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11:00–12:00 Game Design Workshop—Ever wanted to make your own tabletop game? Got an idea and want to see it published? Travis Chesney and Diego Guajardo of T-D-Us Gaming show you how to come up with a great idea and some of the dos and don'ts when creating a new game. Win prizes, demo a game, be a part of gaming history! Room 1A

11:00–12:00 Neko Press Comic Book Soundtrack—Movies have soundtracks, why not comics? Billy Martinez, of Neko Press, previews the very first soundtrack to one of his books, Kickass Girl, in this different kind of event. Room 1B

11:00-12:00 Robotech—Harmony Gold USA staff members present an exclusive preview of the upcoming Robotech sequel Robotech—Shadow Force, along with previews of the new video game Robotech—Invasion and other Robotech merchandise products. Hosted by Tommy Yune, creative director; Tom Bateman, coordinator; Steve Yun, webmaster; and Alan Letz, HGUSA executive VP. Room 2

11:00-12:00: Digital Manga—This panel will introduce Cybermanga, a new form of interactive digital manga on the Internet, evolved from the integration of anime and manga. Konohana Sakuya, the artist duo (Kohei Nishino and Tsugumi Nishino) known for their award winning manga Encounter, will introduce the steps in how to draw manga, as well as the future of manga in today's digital world. Room 8

11:00-12:00 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 extremely 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

11:30-12:30 Dragonlance: Margaret Weis—Margaret Weis is the co-author of one of the best-selling fantasy lines in history, now celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book that started it all—Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Join Margaret for a Q&A session about the novels and the RPG gameline. Room 5AB

11:30-1:00 Spotlight on Walt and Louise Simonson—Comic-Con special guests Walt and Louise Simonson, together and separately, have had long and accomplished careers in comics. Walt has written and or drawn such titles as Thor, Fantastic Four, and Orion. Louise has had distinguished runs as editor or writer on such projects as Power Pack, X-Men, and Superman. Together they produced X-Factor and X-Men/Teen Titans. Danny Fingeroth (Superman On The Couch) interviews this dynamic duo, followed by a Q & A session! Room 7B

12:00–1:30 Comic Book Law School 101—New room! New information! New format! Same award-winning creative team! 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 The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (and the soon-to-be-released 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 for shopping the proposal to publishers. And along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. Copyright and Trademark systems. Room 1A

12:00–1:00 Professional Networking 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 Andrew Pepoy (GI Joe Reloaded) 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 1B

12:00–1:30 Spotlight on Roger Dean— Roger Dean is an internationally recognized artist and designer whose evocative and visionary images with associated graphics, logos, and lettering created a new genre of work. His incredible work as an album cover and poster artist (best known for his Yes album art) has been enjoyed by audiences worldwide. Roger has also been involved in designing some dynamic and unique architectual projects, including the "Home for Life," a house for the new millennium: artistically beautiful, environmentally kind, but cheap and quick to build. Room 2

12:00–1:00 Spotlight on Tim Thomerson—Actor Tim Thomerson is best known for playing Jack Deth in the cult film series Trancers. The San Diego native caught the acting bug while working as a prop man at the Old Globe. While studying acting with Stella Adler in New York, he got into stand-up comedy and was part of the thriving comedy club scenes in both New York and Los Angeles in the 1970s. In his 30-year acting career he has appeared in a long list of films and TV series. Besides “Jack Deth” he is known as “Brick Bardo” in the Dollman series and “Farnsworth” in the Nemesis trilogy. This fan-favorite actor is a local boy made good (born in Coronado, graduated from St. Augustine) and a special guest for Comic-Con 2004. Room 7A

12:00–1:00 Alien Racers: From Concept to Toys and Beyond—MGA Entertainment, creator of the worldwide doll phenomenon Bratz, enters into the boys action market with this exciting, original property featuring radio-controlled vehicles and an action figure line. The product will be packaged with comic books chronicling the adventures of the Alien Racers: Ultrox, G'rog, Skrash, Gnarl, and more. Members of the MGA Entertainment design and story team will be on hand to show the process of developing a brand, from early concept sketches and stories to production vehicles, action figures, comic books, and more. Panelists include Karl Altstaetter, lead character artist/comic book illustrator (creator of Deity from Image Comics); Kevin Bloomfield, product designer/concept development; and Gerimi Burleigh, lead writer/illustrator/concept development. Room 8

12:00–1:00 Spotlight on Dustin Nguyen: From The Authority and Back (Hosted by Jim Lee)—Anyone who saw Dustin Nguyen’s stunning renderings of Batman and his rogues on his recent Batman run was not surprised when WildStorm announced the new creative team for The Authority: Revolution, written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Nguyen. Join Dustin for this interview and Q & A session hosted by comics legend and WildStorm editorial director Jim Lee. Room 9

