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Crossover: Where Comics and Science Meet!


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! Events will be held at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station on select Friday nights. Come to one event, or to all!


We are excited to share the line up for the 2018 Crossover Series!

March 30—Join Star Trek writer Mike Johnson, and Star Trek editor Sarah Gaydos,  as they discuss Star Trek comics, space science and space travel with Grant Teply, postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Science at UCSD and Guinevere Keller, engineer at the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space group at UCSD. 

May 25—Featuring the GI Joe vs Six Million Dollar Man comic and the science of bionics.

September 14—Featuring the Sonic the Hedgehog comics and a look at the principles of physics.

November 16—Featuring the Transformers comics and the science of robotics. 



San Diego Comic Art Gallery, 2765 Truxtun Road, Barracks 3, Liberty Station, San Diego, CA 92106.


Cost per event:

General admission 21+: $15 (includes two beers from Pariah Brewing Co. and one comic book).

General admission 15-20 years: $7 (includes one comic book).

VIP admission 21+: $25 (includes two beers from Pariah Brewing Co., reserved seating and a swag bag).

VIP admission 15-20 years: $15 (includes reserved seating and a swag bag).


NOTE: This event is for 15+, ONLY! IDs will be checked for 21+ 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. 






October 27, 2017
Comic: 30 Days of Night, 15th Anniversary
Science: Infectious Diseases
Steve Niles, creator and writer of 30 Days of Night!
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling Author and Creator of V-Wars
Dr. Joy Phillips, Research Associate Professor of Immunology, The Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center, SDSU
Nina Gao, Ph.D. Student, Microbiology, UCSD

August 25, 2017
Comic: My Little Pony
Science: Psychology & Social Sciences
Christina Rice, writer My Little Pony
Dr. Gail Heyman, Department of Psychology Proffesor at UCSD
Dr. Jonathan Bowman, Professor of Communication Studies at USD
We thank Mike Hess Brewing for generoulsy donating the beer for this event!

July 18, 2017
Comics: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and V-Wars
Science: Molecular Biology
Kevin Eastman, co-creator Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Best selling Author and creator of V-Wars
Dr. Ronald Colman, Research Associate at the Scripps Research Institute
Dr. Sharon Schendel, Technical Writer at the Scripps Research Institute
We thank Aztec Brewing for generously donating the beer for this event!

May 26, 2017
Comics: Saucer State and X-Files
Science: The Universe and Alien Life 
Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer at IDW Publishing and writer of Gloom Lake, ROM, Onyx and Weekly World News
Tom Waltz, Editor of Saucer State at IDW Publishing and writer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Silent Hill
Dr. Shelley Wright, Assistant Professor of Physics at CASS (Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences) at UCSD 
Dr. Nicholas Galitzki, Postdoctoral Scholar at CASS (Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences) at UCSD
We thank Intergalactic Brewing for generously donating the beer for this event!

March 24, 2017

Comic: Back to the Future
Science: Time Travel
Bob Gale, co-creator of Back to the Future 
John Barber, co-writer of Back to the Future
Dr. Lisa Will, Associate Professor for Physics and Astronomy at the San Diego City College and the Fleet's resident astronomer
Daniel Klein, Graduate Student in Physics at UCSD
Big THANKS to Wavelength Brewing for supplying delicious beer for the event!