Panels

Saturday 

12:00 PM  Room 1
Arlen Schumer's Art and Comic Book Art

Just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will art historians 500 years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time, our great comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane—to name a few. Yet in fine art circles, it is still considered "blasphemous" to compare/contrast the two sets of artists. Join comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art: www.arlenschumer.com) as he does just that, with his provocative, perceptive presentation, comparing and contrasting the great artists and great artworks from the worlds of fine art and comic books, curating a fascinating journey through art...and comic book art!

12:30 PM Room 2
Pitching Comics

Ann Nocenti hosts a conversation with Amy Reeder, Brandon Monclare, and Steve Orlando on the art of getting your idea to the right people at the major publishers.

1:00 PM  Room 1
Denis Kitchen on Harvey Kurtzman

Harvey Kurtzman is one of the most talented and fascinating people in the history of comics. Primarily known for creating MAD Magzine, Kurtzman is considered by many as the father of modern humor. 

1:30 PM  
 Room 2
A Conversation with Mark Waid 

The Harvey Award and multiple Eisner Award winning writer will discuss his career and his contributions to the world of comics. Waid is one of the most prolific writers in the medium and work on Flash, Superman, Captain America, and Daredevil have won him high praise. From his contribution to  the groundbreaking Kindomcome to his ventures in self-publishing, Mark Waid's stories are the product of someone who deeply loves comics. 
A Conversation with Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension.


2 PM  Room 1
J.J. Sedelmaier SNL's TV Funhouse and Other Animated Adventures 
 

JJ Sedelmaier Studios was the studio entrusted by MTV to animate 120 minutes of the first season of MTV's " Beavis & Butt-Head "; they were responsible for the animation used for the relaunch of "Schoolhouse Rock " for ABC ; and were co-creators, with Robert Smigel, of the " Saturday TV Funhouse " cartoons for NBC's Saturday Night Live.

The studio was the exclusive animation house for the first three seasons of the SNL "Funhouse" films, designing characters and animating such memorable series as " The X-Presidents ", " Fun With Real Audio ", " Animated Outtakes " and " The Ambiguously Gay Duo " (originally designed by J. J. Sedelmaier himself, and created by JJSP and Robert Smigel for the short-lived "Dana Carvey Show"). 

2:30 PM  Room 2
Charlton Comics: Past, Present & Future

Charlton Comics of Derby, Connecticut was the poor relation of comic book publishers, an all-in-one operation started by two men who met in prison and would publish anything to keep their presses rolling. But despite their reputation for cheapness and shoddy product, during their 40 years in business Charlton was the incubator not only for generations of comic book talent, but loyal fans and readers as well. In 2014, comic book pros Roger McKenzie (Daredevil, Sun Runners), Mort Todd (Cracked Magazine, Marvel Music), and Paul Kupperberg (Supergirl, The Doom Patrol) claimed the Charlton heritage with Charlton Neo, a new take on the Charlton Comics of old, reborn on a Facebook fan page hosted by Fester Faceplant. And Charlton Neo in turn inspired filmmakers Keith Larsen and Jackie Zbuska to make Charlton Comics the subject of their documentary in progress, Charlton Comics: The Movie, the trailer for which will be screened during the panel. This marks the first time all these creators will be in the same place at the same time to discuss the past, present, and future of the subject that brought them all together more than a year ago...Charlton Comics.

Moderated by Paul Kupperberg

3:00 PM   Room 1 
 Sculpting Heroes and Villains

Accomplished sculptors Joe Menna, Jean St. Jean and Paul Harding discuss their careers and their process of making statues, busts, action figures, and other sculpted items. 

3:30 PM   Room 2
Making Comics

Christy Blanch, David Gallaher, Franco, and other creators give an in depth look into how comics are made.

4:00 PM   Room 1 
TBA

4:30 PM    Room 2
 Don McGregor and Rich Buckler

Their run on Black Panther was one of the greatest in 70s comics. McGregor and Buckley in conversation with Jon B. Cooke of Comic Book Creator Magazine.


Sunday 

12:00 PM Room 1
Sam J. Jones in conversation with Christie Blanch

The Star of the 1980 hit Flash Gordon, and the playing himself in Ted 2 talks about his career and filmmaking.
A conversation with Christy Blanch.

1:00 PM  Room 1
Writing Daredevil 

Daredevil writers Mark Waid, Ann Nocenti, Roger McKenzie discuss the evolution of the Man Without Fear through the years. Moderated by John Trumbull of Back Issue magazine.

2:00 PM Room 2
Inside The Walking Dead

Actor Chris Harrelson tells his behind the scense stories of being a walker on the hit TV series The Walking Dead. Hear his accounts of going to zombie school, working with Greg Nicotero and all the main cast, his tour of the studio in L.A. where all the makeup and prosthetics are created.

3:00 PM  Room 1
Ren & Stimpy: A Conversation with Bob Camp and Bill Wray



4:00 PM End of programming.  Room will be used for Cosplay contest from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.