12:30–1:30 Voice Actor Tryouts—Margaret Kerry-Willcox is best known as the rotoscope model for Disney’s Tinker Bell. She was also a “Little Rascal,” as well as the lips of Clutch Cargo. Learn voice acting from a pro and come try your hand at voicing an animated character. Room 3

12:30–1:30 TOKYOPOP Insider and Artists Recruitment—A must for manga fans and aspiring creators! Get the lowdown on your favorite series, learn about brand-new titles, and meet some Rising Stars. In addition, you can find out if you have what it takes to be a manga-ka (details at: Plus: audience trivia for fabulous prizes! Room 5AB

12:30–1:30 Creative Light and Razor Digital’s New Release and Filmmaker Forum—Indy filmmaker? If so, this is the panel for you! Join Scott Zakarin (director of indy films Jekyll and Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters, and Marvels), Mitch Perliss (Razor Digital Domestic Videodistributor), Chase Masterson (star of the indy film Creature Unknown), Mark Teague (filmmaker and star of the indy film Superguy: Behind the Cape), and Ted Chalmers (VP of international distribution at Creative Light Worldwide) for an in-depth conversation on how to get your film distributed. Also, see samples from these new releases and find out what it takes to produce a film that sells in the marketplace! Room 6CDEF

1:00-2:00 Comic-Con Self-publishing School 101: Getting Started: What You Need to Know Before You Jump into Self-publishing—Kicking off this year's self-publishing series of panels is an overview of the typical paths: You've got a great idea for a comic book, now what? Starting at the beginning, this panel will answer big questions, cover practical issues, and examine all of the ways to publish your own work, from traditional comics to graphic novels, from minicomics to webcomics. Why would you self-publish? How do you get a book that you create yourself into stores across the country and around the world? What sort of sales can you expect? Join Terry Moore (Abstract Studios), Michel Gagné (Gagné International Press), Dan Taylor (GeekPunk), Rafael Navarro (Ninth Circle Studios), and moderator Mark Thompson (Cold Cut Distribution) as they cover the basics of self-publishing. If you're thinking about self-publishing, this is where you start. Room 1B

1:00-2:00 Meet Conan Properties—Be among the first to get all the latest news about Robert E. Howard’s immortal literary creation, Conan of Cimmeria. Fred Malmberg (executive director) and Jeff Conner (VP, publishing) of Conan Properties International host a multimedia presentation while answering your questions about current and upcoming Conan-related projects, from books to games, toys to films, and more. Room 7A

1:00-2:30 Art of Silver: Animation Character Design—Stephen Silver got his start in the animation industry as a character designer for Warner Bros. Animation, and later went on to develop the characters for Kevin Smith's Clerks the Animated Series and Disney's Kim Possible. He is currently designing characters for the new hit show Danny Phantom at Nickelodeon. This lecture introduces students and professionals to the art of drawing, character design, and the business of art. It sets out to motivate while demonstrating and explaining the creative process of drawing. Stephen talks about how he got started, his influences, and working in the animation industry. Art is hard work, art is fun, but it’s all about thinking, planning, creative problem solving, and most of all, determination. Room 7B

1:00-2:30 Spotlight on Mike Royer—He started as an assistant to the great Russ Manning and moved on to become Jack Kirby's favorite inker on many important works, including The New Gods. Along the way, his work also appeared in Creepy, Vampirella, Tarzan, and dozens of other comics. Join Mark Evanier as he interviews a true professional and a Comic-Con special guest for 2004, Mike Royer. Room 8

1:00-2:00 Del Rey Manga—Dallas Middaugh, Del Rey's director of manga, and Betsy Mitchell, Del Rey's editor-in-chief, talk about the company’s plans for manga through 2005. Learn about future events in Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC, and have a fun time discussing just what trouble Negi is likely to get up to in Negima. Plus early looks at two new Del Rey manga: Othello by Satomi Ikezawa, and The Wallflower (Yamatnadeshiko Shichihenge) by Tomoko Hayakawa. Room 9

1:30-3:00 Masquerade 101—Costuming plays a part in every popular art and is arguably as old as art and drama itself. How do you go from the spark of an idea to being a star on a stage? What works and what doesn't? And what are the secrets to not only creating much applause but having a terrific time as well? Here's some sound advice and observations from costumers who have won trophies in past shows, a Hollywood pro, and Comic-Con’s masquerade staff. CCI masquerade coordinator Martin Jaquish, master convention costumers MaryAnn Meyers and Beth Holley, fantasy artist/master costumer Sue Dawe, and professional prop, model, and specialty costume designer/fabricator Mike Moore of HMS Creative Productions will discuss, demonstrate, and answer questions about how to make your vision into reality and get the most out of your on-stage experiences. Room 1A

