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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Saturday Schedule Highlights

Saturday is usually the biggest day so let's see how 2017 stacks up. I was disappointed to read today that Kevin Smith didn't submit a Hall H panel this year but I guess nothing is forever. Get the full schedule here.

Spotlight on March Creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
The record-breaking success of the March trilogy by Civil Rights icon John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment-and the way it's inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move their feet.
Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred's shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale 's season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Ballroom 20

Comics Greats on Will Eisner's The Spirit
Originally a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic insert, Will Eisner's The Spirit is still acclaimed for its great artwork, imaginative splash pages, unforgettable characters, and attention-grabbing storytelling. Hear Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man group editor, comics historian), Denis Kitchen (publisher, writer, comix cartoonist), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD magazine, Groo), Jeff Smith (cartoonist, Bone, RASL), Joe Staton (cartoonist, Dick Tracy) and, on videotape, Jules Feiffer (Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning cartoonist and screenwriter) talk about the impact of The Spirit on their own careers. Hear about their favorite Spirit adventures and learn why Will Eisner's original Spirit stories are still in print today with new comics appearing monthly.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom
Put on your best costume and celebrate Halloween with a stop-motion special featuring SpongeBob, Patrick, and all of your favorite Bikini Bottom characters! Vincent Waller (supervising producer), Marc Ceccarelli (supervising producer), and Mr. Lawrence (story editor, voice of Plankton) will be joined by Chris Finnegan, Seamus Walsh, and Mark Caballero (Screen Novelties) to share behind-the-scenes footage from this exciting stop-motion production. Following a Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek of the episode, a fan-picked classic Halloween episode will be table-read live with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), plus a special appearance by one of Bikini Bottom's spookiest citizens . . . .
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

IDW's TMNT: Summer of the Turtles
TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by writers Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Aubrey Sitterson, Ulises Fariñas, and Erick Freitas and special guest Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai to discuss the events of IDW's biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by editor Bobby Curnow.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation
A sneak peek at some of the studio's upcoming highly anticipated releases.
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 1:30pm
Hall H

Quick Draw
It's the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another with dueling Sharpies as they create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), joined this year by Maria Scrivan (Half Full) plus a couple of highly surprising surprises!
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

The Simpsons
Entering its gravity-defying 29th season, The Simpsons celebrates with huge secrets, surprises, and clips from the upcoming year. Join creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, and director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman. Moderated by Mike Schneider.
Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

Cartoon Voices I
Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry. This year's lineup includes Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo!, DC Super Hero Girls), Richard Horvitz (Invader ZIM, The Angry Beavers), Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny, Fred Flintstone), Mick Wingert (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes), Kaitlyn Robrock (Mr. Pickles, Golan the Insatiable), Josh Robert Thompson (Family Guy, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), and maybe a few other members of the vocal majority.
Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

Entertainment Weekly's Women Who Kick Ass: Icon Edition with Charlize Theron
Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road . Cipher in The Fate of the Furious . Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman . Meredith Vickers in Prometheus . Aeon Flux. For more than a decade, Oscar winner Charlize Theron has embodied strength, power, searing intelligence, and steely determination on screen. Now, as she prepares to beat the hell out of sinister forces in her new movie Atomic Blonde, EW sits down for no-holds-barred conversation with a woman who defies the rules-and creates her own.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Hall H

Sid & Marty Krofft
Sid and Marty Krofft are coming to Comic-Con. Join the legendary producers and their moderator David Arquette and other surprise guests. The Kroffts are experiencing one of the greatest brand rebirths in Hollywood history. Their hit Nickelodeon show Mutt & Stuff just finished shooting 73 episodes. They're currently in production for a series that is a reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters for Amazon Studios, and they recently produced another pilot for Nickelodeon, rebooting one of their biggest hits, The Bugaloos. Come hear showbiz stories and tales from the 1970s all the way through to the present day. And in an exclusive for Comic-Con, Sid and Marty will discuss their secret new projects in the pipeline for the future.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

Writing for Television, Film, and Comics with J. Michael Straczynski
After talent, the most important thing an up-and-coming writer needs is information on how to break into the writing profession as an art and a craft. Having written nearly 400 produced television episodes (with roughly half of that as producer), several hundred comics for DC, Marvel, and Image, and five big-budget movies that have grossed over a billion dollars around the world, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) once again shares his knowledge with new writers to help them break in and improve their work. Note: This is not a lecture but rather uses a Q&A format, so come equipped with good questions.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

Star Trek: Discovery
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. It was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Join members of the cast alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a conversation and introduction to Star Trek: Discovery. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access this fall, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom 20

Explore/Create: Richard Garriott's Adventures from Gaming Pioneer to Space Adventurer
Richard "Lord British" Garriott authored the famed Ultima series and coined the term "avatar." In 2008, he became the first American second-generation astronaut when he flew to the ISS. Learn more from his new memoir Explore/Create.
Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

Marvel: Black Eyed Peas' Masters of the Sun
From the mind of will.i.am comes this retro futuristic b-boy zombie thriller. Fusing together the unlikeliest of genres with ease, Masters of the Sun mixes LA gang culture, b-boy-ism, and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a hip-hop group from East LA who must battle an ancient god that's turning black drug dealers and gangsters into zombies. Join will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas to discuss the MOTS experience and the future of delivering immersive content.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the new season of MST3K is now a Netflix Original Series. What was it like to bring the show back, and what's next for MST3K? Creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson take you behind the scenes.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Spotlight on Box Brown
Box Brown (Andre the Giant, Tetris) and Brandon Stroud (pro wrestling editor at UPROXX) discuss Box's highly acclaimed comics body of work. Box is an Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and Tetris: The Games People Play. His next work (coming Feb. 2018) is about Andy Kaufman, titled Is This Guy for Real? Box's independent comics publishing house, Retrofit Comics, was launched in 2011.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

Netflix's Stranger Things
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 08, 07:32PM
Join the cast and creators of the pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things for an in-depth discussion on the acclaimed series, the journey to Season 2, and be the first to experience never-before-seen footage of what's to come this October.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hall H

Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane in Conversation
Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, sit down for an intimate one-on-one chat. These two titans have forever changed the comics industry in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? They'll discuss these topics and more.
Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6DE

Marvel: Cup O'Joe
Here is your chance to ask Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada about anything and everything Marvel. Got a question about your favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel's Legacy or our up-and-coming heroes? This panel has you covered! Also featuring executive editor Nick Lowe, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, and creators Kris Anka (Runaways), Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), and Rainbow Rowell (Runaways)!
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

Oddball Comics Live!
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog) has presented his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published" to SRO audiences at SDCC for over four decades. This presentation is for everyone who's ever enjoyed reading a comic book, with wildly funny, outrageous, and bizarre covers of the craziest comic books ever published. Even if you've seen some of these comic book covers many times before, when you behold their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you'll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that's revealed! Stan Lee says, "Wow, True Believers, I thought I'd seen it all, but Scott Shaw!'s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!"
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB


Westworld Panel and Q&A Session

HBO's Westworld concluded its critically acclaimed first season in December and is currently saddling up for season 2. The series-created, executive produced, and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy -is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Cast panelists include Ben Barnes as Logan, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, Ed Harris as the Man in Black, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, James Marsden as Teddy, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Rodrigo Santoro as Hector, Angela Sarafyan as Clementine, Jimmi Simpson as William, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Shannon Woodward as Elsie, and Jeffrey Wright as Bernard/Arnold. The panel will be moderated by internationally renowned vocal artist/beatboxer/musician/comedian Reggie Watts.
Saturday July 22, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Hall H

Introducing Ghost Wars
Catch an exclusive first glimpse of the highly anticipated new psychological horror series coming this fall to SYFY and Netflix. Meet stars Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Daredevil), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Avan Jogia (Tut), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove), and Meat Loaf Aday (Fight Club) along with creator/showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum), writer/executive producer Dennis Heaton (Motive), and executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Van Helsing) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Michael Frislev (Fargo, Van Helsing).
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6A

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hall H

The Guild 10th Anniversary Reunion!
Help the cast of the groundbreaking web series The Guild celebrate their 10th anniversary! Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Vince Caso, and Amy Okuda are joined by director Sean Becker to reminisce and catch up with fans. Moderated by The Guild producer Kim Evey.
Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Kevin Eastman: TMNT and More
Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has been drawing and writing Turtles since 1984, but he is also the creator of several other projects, is publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, spearheads a wildly popular fan club, and is about to kickstart Drawing Blood. Join Kevin, David Avallone, and a couple of very special guests.
Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

Hulu and Seth Rogen's Future Man
Get an exclusive sneak peek at Hulu's upcoming outrageous and visually bold action comedy Future Man about a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time and prevent the extinction of humanity. Director and executive producer Seth Rogen (This Is the End), creators Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir (Sausage Party), showrunner Ben Karlin (The Daily Show), and stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), and Derek Wilson (Preacher) will participate in a panel moderated by Paul Scheer (The League) to discuss the series, time travel, and the global threat of oral herpes.
Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 6BCF

X-Files: A Conversation Between David Duchovny and Dirk Maggs
Liquefying aliens. Hissing creatures. Humming spacecraft. This is the otherworldly soundscape of The X-Files: Cold Cases -an Audible original drama that reunites David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and a cast of familiar voices from the iconic series. Duchovny and Cold Cases producer Dirk Maggs talk about revisiting the rich, sonic tapestry of the X-Files universe, what it means to tell more of Mulder and Scully's story, and how fans can join the duo's investigations and experience them like never before by putting on a pair of headphones. Fans may even find out what's canon and what's not.
Saturday July 22, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

Broad City
Created by UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City. They're broke, flawed, and don't shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them-they dive right into the muck. Last season saw Abbi and Ilana dealing with a whole new slew of everyday challenges including a trip to the DMV, new hookups, visiting Abbi's dad, and a rat in the apartment. Now it's time for these NYC broads to head to San Diego! Co-creators, writers, and stars Abbi and Ilana will give audiences a sneak peek of the new season returning this August. The Broad City girls take you inside the writers' room for a vibrant discussion of what goes on behind the scenes. Broad City returns for season 4 this August on Comedy Central. YAAAS!
Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Professional Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling "a comic book come to life." That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan to the anti-heroics of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the villainy of Ric Flair, this panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (FirstComicsNews.com), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Flobo Boyce (The Indelible Silverstreek), and Jonathan Bowles (Wrestle Crate). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).
Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8

Troma Entertainment
Lloyd Kaufman and special guests discuss topics including the premiere of Return to Return to Nuke 'Em High at the Cannes Film Festival and Troma's upcoming motion picture adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Saturday July 22, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC

Oh man. Hall H is the place to be on Saturday. Lots of other good options.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Friday Schedule Highlights

Phil if you are reading this I hope we are having a good time at the Con. Full schedule is here.

Biographical and Autobiographical Comics
Charles Hatfield (comics professor, CSU Northridge) leads a spirited conversation about the spaces between fiction and nonfiction with cartoonists who have worked in fictionalized memoir (Mimi Pond, The Customer Is Always Wrong), fictionalized biography (Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), biography (Box Brown, Andre the Giant), and memoir (Sarah Glidden, Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq).
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

Hero Worship: Capes, Conflicts, and the Creative Process
Peek inside the craniums of worldbuilding artists Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) as they participate in a lively conversation moderated by Borys Kit (senior film writer, The Hollywood Reporter) about the heroes and anti-heroes that inhabit their works, their creative and artistic heroes, the responsibility they feel to inspire a new generation of artists, and their upcoming career retrospectives at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) and today's biggest TV writers, showrunners, and executives from your favorite genre shows discuss navigating the TV spec terrain including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

Young Justice Q&A
Young Justice is back! Series producers and key members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions about the first two seasons of this beloved fan-favorite series; and, if you're lucky, you might learn a thing or two about the highly anticipated Young Justice: Outsiders.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6BCF

Hasbro: My Little Pony
The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a look into the rest of season 7, a sneak peek in to My Little Pony: The Movie coming this fall, and more, followed by a Q&A.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6A

Pogo, Walt Kelly, and Carolyn Kelly
Some call Walt Kelly's Pogo the greatest newspaper strip of all time. This program provides a discussion on Kelly, his legacy, and his lovely daughter, who passed away in April. Topics include the future of the Eisner Award-winning Pogo reprint series from Fantagraphics Books that Carolyn had been co-editing and that will continue to reprint that wonderful feature. On the dais: comic historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, friend John Plunkett, Fantagraphics's Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series).
Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

