Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet, Part 4—Transformers

Die-hard fans know comics are no trivial matter. They 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. Join IDW Publishing and the Fleet Science Center for a four-part event series for adults and young adults 15+ that will look at the art, science and technology featured in some of our favorite comics.

  • How do artists create the artwork? How do writers develop the stories?
  • Are they communicating realistic scientific concepts?
  • Could they even be predicting what’s to come in science and technology?

Comic book artists, writers and local scientists will give short talks, followed by open discussion, addressing the creative and scientific sides of comics. Enjoy local brews and stimulating discussion with comic book creators and fans!

The second event in the series discusses Transformers and the science of robotics. Could future cars rearrange themselves into robots? What are robots today that already help protect the inhabitants of earth? And where do writers get their inspiration from?

Panelists joining us this night:

  • John Barber, writer, Transformers, and recent HASBRO Hall of Fame inductee for the most Transformer comics ever written
  • Brandon Easton, Writer, Transformers
  • Livio Ramondelli, Artist, Transformers
  • Sonia Martinez Diaz, PhD, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Nick Gravish, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

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NOTE: 15+ ONLY! IDs will be checked for drink tickets.

We thank our generous beer sponsor Pariah Brewing Co. for supporting Crossover: Where Comics & Science meet this year!

Please note: During these events, there will be photography and video recording. By attending these events you consent to and authorize without further compensation the use and reproduction of any film or photographs.

Friday Night Liberty: Creator Signing & Story Tent!

Date night with the kids? Yes, it’s possible!

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery & Traveling Stories have got you covered! We’re teaming up this Friday Night Liberty to host family night for San Diego.

While kids read and earn prizes with Traveling Stories volunteers in the StoryTent, everyone is welcome to the Gallery to meet the writers and artist of the popular comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Trek! They will be signing comics and answering questions about your favorite characters and what it’s like to be a comic book writer, between 6 and 7pm.

It’s for the children!

During the event, we will be raising money and donating supplies to Traveling Stories.

Book For Book

Comic book publisher IDW Publishing is sponsoring a matching donation of books to Traveling Stories.  For every book purchased at the Gallery, a children’s book will be donated to Traveling Stories’ libraries.

Adulting for the Kids

The Gallery will also be hosting a donation beer & wine bar featuring some tasty brews from Pariah Brewery, with all profits going to Traveling Stories.

Join us!

Traveling Stories is a San Diego-based nonprofit that specializes in helping kids fall in love with reading by the 4th grade. Their StoryTents offer reading support at farmers markets and malls across San Diego. Learn more at

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery is a dynamic space dedicated to sharing the joy of visual storytelling with the community.

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CROSSOVER: G.I. Joe vs. The Six Million Dollar Man & The Science of Bionics

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery is delighted to be hosting CROSSOVER: G.I. Joe vs. The Six Million Dollar Man & The Science of Bionics!  The second CROSSOVER event in 2018 series between IDW Publishing and the Fleet Science Center.

On May 25th, join writers Jonathan Maberry and Tom Waltz,  as they discuss comics and bionics with Dr. Shawn O’Connor, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Biomechanics Lab at SDSU.  Continue reading CROSSOVER: G.I. Joe vs. The Six Million Dollar Man & The Science of Bionics