Fantagraphics at SDCC 2017: The Panels

We give you The Panels of San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

Thursday, July 20

A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn)

12:30pm – 1:30pm Publisher Hope Nicholson, creator Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink), and contributing artists Jen Vaughn, Elizabeth Watasin, Miriam Libicki, and Willy Mendes discuss the creation of the anthology A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn) and portraying Jewish characters from within and outside of the culture.

Essential Deserted Island Comics

4:00 – 5:00pm So you’re stranded on a deserted island. But good news-you can pick your favorite comics to get stuck with for the rest of your life! What essential comics will you be reading and rereading? You might know your own picks, but find out what some of comic’s hottest creators-including Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate), and special guests like John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder) have picked as their absolute top favorite deserted island comics they can’t live without! Hosted by the comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou.

Creating Kickass Comics Characters

2:00pm – 3:00pm Creators Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Sensation Comics’s Wonder Woman), Mags Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go), and the legendary Trina Robbins (Vampirella, Wonder Woman) discuss their processes for developing memorable characters, updating classics, and creating new ones. This panel will analyze some favorite and not-so-favorite character makeovers and highlight some new badass ones.

Michael Dormer and the Legend of Hot Curl

4:00-5:00 Michael Dormer and the Legend of Hot Curl – Eric Reynolds (associate editor Fantagraphics Books), Michael Powers (co-editor Hot Curl), and Steve Barilotti (editor SURFER magazine) discuss the confluence of the Beat movement with the So-Cal surf scene that was defined by the counterculture visuals of artist Michael Dormer, subject of a retrospective from Fantagraphics Books. Room 29AB

The Secrets of Immersive Worlds

5:00pm – 6:00pm The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

Friday, July 21

Spotlight on Simon Hanselmann

10:00am – 11:00am Comics creator Simon Hanselmann (MegahexOne More Year) discusses his hit comics characters, Megg, Mogg, and Owl, and the next stage of his career with New York Magazine’Abraham Riesman.

Comics Arts Conference #5: Lassoing the Truth: Marston Versus Wertham in the Wonder Woman War

10:30am – 11:30am Psychologist William Moulton Marston created the world’s most famous female superhero. Using outdated examples and falsified evidence, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham attacked both Wonder Woman and the deceased Marston in his book Seduction of the Innocent. Doctors Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth) call together a panel of experts to examine how one crusader’s fight with a ghost affected both comics and comics studies: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman), Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), Alan Kistler (comics historian), and Mike Madrid (The Supergirls), with special guest Christie Marston (Wonder Woman Network and Family Museum). Be a sensation, not sensationalistic!

Taking Comics from Web to Print

11:30-12:30 Comics from Web to Print-Join cartoonists and special guests Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart) as they discuss their cartooning careers, and what the best practices are for transitioning your stories to a physical format. Hear from award winning cartoonists about the pros and cons of web vs. print, tips for getting work noticed, and where to go after you make the jump. Moderated by editor Eric Reynolds. Room 24ABC

Black Crown: At the Cross Street of Comics and Chaos

12:00pm – 1:00pm Attention readers who need to be transfixed or transformed: IDW’s Black Crown is a fully functioning curation operation! Get in on the ground floor of the new imprint that’s at the cross street of comics and chaos. Join editor Shelly Bond, IDW CCO Chris Ryall, and creators Tess Fowler (Rat Queens, co-creator/artist of debut title Kid Lobotomy), Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Magdalena), and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, The Twilight Children), who can’t wait to share the details of their new Black Crown series.

Saturday, July 22nd

Unconventional Comics

1:30pm – 2:30pm Comics are all about super powers and saving the world, right? Discover the rich and growing market for comics that may lack super-powered heroes but are super all the same. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discusses with panelists R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions), Simon Hanselmann (Megg & Mogg), Gemma Correll (The Worrier’s Guide to Life), and Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) how they were inspired to write their unconventional books and why the comics format was right for their work.

Comics 101: Making Sense of the Comics World

3:00pm – 4:00pm Just getting into comics but not sure where to start reading? Industry professionals Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate), Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah Comics), and others personally recommend series just right for you! Join comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou and this panel of comics superstars as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics!

The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood

3:30-4:30pm The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood on what would be the 90th birthday of comic master Wallace Wood, we look back and dig deep into his career and life, sharing highlights and lowlights of the groundbreaking artist. Mike Catron, editor of the Eisner Nominated series The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, presents pieces from the Wood archive rarely seen before. Room: 26AB

John Stanley, Giving Life to Little Lulu

6:00-7:00pm Little Lulu-Eisner-winning author Bill Schelly and Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth give a slide show presentation on the work of John Stanley, the creative genius who wrote and drew Little Lulu for her first 15 years in comic books. Stanley took Saturday Evening Post cartoonist Marge Buell’s scrappy Lulu Moppet and turned her into a genuine Feminist icon, and the star of one of the best-selling comics of the 1950s.

Sunday, July 23rd

Spotlight on Liz Suburbia

11:00am – 12:00pm Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart, Cyanide Milkshake) sits down to discuss her work and influences with artist and publisher Kevin Czap (Czap Books, Füchi Perf), followed by a Q&A session.

Keeping it Funny

1:00 – 2:00pm Abraham Riesman of Vulture discusses the breadth of humor and satire possible in the medium of comics. He’s joined by Mimi Pond, whose fictionalized memoir The Customer Is Always Wrongis rich with the slang and jokes of 1970s Bay Area counterculture; R. Sikoryak, whose satirical takes on the 2016 presidential election online and tech jargon in Terms and Conditions have delighted readers everywhere; Gemma Correll, whose relatable comics about anxiety and pets appear on The Guardian and are collected in The Worrier’s Guide to Life ; and Simon Hanselmann, whose meticulously watercolored stoner witch comics (published on his tumblr and in books such as Megahex and One More Year) are soaked in a black humor.