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ComicCon 2012: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations!

July 4, 2012

ComicCon 2012 begins next Wednesday on July 11th, 2012! This year, Racebending.com will host our second annual diversity panel first thing Thursday morning. We’re honored to have the opportunity to again present at ComicCon. Be sure to check out Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations in room 23ABC!

On Saturday and Sunday night, Racebending.com will also be co-sponsoring two ComicCon after parties at The Stage Bar just blocks away from the Convention Center. The dance rock band The Slants organized these events to showcase Asian American talent and bring awareness to racial justice issues! Admission is FREE (which means you don’t need a ComicCon badge to go!)

In addition to our two events, ComicCon’s programming line up features a sprawling array of panels and presentations, including two big panels for Legend of Korra fans. Read on for some of our panel recommendations!

THURSDAY, JULY 12th, 2012

Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations

Thursday July 12, 2012 10:00am – 11:00am @ Room 23ABC

Creators and artists are developing engrossing characters from underrepresented groups. Panelists from different mediums will discuss their creative processes and how can fans support their diversity efforts. Featuring novelist and comic book writer Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, The Hunter Kiss), video game writer David Gaider (Dragon Age, Bauldur’s Gate II), comic book writer Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury, Voltron), showrunner and screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), writer Sarah Kuhn (One Con Glory, Chicks Dig Comics), and Comic-Con special guest author N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms); moderated by Racebending.com.

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Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Subaltern Counterculture and the Strengths of the Underdog
Thursday July 12, 2012 10:30am-12:00pm @ Room 26AB

The beginning of this panel conflicts with our panel, but we are only three doors down so head over when we wrap up! Presenters Antonio Chavarria from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and painter Mateo Romero will explore the appeal of the “marginal” art of comics to indigenous people. Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) will analyze El Pantera and comic book depictions of subaltern subjects, urban spaces, and heroes. Ayanna Dozier from Chapman University will explore the personification and cultural significance of the character Storm, and Kane Anderson from University of California, Santa Barbara will explore race and cyborg theory in superhero comic book stories.

I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!
Thursday, July 12 2012 3:00pm-4:00pm @ Room 32AB

Avatar and Legend of Korra fans take note! The composers and sound designers of the two series, The Track Team (Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn), will be participating on this multidisciplinary panel discussing how people who can’t write or draw can still participate in the world of comics and animation!

Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, July 12 2012 3:30pm-4:35pm @ Ballroom 20

Okay, so this series, starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) looks pretty hammy, but it also means that for the first time, a network channel will have two shows with Asian American lead actresses. (The channel is the CW and the other show is Maggie Q’s Nikita, which has a panel at 6pm on the same day in Room 6BCF) Kreuk plays Catherine Chandler, a NYPD homicide detective who discovers a devastatingly handsome-ugly beast-person (Jay Ryan) living in the sewers.

Cracking the Case with Sherlock Holmes and Watson: A Behind-the-scenes Look at CBS’s New Series Elementary
Thursday July 12, 2012 4:40-5:45pm @ Ballroom 20

CBS will present the premiere episode of it’s new Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary, which stars actress Lucy Liu as a racebent and genderbent Dr. Watson. Together, Sherlock’s unique detective skills and Watson’s medical expertise make a formidable force capable of solving the NYPD’s most impossible cases. The world premiere will be followed by a panel discussion with series stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and executive producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly, moderated by Entertainment Weekly assistant managing editor Dalton Ross.

FRIDAY, JULY 13th, 2012

The Black Panel
Friday July 13, 2012 10:00am-11:30am @ Room 5AB

Michael Davis returns to moderate the wildest panel at Comic-Con, the Black Panel! Expect industry insight and outrageousness when Shaquille O’Neal (NBA On TNT), Jamie Kennedy (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment), Missy Geppi (Geppi’s Entertainment Museum), Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained), E. Van Lowe (Earth Angel), and Steve McKeever (Hidden Beach Records), field questions from you, the audience. The most entertaining and informative Q&A you’ll ever be a part of. It’s African American Pop Culture and then some!

Join the Revolution! Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra

Friday July 13, 2012 11:15-12:15 @ Ballroom 20

Sandwiched between the panels for Community and Firefly: 10 Year Reunion is the panel for Legend of Korra, now in Ballroom 20 for the first time! If you want to attend, plan on getting in line early to beat the crowds from other fandoms. Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino are joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos as they discuss the creative process that brought the first book in the Korra series to life.

You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters as talented voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) will be featured on the panel and renowned voice director Andrea Romano (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will direct the actors in a live performance from the series. And if you’re extra nice, Mike and Bryan may even drop a hint or two about Book 2!

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Friday July 13, 2012 2:00pm-3:00pm @ Room 25ABC

Queer cartooning has been one of the most vibrant artistic and countercultural movements of the past 40 years, tackling complex issues of identity and changing social mores with intelligence, humor, and an irreverent imagination. No Straight Lines, a massive anthology published by Fantagraphics Books, is the most definitive collection to date of this material, showcasing everything from lesbian underground comix, to gay newspaper strips, bi punk zines, and trans webcomics. The editor of the book, Justin Hall (Glamazonia the Uncanny Super Tranny) moderates an all-star panel of some of the true greats of LGBTQ comics: Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), and Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze).

