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Comic Con: San Diego Friday, July 21st  Schedule Of Events

10:30-11:30 Blank Label Comics— The groundbreaking independent comics co-op offers a look at its unique recipe for success and explains why "webcomics" are dead. Moderated by the hosts of the popular Blank Label Comics podcast, Dave Kellett (Sheldon) and Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis), the panel will include David Willis (Shortpacked!), Paul Taylor (Wapsi Square), Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary), Steve Troop (Melonpool), and Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.). Room 1A

10:30-11:30 TOKYOPOP Manga Industry— Manga is evolving everyday and TOKYOPOP is leading the Manga Revolution. Check out new projects and the latest releases and acquisitions from around the world, as TOKYOPOP editors Rob Tokar, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, Alexis Kirsch, and Kathy Hilling and marketing reps Jonathan Chen and Josh Pool present the inside info you just have to hear firsthand. Also, special guest Kim Jae-Hwan—creator of the King of Hell and artist for the Warcraft manga—will be on hand to take questions and speak about his work with TOKYOPOP. Room 1B

10:30-11:30 Nickelodeon's New Shorts: Fresh Content and Funky-Fresh Creators— Talented, up-and-coming creators from Nickelodeon's animated shorts program will discuss their shorts, show a sneak peek, and take questions from the audience. You’ll hear from Luke Brookshier, storyboard artist on SpongeBob SquarePants; Debbie Cone, assistant director on Family Guy; Su Moon, character designer from My Life as a Teenage Robot; Scott Sava, CG-animator and comic book author; and Amy Winfrey, creator of the cult web series Making Fiends. Moderated by Peter Gal, director of development, Nickelodeon Animation. Room 2

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 202: Money Makes the World Go ‘Round!— Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series. This second workshop brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz will cover some of the more complicated issues facing creators who are looking to actually market their creations and ideas, including transfers and licensing of rights, marketing, merchandising and distribution, and what to do when Hollywood comes knocking. This interactive seminar gives attendees the opportunity to participate in the discussions as Lovitz covers various means for profiting from your creations, and (time permitting) to participate in a mock contract negotiation! Room 3

10:30-11:30 The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation— The new graphic novel The 9/11 Report by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón asks the question, “Can a comic get Americans to study, reflect and act?” This panel will explore comic nonfiction as a way to clarify, explain, and engage readers with recent history and current events. Specifically, it will talk about the process of scripting, illustrating, and publishing a graphic rendering of the official 9/11 Report to assure integrity with the report and its findings, to capture its breadth and urgency, and to convey the explicit call for action in the Commission’s recommendations. The creators stated mission: “By picture, by design, by graphic continuity, by words, by every method we have learned over the years, we want to tell the commission's calamitous story so that every person viewing it will understand what happened and realize all its frightening implications.” Panelists include writer Sid Jacobson (managing editor and editor-in-chief for Harvey Comics), artist Ernie Colón (Harvey, Marvel, and DC Comics), Slade Gorton (member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States), Thomas LeBien (publisher, Hill & Wang, FSG), and moderator Calvin Reid (senior editor, Publishers Weekly and co-editor, PW Comics Week). Room 4

10:30-11:30 ABC Family: Kyle XY Who is Kyle XY? Find out with actors Matt Dallas (Wannabe), April Matson (Quintuplets), Chris Oliver (24), and producer Julie Plec (Scream 3) for a Q&A session and a sneak peek at upcoming episodes.Kyle XY follows the story of Kyle (Dallas), a mysterious teenage savant with no bellybutton. After being found wandering in traffic and put in an institution, he meets psychologist Nicole Trager, who brings him home, much to the chagrin of her two children. Even her husband is a bit wary of his wife’s latest patient. As Kyle begins to show signs of brilliance, solving the mystery of his origin and potential abilities becomes the family’s mission. Kyle XY airs Mondays (8:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC Family. Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 Marvel: Spider-Man: Then and Now— Welcome, True Believers, to a once-in-a-lifetime event! In one room for the first and only time, join the men who have influenced Spider-Man's life from the beginning and those who are shaping him into the man he is today: Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, John Romita and J. Michael Straczynski! Find out what went into creating the world's greatest superhero and what the future holds for the wall-crawler. Room 6A

10:30-11:30 Hellboy Animated Tad Stones (director) and Mike Mignola (creator) along with Hellboy movie director Guillermo del Toro, Phil Weinstein, Matt Wayne and Sean Galloway invite you to be one of the first to experience the new project Hellboy Animated from IDT Entertainment. Clips will be previewed, followed by Q&A session. Room 6B

10:30-12:00 Comic Arts Conference Session #4: Superman and the Heroic Ideal— Alex Boney (Ohio State University) discusses how a central aspect of the Superman myth—fighting through the web of constraints placed on American hopes and aspirations by modernity—grew directly out of Captain John Smith‘s portrayal of himself in his narrative of his adventures published in 1630. Peter B. Lloyd (Whole-Being Books) surveys Superman’s use of extra-judicial violence in defense of law and order in the post-9/11 era. Barry Morris (Pace University) discusses the challenge of postmodern critical inquiry to the idea of the superhero as an icon, and how the chroniclers of Superman have respond to this challenge. Clare Pitkethly (La Trobe University) explores the collision of Old World ideology and New World identity in the early presentations of Superman and Wonder Woman. Room 7B

10:30-12:00 Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels— Some of the biggest names in comics will teach you what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. Our star-studded faculty panel this year includes Peter David (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, X-Factor), Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans), Matt Haley (Superman Returns artist), Jim Salicrup (editor-in-chief, Papercutz), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Iron Man) and Maggie Thompson (editor, Comics Buyer's Guide). Find out the best way to submit your work, learn the dos and don'ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session. Room 8

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 2— Find out what DC Comics is looking for when it comes to artists and whether you have the right stuff to draw for the DC Universe, WildStorm, or Vertigo! This informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory—not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 9

10:30-11:30 The Making of an RPG— Wayne Beach (EcE: The Eternal Veil), Bill Kerney (Living Cleaner), and Aubree Jefchak (Decadent Productions) discuss the challenges and rewards of creating role-playing games. This presentation will include many steps of the process, from formulating an idea to distribution of the finished product. Room 24A

10:30-12:00 Comic-Con Film School 102: Production Part 2, and Postproduction— Day 2 of the four-day course on microbudget movie-making. Part 1 of today’s class will focus on the specifics of production, from shooting techniques to lighting on the cheap, to crew positions you need (and don't need), to costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Part 2 will revolve around what to do after your movie is shot. Panellists will go over the basics of editing on your home computer, as well as what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, visualFX, and finally, how to burn your finished product to DVD. Panelists for the class include Tim Cunningham (writer/director of Xtracurricular), Valerie Perez (producer and star of Tears of the Dragon, a Lara Croft Fan Film), Nick Murphy (director of Tears of the Dragon), and Sean Rourke (director of Room 26AB

11:00-12:30 Star Trek: Year 41 and Counting— Thought Star Trek was dead? Yeah, they thought Spock was dead, too! But everyone’s favorite television franchise is alive and well and boldly going into the future at warp speed. Panelists from throughout the Star Trek universe will be sharing nonrumor type information, revealing exciting projects, and answering most questions will be by official representatives! Lock onto Paula Block and John Van Citters from CBS Consumer Products as they discuss future possibilities for the franchise and sneak previews of products the fans have been asking about; editors Marco Palmieri and Margaret Clark as they reveal the novel future from Pocket Books; Star Trek consultants Michael and Denise Okuda with information about the upcoming Star Trek auction at Christie's; Sandy Stone with news from; and TOKYOPOP’s Luis Reyes about the first ever Star Trek manga. Moderated by best-selling Star Trek author Andy Mangels, this will be the place to get all your Starfleet information! Room 6CDEF

