Dark Horse Announces Comic Con Schedule

San Diego Comic Con

Take notice that some of the signings are ticketed!


July 5, MILWAUKIE,OR—It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics istelling you all the goods ahead of time! Plan accordingly!


Wednesday, July 11

5:30 p.m.—Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

6:30 p.m.—Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing

8:00 p.m.—Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller

Thursday, July 12

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and JohnJackson Miller

1:00 p.m. —Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage

2:00 p.m.—Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez

3:00 p.m.—Creator-Owned Signingwith Eric Powell (The Goon),Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle),Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryearand Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), andSanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

4:00 p.m.—Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event withThomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President andArchivist

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Meet-upand Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Angel, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse,and Cabin in the Woods.

Friday, July 13

10:00 a.m.—Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai

See a previewof the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of theRonin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

11:00 a.m.—Star Wars Signing withMike Richardson (Crimson Empire),Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul),Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (DarkTimes), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader andthe Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawnof the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (KnightErrant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and TomTaylor (Darth Maul)

12:00pm.—Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin,and Arsenio Navarro

12:00p.m.—Axe Cop Signing with EthanNicolle

1:00p.m.—Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and BaltimoreSigning with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook

1:00p.m.—Age of Reptiles Signing with RicardoDelgado

2:00p.m.—Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka(Studio 4C CEO)

2:30p.m. – Green River Killer Signingwith Jeff Jensen

3:00p.m.– Domo Signing with Domo creatorTsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

3:00p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with DavidGaider

4:00p.m. – Empowered Signing with AdamWarren

4:00p.m. – De:Tales Signing with GabrielBá and Fábio Moon

5:00p.m.—Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and ChristopherA. Taylor

5:00p.m.—Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (TheGoon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)

6:00p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signingwith series stars NoahWyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, ColinCunningham, Sarah Carter,executive producer RemiAubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing

Saturday, July14

10:00a.m.—Darksiders Signing with DavidSlagle and Roger Robinson

10:00 a.m.—Aliens Colonial Marines Signing withJosh Williams

11:00a.m.—Domo Signing with Domo creator TsuneoGoda *Ticketed by drawing

12:00p.m.—Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed bydrawing

1:00p.m.—Whedonverse Signing with AndrewChambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg

2:00p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with MichaelDiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and GurihiruStudios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing

3:00p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin

3:00 p.m.—Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear andErika Alexander

4:00 p.m.—Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi

4:00 p.m.—Exile toBabylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras

5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signingwith Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

6:00 p.m.—The Goon Signing with creator EricPowell

Sunday, July 15

10:00 a.m.—Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signingwith Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

12:00 p.m.—The Guild Signing withFelicia Day *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing

2:00 p.m.—Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger andJessica Gruner

3:00 p.m.—DougSneyd Signing

*Events aresubject to change. Somerestrictions apply.


Thursday, July 12

10:30-11:30 Books and Hollywood: Literary Franchises inTelevision and Film— Room 24ABC

Authors discusstheir work transitioning across various mediums, from screenwriters tonovelists turning popular books into hit TV series and Hollywood films. Howdoes the creative process differ when writing a screenplay as compared to anovel? Authors describing the process of adapting novels for the big screeninclude Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine),Margaret Stohl (co-author of the BeautifulCreatures series), Scott Speer (ImmortalCity), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Searchfor WondLa series), Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Colin Fischer), Mike Richardson(president of Dark Horse), and Mark Frost (ThePaladin Prophecy). Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times).

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Becky Cloonan— Room 32AB

Comic-Conspecial guest Becky Cloonan, one of the most versatile artists in comics today,talks to Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast host) about her career incomics and illustration, collaborating with writers, artists, and musicians,and the dark secrets she learned through 15 years of self-publishing.

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Geof Darrow— Room 8

Comic-Conspecial guest Geof Darrow is known for his wildly imaginative and intricatelydetailed artwork. Geof talks about his comics career, including his currentwork for Dark Horse, Shaolin Cowboy,in this special spotlight presentaton.

