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Panels

I’ve been combing through the lists of panels and events at SDCC, which is a pretty monumental task, so please correct me if I’ve missed out anything important.

Some of these are obviously and directly related to webcomics; some of these are of interest because they deal with issues that creators of any stripe (web or otherwise) ought to be familiar with; and some are with creators who don’t do webcomics, but have a long history of self-publishing and ownership of their creations. No way I’m gonna be able to see all of these, so if anybody’s interested in taking notes at some, let me know.

Thursday

  • 11:30-12:30 Episodic Games and Comics: Made for Each Other — includes the forthcoming Penny Arcade game. Room 1AB.
  • 3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback 1 — talk to the organizers, let them know that (in the words of Mike Krahulik) “that webcomics are kind of a big deal now.” Room 4.
  • 3:30-5:00 Spotlight on Scott Kurtz — join Kurtz, Straub, and Ryan Sohmer as they talk about PvP and the animated series. Room 1AB.
  • 5:00-6:00 Random House: Flight/Postcards — some of the most beautiful work in webcomics has been done by the Flight alumni. Room 10
  • 6:00-7:00 Dumbrella — Ask them what the collective noun for webcomickers is. Room 10.

Friday

  • 10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School® 101: Let’s Start at the Beginning — Planning on entering a future Comic Book Challenge or submitting to Zudacomics? This is mandatory reading. Room 30CDE.
  • 12:30-1:30 Terry Moore: SIP RIP — Terry Moore‘s been self-publishing for going on a decade and a half; his successes and mistakes will be valuable learning for anybody that wants to make a living off webcomics. Room 3.
  • 3:30-4:30 Business of Web Comics — The Kurtz & Khoo show continues from last year. The description says they will “create a brand-new webcomic, live on stage and show how the creative and business aspects of the property work (and don’t work) in parallel.” Want webcomics to be your business? Be here. Room 8.
  • 5:30-6:30 Scott McCloud and Family — Because they‘re cool. Room 5AB.

Saturday

  • 10:30-11:30 TOKYOPOP: Star Trek in Print: The New Golden Age — Wil Wheaton, webcomics icon. Room 2.
  • 10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 102® — You protected your rights in session one, now look at how you negotiate transfers of some of them in exchange for things you want while keeping what’s yours. Room 30CDE.
  • 12:30-1:30 The Comicbook Artists Guild: An Open Call for Members Nationwide — Any reason that webcomics creators shouldn’t be considered with their print counterparts? It’s just a different ditribution channel. Strength in numbers and all that. Room 24A.
  • 2:30-4:00 Sergio & Mark: Groo’s 25th — Because nothing is cooler than Groo. Room 8.
  • 3:30-4:30 Penny Arcade — I hear it’s a webcomic that some people read. Room 1AB.
  • 4:00-5:00 Jeff Smith — Everything I said about Terry Moore also applies to Jeff Smith, plus he’s a hell of a nice guy and his wife? Geekier than me, and that’s saying something. Room 8.
  • 5:30-6:30 Keenspot Unplugged 2007 — News, announcements, and free swag from The Big Green. Room 3.
  • 9:00-11:00 Spotlight on Warren Ellis — Ellis is both friend and foe to webcomics. Room 6CDEF.

Sunday

  • 1:00-2:00 What’s Happening in Kids’ Comics Today? — Includes Gene Yang, Kazu Kibuishi, and Dave Roman. Room 8.
  • 3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback II — Same deal as above. Room 4.

We shoulda compared notes– you caught a few I missed, but missed these:

Thur

12:30-1:30 GoComics Mobile Comics

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Daryl Cagle. Cagle’s a bit tough to classify but he’s certainly embraced the Web, and it’s embraced him back (3 million unique visitors a month).

Sun

12:00-1:00 My Dad Makes Comics! — Includes Sky and Winter McCloud.

I’m not going to get to all of my shopping list either, but if you want to compare notes after, Gary, you know how to get in touch.

Clarifications: GoComics just announced the first comic produced for the mobile format in North America, and its adapted offerings include PvP.

Cagle’s affiliation with MSNBC and thirty-year career certainly helped him on his way, but that just makes his perspective on the Web even more unusual.

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