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10:30 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Awards Showing—Will Eisner will introduce the presentation of videos for this year's entries for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Immediately following the videos, join your fellow retailers for a lively discussion of today's most relevant topics in Retailers Cross Talk. Room 22

10:30-12:00 Anime Voice Acting Workshop—Ever wondered how they dubbed your favorite anime? Like to try your hand at it? This workshop, led by anime voice actor and director Crispin Freeman (Hellsing, Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf's Rain, and many more), will address the main concerns and challenges when trying to dub Japanese Animation, including the basics of acting and how they apply specifically to the medium of animation; how to portray a character utilizing only your voice; how to take direction effectively; and learning to work with the recording technology of dubbing. Using volunteers from the audience, the workshop will start with the basics of acting using scenes and move on to actual dubbing of anime using a portable dubbing studio. Room 1A

10:30-12:00 Unknown Treasures of the Small Press—In today’s comic book market, there are so many new books coming out that it is impossible to keep track of everything. Many jewels are being overlooked. Some of the most unique and innovative books don't get media attention or even get into comic shops. Check in with four creators of these hidden gems, who also keep an eye open for other unknown diamonds in the rough. Join Patrick Neighly (Mad Yak Press/Newsarama's Paper Curtain), Peter Siegel (Engine Press/, Eric Haven (Sparkplug Comics), and moderator Tim Stroup (Cold Cut Distribution) for a survey of obscure treasures. Room 1B

10:30-11:30 VIZ Manga— The VIZ manga panel will focus on VIZ 2004 graphic novel releases, manga issues in the industry and also include a general Q&A session. Hosted by Alex Spence (marketing manager) with panelists Elizabeth Kawasaki, managing editor; Kit Fox, editor; Annette Roman, managing editor; Eric Searlman, editor; Veronica Cassen, designer and Marc Weidenbaum, managing editor. Room 2

10:30-11:30 TwoMorrows 10th Anniversary—Join the TwoMorrows gang to look back at their last 10 years of bringing new life to comics fandom and learn what's coming up for the future, including some surprise announcements! Featuring publisher John Morrow, Draw's Mike Manley, Write Now's Danny Fingeroth, Alter Ego's P. C. Hamerlinck, and Modern Master's Eric Nolen-Weathington. Room 3

10:30-12:00 VERTIGO: Breaking Boundaries— From the start, VERTIGO has been at the forefront of cutting-edge comics and graphic novels for mature readers. Having celebrated ten years, VERTIGO now looks forward to the next ten. Learn what mind-blowing projects are in store for you in this slide-show presentation. Hosted by vice president/executive editor for VERTIGO Karen Berger and VERTIGO editors Will Dennis and Jonathan Vankin (The Witching), with Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Enrique Breccia (Swamp Thing), Cliff Chiang (Human Target), Andy Diggle (Swamp Thing, The Losers), Marcelo Frusin (Hellblazer), Dave Gibbons (The Originals), Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man), Jock (The Losers), Bill Willingham (Fables, Robin), and Peter Gross (Lucifer). Room 5AB

10:30-12:00 Battlestar and Beyond with Richard Hatch—Richard Hatch discusses his role on the new Battlestar Galactica series and why he chose to do it. He will also discuss his sixth BG novel Destiny and debut his company’s just completed Magellan trailer, along with previewing the art and story for his new Magellan comic coming out later this year. Join Richard for an insightful and revealing Q&A session. Room 6AB

10:30-11:30 Burlyman Entertainment Speaks!— Meet Steve Skroce, Geof Darrow, and Spencer Lamm. They will talk about joining forces with the Wachowski Brothers to bring you two new and original comic titles, Doc Frankenstein and Shaolin Cowboy. Steve Skroce, the key storyboard artist for The Matrix trilogy and the writer and artist on Wolverine: Blood Debt, now co-plots and illustrates Doc Frankenstein, with the Wachowski Brothers handling script. Geof Darrow, the conceptual designer for The Matrix trilogy and the artist of Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot now writes and illustrates the forthcoming title The Shaolin Cowboy, with Ass-ologue by the Wachowski Brothers. Spencer Lamm, a past editor at Marvel comics, and editor of the The Art of The Matrix, The Matrix Comics, and the forthcoming The Art of the Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, edits these two new Burlyman titles. Larry and Andy Wachowski have worked together for over 30 years. No announcements will be made on possible additional guests, BURLY or otherwise. Room 6CDEF

10:30-11:30 CAC Session 4: The Superhero in Popular Culture: A Q&A Panel—Contributors to The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic Book Icons and Hollywood HeroesGina Misiroglu, Andy Mangels, and Adam McGovern—discuss the evolution of the superhero, the modern superhero, the strong heroine model, the gay hero, the nonmainstream hero, and multiculturalism in hero lore. These topics are framed around an overarching presentation of how the hero is a reflection of the popular culture and how the popular culture has (and has not) served the hero over time. Room 7A

10:30-11:30 Star Wars Day: Clone Wars Fiction—Star Wars authors Stephen Barnes (The Cestus Deception) and Sean Stewart (Dark Rendezvous) will join Sue Rostoni and Jonathan Rinzler of Lucasfilm, Shelly Shapiro of Del Rey, and Randy Stradley of Dark Horse Comics for discussion, questions, and answers about Clone Wars literature and comics. Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo will moderate. Room 7B

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation Session—Find out what DC Comics is looking for when it comes to artists, and find out 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. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory—not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 9

11:00-12:30 Spotlight on Jack Adler—You may not know his name, but if you read DC Comics in the fifties and sixties, you know his work. Jack Adler was the main colorist and the inventor of many of comics' most innovative techniques. Join Mark Evanier as he talks with Adler about his work and we view photos he took over the years in the DC offices. Room 8

