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GAME OF THRONES' Hodor, Kristian Nairn

GAME OF THRONES' Hodor, Kristian Nairn

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Hold the door! Long Beach Comic Con welcomes Kristian Nairn, GAME OF THRONES’ Hodor, for a Q&A session led by Nerdbot’s, Kurt Broz. Visit Kristian on the show floor all weekend!

New Latinx Voices in Comics

New Latinx Voices in Comics

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

A celebration of some of the newest Latinx voices in comics, presented by Long Beach Comic Con and the LOS ANGELES TIMES EN ESPAÑOL! Writers Eric M. Esquivel (BORDER TOWN), Sebastian Kadlecik (QUINCE), cartoonist Melina Chavarria (THE MAGIC GLASSES) and podcaster Kristen Parraz (COMADRES Y COMICS) take part in an English-language discussion of their work, diversity, and how mainstream comics are changing to reflect the diversity of the comics audience. Moderated by writer and Latino Comics Expo co-founder Javier Hernandez.

Jaime Hernandez Spotlight: 35 Years of LOVE AND ROCKETS

Jaime Hernandez Spotlight: 35 Years of LOVE AND ROCKETS

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Since the early ’80s, Jaime Hernandez has created some of the greatest characters and storylines of modern comics in his award-winning series LOVE AND ROCKETS. In this freewheeling conversation with THE BEAT’s Heidi MacDonald, he’ll talk about the origins of Hoppers, Maggie and Hopey’s current adventures, his recent graphic novel LA MATADRAGONES/THE DRAGON SLAYER, his working methods, and more. Presented by the LOS ANGELES TIMES EN ESPAÑOL. Jaime Hernandez will follow the panel with a signing at THE BEAT, booth TK on the show floor.

Women on the Dark Side

Women on the Dark Side

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

A Long Beach favorite returns! Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content. Whether it’s comic books, novels or art, meet some of the women who are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side.

Steve Ditko: A Tribute

Steve Ditko: A Tribute

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A celebration of the work and legacy of Steve Ditko, best known for his work creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange among dozens of familiar characters, who passed away in June. Join legendary writer and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Marv Wolfman, cartoonists Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, THE ALCOHOLIC) and Javier Hernandez (DITKOMANIA, YOU DON’T KNOW DITKO), and comics historian Benjamin Dickow–President and Executive Director of Columbia Memorial Space Center–for a special Long Beach rememberance. Fans are encouraged to share their stories!

What's Next for Today's Superheroes?

What's Next for Today's Superheroes?

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The creators behind some of the most compelling characters in comics today take part in a panel exploring what’s next for new and familar superheroes alike. Join Yancey Labat and Monica Kubina (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS), Mairghread Scott (BATGIRL), and Sebastian Kadlecik (QUINCE) for an inspiring conversation moderated by podcaster Kristen Parraz (COMADRES Y COMICS)!

S5 Space Expo

Cassini: End of Mission Update

Cassini: End of Mission Update

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Cassini spacecraft ended its nearly two-decade mission on September 15th 2017 following a fiery re-entry into Saturn’s atmosphere. Together, we take a journey with this decades-spanning mission, from Cassini’s launch from Cape Canaveral to its final transmissions high above Saturn, along the way discovering the ground-breaking science revealed at Saturn and what it means to explore the cosmos.

Women of Mars

Women of Mars

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Meet some of the women directly responsible for the operation and safety of our Mars rovers exploring one of our closest planetary neighbors. Learn about what it takes to become a rover driver, how they analyze the information they send back, and what it’s like planing for the next generation of rovers heading to Mars starting in 2020. They will also dive into their experiences in academics and advancing their careers in a heavily male-dominated industry.

Teenage Rover - 14 Years on Mars

Teenage Rover - 14 Years on Mars

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been exploring the surface of Mars for over 14 years now. What exactly has this plucky, solar-powered rover been doing? How do you drive a Mars rover? Is Opportunity experiencing the temperamental teenage years? Come find out from multiple team members how the rover is doing, what it’s been up to, and how they control the day to day life of Opportunity. Also, we check in and see how Oppy is doing after getting lost in a dust storm earlier this summer!

The Science of Black Panther's Baadasssss Arsenal

The Science of Black Panther's Baadasssss Arsenal

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Daniel J. Glenn, Dr. Michael Dennin, and Ben Siepser travel to Wakanda and break down all the Vibranium-based gadgets of the Marvel Universe. From EMP balls, to energy absorption, they cover the spectrum of what endless power can do!

The Science of the Acme Product Catalogue

The Science of the Acme Product Catalogue

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Daniel J. Glenn, Dr. Michael Dennin and Ben Siepser take on Toontown.  From portable holes, giant magnets, rocket shoes, and spring-loaded boxing gloves, they will show you what is capable in the world of cartoon physics.

