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Panel Highlights, SDCC ’11

I’ve been going through the programming listings for the upcoming San Diego Comic Book Death March Convention, and ahve come across some panels that readers of this page may find to be of interest. Funny thing — back in ’06 when I first attended SDCC to report for Fleen, there were three panels that could be described as Webcomics School; this year, that let’s show you how to do it! impetus appears to have been taken over by the movie industry, with numerous Comic Con Film School 10x panels scheduled across four days. Interesting.


10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 101: “C” Is For Creator (and Copyright!)
Room 30CDE
I’m not going to list all the Law School sessions, I’ll just note that they’re back, and whether you’re on the web or not, they may have useful information for you.

12:30-1:30 Dumbrella
Room 4
Let me note that Andy Bell, Meredith Gran, Jon Rosenberg, and Chris Yates are being asked to go on at lunchtime. If you want them to be nice, bring them snacks.

2:30-3:30 Sergio and Mark Show
Room 8
Nothing to do with webcomics, but perennially one of the funniest panels of the show, and I’m obligated to mention any program where the official description references the dread secret of Sergio’s mustache.

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Cameron Stewart
Room 4
Sin Titulo‘s back on his front burner until it’s done, y’all.


11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Patrick McDonnell
Room 5AB
Again, not webcomics, but McDonnell lives one town over from me, I run into him regularly at the good bookstore around the corner from my house or the really good Italian restaurant/cocktail bar that I frequent, and he’s a hell of a nice guy.


10:00-11:00 Steampunk Influences on Mainstream Media and Entertainment
Room 23ABC
Kaja & Phil Foglio will be there, so if you were looking to find them at their table, they won’t be there.

2:30-3:30 Digital Disruption: Comics, Webcomics, and the Business Model of the Future
Room 8
Going to not that this one seems to be playing catch-all with the idea of digital, ranging from “digital as in webcomics and the business model thereunto” to “digital as in piracy”. Could be a decent counterpoint to the Kurtz/Rall session that never happened at NYCC last year, as Scott Kurtz hashes things out with Mark Waid.

5:00-6:00 Webcomics Weekly Live!
Room 25ABC
Kurtz, Straub, Dave Kellett, Guigar are never better than when they’re screwing with each other live in front of an audience. Hey, somebody that’s going to be there, ask a question for me — If you four guys were the Beatles, which one would each of you be?

6:00-7:00 The Penny Arcade Q&A
Room 25ABC
Are they clearing out rooms between sessions this year? You might have to decide if you wanna see the Halfpixel Dudes or Gabe ‘n’ Tycho if they don’t let you stay in your seat. That might suck.


10:00-11:00 Axe Cop
Room 6DE
Malachai Nicolle might (at age 7) be the youngest special guest in Comic Con history, but consider this — he’s been working on Axe Cop since he was 5, or an astonishing 28.6% of his life. That’s probably in line with a lot of special guests.

1:00-2:00 PW: What Comes After the Graphic Novel?
Room 25ABC
Mentioning this one not just because Heidi Mac is on the panel and she’s smart, but because Judy Hansen is on the panel. She’s the literary agent to every webcomicker past and present that’s gotten a good deal (not to mention creators like McCloud and Smith), so if you’re a webcomicker that aspires to pro, listen very closely to what she has to say.

3:00-4:00 Keenspot 2011: Vampires and Zombies and the Moon!
Room 4
Eleven years. Let me try that again — eleven years — now that Keenspot’s been having a mass panel. That’s gotta be some kind of record.

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