Happenings: Comics Programming at Fan Expo Canada – Panels and Spotlights

DC COMICS – MUST SEE EVENTS

DC FOCUS: JEFF LEMIRE
Jeff Lemire first made an impression on the world of comics with his award-winning Essex County graphic novel trilogy. He soon made the move to DC Comics with the graphic novel The Nobody and comics including Superboy and the dystopian epic Sweet Tooth. Lemire recently wrote the miniseries Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown and will make a splash in September with the new, continuing series Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Animal Man. Join Jeff for a special chat about his work for DC Comics and Vertigo.
THURSDAY, 5 PM – ROOM 715B

DC FOCUS: JAMES ROBINSON
James Robinson is a comic book scribe and sometimes screenwriter, currently completing a landmark run on Justice League of America. His major prior work, Starman, was recently reprinted in its entirety by DC as a series of six omnibuses. He’s set to launch the upcoming The Shade maxi-series this October. Join James for a special chat about his career, his work for DC Comics and beyond.
FRIDAY, 11:30 AM – ROOM 715B

DC: FINAL FLASHPOINT FRIDAY!
Everything you know will change in a Flash! Flashpoint, the blockbuster comics event of the summer, has turned the DC Universe inside out! Join DCU Executive Editor, Eddie Berganza, Brian Azzarello (Batman: Knight of Vengeance), Andy Kubert (Flashpoint), and James Robinson (The Outsider) for the final Flashpoint Friday panel that leads into DC Comics – The New 52 launch!
FRIDAY, 1 PM, ROOM #716

DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
DC Comics explodes in September with 52 new number one issues and one panel is not enough to cover it! With the ‘DC Comics – The New 52’ launch just around the corner, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Join DC Comics Executive Editor, Eddie Berganza, for an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever re-launches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting-edge! Panelists include Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), Dan DiDio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man), Francis Manapul (Flash), Ethan Van Sciver (Fury of the Firestorms), James Robinson and Jill Thompson.
SATURDAY, 1 PM – ROOM #716
Moderator: DC Editorial

DC ART MASTERS: DRAWING BATMAN
Superstar artists Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight) and Andy Kubert (Flashpoint) share their secrets of drawing Batman with a special projector designed so you can see their every master stroke. Check out this unique presentation that will surely draw ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ amongst the gathered masses!
SATURDAY, 2:30 PM – ROOM #716

DC COMICS: DRAWING THE NEW 52
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join DC Comics Executive Editor, Eddie Berganza with artists Francis Manapul, Yanick Paquette, and Ethan Van Sciver for a unique look as they discuss and show their visual approach to reshaping the DC Universe!
SUNDAY, 1 PM – ROOM #716

THE KUBERT SCHOOL – MUST SEE EVENTS

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF TALENT: SPOTLIGHT ON THE KUBERT SCHOOL
Since it was founded in 1976, The Kubert School has offered students a high quality and challenging education in Cartooning and Graphic Art. In this spotlight panel, Marvel’s C.B Cebulski will lead a unique and lively discussion with founder and comics legend Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Hawkman), his sons – Adam Kubert (Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine) and Andy Kubert (Flashpoint), as well as former students Shane Davis (Superman Earth One), Fernando Ruiz (Archie Comics) and Alex Maleev (Moon Knight, Scarlet). Come and learn what has made this important institution so relevant in today’s age of comics. Questions welcomed!
SATURDAY, 4 PM, ROOM #716

THE KUBERT SCHOOL PRESENTS: FERNANDO RUIZ AND JOE KUBERT
An awesome event for aspiring artists and fans! First join Kubert School graduate and current instructor Fernando Ruiz (Archie Comics) as he teaches you how to lay out an action packed cover then prepare yourselves for the legendary Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Hawkman) as he demonstrates his drawing techniques in a rare live demo. To add even further to the excitement, the unique piece or original artwork he will create before you will be raffled off at Fan Expo Canada with all proceeds benefiting the The Hospital for Sick Children! Stop by The Kubert School booth (#124) on Friday or Saturday for details on how to win and to purchase tickets. Don’t miss out on this chance to see a living legend create a work of art right before your eyes!
SUNDAY, 2:30 PM, ROOM #716

