Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19th, and running Thursday, July 20th through Sunday, July 23rd.
Panels of interest
Marvel: Next Big Thing (Thurs)
Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (Fri)
Stan Lee and Friends: A Celebrity Tribute to the Comics Legend (Fri)
Marvel Animation Presents (Sat)
Marvel: Cup O’Joe (Sat)
Marvel’s Spider-Man World Premiere (Sun)
Writer, editor, publisher, Marvel Comics; co-creator, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men
Stan “the Man” Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. His co-creations Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), 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
Writer, The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman Earth One; Creator, Babylon 5
As a comics writer for Image, Marvel and DC on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Midnight Nation, Dream Police, and Superman Earth One, J. Michael Straczynski has sold nearly 13 million individual issues; as a TV writer he’s written over 300 produced episodes, creating Babylon 5 and co-creating Sense8 for Netflix; and in film he’s worked on Changeling, Thor, and World War Z among others. He has a Rising Stars movie in development with MGM, is writing a Midnight Nation pilot for Universal with Gale Ann Hurd attached, and is developing Ten Grand for A&E.
Artist, Fantastic Four, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man
Keith Pollard is an American comic book artist. Originally from the Detroit area, Pollard is best known for his simultaneous work on the Marvel Comics titles Fantastic Four, Thor, and The Amazing Spider-Man in the late 1970s–early 1980s.
Pollard made his professional comics debut in 1974 with stints on such titles as Master of Kung Fu, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Astonishing Tales, and Black Goliath. He was the regular penciller of the Amazing Spider-Man from issue #186 (November 1978) through issue #205 (June 1980), and pencilled the backup feature in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981). With writer Marv Wolfman, Pollard co-created the Black Cat in the Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979).
Artist, The Thing, Super Boxers
Ron Wilson, Bronze Age Marvel comic book artist is known for his prolific work in the ‘70s and ‘80s on some of the most popular titles in comics. He has also drawn a host of other titles including the Hulk magazine, which coincided with the Lou Ferrigno TV series. Ron is the creator of Wolfpack, the American Eagle, and the renowned graphic novel Super Boxers, released in 1984. His other credits include What If?, Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, Marvel Two-In-One, The Thing, Masters of the Universe (Star Comics), Captain Britain, World Championship Wrestling, and Arion the Immortal, among many others as well as covers.
Marvel: Next Big Thing
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Get a sneak preview of what the rest of the year holds in store for your favorite Marvel heroes, as well as the upcoming Generations weekly series featuring the heroes of today teaming up with their counterparts from yesterday! Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and editors Nick Lowe and Sana Amanat will be on hand with Cullen Bunn (Generations: The Phoenix) and Margaret Stohl (Generations: The Bravest) for a look forward (and backward) toward some of Marvel’s greatest heroes.
Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
10:30am – 11:30am
Swing by this panel to see what’s in store for all of your favorite spider-heroes! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso,Spider-editor Nick Lowe, writer Cullen Bunn (Venomverse), and other mighty Marvel guests for a spectacular discussion about Spider-Man, Venomverse, and more.
Diversity in Comics
11:00am – 12:00pm
Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash), Elena Salcedo (editor-in-chief, Top Cow Productions), Joe Illidge(senior editorial manager, Lion Forge), Ani-Mia (international cosplayer), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), Hannibal Tabu (CBR’s The Buy Pile), Marcus To (Joyride, Red Robin), and Khary Randolph (Mosaic, The Amazing Spider-Man) discuss the shifting landscape of diversity in modern comics. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief, Aspen Comics).
Spotlight on Keith Pollard
11:30am – 12:30pm
Keith Pollard, former Marvel, DC, and Milestone comics artist; illustrator of Iron Man, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Silver Surfer, Vigilante, and Green Lantern; and co-creator of the Black Cat, discusses his comic book career in this interview and Q&A session moderated by Mark Waid.
Stan Lee and Friends: A Celebrity Tribute to the Comics Legend
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Hot off immortalizing his hand and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, 95-year-old comics legend Stan Lee heads to San Diego Comic-Con for an intimate Q&A with Felicia Day, Mythbuster Adam Savage, and Stan’s longtime manager Max Anderson. Hear little-known anecdotes about Stan’s life, career, and hilarious encounters with fans and celebrities. The panel will also premiere footage from Icons: Face to Face, a cutting-edge VR project featuring Stan and Kevin Smith, coming soon from Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned media company.
Marvel: Secret Empire
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Hail Hydra! Things are heating up as Secret Empire races toward its startling conclusion. Join Mark Waid(Avengers), Humberto Ramos (Champions), and Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors) along with Hydra double agents (and editors extraordinaire) Nick Lowe and Alanna Smith for all the latest news about the blockbuster series!
Spotlight on Ron Wilson
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Ron Wilson (former Marvel and Milestone Comics artist, illustrator of Marvel Two-in-One, Masters of the Universe, and Icon, among other works) discusses the Bronze Age, his 40-year comic book career (including what it was like to work at Marvel Comics during the 1970s and working with a number of editors, including Stan Lee) for this interview and Q&A session moderated by Mark Waid.
Marvel Animation Presents
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Marvel Animation returns for its always action-packed, news-breaking panel. This year, the focus is the debut of the all-new, instantly classic Marvel’s Spider-Man. Plus, tons of exclusive pulse-pounding info on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy ! Hosted by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment), and his motley crew of Eric Radomski (SVP, production and creative director, Marvel Animation), Stephen Wacker (VP, panel descriptions), and Kevin Shinick (supervising producer, Marvel’s Spider-Man). You’ll get eyefuls of never-before-seen information and sneak peeks-plus, as always, some surprise guests who’ll reveal waaay too much!
Writing for Television, Film, and Comics with J. Michael Straczynski
2:00pm – 3:00pm
After talent, the most important thing an up-and-coming writer needs is information on how to break into the writing profession as an art and a craft. Having written nearly 400 produced television episodes (with roughly half of that as producer), several hundred comics for DC, Marvel, and Image, and five big-budget movies that have grossed over a billion dollars around the world, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) once again shares his knowledge with new writers to help them break in and improve their work. Note: This is not a lecture but rather uses a Q&A format, so come equipped with good questions.
Who’s the Most Neurotic Superhero?
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Ever since the dawn of Marvel’s “superheroes with real problems,” costumed adventurers have been letting their psychological damage show. Spider-Man’s guilt and insecurity, Batman’s tango with trauma, Captain America’s survivor’s guilt, Jessica Jones’s smorgasbord of symptoms, and Star-Lord’s daddy issues are just some of the mental challenges that modern superheroes deal with. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook), and moderator Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) hold a lively discussion of the psychological challenges that many heroes (and some villains, too) deal with.
Marvel: Cup O’Joe
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Here is your chance to ask Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada about anything and everything Marvel. Got a question about your favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel’s Legacy or our up-and-coming heroes? This panel has you covered! Also featuring executive editor Nick Lowe, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, and creators Kris Anka (Runaways), Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), and Rainbow Rowell (Runaways)!
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel’s Spider-Man World Premiere
10:15am – 11:15am
Time to roll out the “web carpet,” Spidey fans! Because you’re invited to the world premiere of Marvel Animation’s newest series, Marvel’s Spider-Man ! Hosted by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment) and Kevin Shinick (supervising producer, Marvel’s Spider-Man), featuring the MARVELous debut of the new voice of Peter Parker! Be part of the very first audience to see the two-part premiere adventure before it airs later this summer!
Marvel: Women of Marvel
12:30pm – 1:30pm
From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, the subject of women in comics has been one of the most talked-about 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, and more special guests to be announced.