If you’re a fan of some of IDW’s biggest properties, then there’s a good chance you’ll like what they’re cooking up for Comic Con.
Big time panels
We told you about IDW’s impressive list of signings last week, but now we’ve got the full listing of panel presentations as well. And honestly, it’s equally as big time. If you’re a fan of Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Sonic the Hedgehog, artist Joe Jusko, or the legendary Jack Kirby, you’ll find a panel dedicated to it.
Everything is set to run during the SDCC, and as usual I’d expect there to be exceptionally long lines. So if you’re into some of these, then you’d best get to the conference rooms early.
Here’s what’s on tap:
- Transformers: Unicron and Beyond
Thursday , 7/19, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 29AB
The planet-eater Unicron has arrived, and nothing will be spared! Come join IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber, associate publisher David Hedgecock, editor David Mariotte, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing Michael Kelly and creators behind the blockbuster event of the summer to find out what’s in store for the Autobots and a hint at what comes next!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For All!
Thursday , 7/19, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Three eras of the Ninja Turtles collide in one room! Co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by the current comic book creative team of Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, along with other special guests as they talk about the past, present, and future of the heroes in a half shell! Turtle power! There will also be a special Turtle Trivia with prizes for the ultimate TMNT fan!
- Spotlight on Lynn Johnston
Thursday, 7/19, 11:00am – 12:00am, Room 32AB
Comic-Con special guest Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of For Better or For Worse. This family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, For Better or For Worse appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries and was translated into 8 languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million. Expect to learn more about Johnston’s career in comics and what she’s been up to lately!
- Joe Jusko Spotlight
Thursday, 7/19, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
Joe Jusko is one of the premier and most in-demand painters of comic book and trading-card art working today. In an award-winning career spanning more than 40 years, he has produced extraordinary illustrations for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and many more. Join this acclaimed artist as he talks with IDW editor Scott Dunbier about his long and storied (and believe us, there are stories!) career.
- Sonic the Hedgehog’s Way Past Cool Panel
Thursday, 7/19, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9
Sonic The Hedgehog has raced back into comics, bringing old enemies and new friends along for the ride! Join IDW editors Joe Hughes and David Mariotte, artist Evan Stanley, Sega Licensing Specialist Michael Cisneros, Director of Product Development Austin Keys, and special guest Takashi Iizuka, the Head of Sonic Team for a fun discussion on comics and upcoming games, surprise announcements, and more!
- Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler
Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Room 26AB
Comic-Con special guest Shannon Wheeler (New Yorker cartoonist and Too Much Coffee Man creator) presents a special slide show and free gifts. Secrets will be revealed! Shannon shot 5,000 comics with a gun (self-proclaimed stupidest gimmick ever). Learn the history of the Japanese Bootleg shirt. Was Huey Newton (Black Panther leader) Shannon’s landlord? Did Shannon’s mom take them to hear cult leader Jim Jones speak? Did Shannon smuggle cigars out of Cuba? All true. Those stories will be told, plus selections from his new book, Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius, including “Camp Micro-Penis,” “Getting Trapped in the Paris Subway,” and “How To Sell a Sex Doll.” There might be some dirty words.
- IDW: PDX presents Full Bleed
Friday, 7/20, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Ted Adams, CEO & co-founder of IDW and Dirk Wood, Creative Director of IDW:PDX present FULL BLEED: A sneak-peek into the world’s only 200 page, hardcover, print only comics & culture “magazine!” Prizes, announcements, Q&A, and a roundtable discussion on comics, journalism and more! Featuring Art Director Robbie Robbins, and contributors Jen Vaughn, Jarrett Melendez, Kim Dwinell, Gideon Kendall, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, and more! Got a pitch for Full Bleed? Bring it to the panel!
- The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity With Graphic Novels
Friday, 7/20, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 23ABC
Featuring vibrant stories that bring tales of strength, courage, and determination to audiences of all ages. As the graphic novel space gains popularity and general interest, it presents a powerful medium for sharing complex stories or characterizations across the nuanced tableau of our multi-cultural world. From books featuring real-life frontierswoman Calamity Jane, to the brutal Spanish Revolution, and even the personal demons that cast doubt within our lives — this panel will show the strength of sequential graphic story telling in the 21st Century.
- The One, The Only, Artist’s Edition!
Friday, 7/20, 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m., Room: 4
Since their inception nearly a decade ago, Artist’s Editions have become one of the most acclaimed (and imitated) formats in comics. IDW has won five prestigious Eisner-awards for their line of massive art books… so far! Join IDW Director of Special Projects Scott Dunbier as he fills you in on upcoming projects—some not yet announced—and presents a slide show featuring an amazing sampling of art. We’ll talk about Artist’s Editions, Artist Select Series, and Art in general! There will be a special guest or two, and trivia questions to test your knowledge of comic art (AE related, naturally)—the winner will get an AE prize as well as bragging rights… a fun time for all!
- Wynonna Earp Season 3 Premiere!
Friday, 7/20, 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp as they celebrate the beginning of season three! Come see Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith and watch an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new season, Blood Red and Going Down.
- Saturday Morning Cartoon Jam with IDW
Saturday, 7/21, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 23ABC
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to My Little Pony, Star Wars Adventures, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more, IDW publishes some of the hottest properties in children’s comics on the market today. Come meet the people who make it happen and learn the comic-making process so you can make a comic of your own! There will be interactive activities, great announcements, and a special gift for everyone who attends!
- Jack Kirby’s Artwork Extravaganza Encore!
Saturday, 7/21, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room 24ABC
Back by popular demand, the smash-hit panel returns to San Diego! A larger-than life celebration of the King of Comics features an unprecedented multi-media presentation of over 1,300 pieces of Jack Kirby artwork. IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein, is joined by esteemed artist Joe Jusko and some surprise guests to discuss the unrivaled work of the legendary talent, Jack Kirby. Everyone in attendance will take home a limited-edition print with them!
- IDW’s Big News Panel!
Saturday, 7/21, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Be among the first to hear
about IDW’s big announcements at SDCC! New titles! New creators! All the news that’s fit to print in one place. Plus, don’t miss out on an exclusive give away that you can ONLY get here!
- IDW Entertainment & SYFY Present: Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 7/21, 6:45p.m. – 7:45p.m., Room 6DE
Join the cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp! Come see Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith as they reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 3!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles On the Tabletop
Sunday, 7/22, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
has an exciting year on the way for board games. With a successful Kickstarter just finishing up for Munchkin and a new tabletop miniatures game on the way. This panel will look at how the Ninja Turtles are doing on the tabletop, a discussion with the game designers, an early look at the miniatures and then a special/exclusive announcement for the next game!