Behind the Battle: War for the Planet of the Apes
Halon Entertainment presents a deep dive behind the artistic and technical visual effects tour de force War for the Planet of the Apes. VFX producer and film co-producer Ryan Stafford, previs and postvis supervisor A. J. Briones, and Halon Entertainment lead/sup Casey Pyke will take the audience through the process of creating the monumental battle between Caesar and the army of humans that will determine the fate of both of their species and the planet. You'll also be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes material.
Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe
Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That's right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They've got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.
Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hey Arnold!: From Hillwood to the Jungle!
Get off your stoop and join Nickelodeon to celebrate the return of Arnold, Gerald, Helga, and all of your favorite Hillwood neighbors! Hosted by Marc Snetiker (Entertainment Weekly), this panel will showcase both the series' classic voice actors Lane Toran (Arnold), Jamil Walker Smith (Gerald), Francesca Marie Smith (Helga), and Anndi McAfee (Phoebe) and the new generation of talent featured in the highly anticipated special: Mason Vale Cotton (Arnold) and Benjamin 'Lil P-Nut' Flores Jr. (Gerald). With a live musical performance by composer Jim Lang and an introduction to never-before-seen footage of the special by show creator Craig Barlett. "Move it, football head!"
Friday July 21, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

I Know That Voice: The Series
John DiMaggio (Futurama), Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!), Eric Bauza (Ultimate Spider-Man), Frederick Tatasciore (Avengers Assemble), Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls), and Jennifer Hale (Guardians of the Galaxy) celebrate the announcement of a new documentary series exploring the world of voice-over acting that pays tribute to the many legends and iconic properties.
Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

[adult swim]: The Jellies!
Show creators Tyler, The Creator (Loiter Squad) and Lionel Boyce (Loiter Squad), producer Carl Jones (Black Dynamite), and actor Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) invite you to preview an exclusive look at their new animated series The Jellies!, premiering this year on Adult Swim. Moderated by Walter Newman, vice president of comedy development at Adult Swim.
Friday July 21, 2017 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Stan Lee and Friends: A Celebrity Tribute to the Comics Legend
Hot off immortalizing his hand and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, 95-year-old comics legend Stan Lee heads to San Diego Comic-Con for an intimate Q&A with Felicia Day, Mythbuster Adam Savage, and Stan's longtime manager Max Anderson. Hear little-known anecdotes about Stan's life, career, and hilarious encounters with fans and celebrities. The panel will also premiere footage from Icons: Face to Face, a cutting-edge VR project featuring Stan and Kevin Smith, coming soon from Legion M, the world's first fan-owned media company.
Friday July 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary
Shoryuken! Celebrate 30 years of Street Fighter by taking a look at the past, present, and future of Capcom's beloved fighting game series. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from key team members and expect some fun and games—and maybe even a surprise visit from executive producer Yoshinori Ono, too!
Friday July 21, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett
Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, "What a weird panel description," then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells, Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, A-Force, Animosity) on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more!
Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Executive producer Ciro Nieli dives into the thrilling story arcs and shares sneak peeks from Nickelodeon's upcoming season 5 of TMNT. Ciro will be joined by legendary creators and collaborators Kevin Eastman and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) as well as the talented voice cast from the series. Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), and Eric Bauza (TigerClaw) will be on hand to share their stories with moderator Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy).
Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

[adult swim]: Rick and Morty
Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community), and voice talent Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer), invite fans to an inside look at the highly anticipated third season of Rick and Morty, premiering this summer on Adult Swim. Moderated by Brian "Q" Quinn (Impractical Jokers).
Friday July 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones began its seventh season on July 16. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The panel will be moderated by a special Westerosian guest.
Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hall H

Jack Kirby: Friends and Family
If Jack Kirby were as immortal as his work, he'd be 100 years old next month . . . and he's still here in spirit and impact. Today a group of his family members and closest friends will talk about the man they knew, the man whose genius revolutionized the comic book industry again and again, and they'll even tell you what he liked on his pizza. Your moderator is former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics).
Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

Mechanized Magic: 55 Years of Theme Park Animatronics
Bill Butler (creative director, Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) leads a discussion with Disney legend Bob Gurr and Garner Holt (founder and president, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. and the world's leading animatronics authority) on the history and development of mechanical figures for theme parks from Disneyland to Efteling.
Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

Brave New Warriors
A laugh-filled discussion among several of today’s male heroes including David Harbour (Stranger Things), Christopher Meloni (Happy!), Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), Richard Rankin (Outlander), Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld), and Ricky Whittle (American Gods) who will discuss the thrill of playing popular TV characters, their sometimes awkward encounters with fans, and highs (and lows!) of a career in Hollywood.
Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom 20

Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Delve into the depths of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed open-world action adventure Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Talion and Celebrimbor go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron. Middle-earth: Shadow of War offers a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities, and a new cast of characters with untold stories, brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. See and hear new details about the game from panelists Michael de Plater (vice president, creative, Monolith Productions; Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), Troy Baker (actor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War performance capture director; Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), along with actors Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead), Laura Bailey (Injustice 2, Critical Role), moderator Matt Mercer (Critical Role), and some surprise guests. Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released October 10.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

The Genius of Animation: Cartoon Legends and Game Changers Speak
Experimentation, inspiration, fearlessness, and a little genius has led to this moment in the history of animation. This panel features influential figures and talented artists who have played or continue to play important roles in that history as they share their wisdom, experience, artistic influences, and memories of their famous mentors. Scheduled to appear: Dale Baer (Annie Award-winning artist for Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove), Floyd Norman (Disney Legend, troublemaker, Floyderer), Tom Sito (June Foray Award-winner, animation director, professor, author), Randy Haycock (Aladdin, The Lion King, Moana), Ricardo Delgado (The Incredibles, How to Train Your Dragon, Men in Black), Mike Royer (Inkpot Award-winner, comic book legend, Disney artist), Victoria Ying (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), and Mindy Johnson (film historian, author of the upcoming Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren, ASIFA-Hollywood).
Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

[adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Walkers and bawk-bawkers collide this year when the RC crew arrives with an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming season including the Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking ! Co-creator/executive producer Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, executive producer/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), writer/director Tom Sheppard, creator/writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and showrunner Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead) will be on hand for the fun, and who knows which surprise guests might "walker" onstage? Perhaps a guest who can write better puns than that. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Disney XD's Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy's Law
It's gonna get a little weird, a little wild, and a little accident-prone as the creators and stars of Disney XD's Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy's Law team up to give you the latest exciting news about their shows, answer questions, and share clips exclusive to Comic-Con! Join Star creator Daron Nefcy, Eden Sher (Star), Adam McArthur (Marco), Milo creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and "Weird Al" Yankovic (Milo) for a double dose of Disney XD Animation.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

The Geek & Sundry Panel with Felicia Day
Gather your party! Felicia Day (founder of Geek & Sundry, MST3K), Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Hector Navarro (Mothership, Shield of Tomorrow), Ivan Van Norman (Sagas of Sundry), Erika Ishii (Game Engine), Amy Dallen (The Wednesday Club), Eric Campbell (Shield of Tomorrow), and Sean Becker (The Guild, head of video at Geek & Sundry) discuss what it takes to make that broadcast magic happen and what the future of their programming may hold. 5AB
Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

Twin Peaks: A Damn Good Panel
Hear from the cast and creators of one of the most influential TV series of all time. Many of the amazing series being made today owe a debt to a small town in the Pacific Northwest called "Twin Peaks." To quote Entertainment Weekly, "Before there was Peak TV, there was Peaks TV." And now, 25 years later, the story continues in the new SHOWTIME limited event series starring Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who returns along with original cast members in their unforgettable roles. Watch Twin Peaks Sundays at 9/8c only on SHOWTIME.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hall H

Dave Gibbons in Conversation
Dave Gibbons is as close to comics royalty as it's possible to get. Celebrate the impending launch of the Rogue Trooper Redux video game by hearing Dave's story in his own words—from his hugely influential work on Watchmen to becoming Britain's first comics laureate to rebooting his own creation, and what the future could hold for the blue-skinned G.I.!
Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

Disney XD's DuckTales
Life is like a hurricane on the new DuckTales series for Disney XD. Series stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates, Don't Think Twice), Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless), and Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Sing) join creative team Matt Youngberg (executive producer), Frank Angones (co-producer/story editor), and Sean Jimenez (art director) to share exclusive sneak peeks and talk about what it's like bringing this classic family of adventuring ducks to a new generation of fans.
Friday July 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6A

The Gifted Extended Sneak Peek
From 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, The Gifted tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix, directed by Bryan Singer, and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory, the series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Join cast and producers for an exclusive first look of the fall's most anticipated new superhero series, premiering this September on FOX.
Friday July 21, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom 20

AMC's Preacher
Executive producer Seth Rogen joins comic book co-creator and series executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast, including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish for a mid-season 2 panel discussion about the story so far and what's to come. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of episode 206, which airs on Sunday, July 24.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hall H

Best of Earwolf
Earwolf founder and Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman is joined by Paul Scheer (How Did This Get Made?) and a lineup of Earwolf hosts and frequent guests to discuss the start of Earwolf, the current success of the network, including Comedy Bang! Bang!'s 500th episode, and hilarious behind-the-scenes stories, and more, all followed by a fan Q&A.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

Star Wars and Fandom: The Early Years
In honor of Star Wars's 40th anniversary and its long association with Comic-Con, Craig Miller, Lucasfilm's original director of fan relations, gives a slide show on the early association between Star Wars and fandom, including photos from Comic-Con in the 1970s and stories about how fans got involved and were kept involved from even before the film came out.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

Superstars in Children's Fiction
Meet children's book and graphic novel superstars as they discuss how they create the heroes, characters, and books that kids love from Goosebumps to Jedi Academy. Featuring Jarrett Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Lucas Turnbloom and Greg Grunberg (Dream Jumper), R. L. Stine (Goosebumps), Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Swing it, Sunny), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy).
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

Bob's Burgers
Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast from the Emmy Award-winning animated FOX series Bob's Burgers—including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy—will have you howling with laughter with never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:15pm - 5:05pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The Tick
The Tick, a new Amazon Original, centers on an underdog accountant, Arthur Everest, with zero powers, who comes to realize his city is owned by a global supervillain long thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero: the Tick! Cast members Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation), Griffin Newman (Search Party), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Valorie Curry (The Following), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin, True Detective), Brendan Hines (Suits, Scorpion), Scott Speiser (The Young and the Restless), and Michael Cerveris (The Good Wife) join moderator Ralph Garman (Kevin and Bean morning show, Family Guy), and executive producers Ben Edlund (creator of The Tick), Barry Josephson (Bones), and David Fury (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an exclusive world premiere screening of the second episode of The Tick, followed by an audience Q&A. The Tick premieres on August 25 on Amazon Prime Video. The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. Moderated by Ralph Garman.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 6A

Archer Discussion and Q&A
Archer is FXX's Emmy Award-winning animated half-hour comedy, known (and praised!) for rebooting itself year after year. Season 8 revolved around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner's killer in 1947 Los Angeles. With that case now closed, what could Archer's next adventure possibly be? A very special secret guest, plus the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis discuss bringing this animated series to life.
Friday July 21, 2017 5:15pm - 6:05pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Netflix: Marvel's The Defenders
Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic superheroes. One stage. Nuff said! Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly anticipated Netflix original series Marvel's The Defenders band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the superhero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18 global launch on Netflix.
Friday July 21, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Hall H

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
It's been a banner year for J. Michael Straczynski (JMS): writing the pilot for Midnight Nation for Universal and Gale Ann Hurd, adapting Ten Grand for A&E, writing a top-secret miniseries for TNT, and writing a Rising Stars screenplay for MGM. And of course this past May saw season 2 of his Netflix series, Sense8. Meet the Man, the Myth, and the Hollowed Out Chocolate Easter Bunny known simply as Joe for behind-the-scenes stories in what promises to be one of the most personal talks he has ever given.
Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

The Writer's Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood
This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators will share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW's M.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians, Marvel Comics's Mosaic), writer Ubah Mohamed (Legends of Tomorrow, ABC's The Whispers), writer Brandon Thomas (Image's Horizon, Lion Forge's Noble) actress/writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser, Concrete Park).
Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

Sharknado 5!
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will star in Sharknado 5, reprising their roles as shark-fighting heroes Fin Shepard and April Wexler. The latest film in the hit global franchise, Sharknado 5 features the return of original cast member Cassie Scerbo as Nova, a bartender turned badass Sharknado fighter. Sharknado 5, which sees the deadly weather phenomenon of shark-infested storms bombard cities around the world, was filmed in more than five countries, including in the UK and Australia. There will be a slew of great cameos, including Fabio, Anthony Ferrante, and Chloe Lattanzi. The film is set to air on SYFY August 6.
Friday July 21, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

Behind the Scenes of Overwatch's Newest Hero
Overwatch developers Michael Chu (lead writer), Arnold Tsang (assistant art director), Renaud Galand (lead character artist), and Geoff Goodman (principal game designer) give you a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of developing the story, art, and gameplay for Overwatch's newest hero. Learn more about Overwatch hero design and participate in Q&A with the developers.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6BCF

