Comic-Con@Home 2020 Panels!

Missing San Diego Comic Con this year? We completely understand that is why we want to help make it as easy as possible to enjoy the content they have available to you all! These panels were featured on Day 1 of Comic-Con@Home 2020!

Comics in the Classroom Ask Me Anything | Comic-Con@Home 2020

Lit-X Teacher Cohort members Eric Kallenborn (fine arts department chair, Oak Lawn Community High School) and teacher Michael Gianfrancesco (North Providence High School) collected questions on social media from teachers, parents, and librarians about all things comics in the classroom and posed those questions to this amazing panel: Ronell Whitaker (English department chair, Community High School District 218), Lucy Knisley (comic creator Stepping Stones, Relish, French Milk), Jason Walz (teacher/comic creator Last Pick, Homesick), and Lisa Wu (consultant and former teacher).


History is a story told by the victors: until it’s not. The story landscape is changing. There is more space in the narrative world for stories both by and about people with diverse experiences. Join our lively panel debate to see how that re-storying is emerging; in academic institutions, in live performance, in digital experiences, and in a proliferation of creative tools that empower people to tell their stories.

Introduction by Brian MacDonald, UCLA, GeekED (
Moderated by Asha Eaton, KTN manager ImmerseUK (
Pip Brignall, co-director Reality Check Productions (
Sarah Ellis, director of digital development at Royal Shakespeare Company (
Juliette Levy, University of California, Riverside, Dept of History (
Linda Sellheim, education program manager at Epic Games (
Tess Tanenbaum, University of California, Irvine, Transformative Play Lab (

Teaching and Learning with Comics

Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), and Antero Garcia (Stanford University) lead this panel that reveals practical activities and theory involved in teaching with comics while discussing teaching and making comics with the incredible creators and educators Nick Sousanis (Unflattening), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), David F. Walker (Naomi), and Brian Michael Bendis (Naomi).

The Power of Teamwork in Kids Comics

Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops) is joined by Chad Sell (Cardboard Kingdom) and science comics team Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (Astronauts) to talk about collaboration in kids comics! This panel is moderated by Betsy Gomez and sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Books for All: it’s Time to Redefine How We Share Books With Kids

In a panel hosted by the LitX teacher cohort, Jill Gerber (teacher, Rowland Hall School), Tony Weaver (CEO, Weird Enough Productions), Adan Alvarado (teacher, Bloom Township High School), Yehudi Mercado (comic creator Sci-Fu, Fun Fun Fun High School), and Christina “Steenz” Stewart (comic creator, Archival Quality, Heart of the City) discuss how teachers, librarians, creators, and parents can share impactful and diverse comics with kids of all ages. Moderated by Adam Ebert (teacher, Bloom Township High School).

Comics as a Conduit

Henry Barajas (author of La Voz de M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo), Rodney Barnes (author of Killadelphia), Darcy Van Poelgeest (author of Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope), and David F. Walker (author of Bitter Root) discuss comic books that tackle real world issues, be it environmental activism, civic engagement, physical and mental health awareness, and more, (including how their work is being used by librarians and educators). Viewers will leave with programming and acquisition ideas designed to inspire their readers to see the world differently and then change it for the better.

GeekED: Watchmen and the Cruelty of Masks

HBO’s Watchmen put forth the idea that “masks make one cruel”. On college campuses, many people, both students and non-students have taken up virtual masks to make statements and take actions that would not be acceptable if done in public. Zoom bombing, doxing, and anonymous threats have caused much dismay, particularly as campuses move to remote learning due to COVID-19. Come hear what educators have to say about the power of masks and how Watchmen and other comics show us a path towards heroism or villainy. Dr. Kalenda Eaton (University of Oklahoma), Dr. David Surratt (University of Oklahoma), Hailey Lopez (UC Berkeley), Robert Hypes (Phoenix Creative Collective), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).

License to Thrill: Graphic Novel Adaptations for Kids

Sabaa Tahir (A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Graphic Novel) is joined by James Otis Smith (Black Heroes of the Wild West), R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated), and David Bowles (Rise of the Halfling King) in this discussion about graphic novel adaptations. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (Pop Culture Classroom) and sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Make Programming Your Superpower!

Vanessa Gempis (manager at Pauline Foster Teen Center, San Diego Public Library), Bijan Nowroozian (youth services librarian, San Diego Public Library), and Melissa Giffen (youth services librarian, San Diego Public Library) discuss how they approach creating effective and engaging programs for youth of different age groups. From planning the program, to promotion and communication, managing staff, and post-program reflection–the panel has tips and tricks to share for every size program. Panelists will also share some of their favorite fandom programs and what they’ve learned about virtual programs during the pandemic. Additional Resources available at

Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda Throughout Pop Culture

J. D. Lombardi (host/producer, YouTube’s Lombardi Labs and middle-school science teacher, Glendale Unified) along with Justin Montgomery (, Guadalupe De La O (STEM teacher/science instructional coach, Alliance Schools), and G. L. Lambert (screenwriter, G.L. Lambert Explains It All podcast) will trace conspiracies and propaganda throughout comics, shows, and movies, and how they correlate to the current climate of increased conspiracy theories. Teaching science literacy, in and out of the classroom, is more crucial now than ever in combating misinformation, especially related to our current pandemic.

GeekEd: College and the Nerd Mind

Teachers, education administrators, and student affairs professionals are being called to respond to a wide variety of mental health concerns across the education landscape, with students today managing greater educational debt, digital identities, and high expectations for academic performance. This has become intensified in the era of COVID-19 and the need for educators to manage the needs of students remotely This panel of educators and mental health experts share how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they’ve learned from superheroes to develop new best practices in our service to students. Panelists include Drea Letamendi (UCLA), Jeremy Parker (UCSC), Aaron Jones (UCSC), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).