11:30-1:00 Disney Comics: A Global Powerhouse—Learn why Disney Publishing Worldwide remains one of the most innovative, prolific producers of comics internationally. Building on a 70-year publishing legacy, Disney has charted a new course of creativity. Get an exclusive look at the scope of Disney comics around the world, from familiar Disney characters to the launch of all-new properties. All this, plus an inside glimpse at the creative process taking place between Disney and authors and illustrators. Room 2

11:30-1:00 Impact University: Writing and Drawing Comics—Comics great Will Eisner (Comics & Sequential Art, The Spirit, A Contract with God), writer Peter David (The Hulk, Supergirl, Fallen Angel, CBG columnist), writer John Jackson Miller (Iron Man), penciller/inker Vincent Giaranno (Marvel, DC, The Terminator), artist David Okum (Manga Madness), Lea Hernanzdez (Rumble Girls), and moderator Heidi MacDonald (The Pulse co-editor and CBG columnist) fill you in on what it takes to get your work published. Learn the best way to submit your work, find out the dos and don'ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session. Room 3

11:30-1:00 Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists—Comic-Con has an incredible lineup of artists in its Exhibit Hall this year. A few of them will stretch their legs a bit and come up to the second floor to talk about their work and a day in the life of an sf/fantasy artist. Joining Comic-Con special guests Roger Dean and Donato Giancola are Charles Vess, Kinuko S. Craft, and others. Moderated by Irene Gallo, the art director for TOR Books. Room 6CDEF

11:30-12:30 ComicBase User Group—Whether you’re a ComicBase user already or are thinking about becoming one, this is the place to hear all about the new, revised ComicBase 9, get tips on how ComicBase can work for you, and talk with the developer and other users. Peter Bickford, Human Computing’s principal developer of ComicBase, will show the program’s new interface, present a demo of the new grading wizard, and more. Room 7A

11:30-12:30 Bongo Comics—In 1993, Matt Groening founded Bongo Comics Group and began publishing comics based on his animated TV creations. Over a decade later, Bongo is still going strong with its flagship title Simpsons Comics, along with Futurama Comics, Bart Simpson, Radioactive Man, Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, and Heroes Anonymous! This panel features some of the funniest talent in comics, including writers James Bates, Ian Boothby, and Chris Yambar; art director Nathan Kane; and writer/artist/editor Bill Morrison. Don’t miss the latest scoop on this years’ all-star Rock and Roll edition of Treehouse of Horror, featuring stories by Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie, and Pat Boone! Plus, news about the Simpson Comics gala 100-page centennial issue with surprises galore! Moderated and refereed by Bongo’s managing editor and raconteur, Terry Delegeane. Room 7B

11:30-12:30 Star Wars Day: What’s New in Star Wars from Hasbro—The makers of the perennially popular Star Wars toys will show off what’s coming in their fall 2004 lineup. Expect inside information and answers from the Hasbro staff. And you never know—there could be a surprise or two in store! Room 9

12:00-1:30 Comic Book Law School 102: They’re Reading Our Book!—This second workshop with attorney Michael Lovitz will cover more advanced issues facing creators who are looking to actually market their creations and ideas. Issues including licensing, transfers of rights, marketing, merchandising, and distribution will be covered in an interactive setting. Attendees will participate in developing means for profiting from their creations and (time permitting) will even participate in a mock contract negotiation. Plus in-depth discussions about the options and opportunities for profit, as well as the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision. Room 1A

12:00-1:00 24 Hour Comics—Why would a cartoonist try to create a 24-page story in 24 straight hours? Concept creator Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), 24 Hour Comics Day founder Nat Gertler, comics shop owner Atom! Freeman, and cartoonists Christian Gossett of The Red Star, Josh Howard of Dead@17, and Ryan Browne of 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2004 talk about their 24 hour comics experiences. Room 1B

12:00-1:00 Marvel’s Universes—Join Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, executive editor Axel Alonso, Brian Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, Pulse, Daredevil, Powers), Terry Dodson (Marvel Knights Spider-Man), Robert Rodi (Loki, Tomb of Dracula), Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson (Powerless), and publisher Dan Buckley,  as they give you the complete lowdown on everything in Marvel’s Universes—from the Ultimates, to Marvel Knights, from the brightest parts of the Marvel Age to the darkest corners of Hell’s Kitchen! And did anyone say 2099, people? As an added bonus, join Marvel editor Tom Brevoort for a round of “Stump the T-Voort”—be the first to stump the walking Marvel Encyclopedia and win a prize! Room 5AB

12:00-1:00 SCI FI Channel: Battlestar GalacticaThe SCI FI Channel’s miniseries about the last remnants of humanity returns this January as an ongoing weekly series. Battlestar Galactica will thrust viewers back into the battle for the survival of the human race, as they search for their relentless Cylon enemy. Panelists include Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Grace Park (Boomer), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), James Callis (Dr. Gaius Baltar), series writer Ron Moore, and executive producer David Eick. After the panel, make sure to stop by the SCI FI Channel booth to get an autograph from the Battlestar Galactica cast. Room 6AB

12:30-2:00 CAC Session 5: Crossing Boundaries and Mixing Categories—By their nature, comics cross definitional and media boundaries, both as a medium and within the stories they tell. Joshua Okoromodeke (Divine Shield Comics) presents his vision of morally and culturally based African comics intended to convey African culture and heritage to the rest of the world. Anita McDaniel (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) examines the rhetorical significance of Guys as a bridge text within Cerebus that acts as a continuing commentary on feminism. Christopher Fan and Ashur Aiwase (Cornell University) examine the way Grant Morrison’s work in The Invisibles and The New X-Men explores the possibilities of a popular culture obsessed with tensions between reality and illusion, verisimilitude, and the suspension of disbelief. Kathleen McClancy (Duke University) uncovers the way Arkham Asylum undermines the definition of society in Gotham; far from serving its ostensible function as a home for the criminally insane, it instead bleeds into its surroundings, making all of Gotham into a madhouse. Room 7A

