The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is just almost here today we have a look at the Friday Schedule of Events for July 20, 2018. 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: DuckTales; Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with D23: the Official Disney Fan Club; and Marvel Television: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.

There’s a few other goings on that Disney fans might enjoy, including Star Wars Tourism; Women of Star Wars; and Marvel’s Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth Carter: Designing the Costumes of Wakanda.

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

From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins: How Does Personality Influence Our Favorite Disney Characters?

Why do people identify with the Evil Queen but not Snow White? Or Elsa and Anna but not Donald Duck or Nemo? Disney characters have been a major influence in culture for the past 90 years. These character preferences inform everything from movie spinoff ideas to game alignment, toy production, and sales. Data were gathered from a study conducted by Keith W. Beard, Psy.D., April Fugett, Ph.D. (professors of psychology, Marshall University), Britani Black,M.A., and Carrie Dean, M.A. (doctoral students, Marshall University) of over 1,000 participants examining personality test results with preferred Disney characters. Findings show how personality informs one’s choices of the Disney characters to identify with and follow. Other topics to be covered are specific personality traits that are associated with liking or disliking specific characters; additional results and other psychological/personality factors, including a review of the most (and least) popular Disney characters based on research results from the last few years; and a comparison between Disney character ratings and several other prominent and popular franchises (such as DC characters, Harry Potter, Walking Dead, Star Wars) in order to better explore overall preference and exposure of some of the most prominent and pervasive pop culture icons of the last 100 years.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am, Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

The Genius of Animation: Problem Solving in Character and Story

Did you know The Flintstones started out as a show about hillbillies? Frozen’sAnna and Elsa didn’t start out as sisters? So many of the cartoon characters and storylines you love went through lots of changes to become the versions you know. Panelists will examine some of your favorite movies and cartoon shorts with the artists responsible for creating/developing them, learn about fascinating bumps in the road, and how they got past them. Featuring Floyd Norman(Disney legend, animator and story artist, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book), Jane Baer (animator, Sleeping Beauty, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Nik Ranieri(character animator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beauty and the Beast), Ricardo Delgado (production designer, Atlantis; visual development artist, The Incredibles, Wall-E), Kathy Zielinski (lead animator, The Little Mermaid, Frozen), Aliki Theofilopoulos (supervising producer: Harvey Street Kids, storyboard artist/writer: Phineas and Ferb), Randy Haycock (character animator, The Lion King, Moana), Shadi Petosky (co-creator Danger & Eggs, executive producer: Twelve Forever), and Mindy Johnson (animation historian, author, Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation). Moderated by Leslie Combemale(, ASIFA: Hollywood).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am, Room 23ABC

Star Wars Collectibles

Hosted by Lucasfilm’s Brian Merten, this panel showcases all the coolest new and upcoming releases by Anovos, Bandai, eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, Sideshow Collectibles, and a surprise panelist. As always, the panel concludes with some very cool raffle prizes.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 7AB

Behind the Design: Star Wars Fashion Collaborations

Star Wars has always been on the forefront of the “geek chic” fashion movement by bringing iconic characters and stories to life through the lens of modern fashion. Over the past decade, the portfolio of brand partnerships has grown significantly, allowing fans all over the world to celebrate their passion for the brand with more than just T-shirts. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development process of Star Wars fashion and accessories with the creative leads of some of the most popular collaborations to date.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 7AB

Marvel’s Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth Carter: Designing the Costumes of Wakanda

Costume Designers Guild members Ruth Carter (costume designer, Black Panther, Malcolm X, Serenity), Anthony Francisco (visual development concept artist, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy), and Phillip Boutte Jr. (costume concept artist, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity Wars) discuss the process behind designing the costumes of Marvel’s Black Panther, along with f Mary Ellen Fields (manufacturing foreperson/specialty manufacturer, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Superman: Man of Steel) and Douriean Fletcher (specialty jeweler, Black Panther).

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 9

Hasbro Star Wars

Members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams will discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 7AB

Marvel: Cup O’Joe (Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary)

Joe Quesada and fellow comics legend Jimmy Palmiotti reflect on the industry-redefining Marvel Knights imprint as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. What was it like to pioneer this bold new storytelling style for Marvel’s heroes, and how has it impacted Marvel comics, movies, and television series over the last two decades? Learn about all this and more at this must-attend retrospective, and bring your own burning questions!

Friday July 20, 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 5AB

Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away!

Michael Siglain (director, creative: Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing) and surprise panelists share previews and exclusive announcements about what should be on your must-read list from Star Wars publishing.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 7AB

Judges on the Law of the Last Jedi and Solo

Star Wars and the law go together like Han Solo and Chewbacca. This panel of judges discuss the legal issues from The Last Jedi, Solo, and unexplored regions from the Outer Rim. Did Luke Skywalker have a legal obligation to save the galaxy from the First Order? What is the legality of underground droid fights? Could the caretakers sue Rey for dropping a boulder on their cart? Was Han right when he shot first? Find out when court is in session with Judge John B. Owensof the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman,Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, CA Judge Carol Najera, NY Judge Matthew Sciarrino, and Paul Grewal (former magistrate judge and now deputy general counsel and VP of litigation at Facebook). Moderated by attorneys Jessica Mederson and Joshua Gilliland of The Legal Geeks.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 7AB


Solve a mystery and rewrite history with the cast of Disney Channel’s hit series DuckTales! Executive producer Matt Youngberg, co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones, art director Sean Jimenez, and series stars Ben Schwartz(House of Lies, Parks and Rec), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live, We Bare Bears), Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless), Toks Olagundoye (Castle, The Neighbors), and Entertainment Weekly’s Marc Snetiker discuss the mystery of the boys’ missing mom, epic adventures for season 2, and new footage from never-before-seen episodes. It’s a duck blur of fun, action, and secrets revealed in this can’t-miss panel for fans new and old of the world’s most iconic family of ducks!

