Between its hundreds of combined panels, parties, events and contests, Comic-Con International in San Diego
can make for a pretty overwhelming week if you're not careful. Have heart, though, ComicsAlliance readers! We're here to help you make the most of your pending adventure into the heart of pop culture's ultimate obstacle course.
After the jump you will find ComicsAlliance recommendations for Conic-Con panels, events and screenings taking place on Sunday, July 15 2012.10:00-11:00 The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
There might not be comic book industry were it not for Jack Kirby...and if you don't know who that is, you really don't belong at this convention. Each year, his friends and co-workers gather to talk about Jack and his work and to marvel (no pun intended) at the length and breadth of his influence, not just on comics but on TV, movies, and all the arts. This year, the dais will include Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Stan Goldberg (Marvel colorist), Paul Dini (Batman), and Charles Hatfield (Hand of Fire), all chatting with moderator Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics). Room 5AB
ComicsAlliance note: Kirby stories from back in the day and a thoughtful discussion of his work. Great way to wind down after the blitz of the previous days.
11:00-12:00 Digital Comics Price Fight
Every one is talking about what the "right" price is for digital comics. Should it be full price for same day as print, or should every comic be 99 cents a la iTunes? The conversation has been heated online and today it jumps into the physical realm! Join legendary comic writer Mark Waid, webcomics innovator and PvP creator Scott Kurtz, IDW Publishing's ePublishing director Jeff Webber, and Top Shelf Productions' director of digital Chris Ross for a lively discussion on the price of digital comics. Moderating this fight is comiXology's Chip Mosher. Room 7AB
ComicsAlliance note: The most contentious subject in the digital comics sphere, these knowledgeable panelists get into it. Not to be missed.
11:15-12:15 Marvel: Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to the X-Men, from tumblr to Twitter, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics for the last year. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. These ladies are smashing through the four-color ceiling! Panelists include editors Jeanine Schaefer and Sana Amanat. Room 5AB
ComicsAlliance note: The subject of women in comics is an important one to us, and this panel is always full of insights from some of Marvel's most crucial female staffers and creators.
11:15-12:15 DC Entertainment: Meet the Publishers
As co-publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Comics-The New 52, DC's digital initiative, Before Watchmen, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions about your favorite comic book publisher's publishers! Say that five times fast! Room 6DE
ComicsAlliance note: A purely Q&A panel with the heads of DC Comics. You'd better believe we'll be there.
12:15-1:45 CBLDF Rock Art Jam
Explore the creative process of top cartoonists who've made their mark on the worlds of comics and music! Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, and Nate Powell talk about the influence of music in their work and draw live art showcasing their love of sound and vision! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Room 5AB
ComicsAlliance note: This just sounds rad, and as always the auction goes towards a great cause.
12:30-1:30 Marvel: Amazing Spider-Man
There's no turning back for Spider-Man! The Lizard is back, and only Spider-Man has a chance of curing him! Find out all the details on what's going on with your favorite wall-crawler on the eve of his 50th Anniversary in August. That's right, Marvel's editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and others will be taking any and all questions from you, the fans! With earth-shattering announcements that will change the life of Peter Parker for another 50 years, this is one panel that no Spidey fan can miss! Room 6DE
ComicsAlliance note: Beyond the Spider-Man content, Marvel's Spidey panels also tend to concern the rest of editor Stephen Wacker's line, including Daredevil, Punisher and Captain Marvel.
12:30-1:30 Darwyn Cooke and The Man Called Parker
Darywn Cooke discusses all things Parker in a lively hour of opinions, insights, and downright good conversation! The Score is being released this week, and Cooke, along with editor Scott Dunbier, will answer questions and talk about Richard Stark's classic heist-man -- and unveil Cooke and IDW's plans for the future of the graphic novel series -- including revealing what the next Parker book will be! Room 8
ComicsAlliance note: Cooke's Parker graphic novels are awesome.
1:00-2:00 Image Comics's 20th Anniversary
Twenty years ago, a group of young artists left their work-for-hire jobs to create Image Comics, a publisher dedicated to creators' individual visions and a champion of creative ownership. Image Comics partners and some of the original founders now come together to talk about what Image Comics has meant for the present and future of comics. Panelists: Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, Erik Larsen, and Robert Kirkman. Moderated by Eric Stephenson. Room 6A
ComicsAlliance note: The Image founders (sans Jim Lee, of course) meet to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this storied publishing house. This is going to be fun.
1:00-2:00 DC Nation Screening and Q&A
The Nation is coming to San Diego! DC Nation -- a one-hour action and comedy programming block on Cartoon Network starring some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe -- will be making its very first appearance at Comic-Con. In addition to exclusive video content for fan-favorite series Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, the panel will also be presenting sneak peeks of two highly anticipated series that will be coming soon to DC Nation: Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! Bringing you all this superhero goodness is a panel featuring top animation producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Michael Jelenic (ThunderCats), Aaron Horvath (MAD), and Jeff Prezenkowski, director of series and shorts at Warner Bros. Animation. From superheroes to sidekicks, the DC Nation panel will have something for everyone. DC Nation airs Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 6BCF
ComicsAlliance note: We like DC Nation.
1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel
The award-winning graphic novelist and Comic-Con special guest Alison Bechdel talks about her work, from Dykes to Watch Out For through Fun Home and her latest, this year's smash Are You My Mother? Room 23ABC 1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel- The award-winning graphic novelist and Comic-Con special guest Alison Bechdel talks about her work, from Dykes to Watch Out For through Fun Home and her latest, this year's smash Are You My Mother? Room 23ABC
ComicsAlliance note: Alison Bechdel's new graphic novel is out, and she's talking about it live!
3:00-4:00 Publishers Weekly Comics World: Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era
What better way to bring information to the public than the judicious combination of words and pictures? Comics offer the ability to attract attention and focus it, while making a complex journalistic narrative both lively to read and, as studies have shown, easier for readers to comprehend. This panel offers historical and contemporary examples of the use of comics as a journalistic tool and shows how the wedding of comics and nonfiction reporting is a match made in media heaven. With Susie Cagle, Andy Warner (Cartoon Picayune), Stan Mack (Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution), Ed Piskor (WizzyWig), Dan Carino (Cartoon Movement), and Chris Butcher (The Beguiling.) Moderated by PW Comics World co-editor Calvin Reid. Room 32AB
ComicsAlliance note: Susie Cagle's work on the Occupy movement demonstrated the great value of comics-as-journalism, and this is sure to be a fascinating discussion.