New Kids Comics from Eisner Award publishers (CCEL) | Comic-Con@Home 2020

Jerry Craft (Class Act, New Kid) and Faith Erin Hicks (One Year at Ellsmere) join exciting comics artists Robin Ha (Almost American Girl), Derick Brooks (Bright Family), and Jonathan Hill (Odessa) in a discussion about new kids graphic novels. Moderated by Candice Mack (YALSA) and sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Words and Pictures Working Together: Strategies for Analyzing Graphic Texts (CCEL) | Comic Con@Home

In this crash course in text analysis for graphic novels, educators demonstrate techniques and tools for building students’ critical literacy skills with graphic texts at all grade levels. This includes demonstrations on how to lead students in analyzing the elements of comics and the unique combination of art and text, share resources, and discuss challenges. Educators Trevor Bryan (The Art of Comprehension), Derek Heid (high school English Language Arts, TVUSD), Shveta Miller (Hacking Graphic Novels), Talia Hurwich (Worth a Thousand Words), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels Are Elementary!) share strategies you can use with students tomorrow! Access all of the resources shared during this panel at this link:…

Comic-Con Celebrates 15 Years of Eisner Librarians

At the request of Will Eisner, a librarian has been a member of the Eisner Awards jury since 2005. When Jackie Estrada, Administrator for the Eisner Awards, invited Kat Kan to be that first librarian jury member, the awards began to take on a new kind of energy. Since that day, the influence of the awards has grown beyond the traditional comics community and now resonates with traditional publishers, academic institutions, and throughout the library world. Join in on the conversation as these ground-breaking librarians talk about their experience as members of the Eisner juries over the years. Moderated by John Shableski (2009 Jury) this session features five Eisner Librarian jurors: Kat Kan (2005), Karen Green (2011), Jason Poole (2016), Dawn Rutherford (2017), and Traci Glass (2019).

Comics on Campus: Fandom at Academia

It’s taken a while, but there’s never been a time when comics have been so embraced by universities and colleges informal classes, studies, and even comic conventions. This panel provides an inside look at ground-breaking courses by the professionals and academics who are bringing geek culture to campuses nationwide (and beyond)! Join Paul Levitz (Columbia University, Pace University), Frank Cammuso (Syracuse University), Rob Salkowitz (University of Washington), Karen Green (Columbia University), and Darlynne Overbaugh (Ithaca College) in a robust and thoughtful panel exploring the trends and future of comics on campus. Moderated by Ed Catto (Ithaca College).

Are you a high school student with dreams of becoming a graphic novelist? Are you a high school teacher with dreams of creating a graphic novel with your class? Spirit Skies is a graphic novel written and illustrated exclusively by high school students! Not only did we dream it, we DID it! The panel will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on cross cultural artistic exchange, how technology has made this project easier and more dynamic! The student panel of writers and illustrators – including a Guna native from Panama who wrote the sequel from the tropical point of view- will be on the panel, featuring never-before-seen art, and a sneak peek at the next volume in the Spirit Skies story! The panel will take you on an exploratory journey – through the eyes of a Hummingbird! Spirit Skies is not just an adventure written by high school students – it is a lesson in environmental stewardship. With the lesson that we are all interconnected, all you have to do is go outside and you will be interacting with wildlife. It could be a hummingbird coming from Panama or Alaska!

Meryl Jaffe (Worth A Thousand Words) with panelists Laurence Tan (educator) Rachelle Cruz (educator, author Experiencing Comics), and Talia Hurwich (educator, author Worth A Thousand Words) discuss how graphic novels can inspire and enrich online classroom lessons for students grades 3 and up. We discuss challenges, lesson ideas, and loads of resources.

Art and the Holocaust

Art and the Holocaust will present a sampling of artwork and propaganda done during World War II in the U.S. and Nazi Germany, and work done by a child survivor of the Holocaust after the war. Moderated by Stephen D. Smith, director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, panelists include Holocaust survivor Miriam Katin, graphic novelist/artist; author Sandra Scheller, exhibit creator RUTH: Remember Us, The Holocaust; Holocaust educator Esther Finder, founder of Generations of the Shoah International (GSI): and World War II historian Matt Dunford, chairman of San Diego Comic Fest.

Body Talk

Visual storytelling mediums have an opportunity to show diverse bodies and yet it seems to still be a struggle to find true representation for many marginalized people. Now, more than ever, having difficult discussions about inclusion, representation, diversity, and the power of stories to remind us all of our humanity matter, need to happen. Join creator Jules Rivera, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Mari Naomi, Sequoia Bostick, and Lilah Sturges for a frank, thoughtful, and funny discussion about these topics. Moderated by Mariah McCourt.

Building a Geek Brand: Surviving a Pandemic

Do you dream of starting your company or brand inspired by your favorite pop culture passions? It’s hard enough to grow a start up but even harder during a pandemic! Join industry professionals in the area of apparel, publication, and cosplay as they share about the challenges of starting a geek business, how to survive a pandemic and how to contribute to Black Lives Matter. Tony B Kim (Hero Within) hosts this spirited and inspirational discussion along with panelists Linda Le (VampyBitMe Cosplay), Rachel Litfin (author), and Victor Dandridge (comic book creator).

Causeplay – In Service to Others

Mark Chu-Lin (event coordinator and Avengers Initiative club president), Amber Chavez (child life special programs coordinator for CHOC Children’s), Luke Morand (media programs coordinator for CHOC Children’s), Anthony Wills (pediatrician and Avengers Initiative member), Terrance Thompson (surgical scrub nurse and Avengers Initiative member), and Hanna Trevizo (EMT and Avengers Initiative member), will discuss how cosplayers and prop builders serve their communities through their love of pop-culture. Hear about their experiences, learn how to join organized groups and some of the organizations that receive help, and find out how to get involved in service efforts. By using skills one already has, and sharing them with others, people can help others have a better day. For information about the Avengers Initiative and CHOC Children’s, please check out their websites and social media pages at


Crunchyroll Industry panel

Hear about all the latest and greatest anime & manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source, panelists Adam Sheehan (director of events, Crunchyroll) and Lauren Stevens (events manager, Crunchyroll). Special prize giveaway and virtual goodies available during the panel. For everything anime, go to

Graphix: Get Drawn In

Stories that inspire. Characters that connect. Art that comes alive. Meet the authors of some of the hottest upcoming graphic novels for kids. Featuring Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant (authors, Animorphs), Chris Grine (illustrator, Animorphs: The Graphic Novel), Varian Johnson (author, Twins), Shannon Wright (illustrator, Twins), and Tom Angleberger (illustrator, Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel). These are the stories that ignite kids’ imaginations, spark creativity, and encourage reading in new and exciting ways. There are graphic novels. And then there’s Graphix. Moderated by Raina Telgemeier (author/illustrator, Smile).

How to Get News Coverage

Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include (in alphabetical order): Martin Boruta (The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show, First Comics News), Peter Breau (Second Sight Publishing), Ed Catto (Captain Action, Agendae), Holly Golightly (Broadsword Comics), Michael Kingston (Headlocked Comics), Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, ICv2), and JC Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing, The Scoop). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

P.S NPC: Storytelling in Video Games

What’s writing for video games really like? Our panel of pro game devs walks you through everything it takes to tell an immersive story in video games. Moderator Sam Maggs (Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart) speaks with Jill Scharr (Destiny 2), Shayna Moon (God of War 2018), Charles Beacham (Blankos Block Party), Milo Smiley (Spider-Man: Miles Morales), and Megan Fausti (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order).

Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel

Star Trek broke barriers when it first premiered more than 50 years ago, inspiring people of all walks of life by championing cultural diversity, scientific advancement, and the exploration of new frontiers. Today, this legacy carries on through the Star Trek series on CBS All Access, where Starfleet and new characters alike take on exciting missions and explore uncharted areas of the universe while keeping true to the ideals of “Star Trek” that society needs now more than ever. Join us as we virtually bring together the casts and producers from Star Trek: Discovery, new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard.

Transforming Together Time: Family Gathering and the Future of Play

Video games have been an influential part of our culture, creativity, and connection for decades; from numerous console wars, memorable mobile gaming moments, gamifying the world with augmented reality, blasting into incredible immersive worlds with VR, voice, and beyond. The global gaming market is booming, families are spending more time gaming together than ever before. This panel will share real-world examples behind some of the most beloved family gaming experiences and latest announcements. Join Tommy Tallarico (President, CEO Intellivision), Tommy Palm (CEO of Resolution Games), and connected experiences innovator Valerie Vacante (LiveArea // Collabsco) in a discussion on how creators are designing new experiences across various platforms and emerging technologies to shape the future of family gaming and play.

Virtual Fandom: Superhero Fandom Adapts to the Pandemic

Phil LaMarr (actor), Dan Fraga (artist), Sara Katz-Scher (@thatprincessgirl), Rene Amador (ARwall), and Gert Van (Marvel, DC, and Everything Nerdy Facebook group), moderated by Kevin Winston (Digital LA), share how they have adapted to the pandemic and engage with fans virtually to talk everything superhero, Disney, Marvel, DC, animation, and more. Speakers discuss digital tools to connect including: Zoom, YouTube, and other livestream panels; Instagram Live chats, interviews, and drawing livestreams; crowdfunding campaigns; augmented reality, Facebook groups and communities, and virtual autograph signings. Speakers also announce upcoming virtual projects and releases, in this informational and inspiring panel!

X-Men Fandom Surprise Party

They thought it was just going to be a pajama party where they’d reminisce about their mutant pride, instead these X-Men influencers, podcasters, and cosplayers experience the surprise of their lives with drop in visits by surprise celebrity guests from the X-Men universe. Panelists include Dylan Carter and Regina Givens (House of X), Khelan Bhatia (Homo Superior podcast), Amanda Lynne (cosplayer), Jake Wallace (X-Club), and Chris Riley (X-Reads Podcast). Moderated by Chandler Poling (White Bear PR).

Alien Superstar with Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

Hollywood legend Henry Winkler and children’s book veteran Lin Oliver discuss their New York Times bestselling book Alien Superstar and its forthcoming sequel, Lights, Camera, Danger: Alien Superstar 2. Henry is known for his iconic role on Happy Days and currently co-stars in the HBO comedy, Barry. Lin is a film and television writer/producer and is the executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The duo will reveal how they infuse their decades of experience in Hollywood into this out-of-this-world story for middle grade readers.


Odds are, when most people hear the name “Batgirl,” the first character to come to mind is Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter. First appearing in 1967, she’s been a comic mainstay, first as Batgirl and then as Oracle. But as is tradition in the Bat-family, when things happen, the cowl can be passed from hero to hero. From Stephanie Brown to Cassandra Cain to The Bat Girls, each having a wildly different take on the role of the caped crusader. Join Cecil Castellucci (Batgirl -Barbara Gordon), Sarah Kuhn (Batgirl -Cassandra Cain), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl -Stephanie Brown), Nancy Kiu (Batwoman -Kate Kane), Marieke Nijkamp (Oracle -Barbara Gordon) and Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) who have brought these different iconic versions of Batgirl to life in a celebration of what makes them different and what makes them Batgirl.

Cartoon Network Studios: The Art of Storyboarding

In this masterclass virtual panel, hear from artists behind some of Cartoon Network Studios’ hit series as they share their journeys, learnings and top tips for aspiring storyboard artists worldwide. Join leading artists behind award-winning shows to learn how a concept or script is brought to life through the beloved art of storyboarding. Panelists include: Mic Graves, director of and voice on The Amazing World of Gumball; Chuck Klein, storyboard royalty and supervising producer/director, Apple & Onion; Julia Pott, creator of and voice on Summer Camp Island; Alabaster Pizzo, storyboard artist, Summer Camp Island. #ad

Hollyweird Science: Creativity, Corrections, and Collaboration

In addition to a constructive examination of the depiction of science and scientists in TV and film, the Hollyweird Science books explore how onscreen depictions compare to real life: when it’s right, when it’s wrong, and when it’s wrong for the right reasons. The books have also noted parallels in the careers of both working scientists and Hollywood storytellers: in both instances, few who begin the journey find successful careers, and both are very demanding and highly competitive. The common wisdom might be that the comparison ends there–that storytelling is highly creative, or “right-brained”, while the life of the scientist is dominated by “left-brained” analytical thinking and reasoning. Our panelists of scientists and Hollywood creatives explore the thought processes, motivations, and inspirations that drive their own careers, and explore the idea that these careers that seem diametrically opposed superficially have much more in common than you might think, and that creativity and analytical thought are complementary, not end members of a spectrum. Featuring Ashley E. Miller (Lore, Black Sails), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Deric A. Hughes (Warehouse 13, The Flash), Helen Stringer (Spellbinder, Paradigm), Stephen Cass (senior editor, IEEE Spectrum), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zootopia), and Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Escape Room 2). Session moderated by Jenna Busch (Cocktails with Stan, Psych Geeks). Session held in your home.

Mega Construx Unveils New Halo Toy Line

@MegaConstrux toy designer Mia gives an inside look at our all-new line of Halo construction toys. She reveals sets based on the highly anticipated Halo Infinite game, others that are true icons to the franchise and a glimpse at our SDCC exclusive, that’s sure to excite all Halo fans! Suit up, soldier!

Shannon Messenger Keeper of The Lost Cities Spotlight Panel

Don’t miss the Lost Cities at Comic-Con@Home! Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities series) will appear in conversation with J.C. Cervantes (The Storm Runner series) from their personal writing spaces to discuss this magical, blockbuster series that follows Sophie, a girl with incredible abilities who discovers she’s from a secret world hidden in the shadows of our planet–and part of a giant conspiracy that could save or destroy everything.

