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To use the words of prophet and frequent convention attendee Hunter S. Thompson, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. This year, the professional weirdness of Comic-Con has taken a twist, as the four-day event will take place exclusively online.
To their credit, organizers are trying to replicate the commercialized fan-friendly confines of the San Diego Convention Center as much as possible: there is the traditional souvenir book featuring a pretty sweet drawing of Ray Bradbury on a T. Rex on the cover that is available for free .pdf download (and featuring click-through advertisements!), and you can print your own badge (sponsored by Amazon Prime Video!) to wear as you sit in front of your screen at home. The Comic-Con homepage also will take you to an online Exhibit Hall, where there will be interactive exhibits and events offered by vendors.
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There are literally hundreds of panels that will be rolled out like clockwork to the interested — with one key difference from typical in-person Comic-Cons: Most will be pre-recorded, and exclude the opportunity for any real-time fan interaction between creators and die-hards.
Without that element, will it all work? We’ll have to wait, stream, and see — and you can follow along with IndieWire’s coverage of Comic-Con @Home here. Check below for links to the highlights from the Comic-Con schedule (all times are Pacific Standard). Additional details and other events can be found on the event’s website.
Saturday, July 25:
(Nearly) a Decade of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: New York Times bestselling author Nathan Hale celebrates the upcoming publication of the 10th book in his nonfiction graphic novel series for kids, “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales.”
“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”: A panel with the host and creators of the Fox series, including host Neil deGrasse Tyson, VFX supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun, executive producer/director Ann Druyan, writer/director Brannon Braga, and executive producer Jason Clark.
Dynamite’s Two Huge Crossovers Revealed: Dynamite Entertainment unveils two action-packed, ambitious crossovers set to debut this fall and winter.
Inglorious Treksperts: 30 Years of Best of Both Worlds: The hosts of the hit Star Trek podcast, “Inglorious Treksperts,” are joined by actress Elizabeth Dennehy (“Commander Shelby”) to discuss the making of one of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”‘s most beloved episodes, “The Best of Both Worlds” which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Last Gasp: 50 Years of Publishing the Underground Part II lowbrow art, 1996-2020: Ron Turner (founder and publisher, Last Gasp), Ron English (PoPaganda, Abject Expressionism), Robert Williams (Through Prehensile Eyes, Zap Comix), Camille Rose Garcia (Tragic Kingdom, Saddest Place on Earth), Andrea Harris (fmr director, Grand Central Art Center), Jon B. Cooke (The Book of Weirdo), Attaboy (Hi-Fructose magazine), and Colin Turner (associate publisher, Last Gasp) discuss the history of Last Gasp
Narrative Design for Computer Games: Industry vets Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor), Haris Orkin (Call of Juarez), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), and Xalavier Nelson Jr. (We Are the Caretakers) break down how narratives are crafted and executed in the gaming industry.
Tantalizing Tips: Make up effects artist Jeff Barkley explains the differences in pointed ears and ear tips and shows you how to apply 2 different kinds of tips. He is joined by professional cosplayers Trey Barkley and Enasni.
The Guide: Overstreet’s 50th Anniversary: Gemstone Publishing president and CEO Steve Geppi, MyComicShop.com’s Buddy Saunders, Comics Buyer’s Guide veteran Maggie Thompson, CBCS Primary Grader Steve Borock, and Gemstone’s Mark Huesman celebrate Bob Overstreet and five decades of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.
UDON Entertainment 20th Anniversary: UDON Entertainment is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary! Join UDON chief of ops Erik Ko and the UDON crew to see what new projects the company has to bring in 2020!
Warner Archive’s Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons: Dip behind the curtain to reveal the beginnings of the beloved tradition of Saturday Morning cartoons with movie historian, author and TV personality Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Tonight), animation historian and author Jerry Beck (Animation Scoop), and the Warner Archive Home Entertainment team.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Back to the Moon and Beyond with NASA: The panel, hosted by William Shatner, will include NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Kjell Lindgren as well as space technology expert LaNetra Tate, and spacesuit engineer Lindsay Aitchison/
DC@Home Day Two: Be sure to drop in on this panel to hear from DC’s hottest talent about their latest works and how they’re making DC and The World’s Greatest Super Heroes the home for fans of great superhero storytelling worldwide.
