The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival offers a variety of programming designed to appeal to all ages and interests, including film screenings, live music, panel discussions and much more.

Festival Hours

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Programming Schedule*

Time Title/Description Location
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Artist Jam
Think that stick figures are all you’ve got in you? Do you only draw for your own amusement? Artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III will guide you through drawing for your own amazement using his “Drawing-Is-Simple” system.
Main Hall

10 a.m. Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously (2016, 95 mins, NR)
Dream Dangerously offers viewers a fly-on-the-wall look at comic book writer and author Neil Gaiman on the road, interacting with fans and experiencing the struggles and joys of being an acclaimed public speaker and in-demand personality. At the same time, the film delves deeply into Gaiman’s writing process, exploring the childhood origins of his love of mythology, up to his struggles to keep his writing fresh after 25 years of successful storytelling.The screening is followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Patrick Meaney.
Main Theater

10 a.m. Building a Career in Comics
Join us as we provide actionable information to comic creators who are looking to build a career in comics. The “breaking in” model is outdated now, because of how much easier the internet has made it to produce your work, distribute it, and make connections. Each of the panelists, Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Girl’s Night Out), James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Starman), and Jason Copland (Kill All Monsters, Pop) are professionals with experience in self-publishing and comics out – or coming out – from major publishers.
Jewel Box Theater

10 a.m. Manga for Grown-Ups
Manga isn’t all ninjas and magical girls! Join Deb Aoki as she talks about all the smart and interesting manga for grown-up readers – sci-fi, horror, drama, romance, history, and even cooking! (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

11 a.m.
From Starman to Sandman: A Talk with J.H. Williams III and James Robinson
James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Starman) and J.H. Williams III (Promethea, The Sandman Overture, Batwoman) talk about comics and their careers in this enlightening conversation.
Jewel Box Theater

11 a.m.
How to Draw Deadpool
Over the last few years, Scott Koblish has been associated with everything Deadpool, both on the regular series and several mini-series. Learn how to draw Deadpool in this exclusive drawing workshop. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

12 p.m. J.H. Williams III: An Artistic Retrospective
A multiple award winning creator in both illustration, design, and writing J.H. Williams III has been working in the industry since 1991.  Join us as we examine his career in this multimedia presentation.
Jewel Box Theater

12 p.m. Creating, Self-Publishing, and Producing; From Story, To Comic, To Film
Learn how to develop your characters and comics and ultimately produce a comic book film, based on your creations in this lecture by creator and producer Cristian S. Aluas. In 45 minutes, he’ll cover all aspects of production from character work-shopping, creating a printed/digital comic to sales, distribution and even producing a finished film.
Small Conference Room

12 p.m. Jay & Miles X-plain the X-Men Special VVCBF Podcast
Daunted by complex continuity? Are you confused about who is a Summers brother? Well, Jay & Miles are here for you! Training for this responsibility for decades, they have the back issues, the calluses, and a really detailed diagram of the Summers family tree. They’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to friends and family, to the internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, they are presenting a special Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival edition of their podcast dedicated to unpacking the weird, wonderful world of our favorite superhero soap opera for newcomers and die-hard fans alike.
Main Theater

1 p.m. Beyond the Femme Fatal: Reimagining the Female Villain
This panel will explore the question of how the representation of gender and the representation of villainy intersect. From ancient myth to modern crime noir, the most common archetype of female villainy is the femme fatale: irresistibly seductive, but also untrustworthy and manipulative. This archetype will probably never completely disappear, and can be fun to play with – but it can also be limited and predictable. Join Professor Ben Saunders (University of Oregon’s Minor in Comics), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy), James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Starman), Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics) and Jay Edidin (Jay & Miles X-plain the X-Men) for a discussion of how creators can think beyond the cliches of the femme fatale.
Jewel Box Theater

1 p.m. Painting With Illustration Markers
Artist and illustrator Ashleigh Popplewell presents a live drawing demonstration using Copic illustration markers.  She will take questions during and after the demo.  (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

2 p.m. She Changed Comics: The Women Who Changed Free Expression
In the Golden and Silver Ages, pioneering female cartoonists challenged gender and color barriers to establish a place for women in comics. In the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, underground cartoonists used the comics page to advance feminism and teach public health, while the alternative cartoonists of the 1980s and 1990s produced groundbreaking personal and political narratives. Join Betsy Gomez, CBLDF editorial director and She Changed Comics editor, and Katherine Keller, CBLDF board member, as they examine the creators, editors and publishers who blazed new trails and inspired today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling.
Jewel Box Theater

2 p.m. How To Draw Monsters and Robots
Join Jason Copland, creator of Kill All Monsters, as he shows a small group of people how to draw monsters and robots. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

3 p.m. The Velveteen Band in Concert
The Velveteen Band is an eclectic musical sideshow that delivers a wonderland dreamscape, set to capture the imagination and rock you to the core! Led by a six-foot-tall, trumpet-playing rabbit named the Baron Von Velveteen, and featuring puppets on vocals and a deranged mad scientist, this steampunk puppet and rabbit rock show is definitely for fans of Gogol Bordello, Aquabats, Danny Elfman, Weird Al Yankovic, They Might be Giants, and the Muppets. Get lost in a world of theatrical rock that will capture the imagination and inspire you!
Main Theater

3 p.m. The Big Manga Panel!
Join Deb Aoki, the editor of, as she discusses the best and worst manga of 2016 and gives recommendations based on US comics, TV shows, novels and movies.  If you like this… you’ll love this manga!
Jewel Box Theater

3 p.m. Past & Future of Superhero Studies
It is increasingly possible to take elective courses at universities and colleges around the country on the topic of comics. But what, exactly, does something like Superhero Studies really involve? What kind of work do you have to do if you want to get college credit for reading your favorite comics? Join Professor Ben Saunders, founder of the University of Oregon’s Minor in Comics Studies for a discussion that will introduce you to some of the best work in the field. (Note: Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.)
Small Conference Room

8 p.m. Geekpalooza 2016 
Join us after the festival for a free concert after-party at The Dive Bar (4110 S. Maryland Parkway) featuring live music from Scott Koblish, Super Zeroes, 3D6 and an encore set by The Velveteen Band. This is a 21-over event.
The Dive Bar

Autograph Signing

Signings will be held at individual guests’ tables and at publisher booths. Check back for more details.

*Times, guests and locations subject to change. Check back for updates as the Fest draws closer.