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 Post subject: The Complete Programming Schedule For SDCC 2007
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Programming Schedule

Thursday, July 26

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation—Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4

10:30-11:30 U.S. Postal Service Marvel Super Hero Stamps—U.S. Postal Service issues Marvel Super Heroes commemorative postage stamps. Please join Mickey D. Barnett, member, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, for this official first-day-of-issue ceremony! Room 6A

10:30-11:30 A Fan's Guide to Comic-Con—Be treated to a humorous and comprehensive guide to your favorite convention as told by veteran attendees Wesley Strawther, Jesse Lopez, and Johann Joseph, each with over a decade of experience in attending the event. They'll be discussing how to make the most of your Comic-Con experience and how you can prepare better for the convention next year. First-time attendees won't want to miss this panel, and seasoned vets just might learn something as well. Room 8

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in Educational Settings—Comics have long been stigmatized as a lesser medium of communication than text. However, for many years comics have been making inroads to classrooms as an effective medium for learning, from analyzing graphic novels as literature to using superheroes to teach philosophy and writing textbooks in the comic medium. Neil Cohn (Tufts University), Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design), Leonard Wong (Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver), and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) discuss the various roles comics and the comics medium can and do play in education. Room 30AB

10:30-11:30 From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types—Which side of the convention table do you want to be on, artist or fan? If it’s artist, what’s keeping you from getting there? If you have an idea in your head that you’ve had trouble bringing into reality, you might benefit from this practical goal-setting workshop. Teacher and leadership trainer Douglas Neff will show you techniques for setting and achieving your most important goals. Whether you want to write your own screenplay, draw your first comic, or shoot your independent film, you’re sure to get something useful from this informative workshop. Room 30CDE

11:00-12:00 Spike TV’s Scream Awards: Frak the Oscars!—Celebrate Hollywood’s often-ignored genres of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and comic books with Spike TV’s Scream Awards. Hear several masterminds of the genres discuss the challenges, surprises, and future of these categories. Be the first to hear as the recipient of the 2007 Comic Con Icon Award is announced. And Spike TV wants to hear from you, the fans! Let them know your ideas for categories that should be included at the 2007 Scream Awards. Room 3

11:00-12:00 DVD Sneak Peak 2007—Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan of The Digital Bits.com, along with DVD producers Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut; Twin Peaks: The Complete Series), Robert Meyer Burnett (Shoot 'Em Up, Valkyrie), and Javier Soto (Hellboy 2), offer exclusive sneak peeks of great upcoming DVD and high-def special editions in the works for release later this year. Exclusive footage from Blade Runner and Twin Peaks will be shown. Q&A will follow if time permits. Room 5AB

11:00-12:00 Tor Books—Editors from Tor Books, the largest science fiction and fantasy publishing company in the U.S., fill you in on new and upcoming releases. Room 10

11:30-12:30 Episodic Games and Comics: Made for Each Other—With episodic gaming emerging as a new medium for storytelling, it's no surprise that comics licenses are a great fit. Telltale Games and Hothead Games are leading the way with episodic series based on popular comics—Telltale with Sam & Max: Season One and Hothead with the upcoming Penny Arcade Adventures. Members of both teams, along with Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell, describe the ins and outs of adapting a comic license into an interactive experience. Find out why playing your favorite comic series can be so much fun. Room 1AB

11:30-12:30 Nickelodeon: Making Fiends—The web series that taught the world to fear giant hamsters is coming to Comic-Con! Making Fiends tells the story of the struggle between two little girls: Vendetta, who likes to make fiends, and Charlotte, who likes to make friends. Creator (and voice of Charlotte) Amy Winfrey unleashes a screening of her original webisodes, shares fan art and the stories behind her films, and offers an inside look at what’s to come in her Making Fiends TV series for Nickelodeon. Also on hand will be Aglaia Mortcheva (voice of Vendetta) and Peter Merryman (voice of Grudge, Mr. Milk, and just about everyone else in Clamburg). Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Writing with Mark Verheiden—Comic-Con special guest Mark Verheiden, co-executive producer of Battlestar Galactica and writer of the upcoming live-action Teen Titans movie, offers advice to aspiring writers in a lively Q&A session. Want to write for television? Features? Comic books? Bring your best nuts-and-bolts questions! Room 4

11:30-12:30 Too Much Coffee Man Opera—The Too Much Coffee Man Opera is laid bare as Shannon Wheeler details his experience with the high art of opera. Is this the first opera to be based on a comic book? What does the opera community think of it? How did it come about? Is it in English or Italian? How did it get performed at one of the most respectable performance spaces in Portland? Will there be a sequel? Will it be go “on the road”? Does Shannon sing in it? Is there nudity? These questions and more will be answered by a whisky-drinking Shannon Wheeler. Room 8

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Comics and Literacy—Leonard S. Wong (Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver) investigates the ways the alternative views of culture, history, and human life made accessible through graphic novels aids the development of academic and critical literacy among students in multiethnic inner-city classrooms. Robyn A. Hill (National University) and Bill McGrath (National University) examine the effects of using comics and graphic novels within the juvenile court and community schools system to foster a greater interest in reading, stimulate creative writing and artistic expression, and improve overall literacy and academic success within this “at risk” student population. Jacqueline Bauder (Saint Louis University) illustrates how she uses the Punisher’s arguable status as superhero, vigilante, or supervillain to teach the principles of legal writing to law students. Room 30AB

11:30-12:30 Storyboards: Motion in Art—Mark Simon, author of Storyboards: Motion in Art, 3rd Edition, with over 2,500 productions to his credit, covers how to get started, three mistakes most new artists make, hidden clients, and tips to double your business. Room 30CDE

11:45-12:45 Richard Hatch: Battlestar Galactica Forum—Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek/Capt Apollo), composer Bear McCreary, Dr. Kevin Grazier (BSG science consultant), and special surprise guests conduct a provocative and humorous discussion of Battlestar Galactica, both new and classic. Includes trailers, comic reel, and Q&A session. Room 6A

12:00-1:00 TwoMorrows Publishing—Join the gang from TwoMorrows Publishing for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating all their fan-favorite books and magazines on comics! Author George Khoury, Modern Masters' Eric Nolen-Weathington, Alter Ego's Paul Hamerlinck, Write Now!'s Danny Fingeroth, and publisher/moderator John Morrow unveil new products and offer exclusive previews of upcoming items, in a multimedia presentation! Room 3

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Cory Doctorow—Blogger, journalist, and science fiction author Cory Doctorow is a pioneer in Creative Commons licenses, and his works include Overclocked: Stories of Future Present and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. He has recently moved into comics, too, with adaptations of some of his short stories coming from IDW Publishing. Room 5AB

12:00-1:00 Andrew Pepoy’s Professional Networking Seminar—Get set for a weekend of pressing the flesh and selling yourself with this popular Comic-Con seminar! Being talented just isn’t enough—getting work and continuing to work in the comic book and comic strip publishing worlds often means knowing the right people as well. Inker and writer/artist Andrew Pepoy (Jack of Fables, Katy Keene) brings back his popular seminar to help teach you how to get out there and use Comic-Con to its fullest networking potential. Take advantage of this early time slot to put some of Andrew’s good advice to work over the next few days! Room 10

12:15-1:15 DC Countdown . . . to the End?—The DC Universe survived 52, but will it survive Countdown? This can’t-miss panel looks at the new year-long adventure and the ramifications of a DCU with 52 universes. The Monitors are watching closely as Jason Todd, Donna Troy, and Jimmy Olsen are joined by a cast of hundreds! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio and senior group editor Mike Carlin, the panel includes Countdown writers Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Tony Bedard (Supergirl and The Legion of Super-heroes), Adam Beechen (Robin), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Jimmy Palmiotti (Superman Confidential), and more. Room 6B

12:30-1:30 Cartoon Network: Ed, Edd & Eddy: The Final Goodbye—Get ready for one last run around the cul-de-sac with Danny Antonucci, the creator of the show. Joining him to say goodbye to our favorite trio are Samuel Vincent (voice of Edd), Peter Kelamis (voice of Rolf), Janyse Jaud (voice of Sarah, Lee Kanker), Scott “Diggs” Underwood (storyboard director), and “Big Jim” Miller (storyboard director). Room 1AB

12:30-1:30 GoComics Mobile Comics—GoComics, the only major U.S. distributor of comics on mobile devices, presents a panel of creative professionals to discuss how mobile comics and animation fit into the multiple-media delivery of popular entertainment. Come and meet some of the producers and creators who are making this happen. Participants include Jeff Webber, uclick/GoComics content director;
Jeremy Ross, TOKYOPOP director, new content development; Richard Starkings, Active Images editor/designer, creator of Elephantmen; and Steven Calcote, Menfond Electronic Art producer/animator. Room 2

12:30-2:00 The Many Faces of the Graphic Novel—Graphic Novels come in many shapes, sizes, and formats, and they’ve been written about almost every topic under the sun! Six creators whose work explores very different aspects of the medium—Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy), Becky Cloonan (East Coast Rising), Renée French (The Ticking), Jim Ottaviani (Cowboys, Bone Sharps, and Thunder Lizards), Andy Runton (Owly), and Doug TenNapel (Creature Tech)—discuss the diversity of the form and the innovative places the graphic novel is going with moderator Mark Siegel (First Second Books). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Star Trek, The Original Series: As You’ve Never Seen It—Be here for the worldwide debut of Star Trek, The Original Series, fully remastered and on HD DVD, along with extras including never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes 8mm footage. "Star" panelists include first time-ever Comic-Con attendee Rod Roddenberry, Billy Blackburn (Star Trek, The Original Series extra-extraordinaire), Ryan Adams and David Grant (CBS DVD). and Cory Watson and Jason Hillhouse (New Wave) and more. Room 6CDEF

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Mike Ploog—One of the great artists at Marvel in the early 70s, Mike Ploog produced inspired work on books such as Werewolf By Night, and The Monster of Frankenstein. Ploog spent many years in the film industry as a production artist and storyboarder, working for Ralph Bakshi and The Jim Henson Company, among others. Most recently, he’s been drawing the Abazad children’s book series scripted by J. M. DeMatteis. Room 8

12:30-2:00 Drawing Style and Storytelling—In a classroom-style workshop, Darwyn Cooke (The Spirit), Brian Wood (DMZ), Cameron Stewart (The Other Side), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and Colleen Coover (Banana Sunday)—and maybe another special guest—discuss design, look-and-feel, and how they develop the visual style of specific projects. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 30CDE

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Morrie Turner—Legendary comic strip artist Morrie Turner (Wee Pals) talks with world’s fastest cartoonist Sergio Aragonés about his award-winning career in comics. A new documentary is being prepared on Turner’s incredible life and work. Room 3

1:00-2:00 Hasbro Marvel—Hasbro marketing and design team members discuss what's new for the remainder of 2007 and give a sneak peak of what's in store for Spider-Man and Marvel products in Spring 2008. Question on all Hasbro Marvel products are welcome. Room 5AB

1:00-2:00 Rosario Dawson: Occult Crimes Taskforce—Actress Rosario Dawson (Grindhouse, Clerks 2, Sin City) is joined by her creative team, writer David Atchison and illustrator Tony Shasteen, as well as 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner (The Ride) and Gus Vazquez, for a Q&A session about their hit comic series Occult Crimes Taskforce. With their first trade paperback in stores now and new stories on the horizon, the O.C.T. is just gearing up! Find out about the upcoming miniseries and get an update on Dimension’s Occult Crimes Taskforce feature film. Room 6A

1:00-2:00 Sideshow Collectibles: From Concept to Collectible—Get a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and innovation involved in creating your favorite figures, statues, and busts, from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Comics, and more! The Sideshow Collectibles Creative Team explains the development process and conducts a Q&A session. Room 10

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Gender: Bending Masculinity and the Image of the Hero—Using interviews with Brian K. Vaughn, Esther N. Kim (Johns Hopkins University) explores the relationship between Vaughan’s views on gender identity and relations, portrayals of gender identity and relations in Y: The Last Man, and 21st Century notions of gender identity, gender relations, and feminism. Eric Schlegel (Washington High School, Atlanta) uses the synergy of quaglebeet Studies to examine the rich possibilities of sexuality, gender, and marginalization presentation in figures like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Nightcrawler to help us question, examine, and construct our own gender identities. Shawn O'Rourke (CSU Stanislaus) argues that the Rawhide Kid's recently revealed sexual orientation is not an aberration or a deconstruction of the western hero but a reconciliation of actual history with the myth of the west as it has been represented in popular culture. Room 30AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Matt Wagner/25 Years of Grendel—Matt Wagner’s signature anti-hero, Grendel, turns 25 this year. Wagner’s rich history with the character, as well as his other comics work, is discussed in this session with Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz. Room 1AB

1:30-3:00 VIZ Media Anime and Manga—Check out the VIZ Media anime and manga panel and get the scoop on the year ahead! Panelists will include Wes Harris, director, product and brand marketing; Wendy Shimamura, associate product manager, home entertainment; Jason Bergenfeld, animation production manager, TV production; and Beth Kawasaki, editorial director. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Blade Runner and More—Syd Mead will be on hand in person to recall his experiences while working on the motion picture Blade Runner and to introduce his newest DVD release: Visual Futurist: The Art & Life of Syd Mead. The DVD takes the viewer behind the scenes and beyond the images he created for this film as well as Tron, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, private 747s, games, yachts, cars, and a seemingly endless list of major design projects around the world. Syd looks forward to entertaining questions and providing his unique perspective on topics of design for the film industry. Joining him will be Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The making of Blade Runner, the definitive book on its subject. Paul will add his own anecdotes about BR's creation while divulging new details about his brand-new Second Edition Future Noir, due for publication in late 2007. Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Gary Friedrich—The author of some of the most fondly remembered Marvel Comics of the 60s and 70s, Comic-Con special guest Gary Friedrich will be interviewed by Mark Evanier about his comics career, including a memorable and though-provoking run on Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandoes, created during the height of the Vietnam War. Room 8

1:30-3:30 Paramount Pictures—Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Nickelodeon Movies present a bold new vision for the future of adventure. Be here for a one-of-a-kind presentation put together just for the fans at Comic-Con as you get a look at such highly anticipated films as Beowulf, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Stardust, Hot Rod, Iron Man, and the next installments of Indiana Jones and Star Trek, plus a few surprises. Appearing in person: JJ Abrams, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary, and SNL's Andy Samberg. Hall H

1:45-2:45 Stan Lee: True Believer—Featuring the new documentary currently being produced that looks at Stan Lee's Marvel-ous life both then and now. The film explores Stan's broad influence on modern pop culture and will try to discover the secret to Stan's youthful energy! Join Stan Lee and other special guests for this event. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:00 Bongo Comics Sneak Peek—Bongo Comics offers a mouth-watering preview of upcoming projects featuring The Simpsons and Futurama. Managing editor Terry Delegeane and creative director Bill Morrison host a panel featuring the writers and artists who create the comics and books based on Matt Groening’s phenomenal TV shows. Find out what’s in the future for Futurama Comics and what to expect in Simpsons Comics and Simpsons Super Spectacular. Plus, Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Tone Rodriguez (Violent Messiahs), and Gerry Duggan (The Last Christmas) will be on hand to talk about their terrifying contributions to this fall’s star-studded issue of Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror! This is a ”must-attend” panel for all fans of The Simpsons and Futurama—and anyone looking for a place to sit down! Room 3

2:00-3:00 G4: Code Monkeys and Spaceballs—The secret history of videogames is exposed in G4’s Code Monkeys, an animated comedy of 8-bit proportions. Code Monkeys creator Adam de la Peña, one of the warped minds behind Minoriteam, Crank Yankers, and The Man Show, offers his unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the rowdy celebration and biting parody of videogames, technology, and pop culture. Room 4

2:00-3:00 Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance: Sub-Genres Readers Love—Where are the borders between urban fantasy and paranormal romance? How did paranormal romance grow from a subgenre of romance to its current popular cross-genre status, and what does the future hold? Writers Laurell K. Hamilton (best-selling author of the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series), Jeanne Stein (Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles), Laura Anne Gilman (The Retrievers series), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Takes a Holiday), Marjorie Liu (Soul Song), and Samantha Sommersby (Forbidden: The Awakening) talk about love and monsters. Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 LGBT New Creators—Who are the next LGBT comics superstars? With the astonishing breakthrough of Alison Bechdel’s award-winning Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Phil Jimenez’s run as lead artist on Infinite Crisis, and Allen Heinberg’s big splash into comics with Young Avengers and Wonder Woman, LGBT creators have shown themselves to be a major force within the comics world. Prism Comics, a nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) comics, creators, and readers, not only champions these comics superstars but actively encourages, promotes, and develops tomorrow’s stars as well. Join moderator Terrance Griep (openly gay pro wrestler known as “SpiderBaby” and comic book writer of Scooby-Doo and Judo Girl) as he presents up-and-coming LGBT comics creators, including Steve MacIsaac (artist/writer of Shirtlifter, winner of Prism’s first annual Press Grant), Megan Gedris (writer/artist of YU+ME, winner of Prism’s second annual Press Grant), Tommy Roddy (writer of Pride High), and Sean McGrath (writer of Frater Mine). Room 10

2:00-3:30 Resin Casting and Silicone Moldmaking—Jeff Broz has presented five previous Comic-Con seminars about plastics and casting. Sam Girgis has loved spaceship design since the Apollo missions. Whether you want to produce a garage kit model or reproduce a missing part for your vintage toy collection, this year's seminar will cover material choices and advances into more complex silicone mold design and casting techniques that should offer secrets to the novice and the working Joes in the trenches for short run 3D duplication, and for garage kits or industrial design. The panelists will also discuss the newest 3D printers and ways to build your virtual models. Look for their website at www.jdbgrphx.com or www.Matrixenterprises.com. Room 30CDE

2:15-3:15 BBC America: Torchwood—Writer Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who) has created a spectacular spin-off TV series from Doctor Who with Torchwood, about a rogue team of investigators who use scavenged alien technology to solve present-day crime—both alien and human. Catch an extended clip of the new series and a panel discussion with actors John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness,; Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), series writer Chris Chibnall, and executive producer Julie Gardner. TV Guide’s West Coast Bureau Chief Craig Tomashoff moderates. Room 6A

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke—One of comics’ most distinctive cartoonists, Comic-Con special guest Darwyn Cooke made his mark with the epic DC: The New Frontier. Now he’s tackled an almost-impossible job with incredible skill and joy: updating Will Eisner’s classic The Spirit for a whole new audience. Join Darwyn in this Q&A event as he discusses his work. Room 1AB

2:30-4:00 Sergio & Mark: Groo's 25th—It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since Sergio Aragonés’ Groo first wandered into our lives. Many issues and seemingly just as many publishers later, Groo is still hale and hearty. Join creator Sergio Aragonés, colorist Tom Luth, letterer Stan Sakai, plus a Groo editor or two, along with Mark Evanier, whose involvement with the character remains a mystery to all of us. Room 8

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Reflecting and Refracting: Comics as a Social Mirror—Patrick Jagoda (Duke University) explores Brian K. Vaughan’s award-winning Y: The Last Man as a means of characterizing the political investments of dystopian narratives as commentaries on the present and the perverse counterforce within developed civilization that inspires the imagining of everything from sociopolitical decline to total destruction. Dana Anderson (Maine Maritime Academy) discusses the way comics generate meaning through the lens of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology by examining the word/image interaction in E.C. horror comics and their suggestion that our capitalist system, with its emphasis on consumption, leads to a cannibalistic community. Room 30AB

2:45-3:45 Hanna Barbera Retrospective—Take a look back at the lives and times of two of the greatest characters in the history of animation, Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Former colleagues and friends examine the toon titans’ nearly 70 years of creating some of the world’s most beloved animated characters. Animation author/historian Tom Sito moderates a panel that includes longtime Hanna-Barbera director Andrea Romano, the renowned Gary Owens (Space Ghost), Hanna-Barbera Cartoons author Michael Mallory, plus Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, the producer-director team of the upcoming Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, Joe Barbera’s final animated project. Room 6B

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Daryl Cagle—Meet the MSNBC.com cartoonist behind the huge political cartoon website (Cagle.msnbc.com) and the annual Best Political Cartoons of the Year books. Daryl Cagle's cartoons are seen by more people in more newspapers around the world than those of any other editorial cartoonist. Cagle also runs his own syndicate (Caglecartoons.com), and represents and syndicates over 50 editorial cartoonists and columnists. Join Cagle for a lively slideshow of his own work, an overview of the business of political cartooning on the web and in print, and the issues facing the editorial cartooning profession. Room 2

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Dan Brereton—One of the first painters in comics, Dan Brereton’s rich art style perfectly compliments his storytelling. Brereton is celebrating the appropriate spooky 13th anniversary of his signature creation, The Nocturnals, this year and he’ll talk about their return along with his other work in this special Spotlight panel. Room 3

3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback 1—You’ve experienced the first day of Comic-Con—and more than likely Preview Night, too—so let the Comic-Con staff know what you think. Have a problem, a question, a concern, maybe even <GASP>, some praise? Come to this panel and talk to Comic-Con management team members. Room 4

3:00-4:00 DC: Crossing Over—Not too long ago, being a comic book writer meant that you would write only comics. But in today’s media world, doors are opening everywhere for comic writers—and the door is open for writers from other media to write comics, too! Discussing this exciting mix of comics, movies, television and books are Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes), Paul Dini (Countdown, Detective Comics), Christos N. Gage (Stormwatch PHD), Greg Rucka (52, Checkmate), and Gregory Noveck, DC’s Senior VP of Creative Affairs! Room 5AB

3:00-4:30 Starz Media: Harryhausen Returns and Hatchet—Two great new features are previewed in this event. First up it’s Harryhausen Returns, with motion picture special effects legend Ray Harryhausen talking about his upcoming feature film, Ares: God of War, a new adventure of Jason and the Argonauts, produced by Starz Media. Harryhausen will be joined by the film’s producers, Karen Bailey and Kevin VanHook. VanHook is also well known in the comic world as one-time executive editor for Valiant Comics and the co-creator/writer of the Bloodshot series and writer of the Flash Gordon Sunday comic strip. Also joining the panel will be actor/martial artist Ray Park, best know as Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode One and Toad in X-Men. With Hatchet, writer/director Adam Green celebrates old-school American horror with his upcoming film featuring the new slasher icon Victor Crowley! See what makes Victor tick with Green and stars of the film, including horror legends Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees), and Tony Todd (Candyman), along with Tamara Feldman (Perfect Stranger), Mercedes McNab (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Joleigh Fioreavanti (Nip/Tuck), and Deon Richmond (Not Another Teen Movie). Room 6CDEF

3:00-4:00 Fletcher Hanks: The Ed Wood of Comics?—Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the inkwell. Hanks worked for only three years in the earliest days of the comic book industry and then . . . disappeared. Genius? Nutcase? Visonary? All of the above? Cartoonist Paul Karasik (co-adapter of Paul Auster's City of Glass) has spent years tracking down Hanks’ obscure buried stories and collected them in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks. But he saved one of the weirdest to present at this lecture. Hanks is the greatest Golden Age cartoonist that you never heard of—until now. Visit www.fletcherhanks.com for more information. Room 10

3:30-5:00 Spotlight on Scott Kurtz—Comic-Con special guest Scott Kurtz (PvP) and his friends Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis) and Ryan Sohmer (Blind Ferret Entertainment) discuss turning PvP from a comic strip into an online animated series. You’ll be treated to the first public screening of some of the webisodes. Scott discusses PvP's 10-year road from 700 readers a month to where it is today. Room 1AB

