Panelists

The following panelists are scheduled to appear at SAM 2019, Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Comic-Con Museum.

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Visit the SAM Programming Schedule page for complete panel descriptions. (Panelists are subject to change.)


Spotlight on Jim Lee (The Theater • 11:00 AM)

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the chief creative officer–publisher of DC Entertainment. In addition to his duties at DC, he is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including All Star Batman and Robin, Superman: For Tomorrow, Justice League: Origin, Superman Unchained, and Suicide Squad. He also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games.


Cinematic Storytelling as a Means (The Boardroom • 11:15 AM)

Beth Accomando (panel moderator) is the KPBS arts and culture reporter and host of the Cinema Junkie blog and podcast; she also programs film as part of the group Film Geeks SD.

Frank H. Woodward is a producer, director, writer, editor, and documentary filmmaker. With films such as Men in Suits and Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, he uses documentary storytelling to share his passion for the under-appreciated art of suit acting and for the sometimes misunderstood horror literature of H. P. Lovecraft.

Moisés Esparza is lead programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival and for Digital Gym Cinema and uses film as a means of showcasing diverse voices to not only advocate for social change and better representation across race, gender, and religion but also for artistic experimentation.

Christina Ree is program manager for Pacific Arts Movement, which works through its San Diego Asian Film Festival and youth programs to use films as a springboard for discussion about a broad range of topics and to offer contextualization for what we see on the screen.


Author Storytelling (The Theater • 12:15 PM)

Debut novelist Adalyn Grace studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon’s popular series The Legend of Korra before moving to San Diego, where she lives with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs.

2017 Comic-Con special guest Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer.

Aminah Mae Safi was the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest; the young adult Muslim-American romance writer lives in Los Angeles with her partner and cat.

Kali Wallace has had a lifelong passion for both science and storytelling, and she earned a PhD in geophysics before becoming an author; Kali lives in a witches' cottage in San Diego.

Maryelizabeth Yturralde received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con in 2019 for her contributions to speculative fiction as a bookseller.


Telling Stories for Kids (The Boardroom • 12:15 PM)

David Hedgecock is the associate publisher for IDW Publishing. Making comics for young readers is his passion.

Barbara Randall Kesel is a comic book writer/editor now creative director for a tech startup putting a new spin on the medium.

Moni Barrette is the principal librarian at Chula Vista Public Library and board member for American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table.

Arune Singh is the VP of Marketing for BOOM! Studios and a writer of the company’s WWE comics.

Jeff Sayers is an alumni of the Nickelodeon Writers Program and is currently a staff writer on The Loud House.

Justin Mallari is the host of the Geek Offensive podcast, part of the Geek Say What Network.


Storytelling with Sound and Music (The Theater • 1:15 PM)

Chad Cannon is the composer on Netflix's American Factory, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, and an orchestrator for the Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away live concerts.

Anne-Kathrin Dern is a composer for projects like The Jade Pendant and Help, I Shrunk My Parents!

Sam Ewing is the composer of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the co-composer of The Walking Dead alongside Bear McCreary.

Shie Rozow is a music editor know for projects like Wu-Tang: American Saga, Krypton, and Arrow.

George Shaw is a composer for projects like Youtube's Escape the Night series and his Star Wars Musical (Disney Parody).

Kaya Savas is a film music journalist and founder of Film.Music.Media, one of the leading outlets providing film music resources on the internet.


EverQuest and EverQuest II: Decades of Continuous MMORPG Storytelling (The Boardroom • 1:15 PM)

Holly Longdale (executive producer of the EverQuest Franchise) has been a gamer since the 80s and a dev since 2003. Starting as a game designer on EverQuest in 2003, she acknowledged over several years that great games come from great people and moved into leading game teams in 2011 and has been doing that ever since.

Alan VanCouvering (senior game designer, assistant lead content, EverQuest) started in the industry as a community manager nineteen years ago. Moved to design about four years later and has been writing content and making raids ever since.

Nathan McCall (lead content designer at Daybreak Game company) is a world builder and writer of lore, characters, progression, and dialogue for EverQuest II, with more than 16 years and 1300 quests under his hat. He's always looking for effective ways to entice players to read the words they're clicking on.

Timothy Heydelaar (art director) hates tomatoes, loves creating worlds.

Kyle Vallee (creative director) has been a gamer since he was 10. Started in the Industry 18 years ago, as a Game Master. Was given the opportunity to apprentice as a designer and never looked back.


Spotlight on Kevin Eastman (The Theater • 2:15 PM)

Kevin Eastman is the writer/artist/co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In between TMNT projects, Eastman found time to establish the Words and Pictures Museum of Cartoon Art, created an artist-friendly publishing company, Tundra Publishing, where projects like The Crow, From Hell, and American Splendor first flourished, as well as purchased world renowned Heavy Metal magazine.


Storytelling and Board Games (The Boardroom • 2:15 PM)

Jonathan Ying is a designer on Imperial Assault and Bargain Quest.

Caleb Cleveland is an illustrator for ABCs and 123s of D&D and a professor of art and design.

Geoffery Zatkin is the creative director of Experiment 7 and an original designer for Everquest.

Andrew Lowen is the designer of Deliverance.

Jeff Hamby cohost the Casual Gamers podcast and is a producer at Alt 949.


Costumes, Cosplay, and the Design of Worn Narratives (The Boardroom • 3:15 PM)

Glenne Campbell is a costume designer with a varied career including costuming for science fiction, period, Westerns, and contemporary films and television. Her 35 years of costuming have included BattleStar Galactica, Outlander, Lonesome Dove: the Series, and the original 21 Jumpstreet.

Jonelle Edwards is an independent costume designer, professional pattern maker, and cosplayer based in Southern California.

Tori McKenna is a freelance artist/costume designer/cosplayer with a focus on both creating and designing unique spins on existing and original characters.

Kate Edwards is a geographer, culturalization consultant, and executive director of the Global Game Jam. She has worked in the game industry for 26+ years on a wide variety of titles, including Halo, Age of Empires, Tomb Raider, Call of Duty, Mass Effect, and many others.


Storytelling in Comics (The Theater • 3:30 PM)

Jessica Tseang is a comic book historian and public speaker. Tseang has appeared on AMC’s Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics and will be seen next on Ghost Empire, a documentary about Harvey Comics. She was one of the judges for the San Diego Comic-Con Independent Film Festival and UCLA’s Geek Week finale speaker.

Barbara Randall Kesel is a comic book writer/editor now creative director for a tech startup putting a new spin on the medium.

Jimmy S. Jay is a veteran of the comics industry serving as a retailer for over 25 years; charting trends and industry changes have kept Jay Comic Company one of the leading voices of the current comic market.

Keith Davidsen is the senior PR manager at IDW and writer of Reanimator and Poison Elves.

AJ Dungo is the writer and artist for In Waves.


Storytelling Across the Border (The Boardroom • 4:15 PM)

Adalisa Zarate has been creating comics since she was 16 years old. She’s currently working on the webcomic Building Blocks.


Rats, Rods, Monsters, and Burgers (The Theater • 4:30 & 5:30 PM Encore)

Michael Becker is a life-long entrepreneur and current VP at Funko. Besides founding Funko in 1998, he has started several ventures all of which embrace his basic motto to “never grow up”! Michael says, “Most of what I learned and still use today came from paper routes, lemonade stands, monster cereals, and Speed Racer cartoons.” Becker continues to work on toys, apparel, movies, acting, song writing and just about anything that makes people happy!


Storytelling in Wrestling (The Boardroom • 5:15 PM)

Dirty Ron McDonald is a pro wrestling promoter of 12 years, wrestler for 18 years, and tours as a stand-up comedian in his “off time” while producing multiple monthly live events in San Diego under the @FISTCombatTV banner.

Arune Singh is VP of Marketing for BOOM! Studios and a writer for the company's official WWE comic books.

Scott Lost, former pro wrestler of 10 years, helped co-found the world renowned Pro Wrestling Guerrila (PWG) and is now a comic book artist and co-founder of San Diego based art studio Accidental Aliens.

Justin Mallari is the host of the Geek Offensive podcast, part of the Geek Say What Network.


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