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: OnceMore, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— Room26AB

Authors KatrinaHill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller(Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine howcomic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in whichthe graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of televisionseries as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universesenjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy theVampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comicbook follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow andTara), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actorsClare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Bring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy theVampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods).

1:00-2:00 100th Anniversary of Tarzan and John Carterof Mars— Room 8

He wrestledlions, poachers and ran through fire barefoot without a stunt-double or CGI.Actor Ron Ely will discuss filming Tarzan in the jungles of Latin America withwriter Mark Evanier and Burroughs illustrator Tom Yeates. Also featuring DavidLemmo, co-author of the new book, Tarzan: His First 100 Years. How AncientLiterature Became Modern Mythology and Created an Ape-Man Mecca in SouthernCalifornia, coming from Angel City Press in 2013. Plus a 100-years of Tarzan and John Carter slide showincluded.

1:00-2:00 Dark Horse: Powered by Creators- Room23ABC

An In-Depth Lookat the Best in Creator-Owned Comics— Just over 25 years ago, Dark Horse arrivedwith a different agenda than any other publisher in comics. The young companywas founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retainthe rights to their own work, and today it continues to be a highly fertilebreeding ground for new characters and concepts. Self-publishing sensation SamHumphries introduces Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, along with a cast oftop talent from around the industry. Expect exclusive announcements, and much,much more!

2:00-3:00 The Sergio and Mark Show— Room 8

An annualComic-Con tradition! The folks who give you Groothe Wanderer on occasion will tell what’s up with Groo and their other projects and will entertain you with gloriousanecdotes and silly stories. Those folks are celebrated cartoonist SergioAragonés, his co-conspirator Mark Evanier, Usagi Yojimbocreator Stan Sakai, and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth.

5:00-6:00 Uncle Creepy Presents— Room 9A stellarpanel of ghoulish creators discuss Warren’s Creepy and Eerie, which have beenrelaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, andartist compilation formats. Discover all the exciting things coming up in theCreepy universe. Moderated by Overstreet’s J. C. Vaughn and featuring New ComicCompany’s twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy)and Josh Braun (Button Man) and superspecial guest MAD and Creepy artist Angelo Torres (Mad), plus writer Christopher A. Taylor and some very special unannounced guests. Plus, there willbe Creepy trivia questions with tons of giveaways, swag and prizes.

7:00-8:00 Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101— Room8

Need tips on howto market your comic? Have questions about doing PR? This is the panel for you!Some of the best and brightest in comics today present a roundtable discussion,revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics. comiXologymarketing and PR maven Chip Mosher is joined by Dark Horse’s director of PRJeremy Atkins, Image Comics’ PR and marketing director Jennifer de Guzman, IDWPublishing’s VP of marketing Dirk Wood, Archaia’s Marketing Manager Mel Cayloand comics writer David Gallaher (Box 13,the Harvey Award-winning High Moon,and Marvel’s Darkstar and The Winter Guard) for a wide-rangingdiscussion you will not want to miss!

Friday, July 13

11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola and Friends— Room 4

As we watch theworld collapse in the pages of B.P.R.D.-Hellon Earth and gear up for the most-anticipated series in Hellboy’s historylater this year, this may be the most important panel in the history of one ofmodern comics’ most storied series. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor ScottAllie, Cameron Stewart, James Harren, B.P.R.D.artist Tyler Crook and others, for exclusive news and insight into why theworld of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is truly “going to hell in2012”!

11:15-12:15 Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon’s Legendof Korra— Ballroom 20

The cast andcrew of Legend of Korra offer an in-depth discussion of Nickelodeon’s hottestnew series. Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and MikeDiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender)are joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they discuss the creative processthat brought the first book in the Korra series to life. You’ll also get tohear from your favorite characters as talented voice actors Janet Varney(Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel(Asami) will be featured on the panel and renowned voice director Andrea Romano(Avatar: The Last Airbender) willdirect the actors in a live performance from the series. And if you’re extranice, Mike and Bryan may even drop a hint or two about Book 2. So don’t missout! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.

