Star Trek Around Comic-Con – Part Three – Panels & Events

In both parts one and two, we covered where to grab awesome SDCC swag and what official CBS panels and events are taking place in or around Comic-Con this year.

So in this part, we are going to be covering what other official and non-official “Star Trek” themed panels, book signings and some other non-Trek events are being held this year that might be of interest to Trek fans.

Official CBS Events – Reminder

“JEAN-LUC PICARD: THE FIRST DUTY” EXHIBIT

In celebration of Patrick Stewart’s return to his iconic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” role, “Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty” is a special exhibition showcasing original props, costumes and other artefacts tracing Picard’s life and Starfleet career. Items on display include his cherished Ressikan flute, the legendary Picard family album, his Starfleet uniforms, models of ships Picard captained, and all that remains of the “Borg Queen.” The gallery also features exclusive first looks at costumes and other items featured in the upcoming CBS All Access series STAR TREK: PICARD. Visitors will have the first chance to purchase exclusive STAR TREK: PICARD merchandise and opportunities for exclusive giveaways. The gallery is located at Michael J Wolf Fine Arts, 363 Fifth Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92101 and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Comic-Con from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

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“STAR TREK” UNIVERSE EXCLUSIVE PINS

A number of exclusive, limited-quantity “Star Trek” pins will be available to fans during Comic-Con. All week long, a Starfleet Headquarters visitors badge will be available for those who visit and complete the “Star Trek” transporter experience on the show floor. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday, a limited quantity of pins featuring the debut of two characters from the upcoming CBS All Access animated show STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS will also be available from the “Star Trek” booth. At the “Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty” museum experience at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, fans can get an exclusive replica pin of the Picard family crest as seen in STAR TREK: PICARD.

“STAR TREK” UNIVERSE BOOTH: U.S.S. DISCOVERY TRANSPORTER EXPERIENCE AND “TREK” TALENT MEET-AND-GREETS

CBS All Access is bringing the “Star Trek” universe to the San Diego Comic-Con Exhibit Hall, Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21, where fans are invited to step aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and travel to strange and distant lands through an immersive transporter experience. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet some of their favourite “Star Trek” talents in person with meet-and-greets in the booth (Booth #4237) on Saturday, July 20. Comic-Con badges are required for entry.

