Sunday, October 6th, 2013 Programming Schedule

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

10:00am – 11:00am: Super-Heroes Before Super-Heroes– Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, the Shadow, Doc Savage, Popeye, the Spider. Who were the earliest super-heroes, the ones that inspired comics creators in the 1930s and ‘40s? What are the consistent components of a super-hero in any era? Powers? Super powers? Secret identity? Heroic ethic? Panelists: Kevin Altieri (MODERATOR), Arne Starr, Bob Beerbohm, Clayton Moore, Don Glut, Richard Kyle, Steve Barnes Room: Crescent.

10:00am – 11:00am: Stone Age Explorers in a New World — Todd Braje and Greg Bear– A San Diego State anthropology professor, Todd Braje, and a noted science fiction writer, Greg Bear, discuss the latest theories about the original migration into the New World – and maybe talk a bit about how they relate to comics. Panelists: Greg Bear, Todd Braje Room: Eaton.

10:00am – 11:00am: SF & Fantasy for Kids – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility– Why should kids have to wait until they’re old enough to read Tolkien or Asimov to enjoy the worlds of science fiction and fantasy? This panel will comprise a mix of authors/illustrators who’ve created any form of juvenile speculative fiction (book, comic, graphic novel, or animation). Panelists: Henry Herz (MODERATOR), Dani Kollin, Eric Shanower, Eytan Kollin, PJ Haarsma, Shelley Moore Thomas Room: Galleria 1.

10:00am – 11:00am: One-on-One With Floyd Norman, Disney Legend (Jerry Beck, interviewer)– Meet Floyd Norman, Disney Legend. Floyd began working at Disney Studios as a young animator in the 1950s. He has spent several different working periods at Disney, and among his credits are work on such titles as Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Mulan, Dinosaur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects. Among his other credits, Floyd co-founded the AfroKids animation studio, where he worked on such projects as the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s Fat Albert television special that aired in 1969 on NBC. Jerry Beck will interview Floyd. Panelists: Floyd Norman, Jerry Beck Room: Garden 1.

10:00am – 11:00am: Creating in Someone Else’s Neighborhood in Comics and Prose– Creating in Someone Else’s Neighborhood in Comics and Prose Panelists: be they super-heroes or prose adaptations of characters under copyright? What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing about characters controlled by someone other than the writer, Marv Wolfman, Nancy Holder Room: Garden 2.

11:00am – 12:00pm: Warehouse 13: Make Your Own Artifact — for 6-99-year-olds.– We talk about artifacts from the show, and dream up new ones of our own, for 6-99 year olds Panelists: Sawyer Slater, Max Slater, Tim Slater Room: Le Sommet.

11:15am – 12:15pm: Marv Wolfman workshop on writing comics– Marv Wolfman, a legendary comics writer and editor whose career dates to1968, will take you through the art and craft of writing comics. Panelist: Marv Wolfman Room: Crescent.

11:15am – 12:15pm: Destination Moon (and Beyond) – Is the Dream of Private Space Companies Still Alive?– According to, “Human exploration of deep space is looking more and more like a tag-team affair, with NASA jetting off to asteroids and Mars while the private sector sets up shop on the moon. While NASA has no plans to return humans to the lunar surface anytime soon, private industry is eyeing Earth’s nearest neighbor intently.” What is the latest news about private space companies – will they fill the void left by NASA? Should they? Who are the major players? Will the dream, which dates back at least to Robert A. Heinlein, be realized? Panelists: Phil Roberts (MODERATOR), Andrew Biscontini, Blaine C. Readler, Jerry Pournelle, John Trimble, Larry Niven Room: Eaton.

11:15am – 12:15pm: One-on-One With Kate Danley (Wyatt Doyle, interviewer– Let’s let Kate handle the description: “I started indie publishing in November 2010. In this three year journey, I have gone from selling eight books a month to several thousand, have gotten a publication deal, a film option for my Maggie books, and now support myself fully upon my writing. I am happy to share with you all of the things I’ve learned so that your journey can be a little less bumpy.” Wyatt Doyle will interview Kate. Panelists: Kate Danley, Wyatt Doyle Room: Galleria 1.

