Well it’s once again SDCC time, and once again Dark Horse Comics has a monster slate of happenings planned. Panels, and signings aplenty will be taking place on two stages in the booth.
A juggernaut of a schedule
Yes, this one’s a beast and a half. That’s kind of typical though, for Dark Horse. The publisher has a history of presenting loads of awesome stuff at Comic Con’s in general, and their SDCC onslaught is a yearly happening. This year will be, as you can see, no different.
Frank Miller himself will be back at the booth, signing copies of his 300 prequel Xerxes. That’s probably big enough, but plenty of other talent will be on hand as well. Grab a cup of joe, and make with the scrolling. It might take you a while to get through it all.
We have two signing stages. One features art by Mike Mignola for Hellboy and The visitor: How And Why He Stayed; the other showcases the art from The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:
HB = Hellboy Signing Stage LZ = The Legend of Zelda Signing Stage
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ TARZAN: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Cullen Bunn, Alex Irvine, Jody Houser, Jonathan Wayshak
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ PROJECT TBA: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Ashley A. Woods
- 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two)
- 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB VENTURE BROS. GO TEAM VENTURE: Jackson Publick, Ken Plume (WRISTBAND REQUIRED) *LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
- 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB HARROW COUNTY, DEATH FOLLOWS, CONAN THE SLAYER: Cullen Bunn
- 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta
- 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
- 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. HB FEMINA & FAUNA: Camilla d’Errico and TOKIDOKI: Simone Legno (WRISTBAND REQUIRED) *LIMIT ONE PRINT PER PERSON *NO OTHER ITEMS ALLOWED, UNLESS FEMINA & FAUNA IS PURCHASED
- 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin
- 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. LZ THE COMPLETE DOC UNKNOWN: Fabian Rangel Jr.
- 5:45 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HB THE GUILD: Felicia Day (WRISTBAND REQUIRED) *LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
FRIDAY, JULY 21
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB AMERICAN GODS: Scott Hampton, David Mack
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ EI8HT: Mike Johnson
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, THE KILLJOYS: Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ BIRD BOY: Anne Szabla
- 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. HB XERXES, SIN CITY: Frank Miller (WRISTBAND REQUIRED) *NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY *LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
- 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ BOUNTY: Mindy Lee
- 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Marc Guggenheim, Richard Hamilton
- 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
- 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB BLACK HAMMER CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Lemire, Fábio Moon
- 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. LZ MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA: Mac Walters, Fabrice Condominas, Mike Gamble DRAGON AGE: Mike Laidlaw, Blair Brown
- 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB SECRET LOVES (OF GEEKS): Dylan Edwards, JP LaRocque, Maia Kobabe, Vita Ayala
- 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. LZ SECRET LOVES (OF GEEK GIRLS): Hope Nicholson, Janet Hetherington, Jen Vaughn, Trina Robbins
- 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. LZ SPELL ON WHEELS: Kate Leth, Marissa Louise
- 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. HB BERGER BOOKS: TBA
- 6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. LZ DOTA 2: THE COMICS COLLECTION: Steve Jaros
SATURDAY, JULY 22
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Mat Johnson
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ CREEPY: Dan Braun
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Ann Nocenti
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
- 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. LZ BEASTS OF BURDEN, SCARY GODMOTHER: Jill Thompson
- 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Arnold Tsang, Michael Chu, Andrew Robinson WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)
- 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ EMPOWERED: Adam Warren
- 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB SERENITY NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE, THE VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Chris Roberson
- 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ PROJECT TBA: Jeff Lemire
- 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two)
- 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. LZ ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
- 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT, LEAD POISONING, HARD BOILED: Geof Darrow
- 4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. LZ SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta
- 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. HB SPECIAL GUEST: TBA
- 5:00 p.m.–5: 50 p.m. LZ PROJECT TBA, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON: Dave Gibbons
- 6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. LZ TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: Shannon Wheeler
SUNDAY, JULY 23
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai
- 10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ BEANWORLD: Larry Marder
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB EMILY THE STRANGE: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, Cat Farris
- 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
- 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB WONDER WOMAN/CONAN, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Gail Simone
- 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ TOMB RAIDER: Philip Sevy, Mariko Tamaki
- 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. HB THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, Janet Varney (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)
- 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon
Okay, so those are the signings. As for the panels, they’re below. I told you this was going to be a ling list.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
- 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS: GO TEAM VENTURE! (Room 23ABC)
In late 2017, Dark Horse and Adult Swim will publish Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros.! The gorgeous book will detail the creation of the cult-classic animated television series. Join The Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick and Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros. writer Ken Plume for a discussion about the critically acclaimed television show and the highly anticipated art book.
- 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CONSOLE YOURSELF: VIDEO GAME COMICS AND BOOKS (Room 23ABC)
Video game franchises have found a foothold in comics at Dark Horse. With a line of video game–related comics and deluxe art books, including the best-selling World of Warcraft Chronicle, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Join Dark Horse editors, 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor, BioWare’s Mac Walters, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Robert Simpson for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!
FRIDAY, JULY 21
- 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. GEEKING OUT ON SECRET LOVES: WHEN PERSONAL TALES FILL THE PAGE (Room 25ABC)
The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love.
- 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ARTISTS WHO WRITE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF COMICS (Room 23ABC)
Whether it’s a murder mystery, a superhero adventure, or a new take on history, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Larry Marder (Beanworld), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.
- 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. AN INTRODUCTION TO BERGER BOOKS (Room 25ABC)
Strange realities, true fictions, dark secrets, and monsters of a different kind. And that’s just for starters. Join Karen Berger (founding Vertigo editor) and surprise guests as the first projects in this new genre-bending Dark Horse imprint are revealed!
SATURDAY, JULY 22
- 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE MANGA (Room 7AB)
This year is the 30th anniversary of the manga industry in North America—an industry born from the love of comics fans and comics publishers for the work of Japanese creators. Dark Horse was one of the manga pioneers in the 1980s, and continues to publish Japanese titles ranging from Danganronpa, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Unofficial Hatsune Mix to I Am a Hero, Lone Wolf & Cub, and Berserk. Join Carl Horn and other Dark Horse staff members for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!
- 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. IT TAKES ALL KINDS TO MAKE COMICS: A DARK HORSE CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY (Room 8)
For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With Eisner Award–winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta (Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world, and what changes still need to be made in the comics industry.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
- 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. THE COMIC BOOK ELEMENTS OF AVATAR AND KORRA (Room 24ABC)
Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, the creative team behind The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, and other special guests for a further exploration of the world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!