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KPBS Comics Panel Picks: Friday

10:00-11:00 Marvel: Your Universe (Room 6A)
Comics? Check. Movies? Yep, those too. Animation? Just getting started. Become an integral member of the Marvel Creative Committee as Kevin Feige (president, Marvel Studios), Dan Buckley (president, publishing), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, publishing), and Craig Kyle (senior VP, creative development, Marvel Animation) sit down with you and get your thoughts on all things Marvel. They'll reveal what's on the horizon with Marvel Studios, Publishing, and Animation and ask for your feedback and insights on what Marvel has done and is planning to do. From the day that The House of Ideas was built, Marvel has been your universe and now more than ever they'd like to hear what you have to say about everything from Marvel cinematic continuity to the upcoming slate of new animated television series in 2009 to the Skrull infiltration of our world.

11:55-1:00 Warner Bros.: Watchmen (Hall H)
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" & mdash; which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union & mdash;is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

2:15-3:15 DC: Batman: No Rest for The Dark Knight (Room 6A)
Never a better time to be a Batman fan as this is the original dark hero. Senior editor Michael Marts, Grant Morrison ( Batman ), Paul Dini ( Detective Comics ), Dustin Nguyen ( Detective Comics ), Brian Azzarello ( Joker ), and others discuss the mythos of the Bat and what looms ahead for our hero.


4:00-5:00 All Hail the Transformers! (Room 2)
Come on! Who doesn't want a robot that can turn into a boombox....or should that be an ipod? TF editor Denton Tipton hosts a panel of Transformers creators including writers Shane McCarthy ( All Hail Megatron ), Chris Mowry ( The Reign of Starscream ), Marty Eisenberg ( TF Animated ), artists Alex Milne ( The Reign of Starscream ), Marcelo Matere ( TF Animated ) and others.

6:00-7:00 DCU: Final Crisis Management (Room 6A) The Final Crisis is here! Get the lowdown from Senior VP-executive editor Dan DiDio who talks with Grant Morrison ( Batman, Final Crisis ), J.G. Jones ( Final Crisis ), Geoff Johns ( Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds ), Brad Meltzer ( DCU: Last Will and Testament ), Greg Rucka ( Final Crisis: Revelations ), Phillip Tan ( Final Crisis: Revelations ), and others.