3:30-4:30 Demons of Mercy: Marvel and Maxum Reinvent Storyline on the Xbox 360—Join us as MAXUM Games ‘ CEO Alex Cruz and Marvel editor Nicole Boose (Dark Tower series) unveil how a comics series will interact on the Xbox 360. Celebrity guests include Demons of Mercy creator R. H. Stavis (Lara Croft), voices Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) and Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), and world-renowned musician Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park). Don’t miss this event moderated by Victor Lucas (The Electric Playground). The first 1,000 attendees receive a free Comic-Con exclusive foil edition of Demons of Mercy #1! Room 6A

3:30-5:00 From Art to Art: The Challenges of Translating Comic Book Figures to Film Icons—A look from the artists’ perspective at the issues, hurdles, and joys in the process of transforming a comic book superhero into a film action star. Panelists are from Local 790, Illustrators and Matte Artists, of the IATSE, whose skill and imagination help create some of the most stunning images, thrilling action, incredible characters, intricate props, otherworldly vistas, and dynamic sequences that grace the visual media that we enjoy. They’ll reveal a seldom-seen corner from behind the scenes in film production. Panelists include Dan Fraga, VFX, storyboards and comics; Trevor Goring, films, games, and comics including Waterloo Sunset and theBlvd.; Gabe Hardman, storyboard artist on blockbuster comic book films; Martin Kline, art director Sony Pictures Imageworks; David Lowery, senior film storyboard artist; Mark Moretti, storyboards, former writer, artist, and editor, Valiant Comics; Stephen Platt, comic book, concept, and storyboard artist; and Tracey Wilson, concept illustrator and film storyboard artist. Room 30AB

3:30-5:00 Animation on a Shoe String—Learn the down-and-dirty tricks on how to create your own animation studio on a low budget, from the author of Animation on a Shoe String. Find out how to assemble the equipment you will need, how to build or buy equipment, and what software to use to edit and composite your project. Featuring Larry Loc, animation educator and executive board member of ASIFA-Hollywood. Room 30CDE

3:45-5:15 Lionsgate—Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Lionsgate’s biggest upcoming releases. First up, Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Dane Cook (Employee of the Month), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury), and director Mark Helfrich take you behind the scenes of Good Luck Chuck. Then Jessica is joined by directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud (Them) for a haunting glimpse into The Eye. Horror master Clive Barker and the cast of Midnight Meat Train take you on a terror trip through hell. Finally, director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III), Tobin Bell (Saw I, II and III) and the filmmakers of Saw IV invite you to play a game in the cruel and deadly world of Jigsaw. Hall H

4:00-5:00 Where Did That Come From? Dark Fantasy and Suspense Authors Discuss Their Darkest Ideas—They’re the ones who made their parent/significant other/child/editor inquire, "Where did that come from?" Authors F. Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack novels), David Morrell (Captain America: The Chosen), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Missing White Girl), Simon Wood (Accidents Waiting to Happen), Christopher Golden (The Myth Hunters), Stephen Woodworth (From Black Rooms), Mike Carey (The Devil You Know), and Richard Kadrey Butcher Bird) reveal their inner darkness with moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 2

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Guy Delisle—Guy Delisle is the cartoonist behind the bestselling and critically acclaimed Drawn & Quarterly graphic novels Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China. In his first U.S. appearance, Delisle will be interviewed about his work by comicsreporter.com editor Tom Spurgeon. Room 3

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Christos Gage—It’s no secret that Christos N. Gage is a talent on the rise! Find out all you want to know about this rising star writer with moderator and WildStorm editor Ben Abernathy, including plans that will surely change the WildStorm Universe! Room 4

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Adam Hughes—Celebrating his 25th year in comics, Comic-Con special guest Adam Hughes is one of the premiere cover artists in the medium, and you need look no further than the cover of this year’s Souvenir Book to see what we mean. Adam will talk about his career and art, including the upcoming All Star Wonder Woman. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Popeye: Well Blow Me Down!—The most popular sailor in animation history is coming to DVD nearly 75 years after his Silver Screen debut. The classic Popeye animated shorts on Popeye The Sailor 1933–1938 Volume 1 made Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto national pop icons and have been demanded by fans for generations. Panelists include Frank Caruso and Stephen DeStefano, both having worked on Popeye for years from King Features Syndicate, film historian Jerry Beck, and others. Room 6B

4:00-5:30 The Golden and Silver Age of Comics—Comic-Con has a long tradition of seeking out talent from the early years of comics, and this year is no exception. Along with comics stalwarts Dick Ayers, Gene Colan, and George Gladir, moderator Mark Evanier interviews first-time special guests Allen Bellman, Mel Keefer, and Lily Renée Phillips about their lives and careers in comics. Room 8

4:00-5:00 Tripwire Returns!—Britain's much missed comic book magazine returns to shelves this summer. Join editor Joel Meadows and guests such as Frazier Irving, Daniel Goodbrey, and many more to celebrate its revival. Room 10

4:45-5:45 Mondo Marvel—2007 has already been a major turning point for all things Marvel! Marvel creators, editors, and special guests discuss World War Hulk, Annihilation: Conquest, and all things Marvel! Room 6A

4:45-5:45 Spotlight on George Romero—George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) is the undisputed master of zombie genre films, and Max Brooks (World War Z, Zombie Survival Guide) has written the best-selling zombie novels. Join these two titans of the undead as Max sits down for a personal interview with George, talking about everything zombies! Room 6CDEF

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Brian Wood—Critically acclaimed creator Brian Wood is front and center in his first Comic-Con Spotlight. Whether it’s his hit series DMZ or the highly anticipated Northlanders, Brian is here for you! With Vertigo editor Will Dennis, this Q&A session that promises to entertain. Room 1AB

5:00-6:00 Moonstone: Tales of Zorro—Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), Sandra Curtis (Zorro Productions), Peter David (Star Trek, Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born), Joe Gentile (Moonstone Books), editor Richard Dean Starr (Hellboy, Kolchak: The Night Stalker), Guy Williams, Jr. (son of Guy Williams, star of Disney’s Zorro series), and other writers and artists discuss Tales of Zorro, the first anthology of original Zorro short fiction ever published. This is the first Comic-Con appearance for Guy Williams, Jr. Room 2

5:00-6:00 Cartoon Network Sneak Peek—Your first chance to catch a behind-the-scenes look at Cartoon Network’s newest project. Believe me, it’s going to me MASSIVE. Room 3

5:00-6:00 Action Figure Times Toymaker Q&A—Ever wanted to know why your favorite character figure was limited, or just what toy companies are thinking? How about the recent movement of toy licenses from one manufacturer to another? Here's your chance to ask the manufacturers (both big and small) about their favorite figures and statues. What questions have been burning in your mind? Panelists include Eric Mayes, 4 Horsemen; Jamie Wilson, Weta; Jeremy Atkins, director of publicity for Dark Horse; Mark Tuttle, HeroClix brand manager;
Guang Yang, CEO, SOTA Toys, Inc.; Frank Supiot, Kotobukiya; and Chuck Terceira, director of Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles. Room 4

5:00-6:00 Bill Plympton Goes to the Dark Side—Two-time Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton (The Tune, Mutant Aliens) will screen a couple of his brand new shorts, including Shuteye Hotel, and then show selected clips from his newest film, Idiots and Angels. A Q&A session will follow where he will discuss this truly dark and mysterious animated feature. Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 Random House: Flight/Postcards—Meet some of the most creative minds in graphic novels today, including Joshua Hale Fialkov (Elk’s Run), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight), Mike Knapp (Out of Picture), Vincent Nguyen (Out of Picture), and Jason Rodriguez (Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened), as well as Villard editors Chris Schluep and Dallas Middaugh. Villard, an imprint that has positioned itself on the leading edge of popular culture, is quickly expanding its graphic novel offering with critically acclaimed anthologies and original content. Join these creators for a Q&A session and also hear the latest news from Villard. Room 10

5:00-6:30 Lost Season 4—If the Lost finale was any indication of things to come, you will not want to miss this panel! Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will discuss the exciting new season of ABC’s Lost, all leading up to the ultimate series finale. They’ll spotlight bonus features from the 3rd season DVD box set, preview the new Lost video game, take questions from the audience, and perhaps serve up more surprises. Ballroom 20

5:00–6:00 PC Gamer and Maximum PC: How to Play a Better Game I—Chuck Osborn, senior executive editor of PC Gamer, Norman Chan, contributing editor of PC Gamer, and a representative from game publisher, K2, will host a discussion and Q&A session about online and offline role playing games. Topics will include strategy tips, performance-enhancing recommendations, and hardware upgrades using K2’s Sword of the New World as a demonstration tool. Room 30AB

5:00-6:00 Masquerade 101—Thinking about taking your costume creations onto the stage? Looking for ideas on how to enhance your presentations? Curious what goes on behind the scenes for contestants, judges, and technical crew? Masquerade director Martin Jaquish hosts Nicole Miyamoto (award-winning fan costumer with 20 years’ experience) and Masquerade assistant John Ruff as they offer an overview of on-stage costume competitions and present tips for getting the most out of your costuming experience. Room 30CDE

5:15-6:45 Sony Pictures Imageworks: Spider-Man 3 Triple Play—The leading artists on Spider-Man 3 reveal the creative challenge and technical achievement in creating the triple threat of the movie’s dangerous villains. For the first time, Imageworks produced fully articulated, performing CG characters entirely composed of dynamically generated particles and fluids. These digital characters, which embodied key-framed performance animation, interacted with each other and with live-action characters in real and synthetic environments. Academy Award–winning senior visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk, digital effects supervisors Ken Hahn and Peter Nofz, and animation director Spencer Cook, all of whom returned for their third Spider-Man, explore their experience in bringing these legendary characters and this series to life. Room 6B

5:30-7:00 Comic Book Podcasting: One Year Later—Since the first gathering of comic book podcasters last year, podcasting has become a mainstay in the comic book community. With more showing up every day, podcasts have become just as big a part of reading comics as going to the shop on Wednesdays. Hear from the voices behind some of your favorite shows. This year's panel includes podcasters Scott Hinze (Fanboy Radio), Jon Towry (Comic Talk Cafe), Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Mr. Phil (Indie Spinner Rack), Josh Flanagan (iFanboy.com), Ian Levenstein (Comic Timing), John Mayo (Comic Book Page) and will be moderated by comic book writer and retailer Vito Delsante (Stuck, JSA Classified). Room 8

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Roman Dirge—Roman Dirge, creator of the hit comic book series Lenore, looks back on the 10th anniversary of SLG Publishing releasing issue #1. Moderated by Spookyland websmaster and Ghouly Boys creator Christopher. Room 1AB

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Joe Jusko—One of the most dynamic painters working in sequential art today, Joe Jusko is most famous for his series of paintings based on the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs and for his incredible Marvel Masterpiece collectible card sets. Joe will discuss his work, past, present, and future. Room 2

6:00-7:00 UPA: Mavericks, Magic, and Magoo—Tee Bosustow, Emmy-nominated cameraman and son of UPA founder Stephen Bosustow, looks at the lasting legacy of his father’s studio, UPA, with screenings of rare films and commercials and footage from his upcoming documentary on the studio. Long-time UPA animator Fred Crippen, creator of Roger RamJet, joins the panel along with moderator Larry Loc, animation educator, and executive board member of ASIFA-Hollywood. Room 3

6:00-7:00 100 Manga Magazines in 60 Minutes—In Japan, manga is published in massive weekly, biweekly, and monthly manga magazinesthat fit every imaginable category: shojo to shonen, science fiction to horror, moe to yaoi, children's to adult. Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide) provides a visual tour of the manga world, its industry secrets, and future trends. Room 4

6:00-7:00 Living Long and Prospering: Celebrating 40 Years Of Star Trek—A panel of Treksperts reflect candidly on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 40 years of Star Trek as well as The Next Generation's 10th anniversary and ponder its future ("it's not dead as long as we remember it") and offer insight into JJ Abrams’ upcoming incarnation of the venerable franchise. You’ll be treated to exclusive video presentations and special surprises you'll find only at Comic-Con! Featuring Mark A. Altman (writer/producer, Free Enterprise), Robert Meyer Burnett (writer/director Free Enterprise), Jeff Bond (author, The Music of Star Trek), Anthony Pascale (editor, TrekMovie.Com), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits.Com), and Daren Dochterman (VFX Producer, Star Trek: The Motion Picture—Special Edition DVD). Don't wait for the translation—energize your evening at your own Trek-a-Palooza! Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 DC Group Therapy: Leagues, Legions, Societies, and Teens!—The DCU is home to the world’s greatest super-heroes, and they have banded together in teams with one common goal in mind: justice. Whether they’re rambunctious teenagers from the future, WWII veterans teaching a new generation, the super-powered elite, or the sidekicks who have forged their own way, they are among the DCU’s greatest assets. Don’t miss this important panel featuring the best teams that define heroism in the DC universe. Geoff Johns (Teen Titans, Justice Society of America), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and Tony Bedard (Supergirl and The Legion of Superheroes) will be teamed with senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio, group editor Eddie Berganza, senior editor Mike Marts and editor Mike Siglain to bring you teamwork as you have never experienced before. Room 6A

6:00-7:00 Fanboys—Fanboys is an uproarious comedy that follows a group of young friends on a cross-country quest to break into Skywalker Ranch and see Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace before it is released. Fanboys is a Weinstein Company presentation being released in theaters by MGM on January 18, 2008. Stars Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury), Sam Huntington (Superman Returns), Chris Marquette (Joan of Arcadia), and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) join writer/director Kyle Newman and producers Matt Perniciaro and Dana Brunetti for a Q&A session. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Dumbrella—Artists from Dumbrella, one of the most popular online comics collectives, discuss webcomics, independent publishing, and subverting popular culture. Feel free to quiz John Allison (Scary Go Round), Andrew Bell (the Creatures in My Head), Sam Brown (explodingdog), Steven Cloud (B.O.a.S.a.S), Jon Rosenberg (Goats), Jeff Rowland (Overcompensating), and Richard Stevens III (Diesel Sweeties) about anything your Internet heart desires. Room 10

6:00-7:00 FTW!: Breaking into the Video Game Industry—Chris Charla of Foundation 9 Entertainment and industry friends Gary Whitta (Death, Jr.), Mark Vitello (Sony), Bob Stevenson (Planet Moon), Christian Svensson (Capcom), Jon Middleton (Mad Catz),, and Frank O’Connor (Bungie) talk about how to weasel . . . er, work your way into the world of video games! Room 30AB

6:00-7:00 How To Become an Internet Geek Super-Star—It is the age of video on the Internet, and geeks are leading the charge! If you have interesting stories to tell or a unique take on nerd culture, there is an audience out there for you. Ben Cote (DivX Stage6) will moderate a wide-ranging discussion on how some of the budding stars of the online world found a following of like-minded fans. Guests include Jarett Cale and Geoff Lapaire (“Jeremy” and “Kyle,” PurePwnage), Alex Albrecht (Digg/The Totally Rad Show), Jonathan London (Geekscape), and Zadi Diaz (JetSetShow). Room 30CDE

Nighttime Programs

7:15-8:45 The Pixar Story: To Infinity and Beyond—A look at Pixar, the amazing studio that revolutionized animation in a new film by Oscar nominated documentary director Leslie Iwerks (Recycled Life). The granddaughter of animation pioneer Ub Iwerks, Leslie continues the family tradition and legacy. Room 6CDEF

8:30-10:30 2007 Friend of Lulu Awards—Every year during Comic-Con, Friends of Lulu hosts their Lulu Awards as a way to bring honor and recognition to the most inspiring and noteworthy women in the comic book industry. Awards will be presented by Trina Robbins, Shaenon Garrity, and more. The 2007 Friends of Lulu Awards are sponsored by Minx/DC Comics. Room 10

8:30-10:30 World Premiere! Superman Doomsday—Superman is dead—or is he? All will be revealed at Comic-Con’s world premiere of DC Comics, Warner Bros. Home Video, and Warner Bros. Animation’s Superman Doomsday. It’s the highly anticipated first DC Universe made-for-DVD release presented by Warner Premiere and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Inspired by the best-selling graphic novel of all time, Superman Doomsday is an epic tale of heroism and tragedy, sacrifice and redemption. The film is rated PG-13 for action violence. The voice cast is led by Adam Baldwin (Serenity, Chuck) as Superman, Anne Heche (Men in Trees) as Lois Lane, and James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Lex Luthor. DC Comics’ Gregory Novek will moderate the post-premiere panel that includes executive producer/director/writer Bruce Timm (Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series), directors Brandon Vietti (Legion of Super Heroes) and Lauren Montgomery (Legion of Super Heroes), writer Duane Capizzi (The Batman), and, quite possibly, members of the voice cast. And stay ’til the end—there might just be a glimpse of future DC Universe films. Ballroom 20

9:00-12:00 8th Annual Kung-Fu Superhero Extravaganza—Martial art movie master Ric Meyers is back with his annual clip fest of the wildest, craziest, funniest, and most amazing live Asian action you've ever laid your lacerated eye orbs on. As always, get ready to laugh, gasp, cheer, and maybe even grab a freebie or two. Last year was SRO, so don't miss out on the fun! Room 6CDEF

10:30-11:45 Encore Presentation: Superman Doomsday—Missed it the first time? Want to see it again? Here’s your chance as we re-present the new DVD film in a special second screening. Ballroom 20

(Dang! The Marvel/Hasbro panel is the same time as the Paramount Pictures sneak peek.)

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10:30-11:30 Star Wars Day: Great Star Wars Books and Book News—J. W. Rinzler, author of the recently released The Making of Star Wars, will hurtle you back in time for a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the “little” movie that became a phenomenon. Stephen J. Sansweet, author of the upcoming The Star Wars Vault, will talk about collecting the amazing, never-before-published artifacts that will be part of each copy of the new book. Finally, Keith Clayton (editor, Del Rey) will reveal an exclusive announcement on an upcoming Star Wars title from Del Rey and LucasBooks, just for audience members at Comic-Con! Room 1AB

10:30-11:30 Meet the Writers of Shin Chan—Sit down face to face and cheek to cheek with Jared Hedges and the rest of the Shin Chan comedy writing team. What exactly is inside their heads when they are writing this stuff? Can Shin drop his pants any more? Find out and see an episode that hasn't been aired on Adult Swim. Enter to win a script autographed by the writing team. Room 2

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on George Gladir—One of the most prolific writers ever in comics, Comic-Con special guest George Gladir has entertained readers with almost 50 years of stories for Archie Comics. Join Gladir as he talks about his incredible career in comics with friend and cartoonist Batton Lash. Room 3

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation—Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4

10:30-11:30 Image Comics: The Founders—Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Mark Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and maybe even a surprise guest panelist or two reunite for Image's remarkable 15th anniversary. Join the conversation as they explore Image Comics' beginnings, impact, and future in the comics industry. Moderated by George Khoury (author of Image Comics: The Road to Independence from TwoMorrow Books). Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen—As the cinematic renaissance of comic book–based films continues, here's your chance to learn what it takes to adapt these dream projects to the screen. Moderator Jeff Goldsmith (senior editor, Creative Screenwriting magazine) hosts a panel featuring Stan Lee (Fantastic Four), Don Payne (co-writer, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Mark Fergus (co-writer, Iron Man), Kevin Feige (president of production, Marvel Studios), and Mark Verheiden (Teen Titans). Room 6A

10:30-11:30 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles—Will there be a sequel to the Shadow Chronicles? Will there be more Robotech comics? Will there be Shadow Chronicles merchandise? Will there be a special edition DVD? Find the answers to these questions here! Room 6B

10:30-11:30 Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1—Join three of Disney•Pixar's most talented filmmakers—Ralph Eggelston (Oscar-winning director of For the Birds), Andrew Jimenez (Oscar-nominated co-director of One Man Band), and Gary Rydstrom (director of Pixar's newest animated Oscar-nominated short, Lifted)—as they discuss the studio's acclaimed short films, with a Q&A session to follow. Room 6CDEF

10:30-11:30 Comic Base/Atomic Avenue—The ComicBase folks will be on hand to reveal their newest products and to show off Atomic Avenue, the world’s fastest-growing marketplace for comics. Don’t miss your chance to hear creator Pete Bickford chat about special ComicBase program features, tips, and tricks, and get all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the making of the program, plus your chance to win limited-edition prizes and giveaways! The ComicBase/Atomic Avenue User Group Meeting is open to all interested collectors at this once-a-year opportunity to hear about all the latest developments. Room 10

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero—Superheroes were created by Jews. Is that significant, or a complete coincidence and no big deal? In a reading from his provocative new Continuum book, Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero, longtime Spider-Man editor and author of Superman on the Couch Danny Fingeroth explores the backgrounds of the young, largely Jewish men from Eastern European backgrounds who created the most well-known superheroes. Fingeroth will discuss how the creators' Jewish backgrounds may have helped make superheroes the most familiar popular culture icons of all—on TV, in movies, and in electronic media, as well as in comics. Room 30AB

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School® 101: Let's Start at the Beginning—A very good place to start learning how to protect your intellectual property rights, that is. Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (soon to be an expanded graphic novel). This first workshop will cover the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, characters, and their names from the point of creation forward. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, then have the opportunity to work together in developing a game plan to protect a new comic book series proposal in preparation of shopping the proposal to publishers. Plus, discussions about recent legal decisions affecting the field of popular culture and how these issues play an important role in your creative and business plans. And along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Room 30CDE

10:30-12:00 Warner Bros.—Warner Bros. presents a sneak peek at some of its upcoming major film releases!

The Invasion is a nightmarish journey into a world where the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Producer Joel Silver appears in person.

In the supernatural thriller One Missed Call, people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Stars Edward Burns and Shannyn Sossamon will be on stage to introduce film footage and answer questions.

In Whiteout, Kate Beckinsale stars as Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, whose investigation of the continent’s first murder draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer. Star Kate Beckinsale appears in-person.

From writer/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of the groundbreaking The Matrix trilogy, and producer Joel Silver comes the live-action, high-octane family adventure Speed Racer. Based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the live-action Speed Racer will showcase the kind of revolutionary visual effects and cutting-edge storytelling that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowski Brothers’ films.

In the all-new action comedy Get Smart, Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS.

In Trick ‘R Treat, the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety—human and otherwise—try to survive the scariest night of the year. Mike Dougherty appears in-person to discuss his directorial debut produced by Bryan Singer.