Comic-Con Panels & Events

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THURSDAY

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10:00 – 11:00 am25ABCComposer Panel – Discovery composer Jeff Russo plus other sci-fi composers
10:00 – 11:00am28DE0Star Trek – Year Five Writers Room – Step into the writers’ room of the critically acclaimed Star Trek: Year Five comic series. Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Jody Houser, Brandon Easton, and Jim McCann discuss their collaboration on the first issues of the series and the wild places the Enterprise will go on its way back home
11:00 – 12:00pm7ABSuperheroIRL: Avengers of Bullying and Injustice – Got your own personal Thanos? Come avenge injustice with Impractical Jokers’ Joe Gatto—he’ll tell you how and leave you ROFL! He’ll be joined by celebs Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign) to show why Birth, Movies, Death called this panel, “one of the most beautiful conversations we’ve ever had the opportunity to listen to.” Featuring Dr. Janina Scarlet (author, Superhero Therapy; Therapy Quest), curriculum creators Brandon Matsalia and Vanée Matsalia (Black Girl Nerds), Bettina Hausmann (executive director, United Nations Association San Diego), and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek DS9, Doctor Who Big Finish). Join the conversation on how you can be a superhero against bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQI-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of injustice!
12:30 – 1:30pm6AThe Toys That Made Us – The minds behind the smash-hit Netflix series The Toys That Made Us are back with their signature brand of insight, wit, and unadulterated love of all things toys! What does the future hold for the continuing series about the toys that we all know? Hear from show creator Brian Volk-Weiss, eP Robin Henry, producer Richard Mayerik, editor Nick Ferrell, and production manager Jackie Palombo, and get an exclusive look ahead, along with a peek behind the curtain of season 3.
12:00 – 1:00pmRoom 9IDW Publishing: The Next 20 years – The past is prologue! IDW’s 20th-anniversary celebrations lead here—setting the course for the next 20 years of comics and more. IDW editor-in-chief John Barber leads a lively panel looking behind the scenes at what’s coming next and how they’re getting there, featuring New York Times bestselling author Delilah Dawson, Surfside Girls’ Kim Dwinell, and more favorites—plus top-secret panelists talking mind-blowing new projects. All this and a no-holds-barred Q&A!
12:30 – 1:30pm24ABCHow Science Fiction Shapes Our Reality – Many of the technological achievements in recent decades were ideas prophetically described in science fiction literature long before they became a reality. From voice recognition commands to smart watches, our world is beginning to look like the sci-fi shows that have long intrigued us. What do some of America’s smartest people think will be next? American Mensa, the high IQ society, hosts a panel of writers, academics, and sci-fi fans in a discussion on what the future may hold. Moderated by LaRae Bakerink, chair of American Mensa, with panelists Doug Ecks, Esq. (attorney, writer, and Mensa member), Nevin Millan(writer, actor, and Mensa member), Dr. John Putman (professor and Star Trek expert), Dr. Jenny Rankin(professor, writer, and Mensa member), and Ian Randal Strock (writer, publisher, and Mensa member).
1:30 – 2:30pm 24ABCRoddenberry Presents – The name behind Star Trek invites you to join in an exploration of Gene Roddenberry’s creation as well as the science fiction category he helped to father. From television to podcasts to virtual reality, you’ll hear more about some of Roddenberry Entertainment’s newest projects as well as some exciting updates on others. The Roddenberry team, and perhaps a special panelist or two, will shift into warp and set their phasers to “fun.”
