Friday, September 10
"I Am Iron Man" With Bob Layton
3pm-3:50pm, Room 203
Veteran comic man Bob Layton is credited with saving Iron Man from the trash heap, reinvigorating the then-struggling comic series in the 70's and 80's with a new take on Iron Man/Tony Stark. Layton is credited with "Demon in the Bottle" storyline, which established Stark's alcoholism, considered among the greatest comic story lines of all-time. He's also co-credited with the creation of other major Iron Man characters, including James Rhodey/War Machine — now an official Avenger in the MCU — as well as industrialist Justin Hammer, who we promise is a much more compelling villain in the books than he was on screen in Iron Man 2
. And all of Tony's specialized Iron Man suits. You can thank Layton for that. He's called the quintessential Iron Man artist. When people think Iron Man, they think Robert Downey, Jr., but Layton is as much Iron Man as the actor who portrays him onscreen.
"Back to The Future"
4pm-4:50pm, Ballroom B
We love you, Elisabeth Shue, but there's only one Jennifer Parker (Marty McFly's girlfriend) in the Back to the Future
series. That's Claudia Wells, who portrayed the character in the original film. (Shue replaced Wells for parts 2 and 3 because Wells was unavailable.) For the 30th anniversary of the original film, Wells joins James Tolkan, who played Hill Valley High School authoritarian hall monitor Gerald Strickland, to talk about the iconic 80s time travel adventure.
Chad Hardin On "Harley Quinn"
With next year's release of The Suicide Squad
, you'll want to familiarize yourself with one of its stand-out characters, if you're not already. Harley Quinn, the Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who fell madly in love with the Joker, was supposed to be a minor character when she was introduced on Batman: The Animated Series
in 1992. But the Joker's sidekick made such an impression with fans that she made her way to the pages of DC Comics, ultimately earning herself a second ongoing series in 2013. The Harley Quinn series transformed her from an insane villain to an antihero and expanded her world outside of her association with the Joker and Batman. Harley Quinn
illustrator Chad Hardin takes the stage to talk about the character.
The Art of Star Wars
"Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim Worlds to Join the Empire"
Eisner award-winning illustrator Dave Dorman and photographer/illustrator Scott Harben have made a name for themselves for their art inspired by the Star Wars
Universe. Dorman, whose work includes the Star Wars
series for Dark Horse Comics, has been voted "The #1 Star Wars Artist of All Time." Harben, who has contributed work to various Lucasfilm/Star Wars
projects, has shown his work at the the Star Wars Celebration art show. The two will share insight on the artistic portrayal of the iconic characters and worlds of Star Wars
As someone who is unfamiliar with the novels in which HBO's Game of Thrones
are based on, let me say this: If George R.R. Martin ever kills off the character of Hodor, so help me god, I will end him. (Not really, but seriously, George, don't.) Kristian Nairn, who portrays the childlike, lumbering giant on the series, has endeared GoT
fans by bringing depth and charm to a character who utters only one word. Hear Nairn actually say something besides "Hodor" during this panel. And don't forget, he's spinning at the official Alamo City Comic Con after party, Rave of Thrones. Because when he's not carrying Bran beyond the wall, he's touring the world as an international electronic music DJ. Read our interview with Nairn here.