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was originally published by DC comics as a 12-issue comic book series between 1986 and 1987, before subsequently being collected into a trade paperback. It is the only graphic novel to win the prestigious Hugo Award or to be named among Time magazine’s “100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present.” Director Zack Snyder will appear in-person to discuss the upcoming film and answer questions. Hall H

11:00-12:00 She/He Who Understands History Gets to Rewrite It—Authors discuss how an appreciation of world history and modern events as well as mythology influences and colors their worlds of fantasy, science fiction, and alternate realities. Panelists Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Legacy series), David Anthony Durham (Acacia: Book One: The War with the Mein ), David Keck (In the Eye of Heaven), Harry Turtledove ( Settling Accounts: In at the Death), Peter David (Darkness of the Light), R.A. Salvatore (The Ancient), and Mel Odom (Quest for the Trilogy) adapt and build on world events for their own purposes. Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy moderates. Room 8

11:00-12:00 Reaper: Exclusive Pilot Screening—Be among the first to see this special version of the Reaper pilot directed by Kevin Smith, introduced by Missy Peregrym (Heroes). For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Bret Harrison, Grounded For Life, The Loop) has wondered why his parents went so easy on his slacker ways—until the day Sam turns 21 and discovers the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: They sold his soul to the devil before he was even born. Satan himself (Ray Wise, 24) drops by to personally explain that Sam must now serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and returning them to Hell. Bolstered by his love for co-worker Andi (Missy Peregrym) and with the goofball help of his friends and fellow slackers, Bert “Sock” Wysocki (Tyler Labine, Boston Legal, Invasion) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez, Coach Carter), Sam faces his destiny as the Reaper. Ballroom 20

11:30-12:30 Star Wars Day: What’s New and What’s Coming from Hasbro—Come for first announcements about Hasbro’s products that you might not hear anywhere else, plus a special sneak preview of the 2008 product line. Meet members of Hasbro’s Star Wars marketing and design teams, the talented people who work on the company’s Attacktix, Titanium, and Star Wars action figure line. Q&A time included! Room 1AB

11:30-12:30 VIZ Media's Shonen Jump: SJ Evolution!—VIZ is deep in “SJ Evolution”—the first major upgrade of the biggest English-language manga publication in the world. Panelists will announce the next big serialized title in Shonen Jump, give a sneak peek of the major upcoming shift in the Naruto storyline, and make plenty of time to yap with readers about all things Jump! Panelists include Joel Enos, manga editor; Amy Yu, manga editor; Hiromi Hasegawa, magazines; and Kristine Givas, director, magazine advertising and marketing. Marc Weidenbaum, VP and editor-in-chief, magazines, will moderate. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Joe Matt—The original antihero Joe Matt (The Poor boogledong, Fair Weather) surfaces for a Q&A session guaranteed to be as side-splitting as his infamous autobiographical series Peepshow. The spotlight is moderated by Brian Doherty, a senior editor of Reason magazine, author of the books This is Burning Man and Radicals for Capitalism, and a lifelong friend of comics. Joe Matt's new graphic novel, Spent, is available from Drawn & Quarterly. Room 3

11:30-12:30 IDW Publishing—What's coming up for IDW in '07 and '08? Find out in this informative panel that will features big announcements, big guests (Cory Doctorow, Mike Baron, and Brian Lynch, among others), discussions of upcoming Angel, 30 Days of Night, and Transformers, and more, all presided over by IDW publisher Chris Ryall. Room 4

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Paul Dini—From introducing Batman to a new generation of fans with the now-classic Batman: The Animated Series to the resurrection of tabloid-sized comics with Alex Ross, and from Detective Comics to the current classic-in-the-making Countdown, there is no doubt that Paul Dini is one of the modern masters of superhero storytelling. Joined by DC’s senior VP/executive editor DCU, Dan DiDio, this is one Spotlight that is sure to thrill! Room5AB

11:30-12:30 Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership—You’ve been a fan of Mattel’s popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peaks, and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Super Heroes, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, and DC Superfriends, plus exciting new lines and never-before-released information. Join Mattel toy designers, and Warner Brothers and DC Comic representatives for an insightful Q&A. Room 10

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics Aren’t Film and Other Vicey Verses—Carrie Lynn Reinhard (Ohio State University) argues that cinematic and televisual adaptations of comics work must incorporate the readers’ and fans’ perspectives by retaining the spirit of the original, as captured in the sensory details of the comics’ visual presentation. Ariel Schudson (UCLA) discusses the panoply of visions of identity of John Constantine in the Hellblazer comic book and the character as a figure of multi-authorial mosaic in relationship to traditional auteur theory and as a gauge of authorial parameters in adaptation to the screen. Frank Verano (Temple University) traces the origins of film language in early avant-garde surrealist cinema to examine the implications this code of representation has on Grant Morrison’s understanding of the relationship between language and reality in The Doom Patrol. Room 30AB

11:45-12:45 Fallen: Q&A with the Actors and Author—Based on the hit books by Tom Sniegoski, Fallen chronicles the phenomenal journey of Aaron Corbett, a Nephilim (half angel/half human) who struggles to come to terms with his newly discovered identity as The Redeemer. As a result, he is drawn into a world where angels—good and evil—walk among us. On hand will be actors Paul Wesley (Everwood), Rick Worthy (Battlestar Galactica), Fernanda Andrade (CSI: Miami) and author Tom Sniegoski (Outkast). Fallen returns to ABC Family for a trilogy weekend, with an encore two-hour presentation of part one on Friday, August 3 (8:00 PM ET/PT), with the all-new parts two and three airing on consecutive nights Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5. Room 6A

11:45-1:15 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: The Final Goodbye—Join Maxwell Atoms (creator) and the cast of the show to bid a fond farewell to everyone’s favorite reaper. Also, catch a clip of the new show Chowder (from Carl Greenblat, Billy and Mandy storyboard artist and voice of Fred Fredburger). Room 6B

11:45-12:45 Marvel Comics: Cup O’ Joe—Join the EEK himself, Joe Quesada, as he unveils what’s in store for all your favorite Marvel characters and creators, makes some surprising announcements, and takes on any and all questions! As always, this is the one, no-holds barred panel that everyone’s gonna be talking about, and the one panel you don’t want to miss! Room 6CDEF

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Allen Bellman—Having started out doing backgrounds for Captain America in the 1940s, Allen Bellman went on to work on a number of other Timely Golden Age series, including Sub-Mariner and Human Torch. In the 1950s he worked with the legendary Charles Biro and Bob Wood and Lev Gleason Publications, before leaving comics for the newspaper world. Meet one of the unsung heroes of the Golden Age of Comics as Mark Evanier talks to Bellman about his career in comics. This is Mr. Bellman’s first appearance as a Comic-Con special guest. Room 8

12:00-1:30 Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels—Some of the biggest names in comics will teach you what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. This year’s star-studded faculty panel includes Peter David (She-Hulk, X-Factor), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Wyrms), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Nguyen (Batman, Justice League Elite) and Comics Buyer's Guide senior editor Maggie Thompson. Find out the best way to submit your work, learn the dos and don'ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session. Room 30CDE

12:15-1:15 Stargate SG-1: The Movie—It’s been barely a month since television’s longest-running sci-fi series aired its final episode, yet the SG-1 team is already embarking on a perilous new mission—to recover the Ark of Truth with the hopes that the power locked inside the ancient artifact will loosen the grip of the Ori army on our galaxy. Never-before-seen footage from the new direct-to-video movie (from Fox Home Entertainment) will be followed by a Q&A session. Participants include SG-1 stars Ben Browder (as Cameron Mitchell), Amanda Tapping (as Samantha Carter), Michael Shanks (as Daniel Jackson), Christopher Judge (as Teal’c) and executive producer/director Robert Cooper. Ballroom 20

12:15-2:00 Twentieth Century Fox—Twentieth Century Fox “jumps” into Comic-Con with exclusive looks at some of the most-anticipated movie events of 2007 and 2008. In the epic action-adventure Jumper, a genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. The film, opening February 15, 2008, starring Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson, is directed by Doug Liman. The cast and filmmakers will screen footage.

In Aliens vs. Predator, opening December 25, the iconic creatures from two of the scariest film franchises ever are back.

Agent 47 hits the big screen, as Fox present footage from the long-awaited movie adaptation of the legendary videogame franchise Hitman, opening October 12.

Vin Diesel stars in Babylon, A.D., the story of a mercenary hired to deliver a package from the ravages of post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe to a destination in the teeming megalopolis of New York City. Opening February 29, 2008.

From Fox-Walden comes The Dark Is Rising (opening October 5), based on the classic science fiction novel about Will Stanton, a young man who learns he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. Filmmakers and cast will present exclusive footage from the film.

City of Ember (opening October 10, 2008) is a mystical city of lights. But now the city is growing dark and two of its teenagers will need to unlock an ancient mystery and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever. Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) has put together an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film. Hall H

12:30-1:30 Star Wars Day: LucasArts—Celebrate 25 of LucasArts videogames and learn about the past, present, and future by attending this panel with key LucasArts producers. See what LucasArts has in store, then ask your own questions in a Q&A session. Room 1AB

12:30-1:30 Avatar Press: 2001 Maniacs—Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street), the star of the new 2001 Maniacs films, appears with Tim Sullivan (writer/director, 2001 Maniacs) to unveil all the secrets of the new Avatar Press 2001 Maniacs comic book. They will also discuss the original film, show never-before-seen footage, and reveal secrets of the soon-to-shoot sequel, 2001 Manicas: Beverly Hellbillies! Room 2

12:30-1:30 Terry Moore: SIP RIP—Last month Terry Moore brought his Eisner Award–winning series Strangers in Paradise to an end with issue 90 and closed a chapter in comic book history. Now readers in 11 languages around the world are scrambling to read the conclusion to this epic series as the final trade paperbacks, pocketbooks, and hardcovers hit the market. So what now? If you think the cartoonist plans to retire and polish his many awards, think again! Find out what's next when Terry reveals his plans for the future and his next series! Room 3

12:30-1:30 Alter Ego Magazine—Started by Jerry Bails in the early 1960s, Alter Ego was taken to new heights as the top fanzine of its time Roy Thomas. Roy resurrected the publication in the 1990s as a slick magazine on comics of the Golden and Silver Ages, and its celebrating its 70th issue this month from TwoMorrows Publishing. Roy will be on hand to moderate a lively discussion of Alter Ego's past, present, and future, featuring regular columnist Bill Schelly and Fawcett Collectors of America (FCA) editor P. C. Hamerlinck, plus a surprise guest or two! Room 4

12:30-1:30 Vertigo: I Am Legend—Top sf/comic book writers and artists Orson Scott Card, Richard Christian Matheson, Mark Protosevich, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Levy, and Jason Chan unveil and discuss their contributions to the I Am Legend–inspired comic book, as well as master sf author Richard Matheson's enduring influence. The limited-edition comic will be available at the panel and at designated times in the DC Comics booth. Room 5AB

12:30-1:30 TOKYOPOP Industry Panel—Mike Kiley (publisher, TOKOYOPOP), Rob Tokar (editor-in-chief, TOKYOPOP), and TOKYOPOP editors discuss some of the exciting titles that are sure to lead TOKYOPOP’s Manga Revolution into 2008. Room 10

12:30-1:30 Minimates Fan Group Meeting—The Multiverse does exist! Members of the Minimates Multiverse and Minimates fans in general come together to hang out and discuss the “block figure” sensation that is DST’s Minimates! Put a name to the face, show off your custom Minimates, or just talk about upcoming waves with Shanester (board moderator), Nervous Rex (Minimates customizer), TBT! (Minimates historian), and maybe even have your own run-in with the elusive CloneMe (Minimates customizer extraordinaire). Room 24A

12:45-1:45 Sony Pictures Television/Kids’ WB: The Spectacular Spider-Man—Get an early look at the stunning art direction and exciting storylines within the renowned webslinger’s newest animated adventures in The Spectacular Spider-Man, a Culver Entertainment production coming to Kids’ WB! on The CW in early 2008. Michael Vogel from Sony Pictures Television Animation will moderate a panel headed by supervising producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), producer/supervising director Victor Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron), character designer Sean “Cheeks” Galloway (Hellboy animated films), Marvel senior VP of creative development—animation Craig Kyle, and the newest voice of Spider-Man, Josh Keaton (The Young & The Restless). Room 6CDEF

1:00-2:00 Joel Silver: Return To House on Haunted Hill and Moonlight—Acclaimed producer Joel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy, V For Vendetta, and the upcoming The Invasion and Speed Racer) and Spanish director Victor Garcia (El Ciclo, 30 Days of Night Internet prequel series) take you back to the infamous Hill House with Return to House on Haunted Hill, out on DVD October 16. For this highly anticipated thrill ride—the sequel to the 1999 number-one box office hit House on Haunted Hill—Silver and Garcia assembled a team of Academy Award–winning special effects wizards to bring the terrifying frights and sounds of the Hill House back to shocking life. Catch a world premiere sneak peek into the new horrors that await you within the House and preview the never before seen "Navigational Cinema" technology that will be featured on the Blu-ray and HD DVD version of the release, allowing you, the viewer, to control the nightmare. The panel also includes the stars of the film: Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Amanda Righetti (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), and Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever).

Moonlight is a new series from Joel Silver and the producers of Angel and Beauty and the Beast. It stars Alex O'Loughlin (The Shield) as Mick St. John, a Los Angeles private eye with a dark secret: he’s a vampire. Using supernatural abilities to walk in the worlds of both light and shadow, Mick tries to atone for the wrongs of his past while contending with both his adversaries and growing conflict within. The series also stars Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars), Sophia Myles (Underworld: Evolution), and Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale). Produced by Silver Pictures Television in association with Warner Bros. Television, Moonlight airs Fridays at 9 PM ET/PT this fall on CBS. Room 6A

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Mel Keefer—First-time Comic-Con special guest Mel Keefer spent most of his career in the world of newspaper syndicated comics, drawing strips such as Perry Mason, Mac Divot, and Rick O’Shay. Mark Evanier talks to Keefer about his work, including as a layout and character design artist in animation and his “starring” role as the artist behind Jack Lemmon’s cartoonist in the 1965 movie How to Murder Your Wife. Room 8

1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Of Supermen and Kids with Dreams: The Secret Origins of Superman—Thomas Andrae (California State University, East Bay) traces the evolution of the concept of the superman and his transformation from a menace to a messianic hero. He looks at the emergence of the idea of the superman in the philosophies of Nietzsche and H. G. Wells and their critique in science fiction literature. Andrae discuss Jerry Siegel’s radical break with this tradition and the sources for his creation of Superman, including his first (unknown) superhero, the fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the pulps, and films of the twenties and thirties. Last, he discusses Siegel and Shuster’s unpublished Superman work and its importance in revising our understanding of the Superman mythos Room 30AB

1:15-2:15 Stargate Atlantis—The Stargate legacy continues to burn bright on SCI FI with the fourth original season of Atlantis. Amanda Tapping, one of the most beloved stars in the Stargate universe, travels to the Pegasus galaxy to join the Atlantis cast by reprising her role as television’s favorite astrophysicist, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter. Taking the torch from SG-1 as television’s most thrilling adventure series, Atlantis promises to up the ante this season by introducing a powerful new race, welcoming new cast members, and mourning the loss of some beloved friends. On hand in addition to Tapping will be David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Joe Mallozzi (executive producer/writer), Nora O’Brien (VP, original programming, SCI FI), Charlie Cohen (senior executive VP, MGM Studios), and Robert Cooper, executive producer/writer. Moderated by Gary Jones (Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman, Stargate SG-1). Ballroom 20

1:30-2:30 Star Wars Day: Robot Chicken Sets and Toys—As production designer for the Robot Chicken: Star Wars Special, Jed Hathaway researched and designed each miniature set with exact replication and utmost detail. In this discussion, Hathaway will explain the basics of designing sets, props, and vehicles for stop-motion animation. An in-depth behind the scenes video will show how his team brought the Star Wars universe to life and show various comparisons between the special and the original Star Wars Saga. There will be a 20-minute presentation video followed by a Q&A session. Room 1AB

1:30-2:30 First Look at Nickelodeon's The Mighty B!—Be the first to get a sneak peek at The Mighty B!, a brand new cartoon about Bessie Higgenbottom (voiced by SNL’s Amy Poehler), the world's most ambitious and lovably unhinged Honeybee scout. Join co-creators Cynthia True (The Fairly OddParents) and Erik Wiese (SpongeBob SquarePants) as they present a special screening of the pilot episode. Art director Seonna Hong (My Life as a Teenage Robot) will also be on hand as they give an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what to expect in the first season. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Miriam Katin—Illustrator Miriam Katin's first graphic memoir, We Are On Our Own, chronicled her escape from Nazi-held Budapest with her mother during World War II and debuted to national fanfare from magazines such as Time and People. Cartoonist and editor Shaenon K. Garrity will interview Miriam about her life and work. Room 3

1:30-2:30 Kill Your Darlings—Writers of mystery and suspense discuss the satisfaction in (fictionally) killing victims who provide the world with a wealth of suspects and alibis through their daily behavior. Try not to draw the authors' attention as F. Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack novels), David Morrell (Captain America: The Chosen), Max Allan Collins (A Killing in Comics), Richard Morgan (TH1TRE3N), Josh Conviser (Echelon), Joe Schreiber (Chasing the Dead), and Elizabeth Forrest (At Twilight's Fall) plan their next victims. Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 4

1:30-2:30 The Image Comics Show—Your friend and ours Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Show) hosts a panel featuring all your favorite Image Comics superstars! See what Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Matt Fraction (Casanova), Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon), Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon), and Jay Fotos (Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer) have planned for the future of creator-owned comics. Learn what gives them the drive to pour their energies into their own creations. You may get inspired to do some of your very own! Plus, some startling announcements and previews from many Image favorites! Room 5AB

1:30-2:30 24—For the first time ever, the producers of the worldwide Fox phenomenon 24 come to Comic-Con for a discussion and Q&A about the hit series that rewrote the rules of television storytelling. Will Jack Bauer survive another harrowing day? Only executive producers Evan Katz, Manny Coto, and David Fury know for sure, and with any luck they’ll divulge that and a lot more about how they intend to reinvent the Emmy Award–winning drama in its upcoming seventh season. Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Jaime Hernandez/Love and Rockets’ 25th—Chat with Jaime Hernandez about his beloved comic book series Love and Rockets, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth engages Jaime in a discussion (and audience Q&A) about L&R, Jaime’s characters Maggie & Hopey (hailed as two of the great women characters in comics history) as well as other work, including his recent graphic novella, Maggie La Loca, serialized earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine. And what's going on with that long-discussed Love & Rockets movie?! Room 10

1:30-2:30 The Comic Art Prof Show: How to Create Successful Comics Page Layouts—Young comics artists focus on learning to draw. Great comic artists master the page. Good page design brings clarity, rhythm, accent, and life to your comics. Starting with the basics, such as balloons placement and panel shapes, and stepping up to more advanced layout concepts, such as pacing and style, The Comic Art Prof (aka Christian Hill, professor of illustration and sequential art at Calstate Fullerton) will show you the processes professionals use in mainstream and alternative comics, manga, and Eurocomics to lay out impeccable and unforgettable pages. Room 30CDE

2:00-3:15 Spotlight on Neil Gaiman—One of Comic-Con’s most popular guests returns to spend his weekend with you. Neil Gaiman talks about this busy year, including upcoming films Beowulf, Coraline, and Stardust (set to premiere Comic-Con weekend in L.A.), that little ditty called Death looming on the horizon, and tons of other great stuff he has in the works. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:30 Marvel in the 60s and 70s—The Marvel Age of Comics was a magical time for both the people who created the books and fans who read them. Mark Evanier talks to Roy Thomas (Avengers, Conan), Gary Friedrich (Sgt. Fury, Ghost Rider), Gene Colan (Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury, Fantastic Four), Mike Ploog (Ghost Rider, Monster of Frankenstein), and Magazine Management’s David George, about that magical Marvelous era. Room 8

2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Storytelling and Visual Language—Neil Cohn (Tufts University) reports the findings of a psychology experiment showing that readers navigate comic layouts by using systematic rules that rely on subtle cues of panel sizes and relationships while often defying the stereotypical Z-path, "left-to-right and down." Durwin S. Talon (Indiana University, IUPUI) explores the techniques of color theory to immerse the reader within a graphic narrative via changing emotion, clarifying detail, setting mood, creating environment, and defining character. Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) traces Vaughn Bode’s creation of a catalytic gestalt of the comics form by examining the influence of cartoonists and writers as disparate as Harvey Kurtzman, Alex Raymond, e.e. cummings, and James Joyce on Vaughn’s work. Room 30AB

2:15-3:15 Halo Universe—The Eisner Award–winning team of Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers) and Alex Maleev (Daredevil), as well as their Halo editor Ruwan Jayatilleke (Marvel’s VP of development), give an inside scoop on Halo: Uprising, the comics miniseries, which occurs between the blockbuster video game Halo 2 and the highly anticipated Halo 3. Joining them for a Q&A session is best-selling author Eric Nylund (Ghosts of Onyx). Plus, Mark Tuttle (WizKids brand manager for Halo ActionClix) will give be on hand to discuss the Collectible Miniature Game, and John Williams (Topps creative director) will preview the Halo trading cards. Room 6A

2:15-3:00 New Line Cinema: Shoot 'Em Up—A gritty, fast-paced action thriller, Shoot ‘Em Up kicks into high gear with a memorable opening scene and never relents. New Line Cinema will show exclusive footage from Shoot 'Em Up, and star Clive Owen, along with director Michael Davis, will be there to discuss the film! Also included in the presentation will be a special preview of New Line Cinema's upcoming films, including The Golden Compass. Hall H

2:30-3:30 Dark Horse Comics—Be on hand for a special retrospective on Dark Horse Presents, the anthology series that started it all. Publisher Mike Richardson and editor Randy Stradley, along with a cast of creators, invite you to join them for a special trip down memory lane of who, what, when, where, and why. If that's not reason enough, make sure to stop by for an announcement so big, it will literally shake the foundations of the San Diego Convention Center! Room 1AB

2:30-3:30 Archaia Studios Press Round-Up—ASP comics editor Joseph Illidge leads a roundtable discussion of ASP writers and artists as they take questions about their past and future work. Panelists include Russ Manning Award–nominee David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Alex Sheikman (Robotika), Marvin Mann (Inanna’s Tears), Ed Lavallee (Revere), David Rodriguez (Starkweather: Immortal), and Nick Tapalansky (Awakening). Room 2

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Rick Geary—Writer/artist and San Diego Reader staple Rick Geary talks to long-time friend David Wilson about his career in comics, including his ongoing series of graphic novels, Treasury of Victorian Murder, the latest of which, The Bloody Benders, is out from NBM in time for Comic-Con. Room 3

2:30-3:30 Legacy of Will Eisner—Even after his death, Will Eisner’s legacy continues with the same intensity that marked his long and remarkable career. A major motion picture adaptation of The Spirit, new Spirit comic books and archival collections from DC Comics, new collections of Eisner’s influential graphic novels from W. W. Norton, theatrical adaptations, art exhibitions and a never-before-published textbook are among the many projects in the works. Discussing this wide range of activity are Will’s widow Ann Eisner, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit), and movie producers Michael Uslan and Deborah Del Prete. Moderated by Eisner’s long-time publisher and art and literary agent Denis Kitchen. Room 4

2:30-3:30 Filmation DVD Spotlight: From Isis and Jason of Star Command to Bravestarr and Beyond!—The award-winning DVDs from BCI Eclipse continue to shine a spotlight on "the Filmation Generation," and this year marks an unprecedented reunion. Be there when the stars of your favorite 1970s and 1980s show reunite for the first time in 30 years! Journey back in time with legendary Filmation founder Lou Scheimer, voice actress Erika Scheimer (She-Ra's Frosta and Loo-Kee and Space Academy's Peepo), actor and SF legend Bob Burns (Tracy the gorilla's "trainer" on The Ghost Busters), actor and author Eric Greene (Loki on Space Academy), actors and space rivals Craig Littler and Sid Haig (heroic Jason and the villainous Dragos on Jason of Star Command), director Tom Tataranowicz (of BraveStarr, Ghostbusters, and She-Ra fame), and chart-topping singer Ron Dante (the voice of The Archies). And for the first time ever, the zephyr winds blow in three of the stars of fan-favorite The Secrets of Isis to unite: Brian Cutler (Rick Mason), Joanna Pang (Cindy Lee), and Ronalda Douglas (Rennie Carrol)! Join special-features producer and moderator Andy Mangels to preview the newest vintage releases from Filmation's library and BCI Eclipse and see what surprises are in store for your Saturday morning memories! Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Gilbert Hernandez/Love and Rockets’ 25th—In this 25th anniversary year of the legendary independent comic book Love and Rockets, co-creator Gilbert Hernandez sits down with his longtime publisher, Fantagraphics' Gary Groth, for a frank discussion of Beto's work and his opinions about comics, touching on his recent Vertigo graphic novel, Sloth, his forthcoming Dark Horse miniseries, and the just released Chance in Hell from Fantagraphics. Ask your own questions in an audience Q&A. Room 10