2:00 – 3:00pmGrand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaThe Most Dangerous Women At Ccomic-Con: The Next Frontier – Glass ceilings have been shattered and shows and films such as Star Trek Discovery, Captain Marvel, Steven Universe, and Avengers: Endgame are major entries in terms of women’s representation—but is it enough? What comes next on the journey to see more women and more types of women represented in pop culture? Tamara Brooks (DCComics.com, Geek & Sundry), Valerie Complex (film critic, screenwriter), Dani Fernandez (Nerdist, writer for Comedy Central), Jennifer Kretchmer (D&D Beyond’s Heroes of the Vale, Veronica Mars), Toni Sanchez (writer/host, That Hashtag Show), and Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, comic book historian) discuss recent breakthroughs and look toward the future for women’s representation in the nerdy frontier.
3:00 – 4:00pm 5ABInglourious Treksperts – Celebrating 40 Years of Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The co-hosts of the only podcast for Star Trek fans with a life, Inglorious Treksperts, Mark A. Altman (The 50 Year Mission, Free Enterprise) and Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Director’s Edition) take the center seat to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a special live podcast presentation devoted to the movie that started it all as they are joined by panelists Ashley E. Miller(Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Special Edition), and Bill Hunt(The Digital Bits). Relive the overlooked and underappreciated genius of the original Star Trek movie that first began the human adventure. Transmit now!
3:00 – 4:00pmGrand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaFan Use and Fan Engagement – WatchMojo leverages its relationships, copyright law, and common sense to build a business reaching 100 million unique viewers around the fair use doctrine and exception. With technology having radically redrawn the landscape and consumer behavior blowing the lid off traditional production and distribution models, it seems like the law and business practices have not yet caught up. Where does this leave fan engagement? In a future where everyone is a content creator, curator, and distributor of sorts, how open should the investors and creators of original intellectual property be? After all, Game of Thrones was one of the most pirated series ever, yet it also went on to become one of the most successful ever. HBO’s decision to embrace its fan base spawned thousands of fan communities, series etc. which further propelled the franchise to global domination. In this discussion, WatchMojo founder Ashkan Karbasfrooshan brings a diverse set of perspectives on both sides of the debate to determine where the balance is between protecting rights holders versus the biggest proponents of fair use. – A MUST for fan film makers or anything fan content related!
6:30 – 7:30pm24ABCCrafty Apes in Space! Visual Effects for Sci-Fi – Cutting-edge VFX have reached a level where anything that can be imagined can be taken from script to screen. Crafty Apes work on fan-favorites including Star Trek: Discovery, The Orville, Pandora, and many more. Now fans will have the chance to go behind the screen with the team who will dive into the ways in which visual effects shots were crucial to the storytelling process. Moderator: Zoe Hewitt (reporter, Variety, and other media outlets). Panelists: Mark A. Altman (Pandora, producer/showrunner, CW), Chris LeDoux (co-founder Crafty Apes/VFX supervisor and director, Pandora, CW), Jason Zimmerman (Star Trek: Discovery, VFX supervisor, CBS), Ante Dekovic (Star Trek: Discovery, VFX supervisor, CBS), Robin Graham (Star Trek: Discovery, Crafty Apes VFX supervisor, CBS), and Josh LaCross (The Orville, Crafty Apes VFX supervisor, FOX TV).
5:45 – 6:45pm 6DEThe Science of Star Trek – To boldly go where no one has gone before . . . but science may have. If you believe that elsewhere in our galaxy, familiar worlds from Star Trek and sci-fi exist, this is the panel for you. Panelists Dr. Morgan Cable(NASA planetary scientist), Tiffany Kataria (NASA exoplanet scientist), Erika Lippoldt (writer and producer for Star Trek: Discovery and Trek spinoff series with Michelle Yeoh), Phil Plait (SYFY’s The Bad Astronomer and Bill Nye Saves the World), and Andre Bormanis (science consultant for Star Trek, The Orville, and Cosmos) discuss the real science behind sci-fi’s most beloved universes.

