9 Women Centric Panels You Should Attend During SDCC 2019

In an effort to keep you informed about the women oriented content available at San Diego Comic Con 2019, here are 9 panels that you should check out, bring a friend to, and enjoy when the epic convention finally gets here!

Thursday, July 18th

Hollywood Game Changers: A Conversation with the Creative Women Behind Popular Films and TV Projects

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am – 12:00pm 

Meet the talented women changing the status quo in film and television projects like Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, The OA Part II, Watchmen, Space Jam 2, Clueless, Santa Clarita Diet, Unikitty!, Enchanted, BoJack Horseman, Black Monday, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Fahrenheit 451, War for the Planet of the Apes, Rampage, and more! Get insight from famed composers, costume, production, and sound designers on how they use their craft to champion for women empowerment, diversity, and inclusion in entertainment. These fearless women are revolutionizing Hollywood and they’re here to stay. Part 1 of 2 from Impact24’s “Behind-the-Camera Superblock” panel series. Panelists include Paula Fairfield (Game of Thrones), Judy Rhee (Better Call Saul), Mona May (Clueless, Enchanted, Santa Clarita Diet), Meghan Kasperlik (The OA Part II, Watchmen), Melissa Bruning (Space Jam 2, War for the Planet of the Apes), Anna Drubich (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Anna Hollingsworth (Unikitty!, BoJack Horseman), and more panelists to be announced. Moderated by Chandra Feltus (partner and director at Neer Motion) and Fiorella Occhipinti (cinematographer). Introduction by Impact24 PR’s Andrea Resnick.

Add Hollywood Game Changers to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: The Next Frontier

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

Glass ceilings have been shattered and shows and films such as Star Trek Discovery, Captain Marvel, Steven Universe, and Avengers: Endgame are major entries in terms of women’s representation—but is it enough? What comes next on the journey to see more women and more types of women represented in pop culture? Tamara Brooks (DCComics.com, Geek & Sundry), Valerie Complex (film critic, screenwriter), Dani Fernandez (Nerdist, writer for Comedy Central), Jennifer Kretchmer (D&D Beyond’s Heroes of the Vale, Veronica Mars), Toni Sanchez (writer/host, That Hashtag Show), and Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, comic book historian) discuss recent breakthroughs and look toward the future for women’s representation in the nerdy frontier.

Add The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: The Next Frontier to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

Games Changers: Women Entrepreneurs Rewriting the Rules of the Games Industry

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm – 6:00pm 

Video games have changed a lot over the past decade, affecting platforms, playstyles, socialization, and many other areas. But the games industry and studio culture have been slow to change. This panel presents several women, each with years of experience working on successful game titles, who have decided to shape their own careers and reshape the industry they love. Leah Hoyer (Level Headed Games, Telltale, Xbox), Jessie Quinn (Leaftail Labs, Xbox, Bungie), Genese Davis (Omensight, The Holder’s Dominion), and others talk about working in games and the future they see for the industry.

Add Game Changers to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm 

Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craftwork of women and nonbinary people in the comic book industry. They host events around the country, including their own Women in Comics convention. In this installment of their ongoing panel series, they discuss how they maintain their career longevity within an ever-changing industry while ushering in a new generation of creators who will help broaden the scope of the comic book medium as a whole. Panelists include Eisner Award–winning artist Alitha E. Martinez, comic book historian and English professor Dr. Shamika Mitchell, digital painter and cover artist Sheeba Maya, illustrator and journalist Alice Meichi Li, educator Vanée Smith-Matsalia, illustrator and colorist Sara Gomez-Woolley, and moderator Regine L. Sawyer, the coordinator and founder of the Women in Comics Collective International.

Add Women of Color in Comics to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

Friday, July 19th

The Future of Film Is Female

Friday July 19, 2019 2:30pm – 3:30pm 

After a groundbreaking panel last year, Fandango and TCM correspondent Alicia Malone (author, Backwards & In Heels; The Female Gaze) returns to Comic-Con to conduct a new conversation about women working in genre film, the essential movies, the pioneers who paved the way, and the evolving landscape. Experts and filmmakers will give insights, discuss favorites, and share sneak peeks of their upcoming movies. There will be free movie tickets for select attendees who participate in Q&A.

Add The Future of Film is Female to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

Entertainment Is Female: A Conversation with Hollywood Executives

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm – 6:00pm 

From the production companies that brought you Transformers, Deadpool, LEGO movies, The Walking Dead, Lumberjanes, and Mission Impossible, women executives discuss how they are pushing for female representation in Hollywood while adapting comics and games to the big screen. Moderator Tiffany Smith (DC All Access) is joined by panelists Jeannette Francis (Bad Robot), Mette Norkjaer (BOOM! Studios), Nikki Baida (Genre Films), Grey Cusack (Hasbro/Allspark Pictures), Aubrey Lee (Lord Miller), and Sam Crawley (Skybound Entertainment).

Add Entertainment is Female to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

Saturday, July 20th

Women Rocking Hollywood 2019: Women-Powered Projects and the Push Towards Parity

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

There have been positive developments in the last year for women in television and film. Initiatives like the 4% challenge are making news, movies and TV identified as gender-balanced are getting ReFrame stamps, and companies like OWN, Annapurna, Netflix, and Sundance continue to expand opportunities for intersectional women, supporting great content in the process. Changes are happening, but are they happening fast enough, and how can industry insiders and fans help the forward momentum? Come see the inspired, talented powerhouse panelists of Women Rocking Hollywood 2019 share their perspective and talk about their exciting new projects. Scheduled to appear: Alison Emilio (director: ReFrame, advisory board: Horizon Award), Liesl Tommy (director, Respect, The Walking Dead), Gloria Calderon Kellett (executive story editor/producer, How I Met Your Mother; co-creator/writer/director, One Day at a Time), Catherine Hardwicke (director, Twilight, Don’t Look Deeper), Cheryl Dunye (producing director, Queen Sugar; director, David Makes Man), Jen McGowan (director, Rust Creek; founder, Glass Elevator), Angela Robinson (producer/writer/director: True Blood, director: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women), and C Fitz (director, Jewel’s Catch One, Queen Sugar). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (creator: WomenRockingHollywood, journalist: Cinema Siren website).

Add Women Rocking Hollywood to your SDCC schedule HERE.

Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm – 5:00pm 

A discussion among fierce, fearless actresses Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Expanse), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam, Doctor Who), Betty Gilpin (The Hunt, GLOW), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), and Cobie Smulders (Stumptown) who open up about the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield.

Add Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

Sunday, July 21st

Rebuilding and Reinventing the Modern Girl Through Stories

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm 

We’re in a post–Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel world, well into a time where we all know that girls and women can kick ass and be strong protagonists. That girls can grow up to be president or walk on the moon, or be a queen or a superhero. But a lot of old stereotypes that still persist. How do we reinvent the new girl order to build new characters for the enlightened girl? How do we pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What’s the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own? What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? Panelists Cecil Castellucci (Snow White), Sarah Kuhn (Batgirl), Nilah Macgruder (Marvel Rising), Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen), Danielle Paige (Mera), and moderator Jenn Fujikawa (Star Wars and Marvel.com) discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums for the modern girl.

Add Rebuilding and Reinventing the Modern Girl Through Stories to your SDCC 2019 schedule HERE.

What panels are you going to attend at San Diego Comic Con 2019? Let us know in the comments below!

Lyra enjoys loud mouthed, damaged characters, with a penchant for rescuing people and drinking their sorrows away. When she isn’t splurging on Netflix shows she’s not so quietly ranting about Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, and Supernatural!