Solar Opposites

Your favorite Shlorpians are getting together for Comic-Con@Home! As Hulu’s most-watched original comedy premiere to date, Solar Opposites centers around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding home world only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome, while protecting the Pupa, a living super computer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth… Join Justin Roiland (“Korvo”), Thomas Middleditch (“Terry”), Sean Giambrone (“Yumyulack”), Mary Mack (“Jesse”), and executive producers Mike McMahan and Josh Bycel for all things Solar Opposites including an exclusive clip from the upcoming second season!

The Art of Collaboration: Duos Behind top TV Shows & eSports

“It takes two to make a thing go right!” Watch film, television, video game and eSports experts talk about the process and importance of collaboration in some of your favorite projects! Learn how they work together to create the final product you see on-screen! Panelists include 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Hiro Koda (Stranger Things), stunt coordinator/performer Jahnel Curfman (Cobra Kai), professional video game streamers Avori and D__Rich (303 eSports), producer/supervising editor Arielle Kilker (Netflix’s Cheer), and supervising editor David Nordstrom (Netflix’s Cheer). Moderated by content creator Chris Villain.

Web Comics: Savings the Entertainment Industry, Four Panels at a Time

With film productions on hiatus, comic book distribution fragmented, and tv shows resorting to watered down “at-home” versions, COVID-19 has broken the entertainment industry. Where is a world, starved for new content, left to turn? Why, to the wonderful world of web comics, of course! Joined by moderator Will Romine (pROMINEnt Media) are Alan Truong (, JR Gervais (, and Eddie DeAngelini (, who will talk about how quarantine, BLM, and the rest of 2020 have affected their work, art, and life. It’s a panel for fans, pros, and everyone in between. Marvel Story Boards

All the Starfleet Ladies: Then and Now

From Uhura to Janeway to Burnham, Star Trek has a rich history of portraying complex, powerful female-identifying characters. How do Star Trek authors perceive their role in continuing this legacy in their Star Trek novels? Join Una McCormack (author of Picard: The Last Best Hope), Swapna Krishna (space, tech, and pop culture journalist), author Cassandra Rose Clarke, LJ Jackson (publicity manager at Saga Press), and moderator Kendra James (editor at, as they examine the ladies of Star Trek from its inception to the present.

Amazon Prime Video: Truth Seekers

A new original supernatural horror comedy by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), James Serafinowicz (Sick Note), and Nat Saunders (Sick Note). Join as they discuss the making of the hilarious eight-episode series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. Discussion and Q&A moderated by Empire magazine’s Chris Hewitt.

Cartoon Network Studios First Look
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Philip Solomon, voice of Craig, and Lucia Cunningham, voice of Craig’s little sister Jessica, from the Emmy-nominated series Craig of the Creek host the annual Cartoon Network Studios First Look virtual panel . . . it’s like they are at the Trading Tree, but instead of handing out Choco Rolls they’re dishing out special announcements and exclusive clips from Apple & Onion, Ben 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie, Craig of the Creek, Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart, Victor and Valentino, and We Bare Bears The Movie. See you there! (Please note, attendees are responsible for bringing their own Choco Roll.) #ad

Comics During Clampdown: Creativity In The Time of COVID
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How do cartoonists deal with writer’s block in the face of a global pandemic? How do you balance homeschooling with publishing deadlines? Panelists Brian Fies (A Fire Story), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), MariNaomi (Life on Earth trilogy), Ajuan Mance (1001 Black Men), Thien Pham (Sumo), Jason Shiga (Demon), Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops), and moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discuss work-life balance, sanity, and survival in the midst of our brave new world.

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Executive producers Mike & Julie Scully, executive producer and star, Amy Poehler, along with stars Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, Joy Osmanski, Yassir Lester, Betsy Sodaro, and guest stars Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa discuss their favorite moments from the season and what they’re excited for in the upcoming second season; returning next Spring on FOX.

From Script to Screen: Behind-The-Scenes of Your Favorite Film & TV Shows
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Entertainment creatives discuss on how they bring your favorite film and television projects from script to screen! Find out how they use their craft to shape the story and bring them to life in this exciting behind-the-scenes panel! Panelists include composers Devin Burrows (The Wretched), Chad Rehmann (Camp Cold Brook), and Ian Chen (Green Door), makeup designer Burton LeBlanc (The Handmaid’s Tale), screenwriter/director/editor Tirsa Hackshaw (Jessica Jones), and cinematographer Catherine Lutes (Anne with an E). Moderated by actress Danielle Harris (Halloween Franchise).

Legion M: How We’re Opening the Gates to Hollywood
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What if all the Comic-Con fans united to create an entertainment company of their own? They did! Welcome to Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company. With a community of over 25, 000 investors and over 100, 000 free members, Legion M seeks to open the gates of Hollywood and create incredible content, events, and experiences for their community of fans. Learn more about their upcoming sci-fi films Save Yourselves! and Archenemy, and the hit podcast, The Left Right Game, projects currently in development, and what’s on the horizon from Legion M’s top execs!

Mattel & WWE Elite Squad Fan Panel
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The superstars of WWE and the Mattel action figure design team reveal the most exciting, authentic, upcoming WWE figure releases. Moderated by “The Last Professional Broadcaster” Sam Roberts, the panel features Mattel Elite Squad members Bill Miekina and Steve Ozer, and WWE superstars Edge, Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Rhea Ripley, and Ricochet!

Oddball Comics Not-So-Live!
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Longtime cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog, Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!, The Flintstones) once again presents his uniquely hilarious digital slideshow of “the craziest comic book covers ever published!” This acclaimed digital slideshow is a relentless cavalcade of mind-blowing, offensive and hilarious images of vintage comic books from Scott’s collection, accompanied by his wry, observational commentary. Stan Lee said, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I’d seen it all, but Scott Shaw!’s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott!’s outrageous opuses are a blast!”

Paperfilms’ Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
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Creators Jimmy Palmiotti (writer on Painkiller Jane, Jonah Hex, Harley Quinn) and Amanda Conner (artist on Vampirella, Harley Quinn, Power Girl) chat with Londyn Jackson (historian, History of the Batman creator) about their co-founded company PaperFilms, reinventing DC Comics’ Harley Quinn for a new generation of fans, their innovative Kickstarter projects, and the importance of fans supporting both corporate and independently created comic books.

Spotlight on Darcie Little Badger
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Darcie Little Badger’s Elatsoe (Elatsoe, Strangelands) and Nick Thomas (senior editor, Levine Querido) discuss Darcie’s fantasy-mystery debut novel, Elatsoe, the impact of traditional Lipan Apache storytelling, Rovina Cai’s exquisite story within a story, illustrations, the role of Earth Sciences in her writing, the lack of cats in the world of Elatsoe, and the complexities of Zoom calls.

