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Comic Con: San Diego Thursday, July 20th  Schedule Of Events

10:30-11:30 Meet the Voices of Pokémon Season 9!— For the first time ever, fans will get a chance to meet actors behind the new voices of Ash and Brock! Plus you'll find out lots of information for Pokémon: Battle Frontier, the ninth season of the animated series. Representatives will be on hand to answer your questions. Room 2

10:30-11:30 DC Comics Legacy: U.S. Postal Service First Day Stamp Issue— DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz and some of the greatest comic book artists of all time will participate in a ceremony dedicated to the official unveiling of the DC Comics Superheroes commemorative postage stamps, followed by a panel on the historical and cultural legacy of DC Comics superheroes. Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 Comic Arts Conference Session #1: Myths for the Modern Age— In the tradition of Philip José Farmer's famous hoax biography Tarzan Alive, contributors to Myths for the Modern Age: Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe (MonkeyBrain Books) present their parascholarship with a straight face, treating comic book as the reports of the adventures of real-life people. Win Eckert ("Foreword," Tarzan Alive) brings forward evidence to show that DC Comics' Doc Savage series of the 1990s, dismissed by many scholars because of numerous inconsistencies, in fact portrays events from Doc Savage's life consistent with the original pulp super-sagas. Brad Mengel settles the longstanding question of the Man of Bronze's true family name—"Savage" as asserted in the pulps, or—"Wildman" as Farmer revealed in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Chuck Loridans reveals evidence recently uncovered from the files of Richard Henry Benson (aka The Avenger) that suggests that the Jungle Lord may have sired two daughters, Modesty Blaise and Nellie Gray. John Small presents a compelling case that the woman known as Vampirella was born Anita Santiago and adventured with Zorro as Lady Rawhide. Peter Coogan (Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre) pulls the curtain back and discusses the principles of Wold-Newtonry employed in the essays. Room 7B

10:30-11:30 AK Comics USA— Introducing a foreign-based comics company into the American market: Ayman Kandeel (founder and CEO), Marwan El Nashar (managing director), Daerick Gross (editor-in-chief), Tony Matta (creative director), and Rafeal Kras (artist, Aya and Zein) explain how the Cairo-based company approached and executed the company’s recent U.S. launch. Learn how AK Comics introduced its four characters into the American comic book world! Room 8

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search 1— 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

10:30-12:00 Comic-Con Film School 101—Preproduction and Screenwriting, and Production Part 1— For the third year in a row, Comic-Con returns with a four-day, hands-on, nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money, using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you're shooting your first Star Wars fan film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts vampires, this course will take you from script to DVD so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI: IFF. The first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, casting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, getting equipment for nothing, and so on. 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), and Sean Rourke (director of Geek-Week.net). Room 26AB

11:00-12:00 Digital Webbing: 5 Years Later— In June of 2001, the aspiring creators of the digitalwebbing.com message board convinced the board's owner to do a one shot showcase so they could have something to show editors at conventions. In 2006, that "one shot" has just released it's 29th issue and Digital Webbing Press has become home to Bloodrayne, Zombie Highway, Christopher Golden's Thundergod and (this fall) Joe Staton and Nicola Cuti's E-Man. Chris and Ryan Ottley (Lost Squad from Devil’s Due, Invincible from Image), Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Starship Troopers) and other DW Presents alumni will look back at the anthology as well as discuss upcoming projects. Room 1B

11:00-1:00 Comic Book Law School 101: “Let’s Start at the Beginning”— A very good place to start . . . to start learning how to protect your intellectual property rights, that is. Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (and the forthcoming Trademark, Licensing and Copyright Book graphic novel). This first workshop will cover the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, characters, and names from their point of creation forward. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, then have the opportunity to work together in developing a game plan to protect a new comic book series proposal in preparation of shopping the proposal to publishers. And along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Room 3

11:00-12:30 Margaret Kerry Voice Actor Tryouts— Margaret Kerry was a Little Rascal, the rotoscope model for Disney’s Tinker Bell, a dancer and choreographer in MGM musicals, the lady lips for Clutch Cargo, and a prominent voice actor in such animations as Clutch Cargo, Space Angel, Captain Fathom, and The New Three Stooges. Margaret gives audience members a chance to test their voice acting skills. Do you have what it takes to work in the voice-acting field? Room 4

11:30-12:30 Movie Animation and Cinematography: Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage It’s the new CG animated movie, Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage, devoted to all things skateboarding! Panelists will show exclusive footage from the motion capture skateboard shoots, skateboard data, animation process, and the final movie product. They will also demonstrate how the skaters influenced all aspects of the movie. Panelists include Gil Rimmer, artist; Mike Mckinlay, mocap skate director, CG skateboard cinematographer, and in-house pro-skater/consultant; Logan McPherson, animation director, skateboarding; and Ben Burden Smith, producer/writer. Room 1A

11:30-1:00 Fantasy: The Big Books— A big fantasy novel can be defined by its length or its sales; what is it about the genre that makes so many of the best-sellers also long novels or installments in long series? Panelists eco-gothic fantasy/sf writer Elizabeth Bear (Blood & Iron), Comic-Con special guest George R. R. Martin (A Feast for Crows), experienced “debut” epic fantasy author Jenna Rhodes (The Four Forges), wildly popular novelist R. A. Salvatore (The Legend of Drizzt), and editor Anne Groell (Bantam Dell Publishing Group) will discuss the phenomenon, with moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 2

11:30-12:30 DC Nation— Come one, come all, and join the DC Nation!! Meet Dan DiDio, senior VP/executive editor DCU, as he invites you to be part of the revolution! Discuss surviving a Crisis, living in a world One Year Later, and discover the weekly magic of 52. Rise up, and shout. The Nation is waiting! Room 5AB

