Panels and Workshops



1:15pm Panel: Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – CINEMA 2

Find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join Valiant creators and staff for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics.


1:30pm Workshop: My Funny Valentine: Romance in Comics – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Join a bunch of comic creators (Tini Howard, Jeremy Whitley, Afua Richardson, and Caz Cosplays) talkin’ ‘bout love – how much of your own relationship do you put in your book? What are your favorite comic love stories? What do you do when your spouse doesn’t like comics – or doesn’t like yours? Don’t miss this one, love birds!


2:15pm Panel: The Art and Legacy of Doom Patrol – CINEMA 2

The damaged heroes of the infamous Doom Patrol are some of the most iconic figures in comics history. Join artists Richard Case and Nick Derington for a one-of-a-kind about their approaches to the characters, from Case’s legendary run with Grant Morrison to Derington’s brand new interpretation for DC’s Young Animal.


2:30pm Workshop: Making Comics 101 Q&A – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

You love comics. You want to make comics. But where do you start? Bring your best questions about the comic creating process and get answers from industry pros Jeremy Whitley, Afua Richardson, and Dave Dwonch.


3:15pm Panel: Multimedia Storytelling – CINEMA 2

Between movies, animation, television, web series and more, these days stories don’t always begin or end just on a comic page. Join creators Tommy Lee Edwards, Jon Rivera, and others for an in-depth discussion on telling stories than can’t be confined to just one medium. Hosted by The Nerdy Show’s Cap Blackard!


3:30pm Workshop: Building an Audience – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

One of the most important parts of a creative career is building – and maintaining – an audience. But how do you do it? Experienced creators Dave Dwonch and Mark Irwin will give you tips and tricks on how gain fans and keep ‘em happy in this interactive workshop.


4:15pm Panel: Everybody’s a Critic – CINEMA 2

Online reviews are one of the biggest ways people learn about comics today – what’s new, what’s coming, what’s a must-read, and what’s worth passing on. Join reviewers Matt Connor, Cliff Bumgardner, Zack Smith, and Kevin Schaefer for a discussion on the process and importance of writing great reviews.


4:30pm Workshop: The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham Presents – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Don’t miss this special workshop with the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham! The Art Institute offers programs focused on creative careers featuring design, media arts, fashion, and culinary studies, and they’re here to share advice and information with you!


6pm Panel: An Evening with Gerard Way – FLETCHER HALL

Gerard Way arrives at the Carolina Theatre’s Fletcher Hall for a one-of-a-kind discuss-all panel. (The only way to see this panel is to have a 3-Day pass, VIP pass, or Friday ticket.)


7:30pm Panel: Random House Presents Lee Child – FLETCHER HALL

Author Lee Child discusses the newest entry in his Jack Reacher series of novels, Night School.

(The regular NCC badge or wristband is invalid at this event; must have a special NCC Lee Child badge to attend, available for purchase at the door.)






10am Panel: The Creators and Characters of DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL – FLETCHER HALL

Series curator Gerard Way is joined by editors Jamie S. Rich and Molly Mahan and fellow creators Tommy Lee Edwards, Jody Houser, Jon Rivera, Marley Zarcone, Nick Derington, and Tamra Bonvillain to discuss the creation, characters, and books of DC’s YOUNG ANIMAL.


11:15am Panel: Shade, The Changing Girl – FLETCHER HALL

Curator Gerard Way, editors Jamie S. Rich and Molly Mahan, and series artist Marley Zarcone sit down to talk about the process of bringing one of comic’s most unique books back to life in Shade, the Changing Girl.


11:30am Workshop: All Ages Storytelling – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Comics aren’t just for kids, but that doesn’t mean they’re only for grown ups, either! Join creators Tommy Lee Edwards, Chris Giarrusso, and Brian Smith for an in-depth discussion on crafting stories that appeal to everyone from the young to the young at heart.


11:45am Panel: The Future of Valiant and Beyond – CINEMA 2

With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now find out what’s next for powerhouse series like Faith, Generation Zero, Britannia, Bloodshot U.S.A., Harbinger Renegades, Savage, and Divinity III: Stalinverse. The future of Valiant starts here!


12:15pm: DC Presents – FLETCHER HALL

Top creators Klaus Janson (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE), Robert Venditti (HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS), Cully Hamner (BLUE BEETLE), Jody Houser (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: VIXEN), Dave Johnson (SUPERMAN: RED SON), Mitch Gerads (THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON) and Andrew Robinson (SUPERMAN: RED SON) and editor Jamie S. Rich will discuss their previous and upcoming work in the DC Universe.


12:30pm Workshop: The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham Presents – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Don’t miss this special workshop with the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham! The Art Institute offers programs focused on creative careers featuring design, media arts, fashion, and culinary studies, and they’re here to share advice and information with you!


12:45pm Panel: Science in Comics – CINEMA 2

For folks who like a little sci in their fi, there’s never been a better time to be a fan! Join science aficionado Matt Brady from Newsarama in a conversation about how science works and is represented in today’s comics, television, and film.


1:15pm Panel:  Mother Panic – FLETCHER HALL

Co-creators Gerard Way, Tommy Lee Edwards and Jody Houser join editor Molly Mahan to discuss the creation of Gotham’s newest protector, MOTHER PANIC.


1:30pm Workshop: Podcasting 101 – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Got the gift of gab and want to host your own podcast? Let the mic masters from Name Redacted Podcast teach you how in this interactive workshop!


