20 Marvel-Related Comic-Con@Home Panels
When it was announced that Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment were skipping this year’s Comic-Con@Home 2021 panels, Marvel Blog decided to comb though the panel offerings to fill the void caused by the studios’ absence. After checking out the Comic-Con@Home panel programming, we have come up with recommendations for all the panels that you can watch in the time it would have taken to wait for a Marvel panel at the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H.
Once a Comic-Con@Home panel goes live on YouTube, you can return to the panel anytime you have a free moment, which is good, especially if you had surgery this weekend (or whatever your personal is) and missed the panels like me.
1. Marvel Comics: X-Men
Marvel’s magnificent mutant mavens have led the new nation of Krakoa through some of the biggest changes the X-Men have ever seen. Join Ryan Penagos, aka Agent M, leads a panel including Vita Ayala (Children of the Atom, New Mutants), Gerry Duggan (Marauders, X-Men), Benjamin Percy (Wolverine, X-Force), Leah Williams (X-Men: The Trial of Magneto), and senior editor Jordan D. White.
2. Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda
Jesse J. Holland (C-SPAN host) and some of the all-star authors of Titan Books’ groundbreaking fiction anthology Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, a spectacular study of one of Marvel’s most-beloved characters. Tune in as Jesse talks to authors Tananarive Due, Sheree Renee Thomas, and Cadwell Turnbull about their contributions to this fantastic anthology.
3. Jack Kirby’s Favorite Stories
Elana Levin (host, Graphic Policy Radio podcast) and Adam McGovern (columnist, Jack Kirby Collector’s Kirby as a Genre) join the Kirby Museum’s Tom Kraft and Rand Hoppe for an in-depth discussion of the stories Jack Kirby said were his favorites. One is well-known, from his groundbreaking Fourth World at DC in the early 1970s, New Gods #7’s “The Pact!” The other is not as well known, from his Boys’ Ranch comic with partner Joe Simon in the early 1950s, “Mother Delilah.”
4. Universe of Super Heroes Exhibition – the Fantastic Four and Beyond!
Professor Benjamin Saunders (chief curator, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes) gives a behind-the-scenes look at this blockbuster exhibition bringing together special guests to celebrate this summer’s 60th anniversary of Fantastic Four #1, and to discuss how that one comic helped lead to the Marvel Universe we know today.
5. X-Men Fandom Surprise Party: The Sequel
Chris Riley and Chandler Poling of X-Reads Podcast are back with a new batch of unsuspecting fans. Watch as Samantha Rei, Rex Ogle, Dylan Carter, Michelle Waffle, Justin Otero, and Morgana Ignis are surprised by the likes of George Buza (voice of Beast, X-Men: The Animated Series), Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, New Mutants), Leah Williams (writer, X-Factor), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman, X-Men).
6. The Alex Ross Marvel Comics Mural and Poster Book
Renowned comics artist Alex Ross discusses the creation of the epic mural that was commissioned for the New York City offices of Marvel Comics. Ross will discuss the creation of these portraits, the stories behind each Marvel character, and his approach to creating these singular images in a conversation that will look back on his award-winning career in comics, and look ahead at what else is on his drawing table.
7. Ducks All the Way Down: Metafiction in Comics
Why is metafiction so important to comics, and what do ducks have to do with it? The Beat hosts this in-depth investigation, with the expertise of panelists Marc Guggenheim (Legends of Tomorrow), Avery Kaplan (Comics Beat), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (PanelxPanel), and Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), moderated by Gregory Paul Silber (Comics Beat).
8. Native Americans in Pop Culture with Taboo
Jessica Tseang (Secret History of Comics) is joined by special guest Taboo (Black Eyed Peas, Marvel’s Werewolf by Night) as they discuss in-depth Native American representation across all forms of entertainment, how the industry has changed, what is being done right, and the future for Native Americans in Hollywood. Find out how Taboo’s own love for Marvel’s Red Wolf, cultural background, and activism have led to exciting new stories for some of Marvel’s favorite characters.
9. Queer Horror
Horror has always attempted to bring us to the threshold of our fears and force us to come face to face with the “otherness” that exists outside of the mainstream. Join Prism Comics, moderator Michael Varrati, and panelists Drusilla Adeline (Dead for Filth, Sister Hyde Design), Darcie Little Badger (Elatsoe, Strangelands), Terry Blas (Reptil, Dead Weight), Trinidad Escobar (Crushed, Bruhas), Joamette Gil (Power and Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology), and Steenz (Archival Quality, Heart of the City) as they explore the horror genre from a queer perspective.
10. Women Rocking Hollywood 2021: Supporting Female Filmmakers in a Post-Covid World
Celebrate the work of women creating great content, including Kate Herron (Sex Education, Loki), Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black, CODA), Christina M. Kim (Blindspot, Kung Fu), Shaz Bennett (Alaska is a Drag, Queen Sugar), and Ebony Adams (Women in Film: LA) as they discuss their current and upcoming projects, as well as the state of the industry.
11. Out In Comics Year 34: Mainstreaming
The comic world’s longest-running panel is back for its 34th year! Founding moderator Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ‘77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Star Trek, Star Wars) chairs the panel and welcomes the following panelists: Sarah Brunstad (Marvel Voices: Pride #1, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Mighty Thor, Women of Marvel); The Kao (Mondo Mango, Magical Boy); Nina Taylor Kester; Danny Lore (Champions, Black Panther, and Marvel Voices: Legacy); Josh Trujillo (The United States of Captain America); and Luciano Vecchio (Ironheart, Champions, Marvel Voices).
12. Neurotic Superheroes and the Writers Who Love Them
What underlies Spider-Man’s angst, Captain America’s survivor guilt, Jessica Jones and Tony Stark’s alcohol problems, and the other mental challenges that vex modern superheroes? Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology; The Joker Psychology) and Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) explore the thinking behind the tales of the most neurotic heroes and villains with writers Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man), Bryan Q Miller (Smallville), Louise Simonson (X-Factor), and Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans).
13. Past is Prologue: The Fascinating New Comic Creator Bios
Even though there are so many incredible comics being published today, fan culture is enthralled with the triumphs and trials of past comic creators and publishers. Join Ed Catto (Agendae) for a robust conversation with authors Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee), Bret Dakin (American Daredevil; Comics, Communism and the Battles of Lev Gleason), Jennifer DeRoss (Forgotten All-Star: A Biography of Gardner Fox), and Ken Quattro (Invisible Men: Black Artists from the Golden Age of Comics) on their recent comic creator bios.
14. Stan Lee, Marvel, and Rolling Stone: 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago, a Herb Trimpe-drawn Hulk graced the coveted cover of the hip Rolling Stone magazine’s September 16, 1971 issue. The issue featured an insider’s POV article about Stan Lee and Marvel by Lee’s former assistant, Robin Green. Looking back at the article’s creation and historical significance are Robin Green (The Sopranos), Roy Thomas (first Marvel EIC after Stan Lee), and former Marvel bullpenners Linda Fite (Claws of the Cat), Jean Thomas (Night Nurse), and Mimi Gold (Black Widow). Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) moderates.
15. The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Mark Evanier (former Jack Kirby assistant and author of Kirby: King of Comics) chats with Walter Simonson (Thor, New Gods), and Paul Levitz (former publisher and president of DC Comics) about the late, great Jack Kirby. The focus is on Jack’s oft-reprinted Fourth World series and how, despite what some folks would tell you, it was not a failure but a book ahead of its time . . . and its time is now.
16. Jack Kirby: Architect of Science Fiction Land
Barry Ira Geller (Jack Kirby co-designer, Science Fiction Land, Lord of Light), brings together creative professionals to explore the secret visual language inherent within all the architectural work created by Jack Kirby in 1978. Jack’s endless perspective-defying, internalized 3-D architecture is mapped by colorist Wally Anne Wharton, Gold Key Comics writer and Disney Pooh master Mike Royer, developer of Disney’s direct scanning system David Coons, president of the Jack Kirby Museum Tom Kraft, and art historian Brian Chidester.
17. Rhapsody PR’s 13th Annual Behind-the-Music panel
Talented music creatives join forces to give you a behind-the-scenes look at creating the music for some of today’s most popular films and series! With composers Jeff Russo (Star Trek: Discovery); Natalie Holt (Marvel’s Loki); Mac Quayle (Ratched); Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us); Dominic Lewis (Monsters at Work); music supervisor Maggie Phillips (Fargo); and score mixer Phil McGowan (Cobra Kai). Moderated by actor/singer Jon Jon Briones (Ratched).
18. The Soundtrack of Comic Book Characters and Superheroes
ASIFA-Hollywood presents renowned music producer, Robert Townson (Cinema Morricone – An Intimate Celebration), in a roundtable discussion with the new generation of film music giants including Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy), Christopher Beck (WandaVision), Christopher Lennertz (The Boys), and Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
19. Causeplay: In Service to Others
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president), Ramonna Batac (MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach child life specialist), Pamela Regudo (MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach tech support specialist), Allan Forte (EMT & Avengers Initiative Member), Lisa Lower (Avengers Initiative member), and Trevor Newton (Avengers Initiative member) will discuss how cosplayers and prop builders serve their communities through their love of pop-culture.
20. LMGI: Hollywood Location Scouts
Six location scouts discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs and relate some exciting anecdotes. Moderator John Rakich (Shadowhunters, American Gods) hosts panelists Evan Chan (Supernatural, Legion), Saisie Jang (Ant-Man & The Wasp, Hulk), Tisha Jefferson (Mare of Easttown, Straight Outta Compton), Emma Jane Richards (Pennyworth, Fighting With My Family), and Dodd Vickers (Sharp Objects, Den Of Thieves).
Marvel Blog True Believer, did you watch any of the panels from Comic-Con@Home 2021? Let us know your favorite panels from this year’s event in the comment section below!