DC Comics Unveils Panels For Comic-Con International: San Diego 2007

With COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2007 set to open its doors on July 25, DC Comics unveils its slate of panels. Don't miss your chance to see top comics creators discussing what's coming up in your favorite DC comic books!

Thursday, July 26
10:30-11:30: DC Talent Search Orientation 1
Come hear what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx and more! This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC's Talent Search works. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory - not all attendees are guaranteed a review.

12:15-1:15: Countdown . . . To The End?
The DC Universe survived 52, but will it survive COUNTDOWN? This can't-miss panel looks at the new year-long adventure and the ramifications of a DCU with 52 universes. The Monitors are watching closely as Jason Todd, Donna Troy, and Jimmy Olsen are joined by a cast of hundreds! Hosted by Senior VP - Executive Editor DCU Dan DiDio and Senior Group Editor Mike Carlin with Paul Dini (Countdown, Detective Comics), Tony Bedard (Countdown, Birds of Prey, Supergirl and The Legion of Super-heroes), Adam Beechen (Countdown, Robin), Sean McKeever (Countdown, Teen Titans), Justin Gray (Countdown, Jonah Hex, Superman Confidential), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown, Jonah Hex, Superman Confidential) and more.

3:00-4:00: DCU: Crossing Over
These days it seems like all roads lead to comics, whether it is a stop in the road to other media or a final destination. The incredible media talent crossing into the comic book world has had an enormous impact. With us to discuss their path are Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes), Paul Dini (Countdown, Detective Comics), Christos N. Gage (Stormwatch PHD), Greg Rucka (52, Checkmate), Steve Niles (SIMON DARK), Mark Verheiden (SUPERMAN/BATMAN), Marc Bernardin (THE HIGHWAYMEN) and Gregory Noveck, DC's Senior VP of Creative Affairs!

4:00-5:00: Spotlight on Christos N. Gage
It's no secret Christos N. Gage is a talent on the rise! Find out all you want to know about this rising star writer with moderator and WildStorm Editor Ben Abernathy, including plans that will surely change the WildStorm Universe!

5:00-6:00: Spotlight on Brian Wood
Critically acclaimed creator Brian Wood is front and center in his first Comic-Con Spotlight. Whether it is his hit series DMZ or the highly anticipated Northlanders, Brian is here for you! Joined by Vertigo Editor Will Dennis, this Q&A session promises to entertain!

6:00-7:00: Group Therapy: Leagues, Legions, Societies and Teens!
The DCU is home to the world's greatest super-heroes, and they have banded together in teams with one common goal in mind: Justice. Whether they're rambunctious teenagers from the future, WWII veterans teaching a new generation, the superpowered elite, or the sidekicks who have forged their own way, they are one of the DCU's greatest assets. Join an important panel featuring the best teams that define heroism in the DC universe. Geoff Johns (Teen Titans, Justice Society of America), Sean McKeever (Countdown, Teen Titans), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and Tony Bedard (Countdown, Supergirl and The Legion of Superheroes) will be teamed with Senior VP - Executive Editor DCU Dan DiDio, Group Editor Eddie Berganza, Senior Editor Mike Marts and Editor Mike Siglain to bring you teamwork as you have never experienced before.

Friday, July 27
10:30-11:30: DC Talent Search Orientation 2
See above for details.

11:30-12:30: Spotlight on Paul Dini
From introducing Batman to a new generation of fans with the now-classic Batman: The Animated Series to the resurrection of tabloid-sized comics with Alex Ross, and from Detective Comics to the current classic-in-the-making Countdown, there's no doubt that Paul Dini is one of the modern masters of storytelling. Joined by DC's Senior VP - Executive Editor-DCU, Dan DiDio, this is one Spotlight that is sure to thrill!

12:30-1:30: Vertigo: I Am Legend
Join top sf/comic-book writers and artists Orson Scott Card, Richard Christian Matheson, Mark Protosevich, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Levy and Jason Chan as they unveil and discuss their contributions to the I AM LEGEND inspired comic book and master SF author Richard Matheson's enduring influence. The limited edition comic will be available at the panel and at designated times in the DC booth.

3:30-4:30: WoW! It's World of Warcraft!
Are you ready? Comics, collectibles and online gaming are about to collide! How does the WORLD'S most popular online game, World of Warcraft, plan to crash the comics and collectibles world? Find out here! As a special incentive, a collectible comic will be distributed to the first 200 fans at the panel! Join Jim Lee, Editorial Director, WildStorm, Chris Metzen , VP of Creative Development, Blizzard, Mickey Neilson, Writer/Voice Director, Blizzard, Hank Kanalz - VP/General Manager WildStorm and Georg Brewer, VP - Design & DC Direct Creative, DC, to discover the results of these combined forces!

