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10:30–11:30 Kids’ Day: Draw Cartoons Like the Pros—In order to draw cartoons like the pros, you must think like a pro. Your drawings can be simple, but they should tell a story. To do this, you must learn basic skills, such as facial expressions and body language. This session is designed to illustrate and assist young artists in applying these basic skills in their cartoon drawings. Gil McCue is the creator of two published comic strips, a children's book illustrator, cartoon instructor for "College for Kids" programs, and a San Diego member of the SCCS and NCS. Room 1A

10:30–12:00 Christian Comics Association Meeting—Join the CCAS for a Sunday morning time of Christian fellowship and interaction. The meeting will open with song and a prayer, followed by a panel discussion on the role of Christianity in the arts, as seen in the many varieties of Christian comics: educational, evangelistic, allegorical, inspirational, entertainment. Room 1B

10:30–11:30 agirlsworld.com: Ponytailers: Using Technology to Give Girls Comics They Want to Read—From page to pixel, this panel talks about the challenges and rewards of offering comics on popular websites such as www.agirlsworld.com. Panelists include Marv Wolfman, Craig Miller, Karen Willson, and Chris Weber. Room 2

10:30–11:30 Spotlight on Donato Giancola—Award-winning artist Donato Giancola presents a comprehensive slide show on the classical and modern influences in his science fiction and fantasy art, from Rembrandt to Mondrian. As one of the most talented and respected artists working in the field, Donato’s works have garnered numerous awards and graced hundreds of products from book covers for The Lord of the Rings to illustrations for National Geographic. Room 3

10:30-11:30 Crossing the Lines between Comic Books and Video Games In the past five years, comic books have been incredibly influential in a wide range of entertainment mediums, including television and film. Now comic-book style storytelling and visual concepts have become driving force in video games. Interactive entertainment and comic book industry veterans discuss comic's influence in the modern game, and how games, in turn, are inspiring comics. How can converging mediums teach each other about creating a better, creative product for the ever-cynical audience? Panelists include Irrational Studios' Ken Levine (Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich), Sammy Studio's Chris Ulm (Darkwatch), and IDW's Ted Adams (Metal Gear Solid: Official Comic Book) will offer sneak peeks of upcoming projects. Raymond Padilla, senior console editor of GameSpy.com and comic-book enthusiast, will be acting as moderator. Room 6AB

10:30–12:00 CAC Session 11: Social Commentary in Comics—Charles Hatfield (California State University, Northridge) focuses on Charles Schulz's sometimes unsettling depiction of childhood in Peanuts, an example of "cross-writing" that mingles child and adult voices and questions our cherished beliefs about children. Independent scholar Mikhail Koulikov (Anime News Network) limns the ways political manga—Kaiji Kawaguchi's Eagle and Yoshiki Hidaka and Ryuji Tsugihara's First President of Japan—comment on the U.S. political process from an outside perspective. Eric Holmes (University of South Dakota) argues that EC’s New Trend horror comics metaphorically reflect the postwar rhetorical narrrative, “One World or None,” within their tales of monsters and mayhem. William Ashbaugh (SUNY Oneonta) explores the way Mobile Suit Gundam tackles the national tragedy of the Second World War more "realistically" than other mass-market works of science fiction. Room 7A

10:30–12:00 Friends of Lulu General Meeting —President Katie Merritt (Green Brain Comics) and FoL board ember Janet Hetherington (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) will discuss Friends of Lulu's past year as well as future plans. Friends of Lulu is a nonprofit organization that supports women in the comics industry with a view to encouraging diversity; its membership includes women and men, girls and boys—everyone who loves comics! Find out how you, as a member, can participate in the Friends of Lulu Comics Review Board, the Lulu Awards, Lulu's Free Comic Book Day plans, and other programs. Also at this meeting, election of the Board of Directors to sit for the 2004-2005 year. If you are not currently a member and would like to join, please visit the Lulu booth. Room 7B

10:30–11:30 One-on-One: Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, along with editorial art director Mark Chiarello, have collaborated on some of the best books and graphics novels DC has to offer – Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory and Superman: For All Seasons, to name just a few. Come and find out how these three powerhouses of creativity collaborate collectively on some of the most thrilling and beautiful books in the business. Join Jeph, Tim and Mark for this one-on-one-on-one interview and Q & A session. Room 8

10:30–11:00 Trailer Park—A Comic-Con tradition: 30 minutes straight of the hottest genre trailers out there, some current, some brand new. No guests, no questions, just trailers! Room 20