World Premiere of Batman and Harley Quinn
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to his Batman: The Animated Series roots with an original tale to mark the 30th entry in the popular DC Universe Original Movies series. Batman and Harley Quinn finds the Dark Knight and Nightwing having their patience tested to the limit when they take a road trip with Harley Quinn to track down her old pal, Poison Ivy—who has some interesting ideas about saving the planet, with or without humanity. Be in the audience for the world premiere, then stick around for silliness on a panel that features executive producer and co-screenwriter Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke), voice of Batman Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), voice of Poison Ivy Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Nightwing Loren Lester (Rock ’n’ Roll High School), director Sam Liu (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), and co-screenwriter Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Moderator Gary Miereanu will follow DCU premiere traditions with special announcements, exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and a few potential surprises. Batman and Harley Quinn will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on August 15 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 29.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom 20

Princess Mononoke Screening
Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes, and a special screening of the epic film. Hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Cards Against Humanity
The comedy show that is less bad than everyone thought it would be. The Cards Against Humanity writers’ room will improvise scenes based on rounds of the game played live on stage. Suggest your own black cards, and the best ideas will be used in the show. Bad ideas will be mercilessly ridiculed.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A

An Hour with Adam Savage
Adam Savage is back for his tenth San Diego Comic-Con, and as usual, he’s probably even more excited than you are to be here! This year, Adam will talk about his latest (and greatest) cosplay build and answer any of your questions about his past, present, and future (yes, including MythBusters). But that’s not all—he’ll be welcoming a few surprise guests as well!
Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB

The World of Drive
Creator Dave Kellett (Drive, Sheldon) leads the first SDCC behind-the-scenes look at the fan-favorite sci-fi series. And since Drive was nominated for Best Long-Form Comic by the National Cartoonists Society, you’ll be getting sneak peeks of what’s ahead in that long-form story as well as hearing about the new hardcover premiering this weekend at SDCC. Moderated by past CCI “Best Documentary” director Fred Schroeder (Stripped).
Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 9

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings, I Speak Nerd), Eddie DeAngelini (Collectors), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and moderator Josh Forbes (director, Contracted: Phase II), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comics to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!
Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 32AB

Twin Peaks: Part 11 Exclusive Premiere
There is fire where you are going. Catch the exclusive world premiere of Part 11 of the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME limited event series Twin Peaks and be among the first to see the latest clues to a mystery 25 years in the making. One of the most influential series of all time, Twin Peaks left a legacy that continues to inspire some of the most amazing series being made today, and now the story continues in ways “both wonderful and strange.” Watch Twin Peaks Sundays at 9/8 only on SHOWTIME.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 6A

It's going to be a late night on Friday as we will be doing our third consecutive Webcomics Advocates panel at 9 PM. I'm bummed we're at the same time as Dave Kellett's Drive panel as I am a big fan of that comic. I am also very excited about the theme park animatronic panel featuring Bob Gurr and Garner Holt. Hopefully I can make it to that. Hall H is nuts, per usual. Can't wait to see what they have in store for Saturday!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Thursday Schedule Highlights

It's that time again! I am pumped for Comic-Con and this is part of the annual ritual. As always, these are my highlights and if you want to check out the full schedule get it here.

Dinosaurs, Monsters, Movies and The Blues: Worlds of William Stout
Comic-Con veteran (he's been to every single one) William Stout (Wizards, Conan the Barbarian, Pan's Labyrinth, Walt Disney's Dinosaur) delivers an exciting story- and picture-filled lecture on a varied career that includes comics, movie design, book illustration, movie posters, LP and CD covers, prehistoric life murals, theme park designs, Antarctica, and his passion for the blues.
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

Jack Kirby's Consciousness, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, Barry Ira Geller, and the Real Argo
Finally, the fascinating truth about the real CIA Argo mission! Hear how Jack Kirby and Barry Ira Geller's script and production designs for Lord of Light made the actual Argo mission successful, as recently testified to by the "Sons of the Iranian Revolution." The Kirby/Geller work, though not mentioned in the Oscar-winning film, rests in the International Spy Museum forever. Discover the unbelievable awareness and consciousness of Jack Kirby as remembered by Barry Ira Geller, one of the last people to have creatively partnered with Jack. Kirby was the Rembrandt of comic art, the Einstein of superhero visions, and the creator of the modern romance genre. Hear Mike Royer, arguably the best Silver Age inker-certainly Jack Kirby's favorite-give the real story behind the inking of these fantastic series!
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 5AB

Real World Retellings
Fiction is fantastic, but sometimes we are reminded that while the truth may not be stranger than fiction, it can at least be as compelling. Panelists will discuss significant people and incidents from our own reality-Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax, the origins of Tetris, vampire slayers, the dude on the $10, and fangirls. Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter will lead the discussion with Koren Shadmi (Rise of the Dungeon Master), Box Brown (Tetris), Jonathan Hennessey (Alexander Hamilton), and Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy).
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!
Join Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Tom Waltz as they discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing . . . as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there . . . or be slimed!
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6DE

Anything Goes with John Barrowman
Join actor and entertainer John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) for his outrageously entertaining one-man show. Ask him anything and remember . . . anything goes!
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Batman: The Animated Podcast LIVE!
Justin Michael (Netflix's Buddy Thunderstruck, Amazon's Danger & Eggs) hosts a live episode of the hit podcast with a 25th anniversary celebration of the legendary cartoon Batman: The Animated Series. Featuring an interview and Q&A with Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman), plus more surprise guests who worked on the show and helped make it an instant classic and definitive take on the Dark Knight. Harvey, yesssss!
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Tuki) and Larry Marder (Beanworld) discuss comics behind the scenes. Larry and Jeff have been friends since the heyday of the self-publishing movement, living through the rise of the independents, graphic novels, and Image Comics. Oh, the stories they can tell!
Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

20th Century Fox
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Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hall H

Sherlock Comics with Steven Moffat
Join in for a talk on all-things Sherlock manga with showrunner, writer, and producer of the Doctor Who and Sherlock TV series Steven Moffat, joined by producer Sue Vertue. Expect sneak peeks, art previews, and announcements as they go behind the scenes of the Sherlock TV series adaptation comics. Each audience member will receive a free gift!
Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

The Pitching Hour
Patrick Schumacker (producer, Powerless), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke (executive producer, Sequestered), Grace Ellis (writer, Lumberjanes, Moonstruck), a surprise guest or four, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP television, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adopt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, panelists will offer a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.
Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

Brigsby Bear Cast and Filmmakers Panel
This panel will explore the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics film Brigsby Bear with Kyle Mooney, Dave McCary, Beck Bennett, Kevin Costello, and members of The Lonely Island, moderated by Entertainment Weekly' s Anthony Breznican. There will be an exclusive extended clip of the film followed by a Q&A session.
Thursday July 20, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Hall H

Mondo Mania
Mondo's art posters bring to life beloved films, television shows, and comics. Rob Jones (founder/creative director), Eric Garza (creative director), Jay Shaw (creative director/artist), Jason Edmiston (artist), and Tom Whalen (artist) discuss how their richly imaginative work is fueled by a love of pop culture and an invaluable synergy with fans.
Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

WWE and Mattel Fan Panel
The WWE Women's Evolution takes over Comic-Con! Bayley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Nikki Bella bring the straight fire on everything from hugging like a champ and being a legit boss to the rise of female Superstars in the WWE. This action-packed hour will also feature a reveal of the all-new Mattel WWE Superstars line, plus a Q&A session led by moderator SmackDown Live commentator Renee Young.
Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5AB

Rocko's Modern Life: Return to Earth!
A panel from Nickelodeon that is bound to have fans shouting, "Oh my!" and "SPUNKYYY!" Original show creator Joe Murray and Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Mr. Lawrence (Filburt), Charlie Adler (Mr. Big Head and Mrs. Big Head), Cosmo Segurson (director), and moderator Marc Snetiker (Entertainment Weekly) will dive deep into the lore of the cartoon classic and reveal what to expect from Rocko's return to the screen.
Thursday July 20, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

Disney Animation Studios: The Art of Story
Think, act, draw, pitch. Get the inside scoop on the story development process from the story artists of Walt Disney Animation Studios. The artists will share their creative process for going from script to board to pitch.
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

DC Universe Original Movies 10th Anniversary
Ten years. Thirty films. Five shorts. And innumerable fan-favorite moments. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment celebrates a decade of animated DC Entertainment-infused films with an exciting panel in conjunction with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of the films, shorts, dazzling new enhanced content, and a few exclusive collectible items, coming in fall 2017. Producers Bruce Timm (Superman: Doomsday, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and James Tucker (Justice League: War, Justice League Dark) and co-producers/screenwriters Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) will lead a panel discussion that will include actors Kevin Conroy (Batman and Harley Quinn), Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke), John DiMaggio (Batman: Under the Red Hood), Vanessa Marshall (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), and some very special guests.
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6BCF

SYFY: Battlestar Galactica Reunion
A superfan's dream come true! The cast and creators of the Emmy Award-winning Battlestar Galactica will come together for an exclusive Comic-Con reunion. They'll provide insight into this critically acclaimed hit and look back on some of the show's most hotly debated moments-the Pegasus arrival, New Caprica, the finale, and the truth about the Cylons.
Thursday July 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom 20

1987: Greatest Geek Year Ever
The "We're Getting Too Old for This S@#t" edition! This expert panel of geeksperts takes a trip 30 years back in time to that great geek year of 1987. Expect untouchable analysis and lethal quips as they look back at Predator, The Princess Bride, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys, RoboCop, Near Dark, Spaceballs, Hellraiser, The Untouchables, The Running Man, and many more. Panelists Mark A. Altman (St. Martin's The Fifty-Year Mission, Tor's Slayers & Vampires), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Charles de Lauzirika (Alien Anthology, The Martian: Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red), and Steve Kriozere (V.I.P., NCIS, Castle) remind you that "if it bleeds, we can kill it" and that you should "never fight a land war in Asia." Thank you for your cooperation. Plus: a 40th anniversary bonus look back at 1977.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5AB

Robert Kirkman: In Conversation
Robert Kirkman, the creative mind behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast, discusses his prolific body of work within comics, television, and now film with the feature adaptation of his long-running superhero comic, Invincible.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

Why Will Eisner Still Matters at 100
Born 100 years ago, Will Eisner not only recognized the future potential of comics at an early age but also worked his whole life to help achieve those goals. But how could Will Eisner still be relevant to us today? Join Paul Levitz (former president of DC Comics, author of Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, educator, comics historian), Jackie Estrada (administrator, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards), Paul Dini (Harley Quinn co-creator, writer, producer), Maggie Thompson (writer, editor, comics historian), and maybe a surprise special guest to discover why.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

Writing 101: What To Think About Before You Start Writing
Marv Wolfman, the award-winning writer/creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, Deathstroke, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Omega Men, and a whole lot more presents his annual seminar aimed at beginning writers. You want to write but you get bogged down with so many rules and ideas you don't know where to begin. Marv will guide you through the starting process and answer any troubling questions you might have.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories
Poignant stories often come from a place of truth, but once you've lived through something, how do you turn it into a piece of art that you can share with the wider world? Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) aims to find out with panelists Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), Eduardo Risso (Dark Night: A True Batman Story), Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life), Lewis Trondheim (Poppies of Iraq), Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq), and Tillie Walden (I Love This Part).
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

Netflix Films: Bright and Death Note
Netflix presents a special sneak peek at David Ayer's new action-thriller film, Bright, set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Édgar Ramírez, and director David Ayer will debut exclusive footage from the film and answer audience questions. Attendees will also be treated to a first look at the new movie Death Note, based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Cast and filmmakers from this edgy thriller will debut footage and share details of the project's transition from fan-favorite graphic novel to film.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

Gumby's Back! The Claymation Clayboy Returns to Comics!
Art Clokey's greatest creation has always been able to jump into any book at all-literally! Now he's jumping back into his very own comic book series from Papercutz. Gumby, Pokey, and the gang are back just in time for the 60th anniversary of The Gumby Show. Reminisce with Joe and Joan Clokey about their dad's world-famous creation, hear from Gumby comics legend Rick Geary, and get the lowdown on the new stories Papercutz is creating with cartoonist Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics), writers Jeff Whitman and Eric Esquivel (Animal Jam, Nickelodeon Pandemonium, Yo-kai Watch, BOO!), and Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Tom Show
The old "Sergio and Mark Show" has a new name-but what it doesn't have is new panelists. It's still the crew who bring you the bumbling adventures of Groo the Wanderer, talking about what they do and why they do it. See the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier along with Stan Sakai (the creator of Usagi Yojimbo) and the hardest-working man in comics, colorist Tom Luth. They'll be discussing the latest Groo miniseries, many upcoming projects, and why Mark doesn't get paid for the work he does on their comic. Then again, he's not getting paid for writing this panel description either.
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