4:30-5:30: Vertigo: Looking Over the Edge
Vertigo is a name that you have come to trust to deliver smart, provocative and consistent, quality books. Be here to find out what's in store for your favorite Vertigo titles as well as some major new projects that will be announced here for the first time! Hosted by Senior VP — Executive Editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, with Group Editor Shelly Bond, Editors Will Dennis and Jonathan Vankin, who are joined by Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Loveless), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Mike Carey (Crossing Midnight, Lucifer), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing), David Lapham (Silverfish), Simon Oliver (The Exterminators), Matt Wagner (Sandman Mystery Theatre), Steven T. Seagle (American Virgin), G. Willow Wilson (Cairo), Bill Willingham (Fables, Jack of Fables), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders) and others!

6:00-7:00: DC Nation
Come one, come all, rise up and join the DC NATION!! Meet Dan DiDio, Senior VP - Executive Editor DCU, as he invites you to be part of the revolution! Discuss surviving 52, living in a multi-verse guarded by Monitors, and try to discover the secret of the cosmic chess game as the DCU counts down.

Saturday, July 28
10:30-11:30: DC Talent Search Orientation 3
See above for details.

12:00-1:00: Minx: Evocative and Fearless
Learn more about DC's newest imprint Minx, with Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, the creators of the very first Minx book, The Plain Janes! They are joined by Mike Carey (Re-Gifters, Confessions of a Blabbermouth), Sonny Liew (Re-Gifters), Aaron Alexovich (Confessions of a Blabbermouth, Kimmie66), MINX Group Editor Shelly Bond, and some surprise new faces!

1:30-2:45: DCU: New Worlds Order
The crisis is over, isn't it? With 52 finished, the DCU is counting down and the Monitors are watching closely. Come play catch-up, have your questions answered, and learn what lies ahead for the DCU in this extensive slide show presentation moderated by Dan DiDio, Senior VP - Executive Editor DCU and Bob Wayne, VP - Sales. Joining them will be Coordinating Editor Jann Jones, Senior Group Editor Mike Carlin, Group Editor Eddie Berganza, plus Tony Bedard (Birds of Prey, Supergirl and The Legion of Super-Heroes), Adam Beechen (Countdown, Robin), Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Justin Gray (Countdown, Superman Confidential), Geoff Johns (Booster Gold, Justice Society of America, GREEN LANTERN), Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold, Metamorpho Year One), Sean McKeever (Countdown, Teen Titans), Jesus Merino (Superman), Carlos Pacheco (Superman), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown, Superman Confidential), Grant Morrison (Batman, All Star Superman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), and Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, The All-New Atom).

5:00-6:00: WildStorm: Storm Front
The pieces are moving into place. 2007 is shaping up to be a banner year for DC's left coast imprint, WildStorm. Be here to see what’s on the horizon in the WildStorm Universe! Join Bob Wayne, VP - Sales, with Jim Lee, Editorial Director, WildStorm (All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, WildC.A.T.S), Hank Kanalz, VP — General Manager, WildStorm, Editors Ben Abernathy and Scott Peterson, and some of comics' top talents including , Christos N. Gage (Stormwatch PHD), Gail Simone (gen13, Welcome to Tranquility) and others

Sunday, July 29:
10:30-11:30: DC: The Big Guns
Superman. Batman. Wonder Woman. Green Lantern. The Flash. They stand for more than Justice. Each, in his or her own way, is the archetypal hero. Listen in as their top creators discuss where they've been and - more importantly - where they're going in the year to come. See what's in store for the World's Greatest Super-Heroes with the new iconic architects Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman), Jesus Merino (Superman), Mark Verheiden (SUPERMAN/BATMAN), Dustin Nguyen (Superman/Batman), Carlos Pacheco (Superman), Ivan Reis (Green Lantern), Group Editors Eddie Berganza and Bob Schreck and Senior Editors Matt Idelson and Mike Marts.

1:00-2:00: Vertigo Voices: The Fables Forum
The fan favorite panel from last year returns this year with a bigger cast of characters! Fables is not just another series; it's an institution with successful spin-offs such as Jack of Fables and the graphic novels Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. Vertigo Group Editor Shelly Bond is joined by Bill Willingham (Fables, Shadowpact), Mark Buckingham (Fables), and Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables), as they guide you through the magical world of Fables.

2:00-3:00: CMX: Manga in Demand!
Manga is one of the hottest areas in publishing, and DC Comics manga imprint, CMX, is right in the thick of it. With the strength of its line behind them, CMX proudly presents upcoming and renowned manga including Samurai Commando: Mission 1549, Gon, Variante and Presents. And now CMX is pleased to announce a bold, new publishing venture with Japanese partners Flex Comics. Join DC's VP of Business Development John Nee, Wildstorm Director of Manga Asako Suzuki and Manga Editor Jim Chadwick for this in-depth and in-demand panel.