Friday, October 4th, 2013 Programming Schedule

The following is the list of programs we scheduled for the first day of the 2013 San Diego Comic Fest:

11:00am – 12:00pm: Ask Don Glut Anything– Don Glut has had a lot of different careers. If you don’t believe us, check out his websites:, and His careers include writing, music, acting, directing, comics, you name it. He’s been involved with numerous high-profile franchises, such as Transformers, Spider-Man, the Monkees, Tarzan, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Vampirella, Disney characters, dinosaurs, magic, nostalgia, Star Wars. This is your chance to ask Don about any or all of these myriad topics. Panelist: Don Glut Room: Garden 1.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: I Like My Books With Pictures – Comics in Academic Libraries, the SDSU way– I Like My Books With Pictures – Comics in Academic Libraries, the SDSU Way How do academic libraries acquire comics, and who uses them?  Four librarians from the San Diego State University Library discuss the increasing interest in comics and comic-related materials on campus, the factors affecting their acquisition by academic libraries, and the issues related to the preservation of these materials.  Whether you are a student, a researcher, or a fan, there’s comic fun to be had at SDSU! Panelists: Pam Jackson, Markel Tumlin, Wil Weston, Anna Culbertson Room: Brittany.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Comic Issues Live Podcast– Podcasting heroes and heroine Anthony, Andrew, and Elizabeth are joined by none other than the Boy Wonder himself, Young Justice: Abduction’s Colin Bass.  Join this League of Extraordinary Geeks as they talk cosplay, comic books, and all other manner of nerdery. Panelists: Anthony Silva, Andrew Plein, Elizabeth Wallace, Colin Bass Room: Crescent.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: It’s All Happening on the Web– The web is the hottest place to go for live action and animated genre shows. Is this true? Tell Fest fans where to find the best stuff on the web, and what to avoid? What does the future hold for web-based entertainment? Panelists: Tom Racine (MODERATOR), Jon Esparza, Mark O’Bannon, Tim Heiderich Room: Eaton.

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Early Origins of Early American Comic Book Strips– Early Origins of Early American Comic Strip Books Renowned comics historian Bob Beerbohm traces the origins of the comic book, from 1842 through 1933, focusing mainly on the pre-Yellow Kid period. His presentation – illustrated comics material you will see for the first time – will include the first comic book in America from 1842; the first ‘original’ home grown American comic book dating 1849; further examples of original USA comic strips and books from the 1850s tracing through to the advent of the Yellow Kid in the mid 1890s on to the explosion of full color comic books in the years before World War One when newspapers harnessed the power of comic strips to sell their product. Myriad formats competed back then as these were collected. And he will just scratch the surface during his hour-long presentation. Panelist: Bob Beerbohm Room: Garden 1.

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the American Experience, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine– Since its premiere in 1966, Star Trek has always provided thought-provoking social commentary on the important issues and events of the day. Beginning in 1993, continued this tradition offering some of the most memorable and fascinating episodes that addressed controversial issues that confronted American society at the end of 20th-century. While Deep Space Nine offered compelling stories and drama, it did not shy away from exploring important topics from race and terrorism to genetic engineering and religion. In short, Deep Space Nine offers us insight into the important controversies, issues, and anxieties of late twentieth-century American history. This presentation will also have clips of key scenes and dialogue from several episodes. Panelist: John Putman Room: Garden 2.

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Comics You Should Be Reading– What are the best written comics being published today? Our stalwart panelists will bring their recommendations and defend them. Panelists: Jackie Estrada (MODERATOR), Tone Milazzo, Yetta Howard Room: Brittany.