11:00-12:00 Family Guy/American Dad Fox TV Animation presents a Comic-Con double header! Join Family Guy and American Dad creators for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage from this fall's season on Fox. A combined panel of writers, producers, and directors from both shows will be on hand to answer questions about upcoming episodes and fan favorites from seasons past. Panelists include David Goodman, Kirker Butler, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Zac Moncrief, and Dan Povenmire (Family Guy); Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Steve Hely, Chris McKenna ,and Matt McKenna (American Dad); and Kara Vallow (Family Guy/American Dad). Room 20

11:00-12:30 Warner Bros. Pictures Presents— In person, stars Hilary Swank and Anna Sophia Robb, director Stephen Hopkins, and producer Joel Silver of The Reaping, a supernatural thriller in which Hilary plays a world-renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening. Plus: Bryan Singer Returns! Please welcome long-time friend of Comic-Con, director Bryan Singer, to answer your questions about Superman Returns and give you an idea of what's next. Plus: more news and special promo items will be given to all who attend. Hall H

11:30-1:00 Spotlight on Jean-Claude Mézières For decades, Jean-Claude Mézières has been thrilling science fiction fans worldwide with Valerian: Spatiotemporal Agent, a galaxy-roaming series of graphic novels whose grungy, lived-in world, wild alien life forms, and all-around visual inventiveness predated Star Wars by a full decade. Kim Thompson, who grew up reading Valerian in the pages of Pilote magazine, will quiz Monsieur Mézières about his nearly 40-year career (including his involvement as a designer for Luc Besson's The Fifth Element). Room 1A

11:30-12:30 Competing for the Young Adult Mind with Words and Pictures— With tons of other options competing for their attention, what does it take to get today's youth to pick up a book? A mix of authors offer their strategies: best-selling co-creators of The Spiderwick Chronicles Holly Black (Valiant) and Tony DiTerlizzi (G Is for One Gzonk), award-winning game designer and writer Matt Forbeck (Knights of the Silver Dragon), acclaimed adult and children’s author Anne Ursu (The Shadow Thieves), actor/musician/ debut novelist Ahmet Zappa (The Monstrous Memoirs of a Might McFearless), and “new kids on the block” Shane Berryhill (Chance Fortune and the Outlaws) and Tim Eldred (Grease Monkey). Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 1B

11:30-12:30 Star Wars Day: What’s New, and What’s Coming at Hasbro— Hear first announcements about Hasbro's products that you might not learn about anywhere else, plus get a special sneak preview of the 2007 product line. Meet members of Hasbro's Star Wars marketing and design teams, the talented people who work on the company's Attacktix, Titanium, and Star Wars action figure line, including the designer of the Comic-Con International exclusive 501st Stormtrooper figure. Q&A time, too! Room 2

11:30-12:30 75 Years of Dick Tracy Comics historian RC Harvey will interview Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) on his 15-year stint as writer of the syndicated strip as well as his personal relationship with creator Chester Gould, and they‘ll explore the bullet-riddled history of this influential comic strip. Plus: exciting news about a major new Dick Tracy project that you won’t want to miss! Room 4

11:30-12:30 Dark Horse’s 20th Anniversary— Join Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson for a special celebration of 20 years of creative excellence! Mike, along with senior editor Randy Stradley, will spin tales of the early days and drop hints at a promising future. Special guests? With a creative pool of top industry talent, you can bet something special is in store. Eric Powell jumping out of a cake? We can’t say for sure, but show up and you won’t be disappointed! Room 5AB

11:30-12:30 Playstation: PSP University— John Koller (senior product manager) and Eric Lempel (senior manager, online development and loyalty media) of Sony Computer Entertainment America show you how to fully harness the power of your PSP (PlayStation Portable). Learn how to configure the PSP for online connectivity, download content, RSS functionality and view TV shows on the go with LocationFree TV. Also find out about upcoming functionalities, including the PSP Camera and GPS capabilities, as well as preview hot new games! Room 6A

11:30-12:30 Who Wants to Be a Superhero? SCI FI Channel has joined forces with Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks, For Love or Money, Who Wants to Marry My Dad?) and legendary comic book creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-Men), to present an all-new competition reality series that challenges a lucky few to create their very own superhero and reward the winner with the best reality competition prize yet: immortality! All contestants need is an original idea, a killer costume, and some real superhero mojo. The winner walks away with his or her superhero character immortalized in a new comic book from Dark Horse Comics created by Stan Lee himself! The winning superhero will also be featured in an original SCI FI Channel movie. Get a sneak peak at Who Wants to be a Superhero? before its premiere on Thursday, July 27 at 9/8C! Panelists include Stan Lee, star/executive producer; Scott Satin, executive producer; and cast members Fat Momma, Cell Phone Girl, Major Victory, and Ty'Veculus. Room 6B

11:30-12:30 DC Direct Sculptor Search: A Cut Above— Georg Brewer, DC's VP of DC Direct Creative, and his team discuss the unique challenges of transforming the world's greatest characters from comic art into amazing 3D products. Portfolios will be collected and reviewed by the DC Direct staff during the presentation. Artists making the cut will be selected for an individual portfolio critique, and one talented sculptor will go home with an actual commission. Last year two young sculptors were awarded assignments from DC Direct . . . do you have what it takes to be a cut above? Go to for more information and portfolio guidelines. Room 9

11:30-12:30 Interactive Festivals, Uniting the Gaming Communities— Nick Baumann (Quixotic Tendencies, LARP Alliance) and Alexis Rudd (Primal Vision Studios, Maelstrom Fest) are involved with interactive gaming events that bring people with similar interests from different genres together to play in a united setting. Learn what it’s like to combine table top games, online and computer gaming, theatre style mysteries, live action role playing, reenactments, fairies, pirates, conventions, anime, costuming, fantasy, and more, and play in a live interactive game. Learn about what is going on in the live gaming communities! Room 24A

12:00-1:30 Introducing Animation Mentor— Do you want to learn how to animate your favorite comic book characters? Have you always dreamed about making it your career? Get a glimpse into the online character animation school Animation Mentor, where all the teachers are studio animators and have worked on the industry’s top films. Experience the world of comic book animation from two sessions: “Designing Appealing Characters” at 12:00 (featuring lead character designer Stephen Silver, Clerks; National Cartoonist Society Animator of the Year Dean Yeagle; and animation director Glen McIntosh, Eragon) and “Adventures Behind Animating Summer Blockbusters" at 12:45 (featuring top animators Dave Burgess, Over the Hedge; Charles Alleneck, Pirates of the Caribbean II; Michal Makarewicz and Andy Beall, Cars; and Ethan Hurd, Open Season). Room 3

12:00-1:15 Comic Arts Conference Session #5: Comics as Postmodern Narrative— Jennifer K. Stuller ( uses Alan Moore’s graphic novel Promethea in relation to Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological concepts of the elemental Flesh and the Chiasm to illustrate how comics narratives have the power to encourage us to experience the world as profoundly magical. Frank Verano (Temple University) casts the work of Grant Morrison in such comics as The Invisibles and Flex Metallo in the light of visual culture to explore Morrison’s intriguing claims that fictional characters are “more real” than “real” people. Jason Bainbridge (University of Tasmania) explores how the establishment of the Marvel and DC universes and the prominence of the superhero therein embodies the tension between modern progress and premodern justice. Room 7B