FRIDAY

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11:00 – 12:00pmGrand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaCosplay Makeup 101 – Eveyone loves a good Cosplay!! – Learn what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. Panelists will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling.They include Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off season 7 and Face Off All Stars, key makeup artist Severus Snape and the Marauders), Chrissy Lynn (Bat in The Sun’s Super Power Beat Down, Sideshow’s Queen Gethsemoni from their Court of the Dead series), Ashley Troub (winning looks SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show 2015 and 2016, Sideshow Collectibles Queen of the Dead makeup 2017 and 2018), Cara Zozula (E! Entertainment Oscars show, History Channel’s Party Like It’s . . . series), and Jessica Mills (Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Fan Film; Damsels, Dice, and Everything Nice: A Royal Role Playing Adventure). Moderated by Dawn Banks (plus-size model and fashion blogger Stygian Siryn, lead makeup artist/designer on Batgirl: Spoiled).
1:00 – 2:00pmGrand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego MarinaDressed to Impress: Refining Sewing Skills for CosplayMarc Aaron Bright (fashion professor for Saddleback College) and Elizah Siegel(product development for Stance) are here to establish detail-oriented foundations for those aspiring to create their own garments and to correct bad habits for current stitchers. Essential sewing, fitting, and pattern-making techniques will be covered from the ground up: fabric selection, fabric/grain preparation, pattern placement, cutting, seams, finishings, closures, fitting/ease, the value of hand sewing, and pattern-making advice.
4:30 – 5:30pm26ABAlien Worlds: NASA’s Quest for Life – E.T., Jabba the Hutt, Predator. You’ve seen aliens in science fiction, but did you know NASA missions are really looking for extraterrestrial life? Dr. Morgan Cable (NASA planetary scientist), Dr. Cynthia Phillips (NASA’s Europa mission), Dr. Tiffany Kataria (NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program), and Dr. Robert Hurt (visualization scientist at Caltech) will describe new planets found beyond our solar system, the planet found around Spock’s home star, and the latest news in the search for life on alien worlds. From science discoveries to iconic images to visualizations, find out how NASA is bringing these intriguing worlds to life for people on Earth.
3:30 – 5:15pmHall HThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Panel – This panel is for the NEW Netflix show and although not Star Trek related, Jason Isaacs (Lorca) will be on the panel.
7:00 – 8:00pm32ABWhat We Left Behind Panel: Star Trek – Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr, filmmaker David Zappone, and select DS9 cast members (including Andrew Robinson, Aron Eisenberg, and Penny Johnson Jerald) present an in-depth journey into What We Left Behind, the critically acclaimed documentary feature about Star Trek’s dark and often overlooked “middle-child” series. Moderated by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory), the panel will also feature footage NOT included in the film’s theatrical release.
7:00 – 8:00pmGrand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina3D Printed Props Tips and Tricks – 3D printing for props and costuming has almost become an industry standard. Veteran cosplayer and prop maker Mike Syfritt (Mad Propps), prop maker and digital artist Igor Pinsky, and master of 3D scanning and digital artist Will Co (CoKreate) give you the secrets of 3D printing for the cosplay industry. New techniques using 3D scanning as well as mold making through 3D printing will be discussed. See a live 3D scanning demo as they scan a cosplayer to create his/her new look!
8:30 – 9:30pm5ABKlingon Lifestyles – Boldly going into its 26th year at SDCC, IKV Stranglehold presents a lighthearted foray into the Star Trek Universe from the perspective of everyone’s favorite alien race, Klingons! Fleet Admiral K’Han Den faces his greatest foe, diplomacy, while on a mission to a Starfleet vessel unveiling. Meanwhile, a secret alliance is formed between two of the most mischievous forces in the quadrant. Join fellow costumed Trek fans after the show to celebrate #StarTrekFriday with a group photo and receive a collectible button. All alien races welcomed.
9:00 – 10:00pm11Bring a Character to Life Through Makeup – Would you like to learn how to bring any character to life through makeup? Stephanie Nery, professional makeup artist and cosplayer will teach you how to transform yourself into any character using easy tips, techniques, and tricks, and she’ll explain how to create more while spending less. Don’t miss out on this amazing learning opportunity to take your cosplay skills to the next level.

