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Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of the comics Odd Is on Our SideArcher & Armstrong, and Action Philosophers! He also cowrote the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens, which was made into a film starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.


Hope Nicholson is the owner and founder of Bedside Press, specializing in archival and anthology comics collections such as Moonshot (a collection of Inuit, Metis, and First Nations comic book stories) and The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (an all-female comic and text anthology of true stories of geeky love). She’s a consulting editor for Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Comics, 2016). She’s been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail,,, and, and is a frequent speaker on women in fandom, comic book history, and publishing at conventions and other events.

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Get pumped with San Diego Comic-Con prep tips while you await Book Pop!

We're hosting an epic online celebration called Book Pop! For information on cyber events, giveaways, the cosplay contest, and more, click here.

Come visit us at booth #1636 and don't forget to whisper Quirk E. Godmother for free swag! We'll have signed copies of Literary Yarns, Geekerella, Ten Dead Comedians, Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy, and more! We'll also be selling copies of The X-Files: Earth Children Are Weird 4 weeks prior to it going on sale. All books are discounted, stop by and say hi, pick up Force Doth Awakens posters and more great giveaways, including a print from Manfried the Man, the awesome webcomic from Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow. Also check out these panels that Quirk's authors will be on:


Thursday, July 20:

10-11am in RM29AB

Sam Maggs will be on the Real-World Re-tellings panel

Fiction is fantastic, but sometimes we are reminded that while the truth may not be stranger than fiction, it can at least be as compelling. Panelists will discuss significant people and incidents from our own reality-Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax, the origins of Tetris, vampire slayers, the dude on the $10, and fangirls. Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter will lead the discussion with Koren Shadmi (Rise of the Dungeon Master), Box Brown (Tetris), Jonathan Hennessey (Alexander Hamilton), and Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy).


11:15am-11:45pm in AA09

Sam Maggs will be signing copies of Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women.


12:00-1:00pm in Rm 32AB

Sam Maggs will be on the Be Your Own Superhero panel

Representation matters, both on and behind the page. Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Star Trek: Waypoint), Susana Polo (Polygon), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Robbie Thompson (Supernatural, Silk), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Lion Forge Comics), Cait Brennan (Debutante), and Rose Knight (Women Write About Comics) chat about the strides made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics-and how everyone can do better.


12:30-1:30pm in Rm 24ABC

Hope Nicholson will be on the "A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn)" panel

Publisher Hope Nicholson, creator Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink), and contributing artists Jen Vaughn, Elizabeth Watasin, Miriam Libicki, and Willy Mendes discuss the creation of the anthology A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn) and portraying Jewish characters from within and outside of the culture. 3:00-4:00pm in Horton Grand Theatre Fred Van Lente will be on the "It's a Funny Story…Writing Humor" Everyone's heard the saying, "Dying is easy-it's comedy that's hard." The panelists discuss the challenges of creating humor that reaches an audience and how it can be used to temper serious tomes. Brendan Reichs(Nemesis) guides the conversation with Brandon Snider (What Would Captain Picard Do?), Fred Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians), Liz Climo (You Don't Want a Unicorn), Gini Koch (The Alien Series), and Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon).


4:30-5:30pm in AA09

Fred Van Lente will be signing copies of Ten Dead Comedians.


Friday, July 20

10:00-11:00am in Rm 25ABC

Hope Nicholson will be on the "Geeking Out On Secret Loves" panel

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).


Saturday, July 22

6:00-7:00pm in Rm 11

Fred Van Lente will be on the "Bam! Spiff! Writing for Comics" panel

Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Incredible Hercules), and Erica Schultz (M3, Swords of Sorrow) present an in-depth look at writing for comics. Story applies to all media, but knowing story isn't enough to write great comics. Want to know how to write inspiring and powerful panel descriptions? What is the difference between writing dialogue for TV and comics? How many panels fit on a page? What does it mean to you as a writer that the images are all next to each other, and how can you use that to your advantage? Turn your writing into comics writing!


6:30-7:30pm in Rm 26AB

Hope Nicholson will be on the "How To Kickstart Your Comic Like a Pro" panel

Want to know how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign? Amy Chu (Alpha Girl Comics) will moderate this all-star panel of Kickstarter experts, including Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms), and Zan Christensen (Northwest Press). They will share all their best tips and secrets for planning, running, and shipping a successful Kickstarter campaign.


7:30-8:30pm in Rm 26ABC

Publisher Hope Nicholson leads a roundtable discussion with creatives involved with the small press publisher Bedside Press. Sam Beiko (editor, Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Janet Hetherington (Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Eryn Williams (Enough Space for Everyone Else), and Jon Vanneste (Enough Space for Everyone Else) discuss their contributions to the publisher as well as their own independent works.


Sunday, July 23

4:00-5:00pm in Rm 32AB

Sam Maggs will be on the "Moving Beyond the 'Strong Female Character'" panel

One-dimensionality is so late-’90s; fans need well-written, fully-developed women in their media. Join Sam Maggs (Wonder Women), Amy S. Foster (The Rift: Uprising), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Jody Houser(Faith, Orphan Black), Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms), Alicia Lutes (Nerdist), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) as they chat about their favorite lady characters, what could be improved, and how creators can make those changes.