Spotlight on Chew: John Layman and Rob Guillory
Friday July 13, 2012 2:30pm-3:30pm @ Room 8

Writer/letterer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory discuss the past, present, and future of their New York Times bestselling and multi-Eisner Award-winning cannibal cop crime comedy Chew from Image Comics. Marvel over Layman’s preternatural handsomeness, while Guillory engages the audience with his sardonic wit.

Adult Swim: Black Dynamite
Friday July 13, 2012 4:00pm-4:45pm @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Creators and voice talent from the new animated series, based on the 2009 feature film will give an exclusive preview of the show and answer questions. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Panelists include executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) along with actors Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley, Byron Minns, Debra Wilson, Orlando Jones, and Cedric Yarbourgh.

Girls Gone Genre
Friday July 13, 2012 6:00pm-7:00pm @ Room 7AB

Listen to and talk with women who write, read, game, and perform in arenas that are statistically dominated by men. What happens when traditionally “male” genres are reinvented by female writers and embraced by female fans? Sex and the City (or for that matter, Girls), it ain’t. Meet the women who like to play with trucks and Barbies. And Wolverine action figures. And flux capacitors. Panelists: Marti Noxon (Buffy, Angel), Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Angela Robinson (True Blood) and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead).

The 99: The Controversy Continues
Friday July 13, 2012 7:00pm-8:00pm @ Room 23ABC

The 99 is a proposed animated series about superheroes who embody the values, culture and history of Islam and the Middle East. It has generated a lot of controversy and has had difficulty finding distribution in the United States. This is the series’ world premiere, followed by a panel with the creators.

SATURDAY, JULY 14th, 2012

Avatar the Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond

Saturday July 14th, 11:00pm-12:00pm @ Room 28E

For over 5 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Bobby Rubio (Avatar the Last Airbender), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and actor/voice actor Dante Basco (Avatar the Last Airbender), and a few more surprise guests. If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.”

Gays in Comics: 25th Year Celebration!
Saturday, July 14th 2012 5:30 to 8:00pm @ Room 6A

The comic world’s longest-running panel celebrates its silver anniversary with an incredible all-star lineup and celebration that spotlights creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present. It was once unthinkable that mainstream companies such as DC, Marvel, and Archie would have bestselling and award-winning titles frontlining gay characters such as Batwoman, Northstar, and Kevin Keller. Now, they hire top-level gay or gay-friendly creators, and independent publishers and creators are publishing unequivocal content spotlighting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet and those who welcome diversity among comic book protagonists. Featuring a “live documentary” panel format that will feature comic book luminaries like Andy Mangels, Phil Jimenez, Alison Bechdel, Gail Simone, and more!

San Diego ComicCon After Party with The Slants!

Saturday July 14, 2012 7:30pm
THE STAGE BAR 776 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918

Racebending.com is proud to co-sponsor this event! THE SLANTS, an Asian American dance-rock band, will be performing for two after parties for Saturday and Sunday, just a short walk away from the convention center! Saturday’s event features The Slants, Misc. Ailments, and DJ Miss Dust. There is no cover charge, so come party and support diversity in music with Racebending, Racialicious, Blacklava, Hyphen Magazine, and AMP Festival!

SUNDAY, JULY 15th, 2012

Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Character Generation: Cultural, Economic, and Identity Politics
Sunday, July 15th, 2012 12:00-1:00pm @ Room 26AB

Comic book creators and academics will discuss the the creation of comic book characters and identity in mainstream, independent, and digital comics as well as fine arts settings. Issues will include why diversity matters, diversity in different comic media forms, creating diversity in comic universes that lack diversity, reasons for rebooting existing characters, use of source material, and the creation of alter-egos, avatars, autobiographical characters, and characters with identities that are different from their creators. Featuring comic creator Phil Jimenez, cultural anthropologist Stanford W. Carpenter, design historian John Jennings, and Visual and Critical Studies MFA candidate Beverly Taylor.

San Diego ComicCon After Party with The Slants!

Saturday July 14, 2012 9:00pm
THE STAGE BAR 776 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918

Round two! Racebending.com is proud to co-sponsor this event! On Day 2, THE SLANTS, an Asian American dance-rock band, will perform with DJ Miss Dust and Johnny Hi-Fi!

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  • Anonymous

    Hey, will there be a video recording made for the Racebending panel like last year’s?

  • Venom

    Kristin Kreuk actually is not Asian American, she is Canadian.

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  • Jenny Islander

    HOLY SCHNIKEYS THERE IS A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST REBOOT HOW DID I NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS EEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    Oh my goodness the Tunnel Community is probably going nuts. I need to get back into BATB fandom and find out.

  • Jenny Islander

    I should have looked it up before I posted. I don’t need to check with the fannish Tunnel Community; there’s no Tunnel Community in the new series, so this is going to be just another “pretty people in fashionable clothes smolder at each other before the inevitable payoff” show. Never mind.
    And, darn it, this could have been such a good show if they’d kept the original premise. The idea of a community that takes in the people who fell through the cracks regardless of background, building a safe place and even creating beauty out of, basically, trash, and in the shadow of glittering Manhattan no less, could really resonate these days. But no. Cheekbones and guns, whoop te do.

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