Off the Rails: When Disney Park Attractions Come to Life . . . in Books!
Take a trip through the Disney Parks through books. From graphic novels to novels, Disney Publishing editors discuss how they are expanding the beloved stories of some of the parks' most beloved rides (Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise) into prose. With panelists Michael Siglain, Nachie Marsham, Eric Geron, and special guests.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Remastered and Ready for Blu-Ray
Warner Archive Collection celebrates its 25th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series with a look back at the landmark animated theatrical release, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, which is making its Blu-ray debut this year. Bruce Wayne and Batman are forced to confront issues on several fronts as Bruce deals with the return of his lost love-Andrea Beaumont-while Batman is accused of being the mysterious vigilante knocking off prominent Gotham mob figures. While the city demands Batman be brought to justice, the Joker arrives on the scene to further complicate matters, determined to annihilate his old archenemy, this new vigilante, or both. Superhero animation guru and executive producer Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, legendary Batman voice Kevin Conroy, co-screenwriter Alan Burnett, and Warner Archive Podcast hosts D. W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson will offer a glimpse at the remastered footage and discuss the creation of this beloved thriller. And, as always, moderator Gary Miereanu will have WAC giveaways for some lucky fans. Warner Archive Collection will make Batman: Mask of the Phantasm available on Blu-ray starting July 25 at your favorite online retailers.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

DC: Mad About MAD
MAD, the country's number-one-selling humor magazine (in a field of one), is dumber than ever! Join longtime MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano for a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine and an epically moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD ! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

R. L. Stine, Creator of Goosebumps
Beware: You're in for a scare! R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling children's book series Goosebumps, is at Comic-Con for the first time. Come meet the man who has given you 25 years of fears.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

Shroud of the Avatar
Richard "Lord British" Garriott (creative director) and Starr Long (executive producer) will discuss their latest venture, Shroud of the Avatar, currently the second highest crowdfunded video game of all time. Learn how they have developed the game while honing cutting-edge crowdfunding techniques.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

Ghosted
Be one of the first to see FOX's highly anticipated new action-comedy Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson (The Office) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation). Ghosted is about the partnership between two polar opposites-a cynical skeptic and a genius "true believer"-who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Robinson and Scott are joined by Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy) and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten to discuss this paranormal buddy comedy coming to FOX this fall.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 6BCF

The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
It's that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), and a surprise guest or two.
Thursday July 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Hall H

BritBox's Classic Doctor Who Panel with Lost Episode Preview and Q&A
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 06, 05:39PM
Take a trip back in time to Doctor Who' s classic era. Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), and Sophie Aldred (Ace) look back on the original run of the world's longest-running sci-fi television show. You'll also get a sneak peek at a newly reconstructed lost episode of the Second Doctor story "The Wheel in Space," coming soon exclusively to BritBox, the digital streaming service with the most comprehensive collection of British programming-and home of Classic Doctor Who on SVOD-in the US
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

GN's Game Changers: Nerds Win. What's Next?
IGN brings together the most brilliant minds from the worlds of film, TV, games, and comics-the "game changers" for their industries-and has them talk about their craft, what they think are the most interesting trends in each medium, and where they see their respective industries going next. Geoff Johns (DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer), Hideo Kojima (Kojima Productions founder and creator of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding), Gale Anne Hurd (executive producer of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Falling Water), and other guests will participate in a Q&A moderated by IGN's Terri Schwartz.
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

Legion Screening and Q&A
Legion, based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley is joined by fellow executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb and series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion .
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom 20

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years
The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin's Press The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire, FHM, Geek Magazine), along with Access Hollywood' s Scott Mantz, look back at five decades of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery, the future of the movie franchise, and why we need Trek today more than ever.
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

Secrets to Greenlight Your Indie Project
It's the golden age of pop culture and content, so how do you get a green light for your compelling TV series, films, games, comics, books, and animation? Learn the dos, don'ts, and secrets of success from the trailblazers that know how to get a "yes!" With P. J. Haarsma (Con Man with Alan Tudyk), Rebekah Ganiere (Amazon bestseller Fairelle series), John Merritt (Tentacle Kitty),Raene Merritt (Tentacle Kitty), and James Ganiere (Rio Vista Universal) moderator of the Q&A.
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

ComiXology and IMDb: Kevin Smith's Comic Book Movie Trivia Mayhem
Join host Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and a panel of pop culture expert contestants, including Fatman on Batman's Marc Bernardin and writers for CW's The 100 Julie and Shawna Benson, for a freewheeling round of comic book movie trivia. Two judges, comiXology CEO David Steinberger and founder and CEO of IMDb Col Needham, will award points based on the creativity of the answers-that may or may not be factually accurate. Join in for some trivia mayhem!
Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6A

Disney Kingdoms: Theme Park Stories with Marvel Comics
The creators of Disney Kingdoms by Marvel discuss in depth the history as well as future titles of this popular family comic book series.
Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 7AB

Superhero Family Feud
Bestselling, award-winning, comic-loving, authors Margaret Stohl (Black Widow, Captain Marvel), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, Runaways), Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Ghost), Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star, The Plain Janes), Shannon and Dean Hale (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World), Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Nick Lowe (Marvel Comics editor), and other special guests battle to the finish in this superhero-centric Family Feud -style game.
Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Sounds of Sonic
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 06, 08:11PM
A live performance of Sonic music by master-producer, composer, and guitarist Shota Nakama with a special band. As a musical guest, legendary Sonic sound director and guitarist Jun Senoue, famed for penning many of the game series' most popular songs will perform with them. This spellbinding experience will feature video footage as well as special arrangements of both classic and new Sonic themes at the Indigo Ballroom for a one-night only free performance for Comic-Con badge holders. Hosted by Sega and VR Con, this program should delight audiences of all ages.
Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Marvel Television: Marvel's Inhumans
The Inhumans have landed in San Diego! Special guests of the highly anticipated Marvel's Inhumans unveil an explosive panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb. This event series will premiere a version of the first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theatres for a two-week window prior to the debut of the full series on ABC.
Thursday July 20, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Ballroom 20

The LEGO Ninjago Movie
In this big screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, a.k.a. the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.
Thursday July 20, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

Adam West Celebration
For many, Adam West provided the initial gateway to Batman through the glorious televised tales of the late '60s. Tonight, fans will come together to celebrate his beloved performance and the 50+ years that followed with video footage and personal anecdotes. Please join director/writer/actor Kevin Smith (Clerks, Comic Book Men), actor/radio personality Ralph Garman (Family Guy, Starring Adam West), producer James Tucker (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), moderator Gary Miereanu and an ever-growing list of special guests in this salute to the legendary "Bright Knight."
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6DE

Netflix Original: Castlevania with Adi Shankar
Castlevania is one of the most popular video game franchises by Konami and Hideo Kojima. Brought to life with vivid animation through Netflix, fans will want to hear the behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew. Jessica Tseang (founder, Girl on Geek, Little Geek Girls) will lead a lively discussion with Adi Shankar (showrunner and executive producer of Castlevania, executive producer of Dredd), Sam Deats (director, Castlevania, Powerhouse Animation), Kevin Kolde (executive producer and showrunner for Castlevania, producer of Bee and PuppyCat, Adventure Time), and some surprise guests, with a special message from series writer Warren Ellis.
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

Gunslingers, Half-Orcs, and Fireballs: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
Continuing last year's popular "Rogues, Half-Elves, and Magic Missile: A Beginner's Guide to Dungeons & Dragons" panel, this session focuses on tips and tricks to get the most enjoyment out of playing D&D or any other tabletop RPG. Panelists discuss how to have a super-fun time creating a character, roleplaying that character, crafting a fascinating story, and getting along with your fellow players, so you don't want to cast Meteor Swarm on them in real life! Moderated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, Monday Night Mayhem) and featuring Jennifer Muro (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Justice League Action), Elisa Teague (Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, Geek Out!), Jennifer Kretchmer (Maze Arcana, Dollhouse), Trip Hope (League of S.T.E.A.M., Monday Night Mayhem), and Marx Pyle (GenreTainment, Monday Night Mayhem). Plus, join in immediately after the panel for a gaming session in Room 15AB with a demonstration of Fate Accelerated.
Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

Kung Fu Extravaganza 20th Anniversary Celebration
Ric Meyers (Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book) and his film fight fest is back for the big two-oh, so it's party time-with not only the best action sequences of the year but the best from action movie history! Joining the festivities will be comedy film nerds Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini (Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary), "Master of Remaster" Frank Djeng, "King of YouTube Kung Fu" Eric Jacobus, fight coordinator for Marvel's Black Panther Clayton J. Barber with gasps, laughs, cheers, premieres, sneak peeks, and maybe even a surprise guest or two.
Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 6A

Netflix Surprise Screening
Netflix will have a surprise screening of an upcoming original movie before its premiere. Stay tuned and visit the Netflix booth on the convention floor to learn more!
Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00pm - 12:00am
Horton Grand Theatre

Whoah! What a big day! B Star G reunion is going to be nuts. I'm super torn between the MAD panel, which is a must for me, and the R.L. Stine panel. Kevin Smith is doing some cool stuff too. The Four Horsewomen are going to be at the WWE panel! So much cool stuff! Can't wait!!!

posted by | 07/06/17| 03:12:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Sunday Schedule Highlights

This is it. Usually Sunday is pretty chill. Let's see what we have. Full schedule is here.

Rube Goldberg: A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius
Celebrate the genius of Rube Goldberg with his granddaughter Jennifer George, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicsArts), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo the Wanderer), and special panelists who knew Rube or were inspired by his work, as they share stories of the legendary cartoonist's life and career. Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was best known for his comical inventions that use overly complicated chain reactions to complete simple tasks. See home movies and rare and never-before-seen images from the family's archives, including his very first published drawings from his high school newspaper, his iconic inventions, rare comic strips, and advertising work, to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and later sculpture.
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

Sherlock
Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson), Mark Gatiss (co-creator/executive producer/writer), Steven Moffat (co-creator/executive producer/writer), and Sue Vertue (producer) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson. Moderated by Chris Hardwick. Coming to PBS Masterpiece during the 2016-17 season.
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Hall H

Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, time is set aside to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Kirby biographer Ray Wyman, Jr., Scott Dunbier (director of special projects, IDW Publishing), and attorney Paul S. Levine. Naturally, it's moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

Spotlight on Matt Fraction
Matt Fraction is the co-creator of Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, and Satellite Sam and past writer of Hawkeye, Thor, and a host of other acclaimed books for Marvel. Moderator David Brothers joins Matt in conversation, with an eye toward Matt's experience building a career in the creative arena (including lessons learned and being smart about your work).
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

LEGO Dimensions
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The LEGO Group offer Comic-Con attendees a new glimpse inside the ever-expanding realm of LEGO Dimensions. Be among the first to see a new trailer, new characters, and game features in this unparalleled mash-up game experience. Featuring key members of the TT Games development team and voice acting talent. All attendees will receive a limited-edition LEGO Green Arrow minifigure! LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system.
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

Cartoon Voices II
Yesterday's Cartoon Voices panel will have been such a hit that they'll have to do another one with different, but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Family Guy), Vicki Lewis (Rugrats, Finding Nemo), Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Trevor Devall (Guardians of the Galaxy, Kid vs. Kat), and Debby Derryberry (Monster High, F is for Family), and maybe someone else.
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself
Bryan Tillman covers such topics as presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. This is the program for you if you are looking to make a name for yourself or trying to get your ideas in front of your company of choice.
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

Disney Kingdoms: Theme Park Stories with Marvel Comics
The creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel discuss what makes this collaborative relationship of theme park storytelling in comic books so much fun. Expect anecdotes on the development of previous titles as well as a glimpse at what is next to come.
Sunday July 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

Anything Goes with John Barrowman
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital E: He sings; he dances; he acts; he presents; he judges. Ask him anything.
Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

Animaniacs Live!
It's time for Animaniacs, live! Join the voice cast of the iconic animated series Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille and Jess Harnell, along with series songwriter Randy Rogel for a zany, animany, and totally insaney afternoon as they perform songs from the beloved cartoon. Animaniacs Live! will be coming to a city near you.
Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

Pac-Man to Mario: Retro Video Games and Video Game History
Learn about the rich and entertaining history of video games and why you keep going back to playing games that are 20 and 30 years old. A brief overview of the milestones in video game history will be presented: the rise of Atari in the late '70s, the Video Game Crash of 1983, the dominance of Nintendo in the '80s, and so on. Following will be a discussion about the current retro video game boom, seen in the popularity of video game collecting, "retro-style" indie games, and YouTube shows and conventions covering retro video games. Panelists include Pat Contri (author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, Pat the NES Punk), James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd, Cinemassacre), Ian Ferguson (Completely Unnecessary Podcast), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and Dan Eardley (Pixel Dan toy reviews).
Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

Buffy Musical: Once More with Feeling: An Interactive Whedon Musical
Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis WhedonCon, and FandomCharities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More with Feeling" as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'-back, that is-and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. Juliet Landau (Drusilla) plus a surprise guest will be joining the fun.
Sunday July 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Room 6BCF

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
This annual panel is for any group with a goal. It presents the vital basics of group management and networking that can apply to literally any project, from hobbiest to professional. Whether your goal is a career or professional-level hobby, your projects are a full-time job and you have only part-time hours to accomplish them. Much of achieving your goals rests with everyone helping each other with the skills, training, or talents no one individual has. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. (Mythbusters), Amber Goelst (Wacom Enterprise/Education), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Gene Turnbow (general manager, Krypton Radio), Renah Wolzinger (higher education leadership: statewide technical assistance provider), Brendan Creecy (Radio Brendo Man podcast), Ron Coleman, Ph.D (molecular geneticist), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, and lecturer), Chris Dickens (writer and co-creator of Vigilante Project), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV) provide a mix of speaking, questions, and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered. Handouts will be provided that cover tips, wisdom, and dos and donts from previous panels. As a bonus to help get your creative work life further along, you'll get a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud. They also have a second tool to give away of particular use to anyone that even touches artwork: A Wacom tablet! You must be at the panel to be eligible for either giveaway.
Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

If you're still at SDCC on Sunday afternoon you can come see me at the Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule panel. If you're trying to do any kind of creative project I would recommend checking it out. Lots of other good stuff on the schedule. That Animaniacs panel sounds especially cool. We're about a week away from the big event and I am getting pumped. I hope you are too if you're attending. If not, I'm sure you can follow along the happenings just fine on social media as well as the new Comic-Con HQ streaming service.

posted by | 07/12/16| 11:22:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Saturday Schedule Highlights

I had a blast at Disneyland and the Brian Wilson concert this weekend. As promised, here are my Saturday schedule highlights. View the full schedule here.

MARCH: Featuring Congressman John Lewis
At last, the final chapter is here. Meet the man they call a real-life superhero and witness history in the making, as the legendary civil rights icon, U.S. congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns! Together with award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis has brought his incredible story to new life with the graphic novel trilogy March. Join all three to celebrate the completion of the saga in March: Book Three, a must-read account of the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Selma-Montgomery March, and so much more, available exclusively at Comic-Con for a limited time. Learn how March is transforming the understanding of the civil rights movement, and the powerfully urgent lessons that it brings to new generations today, and get ready to move your feet!
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

We Bare Bears Panel
Ice Bear loves Comic-Con. Which is why he and his brothers, Grizz and Panda, are making their first ever panel appearance in San Diego! The cast and crew of We Bare Bears discuss the hilarious new series, celebrate the fans, preview exclusive clips, and take your questions. Panelists include Daniel Chong (series creator), Eric Edelstein (voice of Grizzly), Bobby Moynihan (voice of Panda), Demetri Martin (voice of Ice Bear), Charlyne Yi (voice of Chloe), and Lauren Sassen (storyboard artist), moderated by Mikey Heller (series writer). Also featuring a sneak peek of upcoming Cartoon Network series Mighty Magiswords, part of the back-to-back panel extravaganza followed by The Powerpuff Girls at 11:00.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

What Happened
How many great (or terrible?) scripts lie forgotten in the bottom of Hollywood filing cabinets? How did they get there? Why are they still there? Why were they never made? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne (the dynamic duo behind the hit documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?) and surprise panelists uncover some of Hollywood's greatest urban legends, from Superman Lives to Jodorowsky's Dune.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

Spotlight on Kate Beaton
Kate Beaton is the cartoonist behind 2015's New York Times bestseller Step Aside, Pops, as well as the wildly popular website Hark! A Vagrant. Beaton has taken the world by storm with her incisive, carefully researched, and often hilarious takes on history, literature, and pop culture. She will read from her work and engage in a Q&A session with the audience.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

Spotlight on Daniel Clowes
Appearing at Comic-Con International for the first time in 15 years, influential cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Wilson) is joined by editor and friend Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics) to discuss his career beginnings, Hollywood, and his newest New York Times bestselling graphic novel, Patience.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

Back to the 90s: Nickelodeon's All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple
Join Nickelodeon's throwback programming block, The Splat, for a reunion of the trailblazing sketch comedy series' major players. Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg, and Kel Mitchell discuss all things All That, with a few added surprises. Plus, get the first look at Nick's new TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple and hear about it from returning cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker, and other panelists, moderated by Entertainment Weekly's LA correspondent, Marc Snetiker.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

Creating Universes
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos, Star Talk) hosts an A-List panel of creators, including Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine), who will discuss how universes are formed with the imagination and with science. Renowned artist Rob Prior (Game of Thrones, Star Wars) will provide a live painting exhibition during the panel.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Spotlight on William Gibson
William Gibson is the novelist and screenwriter credited with pioneering cyberpunk science fiction. His Blue Ant trilogy-Patterson Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History-were New York Times bestsellers, as was his most recent, The Peripheral. Archangel, co-written with his friend, Michael St. John Smith, is now being published by IDW. Join Gibson, Smith and some of their IDW collaborators for a discussion of Archangel.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

Quick Draw!
It's still the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano and Sharpie-to-Sharpie to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), and they're joined by Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) plus a couple of surprising surprises!
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

The Simpsons
The Simpsons is heading into its 600th episode. Creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman, and voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright offer some juicy tidbits on the 28th season and beyond!
Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Twenty-five years after the first black-and-white issue of the self-published comic book Bone appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter, comes a new (and completely superfluous) adventure featuring the Bone cousins in Bone Coda! Jeff Smith discusses the 25th Anniversary of Bone, followed by a reading of the new tale.
Saturday July 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

Cartoon Voices 1
Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers together a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year's lineup includes Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Futurama), Brian T. Delaney (Mad, Halo 5: Guardians), Georgie Kidder (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Goldie and Bear), Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Transformers), Julianne Buescher (The Muppets, Sid the Science Kid), and Jim Meskimen (Avengers Assemble, MAD).
Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

Inside the Writers' Room: The Pilot: Part One
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 03:32PM
Before there can be a hit series (or even a Manimal or Supertrain), there has to be a pilot. A panel of expert creators and writer/producers will share their experiences-the good, bad, and the very ugly-in selling and making a television pilot. Get the straight scoop on how shows go from their synapses to your television sets and tablets. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's executive VP of drama development and production, Chris Parnell. Panelists include Ryan Condal (Colony, Logan's Run), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), V. J. Boyd (Justified), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe, Terminator), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Caper, Da Vinci's Demons), Toni Graphia (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Cop Rock), Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X, Femme Fatales), and Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Elementary, The Dresden Files).
Saturday July 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

Spotlight on Stan Lee
'Nuff said.
Saturday July 23, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

Invader ZIM Conquers San Diego Comic Con
It's been one year since the premiere of the Invader ZIM comic books based on the popular Nickelodeon series, so be on hand for a retrospective of the series so far as well as hints for what's to come. Featuring Jhonen Vasquez (series creator, control brain), Eric Trueheart (TV and comic series writer), Aaron Alexovich (character designer, artist), Dave Crosland (comic artist), and Megan Lawton (inker) all tell horrible, horrible secrets about the comic book series.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

Sid & Marty Krofft
Sid and Marty Krofft have created and produced some of the most iconic names in family entertainment for over 40 years and are still in action today. Digital platforms such as Amazon Prime (Sigmund and The Sea Monsters starring David Arquette), cable network Nickelodeon (Mutt & Stuff), and iTunes and Fullscreen (Electra Woman and Dyna Girl starring Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart) are all currently thrilling today's audiences with three new Krofft productions. Join Sid and Marty Krofft along with moderator David Arquette and Bradley Zweig (executive producer of Mutt & Stuff) for this very special event, which also features a video appearance by Helbig and Hart.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

Star Trek
September 8, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's first broadcast. What began as a TV show became a window into the future and a reflection of our greatest hopes and dreams. By envisioning a world where technology and science improve the human condition, and where peace and unity transcend conflict and separation, Star Trek has inspired children, parents, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and viewers around the world. It's also spurred countless real-world innovations and "firsts," giving name to a Space Shuttle (the Enterprise), launching one of the first and most passionate worldwide fandoms, and featuring the first interracial kiss on American network television. Join William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner for a conversation moderated by Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the new Star Trek television series coming to CBS All Access, following its network premiere in 2017.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hall H

Writing with J. Michael Straczynski
If your heart is driving you to write and you can't imagine doing anything else, this is the panel for you. The discussion will cover writing for film, television, and comics in a Q&A style workshop, the quality of the discussion determined by the questions you bring. Learn the tricks of the writing trade from an Eisner, Icon, Inkpot, Hugo and Bradbury Award-winning writer and producer also nominated for a British Academy Award for Changeling. He's worked on World War Z and Thor and is one of the writer/producer/creators for Sense8. Come prepared for information and impertinence.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

Vice Principals
Vice Principals, the new HBO comedy series starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins, makes its Comic-Con debut. Moderated by The Nerdist Podcast's Matt Mira, with McBride, Goggins, and executive producer Jody Hill. Created by McBride and Hill, who also created HBO's Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals is a dark comedy series that tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it: the vice principals. McBride and Goggins star as the rival administrators who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal. The half-hour show airs on Sundays at 10:30, beginning on July 17.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 09, 04:48PM
Icons of entertainment reunite as the Mystery Inc. gang and WWE Superstars team-up for their second animated adventure, Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon. When Scooby and the gang attend an off-road racing competition, the last thing they expect is to stumble upon a menacing phantom. However, before they can say "ruh-roh," things take a turn for the worse, as Inferno schemes to sabotage the race and cause chaos for everyone. With the help of WWE Superstars Triple H, Paige, Sheamus, Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Lana™, Rusev®, The Miz®, Kofi Kingston® and Goldust®, as well as Scooby's new driving partner, The Undertaker, it's up to Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to save the race before it's too late! Be among the first public audience to see footage from the sequel to one of the best-selling films in Scooby-Doo history. WWE Superstars Sheamus and Paige join the longtime voice of Daphne, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), along with producer Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Young Justice), director Tim Divar (Young Justice), WWE Studios President Michael Luisi, Warner Bros Animation Senior Vice President Jay Bastian - and a few mystery guests - for an in-depth discussion about this all-new animated film. IGN's Eric Goldman will moderate the festivities, which will include special prizes for a few lucky fans. Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on August 9, 2016, just in time for the excitement of this year's WWE SummerSlam.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

30th Anniversary of Dark Horse
Thirty years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more. Now, the publisher is poised to make headlines again with some of the biggest news about new original work since Frank Miller brought Sin City to the pages of Dark Horse Presents! Panelists offer an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry.
Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

Aliens: 30th Anniversary
Writer/director James Cameron (Avatar) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) join cast members Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Bill Paxton (True Lies), Lance Henriksen (Millennium), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks) for a look back at the iconic science fiction classic in honor of the film's 30th anniversary.
Saturday July 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Hall H

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America
Stars Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spiderman), and Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), lead writer and executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe) and moderator Tim Leong of Entertainment Weekly offer a first look at BBC America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, an original series from the producers of The Walking Dead, premiering October 22. An adaptation from famed author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through an insane mystery, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. BBC America's Dirk Gentley's Holisitc Detective Agency is an eight-part co-production of AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.
Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6BCF

Son of Zorn
Be one of the first to see FOX's highly anticipated new hybrid live-action/animated family comedy, Son of Zorn. Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis, the series follows an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean who returns to Orange County to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. The talented cast and crew, including Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Johnny Pemberton, executive producer Sally McKenna and executive producer/director Eric Appel will entertain as they discuss this ground-breaking series coming to FOX this fall. Moderated by Dan Snierson.
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Robert Kirkman's Outcast: When in Rome
Cinemax's newest series chronicles Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever. Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise) and Chris Black (Desperate Housewives) and cast members Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Independence Day), and Reg E Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire) discuss their experience with Outcast season 1 and look ahead to the already green-lit season 2. Moderated by Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!).
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

Buckaroo Banzai: Getting the Band Back Together
Lewis Smith (Perfect Tommy), Billy Vera (Pinky Carruthers), Damon Hines (Scooter Lindley), and Gerald Peterson (Rug Sucker) discuss their experiences making this cult classic, their participation in the upcoming Shout Factory special edition Blu-ray, and their potential involvement in the new Banzai television series being spearheaded by Kevin Smith. Moderated by Joe Parrington (publicist, Raining Hollywood Publicity).
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