75th Anniversary of Moomin appreciation
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Moomins are beloved around the world, these famous characters were created by Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson. Despite leaving us in 2001, her legacy leaves behind a Moomin Museum, Moomin theme parks, (both in her native country of Finland, and one in Japan), countless other ways to experience the joy of her creations: films, comic strips, picture books, and a brand new TV 2019 series featuring the voices of Academy Award-winning Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton, Warwick Davis, and Rosamund Pike. Join Marika Makaroff (executive producer of 2019 Moominvalley animated series and CEO of Gutsy Animation), Riika Kuittenen (museum curator for the Moomin Museum), Sirke Happonen (associate professor of the University of Helsinki; author The Moomin Guide/ Muumiopas (Finnish), National Museum of Finland), and Jessica Tseang (comic book historian, pop culture speaker) as they explore 75 years of history of Moomin and the secret to the franchise’s longevity. ©MoominCharacters’ are copyrighted by Moomin Character Oy LTD and are globally registered trademarks. All clips used with permission by Gutsy Animation.

A Look Inside “Marvel’s 616” on Disney+
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Marvel’s 616 explores how Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators exist within the “world outside your window.” Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Join directors Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer, and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman as they discuss the making of this Disney+ original anthology series with moderator Angélique Roché.

Amazon Prime Video: Utopia
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A twisted, eight-episode thriller about a group of young comic fans who discover the conspiracy in a graphic novel is real, and embark on a high-stakes adventure to save humanity from the end of the world. Join writer and executive producer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and series stars John Cusack (High Fidelity), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ashleigh LaThrop (Fifty Shades Freed), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Desmin Borges (You’re The Worst), Javon “Wanna” Walton (Euphoria), and Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) for a Q&A moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Christian Holub.

Comics Satire and The New Political Cartoon
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There’s no shortage of fodder for political and social satire these days, yet some say political cartooning is a dying art! Join five very different cartoonists, Ben Passmore (BTTM FDRS, Sports is Hell), Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS, Upgrade Soul), Mr. Fish (Nobody Left), Ann Telnaes (Trump’s ABC), and R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated) as they discuss their approaches to making relevant, critical comics in the age of. . . whatever it is that’s going on right now! Moderated by Jacob Brogan (assistant opinions editor at The Washington Post).

His Dark Materials Virtual Panel and Q&A Session
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Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, HBO/BBC’s His Dark Materials concluded its debut season in December. Join executive producers Jane Tranter and Jack Thorne, as well as cast members Dafne Keen (Lyra), Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal), Amir Wilson (Will Parry), Andrew Scott (John Parry), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby) in a virtual panel discussion about the hit drama series which will be moderated by award-winning journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt.

How Every Epic Fantasy Can Be . . . Epically Different
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Peter V. Brett (Barren), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls), S.A. Chakraborty (The Empire of Gold), R.F. Kuang (The Dragon Republic), R.A. Salvatore (Relentless) discuss literary fantasy, which provides a multiverse of fictional prisms, imagined against mythic elements, world folklore, and reimaginings of actual history. At the heart of the fantasy realm typically lies some form of magic, often there are magical creatures, and the standard are quests – whether they be for good, or for ill. Join these masters of the genre to discuss the works that inspired them, and how their own works contribute to enriching the scope of modern fantasy. Moderated by Natasha Bardon (publishing director, Harper Voyager U.K.)

Insider Art: A Compendium of Comics, Crafts & Cats for All Ages
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Insider Art is a comics initiative that begin during the early days of the COVID19 pandemic; a way to bring female and non-binary creators together to raise money for our own: female and non-binary comic book retailers who faced financial hardships under quarantine. 8 editors, 1 retailer liaison, and over 100 creators from around the world united for one grand mission: to bring over 250 pages of comics, crafts and cats to the masses and conquer the tedium of the great indoors.

Legendary Comics 2.0: Sci-Fi, YA, Romance, and More!
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The Legendary Comics team chat to find out who they are and what they publish. Built on a solid foundation of world-class storytelling, Legendary Comics is bringing amazing and inclusive tales of Sci-Fi, YA, Romance, Horror, and Fantasy to life . . . but not all at once because that would be confusing.

So you want to make an Action Figure, a Conversation with today’s Indie Toy Makers
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This is the age of the independent action figure! Thanks to advances in technology and crowdfunding sources like Kickstarter, the big kids are doing it for themselves. Join Chris Gawrych from Amazo Toys, Brian Flynn from Super7, JE Russell and Paul Mundheim from Chicken Fried Toys, Craig Owen from Zica Toys, and Paul Wolf from The Fwoosh/Articulated Icons as they discuss bringing (or bringing back) action figures like Space Force, Sectaurs, Alien, Conan, The Worst, Captain Action, Dime Novel Legends, and more! Moderated by writer, filmmaker and huge toy nerd Gavin Hignight (Star Wars Resistance, Transformers Cyberverse, Marvel’s Spider-Man). The discussion will cover topics such as Kickstarter strategies, manufacturing, sculpting, painting, distribution, and licensing for the independently produced action figure!

Terry Moore Is Still Drawing Comics
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Terry Moore is still going strong with an impressive collection of work since his comics debut with the Eisner Award-winning series, Strangers In Paradise. Now there is Echo, Rachel Rising, Motor Girl, Five Years, and more on the bookshelf and Moore isn’t finished. From his studio, Moore discusses his work and what’s next, plus offers thoughtful answers to questions. Don’t miss this chance to sit with a career cartoonist and talk about comics.

The Future of Entertainment
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As the world continues to technologically advance, find out how leading experts in entertainment are paving the way to a new future. Featuring experts in virtual and augmented reality, digital human creation and design, as well as creatives working in virtual production, eSports, and more, learn about how emerging technologies will shape everything from Hollywood to the educational experience.

Panelists include Ted Schilowitz (futurist, Paramount Pictures), James Pearse Connelly (production designer, The Masked Singer), Ilyasah Shabazz (professor, community organizer, author, motivational speaker), Cathy Hackl (futurist and two-time LinkedIn top voice in tech), Leslie Shannon (head of ecosystem and trend scouting, Nokia), Phil Quist (music agent, CAA), and Leigh Steinberg (sports agent, Steinberg Sports). Moderated by Travis Cloyd (futurist at FIU, co-founder of Worldwide XR).