11:30-1:00 Comic Arts Conference Session #2: The Great Leap: Adapting Comics into Film— Kate McClancy (Duke University) asks whether the post-9/11 political climate forced a reimagining of V for Vendetta’s portrayal of an anarchist in the film version of the graphic novel. Richard A. Becker (CSU Northridge) asserts that there is a crisis of confidence in comic book adaptations and explores why the people who make comic books and the people who make movies don't believe in the superhero myth. Jared Gardner (Ohio State University) explores the unexamined connections—historical and theoretical—between the rise of comics and the development of film at the turn of the 20th century and how these art forms worked to break the experience of modernity down into segments that could be repeatedly viewed, analyzed, and engaged. Ariel Schudson (UCLA) explores the tension between the strategies of translation versus adaptation by examining the film versions of Sin City and Hellboy. Room 7B

11:30-12:30 Del Rey Manga— Join the staff of Del Rey Manga as they announce new titles, present their latest manga, and talk about why Del Rey is one of the hottest manga publishers in the market today! Room 8

11:30-12:30 Planetwide Games’ Comic Book Creator Kevin Donovan (Planetwide Games) and Greg Short (Sony Online Entertainment) will be demonstrating this revolutionary self-publishing comic book software that allows anyone (not just the professionals) the simple ability to “drag and drop” to create their own comic book, using digital pictures and video game screen shots. In addition, see a preview of the new releases of the Comic Book Creator software and a demo from Sony Online Entertainment of the web-enabled version of SOE Comic Book Creator and the online web-enabled version. Room 9

12:00-1:00 Prism Comics: Increasing LGBT Visibility— Meet the all-volunteer force behind the comics industry's only nonprofit organization supporting LGBT creators, stories, and readers, and learn how you can join in. Prism's accomplishments, activities, and upcoming plans will be discussed by the organization's officers and committee chairs, as well as members of its advisory board, which includes Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Colleen Coover (Banana Sunday), Tim Fish (Strugglers), Terrance Griep (Victoria's Secret Service), Patricia Jeres (former director of marketing communications for DC Comics), Andy Mangels (best-selling Star Trek author and DVD producer), Richard Neal (owner, Zeus Comics, Dallas, TX), Joe Phillips (artist, Cali Boys; writer-director, Stonewall and Riot), and José Villarrubia (The Mirror of Love). Room 1B

12:00-1:30 CFQ/Geek Monthly Movie Preview— The editors of Cinefantastique and Geek Monthly discuss upcoming sci-fi and fantasy releases with insider anecdotes that only they can reveal, along with exclusive trailers and behind-the-scenes previews, while TV's Mr. Spoilerpants gives you the skinny on the upcoming fall TV season. The panel wraps up with a look at the upcoming CFQ Films' The Darkroom starring Greg Grunberg and Lucy Lawless and Dead & Deader, premiering on SCI FI Channel in October, starring Dean Cain and Susan Ward. No publicists here, just the straight skinny on the films and TV you want to see most! Moderated by Mark A. Altman (Geek Monthly, CFQ, Publisher). Room 6A

12:00-1:00 Richard Hatch: Battlestar Galactica Forum and Q & A— Join actor Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, new BG series, original Captain Apollo), and special guests Bear McCleary (composer and arranger, new BG series), Dr. Kevin Grazier from JPL (science consultant, new BG series), and writer Brad Linaweaver (co-author BG novels) for a provocative discussion of Battlestar new and classic, along with an intro to Richard's The Great War of Magellan graphic novel and role playing game with Blam Ventures and DG associates. Room 6B

12:00-1:00 A First Look at Flyboys Inspired by a true story, the World War I action-adventure film Flyboys stars James Franco, Jean Reno, and Martin Henderson and arrives in theaters September 29, 2006. Producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day), director Tony Bill (My Bodyguard), actor David Ellison (The Chumscrubber), and VFX producer Mark Franco (Titanic) will present a sneak peak of the film with exclusive scenes, an original trailer, and more. The Q & A will be moderated by the editor-in-chief of iF Magazine.com, Anthony Ferrante. Room 6CDEF

12:00-1:00 Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry— Gaming industry veterans Neal Hallford (Dungeon Siege), Chris Avellone (Neverwinter Nights II), Chris Klug (Stargate Worlds MMO), Anne Toole (Stargate Worlds MMO), Jeremy Barlow (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), and Paul Robinson (Dirty Harry) discuss the ins and outs of writing for this challenging and unique medium. Join moderator Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry Studios) and this stellar panel for a lively discussion of one the fastest-growing yet least understood professions in digital entertainment. Room 24A

12:30-1:30 Beyond Wallpapers: Today’s Mobile Comics— Mobile comics have come of age with top titles from all genres: TOKYOPOP manga, superheroes, humor, and alternative. GoComics, the leader in mobile comics, brings together a panel covering every aspect of the field. Folks at the center of the new medium—creators, publishers, software developers, distributors, and service providers—will discuss bringing the full comics experience to your phone. Panelists include Jeff Webber, GoComics content director; Peter Maresca, GoComics creative director; Jeremy Ross, TOKYOPOP editorial director; Matt Fraction, writer, Punisher War Journal; Travis Beaven, project manager UIEvolution; and Scott Stemmermann, Sprint product marketing manager. Room 1A

12:30-2:00 Comics Editors on Comics Editing— The writers and artists justly get the kudos for great comics—and the brickbats for rotten ones. But behind the scenes, the comics editor—the interface between the creators and the business folks—does mysterious, unsung work. Join top editors Bob Schreck (group editor, Vertigo, Batman), Jim Salicrup (editor-in-chief, Papercutz), Diana Schutz (senior editor, Dark Horse), Lee Nordling (executive editor, Platinum Studios), and a couple of surprise guests as they talk about what it is they do—and tell tales out of school about your favorite characters and creators. They'll answer your questions, too. Moderated by longtime Spider-Man group editor Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print). Room 4

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Brian Bolland One of both Britain’s and the comics world’s most respected artists, Brian Bolland is best known for his incredible covers here in the U.S. on such books as Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Batman: Gotham Knights, not to mention his work on Judge Dredd. Moderated by Richard Bruning, DC’s senior VP/creative director. Room 5AB

