Here ‘s my schedule for San Diego Comic Fest. I’m going to have a busy Saturday.

Best Original Graphic Novels — Friday, 11 a.m., Crescent Room.

We asking panelists to bring their separate lists of the top 10 graphic novels of all time, then compare notes and see where they agree and disagree. To be clear, we’re limiting this discussion to original graphic novels, not books that were first serialized such as Watchmen, Dark Knight or Maus. Bring your own list! With: Erik Bear, Jackie Estrada

Pros and Cons of Writers Workshops — Saturday, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Crescent Room.

Writers workshops offer a rigorous environment in which fledgling writers learn how to improve their skills in a supportive environment. Or, writers workshops place newbies in an insular atmosphere with perspectives limited by jealousy and back-biting. Discuss, with examples if possible. With: David Brin, Tone Milazzo, Mark Teppo

Fantastic Here and Now — Saturday, 12:30-1:30 pm, Eaton Room.

Many fantasy writers don’t bother with world building but instead set their stories in the “real” world with a twist. Is this creative freedom or creatively limiting? Some questions that may be considered: Why here rather than there? What does the real world have to offer the fantastic? Why not now: Is the fantastic an easier fit in the past? What time and era in history has the most untapped potential? With: Mark Teppo, Vernor Vinge.

Hard Science Fiction vs. Science — Saturday, 2:00-3:00 pm, Garden Salon 2 Room.

After decades of false promises, from jet packs to virtual reality, have people given up on science fiction’s predictive qualities? Where does that leave science fiction? Does it matter? Questions to ponder may include: If an SF story is debunked by science, is it still SF? Without faster than light travel, where can a hard science fiction writer find good aliens? Are time travel stories still interesting if they require an accelerator ring around the solar system? What technologies have not been tapped for future stories? With: David Brin, Stephen Potts, Vernor Vine.

Sticking with Traditional Publishers — Saturday 4:15-5:15 pm, Crescent Room.

Self-publishing is the vogue today not just in comics (see above) but in the world of books without pictures as well. But many creators, both in comics and book publishing, have chosen to remain with traditional publishers. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach? With: Terry Kemp, Batton Lash, Russell Nohelty.

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