12:30-2:00 Painting the Big Picture: Speculative Fiction on a Grand Scale—Try to imagine Frodo from The Lord of the Rings without the Shire and the background life of Hobbits. Or Dune’s Paul Atreides without the politics and environment tied to Arrakis. Whether the worlds of SF are extrapolated from our own through pure fantasy, scientific theory, or a combination of both, the best ones take on a substance and reality of their own. Panelists include Comic-Con special guests Kevin J. Anderson (the co-author with Brian Herbert of the new series of best-selling Dune prequels), multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Greg Bear (Dead Lines), and Harry Harrison (Stars And Stripes Triumphant), plus Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time: New Spring) and David Brin (The Life Eaters). Moderator Rebecca Moesta has co-written all 14 volumes in the best-selling Young Jedi Knights series with her husband, Kevin J. Anderson. Room 7B

12:30-1:30 Jeff Smith—After 55 issues, the Bone saga has come to an end! What’s up next for our favorite characters from Boneville, not to mention their creator, Jeff Smith? Find out as Jeff spills the bones . . . er, beans in this informative and fun hour. Room 8

12:30-1:30 Bandai: What Is D.I.C.E.?As the premier distributor of Japanese animation, Bandai Entertainment is proud to unveil its upcoming animated feature, D.I.C.E Be sure to check out all the details surrounding this 2D/3D CG series coming to North America 2005. Produced in conjunction with Xebec Studios, Nadeisco. An exclusive D.I.C.E promo will be given away at the panel! Room 9

12:30-2:00 Warner Bros.: Batman Begins and ConstantineWarner Bros. presents looks at two of the most eagerly awaited comic adaptations of all time! First up: Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high-tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Participating in the panel are actor Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane) and screenwriter David Goyer. They will also sign autographs in the DC Comics booth after the event. Second on today’s WB bill is Constantine, based on the DC Comics/VERTIGO black'> Hellblazer graphic novels and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello. The supernatural thriller tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has literally been to hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman Katelin Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost. Appearing at this event are actors Keanu Reeves and Djimon Hounsou and director Francis Lawrence. Hall H

1:00-2:00 Marv Wolfman: From Idea to Script—How do you develop your ideas and characters? Writer/editor Marv Wolfman (former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics, and writer/creator of New Teen Titans, Blade, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and much more) will give you tips on what makes characters work, how to develop your ideas and how to prepare a proposal. A must for anyone interested in being a writer. Room 1B

1:00-2:00 Star Wars Day: LucasArts—See the trailers for the hot new LucasArts games and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Star Wars games are created. Stay to ask some questions, and hear the answers straight from the source: staff and studio representatives who worked on the games. Room 2

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Sid Jacobson—He’s the editor of one of the most popular comics lines ever, the Harvey Comics line for kids. With such hits as Richie Rich and Casper, the Friendly Ghost, many readers cut their comics teeth on this kid-friendly group of books. Comic-Con special guest Sid Jacobson also edited Marvel’s line of kids comics, Star Comics. Animation expert Jerry Beck interviews Sid. Room 3

1:00-2:30 Spotlight on Chuck McCann—If you grew up in New York, you probably remember Chuck McCann’s brilliant, groundbreaking kids show. Otherwise, you know him as one of the funniest comic actors in the business. Mark Evanier is your host as Chuck shares funny clips and even funnier stories with the audience. A not-to-be-missed event! Room 5AB

1:00-2:30 Lions Gate: Open Water and SawThe editors of CFQ magazine present an in-depth preview of two of this summer’s hottest upcoming films. First on the bill is Open Water, the most terrifying shark movie since Jaws, with stars Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis on hand to answer questions. Also, be the first to see the “first seven minutes” of Saw, a horrifying new thriller starring Cary Elwes. Tickets and giveaways will be awarded at the panel. Room 6AB

1:00-2:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen—Join comic book legends Stan Lee (Spider-Man) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy) as they discuss the long journeys involved with adapting their comics to the screen. Creative Screenwriting Magazine senior contributing editor Jeff Goldsmith will chat with Stan and Mike about their projects’ false starts, studio notes, unfilmed ideas, writing habits and, of course, how they kept their sanity as their comics became successful film franchises. Room 6CDEF

1:30-3:00 How to Break into Hollywood in San Diego—Award-winning writer, director, producer, and actor Jeff Rector will share his knowledge about the business from both sides of the camera and share valuable information on how to get work in San Diego as well as Hollywood. His film Fatal Kiss is currently running on HBO/Cinemax. Jeff’s workshop will end with a Q & A and a screening of his hilarious spy spoof Pray Another Day. Room 1A

1:30-2:30 Dark Horse: Megatokyo—Fred Gallagher's Megatokyo, the wildly popular webcomic and work of American manga, has spawned two best-selling collections and is gearing up for more. Megatokyo tells the story of two Americans, Piro and Largo, who fly to Tokyo on a whim only to end up unable to afford tickets home. Whether they are entangled in a fantasy gaming scenario, saving Tokyo from devastation by rampaging zombies, or taking awkward and disaster-filled steps towards a meaningful relationship, readers get to experience Tokyo through many unique and drastically different points of view. Rife with references to video game and anime culture both here and in Japan, it is a story that contrasts the cultures, the characters, and their own perceptions of what is around them. Meet Fred Gallagher and find out what's next for Piro, Largo, and the rest of Megatokyo's inhabitants. Room 8