11:15am – 12:15pm: 4E Kids– Famous Monsters of Filmland, in its original run, was published by James Warren and edited by Forest J. Ackerman (or 4E) from 1958 to 1983. The magazine offered brief articles, well-illustrated with publicity stills and graphic artwork, on horror movies from the silent era to the current date of publication, their stars and filmmakers. It had a definite effect on some of its readers, especially the younger ones. This program features several guys who were inspired (warped?) by reading Famous Monsters and thereafter ended up working quite sucessfully in some area of horror or science fiction — films, novels, what have you. Come hear their stories about whether there was a connection. Panelists: Paul Sammon (MODERATOR), Don Glut, Greg Bear, Pete Von Sholly, Phil Tippett Room: Garden 1.

11:15am – 12:15pm: It’s the End of the World As We Know It– What is it with early 21st Century science fiction films and their fascination with the end of the world? Does it reflect the popular mood? Has Hollywood gone through cycles like this before? Or is this really nothing new? Our panelists will bring examples. Panelists: James Morris (MODERATOR), Clayton Moore, Delores Fisher, Richard Kyle, Stephen Potts Room: Garden 2.

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Comics Creation for Teens and Tweens Clinic– 10- to 18-year-olds, come learn how to write and draw comic books and graphic novels with comic book editor and writer Nancy Holder. Nancy works for Moonstone Books, and is a writer on the Domino Lady comics , among others. Learn the basics of writing comic book scripts and breaking your story into panels. “Comics 101” will last approximately 30 minutes. Then feel free to stay for another hour. Comic book templates and pencils will be provides. Panelist: Nancy Holder Room: Le Sommet.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: One on One with Willie Ito– Meet Willie Ito, whose 45-year career as an animator began at Disney Studios in 1953, where his first assignment was as an “in-betweener” on Lady and the Tramp and he had a hand in creating one of the most iconic scenes in animation history – the spaghetti scene He worked on many animated films and shorts over the years; among his most notable tasks was as a layout artist on Bugs Bunny shorts from 1954-1961 and as a layout artist on Beany & Cecil in 1961-1962. He also worked at Hanna-Barbera from 1962-1977 on many titles, including The Flintstones and Yogi Bear; it was at Hanna-Barbera that he created Hong Kong Phooey. Beth Accomando will interview Willie. Panelists: Beth Accomando, Willie Ito Room: Crescent.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: How Have Film-Makers Treated Philip K. Dick?– According to Wikipedia, 11 PKD novels and short stories have been adapted into movies or TV episodes. Have filmmakers done a good job in capturing Dick’s quirky essence? Is it possible to do so, given the differences between prose and film? Our panelists will cite examples. Panelists: Andrew Biscontini (MODERATOR), James Van Hise, Paul M. Sammon, Stephen Potts Room: Galleria 1.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: One-on-one with Jeremy Shada– Meet Jeremy Shada, who has had a remarkably extensive and diverse career for someone who is just 16. He may be best known as the voice of Finn in Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, but he also has done many other roles in animated series. He also has guest-starred on many television series and movies including Miracle Run, Healing Hands, Southern Comfort, Aliens In The House, Love’s Unending Legacy, Parenthood, Nip/Tuck, Ghost Whisperer, Shark, Stacked, The Loup, Good Girls Don’t, ER, Parenthood, and Cold Case. He also had a recurring role as young Charlie Pace on the hugely successful Lost on ABC. Currently, he is part of a new live-action sketch comedy series, Incredible Crew, on Cartoon Network. Panelist: Jeremy Shada Room: Garden 1.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Efexio, Movie magic for your Videos. Learn about this video effects app from Corey Rosen Head of Creative Marketing at Tippett Studio– This demonstration by Corey Rosen of the Tippett Studio uses the EFEXIO application for iPad and iPhone to show how artists can place 3D character animations from Tippett Studio into their own movies and still photos. EFEXIO offers controls for adjustment of lighting, contrast, gamma, color, camera, and other compositing tools to easily create a convincing integrated image. Pro-Res characters and exports are available for professional-quality results. Panelist: Corey Rosen Room: Garden 2.