12:00-1:00 Lenore Turns 20— Room 23ABC

Celebrations arein order! Lenore is 20 years old in 2012. Roman Dirge discusses his new Lenore collection Swirlies, upcomingcomics, merchandise, and more. Join the artist/magician himself for thisexclusive journey into the unique world of Roman Dirge, with a one-on-oneinterview with moderator Andrew Sumner plus a Q&A session.

12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion—Ballroom 20

Calling allBrowncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity tookflight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for thefirst time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join JossWhedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin,Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, somespecial surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.

1:30-2:30 Comic Book Entrepreneurs— Room 8

Get a rare lookbehind the scenes as the comic book industry’s leading entrepreneurs sharetheir secrets of building successful businesses around the love of comic books.Author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Conand the Business of Pop Culture), CEO and co-founder David Steinberger ofcomiXology, Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson, Peter Levin of NerdistIndustries, and comics retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics (who alsofounded Free Comic Book Day and helped run WonderCon for 15 years), offer aunique view of the business side of comics.

2:30-4:00 Eisner Spirit Award Video Viewing— Room18

The Will EisnerSpirit of Comics Retailer Award is the industry’s “Hall of Fame” forprogressive retailers. Spirit Award facilitator and award recipient Joe Ferrara(Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA) presents the videos for this year’s awardfinalists, with discussion about each nominated retailer, the store’s displaytechniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from.Hey, retailers: this is a great place for getting new ideas!

3:00-4:00 The Future of Star Wars Publishing: DarkHorse & Del Rey— Room 7AB Find out what’s coming up in the ExpandedUniverse of Star Wars publishing. Editors Randy Stradley and Dave Marshall fromDark Horse Comics discuss what’s next for Agentof the Empire, Dawn of the Jedi, Lost Tribe of the Sith, and Darth Maul, as well as reveal a newsecret title that’s on the horizon. From Del Rey Books editors Frank Parisi andErich Schoeneweiss, along with author Troy Denning (Apocalypse), look at new novels coming later this year fromfan-favorite authors Timothy Zahn and Aaron Allston, as well as give a peekinto 2013. Also on the panel is Jennifer Heddle, senior editor at LucasBooks.Moderated by author Pablo Hidalgo (StarWars: The Essential Reader’s Companion).

3:00-4:00 Drawing on Your Nightmares: Horror inComics— Room 23ABC Throughout comics’ storied history, horror has been animportant part of the medium. In the fall of 2012, Dark Horse unveils a wholeslate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers. Dark Horsehorror line editor Scott Allie is joined by actor-turned-comics writer LanceHenrikson and creators Eric Powell (TheGoon), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night,Criminal Macabre), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash),Paul Tobin (Colder), and others foran exciting look at this year’s most promising four-color thrills and chills!

3:30-4:30 The Art of Death and Darksiders II—Room 5AB

A livelydemonstration on bringing 2D comic art to 3D graphics and back again-JoeMadureira (Vigil Games Darksiderscreator; artist for Avenging Spider-Man,Ultimates, X-Men), and Han Randhawa (Vigil Games, Darksiders I and IIcreative director) use exclusive examples from the creative development processto show how they bring a unique comic inspired vision to 3D life in the newDarksiders II video game from THQ, where you become Death, the most fearedrider from the legendary Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. In part two,representatives from Dark Horse Comics demonstrates how they took this highlystylized universe in 3D, converted it back to a 2D comic book series, andexpanded on the mythos, revealing scenes and storyline threads that complementthe events of the video game. Working closely with the Darksiders team at VigilGames, Dark Horse Comics is creating an important component to complete JoeMad’s original vision.

4:30-5:30 Falling Skies: The Battle Is Just GettingStarted— Room 6BCF

Continuing thefight against alien invaders, TNT’s Falling Skies follows a band of humansurvivors on their quest to outrun and outwit the powerful alien force thatinvaded Earth. Join stars Noah Wyle (ER),Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation),Will Patton (Armageddon), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car), Sarah Carter (The Vow), and Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club), and show runner RemiAubuchon (Caprica), with Q&Ahosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TheNext Generation, The Big Bang Theory). Watch never-before-seen clips and betreated to an in-depth discussion on Falling Skies season 2.