The Women Behind Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet – Collaboration Across Gaming & Television to Create A Successful Crossover
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In February, Apple TV+ released the series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet in partnership with Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Ubisoft Film & Television. In this moderated panel, the female powerhouses behind Mythic Quest, Ubisoft Film & Television, and Red Storm Entertainment, will share how they came together and leveraged their particular expertise in the gaming and television worlds to create and tell an authentic story. Through this discussion, the panelists will also address their experience working and being leaders in their respective fields in historically male-dominated industries and their advice for the next generation.

This is Not the Apocalypse You’re Looking For: Real Life Disasters, Fictional Recovery
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Things are rough right now, but we’re going to pull through together. Tyler Houston (comic and culture expert), Kelley M. Boston (infection prevention epidemiologist), Bobbiejean Garcia (public health epidemiologist), and Monti Pal (trauma therapist) talk about how disaster events and emergency management are often handled in pop-fiction, and in the real world. Art and fiction give us a way to think about our world as it is now and our future. Science fiction and comics are used as a frame to discuss how humans respond to disaster events, and how individuals and communities move from disaster to healing and wholeness.

Wonder Women: Superstars of Paranormal
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The Women of Paranormal unite in this powerful panel, presented by Travel Channel. Join some of the biggest female stars from Travel Channel’s multiple hit series as they share what it means to be a fearless female force in the paranormal industry. Panelists include paranormal investigators and researchers Amy Bruni (Kindred Spirits) and Katrina Weidman (Portals to Hell), paranormal explorer Chelsea Laden (Destination Fear), and psychic medium Cindy Kaza (The Holzer Files). Fans will be inspired by their stories and get firsthand advice from a group of women who ain’t afraid of no ghosts. #WonderWomenTRVL

Amazon Prime Video: Upload
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Creator, executive producer and director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and stars Robbie Amell (Code 8), Andy Allo (Pitch Perfect 3), Kevin Bigley (Undone), Allegra Edwards (New Girl), and Zainab Johnson (American Koko) discuss how they brought this futuristic comedy to life, share behind-the-scenes details from season one, and tease what fans can expect in season two. The panel will be moderated by Engadget’s Cherlynn Low. Upload season one is a ten-episode, half-hour, sci-fi comedy that takes place in the near future, where people can be “Uploaded” into a virtual afterlife of their choice.

Artist Bootcamp by DeviantArt
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Get your art in shape! DeviantArt presents Artist Alley all-stars Jeffrey “the CHAMBA” Cruz (artist), Edwin “ironpinky” Huang (illustrator), and John “Overlord_JC” Crayton (artist) as they share their secrets to warming up, getting in the mindset to create, and pulling yourself out of a rut. Moderated by DeviantArt’s Matt “ggMattB” Buchholtz (head of social media). Jeffrey “the CHAMBA” Cruz ( Edwin “ironpinky” Huang ( John “Overlord_JC” Crayton ( Matt ‘”ggMattB” Buchholtz (

Collider: Directors on Directing
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Robert Rodriguez (Alita: Battle Angel), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World: Dominion), and Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) take part in a wide-ranging and in-depth discussion about the craft of directing and projects past, present, and future. Moderated by Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub.

Draw Along With Dark Horse
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Dark Horse Comics invites you to join Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy), Naomi Franquiz (Tales From Harrow County: Death’s Choir), Tyler Cook (Colonel Weird: Cosmagog), and Mike Deodato (Berserker Unbound) as they discuss breaking into comics, visual storytelling, and the process of illustrating comics. They even draw each others iconic Dark Horse characters!

How to Build a Girl Squad
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Growing up, many of us had to contend with the Smurfette principle: stories where there was only one girl in the whole gang–the token, the love interest, and the character who had to stand in for all girls everywhere. But times have changed, and many creators are writing their dream girl gangs, squads, and inclusive ensembles. So how do you build your modern squad from the ground up? How do you decide what kinds of characters will best complement, conflict, and have chemistry with each other? And why is writing and/or drawing a girl gang just so gosh darn fun? Join creators Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Sam Maggs (The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope), Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Steenz (Heart of the City), and Rebekah Weatherspoon (A Cowboy to Remember) as they discuss the challenges and joys of squad goals and building the modern girl gang.

IDW: G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes with Rob Liefeld
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Snake Eyes is back, with veteran comic book creator Rob Liefeld (New Mutants, X-Force, Youngblood) leading the charge! Get a first look at his take on the G.I. Joe character with Liefeld and moderator Jim Viscardi ( executive editor).

The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal Graphic Novel
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The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal Graphic Novel–In the third Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family’s wildly popular RPG podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle as they hit the road again for Petals to the Metal. Join co-creators of The Adventure Zone, Clint McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Griffin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother, and Me) as well as co-adapter and illustrator for the graphic novel, Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes), to learn more about The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal, which has it all: blossoming new friendships, pining for outlaw lovers, and a rollicking race you can root for. This panel will be moderated by Satine Phoenix (Gilding Light).

Amazon Prime Video: The Boys Season 2
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Dubbing American into Latin American – A Chat with Dub Actors
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You all know about the great talents that give voice to your favorite shows, but what about the voices that bring all american shows to spanish speaking countries? Meet some of Mexico’s biggest dubbing stars in a friendly chat with Carla Castañeda (Twilight Sparkle), Gaby Cardenas (Cangu), Cristina Hernandez (Blossom), Ricardo Tejedo (Jack Sparrow), Pepe Vilchis (Loki), and Mario Castañeda (Son Goku) as they reveal why Mexico’s dubbing is still considered one of the best in the world. Moderated by Cristobal Orellana.

Action Figure Insider – 15 years of Talking About Toys
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For 15 years Action Figure Insider has been putting together SDCC panels with leading toy industry talent and leaders to discuss the state of the industry, collecting, licensing and making physical products of pop culture. This year we not only look at the current state of the world, making toys in the time of COVID-19, but we also look back at the innovation, dedication, and lessons learned from some of your favorite personalities in the toy industry. Moderator Daniel Pickett (founder of talks to Randy Falk (VP & general manager of product development at NECA), Jim Fletcher (creative director at DC Direct, DC Entertainment), Brian Flynn (owner and principal of Super7), Jeremy Padawer (partner at Jazwares, LLC), and Andrew Perlmutter (president of Funko) takes us behind the plastic in a one of a kind industry roundtable discussion.

ASC: Sketch-to-Screen: VR/AR/Gaming & Beyond
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Visionary concept artist, Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, Wonder Woman, Planet of the Apes Trilogy) and the Aaron Sims Creative artist team reveal the secrets behind our character and world-building concept designs, previsualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of our generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics and breakdowns, we’ll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life across cutting-edge and emerging storytelling platforms including virtual & augmented reality, gaming, and more . . . from Sketch-to-Screen.