11:00–12:00 Kids’ Day: Nickelodeon Presents Danny Phantom—Butch Hartman’s (The Fairly OddParents) newest Nicktoon series, Danny Phantom, unveils the funny, fantastic action-packed adventures of Danny Fenton, who straddles two worlds as a shy freshman at Casper High and a heroic phantom-fighter with ghostly superpowers. This special screening of Danny Phantom includes a panel with the series’ creators, plus a bonus never-before-seen clip from Butch’s hit series The Fairly OddParents. Room 5AB

11:00–12:00 Comic Book Idol 2—Meet the winner of the Comic Book Resources Art Contest! For two years, ComicBookResources.com has run an amateur art contest, which has awarded its winner with work in the industry. 2004 saw the launch of Comic Book Idol 2, and CBR has flown the winner to San Diego to meet the fans. Go behind the scenes with the winner and fellow panelists creator J. Torres (Teen Titans Go), CBR executive producer Jonah Weiland, judges Ron Marz (Green Lantern) and Scott Morse (Plastic Man) ,and 2003 winner Patrick Scherberger (Marvel Age Spider-Man). Moderated by Augie De Blieck Jr. Room 9

11:00–11:40 Riding the Bullet—Writer/director Mick Garris, whose collaborations with legendary author Stephen King include the feature films Sleepwalkers and the upcoming Desperation, as well as the riveting TV adaptations of The Stand and The Shining, gives fans an exclusive glimpse at footage from their latest endeavor, Riding the Bullet. Mick, along with the film’s star Jonathan Jackson (Tuck Everlasting) and possible other guests, will introduce the footage and answer fans’ questions. Room 20

11:30–12:30 Kids’ Day: Drawing Comics for Kids—Kristian Sather has provided the pencil art for some of the funniest comics (Ren and Stimpy) over the past ten years. In this workshop, Kristian shares all kinds of secrets about drawing kids’ comics, including staging, key action poses, and hilarious facial expressions. Room 1A

11:30–12:30 VIZ Anime—The VIZ anime panel will focus on VIZ 2004 anime releases, including Inuyasha, Flame of Recca, Pokémon, and others. The panel will also cover the changing dynamics of the anime market in North America. Hosted by director of marketing Anthony Jiwa with Toshi Yoshida. Room 2

11:30–1:00 Fantastic Fiction for All Ages: The Young Adult Market—Looking for ideas for summer reading for yourself or your preteens or teens? Something beyond J. K. Rowling, Eoin Colfer, and Lemony Snicket? Then this is the panel for you, as participants explore some of the best fantastic fiction out there, regardless of its target market. Panelists include Timothy Zahn (Star Wars: Survivor's Quest), Jeff Mariotte (Witch Season: Summer), Emily Drake (Magickers,  the Dragon Guard), Sherwood Smith (Wren to the Rescue), and Matt Forbeck (Secret of the Spiritkeeper). Moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy denies all rumors of special treatment for spouse and panelist Jeff Mariotte. Room 3

11:30–12:30 MGM-TV: Dead Like MeIn this edgy and irreverent dark comedy, viewers experience the trials and tribulations of Georgia "George" Lass (Ellen Muth), a sullen young woman whose life comes to an abrupt end when a toilet from the MIR Space Station drives her into the pavement. She soon discovers there is an afterlife and that she's been assigned to a job as a "reaper." Her task is to pluck the souls of the living and escort them to their final destination. Including a cast of charming and eccentric characters, the series takes a slightly twisted look on life and the effect people’s daily actions have on their ultimate existence. Cast members Ellen Muth (Georgia "George" Lass; Dolores Claiborne), Jasmine Guy (Roxy; A Different World), and Callum Blue (Mason; Princess Diaries 2) discuss their roles in this quirky fan favorite appearing on Showtime. Room 6AB

11:30–1:00 A Tribute to Julius Schwartz —Comic-Con remembers one of the industry's great editors and the man who launched the Silver Age of Comics and helped start fandom. You’ll hear Julie stories from Forrest J Ackerman, Len Wein, Elliott S! Maggin, Paul Levitz, Marv Wolfman, Mike Carlin, and other Friends of Schwartz, plus your moderator, Mark Evanier. Room 8