1:30-2:30 Coloring Comics with Alex Sinclair—Alex Sinclair has colored almost every character in the WildStorm Universe and has begun to tackle the DC Universe with his award-winning run on Batman: Hush, and this year's Superman and Identity Crisis. Alex will give a brief history of digital coloring and have a Q&A session while giving a demonstration of his coloring techniques. Room 2

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Geoff Johns—He’s just about the hardest-working writer in comics! CCI special guest Geoff Johns will be here to answer your questions and tell you about his work on such DC titles as JSA, Flash, Teen Titans, and more! Room 3

1:30-2:30 Dreamwave Talks!—Join Pat Lee, Roger Lee, and Dreamwave head honchos Derek "Doc" Choo-Wing and Rich Young as they lay out what's to come for Fall 2004. From Transformers to Warlands, Duel Masters to GI Joe, pockets to comics, learn firsthand in this intimate discussion and Q&A where you can ask everything Dreamwave! Room 5AB

1:30-3:00 DVD Producers—The Digital editors Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan talk DVD with some of the hottest producers working in the industry today. Scheduled to appear are Charles de Lauzirika (Alien Quadrilogy, Spider-Man 2), J.M. Kenny (Footloose: SE, Troy), David Prior (Panic Room: SE, Master and Commander), and Javier Soto (Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). The producers will discuss projects currently in production and engage in a lengthy Q&A with the audience. Door prizes will be given away (including movies and a DVD player). Room 6AB

1:30-2:30 Graveyard Filmworks Preview: Boo and Cemetery GatesProlific film producer David E. Allen (Dog Soldiers) introduces his new horror film company Graveyard Filmworks. Trailers exclusive for Comic-Con will be shown for the first two Graveyard Filmworks projects: the chilling haunted hospital thriller Boo and the savage creature feature Cemetery Gates. There will be a Q&A session, exclusive giveaways, and first official news of the sequel to the werewolf cult favorite Dog Soldiers! Panelists include writer/director Anthony C. Ferrante (Boo); director Roy Knyrim (Cemetery Gates): writer Brian Patrick O’Toole (Cemetery Gates); and cast members Reggie Bannister (Bubba Ho-Tep). Dee Wallace Stone (The Howling), M. Steven Felty (Surreal World - Tatooine Episode 1.5), Rachel Melvin (Boo), and Peter Stickles (Shaft). Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Batton Lash: 10 Years of Supernatural Law—Batton Lash’s enduring attorneys Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd are celebrating two anniversaries: their 10th year in comic books and their 25th year as comic characters. Batton, the Eisner Award–winning writer of Radioactive Man, talks about his quarter century with these indy comic favorites, his 10 years toiling in the comic book trenches, and the pros and cons of self-publishing. Come listen to one of comics’ true raconteurs! Room 1B

2:00-3:00 CAC Session 1: Defining Comics, Again?!—Often the debate over the definition of comics encompasses four assertions: comics as art, comics as literature, comics as communication, and comics as language. Communications professor Randy Duncan (Henderson State University), English professor Gene Kannenberg (University of Houston), art professor David Stoddard (Henderson State University), and linguist Neil Cohn (We the People: A Call to Take Back America) discuss the disciplinary dynamics of these various positions through which the comics medium is studied, and how each category carries particular cultural expectations, perceptions and limitations. Room 7A

2:00-3:00 AnimericaAnimerica, the oldest anime magazine in the industry, promises an exciting panel the ever-changing world of anime and manga. Plus learn secrets of the magazine’s production and how to write about anime and manga. Hosted By Kelli Blackwell, editor-in-chief; with panelists Egan Loo, editor; Reginald Rhoades, music editor; and Kevin Lillard, convention reporter/photographer). Room 9

2:30-4:00 DRAW! and Write Now Magazine: Creating a Comics Character from Script to Print—Always wanted to create your own comic but don't know how to get started? Write Now! Magazine editor-in-chief (and former Spider-Man group editor) Danny Fingeroth and Draw! Magazine editor-in-chief Mike Manley (Batman) combine forces to show you how a new character is created, from initial idea to script to drawn, colored, and printed story. In a session based on the current, comprehensive "how-to" crossover between the magazines (both published by TwoMorrows), as well as their new instructional DVD, How To Draw Comics from Script to Print, the writer-artist team shows you how it's done in the most information-packed 90 minutes you'll ever attend. Special guest artists (and Draw! contributors) Bret Blevins (JLA storyboard artist) and Alberto Ruiz (aka Dr. Cyberfunken) will be on hand, giving bonus lessons on figure drawing and Adobe Illustrator. With script and art demos projected on a screen, there won't be a bad seat in the house. And, of course, Danny, Mike, Bret, and Alberto will answer your questions, too. Room 2