The Final Girls & The Future of The Midnight Movie
The creatives and select cast behind 2015's cult-classic in the making, The Final Girls, and actual fan-favortie final girls from horror films throughout the years discuss the film's road to the screen, its midnight movie roots, what the rules are for a final girl in this day and age, and what makes a modern and classic midnight movie favorite! Bonus: watch select scenes with the cast and final girls and join them in suggesting Rocky Horror style rituals to enact in future viewings of the film. Panelists include director Todd Strauss-Schulson, writers Joshua Miller and M. A. Fortin, director of photography Elie Smolkin, cast members Thomas Middleditch and Angela Trimburs, and a surprise slate of actual final girls from horror film history! Featuring exclusive signed giveaways from the film.
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

WWE: Then. Now. Forever.
BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a publishing partnership with WWE to bring the sports entertainment leader back to comic shops everywhere. BOOM! Studios president of publishing & marketing Filip Sablik, managing editor Bryce Carlson, editor Eric Harburn, artist Dan Mora for an inaugural power hour of special announcements and the debut of exclusive artwork, including the announcement of who will be writing the upcoming WWE: Then. Now. Forever comic coming in November. Plus, every attendee will recieve an exclusive, double-sided, one-page comic for free!
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Hall H

The Last Man on Earth
The stars from FOX's Emmy-nominated hit comedy The Last Man on Earth-Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and Cleopatra Coleman-discuss the evolution and surprising twist and turns from the first two shocking seasons as well as tease the upcoming third season. Moderated by Henry Goldblatt.
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Riverdale Pilot Screening and Q&A
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 09, 04:43PM
Things aren't always what you expect in Riverdale. Based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood), this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom-and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music-and not follow in his dad's footsteps-despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him-certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It's all weighing heavily on Archie's mind-as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she's not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty's nerves-which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother, Alice (Mädchen Amick)-aren't the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there's an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn't want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there's Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) . . . Riverdale's Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble among Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows. See a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a panel discussion with series stars and executive producers. Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics). Riverdale premieres midseason on The CW.
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:30pm - 7:25pm
Room 6BCF

Inside the Writer's Room: Pre, Production & Post, Oh My: Part Two
If writers rooms were like superhero teams, they've just lined up the Justice League and The Avengers for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers room and what happens after your script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's jocular executive VP of drama development & production, Chris Parnell. The line-up this year includes Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time, The Flash, Haven), Michael Narducci (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Medium), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Xena, Lost), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory),William Harper (Grey's Anatomy), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Guardians of the Galaxy TV), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Castle, Agent X).
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

STARZ Original Series Ash vs Evil Dead
Sam Raimi (executive producer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer/Ash), Lucy Lawless (Ruby), Ray Santiago (Pablo), Dana DeLorenzo (Dana), Lee Majors (Brock Williams), and Ted Raimi (Chet Kaminski) discuss the hit series and preview what's to come in season 2.
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

Kevin Smith
What if you had a panel and the audience didn't show up? Kevin Smith can tell you what it's like: Last year, the clown prince of Comic-Con saw thousands of people abandon his annua Hall H talk for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor Star Wars concert. But the plucky, portly director and podcaster is back to tell silly stories and talk about his new movie Yoga Hosers, his AMC Network shows Comic Book Men and Geeking Out, directing an episode of The Flash for The CW, his forthcoming Buckaroo Banzai adaptation, and the Mallrats sequel that's gonna be a TV series! You can't miss this perennial Hall H highlight (unless there's something way better going on at the same time, like a Star Wars concert).
Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hall H

Darwyn Cooke Tribute
Celebrate the life and art of award-winning cartoonist Darwyn Cooke (The New Frontier, Parker) with moderator Jimmy Palmiotti and some of the biggest names in comics and animation, including Mike Allred, Scott Dunbier, Cully Hamner, Frank Tieri, and Bruce Timm.
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back
Joel Hodgson (creator, MST3K), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry), and others discuss the show's record-breaking crowdfunding campaign and reveal behind-the-scenes info on season 11.
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a "comic book come to life." That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and villains like Ric Flair, panelists from both worlds will explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of popular art. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Jonathan Bowles (WrassleRoos), and Flobo Boyce (Silver Streek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media)
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8

M.A.S.K. Voice Cast 31st Anniversary Reunion
For the first time ever, the original voice cast of M.A.S.K., including Doug Stone (Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Dusty Hayes), Brendan McKane (Miles Mayhem, Alex Sector, Floyd Malloy), Sharon Noble (Gloria Baker, Vanessa Garfield, M.A.S.K. Computer), and Mark Halloran (Sly Rax, Buddie Hawks, Cliff Dagger) will be coming together to celebrate the love of M.A.S.K. and take part in a live Q&A session with you, the fans.
Saturday July 23, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 29AB

Season 2 World Premiere Screening of Ash vs Evil Dead
Get a first viewing of the season 2 premiere episode of the STARZ Original Series Ash vs Evil Dead. with introduction by cast and executive producers.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 6DE

Wow! So many panels! So many lines! So many broken hearts! But seriously, there is so much stuff and this is just the programming. There's the show floor, offsites, all the Streetpass action you can handle, and so much more. I can't wait!!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Friday Schedule Highlights

As always, the full schedule is available here. I'm headed out to Anaheim to go to Disneyland with Gringo and his wife Maggie tomorrow and then I'm going up to L.A. to see Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. I know this might pain you to wait but my Saturday and Sunday schedule highlights won't be up until Monday most likely. I'm sure you'll be fine.

Keeping it Short: Short Form Comics
Kate Beaton (Step Aside Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), and Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test) are three of the most critically acclaimed cartoonists working today. All three are masters of the short form, imbuing great narrative depth into a few panels or a few pages of comics. Beaton, Carroll, Hanawalt and Abraham Riesman (associate editor of Vulture) will discuss how keeping things short can make for great stories.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

The Giant's Dream: Documentary Screening & Chat with Brad Bird
From hundreds of hours of archival footage and myriad modern-day interviews comes a documentary that puts an in-depth spotlight on the beloved 1999 animated film The Iron Giant . Director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) will lead a discussion following a final cut screening of this fascinating documentary that examines the intricate, behind-the-scenes details of the creative process in bringing this critically acclaimed film to the big screen. Author Ramin Zahed moderates.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe
Cartoon Network is bringing together the talents of Steven Universe for a first-of-its-kind live musical experience for fans at San Diego Comic-Con! The series cast and musical minds behind Steven Universe will give a never-before-seen performance of the series' critically acclaimed music, as well as exclusive previews from upcoming episodes and an extended Q&A. Scheduled to appear are Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar (creator), Jeff Liu (writer and storyboard artist), Zach Callison (voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), Charlyne Yi (voice of Ruby), and Ben Levin (writer), accompanied by series composers Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema and moderated by former supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Con Man Panel
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Powerless, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and many more, discuss their wild ride with Comic-Con HQ on season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible. You can expect plenty of surprise guests, giveaways, and one very special sneak peek!
Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Hall H

Intro to TV Writing
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) is joined by some of today's biggest TV writer/producers/executives, including Karen Horne (NBC) and others from your favorite genre shows, to discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

Ben Hatke in Conversation with Patrick Rothfuss
#1 New York Times Bestseller Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack) talks with renowned fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind) about the creative lifestyle, how are books created, and what does creativity mean outside the writing and drawing process?
Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

Star Wars Publishing
Get the latest info on all the new books and comics set in a galaxy far, far away! Authors, artists, and editors from Del Rey, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, and others discuss their upcoming stories and the future of Star Wars publishing. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain.
Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

Robot Chicken
Perk up your feathers and lube your gears; the poultry posse's back to show exclusive, never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage of their Emmy Award-winning series! Co-creator/EP Matthew Senreich, EP/co-head writer Tom Root, EP/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writer/director Tom Sheppard are joined by a very special guest: voice actor Donald Faison (Scrubs). Moderated by Keith Crofford, SVP of production for Adult Swim.
Friday July 22, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Walt Kelly and POGO
The greatest newspaper strip of all time? Some would call it that. Even if you aren't one of them, you've gotta love the wit and whimsy of Walt Kelly's magnum opus, Pogo, now receiving its first-ever complete reprinting in an Eisner Award-winning series from Fantagraphics Books. Remember this great artist with comics historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, historian Michael Barrier, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer).
Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand, Christian Serratos, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist,Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of season 6 and a sneak peek into season 7, debuting in October on AMC.
Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall H

Captain America: Civil War Screenwriting Q&A
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers of Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Winter Soldier) discuss the joys and challenges of adapting the beloved comic tale into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Backstory Magazine publisher Jeff Goldsmith (host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast). Bring your questions!
Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss
New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss tells stories, answers audience questions, and discusses strange things with his interviewer, Hank Green. Be prepared for tangents, inappropriate humor, and impromptu singing.
Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

Spotlight on Berkeley Breathed
In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing all-new Bloom County strips, for the first time in more than 25 years! Join Berkeley for one of his infamous presentations, focusing on what it's like to be the last strip cartoonist standing! Presentation followed by Q&A.
Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

People of Earth & Powerless
From Emmy winners Conan O'Brien (Conan) and Greg Daniels (The Office) and creator David Jenkins comes People of Earth, a half-hour single-camera comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. Join series star Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), co-executive producer David Jenkins and executive producer Greg Daniels for a screening of the pilot episode followed by a Q&A. People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Cenac) who investigates a support group to write about the member's supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, however, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and, possibly, even signs that point to his own alien abduction. The onetime outsider now finds himself a part of this eclectic group of misfits, all the while struggling with the idea of knowing that life could exist beyond our world. Produced by Conaco LLC in association with Warner Horizon Television,People of Earth is coming this fall to TBS. Next up it's a superhero's world. Cast members Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Danny Pudi (Community), and Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) along with executive producer Ben Queen (A to Z), and executive producer/director Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911) present a screening of the pilot episode and Q&A covering the first comedy series set in the DC universe. Powerless is the story of Emily (Hudgens), a young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused when superheroes and supervillains treat the city like their own personal battleground. Taking care of insurance needs one by one, Emily and her team of co-workers might not have any superpowers but they are out to make a difference in people's lives and prove that you don't need to have powers to be powerful! From Warner Bros. Television, Powerless premieres midseason on NBC.
Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

Rick and Morty
Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community), and voice talent Spencer Grammer (Greek), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show) invite fans for a sneak peek at the highly anticipated third season. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).
Friday July 22, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode sixth season in June and will begin filming its seventh season later this year. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Faye Marsay as The Waif, Hannah Murray as Gilly, Kristian Nairn as Hodor, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. Moderated by Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Friday July 22, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

The Tick: The First 30 Years
The Tick first appeared in print 30 years ago. Creator Ben Edlund explores The Tick's history (and future) in a multimedia Event-o-Happening with surprise panelists, mystifying giveaways, and a revealing inside look at The Tick's next big thing!
Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Marvel Television: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and cast members Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker, co-creators and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and executive producer Jeff Bell share the secrets, lies, and dangers of making season 3! See exclusive footage and surprise moments, and be the first to learn what's in store for season 4! The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this fall, only on ABC.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom 20

Sweet Dreams Aren't Made Of These: Horror and Thriller Authors Bring Your Nightmares to Life
Authors in the horror and thriller genres are more than just talented writers. They have to be masters of psychology, understanding what makes us most terrified and portraying worlds and scenarios that strike at the very core of our deepest and darkest fears. Del Howison of Dark Delicacies probes the twisted minds of Paul Tremblay (Disappearance at Devil's Rock), Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils), Paula Treick Deboard (The Drowning Girls), Tosca Lee (Progeny), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX), and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) as they discuss the best ways to scare you.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

Samurai Jack
Creator/director Genndy Tartakovsky, head writer Darrick Bachman, art director Scott Wills, storyboard artist Bryan Andrews, and character designer Craig Kellman give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming revival of hit animated action-adventure series Samurai Jack. Moderated by Tom Kenny (Samurai Jack, Spongebob Squarepants).
Friday July 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

STARZ Original Series American Gods
Bryan Fuller (executive producer), Michael Green (executive producer), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy) discuss the highly anticipated series and preview what's to come in the premiere season. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple).
Friday July 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

Ask-an-Agent
Get in all of your questions in this frank and forthcoming panel with literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) and television/literary agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners). They will take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and television/film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

Hermes Press: Jim Davis Talk About His New Book: The Art Garfield
This panel will kick off the premiere of Jim Davis's new book The Art of Garfield. It will begin with a video presentation chronicling the birth and development of Garfield. Jim Davis will talk about the creation, history, and art of his famous cat. R. C. Harvey (The Art of the Funnies, author of the introduction to The Art of Garfield) and Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press, Silver Age: the Second Generation of Comic Artists) will then join in and talk about the art of everything Garfield. This will be Davis's first appearance at Comic-Con! The panel will end with a Q&A session.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

Dark Horse: Conversations with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!
Friday July 22, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hall H

Bob's Burgers
It's always a party when creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast (including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy) bring their Emmy Award-winning animated FOX series Bob's Burgers to San Diego for another unforgettable panel. The cast and creative team behind one of America's most beloved TV families will have you howling with laughter with never-before-seen footage.
Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary
Oscar-nominated producer Don Hahn, directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and an all-star panel of filmmakers discuss the making of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

Orphan Black: BBC America
BBC America's award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con for its fourth straight year. Panelists includes Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (Sarah and the Leda clones), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Kevin Hanchard (Art) and Kathryn Alexandree (Leda clone double actress), as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, will be joined by this year's moderator Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman. They'll look back at the thrilling season and offer clues to what's next for the Clone Club.
Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6BCF

Archer: Screening and Q&A
Archer is an animated half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and its employees, who use every seedy surveillance of a suspected adulterer or investigation into insurance fraud as another excuse to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain. See an exclusive new video and then join the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin (Sterling Archer), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Jessica Walter (Malory Archer), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Judy Greer (Cheryl/Carol Tunt), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), and Lucky Yates (Dr. Algernop Krieger), plus creator/executive producer/writer Adam Reed (Ray Gillette), executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series to life. Moderated by Leanne Aguilera (ET Online).
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

South Park: Season 20
With South Park's 20th season premiering this September, Comedy Central is kicking off the global celebration here at Comic-Con! The South Park 20 panel will celebrate all 267 episodes (and counting) with moderator Chris Hardwick and guest panelists who are sure to excite! Panelists will discuss the evolution of South Park over the last two decades, take questions from fans and give an exclusive sneak peek of South Park's highly anticipated next-gen video game from Ubisoft, South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hall H

The World of Mouse Guard
David Petersen's fan-favorite Mouse Guard series has been around for more than a decade, and publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is proud to be a part of its legacy! But what's next? Petersen and BOOM! assistant editor Cameron Chittock offer a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning comics and games, including the recently released Mouse Guard: Art of Bricks, a peek at the forthcoming Mouse Guard Coloring Book, and more! Plus, comedian Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will be on hand for a live reading performance of a Mouse Guard short story!
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

Comics from the Squared Circle
An insider's look at the overlapping worlds of comics and professional wrestling, including a historical retrospective and predictions for the future of wrestling comics. Featuring Lucha Underground superstar Chavo Guerrero (Chavo Guerrero's Warrior's Creed), WWE Hall-of-Famer Andre the Giant's daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, and recordbreaking wrestling comics writer Mike Kingston (Headlocked). Hosted by Heidi MacDonald (Comics Beat).
Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

Is The Swag You're Giving Out Working
The one thing that every convention has in common, no matter how different their industries, is the kinds of promotional items being given out at each booth. Each company tries to make the best or most relevant items to promote their business. Everyone wants to have the right kind of promotional items that will resonate with their customers and influence them to purchase their brand or service. The War Machine Marketing panel is about finding out which items have worked in the past, which items haven't, which have been surprising, and which have been revolutionary. This panel is for exhibitors, new businesses, and customers alike, because each perspective is important.
Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal
Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) have a panel! Wherein talking, cavorting, scribbling, gyrating, ridiculing, sneak peeking, signing, head-desking, reveling, responding, and much hooplah will transpire.
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

The Exorcist
See a special preview screening of the full first episode with stars Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone, House of Cards), and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (Commander in Chief, Beetlejuice, The Fly) and writer/producer Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, Academy Award-nominated The Exorcist terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, The Exorcist returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller on FOX this fall, following the story of two very different priests tackling one family's case of terrifying demonic possession.
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

The Writer's Journey: Maximizing Your Exposure in the Marketplace
This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st-century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW's M.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producern Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park,Living Single), artist/writer Tony Puryear (Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and writer Brandon Thomas (Skybound's Horizon, Miranda Mercury).
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

She Made That: Nickelodeon Women in Animation
A group of innovative and pioneering female cartoon creators discuss their careers and the opportunities for women in animation today. Panelists include women responsible for the original Nicktoons from the 1990s and others who are making some of today's best animation for TV and the web. Hosted by Rachel Heine (Nerdist) and including panelists Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Mary Harrington (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life), Vanessa Coffey (Rugrats, Doug), Rikke Asbjoern (Pinky Malinky), Margaret Dean (Women in Animation), and Maija Burnett (California Institute of the Arts).
Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

AMC's Preacher
Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg join comic book co-creator and series co-executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish in a panel moderated by Kevin Smith, to discuss the first season of the hit series. Join the panelists for a live reading of the newest episode, airing Sunday, July 24 at 9pm on AMC, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hall H

Scream Queens
It's the return of the Chanels! From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, season 2 of Scream Queens graduates from the college campus and into an abandoned hospital purchased by Dean Munch (Jamie Lee Curtis). Set two years later, the Chanels (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, and Abigail Breslin), Hester (Lea Michele), and Zayday (Keke Palmer) are now hospital employees as they embark on another terrifyingly funny murder mystery full of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases ever diagnosed. Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and others engage in a star-studded season 1 tell-all, with exclusive details on the new season premiering this fall on Fox. There's a new killer in town, but this time . . . it's no devil!
Friday July 22, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Ballroom 20

Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off against your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics and editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, in this highly interactive panel discussion, where audience members are invited to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate. Everyone in the room will get the chance to vote "fresh" or "rotten" by using their personal "Tomatometer Paddle."
Friday July 22, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Ryan Newman, Stacey Dash, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and director Anthony Ferrante will whet your appetite for the explosive new sequel in the pop culture juggernaut that is Sharknado! See exclusive clips of the fourth installment, which will be chomping down viewers this July 31 on Syfy. The cast and director will share stories from the set, explain why the story takes place five years into the future, and reveal how just many sharks it takes to destroy Las Vegas. Fans also get to partake in a Q&A session.
Friday July 22, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A

11 Secrets to Publishing Your E-Book
So, you've been writing. Maybe it's a novel, or a short story, or assorted musings on vampires. You're getting ready to self-publish on Amazon, but you're not sure how to take that last step. Before you hit "upload," come to this panel! Sean Rourke (author of The Pendragon Armada) will go over 11 crucial secrets to prevent your masterpiece from getting lost in the digital sea!
Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke
Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight's arch nemesis, The Joker, as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. Based on one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time, this R-rated, feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm (Justice League: Gods & Monsters) at the helm and Kevin Conroy (Justice League), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Hear how the graphic novel transitioned to animated thriller, and then witness the world premiere of this highly anticipated film. Panelists include Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner James Gordon, as well as director Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman) and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 26 on Digital HD and August 2 on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
Friday July 22, 2016 9:00pm - 12:00am
Ballroom 20

Dang, that Hall H lineup is stacked. I have resigned myself to the fact that I will most likely never get to see a Game of Thrones panel. I'm not ready to give up on Bob's Burgers though. After making it in to the WonderCon panel now I have a taste for the amazing experience that it is and I want more. We'll see how it goes. There's lots of great writing and other creative panels as well as Jim freaking Davis making his first SDCC appearance. That's kind of nuts, right?

posted by | 07/08/16| 12:19:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| 1 comment »


San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Thursday Schedule Highlights

It's that time of year again and Phil let me know he uses this site as his "Comic-Con App" so I can't let him down. You can view the whole Thursday schedule here.

Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson's Labyrinth with Archaia
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Senior editor Sierra Hahn and artists Eric Powell (The Goon, Big Man Plans), Joëlle Jones (Spider-Woman, Lady Killer), and Jonathan Case (The New Deal, Batman '66) give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children's storybook, and an artists' tribute collection. Moderated by Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine.
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

Happy Happy Joy Joy
For 25 years, Nickelodeon has produced some of the most innovative and memorable animation in the history of television. Nick Animation podcast host Hector Navarro finds out how and why four of the network's most influential creators did what they did: Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), Butch Hartman (Fairly OddParents, Danny Phanton) and Arlene Klasky (Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power), who along with Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, created Rugrats. Don't miss the chance to see production art from the upcoming Hey Arnold movie, animation from Hartman's new Bunsen Is a Beast, and the world premiere of Don vs Raph, a TMNT animated short written and produced by Jhonen Vasquez.
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

Snowden
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 07, 10:50AM
Open Road Films presents Oliver Stone's Snowden, featuring never-before-seen footage and a live conversation with legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone, in his first visit to Comic-Con, and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodly, Zachary Quinto and Scott Eastwood.
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Hall H

Geek & Sundry at SDCC
Felicia Day and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know! Join the panel for hilarious discussions on their favorite current and future shows, upcoming projects, and the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Mycroft
NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a special appearance at Comic-Con to launch his new comic book, Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, which debuts exclusively at SDCC with a special variant cover. This exciting series is a brand new standalone comic book adventure that uncovers the secrets of the elder Holmes brother. Join series artist Joshua Cassara (The Troop) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on stage for an hour of exclusives and insider reveals. Each audience member will receive an exclusive show art card.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

The Pitching Hour
Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (producers, Ultimate Spider-Man), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Quantum Break), Lindsay Rostal (VP, The Odd Gentlemen), Carina Schulze (president, Chatrone), Jennie Kong (pr strategist), a surprise guest or two and moderator Dan Evans III (VP, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

Grant Morrison & Graphic India: Myth & Legends
Graphic India welcomes legendary creator Grant Morrison (Batman, All Star Superman, 18 Days, The Multiversity) to discuss storytelling, global mythology, mysticism, the rise of Indian superheroes and his latest groundbreaking, mythic/sci-fi project with Graphic India called Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness. In Avatarex, the epic world of living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India. What happens when an all-powerful super-being awakens to fight the Last War of the Age, only to discover he's been sent too early for the End Days and must somehow learn to exist in a world that's too small and too frail to survive his presence? How does humanity react to the challenges of such a paragon in their midst? Will Avatarex raise everyone to his level, or will everyone drag him down? Can the embodiment of their highest aspirations exist side-by-side with their all-too-human failings or will the gulf between what they wish they could be and what they are destroy them?
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

Moana: Art of Story
Legendary directors Ron Clements (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) and John Musker (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) lead a panel of artists as they give a behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming animated comedy-adventure Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Once on her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A

Mattel & WWE Fan Panel
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods), along with AJ Styles and Becky Lynch, offer a fun-filled hour that definitely won't be sour! Get your recommended daily value of positivity, unicorn magic, and action figures in this gluteus-free panel featuring never-before-seen Mattel figure reveals along with a Q&A session moderated by NXT color commentator Corey Graves.
Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5AB

The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
It's that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Nerdist president Adam Rymer, and a surprise guest or two. Join the gang for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await!
Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, and his latest foray into science fiction. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis made up of thousands of species from all corners of the universe. Alpha's 17 million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. But not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; unseen forces are at work, placing their race in great danger. Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns) join moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and special surprise panelists for the first public sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, coming to theaters from EuropaCorp in Summer 2017.
Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall H

DC: One-On-One with Paul Dini
The superstar bestselling writer and co-creator of Harley Quinn returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From his early days on the Batman Animated TV show to heart-wrenching Dark Night: A True Batman Story to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre's most influential people.
Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

Feral Audio Live with Dan Harmon and his Podcast Pals
From Starburns Industries (Animals, Anomalisa,Rick & Morty) comes a Hall H live podcast recording of unparalleled precedent! Podcast pioneer Dan Harmon (Harmontown, Community) brings to the stage some of his best-known pals from the fiercely independent Feral Audio network, including Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together, Take My Wife), Johnny Pemberton (Twisting the Wind, Neighbors 2), Steve Agee (Uhhh..., Adventure Time), My Favorite Murder hosts Georgia Hardstark (Slumber Party) and Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show), Alie Ward (Slumber Party, Cooking Channel), Doughboys Mike Mitchell (The Birthday Boys), and Nick Wiger (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Jeff B. Davis (Harmontown, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), the smooth men of Beyond Yacht Rock and more, including a special appearance live via phone by Chelsea Peretti (Call Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Thursday July 21, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

1986: There Can Be Only One
It was "a bad call, Ripley, a bad call," as Mark A. Altman's Algonquin Geek Table twists and shouts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the glorious moviegoing nirvana of 1986. This panel of professional geeksperts will look back at such now classic films as Aliens, Highlander, Top Gun, Blue Velvet, Manhunter, Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller's Day's Off, Back to School, Big Trouble in Little China, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Fly, Short Circuit, Labyrinth, 9½ Weeks-and how could we forget (as much as we'd like to) Howard the Duck and Cobra? Starring Ashley E. Miller (writer, Big Trouble in Little China remake), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Glen C. Oliver (Ain't It Cool News), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, ST: TNG Blu-rays), and Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, The Alien Anthology). Moderated by Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood). There be whales here! Presented by the all-new Geek Magazine.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5AB

