00 CCAS Sunday Devotional and Christian Comics Panel— Join fellow Christian fans and artists for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in graphic format with Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible), Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born), and moderator Buzz Dixon (Savage Angels). Open to all who wish to attend. Room 32AB

10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Super-Bodies: Overcoming Disability Through Superheroism— Scott Daniel Boras (Arizona State University) examines the abject bodies of popular depictions of mutants, monsters, and aliens as they emerge in relation to key historical events, and also dominant social tensions that play out on the body. Ultimately, these bodies are depicted as being both utopian and dystopian at the same time, highlighting how even our greatest heroes are also often monsters. Rachelanne Smith (California State University, Sacramento) makes the case that the superhero is directly linked to the classic literary tradition of the flawed hero. The defects in the hero are the means through which we can better relate to and accept him. Using Professor X as a case study, Smith explores the relation between the strength of the hero and his or her corresponding flaw or disability. José Alaniz (University of Washington, Seattle) examines how Marvel’s The Human Fly — “the wildest superhero ever-because he’s real!” — flouts the genre’s usual conventions, possessing no superpowers but overcoming a devastating injury through sheer willpower, and simultaneously challenges and reaffirms accustomed notions of both superheroism and disability. Room 26AB

11:00-12:00 Comic-Con How-To: Publishing Industry: From Book in Print to Reader’s Hands— Once you have a published book, you realize that that was the easy part. The hard part is getting your book into the hands of readers. Book signings, fan conventions, libraries, conferences, reviewers, critiques, blogs, social marketing, retail stores, interviews-are any of them worth the time, money, and effort? Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake takes you on the journey into the true job of an author: marketing and selling books. Room 2

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Angelo Torres— Legendary artist and Comic-Con special guest Angelo Torres and moderator Grant Geissman (author of Foul Play: the Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s EC Comics!) discuss and show work covering Torres’s entire career. Angelo began in the mid-1950s for EC Comics as a member of the Fleagle Gang, a group of artists that included Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, and Roy Krenkel. The presentation will also include discussion and examples of Torres’s work for Stan Lee at Atlas comics, for Sick magazine, and for the Warren magazines Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat, as well as his 40-year association with MAD magazine. Room 4

11:00-12:00 Digital Comics Price Fight— Every one is talking about what the “right” price is for digital comics. Should it be full price for same day as print, or should every comic be 99 cents a la iTunes? The conversation has been heated online and today it jumps into the physical realm! Join legendary comic writer Mark Waid, webcomics innovator and PvP creator Scott Kurtz, IDW Publishing’s ePublishing director Jeff Webber, and Top Shelf Productions’ director of digital Chris Ross for a lively discussion on the price of digital comics. Moderating this fight is comiXology’s Chip Mosher. Room 7AB

11:00-12:00 Kids Read!— Listen to four great graphic novelists read from their latest works. With authors Jorge Aguirre (Giants Beware!), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), and Colleen AF Venable (Pet Shop Private Eye). Moderated by Scott Robins (A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics). Room 11AB

11:00-12:30 The Secret Origin of Good Readers— Comic books can be used in the classroom as an innovative and highly motivating cross-curricular teaching tool. Panelists Paul Levitz (DC Comics), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), Nancy Silberkleit (Archie Comics co-CEO), Karen Green (Columbia University), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) discuss specific ways you can use comic books and graphic novels to engage a variety of learners while promoting reading and literacy. Q&A and breakout sessions with panelists will follow the group discussion. Get your free 70-page The Secret Origin of Good Readers companion resource book [PDF] and other fun, useful materials at, courtesy of Room 23ABC

11:00-12:00 The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Zombies Panel!— Blood will curdle and flesh will crawl as IDW/Yoe Books terror team co-editors Craig Yoe (Eisner Award-winning comic historian) and Steve “Karswell” Banes (host of The Horrors of It All vintage comics blog) unearth the lurid, dark history of 1950s comics with an unnerving panel focused on pre-Code horror’s most despicably dead subject-zombies! This hour-long discussion and Q&A is guaranteed to rot your mind! All attendees dressed as a zombie will get a prize! Room 32AB

11:15-12:15 Marvel: Women of Marvel— From Ms. Marvel to the X-Men, from tumblr to Twitter, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics for the last year. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. These ladies are smashing through the four-color ceiling! Panelists include editors Jeanine Schaefer and Sana Amanat. Room 5AB

11:15-12:15 DC Entertainment: Meet the Publishers— As co-publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Comics-The New 52, DC’s digital initiative, Before Watchmen, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions about your favorite comic book publisher’s publishers! Say that five times fast! Room 6DE