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Tarzan: Myth, Culture, Comics and Fandom:– Mighty hunter, mighty fighter.  The titled English lord who was raised by apes is both the first American cultural superstar and the first super-hero to emerge from the 20th Century.  But who is Tarzan?  An uneducated, vine-swinging, yodeling savage who lives in a tree house, as in most of the motion pictures and television shows?  Or an educated, multi-linguist, super-human who is also a secret agent, science fiction adventurer, paranormal investigator, family man, environmentalist, Royal Air Force officer, British Viscount, and savage ape-man.  The public’s misconception of Burroughs’s iconic archetype has continued into the 21st Century, due to the huge popularity of the movies.  Other than Burroughs’s original novels, it has been comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and organized fandom, beginning in 1916, that have truly presented the unique, surprisingly complex, iconic archetype that is Tarzan of the Apes. Panelist: David Lemmo Room: Crescent.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: One-on-One With Eric Shanower (Batton Lash)– Meet the brilliant, award-winning creator of such comics as The Age of Bronze, the Oz series and others. Batton Lash will be out interviewer. Panelists: Batton Lash, Eric Shanower Room: Garden 1.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Creation of a language for Game of Thrones with David Peterson, Alien Language & Culture Consultant– David Peterson, Alien Language & Culture Consultant, will discuss how he created a language for the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Panelist: David Peterson Room: Garden 2.

2:45pm – 3:45pm: IDW Artist’s Editions – Scott Dunbier Explains All– Ever wanted to know more about IDW’s Artist’s Editions?  Well, here is your chance!  IDW Editor Scott Dunbier will be at this exciting and informative panel to explain the origins, the concept, the process, and the artists behind these beautiful collections.  There is no better way to get ready for the upcoming Artist’s Edition month of November! Panelist: Scott Dunbier Room: Garden 1.

2:45pm – 3:45pm: Comics Fandom in the 1960s and ‘70s Compared to Today– What was comics fandom like 40-50 years ago? How has it changed over the years? And we don’t just mean that women are involved today. Panelists: Jackie Estrada (MODERATOR), Bob Beerbohm, Don Glut, Gary Carter, James Van Hise, Kevin Altieri, Paul Sammon, William R. Lund Room: Garden 2.

3:45pm – 4:45pm: One-on-One With Andrew Biscontini (Wyatt Doyle, interviewer)– Meet the writer whose debut novel, nu luna, is available as a New Texture book. Andrew also is a movie-maker, best known for his oddball 2003 title Every Dog’s Day. Wyatty Doyle will be his interviewer. Panelists: Andrew Biscontini, Wyatt Doyle Room: Brittany.

3:45pm – 4:45pm: Creating Comics Crash Course workshop: how to do a comic from start to finish, including working with printers, web or distributors – James Hudnall– Learn how to do a comic from start to finish, including working with printers, web or distributors, with veteran comics writer James Hudnall. His Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography was called one of the best comics of all time by Wizard Magazine. He currently writes Blue Cat for with artist Val Mayerik. Panelist: James Hudnall Room: Crescent.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: One on One with Jerry Pournelle (Larry Niven interviewer)– Meet the best-selling hard science fiction writer and hear about his career of 40 years in the field. Jerry will be interviewed by his long-time collaborator (and out guest of honor) Larry. The two writers have teamed up for many novels, most notably The Mote in Gold’s Eye, which Robert A. Heinlein called “possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read.” Panelists: Larry Niven (MODERATOR), Jerry Pournelle Room: Garden 1.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Star Trek Deep Space Nine vs. Babylon 5– The creators and hardcore fans of both shows have accused one of ripping off the other. Both shows premiered in 1993; in honor of twin 10-year anniversaries, let’s pick up the fight. J. Michael Strazynski definitely pitched B5 to Paramount before Warner Bros. picked it up. But did his pitch influence Rick Berman and Michael Piller? And let’s get right down to it: Which show is better? Panelists: Mark O’Bannon (MODERATOR), John Trimble, Ricardo Delgado Room: Garden 2.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: How Will the Discovery of Aliens from Other Worlds Affect Human Society?:– How Will the Discovery of Aliens from Other Worlds Affect Human Society? When we discover incontrovertible evidence that we are not along in the universe, how will the knowledge affect humanity? Will we feel enhanced or diminished? What will it mean to religion? Can we draw a parallel to when Europeans arrived in the New World? Panelists: Blaine C Reader, John Trimble, Paul Sammon, Rod Underhill Room: Brittany.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: 40 Years with Uncle Jam– Phil Yeh and Mark Eliot co-founded Uncle Jam Quarterly in November 1973. Over the years, they interviewed many of the greats, such as Ray Bradbury, Rick Griffin, Moebius, Philip K. Dick, Sergio Aragones, Robert Williams, and Harvey Kurtzman, among others. Phil and Mark will talk about some of their memories and experiences from 40 years of publishing. Panelists: Mark Eliot, Phil Yeh Room: Crescent.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos: Rediscovering Walter Kaylin– Men’s adventure magazines of the ’50s through ’70s were bursting with great writers at the dawn of their careers. But among the veterans of those mags, it’s the scarcely remembered Walter Kaylin whose name comes up time and time again. A “writer’s writer” much admired for his frequently outrageous, high octane plots and characters, Kaylin redefined the gleeful excess of the men’s adventure pulps. Wyatt Doyle of New Texture will discuss Kaylin, whose collection of vintage stories, He-Men, Bag Men & Nymphos, makes its debut at Comic Fest. Panelist: Wyatt Doyle Room: Eaton.