Eye of Newt and Wool of Bat: the science behind magic potions and spells: Naturopathic doctor DeJarra Sims will walk you through nature’s real-life tinctures for healing, sleeping, wit-sharpening, and love, and explain the science behind their effects.
Finance for Creatives: This panel will be discussing some of the financial, tax, and credit issues that creatives are experiencing, including resources of where to turn to for help and support.
From Wakanda to Numbani, Writing the Next Generation of Heroes: Through original novels, these authors expand the world of some of the newest pop culture heroes from Marvel and Overwatch. Featuring Preeti Chhibber (author, “Orientation: Avengers Assembly”), Nicky Drayden (author, “Overwatch: Hero of Numbani”), and Nic Stone (author, “Shuri: A Black Panther Novel”).
Giving a Voice to Independent Creatives: Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), join Lisa K. Weber (artist, Hex11), Kelly Sue Milano (writer, Hex11), and Lynly Forrest (editor/producer, Hex11), along with indie creators Alston Novak (artist, Glitch), Travis Rivas (writer, Super-Abled Comics), and David F. Walker (writer, Bitter Root) for a discussion about creating comics outside the mainstream and tips on exactly how to do it.
Inspired: Personal Stories in Graphic Novels: Join Oni Press creators Maia Kobabe (“Gender Queer: A Memoir”), Joel Christian Gill (“Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence”), and Katie Green (“Lighter Than My Shadow”) for an empowering discussion on therapeutic nature of the creative process.
“The Simpsons”: A panel with the executive producers of the Fox animated series, including Al Jean, Matt Selman, David Silverman, Carolyn Omine, and Mike B. Anderson, and moderated by actor Yeardley Smith.
The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen: David S. Goyer Q&A. The writer behind such iconic comic book film and TV adaptations including “Blade,” “Batman Begins,” “Constantine” (TV), and “Man of Steel,” David S. Goyer, discusses his creative writing process and what it took to bring characters and tales from the pages to the to the screen.
“Dune” Publishing Panel: Bestselling science fiction authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson discuss the exciting new “Dune” graphic novels, comics, and original novels coming out this fall.
“Bless the Harts”: The panel features the cast and executive producers of the Fox animated series, including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, Jillian Bell, Fortune Feimster, and executive producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Andy Bobrow.
“Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe”: A conversation with the cast and creators of the Disney+ animated feature, including Ashley Tisdale, Vincent Martella, Maulik Pancholy, Dee Bradley Baker, creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and director Bob Bowen.
Calling All Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek at New Books from Tor, Tor Teen and Tor.com Publishing: This will be a panel to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting books that Tor, Tor Teen, and Tor.com Publishing have to offer.
“Constantine”: 15th Anniversary Reunion: Keanu Reeves, director Francis Lawrence, and producer Akiva Goldsman reunite to reflect on the making of the 2005 DC Comics adaptation. Moderated by Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub.
“Dark Horse All-Stars”: Three of the industry’s best creators including Gerard Way (co-creator of “The Umbrella Academy”) Nnedi Okorafor (co-creator of “LaGuardia”), and Matt Kindt (co-creator of “BANG!”) gather for a roundtable discussion.
Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion and Visibility Matter: Panelists include John Jennings (Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside), Frederick Aldama (Ohio State University, 2019 Eisner Award winner), Christina Steenz Stewart (syndicated cartoonist), Chelsea ‘Ché’ Grayson (Executive Director, Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation), David Walker (comic book writer), and more.
Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist Edition Spotlight: Get the inside scoop on IDW Publishing’s newest Artist Edition books.
“Magic: The Gathering” Panel with Mark Rosewater: Rosewater will give the first sneak peak of Zendikar Rising, Magic’s September expansion.
Personal, Political, Fictional, and Factual: Personal, political, fictional, and factual creators tackle important topics that affect everybody, regardless of political affiliation or engagement.
Spotlight on “The Cloven” with Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth: This panel will spotlight the debut sci-fi graphic novel collaboration by author Garth Stein (“The Art of Racing in the Rain”) and cartoonist Matthew Southworth (“Stumptown”).
“The Amazing Brutus”: Unusual Places to Find a Great Animation Story: Ricardo Arnaiz (“El Americano: The Movie”) will share the story behind his new animated film project
Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender & the Comic Book Medium: anelists include, Jonita Davis (film reviewer, and pop culture journalist), Jules Rivera (comic book artist), Vanee Matsalia (writer, educator), Camilla Zhang (writer, editor, consultant), Marqueeda LaStar (tech & pop culture journalist), and moderator Regine L. Sawyer, (writer/publisher).
“American Dad!”: A conversation with the cast and executive producers of the Fox animated series, including Rachael MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker, supervising director Brent Woods, and executive producers Nic Wegener and Joe Chandler.
“The Right Stuff”: A talk with the cast and creators of the Disney+/National Geographic series, including Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O’Donoghue, Michael Trotter, Aaron Staton, Micah Stock, James Lafferty, Nora Zehetner, Shannon Lucio, Eloise Mumford, Eric Ladin, Patrick Fischler, showrunner and executive producer Mark Lafferty, and executive producer Jennifer Davisson.
Creative Renaissance: How to Thrive When It’s Hard to Survive: Hear how nonprofit organizations are working with comics creators to support each other and their communities during these challenging times.
Guillermo del Toro and Scott Cooper on “Antlers” and Filmmaking: Award-winning directors del Toro and Cooper in conversation.
Latinx & Native American Storytellers: Prominent voices in comics, childrens literature and academia look back on their history and forward to what the future will hold for the stories told by Indigenous creators and the creators who are children of immigrants.
Masters of Storytelling: The all-stars in storytelling from Image Comics reveal their secrets behind creating some of the best stories in comics.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Future Is Now: Join a star-studded lineup of talent including to discuss the future of Power Rangers in comics.
Picard 2020: A Literary Perspective: Take a deep dive into Picard’s bookshelf with Una McCormack (author of “Picard: The Last Best Hope”), David Mack (author of “Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death”), Stephen Graham Jones (author of “The Only Good Indians”), Alex White (author of “The Big Ship at the End of the Universe”), and moderator Ed Schlesinger (senior editor at “Gallery Books”).
Official Aspen Comics Panel: Frank Mastromauro (Aspen co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (Aspen EIC), Mark Roslan (Aspen director of design and production), Gabe Carrasco (Aspen editor), Siya Oum (artist of Lola XOXO), Jordan Gunderson (artist of Soulfire), J.T. Krul (writer of Soulfire), and Alex Konat (artist of Fathom) reveal Aspen’s 2021 publishing plans and the future of independent comic book publishing.
Tribute to Dennis O’Neal: Beyond Batman: Dr. Travis Langley (“Batman and Psychology”; “The Joker Psychology”) moderates a super team who have come together to share remembrances, lessons learned, and endless appreciation for Denny, who was truly one of the greats.
UltraLawyer Kaiju Patrol: Join attorneys Bethany Bengfort (Durie Tangri), Nari Ely (US. Courts), Thomas Harper (Army JAG), and Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks), as they battle legal issues from Ultraman, Gamera, Godzilla, Mothra, and more!
“Family Guy”: Cast members Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green, and executive producers Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin, and Kara Vallow from Fox’s hit animated comedy Family Guy celebrates 350 episodes with a virtual table read.
“For All Mankind”: Cast members Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Wrenn Schmidt, Sonya Walger, and Krys Marshall gather for a thoughtful conversation looking back on season one of the Apple TV+ drama.
Couch-Surfing with Simon & Schuster: Chrissy Noh (marketing), Lisa Moraleda (publicity), Lisa Quach (marketing), Alissa Nigro (marketing), Milena Giunco (publicity) and Emily Ritter (marketing) offer a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in 2020
“Doctor Who Time Lord Victorious” Panel: Go behind the scenes with writer Jody Houser, artist Roberta Ingranata, colorist Enrica Eren Angiolini, editor Jake Devine, and BBC producer James Goss to discuss the new “Time Lord Victorious” comic series.
“The Order”: The panel features the cast and creators of the Netflix horror series, including Jake Manley, Adam DiMarco, Devery Jacobs, Thomas Elms, Louriza Tronco, Katharine Isabelle, showrunner Dennis Heaton, and executive producers Shelley Eriksen, Mike Frislev, and Chad Oakes.
“Bill & Ted Face the Music”: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, director Dean Parisot alongside writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson gather for a panel moderated by filmmaker and fan Kevin Smith.
“Stumptown”: Stars Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, and Michael Ealy will be joined by executive producers Jason Richman, David Bernad, Ruben Fleischer and, graphic novel author Greg Rucka in conversation.