12:00-1:00 Scott McCloud's Making Comics— Scott McCloud (Zot!, Understanding Comics) unveils his new book, Making Comics, in this fast-paced visual presentation. Scott and his whole family will be on hand to discuss one of the most ambitious promotional tours in comics history, the year-long Making Comics 50 State Tour beginning in September! Room 8

12:00-1:00 Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror It's ghouls gone wild as EC Comics gets the urban treatment in this hip hop horror anthology hosted by the Hound of Hell, Snoop Dogg. Join Snoop for an exclusive sneak peek and Q&A along with co-writer/producer Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Driftwood), producer Martin Shore, and cast members Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Danny Trejo (Devil's Rejects), Daniella Alonso (One Tree Hill, Wrong Turn 2) and Brande Roderick (Baywatch, Starsky & Hutch). Room 20

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Amanda Conner One of comics’ rising stars, Amanda Conner talks about her work on such books as JSA: Classified and what’s coming next. Writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti joins Amanda for this spotlight event. Room 1B

12:30-1:30 Star Wars Day: Sculpting a Galaxy with Master Modelmaker Lorne Peterson— Lorne Peterson, one of the original members of Industrial Light & Magic, first went to work for George Lucas on the original Star Wars. Since then he has worked on each of the Star Wars movies, plus numerous movies for other directors, including Steven Spielberg. Peterson's new book, Sculpting a Galaxy, is scheduled for release in November. Come hear the master Modelmaker, with moderator Pablo Hidalgo. Room 2

12:30-1:30 Comic Book Heaven LIVE— You like old comic books? Then you need to submit to the siren call of the fourth all-new trip down “What-the-Heck-Were-They-Thinking?” Comic Book Memory Lane presented by Scott Saavedra, noted curator of curious comics. It's the same affectionate, mad celebration of purple prose, red-blooded heroes, and yellowing newsprint as seen in Scott's magazine Comic Book Heaven (Slave Labor Graphics) and blog ( only bigger, better, and in a room full of strangers. Witty comments and knowing glances will be provided free to all. Room 4

12:30-1:30 Vital Vertigo— From the start, Vertigo has been at the forefront of cutting-edge comics and graphic novels for mature readers. Learn what smart and edgy projects are in store for you in this slide-show presentation. Hosted by VP/ executive editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, with group editor Shelly Bond, editor Jonathan Vankin, writers Bill Willingham (Fables), Douglas Rushkoff (Testament), and Steven Seagle (American Virgin); artists Becky Cloonan (American Virgin) and Mark Buckingham (Fables); writer/artist David Lapham; and others! Room 5AB

12:30-2:00 Ray Harryhausen: King Kong and the Colorization of Merian C. Cooper’s She Legendary visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen discusses his career and current projects (including the revitalization of She) with Mark Cotta Vaz, author of the Merian C. Cooper biography Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, and Joe DeVito, creator/illustrator of Kong: King of Skull Island. Moderated by Arnold Kunert, producer of the Saturn Award-winning DVD, Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection. Room 6A

12:30-2:00 Spotlight on George R. R. Martin With a career that covers fantasy writing (his popular “A Song of Fire and Ice” series of books), television (Twilight Zone and the beloved Beauty and the Beast), and comics, George R. R. Martin has pleased fans for many years. He and his works are featured in this special spotlight presentation. Room 6B

12:30-2:00 NBC: Heroes Pilot Screening and Q&A with Cast and Producers— Debuting on NBC this fall, the highly anticipated series Heroes chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Be the first to watch an exclusive 72-minute cut of the pilot episode, created specifically for Comic-Con. Join cast members Ali Larter (Final Destination), Greg Grunberg (Alias), Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls), Hayden Panettiere (Ice Princess), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Blind Guy Driving), and Masi Oka (Scrubs); creator/executive producer Tim Kring; executive producer Dennis Hammer; co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb (Lost, Superman for All Seasons); and legendary comic book artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween) for a Q&A session. Room 6CDEF

12:30-2:00 VIZ Media: Anime/Manga— Join VIZ Media representatives Anthony Jiwa (director of marketing, home video and publishing), Cammie AllenMegan Bates (managing editor, Shojo Beat manga), Annette Roman (managing editor, manga) and others as they discuss new acquisitions for 2007, new product releases, and highlights for the rest of 2006, and answer all your otaku questions. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win VIZ Media products and prizes! Room 9

12:30-1:30 Hey, Kids! Blogs About Comics!— It seems like everybody has a blog these days, but here's a group of dedicated bloggers devoted to writing about comics and news about the comics industry. Moderator Heidi MacDonald ( talks to Tom Spurgeon (, Ron Hogan (, Graeme McMillan (, Chris Butcher ( and Tom McLean ( about the daily business of blogging, breaking news, and the comics world. Room 24A

12:45-2:15 Twentieth Century Fox Presents— Twentieth Century Fox returns to Comic-Con in a big way, with a sneak peek at some of the studio's most anticipated 2006 and 2007 releases. It's a program so epic it couldn't be contained in one hour! Get ready for some very special guests, exclusive footage, screening announcements, and eye-opening—if not jaw-dropping—surprises. Hall H

1:00-2:00 It All Begins with the First Second— Mark Siegel (:01 editorial director) leads Eddie Campbell (The Fate of the Artist) and Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) in a discussion of the new directions graphic novel publishing is taking. Room 1A

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Jim Mooney He got into comics in 1941 and never looked back. Meet one of the field's most prolific illustrators: Jim Mooney the man who drew Supergirl, Spider-Man, Dial H for Hero, Man-Thing, Tommy Tomorrow, Batman, Robin, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Omega the Unknown, and so many others. Mark Evanier asks the questions. Room 8

1:00-2:00 Warner Home Video's Superman Through The Ages— Featuring special guests from the film and television incarnations of Superman, including a special reunion with surprise guests and extended exclusive footage for Superman II—The Richard Donner Cut. Q&A with Marc McClure, Jack O'Halloran, Tom Mankiewicz (creative consultant), Michael Thau (editor in charge of the SII reconstruction), and more. Also in attendance super-secret special guests from the Adventures of Superman, Lois and Clark, Smallville, Superman The Animated Series, and Superman Returns! Room 20

1:15-2:30 Comic Arts Conference Session #6: Visual Language— Neil Cohn (Meditations: 1999-2002) reveals the “secrets” of sequential art: the grammatical rules and visual “parts of speech” underlying comics' use of sequence. Zon Petilla (Cal State University–Fresno) asserts that there is a universal visual grammar operating in comics that can be used to teach language. Hal Shipman (Northwestern University) examines the contrast between the vocabulary and grammar of visual language in European and American comics, represented respectively by the adventure strips Tintin and Terry and the Pirates. Room 7B

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Phil Foglio The fan-favorite creator of characters such as Buck Godot and Girl Genius is a Comic-Con special guest. Join Phil Foglio in this special spotlight event as he talks about his work and answers your questions. Phil is also the master of ceremonies of this year’s Comic-Con Masquerade on Saturday night! Room 1B