5:15pm – 6:15pm: Lt. Uhura and the controversy of African-American presence on Star Trek – Delores Fisher– Star Trek was noteworthy for its multi-racial and multi-ethnic crew, symbolized by Uhura, its communications officer, one of the first characters of African descent to be featured in a non-menial role on an American television series. San Diego State professor Delores Fisher will discuss the African American presence on the show. Panelist: Delores Fisher Room: Garden 1.

5:15pm – 6:15pm: Where Do We Go From Here? — Where is the Next Generation of Comic Book Fans?– Who was the comic boo executive who said his company published comes for 40-year-olds? What are the implications of that perspective for the future? Is it accurate, or a gross exaggeration? Are comics publishers paying enough attention to young people, who we hope will form the next generation of fans? Or does it matter, since it seems most kids would rather play video games than read comics? Panelists: Clayton Moore (MODERATOR), Andrew Biscontini, Bob Beerbohm, David Lloyd, Kahlil Schweitzer, Marv Wolfman Room: Garden 2.

6:15pm – 7:15pm: One-on-One With Phil Yeh (Linda Adams Yeh, interviewer)– Meet Phil Yeh, and learn about his 43-year career as a comics creator and publisher. In 1977, he wrote, illustrated and published one of the first modern American graphic novels, Even Cazco Gets the Blues. Since then, Phil has written and illustrated more than 80 published books. In 1985, Phil founded Cartoonists Across America & The World after being inspired by Wally Amos to do something about the literacy crisis on the planet. Phil will be interviewed by his wife, Linda Adams Yeh. Panelists: Linda Adams, Phil Yeh Room: Brittany.

6:15pm – 7:15pm: The Balancing Act — Adapting Prose into Comics– How faithful should the writer be to the original text? Can the writer be faithful to the original text, given the “modern” comics style of eliminating narration captions? Should he/she modernize the language? Panelists: Andrew Biscontini (MODERATOR), Clayton Moore, Eric Shanower, James Van Hise, Marv Wolfman, Nancy Holder Room: Crescent.

6:15pm – 7:15pm: The History of American Comic Books, 1930-1970– Don Ensign presents an illustrated history of American comic books, from 1930 through the Silver Age. His presentation begins with the reprint comics of the 1930s, then goes into the rise of Superman and other super heroes. Don discusses the other trends and major companies and personalities of the 1940s. Then he goes into the 1950s with the crime and horror comics and Dr Wertham, followed by the rise of the Silver Age and Marvel Comics and 1960s comics fandom. Panelist: Don Ensign Room: Eaton.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: The Evolution of the Vampire in Film and Fiction, from Stoker to the Present– From Bram Stoker’s Dracula, published in 1897, to Twilight (and beyond), writers and filmmakers and readers and film fans have always loved vampires. How has the treatment of vampires changed? Has it always reflected societal norms? Panelists: Miguel Rodriguez (MODERATOR), Don Glut, Nancy Holder, Paul Sammon Room: Garden 1.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Zen and the Art of Cereal Boxes Presents: What Me, Cap’n Crunch? The Many Flavors of a Seaman – Duane Dimock in a follow-up to last year’s wildly successful program about collectable cereal boxes– Warning: We present this program description verbatim from Duane Dimock and Zen and the Art of Cereal Boxes! Come sail with me, through oceans of white milky seas, on the Good Ship Guppy. Meet Cap’n Crunchs crew, Alfie, Dave, Carlyle, Brunhilde (not Hilda) and the most famous reindeer of all….Seadog. We will read passages from the 1960s Cap’n Crunch comics by Jay Ward. We will see the Cap’n in action, from his first commercial adventures on film. Then wade with me into the 100+ flavors and designs of the Crunch boxes since 1963.  Cosmic Crunch, Volcano Crunch, Superman Crunch and more, more, more, more cereal box flavors.  Toys, yes, there will be premium toys….and dangerous ones too. Discussions, no, because i will be talking and i don’t get enough attention anyhow. Games and prizes, yes; an in-depth trivia game will sort out the scurvy shipmates and the real pirates, to win an un-built 1969 Capn Sea Cycle. Taste Test Cups of un-expired cereal, between a knock off and the real crunch. Also enjoy uauthorized and side hurting parody boxes of Cap’n Crunch and Amway pyramid talks, not today. So follow me into the depths of blood and guts dripping from the roof of your mouth. Panelist: Duane Dimock Room: Garden 2.

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Meet the Podcasters– Get to know some of the people who produce those podcasts about comics, science fiction and related topics that you listen to (or that you should listen to). Panelists: Beth Accomando (MODERATOR), Ben Johnson, Miguel Rodriguez, Anthony Silva, Andrew Plein, Elizabeth Wallace Room: Crescent.

7:30pm-12:00am: Comic Fest movies– We show movies, mostly in glorious 16mm, just like in the old days. See schedule outside the room for details. Panelist: N/A Room: ,.

7:45pm – 10:45pm: The Ackerman Chronicles (documentary about Forrest J. Ackerman and discussion) – Jason Brock and Sunni Brock– Come see a documentary about the late, great Forrest J. Ackerman, known the world over as “Uncle Forry,” “EEEE,” “4SJ,” “Dr. Acula,” and numerous other pseudonyms. Forry was perhaps best known as the original editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the creator of Vampirella, and all-around mega-fan. As an agent, his clients were a who’s who of genre delights: Charles Beaumont, A. E. Van Vogt, William F. Nolan, Curt Siodmak, L. Ron Hubbard. His friends spanned the 20th Century and beyond, including Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, George Pal, and John Landis. A self-made fan, Forry was an institution and fixture living in various incarnations of his own personal museum, the AckerMansion, for many years. After the film, the documentary-makers, Jason Brock and Sunni Brock, will discuss their film and answer your questions. Panelists: Jason Brock, Sunni Brock Room: Garden 1.

7:45pm – 8:45pm: Drive-in theaters, The (Almost) Extinct Attraction– Let’s all go to the lobby!” Join host Brett Butler for an hour of drive-in theater fun. This program features intermission and snack bar clips, film trailers and a few surprises! Panelist: Bret Butler Room: Garden 2.

9:00pm – 11:00pm: Harry Potter and the Ten Years Later– Come see the award-winning eight-part web series that asks the question: What happened to Harry and his friends after they defeated Voldemort and confronted a much more dangerous situation – the adult world? Find out when you watch this eight-part, fan-made, non-commercial parody of the Harry Potter world. Afterward, discuss the series with Matt DeNoto (writer/director/’Harry’), Aryiel Hartman (‘Ginny’), and, hopefully, a few other members of the cast/crew. Note: Parental guidance recommended Panelist: Matt DeNoto Room: Garden 2.

11:00pm – 12:30am: Oddball Comics – Scott Shaw!– Everyone who has enjoyed reading a comic book, whether as an avid collector or as a young patient in a dentist’s office – in fact, even people who have never read a single comic book in their life – should see Scott’s hilarious presentation of wildly funny, outrageous and bizarre covers of the craziest comic books ever published. “Even if you’ve seen some of these comic book covers many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you’ll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that’s revealed!” says Scott (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Bart Simpson Comics, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Flintstones). Note: Parental guidance recommended Panelist: Scott Shaw! Room: Garden 1.