12:30-2:00 Coloring for Comics: Advanced Coloring Techniques— Here's your chance to ask the pros what process they use to color your favorite comics. Following last year’s successful beginning and advanced panels, coloring pros will answer all your questions and show you how it's done. Featured colorists will be David Baron (Firestorm, Stormwatch), Jeromy Cox (Catwoman, Teen Titans, DMZ), Patrick McEvoy (The Gatesville Company), Alex Sinclair (Wonder Woman, 52), Snakebite (The Red Star), and Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Conan). Room 8

12:30-1:30 Telltale: Bringing Great Stories to Life— The team at Telltale has turned some of the world's most recognizable properties into games—from Jeff Smith's popular Bone comic books to television's CSI, and soon Steve Purcell's Sam & Max. The group will talk about how they transform comic book stories and characters into cinematic, interactive experiences. Telltale CEO Dan Connors, game designer Dave Grossman, art director Dave Bogan, and Sam & Max author Steve Purcell will demonstrate their approach to these adaptations and will show a sneak peek of the upcoming Sam & Max game! Room 9
1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Andy Runton Andy Runton has charmed audiences young and old with his series of Owly graphic novels, published by Top Shelf. The silent adventures of the little winged bird have earned him a 2006 Eisner nomination for last year’s Owly: Flying Lessons. Andy talks about his creation and his work. Room 1B

1:00-2:30 Mattel Action Figures— What’s the latest with Mattel’s action figure lines? Mattel toy makers sit down to give fans the inside scoop on Naruto and Avatar as well as its DC Heroes, The Batman, Justice League Unlimited, and Superman Returns toy lines. This program will include a sneak peak at upcoming toys as well as a Q & A with Mattel designers. Room 2

1:00-2:00 Andrew Pepoy’s Professional Networking Seminar— Get set for a weekend of pressing the flesh and selling yourself with this popular Comic-Con seminar! Being talented just isn’t enough. Getting work and continuing to work in the comic book and comic strip publishing world often means knowing the right people, too. Inker and writer/artist Andrew Pepoy (Jack of Fables, Katy Keene) brings back his popular seminar to help teach you how to get out there and use Comic-Con to its fullest networking potential. Take advantage of this early time slot to put some of Andrew’s good advice to work over the next few days! Room 3

1:00-2:00 Rosario Dawson: Occult Crimes Taskforce Rosario Dawson, star of Sin City and Clerks 2, will be joined by her creative team members David Atchison and Tony Shasteen, as well as 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner (The Ride), for a Q&A session about their debut comic series, Occult Crimes Taskforce! Room 6B

1:00-2:00 Sony Animation— Join filmmakers and animators to see previews of the first two animated features coming out of the new Sony Pictures Animation division. First up, it’s Open Season, based on the humor of cartoonist Steve Moore (In the Bleachers), who, along with John Carls, serves as executive producer. The film is directed by Roger Allers (director of The Lion King) and Jill Culton (Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2). Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg is creating original songs and score. The CG animation is by Sony Pictures Imageworks. The film tells the story of Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear with no survival skills, who has his perfect world in the tranquil town of Timberline turned upside down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), a scrawny, fast-talking wild mule deer. Panel and footage presentation will include Jill Culton, Steve Moore, and Doug Ikeler (visual effects supervisor).

Then it’s Surf’s Up, which goes behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive penguin surfing. The film profiles Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), an up-and-coming surfer as he enters his first pro competition and finds himself facing the legendary Geek (Jeff Bridges). Panel and footage presentation will include producer and Disney veteran Chris Jenkins (Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame).

Plus, here’s your chance to see the new animated film Monster House in 3D! Screenings are Wednesday night at 10:00 PM, and Thursday 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 PM and 12:00 AM at the United Artists Horton Plaza theater. Tickets are available at the Sony booth (#3945) on a first-come, first-served basis. Room 6CDEF

1:00-2:30 Comic Arts Conference Session #3: Comics...When Pictures and Words Collide!— Explore three unique and valuable perspectives on comics, from concept to creation to publication. Famed author RC Harvey (The Art of the Comic Book; The Genius of Winsor McCay) provides insights into the dynamic process of combining art and text. Legendary artist Rick Geary (Graphic Classics; Victorian Murders) describes how he transforms novels and biographies into comics literature. And renowned graphic designer Chip Kidd (Book One; Batman Collected) reveals his book selection process as editor of Pantheon’s graphic novel line. Noted writer Michael Dooley (The Education of a Comics Artist) moderates this profusely illustrated session. Room 7B

1:00-3:00 Marv Wolfman and Barbara Kesel: Creating Comics Characters— Marv Wolfman, the fan favorite writer-creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, and The New Teen Titans, joins forces with writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Dark Crystal manga) and shares tips and tricks on how to add the little memorable quirks that make a character come to life, or how to create one out of thin air! Room 24A

1:30-2:30 Bandai— Bandai continues to be one of the leading suppliers of anime and manga for the North American market with such hits as Eureka SeveN, Gundam Seed Destiny, and Ghost in the Shell: SAC. Join Ken Iyadomi and Robert Place Napton for a Q&A that will include previews of Bandai’s titles for 2007, trailers, and special giveaway prizes! Room 1A

1:30-3:00 Aspen Comics Outlook for 2006 and Beyond— Join the Aspen team, including Michael Turner) Soulfire), Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire), JT Krul (Fathom), Koi Turnbull (Fathom), Marcus To (Soulfire: Chaos Reign), Micah Gunnell (Shrugged), Vince Hernandez (Aspen Seasons), Beth Sotelo (Shrugged), Mark Roslan (director), and Jessica Blackwell of Aspen as they forecast their late 2006 and early 2007 releases. The team will also participate in a Q&A session. All fans in attendance will receive a free voucher for one comic book of their choice up to a $10 value at the Aspen Comics booth. Room 5AB

1:30-3:00 Spotlight on Peter S. Beagle Best known for his popular fantasy novel The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle is also a renowned screenwriter and songwriter. In his first appearance at Comic-Con as a special guest, Peter’s spotlight will feature a look at his work, past, present, and future, followed by a Q&A session. Room 6A

