The Racialicious San Diego Comic Con Preview: Saturday + Sunday

By Arturo R. García

Compared to Friday and Saturday, the tail end of San Diego Comic-Con is starkly, depressingly light on diversity-centric panel discussions. But there is one major, notable highlight.

As ever, you can follow Kendra or myself to follow our progress throughout the weekend. But to take a look at more specific events, head on down under the cut.

Saturday

March: The Graphic Novel, by U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis (10 a.m., Room 23ABC): You heard right. The Civil Rights era icon and Medal of Freedom honoree will be at Comic-Con to discuss the adaptation of his story alongside co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. Expect Racialicious coverage on this, to be sure.

Ten Years of Prism Comics (1 p.m., Room 28DE): The LGBTQ comics fans and creators network celebrates a decade at fandom’s biggest event. From the panel description:

Where once LGBTQ comics and characters were marginalized, now they are frequently stepping into the spotlight. Moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Glamazonia, Prism advisory board) and panelists Ted Abenheim (president, Prism Comics), Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Prism board), Andy Mangels (co-founder, Prism Comics) Paige Braddock (Jane’s World, Prism advisory board), Charles “Zan” Christensen (co-founder, Prism Comics; Northwest Press), Roger Klorese (Prism board), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille, Prism Queer Press Grant chairperson) offer a look back at where Prism Comics started, celebrate how far they’ve come, and a peek into the future of where the queer comics scene might be headed.

In other LGBTQ-related events, there’s the Gays in Comics panel at 5:30 p.m. in Room 6A, followed by the traditional fan mixer and silent auction at 7 p.m.

Best and Worst Manga of 2013 (7 p.m.): Deb Aoki (About.com) will be part of this look at the highlights — and lowlights — of manga over the past year in Room 23 ABC.

Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining (7 p.m., Room 25ABC): No guests have been confirmed for this panel, but moderator Patrick Reed (Depth of Field) promises to explore “how the forms have intersected over the last four decades.”

Angry Asian Media Makers (7:30 p.m., Room 8): The Angry Asian Man himself, Phil Yu, will be part of this panel discussion on creating content alongside Angry Little Asian Girls and Angry Little Girls creator Lela Lee and Wong Fu Productions heads Wesley Chan and Ted Fu.

Celebrity Sightings:

10:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: The newest incarnation of Godzilla will probably be the centerpiece of Legendary Pictures’ presentation in Hall H.

Futurama, 12 p.m., Ballroom 20: Phil LaMarr & Lauren Tom will be there to help herald the series’ final final season.

Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Stand and Deliver, Selina) appears as part of Live Forever, the Ray Bradbury Odyssey in Room 25ABC.

EW’s Women Who Kick Ass, 2:55 p.m., Hall H: Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious) & Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) will comprise two-thirds of this panel — a rare instance of POC being the majority on a “general market” panel.

The True Blood gang takes the stage in Ballroom 20 at 3:30 p.m., no doubt to try to make sense of this season for you.

Watch_Dogs: Does Privacy Exist?, 6 p.m., Room 9: Noted gamer Aisha Tyler (Archer, Whose Line Is It Anyway?) hosts this look at not only an upcoming video game about a hacker’s adventures in Chicago, but a discussion on privacy in this hyper-connected age.

Sunday

Racebending presents Shattering Conventions in Comic Book Storytelling (1:30 p.m., Room 23ABC):

Gail Simone (The Movement, Batgirl), Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury) and Gene Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will discuss character diversity and reader advocacy, among other topics, at this panel hosted by our friends at Racebending.

The Battle for Multicultural Heroes (4 p.m., Room 7AB):

Promising a “humorous but poignant discussion,” panelists Marlene Bonnelly (I Like Comics Too), Tony B. Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy) and Linda Le (@VampyBitMe) will share their takes on diversity in geekdom.

Celebrity Sightings:

Community (1:50 p.m., Hall H):

The return of creator and original showrunner Dan Harmon will make the most waves, but hopefully we get some insight as to why Donald Glover will only appear in five episodes of the upcoming (final?) season, and what this could mean for both his Troy Barnes and Danny Pudi’s Abed. We’re also hoping Yvette Nicole Brown gets some time to shine, and that Dr. Ken Jeong can show off his non-Chang side.

At 2 p.m., artist Dustin Nguyen (Li’l Gotham) will be at the helm for Drawing DC, Kids Edition, a draw for the more family-oriented crowd of the convention’s final day, in Room 30CDE.