1:30-2:30 Thunderbirds Fans United Are Go!—As Thunderbirds—that icon of action-packed marionette mayhem of the 1960s—is set to splash onto the silver screen in live-action form, old and new fans alike are invited to come together for a celebration! Join your fellow honorary International Rescue agents for an hour of fun, discussion, trivia, and prizes, as well as a preview of upcoming related merchandise courtesy of (Booth 816) and A&E/Cult TV Home Videos. F.A.B.! Room 9

1:30-2:30 20th Century Fox Presents Tru Calling starring Eliza Dushku—Television and film star Eliza Dushku (Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is gearing up for the second season of her hit Fox series, Tru Calling. Join the popular actress for a Q&A session as she discusses the twists and turns uncovered in the show's first season and what fans can look forward to when Tru Calling returns in November. Room 20

2:00-3:00 Comic-Con Self-publishing School 102: Getting It Down on Paper—Once you've decided to self-publish, it's up to you to get your ideas down on paper and to the printer. Join Carla Speed McNeil (Lightspeed Press), James Burk (Martin's Misdirection), Justin Hall (All Thumbs Press), and moderator Tim Stroup (Cold Cut Distribution) as they talk about everything you need to do to physically produce your own comic book. Ever thought about a Creator Boot Camp to even see if you have the discipline to create 28 pages in a month? What sorts of artboard and pens are best? How do you edit your own work? How do you deliver your art to a printer? How do you polish a script? How many copies should you print, and where do you keep them? These questions and many more will be explored as this year's self-publishing series of panels continues. Room 1B

2:00-3:00 Star Wars Day: The Official Star Wars Fan Club—Meet staff members from Lucasfilm responsible for the Official Star Wars Fan Club,, and Hyperspace; and from IDG Entertainment, publishers of Star Wars Insider. Steve Sansweet, head of fan relations at Lucasfilm, will moderate a question-and-answer session on the new Fan Club and magazine. Room 2

2:00-3:00 The Future of Black Comics: By Any Means Necessary—Black creators discuss upcoming projects and how they deal with the obstacles they face in the comic book industry. From working with major publishers to self-publishing to building a network of creators and fans, veteran and up-and-coming black writers and artists share tales of survival and triumph. Panel members scheduled to appear include Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Cartoonist), Mike and Mark Davis (Blokhedz), Travis Johnson (Variance Press), Jeremy Love (Gettosake), Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited), Lesean Thomas (CannonBusters), and moderator David Walker (BadAzz Mofo). Room 3

2:00-3:00 CAC Session 6: Superman on the Couch—Danny Fingeroth (Write Now!, Spider-Man) presents a chapter from his insightful new book, Superman on the Couch, an original exploration of the reasons that the superhero is such a potent myth figure for our times. In this second summer of Spider-Mania, the adolescent's role in the superhero myth is more relevant than ever. In his chapter titled "Changing Voices: from Robin to Spider-Man," Fingeroth explores the evolution of the teenager in superhero stories (in comics, film, and television), from sidekick to headliner, and discusses what this tells us about how our society views the role of the adolescent. Room 7A

2:00-3:00 The Future of Star Trek Publishing— black'>Best-selling Star Trek authors and top editors from Pocket Books and TOKYOPOP discuss the future of the Star Trek franchise in novels, e-books, and comic books. How will the boundaries of the Star Trek universe be expanded in the coming years? Find out from Keith R. A. DeCandido, Andy Mangels, Peter David, and Mark Paniccia. Room 7B

2:30-3:30 DC Comics: Superman: A New Era—2004 is turning into the year of Superman! Find out what DC has in store for the World's Greatest Super-Hero with artists Jim Lee (Superman), Scott Williams (Superman), Matthew Clark (Adventures Of Superman) and Ivan Reis (Action Comics); writers Jeph Loeb (Superman/Batman), Greg Rucka (Adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman), and Chuck Austen (Action Comics); and editors Eddie Berganza and Will Dennis.. Room 5AB

2:30-4:00 Travel Channel Presents: Marvel Super-Heroes' Guide to New York City—To promote this upcoming documentary, Marvel editor-in-chiefs (at various times!) Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, and Joe Quesada share stories of how New York City inspired the Marvel Universe. Also appearing are the Travel Channel's general manager Rick Rodriguez and producers Molly Hermann and Karen Kraft. After attending this program, you'll never look at NYC the same way again! Special guests include comic experts Maggie Thompson (Comic Buyer's Guide) and Michael Uslan (executive producer, Batman, Constantine). Room 6CDEF

2:30-4:00 The Jack Kirby Tribute Panel—It's been ten years since we lost the man they still call "The King of the Comics" and hail as comic books’ most influential artist. Former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier invites you to help celebrate his life with Dave Stevens, Dave Gibbons, Mike Royer, Paul Ryan, Walt Simonson, Steve Rude, and members of the Kirby family. Room 8

2:30-3:30 ADV Presents: Lady DeathJoin Lady Death producer and director Andy Orjuela and ADV senior marketing manager Rod Peters as they show off the latest art for ADV’s original production of Lady Death: The Motion Picture, ADV Films’ first animated feature-length film. Also in attendance will be Bruce Faulconer of Faulconer Productions (sound design) and Bill Brown of Soundelux DMG (music). Attendees will have a chance to learn behind-the-scenes information and more before the screening of Lady Death: The Motion Picture later on this evening. Attendees will see the new trailer and clips from the movie. Room 9

2:30-3:30 Disney/Pixar: The IncrediblesPixar Animation Studios offers a sneak peek at its much-anticipated computer-animated feature The Incredibles (coming from Walt Disney Pictures on November 5), as it spotlights the career and creative genius of Brad Bird. Director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Simpsons), producer John Walker, and moderator Mark Vaz (author of Art of The Incredibles, The Art of Finding Nemo, The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting [co-authored by Craig Barron], Behind the Mask of Spider-Man: The Secrets of the Movie, etc.) will discuss the filmmaking process and present the world premiere of a scene from the film, along with other surprises. Those attending this presentation will receive an exclusive Comic-Con poster for The Incredibles designed by the legendary Mike Mignola. Mike and Brad will be on hand for a special limited signing immediately following the program. Room 20