1:30-2:15 Spotlight on Tommy Kovac This question-and-answer session with Tommy Kovac, writer of SLG's Wonderland comic book and the creator of Autumn, a creator-owned series that he writes and draws, will be conducted by SLG publisher Dan Vado. Room 9

2:00-3:00 DK Publishing— Learn the process of creating comprehensive visual guides to pop culture's top properties! Tom DeFalco (author, Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide) and Peter Sanderson (author, X-Men: The Ultimate Guide) discuss their latest collaboration: The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK licensing publisher Alex Allan and senior designer Robert Perry reveal the work behind the DC Comics Encyclopedia, the Star Wars Visual Dictionaries and The Secret World of James Bond, and preview upcoming guides on Smallville, Stargate, and Conan the Barbarian. Room 1B

2:00-3:30 Resin Casting and RTV Mold-making— Matrix Enterprises’s Jeff Broz has presented seminars about plastics and casting for the last four years at Comic-Con. Whether you want to produce a garage kit model or reproduce a missing part for your vintage toy collection, Jeff will offer invaluable information to help you. This year's seminar will cover material choices and advances into more complex silicone mold design, and casting techniques that should offer secrets to the novice or the more experienced, including short-run 3D duplication for garage kits or industrial design. Bring your questions or casting problems! For more info, visit www.jdbgrphx.com. Room 3

2:00-3:00 Masquerade 101— Thinking about taking your costume creations onto the stage? Looking for ideas on how to enhance your presentations? What goes on behind the scenes for contestants, judges, and the backstage crew? How do masquerades differ from one convention to another? Join Comic-Con Masquerade director Martin Jaquish, technical staff member John Ruff, and master costumer Jennifer “Radar” Wylie as they offer an overview of the elements of on-stage costume competitions and present tips for getting the most out of your costuming experience. Room 4

2:00-3:00 100 Years of Robert E. Howard— The exciting characters Robert E. Howard created have been seen in comics, art, novels, toys, games, sculptures, and more! This panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session, will be moderated by Paul Sammon, author (Conan the Phenomenon), REH scholar, and the one man present on the sets of both Conan films with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Guests will include Kurt Busiek, Eisner Award–winning comics writer and REH enthusiast; Brian Saliba, editor at DK Publishing, currently readying the ultimate look at Conan in the upcoming Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Savage Barbarian; Jim Keegan, artist, author, and REH scholar; Jeff Mariotte, author of the upcoming young adult trilogy The Marauders in the popular Ace Fantasy book series, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures; Dave Stewart, Eisner and Harvey award–winning comic colorist who colors Dark Horse’s celebrated Conan series; Paul Lee, featured comic artist for the Conan series; and Jorgen Tharaldsen, product director at Funcom, makers of the highly anticipated and award-winning MMO game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Let the adventure begin! Room 6B


2:00-3:30 Warner Bros. Presents a Trio of Animated Features— First up, it's The Ant Bully: Director John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) will appear in person to preview and discuss The Ant Bully—a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New in town, friendless, and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent anthill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony. In this strange new world Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life, and ultimately find the courage to stand up for himself. The voiceover cast features Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell, and Lily Tomlin

Next, it's Happy Feet: See an exclusive preview of director George Miller's comedy adventure set deep in Antarctica. Into the land of Emperor Penguins, where each needs a heart song to attract a soul mate, a penguin is born who cannot sing. Our hero Mumble, son of Memphis and Norma Jean, is the worst singer in the world; however, as it happens, he is a brilliant tap dancer! The voice cast includes Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and Anthony LaPaglia. Happy Feet also features the tap dancing of Savion Glover.

And finally, it's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Director Kevin Munroe appears in person to preview this shell-raising return to the big screen of Laird and Eastman's classic quartet in a fully animated CGI feature film.

Exclusive promotional items for all three films will be given away to everyone attending the presentation. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:30 Batman: The Golden/Silver Age— A look at the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder in their early, glory days with some of the men who made them happen: Sheldon Moldoff, Jerry Robinson, Jim Mooney, Arnold Drake, and Joe Giella. Mark Evanier moderates. Room 8

2:15-3:00 Spotlight on Greg Weisman Greg Weisman is best known as the creator of the popular Gargoyles cartoon series, which appeared on Disney's afternoon animated lineup in the late 90s. Gargoyles has returned this year as part of SLG Publishing's Disney Comics line. Join Greg as he discusses the Gargoyles comic book series and answers questions about both the comic and the show. Moderated by SLG publisher Dan Vado. Room 9

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Linda Medley The fan-favorite and Eisner Award–winning creator of Castle Waiting relaunches her book at Comic-Con. Linda Medley starts anew with Castle Waiting in a brand new series from Fantagraphics. Gary Groth interviews Linda about her career and the new CW series. Room 1A

2:30-3:30 Random! Cartoons and Tomorrow’s Hit-makers— Many of today’s biggest hit-makers in cartoons, including Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken, and Genndy Tartakovsky, made their first professional films for Frederator Studios and its shorts programs. Nickelodeon will debut Frederator’s newest anthology series of 39 films, Random! Cartoons, this winter. Here’s your chance to meet the cartoon hitmakers of tomorrow and find out how they sold their creations to Frederator and Nickelodeon. Creators attending will be Kyle Carrozza (Moobeard the Cow Pirate), Eric Robles (Fanboy), Anne Walker (Mind the Kitty), and Pen Ward (Adventure Time), with a panel moderated by cartoon historian (and creator of his own Random! cartoon), Jerry Beck (Hornswiggle). Cartoons and works-in-progress will be screened. Room 2

2:30-4:00 New Challenges in Self-Publishing— In recent years, comics self-publishers have had to take a hard look at the best way to present their work. Webcomics, pamphlet publishing versus graphic novel format, print on demand—all of these factor into the way creators publish their own work. Among the hardy band of successful long-term creators discussing these new challenges are moderator Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Kyle Baker (The Bakers, Nat Turner), Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Rich Koslowski (The 3 Geeks), and Comic-Con special guest Phil Foglio (Girl Genius). Room 7B

3:00-4:00 Authors and Audio Books: From the Page to the Microphone— Scott Brick, Audie Award-winning narrator of such classic titles as Ender’s Game, Fahrenheit 451, Foundation, and the popular Dune series, will discuss what it takes to translate classic science fiction adventure tales to the world of audiobooks. Also on the program will be authors Kevin J. Anderson (Hunters of Dune) and Marv Wolfman (Superman Returns novelization) to share comments (and inside stories) on Scott’s interpretation of their work. Topics will include tips on breaking into the audiobook industry, translating the author’s vision to a different medium, and practical advice on how to pronounce all those crazy, made-up words. Moderated by Dan Musselman, executive producer for Books on Tape/Random House Audio. Room 1B

3:00-4:00 IDW Publishing and the Transformers: More Than Meets the IDW— Next summer the big-budget Transformers movie hits the world! But this summer, you can get an advance look at IDW's plans for their TF comics leading up to the release of that movie, as well as talk about all the other TF titles in the works for 2006 and 2007! Join IDW publisher/ChrisCharger Chris Ryall, along with editor Dan Taylor, artists Don Figueroa (The Transformers: Beast Wars), E. J. Su (The Transformers: Infiltration), and other surprise Autobots and Decepticons who might stop by the panel. Room 4

3:00-4:30 Masters of Lowbrow Art— A new generation of painters who draw their inspiration from comics, cartoons, and pop culture are now exhibiting in galleries worldwide, to great popular acclaim. They defy art world expectations and prove that museums can be fun! Among the most extraordinary are Josh Agle (The Art of Shag), Tim Biskup (The Jackson 500), Isabel Samaras (Devil Babe’s Big Book of Fun!), Mark Todd (Watcha Mean, What’s a Zine?), and Esther Pearl Watson (Unlovable). Get the lowdown on the lowbrow as they highlight their finest work and share inside info about their imagery, influences, and unique techniques with author Michael Dooley (The Education of a Comics Artist). Room 5AB

3:00-4:30 Marvel Comics: Civil War The best-selling book of the new millennium has plunged the Marvel Universe into war, pitting friend against friend. Come in for a debriefing and get a sneak peek at what's to come from Joe Quesada and J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man), Paul Jenkins (Civil War: Front Line), Marc Guggenheim (Wolverine), Charles and Daniel Knauf (Iron Man), and many more! Also, surprise announcements from Jeph Loeb (Ultimates 3) and Frank Cho (New Avengers). Room 6A

3:00-4:00 Universal Monsters 75th Anniversary— Those old boys never looked so good! It’s been 75 years since Universal’s take on Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster first startled audiences and set the stage for the incredible dynasty of good ol’ bad guys who followed: the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to name just the most famous. Join CFQ magazine’s Jeff Bond as he talks to the king of Horrorwood, Karloffornia, Forrest J Ackerman, Famous Monsters cover artist Basil Gogos, actor and monster collector Dan Roebuck (Matlock, Lost), and author John Flynn (75 Years of Universal Monsters) about the enduring love affair between monsters and audience. Plus see exclusive footage from the upcoming Frankenstein and Dracula 75th Anniversary DVDs from Universal Home Video! Room 6B

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on John Wagner One of Britain’s most popular comics writers has made a significant impact in American comics, too. John Wagner is best known for his work as co-creator of Judge Dredd, but he’s also the writer behind the original graphic novel A History of Violence, which was made into a critically acclaimed motion picture by David Cronenberg last year. Wagner presents a visual presentation at this panel, titled “A Life in Comics,” which includes a look at his career and British comics in general. Moderated by former DC/Paradox Press editor Andy Helfer. Room 9

3:00-4:00 Star Trek as Cultural Phenomenon— The original Star Trek series was a phenomenon of the 1960s. Whether dealing with issues of war, race, superpower conflict, cowboy diplomacy, utopian hopes, or apocalyptic fears, the universe Roddenberry built reflected the idealism and anxieties of its decade. What does the popularity of Star Trek throughout its various incarnations say about the persistence of certain American values? Does ST continue to mirror the enduring dreams and fears of our culture? Discuss these questions and others with Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., son of the creator of Star Trek and filmmaker behind Trek Nation, a documentary about the ST phenomenon; David Brin, science fiction author and futurist, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, writer of the Star Trek graphic novel Forgiveness; and moderator Stephen Potts, professor of popular culture at UCSD. Room 24A

3:00-4:30 Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Super-heroes— Virgin Comics presents literary icons Deepak Chopra (How to Know God and co-founder of Virgin Comics) and Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) in a far-ranging discussion about Dark Knights, Devis, and the development of tomorrow's mythologies in this special Comic-Con exclusive event. Hosted by supermodel/spokesperson Saira Mohan. Room 20

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Jimmy Palmiotti He’s one of comics’ most popular inkers, and he’s developed quite a sideline in writing, too! Jimmy Palmiotti talks about his always busy comics work (including Jonah Hex, Superman Returns prequels, JSA: Classified, and much more) and welcomes his friend John Heffernan, screenwriter of Snakes on a Plane and artist Amanda Conner in this special spotlight event. Room 1A

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Carmine Infantino His career spans the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, but Carmine Infantino is best remembered for his incredible work at DC in the 50s and 60s. As an artist, he reenvisioned the Flash and jump-started the Silver Age. He reinvigorated Batman, redesigned Batgirl, and was the artist on such fan favorites as Adam Strange and The Elongated Man. In the mid-1960s he took over DC as editorial director, then publisher. The AACC’s David Armstrong interviews Mr. Infantino about his illustrious career. Room 2

3:30-5:00 Animation on a $hoestring Budget— Learn how to create your own home animation studio. Larry Loc, animation teacher at Laguna College of Art & Design, Cal State Fullerton and Brooks College–Long Beach brings the secrets of low-cost animation studio construction to light and revealing the secrets of his eBook, Animation on a Shoestring. Room 3

3:30-5:00 Lionsgate Presents Crank, Skinwalkers, and Saw III Meet the cast and filmmakers and be one of the first to see exclusive footage from three of Lionsgate's highly anticipated films. From Crank: Jason Statham (Transporter), Amy Smart (Road Trip), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), and writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. From Skinwalkers: director Jim Isaac (Jason X) and character/creature creator Stan Winston. From Saw III: director Darren Lynn Bousman, writer Leigh Whannell, producer Mark Burg, actress Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself Tobin Bell. Also included: a sneak peek of Neil Marshall’s The Descent. Room 6CDEF

3:30-4:30 The Sergio and Mark Show— Yeah, it's them again. Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, Stan Sakai, and Tom Luth give you this year's excuse for why there have been no new Groo comics, along with their usual promises that this condition will not persist for much longer. Plus other funny stuff. Room 8

4:00-5:00 Through a Glass Darkly: Looking at the Future— Is SF/fantasy getting too bloody depressing and denying us escape from grim reality? The nature and purpose of SF will be addressed by panelists including eco-gothic fantasy and science fiction writer Elizabeth Bear (Worldwired), multiple award-winning author Greg Bear (Dead Lines), novelist and screenwriter Josh Conviser (Echelon), best-selling novelist and Boba Fett fangirl Karen Traviss (The World Before), best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson (Of Fire and Night), and deep future author Vernor Vinge (Rainbows End), with Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy moderating. Room 1B

4:00-5:00 Hasbro: Transformers The Hasbro Transformers design and marketing teams take the stage to discuss their plans surrounding their Transformers Cybertron, and Transformers Classics lines and answer your questions. Also, Sony BMG Music Entertainment will be joining Hasbro to talk about their 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD of Transformers: The Movie! Room 4

4:00-5:00 Pinky and the Brain/Animaniacs It’s a screening of a special feature from the Animaniacs Volume 1 DVD and the Pinky & the Brain Volume 1 DVD! Panelists participating in the Q&A include Maurice La Marche (voice of Brain and Squit Pigeon), Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko), Jess Harnell (voice of Wakko), Andrea Romano (voice director/casting director for both shows), Earl Kress (writer for both shows), Peter Hastings (writer for both shows), and Gordon Bressack (writer for both shows). Room 6B

4:00-5:00 Broccoli Books/Synch-Point— Shizuki Yamashita and Dietrich Seto head up the English production team behind hit manga and anime releases such as Aquarian Age—Juvenile Orion (graphic novel), Galaxy Angel (graphic novel), Leave it to Piyoko (graphic novel), KAMUI (graphic novel), Yoki Koto Kiku (graphic novel), the upcoming Disgaea (graphic novel), FLCL (DVD), and Di Gi Charat the Original Series (DVD). Join them for announcements and a Q&A session, plus some nice promo stuff for attendees. Room 7B

4:00-5:00 Maximum PC: How to Play a Better Game— Will Smith, editor-in-chief of Maximum PC, will host a discussion and Q&A session about real-time strategy games. Topics will include basic strategy, performance-enhancing tips, and genre-specific hardware upgrade recommendations, using War Front: Turning Point as a demonstration tool. Room 9

4:00-5:00 Makeup Demo/Masquerade Help— Jeff Barkley of Skin Tricks, a San Diego based make up effects artist, will show you how prosthetic make-up can add to your costume. Barkley is a veteran of various films, including Frost, Delirium, Videodrome, plays, commercials, and haunted houses, including the current Monster Manor. Room 24A

4:30-6:00 TwoMorrows Publishing/Comic Book Nerd See excerpts and outtakes from Pete Von Sholly's ;hilarious spoof of the fan press, Comic Book Nerd, in an exclusive video presentation! See the TwoMorrows editorial staff—John Morrow (Jack Kirby Collector), Mike Manley (DRAW!), Michael Eury (Back Issue!), Danny Fingeroth (Write Now!), and Eric Nolen-Weathington (Modern Masters)—exact their revenge on Pete for making fun of their mags! And learn about new and upcoming TwoMorrows publications in this multimedia extravaganza! Room 1A

4:30-6:00 The Costume Designers Guild: Costume Centric, Session 1— For the first time in Comic-Con history, the Costume Designers Guild will present a three-part panel series on costume design and its profound influence on world culture. This first event will focus on costume design for television and includes designers Robert Blackman (Star Trek: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager), Kathryn Morrison (Lost), Laura Goldsmith (Alias), Jill Ohanneson (Six Feet Under, Foxfire), and Caroline Cranston (Smallville). Here's a rare opportunity to hear from costume designers and see sketches, fabrics, costumes and film clips from some the most influential productions of the last five years. Moderated by CDG vice president Pamela Shaw. Room 2

4:30-6:00 Spotlight on George Pérez One of comics’ most popular artists for over 30 years, George Pérez has a résumé that contains a who’s who of comics’ most memorable characters. Now working exclusively for DC, and an integral part of their recent Infinite Crisis, George talks about his career and opens up the floor to Q&A. Room 5AB

4:30-6:00 Animating Comics Characters— What challenges do animators face bringing comic book heroes and villains to life? How do they determine the best technique to use to create digital characters? How do animators go about balancing respect for iconic characters with cinematic needs? A panel of top animators, many of whom also teach at Animation Mentor, discuss the challenges of animating comic book characters, show examples of their work, and demonstrate techniques and solutions. The panel includes Sony Pictures Imageworks animation directors Andy Jones (Superman Returns) and Spencer Cook (Spider-Man) and Animation Mentors Chris Williams (Spider-Man, a lead animator at Imageworks) and senior animator Dovi Anderson (Hellboy) with Sheigh Crabtree from The Hollywood Reporter moderating. Room 6A

