SDCC 2016: Sunday’s Hidden Gems

By: Alyssa, DRWho_42, & ComicConDad

Note from the Editors: We are approaching the big show in San Diego quickly and as each day draws closer we are treated to exciting news and announcements. As the schedules are released we will have posts highlighting some of the gems that we have found in the schedule.

DRWHO_42′ picks:

12:00pm –  1:00pm
R2 Builders: How to Build Your Own R2-D2
Room 30CDE
Get all of the information you need to build your own fully functional droid character from the Star Wars universe. Experienced builders share their knowledge and expertise to make your build a success.

4:00pm –  5:00pm
Geektastic Careers in Video Game Media
Room 29AB
-Video game media is a growing platform teaming with a plethora of avenues for geektastic careers, including podcasting, journalism, literary writing, broadcasting, video production, and more. Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG), Michael Annetta

Anything Goes with John Barrowman 2:00pm –  3:00pm Room 6BCF
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital E: He sings; he dances; he acts; he presents; he judges. Ask him anything.

ComicConDad’s Picks:

Spotlight on Matt Fraction 11:00am – 12:00pm Room 7AB
Matt Fraction is the co-creator of Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, and Satellite Sam and past writer of Hawkeye, Thor, and a host of other acclaimed books for Marvel. Moderator David Brothers joins Matt in conversation, with an eye toward Matt’s experience building a career in the creative arena (including lessons learned and being smart about your work).
Historical Comics 1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 28DE
Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), and Chester Brown (Louis Riel) have produced a body of work that, between them, is wholly unique and visionary. Their efforts have brought to life the Middle Ages, key moments of Canadian history, and the adolescence of a complex and notorious killer. Calvin Reid (senior news editor at Publishers Weekly) leads a discussion on researching and writing comics inspired by history.Image Comics: Tomorrow’s Comics Today 2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 7AB
What do mainstream comics look like? What appeals to “the average reader”? Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung (Snotgirl), Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine), Brandon Thomas (Horizon), and Jim Zub (Wayward) are making books that appeal to anyone and everyone and are redefining the idea of mainstream comics in the process.

Alyssa’s Picks:

3:30pm –  4:30pm Comic-Con Talk Back Room 23ABC
President of the Comic-Con board of directors John Rogers will be present to listen to attendees’ concerns about this year’s event.

Jack Kirby Tribute Panel 10:00am –  11:15am Room 5AB
Each year, time is set aside to talk about Comic-Con’s first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Kirby biographer Ray Wyman, Jr., Scott Dunbier (director of special projects, IDW Publishing), and attorney Paul S. Levine. Naturally, it’s moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.


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Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 & was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently she has branched out to comic art and books. She goes to as many con's as she can & enjoys the long form story telling of TV and dark chocolate and wine, can't forget wine, oh, but then there's dark beer. Let's just go all in & say she's a foodie, and can always be enticed with new & fun foods.