3:00-4:00 Star Wars Day: San Diego Star Wars Society Trivia—Test your Star Wars knowledge against your fellow Jedi and Jawas in the 2nd annual trivia challenge and learn about the San Diego Star Wars Society, the local chapter of FanForce. Hear about what being a member is all about and upcoming plans for lining up for Episode III, then compete against other Star Wars fans for cool prizes in our trivia showdown. Representing the club will be James Floyd, Brendan Prout, Donna Keeley, and Sean Condon. It's more fun than a barrel of Ewoks! Room 1A

3:00-4:00 Terry Moore—You know him, you love him. Terry Moore is the creator of one of the longest running indy comic series, Strangers in Paradise, and it’s time to catch up with Katchoo, Francine, and all the rest of the SiP cast. (For the record, Terry asked us to put a soda machine in the room. We refused. We think he’d like to buy the world a Coke  . . .). Room 1B

3:00-4:00 TOKYOPOP with Lupin III creator Monkey Punch—Meet the legendary Monkey Punch, creator of the internationally renowned manga Lupin III (also an anime on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim) for a special Q&A session hosted by TOKYOPOP. Room 2

3:00-4:00 Why We Love PeanutsIt’s one of the most ambitious comic strip reprinting projects ever: Fantagraphics’ chronological reprint of the complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz. This endearing strip is at the heart of a lot of cartoonists’, well—hearts and stands as a major influence in many lives. Gary Groth of Fantagraphics, artist Gilbert Hernandez, writer/editor/designer Chip Kidd, and Jean Schulz will talk about why we love Peanuts! And hang around for tomorrow’s installment featuring top comic strip artists! Room 3

3:00-4:30 Cartoon Network Studios—Get a sneak peek at some of the great things coming out of Cartoon Network Studios: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends from Craig McCracken, creator of Emmy-nominated The Powerpuff Girls; comic book writer and artist Judd Winick's new project, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee; and Megas XLR, a giant-robot-sized Cartoon Network hit from Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic. Moderated by Bob Higgins, senior vice president  of programming and original development, panelists include Brian Miller, general manager of Cartoon Network Studios; Craig McCracken (creator/producer), Mike Moon (co-producer/art director), and Craig Kellman (creative producer/supervising producer, animation unit) of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; Jody Schaeffer and George Krstic, co-creators of Megas XLR; Chris Prynoski, supervising director, Megas XLR; and Judd Winick, creator of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. Room 6AB

3:00-4:00 Comic Book Heaven LIVE!—See comic books as they were meant to be seen: on a big screen in a rented room with a bunch of strangers! Scott Saavedra brings his twisted brand of affection and madness for comics found in every issue of his magazine Comic Book Heaven (Slave Labor Graphics) and serves it up fresh and zesty right before your very eyes. Scott returns to Comic-Con this year with a new installment exposing his favorite obsessions: rude supermen, bizarre exploits, insane dialogue, and more. One dose of Comic Book Heaven: LIVE! and you'll never look at comics the same way again! Room 7A

3:00-4:00 Beyond “Once Upon A Time”: Building on the Tropes of Fantastic Fiction—Our culture is suffused with fairy tale icons and images from Greek, Roman, Norse, French, Arabian, Celtic, Chinese, African, Caribbean, and other source oral tradition stories, in current stories and integrated into our everyday mythos. Some contemporary tales of the fantastic still retain their basic structure as retold by Grimm, Andersen, Perrault, Lang, Lovecraft, et al., and some are nearly unrecognizable. Panelists include Nancy Holder (Spirited), Christopher Paolini (Eragon), Greg Keyes (The Briar King), Terry Brooks (Tanequil), Margaret Weis (The Dragon’s Son), Peter David (One Knight Only), and Nick Mamatas (Move Underground). Moderator Maryelizabeth Hart thinks the best fantasy possible is “once upon a time there was a bookseller with unlimited reading time . . .” Room 7B

3:30-4:30 DC Comics: Fans Turned Pro—Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis), Geoff Johns (JSA, Teen Titans, The Flash, Green Lantern: Rebirth), and Judd Winick (Outsiders, Batman) are some of the best writers (and biggest fans!) in the business. Pick their brains to find out what inspires them to create some of the most engaging stories in the industry. Room 5AB

3:30-4:30 Beyond the Basics: Advanced Selling on eBay—Looking to enhance and grow your current eBay presence? Join eBay experts for a review of advanced seller tips and strategies that will give you the insight you need to create a profitable business on eBay. You will learn how to maximize eBay’s advanced seller tools, programs, resources, and much more! Room 9

3:30-5:00 MirrorMask: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean—Renowned modern comic book writer and best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman and critically acclaimed multimedia artist Dave McKean join to create MirrorMask, their first feature together. Produced by Jim Henson Pictures, this story of an unforgettable journey through a world filled with magic, fantastic creatures and illusion follows the tradition of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Gaiman wrote the screenplay and McKean directed the film using a combination of live-action and CG animation. Room 20

4:00-5:00 How to Get into the Video Game Industry—The video game industry is one of the fastest growing, with over $9 billion in sales last year alone. The demand for developers is higher than ever, but how do you get in? What opportunities and positions are there? What skills do you need to get them? And what are the companies looking for? Veteran developer Alex Jimenez will answer these and other questions as he shares his experiences from working on titles such as X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, Dungeons & Dragons, Battletanx, Enigma: Rising Tide, and others. Find out what it takes to break into one of the most competitive and rewarding entertainment fields known and see how video games are really made! Room 1A

