Guest Author - Eugene Bradford
San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC, kicked off with Preview Night on July 11th, 2012 and fans have flooded the beautiful city. This is the largest gathering of comic book, video game, movie, television, and toy enthusiasts in the country. Letís not forget the number of cosplayers who will show up to amaze attendees with their creative abilities.
The convention has programming lined up to sate the combined interests of everyone who made the trek. Whether itís a hot new comic series debuting or the next summer blockbuster film, youíre covered. For everyone in attendance and for those of us who join in spirit, letís highlight some of the events taking place throughout the weekend.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations unites several creators as they discuss diversity in their respective mediums. Panelists include comic book writer and novelist Marjorie Liu and writer and Comic-Con special guest N.K. Jemisin.
Censorship and the Female Artist will cover the topic and how it affects women in the creative industry. Taking part in the discussion are Anina Bennett and Camilla díErrico, amongst others.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Reginald Hudlin, Shaquille OíNeal, and others come together for the return of The Black Panel. Writer Michael Davis will be moderating this discussion of African American pop culture.
AMCís The Walking Dead gathers the cast and fans of the hit television show based off the outstanding comic book series. Itís fitting that this panel will be occurring the same week the comic series releases its 100th issue. Amongst the stars in attendance are Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Robin Givens will be moderating Comics of the African Diaspora. Kevin Grevioux and others will be participating as they touch on comic book characters whose origins lie within the continent of Africa.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Making Comics for Kids will touch on what goes into the publication of comics geared for younger readers. Writer/editor Neo Edmund and editor Paul Morrissey bring together several other creative forces behind kidís comics for this chat.
This list does not even begin to cover the events set to occur over the weekend. If you were able to make the trip to San Diego, the rest of us would love to hear about it. What do you think of the convention thus far? Do you have any plans to attend any of the panels listed here? For those in attendance, have fun and be safe.