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SDCC 2019 Programming: Saturday

I continue my befuddlement at the the programming decisions. It’s just … yeah. But on the bright side, this will be the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, so that’s cool.


How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common, Real-World Problems
10:00 — 11:00am, Room 4

Given the similar timing we saw yesterday, it appears that Randall Munroe is a morning person. He’ll be talking about his forthcoming book, How To, which will doubtless involve some questionable logic, safety, or rationale. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Focus on Carey Pietsch: Comedy And Fantasy In Comics With Clint McElroy
10:30 — 11:30, Room 26AB

Carey Pietsch has been doing a bang-up job on her The Adventure Zone graphic novels, and McEldad Clint has proven to have a pretty good eye for writing comics. I’m guessing that the early start is what makes the organizers think that the relatively small Room 26AB is sufficient for anything McElrelated? Same logic that put Justin in the similarly-sized Room 32AB for a dinnertime start on Thursday.

Comic Book Law School© 303: Super Lawyers Unite!
10:30 — 12:00, Room 11

Session three gets into the thornier issues around intellectual property, which expected to include licensing comics for television streaming services, online and social media IP protection, the 12 biggest copyright and trademark myths, Dr Seuss vs. ComicMix, and memes: tributes or infringements?

Sesame Street Puppets Live!
11:30 — 12:30, Horton Grand Theatre

I can tell you everything you need to know in five words: Big Bird will be there. Also The Count, Grover, Bert, Oscar, and Elmo.

Quick Draw!
11:45 — 1:00, Room 6BCF

Hey, organizers? I know that having Mark Evanier host a battle of Sharpies between Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and this year’s sacrificial lamb special guest, Disney legend Floyd Norman, is gonna be great. It always is. But y’all need to invite Lar DeSouza. Dude’s, like, Roadrunner fast.

IDW And Oni Press: Rick And Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons
12:00 — 1:00, Room 25ABC

Looks like all of Zub’s appearances this year are going to be D&D related? That’s cool. He’ll be with editor Chase Marotz and Wizards Of The Coast game designer Nathan Stewart.

Innovations In Comics
1:00 — 2:00, Room 9

Did I mention that Shing Yin Khor is repeating her Space Gnome Mercantile Exchange again this year? You can trade her a good rock, or a handwritten copy of your favorite poem, or a cutting from a succulent for some awesome stuff. And if you’re a previous trader with the Gnome, you can get special stuff. I mention all this because if you can’t find the Space Gnome at table O-04, you can stalk her at this panel, or one of the others she’ll be at. It’s easy to miss her, she’s tiny.

Anyhoo, she’ll be talking with Panelists Jordan Plosky (founder, ComicBlitz), Atom Freeman (Sales & BizDev, ComicHub), and Nick Coglianese (founder, Key Collector Comic App) to talk about technology, ideas, and innovations on the horizon. Moderated by Brett Schenker (founder, Graphic Policy).

Speaking of space, at 1:17 San Diego time (or specifically, 20:17:40 UTC), it will be 50 years since Eagle, the Apollo 11 lunar module, touched down on the surface of the moon.

Ask Me Anything: Pick Educators’ And Creators’ Brains On Comics In Classrooms
2:00 — 3:00, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Gina Gagliano and Mark Siegel on the same panel? Talking about comics in schools? Yes, please. Also featuring Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins), Derek Heid (Temecula Valley Unified School District), Tracy Edmunds (curriculum development consultant), Ben Costa, and James Parks, with moderator/educator Talia Hurwich (NYU).