4:00-5:00 How Many Comics Are There?—Unlike coin collectors, who know absolutely how many of everything went into circulation, comics collectors have long had to guess about what's out there—at what is really, truly scarce. But now, with historical research into print runs and the tools of the Internet, the "supply" picture is taking shape! Speculate with panelists John Jackson Miller (Standard Catalog of Comic Books), Chuck Rozanski (Mile High Comics), Milton Griepp (, Jeff Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide), and Steve Borock (CGC)! Room 1B

4:00-5:00 Disney Comics in the U.S.—There's more to the mouse than meets the eye! Join Disney Publishing Worldwide as they celebrate the resurgence of Disney comics in the United States. From all-new comics in Disney Adventures magazine to TOKYOPOP's Cine-Manga titles, from Mickey and Donald's escapades in Gemstone comics to the debut of W.I.T.C.H. in the U.S., Disney's unique brand of storytelling and unique characters continue to captivate a new generations of readers. Room 2

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Patrick McDonnell—Yesh! America loves its Mutts, and syndicated cartoonist (and comics historian) Patrick McDonnell will be on hand to share lots of background info about Mooch, Earl, Ozzy, and the entire Mutts cast. Moderated by author Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil). Room 3

4:00-5:00 Friday the 13th: Jasons Unmasked—Paramount Home Entertainment hosts a Friday the 13th panel discussion moderated by webmaster and author Peter Bracke (DVD File). Panelists include five of the Jasons: Kane Hodder, C. J. Graham, Richard Brooker, Warrington Gillette, and Ari Lehman, and two directors, Tom McLoughlin and John Carl Buechler, who will discuss their work on the films and the search for the elusive deleted F13 footage. Room 6CDEF

4:00-5:00 Science Fiction Museum—The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opened this summer. Advisory board members and museum staff will be on hand for a presentation about this unique attraction, which includes movie and television props and memorabilia, manuscripts, costumes, interactive exhibits, and more. Panelists include Greg Bear, Forry Ackerman, and Gary Stiffelman of the SFM Advisory Board; Tim Kirk, SFM design team and Advisory Board; Harry Harrison, Hall of Fame inductee; Anne Adams, project lead; and Brooks Peck, SFM web producer. Room 7A

4:00-5:00 Star Wars Day: Star Wars Continuity: Keeping it Straight in the Galaxy Far, Far Away—It’s a big galaxy! Popular Star Wars novelists Timothy Zahn (Survivor’s Quest), Aaron Allston (Enemy Lines: Rebel Dream), and Greg Keyes (The Final Prophesy) and comic book author Jeremy Barlow (Jed—Yoda) join staffers from Lucasfilm, Dark Horse Comics, and Del Rey to discuss just how they keep track of all those planets, characters, and aliens. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo. Room 7B

4:00-5:00 Remembering Bob Clampett—He was one of the great directors of Warner Brothers cartoons (The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, A Tale of Two Kitties), and he went on to innovate kids' TV with Beany and Cecil. Join animation expert Jerry Beck, animators Milt Gray and Leo Sullivan, plus Ruth Clampett and moderator Mark Evanier as they gather to view rare film footage and to recall the creative force known as Bob Clampett. Room 8

4:30-5:30 Avengers/Marvel Heroes—The battle cry is sounded— Avengers, DISassembled?! What the—?! Not a hoax, not a stunt, it’s the real deal, and editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, publisher Dan Buckley, Avengers editor Tom Brevoort, and a host of Marvel’s best talent for Avengers-related projects are here to tell you what’s shaking up the core of the Marvel Universe! Join Avengers writer Brian Bendis, OC producer Allan Heinberg (what’s he doing here?), Allan Jacobson (Invaders), Mark Waid (Fantastic Four), Robert Rodi (Identity Disc, Loki), Scott Kolins (Avengers Disassembled), and many more as they leave no question unanswered! As an added bonus, join Marvel editor Tom Brevoort for a round of “Stump the T-Voort”—be the first to stump the walking Marvel Encyclopedia, and win a prize! Room 5AB

4:30-6:00 Warner Bros. Animation All Action Panel: The Batman, Teen Titans, and Justice League UnlimitedIn a revealing panel and Q&A session, Warner Bros. Animation’s innovative and creative talent behind The Batman, Teen Titans, and Justice League Unlimited come front and center to unmask the secrets of bringing superheroes to life. Don’t miss an exclusive sneak-peek of the highly anticipated all-new take on the Dark Knight and other special surprises! Room 6AB

4:30-6:00 Composition in Storytelling—Jeff Watts and Ron Lemen will highlight and demonstrate a series of traditional tools an artist can use to create better, more convincing stories in their images. Whether it be a story panel or a spot illustration, there are tools an artist can use to determine whether his or her image(s) is/are going to work effectively. Learn about rules such as eye flow, redirecting the eye, constraining the movement, and pushing chroma and value scales. Learn from the experts in this fun and informative workshop! Room 9

5:00-6:00 Stop-motion Animation Through the Ages—A screening of stop-motion animation from the silent days to today. Rare puppet-toons, excerpts from Willis O’Brian’s 1925 The Lost World, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, The Secret World of Tom Thumb, and much more. Hosted by animation educator and ASIFA-Hollywood Board member Larry Loc. Room 1A

5:00-6:00 Sketch to Sale: A Useful Panel About entering Hollywood—This panel will take a movie idea from conception through various necessary and possible steps to production. Topics covered will include creating a pitch document, using agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and some humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is a new path, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Panelists include Christopher Keenan, SVP, creative affairs, Warner Bros. Animation; Geoff Johns, writer, DC Comics; Jermaine Turner, development, ABC Family; Dan Evans, freelance development; Julie Kane-Ritsch, agent, Gotham Group; and Jeremy Love, VP, Gettosake Entertainment. Room 1B

