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Thursday, July 18

10:30am PDT

How to Get News Coverage for Small Press Publishers
What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, or interviews, and what doesn't? Many publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comic journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Albert Ching (Newsarama), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Alan Kistler (Comic Mix), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Chris Squires (Buckley Radio), Tanya Tate (First Comics News), Chris Thompson (First Comics News), J. C. Vaughn (The Scoop), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), and Bryan Young (Huffington Post, Big Shiny Robot). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

Thursday July 18, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 8

11:30am PDT

Spotlight on Dan Parent
Join a discussion of Comic-Con special guest Dan Parent's 26-year career at Archie Comics. Moderator Chris Thompson (Orbital Comics) and colleague Rik Offenberger (Archie Comics) will take part in a lively discussion concerning what it's like writing and drawing America's favorite teenage line of comics. Topics will include developments Dan has spearheaded in moving Archie comics forward, such as redesigning and revamping Betty and Veronica, creating new and diverse storylines like "Archie Loves Valerie," and the creation of Archie's first gay character, Kevin Keller.

Thursday July 18, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 8

12:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Gene Deitch
Comic-Con special guest Gene Deitch is a legendary cartoonist, animator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and creator of Tom Terrific. Join him for a tour thru his 70-year career, including his years directing cartoons for UPA and Weston Woods, as well as creating the comic strip Terr'ble Thompson and crossing paths with everyone from Pete Seeger and John Lee Hooker to Maurice Sendak and Jules Feiffer. Moderated by animation historian Jerry Beck and famed movie critic and author-and Comic-Con special guest-Leonard Maltin!

Thursday July 18, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 8

1:30pm PDT

Digital Development and Marketing Your Comic, Web Series, App or Game: Kickstarter
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 02:15PM
Experts discuss digital development and marketing for your digital projects, including your comic, web series, app, game, or Kickstarter. Panelists include Bernie Su (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, showrunner), Matt Enlow (Squaresville), Brian Norgard (Chill CEO), Nicole Wilke (Fox Animation Domination High-Def, digital producer), Sarah Penna (Big Frame, Co-Founder), Maria Pacheco (DreamWorks Animation, mobile marketing), Megan Westerby (Collective Digital Studio, VP marketing - Video Game High School, Hannah Hart's Hello Harto Tour) and Yomi Ayeni (Clockwork Watch, creator), moderated by Kevin Winston (Digital LA CEO).

Thursday July 18, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 8

2:30pm PDT

The Sergio and Mark Show
Same guys, same panel, same stupid barbarian. The folks who've brought you Groo the Wanderer (and vow to do so again soon) will tell you what's up with that and what's up with all their other silly projects. Featuring the world's most honored cartoonist, Sergio Aragonés, and his faithful sidekick Mark Evanier, plus the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai, and the world's hardest-working colorist, Tom Luth.

Thursday July 18, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 8

3:30pm PDT

comiXology Open Mic: Taking Comics Further
Is that 40,000 comics in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us? Join comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts for an open discussion on the past, present and future of your favorite cloud-based digital comics platform. This is your opportunity to discover what's next and ask any questions that you've been dying to ask! All topics are game!

Thursday July 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
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4:30pm PDT

Spotlight on J. H. Williams
This award-winning creator on such notable works as Promethea, Batwoman, and the upcoming Sandman with Neil Gaiman talks about why he loves comics, moderated by John Bultena (Lecturer Merritt Writing Program, UC Merced). Visual presentation, discussion, and Q&A session.

Thursday July 18, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
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5:30pm PDT

Mark Waid's Thrillbent Tutorial
In the last year, Thrillbent.com has been a leading innovator in digital comics. Mark Waid (Daredevil, Superman: Birthright, Insufferable), James Tynion IV (Batman, The Eighth Seal), John Rogers (Leverage, Dungeons and Dragons, Arcanum), Nicholas Rucka (Kitchen Death Match), Christina Blanch and Troy Peteri (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), and Lori Matsumoto (Thrillbent general manager) join other Thrillbent talent for an in-depth tutorial on how to write, draw, and color for the Thrillbent format in an hour-long "how-to" with Q&A.

Thursday July 18, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
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6:30pm PDT

Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101
Need tips on how to market your comic and yourself to voracious fans and the comic industry at large? Have questions on the best way to do PR? Then this panel is for you! Some of the best and brightest in comics today bring you a roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing effective marketing and PR to get your comic noticed. Join moderator Chip Mosher (comiXology's PR and marketing maven), J. K. Parkin (from Comic Book Resources and the Eisner Award-nominated blog Robot 6), and Fantagraphics Books's marketing and PR team Jacq Cohen (director of publicity and promotions) and Jen Vaughn (marketing and outreach coordinator) for an inspiring and wide-ranging discussion you won't want to miss!

Thursday July 18, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 8

7:30pm PDT

Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist in publishing, film, and higher education; Sandman, The Ant Bully, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) moderates a panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms. Stephan Martiniere (artist in publishing, film, and games; Star Wars 2 and 3, I Robot), Donato Giancola (artist in publishing, film, and games; Tor, National Geographic), Alfred Paredes (sculptor, ZICA Toys, Sota Toys), Daniel Davis and Dawna Davis (husband and wife team of Steamcrow, publishers of monster books and toys). In addition there will be a drawing for free consultations with Greg Spalenka to help you create a living from your art on your own terms.

Thursday July 18, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
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8:30pm PDT

Black Mask: Bringing a Punk Rock Sensibility, Activism, and Wu-Tang to Comics
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), and Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, Occupy Comics) have joined forces to bring confrontational, daring, and unique stories to comics. With a lead-off roster including Wu-Tang's RZA and Ghostface Killah, Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys), and Occupy Comics's star-studded team ranging from Alan Moore to Charlie Adlard to Art Spiegelman, Black Mask has already hit the ground running. Niles, Pizzolo, and Robertson will be joined by Matthew Rosenberg (12 Reasons To Die) and Adam Egypt Mortimer (Ballistic) for a discussion of breaking new ground in comics, and then Pizzolo will welcome additional panelists for a peek at what's coming next.

Thursday July 18, 2013 8:30pm - 9:30pm PDT
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