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Tom Yeates— Seasoned comics, fantasy, and book illustrator and Comic-Con special guest Tom Yeates will discuss his 35-year career, from attending the first year of Joe Kubert’s school with Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch to Swamp Thing, Tarzan, Zorro, and Prince Valiant. Writer, journalist, editor, and Thomas’s longtime friend Steven Ringgenberg will moderate. A slide show of Yeates’s art career and influences will be included. Room 8

12:00-1:00 Comic-Con How-To: The Art of Writing with Gregg Hurwitz— Actor, author, and award-winning audiobook narrator Scott Brick talks to author Gregg Hurwitz about his work. Hurwitz’s books include The Crime Writer, Trust No One, and You’re Next. He’s also written for comics, including Marvel’s The Punisher MAX and Wolverine and DC’s Batman: The Dark Knight. Room 2

12:00-1:00 The Fine Line of Inking— Inking is far more than just tracing, as these superstar artists have proven again and again, on their own work and others. The Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago talks with Comic-Con special guests Gary Gianni, Klaus Janson, Rudy Nebres, and Mark Schultz about the ins and outs of inking and how that thick, velvety India ink can make all the difference in the world. Room 4

12:00-1:00 Kids Draw!— How do comics get made? Find out in this interactive program where kids create their own characters that four graphic novelists will integrate into a story. With authors Zack Giallongo (Broxo), Dave Roman and John Green (Teen Boat!), and Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!). Moderated by Cecil Castellucci (LA Review of Books). Room 11AB

12:00-1:00 Reinventing the Graphic Novel for the iPad— With its ability to blend together games, comics, literature, film, and mobile services into new hybrid experiences, the iPad is creating vast opportunities for storytellers and audiences alike. Daniel Burwen, creative director for Cognito Comics and gaming industry veteran (EA, Activision), explores how the traditional forms of games and comics overlap in the tablet space, forming new ways of storytelling. Get an inside look at the development of the award-winning CIA: Operation Ajax and how it is redefining the digital graphic novel by using a real-time 3D game engine to create an unparalleled interactive experience while honoring the legacy of the printed page. Room 24ABC

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Character Generation: Cultural, Economic, and Identity Politics— Featuring comic creator Phil Jimenez (Fairest), cultural anthropologist Stanford W. Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), design historian John Jennings (State University of New York, Buffalo), and Visual and Critical Studies MFA candidate Beverly Taylor (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dumbbell Blonde), this panel discusses the creation of comic book characters and identity in mainstream, independent, and digital comics as well as fine arts settings. In addition to their observations, panelists will also discuss their own experiences creating comic characters. Issues will include why diversity matters, diversity in different comic media forms, creating diversity in comic universes that lack diversity, reasons for rebooting existing characters, use of source material, and the creation of alter-egos, avatars, autobiographical characters, and characters with identities that are different from their creators. Room 26AB

12:30-1:30 Marvel: Amazing Spider-Man— There’s no turning back for Spider-Man! The Lizard is back, and only Spider-Man has a chance of curing him! Find out all the details on what’s going on with your favorite wall-crawler on the eve of his 50th Anniversary in August. That’s right, Marvel’s editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and others will be taking any and all questions from you, the fans! With earth-shattering announcements that will change the life of Peter Parker for another 50 years, this is one panel that no Spidey fan can miss! Room 6DE

12:30-1:30 Darwyn Cooke and The Man Called Parker— Darywn Cooke discusses all things Parker in a lively hour of opinions, insights, and downright good conversation! The Score is being released this week,and Cooke, along with editor Scott Dunbier, will answer questions and talk about Richard Stark’s classic heist-man — and unveil Cooke and IDW’s plans for the future of the graphic novel series — including revealing what the next Parker book will be! Room 8

12:30-1:30 Secret Origin of Good Readers Breakouts— These breakout sessions feature practical tips on how to use comics in your classroom setting. David Rojas (education consultant) will demonstrate how analogizing Batman as Hamlet, or Bruce Banner/The Hulk as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, can ignite new interest in classic literature. Nancy McCann (Comics Unlimited) and Jesse McCann (New York Times bestselling children’s book author) will consult on choosing the best comic books for your classrooms and libraries. Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade) will discuss how best to utilize historical fiction to teach real history and inspire critical thinking. An all-ages comic book goodie bag for your classroom (limited to 50 packs) will be available for participating educators after this panel. In addition, a free online 70-page The Secret Origin of Good Readers companion resource book [PDF] and other fun, useful materials are available at, courtesy of Room 23ABC

12:45-1:45 CBLDF Rock Art Jam— Explore the creative process of top cartoonists who’ve made their mark on the worlds of comics and music! Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, and Nate Powell talk about the influence of music in their work and draw live art showcasing their love of sound and vision! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Room 5AB

