Last week I attended the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International with BGNO favorite Constance Gibbs. This year’s convention was full of great programming but also a great experience of meeting online friends offline. From having Connie stay with me as a house guest to late night conversations with @cyfinite. The convention was full of incredible experiences and incredible people.
As this year’s convention was scheduled so closely to our trip to London, I had to be very cognizant of how much money I spent and the best way to do that was to stay away from the exhibition floor. Luckily for me, that meant more time spent in panels which is where some of the best moments of the convention happened. I cannot wait to get to know and work with some of the great people I have met.
Spotlight on G. Willow Wilson
Adapting Octavia Butler – The Making of the Kindred Graphic Novel
Octavia E. Butler‘s beloved book Kindred is being adapted into a graphic novel. Moderator David F. Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, Shaft) spoke with writer Damian Duffy (Black Comix) about the process translating Butler’s fierce prose into the forthcoming graphic adaption and their hope of bring awareness to Butler to a new audience.
We Need Diverse Comics
Authors Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), and Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) discuss the current state of diversity in the comics industry, what’s changed over the past decade, and what changes still need to happen. Moderated by Glen Weldon (NPR).
USA’s Colony Cast and Crew
Moderated by Retta (Parks and Recreation), executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, along with series stars, offer an exclusive inside look at the new season of critically acclaimed series Colony. Josh Holloway (Lost), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Peter Jacobson, Tory Kittles, Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD) and Amanda Righetti joined the creators to talk about the show.
Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic
The Women in Comics Collective, aka WinC (Pronounced ‘Wink’), is an international organization that highlights the merit and craftwork of women working the comic book and multimedia industries. This panel focused on female and racial representation in comics, featuring Vanee Matsalia-Smith, Leen Isabel, Jay Justice, Kimberly Jesika, Ray Felix, and Vita Ayala. The panel was organized and moderated by Regine L. Sawyer, who incidentally, made it possible for me to attend all 4 days of the convention and is my forever favorite.
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and Lou Ferrigno, discuss stories from the making of season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible.
Shatner Singularity Universe
Moderated by Jenna Busch, with Gary Laird and Scott Liggett the creative teams behind William Shatner’s War Chronicles cinematic graphic novel movie, Stan Lee’s God Woke,Mariano Nicieza’s Phazer Universe, and Tim Walsh’s A Daze Work will display art and clips from upcoming digital and print graphic novel projects.
People of Earth & Powerless
Creators Conan O’Brien (Conan), Greg Daniels (The Office), David Jenkins, and series star Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), hosted a screening of the pilot episode followed by a Q&A. Followed by another pilot screening and Q&A featuring the cast of Powerless, Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Danny Pudi (Community), and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Star Wars: Rogue One) along with executive producer Ben Queen (A to Z), and executive producer/director Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911) covering the first comedy series set in the DC universe.
Starz American Gods
Producers Bryan Fuller (executive producer), Michael Green (executive producer), Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Kristin Chenoweth and author Neil Gaiman discuss the highly anticipated series and preview what’s to come in the premiere season. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (Firefly, The Odd Couple).
BBC America’s award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con with panelists Tatiana Maslany (Sarah and the Leda clones), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Kevin Hanchard (Art) and Kathryn Alexandree (Leda clone double actress), as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, will be joined by this year’s moderator Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman.
Fangirls Lead the Way: She Made Me Do It
Panel focuses on the impact of female fans and how they are changing comics, television, and fandom from the ground up. Moderated by Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency) with panelists including Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), Rose Del Vecchio and Jenny Cheng (Fanmail), and Constance Gibbs (COUSINNNN)!!
Every year me and nerd bestie go to a Chris Hardwick event, last year it was a taping of the Nerdist podcast and a live @midnight, this year we attended his live 1d10t stand up which included musical performances with Paul & Storm and a lot of audience interaction. It’s not a SDCC without Hardwick and he never disappoints!
BGNOC meet up
Black Girl Nerds and Nerds of Color organized their second (hopefully annual) meetup
The cast and crew talk about the direction of the show and where their characters will be going.
My favorite show from last season, The Expanse, returned to Comic-Con to give a sneak peek of the new season, based on the New York Times bestselling book series. Moderator Adam Savage (MythBusters, Tested) spoke with the cast and executive producers.
The SyFy hit show made its San Diego Comic-Con debut. The cast and executive producers tease the anticipated second season of the Syfy series based on author and moderator Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy; The Magicians.