2:30-4:00 Dimension Films: Halloween and The Mist—Join acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie (The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses) and several cast members in a special preview of Zombie’s entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy that began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Brace yourself for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers. Halloween comes early this year—opening everywhere on August 31, 2007.
Writer/director and three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont, along with actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and special guests, presents a sneak preview of The Mist. Based on the Stephen King novella, this highly anticipated film will hit theatres on November 21, 2007. After a violent storm attacks a town in Maine, an approaching cloud of mist appears the next morning. As the mist quickly envelops the area, a group of people get trapped in a local grocery store. The people soon discover that within the mist lives numerous species of horrific, unworldly creatures that entered through an interdimensional rift, which may or may not have been caused by a nearby military base. Ballroom 20

2:30-3:30 Third Annual Valiant Comics Open Conference—Join Kevin Vanhook, Mark Moretti and Valiant fans across the world to discuss the Valiant Universe. Other past Valiant artists including Jim Calafiore will be on hand for an ask-anything panel, up close and personal. Celebrate the return of the Valiant Universe with the impending Harbinger: The Beginning hardcover next month. What else is in store from Valiant? Room 24A

2:30-4:00 Painting Dynamic Portraits: Demonstration from Life with Jeff Watts—Nationally renowned portrait painter and fine artist Jeff Watts demonstrates how to create an oil portrait painting from a model. Jeff will discuss technique, methods, and procedures as he goes along. This is a great panel for those wanting to further their skills and those who want to know more about where to obtain the strong fundamentals essential to becoming a working professional artist. Room 30CDE

2:45-4:00 Chuck Screening and Q&A—Coming this fall to NBC and one of the most talked-about new series of the upcoming television season, Chuck is a comedic spy thriller that follows a regular help-desk worker who must save the world after downloading the CIA’s database into his brain. Talk to executive producers Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) and McG (Supernatural), co-executive producer Chris Fedak, and cast members after a premiere screening of the pilot. Coming this fall to NBC, Chuck is produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television. Room 6B

3:15-4:45 Warner Bros. Home Video: 300 and Blade Runner Final Cut—First up, 300 creator Frank Miller, director Zack Snyder, stars including Lena Headey and David Wenham, producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari, and other special guests are on hand to discuss the groundbreaking film and its highly anticipated July 31 DVD release. Be the first to see a clip not included in the theatrical release! Then it’s the 25th Anniversary Blade Runner "Final Cut.” Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Hannibal) has created a new, definitive version of this landmark film, with scenes and special effects that have never been shown before. Catch this first preview of the new version by the legendary director of the final, authoritative. and best presentation of one of the most acclaimed science fiction films of the 20th century. This presentation will feature unseen clips from the new cut as well as a look behind the scenes that will be featured on the upcoming DVD box set. The panel includes Ridley Scott, Sean Young, Joanna Cassidy, Joe Turkel, James Hong, Syd Mead (designer/futurist), Mark Stetson (FX), and DVD producer Charlie De Lauzirika. Hall H

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel—Her autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic took both the comics and mainstream book worlds by storm late last year. Comic-Con special guest Alison Bechdel and Fun Home have been nominated for three 2007 Eisner Awards: Best Reality-Based Work, Best Graphic Album–New, and Best Writer/Artist. Alison talks about what’s next for her and, of course, her Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip and collections, in this visual presentation. Room 1AB

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on F. Paul Wilson—Most famous for his novel The Keep and his Repairman Jack series, author F. Paul Wilson comes to Comic-Con for the first time as a special guest. Paul will discuss his work and his books, including adaptations for comics, in this special Spotlight event. Room 2

3:30-4:30 Boom! Studios—Boom! Studios has an exciting new publishing plan for the rest of 2007 and 2008. Panelists talk about Boom!’s new partnerships with Disney, Paramount, and Epic Games, their existing partnerships, and the many exciting new projects coming out from Boom! Studios. Ross Richie, Adam Fortier, and Andrew Crosby (creator of the hit SCI FI series Eureka) talk about all things Boom! Room 3

3:30-4:30 WOW! It’s World of Warcraft!—Are you ready? Comics, collectibles, and online gaming are about to collide! How does the world’s most popular online game, World of Warcraft, plan to crash the comics and collectibles world? Find out here! As a special incentive, a collectible comic will be distributed to fans at the panel. Join Jim Lee (editorial director, WildStorm), Chris Metzen (VP of creative development, Blizzard), Mickey Neilson (writer/voice director, Blizzard), Hank Kanalz (VP/general manager, WildStorm), and Georg Brewer (VP, design and DC Direct creative) to discover the results of these combined forces! Room 4

3:30-4:30 Marvel Video Games—The interactive world of the Marvel Universe has never been more exciting. Meet the creators of your favorite Marvel video games and hear the inside scoop on the upcoming lineup of console, PC, and handheld games featuring the mighty Marvel Super Heroes. Get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a great superhero videogame and participate in a Q&A with the game developers. Room 5AB

3:30-4:30 Comics to Film: TATUA—Legendary comic book creators Paul Jenkins (Wolverine Origin, Frontlines) and Rob Prior (Spawn The Impaler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Show EFX) present their original new motion picture TATUA. Actors C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Soul Man) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise), and metal band Helmet featuring Page Hamilton (Unsung, Milquetoast) will talk about the movie and the unprecedented impact that comic writers currently have in Hollywood. Q&A will follow, as well as a video presentation on movie projects by Jenkins and Prior, plus the premiere of Helmet’s latest music video. Room 6A

3:30-4:30 American Dad—Seth MacFarlane and the entire cast of American Dad (Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker) will read a classic episode of the hilarious Fox animated comedy LIVE for Comic-con fans! Immediately following the “table read,” exec producers Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman will open it up to questions from the audience, and will screen a sneak peek of a never-before-seen future episode. Room 6CDEF

3:30-4:30 Business of Web Comics—Scott Kurtz (PvP) and Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade) will create a brand-new webcomic, live on stage and show how the creative and business aspects of the property work (and don’t work) in parallel. Q&A session to follow afterward! Room 8

3:30-4:30 Broccoli Books—Broccoli Books are the people who brought you such great manga titles as Juvenile Orion, Galaxy Angel, KAMUI, Disgaea, and the Square Enix hit, E'S. You'll be the first to preview some new manga, merchandise, and more. Representatives will provide announcements and a Q&A session, not to mention some nice promo stuff for attendees. See you there! Room 10

3:30-4:30 Non-Sport and Entertainment Trading Cards—Did you know that trading cards have been made (or are in the works) for your favorite movies and television shows such as Heroes, Lost, Harry Potter, and High School Musical?Learn about them from Roxanne Toser (Non-Sport Update publisher), Todd Jordan (author of the brand new guide The Encyclopedia of Non-Sport and Entertainment Trading Cards), and others. Also to be discussed will be how the Internet and online sites such as Non-Sport Update’s “NSU Card Talk” forum are changing the hobby. All members of NSU Card Talk and anyone interested in trading cards are welcome to this fan group meeting. Room 24

3:30-5:00 Production Designers Guild—A panel of top production designers who have created the physical look of some of the most exciting movies and television shows of yesterday, today, and tomorrow discuss their craft and answer your questions. With moderator John Muto (T2: 3D) are panelists Ruth Ammon (Heroes), James D. Bissell (300), Alex McDowell (Watchmen), and Lawrence G. Paull (Blade Runner). Room 30AB

4:00-5:00 Lessons from Masters in Visual Storytelling—Marshall Vandruff will show how such masters of comic art as Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland) and Harvey Kurtzman (MAD) brought images and story structure together that form a foundation for all visual storytelling, including children's books, animation, and film. This session is part of the Crash-Course in Sequential Art being offered next weekend at The Art Institute of California, San Diego. Room 30CDE

4:15-5:45 Warner Bros. Animation: The Batman/Legion of Super-Heroes—This action-packed 90 minutes is split between two Warner Bros. Animation standouts: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes. The Caped Crusader crew just picked up its fourth Emmy Award heading into a season that promises even more punch, courtesy of guest appearances from some Justice League pals. Supervising producer Alan Burnett (The Batman), producer-director Michael Goguen (Batman: The Animated Series), renowned voice director Andrea Romano, and the voice of Batman himself, Rino Romano, will discuss the upcoming surprises. LOSH enters its second season with double the action as the group adds new members—and a new ally from across the space-time continuum—just in time to face a daunting new villain. Producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), and story editor/writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman) will be joined on the panel by cast members Yuri Lowenthal (Superman on LOSH), Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Smallville), and Alex Polinsky (Charles in Charge). TV Guide senior editor Rich Sands will moderate both halves of the panel. Room 6B

4:15-5:45 The Jim Henson Company: The Skrumps, Puppet Up! Uncensored, and More—Join co-CEOs Brian Henson (Farscape) and Lisa Henson (MirrorMask) along with Halle Stanford (Muppets Tonight), Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), and John Chandler (creator, The Skrumps) to learn about the Henson Company’s newest gang of characters, The Skrumps, and see a live demonstration of the revolutionary technology that brings this animated troupe to life. Also featured will be a live performance of a sketch from the company’s stage show Puppet Up! Uncensored. Special guest performers Patrick Bristow (The Groundlings), Julianne Buescher (Puppet Up!), and Michelan Sisti (Dinosaurs). Ballroom 20

4:30-5:30 Demons, Devils, and Evil Dictators—Come on, villains are the best. Devising new and unique demons and devils is one of the best parts of a fantasy writer's job. Learn about some of the participants' favorite villains and what inspires their own evil imaginings. Watch authors Jon Lewis and Derek Benz (Grey Griffins series), Holly Black (Spiderwick, Ironside), DJ MacHale ( Pendragon: Pilgrims of Rayne), James Owen (Here, There Be Dragons), Frank Beddor ( Looking Glass Wars), Laini Taylor (Fairies of Dreamdark), Rebecca Moesta ( Crystal Doors #2: Ocean Realm), Nancy Holder (The Rose Bride), and William Boniface (The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy) rub their hands and cackle gleefully. Room 1AB

4:30-6:00 So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer—You do, don't you? You have that dream of opening a great comic book specialty store, right? Then this is the one panel at this year's Comic-Con you can't afford to miss! This is also the only retailer-specific panel open to the general public at Comic-Con! The panel is moderated by ComicsPRO President Joe Field from Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff (Concord CA) and includes retailers Joe Ferrara from Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz CA), Nancy Trempe from Comics Unlimited (Westminster CA), and Derrick Taylor from Comic Oasis (Las Vegas NV). Also featured is Dave Hawksworth from Diamond Comic Distributors, who has probably seen more comic book stores than anyone alive! An essential part of ComicsPRO’s mission is to grow the number of professional stores in the Direct Market, and the response to this panel over the last few years has been a good start. This is your chance to hear the "Comic Retailer Origin Stories" of the panelists and to ask the questions that will help you get your career in comics’ retailing off the ground. Successful futures in comic book retailing start here! Room 2

4:30-6:00 Treasures from the ASIFA Vault—Larry Loc (animation educator and executive board member of ASIFA-Hollywood), presents a screening of rare films and a viewing of rare animation artifacts from the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archives. Room 3

4:30-5:30 New Voices in Graphic Novels—The medium is exploding with new opportunities and new creative talent. Six graphic novel creators who have published their first books in the past year—Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own), Leland Myrick (Missouri Boy), George O’Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), David Peterson (Mouse Guard), Christian Slade (Korgi), and Jamie Tanner (The Aviary)—talk about their inspirations and about the place their books have in the changing graphic novel market. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly). Room 4

4:30-5:30 Vertigo: Looking Over the Edge—Vertigo is a name that you have come to trust to deliver smart, provocative, and consistent quality books. Be here to find out what’s in store for your favorite Vertigo titles as well as some major new projects that will be announced for the first time! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, with group editor Shelly Bond, editors Will Dennis and Jonathan Vankin, and creators Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Loveless), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Mike Carey (Crossing Midnight, Lucifer), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing), David Lapham (Silverfish), Simon Oliver (The Exterminators), Matt Wagner (Sandman Mystery Theatre), Steven T. Seagle (American Virgin), G. Willow Wilson (Cairo), Bill Willingham (Fables, Jack of Fables), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Mark Evanier—Sure, you’ve seen him moderate about a gazillion panels at Comic-Con, but have you ever heard the Evanier story? Comics and animation writer—and long-time ME friend—Paul Dini sits down and turns the mic on Mark Evanier for once. Learn about his life, his career, his popular blog, and what he really does when he’s not moderating panels at Comic-Con! Room 8

4:30-5:30 Seven Seas Manga —You love Boogiepop & Kashimashi with all your otaku heart and you keep your copies of Amazing Agent Luna & Aoi House enshrined in plastic. Now join Seven Seas' editors and series creators in a wild and wacky (and slightly neurotic) panel as they answer the questions you want answered and unveil all their hot new titles and the big developments that the future has in store! Panelists include Jason DeAngelis (Seven Seas president), Adam Arnold (senior editor, writer of Aoi House), and Shiei (artist of Aoi House). Room 10

4:30-5:30 Center for Cartoon Studies: How to Dramatically Improve Your Comics—Whether you are applying for a job at Marvel, are seeking a Xeric Grant to self-publish, submitting work to Drawn and Quarterly, or applying to the Center for Cartoon Studies, Tom Devlin and James Sturm from The Center for Cartoon Studies will give you ten simple ways to drastically, dramatically, and definitively improve your comics. They will offer one-on-one portfolio reviews for the final 30 minutes. Don't miss this rare opportunity! Room 24A

4:45-5:45 The Boondocks—A sneak preview from the show’s highly anticipated second season. Join creator Aaron McGruder and various members of the show’s crew to hear about what’s in store for viewers this fall. Room 6A

4:45-5:45 Eureka—A small town with even bigger big secrets this season, Eureka is a community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they've unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen . . . and does. Eureka started off with a bang and remained a must-see dramedy on SCI FI. The season 1 series premiere holds the distinction of being the highest-rated series telecast in SCI FI Channel history. See what all the buzz is about and get a sneak peak at the season ahead! Panelists include Colin Ferguson (Jack Carter), Salli Richardson (Allison Blake), Ed Quinn (Nathan Stark), Joe Morton (Henry Deacon), Jaime Paglia (co-creator and executive producer), and Tony Optican (VP, original programming, SCI FI). Room 6CDEF

5:00-6:00 PC Gamer and Maximum PC: How to Play a Better Game, Part 2—Chuck Osborn (senior executive editor of PC Gamer), Norman Chan (contributing editor of PC Gamer), and a representative from game publisher Midway host a discussion and Q&A session about first-person shooters. Topics will include basic strategy, performance-enhancing tips, and genre-specific hardware upgrade recommendations, using Midway’s Unreal Tournament 3 as a demonstration tool. Room 30AB

5:00-6:00 Pitching an Animated Show—How do you get your cartoon on the air? Selling an animated series isn’t as easy as it seems. The process is as creative as it is frustrating—and equal parts unpredictable. The major networks get thousands of pitches every year, so is there a secret recipe to getting your idea on the top of the pile? Maybe, and these are the people to tell you: executives responsible for shepherding new shows at the major studios, including Eric Coleman, VP animation, development & production at Nickelodeon; Heather Kenyon, senior director of development original animation for Cartoon Network; Jill Stewart, manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation, as well as creators Jorge R. Gutierrez (Nickelodeon’s El Tigre) and Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), both industry veterans currently in development on several projects. This will be an hour chock-full of wisdom, woes, and even a few “you-saw-it-here-first” surprises, moderated by animation writer/creator Jon M. Gibson, also in development. Room 30CDE

5:00-6:00 Star Wars at 30 Years with Steve Sansweet—This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, and its indelible influence on popular culture. We’ve got 30 years of great memories thanks to the galaxy far, far away, but there are also great things to come, too. Join Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet for a little Star Wars nostalgia, a review of the 30th anniversary year so far, and a look at what’s new and what’s coming for Star Wars. Hall H

5:30-6:30 Top Cow—Marc Silvestri (Civil War: The Initiative), Seth Green (RobotChicken), Hugh Sterbakov (Freshmen), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Stjepan Sejic (First Born), Matt Hawkins (president of Top Cow), Rob Levin (VP of editorial) and some special guests join moderator Filip Sablik (VP of marketing and sales) to discuss Top Cow's publishing plans for the rest of 2007 and explain why 2008 will be “The Year of The Cow!” Find out what “Pilot Season” is all about and what Top Cow has in store for the coming year! Plus every attendee will receive a free exclusive mini-lithograph. Room 1AB

(Friday's schedule is continued in the next post)

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5:30-6:30 AFI’s Behind the Plastic I: The Nuts and Bolts of Creating Collectibles—Action figure and collectibles sales and marketing have changed radically since the days of walking down to your local discount stores and picking up your favorite MEGO hero or new Star Wars figure. The Direct Market, mail order, and the Internet have all changed where and how you can find your favorite toys. How can more than one company hold the same license? Can a license without a media tie-in make it in today’s crowded market? Is the collectors market making a difference, or is it still “all about the kids”? Who's left to make? Find out the answers to these questions and ask your own burning questions of panelists Georg Brewer, VP of design and retail product development, DC Direct, DC Unlimited; Brant Bridges, product manager, SideShow Collectables; Jesse Falcon, VP of product development, Toy Biz/Marvel Toys; Randy Falk, director of product development, NECA; Jason Lenzi, EVP/co-owner, Bif Bang Pow; and Chuck Terceira; director, Diamond Select Toy. Moderated by Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from ActionFigureInsider.com. Room 4

5:30-6:30 Scott McCloud and Family—Award-winning comics artist and author Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics; Making Comics) and his family (Ivy, Sky, and Winter McCloud) recap an incredible year on the road, meeting thousands of comics artists and fans and seeing all 50 states, plus Canada, England and Spain! Want to know the state of American comics in 2007? The Clan McCloud has all the answers! Room 5AB

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Dave Stevens/The Rocketeer’s 25th—The Rocketeer zoomed out of the sky 25 years ago in the pages of Pacific Comics Presents and took the comics world by storm! Dave Stevens’ lush art and evocative 1930s setting—not to mention the Rocketeer’s main squeeze, Bettie Page!—is still being talked about today. Mark Evanier talks to creator Dave Stevens about the legacy of The Rocketeer and what he’s doing these days. Room 8

5:30-6:30 Yen Press Launches! —Spend an hour with Kurt Hassler (former Borders graphic novel and manga buyer), Rich Johnson (former VP, book trade, DC Comics) and senior editor JuYon Lee (former senior editor, ICE Kunion) as they discuss what’s in store for Yen Press, the new graphic novel and manga imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. Room 10

5:30-6:30 Stargate Offworld Fandom Gathering—The iris is open! Experience the essence of Stargate in one hour! Marcia Patterson invites you to get together with other Stargate fans to share trivia, games, giveaways, hot news, fanworks, discussions, a costume contest, and other Stargate Offworld Fandom surprises! Joining Marcia from Stargate Offworld Fandom are Martin A. Smith, Jennifer Carey, and Tony Cade. Room 24A

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Ben Templesmith—His evocative and downright scary art helped catapult 30 Days of Night into the major hit stratosphere. Now the vampire series is about to become a major motion picture, and the film’s director, David Slade (Hard Candy), will interview Comic-Con special guest Ben Templesmith about his work. Templesmith, who has gone on to become one of comics’ hottest young artists, will talk about his career and art with Slade, with special emphasis on those 30 Days that put him on the map. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Lost in Translation—Lately foreign comics, especially manga, have topped the bookstore graphic-novel sales charts. And in other media as well, foreign entertainment has been making a big push. See long-time translators, editors, and industry people answer questions and discuss the trials and triumphs of being in this exciting area of the media industry! Panelists include William Flanagan (Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle), Jonathan Tarbox (Angel Sanctuary), Jake Forbes (Fullmetal Alchemist), Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide), Shaenon Garrity (Overlooked Manga Festival blog), and Stephen Paul (Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad)! Room 3

6:00-7:00 DC Nation—Come one, come all, rise up and join the DC Nation! Meet Dan DiDio, senior VP/executive editor DCU, as he invites you to be part of the revolution! Discuss surviving 52, living in a multiverse guarded by Monitors, and trying to discover the secret of the cosmic chess game as the DCU counts down. Rise up and shout—The Nation is waiting! Room 6A

6:00-8:00 Ray Harryhausen and 20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition—2007 marks the half-century milestone of one of the earliest films by stop-motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen, 20 Million Miles to Earth. The film, which depicts the destruction of Rome by a reptile from the planet Venus, has been colorized with Harryhausen’s personal supervision, and he wants to be with you while you watch it for the first time. Ray Harryhausen will speak briefly, answer a few questions, then do live commentary while the film is screened. He’ll also answer more questions as the screening proceeds. The film will be available on DVD July 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Room 6B

6:00-7:00 Babylon 5: The Lost Tales—Created by J. Michael Straczynski in 1993, Babylon 5 became an sf cult fan favorite and a top rated show. Now in 2007, you are being taken to 2271 A.D. for Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, a made-for-video movie. See footage from the movie, with a panel to follow. Panelists include writer/director/executive producer J. Michael Straczynski and members from the original cast, including Bruce Boxleitner (President John Sheridan), Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley), and Peter Woodward (Galen) as well as executive producer Douglas Netter and producer Samm Barnes. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Confessions of a Game Designer—Have you ever played a game and thought, “I could make a better game than this!” Now’s your chance to find out if you can. Join veteran designer Alex Jimenez (Enigma: Rising Tide, Battletanxs, Darkstalkers) as he answers all your questions and takes you behind the scenes of the video game industry. Learn who decides what games are made and how, and most important, what you need to know to get in. Find out where the industry is, where it’s going, and how you can be a part of it. Whether your interests are in art, programming or design, if you love games or blame them for the fall of civilization, here’s your chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to make it in the biz! Room 30AB

6:00-7:00 Building Entertainment Intellectual Properties—Mat Broome has assembled a roundtable of t top working professionals responsible for producing comics, books, music, and games, all too talk about how intellectual properties are built. X-Men, WildC.A.T.S, and EverQuest are only a few of the intellectual properties that these panelists have had a vital role in producing. They include
Mat Broome (17 years’ experience as an artist/illustrator, entertainment and brand manager, and business owner), Mike Smith (lead audio on Everquest 2 and Untold Legends),

Ben Herrera (artist for Malibu Comics and Rockstar Games), and
Clint Worley (multiple titles for Sony on PC, PS2 and PSP platforms). Room 30CDE

6:15-7:45 Kevin Smith—He’s back, and this time not even traffic can stop him! Comic-Con favorite Kevin Smith holds court in another of his no-holds-barred Q&A sessions, talking about just anything he damn well pleases. Hall H

6:30-7:30 Star Wars Day: Star Wars Trivia—Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of great Star Wars trivia game shows at Comic-Con International in 2004, 2005, and 2006, are planning another trivia challenge for all fans who think they know their stuff about the galaxy far, far away. Room 1AB

6:30-7:30 Shocker Toys: By Fans for Fans! —Geoff Beckett (Shocker Toys CEO) and Lance Buttiglieri (Shocker Toys COO) have carved a niche in the toy industry with licensed toy products and their own toy creation: The Shockinis. Join Geoff and Lance along with Who Wants to be a Superhero, Metalocalypse, and “Indie Spotlight” comic artists for an informative and entertaining panel! Room 4

6:30-7:30 The Chiodo Bros: Stop-Motion Animation in the Computer Age—Many thought that computer animation would replace stop-motion animation. Instead, it has revitalized this ancient form of filmmaking. The Chiodo Bros. look at the surprising changes that computer technology has brought to stop motion. Room 5AB

6:30-7:30 What's Up with Penguin—Susan Allison (editorial director, Berkley Publishing Group), Anne Sowards (editor, Ace/Roc science fiction & fantasy), and Tim Travaglini (editor, Penguin Young Readers) give you the dish on forthcoming books from your favorite authors, answer questions, and give away free advance reading copies and samplers! Room 10