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 6A

The Science of Star Wars

Ever wondered if lightsabers could one day be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Is there a form of fuel that could keep The Resistance out of reach from a First Order fleet? Expert panelists Kim Steadman (systems engineer, NASA-JPL), Emily Manor Chapman (systems engineer, NASA-JPL), Kieran Dickson (editor,, MGM Studios), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Steve Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Eliot Sirota(VFX expert), and host Jenna Busch (creator, Legion of Leia) act as your Bor Gullet into the mind of Star Wars creators and break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away. Q&As, surprises, and giveaways will follow.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 7AB 

Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with D23: the Official Disney Fan Club

From Steamboat Willie to today, Mickey’s career has taken him on an epic journey that has endeared him to fans around the world. D23’s Justin Arthurhosts a panel including Bret Iwan (voice actor), Becky Cline (director, the Walt Disney Archives), and Mark Henn (master Disney animator), who look at Mickey’s legendary roles in animated films and television shows, the Magic Kingdoms, and beyond.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm, Room 6A

The Women of Star Wars

For the past 40 years, the Star Wars galaxy has expanded at a remarkable rate. Behind the scenes, creators have worked to round that galaxy out and to maintain cultural relevancy by appealing to new fans from different walks of life. Authors E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka) and Zoraida Córdova (From a Certain Point of View) along with other panelists discuss the impact of a more inclusive Star Wars, from the writers to the animators to, of course, the characters you know and love.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 7AB

Marvel Television: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

San Diego will be getting a little taste of New Orleans! Meet series stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Emma Lahana, Ally Maki, and executive producer/showrunner Joe Pokaski of the new hit summer series that redefined the superhero genre, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. Featuring a lively Q&A moderated by executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb,along with a look at exclusive, never-before-been-seen footage. And don’t forget to tune in to watch all-new episodes, Thursdays, 8/7c, on Freeform.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:45pm – 6:45pm, Ballroom 20

Star Wars Tourism: Visiting the Galaxy Far, Far Away on Earth

From the deserts of Tunisia and California to the glaciers of Norway and the coast of Ireland, Star Wars filming sites are the new travel destination. James Floyd(contributor, Star Wars website and Star Wars Insider), Ash Crossan (host, ET Online), and Charla Teeters-Stewart (director, Imperial County Film Commission) will help you learn about where to go, how to get there, and how to get the most out of it with your fellow Star Wars fans.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 7AB

Star Wars Mock Trial: The Court-Martial of Poe Dameron

The Legal Geeks and the Rebel Legion Sunrider Base present the mock court-martial of everyone’s favorite X-Wing ace, Poe Dameron. Based on the events of The Last Jedi, Poe stands accused of disobeying General Leia Organa and leading a mutiny aboard the resistance flagship Raddus against Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Lawyers for the prosecution and defense, including a U.S. Army JAG attorney, will take on Poe’s case in front of United States Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin. Participating attorneys include Steve Chu, Thomas Harper, Christine Peek, and Megan Hitchcock. With Rebel Legion members Rachel Williams as General Leia Organa and Marcus Holt as Poe Dameron.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm – 9:00pm, Room 7AB

Evermore Park: Creating the Living Experience Park for Immersive Role Play

Ken Bretschneider (CEO, Evermore Park; co-founder, The VOID), Josh Shipley(CCO, Evermore Park; former Walt Disney Imagineer), and Logan Long (creative studio director, Evermore Park; Face Off : multiple season contestant) discuss the creation of this new “living experience park” in Utah. Incorporating authentic European historical architecture, professional prop building, full-body character costuming, and puppetry, Evermore is introducing a fresh spin on fantasy immersive theatre while embracing a strong culture of audience cosplay and interactive role-play.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:30pm – 9:30pm, Room 8

Star Wars Trivia Game Panel

Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Comic-Con International since 2002, have prepared an even more challenging contest this year for fans who think they know the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be a game round for kids aged 5 to 11, in which every child will win a prize. Following will be three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). All game rounds are conducted in a last-man-standing format. Come test your knowledge, and you may win some of the thousands of dollars of prizes provided by Star Wars licensees. Hosted by Leia Hornedo, Linda Crispien, Brendan Prout, Carlos Munoz, Felicia Nykaza, and Collin Gomez.

Friday July 20, 2018 9:00pm – 10:00pm, Room 7AB

But Wait, There’s More!

Below are some of the announcements already made for SDCC 2018. Keep an eye here tomorrow for more SDCC announcements!

As always, all information is subject to change without notice. Find the full San Diego Comic Con schedule here: