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Comic Con: San Diego Saturday, July 22nd  Schedule Of Events

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Scott Williams One of the hottest inkers in comics is a Comic-Con special guest for the first time. Known best for his longtime collaboration with Jim Lee, Scott Williams currently inks All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder. Coming up: the return of WildCATS, written by Grant Morrison, penciled by Lee, and inked by Williams. Scott answers your questions in this special spotlight event, moderated by Scott Dunbier, executive editor, WildStorm. Room 1A
10:30-11:30 Toonami Jetstream Panel— Toonami Jetstream is your online source for the finest full-length anime and action cartoons. Starting July 17 you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. Join representatives from VIZ Media and Cartoon Network as they preview the newest way to get your anime fix and answer your questions. Plus, Toonami Jetstream swag! Panelists include Molly Chase, executive producer, Cartoon Network; Art Roche, creative director, Cartoon Network; Anthony Jiwa, director, marketing, VIZ Media; and Yumi Hoashi, VP, magazines and content development, VIZ Media. Room 1B
10:30-12:00 What Is Mainstream?— Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Andy Runton (Owly), Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Eric Jones and Landry Walker (Kid Gravity/Super Scary Monster Show), Brian Fies (Mom's Cancer), Bryce P. Coleman (TOKYOPOP), and Charlie Kochman (senior editor of HNA Books) offer a lively discussion on the state of mainstream comics, the emergence of the “new mainstream,” and the current rapid expansion of comics into mainstream culture and entertainment. Moderated by Chris Brandt (IFC's Comic-Con Chronicles). Room 2
10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 303: Why Can't You Behave?!— This third workshop with noted attorney Michael Lovitz will deal with more advanced issues facing authors, artists, and designers, particularly once they've "broken through" and have started publishing and selling (and maybe merchandising, too). Infringements, knock-offs, lawsuits, cybersquatters, and parodies are just a few of the potential problems creators can face once their works come to market. Juggling creativity with legal and business issues can seem difficult or sometimes even downright impossible. Attendees will discuss problems creators face once the creative process ends and publication begins and are invited to participate in brainstorming sessions on ways of avoiding, or minimizing, these bumps in the creative road. Plus discussions about recent legal decisions affecting the field of popular culture and how these issues play an important role in your creative and business plans. Room 3
10:30-12:00 WGA Animation Writers Caucus: Something Funny This Way Comes— Once again, the WGA Animation Writers Caucus sponsors a panel on the ins and outs of crafting material for animation. This year, some of the top writers in the field discuss the craft of writing comedy. What's the difference between writing it for animation and for live action? How does comedy writing differ from writing drama and action? With the animation being done all over the world, frequently by people who don't speak English, are there problems with language, timing, and culturally different senses of humor? Panelists include Mike Reiss (The Simpsons), Patric Verrone (Futurama), and moderator Gordon Bressack (Pinky & The Brain). Room 4
10:30-11:30 50 Years of The Flash Barry Allen sped into our lives 50 years, ago and comics have never been the same since! Jumpstarting the Silver Age of Comics, The Flash celebrates its 50th anniversary in this special panel featuring some of the best writers and artists to grace the title. Moderator Mark Waid, a Flash writer himself, talks to artist Carmine Infantino (who redesigned the character in 1956 and is indelibly associated with the title); writer Geoff Johns, who wrote the book for a long run ending last year; artist Howard Porter, who collaborated with Johns on his last story arcs in the series; and cover artist Brian Bolland, who produced a memorable run of covers for the series. Fast talk from a group who knows the character best! Room 5AB
10:30-11:30 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Harmony Gold presents director Tommy Yune (Danger Girl Kamikaze, Speed Racer), screenwriter Ford Riley (Megas XLR), script editor Tom Bateman, and voice actor Yuri Lowenthal (Prince of Persia, Naruto) in an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Robotech—The Shadow Chronicles with Q&A about the future of Robotech featuring Harmony Gold staffers Steve Yun and Kevin McKeever. Room 6A
10:30-11:30 Marvel and Activision: Stan Lee and Others Discuss the Ultimate Alliance of Super-Heroes— Be a part of the ultimate alliance of fans and listen to the creators and talent behind your favorite Marvel Super-Heroes talk about bringing characters from all over the Marvel universe together in the upcoming action/RPG Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Panelists include legendary comics creator Stan Lee, Marvel writer and co-creator of the story behind Marvel: Ultimate Alliance C. B. Cebulski, actress Gabrielle Carteris (voice actress for Elektra in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, best known for her role as Andrea on the TV hit Beverly Hills 90210), actor Phil Lamarr (voice actor for Uatu in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and also known for Mad TV! and Pulp Fiction), VP of interactive at Marvel Entertainment Ames Kirshen, and Activision’s executive producer on Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Adam Goldberg. Room 6B
10:30-11:30 Wayans Bros.: In Living Color!— The Wayans Bros. (Scary Movie, White Chicks, Little Man, and others) are bringing their comedic flavor and genius to comic books with their company 5-D Comics. They’ve partnered with two-time "Publisher of the Year" IDW Publishing to launch their first series, Super Bad James Dynomite. Join the Wayans Bros. for this live Q&A session! Room 6CDEF
10:30-11:30 Comic Arts Conference Session #7: Toon Town— Kent Worcester (Marymount Manhattan College) presents an illustrated lecture on New York City and comic books, focusing on a handful of iconic characters whose carefully staged performances make skillful use of NYC's streets, architecture, and larger-than-life personalities. While it is widely recognized that NYC has played a unique role in the development of the comic book as an industry, as a creative medium, and as a resource for artists and writers, it is also worth noting that the familiar conventions of comic book page composition offer a hidden visual echo of the grid system of Manhattan. Native New Yorker Danny Fingeroth (New York University, The New School) responds to and dialogues with Worcester. Room 7B
10:30-11:30 Oni Press Spotlight— Ande Parks (Capote in Kansas), Cameron Stewart (Apocalypstix), Ray Fawkes (Apocalypstix), Corey Lewis (Sharknife), Antony Johnston (Wasteland), Hunter Covington (TV's My Name is Earl), and others join Oni Press editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones for a look at what's coming up from the mischief makers at Oni Press in 2007 and beyond! Plus Q&A! Room 8
10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 3— 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 your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory—not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 9
10:30-12:00 Comic-Con Film School 103: Working with Actors and a Crew, and the Tears of the Dragon Experience— Day 3 of our course on micro-budget movie-making features how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making any money. The second half of the class will follow up with the filmmakers of Tears of the Dragon, covering how they completed their Lara Croft fan-film, from screening to marketing to media coverage. Panelists for the class include noted director of photography, Kyle DeVriendt, 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, and actors Susan Smythe, Brian Stevenson, Kristen Meinhold, Jack Conway, and Brad Upton. Room 26AB
10:30-12:00 Lost: Season 3— You won't want to miss this panel with Jorge Garcia (Hugo “Hurley” Reyes) and Daniel Dae Kim (Jin-Soo Kwon) from the cast of ABC’s hit show Lost as they are joined by co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producers Bryan Burk and Carlton Cuse to discuss the new season of Lost. They'll preview excerpts from the Lost Season 2 DVD box set, take questions from the audience, and perhaps even offer some surprises! Room 20
10:30-11:30 Warner Bros. Presents 300 Appearing in person: Creator Frank Miller, director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead), and actors David Wenham (Faramir in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King) and Gerard Butler (Phantom of the Opera; Lara Croft: Cradle of Life). Based on the epic graphic novel by Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, the Spartans' valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Miller's (Sin City) acclaimed Dark Horse graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale. Hall H
11:00-12:00 Getting Published in Gaming— Curious about what it takes to get your work published in the tabletop gaming industry? Learn how from an all-star panel of game designers, including Matt Forbeck (Marvel Heroes Battle Dice), Jamie Chambers (Serenity Roleplaying Game), Lee Hammock (Dawning Star), Seth Johnson (HeroClix lead designer), Stan! (d20 Modern), and Jeff Tidball (Cthulhu 500), plus artists Christopher Appel (freelance) and Tony Parker (Conan: Stygia) and industry insider Phil Lacefield (Paizo Publishing). Room 24A
Click to Enlarge 11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Kurt Busiek Get to know Kurt Busiek, writer of Action Comics, Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, Superman, and Astro City, as he sits down for an in-depth conversation, answering all your questions! Find out what's next for Superman, the heroes of Astro City, and more. Room 1A
11:30-12:30 Manga Entertainment Coming Attractions— A brief discussion of new projects in the works for the coming months into the year 2007. Manga Entertainment CEO Kaoru Mfume and Keith Burgess, producer and voice actor, will walk you through everything that's new and answer any and all questions. Room 1B
11:30-12:30 Gumby’s 50th— He's flexible, dependable, and everyone's favorite green boy of clay: he’s Gumby! Celebrate 50 years of magical fun with Gumby creator Art Clokey, as well as his son, Joe Clokey, as they talk about their experiences and answer questions about Gumby along with Robert Thompson, Bob Burden, Rick Geary, and Mel Smith. They’ll talk about upcoming projects starring Gumby, including a special announcement you’ll hear here first! If you love Gumby, this is the place to be! Room 5AB
Click to Enlarge 11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Kazuo Koike Kazuo Koike, author of some of the greatest graphic fiction ever created (Lone Wolf and Cub, Crying Freeman), has attained legendary status not only in his native Japan but in all parts of the world. Within the comics industry, Mr. Koike is unusual in having achieved the pinnacle of fame and admiration as an author alone. SDCC 2006 marks the first-ever time that Mr. Koike has visited an American convention, here to help celebrate the 20th anniversary his English language publisher, Dark Horse Comics. July marks the release of Koike's Path of the Assassin, which will also see the end of the ten-part Samurai Executioner and the four-part Lady Snowblood. Room 6A
11:30-1:00 Marvel: Cup o’ Joe— It's no-holds-barred, rapid-fire news and Q&A, shooting from the hip with the Q himself: Marvel editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada. This is one panel you don't want to miss! Room 6B
11:30-12:30 Greg the Bunny Greg the Bunny is an adult-themed puppet show that began on New York public access and has since had life as a series on IFC and a Fox sitcom. IFC and Shout Factory are releasing the Greg The Bunny: The Best of the Film Parodies DVD in October. Creators Sean Baker, Spencer Chinoy, and Dan Milano bring their puppet pals along for a Q&A session and an appearance by friend and collaborator Seth Green (Robot Chicken). Room 6CDEF
11:30-1:00 Comic Arts Conference Session #8: The Supervillain, from Antagonist to Protagonist: Celebrating the Supervillain in Today’s Comics— Contributors to The Supervillain Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book and Hollywood Masterminds, Megalomaniacs, and Menaces (Visible Ink Press, 2006), Gina Misiroglu (Visible Ink Press), Peter Coogan (Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre), Michael Eury (Back Issue), Peter Sanderson (Comics in Context), and Alex Boney (Ohio State University) discuss the popularity of the villain in the popular culture, the evolution of the villain in comics, characters who have alternately been hero and villains, and the modern supervillain (including the villain-centric trend in comic-book publishing today with books like Villains United). These topics are framed within an overarching presentation of how the villain is reflected in the popular culture. Room 7B
11:30-12:30 Top Cow: Freshmen Top Cow president/COO Matt Hawkins, the Freshmen crew with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) and Hugh Sterbakov, and the rest of the herd will showcase next year's big launches and projects! Room 8
11:30-12:30 Urban Fantastic: Our World Made Less Mundane— The past decade has seen an explosion in urban fantasy, works set in the “real world” but with a twist. What is the appeal? And what are the rules? Discuss keeping the unreal real with these panelists: Women of the Otherworld author Kelley Armstrong (Broken), Renaissance writer Peter David (Fall of Knight), USA Today best-selling author Nancy Holder (Daughter of the Flames), Dark Shadows’ Angelique, actress Lara Parker (Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch), multimedia author John Ridley (What Fire Cannot Burn) and cross-genre romance author Samantha Sommersby (Forbidden: The Claim), under the supervision of moderator Maryelizabeth Hart. Room 9
11:45-12:45 Grind House Rose McGowan (Charmed), Marley Shelton (Sin City), Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under), Michael Biehn (Aliens), and Jeff Fahey (Dark Hunters) star in Grind House, the new double feature from Dimension Films, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, hitting theatres in April 2007. Join filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and members of the cast for a quick trip to Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," and be the first to hear exclusive news about what to expect once Tarantino's "Deathproof" cameras start rolling. Hall H
12:00-1:30 Masters of Alternative Comics— The brothers who helped start the alternative comics movement with Love and Rockets, Gilbert Hernandez (Sloth) and Jaime Hernandez (Locas), are joined by other contemporary masters of the genre: Ivan Brunetti (Schizo), Mary Fleener (Life of the Party), Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown), and Souther Salazar (Kramer’s Ergot). Meet all six as they show their best work, detail their influences, and engage in lively discussion with author Michael Dooley (The Education of a Comics Artist). Room 2
12:00-1:30 Training of Master Artists— Marshall Vandruff shows how successful artists master basic disciplines such as anatomy, perspective, and technique but emphasizes that the greatest challenge for bringing emotional power into a work of art is to master composition. This session is the first lecture of the Crash-Course in Composition that will be offered at The Art Institute of California, San Diego. Room 3
12:00-1:00 State of the Animation Industry— Top leaders in the field of animation discuss the current state of the animation industry and give insights in to the future of the field. Panelists include Jorgen Klubien, co-creator/writer Pixar's Cars; Kevin Koch, president of the Animation Guild; Dan Lund, director, Dream on Silly Dreamer; Sarah Baisley, editor, Animation World Network; Aki Umemoto, Mattel/Base Station; Jason Plapp, T.D., The Simpsons Movie; Angelo di Nallo, co-creator Bradwurst Nickelodeon; Eric Goldberg, director, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Fantasia/2000; and moderator Larry Loc, ASIFA-Hollywood board of directors. Room 4
12:00-1:30 Statue Collectors Group Meeting— Meet with members of and other collectors of comic- and movie-related statues. Discuss your collection or show pictures. Surprise guest sculptors will be on hand to answer questions on sculpting techniques, materials, and design. Room 24A
12:00-1:00 The Simpsons Heading into their unprecedented 18th season this fall, and with their historic 400th episode airing next spring, The Simpsons continues to entertain and delight. Members of the team responsible for the longest-running comedy on television will be on hand to answer the questions everyone wants to know, including: how do you continue to keep it so good? Panelists include Matt Groening, creator and executive producer; James L. Brooks, executive producer; Matt Selman, executive producer; David Mirkin, executive producer; Al Jean, executive producer and head writer; Don Payne, co-executive producer; Bill Odenkirk, co-executive producer; Matt Warburton, supervising producer; Mike Scully, producer; and David Silverman, director. Moderated by Bill Morrison. Room 20
12:30-1:30 TOKYOPOP and The Jim Henson Company present Labyrinth and Dark Crystal Manga— From the creative forces of The Jim Henson Company and TOKYOPOP comes the continuation of two of the most endearing fantasy films of all time. Jake T. Forbes (writer) and Chris Lie (artist) of Return to Labyrinth and Barbara Kesel (writer) of Legends of the Dark Crystal discuss their exciting new books. Accompanying the creators will be Michael Polis, senior VP of marketing and home entertainment of The Jim Henson Company and TOKYOPOP editors Rob Valois and Tim Beedle. Plus, get a free Labyrinth manga poster. Room 1A
12:30-2:00 James Bama Documentary— Filmmaker Paul Jilbert's documentary on the life and work of artist James Bama focuses on the top illustrator of the 60s and 70s who created the stunning cover art for the Doc Savage Man of Bronze paperbacks. Bama has gone on to painting western fine art. A DVD will be released along with author Brian Kane's new book, James Bama: American Realist, published by Flesk Publications in September 2006. Panel members include filmmaker Paul Jilbert (Robert McGinnis: Painting The Last Rose of Summer), author Brian Kane (Hal Foster's Prince Valiant), artist Glen Orbik (Hard Case Crime), and publisher John Fleskes. Room 1B
12:30-1:30 ABC Family: Fallen: Q&A with the Actors and Author— Based on the hit books by Tom Sniegoski, Fallen is a classic battle of good vs. evil that chronicles the phenomenal journey of an 18-year-old who struggles to come to terms with his newly discovered identity as he is drawn into a world where angels—good and evil—walk among us. Appearances by actors Paul Wesley (Everwood) and Rick Worthy (Battlestar Galactica) and author Tom Sniegoski (Fallen, Outkast). Copies of the book on which this movie is based will be made available in limited quantities to those who attend this panel. Fallen, a two-hour movie event premieres Sunday, July 23 on ABC Family, with an additional four hours slated to air in 2007. The journey is just beginning. Room 5AB
12:30-1:30 Dark Horse Indie Films— Mike Richardson presents Dark Horse's new independent film label along with never-before-seen footage and guests from its first three titles, including Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Ricky Ullman (Phil of the Future), Talan Torriero (Laguna Beach), and Diamond Dallas Page (Devil’s Rejects). Room 6A
12:30-2:00 Quick Draw— The awesome powers of three top cartoonists face their ultimate challenge: Can they think as fast as they can sketch? Can they sketch as fast as they can think? See whether Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and Kyle Baker are able to break the cartooning sound barrier! Mark Evanier, as usual, puts them through their paces. Room 6CDEF
Click to Enlarge 12:30-2:00 Spotlight on Everett Raymond Kinstler Only one comic book artist has gone on to paint the official portraits of presidents, not to mention portraits of some of the top celebrities in the world. Everett Raymond Kinstler's evocative storytelling and line work in comics and on book covers made him a standout artist. His later career as a fine artist includes over 1,200 portraits, including the official White House portraits of Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. Comics and pop culture historian Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr. (author, Everett Raymond Kinstler: The Artist's Journey Through Popular Culture) interviews Kinstler on his life in comics and as one of the country's leading painters. Room 8
12:30-1:30 Flight: A New Kind of Comics Anthology— The critically acclaimed Flight anthology has begun paving the way for a new vision in comics. Flight artists Kazu Kibuishi (Daisy Kutter), Phil Craven, Kean Soo (Jellaby), Jeff Smith (Bone), Steve Hamaker, and special guest Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Making Comics) talk about creating comics for a new generation of readers and artists. Room 9
1:00-2:00 Passion, Politics, and Independent Production: The Broken Saints Effect— Celebrated voice talents Michael Dobson (Kazuki Fuse, Jin, Roh) and David Kaye (Megatron, Beast Wars) discuss the upcoming Fox Home Entertainment release of the cult animated comic epic with outspoken series creators Brooke Burgess, Ian Kirby, and Andrew West. Expect some major revelations about the past, present, and future of this compelling and controversial project—along with some exclusive giveaways during the panel! Room 4
1:00-2:30 DCU: One Year Greater— With the world in post-Crisis shock, there's a lot of picking up to do. Look into the future of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman—not to mention Green Lantern, Green Arrow, the Flash, and all your other DCU favorites—in this slide-show presentation moderated by Dan DiDio, senior VP/executive editor, DCU, and Bob Wayne, VP, sales. Joining them will be editor Steve Wacker and creators Terry Dodson (Wonder Woman), Geoff Johns (Teen Titans, 52), Kurt Busiek (Action Comics, Aquaman, Superman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, All-New Atom), Grant Morrison (52, Batman, WildCATS), Judd Winick (Green Arrow, The Outsiders), Greg Rucka (52, Checkmate), Jimmy Palmiotti (Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Bludhaven, Jonah Hex, Secret Six), Paul Dini (Detective Comics), and Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, the upcoming Justice League of America). Room 6B
1:00-2:00 Comic Arts Conference Session #9: Comics as Philosophy— Jeff McLaughlin (Thompson Rivers University) editor of Comics as Philosophy (University Press of Mississippi, 2005) and contributor R. C. Harvey (The Art of the Comic Book; The Genius of Winsor McCay) present an overview of their inventive essay anthology that uses comics to explore the tenets of philosophy via a wide variety of genres, from mainstream superhero comics to graphic novels of social realism to European adventure classics, including existentialism in Daniel Clowes's graphic novel Ghost World, ecocriticism in Paul Chadwick's long-running Concrete series, political philosophies in Hergé's perennially popular The Adventures of Tintin, and how superhero comics have responded to 9/11 and reflect the anxieties of the contemporary world. Room 7B
1:00-2:00 Bradbury, Harryhausen and Ackerman Three legends. Three lifelong friends. Do not miss Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Forry Ackerman as they reminisce about life, science fiction, fantasy, movies, and more. Room 20
1:00-2:30 Kevin Smith— The moment is here. Kevin Smith’s Clerks 2 is in theaters now, and the man, the myth, the legend behind it is here at Comic-Con to talk about the making of the film and whatever else he damn well pleases. Hall H
1:30-2:30 VIZ Media's Shonen Jump Panel featuring Nobuhiro Watsuki— This panel features the editors of both the Japanese and U.S. Shonen Jump as well as Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of the hit series Rurouni Kenshin and the upcoming Buso Renkin! Two such diverse manga from a single creator—where did these story ideas originate? Also take a sneak peek at the promo animation video of Buso Renkin, never before seen in the U.S. Panelists also include Hisashi Sasaki, original editor and current deputy editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump; Takanori Asada, current editor of Weekly Shonen Jump; Yumi Hoashi, editor-in-chief, Shonen Jump, and others. Room 1A
1:30-2:30 JETIX— Learn what's hot and new at JETIX! You'll get a chance to win exclusive Power Rangers Mystic Force props and a one-of-a-kind piece of signed comic book art for the new JETIX comedy Yin Yang Yo! Catch a sneak peek of Yin Yang Yo! with appearances by creative/executive producer Bob Boyle, co-executive producer/head writer Steve Marmel, and director John Fountain. Also preview the cool new shows Oban Star Racers, Jackie Chan Adventures, and Pucca, and get the inside story on JETIX's new shows with ABC Cable execs Mike Moon, Tracy McAndrew, and Jermaine Turner. Room 2
1:30-2:30 eigoMANGA Manga Tutorials and Portfolio Review— eigoMANGA has emerged as one of the most influential and promising anime and manga brands in the United States because of its work in the American manga publications Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk. Austin Osueke (Rumble Pak, Sakura Pakk), Pittaya Yuthrayard (Rumble Pak, God Drug), Caitlin Moriarity (Sakura Pakk), Alvaro Gutierrez (Anime Mix), Oscar Gutierrez, Jr. (Shibuya Airwaves), and Nicolas Baltazar will demonstrate artistic and storytelling techniques on creating professional-level manga. They will also review and critique manga artwork for artists hoping to break into the world of manga. Room 3
1:30-2:30 Pitching An Animated Show— How do you get your cartoon on the air? Selling an animated series isn’t as easy as it seems. The process is as creative as it is frustrating—and equal parts unpredictable. The major networks get thousands of pitches every year, so is there a secret recipe to getting your idea on the top of the pile? Maybe, and these are the people to tell you: the executives responsible for shepherding new shows at the major studios, including Eric Coleman, VP animation, development & production at Nickelodeon; Heather Kenyon, senior director of development original animation for Cartoon Network; Mike Moon, vice president, animated series at The Disney Channel; Halle Stanford, head of children’s programming for The Jim Henson Company; and creators Jorge R. Gutierrez (Nickelodeon’s upcoming 2007 series El Tigre) and Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), both industry veterans currently in development on several projects. This will be an hour chock-full of wisdom, woes, and even a few “you-saw-it-here-first” surprises, moderated by animation writer/creator Jon M. Gibson, also in development. Room 5AB
1:30-2:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen— The cinematic renaissance of comic-book-based films continues, and here's your chance to learn what it takes to adapt these dream projects to the screen. Bring your questions and join Creative Screenwriting magazine's senior editor Jeff Goldsmith as he chats with the fantastic panel featuring Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), Simon Kinberg (X-Men 3), Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night), Gregory Noveck (senior VP of creative affairs, DC Comics), and Josh Olson (A History of Violence). Room 6A
Click to Enlarge 1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Roger Langridge The Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Reuben Award—nominated cartoonist is a first-time special guest at Comic-Con! Roger Langridge's hilarious work includes Fred the Clown and Knuckles, the Malevolent Nun. He also publishes Hotel Fred on the web. Comics historian and journalist Tom Spurgeon interviews Roger. Room 9
1:30-3:00 2nd Annual Valiant Open Conference— Join Valiant fans for an in-depth discussion about the Valiant Universe. Past Valiant creators will be on hand for an ask-anything panel, up-close and personal. For more information visit Room 24A
2:00-3:00 Terry Moore— Meet the creator behind Strangers in Paradise at this one-man panel where Terry Moore promises to dish the dirt and reveal all the shocking secrets behind the scenes at SiP. Find out why a romance comic can enthrall the comics industry for 13 years and what Terry plans to do when the series ends next May. Room 1B
Click to Enlarge 2:00-3:30 Spotlight on Basil Gogos Famous Monsters fried a lot of young minds, but one of the leading reasons for its popularity was the striking covers by artist Basil Gogos. The artist, a first-time special guest at Comic-Con, talks to comics historian and publisher J. David Spurlockabout his career and the new book, The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos, published by Vanguard Productions. Room 4
2:00-3:30 Cartoon Voices I— A demonstration of the fine art of talking for cartoons. With Maurice La Marche (Pinky and the Brain), Katie Leigh (Dungeons & Dragons), Greg Berg (Muppet Babies), Gregg Berger (Transformers), Michael Bell (G.I. Joe) and Alan Oppenheimer (Masters of the Universe). Mark Evanier plays the guy in charge. Room 6CDEF
2:00-3:00 Comic Arts Conference Session #10: Poster Session— Want to go in depth with a comics scholar? The poster session provides that opportunity. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, scholars’ PowerPoint presentations will be available to read in printed “poster books,” then the scholars will be present at the poster session to discuss their presentations in small-group and one-on-one discussions. Dana Anderson (Binghamton University) examines social commentary in the intertwining of verbal and visual meaning in A Tale of One Bad Rat. Christian Hill (CSU Fullerton) surveys the genesis of a new branch to the comic art family tree: “gallery comics,” which combine the language of comics with the properties of paintings and art prints. Matt Poslusny (Widener University) looks at the presentation of the theory of evolution and the image of Charles Darwin in comics of Darwin’s generation and today. Leonora Soledad (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) examines Brazilian underground cartoonist Lourenco Murtarelli’s recasting of the detective genre in his graphic novel trilogy The Saga of the Diomendes Detective. Artist Darick Chamberlin ( presents Earth X as a “canon-bending” example of the staging of metahistory, a process of critical reimagination of previous narratives. Patrick Jagoda (Duke University) examines the depiction of torture in Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta and Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles and how these works offer a new language to depict pain and to problematize the unjust practice of torture. Aaron Kashtan (Dartmouth University) explores the use of formal hybridity and cultural hybridity in Dylan Horrocks’s graphic novel Hicksville. Matthew Smith (Wittenberg University) looks at ways scholars and fans have used the auteur theory to scrutinize and legitimize comics creators. Eric Schlegel (Dade County Public Schools) employs queer studies to examine the commonalities of our own mundane world heroics and those spandex and cape crowd via the concepts of the secret identity, gender identity, and outsider status in Superman, Wonder Woman, and Nightcrawler. John Walsh (Indiana University) defines and traces the development of a “Kirby genre” and looks at this genre in the context of antecedents from classic literature and the visual arts in which the work of a single artist, such as Shakespeare or Titian. Room 7B
2:00-3:00 Hasbro/Marvel: Marvel Legends. Spider-Man Origins. Superhero Squad and much more!— Find out what it’s all about at the first Hasbro/Marvel panel ever! Jesse Falcon from Toy Biz joins Hasbro team members Billy Lagor, Randy Shoemaker, and Brian Wilk. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a sneak peak of what Hasbro has in store for their spring 2007 Marvel line. Room 8
2:00-3:00 SCI FI: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis Diving into its tenth season, Stargate SG-1 has made history by becoming the longest-running sci-fi drama in U.S. television history. The show follows General Hank Landry (Beau Bridges) and his team as they travel through the Stargate—an ancient portal allowing instantaneous travel to distant galaxies—to explore the uncharted regions of the universe and save the Earth from destruction. Panelists for SG-1 include Christopher Judge (Teal’c) and additional cast members, plus executive producers/writers Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and Nora O’Brien, VP original programming, SCI FI.

On Stargate Atlantis, currently in its third season, evidence of a secret base left by the originators of the Stargate is found in the most unlikely of places-on Earth. The implications of this discovery lead the team to the distant Pegasus galaxy, where they find the legendary city of Atlantis, and a primitive human civilization threatened by a sinister new enemy. Stargate Atlantis panelists include Joe Flanigan (Lt. Colonel John Sheppard), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan), David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett), executive producers/writers Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and Tony Optican, VP development and current programming, SCI FI.Gary Jones (Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman, Stargate SG-1) moderates both panels. Room 20

2:30-4:00 National Cartoonists Society: Producing A Daily Comic Strip—How Hard Can That Be?— Nationally syndicated comic strip creators pull back the curtain on their "glamorous" profession. Hear behind-the-scenes confessions from Brian Walker (Beetle Bailey), Dan Piraro (Bizarro), Jeff Keane (Family Circus), Michael Jantze (The Norm), and Andrew Feinstein (Girls and Sports). Room 1A

2:30-3:30 Devil’s Due Publishing: Hack/Slash Hack/Slash, the cult hit comic book series sensation, is coming to theaters courtesy of Universal Studios genre division, Rogue Pictures. The film's director Todd Lincoln (The Fly remake) and his writing partner Martin Schenk (Road to Hell) will be on hand, along with series creator Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Loaded Bible), Devil's Due president Josh Blaylock (How to Self Publish), and movie producers Adrian Askarieh (Spy-Hunter) and Daniel Alter (Hitman), to discuss what's in store for Cassie Hack's big-screen adventure. Room 2

2:30-4:00 Dynamic Drawing with Jeff Watts and Erik Gist— Two renowned art teachers will demonstrate the “Watts Atelier Method of Drawing.” Jeff Watts and Erik Gist will share with you the skills that have allowed them to excel as professional artists. Watch as these artist demonstrate their fantastic skills and explain the essentials of working from the live model and its importance to every working artist. Jeff founded Watts Atelier of the Arts some 15 years ago in hopes of preserving the tradition of master artists of the past. Jeff and Erik will share their thoughts on what it takes to train and perform at peak professional levels. A must for professionals and aspiring professionals alike. Room 3

2:30-3:30 Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details— Todd McFarlane and associates will talk about the current projects of the McFarlane companies, including McFarlane Toys’ current toy lines, upcoming licenses and the future of Todd’s cutting-edge toy company. The panel will also preview upcoming new comic titles and review the changes to the core titles in Todd’s comics company. The newest project (an animated video for Disturbed’s Land of Confusion) from Todd McFarlane Entertainment will be shown. The panel will also discuss the many changes and new features coming to the McFarlane companies’ website,, and open the floor to questions from the audience. Panel participants include Todd McFarlane (Spawn), TME president Terry Fitzgerald, Brian Haberlin (Spawn), David Hine (Strange Embrace, Spawn), Philip Tan (Uncanny X-Men, Spawn), and Brian Holguin (Spawn). Room 5AB

2:30-4:00 Spotlight on Shag If every picture tells a story, Josh Agle (better known as Shag, a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two of his last) has hundreds of stories to tell. His work, punctuated by a playful, vividly colored style, has entered the pop culture pantheon by storm. Comic-Con special guest Shag talks about his work and answers your questions in this special event. Room 6A

2:30-3:15 New Comedies from Nickelodeon— See what’s coming down the Nickelodeon animation pipeline! From creative duo Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua (Mucha Lucha) comes the fast-paced, Flash-animated series El Tigre, a comedy about a kid who is still deciding whether to be a superhero or a supervillain—because being good is good, but being bad is fun! The team of Randolph Heard (The Tick) and Audu Paden (Spider-Man) brings you Tak and the Power of Juju. This CG-animated series based on the popular video game follows jungle-boy Tak as he struggles to master the mystical powers bestowed on him by the wondrous and crazy Jujus. And for something a little different, creators Jason Hoppley and Jamie Shannon bring you Mr. Meaty, a show about two small-time burger slingers with big dreams, working their first job at the food court in a surreal mall. Oh, and they’re puppets. This panel will feature your first glimpses at these spanking new Nick series as well as a Q&A with the shows’ creators. Moderated by Eric Coleman, vice president of animation development and production. Room 6B

2:30-4:00 Spotlight on Yoshihiro Tatsumi 2006 marks the first Comic-Con appearance of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who is known as the grandfather of alternative manga in Japan. Regarded highly by cartoonists—and fans—all over the world, Tatsumi's work has finally made it into English translation with the publication of Drawn and Quarterly's edition of The Push Man and Other Stories, reprinting classic stories from the artist's 1960s period. Tatsumi's work predated the advent of the literary graphic novel movement in the U.S. by 30 years. Tatsumi is interviewed by writer/artist Adrian Tomine, who edited the English edition of The Push Man. Room 9

2:45-3:30 The Spirit Movie— Including a major announcement regarding the new movie featuring the beloved comics action hero! The Spirit will be coming to the big screen via a unique adaptation of Will Eisner’s engrossing story of a masked detective believed to be dead and operating out of a mausoleum, fighting crime in the dark shadows of Central City with his fists, cunning, and ingenious forms of punishment. Eisner, who originally introduced The Spirit in 1939, is considered the comic book’s master storyteller, with a name that graces the comic industry’s most prestigious awards at Comic-Con. The film will lend a modern perspective to these classic tales and will show the struggle and triumph of this powerful hero, who melts the hearts of many a femme fatale and escapes the clutches of many a super-villain using—in a unique twist to the genre—intellect and humor, without the assistance of any super powers. Participating panelists include Branded Entertainment’s Michael Uslan (Batman Begins, Constantine), Odd Lot Entertainment’s Deborah Del Prete, and Denis Kitchen, Will Eisner’s longtime agent. Hall H

3:00-4:00 FUNimation—Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Samurai 7 FUNimation is your anime friend. Find out the latest on the company’s new shows for this year and info about FUNimation Channel, broadcasting anime 24/7 to a city near you. Come for the news, stay for the prizes. Lance Heiskell, senior brand manager, moderates. Room 1B

3:00-4:00 Dark Horse Horror— Dark Horse is the only major comics publisher with a strong focus on the genre of horror, and we've got the panel to prove it! A handful of comics’ top horror creators, including Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Jason Alexander (Damn Nation), and Eric Powell (The Goon), plus editors Scott Allie and Shawna Gore, and Bernie Wrightson (the upcoming City of Others) will be on hand to discuss the ins and oozings of the horror genre with you, and they'll be making two exclusive announcements about upcoming Dark Horse horror projects. Not for the squeamish! Room 4

3:00-4:00 Judge Dredd: Still Crazy After All These Years— Not even Sylvester Stallone could stop him! Comic-Con special guests John Wagner (co-creator of Judge Dredd and still working on the character almost 30 years after Dredd’s creation) and Brian Bolland (one of the seminal artists on the strip) talk about their work on what is quite possibly Great Britain’s most famous comics character. Joining John and Brian is the current editor of 2000 AD, Matt Smith. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon, comics historian and journalist. Room 7B

3:00-4:00 Comic Book Writers Talk About Writing— From creative issues to business matters, from breaking in to breaking out, top comics writers Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), Robert Kirkman (Invincible), Steven Grant (The Punisher), and a couple of surprise guests talk about their art, their craft, and whatever else may come up. They’ll answer your questions, too. If you've ever wondered how comics writers think and how they make the choices they make, this panel is for you. Moderated by longtime Spider-Man group editor Danny Fingeroth (editor-in-chief, Write Now Magazine). Room 8

3:00-4:00 Little Lulu Fan Group Meeting— One of the most memorable kids' comics ever published, Little Lulu has generated a fan following around the world. Learn more about Lulu and attend the annual radio-play-style reading of a classic Lulu story (written by the great John Stanley). All are welcome! Room 24A

3:15-4:00 Inside Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender This panel will be jam-packed with insider information that you can't see anywhere else, including a special behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of the show's creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, a look at what's coming up in the new season from the show's head writer Aaron Ehasz, insight on the show's art style and production process from director Giancarlo Volpe, Q&A with the cast Jack DeSena (Sokka) and Dante Basco (Zuko), and a special sneak-peak of the upcoming one-hour special! Moderated by Eric Coleman, vice president of animation development and production. Room 6B

3:30-4:30 Image Comics— This is your chance to get a first look at what red hot books Image Comics has in store for the rest of the year and into 2007! Join publisher Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon) along with creators Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), Joe Casey (Gødland), Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Sea of Red), Steve Niles (The Cryptics), C. B. Cebulski (Drain), and more as they discuss both current and upcoming projects from Image Comics! Room 2

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Brad Meltzer The New York Times best-selling author of such books as The Tenth Justice, The Millionaires, and the upcoming The Book of Fate is also the writer behind DC Comics' Identity Crisis and the new ongoing Justice League book. Brad Meltzer talks about his career and his life-long love of comics and where he plans to take the World's Greatest Superheroes. Room 5AB

3:30-4:30 A Marvel Studios Production: The Future of Marvel’s Film Franchises— The next great era of comic book films begins as Marvel Studios launches its new slate. The studio is currently developing many of its landmark titles for adaptation to the screen, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, and Ant-Man. At this presentation, the directors of Iron Man (Jon Favreau), The Incredible Hulk, and Ant-Man (Edgar Wright) will share their visions for these highly anticipated films. Producers Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, and Ari Arad will join the panel and be on hand to answer questions from the audience. Moderated by Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter. Room 6CDEF

3:30-5:00 Promoting a Safe And Enjoyable Environment for Collecting and Investing in Comic Books— This open meeting/panel presentation will focus on new and forthcoming developments in the comic book community. Representatives from the newly created Network of Disclosure (, the American Association of Comicbook Collectors (, and others will discuss their respective organizations and ideas for the future of the hobby. All collectors, dealers, and prospective new members are welcome to attend. Presenters include David Armstrong, AACC; Brent Moeshlin, NOD; Mark S. Zaid, NOD; and others. Room 22

