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Wisdom Was Sore Lacking, On Account Of Who Schedules Panel Discussions At 9:00pm?

Continuing our look at programming for this year’s San Diego Comics Con.

Friday Programming

Biographical And Autobiographical Comics
10:00am — 11:00am, Room28DE

Sonny Liew, Box Brown, Sarah Glidden, and more, on nonfiction comics.

Cartoon Network: OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes
10:00am — 11:00am, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Ian Jones-Quartey may have moved on from Steven Universe, but his new show is getting loads of attention right now. I’d say this was my chance to see him in a session panel without having to line up, oh, now, except for the fact of what’s in the Indigo Ballroom immediately after, and how many people are going to attend this one (not all of whom will have an interest) to have a better shot at the next one.

Comic Book Law School 202: Help Is On The Way
10:30am — 12:00pm, Room 11

Continuing the series from yesterday with a focus on where the money gets involved: licenses and transfers of rights, publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements, including contracts and incorporation.

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe
11:00am — 12:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Yeah, here’s the next thing in Indigo. Rebecca Sugar, Deedee Magno-Hall, Michaela Dietz, Estelle, AJ Michalka, and Zach Callison (respectively: creator, Pearl, Amethyst, Garnet, Stevonnie, and Steven). Gonna be a madhouse.

Taking Comics From Web To Print
11:30am — 12:00pm, Room 24ABC

Simon Hanselmann and Liz Suburbia talkinga bout how to get from web to print. Seems an odd topic for Hanselman since his pre-publisher career was dominated by self-published minicomics, and a weekly comic run by VICE, which is pretty much a publishing deal that’s merely not on paper.

Handling Challenges: Bans And Challenges To Comics
12:00pm — 1:00pm, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Raina Telgemeier, Candice Mack, Gina Gagliano, and David Saylor talking with Betsy Gomez about people that have nothing better to do than to police what other people are reading.

Condemned To Repeat?
1:00pm — 2:00pm, Room25ABC

This is like the third time that Box Brown is on a nonfiction-focused panel, right? I think it’s third. Andrew Farago moderates, Nathan Hale, Sarah Glidden, John Holmstrom, Lewis Trondheim, and Brigitte Findakly talk.

Read Like a Girl: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)
1:00pm — 2:00pm, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

The SDCL is where you want to be if you want to see Raina this show apparently; this time she’s talking with Nidhi Chanani, Shannon Hale, Jenni Holm, Molly Ostertag, and moderator Brigid Alverson. Lotta smart on this panel.

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett
1:00 — 2:00pm, Room 28DE

I have to quote the official description for a bit: Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, “What a weird panel description,” then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more! I can’t decide if that was Bennett, North, or the two togther that wrote that description; either way, awesome.

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels
2:00 — 3:00pm, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Box Brown nonfiction comics panel count: four. Panelists include Thi Bui, Nathan Hale, Tillie Walden, and Alison Wilgus.

Spotlight on Gemma Correll
2:00pm — 3:00pm, Room 4

Oooh! Gemma Correll!

What’s New With Terry Moore
3:00pm — 4:00pm, Room 28DE

Because Terry Moore is freakin’ awesome, and because Strangers In Paradise is back in 2018.

Monetize Your Comics On LINE Webtoon Discover
7:00pm — 8:00pm, Room 4

Quoting here: LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and promote your own IP on the Discover platform, and Patreon’s Heather Wilder will provide details on the partnership between Patreon and LINE Webtoon and how creators can take advantage of the Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza, Stephen McCranie, Tiffany Woodall, and Sarah Andersen. This is really how SDCC sees webcomics: a means of getting to a point where you can involve an IP company; outside of that, nothing. Interested to see what Patreon has to say, though.

The World Of Drive
9:00pm — 10:00pm, Room 9

Los Angeles resident Dave Kellett will be talking Drive which is a damn shame because I’m obligated elsewhere on Friday night and who thinks you’re going to get a panel crowd at 9:00pm? The Eisners are happening, there are screenings, but a panel? Dumb. Which is a shame, because I really want to hear what LArDK has to say about one of my favorites, in a rare panel actually dealing with a webcomic.

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
9:00 — 10:00pm, Room 32AB

And just in case webcomics weren’t being disregarded enough, let’s bury two separate panels in the death timeslot against each other, on the far sides of the San Diego Convention Center to make it practically impossible to hop between if you found both interesting. Anyway. As in previous years, you get 30 seconds to deliver a pitch about your webcomic.

Spam of the day:

Hello every one i want to share my testimony
how i belong to Illuminati member,

Bonus points for the irregular spacing and tortured English — makes me think you just might be an isolated secret master of … well, something.

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