5:00-6:00 Behind the Plastic—Every company has had its successful and, well, not so successful lines. "Behind the Plastic" looks at the triumphs and heartbreaks of launching toy lines and getting them to store shelves. Why did a line end? Why hasn't anyone made your favorite character yet? What does the future hold for your favorite line? Toy industry professionals will give you all the behind-the-scenes stories about your favorite toy lines. Moderator Julius Marx from Action Figure Times is joined by Jesse Falcon, senior product manager, Toy Biz; Kim Mattison, product development manager, Palisades Toys; Randy Falk, director of product development, NECA Inc.; Digger, president and founder of Art Asylum; Dev Gilmore, account executive, Gentle Giant Studios; Jerry Macaluso, president, SOTA; and Larry Marder, president, McFarlane Toys. Room 2

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Harry Harrison—Meet legendary science fiction writer and special guest Harry Harrison, author of such great sf works as the Stainless Steel Rat novels, the Deathworld trilogy, Bill the Galactic Hero, and the recent Stars and Stripes Forever trilogy. Described by Brian Aldiss as “one of the few authors capable of carrying the old vigor of earlier days forward into a new epoch,” Harrison actually got his start in editing pulp sf magazines back in the 1950s. Creative Screenwriting senior contributing editor Jeff Goldsmith talks to Harry about his career (including having been a comic book artist and writer of the Flash Gordon newspaper strip), writing habits, and, of course, his novel Make Room! Make Room! which served as the basis for the classic film Soylent Green, starring Charlton Heston. Room 3

5:00-6:00 Hellboy DVD—Hellboy writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, The Devil’s Backbone), creator Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Entertainment), DVD producer Javier Soto, and visual effects supervisor Blair Clark (Tippett Studios) participate in a panel discussion and presentation regarding the cutting-edge two-disc DVD set. Room 6CDEF

5:00-7:00 Collecting Comic Art—Have you always wanted something special from the first comic you ever read? How about from your favorite artist? For as long as comic books has been around, there have been people who collect the art used to produce them. Collectors Dan Herman, Bill Howard, Jonathan Mankuta, Frank Giella, and Brian Peck discuss various subjects about the art that is near and dear to their hearts. They'll give you the benefit of their experience to help you learn what to look for when buying, as well as the best resources for finding art, plus its care and preservation. Additional topics range from the history of this intriguing medium to the ways the Internet has changed and expanded this hobby. Room 7A

5:00-6:00 Pervasive Art: Gary Baseman—Award-winning artist Gary Baseman blurs the line between high and low art, discussing how artists can maneuver into any medium, as long as they maintain the integrity of the aesthetic and meaning of their art, whether film, television, print, gallery shows, advertising, or consumer products. Baseman is the three-time Emmy award–winning creator/executive producer of Teacher’s Pet. His work is published in the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, and Blab. His art makes up the visual identity of the internationally successful game Cranium. His collectible art toys, Lucky and Dunces, have sold out worldwide. A 352-page book of Baseman’s art, Dumb Luck. has just been published by Chronicle Books. Room 7B

5:00-6:00 Keenspot—Keenspot, the biggest name in webcomics, returns for their 4th annual Comic-Con panel. Cartoonists scheduled to appear include Ian J. (RPG World), Aeire (Queen of Wands), Dan Shive (El Goonish Shive), Aaron Farber (Men in Hats), Josh Lesnick (girly), Lee Herold (Chopping Block), Darren "Gav" Bleuel (Nukees) as The Moderator, and whoever else can fit on the dais without anyone being seriously injured or worse. As per usual, free stuff will likely be given away to all who attend. So attend already! Room 8

5:30-7:00 Gays in Comics: Crossfire 3—The popular no-holds-barred roundtable returns for its third "straight" year, moderated by Joan Hilty, DC editor and creator of the comic strip Bitter Girl. What issues of race/gender/sexuality are driving the hottest debates? What are the best and worst imprints for queer content in comics? Are gays more or less marketable to the mainstream than before? Get a fistful of opinions from this wide range of queer comic creators, including Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Tristan Crane (How Loathsome), Terrance Griep (Scooby-Doo), and Phil Jimenez (New X-Men). Room 5AB

5:30-7:30 New Line Cinema/New Line Home Entertainment: Blade: Trinity, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Cellular, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Extended Edition DVD—New Line Cinema presents a "first look" at Blade: Trinity that includes footage from the upcoming film followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with cast members Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds as well as director David Goyer. Also making an appearance will be the stars of the upcoming film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, John Cho and Kal Penn. New Line Home Entertainment will also present a first look at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition. This hour-long presentation will debut select clips from the extended version of the film and will include a panel discussion featuring key cast and crew members who were involved in the creation of the extended DVD. Program elements will include Peter Jackson's scene selection process (his favorite moments, etc.) and stories from The Lord of the Rings co-producer Rick Porras and cast members David Wenham and Billy Boyd about the behind-the-scenes preparations necessary to deliver this extended version of the DVD. Beyond the making of the film, New Line Home Entertainment DVD executive Mike Mulvihill and DVD producer Michael Pellerin will discuss their collaboration with the cast and crew to create the extensive bonus features. All panel participants will recount their time spent being interviewed for the DVD bonus features and the experience of having additional cameras on-set during the entire filming process. Hall H

6:00-7:00 Manga: Lost in Translation—Join a panel of translators who have worked in the comics and animation industries for decades as they discuss successes, failures, and changes they have seen over the years. What does it take to break into the industry? What does it take to stay in? Panelists William Flanagan (Othello, W Juliet, Fushigi Yugi), Julie Davis (Animerica, Inu-Yasha), Dwight Decker (Disney comics for Egmont, Denmark), and Mark Simmons (Gundam series) will share a lot of good stories and answer your questions. Room 1A

