Last weekend (20th-22nd April 2018), the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego played host to the sixth year of a convention that has a simple remit: taking the comic convention of the city that has grown into the behemoth that it is back to its core roots, while celebrating the history and legacy of comics and pop culture in a smaller, more intimate surrounding. With San Diego Comic Fest having a number of the original SDCC creators at its inception, the show faces the challenge of retaining its ‘con-in-a-hotel-ballroom, trestle tables, spit and sawdust’ ethos while attracting world-class creatives and growing in popularity itself.
Thankfully, Event Chairman Matt Dunford, in his second year in the role, tackles that challenge head-on by curating a show that doesn’t play a catch-all game with its content, carefully choosing some unique, legacy subjects which fascinate, entertain and inspire in equal measure.
Thomas ‘T.J.’ Shelvin moderates this incredible panel, in which showrunners, writers, directors and animators talk about the best and the brightest of the golden age of children’s television animation, in which stories were not just told to entertain, but to captivate, inspire and ultimately remember as some the best renditions of the most beloved characters. T.J. is joined by Buzz Dixon (THUNDARR, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, TINY TOONS), Eric and Julia Lewald (X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES), Larry Houston (X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) and John Semper (SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) to talk about the animation shows that you know and love.
Thanks to Matt and his team, allowing us permission to record and present this panel.