Women Rocking Hollywood 2019: Women-Powered Projects And The Push Towards Parity
2:00 — 3:00, Room 7AB

At various times in the history of this-here blog, I have mentioned that Los Angeles resident Dave Kellett is married to TV showrunner-producer-writer-story editor-and-everything-else Gloria Calderon Kellett. I believe that I have, on multiple occasions, mentioned that in that particular household, Glo is the funny one. She’ll be talking with Alison Emilio, Liesl Tommy, Catherine Hardwicke, Cheryl Dunye, Jen McGowan, Angela Robinson, and C Fitz. They are, between them, responsible for the likes of How I Met Your Mother, One Day At A Time, Twilight, Queen Sugar, Rust Creek, True Blood, Professor Marston And The Wonder Women, ReFrame, and The Walking Dead. Moderated by journalist Leslie Combemale.

Invader Zim
2:30 — 3:30, Room 24ABC

Sam Logan’s been writing a bunch of Invader Zim comics, and he’ll be part of the panel talking about where the series has been and where it’s going. Naturally, Jhonen Vasquez will be there, writer Eric Trueheart, and Oni publisher James Lucas Jones.

Becoming a World Builder: How To Start Making Science Fiction And Fantasy Comics
3:00 — 4:00, Room 29AB

This is the real nerdy stuff here, digging in and making a whole world for your story, knowing that your readers will only see a fraction of it. Marc Bernardin, Spike Trotman, Richard Starkings, Ariela Kristantina, Clive Hawken, and Jim Zub — Wait, is that right, Zub’s on this? It’s not D&D related. — talking to moderator by Kiersten Wing.

“Get Drawn In” To The Next Generation Of Digital Comics
4:00 — 5:00, Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Shing Yin Khor again; I think this is her fourth panel of the show so far? Anyway, this is about a streaming platform called Graphite, and their Chief Content Officer, Tom Akel, has gathered up some folks to talk about it. That’ll include creators Nick Seluk, Ryan Benjamin, and Leeanne Krecic, along with publishers Filip Sablik (tell him BOOM need to pay their fucking creators) and Robert Napton (Legendary).

Rolling The Dice: Where Comics And Role Playing Collide
5:00 — 6:00, Room 28DE

How playing let’s pretend in groups greases the creative muscles for story making. Includes Kieron Gillen, Spike Trotman, MK Reed, and Jim Zub (back firmly on D&D-related ground). Moderated by Ivan Salazar and Jose Sagastume.

Kiki’s Delivery Service Screening
7:00 — 9:15, Horton Grand Theatre

This movie is a damn masterpiece, and the screening is in honor of its 30th anniversary. Later in the month, it’ll be simulcast to theaters across the country, so if you can’t get tickets for this showing, you’ll have a few more chances.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
7:45 — 8:45, Room 6BCF

It is nearly eight pee-em, and now is when you trot out Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller, and executive producers Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici? This is weird, right?

Assuming you’re not in the movie, you should be aware that at 7:56pm (02:56:15 UTC, dontcha know), it will be 50 years since Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. Please acknowledge it as you see fit.

NXonNetflix Presents the Comic-Con 2019 Masquerade
8:30 — 11:30, Ballroom 20
Consecutive late night number three for Los Foglios, as they fulfill their annual duties hosting cosplay’s greatest competition. Doors open at eight, but tickets are handed out at noon at the Masquerade desk outside the ballroom. Overflow seating (no tickets required) in Room 6A and the Sails Pavilion.

Happy Birthday, Troma
9:00 — 10:00, Room 25ABC

Okay, Troma and their low-budget, schlocky (I mean that in the best possible way) movies are legendary. But you know why you want to see this very late night presentation? Because Chuck Tingle will be there, buckaroos. He’ll be part of the panel, moderated by Megan Silver, talkig with Troma impressario Lloyd Kaufman, WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler, actor/director Trent Hagga, writer James Rolfe, producer Patricia Swinney Kaufman, and more. Get pounded in the butt by the shared love of tongue-in-cheek splatter films.

Spam of the day:

The most simple and cheapest digital organising system on the market with 64GB storage capacity.

It’s a USB thumb drive. I’ve got like a dozen of them in reach as I type this, up to 128GB in size. You are not impressing me.

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