After all those Thursday temptations, it’s a bit of a relief to see that I have only a few panels on my Friday list. The Super panel with Nathan Fillion, Ellen Page, and Rainn Wilson promises to be fun—but long of line, so I’ll probably pass. There’s a Caprica panel, one on autobiography in graphic novels, and one on the 60th anniversary of Peanuts which Charles Shulz’s widow as special guest.
Here’s the Friday schedule; if anything jumps out at you, let me know. The Joss Whedon panel leaps right out, but I don’t want to devote my whole day to waiting for it, which is what I’d have to do. Sorry again, Joss.
—Comics in the Library. This one interests me for a number of reasons, including the participation of author-illustrator Raina Telgemeier, whose middle-grade graphic memoir, Smile, has become a favorite book of my Rose and Beanie. Rose, who got braces last week, has read Raina’s frank account of her junior-high orthodontic nightmare, at least half a dozen times this month. She even told her orthodontist about it, and we brought the book in to show him, and he loved it so much he’s going to mention it on the information he mails out to patients. Coolio.
How are comics used in libraries? This panel discusses the variety of ways that libraries around the countries have begun to integrate comics into their collections and programming. Special attention is paid to the following subjects: comics for early readers; nonfiction comics, comics for adult readers. Presented by Francisca Goldsmith (Infopeople), Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), JoAnn Jonas (San Diego County Library), Tuan Nguyen (Texas Maverick Graphic Novel List), Jill Patterson (OC Public Libraries), and comics creator Raina Telgemeier (Smile). Moderated by John Hogan (The Graphic Novel Reporter). Room 8
This one sounds fun (to a child of the 70s like me):
—Behind the Scenes with Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears: A Look at the Past, Present and Future. Sing it with me: Marshall, Will, and Holly, on a routine expedition….
Sid & Marty Krofft are iconic names in the world of children’s television and true pioneers in what they have achieved throughout their long career. From their puppeteer beginnings to their timeless shows HR Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, Sigmund the Sea Monster, and Land of the Lost to their new feature films and endeavors in Creations from the World of Jack Kirby, the Krofft brothers create amazing entertainment for everyone to enjoy and love. Sid & Marty Krofft look back at what they have achieved, then look to the future with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears (Scooby Doo, Thundar the Barbarian), who have partnered with the Kroffts in Creations from the World of Jack Kirby. Panel and Q&A moderated by producer Bonny Dore. Free exclusive gift will be given out to attendees while supplies last. Room 24ABC
Here’s a good one:
—Spotlight on Ray Bradbury.
He was at the very first Comic-Con and we kind of think he’ll be at the very last one, too, far off in the future. Science fiction author Ray Bradbury is literally a national treasure. Ray talks with biographer Sam Weller and moderator writer/producer Arnold Kunert in his yearly visit with his fans at Comic-Con. Room 6DE
Maybe this? Welcome to The Future: Are You Sure You Want to Stay?
Speculative fiction authors discuss visions of the future, dystopian and otherwise. Authors include Samuel R. Delany (Dhalgren), Alan Dean Foster (Flinx Transcendent), Cody Goodfellow (Perfect Union), Kirsten Imani Kasai (Ice Song), Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin (The Unincorporated War), Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death), David Weber (Honor Harrington novels), David J. Williams (The Machinery Of Light), and Charles Yu (How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy.
Other possibilities: Comics in the Classroom, Comics After Paper, the LOST discussion. The full Saturday schedule.
Sunday’s easy: I’d like to attend the Rick Riordan panel, and will certainly attend this one:
Entertaining One’s Inner Child— Ever since Harry Potter burst onto the scene, children’s books have been taking over the bestseller lists. Creators discuss the thrills and challenges of creating memorable characters for the younger set. Panelists include Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Sina Grace (Among the Ghosts), Matt Holm (Babymouse), Adam Rex (Fat Vampire), David Steinberg (Daniel Boom), Greg Van Eekhout (Kid Vs. Squid) and moderator Jennifer Holm (Babymouse). Q&A to follow.
Got any questions for them? Jenni Holm and I have some other Comic-Con fun planned this week. Can’t wait!
And then right after that there’s the Spotlight on Denny O’Neil, moderated by my hubby. Check.
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