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Uhura, Leia, and Uhura: SciFi Chicks and the Evolution of Feminism– A look at how women in science fiction (even before Star Trek!) mirrored society’s notion of liberated women. Panelists: Bjo Trimble, John Putman, Stephanie Slater Room: Crescent.

1:45pm – 2:45pm: How to go from a novel to screen– Our experienced panelists will show you how to take the essence of the characters and situations from a novel and adapt them into a screenplay, then storyboard the action into visuals and scout for locations. They will take you inside the minds of the director, makeup artists, actors, grips, and the director of photography. They will show some footage to illustrate their points and, of course, take questions from the audience. Panelists: Christopher C. Miller, Edward Hernandez, Spencer Baik, Raven Hernandez, William Clausen Room: Eaton.

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Scott Shaw! Talks about and Draws his Career – Roger Freedman– Anyone can sit down and talk about his or her career. Scott Shaw!, the brilliant animator, cartoonist, writer and cartoonist, takes it one step further. He will talk about his career with his friend, Roger Freedman, and he will draw images from his career at the same time. Panelists: Roger Freedman, Scott Shaw! Room: Garden 1.

1:45pm – 2:45pm: An Appreciation of Frederick Pohl– Author Frederik Pohl, who over decades gained a reputation of being a literate and sophisticated writer of science fiction, died recently at age 93. Pohl wrote more than 40 novels. Two of his better-known works were The Space Merchants, written in the early 1950s with Cyril M. Kornbluth, and Gateway, a winner of the Hugo Award for science fiction writing. Pohl was a literary agent and editor before getting his own work published in science fiction magazines of the 1930s. He’s credited with launching the careers of James Blish and Larry Niven, Comic Fest’s guest of honor. Panelists: Steve Barnes (MODERATOR), Greg Bear, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge Room: Garden 2.

1:45pm – 2:45pm: Make It, Take It Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older) Make a Puppet Creature– Do you like your creatures to move? Join Ms. Kim and the crew for puppet making! Puppet creatures for every age and skill level. If you can imagine it, you can make it at the Kid’s Imagination Station! Let’s get creative! Panelist: Kim Stadler Room: Le Sommet.

2:45pm – 3:45pm: Make It, Take It Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older) Construct Your Own Planet– What would your planet look like? Come draw your planet and watch it spring to life! Join Ms. Kim and the crew as we help you create a panoramic vision of your planet. Does it rain pancakes? Are the mountains made of candy? Let’s find out in the Kid’s Imagination Station! Panelist: Kim Stadler Room: Le Sommet.

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Ask the astronomers and physicists — A trio of scientists present ideas from the forefront of physics and astronomy– What is dark matter? Dark energy? The Higgs boson? These and other ideas from contemporary science see to be odder than anything in science fiction. A trio of scientists will present ideas from the forefront of physics and astronomy. Much of the session will be wide-open discussion, so bring questions! Panelists: Roger Freedman, Stephanie Slater, Tim Slater Room: Crescent.

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Hanna Barbera– Four alumni of the Hanna-Barbera Productions sit down and reminisce about their experiences at the studio. Expect to hear some inside jokes involving Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera and other bosses at the studios. And stories about animation legends who worked there, such as Doug Wildey, Dave Stevens and others. You may also hear about union strikes that hit the studio, the arrival and animation computers and the fear they caused among employees and maybe even the once-taboo Halloween celebrations that took place. Panelists: Floyd Norman, Phil Ortiz, Scott Shaw!, Willie Ito Room: Garden 1.