MARVEL COMICS – MUST SEE EVENTS

MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY
You have the talent. You have the imagination. You have the “Go get ‘em Tiger” determination that would make the Bullpen proud. But where do you go from there? Discover the next step in your budding comics career with Matt Fraction (Fear Itself), Mark Brooks (Uncanny X-Force), Jonathan Hickman (FF), Marvel SVP, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski and Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso as they give you all the right pointers towards getting a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. Discussing all entry points across every department, this can’t-miss panel is a must for all Marvel hopefuls!
THURSDAY, 5 PM – ROOM #714

MARVEL: FEAR ITSELF
The entire Marvel Universe is gripped with Fear! The Serpent and his Worthy continue their assault on Earth’s Mightiest, sending mass panic across the globe — but what other threats can the Avengers expect to face? Find out here as the creators behind the comic blockbuster event of the year answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Join Matt Fraction (Fear Itself), Stuart Immonen (Fear Itself), Fred Van Lente (Alpha Flight), Marvel SVP, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski and Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso as they reveal the Avengers’ deepest fears!
FRIDAY, 2:30 PM – ROOM #714

MARVEL: THE INCREDIBLE ULTIMATE PANEL
Need a gamma irradiated Ultimate Comics fix? Then this is the panel for you! Join Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, Jonathan Hickman (Ultimate Comics Ultimates), Jason Aaron (Incredible Hulk), Fred Van Lente (Herc) and Associate Editor Sana Amanat as they give you the lowdown on the all-new Ultimate Comics Universe and the inside track to the latest happenings to everyone?s favorite Jade Giant! It?s the ultimate panel worthy of the Green Goliath himself!
SATURDAY, 11:30 AM – ROOM #714

MARVEL: X-MEN: REGENESIS
The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point ? tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men: Regenesis, where we answer all your questions and reveal exclusive details about what’s next! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Editor Jeanine Schaefer, Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, Jason Aaron (Wolverine & the X-Men, X-Men: Schism), & Marvel SVP, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel!
SATURDAY, 2:30 PM – ROOM #714

MARVEL: PINT O’ C.B.
This is it, Mighty Marvel fan s- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel SVP, Creator & Content Development, C.B. Cebulski, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements and guests, Matt Fraction (Thor), Jonathan Hickman (FF), Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), & Fred Van Lente (Herc)! You better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! So head on over and grab a pint with C.B.!
SATURDAY, 5:30 PM – ROOM #714

MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING
What major events lie around the corner for the Marvel Universe? Get the latest scoop on the characters and comics you love, with some surprising announcements to boot! Join panelists Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), Jonathan Hickman (S.H.I.E.L.D), Dennis Hopeless (X-Men: Season One), Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso & Marvel SVP, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski as they answer all your burning questions, while giving you a sneak peek at the future of Marvel!
SUNDAY, 11:30 AM – ROOM #714

MARVEL: YOUR UNIVERSE
Join Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, SVP, Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski, Director of Communications Arune Singh & Editor Jeanine Schaefer as they leave their Marvel ID’s at the door and enter as fans! Want to know how things work at the House of Ideas? Got some things to get off your chest about a Marvel character or story? Well here’s your chance True Believer! It’s the panel for fans BY fans with no spin, no marketing, and just a friendly chat amongst fans!
SUNDAY, 2:30 PM – ROOM #714

JEFF SMITH – CARTOONIST GUEST OF HONOUR – MUST SEE EVENTS

CREATING THE WORLDS OF BONE AND RASL WITH JEFF SMITH
From concept sketch to finished page to graphic novel, both Bone and Rasl have engaged the full creative potential of master cartoonist Jeff Smith. Join Jeff as he discusses his process of developing the characters and environments that make these two works so rich and engaging to readers.
FRIDAY AT 2:30, ROOM #716

SPOTLIGHT ON JEFF SMITH
Join 2011 Cartoonist Guest of Honour Jeff Smith (Bone, Rasl) as he discusses the 20th anniversary of Bone, feature films, the future of comics, and much more.
SATURDAY AT 2:30 – ROOM #718