11:40-1:00 Rogue Pictures: Seed of Chucky and Shaun of the DeadThe killer doll is back! The all-new Seed of Chucky is the fifth in the popular series of Chucky (Child's Play) horror comedies. Making his directorial debut is the franchise creator and writer of all five films, Don Mancini. The film introduces Glen (voiced by Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd), the orphan doll offspring of the irrepressible devilish-doll-come-to-life Chucky (again voiced by series star Brad Dourif) and his equally twisted bride Tiffany (again voiced by Jennifer Tilly). Jennifer Tilly will appear to unveil an exclusive first look at the film and answer questions along with puppeteer Tony Gardner, who operates “Chucky.” Promotional giveaway: Limited-edition Seed of Chucky/Comic-Con 2004 T-shirts, Chucky DVD sets and other killer prizes! Plus: Possibly the funniest and yet most realistic romantic zombie horror/comedy ever made, Shaun of the Dead. Follow the bloody hysterical adventures of underachiever Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best mate Ed (Nick Frost), as they cope with the Zombie Day invasion of North London and attempt to rescue Shaun's girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield). Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright will be here in person. Promotional giveaway: Shaun of the Dead T-shirts and other cool prizes! Room 20

12:00–1:00 Spotlight on Eduardo Risso—Eisner Award–winning artist and Comic-Con special guest Eduardo Risso s best known for his work with Brian Azzarello on the VERTIGO title 100 Bullets, but he is also coming off an acclaimed run (again with Azzarello) on Batman. Room 1B

12:00–1:30 Kids’ Day: Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video present ˇMucha Lucha!: The Return of MalčficoFeaturing the voice of Golden Globe–nominated actor Hector Elizondo (The Princess Diaries, Runaway Bride), ˇMucha Lucha!: The Return of Malčfico follows Rikochet (Carlos Alazraqui, Monsters Inc., Family Guy) Buena Girl (Kimberly Brooks), and The Flea (Candi Milo) as they take on the evil El Malčfico in a full-length Las Vegas adventure. When the dark force of El Malčfico, who is accidentally released, threatens the world of Lucha Libre, the three Mascaritas must rise to the challenge and send this evil from where it came. The fate of the entire universe will be decided by the outcome of their battle with El Malčfico. After the screening of this movie, creators/producers Eddie Mort and Lili Chin and producer Joel Kuwahara will be available for a Q&A session. Room 5AB

12:00–1:00 CAC Session 12: The Modern and Modernizing Superhero—Aldo J. Regalado (University of Miami) examines the ways in which the gender values underpinning America’s first superheroes went from mainstream acceptability in the Depression to counter-cultural threat during the Cold War and the realignment of superhero comic books and its implications for the Marvel Renaissance. Alex Boney (Ohio State University) explores the concept of the city in early superhero comics by looking closely at literary conception of American urbanization in modernist writers. Tom Schilz (San Diego Miramar College) explores the evolution of the damsel in distress to the superheroine in the comic book as reflecting the change in Western thought regarding women's images and their changing status in modern society. Room 7A

12:00–1:00 CBLDF: Fighting Censorship on the Front Lines—The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is fighting the legal battles that keep comics free from censorship. Find out about the this year's cases, including the victory in the US. Supreme Court on COPA, the fights against unconstitutional display laws in Arkansas and Michigan, and how the Ashcroft Justice Department is threatening entertainment of all kinds. Hosted by Charles Brownstein, director of the CBLDF, and featuring board members Louise Nemschoff, Denis Kitchen, and more. Room 7B

12:00–1:00 Creature UnknownMeet the talented and beautiful cast of Michael Burnett’s chilling horror film Creature Unknown, including Chase Masterson and Betty Okino. The cast, which was featured in Femme Fatales magazine, are always a blast to meet and interact with. Hear their stories and see exclusive behind the scenes clips from the upcoming DVD release. Room 9

12:30–1:30 Kids’ Day: How to Draw Star Wars: Padawan Penciling with Joe CorroneyStar Wars artist Joe Corroney will show kids 12 and under how to draw famous Star Wars characters, including aliens, droids, and favorite heroes and villains. Art materials will be supplied—kids just need to bring their imaginations! Room 1A

12:30–1:30 Graphic Novels in Libraries—Graphic novel collections are fast growing on library shelves, but you don't need to be “Super Librarian” to maintain it! Build a great GN collection with mainstream, indy, and manga titles! Join Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale, AZ Public Library), Jill Patterson (Orange County Regional Library), Rory D. Root (Comic Relief), and moderator Hillary W. Chang (Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library). Room 2

