Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 20, and running Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24.
Panels of interest
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski (Fri)
World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke (Fri)
Spotlight on Stan Lee (Sat)
Writing with J. Michael Straczynski (Sat)
Marvel: Cup O’Joe (Sat)
Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (Sun)
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With Special Guests
Stan Lee – wish I could talk with him
Writer/editor/publisher, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man
Stan “the Man” Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. His co-creations Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), and X-Men and The Avengers (with Jack Kirby) have been monster movie hits, helping make Marvel Comics the leader of the comic book industry. Some of Stan’s other great co-creations, such as Thor and the Black Panther (both with Kirby) have movies on the way in the next few years.
In 2008, President Bush presented Stan a Medal of the Arts, lauding his amazing career. Stan is currently developing movie and TV projects with his company POW! Entertainment, while still proudly cherishing the title of Chairman Emeritus of Marvel.
J. Michael Straczynski – wish I could talk with him
Writer/producer, Sense8; writer, Flash Earth One, Amazing Spider-Man
No one quite understands why, but apparently J. Michael Straczynski has another hit TV show on his hands, the globe-spanning Sense8, now available on Netflix. In addition, he’s working on a Red Mars series for Spike TV based on the novels by Kim Stanley Robinson, writing Flash Earth One for DC, and finishing Dream Police for Image/ Joe’s Comics. Honestly, why hasn’t this guy’s career flamed out by now? Seriously, enough is enough.
Artist, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Superman/Batman
Ed McGuinness began his professional comic career in the early ‘90s. Since then he has worked on numerous titles such as Deadpool, Superman, Superman/Batman, The Hulk,and Amazing X-Men. He is currently enjoying a successful run on Spider-Man/Deadpool for Marvel Comics.
Writer, Star Trek novels, Sir Apropos of Nothing, Incredible Hulk
Peter David is a New York Times bestselling author with over a hundred novels published, including Artful, Fearless, Tigerheart, and Sir Apropos of Nothing. He co-created the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series and has also written such Trek novels as Imzadi.
Peter’s comic book résumé includes an Eisner Award–winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He has also worked on such varied titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, The Dark Tower, and many others. He is also the lead writer for popular games such as Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Future Fight.
Artist, Captain America
Allen Bellman became a staff artist at Timely during the Golden Age of comics. As a teenager, he first did backgrounds for Syd Shores’s Captain America starting in 1942. He also worked on titles featuring characters such as Captain America, the Patriot, the Human Torch, and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron and on series such as All Winners Comics,Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner Comics, Young Allies, and much more. Allen’s self-created back-up crime feature “Let’s Play Detective” appeared in Captain America Comics. He also contributed to pre-code horror, crime, war, and western tales for Atlas. Allen worked in the comics field until the early 1950s. For more info, visit www.allenbellman.com.
Writer, Scalped, Star Wars, Thor
Jason Aaron is a comic book writer best known for his work on the New York Timesbestselling crime series Scalped for Vertigo Comics and the critically acclaimed Southern Bastards from Image Comics, as well as for various celebrated projects with Marvel Comics. Aaron’s current work for Marvel includes the creation of the headline-grabbing female version of Thor and the launch of an all-new Star Wars series, the first issue of which sold over one million copies to become the bestselling American comic book in more than 20 years. Aaron was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City. He enjoys many things but shaving is not one of them.
And for those lucky enough to attend, might want to visit the following panels
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Spotlight on Peter David 10:30am – 11:30am Okay, not literally a spotlight. And by literally we mean “literally” as opposed to “figuratively,” which are two opposite words no matter what the stupid dictionary says. What in the world is happening to the English language, anyway? And what about . . . oh. Right. The panel. Peter David will talk about stuff. He wrote this description. Can you tell?
This Week in Marvel: Live
11:00am – 12:00pm
Marvel’s official weekly flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con for a special episode that may or may not include guests, secrets, news, free stuff, arm wrestling, guitar solos, and more!
Spotlight on Jason Aaron
Death and the High Cost of Resurrection 6:30pm – 7:30pm They call it a “Comic Book Death” when a major fictional character is killed off, but the audience doesn’t believe they will stay dead. Does it damage stories when their heroes and villains refuse to remain in the grave? How emotionally invested can an audience be when big consequences are easily reversed? Bestselling horror/fantasy author Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), comic creator and former Marvel/IDW editor Andy Schmidt, and others discuss the ramifications of resurrection with moderator Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living podcast).
Marvel Goes Steampunk 7:00pm – 8:00pm Crossing over into every genre, Steampunk has transformed some of our favorite Marvel characters into some of the steamiest superheroes and villains in the galaxy. Celebrating the incredible artists who create such wonderful fan art and the cosplayers who make the costumes a reality, come enjoy a walk on the wild side with everyone from Ant-Man and Deadpool to Spider-man and Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as they are re-imagined in Steampunk style! Panelists include C. J. DeAngeles, Diana Given, Christine Quimbo, and a surprise artist guest. Moderated by Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention’s director of programming, Anastasia Hunter.
Marvel: Civil War II 10:00am – 11:00am The biggest event of the year, Civil War II, is under way and the Marvel Universe is reeling from the shocking events! Learn more about what’s to come with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, director of content & character development Sana Amanat, and Marvel talent scout Rickey Purdin, as well as Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist), Matthew Rosenberg (Civil War II: Kingpin), David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), and G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel).