Bugs Bunny’s 80th Anniversary Extravaganza
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Take a trip through eight decades of laughs and carrots when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) presents an all-encompassing look at one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable stars. Join three of the current voices of Bugs Bunny–Billy West (Space Jam, Futurama, Doug), Jeff Bergman (Tiny Toon Adventures, Our Cartoon President), and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Muppet Babies)–alongside Looney Tunes Cartoons executive producer Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), movie historian, author and TV personality Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Tonight), animation historian and author Jerry Beck (Animation Scoop), and Warner Archive senior vice president George Feltenstein as they cover the gamut of Bugs’ history from theatrical shorts to Saturday morning cartoons and the new HBO-MAX series. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, Avengers: Endgame, DC Super Hero Girls) will moderate the panel.

Inside the Voice Actors Studio – Home Edition
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Inside the Voice Actors Studio will give an inside look at what it really takes to become a voice actor in this day and age, with a focus on the new challenges facing the profession as a whole. Hosted by Tony Oliver (voice director and actor), and joined by Dee Bradley Baker, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Laura Stahl, this panel will discuss the essentials that new actors need to know as they launch their journeys into the industry, as well as what kind of experiences they can expect along the way. The panelists will also speak to the effects of the recent shut-downs and industry changes occurring due to the pandemic, social unrest, and shifting paradigms.

Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable
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While COVID-19 negatively impacted most book and comics publishers, one of the few bright spots in book sales in Spring 2020 was . . . manga!? What are the factors contributing to manga’s resiliency, and what are its prospects for the future? Get a taste of what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next from the perspective of top publishing pros, including Ben Applegate (director – publisher services, Penguin Random House), Kevin Hamric (vice president – marketing sales, VIZ Media), Mark de Vera (sales and marketing director, Yen Press), Masaaki Shimizu (general manager and publisher, book publishing division, Square Enix), Ed Chavez (publisher, Denpa Books), Tomo Tran (marketing director, Kodansha USA / Vertical), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), Dallas Middaugh (executive editor and co-founder, Mangamo), and Matt Alt (translator and author, Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

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This is the destination for all young Marvel fans (and their families)! Check out everything Marvel HQ has to offer about your favorite Super Heroes, with a comics read-along, an epic LEGO battle, and a behind-the-scenes look at the animated series, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venom. And grab some paper and a crayon because we’re going to draw that symbiote baddie together in Marvel Draw! Visit Marvel HQ at

Teaching and Making Comics
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Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Roman Muradov (Vanishing Act), Trina Robbins (Flapper Girls), and Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions) are four vital cartoonists who have taught classes on comics themselves. They speak with James Sturm (Off Season) about their teaching philosophy, and how teaching has transformed their perspectives on the comics canon and their own work.

The Blacklist Draws on Animation to Complete Season 7 Amid CoVid

NBC’s The Blacklist series creator/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp, executive producer John Eisendrath, series stars Diego Klattenhoff (Donald Ressler), and Harry Lennix (Harold Cooper), will be joined by Proof, Inc’s visualization supervisors Adam Coglan and Matt Perrin to discuss how they stepped up to the challenge of completing the season with partial animation after production was shut down due to the pandemic. Moderated by Philiana Ng, senior editor, Entertainment Tonight.

The Rise and Rise of the Australian Comic and Toy Collectibles Market

COVID-19 retail therapy kicks into high gear as the Grail Hunters Comics podcast hosts, Neville Howard (comics and reprints), Ben Gee (toys and collectibles), and Mike Speakman (retro games and indie comics) explore the world of Australian collecting trends, whether it’s Australian price variants, reprints, or print errors of sourcing those pesky grails from the United States! Find more information on Australia’s largest collecting community, Grail Hunters Comics podcast.

Twenty Years of Harry Dresden
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Celebrate 20 years of The Dresden Files with Jim Butcher! Join Jim in conversation with Priscilla Spencer (Industriosa Pictures), as they discuss all things Harry Dresden, including what’s in store for Harry in Peace Talks and Battle Ground.

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Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!
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Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW), Comics Experience creators workshop director Bon Alimagno (Marvel), and artist Sanford Greene (Bitter Root) present an invaluable guide to breaking into the industry! You’re willing to do the work, but the world of comics is tough to crack into; join these pros as they break down the walls and offer practical advice that will jumpstart your career!

Go Fish!, Ultraduck and Miskatonic: Arcanamation Nation

Since its launch in 2004, Arcana has established itself as a successful entertainment company, specializing in graphic novels, film, television, direct-to-home, and digital media. This year at Comic-Con@Home, they are excited to share with you details of their upcoming releases, including two new television series: Go Fish! (based on the film starring Mark Hamill and Ron Perlman) and Miskatonic, and the highly anticipated Ultraduck feature film! Plus, visit them at @arcanastudio on social media for exclusive contest details and a chance to win an exclusive Ultraduck digital comic.

LGBTQ Characters on Television – What’s Next?

Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time), Jamie Clayton (Roswell: New Mexico), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery), J. August Richards (Council of Dads), Harry Shum, Jr. (Shadowhunters), Brian Michael Smith (9-1-1: Lone Star) discuss the past, present, and future of representation of LGBTQ characters on television in a Q&A session moderated by Jim Halterman (TV Guide magazine).

Nerd Up or Shut Up Live

A live show of Nerd Up or Shut Up, the podcast where the only wrong opinion is yours. Be treated to a highly opinionated pop culture roundtable among four lifelong friends, Anastasia Washington (Cereal Killer, Histerical), Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up), and Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up) hashing out all aspects of geek culture through heated discussion, brackets, and more. Topics will include famous masked characters.

Orbit’s New Voices in SF&F

Get to know seven exciting new voices in science fiction and fantasy, whose debut novels are being published by Orbit in 2020 and early 2021: K.S. Villoso, Luke Arnold, Constance Sayers, Devin Madson, Andrea Stewart, Essa Hansen, and M.A. Carrick. Plus, learn about some of the exciting books coming out this fall–with special appearances from some Orbit authors you already know and love.

The Science of Star Trek: Three Generations of Advice

From transporters to “tech the tech” to spore drives, Star Trek led in filmed TV sci-fi from its very birth DNA through its sequels with real and projected science, inspiring generations of astronauts and futurists like no other space franchise. And now, every titled science advisor for the Trek TV series since 1991 (season five of Star Trek: The Next Generation) joins “Dr. Trek” Larry Nemecek (Portal 47) to examine that legacy today: Has the old science-vs.-story tension evolved with savvier audiences? Zoom-ing in with answers and anecdotes are scientists-turned-writers Naren Shankar, advising seasons five and six of Star Trek: The Next Generation (now showrunner/executive producer on The Expanse), André Bormanis and his 19 total Trek seasons after that (now co-executive producer, The Orville), and Dr. Erin Macdonald (all six current Star Trek series shooting/in development).

The State of the Industry: Animation Superstars

ASIFA-Hollywood and some of the brightest talents in animation will assemble for a lively discussion about the inner workings of the animation biz! Moderator David Derks (vice president of ASIFA-Hollywood VP), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life), Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse), Brooke Keesling (head of animation talent development at Bento Box), Mike Hollingsworth (BoJack Horseman), and Alonso Ramirez Ramos (Disney Mickey Mouse).

Van Helsing Season 4 – Comic-Con@Home Panel Discussion

This panel will answer some fan questions, find out where Vanessa Van Helsing is, and take a closer look at her epic meeting with The Dark One in Metamorphosis. They will also discuss what it was like filming overseas, the challenges we’ve faced during COVID-19, and how Van Helsing is getting back on track for Season 5.

Image Comics Spotlight

23rd Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
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Ric Meyers (Films of Fury, Atlas Originals Presents Targitt) is back with the most amazing action scenes of the year, along with the master of remaster Frank Djeng (Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks), king of web-fu Eric Jacobus (God of War), Comedy Film Nerd Chris Mancini (Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master), and Jan Lucanus (Justice for Hire)–as well as special guests Peter Pham (Foggy Mountain) and Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, Ip Man 4). If you’ve seen any of the past 22 extravaganzas, or even if this is your first, get ready to laugh, gasp, groan, and cheer!

Dispatches from Middle-earth: What’s new for Tolkien fans
Watch When Available! (TORn) staffers Clifford Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday), Nicole Roberts (TORn outreach coordinator), Abie Ekenezar (filmmaker), and special guest John Garth (Tolkien biographer) talk about the new book from Garth referencing real world places that inspired Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Along the way we will mention some events in Tolkien’s life that influenced certain cultures and storylines, including some that could guide which Second Age stories Amazon will have at their disposal. We will also update you on the status of filming in a COVID-19 world and how that could affect production. Moderated by Cathy Udovch (TORn special events coordinator).

Heavy Metal: Forging The Future of Genre
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Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney is joined by partner, publisher, and chief creative overlord David Erwin the future of storytelling that no else dares to publish. Heavy Metal family members, Dylan Sprouse (Sun Eater), George C. Romero (The Rise, Cold Dead War), Brendan Columbus (Savage Circus), and Dan Fogler (Fishkill, Brooklyn Gladiator, Moonlake) share their insights and contribution to reestablishing its edge.

How To Thrive as an Indy Comics Creator Now!

Legendary indie comics creator Brian Pulido (creator/writer of Lady Death, Evil Ernie) has over 28 years in the game and has raised over four million dollars for comics via Crowdfunding in the last five years. Want to know how it is done? Pulido details his eight rules on how to thrive in the ever-changing landscape of indie comics. Get all the inside info on how to get ahead of the pack!

How To Write And Create Manga
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Austin Osueke (publisher of eigoMANGA) will moderate a series of Q&A sessions with comic book writers Jeff Loew (The Frog Princess), Brandon Chen (Somnia), Mohammad Umair Ali (Somnia), MinoMiyabi (5D), and Natashia McGough Clarke (Danity Kane). They will discuss the fundamentals of comic book outlines, scripting, writing, and overall storytelling.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: A Panel Panorama
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Erik Adams (The A.V. Club) leads a discussion with MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and former cast members Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot #2) and J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo #1) as they engage in some good old-fashioned Q&A.

Shudder: ‘Horror is Queer’
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Discover why horror cinema is (and always has been) queer with Sam Wineman (The Quiet Room), director of Shudder’ s upcoming documentary on LGBTQ horror film history, and a panel of leading voices: Nay Bever (co-host, Attack of the Queerwolf podcast), Bryan Fuller (creator, Hannibal), Don Mancini (creator of the Child’ s Play franchise), Lachlan Watson (actor, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and, serving as moderator, writer Jordan Crucchiola.

The Impact of Universality of Superhero Stories
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The superhero genre has grown exponentially, creating impactful stories and characters that represent a larger demographic of the audience while offering universal themes and ideals for readers of all ages. Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), this panel features Frederick Luis Aldama (Eisner Award-winning author, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics), Dr. Theresa Rojas (professor, Modesto Junior College), Peter Murrieta (executive producer, Mr. Iglesias), and Sebastian Kadlecik (creator, Eisner Award-nominated Quince) discussing the educational import of superheroes and how they allow readers to process complex themes and topics in a more digestible manner.

The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers: More Science in Your Fiction
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Jeane Wong (founder and educator, LXS) is obsessed with science and has a solid origin with superheroes and teaching young minds about discovering those same powers in the real world – from tiny insects to deep ocean creatures to robots, rockets, and beyond! Join Jeane, along with her LXS panel guests Dr. Tom Darlington (chief scientist, NanoComposix), Ben Frable (marine biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr. Sunny Fugate (technical director for cyber warfare, Naval Information Warfare Center), Dr. Nicholas Galitzki (edge of the universe explorer/cosmologist, Simons Observatory), Lisa Zeigler Allen, Ph.D. (J. Craig Venter Institute Microbial & Environmental Genomics), Molly Matty, Ph.D. (Dr. DNA, Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Jasmine L. Sadler (rocket scientist and CEO, The STEAM Collaborative), and Angela Zoumplis (extremophile explorer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography). They will discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what we know is possible at any given moment and into an otherwise unimaginable future! Come curious and leave inspired!

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Building a Better Heroine

More heroines are being represented in the media, but are they well-rounded characters or bland beings going from point A to point B without any distinct traits or personalities? Why might writers shy away from writing women as fully-developed people? Here to discuss everyone’s favorite female/nonbinary characters of the past decade, and what we can learn from them, are women dangerous in their own right: Charlie Jane Anders (author of Victories Greater Than Death, co-host of Our Opinions Are Correct podcast), Tamara Brooks (writer for DC Universe, host of Tales from the Tapes podcast), Dani Fernandez (host of Nerdificent podcast, writer for Girls on the Bus), Hanh Nguyen (Salon’s Senior Culture Editor, Television Critics Association board member), Diya Mishra (writer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation), and moderator Katrina Hill (author of Action Movie Freak, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels).

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