12:30–2:00 CFQ Presents: Starship Smackdown All*Stars—The world’s foremost spaceship-ologists are back for a beloved San Diego tradition, the Starship Smackdown. But this year it’s personal, as our favorite spaceships from previous years return to do combat in Starship Smackdown All-Stars. Will the Salvage One be able to savage the Sulaco? Will the Enterprise once again defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer or can the Battlestar Galactica battle a V Mothership to a standstill? The only way to find out is to be there for the greatest smackdown of them all: Starship Smackdown All*Stars. Who knows, maybe even Richard Hatch might show up (no, not that Richard Hatch!). Presented by CFQ Magazine. Room 6AB

1:00–2:00 Comic-Con Self-publishing School 104: Promoting Your Book—Now comes the hard part: Getting noticed in the market. "If you build it, they will come" doesn't work in comic books. Even if you have produced the greatest comic book ever, got it in all the comic shops, and put up your web page, all your work will be irrelevant unless readers know your book exists. Promoting your book is the single most important thing a self-publisher needs to do. And promotion kicks into higher gear once your book is in the stores. Self-publishers Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), Jeff Parker (Octopus Comics), and Paige Braddock (Girl Twirl Comics), retailer Robert Scott (Comickaze), and moderator Tim Stroup (Cold Cut Distribution) will discuss what has worked and what doesn't, how to determine your target audience and market to them, what retailers look for in a solicitation, and inexpensive ways to reach both retailers and fans. Room 1B

1:00-2:00 Kids’ Day: Johnny DC—Who is Johnny DC? Editor Joan Hilty is here to tell you! Kids of all ages love comics, and so will you. All the fun of DC’s kids’ line is brought together by Johnny DC, who will appear on the covers of Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, Batman Strikes!, and others! Hilty and writer J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!), others will show you just how much fun comic books can be! Room 3

1:00-2:00 CAC Session 13: Freedom, Dissent, and Censorship—Silke Niehusmann (University of London) compares the law-based and social censorship of manga in German and American markets. Patrick Volz (Bond University) traces the formation of American imagery and the portrayal of historical events in comics during an era of increased corporate globalization and commodification. Cartoonist Terry Wilson relates the dampening effect of pulp paper price increases on comics publishers in the 1960s to gouges against freedom by monopoly capitalism. Room 7A

1:00-2:00 Kevin J. Anderson: The Dune Novels—Comic-Con special guest Kevin J. Anderson is the co-author with Brian Herbert of the new series of best-selling Dune prequels, as well as his own epic SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns, and four forthcoming novels in collaboration with Dean Koontz. In comics, he has also worked for DC, Marvel, WildStorm, Dark Horse, and IDW. Room 7B

1:00-2:30 Spotlights on Tom Gill and Frank Springer—Two great comic artists together. Tom Gill is one of the great western comic illustrators (for years, the artist for The Lone Ranger) and an acclaimed teacher of comic art. Frank Springer has drawn everything from Batman to Phoebe Zeitgeist. Mark Evanier sits these two giants down for a candid conversation about two lifetimes of quality comic art. Room 8

1:00-2:00 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

1:00-2:00 Joss Whedon: Serenity—Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel and Firefly, will be on hand with surprise guests from the cast of Serenity. Get your first glimpse of Joss' eagerly awaited feature film adventure set in the Firefly universe. Currently filming, Serenity will be released by Universal next summer. Room 20

1:30-2:30 Kids’ Day: How to Draw Manga Style—Comic book writer/artist/publisher and San Diego–based art teacher Billy Martinez offers his popular art class for free at Comic-Con! Learn to draw manga style, with foreshortening, action poses, and effective gesture drawings that develop action movement.
Room 1A

