|THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Spotlight on Matt Kindt
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. TCC 305
One of the most lauded creative minds in comics, Matt Kindt sits down for a no-holds-barred spotlight panel to discuss his upcoming projects, from Grass Kings (Boom! Studios) to X-O Manowar (Valiant Entertainment) to Dept. H (Dark Horse) and more, with special guests and some surprises for every panel attendee!
The Comic Book Elements of Avatar and Korra
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. WSCC 611
Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender writer Gene Luen Yang and The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars artist Irene Koh as they explore this treasured world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!
Throughout the Whedonverse: 20 Years in the Making
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. TCC 303
Dark Horse is thrilled to celebrate twenty years of Buffy and fifteen years of Firefly! Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites in the series Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel remain some of the most talked-about comics in the industry. Join Whedonverse writers Chris Roberson (Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 10 and 11, Angel & Faith), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years), and Corinna Bechko (Angel Season 11) for an in-depth look at what it’s like to work on franchises with a cult-like following. WhedonCon’s Marsia Powers will impress fans with her knowledge of the Whedonverse as moderator of the panel!
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
Dark Horse Manga
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. WSCC 604
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Unofficial Hatsune Mix, I Am a Hero, Danganronpa, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn and Philip Simon for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film and Television Industries
11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m. TCC 302
From Arrow to X-Men; The Walking Dead to Deadpool; comic book properties dominate the film and television screens. It’s no secret that comic books are the new hot properties; the entertainment industry is scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novels. Are you ready to represent the creator of the next superhero smash hit? This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the key issues involved in licensing comic book properties to the film and television industries.
Seriously, What’s Up with Editors?
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. TCC 305
Haven’t you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, Boom! Studios, and IDW want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join iZombie creator and Mignolaverse contributor Chris Roberson, Dark Horse’s VP of publishing Randy Stradley, Boom! Studios’ Eric Harburn, and IDW’s Sarah Gaydos for a rare behind-the-panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.
The Mignolaverse: Life after Hell
1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. TCC 304
It’s been a tough few years for Hellboy fans following the death of our titular hero in 2011. But fear not: Hellboy’s spirit lives on in the other titles of the immaculately crafted Mignolaverse. Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Mignolaverse writer Chris Roberson (Witchfinder: City of the Dead, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954), as they delve into what the future holds for the Mignolaverse.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. ECCC Live Stage (Level 4 Skybridge Lobby)
Join Richard Hamilton, writer on How To Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir, at the Emerald City Comicon Live Stage for a conversation about writing the comics based on the beloved How To Train Your Dragon film and TV series. You can also catch it streaming live on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/twitch.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. WSCC 3A
In recent years, Dark Horse has expanded its publishing line to reach more young and young adult comic readers. Join Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics and the role social media plays in engaging with fans!
Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. TCC 303
Whether it’s an underwater murder mystery or a scantily clad superhero, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s most talented artists—Matt Kindt (Dept. H, Ether), Adam Warren (Empowered), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer)—who can tell you a thing or two about comic creation. Artist Patric Reynolds (Joe Golem) will moderate this star-studded panel!