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Mr. Pournelle, Mr. Niven, Mr. Bear and Mr. Barnes Go to Washington– Sometimes the government turns to science fiction writers for help on dealing with really important matters — call it the intersection between science fiction and federal policy. Four of the writers who are guests at this year’s Comic Fest have had that experience. This is your opportunity to hear about the experiences of Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Greg Bear and Steve Barnes as they advised Presidents Reagan, both Presidents Bush and President Clinton. All four men were part of the Citizen’s Advisory Council on National Space Policy, which was formed in 1980 and prepared much of the Reagan Administration Transition Team policy papers on space. The Council met regularly and reported to the National Security Advisor through 1988. It helped to prepare much of the Strategic Defense Initiative (popularly known as “Star Wars”) material that resulted in President Reagan’s adoption of the SDI policy. Jerry, Larry and Greg also are part of a group of SF writers called SIGMA that advised several presidents about several policy matters, including what a post-nuclear age might look like and combating terrorism. Panelists: Steve Barnes (MODERATOR), Greg Bear, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven Room: Garden 2.

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Streamline Superman and the Deco Dark Knight: Art Deco & Super-heroes– Anne Marie Kelly will give an illustrated talk that makes novel and insightful connections between the Golden Age Superman and 1930s industrial design, as well as between architectural visionaries of the 1920s and the film version of Gotham City. Anne Marie is a Los Angeles-based film preservationist with a background in art history and a member of both the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the LA Conservancy. Panelist: Anne Marie Kelly Room: Eaton.

3:45pm – 4:45pm: Make It, Take It Activities for Children at the kid’s Imagination Station (ages 4 and older) Create a Flipbook– We’re crazy about books! In fact we flip over books, especially flipbooks! Come create your very own flipbook at Kid’s Imagination Station. Ms. Kim and the crew have got a book for every age and skill level. You’ll flip out! All you need is your imagination and you too can tell a story that moves! Panelist: Kim Stadler Room: Le Sommet.

4:15pm – 5:15pm: The Young Hero’s Journey – The Advantages And Constraints of Young Protagonists– What makes young adult fiction “young adult”? The age of the protagonist? The type of storyline? Does it help if the writer is a young adult himself or herself? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of writing about young protagonists (and antagonists, for that matter). Panelists: Stephen Potts (MODERATOR), Clayton Moore, James Morris, Mark O’Bannon, Nancy Holder, Steve Barnes Room: Crescent.

4:15pm – 5:15pm: The Cover Art of Prog Rock – Rod Underhill, Tom Luth, Ken Meyer Jr.– The music was memorable, if often interminable, but the cover art may have been even more unforgettable. Our panelists will take us back to when music was on vinyl, and album covers were large enough – and permanent enough – to warrant collection all by themselves. The cover images should be spectacular. Panelists: Ken Meyer Jr., Rod Underhill, Tom Luth Room: Eaton.

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Spotlight on Aces Weekly with David Lloyd, James Hudnall and Batton Lash– David Lloyd maybe best known for his work on comics titles such as V for Vendetta and Hellblazer, but these days he has become an on-line publisher. Aces Weekly is an exclusively digital online comic art magazine, devoted to giving space to industry greats and great newcomers from across the globe to tell any story they like directly to their readers in an ongoing weekly anthology. David is looking for subscribers, of course, so come to this panel and learn what you can get for your subscription money. Panelists: Batton Lash, David Lloyd, James Hudnall, Rachael Smith Room: Garden 1.

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Superman is Moses — The Religious Underpinnings of Super-Heroes– A recent book advocates the idea that Superman is Jewish. Indeed, there are similarities in the origin stories of Superman and Moses. Is this analogy legitimate? Does this metaphor extend to other super-heroes? Panelists: Paul Sammon (MODERATOR), Andrew Biscontini, Don Ensign, Don Glut, Richard Kyle Room: Garden 2.

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Your Turn: Feedback on 2013 Comic Fest– Let the organizers of this Comic Fest know how we did – What we did well and what we can do better next time. Panelists: Mark Stadler, Mike Towry Room: Tent.