LFCC 2018: Comic Zone Panel Schedule Revealed

by Olly MacNamee

We can all start talking about other comic cons now, right? I mean, SDCC is year for another year and we here in the UK are gearing up for one of the bigger shows of the year, this weekend, at the London Film and Comic Con. If you’re going, you’ve probably already seen the guest list including the likes of Dan Slott, Jorge JimenezSara Pichelli , Simon Bisley and many, many more. But, you won’t necessarily know the panel schedules over the three day event.
Well, here they are now, including my own moderating duties on Sunday morning.

Dan Slott

Friday 27th July

11am Dark Knight At The Museum: Comics aren’t just about the future, they’re also about the past. Join Alison Brown of the Cartoon Museum and Russell Payne of the Jack Kirby Museum as they talk to Historian and Editor Tim Pilcher about the work that they do to ensure that people remember the comics of yesteryear.

12pm White Noise Studios: Emerging creative studio White Noise discuss their creative process, how they survive and thrive in a difficult industry, and touch on some of the exciting projects they have coming up.

Alex Paknadel (Doctor Who, Arcadia), Dan Watters (Lucifer, The Shadow), Ryan O’Sullivan (Warhammer 40K, Void Trip), Casper Wijngaard (Star Wars, Deadpool) Ram V (Quake Champions, Black Mumba, Batman: Secret Files). Moderator: Dan Hart

1pm Lunch

2pm Creating Worlds For Children: From established names like The Beano and The Dandy to more recent additions like The Phoenix and Panini’s range of magazines, children’s comics have never been better. Our panellists discuss the pros and cons of working in a Children’s world.

Jess Bradley (The Phoenix), Cowgirl Em (The Beano), Yasmin Sheikh (Luna The Vampire, LEGO), Grant Perkins (Penguins of Madagascar), Lew Stringer (The Beano, Doctor Who).

3pm For The Love of Horror: With Horror enjoying a resurgence in film, TV and literature, what is it about the medium of comics that works so well with horror? Join our panel as they discuss what scares them, and what they like to create to scare you…

Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Gyula Nemeth (The Mountains of Madness), Enrica Eren Angiolini (Thirst of Dracula), David Lloyd (Hellblazer). Moderator: David Leach (Titan Hammer Books Editor)

4pm I Am The Doctor: For almost fifty-five years now, Doctor Who has been a mainstay of British entertainment. Join our panel of Doctor Who creators, including one-time Script Editor of Doctor Who, and now writer of the current 7th Doctor series Andrew Cartmel, as they discuss the past, present and future of the comics, books and upcoming games involving this Time Lord!
Christopher Jones, Andrew Cartmel, Jeff Cummins, Mike Collins. Moderator: Antony McGarry-Thickitt (Geek Syndicate)
5pm Spotlight – Dan Slott A creator of comics for decades, and one of the longest Spider-Man writers in history, Dan is now writing both Iron Man and the Fantastic Four for Marvel. join Dan Slott as he talks to Dan Hart about his career.
Jorge Jimenez

Sara Pichelli

Saturday 28th July
10am The ‘Metal Heroes’ of Comics: From Transformers to War Machine, Robotech to Citizen Steel and Iron Man to Colossus, Metal Superheroes have been a mainstay since the very beginning. Our panel of ‘Metal’ experts talk about why robots, exo-suits and metallised mutants are as popular now as they ever were.
Simon Furman (Transformers, Robotech), Geoff Senior (Transformers, Death’s Head), Dan Slott (Iron Man, Silver Surfer), Liam Shalloo (Transformers), Kev Hopgood (War Machine). Moderator: Dan Hart.

11am The Superhero Show: With so many different types of comics available, sometimes it’s easy to forget that superhero comics have been around for over eighty years now. Join our panel as they discuss why the super hero has stayed fresh for generations.
Kieron Gillen (Iron Man), Daniel Sampere (Injustice 2, JLA), Jorge Jiménez (Superman, Justice League), Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy), Alison Sampson (Jessica Jones), Christopher Jones (Young Justice). Moderator: Irma Page

12pm Star Wars “A Galaxy Far, Far, Away…”: For over fifty years, Star Wars has been sci-fi royalty. With new movies bringing in billions, and a new generation of fans reading the comics and watching spin off shows like Rebels, our panel discuss why Star Wars is more popular than ever.
Kieron Gillen (Star Wars, Dr Aphra), Casper Wijngaard (Star Wars, Deadpool), Simon Myers (Doctor Who, Star Wars Insider), Arianna Florean (Star Wars, Doctor Who), Martin Fisher (Star Wars: Rebels). Moderator: Mark Newbold (Star Wars Insider)

1pm Lunch
2pm Vertigo Comics  – The First 25 Years: for a generation now DC’s Vertigo imprint has trailblazed across the comics spectrum, creating comic icons such as John Constantine, Preacher, Sandman and Fables among many others. Join this panel of Vertigo creators and ex-Vertigo editors as they discuss the imprint’s past, present and future.

