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House of Ideas

Conference Room4:00 pm - 5:00 pmThe 1980s saw the release of some of the most memorable fan-favorite Marvel comics in the publisher’s history. Join us for a discussion and Q&A with Jim Salicrup, Larry Hama, Bob Budiansky, and Rick Parker as we discuss the highs (and lows) of that period of comics history. We’ll talk creators, storylines, and their memories of their time as residents of the “House of Ideas.”

Speaker(s):
Parker , Budiansky , Hama , Salicrup

V For Vendetta with David Lloyd

Conference Room5:00pm - 6:00pmIf you’ve ever seen (or been) a protester in a Guy Fawkes mask, you have David Lloyd to thank. The co-creator and artist of V For Vendetta, Lloyd and writer Alan Moore depicted the anarchist V’s fight against the fascist government of the UK in the far-off dystopian future of 1997. Learn about the creation of the classic V For Vendetta, as well as Lloyd’s current project, the online comics anthology Aces Weekly. Moderated by John Trumbull, writer for BACK ISSUE magazine and atomicjunkshop.com.

Speaker(s):
Lloyd

Kevin Altieri: Batman Animated Series

Conference Room6:00pm - 7:00pmIn an animation career that’s spanned everything from Batman: The Animated Series to The Spectacular Spider-Man to Stripperella, artist and director Kevin Altieri has done it all. Learn what went into the creation of such classic BTAS episodes as “On Leather Wings,” “Two-Face, Parts I and II,” “Harlequinade,” “Bane,” “Deep Freeze,” and “Showdown” as Altieri talks all things BTAS with John Trumbull, author of BACK ISSUE #99’s 25th anniversary oral history of the show.

Speaker(s):
Altieri

Return to Earth II With Roy Thomas

Conference Room7:00pm - 8:00pmJoin comics legend Roy Thomas for a trip through the multiverse for a discussion about his popular work on DC Comics’ Golden Age characters. After leaving Marvel in the early ‘80s, Thomas fulfilled a boyhood dream of chronicling the adventures of the heroes from the Justice Society. In this panel, Thomas will be discussing the creation of his fan-favorite All-Star Squadron series, the next-gen spin-off Infinity Inc., and the Post-Crisis follow-up, The Young All-Stars. Roy will also share stories about Golden Age creators, and take questions from the crowd.

Speaker(s):
Thomas
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Garbage Pail Kids

Conference Room11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Speaker(s):
Zapata , Simko , Pingitore

TALKIN' WITH CHAYKIN

Conference Room12:00 pm - 1:00 pmNot long after he raised the American Flagg, Howard Chaykin took a break from comics and went to Hollywood. After returning to the industry in the early aughts, the industry vet created some of the most interesting and diverse work of his career for each of the major publishers. In a discussion that will focus largely on Chaykin’s recent creator-owned work, this 100-percent George Lucas-free panel will cover such work as the sequel to Black Kiss, Midnight of the Soul, The Marked Man, Satellite Sam (which he collaborated with Matt Fraction), and the controversial best-seller for Image, The Divided States of Hysteria. We'll also dive into the state-of-the-industry and get a peek into what media hound Chaykin is watching and reading.

Speaker(s):
Chaykin

Giffen, Kuder and the Guardians of The Galaxy

Conference Room1:00 pm - 2:00 pmThe Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the most well-known characters in comics today, but that wasn’t always the case. Join Peter Melnick (of Audibly Exquisite and The Marvelists) as he talks to co-creator of Rocket Raccoon and one of the chief architects of Marvel Cosmic, Keith Giffen and Guardians of the Galaxy artist Aaron Kuder as they talk about the past, present, and future of the ragtag group of intergalactic outlaws.

