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They’ve started putting up the programming schedules for San Diego Comic Con 2017, starting with Wednesday night and Thursday, the traditional two weeks in advance. We’ll be digging into things that are of possible interest¹ to those who read this page (which really means whatever caught my eye). Let’s dig in.

Special Program For Those Who Maybe Don’t Even Go To SDCC

Marian Call solo show
FRIDAY 7:00pm — ??, Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Santee

An evening of music; tickets $10 to $20, or pay-as-you-wish at the door. It’s a ways out, you’ll probably want to split a cab. It’s not going to be a wide-ranging show like previous years, probably because she’s going to be part of W00tstock the night before; hey, Marian, tell John Hodgman I like his work and respect his moustache.

Thursday Programming

Real World Retellings
10:00am — 11:00am, Room 29AB

Nonfiction, from a panel including new father Box Brown, presumably talking about André, Tetris, and (not out until February) Andy Kaufman.

Creators, Libraries, And Literacy
10:00am — 11:00sm, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

You won’t be on the floor for the start of the show, but you’ll be listening to Raina Telgemeier, Molly Ostertag, and others talk about about the importance of libraries. Cool.

Comic Book Law School 101: Help Me Understand
10:30am — 12:00pm, Room 11

The long-running legal education series returns; this session is on the basics of IP law. Attorneys attending get 1.5 credits of California continuing education.

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
11:00am — 12:00pm, Room 32AB

Because if you don’t love Jeff Smith, you don’t love comics.

Discover The Impact Of The Web On Mainstream Comics
1:00pm — 2:00pm, Room 28DE

Making the jump from webcomics to print, with Molly Ostertag, John Allison, and multiple namechecks of BOOM! in the description. No mention of who is moderating, but if it’s somebody from BOOM!, I will give a dollar to whoever asks them why, if they love comics and web creators so much and have the cash to spread around booze, they pay them so poorly and only after considerable effort.

Editing Comics
1:30pm — 2:30pm, Room 4

Editors are great, the panel includes people like Cassandra Pelham (she edits the like of Raina, and Mike Maihack) and Mark Siegel (runs a little shop called :01 Books is all), and it’s moderated by the invaluable Christopher Butcher.

Writing From Life: Turning Personal Experience Into Relatable Stories
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 29AB

Ooh! Gemma Correll and Tillie Walden!

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, And Tom Show
3:30pm — 4:30pm, Room 8

Same time, same room, same day as last year and every year prior. Because Sergio, Mark, Stan, and Tom friggin’ rule, that’s why.

Spotlight On Erica Henderson
5:00pm — 6:00pm, Room 32AB

John Allison talking to Erica Henderson? No brainer.

25 Years Of Bob The Angry Flower
5:30pm — 6:30pm, Room 4

Stephen Notley on a quarter-century of what was always a webcomic, even when there wasn’t a web.

Superhero Family Feud
6:00 — 7:00, Horton Grand Theater

Gameshow, with writers of various superhero fare eager to prove who knows the most about comics, characters, and capes. I can tell you from personal experience that Ryan North digs down deep to come up with the characters — some only seen for a page or less! — that he has encounter Squirrel Girl. Do not bet against him.

Spam of the day:

GPS devices: Monitor performance as well as location

My location is here in my office chair, and my performance is outstanding.

¹ Handy hint: the Web tag is useless and has approximately zero to do with webcomics.

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