Apex Comics Publishing Group 2020-2021 Exclusive Previews: “William Shatner War Chronicles” and “Stan Lee’s God Woke” writer/artist/publisher Mariano Nicieza will feature exciting new creator-owned projects with SDCC exclusive premiere announcements.
Comic Shops: Preserving Through Crisis: Join Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, Concord, CA), Marc Hammond (Aw Yeah Comics, Harrison, NY), Jeff Beck (East Side Mags Montclair, NJ), and Dr. Christina Blanche (Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie, IN) for an engaging discussion on retailing endurance.
Figure Drawing for Popular Media: Emilio Soltero, Ph.D., presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design.
Kodansha Comics Got Weird Manga: Summer Edition: Join the manga experts at Kodansha USA Publishing including Misaki Kido, Tomo Tran, and Ivan Salazar as they recommend the perfect fun-in-the-sun stories, as well as some award-winning and nominated titles that are all a part of Kodansha Comics & VERTICAL library.
“What We Do in the Shadows”: Raise a glass of regular human alcohol beer to the sharp-toothed cast — Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén — and the creative team for a spirited discussion hosted by special guest, Haley Joel Osment.
Sunday, July 26:
Celebrating 80 Years of Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” was seen weekly by five million newspaper readers in the 1940s and 50s and has been continually in print for the 80 years since.
Emily the Strange Virtual Panel Experience: The first ever “Emily the Strange” Virtual Panel Experience.
First TMNT Film 30th Anniversary: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie presents a bit of history of the making of this iconic film
Hoops: The star-studded voice cast of “Hoops,” a new adult animated series for Netflix launching this summer from 20th Century Fox Television
Imagination & Fun for Kids – The IDW Way!: Tune into this engaging exploration of comics and graphic novels for kids.
Little Fish: From Physical to Digital, Thriving and Growing: A look at the last year of Little Fish Comic Book Studio.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Adventures in Spanish Voice Acting: Estimates place the Latin American dubbing market at 450 million consumers, and Mexico produces 65 percent of it. As entertainment providers look to profit in that area, they face the challenge of publishing in neutral Spanish to serve all countries equally.
BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours: BOOM! Studios returns with exclusive news about some of the year’s biggest new books
Next: Coming to FOX in Fall 2020, “Next” arrives at Comic-Con@Home with a sneak peek of the thrilling opening scene of the propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with an examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand.
State of the Tabletop Industry: What is happening in the tabletop industry in 2020 and what does the future hold for gaming? Hear from tabletop industry experts in publishing, crowdfunding, and event management as they share their thoughts on the gaming industry in 2020.
Top Kids Authors Come Together for Gotham Reads: Award-winning, bestselling children’s book authors talk about the YouTube reading series Gotham Reads.
Comic-Con Film School: This is a nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money using available video hardware and software.
The Craft of Worldbuilding in Comics: Imagine Comics creators Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, W. Maxwell Prince, Mirka Andolfo, and Sanford Greene discuss worldbuilding in comics.
Women On The Dark Side: Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content, with just a touch of humor and whimsy. Whether it’s comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side.
Aztec Depictions in Pop Culture: 500 Years After the Fall: The Aztec Empire fell to Spanish invaders 500 years ago. It’s a true story that shaped the world we live in and yet is still widely misunderstood. Panelists will talk about how they use elements of Mexican history in their stories and how our understanding of that history has evolved.
Comics about Motherhood and Reproductive Choice: Reproductive choice, women’s autonomy, and the challenges of parenthood and families are at the heart of memoirs by Lisa Wool-rim Sjoblom, Leslie Stein, and Teresa Wong.
HBO Max: Looney Tunes Cartoons
Kevin Eastman Panel: Talking “TMNT,” “Drawing Blood,” and answering some great fan questions. All with special guests, Tom Waltz, Ben Bishop, and David Avallone.
Mega64 Panel In These Trying Times:The cast of Mega64.com celebrate their momentous 17th anniversary of making bizarre internet short films in San Diego by playing all of their favorite videos.
The Stars and Executive Producer of ABC’s “The Goldbergs”: The long-running and successful “The Goldbergs” is returning to ABC for a highly-anticipated eighth season. Stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal, Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile, and Sam Lerner will be joined by executive producer Doug Robinson
Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed: Panelists will discuss beginner’s mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd.