6:30-7:30 Simpsons Fan Group Meeting—Simpsons collectors of the world unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise. This gathering is sponsored by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website. Collectors from all over the country will be here. Meet the other Simpsons collectors that you see on the message boards and put faces to the names. This gathering is a great chance to network with other collectors from across the country and share your hobby with others. Room 24A

Nighttime Programs

7:15-9:00 Doctor Strange World Premiere Screening and Panel—Lionsgate and Marvel Studios present the world premiere of the newest Marvel Animated Feature, Doctor Strange, with a film screening and Q&A panel featuring Marvel’s senior VP of creative development animation Craig Kyle, plus members of the cast and production team. Room 6CDEF

7:30-8:30 Klingon Lifestyle Presentation—Last year the IKV Stranglehold lost a valued member of the crew after a traitorous act. Their current mission forces them to travel a path few return from to regain what they lost. All species are welcome to experience the ongoing voyage and adventure of life aboard a Klingon vessel. Room 6A

8:15-10:15 SCI FI Friday Night: Eureka and Superhero Screenings—Don’t get SCI FI in your hotel room? Come to a commercial-free screening of Eureka and Who Wants to Be a Superhero! Come dressed as your favorite superhero! Colin Ferguson, star of Eureka, will open up the evening’s festivities. Catch up on Thursday’s premiere of Superhero and watch an all-new episode of Eureka before it airs on SCI FI. The first 1,000 attendees will receive Feedback’s Dark Horse comic book! Room 6B

8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards—The 19th annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out by celebrity presenters, including Reno 911’s Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, comedian Brian Posehn, cartoon voice actor Maurice LeMarche, British TV celebrity Jonathan Ross, and author Neil Gaiman. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison, who will be aided by the Go-Gos’ Jane Wiedlen. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees—just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Ballroom 20

9:00-11:00 The Dead One: An American Legend—El Muerto Screening:— On his way to a Day of the Dead celebration, Diego de la Muerte is taken by the Aztec forces of darkness in order to fulfill their evil prophecy. Now, trying to protect those he loves, he must struggle against the god of death that created him. Based on the comic created by Javier Hernandez (creator of comic book). Javier, Tony Plana (star), and Larry Rattner (producer) join members of the cast for a Q&A after the screening. Room 6A

9:15-10:15 Worst Cartoons Ever! —Animation historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew.com) is back with another hilarious program of the worst cartoons ever made. And he should know, he's seen ’em all! The program consists of rare, lost animated shows—most produced for TV in the 1960s—that are not on video, not on YouTube, not shown anywhere, and now you'll know why. New episodes of audience favorites Mighty Mr. Titan (the physical fitness superhero), Rocket Robin Hood (a spandex-clad space cadet), and Super President (a nuclear-powered weapon of mass destruction) are joined by debut showings of Moon Mullins (a desecration of a classic comic strip), Sinbad Jr. (a sea sick superman), and another chapter of Spunky & Tadpole (a boy and his brain-damaged bear). It's crap-tastic!
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10:15-12:15 Spike and Mike: The Gauntlet—Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Gauntlet Screening is a yearly tradition at Comic-Con, the place where they screen most of the new material they’ve receive throughout the year. The audience votes via applause, and their reaction is the deciding factor of whether they keep playing it or whether it will make it into the next world tour. “Gift Girl” gives out prizes for whatever Spike deems a good reason. Can you survive “The Gauntlet”? Room 6CDEF

(Must see for Friday: Marvel in the 60's and 70's)

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9:15-10:15 Special Early Screening: Pushing Daisies—Get to Comic-Con early to see this exclusive screening of one of the fall’s most eagerly anticipated new shows! The stars and creators, including executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes), of this new series—about an ordinary guy who can bring people back from the dead with the touch of his finger—come together to screen the Pushing Daisies pilot and answer fan questions. Produced by The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, Pushing Daisies will air Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT this fall on ABC. Room 6CDEF

10:00-11:15 Bionic Woman: Exclusive Pilot Screening and Q&A—Be one of the first to see this special version of the Bionic Woman pilot and participate in a Q&A panel session with series star and newcomer Michelle Ryan (EastEnders); executive producers David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), Glen Morgan (The X-Files), and Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin); co-stars Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) and Will Yun Lee (Witchblade); as well as a special guest appearance by Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), who portrays Sarah Corvis, and more. When a devastating car accident leaves Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) at death's door, her only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price. With a whole new existence and a debt to repay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good, while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. It's Jaime's journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman. Ballroom 20

10:30-11:30 Who Wants to Be a Superhero?—SCI FI Channel has once again joined forces with Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks, For Love or Money, Who Wants to Marry My Dad?) and legendary comic book creator Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to present an all-new season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? This year’s winner walks away with their superhero character immortalized in a new comic book from Dark Horse Comics created by Stan Lee himself and a Shocker Toy action figure! Panelists Stan Lee (star/executive producer), Andy Scheer (executive producer), Feedback (2006 winner), Hygena and Hyperstrike (both season 2 contestants), and Rob Swartz (VP, SCI FI alternative programming) talk about the second season. Room 1AB

10:30-11:30 TOKYOPOP: Star Trek in Print: The New Golden Age—With more than two years since the completion of the Star Trek: Enterprise television series and a year until the release of the next Star Trek motion picture, publishing is now the next major frontier for this enduring franchise. Moderator Paula Block (senior director, product development, CBS Consumer Products) talks to Wil Wheaton (author, Te Cura Ipsum from TOKYOPOP’s Star Trek the Manga: Kakan ni Shinkou), Luis Reyes (senior editor, TOKYOPOP), Scott Tipton (author, IDW’s Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell), Dan Taylor (editor, IDW), Margaret Clark (executive editor, Pocket Books), and Marco Palmieri (senior editor, Pocket Books) about the latest Star Trek publishing projects. Room 2

10:30-11:30 Meet the Press: Writing About Comics—From blogs to books to magazines, the public conversation about comics is livelier—and faster—than it's ever been. Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly), Nisha Gopalan (Entertainment Weekly), Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter), Tom McLean (Variety), Graeme McMillan (The Savage Critics), and moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) discuss the state of the art of comics criticism. Room 3

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation—Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4

10:30-11:30 Black Panel—This year’s Black Panel features Prodigal Sunn (The Wu Tang Clan), Ehrich Van Lowe (TV producer The Cosby Show, The Tom Joyner Show), Sidney Clifton (executive VP, Film Roman), Denys Cowan (senior VP, BET Animation), Andy Horne (producer, 24), Marv Wolfman (creator of Blade), and newcomer Korby Marks. Hear about their exciting new comics and animation projects! Moderated by Michael Davis. Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 Into the Fire Nation: Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender, Season 3 Sneak Peek—Get a first look at what's to come in the third season, including clips from new episodes; a visual tour of the Fire Nation from show creator Bryan Konietzko and director Joaquim Dos Santos (Justice League); insider information from the show's head writer Aaron Ehasz (Futurama); and a voice-over demonstration from Dee Baker (The Fairly OddParents), who voices Appa and Momo. Don't forget to come in your Avatar costume—there will be a very special prize for the best one! Moderated by Eric Coleman, VP/executive producer, animation production and development. Room 6A

10:30-12:00 Quick Draw—We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Quick Draw is just about the most fun you can have at any comics convention panel. Host Mark Evanier keeps artists Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and Kyle Baker on their toes through this rollicking cartoon improv event, while you get to see them draw their hearts out live on the big screen. Room 6CDEF

10:30-12:00 Animation Writers Caucus: Holy Bleep, Batman! or Censorship and Animation—What can’t you say in a cartoon? What can’t you show? Why? Who says? Writers and producers of daytime and primetime animated television series tell tales out of school about what they didn’t get to do and what they got away, in a panel sponsored by the Writers Guild of America’s Animation Writers Caucus. Featuring panelists Alan Burnett (Batman), Aaron Ehasz (Avatar), Eric Kaplan (The Drinky Crow Show), Craig Miller (Curious George), and Patric Verrone (Futurama). Room 8

10:30-11:30 Spirituality In Comics—Spiritual themes weave a significant pattern in the story arc of our comics’ worlds. Hear from distinguished guests Doug TenNapel (Creature Tech), Holly Golightly (School Bites), Miriam Libicki (Real Gone Girl Studios), Christine Kerrick (Soul Trappers), and Leo Partible (Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith). Moderated by Scott A. Shuford (Christian Comic Arts Society.) Room 10

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Superheroes, Villains, and Vixens: A Discussion of the Top Pop-Culture Icons of 20th-Century Comicdom—Gina Misiroglu (Visible Ink Press), Peter Coogan (Fontbonne University), Alex Boney (Ohio State University), and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) discuss the popularity of the superhero and supervillain in popular culture (why some are fleeting, why some endure), the evolution of both heroes and villains in comics, characters who have alternately been hero and villains, and the unique dynamic between hero and villain and how that relationship has changed—and in many ways remained the same—since the early 20th century, when superheroes first made their mark on the comics pages. Specific characters are discussed and debated, with audience participation. Room 30AB

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 102—Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (soon to be expanded into a graphic novel). This second workshop will cover some of the more complicated issues facing creators who are looking to actually market their creations and ideas, including transfers and licensing of rights, marketing, merchandising and distribution, and what to do when Hollywood comes knocking. This interactive seminar gives attendees the opportunity to participate in the discussions as we cover various means for profiting from your creations and (time permitting) to participate in a mock contract negotiation! With in-depth discussions about the options and opportunities for profit, as well as the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision, you can't afford to miss this seminar. Room 30CDE

10:45-11:45 Marvel Ultimate Universe—It’s the beginning of something huge, true believers! The architects of the Ultimate U—including Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb—are on hand to unveil the most shocking development in the six-year history of the Universe that redefined the industry! Room 6B

10:45-12:00 The Simpsons–Having just aired its 400th episode, The Simpsons has now released its first feature film. Join members of the team responsible for both and find out how they did it, including Matt Groening (creator and executive producer), Al Jean (executive producer/head writer), David Mirkin (former executive producer), Matt Selman (executive producer), Michael Price (co-executive producer), David Silverman (director of The Simpsons Movie), Matt Warburton (supervising producer), Don Payne (consulting producer), and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson). Moderated by Bill Morrison. Hall H

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Paul Pope—This popular writer/artist moves easily between self-published personal works and more mainstream material (Batman: Year 100). Comic-Con special guest Paul Pope talks to friend and DC Comics editor Bob Schreck about his career in comics, his upcoming projects, and more, including a visual presentation. Room 1AB

11:30-12:30 VIZ Media: Naruto Nation—Ever wanted to know how Naruto comes to life? We've rounded up the key players who make it happen—the people who bring Naruto to the U.S., from the manga to the toys and video games. Find out how they do it, and how they landed these awesome jobs! Panelists include Marc Weidenbaum (VP and editor-in-chief, magazines), Joel Enos (manga editor), Jason Bergenfeld (animation production), Philippe Therien (Ubisoft game designer), a representative from Mattel, and others! Wes Harris (director, product and brand marketing at VIZ Media), will moderate. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Reality-Based Graphic Novels—The rise of graphic novels in the past few years has seen the creation of some incredible work rooted in the real world. Some of these are personal autobiographical memoirs, while others are rooted in history. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco) interviews Comic-Con special guests Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Guy Delisle (Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea), Rick Geary (The Bloody Benders), Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own), and Joe Matt (Spent) about tales of their own lives and those of others. Room 3

11:30-12:30 Newspaper Editorial Cartoonists—MSNBC.com's Daryl Cagle moderates a panel of eight top newspaper political cartoonists who will discuss their own work and the state of the editorial cartooning profession, where interest in politics, world events, and the work of political cartoonists is exploding as the newspaper industry is shrinking. Panelists include Steve Breen (Pulitzer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune), Mr. Fish (AKA Dwayne Booth, LA Weekly and Village Voice), Patrick O'Connor (Los Angeles Daily News), Monte Wolverton (syndicated editorial cartoonist, Mad Magazine artist, and son of legendary cartoonist Basil Wolverton), Brian Fairrington syndicated editorial cartoonist, co-editor of the annual Best Political Cartoons of the Year books), Lalo Alcaraz (syndicated editorial cartoonist, LA Weekly, and the syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha), and Steve Kelley (New Orleans Times-Picayune). Room 4

11:30-12:30 BET Animation—Reggie Hudlin (president, BET) and Denys Cowan (senior VP, BET Animation), share their big vision and welcome some very special guests who will blow the doors off the room! Room 5AB

11:30-12:30 SLG Publishing—SLG staff and creators look ahead at their new releases, both digital and in print, and field any and all questions regarding the company, the industry, and all things SLG. Moderated by company president Dan Vado. Room 10

11:30-12:30 TV Guide Hot List—The hippest and hottest names in supernatural/ fantasy/sci-fi television, as featured in TV Guide’s current collector’s issue, will offer sneak peeks at what’s coming up on their shows as well as a look at the genre’s future on the small screen. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Ira S. Behr (The 4400), Billy Campbell (The 4400), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Tim Kring (Heroes), Masi Oka (Heroes), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), and Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), among others to be announced. TV Guide’s West Coast Bureau Chief Craig Tomashoff moderates. Ballroom 20

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Comics as/and History—Vincent Tomasso (Stanford University) argues that Frank Miller’s 300 is a story designed and manufactured for an audience who is used to and expects the comic book framework, and as such it is inappropriate to devalue Miller’s work on the sole basis of historical accuracy. Thomas Schilz (San Diego Miramar College) asserts that Frank Miller’s 300, though historically inaccurate, manages to achieve a propaganda viewpoint that would have been embraced by the Greeks of the 5th century BC; that their struggle against Persia was the first ideological conflict in history and marked the birth of Western democracy and individualism. Phillip Troutman (George Washington University) revisits and extends Joseph Witek's path-breaking study Comic Books as History (1990) by examining Will Eisner's The Plot, discovering insights into Eisner's intentions and drafting process provided through interviews with Benjamin Herzberg, situating The Plot in the context of other modes of visual history. Room 30AB

11:45-1:15 Hasbro: Transformers Entertainment Panel featuring Hasbro, Cartoon Network Studios, and IDW Publishing—At this extended Transformers entertainment panel, Hasbro Transformers marketing and design team members explain some of the behind-the-scenes development of the characters in the Transformers movie. Hasbro is pleased to be joined by the Cartoon Network Studios production team and the IDW team as they look into the new animated series and toys. IDW will answer your questions on the successful movie-related comic books and upcoming projects. Q&A on all Transformers-related topics will be welcome. Room 6A

12:00-1:15 Cartoon Voices 1—Such a Comic-Con favorite, we’re doing it twice this year! Mark Evanier hosts his yearly panel with some of the greatest voice talent in the cartoon business. Today’s panel includes Neil Ross (GI Joe), Wally Wingert (Invader Zim), Kathy Garver (Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), Will Ryan (Disney voice artist), and more. Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow at noon in this very same room! Room 6B

12:00-1:00 Minx: Evocative and Fearless—Learn more about DC’s newest imprint Minx, with Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, the creators of the very first Minx book, The Plain Janes! They are joined by Mike Carey (Re-Gifters, Confessions of a Blabbermouth), Sonny Liew (Re-Gifters), Aaron Alexovich (Confessions of a Blabbermouth, Kimmie66), Minx group editor Shelly Bond, and some surprise new faces! Room 8

12:00-1:30 Wolfman and Kesel Writing Comics—Marv Wolfman and Barbara Kesel conduct a comics writing workshop, discussing how to create characters, story, and theme. If you've ever wanted to become a comics writer, this is for you. Room 30CDE

12:15-1:15 Spotlight on Laurell K Hamilton—With two incredibly popular book series going stronger than ever (Anita Blake, 15 books, over 6 million copies in print; Merry Gentry, 5 books, over 1 million copies in print), Comic-Con special guest Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the most popular fiction authors working today. Laurell tells us what’s next for Anita, Merry, and herself in this exclusive event. Room 6CDEF

12:15-2:00 Rogue/Focus Studios—Rogue Pictures invites you to preview a few of their upcoming releases, including Balls of Fury (with appearances by Robert Ben Garant, Tom Lennon and Dan Fogler), The Strangers (with appearances by Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman and writer/director Bryan Bertino), and Doomsday (with appearances by Rhona Mitra and Neil Marshall), plus other surprise appearances and announcements! Hall H

12:30-1:30 Bigger, Better, Bolder: Nickelodeon’s New CG Comedies—Here’s your first chance to see Nick’s next generation of 3D-animated cartoons premiering this fall! From the prolific mind of executive producer Steve Oedekerk (Evan Almighty) comes Back at the Barnyard, a series about what animals get away with when humans aren’t looking. Based on last summer’s feature film Barnyard, the series delivers outrageous comedy for all ages. Joining Steve are supervising producer Jed Spingarn (Jimmy Neutron) and actor/comedian Chris Hardwick (The X’s), the voice of lead character, Otis. Co-producer Mitch Watson (Catscratch) and lead actor Hal Sparks (Talk Soup) provide you with a taste of the new series Tak and the Power of Juju. They’ll be your guides into the chaotic world of the Pupununu people and their unlikely hero, Tak, a lowly shaman’s assistant who somehow wound up as the sole link between his oafish tribe and the unpredictable, magical Jujus. Moderated by Roland Poindexter, VP of animation production. Room 1AB

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on J. H. Williams III—His Eisner Award–winning work with Alan Moore on Promethea made him one of the top artists working in comics today. Comic-Con special guest J. H. Williams is joined by writing partner Scott Johnson and writer Grant Morrison in this fully loaded panel moderated by Lauren McCubbin. Room 2

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Lily Renée Phillips—She was one of the pioneer women cartoonists in the Golden Age of Comics, producing an impressive body of work for Fiction House in the 1940s, a period dominated by male artists. Comic-Con special guest Lily Renée Phillips talks about her life and career with cartoonist and noted comics historian Trina Robbins. Room 3

12:30-1:30 National Cartoonists Society Panel: What Do We Do All Day?—Five nationally syndicated cartoonists reveal the secret life behind daily deadlines and show pictures of themselves working in their pajamas: Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Steve Breen (Grand Avenue), Daryl Cagle (msnbc.com), Andrew Feinstein (Girls And Sports), Michael Jantze (The Norm), and Steve Kelley (New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial cartoonist). Moderated by Fred Bronson (writer, Star Trek: TNG). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Aspen 2007 and Beyond—CMeet the creators and artists behind your favorite Aspen Comics titles in this special presentation of upcoming Aspen releases and projects, from the thrilling new series Iron and the Maiden to Soulfire, Fathom, Shrugged, and everything in between. Following the presentation, Aspen will offer fans an exclusive Q&A session to answer all your burning Aspen Comics questions! Panelists include Michael Turner, Frank Mastromauro, Jason Rubin, J. T. Krul, Peter Steigerwald, Mark Roslan, Micah Gunnell, Francis Manapul, and Vince Hernandez. Room 5AB

12:30-1:30 TOKYOPOP and the Jim Henson Company Present Legends of the Dark Crystal and Return to Labyrinth—In 1982, Jim Henson released The Dark Crystal, a visionary fantasy film unlike anything seen on film before. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the movie, the story continues in Legends of the Dark Crystal, a multivolume manga prequel. Writer Barbara Randall Kesel (Meridian), artist Heidi Arnhold, editor Tim Beedle, and head of children’s television for the Jim Henson Company Halle Stanford preview and discuss the upcoming series. Joining them will be Jake Forbes, author of the Return to Labyrinth manga, who will be on hand to discuss the upcoming volume of this successful Labyrinth sequel. Room 10

12:30-1:30 The Comicbook Artists Guild: An Open Call for Members Nationwide—Trying to break into the comics industry? Need an outlet for telling interesting stories with words and pictures? Keith Murphey, the founder of the Comicbook Artists Guild (otherwise known as CAG), along with a panel of members representing the East and West coasts, invites all aspiring creators to take part in an enlightening discussion of how CAG can unite talent together for projects of their choosing and how talented people like you can benefit from membership! Never been published? Need to find your own “voice”? Want to start a CAG chapter in your own hometown? Come find out how! Room 24A

12:45-2:00 Heroes: Exclusive Volume II Clip and Q&A—Heroes chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Be the first to see an exclusive clip from Volume II and learn more about the DVD Heroes 360 and more. Participate in a Q&A session moderated by co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb, with creator Tim Kring, comic book artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), and the entire cast—Jack Coleman (H.R.G.), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Dania Ramirez (Maya), Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), and more. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Where Do They Get Those Marvelous Toys? —Whether it's contemporary superheroes, future private investigators, fanatical plague bearers, or zombie fighters in an alternate reality, technology can be a curse and/or a cure for the world's evils in stories. Come discuss gadgets and gizmos with authors Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing/Craphound), Greg Bear (Quantico), Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible), Vernor Vinge (Rainbows End), Kevin J. Anderson (Sandworms of Dune and The Last Days of Krypton), and Mike Shepherd (Kris Longknife—Resolute). Room 8

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #11: High Art and Low—Richard Becker (CSU Northridge) discusses the nature of the narrator and authorial self-insertions in comics, like those of Lee and Kirby, Gerber, and Morrison, and the schism between schools of storytelling in which the writer is very visible and another in which the writer seeks to be completely invisible. John A. Walsh (Indiana University) examines Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol stories and their punctuation by appearances of and allusions to similarly fracture, damaged, and outcast artists and works and asks whether the members of the Doom Patrol are artists or heroes and if there’s a difference. Jason Mott (UNC-Wilmington) uncovers the history of comic book superheroes and traces their evolution from serving purely as devices of metaphor for poets to becoming the subject of extended development and progression by award-winning poets such as Brian Dietrich in Krypton Nights and Jeannine Hall in Becoming the Villainess. Room 30AB

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on David Morrell—The popular author created a pop culture juggernaut with Rambo in his book, First Blood. David Morrell joins Comic-Con 2007 as a special guest for the first time. He’ll talk with fellow author Max Allan Collins about his career and his first-time venture into comics, writing Captain America: The Chosen for Marvel. Room 1AB

1:30-2:30 VIZ Media's Shojo Beat—Manga-ka extraordinaire Ariana Tanemura (Full Moon, The Gentlemen’s Alliance +) and her editor from Japan, Miho Yamaji, joins this year's Shojo Beat panel in an exclusive Q&A session. Panelists Megan Bates (senior editor, Shojo Beat) Nancy Thistlethwaite (manga editor), and Hiromi Hasegawa (translating)will also share lots of news about the biggest shojo manga publication in the English-speaking world. Marc Weidenbaum (VP and editor-in-chief, magazines) moderates. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Renée French—Her strange and compelling art and stories have made her a popular indy comics mainstay since the early 1990s, with such disturbing books as Grit Bath, The Ninth Gland, Corny’s Fetish, and the multi-Eisner-nominated The Ticking. Comic-Con special guest Renée French talks about her work with Picturebox art director and editor Dan Nadel. Room 3

1:30-2:30 Great American Comic Strips—We’re living in a Golden Age of comic strip reprints, and this panel discusses the many ongoing series of books devoted to this great American art form. Moderator Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) talks to Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics Books (Peanuts, Krazy Kat, Popeye and the upcoming Pogo); Carolyn Kelly, daughter of Pogo creator Walt Kelly; Tom Devlin of Drawn and Quarterly (Walt and Skeezix, Moomin, Oh Skin-nay); Bruce Canwell of IDW (Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie); Steve Tippie, VP, marketing and licensing, Tribune Media Services; Charles Pelto of Classic Comics Press (Mary Perkins On Stage, Dondi); and noted comics historian and author R. C. Harvey (Meanwhile . . . .A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon) about the sudden growth of high-quality chronological reprints and the art of the American comic strip. Room 4