IMAGE COMICS – MUST SEE EVENTS

IMAGE: PITCHING YOUR CREATOR-OWNED COMICS – WRITERS UNITE!
Creator-owned comics have grabbed the imagination of the comic-reading community all over again and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as Image Comics creators Charles Soule (27, Strongman), Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake, The Intrepids) and Jim Zub (Skullkickers) discuss pitching their hit comic series and offer advice on how to climb to the top of the treacherous submission mountain. (How-To, Q&A)
SATURDAY, 11 AM – ROOM #717

IMAGE COMICS PRESENTS YOUR NEW FAVORITES
Join Image Comics for announcements about upcoming projects, updates about ongoing projects, and a Q&A session with some of the best creators working in comics. Don’t miss your chance to find out about what we’re up to before anyone else does, and ask questions of your favorite creators! Panelists include Charles Soule (27), Kurtis Wiebe (Intrepids, Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust), Viktor Kalvachev (Pherone, Blue Estate), Dennis Hopeless (Lovestruck), Jim Zubkavich (Skullkickers), and Jonathan Hickman (The Red Wing, Feel Better Now).
SATURDAY, 1 PM – ROOM 713

OTHER “MUST SEE” EVENTS

KIRBY KRACKLE – THE NERD ROCK BAND UNPLUGGED
THURSDAY, 6:30 PM – ROOM #713

COMIC GEEK SPEAK RECORDING AND TRIVIA EXTRAVAGANZA
Join the Comic Geek Speak crew as they do a live Q&A session about their show and podcasting in general. And then try your hand at stumping CGS’s Adam Murdough in comic trivia.
FRIDAY, 1 PM ROOM 715B

STAR WARS: THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE – THE COMICS
From the Marvel series of the late 1970’s and 1980’s to the latest offerings from Dark Horse Comics; from movie adaptations to licensing art to the worlds of Star Wars Lego — creators have been adding to the Star Wars universe for decades! This all-star panel of creators are here to discuss their involvement in the worlds of Lucasfilm. Featuring Ken Steacy, Greg Hyland, Dave Ross, Ramon Perez and more!
FRIDAY, 6 PM, ROOM #715B

THE FOUR COLOUR MARRIAGE: COUPLES AND COMICS
What is it like to be working together in the same industry? Join us as we have a candid discussion on work and relationships with creator couples Matt Fraction (Fear Itself) and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Castle), Stuart Immonen (Fear Itself) and Kathryn Immonen (Wolverine and Jubilee), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) and Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman).
FRIDAY, 4 PM – ROOM #714

C.B. CEBULSKI PRESENTS: FOOD & COMICS
In a unique panel that is part epicurian delight and fanboy dreams – come join Marvel Comics Senior V.P. C.B. Cebulski and Toronto’s own Chefs Chris MacDonald (cavarestaurant.ca) and Chef Roger Mooking (from the Food Network Canada’s Heatseekers and Everyday Exotic) for a lively, yet tantalizing discussion on how geek, comic and food culture come together in this, the age of new media.
FRIDAY 5:30 ROOM 714

A NOVEL APPROACH – CREATORS ON GRAPHIC NOVELS & NEW MEDIA
With the rise to prominence of the graphic novel format over the last two decades, graphic novels also must face the challenge presented by the coming digital age. Please join a star-studded panel of creators including Ray Fawkes (One Soul), Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Cameron Stewart (Sin Titulo), Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare) and Ramon Perez (upcoming Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand) as they discuss working in different platforms and what the future may hold for comics and graphic novels.
SUNDAY, 1:30 PM – ROOM #715B

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER – THE COMICS
Join a roundtable of popular comics creators as they discuss the important role the star-spangled Avenger plays in the world of comics, their thoughts on how he should be interpreted, anecdotes about their time working on Cap and their thoughts on Captain America in other media. Featuring Jason Aaron (Ultimate Captain America), Steve Epting, Ron Garney, Bob McLeod and Steve McNiven.
SUNDAY 4PM – ROOM #714

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