The 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner and today they announced the Thursday Schedule of Events for July 21, 2016. There’s a few panels that fall under the Disney umbrella and there’s also a few other goings on that Disney fans will enjoy, too.

Highlights include Moana: Art of StoryThe Dynamic World of Disney Comics, and Marvel’s Luke Cage.

There’s a few other goings on that Disney fans might enjoy, including Comics and Animation Story Boards, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, and Cartoon Creatives: Women Power in Animation.

Below are details about some of the events with tangential Disney appeal.

Thursday Schedule of Disney Events

“Feed Your Head: The VFX of Alice Through the Looking Glass”
10:00 AM – Room 6A

Leap into the journey through the VFX process of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Alice’s esteemed VFX team leads HALON Entertainment’s Tefft Smith II and VFX editor Ed W. Marsh will take the audience through scene building, shooting, and the final VFX process by breaking down some of Underland’s most complex sequences. This panel will debut exclusive footage not seen in the theater.

The Dynamic World of Disney Comics
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 28DE

Disney Comics experts give you a sneak peek into how Disney’s beloved movies and TV shows are transformed into digital and print comic books. Daron Nefcy (creator and executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Gianfranco Cordara (vice president, global magazines & new IP, Disney Publishing Worldwide), Roberto Santillo (director, art development & academia Disney), Mike Siglain (creative director, Lucasfilm Publishing), and other panelists will share new comics based on Zootopia,Finding Dory, Frozen, Star Wars, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and more.

The Relationship Between Artist and Model
11:30am – 12:30pm, Room 24ABC

With all the drawing software out there, why do animation studios, video game developers, and comics illustrators still use live action models for character design and development? This panel will discuss how art models contribute to and enhance an artist’s vision, how to find the right one for a project, and ways into the business. Panelists include art models Jennifer Fabos Patton (Gallery Girls founder), Stacy E. Walker (Disney, Heavy Metal), and Michael Schmidt (Harry Potter), mo-cap modelTJ Storm (Deadpool), and Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.

Moana: Art of Story
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Room 6A

Legendary directors Ron Clements (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) and John Musker (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) lead a panel of artists as they give a behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated comedy-adventure Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Once on her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Comics and Animation Story Boards
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 25ABC

Lissa Treiman (Giant Day, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), Natalie Nourigat (Deadpool #250, A Boy & A Girl), Bob Scott (Molly and the Bear, Peanuts, U.S. Acres, Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.), Jeff Ranjo (Where Is Dead Zero?, Poop Jelly, Dark Horse Presents, Moana), Brian Kesinger (Groot, Otto and Victoria, Lil Kylo, Moana, Zootopia), and Manu Arenas (Yaxin the Faun, Moana, Zootopia, The Gruffalo) discuss comics and animation: two visual storytelling artforms that bring the passion and storytelling skills from one medium to the other and attract the same type of creator. Join Walt Disney Animation Studios artists who have made the journey from comics to animation and animation to comics as they share their stories and learn about the crossover skill-sets that have allowed them to dip their hands into both rich, vibrant mediums.

Cartoon Creatives: Women Power in Animation
4:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 24ABC

While Women in Animation’s initiative strives to have a 50/50 workforce in the animation world by 2025, there are women leading the charge right now, creating, innovating, and guiding cartoons into a future filled with talent that goes beyond gender, and their fans are loving every minute of it. Scheduled to appear are Lauren Faust (creator, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Brooke Keesling(director of animation talent development at Disney TV Animation), Lauren Montgomery (co-showrunner, Voltron Legendary Defenders), Stevie Wermers-Skelton (co-director, the upcomingFrozen Holiday Special), Gina Shay (producer, the upcoming Trolls), Katie Krentz (director of development: Cartoon Network, Steven Universe), Daron Nefcy (creator/executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil) and Marge Dean (co-president, Women in Animation), talking about their experiences and upcoming projects. Moderated by Leslie Combemale of Animation Scoop.

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
3:10pm – 5:00pm, Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. Take an intimate journey through the life and career of the “Forrest Gump” of the animation industry: Floyd Norman. See how this Disney Legend, at 80 years old, the first African American artist at Disney, continues to influence animation and stir up his own brand of “trouble.” Panelists include Disney Legend Floyd Norman (story artist, Disney’s animatedThe Jungle Book) and filmmakers Michael Fiore (producer, Sony Screen Gems’ Keep Watching) andErik Sharkey (director, Drew: The Man Behind The Poster).

Marvel’s Luke Cage
5:45pm – 6:45pm, Ballroom 20

The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel’s Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel’s Head of Television).

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming
8:00pm – 9:00pm, Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all seven Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands and Southern California Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative process that bring Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen in to reality. Dean Amstutz (ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Lesley Farquhar (ISG commanding officer) will present information on the history, organization. and mission of the 501st Legion as “Bad Guys Doing Good”! Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor, KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with hard armor parts. Jazlynne Wilson (ISG member) will speak about soft fabric construction. Dawn Bright (Flagship Eclipse Detachment executive officer) will discuss the process and requirements for bringing a new canon costume into the Legion. Todd Mullin (ISG executive officer) moderates.


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