3:30-4:30 TV Guide Presents: 2006 and Beyond— Craig Tomashoff, TV Guide's West Coast bureau chief, hosts this look at the current successful supernatural/ fantasy/sci-fi television series and how they are paving the way for television series of the future. Panelists include Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Voyager), Rene Echevarria (Medium), Jorge Garcia (Lost), David Goyer (Blade), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer), Jeph Loeb (co-executive producer, Heroes), Bryan Fuller (consulting producer, Heroes), Frank Spotnitz (Night Stalker, Star Chamber), and Mark Stern (EVP, original programming, SCI FI Channel). Room 20

3:45-4:45 Disney Previews: From Narnia to the Caribbean Academy Award–winning producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Galaxy Quest, Young Sherlock Holmes) will preview never-before-seen footage from the upcoming four-disc limited-edition Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe DVD. You’ll see all-new scenes from the director’s cut of the film and hear some exciting details about this new release. Then join legendary ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll (Star Wars I, II, and III, Star Trek: First Contact, Pirates of the Caribbean) on board the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman for an insider’s look at the making of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Exclusive Comic-Con collectibles from these films will be made available to all who attend. Hall H

4:00-5:00 Bongo Comics Sneak Peek— Bongo Comics offers a mouth-watering preview of upcoming projects featuring The Simpsons and Futurama. Managing editor Terry Delegeane and creative director Bill Morrison will host a panel featuring the writers and artists who create the comics and books based on Matt Groening’s phenomenal TV shows. Learn the answers to the questions that keep you awake at night! Will the Infinite Crisis alter Homer’s craving for pork rinds? Will the Civil War cause a split between Fry and Bender? Will Bongo get sued if they actually do stories based on concepts from other comic book companies? Get the answers to these questions, plus find out what’s in the future for Futurama Comics, who’s lurking in this year’s star-studded issue of Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, and what to expect in Simpsons Super Spectacular. This is a ”must-attend” panel for all fans of The Simpsons and Futurama and anyone looking for a place to sit down. Room 1A

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Mark Buckingham Fables artist Mark Buckingham (The Sandman, Death: The High Cost of Living) and Vertigo group editor Shelly Bond present a Q&A session that promises to charm and entertain. Room 1B

4:00-5:00 How to Make Compelling Web Comics— Lee Marrs (Pudge, Girl Blimp, Indiana Jones) will present the most direct methods and pitfalls of creating both webcomics and interactive hypercomics, with demonstrations and examples. The direct-from-the-trenches “Marrs Hypercomics Recipe” will be shared by this Inkpot Award winner and Emmy Award–winning TV art director. Room 3

4:00-5:00 Fantagraphics: The Ignatz Slide Show and Preview— In 2005, Fantagraphics launched one of its most ambitious projects: a full line of deluxe comics from the international creme de la creme of cartoonists. Editor/translator Kim Thompson will present a slide show of current and upcoming projects from (among others) Marti, Lorenzo Mattotti, Igort, Kevin Huizenga, Gabriella Giandelli, David (Epileptic) B., Richard Sala, Anders Nilsen, Zak Sally, the Eisner award–nominated Gipi, as well as Gilbert Hernandez, who will be in attendance to discuss his upcoming Ignatz title, New Tales of Old Palomar, returning to his "Heartbreak Soup" stories after a ten-year break. Room 4

4:00-5:30 Cartoon Network Studio Originals— Creators of Cartoon Network’s original series Mark O’Hare (Camp Lazlo), Tim and Julie Cahill (My Gym Partner’s a Monkey), Everett Peck (Squirrel Boy), Mr. Warburton (Codename: Kids Next Door), and Danny Antonucci (Ed, Edd n Eddy) will be on hand to discuss their series, show clips, and answer questions. Room 6A

4:00-5:00 Adventures of Brisco County Jr. The cult-favorite TV show returns with a screening of a special feature from the Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series DVD. Featuring a panel discussion and Q&A with the show’s star Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Carlton Cuse (Lost), John McNamara (Fastlane), and Julius Carrey (The Last Dragon). Room 6B

4:00-5:00 The Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Celebration— The premier cartooning school in the country celebrates its one-year anniversary with faculty members Tom Devlin (Drawn and Quarterly), Kevin Huizenga (Curses, Or Else), James Kochalka (Super F*ckers, American Elf), co-founder James Sturm (Unstable Molecules, The Golem’s Mighty Swing), and students Lauren O’Connell and Penina Gal! Hear James K. sing the CCS fight song! Grab a free copy of the school’s spanking new brochure—an amazing 20-page Kevin Huizenga comic! Be the first to hear about the Diamond Comic Distributors “Diamond In The Rough” full-tuition scholarship! Room 7B

4:00-5:30 The Annual Golden/Silver Age Panel— A gathering of veterans of the comic book biz, this year featuring Sheldon Moldoff (Batman), Everett Raymond Kinstler (Hawkman), Luis Dominguez (Jonah Hex), John Romita (Amazing Spider-Man), Arnold Drake (The Doom Patrol), and Irwin Hasen (All-Star Comics). Mark Evanier hosts. Room 8

4:00-5:00 Bearing the Torch—and the Sword, and Shield, and Dragon…— How do established writers and new voices in the fantasy field balance giving readers the familiar elements they crave with telling stories in a fresh way? Moderator Maryelizabeth Hart (Mysterious Galaxy) seeks answers from Comic-Con special guest Peter Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Canadian-born teacher and fantasy writer David Keck (In the Eye of Heaven), best-selling author Todd McCaffrey (Dragon’s Fire), Temeraire historical fantasy creator Naomi Novik (His Majesty’s Dragon), A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R. R. Martin (A Feast for Crows), popular novelist Rebecca Moesta (Crystal Doors), and fantasy author and screenwriter Eldon Thompson (The Obsidian Key). Room 9

4:00-5:30 Action Figure Customizing: Boiling, Popping, and Painting— Join a group of action figure customizers who create the toys they always wanted but couldn't buy. Share tips and tricks. Bring examples of your figures for all to gaze upon. All scales, skill levels, DC, Marvel, and more are welcome. Room 24A

4:30-6:00 The Costume Designers Guild: Costume Centric Session 3— The Costume Designers Guild concludes its three-part series on costume design and its profound influence on world culture. In this final session, CDG president Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Raiders of the Lost Ark) will host Isis Mussenden (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe), Mary Vogt (Men in Black 1 & 2, Fantastic Four 2), and Judianna Makovsky (Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, X-Men 3) in a discussion about designing for the big screen. Comic-Con attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear from costume designers and see the sketches, fabrics, costumes, and film clips from some the most influential productions of the last five years. Room 2

4:30-6:00 Scott Shaw! Presents Oddball Comics— Direct from his live stage show at Hollywood's ACME Comedy Theater, award-winning cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Simpsons Comics; Weird Tales Of The Ramones; Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew!; The Flintstones, etc.) presents the wildest version yet of Oddball Comics (—"the craziest comic books ever published"—as seen over the past four decades! See why Stan Lee says, "Scott Shaw!'s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen!" Room 5AB

4:30-5:30 The 4400 Get a sneak peek at upcoming scenes from CBS Paramount Network Television's hit sci-fi series The 4400 for USA Network, followed by a panel discussion with series stars Joel Gretsch (Tom Baldwin), Jacqueline McKenzie (Diana Skouris), Patrick Flueger (Shawn Farrell), and Megalyn Echikunwoke (Isabelle Tyler) and executive producer Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and producer Craig Sweeny (Medium). The third season of The 4400 sparks a new beginning for the 4400 people who, over a span of years, mysteriously disappeared—only to be returned to Earth all together in a ball of light. Though the returnees have not aged physically, many of them reappeared with dramatic abilities ranging from enhanced reflexes to precognition. NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) is the government agency responsible for keeping track of the returnees and investigating all things related to the 4400. Craig Tomashoff, West Coast Bureau Chief at TV GUIDE, will moderate. Room 6CDEF