1:30-2:30 Star Wars Day: What’s Hot at LucasArts— There are plenty of new and exciting games coming soon from LucasArts, including some great, highly anticipated Star Wars titles. Hear the news from the LucasArts team about these, and about the coming Indiana Jones game, plus glimpse some of the new technology that will help make coming games the most exciting to play yet! Room 2

1:30-2:30 J. Michael Straczynski on Writing— One of the most prolific writers in comics (and TV, and movies!) sits down for an intimate discussion on the craft of writing. J. Michael Straczynski is a Comic-Con special guest once again this year. Please note: this is a classroom style setting and seating is extremely limited and available on a first come, first served basis. We do NOT clear the room between events. Room 3

1:30-2:30 IDW Publishing: Ideas and Designs 2006— Learn about IDW’s exciting plans for the next year, including an overview of licensed books such as Transformers and Angel/Spike, as well as a full rundown of upcoming horror titles and some special, never-before-heard-or-seen announcements. Join IDW publisher Chris Ryall, along with editor Dan Taylor, writers Brian Lynch (Spike: Asylum), Shane McCarthy (Zombies!), and Scott Tipton (Angel/Spike); artists Ben Templesmith (Wormwood) and Ashley Wood (Zombies Vs. Robots); and other special guests for the lowdown on the upcoming slate of books. Room 4

1:30-2:00 Cartoon Network: The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Maxwell Atoms (creator) answers questions about The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy from Cartoon Network Studios. Billy and Mandy are normal kids who just happen to be best friends with the Grim Reaper. The panelists include Grey DeLisle (voice of Mandy), Carl Greenblat (storyboards/voice of Fred Fredburger), and storyboard artists Mike Deiderich, Alex Almaguer, and Ian Wasseluk. Room 5AB

1:30-3:00 Costuming and Characterization with Gotham Public Works— Members of the fan-favorite Batman group Gotham Public Works will appear out of costume for the first time to answer general questions and offer tips on character-based makeup, costuming, and successful characterization. Topics covered will include resources for getting started, how to translate a 2D image to a 3D reality, when to do it yourself versus when to take it to a professional, and lots more! In attendance will be group members Chris Mendicino (Batman), Donald Strand (Joker), Tara Strand (Harley Quinn), Regan Remy (Catwoman), Topher Davila (Penguin), Brittney Powell (Poison Ivy), Morgan Wessler (Two Face), and Jennifer Newman (Black Canary) with the group's creative director Brian Crosby moderating. Room 24A

2:00-3:00 Clickwheel: Comics for Your iPod— It seems iPods are everywhere these days. They may be known for playing tunes, but did you know you can get comics for your iPod as well? Clickwheel’s Tim Demeter (Reckless Life), Chad Diez (Today: The Comic), and Joe Alterio (365) are a few of the creators pushing comics from the racks to the iTunes music store, and beyond. Join them for a discussion about the possibilities of comics for handheld media, digital delivery, and where to find comics for your shiny new gadgets. Room 1A

2:00-2:30 Cartoon Network: Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends Join Craig McCracken (creator) and Lauren Faust (supervising producer/writer) from the Emmy-Award winning series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends for a Q&A. Also, come and see the voice of your favorite characters live and in person. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 DC: JLA/JSA: Justice for All— Join an important panel featuring the two teams that define heroism in the DC universe. Writer Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, upcoming Justice League of America), writer Geoff Johns (52, Teen Titans, upcoming Justice Society of America), and artist Mike Turner (Supergirl, Identity Crisis) will be joined by senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio, senior editor Peter Tomasi, and group editor Eddie Berganza to bring you the details of two amazing teams’ past, present, and future. Room 6A

2:00-3:30 DVD Sneak Peek 2006— Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan, editors of The Digital (recently named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Entertainment Sites of 2006) and a panel of some of Hollywood's leading special edition DVD producers will give you a first look at lots of great movie and TV DVDs on the way for 2006 and 2007! They'll talk about the new HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc high-definition formats and answer lots of audience questions. Scheduled to participate are Robert Meyer Burnett (Superman Returns, Free Enterprise: SE, Chronicles of Narnia), JM Kenny (Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, Zoom, Rocky Balboa), Charles de Lauzirika (Kingdom of Heaven, Twin Peaks, Blade Runner), Andy Mangels (He-Man, She-Ra, Dungeons & Dragons), and Javier Soto (Pan's Labyrinth, The 4400). Room 6B

2:00-3:00 Afro Samurai Comic-Con Exclusive Worldwide Premiere!— Get introduced to the most brutally funkalicious series of all time through the eyes of the creators and builders, including Okazaki Takahashi, original creator of Afro Samurai; Eric Calderon, VP of creative affairs—Studio Gonzo; RZA, music composer—Kill Bill, Wu Tang Clan; and Leo Chu, VP of development, SPIKE TV. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Afro Samurai is what you have been waiting for. Be the first to see the worldwide premiere of the trailer—exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:30 The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel— Every year, we remember the man they called "The King of the Comics" with a discussion of his life and times. On the panei this year are artists Neal Adams, George Pérez, John Romita, and Mike Royer, plus members of the Kirby family and a few surprises. Mark Evanier (who else?) moderates. Room 8

2:00-3:00 TOKYOPOP Global Manga— Representatives from TOKYOPOP, the largest English-language publisher of manga in the world, will fill you in on the inner workings of the fastest-growing segment in the publishing industry. Panelists include editors Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, Rob Valois, and Tim Beedle. Editors will also introduce fans to new global manga, including Fool’s Gold (Amy Hadley), Re: Play (Christy Lijewksi), and My Dead Girlfriend (Eric Wight), along with insight from fan-favorite artists such as M. Alice Legrow (Bizenghast) and Amy Ganter (Sorcerers & Secretaries), a special project with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and much much more! Room 9

2:00-3:00 SCI FI: Battlestar Galactica "The #1 television show of 2005"—Time magazine. "One of the most original and provocative programs on television"—New York Times. "The toughest, smartest show on television"—Rolling Stone. “A wildly intense gem . . . riveting . . . not to be missed"—TV Guide. If you’re not watching it, you should be. See what the buzz is all about. Be sure to stop by the SCI FI booth for a chance to win the ultimate BSG prize packet! Panelists include stars Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), James Callis (President Gaius Baltar), and Lucy Lawless (D’Anna Biers), plus executive producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore and SCI FI VP for original programming Erik Storey. Moderated by Lisa Chambers, features director, TV Guide. Room 20

2:30-3:30 Smart Pop Books— Smart Pop brings together great writers to produce essays about the most interesting pop culture subjects, taking them seriously—but not too seriously. Benbella Books editor-in-chief Glenn Yeffeth moderates the discussion with Smart Pop contributors, including columnist Amy Berner, comic book writer and essayist David Hopkins, award-winning author David Brin, and comic book writer/editor Len Wein about anthologies of the past and subjects of the present and future. The 2006 Smart Pop Books line includes X-Men, Lost, Superman, Star Wars, Star Trek, and World of Warcraft. Room 1B

2:30-3:30 Star Wars Day: Legacy of the Force— Popular authors Aaron Allston, Troy Denning, and Karen Traviss will discuss their nine-book Star Wars series, "Legacy of the Force." The first book in the series, Allston's Betrayal, is in stores now, and the second book, Traviss' Bloodlines, is scheduled for release this August. Representatives from Lucasfilm and Del Rey also will be on the panel, with Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo as moderator. Room 2

2:30-3:30 Action Figures: Under the Knife— Action figure sculpting is pop art that is just recently coming into the spotlight. In years past, nameless, faceless sculptors cranked out figure after figure of beloved characters, but now the sculptors are becoming better known among fans and the industry. In this discussion with some of the industry’s top sculptors you will learn the path that led them to many a fanboy’s dream job. Find out what tools and materials they use and where laser scanning ends and the sculptor takes over. Panelists will discuss mold making and painting, their favorites, and which characters they would like another crack at. Panelists include sculptors Barsom, DC Direct; Matt Falls, Sideshow Collectibles; Steve Kiwis, Eightball Studios; Mike Locasio, NECA; Ruben Procopio, Masked Avengers Studio; Jean St. Jean, McFarlane Toys; Phil Ramirez, Suspect Toys; and prototype painter Eddie Wires, Toy Biz. Moderated by Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from Action Figure Insider. Room 4

2:30-3:30 Graphic Novels: The Universal Language— It’s true. Graphic novels are sweeping the world! (Admittedly, we Americans were the last to get this, but we’re playing catch-up hard and fast.) Comics historian Tom Spurgeon will moderate a panel made up of creators from around the world, including James Sturm (The Golem’s Mighty Swing), Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown), Jean-Claude Mézières (Valerian), Yoshihiro Tatsumi (The Push Man and Other Stories), and John Wagner (A History of Violence, Button Man) in a discussion what makes the world go ‘round. Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Dumbrella— Artists from Dumbrella, one of the most popular online comics collectives, discuss webcomics, independent publishing, and subverting popular culture. Feel free to quiz Andrew Bell (the Creatures in my Head), Sam Brown (explodingdog), Steven Cloud (B.O.a.S.a.S), Jon Rosenberg (Goats), and Richard Stevens III (Diesel Sweeties) about anything your Internet heart desires. Room 7B

2:30-3:30 Paramount Pictures— Paramount Pictures is proud to present an early look at footage from the upcoming fantasy adventure film Stardust from director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine, Four Brothers and the upcoming Transformers). After captivating audiences in both novel and graphic novel formats, Neil Gaiman's Stardust makes its big-screen adaptation debut next March starring Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Peter O'Toole, Rupert Everett, and Charlie Cox. Neil Gaiman (The Eternals and co-writer with Roger Avery of the screenplay for the upcoming Beowulf), illustrator Charles Vess, co-screenwriter (with director Vaughn) Jane Goldman, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will discuss the film, which is currently in production. (Credits not contractual.) Hall H

3:00-4:00 Moonstone Celebrates the Phantom's 70th Anniversary— Moonstone's editor-in-chief Joe Gentile will be joined by Mike Bullock (Phantom writer), Doug Klauba (Phantom cover artist), Paul Guinan (Phantom Law of the Jungle artist), Ben Raab (Phantom Legacy writer), Art Lyon (Phantom colorist/designer), and EricJ (Phantom artist) in a discussion of Moonstone's new and upcoming Phantom projects, followed by a Q&A session. Room 1A

3:00-4:30 Painting Dynamic Portraits with Jeff Watts— Nationally renowned portrait painter and fine artist Jeff Watts demonstrates an oil portrait painting from a model. Jeff will discuss technique, methods, and procedures as he paints. A great program for those looking to work on furthering their skills and those who want to know more about where to obtain the strong fundamentals essential to becoming a working professional artist. Room 3

3:00-4:00 The Black Panel— Featuring Reggie Hudlin (president, BET), RZA (Wu Tang Clan), Jeffery Wright (CEO, Urban Ministries), Denys Cowan (senior VP, BET Animation), Mike Davis and Mark Davis (Blokhedz), and Axel Alonso (editor, Marvel Comics). This is the definitive panel for what’s up in black content, and black content is hip content. Moderated by Michael Davis. Room 6A

3:00-4:00 Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales The cult-favorite writer/director of Donnie Darko is back with a new epic movie and a series of related graphic novel prequels, published by Graphitti Designs. Richard Kelly talks about Southland Tales, his story of Southern California on the brink of disaster in the not-too-distant future. Room 6CDEF

3:00-4:00 VIZ Media's Shojo Beat featuring Matsuri Hino— Meet Matsuri Hino, the creator of MeruPuri and Vampire Knight, as she helps celebrate Shojo Beat's first-year anniversary with the editors from both the U.S. and Japan! Find out how she got started as a manga creator, her expectations for Vampire Knight, her new series in Shojo Beat magazine, and take this opportunity to ask your own questions. Plus a chance to win exclusive Vampire Knight pendants! Panelists will also include VIZ editor Yumi Ide, Shojo Beat’s Yumi Hoashi, and others. Room 9

3:00-4:30 Prism Comics: Evaluating LGBT Material: How May We Help You?— With more material being published involving LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) characters and issues, audiences and retailers need strategies for encouraging and supporting diversity while providing an environment in which the only surprises are the twists in the plot. Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting LGBT creators, themes, and issues in comics, offers its services in this area to the broader constituencies of the comics community. This discussion focuses greatly on the retail community, addressing the topic of how to get more LGBT-friendly books in your store and how Prism can help you sell them. This panel is the beginning of what is intended to be an ongoing dialogue, with the participation of experts from every aspect of the industry, in order to establish action plans in the quest for greater diversity in content as well as in the customer base. Panelists include Roger B.A. Klorese, president, Prism Comics and founder of QueerNet; Rory Root, owner and operator of Comic Relief, Berkeley, CA; Chris Powell, general manager of Lone Star Comics, Arlington, TX; José Villarrubia, artist and academician; Paige Braddock, cartoonist, Jane's World; Chris Ryall, publisher/editor-in-chief, IDW; Charles Brownstein, executive director, CBLDF; Brian Chase, Lambda legal attorney, LGBT rights activist; and Roger Fletcher, VP of sales and marketing, Diamond Comic Distributors. Moderated by Patricia Jeres, Prism advisory board member and former director of marketing communications at DC Comics. Room 24A

3:00-4:00 Fox: Bones David Boreanaz is one of television's biggest stars. Boreanaz and Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson will dish up all the fun behind-the-scenes stories on the show and answer your questions! Lisa Chambers, TV Guide, will moderate the panel Room 20

3:30-4:30 Nickelodeon Magazine Carousel— See interactive cartoon slide shows hosted by editors Chris Duffy and Dave Roman and featuring comic strip makers Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle), James Kochalka (Monkey vs. Robot), R. Sikoryak (RAW), and more! You can expect plenty of gags, goofiness, and audience participation. Definitely for kids and alt-comics-loving adults. Room 1B

3:30-4:30 Star Wars Day: Trivia Game Show— Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of great trivia game shows at Star Wars Celebration III and Comic-Con International in 2004 and 2005, are planning another trivia challenge for all fans who think they know their stuff about the galaxy far, far away. Room 2

3:30-5:00 Spotlight on Robert Kirkman One of the hottest writers in comics today comes to Comic-Con as a special guest. Robert Kirkman’s work on Invincible and The Walking Dead for Image Comics brought him industry-wide attention. For Marvel, Kirkman has written Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Zombies, and he is the writer of Ultimate X-Men and the upcoming Irredeemable Ant- Man. Join him for this special spotlight and Q&A session! Room 4