5:00-6:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now!— Room 9

If you’re anaspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Some ofcomic book publishing’s top decision makers, including IDW chief creativeofficer Chris Ryall, BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horsemanaging editor Scott Allie, and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, give youup-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry.Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a worldwhere the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won’t be yourgrandfather’s “breaking into comics” panel.

5:30-6:30 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— Ballroom 20

Long beforedirecting the biggest superhero film in history, Joss Whedon rewarded fans theworld over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in thehistory of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out whathe has in store for us next, and hear exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and theever-expanding number of titles in Dark Horse’s line of Season 9 comics.

5:30-6:30 Berserk— Room 32AB

At long last,the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silverscreen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with EikoTanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet,Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this starkmanga into an animated feature.

6:00-7:00 Are Digital Comics Expanding the Market?—Room 9

Digital comicsare the hottest trend in publishing today, exploding onto the screens of iPads,tablets, and phones everywhere. How is digital distribution transforming theindustry and the market? Is digital opening the medium to a vast new globalaudience, or is it the death knell of comics as we know them? Author andfuturist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and theBusiness of Pop Culture) leads a provocative, no-holds-barred discussionwith the leaders of the digital comics revolution: comiXology co-founders DavidSteinberger and John D. Roberts, Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, and IDWpublisher Ted Adams.

7:30-8:30 Making a Living in Manga— Room 8

Now thatJapanese comics have been available in English for over 30 years, severalgenerations of artists inspired by manga are trying to live the Bakuman dreamof being full-time comics creators. But in the superhero-centric North Americancomics market, are they fighting the odds? Comics creators Adam Warren (Empowered), Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan the Barbarian), FredGallagher (Megatokyo), and AudraFuruichi (Nemu-Nemu), along withindustry pros Christopher Butcher (blogger, Comics212.net; director, TorontoComic Arts Festival), JuYoun Lee (senior editor, Yen Press), Erik Ko(editor-in-chief, UDON Entertainment), and moderator Deb Aoki (Manga editor,About.com), explain the ins and outs and ups and downs of making a living as amanga creator in North America.

8:00-10:30 Syfy Presents the Will Eisner ComicIndustry Awards— Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The 24th annualEisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comicscreators and works in 28 categories. Presenters will include British talk showhost/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), and special guestsRobert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (TheWalking Dead), Lynn Johnston (cartoonist, For Better or For Worse), Eric Powell (The Goon), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), MichaelUslan (movie producer, Batman films), plus some special surprises! Otherprestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising NewcomerAward, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award forExcellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics RetailerAward.

Saturday, July 14

10:30-11:30 Dark Horse: Bioware— Room 24ABC

Dark Horse andBioware have come together once again to provide fans with exclusive news on Dragon Age, and the ever-expanding MassEffect universe. Join Dark Horse director of public relations Jeremy Atkins andeditor Dave Marshall, along with DragonAge writers David Gaider and Sylvia Feketekuty, BioWare art director DerekWatts, moderator “Evil Chris” Priestly, and a cast of other celebritygeeks and surprise guests for an exciting look into the Dark Horse/BioWareuniverse. Attendees can be sure to expect a spirited discussion on the ongoinglink between comics and gaming, with exclusive news and more!

11:00-12:00 Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning andBeyond— Room 28E

For over 5years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fansand professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will includeBobby Rubio (Avatar the Last Airbender,Pixar, Alcatraz High), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and actor/voice actorDante Basco (Avatar the Last Airbender),and a few more surprise guests. If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplaycontest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.”

11:00-12:00 Geek & Sundry— Indigo Ballroom,Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog),Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka),director Daniel Strange (Between TwoFerns with Zach Galifianakis), and the cast of The Guild — Vince Caso,Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parkih, and Robin Thorsen — make some bigannouncements and offer an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Moderated byKim Evey (producer, Geek & Sundry).