Battlestar Galactica: There are STILL Those Who Believe

Battlestar Galactica: There are STILL Those Who Believe

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Author Mark A. Altman discusses SO SAY WE ALL, his new oral history of Battlestar Galactica from Tor Books, and celebrates the series’ 40th anniversary with a discussion about the original series, the brilliant 2004 re-imagination and, yes, even GALACTICA 1980. By Your Command. Altman will be signing limited copies of SO SAY WE ALL at table E31 on Saturday.

Portfolio Prep: The Basics and More

Portfolio Prep: The Basics and More

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Are you a new artist wondering what to put in your portfolio? Are you an artist wondering why editors aren’t chasing you down? Are you just curious what the word “portfolio” means? Bring your curiosity and questions to the experts! Veteran editor Barbara Randall Kesel and artist Steve Ellis (THE ONLY LIVING BOY) will help you make sure your portfolio’s doing its job to help you get jobs!

S3 Geekfest

Fan Films

Fan Films

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Rogue Bounty Trailer Star Wars: Generations Stranger Things: The Story of Henry and Dale Stealth & Silence The Distant Echo: A Star Wars Fan Film Von Doom

Geek Girls ROCK

Geek Girls ROCK

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Curl up and Dye Wonder Woman Revealed Fight Like a Girl Protectress Black Widow:Origins

Animated Geek

Animated Geek

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Crypto Force Alpha The Jovian Project Aero : Origins Multiplex 10 Geek Lounge Gauntlet

Lily Evans and the Stroke of Midnight Severus Snape and the Marauders

Lily Evans and the Stroke of Midnight Severus Snape and the Marauders

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Lily Evans and the Stroke of Midnight Severus Snape and the Marauders

SciFi Screening

SciFi Screening

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Tinmanator Trailer Enter the Fringe Visage Chronoception Yesterday last year

Geekfest Presents Women of SciFi

Geekfest Presents Women of SciFi

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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Cosplay 101: Picking the Perfect Pose!

Cosplay 101: Picking the Perfect Pose!

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

A fun-filled breakdown of how to get the most out of your cosplay while posing for pictures! If it’s just a quick aisle shot at a con, or you’re working a shoot with a photographer, posing for a picture can bring your cosplay to life! This panel will talk about the various tips and tricks we’ve learned throughout our time cosplaying, as well as what we’ve found most helpful for us and the various areas we tend to work in.

Christopher Priest Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of a Life in Comics

Christopher Priest Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of a Life in Comics

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Long Beach Comic Con Guest of Honor Christopher Priest has stories to tell and, in his words, “you never know what I’m going to say.” Expect to hear surprising stories from his remarkable career in comics, including his role in the mythology of BLACK PANTHER, the birth of Milestone Media, legendary books like QUANTUM AND WOODY and his current run on DC Comics’ DEATHSTROKE!

New (and Newest) Teen Titans: Marv Wolfman, Adam Glass, and Bryan Edward Hil

New (and Newest) Teen Titans: Marv Wolfman, Adam Glass, and Bryan Edward Hil

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

From this summer’s release of TEEN TITANS GO TO THE MOVIES to the upcoming TITANS live-action TV show, the Teen Titans aren’t just in comics anymore. Join NEW TEEN TITANS co-creator Marv Wolfman, new TEEN TITANS writer Adam Glass, and TITANS TV show writer Bryan Edward Hill in a discussion of the franchise’s past, present, and future in a conversation moderated by Ivan Cohen (TEEN TITANS GO!).

Movers and Shakers: The Creative Alchemists of AfterShock Comics

Movers and Shakers: The Creative Alchemists of AfterShock Comics

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join AfterShock Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett as he welcomes writer Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS, THE LOLLIPOP KIDS) and illustrator Wesley St. Claire (FU JITSU, BEYONDERS) for a deep dive into the creative process behind some of the most talked about creator-owned comics being published today. Get the inside track on the stories and projects that’ll be shaking things up in comics for months to come.

Adapting to the Situation: TV to Comics to Novels to...

Adapting to the Situation: TV to Comics to Novels to...

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In a world where Harry Potter can be the toast of Broadway and the Teen Titans can appear in comics, R-rated TV, and a kids’ animated movie, it’s clear that our favorite characters can live in any medium. Join bestselling novelist and writer of Captain Marvel comics and Black Widow novels Margaret Stohl (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) and artists JK Woodward (STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO), James Jameson (AMERICAN GODS), Marco Finnegan (artist for the adaptations of the NICK TRAVERS novels), Steve Ellis (DUNGEONS & DRAGONS), and Chris Moreno (the upcoming THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING) to explore how they translate characters and stories from one medium to another with moderator David Gallaher (GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES).