SATURDAY

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10:30 – 11:30am8Licensed! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics – From Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories to Doctor Who, and from Star Trek to Planet of the Apes, licensed comics are a vibrant part of the fan experience. What makes great licensed comics? IDW Publishing’s Chris Ryall (Rom), Mark Wheatley (Jonny Quest), Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman), Ed Catto (Captain Action), BOOM! Studios’ Dafna Pleban (Planet of the Apes), Topps Comics veteran Charlie Novinskie (Jurassic Park), and former Malibu publisher Dave Olbrich (Tarzan) join Overstreet’ s J. C. Vaughn (Stargate Atlantis) to hash it out!
11:30 – 1:00pmHall HEnter the Star Trek Universe PanelThe Main Event – Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. Star Trek broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration, and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers. Today, the Star Trek universe continues to thrive, exploring all-new missions for Starfleet. CBS All Access invites you to join the cast and producers of its hit series Star Trek: Discovery and be the first to hear about two new upcoming additions to the Star Trek universe: the highly anticipated new series Star Trek: Picard starring Sir Patrick Stewart, and the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Star Trek: Discovery cast scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, with series guest star Tig Notaro, who plays Chief Engineer Reno, moderating the conversation. Star Trek: Lower Decks will feature co-creator and executive producer Mike McMahan and surprise guests sharing an exclusive first look at the upcoming animated series. Star Trek: Picard cast members will come together for the series’ first Comic-Con. The panel will feature, Sir Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, and Heather Kadin.
12:00 – 1:00pm23ABCCostume Designers Guild: Costume Concept Art of Television and Film – Costume Designers Guild members Alan Villanueva (costume concept artist, Watchmen, Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Titans), Gina Flanagan (costume concept artist, Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Boys), Greg Hopwood (costume concept artist, Star Trek: Picard, Birds of Prey, See), Luca Nemolato (costume concept artist, Swamp Thing, Westworld, Titans S2), and Phillip Boutte Jr. (costume concept artist, Avengers Infinity War and Endgame, Black Panther, Captain Marvel) discuss the process behind creating costume concept art for some of the most exciting productions in film and television. The panelists will also take questions from the audience with an autograph table to follow. Special Guest Moderator Zoe Hewitt (reporter, Variety).
1:00 – 2:00pm25ABCGeorge Takei – They Called Us Enemy: In his brand-new graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy, the beloved actor, author, and activist George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American internment camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon-and America itself-in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. You’ll hear firsthand from George, as well as his co-authors Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker, about this dark chapter of our nation’s history, its impact on Takei’s astonishing life, and its urgent relevance for today’s world.
3:30 – 4:30pm26ABDesign for TV and Film – Neville Page will be sharing techniques used to create creatures, characters, and props from films like Avatar, Star Trek Discovery, and SHAZAM!, to name a few. You will walk away with a better understanding to his design process as well as his use of unique tools used in creating his designs. Some good info will be shared on high-end cosplay techniques as well.
4:00 – 5:00pmSan Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd)Star Trek Podcasters Audience Sound-Off – Is Utopian Trek Passe? Their Star Trek listeners answered the question “Is Utopian Trek passé?” and now their live audience can, too: Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek (Portal47, The Con of Wrath) hosts fellow SoCal podcasters John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, The Trek Files), Ken Ray (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, Mac OS Ken), Alison “Kenna” Pitt (Daily Star Trek News), Christine Rideout (TrekMovie website, Shuttle Pod), and Aaron Harvey (Saturday Morning Trek, TAS Official Guide) look at all beloved prior Trek as well as Discovery, Picard, Trek animation, and fandom today.
7:00 – 9:00pm29ABOut in Comics Year 32: Tearing Down a Stonewall – The comic world’s longest-running panel turns 32! With LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators as writers, artists, directors, producers, actors, entertainers, and journalists, what do their characters and creations mean for diverse representation, characters, and storylines on comics, film, and television? Just three weeks after the 50th anniversary of the of the Stonewall Riots-which changed the battle for gay rights forever-this diverse all-star panel will celebrate and spotlight creators, comics, and fans as they discuss the past, present, and future Out in Comics. Founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Star Trek and Star Wars books and comics) again chairs the panel and welcomes panelists.