2:30-3:30 How to Set Up a Portfolio—Scott Grimando, illustrator and art director (Disney, Heavy Metal, Penquin Putnam, Acclaim Entertainment) offers a workshop covering the fine points of the proper presentation of an artist’s work, including the basics, packaging, web portfolios, and promotional materials. Bring your portfolios. Use this valuable information for your portfolio reviews during the rest of your time at Comic-Con! Room 3

2:30-3:30 DC: In the Name of Justice—To play with the big boys, you need to pull out the big guns, and that is just what DC did. For years the JSA, the granddaddy of all super teams, and the JLA have acted as models for almost every other super-team, and for good reason. With a lineup of DC’s most powerful superheroes, the JLA and JSA pack one heck of a one-two punch! Step into the ring with Chuck Austen (Action Comics, JLA), Ron Garney (JLA), Joe Kelly (JL Elite) Geoff Johns (JSA, Teen Titans), and senior group editor Mike Carlin. Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Godzilla at 50—The big guy doesn’t look 50 (50 million years old, that is), but it was a dark day in 1954 when he and Raymond Burr first destroyed Tokyo. Since then both kinder/gentler and meaner/uglier Godzillas have wreaked havoc all over the world. Why does this big scaly brute generate so much . . . love? Panelists Jeff Bond (Cinefantastique magazine), Chris Gore (, and Steve Ryfle, author of Japan’s Favorite Mon-star (The Unauthorized Biography of Godzilla), join moderator Ric Meyers (Great Martial Arts Movies: From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan and More), and others as they talk about our favorite Japanese import. Room 6CDEF

2:30-4:00 New Kids in the Universe: Fresh Voices in Speculative Fiction—While every SF reader has familiar and beloved authors, we all know that sometimes it can be a long wait for an established author’s new work. And, of course, all established authors were once first-time authors. This panel features a diverse collection of authors, ranging from brand spankin’ new first novelists to authors with a few novels on the shelves, whose reputations are spreading. Panelists include Alexander Irvine (One King, One Soldier); Lorna Freeman (Covenants); Howard Hendrix (The Labyrinth Key); China Mieville (Iron Council); Minister Faust (Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad); and Andy Fox (Bride of the Fat White Vampire). Moderator Chris Schluep, Del Rey editor, includes among his editorial projects Broken Angels, Iron Council, and Fat White Vampire Blues. Room 7B

2:30-4:00 Golden and Silver Age of Comics—Every year, Comic-Con gathers together several greats from the classic periods of the comics industry. This time out, come meet Tom Gill (The Lone Ranger), Frank Springer (Nick Fury), Gene Colan (Daredevil), Frank Bolle (Dr. Solar), Sid Jacobson (Harvey Comics), Jack Adler (DC production staff) and Harry Harrison (EC Comics), who among them have logged over 300 years in comics! Mark Evanier presides over this vital Comic-Con tradition. Room 8

3:00-4:30 Resin Casting and RTV Moldmaking—Jeff Broz of Matrix Enterprises has presented three previous intros to plastics and casting. This year's seminar advances into complex silicone mold design and casting techniques that should spark the casual interest of the working joes in the trenches. Bring your questions and casting stories and hash them out with Jeff! For more information visit Room 1A

3:00-4:00 Comic-Con’s 35th Year—Panelists take a look back over the three previous decades of Comic-Con: the early years at the El Cortez Hotel in the 1970s, the middle years at the Convention and Performing Arts Center in the 1980s, and the boom years of the 1990s. Jackie Estrada moderates as Scott Shaw!, Maggie Thompson, David Scroggy, Fred Patten, Mike Royer, and others share anecdotes and insights Audience members are invited to participate—what is your favorite Comic-Con story or memory?  Room 1B

3:00-4:30 Freaks and GeeksFreaks and Geeks ran on NBC for only one season, 1999–2000, but its cult status lives on today. Interest is at an all-time high with the recent release of the DVD box set, which Entertainment Weekly listed as a “must” for Summer 2004. Come to a screening of the final episode, "Discos and Dragons," written and directed by the show's creator, Paul Feig, and nominated for an Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series. Stay for a Q&A with Feig and cast members John Francis Daley (Sam Weir), Samm Levine (Neal Schweiber), Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck), and Natasha Melnick (Cindy Sanders). An autograph signing will follow in the Comic-Con Autograph Area in the Sails Pavilion. Room 6AB

3:00-4:00 CAC Session 2: Literary Archaeology and Parascholarship—Contributors to Creative Mythography: An Expansion of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe, editor Win Eckert, Pete Coogan (Fontbonne University), and Wold-Newton scholar Chuck Loridans explain the literary archeology of works of parascholarship such as Farmer’s hoax biography Tarzan Alive, Mark Gruenwald’s prozine Omniverse, and James Sturm’s Unstable Molecules. They discuss the theory and methodology of parascholarship and trace the composition of an article from their forthcoming book. Sociologist Clyde McDaniels (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) responds. Room 7A