3:30-4:30 WildStorm: Crossroads— The West Coast is about to unleash a Worldstorm! Find out what’s on the horizon from WildStorm Productions in this slide-show presentation. Panelists will include Scott Dunbier, executive editor, WildStorm; Bob Wayne, VP, sales, DC Comics; Ben Abernathy, editor, WildStorm; Jim Lee, editorial director, WildStorm and in-demand artist (WildCats, All Star Batman and Robin); writer Grant Morrison (52, Batman, All Star Superman); writer Gail Simone, (Gen13, Secret Six); artist Talent Caldwell (Gen13); and artist Darick Robertson (The Boys). Also joining the panel will be Danny Bilson (The Flash: Fastest Man Alive) and Paul DeMeo (The Flash: Fastest Man Alive), and special guest star, The OC’s Adam Brody! Room 5AB

3:30-5:00 Spotlight on Roger Corman: 50 Years of Filmmaking— Join the talented filmmaker of Rock 'n' Roll High School, Grand Theft Auto, Death Race 2000, Caged Heat, Little Shop of Horrors, and many more as Roger Corman discusses his 50 years of filmmaking with Cinefantastique's Mark Altman. Q&A session to follow. Room 6B

3:30-4:30 What’s New at Disney Publishing— Find out what's happening with your favorite characters and meet the next generation of Disney stars as authors, artists, and editors discuss new and upcoming comic content at Disney! Panel members include Landry Walker and Eric Jones (Tron, Kid Gravity, Little Gloomy), Art Baltazar (Gorilla, Gorilla), Rick Geary (Society of Horrors), Garry Black (Jet Pack Pets), Tonya Agurto (North American licensing director, books and magazines, Disney Publishing), Steve Behling (comics director, Disney Adventures & Comic Zone magazines) and John Clark (editor-in-chief, Gemstone Comics). Moderated by Rich Thomas (executive editor, Disney Press). Room 7B

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on John Romita He was the man who redefined not only Spider-Man but the entire style of Marvel Comics. He drew not only Spidey but Daredevil, Captain America, and dozens of others. He’s Marvel's former art director and one of the most honored artists in the field, John Romita. Mark Evanier is your host. Room 8

3:30-4:00 Universal: Children of Men Academy Award–nominated writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) will present scenes from his upcoming futuristic thriller Children of Men, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. The new trailer from Children of Men and never-before-seen clips from the film will be shown, along with a discussion of the filmmakers's work. Hall H

4:00-5:00 Seven Seas Manga— As manga's popularity has grown, it was inevitable that American publishing companies would start to create manga-influenced works. Seven Seas has quickly risen to become one of the top publishers in this field, and with Boogiepop, the company has added licensed manga and novels to its growing library. Meet Seven Seas editors and series creators and find out what the future holds. Panelists include Jason DeAngelis (No Man's Land, Captain Nemo), Adam Arnold (Aoi House), Shiei (Amazing Agent Luna, Aoi House), Dave Cheung (Chugworth Academy), Christopher Vogler (Ravenskull), and Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir (Amazing Agent Luna, Destiny's Hand). Room 1A

4:00-5:00 BET Animation— Panelists Reggie Hudlin (president, BET), Denys Cowan (senior VP, BET Animation), and Sidney Clifton (executive VP, Film Roman) share their big vision of what is to come from BET’s new animation division. Moderated by Michael Davis. Room 6A

4:00-5:00 D.O.A.: Dead or Alive Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), Holly Valance (Prison Break and international music sensation), Sarah Carter (new CBS show, Shark), and Natassia Malthe (Elektra) star in this new movie from Dimension Films, based on the hit video game series, D.O.A. Join the stars and some special guests for the premiere of exclusive footage from the new movie and a Q&A with the sizzling hot cast. Room 6CDEF

4:00-5:00 How to Play a Better Game, Part 2— Will Smith, editor-in-chief of Maximum PC, will host a discussion and Q&A session about role-playing games, both online and off. Topics will include basic strategy, performance-enhancing tips, and genre-specific hardware upgrade recommendations, using Titan Quest as a demonstration tool. Room 9

4:00-5:30 So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?— It's not just a job—it's a mission! This panel is always a popular event at Comic-Con because so many have dreams of owning their own comic book store. You have questions, this panel of experts has answers. Host Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA) will be joined by John Munn from Comic Book Ink (Tacoma WA), Matt Price from Speeding Bullet Comics (Norman, OK), and Dave Hawksworth from Diamond Comic Distributors' outside sales team to talk about the business of comics. This special Retailer Event is open to the public. If you've ever wanted to open your own comic book store, this panel is for you!
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4:00-5:30 Bruce Timm Retrospective/Legion of Super Heroes Warner Bros. Animation president Sander Schwartz introduces a retrospective on the creativity of animation legend Bruce Timm (Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series). Bruce will talk about his 20-year career, screen selected scenes from his body of work, and take part in a Q&A. Immediately following the Timm retrospective, Warner Bros. Animation presents a sneak peek at Legion of Super Heroes, a new Superman-themed half-hour adventure series inspired by the DC Comics series and set to air Saturdays this fall at 11:00 AM ET/PT in the Kids' WB! programming block on the new CW. Producers Linda M. Steiner (Teen Titans) and James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), story editor Rob Hoegee (Teen Titans), and others from the show's creative team will join several of the Legion cast members, including Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Superman), Andy Milder (Lightning Lad), Shawn Harrison (Timber Wolf), and Michael Cornaccia (Bouncing Boy) for a Q&A session and debut of scenes from the upcoming show. Room 20

4:00-4:15 Universal Home Video: King Kong Deluxe Extended DVD— A sneak peek from the upcoming King Kong Deluxe Extended Edition DVD will be introduced by a message from director Peter Jackson. Hall H

4:30-5:30 Webcomics 102: Finding Your Audience— When will your genius get the adulation it deserves? Bill Barnes (Unshelved) asks fellow web cartoonists Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and Mike “Gabe” Krahulik (Penny Arcade), Scott Kurtz (PvP), R. Stevens (Diesel Sweeties), and Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis) how they attract crowds online. Room 1B

4:30-6:00 The Costume Designers Guild: Costume Centric Session 2— The Costume Designers Guild continues its three-part series on costume design and its profound influence on world culture. Today's event, the "Motion Picture Panel," features costume designers Michael Wilkinson (Frank Miller's 300), Frank Helmer (DOA: Dead or Alive), and Kristin Burke (The Grudge 2). Moderated by CDG vice president Pamela Shaw. Room 2

4:30-6:00 How to Color and Ink Comics— Marianne Walker (comics illustration teacher and product specialist for Copic Markers, USA) shows all the professional hints and tricks to inking and coloring with Copic Markers. This hands-on workshop and Q&A will include everything from picking papers to inking, coloring, airbrushing, and special effects. For beginner to intermediate; supplies provided. Room 3

4:30-6:00 From She-Ra and He-Man to Dungeons & Dragons and Beyond!— They may have won DVD awards with their release of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but under their new Ink & Paint brand, BCI Eclipse isn't stopping there! Journey to Etheria in She-Ra, Princess of Power with Filmation founder Lou Scheimer, voice actress Erika Scheimer, co-creator Larry DiTillio, and writer J. Michael Straczynski (tentative). Brave the far-off worlds of Flash Gordon, Blackstar, andSpace Sentinels with writer Michael Reaves. Witness the magic of the fan-favorite cartoon Dungeons & Dragons, represented by writer Mark Evanier. And BCI's director of acquisitions Jeff Hayne and special features producer (and moderator) Andy Mangels will preview over two dozen upcoming titles, including Ultraman, Joe Cartoon, Happy Tree Friends, Defenders of the Earth, Groovie Goolies, Bravestarr, Ghostbusters, Ark II, Jason of Star Command, and TV's sexy superheroine in Secrets of Isis! Room 5AB

