Our discusion panel program will be held over two days on the lower level of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel.

The Schedule

Panels are held in east side (ocean side) of the first floor in room F ( hotel stall refer to it as The Steinbach Room)


11:00 AM  The Art of Lettering
Comic book typography masters Todd Klein and John Workman discuss their careers and process, and working for Marvel, DC, and National Lampoon. Moderated by R. Sikoryak.

12:00 PM Ren & Stimpy and Beyond: A Conversation with Bob Camp
Animation director, artist, and co-creator of Ren & Stimpy interviewed by author and artist Craig Yoe.

1:00 PM  The Life and Times of Denis Kitchen
Founding member of the underground  comix movement. Founder of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Biographer, artist, publisher. Historical figure in the world of comics, artists rights and pop culture. Denis Kitchen in conversation with Jon B. Cooke.

2:00 PM  A Conversation with Chris Claremont
The man who made the X-Men into the powerhouse comic book super-group they are today. Chris Claremont created over 150 X-Men characters and penned them for over 17 years. Mike Zapcic of AMC TV's Comic Book Men and the podcast I Sell Comics will moderate.

Non-super hero comics in the form of graphic novels continue to grow in popularity with comic readers, educators, librians,bookstores, teens, and parents. Biography, fantasty, personal stories, history, and other categories will be discussed by:Box Brown, creator of Andre The GiantAndrew Aydin NY Times Bestseller co-author of MARCHMiss-Lasko GrossCharles Forsman

4:00 PM The Neat Stuff in the Mind of Peter Bagge
Comic creator Peter Bagge will discuss his career from his grunge era Neat Stuff and HATE comics to his present day work. In conversation with Jon B. Cooke.

5:00 PM  Carousel Slide Show
R. Sikoryak presents Carousel, his long-running and highly entertaining comics reading series, with an eclectic mix of guest artists.  Reading will be Miss Lasko-Gross, Dean Haspiel, Danny Hellman, Seth Kushner, Kriota Willberg and R.S.More info:   

10:30AM   Comic Book Men and The Red Bank Mafia
Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson, Brian O'Halloran, and Robert Bruce discuss their unique world and working with Kevin Smith. Moderated by Chris Laudando.

12:00 PM  Marvel In The 80s

It was an era of Hostess Twinkie heroes, "Win A Bike" banners and Assistant Editor months. Of blowing up the Baxter Building, and betting on Baxter stock. Of Epic Stars and whole New Universes; Secret Wars and not-so-secret conflicts. MARVEL IN THE 80s was all that, the Breakfast Club of Ann Nocenti, Jim Salicrup, Danny Fingeroth, John Workman, and Peter Sanderson takes us back to the future of comics. Moderated by 13th Dimension contributor Tom Chesek.

1:00 PM A Conversation with Jim Steranko
J. David Spurlock interviews the legendary Jim Steranko about his career in an out of comics. Illustration and graphic design innovator on Captian America, Nick Fury: Agent of SHEILD, and Uncanny X-Men for Marvel. Cover artist on countless paperbacks of The Shadow, comic covers of Before Watchmen: Rorschach, and the latest Batman Black & White. Steranko is also a magician and escape artist, and the inspiration for Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle and Michael Chabon's Pulitizer Prize winning The Adventures of Kavilier and Clay. He's a an author, filmmaker, publisher, historian, and editor. 

2:00 PM A Conversation with JH Williams IIIThe incomparable J.H. Williams III is the current artist on Neil Gaiman's return to Sandman with the prequel Overture, and formerly artist and co-writer of the groundbreaking series Bat Woman. He is known not only for his evocative line-work and color schemes, but also for intricate page designs and panel layouts unmatched in the comics industry today. As a collaborating artist of choice with greats like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis, Williams is one of the most sought-after talents in comics and also creates his own design work for music albums and other projects. Williams appears in conversation with Hannah Means-Shannon, Editor-in-Chief at the influential pop culture news blog

3:00 pm End of programming.  Room will be used for Cosplay contest from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.