Fanbase Press Presents: Space Horror in Pop Culture

Fanbase Press Presents: Space Horror in Pop Culture

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Space horror narratives have permeated film, TV, and other pop culture mediums for many decades, utilizing themes that explore psychological trauma, feelings of isolation, and the desire to survive while facing the unknown. Discuss the scary subgenre that blends science fiction and horror in the vastness of space with writers Nicholas Diak (THE NEW PEPLUM), Kevin Wetmore (UNCOVERING STRANGER THINGS), Janet Joyce Holden (BLOOD PATERNAL), and Ryan Cady (INFINITE DARK), led by Fanbase Press Editorials Manager Michele Brittany.

THE TOYBOX: Exclusive Screening

THE TOYBOX: Exclusive Screening

5:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Long Beach Comic Con premiere! Director Tom Nagel and members of the cast and crew of the new Steel House Productions film (starring WILD THINGS’ Denise Richards and THE O.C.’s Mischa Barton) introduce this chilling new movie debuting later this month! An estranged family goes on a summer vacation in a recently acquired used RV. Along the way, they pick up Samantha (Barton) and her brother, broken down on the side of the highway. After driving into the middle of nowhere, the RV takes on a mind of its own, crashing and stranding them in the scorching and isolated desert. Little by little, our unsuspecting group is blindsided by the terrible secrets discovered within the walls of the RV and find themselves fighting to survive. (Note: This movie is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.) Visit booth SS3 on the show floor to meet cast and crew members and see exclusive props and other materials from the film!

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DC Nation

DC Nation

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Rejoice, DC faithful! The DC NATION is back and better than ever! DC Publisher Dan DiDio hosts this star-studded gathering with Adam Glass (TEEN TITANS), Bryan Edward Hill (DETECTIVE COMICS), and Christopher Priest (DEATHSTROKE) talking and teasing all things DC!

Twin Peaks: Got a Light?

Twin Peaks: Got a Light?

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Long Beach Comic Con hosts almost the entire town of TWIN PEAKS with cast members this year, and a half-dozen of them take the stage for this very special Q&A! Join veteran Peaks-ers Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy), Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy), and James Marshall (James Hurley) alongside newcomers Chrysta Bell (Agent Tammy) and Woodsman Robert Broski in a conversation moderated by TV writer/producer Mark A. Altman (THE FIFTY-YEAR MISSION, SO SAY WE ALL). The owls will not be what they seem.

Alterna Comics: Creating New Readers by Creating New Worlds

Alterna Comics: Creating New Readers by Creating New Worlds

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Find out how Alterna Comics is using the newsprint format to deliver all-original stories to new readers that range from children to mature audiences, and how you can be a part of it! Featuring Eric Borden (SCRIMSHAW), Jordan Hart (DOPPELGABGER), Jason Inman and Ashley Robinson (IF ANTHOLOGY) and Hank Tucker (THE ACTUAL ROGER). Moderated by David Lucarelli (TINSELTOWN).

Expanding "Cosplay Is Not Consent"

Expanding "Cosplay Is Not Consent"

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cosplay Is Not Consent is one of the largest and most important movements to have hit the Cosplay/Convention community, but its influence and effect have been limited to sexual harassment. While the movement’s impact has been inspiring, this panel’s purpose is to discuss how the phrase “Cosplay Is Not Consent” can be expanded to apply to every aspect of the Cosplay and Convention experience from cosplayer/photographer interactions to cosplayer/attendee interactions to social media and much more. Join us in an open discussion of “Cosplay Is Not Consent” and how it affects YOU.

VALIANT COMICS 101 and Beyond

VALIANT COMICS 101 and Beyond

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

New to the Valiant Universe? There’s never been a better time to become a fan! Jump on board right here with a fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiants greatest heroes, from past hits like HARBINGER to current bestsellers like X-O MANOWAR, and brand-new upcoming titles featuring FAITH, BLOODSHOT, LIVEWIRE, and more! Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today – now, look no further than this panel to find out where to start!

From Punching Nazis to... Not Punching Nazis?: Superheroes and the Worlds They Live In

From Punching Nazis to... Not Punching Nazis?: Superheroes and the Worlds They Live In

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

DC’s biggest heroes were born as America entered World War II. Marvel’s biggest heroes were created in the heart of the Cold War. How do these heroes and more-modern ones reflect the world of today? Take part in a discussion with Emmy winner Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK), novelist Matt Wallace (GREEDY PIGS), Bryan Edward Hill (DETECTIVE COMICS), and Brian Buccellato (THE FLASH, LOWLIFES), moderated by sacrificial lamb David Gallaher (THE ONLY LIVING BOY).

Cosplay Contest Pre Judging

Cosplay Contest Pre Judging

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Visit Bernie Bregman at The Geek Gatsby table (COS1) to enter! *Subject to availability

Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm