Z2 Comics is rocking Comic-Con International in San Diego with a flurry of talent and panels spotlighting its current and upcoming graphic novels. On Thursday, Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Ape Drums—better known as the globally celebrated electro-reggae epiphany Major Lazer—will introduce their new graphic novel, Year Negative One, alongside creative director/cartoonist Ferry Gouw.
On Friday, Schitt’s Creek breakout star Emily Hampshire will show an exclusive preview of her upcoming graphic novel, Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch, opening a door to an enchanting new world where the mundane and mystical collide in hilarious, charming, and touching ways. Also on Friday: the morbid, mischievous trio behind The Last Podcast on the Left—Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks—will haunt the halls of the San Diego Convention Center with pages from The Last Comic Book on the Left, alongside contributor and famed actor David Dastmalchian (Count Crowley, Suicide Squad). Prepare to snicker and shriek.
All of these panelists will partake in signings at the Z2 Comics Booth—2621. (Check the full schedule below for details.) Other signings include:
• Spencer Charnas (lead singer of Ice Nine Kills, co-writer Ice Nine Kills: Inked in Blood)
• Phillip Sevy (Artist, Ice Nine Kills: Inked in Blood)
• Charlie Benante (Anthrax, Pantera, Writer/Artist Anthrax: Among the Living)
• Carla Harvey (The Butcher Babies, Writer, Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power)
• Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner (Creative Team, Blondie: Against the Odds)
• Steve Niles (Writer, Dio: Holy Diver)
• Brittany & Brianna Winner (Writers, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: 40×40)
• Chris Miskiewicz & Vincent Kings (Creative Team, This Is Where We Fall)
• Jazzlyn Stone & Liana Kangas (Writer/Artist, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: 40×40)
And in a very special appearance, R&B megastar Jason Derulo will sign copies of his upcoming graphic novel, UZO, on Sunday.
Z2 Comics’ full San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Schedule below!
Z2 Comics: Major Lazer: Year Negative One
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Major Lazer has been making the world smaller by making the party bigger since 2008, merging the worlds of dance hall, reggaeton, afrobeat, and beyond through the eclectic collaboration of Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Ape Drums. At the center of this collective stands the eponymous figure—a man defined by his lethal bionic arm and equally lethal beats. Discover Jamaica’s greatest hero in Major Lazer: Year Negative One, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Major Lazer art director Ferry Gouw. Join Major Lazer’s own Diplo, Walshy Fire, Ape Drums, and Gouw for an exclusive look into a world of vampires, zombies, and brawling club owners during this essential panel on the making of a modern cross-media action icon. Moderated by Ryan Downey (MTV, Loudwire).
THURSDAY SIGNINGS AT Z2 COMICS BOOTH 2621
• Brittany & Brianna Winner (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: 40×40): 11:00 – 12:00
• Major Lazer: 2:15 – 3:15
• Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills) & Phillip Sevy: 4:00 – 5:00
Z2 Comics: The Last Comic Book on the Left with Ben, Marcus, Henry, and Special Guest David Dastmalchian, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski have been filling our ears with laughs and shrieks for over a decade with The Last Podcast on the Left. This summer, their hilarious, obsessively-researched tales of the morbid and morose transcended mediums for The Last Comic Book on the Left, a chilling anthology filled with Last Podcast icons including Detective Popcorn, the Sandown Clown, and John Wayne Gacy. Join the trio and Last Comic writer/rad actor David Dastmalchian (Count Crowley, Suicide Squad) for a hilarious panel filled with tons of heart—both metaphorical and literal. Moderated by Z2 Comics Publisher Joshua Frankel.
Z2 Comics: Emily Hampshire Conjures Magic with Amelia Aierwood
5:30PM – 6:30PM
This autumn, actress Emily Hampshire will cast a spell of delight and whimsy over readers with Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch. The breakout star of Schitt’s Creek and the upcoming sci-fi series The Rig will jump from the screen to the panel in the charming tale of a black-sheep witch struggling in the shadow of her reality-show family. Join Emily as she shows an exclusive, enchanting preview of her upcoming graphic novel. Moderated by Nerdist Editor-in-Chief Amy Ratcliffe.
FRIDAY SIGNINGS AT Z2 COMICS BOOTH 2621
• Steve Niles (Dio: Holy Diver): 11:00 – 12:00
• Last Podcast on the Left: 12:00 – 1:00
• Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills) & Phillip Sevy (Ice Nine Kills: Inked in Blood): 1:30 – 2:30
• Charlie Benante (Anthrax) & Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies): 3:00-4:00
• Emily Hampshire: 4:00 – 5:00
SATURDAY SIGNINGS AT Z2 COMICS BOOTH 2621
• Last Podcast on the Left: 11:00 – 12:00
• Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner (Blondie: Against the Odds): 1:00 – 2:00
• Charlie Benante (Anthrax) & Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies): 2:00 – 3:00
• Chris Miskiewicz & Vincent Kings (This Is Where We Fall): 3:00 – 4:00
SUNDAY SIGNINGS AT Z2 COMICS BOOTH 2621
• Jason Derulo (UZO): 11:00 – 12:00
• Jazzlyn Stone & Liana Kangas (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: 40×40): 1:00 – 2:00