Panel Descriptions

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Storytelling Across Media: From Written Word to Visual Image

Kevin Walsh (writer, filmmaker, and story analyst at DreamWorks) and Jose Iturriaga (storyboard and concept artist) will discuss how a film begins with words on a page and then is translated to visual images through concept art and storyboards as it moves to its final form as a moving picture on the big screen. The panel will be moderated by Beth Accomando (KPBS arts and culture reporter, host of Cinema Junkie podcast, Film Geeks SD).The Theater, Comic-Con Museum


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Author Storytelling: Location, Location, Location!

Story Settings – both in space and time – are so important they’re often the primary shorthand for categorizing created works. Take a tour of extradimensional horrors, early 20th century rural Scandinavia, Zion National Park, and the US / Mexico borderlands, with Peter Clines (The Broken Room), Carly Heath (The Reckless Kind), Margaret Dilloway (Where the Sky Lives), and Jennifer Givhan (River Woman, River Demon) in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (So Cal bookseller).


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Storytelling in Tabletop Games: Building Compelling Stories and Engaging Tabletop Games

Building Compelling Stories and Engaging Tabletop Games—Experts from the tabletop game industry will discuss how game design, thematic plot, and graphic design all lead to an engaging story that can fly right off the table. Game designers Jon Cohn, Sean Fletcher, Kami Mandell, and Jonathan Ying discuss storytelling in tabletop games with moderator Ross Thompson. Game Designers The Theater, Comic-Con Museum


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Storytelling Across Media: Comics

The comics medium is unlike any other, as the combination of words and art gives it uniqueness. Beth Sotelo (colorist for DC, Marvel; creator of Grump), Alonso Nuñez (executive director of Little Fish Comic Book Studio), Amanda LaFranco (Skybound Entertainment editor, The Walking Dead Deluxe, Magic: The Gathering), Maxi Rodriguez (creator of Chronicles of a ChubbyBunny and Plus Size Girl Magic), and Jessica Tseang (international comics historian, Eisner Awards 2022 judge) discuss the critical components to perfecting storytelling through the sequential art medium. A Q&A follows the discussion for inspiring professionals. The Theater, Comic-Con Museum