1:00-2:00 Comic-Con How-To: New Methods in Digital Painting and Coloring— Learn how to take your drawing to full color or to a full painting. Brian Haberlin will focus on using Photoshop and the Wacom tablet to introduce a mix of new digital and analog painting tricks and tips that will be sure to please. Room 2

1:00-2:00 Where do Ideas Come From? Banishing the Blank Page— Writer’s block? Artistic anemia? Get unstuck! Former DC, Dark Horse, and CrossGen writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Womanthology: Heroic) outlines strategies and tips for artists and writers facing the Dreaded DeadBrain Doom-a blank page and no ideas for what to write or draw, or how to get started. Room 4

1:00-2:00 Image Comics’s 20th Anniversary— Twenty years ago, a group of young artists left their work-for-hire jobs to create Image Comics, a publisher dedicated to creators’ individual visions and a champion of creative ownership. Image Comics partners and some of the original founders now come together to talk about what Image Comics has meant for the present and future of comics. Panelists: Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, Erik Larsen, and Robert Kirkman. Moderated by Eric Stephenson. Room 6A

1:00-2:00 DC Nation Screening and Q&A— The Nation is coming to San Diego! DC Nation — a one-hour action and comedy programming block on Cartoon Network starring some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe — will be making its very first appearance at Comic-Con. In addition to exclusive video content for fan-favorite series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, the panel will also be presenting sneak peeks of two highly anticipated series that will be coming soon to DC Nation: Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! Bringing you all this superhero goodness is a panel featuring top animation producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Michael Jelenic (ThunderCats), Aaron Horvath (MAD), and Jeff Prezenkowski, director of series and shorts at Warner Bros. Animation. From superheroes to sidekicks, the DC Nation panel will have something for everyone. DC Nation airs Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 6BCF

1:00-2:00 Manga Tutorials For Kids— David Karrow, creator of the children’s book Alpha League and a team of manga artists and editors from eigoMANGA teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Room 11AB

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Politics, Economics, and Ideology— Marc Singer (Howard University) examines representations of corporations and branding in Grant Morrison’s comics, looking at the shifts in Morrison’s depictions of corporate power and identity in The Invisibles, Marvel Boy, Seaguy, and Batman Incorporated as well as Morrison’s work as a corporate consultant and “brand guru” and his controversial comments about corporate-owned superhero characters and creators’ rights in Supergods. Jason Tondro (University of California, Riverside) examines the Superman of Morrison’s Action Comics as a liberal superhero. Is this Superman liberal, and is the project successful? Karma Waltonen (University of California, Davis) argues that Mark Millar’s Red Son asks us to consider whether a superhero (or by extension a supersoldier or superweapon) should ever be in a national hand, subject to any prevailing ideology or border-defined grudge. The book’s ending blends both the USA and the USSR into a utopia, giving the majority of the world’s citizens an amalgam of socialism and capitalism, and combines Luthor and Superman, exploding the dichotomy of hero and villain as the planet is aligned in a post-structuralist, post-nationalist paradigm. Room 26AB

1:30-2:30 What’s Cool in Graphic Novels?— Six authors with great new graphic novels discuss their inspiration, creative process — and their new books! Authors Zack Giallongo (Broxo), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet: Prince of the Elves), J. T. Petty (Bloody Chester), Thien Pham (Sumo), Doug TenNapel (Cardboard), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) are joined by moderator Calista Brill (First Second Books). Room 8

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel— The award-winning graphic novelist and Comic-Con special guest Alison Bechdel talks about her work, from Dykes to Watch Out For through Fun Home and her latest, this year’s smash Are You My Mother? Room 23ABC

2:00-3:00 Kickstarting Your Webcomics Career: Keenspot 2012— Pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot returns for their insane 12th annual Comic-Con panel to drop some knowledge! Get words of wisdom from the man behind the second most-funded Kickstarter comics project of all time! Learn how a popular Image Comics creator doubled his book sales at cons by giving his comic away for free online! Hear an amazing major announcement about the future of comic books! Creators scheduled to appear include Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), Jim Zub (Skullkickers), Benny Powell (Wayward Sons), Brion Foulke (Flipside), Jennifer Brazas (Mystic Revolution), David Campiti (Exposure), R. C. Monroe (Out There), Chris Daily (Punch an’ Pie), Charles Soule (27), and Bobby Crosby (Last Blood). Room 4

2:00-3:00 Drawing DC: DC Kids Edition— What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Talent relations director Larry Ganem is joined by the Eisner Award-winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans) and the ever-dynamic Dustin Nguyen (Batman Beyond), as they showcase their artistic talents! Room 11AB

