Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Signing Schedule

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Popular publishing house Dark Horse has announced its complete signing schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Talent from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blong ReunionMystery Science Theatre 3000ElfquestHellboyGod of War, Bioware, and more will be on hand at its booth, #2615 — along with Joëlle Jones, Stan Sakai, Jody Houser, and more.

Some events, including the signing with Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Todd Nauck, Felicia Day and Michael Heisler on Thursday; Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Reunion with Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day on Friday; The Venture Bros.‘ Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, and Ken Plume on Saturday; Xerxes‘ Frank Miller and Alex Sinclair on Saturday; and Final Fantasy‘s Yoshitaka Amano on both Thursday and Sunday will be ticketed and require a wristband.

All signings are free! There will also be free prints, comics, or posters provided for most signings. You may purchase or bring items to be signed, but Dark Horse may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Just like usual, there will be two signing stages – one featuring the artwork of Mike Mignola for Hellboy (abbreviated HB in the schedule below), and the other featuring a showcase of art from Stranger Things by Aleksi Bricolt, Kyle Lambert, and Rafael Albuquerque (abbreviated as ST below).

Drawings for wristband-required signings will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing, and it is recommended you get your ticket early from the Dark Horse booth.

Here’s the full signing schedule:

THURSDAY, JULY 20

11:00-11:45 AM:  HB  FEMINA AND FAUNA, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

12:00-12:45 PM:  HB  FINAL FANTASY, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, THE SKY: Yoshitaka Amano
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  ROME WEST: Justin Giampaoli, Matthew Taylor

2:00-2:45 PM:  HB  BLACKWOOD: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish

2:00-2:45 PM:  ST  STRANGER THINGS, STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

3:00-3:45 PM:  HB  THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, LEAD POISONING, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow

3:00-3:45 PM:  ST  CALL OF DUTY: Jason Blundell, Craig Houston, E.M. Gist

4:00-4:45 PM:  HB  LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

5:00-5:45 PM:  HB  ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

5:00-5:45 PM:  ST  SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci

6:00-6:45 PM:  HB  MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Todd Nauck, Felicia Day, Michael Heisler
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE PREVIEW COMIC, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

6:00-6:45 PM:  ST  EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10:00-10:45 AM:  HB  USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

11:00-11:45 AM:  ST  BANDETTE, COLDER, THE WITCHER, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin / BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

12:00-1:30 PM:  HB  DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG REUNION: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO
WRISTBANDS DISTRIBUTED AT OPENING WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: Jim Sullos

2:00-2:45 PM:  HB  DISNEY / PIXAR THE INCREDIBLES 2 #1: CRISIS IN MID-LIFE! & OTHER STORIES: Landry Q. Walker

2:00-2:45 PM:  ST  BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

3:00-3:45 PM:  ST  HALO: Alex Irvine, Tyler Jeffers, Jody Houser, Jonathan Wayshak

3:30-4:30 PM:  HB  BERGER BOOKS: Karen Berger, Richard Bruning, Ann Nocenti, Christopher Cantwell, Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, G. Willow Wilson

4:00-4:45 PM:  ST  AMERICAN GODS: MY AINSEL: Scott Hampton, David Mack, Jennifer T. Lange

4:30-5:15 PM:  HB  HELLBOY: Mike Mignola

5:00-5:45 PM:  ST  BIOWARE: Matthew Goldman (Creative Director, Dragon Age), Mike Gamble (Lead Producer, Anthem)

6:00-6:45 PM:  HB  GOD OF WAR: Tony Parker, E.M. Gist, Corey Barlog

SATURDAY, JULY 22

10:00-10:45 AM:  HB  PROJECT TBA: G. Willow Wilson

11:00-11:45 AM:  HB  THE SEEDS: Ann Nocenti

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  STRANGER THINGS, STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

1:00-1:45 PM:  HB  THE ALCOHOLIC: Dean Haspiel

1:00-1:45 PM:  ST  NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD: Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone

2:00-2:45 PM:  HB  SHE COULD FLY: Christopher Cantwell

3:00-3:45 PM:  ST  GO TEAM VENTURE! THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS.: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Ken Plume
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

4:00-4:45 PM:  ST  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE SERPENT’S HEIR: Richard Hamilton

4:30-6:00 PM:  HB  XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER, SIN CITY, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Frank Miller / XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER: Alex Sinclair
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

5:00-5:45 PM:  ST  BEDTIME GAMES: Nick Keller

6:00-6:45 PM:  HB  THE ORIGINALS, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Dave Gibbons

