SDCC 2015: Signing & Panel Schedule

sdcclogoMore cartoonists signing at Fantagraphics Booth 1718 than you can shake a stick at! Some familiar faces, and some brand new ones, gracing our table; come say hi, get books signed, buy original art (please, no actual stick shaking).




Here it is, in all its glory*:

Fantagraphics SDCC Signing Schedule

Thursday, July 9th

11 am – Peter Bagge
12 pm – Robert Goodin
1 pm – Ed Piskor & Benjamin Marra
2 pm – Don Rosa
3 pm – Ed Luce
4 pm – Gilbert + Natalia + Jaime Hernandez
6 pm – Bill Schelly

Friday, July 10th

11 am – Robert Goodin
12 pm – Don Rosa
1 pm – Frank Stack & Steven Weissman
2 pm – Ed Luce
3 pm – Leah Hayes
4 pm – Gilbert + Natalia + Jaime Hernandez
5 pm – Ed Piskor & Benjamin Marra

Saturday, July 11th

10 am – Robert Goodin & Don Rosa
11 am – Peter Bagge & Frank Stack
12 pm – Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins & Chip Kidd
1 pm – Gilbert +Natalia + Jaime Hernandez
2 pm – Johnny Ryan
3 pm – Leah Hayes
4 pm – Ed Piskor, Benjamin Marra & Ed Luce
5 pm – Gilbert +Natalia + Jaime Hernandez
6 pm – Bill Schelly

Sunday, July 12th

10 am – Robert Goodin
11 am – Johnny Ryan
12 pm – Peter Bagge
1 pm – Ed Piskor
2 pm – Ed Luce
3 pm – Gilbert + Natalia + Jaime Hernandez

Here’s a handy-dandy printable guide to take with you and keep forever:











*All times and guest appearances subject to change throughout the weekend. Please follow us on twitter (@fantagraphics) for up-to-date times/changes/cancellations!

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Fantagraphics Panel Schedule

Thursday, July 9th

Historical Comics and Graphic Novels

Not all comics are about superheroes. In fact, there are some amazing graphic novels, comics and web comics that deal with events from history. Some are personal stories, some are historical accounts and some are the creator’s own take, but they all bring history alive. Creators Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), Sara Ryan (Escape From Alcatraz), and Lora Innes (The Dreamer), discuss their historical works with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB


Capturing Teen Angst in Comics

These four cartoonists have written about a universal, dark side of adolescence: teen angst. Peter Bagge (Hate), Gilbert Hernandez (Bumperhead), Jillian Tamaki (Supermutant Magic Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) talk about how they channel teenage frustrations and apathy in their comics and what this does to their characters, to their storyline, and to their page layouts. Michael Cavna ( The Washington Post) moderates.

Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 8


Comics Marketing & PR 101

Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? This is the panel for you! Sit in on this mind-blowing roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics, whether you’re self-publishing or creating for a publisher. Comics marketing superstars Chip Mosher (comiXology VP of communications and marketing), Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books director of publicity and promotions), Jen Vaughn(cartoonist), Janelle Asselin (publisher, Rosy Press), and Kirk Damato (creative manager at Buzzfeed) offer a wide-ranging discussion.

Thursday July 9, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 8


Friday, July 10th

21st-Century Creators

The 21st century has proven to be a time of great change for the book industry. With huge shifts in technology and the e-book industry transforming print media, Tracy Hurren (managing editor, Drawn & Quarterly) speaks to three cartoonists who began working after the year 2000 about the challenges and successes they’ve had working in a digital world. Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Benjamin Marra(Night Business, The Terror Assaulter ), and Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy, This One Summer) will also address how their comics’ work has developed as online communities have grown and shifted.

Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE


Something Old, Something New! (or, The Revenge of Classic Comic Collections Panel)

President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein reunites the stalwarts (or culprits) of the unprecedented boom in archival publishing for a spirited discussion about the future of classic comic book collections. Joining Greg are LOAC founder and editor Dean Mullaney, renowned comic book historian and editor Craig Yoe, VP of book trade sales at Dark Horse Comics Michael Martens, founder of Sunday Press Peter Maresca, associate publisher of Fantagraphics Eric Reynolds, and IDW senior editor of special projects Scott Dunbier. It’s the golden age of archival collections, and if you crave more, or want to beg these guys to stop, this is the panel for you. Free book for every attendee plus other giveaways; and each and every guest has promised to announce a new project so top secret even the other panelists don’t know about it yet.

Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 32AB


Push Stories Forward: Rise of the Independents

Rosy Press’s Janelle Asselin moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comics publishing, including BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters, IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu, and Fantagraphics director of publicity and promotions Jacq Cohen as they discuss what they are doing to expand the marketplace.

Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 5AB


Hopey, Julio, Skim, Oafs, and Beyond

Emerging from the undergrounds and into the alt comix of the 1980s, queer characters and voices have always been loud and proud in alternative and indie comics. Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez were at the forefront of queer characters’ visibility with their groundbreaking and award-winning comic book series Love and Rockets, featuring such brilliant characters as Hopey, Maggie, Israel, and Julio. Contemporary authors Mariko Tamaki and Ed Luce have contributed new icons in their books Skimand Wuvable Oaf. Join all four creators and moderator Christopher Butcher(Comics212, Toronto Comic Arts Festival for a discussion of the history of queer character visibility in alt and indie comics.

Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE


Saturday, July 11th

Writing Engaging Nonfiction Comics

Nonfiction comics are a wide and blossoming field, with lots of exciting projects emerging all the time. The genre of nonfiction comics can include biographies of important historical figures, as in Peter Bagge‘s Woman RebelThe Margaret Sanger Story; political cartooning, as in Jen Sorensen‘s short and long-form work for numerous periodicals or long-running web serials about the history of hip hop, as in Ed Piskor‘sHip Hop Family Tree. Calvin Reid (senior news editor at Publishers Weekly) will find out what it is that drew them to work in nonfiction and how they make it interesting for their readers.

Saturday July 11, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 8


Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America

Bill Schelly (author) talks to Gary Groth (publisher) about Harvey Kurtzman, editor, artist, and sole writer of the original MAD comic book and magazine-one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. They will cover Harvey’s cultural impact, legal battles with MAD publisher William M. Gaines, and much more.

Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 26AB


What’s New From Abrams ComicArts

Charles Kochman (editorial director), Chad Beckerman (creative director), Chip Kidd(graphic designer and author), and special guests talk about upcoming Abrams ComicArts projects from their fall 2015 list, including original graphic novels Trashedby Derf Backderf (author of My Friend Dahmer) and Ghetto Klown by John Leguizamo (an adaptation of his award-winning autobiographical HBO stage performance); art monographs Only What’s Necessary : Charles M. Schultz and The Art of Peanuts by Chip Kidd and Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel by Paul Levitz (former president and publisher of DC Comics); and the latest trading card collection from Topps: Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume 1. Find out what’s also coming next year from Abrams ComicArts as they reveal some works in progress, including videos and never-before-seen titles and art.

Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 28DE


Sunday, July 12th

Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schultz and the Art of Peanuts

Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts with Chip Kidd (graphic designer, editor-at-large for Pantheon), and Paige Braddock (creative director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates) as they preview their upcoming coffee table book, Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts. See rare and never-before seen highlights from the extraordinary archives at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, including unpublished strips and preliminary artwork photographed by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear that reveal a rare glimpse into the creative process of the world’s most beloved and influential cartoonist.

Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB


How We Tell Stories

Comics stories can be told in innovative ways that make the reading experience engaging, immersive, and fun for the reader. Heidi Macdonald of Publishers Weekly and The Beat will speak to four groundbreaking authors, asking how they adapt their storytelling techniques for different audiences and different formats. Marc Bell(Stroppy), Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) will talk about their strategies for telling stories and how these change when you’re writing for online (DeForge, Piskor), alt-weekly magazines (Bell), or your own sketchbook (Nilsen).

Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE


Hip Hop Comics Connection

Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed’s current work

Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE


Cover Story: The Art of the Cover

Forget about the insides! What makes for a great cover on a comic book? This topic will be discussed and debated by some artists who’ve been responsible for some of the best. With Kevin Wada (She-Hulk, Adventure Time), David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Steve Lieber (Quantam & Woody, Road to Perdition), andChip Kidd (Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design). Your host isMark Evanier, and that about covers it.

Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC


Spotlight on Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge has been writing and drawing comics professionally for 35 years. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his alternative comic series Hate, and he has produced three graphic novels and seen publication of numerous collections of his serialized work. Find out what Pete is up to today, including his nonfiction graphic novels.

Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 4