Digital-first publisher Lion Forge Comics is celebrating its debut lineup of print comic books and graphic novels with a full slate of programming at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con. Highlights include a star-studded Miami Vice 30th anniversary reunion panel, a special appearance by cosplay superstar Yaya Han with two Comic Con-exclusive prints, and free sketch sessions with Lion Forge artists throughout the weekend.
Miami Vice 30th Anniversary Retrospective — Thursday, July 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m. — Room 29AB
Talent from the classic NBC primetime series will join creators from the current Lion Forge comics to discuss the enduring legacy of the show that spawned decades of neo-noir cop shows to follow. Series creator Anthony Yerkovich and actors Edward James Olmos (“Lt. Castillo”), Michael Talbott (“Det. Switek”), and Olivia Brown (“Det. Joplin”) will talk with Miami Vice graphic novel writer Jonathan London and Lion Forge editor Shannon Eric Denton about the music, the colors, the alligators, and the action that made Miami Vice such a hit.
Care Bears & Madballs: A Look Back and A Look Ahead — Friday, July 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. — Room 8
A lively look back at the mega-popular ’80s franchises that are seeing a resurgence with new entertainment in 2015. Fans will have a chance to meet members of the American Greetings creative teams behind both properties and learn about their journey from greeting card idea to global phenomenon. Clare Kramer of Geek Nation will unveil a treasure trove of history and news for fans with Rick Reising (Sr. Managing Editor, American Greetings), Carlos Villagra (Head of New IP & Illustration, American Greetings), Georgia Ball (Writer, Care Bears graphic novel), and Adam Staffaroni (Senior Editor, Roar Comics). Featuring sneak peeks at artwork from the new Lion Forge comics making their digital debut this month!
Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend — Saturday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Room 29AB
The beloved pro wrestler’s daughter Robin Christensen Roussimoff joins Brandon Easton, author of Lion Forge’s authorized graphic novel biography, and editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss the real man we all know as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Join us for fond reminiscences of one of sports entertainment’s most legendary figures. Hosted by Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy.
Signings and free sketch sessions for fans will be held throughout the weekend at Lion Forge Booth #2300. Below times are subject to change and more events to be announced — stop by the booth for up-to-the-minute news.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. — MIAMI VICE Signing — Michael Talbott, Olivia Brown, and Jonathan London
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — MIAMI VICE Signing — Michael Talbott, Olivia Brown, and Jonathan London
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — ANDRE THE GIANT Signing — Robin Christensen Roussimoff and Brandon Easton
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. — CARE BEARS Signing — Georgia Ball
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. — YAYA HAN Signing (SDCC ‘15-exclusive prints for sale! Two for $25)
Sunday — Kids’ Day!
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — CRYSTAL CADETS Signing — Anne Toole
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. — SAVED BY THE BELL Signing — Joelle Sellner
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. — PUNKY BREWSTER Signing and FREE Sketches — Joelle Sellner and Lesley Vamos