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Stan Sakai: 20 Years of Usagi YojimboMeet master storyteller Stan Sakai, who will reflect on hisinternationally acclaimed adventure series, Usagi Yojimbo—now in its 20th year! Usagi, the wandering rabbit samurai, is one of the truly great characters to emerge from the medium, and his creator has often been called the nicest man in comics. In addition to winning copious awards over the past 20 years for his ongoing series—including a Reuben, an Inkpot, and multiple Eisner awards—Stan has seen Usagi appear as a featured guest on (and as action figures from) both incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Find out what's next for Stan's beloved ronin, and hear tales from his creator, one of the most celebrated writer/artists in the industry! Moderated by Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz. Room 9

3:30-4:30 Tintin at 75—He’s been thrilling audiences the world over since 1929. Tintin is one of the world’s most successful comic characters, and his adventures have taken him everywhere on this planet and off of it, too! Moderator Kim Thompson explains why Hergé is one of the world’s greatest cartoonists, and Jean-Marc Lofficier and Eisner Award–winning writer/artist Eric Shanower talk about what the cartoonist and his creation mean to them. Room 3

3:30-5:00 VERTIGO: The Next X—Wondering who is part of VERTIGO's second decade? Original and innovative artists and writers have always populated the mature readers imprint. Now, VERTIGO presents the next wave of comics superstars. At this panel, hosted by maverick VERTIGO editors Will Dennis and Jonathan Vankin (The Witching), you will get the chance to meet the dynamic talent and hear about projects that only VERTIGO can do, including some surprise announcements. Appearing are Andy Diggle (The Losers, Swamp Thing), Joshua Dysart (Violent Messiahs), Leigh Gallagher (The Witching), Jock (The Losers), Tara McPherson (The Witching), Cameron Stewart (Seaguy), and John Watkiss (Human Target). Room 5AB

3:30-4:30 Richard Kelly Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut Writer/director Richard Kelly will be on hand for an hour-long Q&A about his feature film debut, Donnie Darko, which has become a cult classic. The program will include clips from Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut, which will be theatrically rereleased on July 23 in select cities. Kelly is currently at work on his follow-up feature film project, Southland Tales. Room 6CDEF

4:00-5:00 Comic-Con Talkback—Here’s your first chance to tell it like you see it. Representatives from Comic-Con International will be on hand to hear your complaints, your questions, your compliments, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. Room 1B

4:00-5:00 Introduction to Selling on eBay—With over 105 million users, eBay is the world’s most popular marketplace for comics, anime, gaming, and action figures! Let eBay experts teach you everything you need to know about selling on eBay. From researching the marketplace to developing your first listing, this seminar will give you the information and tips you need to become a successful seller. Room 2

4:00-5:00 CAC Session 3: From Greeks to Geeks: Feminist Mythologies in the Comics—A pioneering scholar in women’s studies and feminist criticism, Lillian Robinson (Concordia University, Montréal), author of Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superheroes, looks at wonder women—Supergirl, Invisible Girl, Invisible Woman, She Hulk—and examines what these cartoon heroines mean for everyday life. Can you balance a home, a career, and the struggle for justice? What about men? Does flying help? Drawing uon her long career as a formidable feminist critic yet wearing her knowledge lightly, Robinson finds the essence of wonder women in our nonanimated three-dimensional world. Room 7A

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Romeo Tanghal—Romeo Tanghal has been an inker on some of the best-known comics anywhere, including a multiyear stint on The New Teen Titans over George Perez pencils. Tanghal’s work also includes many stories for the DC war books, and he comes to Comic-Con as a co-sponsored special guest with the Big 5 War Collectors.. Moderated by New Teen Titans writer Marv Wolfman. Room 7B

4:00-5:30 The Sergio and Mark Show—What would a Comic-Con International be without Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, Stan Sakai, and Tom Luth giving you the lowdown on the world's stupidest barbarian, Groo the Wanderer, and other weird projects they have in the works? (Answer to rhetorical question: It would be the same but with one less panel.) Room 8

4:00-5:00 Dark Horse Manga—Oh My Goddess!, Blade of the Immortal, Akira, Lone Wolf & Cub, Berserk, The Ring, Hellsing, Trigun. Dark Horse and its partners have brought all these seminal works to the United States. Join Dark Horse editor Tim Ervin as he covers the breadth and depth of the Dark Horse Manga line and looks ahead to projects on the horizon, namely Samurai Executioner. Room  9

4:30-6:00 Stop-motion Animation on a Shoestring Budget—Learn the down and dirty tricks on how to create your own stop-motion animation and stop-motion animation studio on a low budget, from the author of Animation on a Shoe String. Find out how to assemble the equipment you will need, how to build or buy armatures, and what software to use to edit and composite your stop-motion video. Featuring Larry Loc, animation educator and member of the Hollywood board of ASIFA. Room 1A