2:00-3:00 Cover Story— Comic-Con’s annual discussion about the art of the comic book cover. Mark Evanier interviews special guests Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher), Becky Cloonan (Conan), and Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales) about their cover work, including design, execution, and what worked-and didn’t-on some of their very own covers. Room 25ABC

2:15-3:15 Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became the Slayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces of darkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30-3:30 Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself— Learn what it will take to present a proper pitch to a client or company. Learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make and opportunity when there isn’t one. This is the perfect panel for those looking to make a name for themselves or trying to get their ideas in front of the company of choice. Bryan Tillman is the academic director for Media Arts and Animation, Game Art and Design, Visual Game Programming, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at the Art Institute of Washington and the author of Creative Character Design. Room 2

2:30-3:30 Comic-Con How-To: Drawing with Jim Lee— Scott Brick interviews Jim Lee, artist and co-publisher of DC Comics, as Jim draws for an hour. See how he does it on the big screen! Room 2

2:30-3:30 Super Secrets: Lifting the Curtain on the Man of Steel— Mark Waid (he wrote Superman comics longer than just about anybody) and Larry Tye (author of the new biography Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero) reveal things you didn’t know but will be glad to learn about Superman. Like the wrenching story of his birth and nurturing by a parade of young creators yearning for their own absent dads, and how he took on everyone from Adolf Hitler to the KKK long before the rest of America did. And why Tye at least is convinced this supermensch is Jewish. Room 23ABC

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing— Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Stephen Cunningham (University of Central Arkansas), Regina Gasser (Wittenberg University), Alexa Gygax (University of British Columbia), Kamuela Kaneshiro (Hawaii Pacific University), Lisa Kaplan (Bowling Green State University), Margo Morton (Wittenberg University), Kallie Stahl (Capital University), Catherine Thomas (University of Delhi), Michael Tornes (University of Oklahoma), and Chad Wertley (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture at Comic-Con 2012. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates. Room 26AB

3:00-4:00 Axe Cop— Ethan Nicolle (Bearmageddon, Chumble Spuzz) discusses the growing world of Axe Cop, including the new President of the World miniseries from Dark Horse comics and his involvement the TV show in production at FOX. With a possible appearance in person or digitally from his brother/co-creator Malachai Nicolle plus possible surprise guests. Room 6DE

3:00-4:00 Making Comics for Kids— Want to know what it takes to make super-awesome comics for kids? Hang out with the guys and girls who are the creative forces behind some of the coolest kids’ comics around: Neo Edmund (writer/editor for Silver Dragon Books), Joe Lefavi (editorial director for Jim Henson Co), Tim Beedle (Fraggle Rock), Paul Morrissey (editor of Eisner award-winning Mouse Guard), and Adira Edmund (JumpStart’s Windy Hollows). Room 11AB

3:00-4:00 Publishers Weekly Comics World: Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era— What better way to bring information to the public than the judicious combination of words and pictures? Comics offer the ability to attract attention and focus it, while making a complex journalistic narrative both lively to read and, as studies have shown, easier for readers to comprehend. This panel offers historical and contemporary examples of the use of comics as a journalistic tool and shows how the wedding of comics and nonfiction reporting is a match made in media heaven. With Susie Cagle, Andy Warner (Cartoon Picayune), Stan Mack (Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution), Jen Sorenson (Slowpoke), Ed Piskor (WizzyWig), Dan Carino (Cartoon Movement), and Chris Butcher (The Beguiling.) Moderated by PW Comics World co-editor Calvin Reid. Room 32AB

4:00-5:00 Creating Comics for All Ages— Victor Flores (High Tech High Graphic Novel Project student host) interviews fellow HTH GNP members and guest professional comic artists Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther, Peanuts, Casper’s Scare School) and Chris Houghton (Reed Gunther, Kung-Fu Panda Comics, MAD magazine, Adventure Time) about the challenges and advantages of creating comics for all-ages audiences. Room 4

4:00-5:00 Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule— Learn the secret to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, costuming/cosplay), breaking into today’s media is a full-time job, even if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. Topher Davila (art director,, Aleister Gilgrim (head of product for Readz/Star Labs Ltd), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College), Tara Strand (co-founder, Gotham Public Works), Mario Martinez (co-creator,, Kevin Flessing (, Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer), Jody Patterson (main contributor,, Cat Smith (voice actress,, and moderator Chad Welch (illustrator, talk about how they successfully juggle time between the creative and business sides while being involved in goal-oriented groups and discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design, animation and costuming/cosplay from a variety of levels of administration and sizes of organizations. Whether you’re a hobbyist or looking to go pro, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to effectively work with a team without mortally wounding each other, or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is for you! Room 24ABC

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