1:30-3:00 Secret Origins of Good Readers—For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Robyn A. Hill (National University, San Diego), Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City), and Mike Carlin (senior group editor, DC Universe) will present The Secret Origin of Good Readers. The panelists will discuss how teachers, librarians, and comics retailers and publishers can work together to bring comic books into the classroom for use as an innovative and motivating cross-curricular teaching tool. Through a multimedia presentation, personal remarks, and a question-and-answer session, the panelists will present an overview of the medium and highlight specific ways that comic books can and have been used to engage a variety of learners. Attendees will receive a complimentary goodie bag. The panel’s companion resource book, a 60+ page volume also titled The Secret Origin of Good Readers, is available for free download at http://www.night-flight.com/secretorigin/index.html, courtesy of Aros.net. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Kids’ Day: Disney’s Teacher’s PetTeacher’s Pet, the animated, hysterical tale of Spot, a talking canine whose ultimate wish to become a real boy was inspired by the critically acclaimed, five-time Daytime Emmy Award–winning television series of the same name. Unleashed courtesy of the wonderful, wacky artistic vision of world-renowned illustrator Gary Baseman, who will head the panel discussion, this film is loaded with hidden homages to famous animated films and musical comedies. Other panelists include creators/executive producers, Bill and Cheri Steinkellner (Cheers, Facts of Life, The Jeffersons). In addition to listening to the insights of the creative team, audience members are also invited to play “spot the animation references in Spot” to win free copies of the Teacher’s Pet DVD. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 ModernTales.com—Modern Tales is the leading commercial webcomics service, with thousands of paying subscribers and hundreds of thousands of regular readers. Are webcomics more popular than "mainstream" comics? How does the established comics creator, or reader, gain a foothold in this new world? Can webcomics be profitable for creators? Join moderator Shaenon K. Garrity, the editor of Modern Tales' line of online graphic novels, "Modern Tales Longplay," and creator of ModernTales.com's Narbonic. Panelists include Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown), Tracy White (Babel Fish, serializer.net), Lea Hernandez (Rumble Girls, editor of Girlamatic.com), Glych, (No Stereotypes), Dave Roman (Astronaut Elementary, Girlamatic.com), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (serializer.net), and a few big surprise guests! Room 1B

2:00-3:00 DC: Collected Editions Brainstorming Session—Hoping beyond hope that DC will collect all the Airwave stories into one moderately priced hard cover? Waiting for the Captain Carrot trade? What is your favorite DC Comics story arc? Is it already collected in trade paperback? NO? Well, you can do something about that! Meet some of the people who make the decisions and give them your recommendations on what you think should be collected. DC’s vice president for design and retail product development Georg Brewer, vice president for sales and marketing Bob Wayne, and senior editor for collected editions Dale Crain will listen to your ideas! Room 3

2:00-5:00 Masquerade Playback—The Masquerade staff reviews this year’s big costuming event for contestants and others, and will field questions about the show. A replay of the event will be shown on the big screen. Room 6AB

2:00-3:00 What’s Up on Mars?—Earth Invades Mars! Five spacecraft were sent to the planet Mars last year, joining two spacecraft already in orbit. Three spacecraft were sent down to the surface to prepare for an eventual landing of human beings. Join SF author and Comic-Con special guest Greg Bear (Moving Mars), Dr. Michael Caplinger (Mars Global Surveyor/Mars Orbital Camera project), and a JPL Mars Exploration Rover Project Team Member for a panel that will take a look at what we're learning about our neighbor the Red Planet, and when we can expect humans to set foot there. Dave Rankin (Mars Society, San Diego co-founder) moderates. Brought to you by the Mars Society, San Diego. Room 7A

2:00-3:00 Trilogies!—By now everyone is familiar with "The Trilogy"—Tolkien's Lord of the Rings—and its influence on the subsequent marketing of fantasy and science fiction. As a form, however, the trilogy existed well before Tolkien's masterpiece was broken up, over his objections, into three parts. What are some of the other trilogies the literate fan should know, from both before and after Tolkien? What is the function of the three-part (or four- or six-part) epic in genre fiction and film? Does it have literary value per se, or is it just marketing? Bring your thoughts and your recommendations. Panelists include William Stoddard, Jefferson Swycaffer, Atanielle Rowland, and moderator Stephen Potts. Room 7B

2:00-3:30 Life Drawing Demonstration—Jeff Watts and Ron Lemen will demonstrate the technique of life drawing as seen and practiced at the Watts Atelier. They will demonstrate how and why this method of training is so crucial to an artist’s success in the real world of making a living. Room 9

2:00-4:00 Wonderfalls: Unseen Episodes—Join Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Star Trek Voyager), Todd Holland (Wonderfalls, Malcolm in the Middle, The Larry Sanders Show) ,and Tim Minear (Wonderfalls, Firefly, Angel) for a screening of two unaired episodes, “Cocktail Bunny” and “Lying Pig,” which catch the main characters at the top of their arcs in the middle of the first season. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with all three executive producers. Room 20

2:30-3:30 Kids’ Day: Caricatures and Face Drawing—Commercial artist and cartoonist Greg Hatcher has been teaching elementary and junior high school kids in Seattle to draw and publish their own comic ’zines since 1997. He returns to Comic-Con again this year to teach this popular class on how to draw faces and caricatures. Kids will learn how to draw cartoon versions of friends and family that are both accurate and hilarious. Room 1A

2:30-3:30 Kids’ Day: BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui Exclusive Extended Sneak PeekBe the first to see scenes from the exciting new BIONICLE animated DVD premiere movie. Ask the never-before-answered questions about the BIONICLE universe and find out how the story continues! Panelists include BIONICLE movie writer Henry Gilroy, directors David Molina and Terry Shakespeare, executive producers Bob Thompson, and Jeff Tahler and LEGO BIONICLE comic book writer Greg Farshtey. BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui premieres on DVD October 19. For more information, check out www.bionicle.com Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 THQ Games—The publisher responsible for such hit action offerings as Red Faction and Full Spectrum Warrior busts onto the Comic-Con scene with a handful of geek-friendly fare. Veteran comic scribes Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti will talk about inking the script for this fall’s interactive Punisher actioneer, Pixar Animation Studio artists will speak on going from the big screen to the console, and the developer behind Warhammer: Dawn of War will talk about creating the 41st millennium via pixels and polygons—as moderated by writer/gamer Jon M. Gibson. Exclusive footage and a goody bag await all button-mashers who attend. Room 8

3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback—Hey . . . how YOU doing? Better yet, how are we doing? As we race the clock to the end of another Comic-Con, let staffers know your problems, concerns, complaints, compliments, and anything else that’s on your mind about Comic-Con 2004. Room 1B

3:00-4:00 Is Newspaper Syndication Dead? The Future of the American Comic Strip—Scott Kurtz (PVP), Mike Krahulik, and Jerry Holkins (Penny-Arcade) have turned their comic strip creations into legitimate success stories without the help of the newspaper syndicates. Does the future of the American comic strip lie with print or on the web? Join Scott, Mike, and Jerry along with syndicated cartoonist Michael Jantze (The Norm), Kristopher Straub (Checkerboard Nightmare), and other web cartoonists as they debate the possibilities. Room 2

3:00-4:00 DC Comics CMX: Pure Manga!— They come from Japan: some of the most exciting, intense comics you’ll ever read!  Now, DC Comics presents some of Japan’s most renowned manga, starting with legendary projects including From Eroica With Love, Madara, Phantom Thief Jeanne, Tenjho Tenge, Swan, and Land Of The Blindfolded.  Join WildStorm VP – general manager Hank Kanalz, Jim Lee, editorial director – WildStorm (Superman), John Nee, VP– Business Development and CMX group editor Jake Tarbox for this trans-Pacific panel! Room 3

3:00-4:00 Mars Analog Research Station—With the conclusion of Mars Desert Research Station’s Crew-29 in May, the Mars Society has now conducted 37 different crew rotations involving over 200 individuals from 25 nations, with over 3,000 crew person-days spent simulating human Mars Mission Surface Operations—making the Mars Society program by far the most extensive program of extraterrestrial exploration operations research conducted to date. See how the San Diego chapter participated in learning how to live and work on the Red Planet from sending crewmembers and maintenance personnel to operating Mission Support for a month. Dave Rankin (Mars Society, San Diego co-founder, MDRS Mission Support director and MDRS maintenance crew) moderates, with Gerry Williams (Mars Society, San Diego co-founder and MDRS Mission Support Director, MDRS Mission Support Director and MDRS maintenance crew), John Stone (MDRS maintenance crew) and Patrick Purcell (MDRS Mission Support staff). Brought to you by the Mars Society, San Diego. Room 7A

3:30-4:30 Kids’ Day: Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, a 2D anime series (the first of its kind from Walt Disney Television Animation) premieres in September on Jetix, the dynamic action/adventure block seen mornings on ABC Family and evenings on Toon Disney. Panelists discussing the new series are Ciro Nieli, series creator, executive producer and director; Henry Gilroy, producer; Corey Feldman, voice of Sprx-77 (Sparks), a member of the Super Robot Monkey Team; Jermaine Turner, manager, original series, Jetix; Christopher Thomas, manager, creative affairs, Walt Disney TV Animation; and moderator Tracy McAndrew, director, original series, development and acquisitions, Jetix. Room 5AB

That’s all folks! See you next year!


 

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