4:30-6:00 Spotlight on Jim Warren CANCELLED! We regret to announce that Jim Warren cannot attend this year's event. We will still present the Creepy at 40 panel on Saturday, July 24, with special guests Louise Simonson and Bruce Jones, and moderated by Jon B. Cooke, editor of The Warren Companion and Comic Book Artist. Room 3

4:30-5:30 Comedy Central: Drawn TogetherTelevision's first animated reality series tells the true story of eight diverse cartoon characters from all over the animated universe who live together under the same roof and have their lives taped. Drawn Together is scheduled to premiere on Comedy Central on October 20. Join Matt Silverstein, Dave Jeser, Jordan Young, Mike Mendel, Pete Avanzino, Claudia Katz, Abbey McBride, and a 13-year-old boy for a sneak peak at never-before-seen clips and a no-holds-barred steel cage Q&A session! Room 6AB

4:30-6:00 CFQ Summer Movie Preview—The editors of Cinefantastique and Femme Fatales magazines preview the most exciting summer movies with insider insight and exclusive clips you won’t see anywhere else for this summer and fall’s hottest genre films. Straight from the set, get the dope on this and next summer's biggest films. Moderated by Mark A. Altman and David E. Williams. Tickets and giveaways will be awarded at the panel. Room 6CDEF

5:00-6:00 DC: The Write Stuff—At this panel you will meet some of the most talented writers in the industry and hear how they broke in, where they get their inspiration, and how they’ve honed their craft. Dan Jolley (Bloodhound, Firestorm), Paul Jenkins (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight), Andy Diggle (Swamp Thing, The Losers), Bill Willingham (Robin, Fables), Howard Chaykin (Bite Club, Challengers of the Unknown) and Jimmy Palmiotti (Hawkman, The Monolith) are joined by senior editor Peter Tomasi as they discuss what skills are necessary to succeed in this highly competitive field. Room 1B

5:00-6:00 From W.I.T.C.H. to Kylion: The New Wave of Disney Comics—Disney Publishing Worldwide brings new comics characters to millions of readers around the world—now find out how they do it! From the global success of W.I.T.C.H. to the Italian launch of Kylion to the U.S. debut of new series in Disney Adventures magazine, Disney is creating a host of new universes, each with its own unique storylines, settings, and characters. Discover how Disney teams up with creators to build these new worlds into successful comics and franchises. Room 2

5:00-6:00 When They Touched Me, I Died: A Different Adult Swim Panel—Pitching a show can be confidence crushing. People in suits who work at networks are intimidating. They want to hate you. For a "how-to" session that takes you through the pitch process and, more important, tells you what types of shows Adult Swim is looking for, you should really consider attending this panel, featuring Nick Weidenfeld, program development manager of Adult Swim; Kim Manning, chanteuse/muse of Adult Swim; Loren Bouchard, creator of Home Movies; and maybe even Chip Duffey. The first 30 people to attend will receive option deals on the spot, no questions asked. That last part isn't true. Obviously. Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 Toy Fare: The Toy Magazine—ToyFare has made a name for itself as the #1 source of toy news and humor, thanks to its in-depth reporting and the ever-popular "Twisted ToyFare Theatre" comic strip. Magazine staff will be on hand to answer questions about the production of the magazine and to make rude noises with their hands. Room 7A

5:00-6:00 Way Beyond Little Green Men: People of Color in Speculative Fiction—For years, the SF shelves were filled with little green men, furry purple women, and exotic aliens of all types—all of whom interacted with white Anglo males from Earth. Panelists will discuss how the complexion of SF has changed and what progress remains to be made. Panelists include Steven Barnes (Star Wars: The Cestus Deception); Minister Faust (Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad); Pam Noles (Dark Matter: Reading the Bones); Douglas Kearney (Dark Matter: Reading the Bones); and unofficial participant Tananarive Due (The Living Blood). Moderator Betsy Mitchell (VP and editor-in-chief for Del Rey Books) includes among her editorial projects Coyote Kings of The Space-Age Bachelor Pad and Pandora's Star. Room 7B

5:00-6:00 Geneon Entertainment: The Future of Anime Today— Summer equals hot blockbuster shows and Geneon Entertainment (formerly Pioneer Entertainment) is turning up the excitement level with some of the biggest anime titles that will sizzle both the big screen as well as your TV screen, with the upcoming Appleseed the Movie, Samurai Champloo, Stellvia, and Tsukihime, in addition to such current smash hits as Gad Guard, R.O.D The TV, Gungrave, and more. Join the Geneon crew as they bring you the next heatwave of highly anticipated anime titles that will have everyone in the animation world talking! Room 9