The panel will also include footage from WB’s Batwoman, No Straight Lines, and Surge of Dawn, plus an all-ages trailer for the 2019 film festival Dirty Sexy Comics, a documentary by Robert Chandler. The panel will be followed by a brief Prism Comics Fan Mixer, allowing LGBTQ fans and allies to meet and mingle!
8:00 – 9:00pm25ABCThe Year in Space and Beyond – Reviewing the incredible year of discoveries, advances, and milestones that include The EHT black hole image, more super massive black holes and exoplanets confirmed, gravity waves (what are they?), evidence of quantum entanglement, private space flight milestones, the ISS “Organoids” mission (micro brains in space), and the results of the “space twin” study. Moderated by Stuart Volkow, project manager for the Ax Center for Experimental Cosmology (ACEC) at UCSD. Featuring some of the leading scientists in the cosmology world, including Dr. Brian Keating (director of the Simons Observatory, the world’s most ambitious, and most sensitive instrument ever designed to study the origins of the universe), Dr. Andrew Friedman, Dr. Shelley Wright (experimental and observational astrophysicist), and Dr. Greg Chamitoff (former NASA astronaut and professor at Texas A&M and the University of Sydney).

SUNDAY

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11:30 – 1:00pm26ABComics Arts Conference Session #14: The Structure of Comics – Neil Cohn (Tilburg University) questions the “universality” of the comics medium by analyzing comics from Europe, Asia, and America, finding patterns that cluster together to differentiate the visual languages used in different types of comics and considering how those patterns may change how people’s brains process sequential images. Suzy Kim (Brown University) adapts comics theory to explore London’s architecture and the form of the panels that depict it in From Hell, arguing that the visibilities of the body in urban architecture guide readerly attention to the possibilities for movement in urban space on the page. Phillip Vaughan (University of Dundee) traces the history of fumetti (photocomics) in the UK and U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s and their recent comeback in Star Trek: New Visions and software like Comic Life. Through the lenses of comics theory and ludology, Christopher Murray (University of Dundee) considers how webcomics incorporate elements of play with enhanced reader choice to draw out the tension between concepts of games as a kind of experience or as a mode of storytelling.
12:00 – 1:00pm29ABStar Trek Eyewitness – An hour with 1964 Pilot Director Robert Butler: With Captain Pike, Number One, and Vina back in the spotlight, “Dr. Trek” Larry Nemecek presents a rare public Trekland Live with Emmy Award–winning director Robert Butler, the last of the key creatives from 1964’s original Star Trek pilot “The Cage.” Hear firsthand about that seminal moment in Star Trek and the choices made in pop culture history 55 years later-and his thoughts on its 2019 reincarnation.
12:30 – 1:30pm2LGBTQ, Mental Health, and Comics – Moderated by Lorran Garrison, the panel will talk about how comics, cosplay, video gaming, and other forms of pop culture foster mental health wellness of teens and young adults. More specifically, the panel will dive deep into the impact of comics and pop culture within the LGBTQIA community. Bullying and suicide ideation are two of the many issues the LGBTQIA community combats, and panelists will give advice and resources about coping with unsupportive families, finding/creating community, and ways family members can show up for their queer loved one. Lorran Garrison is a school psychologist student (San Diego, CA) with an early childhood development background. She has also been trained in parent education with Resources for Infant Educarers. Other panelists: Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and co-founder and publisher of Zuiker Press. Tara Madison Avery is a publisher, cartoonist, and illustrator of Stacked Deck Press, specializing in LGBTQAIU interests. Dr. Janina Scarlet is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder/developer of Superhero Therapy, recipient of Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from the United Nations. Justine Mastin is a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Blue Box Counseling, which specializes in LGBTQIA interests and co-host of Starship Therapise podcast. Lara Taylor Kester is a licensed marriage and family therapist, co-creator of the Geek Therapy Library, and podcast co-host for Geek Therapy Radio.
2:00 – 3:00pm32ABNo Tow Trucks Beyond Mars – David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), Kobie Boykins (JPL Mechatronics Engineer), and Laura Kerber (NASA JPL Mars research scientist) discuss how they go boldly where there’s no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Q&A session following.
2:45 – 4:45pm6AStarship Smackdown: We Built This Starship on Rock and Roll Edition – The ultimate way to say sayonara to SDCC 50 will be with this legendary panel in which these experts determine who will win the highly coveted Smackdown title. Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Battlestar Galactica be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship disappear forever after Thanos snaps his fingers? Only if you’re lucky. This panel of sage spaceshipologists includes Ashley E. Miller (Red Sonja, Thor), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Agent Cody Banks), Daren Dochterman (Westworld, Master and Commander), Jeff Bond (The World of The Orville, The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen), Shawna Benson (The 100, Green Arrow), and your jocular host, the Mr. Rourke of the stars, Mark A. Altman (Pandora, The Librarians). 12 ships enter. One starship survives. Accept no substitute, this is the one, the only San Diego Comic-Con Starship Smackdown-and there can be only one.
3:00 – 4:00pm32ABIDW Publishing: Artist’s Editions and More – The Artist’s Edition format pioneered by Scott Dunbier has blossomed into its own industry, with gorgeous original art books on shelves worldwide. But for the info on the Real McCoy, this is the place to be! Scott and a special panelist or two will give you inside info and announcements of upcoming Artist’s Editions, Artisan Editions, and more.

For a complete list of every panel happening this year head to this link

Comic-Con Book Signings

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THURS – 18th1:00 – 2:00pmIDW Booth #2729Year Five team and J.J. Lendl
FRI -19th11:00 – 12:00pmIDW Booth #2729 David & Scott Tipton, Mike Johnson, and J.K. Woodward
FRI -19th12:00-1:30pmIDW Booth #2729They Called Us Enemy(*) signing with George Takei, Harmony Becker, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott (NOTE: Ticketed signing)
SAT -20th2:00-4:00pmIDW Booth #2729They Called Us Enemy(*) signing with George Takei, Harmony Becker, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott (NOTE: Ticketed signing)
SAT -20th5:00 – 6:00pmSimon & Schuster Booth #1128Mike McMahan will be signing copies of his book, Star Trek: The Next Generation — Warped.

* IDW will present a non-Trek title sure to be of great interest to Trek fans: the new graphic novel They Called Us Enemy, which continues Trek legend George Takei’s life mission to educate the world about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. On Saturday, July 20, from 1-2pm in Room 25ABC, join Takei and his co-authors Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, along with artist Harmony Becker, for a They Called Us Enemy panel that will address this dark chapter of our nation’s history, its impact on Takei’s astonishing life, and its urgent relevance for today’s world.

So there we have it this completes our rundown of what merchandise you can swag, panels, signings and events you can attend at this years SDCC.

We will keep you updated with any and all information that drops between now and then, and we, of course, will be breaking down all the great info that the “Enter The Star Trek: Universe” Panel reveals so keep checking back here and on our social media platforms for all the breaking news as it happens.