Comic-Con: 10 Must-See Comic Book Panels for the Last Two Days

From Joss Whedon to Chip Kidd, some choice picks for the Saturday and Sunday of the annual pop culture extravaganza.
Joss Whedon

It's less than two weeks until this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and the full schedule of the four-day event (plus Preview Night on July 8) is now online. For those interested in the comics programming track, the number of panels available might seem overwhelming, but here are 10 panels from the final two days of the show that you might want to check out. (Highlights from the first two days can be found here.)

Saturday

In addition to spotlights on Batman artist Greg Capullo and Stan Lee, Grant Morrison explaining his theory of DC's fictional multiverse and publisher panels for Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant and IDW (among many others), it'll be worth looking at the following:

Working Together: Writers and Artists

The collaborative nature of comic creation is discussed by a panel of top-notch creators, including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Steve Lieber, Mariko Tamaki and Asaf Hanuka. Room 28DE, 11:00am-12:00pm

Image Comics: Where Creators Own Reality

One of many Image Comics-centric panels across the convention, this particular one features creators — once again including Bitch Planet co-creator DeConnick, alongside Marc Bernardin, Sina Grace and Brandon Monclaire — talking about the ways in which their work interacts with the real world. Room 7AB, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Marvel: Cup O'Joe

Marvel CCO Joe Quesada teams up with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, executive editor Tom Brevoort and creators including Charles Soule, the man who killed off Wolverine, for what promises to be one of the most fun of the big publisher panels of the weekend. (Quesada and Brevoort in particular tend to be enjoyably outspoken.) Room 6BCF, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon

Talking of enjoyably outspoken, the Avengers director and Buffy creator returns for his traditional Comic-Con slot of answering questions and just saying whatever's on his mind at the moment. Judging by previous years, it'll be a far better time than that sounds. Hall H, 4:45pm - 5:30pm

Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics

For newcomers and old hands alike, this line-up of minds (DC's SVP editorial strategy Hank Kanalz, Boom!'s Dafna Pleban and cartoonist Jen Vaughn amongst them) talking about ideal entry points into the medium should be entertaining and educational. Room 28DE, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday

The final day of the show is a far quieter affair than what has gone before, and somewhat lighter on panels. Nonetheless, these five conversations are sure to be worth paying attention to:

DC Entertainment: Meet The Co-Publishers

Dan Didio and Jim Lee face the fans in a year that's seen the launch of the company's more diverse "DC You" initiative. Will things go well? Room 6DE, 10:00am-11:00am

No Cape Required: Modern Day Superheroes

As the superhero continues to dominate pop culture, a panel of creators including Sarah Kuhn, the great Noelle Stevenson and Robert Venditti, discuss what it takes to make a contemporary crime fighter. Room 25ABC, 10:00am - 11:00am

Different Is Cool

Brazilian creators Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba talk about their experiences in the U.S. comics industry and beyond, with an eye on how new creators can break in. Room 6DE, 11:15am - 12:15am

Spotlight on Eric Stephenson

The current publisher of Image Comics takes the center stage for an hour-long discussion about the industry as he sees it, with the official panel description promising "knowledge, anecdotes, and jokes." Room 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover

Arguably saving the best for last, a genuinely impressive line-up of talent — Lora Innes, Hawkeye's David Aja, Catwoman's Kevin Wada, Steve Lieber and designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd — discuss what makes a great comic book cover. Room 25ABC, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

San Diego Comic-Con runs July 8 through July 12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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