The Extra-Large Racialicious Guide To San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Part II

By Arturo R. García

If you saw Part I yesterday, you saw that the Black Panel, traditionally held on Saturdays, had made its’ way to the Friday morning line-up. Luckily, more panels have stepped up to fill the POC void on Saturday, and Sunday looks to be book-ended by some interesting stuff. Not that we’re too biased. The line-up is under the cut.

SATURDAY

11:00 a.m. – Noon: Spotlight on Ernie Chan. A celebration of the nearly 30-year career of Chan, who broke into the industry with DC Comics, where he got to work on various Batman comics before moving to Marvel, where he worked on characters ranging from Dr. Strange to Luke Cage to Conan. Room 4.


11:00 a.m. – Noon: Avatar: The Last Airbender Fan Gathering. Enjoy the company of fellow fans and discuss the original series, upcoming Dark Horse comics, and the future Legend of Korra. Moderator Avatar_Mom chats with MC Victor Sgroi (Cabbage Merchant), Michael Kirkpatrick (Props), Kevin Coppa(Puppetbenders), fan artist Kim Miranda (Isaia), writer John O’Bryan (Avatar the Last Airbender), and storyboard artist Ian B. Graham (Avatar the Last Airbender). Come for the conversation and stay for the cosplay contest. Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Diversity in Young Adult Works. Cindy Pon (Fury of the Phoenix) and Gene Luen Yang (Level Up) will be among the panelists looking at genres and characters in YA fiction that are, thankfully, not sparkly vampires or the werewolves they’re feuding against. Malinda Lo (Huntress) will serve as the moderator. Room 8.

Celeb Sightings: Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi and Ken Jeong bring the lulz at the Community panel in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom, starting at 1 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., though, Pudi is slated to be at Hall H for the Knights of Badassdom panel. Bonus points to anybody who can film Pudi’s mad dash from one room to the other.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Spotlight on Tsuneo Goda.
So what the heck is Domo-kun? Goda probably won’t spill the beans, but he probably will share some of the origin of his signature creation, as well as talk about new projects. Room 5AB.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Spotlight on Jamal Igle. Igle and actor/writer/moderator Keith Dallas will discuss Igle’s rise from an internship at DC Comics to his current status as one of the company’s Executive Artists. Room 4.

2:00-3:30 p.m. Comics Arts Conference Session #12 — Poster Session. Want to go in depth with a comics scholar? Or a whole room of comics scholars? Rather than presenting from the stage, the Poster Session scholars will be ranged around the room to discuss their presentations in small-group and one-on-one discussions. Real-World Consequences Poster Group: Kalani Largusa (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) explores the significance of Kato in his role as the Green Hornet’s sidekick and the shaping of Asian identity; Nathan Wilson(The Comics Journal) looks at the real-world consequences of the representation of Native Americans in comics. Room 26AB.

Queer Poster Group: Courtney Schneider (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) compares the treatment of homosexuality in mainstream and non-mainstream serialized media; Ashley Pitcock (Henderson State University) asks whether Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s movement into bisexuality was a sign of the times or a gimmick to sell Season Eight comics;Michael Harrison (Monmouth College) investigates how Spanish comics authors La Penya in Mondo Lirondo and Ivan Garcia in Capitan Eclipse use fantasy in distinct ways to communicate a 21st century queer Spanish identity. Room 26AB.

2:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Comic-Con How-To — Mixing Color with Felipe Echevarria. Artists looking for a more in-depth workshop should give this a shot, as Echevarria, a registered teacher at the Michael Wilcox School of Color, demonstrates the school’s Wilcox Bias Color Wheel system, recommended for artists of any skill level with any pigmented media (watercolors, oils, acrylics, printer’s inks, gouache, etc). Room 28DE.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Bent Comix — The Next Wave of Gay Cartooning. A year after expanding their creative community into Bent Con, the world’s first queer comics show, the people behind the Bent movement (note: link contains NSFW cartoons) discuss where their distribution network goes from here. Room 4.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Finally! Nickelodeon: The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra — Exclusive First Look. The team behind Avatar reconvenes to discuss the next chapter in the saga, which Ay-leen the Peacemaker first alerted us to back in January. Room 6BC.