1:30-2:30 Gumby! —He's lean, he's mean, he's green, he's Gumby, dammit! Three-time Eisner nominee Bob Burden (Flaming Carrot), Comic-Con special guest Rick Geary (Gumby artist), coloring legend Steve Oliff, Art and Joe Clokey (creator of Gumby), Robert Thompson (writer/director The Gumby Movie), and Mel Smith (editor, Gumby) willdiscuss all things Gumby past, present and future, such as the upcoming new movie, DVDs. Room 5AB

1:30-2:30 Kyle XY: Q&A with the Cast and Producer—Kyle XY is not alone! Find out the mysteries and dangers that lay ahead for Kyle and the Tragers with actors Matt Dallas (Wannabe), Jaimie Alexander (Rest Stop), and writer/producer Julie Plec (Scream 3). Join us for a Q&A session and sneak peek at upcoming episodes. The second season of Kyle XY follows Kyle as he begins to learn the truth about his past and the full scope of his abilities. Kyle XY airs Mondays, 8 PM ET/PT, on ABC Family. Room 6A

1:30-2:45 DCU: New Worlds Order—The crisis is over, isn’t it? With 52 finished, the DCU is counting down and the Monitors are watching closely. Come play catch-up, have your questions answered, and learn what lies ahead for the DCU in this extensive slide show presentation moderated by Dan DiDio (senior VP/executive editor DCU) and Bob Wayne (VP, sales). Joining them will be coordinating editor Jann Jones, senior group editor Mike Carlin, group editor Eddie Berganza, plus Tony Bedard (Birds of Prey,), Adam Beechen (Robin), Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Justin Gray (Countdown), Geoff Johns (The All New Booster Gold), Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), jingle Merino (Superman), Carlos Pacheco (Superman), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown), Grant Morrison (Batman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), and Gail Simone (The All-New Atom). Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Family Guy—Back by popular demand, join creator/star Seth MacFarlane, showrunner/executive producer David A. Goodman and the creative team behind Fox’s number-one comedy Family Guy for an uproarious and uncensored hour of laughs and Q&A. Rumor has it they’ll even preview what is destined to become a Family Guy classic—this year’s season premiere episode, which retells the Star Wars story with the Griffins and their fellow residents of Quahog, Rhode Island, cast in the iconic roles of the legendary film. Stewie as Darth Vader? Victory shall be his! Room 6CDEF

1:30-2:30 Oni Press Presents: Stumped! —Help celebrate Oni Press's 10th Anniversary with their first ever San Diego Quiz Show! Pit your wits against a gaggle of Oni Press creators and staff in a brain-battle covering topics far and wide—not just comics!—for a chance to win free comics! Plus, get an exclusive peek at Oni’s upcoming slate of exciting comic book and graphic novel projects from creators like Greg Rucka (Whiteout), Chris Gage (WWH: X-Men), and many more! Room 10

1:30-2:30 The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack—Jay and Jack Glatfelter have one of the oldest and biggest podcasts dedicated to ABC's hit TV series Lost, with The Lost Podcast. Learn about the huge dedicated online community for TV's most mind-twisting drama. Lost fans, join Jay and Jack for this special interview and Q&A session! Room 24A

1:30-2:30 Podcasting 101—Podcasting is becoming the premier way to share your thoughts with the world. Join podcasters Joe Gonzalez (Comic News Insider), Conor Kilpatrick (iFanboy.com), Ron Richards (iFanboy.com), and Jon Towry (Comic Talk Cafe) as they discuss starting a podcast from the ground up, with topics ranging from "What kind of podcast should I start?" to "How do I build an audience?" There will be a live podcast demo and an audience Q&A as well. Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 State of the Animation Industry—Industry experts assess the year in animation and take a look at the future. Panelists include Tim Johnson (co-director, Over the Hedge), Bill Plympton (independent animator extraordinaire), Sarah Baisley (editor, Animation World Network), Aki Umemoto (creative director, Mattel for 25 years and currently creative director of Base Station), Stephen Chiodo (Chiodo Bros. Studio), Aubry Mantz (formerly of ILM, chair of animation at Laguna College of Art & Design), and Kent Braun (DigiCel animation software). Room 8

2:15-3:15 Battlestar Galactica—Michelle Tauber of People Magazine calls it “an instantly addictive, girl-powered show that packs emotional punch, rip-roaring adventure and surprisingly sexy heat.” Come see what all the buzz is about as SCI FI celebrates the ladies of Battlestar Galactica. Panelists include Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), Katee Sackhoff (Kara “Starbuck” Thrace), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Ronald D. Moore (executive producer), David Eick (executive producer), and Erik Storey (VP, original programming, SCI FI). Moderated by Mark Bernardin of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Ballroom 20

2:15-4:00 Disney—Disney and Disney•Pixar showcase two upcoming films with this exclusive Comic-Con presentation!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian—Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present never-before-seen footage and a Q&A panel with the filmmakers of the second installment of the epic fantasy adventure series! Be sure to collect the exclusive Prince Caspian Comic-Con poster, designed by fans on Narnia.com, and selected by director Andrew Adamson!

WALL•E—From Academy Award–winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), WALL•E is the story of one robot's comic adventures as he chases his dream across the galaxy. Meet director Andrew Stanton and sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars) as they present a first look at Disney·Pixar’s next animated adventure! Hall H

2:30-3:30 Storytelling with and Without Pictures—Authors of prose and comics discuss how they write differently for different media—or do they? Find out with authors David Morrell (Captain America: The Chosen), Christopher Golden (The Myth Hunters, Talent), Mike Mignola (Baltimore, Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, Hellboy), Richard Morgan (TH1TRE3N, Black Widow), Tad Williams (Shadowplay, Aquaman), Barbara Hambly (Renfield: Slave of Dracula, Garden of Emptiness), and Mike Carey (The Devil You Know, Lucifer). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 1AB

2:30-3:30 Rude Dude Productions: The Return of Nexus—Tired of waiting ten years for the return of Nexus? The wait is over! Join the Rude Dude gang with founders Steve Rude (Nexus, The Moth), Mike Baron (Nexus, Badger, The Flash), Gary Martin (Nexus, The Moth), and Jaynelle Phillips-Rude, as they discuss what's in the future with this exciting new company. Q&A will follow as well as a special showing of the Nexus animated promo in its final, completed form! Room 2

2:30-3:30 FUNimation Industry Panel: Get in the Know! —A FUNimation representative will be on hand to talk about all the newest information and updates on everything they are currently working on, as well as answer questions. Room 3

2:30-4:00 Remembering Caniff and Canyon: 100/60 —Panelists Harry Guyton (Milton Caniff Estate), R. C. Harvey (Meanwhile. . . A Biography of Milton Caniff), Denis Kitchen (Steve Canyon Magazine), Russ Maheras (Steve Canyon 50th Anniversary comic strip), Diana Doalson (Milton Caniff's grandniece), and John Ellis (Steve Canyon DVD producer) will offer a rollicking remembrance of all things Caniff! Includes the first public screening of the restored 1959 NBC Steve Canyon episode “Operation Intercept” in over 40 years. Room 4

2:30-4:00 Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics—For nearly four decades (!), cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and the Final Arc) has presented his uniquely hilarious slideshow of “the craziest comic books ever published” to SRO audiences at Comic-Con. Now seen at www.oddballcomics.com and in the pages of Geek Monthly magazine, Scott’s Oddball Comics show features such nutty four-color oddities as All-Negro Comics, Popular Teen-Agers’ “Toni Gay and Butch Dykeman,” It’s Fun to Stay Alive, “crotch-centric” issues of Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane, and funnybooks with a “fish-in-the-face” motif. . . plus, a baker’s dozen of the most notorious Oddball Comics of all time! Don’t dare miss the presentation that Marvel’s Stan Lee calls “the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen!” Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Mattel: Masters of the Universe DVD release! At long last, the popular 2002 MOTU animated series is coming to DVD! Help celebrate this release with a special screening of episode 35, “The Power of Grayskull,” and learn the secret origin of the most Powerful Man in the Universe—He-Man! Q&A with Mattel toy designers to follow. Room 10

2:30-3:30 Lost Fan Summit—Admit it: you're a fan of one of television's most intriguing and exciting TV shows: Lost. You've posted on the message boards, examined screen-shots, and played The Lost Experience with thousands of others you've never met. Now meet some of your fellow Lost fans face to face and celebrate Lost on the web! Room 24A

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session—Want to go in depth with a comics scholar? The poster session provides that opportunity. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday scholars’ PowerPoint presentations will be available to read in printed “poster books,” then the scholars will be on hand at the poster session to discuss their presentations in small-group and one-on-one discussions. Jennifer K. Stuller provides a critical history of the cultural effect of Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise while exploring her contributions to comics narrative to elucidate the legacy of Britain’s princess of spy-fi. Brad Ricca (Case Western Reserve University) unveils “The Secret Name of Lois Lane” by tracing early, never-before-seen Siegel and Shuster material and outlining a Lois whose character and name is indebted to various, previously neglected sources, as well as proposing the definitive identity of the “real” Lois and showing how this information critically informs our understanding of her early character as an idealized (but problematic) representative of ‘higher’ art. Gregory Bray (SUNY—New Paltz) examines the way adolescent trauma in Smallville is encoded through the principles’ interactions with their parents—Jor El, Jonathan and Martha Kent, and Lionel Luthor—and asserts that Clark is defined by his trauma so fully that it's all that feeds his actions and drains the rest of who or what could be, while Lex is ultimately consumed with his destiny and enters a cycle of anti-humanism. Marc DiPaolo (Alvernia College) discusses the portrayal of the Punisher as insane Italian American crimefighter and Vietnam veteran. Robert Emmons (Art Institute of Philadelphia) explores the personal experiences of Alison Bechdel in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Craig Thompson in Blankets and how they can be transposed to a young audience to teach an understanding of the “other” to create open and honest discussion that provides context for the “other” and ourselves. Hal Shipman (Northwestern University) examines the particular aesthetics that are consistently at work in the graphic memoirs such as Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Guy DeLisle's Pyongyang, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, and Judd Winick's Pedro and Me to elucidate what it is about this most subjective of media that has made it so effective in telling these tales so explicitly presented as truth. Doug Highsmith (CSU—East Bay) traces the rise and fall of the American romance comic book. Travis Langley (Henderson State University) relates the conflict between pro-registration and anti-registration heroes in Marvel Comics’ Civil War to Erich Fromm’s basic human dilemma involving conflicting desires for freedom and security, examining how character motivations on both sides arise from positive human qualities because Fromm’s image of human nature is ultimately optimistic, holding that people on either side are struggling to find what is best for all. Jason Strykowski (True West Magazine), Meg Frisbee (University of New Mexico), and Shawn Wiemann (University of New Mexico) use the failure of Marvel’s NFL Superpro to show how representations of the fantastic in sequential arts are incompatible with the fantasies in professional sports and thereby reveal contrasts that cannot be resolved in a single form of American popular culture. A group of graduate students from the UC—San Diego present a poster panel on comics and the construction of identity: Marisa Brandt looks at memory and identity in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury arc The War Within; Matthew Brown asks why the DC Universe should have crises of identity; Adam Streed and Amanda Brovold assert that the superhero is as good as dead; Sabrina Starnaman examines identity formation in David B.’s Epileptic; and Evan Moreno-Davis explores how Christopher Chance targets the human condition. Room 30AB

2:30-4:00 Dynamic Drawing Workshop—Renowned art teachers Jeff Watts and Erik M. Gist demonstrate the Watts Atelier Method of Drawing. They will share the skills that have allowed them to excel as professional artists. Watch as they demonstrate their fantastic skills and explain the essentials of working from the live model and its importance to every working artist. Jeff founded Watts Atelier of the Arts some 15 years ago in hopes of preserving the tradition of master artists of the past. J oin Jeff and Erik as they share their thoughts on what it takes to train and perform at peak professional levels. Room 30CDE

2:45-4:00 Cartoon Network: Class of 3000/My Gym Partner's a Monkey—ATommy Lynch and Joe Horn, the men behind Class of 3000, talk about the upcoming season and answer questions. Also on hand are Tom Kenny (voice of Philly Phil) and the man himself, Andre Benjamin (voice of Sunny Bridges, Outkast). Plus, you never know what will happen when you get the creators and lead writer of My Gym Partner’s a Monkey all together in one place. Tim Cahill, Julie McNally Cahill, and Tom Sheppard will fill you in on what’s new for the coming season. Plus, a scheduled appearance by the voice of Jake, Tom Kenny! Then stick around for a sneak peek of the upcoming show Flapjack (Thurop Van Orman). Room 6A

2:45-3:45 Supernatural Screening and Q&A—Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki (House of Wax) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville)—along with executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), co-executive producer Ben Edlund (Angel), and co-executive producer Peter Johnson (DC Comics’ Supernatural: Origins comic book series)—answer questions from the audience, present a reel of highlights from Supernatural, and discuss the upcoming third season of this thrill-ride series with moderator Craig Tomashoff, West Coast Bureau Chief of TV Guide. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW. Room 6CDEF

3:00-4:15 Marvel: Spider-Man—This is the panel we’ve been teasing for months! Join Joe Quesada, Spidey editor Steve Wacker and the new creators on the thrice-monthly Amazing Spider-Man to find out what’s in store for Peter and his supporting cast, and why 2008 will see the dawning of a brand new day! Room 6B

3:00-4:00 The Darkness Game—The Darkness is a PS3/Xbox 360 title from premier video game publisher 2K Games, award-winning game developer Starbreeze Studios, leading independent comics creator/publisher Top Cow Productions, and video game/film production company Union Entertainment. The Darkness is the first game to be released based on a Top Cow comic and one of the only comic book–based video games ever released without a related feature film to help launch it. The video game stays true to its source while presenting a fresh, frightening reinvention of The Darkness’ mythology. The panel, composed of the key creative forces behind the project, will discuss the triumphs and challenges of bringing The Darkness to comics, from comics to games, then back to comics, and maybe more. Room 8

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Kyle Baker—One of the busiest writer/artists in comics, Kyle Baker works in animation, produces graphic novels, and creates just plain old-fashioned funny books. Kyle talks about the move of Kyle Baker Publishing to Image Comics this year and his many projects, including our personal favorite, The Bakers, the cartoon adventures of his own family. Room 1AB

3:30-4:30 Radical Comics—With a combined experience of 60 years in comics, film, music, and photography, Dave Elliott (Atomeka) and Barry Levine (film producer for Rex Mundi) have joined together to bring the world of film to comics: pulp adventure, epic fantasy, horror, science fiction, all by the top creators of comics, film, and fantasy. See for yourself why so much excitement is building around Radical Comics’ first titles: Hercules, Legends, Orphan, and Caliber. When the company debuts its titles in 2008, you will learn the true meaning of Radical. Room 2

3:30-4:30 Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth—Featured for the first time will be the exclusive screening of the documentary Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth. The documentary will show what made Alex such a unique and beloved artist. Following the screening will be a brief panel discussion featuring Mark Chiarello, Ruben Procopio, Toth’s children, and documentary producers Alex Gray and Jon Mefford. Room 3

3:30-4:30 Del Rey Manga—Tthe Del Rey Manga team will be on hand for exciting new manga announcements—both Japanese and OEL—plus an exclusive look at Terry Brooks’ first-ever graphic novel, Dark Wraith of Shannara, and the usual fun of the Del Rey Q&A. Get those questions ready now and Dallas Middaugh (associate publisher), Ali Kokmen (marketing manager), Mutsumi Miyazaki (director of licensing and acquisitions), and Tricia Narwani (Del Rey manga editorial) will do their best to answer and/or dodge them! Room 10

3:30-4:30 Futurama—Matt Groening is proud to announce the long-awaited return of the animated sci-fi comedy classic Futurama! Matt and executive producer David X. Cohen will be on the dais, accompanied by writer Ken Keeler, animation directors Peter Avanzino and Dwayne Carey-Hill, and for the first time together on stage in any universe, actors Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker)! The cast and crew will entertain your questions and present a sneak peek at Bender’s Big Score! in glorious wide-screen format! Moderated by Bill Morrison. Ballroom 20

3:30-4:30 Little Lulu Fan Group Meeting—One of the most memorable kids' comics ever published, Little Lulu has generated a fan following around the world. Learn more about this classic comics character and join in for the annual reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome! Room 24A

3:30-5:00 The Costume Designers Guild Presents Costume Centric: Designing Icons—Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Raiders of the Lost Ark), president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892 will interview costume designers Mary Vogt (The Fantastic Four: The Return of the Silver Surfer), Michael Wilkinson (300), and Mona May (Enchanted). There will be a Q&A as part of the program. Later in the evening, the CDG designers will be awarding the first ever CDG Prize for Outstanding Costume at the Comic-Con Masquerade. Room 30AB

4:00-5:00 AFI’s Behind the Plastic II: Creativity to Collectible—Action figure and statue sculpting is pop art that is coming into the mainstream spotlight. In years past, nameless, faceless sculptors cranked out figure after figure of beloved characters, but now the sculptors are becoming better known among fans and the industry. In this discussion with some of the industry’s top sculptors you will discover the path that led them to many a “fan boy’s” dream job. Find out what tools and materials they use and where laser scanning ends and the sculptor takes over. Also covered will be mold making and painting, design, and marketing personal projects. Moderator Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from ActionFigureInsider.com talks to Jean St. Jean (sculptor, NECA, McFarlane, Diamond Select, DC Direct), Mike Locasio (sculptor, NECA, McFarlane, DC Direct, Diamond Select), Ruben Procopio (sculptor, Masked Avengers Studio, Electric Tiki, Disney Classic Collectibles), Kat Sapene (prototype painter, Electric Tiki, Sota), and Eddie Wires (prototype painter, Toy Biz, DC Direct). Room 4

4:00-5:00 Mission: McFarlane—Todd McFarlane (Spawn, McFarlane Toys), R. A. Salvatore (Drizzt Do’Urden, 38 Studios), Brett Close (38 Studios president and CEO), Brian Haberlin (editor-in-chief Spawn Comics), and in a special appearance Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead and Invincible) talk about all the stuff about the McFarlane Companies that they can talk about in one hour, including company announcements. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Two Rays: Bradbury and Harryhausen—Two of the living legends of science fiction and fantasy reunite in this Comic-Con exclusive event! Author Ray Bradbury and filmmaker Ray Harryhausen share a life-long friendship and passionate interest in all things fantastic. Joining them are Bradbury biographer Sam Weller and Harryhausen producer Arnold Kunert. Room 6CDEF

4:00-5:00 Jeff Smith—Join Jeff for an open Q&A about his latest projects, including Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil (DC Comics), the new Bone Volume 6 color edition (Scholastic), the new Art of Bone book (Dark Horse) and the Ohio State Wexner Center Bone Art Exhibit planned for 2008. Also get a sneak-peek at his upcoming new self-published comic: RASL. Room 8

4:00-5:00 Polyfoam Workshop—Dennis Quon, creator of Polymorphism Art, and panel members Joshua Quon and Rozzie Quon demonstrate the process of creating polyfoam art. The panel’s focus will be on making a transparent body for a jellyfish and using other media incorporated into this project. The workshop includes a Q&A session. Room 30CDE

4:15-5:15 Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider: A GameTap Exclusive Animated Series—In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Tomb Raider, GameTap has assembled legendary artists and writers including Jim Lee (Batman: Hush, WildC.A.T.s), Warren Ellis (The Authority, Transmetropolitan), Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, Animatrix), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey), and Brian Pulido (Lady Death, The Darkness) to participate in the first season of GameTap’s newest original series, Re\Visioned. Each artist and writer applied their unique talents to reinvent leading lady Lara Croft in his or her own way, creating a new animated series airing exclusively on GameTap.com. Join us for an all-star panel as these industry legends share their creative experiences in bringing a gaming icon to life. Moderated by series creator Ricardo Sanchez, the panel will showcase a full episode by Warren Ellis and an exclusive preview of upcoming episodes. Room 6A

4:15-5:00 Universal Pictures—Universal Pictures' presentation features a cast and filmmaker panel from one of its most exciting titles for 2008: Marvel's new take on cherished superhero icon The Incredible Hulk. In person: stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt; director Louis Leterrier; and producers Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd, and Kevin Feige. Hall H

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Rowena—Comic-Con special guest Rowena Morrill, better known as Rowena, is one of the top cover illustrators in science fiction and fantasy. Her incredible body of work includes over 300 book covers. Rowena talks about her career and future projects. Room 1AB

4:30-6:00 Spotlight on Roy Thomas—One of the first big-time fans turned pro, Roy Thomas went from editing the seminal comics fanzine Alter Ego to a job at Marvel Comics that saw him produce memorable runs on Avengers, X-Men, Conan and just about every other Marvel character and group, including, at one point, editing the whole line. Mark Evanier interviews Thomas on his long and storied career in comics, including his return to the magazine that started it all, Alter Ego. Room 2

4:30-5:30 ADV Industry Panel—Join ADV Films co-founder and ADR director extraordinaire Matt Greenfield (Kurau Phantom Memory) as he previews new and upcoming series, answers your questions, and makes a surprising announcement or two. It’s history in the making—plus prizes, prizes, and more prizes! Get there early to save your seat! Room 3

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski—It’s a big summer for popular writer/producer/director J. Michael Straczynski, as his new direct-to-DVD feature Babylon 5: The Lost Tales debuts and he brings back Thor to his rightful place in the Marvel universe. JMS talks about these projects and more, including his upcoming film Changeling for Imagine Entertainment, which is being produced by Ron Howard, starring Angelina Jolie, and directed by Clint Eastwood. And then there’s World War Z, and Goliath: The Story of David and that Silver Surfer movie, too . . . Room 6B

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Kent Williams—Comic-Con special guest Kent Williams talks about his dual career in comics and the art world. Comics artist and colorist Jose Villarrubia will interview Kent about his work, and Kent will present a visual presentation featuring his art. Room 10

4:30-6:00 Action Figure Customizing Fan Group Meeting—Join a group of action figure customizers who create the toys they always wanted but couldn't buy. Share tips and tricks. Meet your online friends. Bring examples of your figures for all to gaze upon. All scales, skill levels, DC, Marvel, and more are welcome. Moderator: Fwooshnet's Paul G. Wolf, aka Pablolobo. Room 24A

4:45-5:45 Dark Horse Presents: Joss Whedon—With the hugely successful release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 for Dark Horse Comics, Joss Whedon (Fray, Astonishing X-Men) talks about picking up where the TV series left off, his other projects, future plans, and possibly even a few surprises. A sneak peek from the upcoming Serenity—Collector's Edition DVD will be shown. Ballroom 20

5:00-6:00 Ellen Forney: I Love Led Zepplin—This multimedia show features Ellen Forney performing as narrator with flash cartoon clips of her wildly amusing observations on contemporary urban culture, including her elegy to live-fast, die-young ethos “The Final Soundtrack,” which inspired the title of her book. The program will also include her collaboration with comedian Margaret Cho, “How to Be a Fabulous fleegle Hag,” and her early brush with celebrity in “My Date with Camille Paglia.” Room 4

5:00-6:00 WildStorm: Storm Front—The pieces are moving into place, as 2007 is shaping up to be a banner year for DC’s left coast imprint, WildStorm. Be here to see what’s on the horizon in the WildStorm Universe! Bob Wayne (DC Comics VP, sales) moderates, with Jim Lee (editorial director, WildStorm; artist, WildC.A.T.S), Hank Kanalz (VP/general manager, WildStorm), Ben Abernathy (editor, WildStorm), Scott Peterson (editor, WildStorm), and some of comics’ top talents, including Christos N. Gage (Stormwatch PHD), Gail Simone, (Gen13, Welcome to Tranquility), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown, Friday the 13th), and Justin Gray (Countdown, Friday the 13th). As a special incentive, a collectible comic will be distributed to fans at the panel! Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 NBM's 30th Birthday Party! —America's original graphic novel publisher—the company that has brought you fantasy by Ray Bradbury, classic tales by Will Eisner, best-selling art books by Luis Royo, and sexy stories by Milo Manara and Guido Crepax—is celebrating! Join the NBM gang for birthday cake and news about new books by Bryan Talbot, Eisner nominee Lewis Trondheim, and other stars. Scheduled to appear: Rick Geary (A Treasury of Victorian Murder), Chad Michael Ward (Autopsyrotica), Rob Vollmar (Bluesman and The Castaways), Bryan Talbot, and some surprise guests! Room 8

5:00-6:00 PC Gamer and Maximum PC: How to Play a Better Game, Part 3—Will Smith (editor-in-chief of Maximum PC), Chuck Osborn (senior executive editor of PC Gamer), Norman Chan (contributing editor of PC Gamer), and Mario Kroll (director of marketing for CDV) host a discussion and Q&A session about real-time strategy games. Topics will include basic strategy, performance-enhancing tips, and genre-specific hardware upgrade recommendations, using one of CDV’s many games as a demonstration tool. Room 30AB

5:00-6:00 The Shiflett Bros. and Friends Sculpting Panel—Industry sculptors Brandon and Jarrod Shiflett (Bowen Designs, Dynamic Forces, Toy Biz) are joined on stage by sculpting friends and heroes in this free-for-all discussion about the craft, process, and industry of comic book and fantasy sculpting. Room 30CDE

5:15-6:30 The Sarah Connor Chronicles Screening and Q&A—Catch the first-ever fan screening of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the television incarnation of the Terminator franchise, followed by a Q&A with stars Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Summer Glau (Firefly), and Richard T. Jones (Event Horizon), along with executive producers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), David Nutter (The X-Files), and James Middleton (of C-2 Pictures, producers of the Terminator trilogy). Produced by C-2 Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Sarah Connor Chronicles will air Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT on FOX, starting midseason. Room 6CDEF

5:15-6:45 Sony/Screen Gems—This panel showcases three great new films from Screen Gems and Sony! First up, it’s zombie action at it’s finest with Resident Evil: Extinction. See the world premiere of the new trailer and meet the stars of this third and final installment of the Resident Evil saga, based on the wildly popular video game series. Alice (Milla Jovovich), now in hiding in the Nevada desert, once again joins forces with Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and L. J. (Mike Epps), along with new survivors, including Claire Redfield (Ali Larter). On stage in person to take your questions will be Milla Jovovich, in her first ever Comic-con appearance, along with co-stars Oded Fehr and Ali Larter. Resident Evil: Extinction is in theaters everywhere September 21.

