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Comic-Con International: San Diego


  • San Diego Convention Center 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

 “Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being and will go out of his or her way to help them – even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

Couldn’t agree more with legend and always remembered and celebrated Stan Lee. 

The 50thSan Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and I am thrilled once again to be a moderator for an educational panel with an amazingly eclectic group of artists in the comic, television, film, cartoon and gaming worlds. 

Our heroes are a reflection of who we are, and we model what we see in all the mediums that are available to us, especially in the stories of might, good over evil, justice, joy, and everyday life where we all work to be the best humans we can. Superheroes, comics, and tales of our shared history deserve a diverse representation of all the things we are. Igniting more conversations, storytelling, and sharing what may never have come to light before make us all feel not so alone in the world and drive us to aspire to be our most authentic selves. I couldn’t be more excited to continue the conversation from last year’s panel on social justice, diversity, intersectionality, and belonging with an amazing group of artists.   

Reflections of Ourselves in Our Superheroes: How to Ignite Conversations of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in the World of Comics

Sunday, July 21–1:30–2:30 pm, Room 2

The world of comics has a deep history shining a light on injustice and bringing social issues to the forefront since their outset.  Panelists with a variety of backgrounds will share their stories of working on comics, films, television series, and games with a look at social justice and diversity, giving their thoughts on this topic and how current commentary on social justice and diversity have affected the comic book industry. Seeing ourselves in our superheroes shows us how we can be the best versions of ourselves in our own lives, and we will discuss if and how we see that reflection and how we can ignite more conversations about these topics in the minds of all who work and create in our industry.  

The panel will be moderated by Heather Newman and will feature artists and actors, Kellen Goff, Mela Lee, Jason Lewis, and James Mathis III.