A Conversation with Nathan Fillion: Showrunner Alexi Hawley (“The Rookie”) talks with Nathan Fillion (“Firefly,” “Castle,” “The Rookie”) about his career in film and television. With special appearances by Joss Whedon, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Mekia Cox, Molly Quinn, Seamus Dever, and Jon Huertas.
Creating and Drawing the Action Comic Character with Monte Moore: Panel discussion and drawing demonstration with veteran comics industry artist Monte M. Moore on how to create unique comics characters of your own as well as drawing suggestions for creating dynamic comics action-oriented illustrations.
Don’t Tell Your Story, Show It!: Ever wonder how the really good books suck a reader in and hold their attention page after page? It might not be the characters, nor even the plot of the book. It’s could be the way in which the author writes that separates their story from the pack.. Join award-winning author and former lead fiction writer for Sony’s “EverQuest Next,” Maxwell Alexander Drake, as he presents his class “Don’t Tell Your Story, Show It!” During this class, you will gain insight into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will have your readers turning page after page to see what happens next.
Invader Zim Conquers Everything!: Celebrate “Invader Zim” with an exciting panel of authors and creators behind the most recent art books and comics from the hit series.
LGBTQ Comics and Popular Media for Young People: Comics and animation are universal mediums that have recently made huge leaps in presenting LGBTQ-inclusive stories and characters for young audiences. These groundbreaking successes have made unique creative opportunities for LGBTQ storytellers. A mix of animation and publishing storytellers discuss their projects and answer the questions: How do they approach LGBTQ content and characters for tweens & teens? What are the new and upcoming projects to watch for? And how do new LGBTQ creators find their voice and get their start?
Robotech: The Next Phase: The Harmony Gold team talks about exciting new Robotech merchandise and licenses, updates on the continuing “Robotech Remix” comic series, the live action “Robotech” film and their new partnership for future Robotech with Funimation
Inside The Vault of Ripley’s Most Exclusive Finds: Expanding on the legacy of explorer and world traveler, Robert Ripley, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! team continues to acquire the most bizarre, iconic, and truly terrifying artifacts in history.
It’s Morphin’ Time! Power Rangers Meet Up: Celebrate more than 27 years of Power Rangers with some of your favorite Power Rangers actors.
Making A Living Being Creative: A panel with AC Bradley, Jess Cuffe, and Lee Kohse on the ins and outs of working full time as a creator, how they broke into the industry, and advice for up and coming creatives.
The Art of Film and TV Posters: ASIFA-Hollywood and famed illustrators who have worked on entertainment art for the last 50 years will discuss their craft and what inspired them to pick up the baton and follow in the footsteps of their mentors.
The Writer’s Journey: Developing a Producer’s Mentality: As more and more content providers emerge, the demand for high-quality material is at an all-time high. Connect with this group of Hollywood screenwriters, producers and graphic novel creators as they discuss the best ways to get your original content to a hungry audience.
Wakanda, Forever! The Psychology Black Panther: A discussion on the psychological issues addressed in the “Black Panther” movie and comics, including topics such as micro-aggressions, cultural representation in media, and the power of love and empathetic leadership.
Careers in Geek Fashion: A discussion on different ways you can work in geek fashion, panelists’ career paths, how the current situation with the coronavirus has impacted the industry, and more. C
Christmas in July: The Psychology of Pop Culture and Christmas: What are the psychological aspects about our personality that influence returning year after year to those favorite holiday classics and the desire to experience new Christmas media?
Everyone’s a Critic: Being a Journalist in an Online Age: The past decade has seen an explosion in the scope of journalism-from the rise of citizen-journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. This panel of writers and hosts will talk about the impact that 2020 has seen on film and streaming releases, impacts on fandom, and the companies that create them.
Indie Filmmaker’s Survival Guide: A conversation about great independent films on VOD and how indies can thrive during these challenging times.
The Grind NEVER stops, not even during a quarantine: This is a panel video to get you energized and ready to rise and grind. There is no better time than now to get yourself in the best position to produce creative work. The pandemic is no excuse, it is actually the catalyst to work even harder. Bryan “Kaiser” Tillman, a long time panelist at San Diego Comic-Con, best known for his Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself panel, is giving you tips on how to crush your time during this pandemic.
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