Speaker(s):
Kuder , Keith Giffen

MEOW! It's a Q&A With LEE MERIWETHER

Conference Room2:00 pm - 3:00 pm"Batman" fans know her as Catwoman. Sci-fi fans know her as Losira from "Star Trek" and Dr. Ann MacGregor from "The Time Tunnel." And classic TV fans perhaps know her best as Betty Jones from "Barnaby Jones." Lee Meriwether has had an illustrious, decades-long career, from being crowned Miss America to her myriad appearances in film and on television. Join her for lively discussion of her career -- particularly her time in Gotham City and the worlds of sci-fi -- at this panel moderated by 13th Dimension's Dan Greenfield. And bring plenty of questions of your own!

Speaker(s):
Meriwether

Tony Isabella, Black Lightning and More

Conference Room3:00 pm - 4:00 pmBlack Lightning is currently the star of the hit CW television series starring Cress Williams, but the story behind his 40-year journey to primetime might be even more exciting. Created by writer Tony Isabella with artist Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, Black Lightning was DC Comics’ first black character to headline his own book. Isabella will discuss creating Black Lightning in the 1970s, reviving the character in the 1990s, and returning to him today in the miniseries Cold Dead Hands. What’s next for Black Lightning? Find out here! Moderated by John Trumbull, writer for BACK ISSUE magazine and atomicjunkshop.com.

Speaker(s):
ISABELLA

An Animated Life: J.J. SEDELMAIER

Conference Room4:00 pm - 5:00 pmJ.J. Sedelmaier has co-created or developed some of the funniest and most influential animated projects of the last 30 years, including "Saturday Night Live's" "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" and "The X-Presidents"; Stephen Colbert's "Tek Jansen"; and "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law." His studio -- J.J. Sedelmaier Productions Inc. -- was also essential to the launch of "Beavis and Butt-Head" and has produced hundreds of award-winning commercial films. J.J.'s also a first-rate storyteller and historian. Join him for a discussion and Q&A on animation and his career at this panel moderated by 13th Dimension's Dan Greenfield.

Speaker(s):
Sedelmaier

DAVID YOST: POWER RANGER

Conference Room5:00 PM - 6:00 PMDavid Yost, "Billy", the Blue Ranger will be speaking abouthis experiences on and of the set of the classic Power Rangers series.

Speaker(s):
Yost
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Starsky & Hutch

Conference Room11:00 AM - 12:00 PMPaul Michael Glaser and David Soul will be speaking about their experiences both on and off the set of the classic American hit show "Starsky & Hutch".

Speaker(s):
Soul , Glaser

INFINITY WAR, THANOS, AND THE MIND OF JIM STARLIN

Conference Room12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker(s):
Starlin

WENDY & RICHARD PINI: 40 YEARS OF ELFQUEST

Conference Room1:00 PM - 2:00 PMOne of our guest artists, Wendy Pini, will be celebrating 40 years of her graphic novel Elfquest. But she's also known to her fans as the mother of cosplay.

Speaker(s):
Pini

MICKEY DOLENZ OF THE MONKEES

Conference Room2:00 PM - 3:00 PMMickey Dolenz of the iconic hit band The Monkees joins in the panel discussions at East Coast Comicon regarding pop culture past and present.

Speaker(s):
Dolenz

THE WRITING CAREER OF TIMOTHY ZAHN

Conference Room3:00 PM - 4:00 PMIn 1991, Timothy Zahn wrote a book that regenerated interest in Star Wars, and has had long lasting effects on that galaxy far, far away. Even after Disney bought the Star Wars franchise and removed the Expanded Universe, some of Zahn’s characters have made the transition to the new canon, with one of his most famous characters, Thrawn, appearing in both the animated TV show ‘Rebels’ and a 2017 novel titled ‘Thrawn’. Zahn’s upcoming novel, ‘Thrawn: Alliances’ set to be released in July 2018, will feature Thrawn with another famous character – Darth Vader. Join us for a discussion with fan favorite author Timothy Zahn as we discuss his past books, how he writes his characters, and maybe even get some insight into future projects.

Speaker(s):
Zahn