4:30-5:30 Fantagraphics 30th Anniversary— Fantagraphics Books co-owners Gary Groth and Kim Thompson will be joined by Love & Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez and Eightball creator Dan Clowes for a trip down memory lane as they reminisce about Fantagraphics' 30 years history as "Publisher of the World's Greatest Cartoonists." Moderator Gary Groth talks to key figures in comics history about all aspects of the company, from the beginnings of the Comics Journal in the mid-1970s to its present-day profile as the publisher of cartooning powerhouses like Charles M. Schulz, R. Crumb, Daniel Clowes, and Los Bros Hernandez. Featuring special surprise guests! Room 7B

4:30-5:30 The Da Vinci Clones...and Beyond!— Now that the juggernaut book and film have taught us there's nothing more suspenseful than albino monks with a secret about Jesus' family, what's a mystery or thriller author to do to grab readers' attention? This panel has some “killer” ideas: multimedia creator Max Allan Collins (The Last Quarry), New York Times best-selling author Thomas Greanais (The Atlantis Prophecy), Moon Knight scribe Charlie Huston (Already Dead), ad copy director Paul Malmont (The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril), nationally best-selling thriller author James Rollins (The Black Order), and creator of The Violet Series Stephen Woodworth (Through Violet Eyes). Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy. Room 8

4:30-6:00 Raving Toy Maniac Group Meeting— The Raving Toy Maniac website ( covers toys, action figures, and all related collectibles. This group is a meet-and-greet for members of the online forum as well as all collectors interested in chatting about collecting and the convention. Swap tips from the Comic-Con Exhibit Hall about the best deals you've found and share ways to enjoy your hobby. Room 24A

4:30-5:30 Star Wars Day: Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Spectacular— It wouldn't be Comic-Con International without hearing the latest on Lucasfilm and Star Wars from Steve Sansweet, the company's head of Fan Relations. Sansweet will top off Star Wars Day with previews of what's coming next, plus special announcements that will be heard for the first time ever during this presentation. Once again, Sansweet will show that Lucasfilm means it when it says "Star Wars is Forever." Hall H

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Howard Porter Coming off an amazing collaboration with Geoff Johns on The Flash, Comic-Con special guest Howard Porter speeds right into the relaunch of Shazam! with Judd Winick. Porter seems to be the go-to guy when it comes to relaunches at DC, with his work with Grant Morrison reestablishing JLA as one of their premiere books. DCU senior editor Mike Carlin interviews Porter in this special spotlight presentation. Room 1A

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Forrest J Ackerman It’s not Comic-Con without a visit with the beloved FJA! Forrest J Ackerman, whose puns and love of all things monstrous and fantastic warped many a young mind who read Famous Monsters of Filmland, is back once again. See excerpts from the great new documentary The Sci-Fi Boys featuring Forry! Room 4

5:00-6:00 Marvel: Halo Graphic Novel— The best-selling video game has hit the four-color world in a stunning new graphic novel. Join Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and meet the men and women behind the graphic novel, and find out the future of Halo in the world of graphic fiction. Room 6A

5:00-6:00 Warner Home Video Sneak Peeks and Forbidden Planet: 50th Anniversary Celebration— A special presentation and Q&A with the stars from the landmark science fiction classic, Forbidden Planet, with Earl Holliman, Richard Anderson, Warren Stevens, and Robby the Robot! And stay for special sneak peeks of the upcoming DVDs V for Vendetta and Poseidon. Room 6B

5:00-6:00 The Boondocks: The Complete First Season Join creator Aaron McGruder and the cast of Adult Swim's provocative, award-winning comedy series The Boondocks for a panel discussion in celebration of the release of The Boondocks: The Complete First Season on DVD and for PSP July 25. Cast members Regina King (Miss Congeniality 2), Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911), Gary Anthony Williams (Malcolm in the Middle), Jill Talley (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), and Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation), along with McGruder, will discuss the stories behind the edgy, animated characters, and offer a first-ever sneak peek of the three-disc DVD. Room 6CDEF
5:00-6:00 The Art of Dan DeCarlo— For nearly six decades, Dan DeCarlo entertained the world with his unique cartooning talents. Though best known as the definitive Archie Comics artist and creator of Josie and the Pussycats, DeCarlo also brought his unique style to dozens of other characters including Millie The Model, Willie Lumpkin, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Big Boy, Batman, and even The Simpsons. Though Dan passed away in 2001, his brilliant art lives on in Innocence and Seduction: The Art of Dan DeCarlo, a new lavishly illustrated retrospective book from Fantagraphics. Join the author and the designer of the book, Bill Morrison (The Simpsons) and Serban Cristescu (Futurama) for a big screen look at the art and life of one of the world's all-time best cartoonists. Room 9

5:30-7:00 Lost In Translation: Translating Manga— Foreign entertainment has taken the comics and animation industry by storm in the past several years, and with the heightened interest, it's a good time to see how the process works. Long-time translators and producers explain the nuts and bolts of translating in the American entertainment industries such as comics, manga, anime, and games. Join William Flanagan (xxxHolic), Charles McCarter (Ghost in the Shell: SAC), Jonathan Tarbox (Angel Sanctuary), Nobby Matsuo (Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked), and Jake Forbes (Fullmetal Alchemist) for stories and Q&A! Room 1B

5:30-7:00 Behind the Mayhem: The Secret World of Video Game Development— Have you ever wanted to make video games? Have you ever wondered what really goes on inside a game studio? Just what do all those people listed on the credits really do? How do you get into this highly competitive field? If you’ve ever dreamed of making your own game or are just curious about the process, join veteran designer Alex Jimenez (Enigma: Rising Tide, Battletanxs) and acclaimed artist Dave DeVries (The Monster Engine, Four Horsemen) as they take you behind the scenes for a developers eye view of the video game industry. Find out where the industry is, where it’s going and how you can be a part of it! Room 7B

5:30-7:00 Masters of American Comics— Masters of American Comics is the sensational new exhibition revolutionizing the art world. Co-curator Brian Walker (The Comics Before 1945; The Comics Since 1945) explains how the century’s 15 top artists were selected. From the Hammer Museum, Cynthia Burlingham, coordinating curator, and Claudine Dixon, catalog coordinator, share amazing behind-the-scenes tales. And two lenders, cartoon entrepreneur Denis Kitchen (Steve Krupp’s Gallery) and cartoonist/designer/writer Craig Yoe (Arf book series), reveal the joys and agonies of collecting original comics art. Masters events participant and author Michael Dooley (The Education of a Comics Artist) moderates this lively, illustrated discussion. Room 8

5:45-7:00 New Line Cinema Presents Snakes on a Plane Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the fright. New Line Cinema will show exclusive footage from Snakes on a Plane. Samuel L. Jackson makes his first San Diego Comic-Con appearance, along with director David R. Ellis, to discuss his new film! And, watch out—snake wrangler Jules Sylvester will also be on hand with live snakes from the movie. Also included in the presentation will be a special preview of New Line Cinema's upcoming The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, while Final Destination 3 director James Wong and star Ryan Merriman demonstrate the unique "Change-Their-Fate" interactive feature on the upcoming DVD, available from New Line Home Entertainment on July 25. Hall H

