Where’s my super suit?!? — San Diego @Comic_Con 2018 #SDCC @mattnixtv @themelalee @ericalindbeck @TabBEP

As a lover of comic books, graphic novels, artists, superheroes movies and TV series I’m giddy about being involved with this project. Who hasn’t spun around like Wonder Woman as a young girl or maybe, um, yesterday? To see her and so many other brilliant superheroes in print, in cool TV series and on the big screen bringing justice to the world makes my heart sing.

Thrilled to announce that I’m moderating my first education/how to panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an amazing group of panelists.

If you are attending SD Comic-Con, please let me know love to see you there and please come to our talk — it is Sunday, July 22–11:30–1:00 pm, Room 2.

Education Panel/How To: Are Superheroes Social Justice Warriors? How to Educate, Illuminate and Bring Diversity and Social Change Through Comics.

Comic books have been pointing out injustice and bringing social issues to light since their outset. Over the years, this has ebbed and flowed, and currently, there is a merry war between both sides of the coin of too much and not enough. The comic industry is booming along with films and television series about superheroes. These panelists will share their thoughts on this topic and how current commentary on social justice and diversity have affected this industry.

Moderator Heather Newman (founder and CEO of Creative Maven) is joined by:

Mela Lee (voice actor, Fallout, Final Fantasy)

Erica Lindbeck (actress, ThunderCats Roar)

Matt Nix (writer, producer, creator of Fox’s The Gifted, and Burn Notice)

Taboo (rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, DJ, member of Black Eyed Peas)

Huge thank you to my dear friend and partner in much goodness, Edmund Cronin for recommending me, who is also hosting an educational panel on Mental Health and Comics, Sunday July 22, 2:30–4:00pm.

And another big thank you to Clydene Nee, a new powerful light in my life, who is a force to be reckoned with in her passion for curating diversity, inclusion and belonging to the San Diego Comic-Con education program for decades. Thank you to KC Mancebo, Clamorhouse Cristina Pacheco, Leda Maliga, Polo Molina,and Eleuthera Lisch for connecting me with your wonderful friends and colleagues.

Thrilled beyond belief. Zowie! Kapow! Bam! Pow! Zap! Boom!

Our Panelists:

Mela Lee

Mela Lee is a professional Voice Actor / Voice Artist for film and television. Her voice is featured in numerous animated series, Live Action TV & Films, and over 50 interactive game franchises Including Fallout (Bethesda), Final Fantasy (Square Enix), Quake Champions (Bethesda), Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian), Fire Emblem (Nintendo), BlazBlue (Arc System Works). Most recently fans find Mela returning as Rin Tohsaka in the new Fate/stay night franchise films (Netflix), Tiki in the Fire Emblem Game Series , Rachel Alucard in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle with RWBY, Lena in XOGenasys (Noir Caesar), Tikki in Miraculous Ladybug (Netflix/ Disney UK) and as Erica Karisawa in Durarara 1&2 (Adult Swim/ Cartoon Network), as well as being a voice replacement specialist for diverse shows including Gotham (Fox), Ballers (HBO), and Atlanta (FX). You can connect with Mela Lee on Twitter and Instagram @TheMelaLee.

Erica Lindbeck

Erica Lindbeck is an actress currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She received her Theater Degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and is most well-known for her voiceover work in video games & animation. Erica is thrilled to be involved in numerous projects, having played the roles of Cheetara and Wily Kit in the upcoming ThunderCats Roar, Miriam in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Mordred in Fate/Apocrypha, Ves-Ves in Sailor Moon, Dr. Jane Foster in Avengers: Secret Wars, Windblade in Transformers: RID Combiner Force, Celica in the Fire Emblem series, Menat in Street Fighter V, Futaba Sakura in Persona 5, Magilou in Tales of Berseria, Taliyah & Zoe in League of Legends, Kaori Miyazono in Your Lie in April, Anaru in Anohana, Eli Ayase in Love Live! School Idol Project, Jericho in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Ema Skye in Ace Attorney 6 to name a few. She has also provided the voice of Barbie for numerous projects and features. For news and announcements, find Erica on Twitter & Instagram @ericalindbeck.

Matt Nix

Matt Nix graduated from UCLA in 1994 with a degree in Political Science. He started off writing and directing several award-winning short films, which led to a career writing feature film scripts. As a screenwriter, he worked at most of the major studios writing movies that never got made before finally turning his attention to television. He is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the USA Network hit series Burn Notice which ran from 2007 to 2014, spending several of those years as the highest rated show on basic cable. He’s also created the shows The Good Guys, The Comedians, and Complications. He currently runs an X-men spinoff series he created for Fox called The Gifted.

Matt routinely speaks to students of all ages on film, television, and writing. He brings a troupe of film actors to middle schools for a “Shakespeare Day” every year, he teaches classes on storytelling at various high schools, and he is a regular guest-speaker for film classes at USC. Every year Matt teaches a popular seminar at the prestigious “ Showrunner Training Program” for high-level writers and producers trying to make the jump into creating and running their own television shows. He teaches them the basics of pitching ideas to executives, writing engaging scripts, producing scripts affordably and responsibly, and how to manage a staff of writers, crew, and actors.

Taboo (Jimmy Gomez)

Taboo (Jimmy Gomez), The multi-talented Jimmy Gomez, also known to his band mates and fans as “Taboo” is not just a member of the global chart topping sensation, The Black Eyed Peas, but also an accomplished dancer, actor and author.

Born in East Los Angeles, Taboo followed his dream of being an entertainer and rose from humble beginnings to unimaginable success.

Having sold over 65 million records worldwide, the Grammy-award winner has brought his enigmatic fusion of pop, hip — hop and dance music to a huge global audience. Not only is Taboo a driving force behind BEP’s return to the spotlight in 2018, he has also focused his attention towards his humanitarian goals.

A cancer survivor since 2015, Taboo is committed to healthy living and fitness, including working out daily, dancing, and playing sports with his kids.

In May 2016, Taboo became a global ambassador for the ACS and joined the board of The Joe Biden Cancer Initiative in 2017. Taboo is now focused on using his voice to inspire people to live healthy, be preventative and focus on mental health.

Hope to see you there — hit us up on Twitter or Instagram and say hello!

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Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman, Creative Maven

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