SUNDAY, JULY 23

11:00-11:45 AM:  HB  ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

11:00-11:45 AM:  ST  EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

12:00-12:45 PM:  ST  TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: Shannon Wheeler

12:30-1:15 PM:  HB  THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Maia Kobabe, Dylan Edwards, Megan Kearney

2:00-2:45 PM:  ST  BIOWARE: Matthew Goldman (Creative Director, Dragon Age), Mike Gamble (Lead Producer, Anthem)

2:00-3:30 PM:  HB  FINAL FANTASY, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, THE SKY: Yoshitaka Amano
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY — SEE STAFF FOR INFO

 

Additionally, Dark Horse will be hosting panels throughout the week. Here’s a look at that schedule:

THURSDAY, JULY 19
11:00 AM-12:00 PM:  Growing Up with Comics: Introducing Younger Readers to Graphic Storytelling (Room: 23ABC)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Landry Q. Walker (Disney / Pixar The Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-Life! & Other Stories) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

3:00-4:00 PM:  Spotlight on Jeff Lemire (Room: 25ABC)

Comic-Con special guest Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender, Gideon Falls) and veteran comic book editor Will Dennis discuss Lemire’s various creator-owned projects and for the first time preview both the upcoming Family Tree and Ascender! Panel will feature Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) and a Q&A session.

5:00-6:00 PM:  Across the Editor’s Desk: A Day in the Life of Comics Unsung Heroes (Room: 23ABC)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to become a comics industry professional? Dark Horse wants to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse editors for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to breaking into the industry and building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

10:00-11:00 AM:  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Reunion (Room: Hall H)

In 2008, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became a beloved web-series. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring supervillain; Moist (Simon Helberg), Dr. Horrible’s minion; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), their shared love interest. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this popular show by joining creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Maurissa Tancharoen for a lively discussion and celebration!

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:  Thirty Years of Dark Horse Manga (Room: 23ABC)

Come celebrate Dark Horse’s 30 years of manga with special panel guest Yoshitaka Amano! One of the most honored Japanese fantasy, science fiction, and video game illustrators, Dark Horse has released more works in English by Amano than any other publisher. We’ll have previews of our forthcoming illustrated biography of Yoshitaka Amano—and of course, a discussion of his life and career with the book’s subject, the artist himself!

2:30-3:30 PM:  Spotlight on Mike Mignola (Room: 24ABC)

Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola discusses Hellboy and anything else the audience wants to talk about regarding his career.

5:00-6:00 PM:  Berger Books: The Second Wave (Room: 25ABC)

Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of AMC’s acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire (She Could Fly), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO’s Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), art director Richard Bruning, and the one and only Dave Gibbons (The Originals) plus a special surprise guest and announcement!

SATURDAY, JULY 21

2:30-3:30 PM:  Spotlight on Yoshitaka Amano (Room 24ABC)

Join Comic-Con International in honoring one of the most recognized Japanese artists of the last half-century, Yoshitaka Amano. Amano’s storied career spans decades with thousands of works including Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Amano will delight fans by live drawing some of his original characters and will participate in a brief Q&A.

3:00-4:00 PM:  Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics (Room: 7AB)

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a colorful fantasy world, an ultra-violent crime noir, or a new take on an old classic, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join an all-star lineup of Dark Horse creators including Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Sin City), Dave Gibbons (The Originals, The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

6:00-7:00 PM:  ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointed Ears (Room 23ABC)

2018 wraps up 40 years of ElfQuest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indie fantasy comic with Wendy Pini (ElfQuest, Masque of the Red Death), and Richard Pini (ElfQuest, Line of Beauty), co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978 and see the clues that were placed decades ago. Take an emotional journey down memory lane. The conclusion of the Final Quest series has taken fandom by storm, and you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years!

SUNDAY, JULY 22

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:  The Secret Loves of Geeks (Room: 32AB)

Vita Ayala (comics writer, The Wilds), Ivan Salazar (PR, comiXology), Maia Kobabe (cartoonist, Genderqueer), Hope Nicholson (editor, The Secret Loves of Geeks) and Dylan Edwards (cartoonist, Transposes) discuss the genesis behind The Secret Loves of Geeks anthology, how vulnerable writing and comics are needed, and the new projects they are working on next. Moderated by Dustin Nelson.

10:00-11:00 AM:  Spotlight on Rafael Albuquerque (Room: 24 ABC)

3:00-4:00 PM:  Spotlight on Ann Nocenti (Room: 4)