1:45pm Panel: The Gender Games – CINEMA 2

Women in comics fandoms and gaming often face bullying and harassment. Sara Robinson, Caz Cosplays, Nox Going Wolf, and Jenna Mowery will talk about their experiences and how every fan can take part in making this culture safe for everyone on the gender spectrum.


2:15pm Panel: Flash Chorus Sing-A-Long – FLETCHER HALL

Do you sing in the car, but desperately avoid singing in public? Then the no-pressure, all-fun Flash Chorus is just the thing for you! Be a part of the musical madness in Fletcher Hall as Seamus Kenney leads the largest-ever Flash Chorus in learning Sing by My Chemical Romance!”


2:30pm Workshop: We Heart Fanfic – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Editor and fan Heath Sledge leads a discussion among fan fic readers, writers, fans, and scholars. Come join in a conversation about a diverse range of comics, film, TV, and other fanfic communities.


2:45pm Panel: Queer Comics – CINEMA 2

Let’s talk queer characters in comics. Which companies are doing it right? Who are we embarrassed by? What comics would we give a kid who just came out? All that and more in this in-depth panel with Harry Thomas, Ben Bolling, Marta Mickelson and Cap Blackard!


3:15pm Panel: Klaus Janson Q&A – FLETCHER HALL

From his legendary work on The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, and The Punisher to his years spent as a teacher, mentor, and guide for countless other artists throughout his career, Klaus Janson is a bonafide comics icon. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from a master in this intimate Q&A. Moderated by Aaron Haaland.


3:30pm Workshop: Totally Vintage – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Experience the wonders and horrors of plastic past in this trip through some of the best (and worst) toys of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and beyond, hosted by Zack Smith of Indy Week and Newsarama!


3:45pm: Black Heroes Matter – CINEMA 2

Comics have been improving, but the majority of books still have white heroes. Eddie Newsome moderates panelists Laurel Foote-Hudson, Sanford Greene, and Charlie Rocket Cosplay in a discussion about the experience of racial diversity in comics and how readers can lead the push for better representation.


4:30pm Workshop: Web Comics – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

More and more comics are taking to the web. Join creators Chris Wharton, Chad Bowers, and Chris Sims for a discussion of all things digital as they talk the unique task of telling short-form stories online.


4:45pm Panel: Action Lab Presents – CINEMA 2

The madcaps from Action Lab Entertainment are here to talk your favorite books from the Danger Zone and beyond! Join panelists Sam Ellis, Bill McKay, Hoyt Silva, and Bryan Seaton in conversation with moderator Dave Dwonch about all things Action Lab!


5:30pm Workshop: Podcasting: Get Heard – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

So you’ve learned how to make your own awesome podcast from Podcasting 101, but now how do you get folks to listen? Kevin Schaefer of Joy of Geek joins the Name Redacted crew for a discussion on getting your podcast heard!


5:45pm Panel: Breaking into Comics – CINEMA 2

Join creators Marley Zarcone, Jeremy Whitley, and Afua Richardson as they host a very special Q&A regarding how an individual can get their foot in the door to the comic book industry. If you’re an aspiring comic book artist, writer, or creator, this is the panel for you!






11am Panel: The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham Presents – ARMORY

Don’t miss this special panel with the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham! The Art Institute offers programs focused on creative careers featuring design, media arts, fashion, and culinary studies, and they’re here to share advice and information with you!


2:15pm Panel: Finding God in Comics – CINEMA 2

Comics are fun and help our imaginations run wild, but have these stories ever moved you into thinking deeper about philosophy, theology and a bigger story that shapes our lives? Regardless of a faith or no-faith background you are welcome to gather with us as we explore the larger story behind our favorite comics.


2:30pm Panel: Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye – FLETCHER HALL

Co-writer Gerard Way, editor Molly Mahan, and co-writer Jon Rivera return to Fletcher to talk about the return of a classic DC character in Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye.


2:30pm Panel: Sequential Storytelling – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Sequential art presents unique storytelling challenges and potential. Join seasoned sequential artist Tommy Lee Edwards and writer Jamie S. Rich. for an interactive conversation about telling dynamic stories through comics art.


3:15pm Panel: The Past, Present, and Future of Female Superheroes – CINEMA 2

Throughout the history of the superhero genre, there’ve been many changes in the way female characters are depicted. Join Jazmin Truesdale of Aza Entertainment as she talks about the status of female superheroes today and what we can expect to see in the future.


3:30pm Panel: Doom Patrol – FLETCHER HALL

Writer Gerard Way, editor Jamie S. Rich, and series artist Nick Derington and colorist Tamra Bonvillian take to the stage to discuss their take on the legendary team of damaged heroes in Doom Patrol.


3:30pm Workshop: Adaptation – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

Sometimes stories can find a whole new live in a different medium. Join creators Cully Hamner, Robert Venditti, and Ramon K. Perez for a discussion about the adaptation process hosted by Cap Blackard!


4:15pm Panel: Make Mine Marvel – CINEMA 2

The new Marvel Now is coming! Come hear a panel of Mighty Marvel-ites talk about the latest crossovers and what they think about what’s coming up after Civil War II!


4:30pm Workshop: Red Storm Presents: The Art of Video Games – CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM

No storytelling medium is more interactive or presents more of it’s own unique challenges, benefits, and opportunities for artists than gaming. Join a panel of Red Storm creators for a deep dive into the history and process of creating art for video games!