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Comic-Con International: San Diego

If you're going to be at Comi-Con, you should know ... we are too! We're presenting two panels, and we're also holding a Comic-Con themed Fleet Night of Science party (no badge required for the party!) Read on for more information.

Comic-Con Panels

Fleet & IDW panel, July 21, noon to 1 p.m., room 9:

IDW & The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Present Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet

Diehard fans know comics aren't just picture books for children and geeky adults. Comics have a long history of addressing complex issues, from science lab accidents to ethics, moral issues and social justice. This panel will look at the art, science and technology featured in some of our favorite comics and answer questions like: How do writers develop the stories? Are they communicating realistic scientific concepts? Could comic writers be predicting in the future of science and technology? Join a distinguished panel of scientists, entrepreneurs and artists and writers from IDW Publishing to discuss the true science behind comics and science fiction. 


Dean Kamen – Entrepreneur and Engineer

Matt Grob – Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and Chief Technology Officer: @GrobMatt

Dr. Ronald Coleman – Researcher at The Scripps Research Institute: @DrRonnieC

Chris Ryall – Editor-In-Chief at IDW. Writer of ROM comic books. Twitter: @chris_ryall

Chris Mowry – Senior Graphic Artist at IDW. Writer of Godzilla comic books. Twitter: @MowryChris

Sarah Gaydos – Group Editor at IDW. Oversees Star Trek and Transformers comic books. Twitter: @sarahgaydos

Dr. Steven Snyder – CEO, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, will moderate the panel


Fleet Panel, July 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., room 8

Fiction vs. Reality: An Investigation of Science in Movies

We love superhero and science-fiction movies for their quick pace, fantastic ideas and spectacular action sequences. Cars flip into the air, trains derail and flatten everything in their paths, characters have extraordinary tools and abilities and storylines travel throughout time and space. But could any of the imaginative scenarios we witness in action blockbusters actually happen? How often do movies reflect accurate science or realistic depictions of future technology and discoveries? How important is it for the science in fictional movies to align with reality? Join Hollywood science advisors, screenwriters and San Diego scientists as they discuss the fine balance between storytelling, imagination and realistic science. 


Dr. Brian Keating – Astrophysics Professor Brian Keating, UC San Diego @DrBrianKeating

Adam Weiner – Physics Teacher, The Bishop’s School @moviephysics

Fred Bronson – Journalist, author and writer (Star Trek: The Next Generation) @FredBronson

Craig Titley – Producer and writer (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) @CraigTitley2 

Dr. Steven Snyder – CEO, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, will moderate the panel


Fleet Night of Science

Fleet Night of Science is a quarterly after-hours event at the Fleet for chic geeks 21+. You get the science center all to yourself (no kids allowed!) to explore exhibits, sip cocktails, enjoy edibles, listen to music and get your geek on with science experiments, clever chats and delightfully nerdy experiences. Food and adult beverages are available for purchase, and proceeds support the Fleet's nonprofit mission of inspiring science learning.

On Thursday, July 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., we'll celebrate the pop culture, science fiction and fantasy event of the year: San Diego Comic-Con. No badge required!

Guests will get to explore themed science fun, including the Fleet’s latest exhibition, Science Fiction, Science Future, and enjoy beer samples from Wavelength Brewing Co. Additionally, enjoy a pop culture trivia game and get exclusive, limited Comic-Con releases from IDW Publishing. Discuss the reality of shows like Bones and CSI with real-life forensic anthropologists. Meet Chris Mowry, the writer of the Godzilla comics, and Fred Bronson, writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation. And more! Get your tickets today. Learn more. This event is sponsored by ViaSat.