ccifrontpage_cci2015_thursdayWow! San Diego Comic Con is only 10 days away! This year is going to be a big one for me, as I have several projects out with IDW and Boom! Studios and we’ve just announced my first creator-owned book The Third Witch. Between now and the show, I’m sure I’ll be making a number of announcements and a few days before I’ll list my whole schedule including signings, but for now check out these cool panels I’ll be on throughout the show weekend.

Thursday July 9th

Editing Comics: The Boom! Studios Way
1pm in Room 28DE

BOOM! Studios creators James Tynion IV (The Woods,Memetic), Frank J. Barbiere(Broken World, Black Market), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and Curt Pires (The Fiction), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Eric Harburn, as they share some of the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing do’s and don’ts.

Nerdstrong: Getting Fit for Cosplay, Geekdom, and Life
4pm in Room14A

Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong partner, head coach), Marla Hudnall (Nerdstrong partner, coach), Christy Black (Nerdstrong coach, Healthy Is the New Skinny), Kimi Balcomb (Nerdstrong coach, Golden Lasso Cosplay), Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong coach, gaming director), Mairghread Scott (Nerdstrong member, writer Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Swords of Sorrow), and Mel Caylo (Nerdstrong member, marketing manager at BOOM! Studios) discuss fitness, body image, and confidence in a geek world. Moderated by Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Partner, TV host).

Friday July 10th

Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity, and Representation in Comic Books
10am in Room 4

The face of comics is changing. A diverse panel examine what indie/web publishing has been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up, and what creators and fans can do to be heard. Moderator Amy Chu (Girl’s Night Out) leads panelists Mairghread Scott(The Third Witch, Lantern City), IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Derek Charm (The Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up!), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions podcast), Christian Beranek (Validation), and BOOM! Studios brand communications manager Christine Dinh in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity, and representation in mainstream comics.

VictorionWomen of Transformers
1:30pm in Room 8

From Windblade and Arcee to Strongarm and the brand-new Combiner making her debut at SDCC, female Transformers characters have finally gotten their due; but behind the page and in fandom, even bigger changes have been happening. Panelists include Transformers comics writers Mairghread Scott and Georgia Ball, artists Corin Howell and Sara Pitre-Durocher, Hasbro’s Sarah Carroll, and special guests.

Saturday July 11th

Boom! Studios celebrates 10 Years and Pushes Comics Forward
12:30 in Room 24ABC

2015 marks the 10th year of publishing for BOOM! Studios, a multiple Eisner Award-winning top 10 comic publisher. BOOM! is looking ahead to the next 10 years and how everyone can push comics forward. Moderated by BOOM! president of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik and featuring editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Mark Waid (Strange Fruit, Irredeemable), Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Mairghread Scott (The Third WitchLantern City), and James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy), panelists highlight the changes in the industry and what they want to see in comics.

IDW and Hasbro: Transformers, Jem, Ponies, and More
2:30pm in Room 24ABC

IDW editors John Barber and Bobby Curnow, along with Michael Kelly (Hasbro’s senior director, global publishing), present a comprehensive overview of all things IDW and Hasbro; Transformers, My Little Pony, Jem, G.I. JOE, Dungeons & Dragons. Get the inside scoop on the latest news and announcements. Featuring writer Mairghread Scott, artist Agnes Garbowska, and more special guests.

Sunday July 12th

Push Fun Forward: All Ages Comics Have Arrived
1pm in Room 24ABC

All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion on the significance of all-ages comics, from what they have achieved thus far to what lies ahead, with creators Mairghread Scott(Transformers: Windblade), Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), Ian McGinty(Munchkin), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy).

Hope to see you there!

windblade 3In stores this week:

Transformers Windblade #3: Combiner Wars Part 5

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Marcelo Ferreira, Corin Howell (CA) Casey W. Coller

FINAL BATTLE! The last of the Combiners face off… but who is in control of the ultimate combiner? And who will emerge with the key to dominating the galaxy?

The final issue of Combiner Wars is huge. I’m joined by awesome artists Marcelo Ferreira and Corin Howell for the finale.

The last two pages are going to blow your mind, so one small request: please if you are discussing this issue this week, use spoiler warnings, so that everyone can be surprised at the big reveals.

Also Hasbro just announced that at San Diego Comic Con there will be an exclusive Combiner Hunters toy set featuring Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade. In addition there will be SDCC exclusive covers for Combiner Hunters #1, Windblade #4, Transformers #42, and More than Meets the Eye #42 all by Combiner Hunters artist Sara Pitre-Durocher. Sara’s art with Yamaishi’s colors on this book are absolutely beautiful and this book introduces Victorion, so don’t miss this issue!

This special one-shot comic will also be available in comic shops later in July:

combiner huntersTransformers Combiner Hunters One-Shot

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Casey W. Coller

COMBINER WARS FALLOUT! Because you demanded it-WINDBLADE and CHROMIA team up with ARCEE to put an end to the menace of the COMBINER WARS-but will they end each other first?! Featuring the first appearance of fan-created combiner Victorion!

Even more big news coming later this week so stay tuned!