With San Diego Comic-Con coming right around the corner, news and rumors spiraling around the biggest comic convention in the world have hit a fever pitch. Normally, much of that news is released via company-sponsored panels, and for anyone in attendance, these are the best places to get your comic news directly from the horse's mouth.
Additionally, Comic-Cons both minor and major also function as trade fairs, with many aspiring and comic book industry hopefuls and working professionals using the event as a networking and marketing hub for both their own works and the work of their publishers. Being that San Diego Comic Con is the biggest of all, a slew of enthusiasts are generally interested in both the culture and industry alike.
With this in mind, here's the top ten comic book panels that you're going to want to check out this San Diego Comic Con.
1. Dark Horse: (Super)Powered by Creators
One of the leading independent comic book publishers, Dark Horse Comics has been putting consistent high quality books since 1986, and are mostly known for Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Frank Miller's Sin City and Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series.
However, the company has put out other good titles over the year, and will be releasing news about their latest and greatest at their 'Dark Horse: (Super)Powered by Creators' panel. If you're in attendance, the event will take place on Thursday July 18 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and will be located in Room 23ABC. For any comics fan that is into fantastic creator owned work, this is one panel you don't want to miss.
2. DC Entertainment: All Access
DC Comics will show off what's been going on in the New 52 DC Universe at their 'DC Entertainment: All Access' panel. While they won't be talking about any of their video game or film related content, the panel will hone in on what the best and brightest of DC's creators are up to in their respective books and in the DC universe as a whole. Expect appearances by Chief Creative Officer and Writer Geoff Johns, Writer/Artist Jeff Lemire , Writer Gail Simone and many more. A Q&A with fans will take place afterwards.
If your'e in attendance, the event will take place on Thursday July 18th from 11:30am to 12:30pm and will be located in Room 6DE. This will likely be the definitive news source for DC Comics news at San Diego Comic Con, so definitely attend if you're an enthusiast or just want to learn more about the DC universe.
3.Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower All of Us
This panel is a bit unusual, but seems like a great opportunity for anyone interested in pyschology or analyzing media in general. The 'Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower All of Us' panel brings an open and broad-based discussion of superhero psychology, the therapeutic value of comics, and the psychological value of geek culture in general.
The panelists include psychologists from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as prominent pop culture critics, and is sure to make an interesting and insightful discussion. For those of you in attendance, the panel is on Thursday July 18th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and is located in Room 26AB.
4. Marvel: Cup O' Joe
A mainstay at every major comic con, the 'Marvel: Cup O' Joe' panel allows fans and comic book industry hopefuls to have a Q&A with Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, who till take questions on any and all topics that fans can think of.
Other panelists include Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Marvel talent scout C.B. Cebulski, and writers Rick Remender and Brian Michael Bendis. Be sure to check out the event, which will cover all things Marvel, on Friday July 19th from 10:00am to 11:00am.
5. Mark Waid's Thrillbent Tutorial
The platform features a host of free to read premium quality comics, and panelists of 'Mark Waid's Thrillbent Tutorial' include writers James Tynion IV, Nicholas Rucka, Blanch and Troy Peteri, Lori Matsumot, and Mark Waid and John Rogers themselves.
The panel will take place on Thursday July 18th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and will be located in Room 8.
6. IDW: The Panel to End All Panels
One of the top comic book publishers of licensed proprieties, IDW Publishing is known for their fantastic adaptations of such mainstream franchises as Transformers, Doctor Who and G.I. Joe, which connect with both casual and hardcore fans alike.
The 'IDW: The Panel to End All Panels' panel (that's a mouthful) will be feature IDW Chief Creative OfficerChris Ryall, as well as comic book writers Marc Andreyko and David Wohl , who will reveal the latest going on's with some of the most iconic comic adaptations.
For those in attendance, the panel will take place on Friday July 19th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and will be located in Room 4.
7. Gender in Comic Books
A hot-button issue in comics in recent years, gender is one of the most prevailing issues of debate in the comic book world today, both in the industry and within the medium itself. In a sincere broad-based discussion, comic greats George Perez and Mark Waid join Grace Randolph and Meredith Gran for a heartfelt talk on the role of gender in comics, and how the medium can improve to accommodate an increasingly wide audience.
While this is a social issues panel, 'Gender in Comic Books' is more generally also a comics issues panel, and is definitely not be missed for anyone who cares about the state of the comics industry. The panel takes place on Thursday July 18th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm and will be located in Room 28DE.
8. Insights for Independent Creators
'Insights for Independent Creators' is a panel dedicated to propelling the career of any industry hopefuls, but will also give fans a fantastic insider look on the process of creating comics, from inception to production. Many great indie creators will share their personal stories and give insight to individual's projects, and will tell you exactly what you need to know for a chance at success in the industry.
The panel will take place on Thursday, July 18th from 1:00pm to 2:00p and will be located in Room 9.
9.Valiant Comics: The Unofficial 'Second Summer of Valiant'
Valiant Comics' 'Summer of Valiant' was one of the most successful comic brand relaunches of all time in Summer 2012, and Valiant is hoping to capitalize on that by launching more information at their homegrown fanbase. Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani will be discussing the venerable company's eight year journey back to publication, and will also be showing off exclusive never-before-seen events in the Valiant universe, which will only be available at the 'Valiant Comics: The Unofficial 'Second Summer of Valiant' panel.
For those in attendance, the panel will take place on Saturday July 20th from 8:00pm to 9:00pm and will be located in Room 4.
10. I Don't Know $#!+ About Comics with Jesse Snider
That may be because of lack of interest, but it also may be because you just don't know where to start reading. And that's where comic book writer, voice over artist and musician Jesse 'Blaze' Snider comes in.
He's here to help you start collecting at the 'I Don't Know $#!+ About Comics with Jesse Snider' panel, and for those looking to begin a comic book collection or just find a good jumping on point for comics, you can check out the panel on Thursday July 18th from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in Room 5AB.