Saturday, July 14, 2012

SDCC 2012 - Saturday Highlights

So it's Saturday. Anyone who's ever been to a convention knows this is the busiest day. San Diego Comic-Con will be no exception. The show floor will be packed. The area around the convention center will have constant traffic. On foot and otherwise. Here are just a few (of the many) events happening today you should keep an eye on.

At 11 a.m. comiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital will be led by comiXology cofounders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts. You can join the conversation on the subject of the digital realm in Room 23ABC.

Writer and publisher Paul Levitz will host Kickstarter Changes Comics. Joined by Cindy Au (director of community, Kickstarter), Vijaya Iver (publisher, Cartoon Books), Batton Lash (writer/artist, Supernatural Law), and Jimmy Palmiotti (writer, Queen Crab, Retrovirus), they will examine how Kickstarter has changed comics. This will take place in Room 26AB.

If I were in San Diego, I would definitely hit the 4 p.m. Hasbro: Marvel panel. Adam Biehl (senior director, global Marvel line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (licensing director, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design manager, Hasbro) and Kristin Hamilton (senior manager, global Marvel line at Hasbro) gather to discuss Hasbro's Marvel Comics' action figure lines. These include two of my favorite, Marvel Legends and Marvel Universe. Someone save me a seat in Room 24ABC.

The World of Capcom! will be moderated by Francis Mao (Capcom). Join some of Capcom's producers and product managers at they reveal more information on some of their upcoming titles. Resident Evil 6, DmC, and Lost Planet 3 are among the games expected to be seen. Room 25ABC at 4 p.m. will be the stage for this show.

At 5 p.m., actress Robin Givens moderates Comics of the African Diaspora which will discuss creators and characters from various African nations. Kevin Grevioux (co-creator, Underworld film series), Lee Daniels (director/producer, Precious), John Jennings (creator, co-author Black Comix), and Damian Duffy (author, Other Heroes: African American Comics Creators, Characters, and Archetypes), will take part in this conversation. Room 4 has my name on it. Well if I was there anyway.

This is a big year for this next event. Gays in Comics: 25th Year Celebration! is longest-running panel in comics. Founding moderator and best-selling author Andy Mangels will lead the celebration. This panel looks packed to the brim with things for fans to be excited about. Tons of special guests are lined up. There's more than I can even mention here. You just need to make it to Room 6A to check it out yourself.

At 6 p.m. in Room 5AB Geoff Keighley will moderate Reimagining a Gaming Icon: Lara Croft. Join Karl Stewart (Tomb Raider global brand director), Noah Hughes (creative director), John Stafford (narrative designer), & Camilla Luddington (voice of Lara Croft) at they explain the reinvention of iconic gaming explorer.

Room 6A at 7 p.m. will be the site for Gays in Comics Fan Mixer!. Prism Comics, the nonprofit org supporter of LGBTQ comics, creators, and fans will host this fun event.

Unlocking Arkham: The Forensic Psychiatry of Batman's Rogues' Gallery at 7:30 p.m. makes its return. Arkham Asylum has some interesting residents. Why do they act the way they do? Forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. will examine what motivates the behavior of these "disturbed" individuals and if they're truly responsible for their action. Check in on this Room 7AB.

As you already know, Saturday will be action packed. There's no way you can see it all and trying will certainly tire you out. Well, you're going to be worn out anyway, might as well enjoy it. Feel free to comment on any panels or events you attend throughout the day. See you Sunday for the final day of San Diego Comic-Con.