4:30-5:30 Veronica Mars Series creator and executive producer Rob Thomas (Drive Me Crazy, Cupid) and cast members Kristen Bell (the upcoming movie Pulse, Showtime's Reefer Madness), Jason Dohring (Deep Impact), Francis Capra (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Ryan Hansen (Death by Engagement), Michael Muhney (upcoming Lovers, Liars & Lunatics), and Enrico Colantoni (Galaxy Quest) have brought to life some of the most memorable noir characters on network television today. Join Veronica and the rest of Neptune's residents for a Q&A session about the San Diego–filmed series moderated by's Daniel Manu. Room 20

5:00-6:00 Eric Shanower’s Road to Oz— Journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz with Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze). Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Ozma, and all the rest cavort through Shanower’s Oz stories and illustrations. Celebrate IDW Publishing’s new compilation of Shanower’s Oz graphic novels, Adventures in Oz, and see the many other Oz projects Eric has created. Room 1A

5:00-6:00 ComicBase Users Group Meeting— Attention all comic collectors! ComicBase, the world’s premier program for managing comic collections, presents a users group meeting open to all interested collectors. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to hear creator Peter Bickford, along with Geoffrey Kimball and Neil Bickford, chat about special program features, ComicBase tips and tricks, and get all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the making of the program. They’ll also be introducing Atomic Avenue, a new online system that interfaces with ComicBase to allow you to buy and sell your comics online. Don’t miss out on your chance to win limited-edition prizes and giveaways! Room 1B

5:00-6:00 Polyfoam Workshop— Dennis Quon, Josh and Rossi Quon have created a unique art style using polyurethane foam. Learn the process of creating foam art in this special workshop. There will be a slide presentation and Q&A session. Room 3

5:00-6:00 The 2nd Annual Fanboy Radio Panel— "The Voice of Comics" returns to San Diego with an even bigger, better panel than last year! Host of the comic book radio talk show Oliver Tull will moderate "A Civil Conversation" with panelists Scott Hinze (other host of FbR) and guests including Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, Marvel Comics), Heidi MacDonald (comics blogger of The Beat), Robert Kirkman (Invincible, Marvel Team Up), David Hopkins (Emily Edison), Scott Kurtz (PvP) and more! Join the rambunctious hour filled with special announcements, prizes, and tons of fun! Room 4

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski He's one of the most popular writers in television and comics, and he's about to add the big screen to that list! J. Michael Straczynski, currently writing the Marvel flagship titles Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, plus Squadron Supreme, is also the creator of the fan-favorite TV series Babylon 5, Crusade, and Jeremiah. JMS is also the author of Changeling, a big-budget feature film for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures, to be produced and potentially directed by Ron Howard. JMS reveals more about his upcoming work during this spotlight! Room 6B

5:00-6:00 Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center— Members of the Board of Trustees Lisa Kirby (president), John Morrow (vice president) and Randolph Hoppe (secretary/treasurer) discuss the Museum's activities in this early stage of its development and talk of its plans for the future. Short multimedia pieces will be shown, including video footage of Jack throughout his career. Room 7B

5:00-6:00 Maximum PC: How to Play a Better Game, Part 3— Will Smith, editor-in-chief of Maximum PC, will host a discussion and Q&A session about first-person shooters. Topics will include basic strategy, performance-enhancing tips, and genre-specific hardware upgrade recommendations, using Prey as a demonstration tool. Room 9

5:00-6:30 Sony Presents— Sony Pictures proudly presents a pair of Marvels: The classic Marvel comic Ghost Rider comes to the big screen with Academy Award–winning Nicolas Cage playing Johnny Blaze. Appearing in person to answer your questions and show some previews will be the film's stars Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes and director Mark Steven Johnson. Oh, and did we mention Spidey 3? Come find out why we don't have to say anything else . . . besides Sam Raimi! Hall H

5:30-7:00 Gays in Comics, Year 19: Infinitely Out and Civil Pride— From Young Avengers to Batwoman, Freedom Ring to Tough Love, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) characters are popping up more in mainstream comics, and GLBT creators are writing, drawing, or self-publishing more than ever. At its near-two-decade mark, the annual Gays in Comics panel takes the pulse of queer comicdom, showcasing some groundbreaking creators and their insights. Joining moderator Andy Mangels (writer of Star Trek novels, director of He-Man and She-Ra DVD documentaries) are Patty Jeres (past DC director of marketing communications, current PRISM board member), Abby Denson (creator of Tough Love: High School Confidential graphic novel), Greg Rucka (writer of Gotham Central, 52, Checkmate), Gail Simone (writer of Secret Six, Birds of Prey), Marc Andreyko (writer of Manhunter), and Phil Jimenez (artist/writer of Infinite Crisis, Otherworld). Afterward, stick around for an hour-long gay comic fan mixer/social, sponsored by PRISM Comics! Room 6A

5:30-7:00 [adult swim] 2 for 1— That's right. Here's your chance to see new stuff and ask dumb questions. Panel #1: Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Dino Stamatopoulus (Moral Orel), and Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha (Metalocalypse) will kick off the first half of this year's panel. Panel #2 follows with Seth Green and Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken), Jackson Publick (Venture Brothers), Adam de La Pena, Todd James, and Peter Girardi (Minoriteam), and Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tom Goes to the Mayor). The gang's all here. You should be too. Room 6CDEF

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on James Kochalka One of the most prolific artists in alternative comics, James Kochalka is a first-time special guest at Comic-Con. His work, which includes American Elf, Monkey vs. Robot, and Peanutbutter & Jeremy, has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards. James will talk about his work and answer your questions in this spotlight event. Room 8

5:30-7:00 Animation Story Meeting— Travel to a dark place, seldom seen by outsiders: an animation story meeting. See and hear how an idea for an animated superhero story goes from one-sentence premise all the way to full-blown, beginning-middle-and-end story (with hardly any blood being spilled). The all-star writing staff for this event will consist of Adam Beechen (Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi), Craig Miller (Pocket Dragons), Robert Skir (Godzilla), comics giant Len Wein, and Amy Wolfram (Teen Titans). Moderated by Stan Berkowitz (Justice League). Audience participation will be welcome—especially if the team encounters mass writers' block. Room 24A

6:00-7:00 Behind the Plastic: From Concept to Collectible— What are the steps to making an action figure? This panel of toy professionals discusses the process of how your favorite characters go from an idea on paper to a toy in your hot little hands. Preproduction, design, and manufacturing are part of the process, but what does that entail? How does a character get chosen? Why do they pick a particular version of a character? What materials do they use? Ask any burning question you’ve ever had about the action figure business and be a fly on the wall as some of the top names in the industry sit down together, as they do only once a year at this event, and talk toys. Panelists include Jesse Falcon, VP of product development, Toy Biz; Kevin Eslinger, creative director, Master Replicas; Brant Bridges, product manager, Sideshow Collectables; Digger, president and founder, Art Asylum; Jerry Macaluso, president, SOTA Toys; Geoff Beckett, president, Shocker Toys; and Jessie DeStasio, product manager, Jazwares. Moderated by Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from Room 1A

6:00-7:00 Trek Nation with Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr.— Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr. will be discussing his upcoming documentary project and show a trailer for the project. Rod will also be touching base on other Roddenberry projects. Rod’s father, Gene Roddenberry, was the creator of the original Star Trek, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2006. Room 1B