5:30-7:00 Wonder Woman DVD—Television's amazing Amazon has a new boxed DVD set from Warner Bros., but the celebration doesn't end there. Now get a sneak preview of Double Dare, the feature film documentary about Wonder Woman stuntwoman Jeannie Epper and Xena stuntwoman Zoe Bell, both of who will attend! Plus, see special rare WW footage from the collection of moderator Andy Mangels and view one of the real Wonder Woman costumes. Sponsored by and Door prize giveaways include DVD sets from Warner Bros., Back Issue #5 Wonder Woman specials from TwoMorrows, and Double Dare promotional items! Room 6AB

5:30-7:00 Spotlight on Bill Plympton—The popular cartoonist/ animator known for his warped sense of humor Bill Plympton has produced and animated several films, including Mutant Aliens and the upcoming Hair High, a gothic ‘50s high school comedy about a love triangle that goes terribly wrong. Bill talks about his career and gives a drawing demonstration in this spotlight session. And see Hair High Saturday night at 10:00 p.m.! Room 8

6:00-7:00 Fanthropology 101—Fandom is more than just a hobby or lifestyle—it is a genuine subculture, with its own tribal rules, rituals, and rites. At least that is the assertion with which this discussion begins. This panel takes a casually anthropological/ sociological approach to the culture of fans, looking in passing at published material on the subject and examining how basic tribal beliefs and philosophies affect its customs and practices. Panelists include William Stoddard and James Hay. Moderated by Stephen Potts. Room 1A

6:00-7:00 Online Auctions: A Revolution in Comics Collecting—In the last decade, eBay and other auction sites have transformed the way that comics collectors find back issues—and how dealers find collectors. How have they improved comics collecting, and in what ways has there influence been negative? Do prices online "set the market" for what people pay elsewhere? Find out from John Jackson Miller (Comics Buyer's Guide, Standard Catalog of Comic Books), Richard Evans (Bedrock City Comics), John Petty (Heritage Comic Auctions), and Chuck Rozanski (Mile High Comics). Room 1B

6:00-7:00 Donato Giancola Portraiture: A Live Painting Demo—Witness the rare event of live portrait painting in oils as the artist Donato Giancola shares his technique, palette, and craft. From sketch to finish, the aesthetic and technical decisions the artist makes, while creating an image of Gandalf, will be laid bare for observation and comments. See why every major book publisher is vying for Donato’s work. Room  2

6:00-7:00 State of the Action Figure Industry—Action figure sales and marketing have changed radically since the days of walking down to your local discount stores and picking up your favorite MEGO or new Star Wars figure. The comics direct market, mail order, and the Internet have all changed where and how you can find your favorite toys. Does Wal-Mart control what characters get made? Can a license without a media tie-in make it in today’s crowded market? Is the collectors market making a difference or is it still “all about the kids”? Find out the answers to these questions and more from a diverse group of panelists from different companies all addressing these issues. Joining moderator Julius Marx from Action Figure Times are Mike Horn, CEO, Palisades Toys; Georg Brewer, VP of design and retail product development, DC Direct; Jesse Falcon, senior product manager, Toy Biz; Brant Bridges, production manager, Sideshow Collectables; Linda Lum, president, Dreams and Visions; Digger, president and founder, Art Asylum; Jerry Macaluso, president, SOTA; Chuck Terceira, director, Diamond Select Toys; and Larry Marder, president, McFarlane Toys. Room 3

6:00-7:00 Batman: War Games—This major DC event will forever change everyone in Gotham. No one gets by unscathed. Join group editor Bob Schreck and Senior editor Matt Idelson with War Games heavy hitters Bill Willingham (Robin, Fables), Brad Walker (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight), Mike Huddleston (Batgirl), Jock (The Losers), and Pete Woods (Detective Comics, Robin). Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 Ringers/Peter S. Beagle—Get an exclusive first look at the upcoming feature-length documentary Ringers: Lord of the Fans and meet legendary fantasy author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn)! Very funny and often moving, Ringers uncovers the past 50 years of Tolkien pop mania. This special hour includes writer/producer/director Carlene Cordova; writer/producer Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway; 2nd unit director/producer Danny Lukic; and director of photography/co-producer Josh Mandel, with Ringers footage shown for the first time anywhere. Peter S. Beagle makes his Comic-Con debut with revealing stories of his work on the 1978 Bakshi version of LOTR, and several surprise announcements! Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 History of U.S. Anime—The U.S. anime market arguably started with the release of The Right Stuf's first video, Astro Boy vol. 1, in June 1989. On this 15th anniversary of anime in the U.S., anime company veterans discuss the growth of the American anime market from $0 to over $100 million a year and where it is going next: Marvin Gleicher (Manga Entertainment), Matt Greenfield (ADV Films), Patrick Macias (VIZ), John O'Donnell (Central Park Media), and Kara Redmon (TOKYOPOP). Moderated by Fred Patten. Room 7A