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Billy Martinez San Diego–based artist Billy Martinez is a publisher, writer/artist, and teacher. His Kickass Girl for his own Neko Press has also appeared in Heavy Metal, and Billy is one of the leading comics art teachers in the city. Hear him talk about what’s next for Neko Press and himself! Room 1A

6:00-7:00 The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim— Mike Trim began his career as a designer and model maker for Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, and Space: 1999. In 1978, he designed the Martian fighting machines and illustrated the album cover for Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. A new book of Trim's work is being premiered at Comic-Con this year by Hermes Press. Author Anthony Taylor (The Future was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim), CFQ magazine editor Jeff Bond, director Robert Burnett (Free Enterprise), and legendary model maker Greg Jein (Star Trek, CE3K) will offer a peek at the book and a discussion of Trim's influence on the current generation of filmmakers. Presented in association with Room 2

6:00-7:00 A.C.T.O.R.: A Guide for Comics Pros and their Taxes/Finances— When you’re a professional in comics, you are in charge of your own destiny, including paying your taxes and funding your retirement. But how are you supposed to save any money when Uncle Sam takes it all?! If you do have any money left over, where do you put it? IRAs, SEPs, savings accounts or bank CDs, what’s the difference? What happens to you and your family if you get sick and are unable to work? Sponsored by A.C.T.O.R., Harlan Wenig (independent financial advisor) and Joe Davidson (registered tax preparer) will explore the financial aspects of being a comic book industry professional. Room 3

6:00-7:00 SLG Publishing’s 20th Anniversary— Dan Vado he looks back at the biggest mistake he ever made; the decision to publish comic books. Watch as Vado cries in his beer and laments over 20 years of misspent youth, wasted time, and lost money. Room 4

6:00-7:00 Pitchin’ Impossible? A Useful Panel About Entering Hollywood— Jermaine Turner and Tracy McAndrew of ABC Family, Dan Evans (freelance development agent), and Jeremy Love (VP, Gettosake Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through various necessary and possible steps to production. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and some humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is a new path, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. And there may even be a really special guest or two! Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 DC: 52: A Year in the Life of the DCU— The DC Universe skipped a year and left everyone wondering what happened in those missing 52 weeks. This can’t-miss panel looks at the ramifications of the Crisis, the absence of the world’s greatest heroes, and those left to pick up the pieces in an event that is unprecedented in comics history! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio and editor Steve Wacker, with Geoff Johns (52, Teen Titans), Greg Rucka (52, Checkmate), Mark Waid (52, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-heroes), Grant Morrison (52, Batman), J. G. Jones (52), and more. Room 6B

6:00-7:00 The Jim Henson Company: Power of the Dark Crystal and Sneak Peeks— Lisa Henson (Power of the Dark Crystal), and Michael Polis (MirrorMask) from The Jim Henson Company will discuss current and upcoming productions. Panelists include Brian Froud (Labyrinth), Genndy Tartakofsky (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Scott Stewart (Superman Returns) will be on hand to talk about the much-anticipated sequel feature Power of the Dark Crystal. Other topics include the new puppet television shows for grown-ups as well as new DVD releases, manga books, and exciting new products from Jim Henson Designs. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Keenspot 2006: Spotlight on Awesomeness— The world-renowned Internet powerhouse that makes webcomics history with every new pixel returns to Comic-Con for its 6th annual panel discussion! Keenspot creators who may very well appear (assuming no cool Star Trek panels overlap with this one) include Dan Shive (El Goonish Shive), Jennie Breeden (The Devil's Panties), Aeire (Queen of Wands), R. Smith (Funny Farm), and Darren Bleuel (Nukees). The panei will be moderated by Keencast hosts Chris Daily (Striptease) and John Troutman (Flint Again), who will be podcasting this panel. Hear Keenspot's late-breaking big announcements and preview their newest comics and animation projects before anyone else! Free Keenspot giveaways for everyone who attends. Room 9

6:00-7:30 Simpsons Collectors Group Meeting— Simpsons collectors of the world unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise. This gathering is sponsored by the staff of the website. Collectors from all over the country will be here. Meet the other Simpsons collectors that you see on the message boards and put faces to the names. This gathering is a great chance to network with other collectors from across the country and share your hobby with others. Room 24A

Nighttime Programs

7:00-8:30 Klingon Lifestyle Presentation— Just in time for Star Trek’s monumental 40th anniversary, Comic-Con once again presents our friends, the Klingons! The crew of the IKV Stranglehold return with their latest mission, and this time it may turn to disaster for the entire crew as their loyalties are tested, causing some to mutiny. All species are welcome to experience the ongoing voyage and adventure of life aboard a Klingon vessel. Room 6A

7:00-9:00 Ultimate Avengers 2 Screening and Panel— Lionsgate and Marvel Studios present the worldwide fan premiere of Ultimate Avengers 2, with a screening of the complete film and a Q&A session featuring Craig Kyle (Marvel’s VP of animation creative development) and cast members Marc Worden (Iron Man), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk), and Grey Delisle (Wasp). Room 6CDEF

7:30-9:00 SNL: Saturday TV Funhouse with Robert Smigel— Join the Emmy Award–winning writer, producer and creator of Saturday Night Live's hilarious animated "TV Funhouse" segments, Robert Smigel, for a presentation and discussion about the upcoming DVD release of SNL: The Best Of Saturday TV Funhouse. Featuring clips of "The Ambiguously Gay Duo", "X-Presidents", "Saddam and Osama", "Mr. T" and other favorites, as well as notable "lost" cartoons, banned from the airwaves forever. Q & A to follow! With appearances by animator/director Robert Marianetti and—possibly—Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Note: Ladysmith Black Mambazo will not be present. Room 6B

8:30-11:30 SCI FI Friday— Don’t get SCI FI in your hotel room?! Come to a commercial-free screening of Eureka, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis at Comic Con! Colin Ferguson, star of Eureka, will open up the evening’s festivities. Catch up on the Tuesday, July 18 premiere of Eureka and watch all-new episodes of Stargate and Atlantis. The first 1000 attendees will receive a limited-edition Stargate SG-1 10th Anniversary premium. Room 6A

8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards The 18th annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out by celebrity presenters, along with such other prestigious awards as the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. This year’s master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees—just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Room 20

9:00-11:00 CCI:IFF Extra: Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life Writer/director Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) introduces and presents the award-winning film from his acclaimed one-man play of the life of the real-life gangbuster who helped jail Al Capone, tracked the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, and inspired Dick Tracy. Room 6B

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever— Animation historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon presents an all-new, all-hilariously bad collection of the worst animated cartoons ever made. This program, now in it's fourth year is quickly becoming a must-see convention favorite! New episodes of Mighty Mr. Titan (the limited-animation physical fitness guru), Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero (a spaced-out space cadet), and Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction) will be joined by new, equally horrendous examples of bad animation art—all real, all unbelievable, all crap-tacular! Room 6CDEF

10:00-12:00 Spike & Mike Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation— Vote via applause for your favorite short animations! Spike, animators, and celebrities will be in attendance and to introduce the show. Can you survive the gauntlet? Send Spike & Mike your films to be considered for next year’s festival!! There will be an encore presentation of HTF TV to close out the Spike & Mike Sick and Twisted Film Festival screening! Come join the fun and get your photo taken with the 7-foot tall Cuddles mascot! Room 6CDEF