Creator Alert: At 4:30 p.m., DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee gets a solo spotlight in his own “DC Focus” session, where he’ll no doubt dish on the company’s September relaunch and his work on the DC Universe MMO game. Room 6DE.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Gays in Comics: Year 24! Prism Comics hosts its’ annual celebration of LGBT characters in the comics realm, with this year’s guest-list including Dan Parent, who created Archie Comics’ first gay character, Kevin Keller, Prism Queer Press grant recipient Jon Macy, writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulks, Herc, Alpha Flight) and a video appearance from Batwoman artist/co-writer J.H. Williams III. After the panel, Prism will hold a mixer and silent auction. Room 6A.

Celeb Sighting: Maggie Q’s Nikita is still around? Well go fig. Get the scoop on the show’s second season at 6 p.m. in Room 6BCF.

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men — Ishiro Honda. If you ever saw the original Japanese version of Godzilla, you know that it’s a genuinely scary piece of work, and Honda was the man who made that vision come to the screen. In this session, Peter H. Brothers, author of the Honda biography Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda, revisits the director’s career. Room 9.

SUNDAY

10:00-11:00 a.m.: Diversity and Fandom 102: How You Can Make a Difference. We talked about this Monday morning – Racebending and The R come together to discuss what we can do as fans and consumers to make our voices matter in an increasingly fragmented geek media spectrum. Racebending’s Mike Le will serve as moderator, with the panel featuring actor Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender); showrunner/writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman); author Malinda Lo; blogger and event promoter Phil Yu (AngryAsianMan.com); USC Professor Henry Jenkins and yours truly. Room 24ABC.

10 -11 a.m.: Teen Comics Workshop. Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham, the team behind Level Up, will be among the panelists in this workshop for teenagers looking to tell their stories in a comic-book format. Room 30CDE.

Creator Alerts: At 11:15 a.m., writer Marjorie Liu will be part of Marvel Comics’ “Women of Marvel” panel in Room 5AB; you can catch her Marvel colleagues Greg Pak and Axel Alonso discussing the company’s Fear Itself crossover at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6DE. That afternoon at 2 p.m., Buffy the Vampire Slayer cover artist Jo Chen joins Chan in Room 25ABC for “Cover Story: The Art of the Cover;” and DC’s Jim Lee hosts a How-To panel for fans of his artwork in Room 28DE, starting at 3 p.m.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: The Philippine Invasion. A look at the Filipino artists who broke into the American comic-book scene in the 1970s, including Ernie Chan, Tony DeZuniga, and Alex Niño, as well as one of their successors, Gerry Alanguilan, hosted by writer/editor Mark Waid. Room 4.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Comics Arts Conference Session #14 — Manga Censorship. What sets Japanese comic-books apart from their American cousins, from a regulatory standpoint? How do these differences play out in the legal arena? And what role did the 1960s magazine Garo play in developing manga as a vehicle for social criticism? Room 26AB.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Comics Arts Conference Session #15: The Comic Book Project — Creativity, Comics, and Academic Success in the Imperial Valley. Over the past three years, students in grades K-12 from Imperial County, California, have been creating comics in their social studies, science, English, and math classrooms as part of a U.S. Department of Education grant. They are using the Comic Book Project to boost academic skills, test scores, and individual success. This presentation features the work of participating students alongside demos from students, teachers, and coordinators. Lori Campos (Imperial County Office of Education), Anthony Arevalo (Imperial County Office of Education), Imperial County student Hallie Campos, and Shaila Mulholland (San Diego State University) will introduce the process and products of this unique educational model and provide tools and strategies for replication in any other school. Michael Bitz (Center for Educational Pathways), founder of the Comic Book Project, will be present to introduce the program and describe the successes and challenges of comics in school classrooms. Room 26AB.

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child, Animated by a Child. Bill Plympton (two-time Oscar-nominated animator, Idiots and Angels), 11-year-old prodigy animator and child film critic Perry Chen, his mother Dr. Zhu Shen (producer), Karina Bessoudo (Toon Boom Animation, vice president of marketing and communications), and Kevin Sean Michaels (director) share insight and a sneak preview of the film “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest” and the cross-generational collaboration that was formed to create it. The short animated film illustrates the miraculous true story of the late actress Ingrid Pitt (Where Eagles Dare) who, in 1945, escaped at age 8 from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland to later become one of the UK’s biggest movie stars. Also screening will be a trailer for the new documentary on animator Bill Plympton, “Adventures in Plymptoons!” Moderated by Pat Swinney Kaufman (executive director for the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development) and Lloyd Kaufman (president/co-founder of Troma Entertainment, author of Sell Your Own Damn Movie). Room 5AB