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Daniel Clowes One of the most respected writer/artists in comics, Dan Clowes also has the distinction of being nominated for an Academy Award for best writing (screenplay based on material previously produced or published) for Ghost World in 2001. Art School Confidential, another film based on Clowes’s comics, hit indie theater screens earlier this year. Clowes’s evocative, character-driven work along with his distinctive drawing style has made books like Eightball, Ghost World, Ice Haven, and Caricature both fan and mainstream favorites. Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds interviews Dan in this rare programming appearance. Room 8
5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Brian Fies It started as catharsis. Brian Fies chronicled the experience of his mother, going through treatment for cancer, in webcomics form. And before he knew it, Brian had found an audience of people with similar experiences, who told more people about his online comics. In 2005, Mom’s Cancer won the first-ever Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. The story was recently published in graphic novel form by Abrams Image. Brian talks about his work and what’s next for this “accidental” graphic novelist. Room 1B

5:00-6:00 The Comic Art Prof Show: How to Create Successful Comics Page Layouts— Young comic artists focus on learning to draw. Great comic artists master the page. Good page design brings clarity, rhythm, accent, and life to your comics. Starting with the basics, such as balloon placement and panel shapes, and stepping up to more advanced layout concepts, such as pacing and style, The Comic Art Prof (a.k.a. Christian Hill of the National Association of Comic Art Educators) will show you the processes professionals use in mainstream and alternative comics, manga, and Eurocomics to lay out impeccable and unforgettable pages. Room 3

5:00-6:00 Comic-Con Talkback, Session I— Here’s your chance: tell us what we’re doing wrong, right or not at all. Representatives from Comic-Con’s Board of Directors will be present to answer your questions and hear your comments. Room 4

5:00-6:00 Cartoon Network: The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Judd Winick (creator) answers questions about Cartoon Network’s original series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. Juniper Lee is an all-American girl trying to get through adolescence just like any other preteen in Orchid Bay City. The only difference between her and her peers is that she is the Te Xuan Ze, responsible for making sure that the magical world, full of creatures and monsters, and the human world don’t intrude on each other. Make sure to arrive early so you don’t miss the screening of a special episode. Room 6B

5:00-6:00 The Tripper Movie Preview/Q&A— Get an exclusive look at the upcoming horror film The Tripper with writer and director star David Arquette (Scream, Eight Legged Freaks), along with executive producer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Joe Harris (co-screenwriter), and others. Starring Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Jason Mewes (Clerks 2), Paul Reubens (Pee Wee's Playhouse), and others, The Tripper follows a group of hippies as they head to a weekend-long concert for some fun, only to be stalked by a deranged killer with an unnatural obsession with Ronald Reagan. An exclusive trailer will be shown along with clips and stills from the movie, followed by a Q&A. Room 6CDEF

5:00-6:00 Action Figure Times Toymaker Q&A— Ever wanted to know why your favorite character figure was limited, or just what toy companies are thinking? How about the recent movement of toy licenses from one manufacturer to another? Here’s your chance to ask the manufacturers (both big and small) about their favorite figures and statues. What questions have been burning in your mind? Panelists include Jerry Malcaluso, president of SOTA, Randy Falk, head of product development for NECA, and Chuck Terceira, director of Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles. Room 7B

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Brian Walker Cartoonist, author, and museum curator Brian Walker provides an entertaining overview of his multifaceted career as both a creator and a comics scholar, including what it was like growing up in an extended cartoon family with famous artists as personal friends. Learn how the Museum of Cartoon Art was founded in 1974 and see an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production process for the syndicated comic strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois. Brian will conclude with a presentation of rare and spectacular artwork from his two-volume history, The Comics Before 1945 and The Comics Since 1945, followed by a Q&A session. Room 9

5:00-6:00 Future Prime: The Top 10 Science Fiction Films of the 20th Century— The “Film Doctors,” aka John L. Flynn (three-time Hugo nominee and author of 11 SF books) and Bob Blackwood (author and film critic), conducted a four-year poll of science fiction fans and Comic-Con attendees to learn the Top 10 Science Fiction Films of the 20th Century. The startling results of their four-year survey have now been published in a new book, Future Prime, which debuts at this year's Comic-Con. Join the Film Doctors for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session, learn what the top 10 SF films are, and give your opinions in this fun and lively discussion with the "Ebert and Roeper" of the SF world. Room 24A

5:30-7:00 Spotlight on Jerry Robinson A chat with one of the true Golden Age Greats, as well as a popular syndicated cartoonist and past president of the National Cartoonists Society, Jerry Robinson. Mark Evanier moderates, plus a preview of a new documentary about the man and his legendary work. Room 8

6:00-7:00 Komikwerks: Actionopolis Shannon Eric Denton (Jimmy Neutron), Dan Mishkin (Amethyst), Rob M. Worley (Young Ancient One), Rick Hoberg (Avengers), Gary Reed (Frankenstein), Mike Dubisch (Dungeons & Dragons), Bruce Zick (Pixar), and Michael Geiger (Sony) have established their own corner of the Actionopolis Universe with exciting new YA titles hitting bookstores this summer: The Forest King, Heir to Fire, Spirit of the Samurai, The Anubis Tapestry, and Blackfoot Braves Society. Join these creators for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session! Room 1A

6:00-7:00 Heroic Publishing: Liberty Girl Want proof that patriotism in the comics is far from dead? Dennis Mallonee (writer) and Mark Sparacio (artist) have teamed up to bring you the return of America's legendary bronze goddess of freedom, the Liberty Girl! They (and maybe a couple of surprise guests) will be fielding questions about the character, and talking about the deeper meanings of how and why the Liberty Girl came to be. Come find out what all the buzz is about! Room 1B

6:00-7:00 Gumby Comics— Where has Gumby been? Is it true he’s running for president? What’s Pokey’s last name? You may find the answers to these questions and more, as writer Bob Burden moderates a Q&A session with artist Rick Geary, colorist Steve Oliff, editor Mel Smith, and Premavision’s Robert Thompson. They’ll be discussing the new Gumby comics series from Wildcard Ink as well as what’s coming next from the green boy of clay. Expect lots of sneak peeks at 2007 projects and the return of Gumby! The first 50 fans dressed up as characters from Gumby will win a special gift. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Webcomics 101: Getting Started— It’s easy to make a webcomic, but hard to do it well. Bill Barnes (Unshelved) asks fellow web cartoonists Dave Kellett (Sheldon), Jon Rosenberg (Goats), Brian Fies (Mom's Cancer), and Phil Foglio (Girl Genius) why they went online and what artistic, business, and technological choices they made. Room 3

