The Fanbase Press Staff is very excited to be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 while also bringing you the coolest interviews, commentaries, and photos – live from the convention floor! From Wednesday, July 20, through Sunday, July 24, ALL of Fanbase Press’ graphic novels, art prints, and other merchandise will be available for sale in the Small Press area, and you won’t want to miss the exciting panels and creator signings planned for the con event of the year!
Fans in attendance are invited to stop by the Fanbase Press table (Table Q-12 in the Small Press Pavilion) to pick up titles including Penguins vs. Possums, The Arcs, Something Animal, Identity Thief, and Fearworms: Selected Poems! In addition, the creators of Penguins vs. Possums, our upcoming graphic novel – The Margins, and The Arkham Sessions co-hosts Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward will be on hand to meet attendees! Last, but certainly not least, fans of The Katniss Chronicles, an official audio drama adaptation of The Hunger Games, will also have the chance to meet the project’s creators. (Fanbase Press’ creator signing schedule may be found below.)
For those interested in exciting and thought-provoking panels throughout the week, we encourage you to check out the following panels featuring The Arkham Sessions’ Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward:
Superhero IRL: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing
Thursday, July 21, 2016
6:30 -7:30pm – Room 24ABC
Can caped crusaders inspire you to find your inner courage? Calling on top TV and film celebs to rally to end bullying at Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel. Experts in psychology and human rights activism will discuss practical strategies to navigate harassment, both online and IRL. Panelists include award-winning author and Coalition co-founder Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (psychologist, The Arkham Sessions), Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (author, Superhero Therapy), Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign), Kate Langrall Folb (director, USC Hollywood, Health & Society), United Nations Association president Bettina Hausmann, and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash).
Hollyweird Science: Science Fiction as Inspiration
Thursday, July 21, 2016
7:00 -8:00pm – Room 5AB
While the scientific accuracy depicted in television and film has increasingly come under the microscope in the past decade, science fiction and science-themed productions serve the scientific community in ways other than as entertaining lessons. Many scientists point to series like Star Trek and films like 2001 as their inspiration for choosing their careers. Even the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is looking to Hollywood to inspire America to go to Mars. The panelists share their favorite sci-fi films and TV series (including guilty pleasures), as well as what those productions have meant to them in their careers. Featuring Zack Stentz (The Flash, Lore), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Battlestar Galactica), Phil Plait, Ph.D. (Bad Universe, 51 Degrees North), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zootopia), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask, The Arkham Sessions), and Helen Stringer, (The Gloaming, Paradigm). Session moderated by Aaron Sagers (Syfy Blastr).
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room25ABC
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 29AB
Rise of the Fangirls: Women in Recent Geek Culture
Saturday, July 23, 2016
11:00 -12:00pm – Room 25ABC
In 2010, nine women gathered onstage in front of a packed and engaged crowd at Comic-Con International to dispel the myth that “Geek Girls, like unicorns, don’t exist.” The subsequent six years have seen an explosion in female representation in geek spaces. Surveys tracking attendance numbers at fan-based events, as well as data regarding women gamers and comic book readers, are suggestive of gender parity within geek culture. Headlines coming out of Comic-Con itself proclaim that “women totally dominate” the event and that we are experiencing the rise of fangirls. But how far have women in geek culture really come since that landmark “Geek Girls Exist” panel? Andrea Letamendi (Pop Culture Hero Coalition), Jamie Broadax (Black Girl Nerds), Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network), Suzanne Scott (UT-Austin), Sam Maggs (Bioware, Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), Marie Poole (Lone Shark Games), and moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) talk about what interventions are being made in the culture, what areas still need work, and what the fangirl future holds.
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room 5AB
On behalf of everyone at Fanbase Press, we look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Fanbase Press: Creator Signing Schedule
Wednesday, July 20, through Sunday, July 24
– Writer Bryant Dillon (Something Animal, Identity Thief)
Friday, July 22
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Sebastian Kadlecik (Creator/Writer/Artist, Penguins vs. Possums)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: David Accampo (Co-writer, The Margins)
Saturday, July 23
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward (Co-hosts of The Arkham Sessions)
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring (Creative Team of Penguins vs. Possums)