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Gary Gianni— Room 4

Comic-Conspecial guest Gary Gianni discusses his work illustrating one of Ray Bradbury’slast published books, painting the Game of Thrones 2014 calendar, and thefuture of illustrated storytelling in the digital realm.

2:00-3:00 Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel— Room23ABC

Moderator PaulLevitz (writer, 75 Years of DC Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, former Eisnerpublisher), Klaus Janson (artist/inker, Daredevil,The Dark Knight Return, comics educator, SVA), Denis Kitchen (artist,author, publisher; Eisner’s agent and longtime friend), Charles Kochman(editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), and Diana Schutz (comics educator;executive editor, Dark Horse Comics; Eisner’s editor) explore the pivotal roleWill Eisner’s evangelism of the comics artform plays in the evolution of theAmerican graphic novel, followed by a short Q&A period.

5:00-6:00 Mass Effect: Past, Present, and Future—Room 25ABC

Developers fromMass Effect offer an exciting look at the evolution of the Mass Effectfranchise. Mike Gamble (producer), Corey Gaspur (senior combat designer),Parrish Ley (lead cinematic animator), Sylvia Feketekuty (writer), Chris Helper(writer), Jessica Merizan (community manager) and Chris Priestly (communityspecialist) discuss the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayergaming and hints at upcoming DLC. Don’t forget to bring your emergencyinduction port!

8:00-9:00 Occupy Comics: Activism, Kickstarter, andComics— Room 4

Get the storybehind the historic Occupy Comics project that inspired dozens of top comicspros to take a stand, bummed out Frank Miller, and brought Alan Moore and DavidLloyd back together in the same book for the first time since theOccupy-inspiring V for Vendetta. With a star-studded roster featuring CharlieAdlard (The Walking Dead), ArtSpiegelman (Maus), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and many more, OccupyComics raised nearly three times its Kickstarter fundraising goal, with allrevenue beyond hard costs being donated to Occupy protesters. Organizationalspearhead Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller,president Halo-8) will be joined by contributors Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.), Brea Grant andZane Grant (We Will Bury You, SuicideGirls), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing,The Unknown Soldier), Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem),Mark L. Miller (The Jungle Book), andothers special guests to discuss counterculture art, creating activist comicswithout being annoying, and tips on how to fundraise for your own comics.

Sunday, July 15

10:00-11:00 Emilythe Strange— Room 23ABC

Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience,where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes,learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the newEmily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creatorRob Reger and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some coolstuff just for showing up and being Strange?

11:30-12:30 Spotlighton Tom Yeates— Room 8

Seasoned comics, fantasy, and book illustrator andComic-Con special guest Tom Yeates will discuss his 35-year career, fromattending the first year of Joe Kubert’s school with Steve Bissette and RickVeitch to Swamp Thing, Tarzan, Zorro, and Prince Valiant. Writer, journalist,editor, and Thomas’s longtime friend Steven Ringgenberg will moderate. A slideshow of Yeates’s art career and influences will be included.

12:45-1:45 CBLDFRock Art Jam— Room 5AB

Explore the creative process of top cartoonistswho’ve made their mark on the worlds of comics and music! Fábio Moon, GabrielBá, and Nate Powell talk about the influence of music in their work and drawlive art showcasing their love of sound and vision! Get a chance to watch liveart made before your eyes, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit theComic Book Legal Defense Fund!

2:15-3:15 BuffyTurns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— Room 6BCF

Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became theSlayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces ofdarkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV seriesBuffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with DarkHorse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator GeorgesJentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motionpicture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years ofslayage.

3:00-4:00 AxeCop— Room 6DE

Ethan Nicolle (Bearmageddon, Chumble Spuzz) discusses the growing world of AxeCop, including the new President of the World miniseries from Dark Horse comicsand his involvement the TV show in production at FOX. With a possibleappearance in person or digitally from his brother/co-creator Malachai Nicolleplus possible surprise guests.

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