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Yoshitaka Amano BOOM! Studios presents the genre-crossing artist. Best known for his work on the Final Fantasy videogame series, Yoshitaka Amano is one of the most popular artists working today, and his work includes illustration, game design, and manga. His American-based work includes The Sandman: The Dream Hunters for Vertigo and Wolverine/Elektra for Marvel. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Webcomics 103: Making Money— Can you really make a living posting comics to the web? Bill Barnes (Unshelved) leads fellow webcomic businessfolk Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade), Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary), Phillip Karlsson (Dumbrella Hosting), and Jennie Breeden (The Devil's Panties) in a discussion on how they turn bits into bucks. Room 3

6:00-7:30 Remembering Alex Toth— This unique artist was one of the true innovators in both the comic book and animation worlds. Alex died this May. To celebrate his life and career, his friends and colleagues share memories of his work and life. Join Golden Age legend and Toth mentor Irwin Hasen (Green Lantern, Wildcat), inker and Disney artist Mike Royer (Winnie the Pooh), internationally renowned sculptor and animator Ruben Procopio (The Little Mermaid, The Lion King), Disney animator Tom de Rosier (Mulan, Tarzan), author/publisher of the Toth book Dear John, John Hitchcock, and two of Alex’s four children: son Eric Toth (international automotive designer) and daughter Dana Palmer (photographer). The panel will be moderated by Toth’s long-time friend and AACC president, David Armstrong. There will be a display of original artwork commemorating Toth’s distinctive artistic vision on Sunday at the Omni San Diego Hotel Room 5, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Room 4

6:00-7:00 Fans Turned Pro: Johns, Meltzer, and Winick— As kids we read comics and dream of one day making them. These fans in particular are now living that dream and have become some of the best talent working in the industry today. Join Geoff Johns (52, Action Comics, Green Lantern, Teen Titans), Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, the upcoming Justice League of America), and Judd Winick (Green Arrow, The Outsiders) as they discuss how they got where they are and what they plan on doing next. Weigh in as these MVPs give us their take on DC's amazing characters! Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 Pirates, Bikes, and Demons: The Art of S. Clay Wilson— From the grungy streets of Haight-Ashbury to the high-falutin' walls of the Art Institute of Chicago, underground artist and Zap Comics co-founder S. Clay Wilson has been pushing art into an unfathomably vulgar realm for over 40 years. A mentor to R. Crumb, his fans include Leonardo DiCaprio and Chrissie Hynde. Come hear the legend tell stories about his art, characters, and the riffraff he's rubbed elbows with, as he celebrates his birthday weekend with the release of his long-awaited career retrospective, The Art of S. Clay Wilson. Room 7B

6:00-7:00 Media Blasters: Death Trance A discussion and Q&A session with Tak Sakaguchi (star of Versus and Death Trance), Yoshinori Chiba (producer of Neighbor No.13, Fudoh, Zero Woman, and Death Trance), and Yoko Hayama (producer of Death Trance). Hosted by Ric Meyers (author, Asian Cult Cinema magazine columnist, and World Martial Arts Hall of Fame member). Room 9

6:30-7:30 Making Your Own Live Action Comic Book (that means movie!): Troma's Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead Legendary indie filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger) and producer Steven Paul (Ghost Rider) examine the art of making your film into a live action comic book the Troma Way! Kaufman will also be screening never-before-seen selections from his newest film Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead and giving away Comic-Con exclusive Poultrygeist teaser DVDs. Don’t miss a special appearance by cartoonist Batton Lash (Supernatural Law). Moderated by Mimi Cruz of Night Flight Comics. Room 6B

Nighttime Programs

7:00-8:00 Gays in Comics Mixer— The follow-up to the 19th annual Gays in Comics panel. Stick around and socialize! Room 6A

7:00-9:00 The Batman Q&A, followed by Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo World Premiere Screening— Warner Bros. Animation’s Emmy-winning action adventure series The Batman returns for a third season this fall, airing Saturdays at 11:30 AM in the Kids’ WB! programming block on the new CW. The Studio will screen selected scenes from the upcoming season, which will feature Robin joining the Dark Knight in his relentless quest to rid Gotham City of its supervillains, followed by a Q&A featuring supervising producer Michael Goguen (The Batman vs. Dracula: The Animated Movie), producer/art director Jeff Matsuda (The Batman vs. Dracula: The Animated Movie), story editor Michael Jelenic (Jackie Chan Adventures), and other members of the production team, as well as cast members Rino Romano (voice of Batman), Evan Sabara (Robin) and Danielle Judovits (Batgirl).

Right after Q&A, Warner Home Video presents the world premiere screening of the Warner Bros. Animation DVD feature Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (to be released in 2007). Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy are back to save the world in their very first film, which finds the Teen Titans battling a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, who has sent a high-tech ninja to attack the young heroes. The battle has only begun for the crime-fighting five, who pack their bags and take off for Tokyo to destroy their newest menace. Producers Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond, Justice League) and David Slack (Stuart Little, Max Steel), along with cast member Greg Cipes (voice of Beast Boy), will be on hand to introduce the film. Room 6CDEF

7:00-10:00 CBLDF Free Speech Benefit Auction— This is the big one! The CBLDF holds its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con, and this year offers some amazing one-of-a-kind items to raise money for free speech! Primo items include original art by Jim Lee, Will Eisner, Matt Wagner, Neil Gaiman, Jaime Hernandez, Amanda Conner, Terry Moore, Mark Brooks, and many more. Plus a mind-blowing array of rare signed items, including scripts by Garth Ennis, JMS, and Alan Moore, plus scarce comics and books. Support the Fund's current casework in Georgia, and help them shore up reserves to protect comics' First Amendment rights against any threat on the horizon. Preview: 7:00; auction: 7:30. Room 8

8:00-10:00 CCI:IFF Extra: Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly and Serenity Adam Baldwin hosts the telling of this vivid Browncoat story that features interviews with Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves. Join filmmakers Brian Wiser and Jeremy Neish for a Q&A after the film! Room 6B

8:30-11:30 Comic-Con International Masquerade Fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by CCI’s very talented attendees appear on stage before an audience of thousands. Entries deemed the best will receive impressive trophies and company-donated prizes. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45 pm, but the line will start much earlier! Tickets will be required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 4:30 pm. The Master of Ceremonies will be writer/artist Phil Foglio of Studio Foglio. Special movie previews will be shown beforehand, and during halftime judging, “The Great Luke Ski,” will take the stage to perform a few of his parody songs made famous on the Dr. Demento Show. (overflow seating will be available in Room 6A and in the Sails Pavilion) Room 20

8:30-1:30 Masquerade Party— Party under the sails and watch the Masquerade on the big screen! Dancing starts after 10:00 PM. Sails Pavilion

9:00-11:00 The Animation Show featuring Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt (first screening)— Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, Office Space, King of the Hill) and Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy’s Balloon) have picked their favorite animated shorts from previous Animation Show tours with a sneak peak of the new upcoming theatrical program. Mike and Don will be on hand with special guests for a Q&A and big announcements regarding the new tour! (first screening) Room 6CDEF

10:00-12:00 CCI:IFF Extra: Splinter A Dark Horse Indie Film starring Edward James Olmos, Enrique Almeida, Resmine Atis, and Tom Sizemore. "With the bullet that killed his brother lodged in his own skull, Dreamer desperately seeks revenge on the mean streets of LA amidst a rising body count and the threat of an all-out gang war." Directed by Michael D. Olmos. Room 6B

11:00-1:00 The Animation Show featuring Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt (second screening)— Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, Office Space, King of the Hill) and Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy’s Balloon) have picked their favorite animated shorts from previous Animation Show tours with a sneak peak of the new upcoming theatrical program. Mike and Don will be on hand with special guests for a Q&A and big announcements regarding the new tour! (second screening) Room 6CDEF