Tim Pilcher (ex-Vertigo Editor), Dan Watters (Lucifer), Rachael Stott (Motherlands), Mark Buckingham (Fables, Sandman), Frazer Irving (Hellblazer), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Hellblazer). Moderator: Irma Page

3pm Dan Slott/Sara Pichelli – A ‘Fantastic Two’: With the upcoming Fantastic Four #1 already looking to break Marvel pre-sale records, join writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli as they discuss with moderator Steven Lacey (The Fantasticast podcast) the creative process of the book, as well as the highs and lows of revamping a well-loved franchise.
4pm The Changing Faces of Doctor Who: With the 13th Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) about to hit our screen, meet the female creators who work on the franchise – including some of the new, all-female team of the upcoming 13th Doctor series as they talk about their love for the series, their paths to the book, and the changing ‘face’ in Doctor Who. Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Star Trek), Arianna Florean (Doctor Who, Star Wars), Giorgia Sposito (Doctor Who, Wonderland), Enrica Eren Angiolini (Doctor Who, Warhammer 40k), Claudia Ianniciello (Doctor Who, Sherlock), Verity Glass (Doctor Who, Torchwood). Moderator: Amy-Jayne McGarry-Thickitt (Birds of Geek, Geek Syndicate)
5pm Heavy Metal: Join CEO/Owner of Heavy Metal Jeff Krelitz and a host of special guests on stage as we learn what the future holds for this classic magazine! Expect surprises – in 2017 we had Fantastic Beasts star Dan Fogler turn up on stage – who knows who’ll be there this year!

Tony Lee   

Rachel Stott

Sunday 29th July

10am Markosia Entertainment: Since 2004 Markosia have strived to be one of the top UK independent publishers in the business, with creators that had their early starts there including Tony Lee, Ryan Stegman and Fiona Staples among others. Join Special Projects co-ordinator G.M Jordan alongside some current and future creators, as they discuss some upcoming titles – and every attendee gets a limited edition signed A3 poster of Dark Lines of London!
11am Working In Other Mediums: Whether it be games, TV, music or film, our panellists discuss the differences in working in comics while working in other areas.

Dan Slott (Spider Man, Iron Man), Amrit Birdi (Username: Evie), Simon Furman (Transformers), Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who), Sonia Leong (Assassin’s Creed, Manga Shakespeare). Moderator: Olly MacNamee (comicon.com)
12pm 30 Years of Tank Girl: It’s hard to believe, but Tank Girl has been around for three decades now! Celebrate the anniversary in style, with Tank Girl creator Alan Martin, and Tank Girl artists Brett Parson and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. Moderator: Chris J. Thompson
1pm Lunch
2pm Titan Comics: Join Titan Brand Manager Chris J. Thompson and a host of creators as they discuss some of the recent releases by Titan Comics, as well as giving some sneak previews of some upcoming titles!
James Peaty (Doctor Who, Supergirl), Enrica Eren Angiolini (Doctor Who, Warhammer 40k), Paulina Vassileva (Rivers of London), Tom Williams (Titan Editor). Moderator: Chris J. Thompson
3pm Spotlight – Steve Niles: best known for his 30 Days of Night series, Steve has worked in comics for almost thirty years, writing legends such as Batman, Spawn, The Creeper and Superman among others, although he’s recently known for his darker comics Winebago Graveyard and The October Faction. Join Steve as he talks to David Hine (Batman, Spawn) about his career.
4pm 80 Years of The Beano: Since 1938, children around the world have been entertained by the adventures of characters like Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger, The Bash Street Kids and Bananaman, among many others. Join our panel of The Beano creators as they talk about why the book has survived the test of time!
Nigel Parkinson, Cowgirl Em, Danny Pearson, Lew Stringer, Henry Davies.
See you all there! I’ll be camping out at table #49 Friday and Sunday, or follow all my weekend shenanigans on here , Facebook or on Twitter @ollymacnamee. I’m not hard to find, trust me.

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