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Bruce Jones—Comic-Con special guest Bruce Jones’s comics writing career spans three decades. From his classic Warren horror tales to Ka-Zar the Savage to The Incredible Hulk, his talents have defined several eras. And that’s not to mention Bruce’s film, TV, and novel writing accomplishments. Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) conducts the interview and the Q&A session that follows. Room 1B

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Aaron McGruder—Comic-Con special guest Aaron McGruder is the creator of The Boondocks, the popular comic strip that has been collected into three separate volumes. He’s currently working on an animated version of his strip with filmmaker Reginald Hudlin. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Greg Bear—Born in San Diego and a member of the first Comic-Con committee, science fiction author Greg Bear makes the trek down from the Pacific Northwest for Comic-Con International 2004. Bear has been writing since he was 10, and he sold his first short story when he was 15. His books include Hegira, Psychlone, Dinosaur Summer, Foundation and Chaos, Darwin’s Radio, Rogue Planet, Vitals, and Darwin’s Children. His latest is Dead Lines, which came out in June. Moderated by Dave Clark. Room 3

6:00-7:00 Lloyd Kaufman, Max Allan Collins, and Bill Plympton—These three quirky indy filmmakers will engage in a free-wheeling discussion on just about anything! Lloyd Kaufman is celebrating 30 years of Troma, Max Allan Collins, in addition to his filmmaking (Mother) career, has graphic novels (Road to Perdition) and books (CSI adaptations) out now, and Bill Plympton will be showing his latest film, Hair High, tomorrow night right here at Comic-Con! Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Tom Sito: The Animation Strikes—During the Depression, a few animation geniuses held the spotlight, while in their shadows staff artists braved low pay, the Mob, the Blacklist, and outsourcing to create the Golden Age of American Cartoons. Tom Sito (Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, Shrek), the president emeritus of the Hollywood Local 839 Animation Guild, gives a history of this struggle of animators in New York and Hollywood to make a living wage. Room 7B

6:00-7:00 So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer . . . ?—Ever wondered what it's really like to run a comics shop? If you've ever dreamed of running your own comic store and you don't want to end up as The Simpsons’ Comic Shop Guy, this panel is required viewing. Real comics retailers will answer the questions you've always wondered about: How do you get started? How much money does it take? How do you decide what to carry in the store? How do you deal with back issues? And how do you get that really stinky guy to leave? The panelists have plenty of stories of what life is like when you sell comics for a living! With Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld), Nancy Trempe (Comics Unlimted), Lee Hester (Lee's Comics), Trent Walsh (Bat Comics), and moderator Mark Thompson (Cold Cut Distribution). Room 8

6:00-7:00 The Inkwell: Premiere of the Television Newsmagazine About Comics, Animation, and Pop Culture—See the world premiere screening of The Inkwell, a half-hour television news series dedicated to art, animation, design, and pop culture. In this show you’ll meet legendary comic creators of the past and check out the work of important contemporary artists. It will take you to the artist lofts, museums, conventions, and studios—wherever contemporary pop art is popping. The pilot episode includes segments on Howard Chaykin, Bill Plympton, Basil Wolverton, and comics to film. Following the screening, series creator G. Michael Witt and show hostess Jennifer Korbin will be on hand to discuss plans for the series and learn about what you would like to see in future episodes Room 9

Nighttime Programming

7:00-8:30 Klingons Lifestyle Presentation—The crew of the IKV Stranglehold return with their latest mission as an attempt at R&R is interrupted by a nefarious plot forcing the crew to fight back. Experience their latest ongoing voyage of life aboard a Klingon vessel. All species are welcome. Room 6AB

8:30-11:00 The Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards—Don’t miss the “Oscars” of the comics industry, as celebrity presenters give out awards in 26 categories. Will Eisner  himself will be on hand to congratulate the winners, award-winning novelist Michael Chabon will be the keynote speaker, and Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada will serve as overall MC. Other awards to be given out include the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the CBLDF Defender of Liberty Award, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award For a full descrption, see page 8. Room 20

9:00-11:00 Lady Death: The Motion Picture World Premiere!—Making its way to Comic-Con International is an exclusive screening of Lady Death: The Motion Picture, ADV Films’ first animated feature-length film. In 15th-century Sweden, Hope (the beautiful daughter of Matthias—believed to be a skilled mercenary, but who is actuality is Lucifer, the Lord of Lies) is accused of being the devil’s consort following a hellish incident witnessed by local villagers. Ultimately, Hope is sentenced by the town priest to be burned at the stake. Writhing in pain and unable to think clearly, she accepts Lucifer’s offer of life in Hell—presented by the malevolent Pagan—over a hideously painful death. Lucifer’s grand plan to corrupt a soul of pure innocence meets unanticipated resistance, as Hope rejects Lucifer's scheme and eventually, transformed into the powerful warrior Lady Death, challenges the Lord of Lies for control of Hell itself. Room 5AB

9:00-11:00 IFC Presents Ultimate Film FanaticThere can be only one! IFC’s Ultimate Film Fanatic game—based on its newest original series of the same name—is the perfect way to test your movie trivia knowledge and win cool prizes! Round winners will receive iPods and a chance to win a portable DVD player and personal movie collection, along with the title of Ultimate Film Fanatic! All contestants will receive T-shirts and movie trivia calendars to test your film savvy every day of the year! Stop by the Film Threat booth (#3450) to sign up. Hosted by Chris Gore, editor of Film Threat and television host of IFC’s Ultimate Film Fanatic. Room 6AB

11:00-12:30 Sneak peek at a new independent film!—Comic-Con International presents a special secret advance look at a major upcoming indy movie. Your badge gets you in FREE! Members of the cast and crew will be available for Q&A afterward. Screening presented by Film Threat. Room 6AB



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