Comic-Con 2012 Highlights

Guests

Thursday
4:30-5:30 Masters of the Web [online film pundits]
Moderator: Karl Urban (Dredd)

5:45-6:45 Vertigo: A View from the Cutting Edge of Comics
Panelist: Dustin Nguyen (21 Jump Street)

7:00-8:00 Inside The Batmobile
Panelists: Ralph Cirella (Howard Stern's stylist) and Jon Hein (creator, jumptheshark.com)

Friday
Half of the original cast of MADtv – Debra Wilson, Orlando Jones, David Herman, Phil LaMarr – will be in attendance.

10:00-11:00 Art of the Thrill Kill
Panelist: Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves)

11:15-12:15 Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra
Panelist: David Faustino (Married… with Children)

3:00-4:00 Drawing on Your Nightmares: Horror in Comics
Panelist: Lance Henrikson (Millennium)

6:00-7:00 Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal
Moderator: Larry King

Saturday
11:15-12:30 DC Comics-All Access: OGNs
Panelist: Anthony Bourdain

5:00-6:00 Comics of the African Diaspora
Moderator: Robin Givens (Boomerang)
Panelist: Lee Daniels (director/producer, Precious)

7:00-8:00 The Future of Graphic Novels
Panelist: Olivia d'Abo (The Wonder Years)


Programming

Thursday
10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Subaltern Counterculture and the Strengths of the Underdog
Kane Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara) uses cyborg theory and questions of the posthuman to ask how cybernetics mediate race in superhero comic book stories. If comics rely heavily on the visual to communicate to the reader, then to what degree can a character half-black/half-chrome be considered black?

5:30-6:30 Klasky Csupo: We're Back!
The studio that brought you Rugrats discusses future projects, including a skateboarding zombie! Moderated by Phil Daniels (digital media attorney, Ginsburg Daniels LLP).

Friday
12:30-1:30 Paranormal Love Potion
Authors divulge the secrets behind crafting steamy love scenes.

1:00-2:00 Mylo Xyloto
The new comic miniseries behind Coldplay's hit album.

2:00-3:00 Star Wars Origami

Saturday
1:00-2:00 CBLDF: The Fight To Defend Manga
Meet the man who stood up to Canada Customs to prove manga is not a crime!

2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session
Nicole Rehnberg (California State University, Fullerton) examines how the Phoenix Force in the X-Men universe operates as a metaphor for the role of tutors in a university writing center.

Jeff Barbanell (Arizona State University) provides a historical survey of the class warfare embedded in the Superman Family of comics and offers a lesson plan for using this content to teach the fundamentals of economic theory.

Rhea Ashley Hoskin (Queen's University) analyzes the challenges presented by the genderqueer characters in Sailor Moon and how English translations and Western binaric thought have worked to erase and rewrite queer identities.

Sarah Stanley (Queen's University) argues that Julie Taymor's surprising invention of Arachne as a mother figure to Spider-Man (and by extension Peter Parker) is central to the failure of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

6:00-7:00 Are You a Geek Girl Trendsetter? Show Off Your Style to the Fashion Experts and Win Prizes!
Inspired by the NBC television show Fashion Star. MTV Geek will be filming.

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