6:00-7:00 Kicking Serious Butt: Action and Adventure in SF and Fantasy—What does it take to provide readers with thrills, chills, and spills on the printed page? How do authors balance the need for action with character development and advancing the plot? Panelists include John Ringo (Emerald Sea); Harry Harrison (Stars And Stripes Triumphant); James Rollins (Sandstorm); Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time: New Spring); S. M. Stirling (Dies the Fire); Raymond E. Feist (King of Foxes); Peter David (One Knight Only); and Steve Saffel, editorial director of media projects for Del Rey Books. Moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy promises to kick serious butt herself if her panelists get out of line. Room 7B

6:00-7:00 Comics to Go: A New Publishing Medium on Mobile Phones—By the end of this year, over 500 million mobile phones around the world will have the ability to display graphics in full color, including comics! Learn all about this growing platform for comic art from presenter Fabrice Florin, managing director of GoComics, a leading publisher of comics for mobile phones. Fans around the world have already downloaded millions of GoComics products featuring Garfield, Doonesbury, FoxTrot, La Cucaracha, and many more. This panel will discuss the various strategies needed to deliver comics to phone screens and cover the creative, technical, and business aspects of wireless comics publishing. The discussion will also present an open challenge to writers and artists to create original content for mobile phones. Acclaimed cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha) will be on hand to share his experience as a comic strip creator bringing his characters to the small screen, along with Chris Pizey, CEO of Room 9

Nighttime Programming

7:00-9:30 5th Annual Kung-fu Superhero Extravaganza—It’s back! Our very own martial arts movie master, Ric Meyers, moves to Thursday night with all his wild, beautiful, and crazy clips intact. Come for the freebies. Stay for the bone-crushing action. Just be ready to laugh, gasp, and cheer as always. Room 6AB

8:30-11:00 2004 Star Wars Fan Film Awards— The Star Wars Fan Film Awards return to Comic-Con International for the second year. In addition to seeing the best of this year's film entries, the audience will enjoy special entertainment from Charlie Ross, the one man behind The One Man Star Wars Trilogy. In his production, popular with audiences across the United States and Canada, Ross takes on all the roles, the music, sound effects, and even some of the action. To help celebrate the evening, Comic-Con International is giving free popcorn to audience members as long as supplies last.

Twenty filmmaker finalists vied for recognition and prizes in the third such competition sponsored by Lucasfilm and The movie judged by filmmaker George Lucas to be the best of the competition will be presented the prestigious George Lucas Selects top prize. The talented filmmaker who wins this prize will receive $2,000 in cash and a distinctive Fan Film Awards trophy.

Other capable filmmakers will be recognized throughout the evening. Code 3 Collectibles will present the Animation Award of $500 in cash, a $500 certificate for a shopping spree at, and a custom trophy. The filmmaker who best captures the essence of fandom will receive $1000 in cash and the Spirit of Fandom trophy, sponsored by Anthony Grandio.

The film by the winner of the Audience Choice Award will have collected the highest number of votes from the fans themselves, who cast their votes at The winner will take home one of the Fan Film trophies, and the honor of knowing that their film is a true crowd-pleaser.

Other awards in other categories will be announced at the ceremony, including the Pioneer Award, presented to a filmmaker whose work has inspired countless filmmakers and entertained broad audiences.

Almost 100 hopeful filmmakers entered the competition this year. The finalists' films were required to meet set guidelines and performance standards, plus be less than 15 minutes in length. The films are either a parody of the existing Star Wars universe or a documentary of the Star Wars fan experience.

Congratulations to the 20 finalists in the
2004 Star Wars Fan Film Awards:
8 Minutes, directed by Wendy Woody
A Fan Letter, directed by Mike Kane
Barn Wars, directed by Adam Hastings
Carbonite Confusion, directed by Ryan Simons
Dude!!! Where's My Lightsaber?, directed by Trevor Lamb
Escape from Tatooine, directed by David Tomaszewski
Ewok in an Elevator, directed by John Redpath
Funk'd, directed by Mike Kane
Imperial News, directed by Nickolas S. Leonhardt
Look Sir, Droids, directed by Morgan Phillips
Made to Suffer, directed by Chris Mich
Pinball Wars, directed by Joe Presswood
Pink 5 Strikes Back, directed by Trey Stokes
Recruitment, directed by Scott Zier
Star Spores, directed by Kyle Goodman
Star Wars: Brilliant!, directed by Robert Bunch
Star Wars Help Desk, directed by Michael Kane
The Wizard, Oz, directed by Lee Vehe
Wampa, directed by Andreas Peterson
Why Alderaan?, directed by Ken Lawton

Room 20

9:30-11:30 CCI-IFF Extra: All Babes Want to Kill Me Click here to read the Comic-Con Independent Film Festival article. Room 6AB



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