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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 young adults and 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 or 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 physci principles.

November 14: Featuring the Transformer comics and the science of robotics. 


Location: 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: 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, October 27

6:30 to 8 p.m.

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

Friday, August 25

6:30 to 8 p.m.

ComicMy Little Pony

Science: Psychology & Social Sciences


Christina Rice, writer My Little Pony
Dr. Gail Heyman, Professor, Department of Psychology, UCSD
Dr. Jonathan Bowman, Professor of Communication Studies, USD

We thank Mike Hess Brewing for generoulsy donating the beer for this event!

Tuesday, July 18

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, The Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Sharon Schendel, Technical Writer, The Scripps Research Institute

We thank Aztec Brewing for generously donating the beer for this event!

Friday, May 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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, Weekly World News
Tom Waltz, Editor (Saucer State) at IDW Publishing and writer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 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!


Friday, March 24, 6:30 to about 8 p.m.

Comic: Back to the Future

Science: Time Travel


Bob Gale, co-creator of Back to the Future
John Barber, co-comic writer,
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!