SDCC@Home: 5 Panels You May Have Missed

Just like any other year, there were too many good things happening at Comic-Con to keep track. The great news is, many panels are still available since Comic-Con@Home was all virtual. In case you missed them the first time, here are five (in no particular order) worth watching. 

LGBTQ Characters on Television – What’s Next?

If this panel had happened at SDCC in person, it would absolutely need to take place in Hall H, Ballroom 20, or the Indigo Ballroom. And the room would’ve been packed. The panelists did an incredible job discussing not only how the portrayal of LGBTQ characters has changed over the years but also what has been the best and hardest part of being part of that growth. 

Panel description: Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time), Jamie Clayton (Roswell: New Mexico), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery), J. August Richards (Council of Dads), Harry Shum, Jr. (Shadowhunters), Brian Michael Smith (9-1-1: Lone Star) discuss the past, present, and future of representation of LGBTQ characters on television in a Q&A session moderated by Jim Halterman (TV Guide magazine).


Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass – An Action Hero Career Retrospective

One of the most put-together panels in all of Comic-Con@Home. Not only was the interview smooth, interesting, and thoughtful, the clips of Theron’s movies that silently played when she talked about them was the perfect touch. As much as I enjoyed Theron’s one-woman panel at previous Comic-Cons, this was even better. 

Panel description: Actress and producer Charlize Theron reflects on portraying over two decades of action heroes, from Æon Flux to The Old Guard‘s Andromache, Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Furiosa to Atomic Blonde‘s Lorraine Broughton. In a lengthy retrospective Q&A moderated by IGN’s Terri Schwartz, Theron discusses the evolution of the modern female action hero, the roles that inspired her, and what drives her to constantly push her limits with fight training.


V.E. Schwab Shades of Magic Comics Panel

If you’re a fan of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy or fantasy literature in general, this is a fantastic panel to watch. Hearing her talk about the process of creating the Shades of Magic comics is great and some of the best moments are learning about the collaborative process with artist Enrica Eren Angiolini and senior creative editor David Leach. There’s also a very exciting announcement about a new series of comics called Extraordinary that Schwab is doing with Titan Comics based on her book series, Viscious

Panel description: Torn straight from the universe of V.E. Schwab’s best-selling Shades of Magic novel series – now in the works with Sony for a smash hit movie adaptation – the final chapter of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic comic book trilogy hits stores in July 2020. In this special spotlight panel, Titan Entertainment’s Andrew Sumner chats with New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab, artist Enrica Eren Angiolini and senior creative editor David Leach about this hotly-anticipated graphic novel, the final installment of Prince Maxim’s adventures.


The Fleet Science Center Celebrates: The Stories & Science of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This one seemed to fly under the radar. It wasn’t really about the story of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but the science and the impact of seeing women as scientists and in sci-fi has on viewers. It was an engaging and fun discussion to watch from scientists geeking out over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, at the same time, Elizabeth Henstridge equally geeking out about talking with real-life scientists.

Panel description: For seven seasons Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed to take us on one wild ride after another. The show is coming to an end with season seven, which premiered on May 27, and we are excited to celebrate the show with this panel. It is one thing to explore the amazing, and sometimes scary, abilities of Inhumans (mutants), and quite another to take these stories into a Matrix-like world, into space and even on a time-traveling adventure. Join the Fleet Science Center and executive producers, writers, and actors from Marvel’s immensely popular TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as they reveal how these stories came to life and discuss with San Diego scientists if they got the science right. Panelists are: Jeffrey Bell (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunner, executive producer, and writer), Andrea Decker (Fleet Science Center, moderator), Dr. Virginia De Sa (professor in the Cognitive Science Department at UC San Diego), Elizabeth Henstridge (actor, Jemma Simmons), Dr. Anila Kanchan Madiraju (research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Melissa Miller (scientist and science writer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography), James Oliver (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-producer and writer), Sharla Oliver (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-producer and writer), Dr. Troy Sandberg (postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego), Joel Stoffer (actor, Enoch), and Craig Titley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer and writer).


LGBTQ Comics and Popular Media for Young People

After watching and crying at the series finale of Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power earlier this year, there is no way I wouldn’t tune in for a panel that included Noelle Stevenson. She and her fellow panelists tackle the topic of LGBTQ characters and stories in media aimed at young people with grace, honesty, and refreshingly direct attitudes. 

Panel description: Comics and animation are universal mediums that have recently made huge leaps in presenting LGBTQ-inclusive stories and characters for young audiences. These groundbreaking successes have made unique creative opportunities for LGBTQ storytellers. A mix of animation and publishing storytellers discuss their projects and answer the questions: How do they approach LGBTQ content and characters for tweens & teens? What are the new and upcoming projects to watch for? And how do new LGBTQ creators find their voice and get their start? Join Prism Comics, moderator Cort Lane (Marvel Rising, Ultimate Spider-Man) and talented panelists Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), Trung Le Nguyen aka Trungles (The Magic Fish, Twisted Romance), Alex Sanchez (You Brought Me The Ocean), Noelle Stevenson (Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power), Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance, DC Super Hero Girls), and Michael Vogel (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Young Justice) as they look at the world of LGBTQ storytelling for the young fans of today and creators of tomorrow.

Stephanie Coats