July 21–24, 2016

San Diego Comic-Con

comicconSuperhero IRL: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing (Thursday, July 21: 6:30 -7:30pm) Room 24ABC

Can caped crusaders inspire you to find your inner courage? Calling on top TV and film celebs to rally to end bullying at Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel. Experts in psychology and human rights activism will discuss practical strategies to navigate harassment, both online and IRL. Panelists include award-winning author and Coalition co-founder Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (psychologist, The Arkham Sessions), Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (author, Superhero Therapy), Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign), Kate Langrall Folb (director, USC Hollywood, Health & Society), United Nations Association president Bettina Hausmann, and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash).

comicconHollyweird Science: Science Fiction as Inspiration (Thursday, July 21: 7:00 -8:00pm) Room 5AB

While the scientific accuracy depicted in television and film has increasingly come under the microscope in the past decade, science fiction and science-themed productions serve the scientific community in ways other than as entertaining lessons. Many scientists point to series like Star Trek and films like 2001 as their inspiration for choosing their careers. Even the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is looking to Hollywood to inspire America to go to Mars. The panelists share their favorite sci-fi films and TV series (including guilty pleasures), as well as what those productions have meant to them in their careers. Featuring Zack Stentz (The Flash, Lore), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Battlestar Galactica), Phil Plait, Ph.D. (Bad Universe, 51 Degrees North), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zootopia), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask, The Arkham Sessions), and Helen Stringer, (The Gloaming, Paradigm). Session moderated by Aaron Sagers (Syfy Blastr).

comicconRise of the Fangirls: Women in Recent Geek Culture (Saturday, July 23: 11:00 -12:00pm) Room 25ABC

In 2010, nine women gathered onstage in front of a packed and engaged crowd at Comic-Con International to dispel the myth that “Geek Girls, like unicorns, don’t exist.” The subsequent six years have seen an explosion in female representation in geek spaces. Surveys tracking attendance numbers at fan-based events, as well as data regarding women gamers and comic book readers, are suggestive of gender parity within geek culture. Headlines coming out of Comic-Con itself proclaim that “women totally dominate” the event and that we are experiencing the rise of fangirls. But how far have women in geek culture really come since that landmark “Geek Girls Exist” panel? Andrea Letamendi (Pop Culture Hero Coalition), Jamie Broadax (Black Girl Nerds), Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network), Suzanne Scott (UT-Austin), Sam Maggs (Bioware, Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), Marie Poole (Lone Shark Games), and moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) talk about what interventions are being made in the culture, what areas still need work, and what the fangirl future holds.

comicconThe Psychology of the Marvel TV Universe (Saturday, July 23: 7:00-8:00pm) Room 5AB

They’re from different eras. They operate in different parts of the world, not to mention, occasionally, different dimensions! And they fight different villains, sometimes reluctantly. Yet, they’re all very much connected through the same universe and many of the same experiences, including trauma, adversity, and self-discovery. Television writers Craig Titley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Lindsey Allen (Agent Carter), Christos Gage (Marvel’s Daredevil), and Scott Reynolds (Jessica Jones) join Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) to explore the dramatic psychology of the Marvel TV Universe. Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions).


ozOcrqBmThe Arkham Sessions Meet ‘n Greet! (Saturday, July 23: 12:30-1:30pm) Small Press Pavilion, Table Q-12

Join The Arkham Sessions podcast co-hosts Brian Ward and Dr. Andrea Letamendi for this Meet ‘n Greet event at the Fanbase Press booth! Bring your Batman & Psychology questions, record your own submission to the show, or just come say hi! We would love to see you!

See past events for examples of private and public lectures, seminars and panel presentations.