11:30 a.m.: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained
As of Wednesday night there was some confusion as to whether Tarantino would be making it to this panel, but SDCC has advertised that the cast will be there, at least. Hall H.
12 p.m.: Shonen Jump Alpha
The weekly anime magazine brings in editor-in-chief Yoshihisa Heishi and others to talk about new titles and trends in the manga scene. Room 7AB.
1 p.m.: CBLDF: The Fight To Defend Manga
In 2010, Ryan Matheson was detained by Canadian customs and charged with importing child pornography after authorities went through the manga collection on his laptop. The charges against him were dropped after the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund took his case. Room 11AB.
1 p.m.: Northstar
Sure to be one of the more interesting panel offerings from Marvel, with the character getting married in the pages of Uncanny X-Men. And this is a great occasion, no doubt. Room 25ABC.
1:30 p.m.: 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets
This 90-minute panel will give co-creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, along with Fantagraphic Books co-publisher Gary Groth, more time to delve into the impact and the creative process behind their long-running indie classic. Room 24ABC.
2 p.m.: Spotlight on Morrie Turner
Nearly 50 years after its debut, Turner’s comic strip Wee Pals continues to be seen in more than 100 daily newspapers. Here Turner will share his story alongside host Keith Knight. Room 4.
5 p.m.: Comics of the African Diaspora
Focusing on “popular but obscure comic-book characters and creators,” the line-up here is interesting. Actress Robin Givens will moderate a panel consisting of Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, Precious director Lee Daniels, Black Comix creator and co-author John Jennings, and Jennings’ collaborator Damian Duffy, who was his co-curator for Other Heroes: African American Comics Creators, Characters, and Archetypes, which began as an art exhibit at Jackson State University. Room 4.
5:30 p.m.: Gays in Comics
The longest-running panel in American comics celebrates its 25th anniversary on the heels of the emergence of characters like Northstar, Batwoman and Kevin Keller, with a celebratory mixer hosted by Prism Comics after the panel. Room 6A.
6 p.m.: Best and Worst Manga of 2012
Critics from Mangablog, Comics212 and Anime News Network, among other outlets, offer up their picks for what you should be buying this year, as well as what’s described as “the year’s most despicable wastes of their reading time.” Room 23ABC.
8 p.m.: Occupy Comics–Activism, Kickstarter, and Comics
A whole host of creators has come together and, thru Kickstarter, raised enough funds to put together a comic “inspired by” the Occupy Wall Street movement. But, are there actual Occupiers taking part in this panel? Room 4.
2 p.m.: Azita Ghanizada & Malik Yoba (Alphas), Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
3 p.m.: Meagan Rath (Being Human U.S.), Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
4:30 p.m.: Rutina Wesley & Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), Ballroom 20.
5:15 p.m.: Taraji P. Henson (Person Of Interest), Room 6BCF
5:45 p.m.: Michael Jai White (Metal Hurlant Chronicles), Room 6DE
6 p.m.: Giancarlo Esposito (Revolution), Room 6BCF
12 p.m.: Character Generation: Cultural, Economic, and Identity Politics
This Comics Arts Conference Session will discuss “the creation of comic book characters and identity in mainstream, independent and digital comics as well as fine arts settings” including why diversity matters–a message comic companies seem all too willing to discard. Room 26AB.
1 p.m.: Manga Tutorials for Kids
Artists and editors from eigoMANGA will be on hand to offer youngsters tips on putting together their own manga stories. Room 11AB.
2:30 p.m.: The Culture of Comic-Con
With this convention becoming either more eclectic or more unhinged, depending on who you ask, there couldn’t be a better time for a discussion of an ethnographic field study of “the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture.” Room 26AB.