30 Days of Night—Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's vampire noir epic horror/thriller reaches the big screen under the banner of Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. On hand to show clips and answer questions will be director David Slade, producer Rob Tapert, creators Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, and stars Josh Hartnett (Sin City) and Danny Huston (Children of Men).

Superbad—Producer Judd Apatow follows his hit comedy Knocked Up with this highly anticipated look at the lives of several misfit guys on the eternal quest to find the right girl and prove that they’re not just bad, they're Superbad. Apatow discusses the outrageous comedy audiences have come to expect from him. Joining Apatow will be his Superbad entourage, including Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, director Greg Mottola, screenwriter and star Seth Rogen, screenwriter Evan Goldberg, producer Shauna Robertson, and possibly even Bill Hader, if he will only listen to reason. Hall H

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Joseph Michael Linsner—His incredibly lush style of painted art made Dawn an instant hit. Comic-Con special guest Joseph Michael Linsner talks about his almost-20 years telling tales of the goddess, what’s next for both him and Dawn, and his long-time collaboration with writer/artist and co-colorist Eva Hopkins. Room 1AB

5:30-6:30 Keenspot Unplugged 2007—Those crazy cartoonists from pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot return for their seventh annual panel discussion! Keenspot creators scheduled to appear include Dan Shive (El Goonish Shive), Chris Layfield and Pascalle (Zap!), R. Smith (Funny Farm), R. C. Monroe (Out There), Mark Mekkes (Zortic), and Keenspot co-CEO Darren Bleuel (Nukees). Hosted by Chris Daily (Striptease). Late-breaking announcements and previews of Keenspot's newest comics and animation projects! Free Keenspot giveaways for everyone who attends. Room 3

5:30-8:00 Gays in Comics Panel and Mixer: The 20th Anniversary! —Two decades of “Gays in Comics” is celebrated at its birthplace: Comic-Con! From DC's diverse roster that includes a lesbian Question and Batwoman and a gay Pied Piper and Midnighter to Marvel's Moondragon and Quasar or Hulkling and Wicca, super-hero comics have come a long way in representing gay characters. With Yaoi also exploding in the marketplace, the bravura graphic novel Fun Home winning awards worldwide, and TV shows such as Heroes tapping into the comic book closet, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters and fans are finally being represented. An all-star panel of GLBT creators (and a straight one) will offer startling insight and glimpses of surprises to come! Joining founding moderator Andy Mangels, best-selling author of Star Trek novels and director of She-Ra and Isis DVD documentaries, are Alison Bechdel, the writer/artist of the critical best-seller Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the writer of Sensational Spider-Man and Nightcrawler; Chuck Kim, a writer for the Heroes TV series and many DC Comics titles; Charles "Zan" Christensen, the co-founder of PRISM and writer of the upcoming The Mark of Aeacus; Alonso Duralde, pop culture critic, author of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men, and former Advocate arts editor; and Megan Gedris, PRISM grant-winning artist of Yu+Me manga webcomic. Plus, a very important special guest may make an appearance! Afterward, stick around for the hour-long gay comics fan mixer/social, sponsored by PRISM Comics, with prizes and surprise special guests! Room 6A

5:30-6:30 Robert A. Heinlein: Centennial Man—Greg Bear (Quantico), Jackie Estrada (Eisner Awards administrator and long-time Comic-Con volunteer), Dr. Robert James (assistant editor, The Heinlein Journal), David Silver (president, The Heinlein Society), and Mike Sheffield (Blood Drive chair, The Heinlein Society) talk about Robert Anson Heinlein, who left an incredible literary and philanthropic legacy to the world. Help celebrate his 100th birthday with a lively discussion of his writing and his life. Room 10

5:45-7:00 Introducing The Film Crew: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett—Three of the brilliantly insane minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 finally reunite to unleash their warped sense of humor on the cinema of yesteryear as The Film Crew. Join Mike, Kevin, and Bill as they preview exclusive excerpts from three upcoming Film Crew DVDs: Killers From Space, Wild Women of Wongo, and Giant Of Marathon—followed by a Q&A session! Room 6B

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Mark Verheiden—The popular writer of movies (The Mask, Timecop), television (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), and comics (Superman Batman, The American) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest. Mark Verheiden talks to writer and friend Jeff Gelb about his career storytelling on the big screen, the small screen, and the printed page. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson—Noted animation director and artist Tom Sito (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King), discusses the secrets behind the animation labor movement, from his new book, Drawing the Line. Room 4

6:00-7:00 The Pitching Hour —Jermaine Turner (director, original series, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group), Jill Stewart (manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation), Dan Evans (network exec, Digimon), Jeremy Love (VP, Gettosake Entertainment), Laurenn McCubbin (producer, Showtime's Rent Girl), and Jonas Agin (senior VP, Tom Lynch Company) will take an idea from conception through production. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creator should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be IP lawyer Brendan McFeely to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood! Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 The Goon—Independent and cult comic book icon Eric Powell discusses the past, present, and future of his Eisner Award–winning comic The Goon, from the ongoing series to the long-awaited Chinatown graphic novel. Room 8

6:00-7:00 Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory—Indiana Jones fans unite! Join the fans from the upcoming documentary Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory as they "moderate" this one-stop Indiana Jones information center for all the fans! Various "experts" will be on hand to embark on discussions about all things Indiana Jones, including the upcoming fourth film. And don't miss out on the Indiana Jones Trivia Contest; the winner will receive an Indy Magnoli Ceramic Holy Grail. Room 24A

(Saturday's schedule is continued in the next post)

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And the rest of the schedule for Saturday, July 28th:

6:00-7:00 Create Your Own Comics and Manga—Learn how to create comics and manga on your computer. Manga Studio, the leading Manga and comic art software, provides all the essential tools you need to create professional, ready-to-publish pages from start to finish! Manga Studio offers an intuitive interface and delivers the best suite of ready-to-use screen tones, content, and special manga and comic effects for hobbyists, experienced artists, and professionals. Featuring Steve Yatson (VP of marketing, e frontier America Inc.) and Lincy Chan (manga artist, TOKYOPOP). Room 30AB

6:00–7:00 The Hero Initiative: I'm Supposed to Retire on This?! —When you're a professional in comics, you are in charge of your own destiny, including paying your taxes and funding your retirement. But how are you supposed to save any money when Uncle Sam takes it all? And if you do have any money left over, where do you put it—IRAs, SEPs, savings accounts or bank CDs, what's the difference? Harlan Wenig (independent financial advisor) and Joe Davidson (registered tax preparer) explore the financial aspects of being a comic book professional. Room 30CDE

6:30-7:30 Troma's Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead—Troma's Fowl Movement Poultrygeist is the latest film from Troma Studios, was created and marketed in Troma's patented guerrilla style. This panel will show you how to make and market your indie film in an increasingly corporate age. See exclusive scenes and behind-the-scenes footage from the film MTV calls "Hilarious! Definitely something you need to see to believe!" Moderated by director Lloyd Kaufman, this panel will include special guests like Tim Seeley (Devil's Due) and Batton Lash (Supernatural Law). These creators will show you the fine art of transforming your movie characters into graphic novel heroes, as well as discuss their own Troma comic book projects. Room 1AB

6:30-7:30 The Animation Production Process—What goes into bringing an animated script to screen? Producers Stephanie Graziano (X-Men: The Animated Series), Tad Stones (Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms), and Greg Weisman (Spectacular Spider-Man) take you behind the scenes and into the trenches. Moderated by Shannon Muir (Invader Zim), author of Gardner's Guide to Writing and Producing Animation from GGC, and currently project management coordinator at Animation World Network. Room 3

6:30-7:30 Smallville Screening and Q&A—Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns with an all-new screening and Q&A, featuring executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (both from Spider-Man 2) and cast members. Special appearance by the actress chosen to play Supergirl in the upcoming season of Smallville! Produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Thursdays at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW. Room 6CDEF

6:30-7:30 Josh Howard/Dead@17—After its remarkable debut in 2003, plus a fistful of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, the comics series Dead@17 has finally gone monthly. Join Josh Howard (The Lost Books of Eve) for this Q&A session, including a special sneak preview showing of the Dead@17 short film (by Mark Steensland) a month before its world premiere in England! Room 10

Nighttime Programs

7:00-8:00 Gays In Comics Mixer—See the Gays in Comics panel description at 5:30 for more information. Room 6A

7:00-9:00 CBLDF Benefit Auction—This is the big one! The CBLDF holds its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con, and this year brings some amazing one-of-a-kind items to raise money for free speech! Primo items include original art by Jim Lee, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Charlie Adlard, Norm Breyfogle, Rich Buckler, Brian Stelfreeze, and more! Plus a mind-blowing array of rare signed items, including signed portfolios and books by Frank Frazetta, Richard Corben, Hal Foster, Rebecca Guay, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and many others! The Fund will also be auctioning off hot comics, including CGC 9.8 copies of Captain America #25, first printing and variants. Join auctioneer Chuck Rozanski and the CBLDF crew to support the Fund's current casework in Georgia, and help them shore up reserves to protect comics' First Amendment rights against any threat on the horizon. You will need a bidder number for this auction, which can be obtained, along with a full auction list, at the CBLDF booth #1831 or at the start of the event. Room 8

7:30-8:45 Comic Book Club—Iron your capes, unplug the Bat Signal, and set your decoder rings on awesome: the Comic Book Club is in session! The Comic Book Club is a weekly comic book talk show from New York featuring the best comedians in town talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. They're coming to San Diego to get to the bottom of all the news from the con! Featuring a panel of surprise guests from the con and your hosts Justin Tyler, Alex Zalben, and Pete LePage. Come, unwind, and talk comics—you're in the club! Room 5AB

7:45-8:45 Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program—Sarah Silverman (jingle Is Magic) plays a character (aptly named Sarah Silverman) whose absurd daily life is told through an array of scripted scenes and song. In each episode, Sarah manages to fall into unique, sometimes unsettling, and always hilarious predicaments, with her sister—played by real-life sister Laura Silverman (The Comeback), her geeky gay neighbors Brian (Brian Posehn, Just Shoot Me) and Steve (Steve Agee, jingle Is Magic), and Officer Jay (Jay Johnston, Mr. Show with Bob and David) never far from her side. Silverman, Rob Schrab (Monster House), Heidi Herzon (jingle is Magic) and Dan Sterling (The Daily Show) are the executive producers. Join the entire cast of the Comedy Central hit series for a Q&A session. Room 6CDEF

8:30-11:30 GameTap Presents: The Comic-Con International Masquerade—Fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by our talented attendees appear on stage before an audience of thousands. Outstanding costumes will be awarded trophies and cash prizes. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45, but the line will start much earlier! Tickets will be required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 4:30. Our Masters of Ceremonies will be writer/artists Phil Foglio and Kaija Foglio of Studio Foglio, and halftime entertainment will feature a dramatic performance by the JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts & Culture. Ballroom 20

8:30-11:30 Comic-Con International Masquerade Broadcast—Can’t get into Ballroom 20 to see the big show? Don’t worry about it! We’ve got you covered with two big 1,000-seat rooms broadcasting the Comic-Con Masquerade LIVE on the big screen! Rooms 6A and 6B

8:30-1:30 Comic-Con International Masquerade Party—Party into the night and watch the Masquerade LIVE via big screen projection. Dancing starts after 10:00 PM. Sails Pavilion

9:00-11:30 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 10th Anniversary Screening—Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a screening of two Buffy episodes, including the musical episode, “Once More with Feeling,” presented by Whedonopolis.com. There will be free keepsakes for attendees and a few other surprises! Stop by for some music, singing and "dancin' crazy." Room 5AB

9:00-11:00 Spotlight on Warren Ellis—Warren Ellis (Authority, Black Summer) is not only one of the most critically acclaimed writers of comic books but also one of the most outspoken. Don't miss this chance to see him talk about everything from modern technology to how he crafts a tale, and get special sneak peaks of his new Avatar titles Doktor Sleepless, Black Summer, and some amazing surprise project announcements! Room 6CDEF

(Dang! The Incredible Hulk movie presentation is the same time as the AFI panel.)

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Sunday, July 29

10:30-11:45 Jack Kirby Tribute—Let’s face it: when it comes to comics, it’s Kirby’s World and we just live in it. 2007 has seen a bumper crop of Kirby projects, including the first volume of DC’s deluxe chronological reprinting of all the Fourth World stories, a major documentary about Jack on the Fantastic Four DVD, and Mark Evanier’s upcoming art book Kirby, King of Comics. Join Evanier as he talks to Neil Gaiman, Erik Larsen, Darwyn Cooke, Mike Royer, and members of the Kirby family about the lasting influence of the undisputed King of comics. Room 1AB

10:30-11:30 TOKYOPOP: The Creators—A diverse and talented panel of artists and authors discuss the creation of their original and innovative TOKYOPOP manga titles. Featuring Becky Cloonan (creator, East Coast Rising, artist, American Virgin), Brandon Graham (author, artist King City), Tricia Hale (author, Grand Theft Galaxy), David Hine (creator, Poison Candy; writer, Son of X, Daredevil, and Spawn), Jim Pascoe (author, Undertown), and Felipe Smith (creator, MBQ). Room 2

10:30-11:30 Archie Comics—Archie comics creators Craig Boldman (Archie newspaper strip, Jughead), Tania del Rio (Sabrina), Bill Galvan (Jughead & Friends), George Gladir (Archie, Betty, Betty & Veronica), Rich Koslowski (Archie & Friends, Jughead, Sonic), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica, Veronica), Andrew Pepoy (Archie & Friends: Katy Keene, Betty & Veronica, Sonic) and staff members Victor Gorelick (VP/managing editor), Fred Mausser (VP/director of circulation), and Rik Offenberger (public relations coordinator) discuss upcoming plans at Archie Comics, talk about comics for kids, and take questions from the audience. At the conclusion of the panel there will be free copies of Archie Digest #236 for fans, while supplies last. Room 4

10:30-12:00 CBLDF Live Art Jam—Did you ever want to look over a legendary artist's shoulder while he or she created a great piece of art, then add it to your collection? Well, here's your chance to do just that and support a great cause! See Jim Lee (Batman), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) draw live art projected onto the big screen at the first ever CBLDF Live Art Jam at Comic-Con! Watch these comics legends make stunning drawings of your favorite comics characters that you can bid on to support the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! (Please note, you will need a bidder number to bid on art in this event, which you can pick up throughout the con at Booth 1831, or at the start of the event.) Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 DC Big Guns—Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. Green Lantern. The Flash. They stand for more than Justice. Each, in his or her own way, is the archetypal hero. Listen in as their top creators discuss where they’ve been and—more important—where they’re going in the year to come. See what’s in store for the World's Greatest Super-Heroes with the new iconic architects Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman), jingle Merino (Superman), Dustin Nguyen (Superman/Batman), Carlos Pacheco (Superman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), group editors Eddie Berganza and Bob Schreck, and senior editors Matt Idelson and Mike Marts. Room 6A

10:30-11:30 The Graphic Novel Explosion—Up until the last few years, graphic novels were published primarily by specialty houses that produced only comics and related works. Now, however, traditional mainstream publishing houses are producing graphic novels and even setting up graphic novel divisions, spurred by bookstore sales trends, library demand, and critical recognition. What has led to this trend? What sorts of books are these publishers looking for? Who is the audience? What role has manga played? And is the graphic novel market going to continue to expand, or will the bubble burst? Panelists include Charles Kochman, senior editor, Harry N. Abrams; David Saylor, creative director, Scholastic/Graphix; Karen Berger, executive editor, Vertigo/Minx/DC; Mark Siegel, senior editor, First Second; Dallas Middaugh, associate publisher, Del Rey Manga; Chris Schluep, editor, Ballantine/Del Rey/Villard; and Calvin Reid, news editor, Publisher’s Weekly, and co-editor, PW Comics Weekly. Moderated by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards administrator and consultant to Foreword magazine’s Comique graphic novel supplement. Room 8

10:30-5:00 Kids’ Day Special: San Diego International Children’s Film Festival—Comic-Con is pleased to offer a full-day of special Kids’ Day film screenings in conjunction with the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival. The complete schedule is coming soon -- stay tuned! Room 10

10:30-11:30 Christian Comic Arts Society—Hear about the 2007 explosion of Christian themed projects from major publishers, and network with other Christians. Panel features Buzz Dixon (Serenity, Goofyfoot Gurl, Realbuzz Studios), Eric Jansen (Foursquare Missions Press), Robin Parrish (Fearless—The Dominion Trilogy, INFUZE magazine), and Thom Parham (The Gospel According to Super-Heroes). Moderated by Robert Flores (Christian Comic Arts Society.) Room 24A

10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Cultural Continuity—Anne Hoyer (German Society of Research on Comics) traces the decline of Scots-specific features in Oor Wullie, a Scottish newspaper strip published since 1936 whose protagonist was voted Scottish icon of the year in 2004, and the increasing Englishness of the strip. Kristy Boney (Ohio State University) explores how many modern comics such as Bill Willingham’s Fables, and Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin take their cue from the Friedrich Schlegel and the Brothers Grimm and discusses the extent to which they stay faithful to the Volksmärchen (folk tradition) or follow the Kunstmärchen (artistic tradition) and become more subversive, expanding the collective folk tradition. Kotaro Nakagaki (Tokiwa University, Japan) reexamines the cross-fertilization of Japanese manga and American popular culture and analyzes cultural identity and globalization within the global market context of American and Japanese circulation. Room 30AB

10:30-11:30 Kid’s Drawing Day Workshop: Basic Skills—To be a good cartoonist you must know the basic skills of cartooning. Whether you're drawing animals or people, facial expressions or body action, knowing these basic skills is a must. This session is designed to illustrate and assist young artists in applying these basic skills into their cartoon drawings. Gil McCue is a cartoon art teacher, NCS member, and author-illustrator of the book Cartooning—The Basic Skills, now available online. Room 30CDE

10:45-11:45 Super-Macho Sunday! El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera—Creators and co-executive producers Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua and supervising director Dave Thomas offer an inside look at what’s coming up this fall on their hit series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. They’ll share artwork and provide sneak peeks at new supervillains, upcoming specials, and little-known facts about El Tigre and his family. Then, sit back and laugh as you enjoy a live table read of a never-before-seen episode El Tigre, featuring series leads Alana Ubach (voice of Manny), Grey DeLisle (voice of Frida), Eric Bauza (voice of Rodolfo), and Carlos Alazraqui (voice of Granpapi). Moderated by Rich Magallanes, director of animation production. Room 6B

10:45-11:45 TV Guide: Super(Natural) Women—When it comes to supernatural, fantasy, and sci-fi shows these days, more women than ever are kicking ass and saving souls. Some of prime time’s most fantastic females will tell all about how they’ve been able to make it in what has traditionally been a (super) man’s world. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Jenni Baird (The 4400), Allison DuBois (real life inspiration for Medium), Lisa Klink (Painkiller Jane), Lucy Lawless (Battlestar Galactica, Xena Warrior Princess), Marti Noxon (Private Practice, Buffy The Vampire Slayer); and several others. TV Guide’s West Coast Bureau Chief Craig Tomashoff moderates. Room 6CDEF

11:00-11:30 Trailer Park—It’s a Comic-Con tradition! The very best in movie trailers, currently in—and some soon to be arriving at—your friendly neighborhood cinema. Ballroom 20

11:30-12:30 Emily the Strange—Are you Strange? Or maybe just Strange-curious? Do you prefer sun down to sun up? Do you wear black stockings in the summer and sunglasses at night? Are you a dork for the dark? Are you entertained by lots of stupid questions and even stupider answers? If you answered yes to even just one of these questions, Dark Horse's Emily the Strange Panel is the one for you! This is your chance to meet the creative loonies behind the world's strangest girl, get answers to your oh-so-dire Emily questions, and participate in some of the weirdest Comic-Con hi-jinks you'll ever experience. Attendees are required to bring a sack lunch, a bucket of licorice ice cream, six veggie corn dogs, two feral cats, and some eye of newt. Oh, and wear black socks or we'll all laugh at you. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Graphic Novels in Libraries—Get practical advice about graphic novels and anime in libraries! Programming, collection development, review resources, bibliographies, and more will be discussed by Jill Patterson (La Habra Branch Library), Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), Kearsten LaBrozzi (Glendale Public Library), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library). Room 3

11:30-12:30 Capcom: Shade II—Following up on the first ever MMWRPG (Massively Multiplayer Wireless Role-Playing Game), Capcom presents Shade II, a brand-new interactive world of dark fantasy. Capcom Interactive Canada studio head and executive producer Dave Dies and character designer Dave Daniels team up with famed comics writer Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, Blade) to show the world just how fun (and addicting) the world of mobile gaming can be. Look for the official Shade novel and graphic novel in March 2008 from Prima Games. Marv Wolfman’s appearance is made possible by Prima Games, an imprint of Random House, Inc. Room 4

11:30-1:00 Comics Are Not Literature—For years, comics have presented themselves as a new kind of literature—but cartooning isn't prose, and graphic novels aren't novels. What if conflating comics with "literary" storytelling is a terrible mistake? Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) moderates what should be a contentious discussion with Cecil Castellucci (The PLAIN Janes), Dan Nadel (PictureBox Inc.), Austin Grossman (Soon I Will Be Invincible), Paul Tobin (Spider-Man Family), and Sara Ryan (The Rules for Hearts). Room 8

11:30-12:30 Right at Your Door and Dragon Wars—Two great new films are showcased in this panel, coming soon to a theatre near you! In Right at Your Door, multiple dirty bombs are detonated, spreading deadly toxic ash across Los Angeles. Brad (Rory Cochrane) and his wife, Lexi (Mary McCormack) struggle to survive. When "help" finally does arrive, it appears to be anything but. Appearing in person: writer/director Chris Gorak, producers Jonah Smith and Palmer West (A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life, Requiem for a Dream), and stars Rory Cochrane (Dazed & Confused, CSI: Miami) and Mary McCormack (The West Wing, Howard Stern's Private Parts). In theaters August 24 from Roadside Attractions.

Next up it’s Dragon Wars (aka D-War)! Dragon-like creatures from an ancient legend appear in Los Angeles and terrorize the city in search of a mysterious girl. A TV reporter investigating the incidents uncovers a piece of debris that directly links him to his destiny as an ancient warrior who was reborn to protect this unknown girl from the evil dragons and save the city from total destruction. Based on a Korean legend and directed by Korean superstar Hyung-rae Shim. Appearing in person: Jason Behr (Roswell, The Grudge), Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive), and Craig Robinson (The Office). In theaters September 21 from Freestyle Releasing. Ballroom 20

11:30-1:00 Friends of Lulu Annual Meeting—President Shannon Crane and directors Leigh Dragoon, Marion Vitus, Shawnelle Gibbs, and Shawnee Gibbs discuss Friends of Lulu's past year as well as future plans. Learn what Friends of Lulu is all about and how you can help further FoL’s goals of increasing diversity within the comic book industry as well as breaking down stereotypes about women and comics. Nominations will be taken for the new Board of Directors for the 2007–2008 year. The meeting is open to all. Room 24A

11:30-12:30 Kids’ Day Drawing Workshop: Kids’ Cartoon Studio—Watch as six fantastic kid-friendly cartoonists draw their hearts out, right in front of you! Scott Morse (Magic Pickle), George O’Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), David Nakayama (Marvel Adventures Hulk), Amy Kim Ganter (Sorcerers and Secretaries), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), and Nick Bertozzi (Houdini: The Handcuff King) will be showcasing a diversity of styles from manga to superheroes and everything in between. They’ll talk about their backgrounsd and then hit the drawing boards. Moderated by Janna Morishima, Diamond Kids Group. Room 30CDE

11:45-12:30 SCI FI Tin Man: Story Time—This December, SCI FI will boldly re-imagine L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A sometimes psychedelic, often twisted and always outrageous take on the book, SCI FI’s Tin Man is the epic tale of DG (Zooey Deschanel), a young woman plucked from her humdrum life and thrust into The Outer Zone (the O.Z.), a fantastical realm rife with wonder, but oppressed by dark magic. In the adventure of a lifetime, DG discovers her true identity, battles evil winged-monkey-bats, and attempts to fulfill her destiny. Celebrate Kid's Day at Comic Con by joining Kathleen Robertson, who plays the evil sorceress Azkadellia, in a reading that pays tribute to L. Frank Baum’s original classic and catch a sneak peak of the upcoming miniseries coming to SCI FI this December. Room 1AB

11:45-12:45 Marvel X-Men—“Endangered Species” is underway, and “Messiah Complex” is looming. Ed Brubaker, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Mike Carey, and executive editor Axel Alonso are unveiling huge plans and unleashing some mutant mayhem that you’ll have to see to believe! Room 6A

12:00-1:00 My Dad Makes Comics! —What does a comics career look like from a kid's eye view? Find out with Sky and Winter McCloud, daughters of Scott McCloud (Making Comics); Alexa Kitchen (Drawing Comics is Easy (Except When it's Hard)), daughter of Denis Kitchen; and Brennan Wagner, son of Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage) discuss what it’s like living with dad, the cartoonist. Room 5AB

12:00-1:15 Cartoon Voices II—Back for more with some of the greatest voice talent in cartoons today! Moderator Mark Evanier talks with Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), Michael Bell (Rugrats), Gregg Berger (Transformers), Joe Alaskey (Duck Dodgers), and others in this second installment. Room 6B

12:00-1:00 The 4400—Get a sneak peek of upcoming scenes from The 4400, CBS Paramount Network Television’s hit sci-fi series for USA Network, during a panel discussion led by TV Guide West Coast editor Craig Tomashoff, with series stars Billy Campbell (Jordan Collier), Chad Faust (Kyle Baldwin), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Isabelle Tyler), and Jenni Baird (Megan Doyle), executive producer Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and supervising producer Craig Sweeny (Medium). In season four of The 4400, widespread distribution of the drug promicin has created a dangerous new world, a world in which special abilities are no longer the exclusive province of the 4400. Fifty percent of those who take the shot pay the price with their lives, while those who survive are now ostracized by a government determined to rid the world of promicin forever. Room 6CDEF

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Wolf Gal and the Feral Women of Li’l Abner—Cartoonist and historian Trina Robbins (From Girls to Grrrlz) presents a slideshow talk on the feral girls—Pig Girl, Hawk Girl, and Wolf Gal—of Li’l Abner’s Dogpatch, a bloodthirsty lot with no compunction about turning Dogpatchers into dinner. Wolf Gal, the starring wild girl of Dogpatch, is strong, beautiful, independent, and—don’t laugh—a feminist. When the little girls of Dogpatch imitate Wolf Gal by taking no guff from the boys, the citizens of Dogpatch react. They want their daughters to grow up as "overworked, wore-out, respectable married drudges," not "wild an' happy an'f ree, like th' wolf gal!!" Robbins connects these cartoon wild women with mythical feral children and more contemporary figures like Misha Defonseca, a Jewish orphan during World War II, who hid from the Nazis in the forests of occupied Europe for four years and eventually teamed up with a family of wolves. Recounting her experiences years later, she wrote, "the only time I ever slept deeply was when I was with wolves . . . Those were the most beautiful days I had ever experienced." Room 30AB

12:30-1:30 The Zula Patrol—Join a panel of Zuleans for an out-of-this-world discussion about the making of The Zula Patrol, a zany new CG animated TV series for kids about science and astronomy. Be among the first to see clips from The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather—a full-dome theater show, and The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather—an exciting hands-on museum exhibit for budding young scientists. Travel across the galaxy with panelists including creator, Deborah Manchester (The Zula Patrol); writers Steve Granat (X-Men: Evolution) and Cydne Clark (101 Dalmations); director Kent Butterworth (The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog); science advisors Jennifer Skelly (The Zula Patrol) and Kevin Grazier (Battlestar Galactica); and interstitial producer, Emmy-nominated Jodi Smith (Hip Hop Harry). Room 1AB

12:30-1:30 VIZ Media: You Oughta Know . . . About These Manga—Want to expand your manga reading list but don't know where to begin? Find out what the VIZ Media editors recommend. Editors will discuss series you've never heard of and series you may have heard of but aren't reading. Fans will also have a chance to ask questions about titles. Panelists include Joel Enos, editor of Naruto, Godchild, The Cain Saga, From Far Away; Nancy Thistlethwaite, editor of Absolute Boyfriend, The Gentlemen’s Alliance +, Ouran High School Host Club, Crimson Hero; Amy Yu, editor of Buso Renkin, Tail of the Moon, Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation; and Elizabeth Kawasaki, editorial director. Room 2

12:30-2:00 Secret Origin of Good Readers—It’s back, bigger and better than ever! The 7th annual Secret Origin of Good Readers panel features Dr. Robyn A. Hill (National University, San Diego), Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), Jesse L. McCann (noted children's author), Bill Galvan (creator/artist The Scrapyard Detectives, artist Archie Comics) and Frank Beddor (creator/author/producer, The Looking Glass Wars). The panelists will discuss how teachers, librarians, retailers, authors, artists, and publishers can work together to bring comic books into the classroom for use as an innovative and motivating cross-curricular teaching tool and a vehicle for promoting reading and literacy. Through a multimedia presentation, personal remarks, and a question-and-answer 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. Breakout sessions will follow the main presentation. The 70-page resource book The Secret Origin of Good Readers is available online for free download - click here to download it, courtesy of XMission.com. Room 3

12:30-2:00 Pro/Fan Trivia Match: The Multiverse—The Purple Pros (Len Wein, creator of Wolverine; Mark Waid, writer of52, and two versions from parallel worlds to be named later) take on the Black Ink Irregulars (Tom Galloway, Terence Chua, David Oakes, and Hal Shipman) in a contest of trivia about the Multiverses of both DC and Marvel, moderated by Keith DeCandido (Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Deathless). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Kids’ Day Drawing Workshop: You Can Draw Star Wars—Pack your pencil and come to class! The author and artists of You Can Draw Star Wars will show you how it’s done during Kids’ Day at Comic-Con. Bonnie Burton, author of You Can Draw Star Wars, is a prolific writer, particularly on all things Star Wars. As an online content developer at Lucasfilm, she has written a multitude of step-by-step drawing tutorials. Her first book, Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs, is out now. Artist Tom Hodges has become a Star Wars fan favorite. Named one of wizarduniverse.com’s Top 5 to Watch in 2006, his work appears on the popular starwars.com Hyperspace webstrip series. Illustrator Matt Busch’s work can be seen regularly on official Star Wars projects, and his hilarious “How To Draw Star Wars” webisodes are quickly becoming fan favorites. Room 30CDE

12:45-1:45 Pathology—From the creators of Crank, join Pathology writer/producers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor as they moderate a killer panel that includes film director Marc Schoelermann and participating cast members Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Michael Weston, Alyssa Milano, and Lauren Lee Smith (scheduled to attend). Neveldine and Taylor will introduce first-look footage from the film exclusively for Comic-Con participants. Panel attendees have a chance to win a meet-n-greet with the Pathology panelists and an iPhone immediately following. Pathology is in theaters in November. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Vertigo: Fables Forum—The fan favorite panel from last year returns with a bigger cast of characters! Fables is not just another series; it’s an institution with successful spinoffs such as Jack of Fables and graphic novels such as Fables: 1001 Nights. Vertigo group editor Shelly Bond is joined by Bill Willingham (Fables, Shadowpact), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables) as they guide you trough the magic world of Fables. Room 5AB

1:00-2:30 Masters of the Web—Hosted by Tom DeSanto (Transformers, X-Men), reps from the biggest genre and movie websites come together to talk about how new media have affected moviemaking today, what it takes to run a popular site, and much more. Panelists include Robert Sanchez (IESB.net), Garth Franklin (Darkhorizons.com), Berge Garabedian (Joblo.com), Patrick Lee (Scifi.com), Ed Douglas (Comingsoon.net/Superherohype.com), Brad Miska (Bloody-Disgusting.com), Steven Weintraub (Collider.com), Devin Faraci (CHUD.com), Drew McWeeney (Aintitcool.com), Paul Christensen (Movieweb.com), Kellvin Chavez (Latinoreview.com), and Eric Moro (IGN.com). Room 6A

1:00-2:00 What’s Happening in Kids’ Comics Today? —Some of the most creative work in the industry is being done in kids’ comics. Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Amulet), George O’Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), and Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) talk with moderator Dave Roman (Nickelodeon) about the importance of kids’ comics—and the fun they have creating them! Room 8

1:00-2:30 Ball-Jointed Doll Collectors Meeting—Doll owners and nonowner enthusiasts will discuss and display various types of Asian ball-joint resin dolls (Volks, Cerberus Project, CustomHouse, Blue Fairy, Dream of Doll, SoulDoll, AngelRegion, Obitsu, Leeke, etc.). Trade tips on customizing, sewing for, and photographing BJDs. Come share the beauty of your own unique doll, or come to see one of our dolls in-person for the first time! Make new friends—both live and resin! Room 24A

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #15: What’s the Big Idea? —Alex Boney (Ohio State University) examines the origins of the absurdist “Godot Effect” of unchanging stasis without resolution as a necessary trope in the superhero genre and explores the darker undertones of tragedy that emerge from characters perpetually trapped in this state of arrested development. Clare Pitkethly (La Trobe University, Australia) lays out the dual vision of America as utopia and dystopia presented in Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman comic books and, treating them as post-colonial literature, examines the association between imperial ideology and post-colonial utopianism in the American imagination. Chuck Huber (UC—Santa Barbara) compares images of ultimate evil in Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" mythos and J. R. R. Tolkien's "Middle Earth" mythos that suggests that both authors saw free will at the core of humanity and located ultimate evil in the domination and subjugation of the will of others as symbolized by Kirby in the "Anti-Life Equation" and Tolkien in the One Ring of Sauron. Room 30AB

1:15-2:15 Jericho—The CBS drama about how residents of a small, peaceful, Kansas town band together to survive in the wake of a nuclear explosion, will return to the network. Be the first to see never before seen footage from the second season, exclusive clips and outtakes from Season 1 and extras from the DVD out in October, followed by a panel discussion with series stars Skeet Ulrich (Scream), Lennie James (Sahara), Ashley Scott (Dark Angel), executive producer Carol Barbee (Judging Amy), co-executive producers Karim Zreik and Dan Shotz, and producer Jon Steinberg. Room 6CDEF

1:30-3:00 Cover Story: Art of the Cover—They lied. You really can tell a book by its cover, and Mark Evanier is going to talk to some of the best cover artists in the comics biz about it. Join Mark along with fellow Comic-Con special guests Adam Hughes (Catwoman, Wonder Woman), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), Joe Jusko (Tomb Raider, Marvel Masterpieces), Rowena (renowned fantasy cover illustrator), Matt Wagner (Grendel, Batman), J. H. Williams (Promethea), and others as they tell their own cover stories. Room 1AB

1:30-2:30 Diamond Select Toys: Minimates—Minimates aren’t just for superheroes any more! Discuss this exciting toy line with Chuck Terceira (Diamond Select Toys), Donna Soldano (Art Asylum), and master painter Eddie Wires as they reveal upcoming Minimates, answer your questions, and show why Minimates are the #1 block-figure in the world! Room 2

1:30-2:30 Cartoon Network: Ben-10—Find out what ‘s in store for everyone’s favorite kid superhero, as Alex Soto answers the questions you’ve been dying to know. Meagan Smith (voice of Gwen) will be on hand to liven things up as well. Seating for the panel is limited to the first 1000 attendees in line, so make sure you get there early. Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Kids’ Day Drawing Workshop: Kids Can Draw Cartoons—Kids Can Draw Cartoons—Kristian Sather (Jetsons) uses simple shapes to show kids how to create their own cartoon characters. All kids are welcome in this fun and interactive workshop! Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 Secret Origin Breakouts—This year's Secret Origin of Good Readers program offers an extended opportunity for attendees to learn and network through select breakout sessions following the main presentation. Participants will be able to choose from two intriguing options: "Promoting Tolerance with The Scrapyard Detectives" with Bill Galvan (creator/artist), Jesse McCann (noted children's author), and Dr. Robyn A. Hill (teacher educator), or "Building Comics & Graphic Novels Collections in Classrooms and Libraries" with Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) and Nancy McCann (Comics Unlimited). Room 3

2:00-3:00 CMX: Manga in Demand! —Manga is one of the hottest areas in publishing, and DC Comics’ manga imprint, CMX, is right in the thick of it. With the strength of its line behind them, CMX proudly presents upcoming and renowned manga, including Samurai Commando: Mission 1549, Gon, Variante, and Presents. And now, CMX is pleased to announce a bold, new publishing venture with Japanese partners Flex Comics. Join DC’s VP of business development John Nee, WildStorm director of manga Asako Suzuki, and manga editor Jim Chadwick for this in-depth and in-demand panel. Room 4

2:00-3:30 Scribe Awards Media Tie-in Writers—Attend the first annual presentation of the IAMTW "Scribe" awards, followed by a panel of nominees, including Donald Bain (Murder She Wrote), Marv Wolfman (Superman Returns), David R. George III (Star Trek Crucible: McCoy—Provenance of Shadows), Jeff Mariotte (30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead), Nathan Long (Warhammer: Orc Slayer), Christina York (Alias: APO: Strategic Reserve), Alice Henderson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Portal Through Time), and moderator Max Allan Collins (The Pink Panther). Andy Mangels (Star Trek: Excelsior) will present the awards. Room 5AB

2:00-5:00 Comic-Con 2007 Masquerade Playback—Masquerade director Martin Jaquish reviews Saturday night’s big costuming event, answers questions, and presents a big-screen video of the show for those who missed it or who want a second look. Sorry, we cannot sell copies of the show. Room 8

2:00-3:00 Nicolas and Weston Cage Talk Comics—Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but he’s also one of us: a big-time comics fan. Nic and his son Weston Cage have created their own comic, Voodoo Child, published by Virgin Comics. Father and son will talk about their mutual love of comics and what it’s like to collaborate on this brand new book! Ballroom 20

2:30-4:00 Starship Smackdown Ultimate Episode 4: The Final Showdown—A Comic-Con favorite returns with ships, aliens, computers, and robots, oh my! The original Starship Smackdown is back in San Diego and it's never been smackier (or snarkier). Watch as the Enterprise battles Gort, Robby the Robot goes mano e mano with Hal 9000, and Death Star does the Klingon Empire. It's the ultimate conflagration for the supreme winner of Starship Smackdown. This time it's war, with an expert panel of spaceship-ologists, including Robert Meyer Burnett (director, Free Enterprise), Chris Gossett (creator, The Red Star), Steve Melching (writer, Star Wars: Clone Wars, X-Men Animated, The Batman), Daren Dochterman (Hollywood conceptual designer on Get Smart, X2, Master & Commander), Jeff Bond (editor, Geek Monthly), and the Richard Dawson of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (producer, DOA: Dead Or Alive). It's Starship Smackdown, Robot Rumble, Alien Armageddon, and Computer Crashdown all in one 90-minute panel! Our prediction for the fight: pain! Room 2

2:30-3:30 SCI FI: Flash Gordon—Placing a 21st-century spin on a science fiction classic, SCI FI’s contemporized version of Flash Gordon follows the all-new adventures of Flash (Eric Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth’s last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming. Panelists include Eric Johnson (Flash), Gina Holden (Dale), Peter Hume (executive producer), and Mark Stern (executive VP, original programming, SCI FI). Room 6CDEF

2:30-4:30 Browncoats Fan Group Meeting—Browncoats are fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity. Fans new and old are welcome to join the California Browncoats as they announce they prize drawing winners! Tickets for the drawing are available at tables, A7 and A8. After the winners are announced, stay to hear from some of the movers and shakers in the 'Verse as they tell you about upcoming events and products you'll really love. Be there for a special announcement about another joint campaign between the California Browncoats and Adam Baldwin. And last but not least, come to hang out with all the great Browncoats at the Con! Room 24A

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #16: The Culture of Popular Things: Ethnographic Examinations of Comic-Con 2007—Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. The presentation caps a weeklong for-credit field-study course and presents the trained observations of undergraduate students. Their instructor Dr. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) provided a framework, guidance, and transitions among the participants, and readings on popular culture and ethnographic methods as well as a number of on-site lectures and discussions. Students extended the analysis of Matthew Pustz (Endicott College) in Comic Book Culture: Fan Boys and True Believers (2000), which examined aspects of fan culture but did not include on-site analysis of cons. The students were encouraged to explore the intersection of fan practice (e.g., costuming) at the nexus of cultural marketing (e.g., the exhibit hall sales booths) and were free to select a number of aspects of fan culture to examine. Pustz himself serves as respondent on the panel. Students include Nicholas Langley (Henderson State University), Melissa Andrada (University of Washington), Cameron Catalfu (Wittenberg University), W. Stephen Combs (Wittenberg University), Pamela Geranios (Wittenberg University), Julia “Kit” Moran (Wittenberg University), and Karen Stover (Wittenberg University). Room 30AB

2:30-3:30 Kids’ Day Drawing Workshop: Basic Anatomy—Neko Press Art Studio's Billy Martinez, instructor and comic book artist with experience in the industry for over 14 years, will be teaching an introduction to dynamic anatomy. This class will teach basic anatomy and how to structure characters in action. Billy’s approach to this class is comfortable for beginners as well as informative for more advanced artists. Room 30CDE

2:45-3:45 Viva Piñata! — Viva Piñata! is one of Saturday morning's most popular cartoons as well as one of the most innovative and fun Xbox games in years, this lively panel will focus on the creation of all things Piñata! On hand for the party will be the creative teams from 4Kids Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, and Rare Ltd, all moderated by video game and comics writer Joshua Ortega. Room 6B

3:00-4:00 San Diego Museum of Art: Contemporary Art and Animation—Recently, the San Diego Museum of Art has seen an increase in production of animation works by contemporary artists working within the gallery system. This panel considers one strand of this explosion, focusing on artists who are shifting painting and drawing to the time-based practice of handmade and digital animation, while also accessing popular culture and music. This panel is organized in conjunction with the San Diego Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Animated Painting, on view from October 13, 2007 to January 13, 2008, to include works by 14 international contemporary artists including William Kentridge, Julian Opie, Kota Ezawa, Jeremy Blake, and Ruth Gómez. Moderator Calvin Reid (artist, art critic, and co-editor of the online comics newsletter PW Comics Week) talks to panelists Betti-Sue Hertz (curator of contemporary art, San Diego Museum of Art), Lisa Cartwright (professor of communication, University of California), and Jody Culkin (artist and assistant professor of media arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York). Room 3

3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback II—If there’s anyone present who has a complaint, a comment, a compliment, or just an FYI about Comic-Con, here’s your last chance. Speak now or forever hold your piece. Comic-Con representatives will be present to hear your feedback. Room 4

3:30-4:30 PC Gamer and Maximum PC: How to Play a Better Game, Part 4—Will Smith (editor-in-chief of Maximum PC), Chuck Osborn senior executive editor of PC Gamer), and a representative from game publisher Midway will host a discussion and Q&A session about first-person shooters. Topics will include basic strategy, performance-enhancing tips, and genre-specific hardware upgrade recommendations, using Midway’s Unreal Tournament 3 as a demonstration tool. Room 30AB

(And that's a wrap! I think the only "must see" thing for me on Sunday is the Trailer Park. Can't miss that.)

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10:30-11:30 A Fan's Guide to Comic-Con—Be treated to a humorous and comprehensive guide to your favorite convention as told by veteran attendees Wesley Strawther, Jesse Lopez, and Johann Joseph, each with over a decade of experience in attending the event. They'll be discussing how to make the most of your Comic-Con experience and how you can prepare better for the convention next year. First-time attendees won't want to miss this panel, and seasoned vets just might learn something as well. Room 8

Somehow I think Mike is running this one! :lol:

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11:30-12:30 Star Wars Day: What’s New and What’s Coming from Hasbro—Come for first announcements about Hasbro’s products that you might not hear anywhere else, plus a special sneak preview of the 2008 product line. Meet members of Hasbro’s Star Wars marketing and design teams, the talented people who work on the company’s Attacktix, Titanium, and Star Wars action figure line. Q&A time included! Room 1AB

11:30-12:30 Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership—You’ve been a fan of Mattel’s popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peaks, and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Super Heroes, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, and DC Superfriends, plus exciting new lines and never-before-released information. Join Mattel toy designers, and Warner Brothers and DC Comic representatives for an insightful Q&A. Room 10

This is just cruel scheduling
Hasbro Star Wars and Mattel DC (and Paul Dini too) at the same time on Friday?!? That's going to be tough for the toy websites to cover.

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This is just cruel scheduling
Hasbro Star Wars and Mattel DC (and Paul Dini too) at the same time on Friday?!? That's going to be tough for the toy websites to cover.

Yeah, I was hoping to attend both of those sessions, but Mattel is going to win out for me since I collect DCSH much more avidly than Star Wars. That and whatever they reveal for the line should be more interesting.

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