6:00-7:00 CMX: Mega Manga— They come from Japan: some of the most exciting and captivating comics you’ll ever read! Now, DC Comics presents some of Japan’s most renowned manga, including Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Emma, Densha Otoko, Land of the Blindfolded, and from America, Megatokyo. Join writer/artist Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo), WildStorm director of manga Asako Suzuki, and manga editor Jim Chadwick for this trans-Pacific panel! Room 4

6:00-7:00 Happy Tree Friends— See the exclusive world premiere of the Happy Tree Friends television series. Comic-Con will be the first and only place fans will see the television episode before it goes to air this fall! Creative team Kenn Navarro, John Evershed, Ken Pontac, Jim Lively, and Francis Carr will be on hand for this screening and Q&A session, and be sure to get your photo taken with our 7-foot tall Cuddles mascot! Each attendee will also receive an exclusive Happy Tree Friends TV button. Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 Scoring For Superheroes— Join award-winning composers Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion, and Lolita Ritmanis (Teen Titans, Justice League Unlimited) for a rare behind-the-scenes look at music scoring for animation. This panel, moderated by journalist Jon Burlingame (Variety), will feature video clips, audio clips, and insider info about their upcoming projects. They will be joined by special guest Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), who will discuss their music for the Teen Titans series and upcoming DVD Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo. Q&A following! Find out more at www.dynamicmusicpartners.com. Room 6A

6:00-7:00 The Incredible Hulk and More: Kenneth Johnson— Join Kenneth Johnson, the writer/producer/director of The Incredible Hulk and creator of Bionic Woman, Six Million Dollar Man, V, and Alien Nation for an in-depth view on how he helped create some of the most loved television series of all time and his upcoming novel V: The Second Generation, based on his screenplay for a new miniseries sequel currently in development. Q & A to follow! Room 6B

6:00-7:00 Guillermo del Toro: Pan’s Labyrinth Famed director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) and Doug Jones (Hellboy) will discuss their latest collaboration, Pan's Labyrinth, a fanciful and chilling story set against the backdrop of a fascist regime in 1944 rural Spain. The film centers on Ofelia, a lonely and dreamy child living with her mother and adoptive father, a military officer tasked with ridding the area of rebels. In her loneliness, Ofelia creates a world filled with fantastical creatures and secret destinies. With postwar repression at its height, Ofelia must come to terms with her world through a fable of her own creation. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Random House Publishing Group Graphic Novels— The Random House Publishing Group are the publishers of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor and Flight 3, edited by Kazu Kabuishi. Two of the company’s newest titles are the critically acclaimed Elk’s Run and the highly anticipated Dark Wraith of Shannara. Join Kazu Kabuishi and Joshua Hale Fialkov, as well as the RHPG editors, to hear more about these books as well as Random House’s graphic novel plans for the future. Room 7B

6:00-7:00 The Spectacle of Azumi Director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus) and producer Mataichiro Yamamoto (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) have emerged as two of the most exciting filmmakers in Japanese cinema with the beautifully violent Azumi. Join the driving team behind the visually captivating action-adventure in a special Q&A session as they talk about the film and its U.S. theatrical release from AsiaVision! Room 9

Nighttime Programs

7:00-10:00 7th Annual Kung-Fu Superhero Extravaganza— You've laughed six times. You've gasped six times. You've cheered six times. It's seven times lucky for the latest, maybe greatest, installment of World Martial Art Hall of Famer and Inside Kung-Fu magazine's movie master Ric Meyers's newest collection of scenes from the wildest and coolest Asian action flicks coming to a theater or DVD player near you. Freebies, too? Natch! Room 6A

7:00-8:30 ASIFA Presents: Dream on Silly Dreamer On March 25, 2002, Disney Feature Animation announced the death of 2D animation by closing all of its 2D feature animation units. Dan Lund was there with his camera. View his award-winning documentary, followed by a panel of Disney animators with 120 years of combined experience in the field of animation. Panelists include Dan Lund, director Dream on Silly Dreamer and effects animator, The Emperor's New Groove ;Tony West, producer, Dream on Silly Dreamer, effects animator, Lilo & Stitch; Dorse Lanpher, effects animator, Beauty and the Beast; John Tucker, effects animator, The Lion King; Mauro Maressa, animation supervisor, Alien, effects animator Fantasia/2000; Kris Heller, clean-up Mulan, breakdown artist, Aladdin; and Jacki Sanchez, in-betweener, The Prince and the Pauper. Moderated by Larry Loc, ASIFA-Hollywood board of directors. Room 6B

8:30-10:00 CCI:IFF Extra: Tales of the Rat Fink Ron Mann (award-winning director of Comic Book Confidential and Grass) presents his wildly inventive documentary about Renaissance man Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, who engineered a shift in mid-20th century culture with his customized cars, “monster” T-shirts and America’s alternative rodent, “Rat Fink.” Q&A with the filmmaker follows. Room 6B

8:30-11:00 Star Wars Fan Film Awards—  Room 20

10:00-12:00 Azumi From the collaborative efforts of director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus) and producer Mata Yamamoto (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust), Azumi is the story of a female assassin charged with killing troublesome warlords in an effort to avert civil war. Starring Japan's premiere pop idol Aya Ueto and filled with fast-paced action sequences, Azumi was a blockbuster hit in Japan and will receive a U.S. theatrical release this Summer from AsiaVision. Room 6A

10:15-12:15 CCI:IFF Extra: IFC Presents This Film Is Not Yet Rated This Film Is Not Yet Rated, an IFC Original Documentary from Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick (Twist of Faith), is an unprecedented investigation into the MPAA film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture. See what Entertainment Weekly calls "an irresistible muckraking documentary that might just shake up the world of movies, which would be good news for movie addicts everywhere," followed by a Q&A with Kirby Dick and producer Eddie Schmidt. Room 6B