Marvel NOW!: Divided We Stand 12:30pm – 1:30pm With the effects of Civil War II being felt across the Marvel Universe, how will their heroes pick up the pieces and move on? Find out what’s in store for Marvel NOW! this fall with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and director of content & character development Sana Amanat, as well as Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor), Ryan North(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), David Walker (Nighthawk), Jim Zub (Thunderbolts), and other Mighty Marvel guests.
Captain America: Civil War Screenwriting Q&A 1:00pm – 2:00pm Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers of Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Winter Soldier) discuss the joys and challenges of adapting the beloved comic tale into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Backstory Magazine publisher Jeff Goldsmith (host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast). Bring your questions!
Spotlight on Allen Bellman 3:00pm – 4:00pm Before there was Marvel Comics, there was Timely Comics. Artist Allen Bellman was there, and now you can not only listen to his amazing stories and the history of Timely Comics but also participate in a fantastic Q&A. A short signing will follow.
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski 5:30pm – 6:30pm Sense8 fans! This is the only SDCC panel where one of the creator/writer/producers of the Netflix series will be appearing to answer your questions. For everyone else: each year, Straczynski (writer for Thor, Superman Earth One, World War Z and other projects) brings announcements to SDCC, and this year is no exception, but the announcements this time are especially big. Be there for news that’s going to blow up the Internet. While this is not Spider related, and it’s DC, I highly recommend you attend, I have a feeling you will not be disappointed.
World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke 9:00pm – 12:00am Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis, The Joker, as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke.Based on one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time, this R-rated, feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm (Justice League: Gods & Monsters) at the helm and Kevin Conroy (Justice League), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Hear how the graphic novel transitioned to animated thriller, and then witness the world premiere of this highly anticipated film. Panelists include Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner James Gordon, as well as director Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman) and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 26 on Digital HD and August 2 on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
Marvel Download: The Digital House of Ideas 11:00am – 12:00pm Room 7AB Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! VP/ executive editor Ryan Penagos takes you through the latest on Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited, and more. Plus, executive producer Mike Jones and creative director Bill Rosemann share the latest and greatest news from Marvel Games.
Marvel Animation 12:30pm – 1:30pm Room 6A Join Marvel Animation for an eye-popping, toe-tapping, heart-stopping panel celebrating Marvel’s acclaimed animated series Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six, Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution, andMarvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Hosted by “Cantankerin” Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment),“Evil-Eyed” Eric Randomski (SVP, production and creative director, Marvel Animation), and “Stephen” Wacker (VP, current series & development, Marvel Animation), this jamboree will feature exclusive sneak peeks from upcoming episodes and scoop on exciting new projects in development. Plus: special guests who have already secretly RSVP’ed.
Spotlight on Stan Lee Said to be his final San Diego Con appearance 1:45pm – 2:45pm Room 6A ‘Nuff said.
Writing with J. Michael Straczynski 2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 30CDE If your heart is driving you to write and you can’t imagine doing anything else, this is the panel for you. The discussion will cover writing for film, television, and comics in a Q&A style workshop, the quality of the discussion determined by the questions you bring. Learn the tricks of the writing trade from an Eisner, Icon, Inkpot, Hugo and Bradbury Award-winning writer and producer also nominated for a British Academy Award for Changeling. He’s worked on World War Z and Thor and is one of the writer/producer/creators for Sense8.Come prepared for information and impertinence.
Marvel: Cup O’Joe 3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 6A Here is your chance for a Q&A with Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada and a no-holds-barred panel on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel’s Star Wars or Marvel NOW! titles? This panel has you covered! Featuring VP of international development C. B. Cebulski and director of content & character development Sana Amanat, along with Jason Aaron (Star Wars,Doctor Strange), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), and other Mighty Marvel guests
Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics 5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 28DE Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? Some of the industry’s biggest professionals draw on their vast comic knowledge and personally recommend series just right for you! David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly), Frank J. Barbiere (Avengers World, The Revisionist), and Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga) become your guides through the awesome world of comics!
Marvel Studios 5:30pm – 6:45pm Hall H Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology
Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends 11:15am – 12:15pm Room 5AB Learn more about the upcoming mega-event Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy, which finds Spider-Man amidst a gauntlet of his greatest foes and marks the arrival of a mysterious new villain plus the return of loved ones lost! Plus, get the low-down on the rest of the Spider-family and other street-level characters. Panelists include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Marvel talent scout Rickey Purdin, and associate editor Devin Lewis, as well as Peter David (Spider-Man 2099), and Robbie Thompson (Silk).
Marvel: Women of Marvel 12:30pm – 1:30pm Room 6DE From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, social media manager Adri Cowan, Marvel Live host Lorraine Cink, writer G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costume designer Ann Foley, and others.
Spotlight on Ed McGuinness 1:45pm – 2:45pm Room 5AB With a dynamic and instantly recognizable style, veteran comic book artist Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy) has become a fan-favorite and an industry icon. This special interview/Q&A session/presentation, moderated by Marvel editor Devin Lewis, will fill you in on just what goes on in the mind of one of the best action comic book artists in the biz today!