Comic-Con International officially kicks off Wednesday, July 19, with a preview night for fans looking to get badges early and eager to see what this year has to offer.
There is not as much to do on Wednesday as the rest of the convention, but it has become a popular time to get badges in considerably smaller lines than Thursday. For hardcore attendees, it is a time to get a layout of Ballroom 20 and plan for the next day’s events.
This year’s convention starts on a positive note with organizers agreeing to stay in San Diego through 2021.
Wednesday night - open to four-day with Preview Night badgeholders - starts at 6 p.m. and will feature a comic book workshop for teachers and a preview of screening of two highly anticipated new TV shows from DC Comics, “Krypton” and “Black Lightning.”
Here are some highlights, with official descriptions courtesy of the folks at Comic-Con.
For a complete Wednesday schedule, go here.
Teaching with Comics
Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Antero Garcia (Stanford University), and Susan Kirtley (Portland State University) lead this hands-on workshop for integrating comic books into your classrooms. Using contexts from K-12 to higher ed. instruction to ongoing communities of comic scholars, this workshop guides participants through approaches to teaching comics and teaching with comics, with David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), Samantha Diego (Ánimo Western Charter Middle School), Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics), and Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics) sharing key strategies, theories, and scholarship on comics pedagogy. San Diego Central Library, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Warner Bros. sneak peak of new TV shows
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue the annual Preview Night tradition with an exclusive pilot screening of “Deception,” plus exclusive video presentations of some of the most highly anticipated series of the 2017-18 television season - “Krypton” and “Black Lightning" - as well as a brand-new hour-long episode of “Teen Titans Go!” and special surprises. Ballroom 20, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
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