Our discusion panel program will be held over two days on the lower level of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel.
11:00 AM The Art of Lettering
Comic book typography masters Todd Klein, John Workman and Rick Parker discuss their careers and process, and working for Marvel, DC, and National Lampoon.
12:00 PM TBA
1:00 PM The World of Harvey Kurtzman
Denis Kitchen on the life and art of the incredible Harvey Kurtzman, creator of Mad magazine, Little Annie Fannie, Frontline Combat, Help Magazine and much more.
2:00 PM A Conversation with Chris Claremont
The man who made the X-Men into the powerhouse comic book super-group they are today. Chris Claremont created over 150 X-Men characters and penned them for over 17 years. Mike Zapcic of AMC TV's Comic Book Men and the podcast I Sell Comics will moderate.
3:00 Comics to Animation
4:00 PM The Neat Stuff in mind of Peter Bagge
Funny book creator Peter Bagge in conversation with Jon B. Cooke.
5:00 PM Carousel Slide Show
R. Sykoriak presents his Carousel Slide Show
10:30AM Comic Book Men and The Red Bank Mafia
Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson, and Robert Bruce discuss their unique world and working with Kevin Smith.
12:00 PM The Life and Times of Denis Kitchen
Founding member of the underground comix movement. Founder of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Biographer, artist, publisher. Historical figure in the world of comics, artists rights and pop culture. Denis Kitchen in conversation with Jon B. Cooke.
1:00 PM A Conversation with Jim Steranko
David Spurlock interviews the legendary Jim Steranko about his career in an out of comics. Illustration and graphic design innovator on Captian America, Nick Fury: Agent of SHEILD, and Uncanny X-Men for Marvel. Cover artist on countless paperbacks of The Shadow, comic covers of Before Watchmen: Rorschach, and the latest Batman Black & White. Steranko is also a magician and escape artist, and the inspiration for Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle and Michael Chabon's Pulitizer Prize winning The Adventures of Kavilier and Clay. He's a an author, filmmaker, publisher, historian, and editor.
2:00 PM A Conversation with JH Williams III
The incomparable J.H. Williams III is the current artist on Neil Gaiman's return to Sandman with the prequel Overture, and formerly artist and co-writer of the groundbreaking series Bat Woman. He is known not only for his evocative line-work and color schemes, but also for intricate page designs and panel layouts unmatched in the comics industry today. As a collaborating artist of choice with greats like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis, Williams is one of the most sought-after talents in comics and also creates his own design work for music albums and other projects. Williams appears in conversation with Hannah Means-Shannon, Editor-in-Chief at the influential pop culture news blog BleedingCool.com.
3:00 Marvel in the 80's
End of programming -- cosplay contest set-up and awards late afternoon.