The largest comic convention in the U.S., Comic-Con International: San Diego, is here! This year SDCC has numerous programs and diverse panels covering a wide range of topics related to inclusivity and diversity in the comic, pop culture, and entertainment worlds.

Anyone attending Comic-Con should attend at least one of the panels below. They are all interesting and educating. If you want to help improve diversity in the comic industry you can do so by being a part of the conversation. Attending one of these events is one step you can take.

Friday, July 20th

 

10am – 11am

The Black Panel 

  • This panel will discuss the state of Black popular culture and its relation to the current political climate in America.

12pm – 1pm

Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)

  • The authors of YA graphic fiction will discuss the importance of creating stories with strong, positive female characters and letting go of the common belief that comics are only for boys.

1pm – 2pm

Afro-Futurism: Black to the Future!

  • This panel will discuss Afro-Futurism in Hollywood. Panelists include people from films and shows such as Black Panther, The Boondocks, Star Trek, Heroes, and Frankenstein.

2pm – 3pm

Comic Book Women: Unsung Heroes

  • Women in the industry share their perspective and experiences in the comic book industry.

2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Future of Film Is Female

  • Alicia Malone will facilitate a conversation about women in film, those that have paved the way, and changing the landscape of the film industry.

4pm – 5pm

LGBTQ Graphic Novels

  • A discussion on developing authentic stories for LGBTQ kids and creating a safe space for all identities.

5pm – 6pm

The Women of Star Wars

  • This panel will discuss the impact of a more inclusive Star Wars Franchise.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Diversity and Inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry.

  • Comics really are for everyone, and this panel discusses why that statement is true.

SYFY WIRE Fangrrls: Women Changing the Game

  • Women are changing the landscape of sci-fi. they are redefining what it means to be a fan.

6pm – 7pm

Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Animation -get started in Animation!

  • Women designers and animators share their journey to their current careers. They discuss the art, science, and business of animation.

6:30pm – 7:30pm

#METOO to #TIMESUP: An Action Summit for Comics

  • #METOO started a movement. But now, #TIMESUP for change in comics. This panel will discuss ways to make the comic industry into a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace.

7pm – 8pm

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining

  • Through the last five decades Hip-Hop and Comics have consistently crossed paths. This panel will discuss the connections between the two cultures.

7:30pm – 8:30pm

GirlsDrawinGirls: Pinup From a Woman’s Perspective

  • Panelists will talk about their work in drawing pinup art, which has been male-dominated. They are redefining the pinup and showcasing the art from a female perspective.

Saturday, July 21st

10am – 11am

Comics Are for Everyone….Aren’t They?

  • Panelists share the experience of being a disabled person in comics.

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: One Token to Play

  • These panelists will answer your burning questions regarding women in the comic industry such as “why hasn’t Harley Quinn gotten her own movie yet?!”.

11am – 12pm

Her Universe: It’s Your Universe

  • An Inspiring and empowering conversation about Ashley Eckstein’s new book, It’s Your Universe.

12pm – 1pm

CBLDF #5 EC Comics: Fighting for Change!

  • Learn about comics’ original social justice crusaders, the creators of EC Comics.

1pm – 2pm

Bridging Anime and Hip-Hop

  • A discussion on the relationship between anime and Hip-Hop.

CBLDF #5 EC Comics: Fighting for Change!

  • Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, and movies just as much as their counterparts. This program will discuss what options exist for nonvisual entertainment.

Women Rocking Hollywood 2018: Female Filmmakers, Pilots, Projects, and Paving the Way to Parity

  • In this panel, successful and talented women in the industry discuss their careers, latest projects, and more.

4pm – 5pm

EW: Women Who Kick Ass

  • These fierce and fearless actresses open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine rules.

7pm-8pm

Ladies of the Legions: A Conversation About Women, Costuming, and Star Wars!

  • Women of the various Star Wars costume clubs discuss the basics of the Star Wars costumes for women and the challenges faced in the community.

8pm – 9pm

Radical Activism in Comics

  • Members of this panel will discuss their projects and how they use their projects for political organizing. 

Women Below the Line

  • Panelists explore the roles of women in the entertainment industry. They explore gender roles in the creative professions.

Sunday, July 22nd

10am – 11am

Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society

  • Christian professionals in the entertainment industry discuss their faith and its influence in their professions, decisions, and creative process.

10am – 5pm

San Diego International Children’s Film Festival

  • Enjoy films good for all ages, from all around the world (New Zealand, France, Russie, Israel, Canada, etc).

11:30am – 1pm

Are Superheroes Social Justice Warriors? How to Educate, Illuminate, and Bring Diversity and Social Change Through Comics

  • Panelists share their thoughts on how the current commentary on social justice and diversity have affected the comic industry.

12pm – 1pm

Diversity in Comics: Indian Superheroes on the Rise!

  • Graphic India co-founder, Sharad Devarajan, leads a discussion about globalization, the new diversity and culture in comics, and the renaissance of Indian and global superheroes.

You Do What? Women in Film Production

  • A discussion on women working in traditionally male-dominated fields of production.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Powerful Young Women in Disney Comics

  • Disney Comics takes a look at recent and upcoming comics showcasing powerful female characters from the Disney and Star Wars Franchise.

Women of Marvel

  • The women of Marvel talk about what it’s like working as a woman in comics.

2pm – 3pm

Diversity in Tech and Gaming: An Evolving Conversation

  • These panelists discuss inclusion and equality in the tech and gaming worlds.

2:30pm – 4pm

Mental Health and Comics

  • Hear the discussion about comics role in reversing the stigma of mental illness and more.

2:35pm – 3:45pm

Super Asian America

  • Panelists discuss the state of Super Asian America.

3pm – 4pm

The New Wave of Latino Animation Projects

  • Disney and Nickelodeon legends hope to inspire new creators, animators, and artists to develop more projects for the Latino community.

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Magic Wheelchair

  • This nonprofit organization creates wheelchair costumes and promote inclusive cosplay. This panel discusses their experience of building the costumes and the impact of inclusive cosplay.

4pm – 5pm

The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther

  • Comic book historian and illustrator, Arlen Schumer, tells the comic book origins and background of Marvel’s Black Panther.

To learn more about the panels and programs above check out the official Comic-Con website: https://www.comic-con.org/, and take a look at their schedule for the week.