NBC's The Good Place: World Premiere Screening and Q&A with Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Michael Schur and Drew Goddard
From executive producer Michael Schur and director Drew Goddard comes a smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Ted Danson) she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
You have a really cool idea for a new comic or story, but you don't know how to begin plotting it out. Award-winning writer Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans, Blade, Black Cat and hundreds more) brings his famed writing seminar to Comic-Con 2016. He will talk about how to create characters, how to put together a story, and most everything you should think about even before you start typing.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

The Mark, Sergio, Stan and Tom Show
This used to be the annual "Sergio and Mark Show" but the name has changed to note that the adventures of Groo the Wanderer are brought to you not just by the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, but also by Stan Sakai (the creator of Usagi Yojimbo) and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. They'll be discussing the new Groo miniseries, the first issue of which is debuting even as you read this, and many upcoming projects. Some feature their silly barbarian, some don't. But it's always a treat to hear these brilliant guys, especially the tall one who wrote this panel description.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

Geek's More Greatest Movies & TV Never Made: The Threequel
In the panel that wowed Comic-Con last year, take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging fromStar Trek: The Academy Years and The Beginning, two Trek prequels that were never produced to E.T. 2, David Lynch'sRonnie Rocket to James Cameron's Spider-Man, Buckaroo Banzai Vs. The World Crime League, Wolfgang Peterson's Batman Vs. Superman, and many more. The discussion will include filmmakers Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Thomas P. Vitale (movie and TV producer and former Syfy executive), Marc Bernardin (journalist), David E. Williams (Geek magazine), Luke Ryan (Chaotic Good), and moderator Glen C. Oliver (Ain't It Cool News).
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A
HBO's Silicon Valley, the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series, takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Silicon Valley concluded its third season in June and will begin production on season 4 later this year. The panel will include co-creator and executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg, and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard Hendricks), Zach Woods (Jared Dunn), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh Chugtai), Martin Starr (Bertram Gilfoyle), and Amanda Crew (Monica Hall). Moderated by Dan Snierson (Entertainment Weekly).
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The Man in the High Castle
Amazon's most-streamed original series, The Man in the High Castle, returns to Comic-Con! Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning novel, the show depicts a haunting and unsettling reality that could have been if the Allied Powers had lost World War II and explores that world almost 20 years after that loss.Join executive producer Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of the late Philip K. Dick, along with members of the cast and crew to learn how starkly similar this world is to today and what's to come in season 2.
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

Skybound's The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard, and Skybound Entertainment editorial director Sean Mackiewicz discuss all thingsThe Walking Dead and what's to come for the comics series as it approaches its 160th issue. This panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

Captain America 75th Anniversary
Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America has been wielding his shield, donning red, white, and blue, and fighting the good fight for 75 years. From Captain America Comics #1 to Captain America: Civil War, Steve Rogers has had a pretty decent 75 years, to say the least. Come celebrate "Cap" with Jim Simon (Son of Joe Simon) and Allen Bellman (artist, Captain America) all while being interviewed and questioned by former Kirby assistant, moderator Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics).
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games into the Real World with Ingress and Pokemon GO
John Hanke, founder of Niantic and pioneer of real world gaming, will examine the past, present and future of extending games beyond the screen and re-imagining reality through the lens of Ingress and Pokémon GO.
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: To Bechdel, Or Not to Bechdel
You might be seeing more popular media starring women, but are there more that are actually about women? With so many stories failing the Bechdel Test (a test that measures whether a story has two women in it who talk about something other than a man), it leaves many wondering if pop culture is making any progress at all. Here to discuss the Bechdel test as well as diversity in media (and the lack thereof), are Action Flick Chick, Katrina Hill (100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Jennifer Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Quest Retreats), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, Girl on Geek), Tony B. Kim (Hero Within, Crazy4ComicCon), Ashley Bles (Henderson State University), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Most Craved).
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

Sausage Party Filmmaker Conversation
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been the masterminds behind some of the world's most outrageous, inventive, and hilarious comedies, and now they are going into the world of animation for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures' Sausage Party: the world's first R-rated CG animated comedy. The film is about a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery story. Not only will you hear all about it as Seth and Evan lead a conversation, you can see the movie for yourself. Following the conversation, stay for the pre-party and screening at Horton Plaza.
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Marvel's Luke Cage
The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel's Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel's Head of Television).
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Ballroom 20

Bringing Primetime to Comic Shops: All About Comics From Television
Writers from both TV and comics discuss the challenges and triumphs of translating hit TV shows into comic books. Whether it's crucial differences in script timing or translating the legacy of fan-favorite shows to a new medium and new audience, these pros have seen it all. Featuring Joelle Sellner (Saved by the Bell), Geoff Thorne (Knight Rider), Lesley Vamos (Punky Brewster), Mairghread Scott (Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs), and Jonathan London (Miami Vice).
Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

Mad About MAD
MAD, the country's #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine and an epically moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)
Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!
Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4

I am super excited for the WWE panel and the selection of superstars they have this year. Hopefully I'll get into the signing as well like I did last year. This also marks the second consecutive year we'll be doing our Webcomics Advocates panel at SDCC and hopefully that trend will continue. Lots of good stuff on the schedule, as always.

posted by | 07/07/16| 12:39:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


This Things I Believe

I know you're probably disappointed I stopped posting 90210 recaps. It was making the watching of the show way less enjoyable and more stressful. Also it made it so after an episode or two I was worn out and the whole point of watching 90210 is to relax and binge. So that's that, I guess. I also got a new job. I am a Computer Specialist at a magnet school in San Bernadino. It's pretty sweet. I get a real summer vacation. Maybe I'll write some more blog stuff then. Phil and I are working on a few different projects. We're currently writing a script for a short film that will be released sometime this year so stay tuned for more on that. There's always Radio BrendoMan and Pop Sickles. We'll be doing some convention appearances later this year including Comic Con Palm Springs and hopefully SDCC.

This Sunday, May 22nd, we'll be up at Mountain Room Escapes in Big Bear. We'll be doing a room escape, a live BrendoMan All-Stars performance (yes, really), and a live recording of Radio BrendoMan. You can enjoy all this for the low price of $10 at the door. Just hit us up if you plan on attending. It's going to be awesome!

posted by | 05/18/16| 05:36:00 pm| In the News, I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting| 2 comments »


San Diego Comic-Con Sunday Schedule Highlights

Full schedule is here. I am full on pumped now, you guys. Full on.

Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schultz and the Art of Peanuts
Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts with Chip Kidd (graphic designer, editor-at-large for Pantheon), and Paige Braddock (creative director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates) as they preview their upcoming coffee table book, Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts. See rare and never-before seen highlights from the extraordinary archives at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, including unpublished strips and preliminary artwork photographed by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear that reveal a rare glimpse into the creative process of the world's most beloved and influential cartoonist.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

The Last Day of Summer: TV Guide Magazine's Farewell to Phineas and Ferb
After more than 200 best days ever, the ride's over for Phineas and Ferb and their pals, not to mention Perry the Platypus and archnemesis Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. For a final trip to the Tri-State Area,TV Guide Magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider gathers the creators/executive producers of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire (voice of Doofenshmirtz) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Major Monogram), along with stars Vincent Martella (Phineas), Alyson Stoner (Isabella), and Dee Bradley Baker (Perry) to seize the day, one more time.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6BCF

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
It's been 21 years since we lost him and we still can't stop talking about the man some called The King of the Comics. Jack Kirby may have been the greatest creative talent the field has ever seen and once again, some of his friends and fans will be discussing why. This time, it's Rob Liefeld (Spawn), Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula), J. David Spurlock (Vanguard Productions) and Paul S. Levine (attorney who represented Jack). Naturally, your moderator is Kirby assistant and biographer Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

How We Tell Stories
Comics stories can be told in innovative ways that make the reading experience engaging, immersive, and fun for the reader. Heidi Macdonald of Publishers Weekly and The Beat will speak to four groundbreaking authors, asking how they adapt their storytelling techniques for different audiences and different formats. Marc Bell (Stroppy), Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) will talk about their strategies for telling stories and how these change when you're writing for online (DeForge, Piskor), alt-weekly magazines (Bell), or your own sketchbook (Nilsen).
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

Sixty Years of Gumby
Joe and Joan Clokey show behind-the-scene clips from Gumby's studio (Clokey Productions) and answer questions with a panel that includes Gumby animation director Anthony Scott (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), longtime Gumby animator and FX guru Harry Walton (Indiana Jones, Nightmare Before Christmas), Gumby comic book writer Bob Burden (Mystery Men, Flaming Carrot), Gumby comic book illustrator Rick Geary (National Cartoonist award winner), and Mary Flynn.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

Cartoon Voices 2
Another panel of experts at voicing animated characters convenes for your edification. They'll tell you what they do, show you what they do and probably fracture a fairy tale in the process. This time, we have Julie Nathanson (Final Fantasy, Spider-Man), Bob Bergen (Porky Pig, Star Wars), Misty Lee (Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH), Wally Wingert (Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Garfield Show) and Chris Edgerly (The Simpsons, Dreamworks Dragons). Hosting and directing is Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

Danger Mouse New Series: Exclusive Reveal
He's the greatest. He's fantastic. And he's back! Ahead of the iconic series return to CBBC (UK) later this year and Netflix (U.S. and internationally) in 2016, members of theDanger Mouse production team, Sarah Muller (executive producer, head of CBBC acquisitions, animation and drama development, Wolfblood, Strange Hill High) and Chapman Maddox (director of development, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment Grojband, Max Steel) invite you to join this lively panel moderated by Bob Higgins (executive producer, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, Aquabats Supershow, The Ricky Gervais Show). The panelists will discuss the series return, provide exclusive character reveals, and offer a sneak peek at this surreal new spinout animated comedy series.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

Spotlight on Matthew Inman
The Oatmeal talks about cats, bears, Tesla, Exploding Kittens, and what it means to be a cartoonist in 2015.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

American Horror Story and Scream Queens
Get ready to scream! It's a Comic-Con horror fest when members of the all-star cast of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan's Scream Queens (Jamie Lee Curtis, the original scream queen, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer) come face to face with the stars of Murphy and Falchuk's American Horror Story: Freak Show and upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer). Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly, this lively gathering of headliners promises laughs, scares and secrets from the sets.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hall H

Children's Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Adult Swim's two-time Emmy-winning live-action comedy returns to Comic-Con for a sixth year. Creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) will be joined onstage by select cast for a lively and medically accurate Q&A. From Abominable Pictures, The Corddry Company, and Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0.
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

Hip Hop Comics Connection
Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

Spotlight on William Stout: From Antarctica to Zombies
Artist/writer William Stout reviews an adventure-filled life. From scaling Mount Kilimanjaro to scuba diving under the ice in Antarctica, from making movies likeConan the Barbarian, Return of the Living Dead, Masters of the Universe, and Pan's Labyrinth to drawing "overground" comics as diverse as Tarzan of the Apes, Alien Worlds, and Little Annie Fanny and underground comix like Slow Death and Mickey at 60, come meet the only Comic-Con special guest (except for maybe Sergio Aragonés) to have journeyed to all seven continents, with a richly illustrated talk that will leave you both entertained and amazed. And yes, there will be dinosaurs.
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Get an exclusive, inside look at the development process of recently released LEGO Marvel Super Heroes products, special LEGO Marvel Super Heroes animated content, and the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes console video game with Marcos Bessa (senior designer, The LEGO Group), Adam Corbally (senior graphic designer, The LEGO Group), Jason Cosler (senior manager content development, The LEGO Group), Cort Lane (VP animation development and partnerships, Marvel), Mike Jones (executive producer, Marvel), and Arthur Parsons (game director, TT Games). Discover how the toys, animated content, and video game come to life with the teams behind their development. Moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director, The LEGO Group).
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 5AB

Buffy Musical: Once More With Feeling & Juliet Landau Q&A
Let's end this show with a bang! For the first time since 2008, Juliet Landau (Buffy/Angel) is attending Comic-Con just to join the fans for a quick rollicking Q&A and special announcements about her latest project, "A Place Among The Undead" with a special Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek, as well as special announcements about our own upcoming event, Whedonopolis 2016. Then Juliet will help us kick off the closing event with a bang: The powers that be behind Whendonopolis.com, FandomCharities.org and Whedonopolis 2016 present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling," as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say that this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin', back that is, and singing, shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn’t just for flashmobs and hipsters anymore.
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

FX TV Block Featuring Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain, and a Sneak Peek of The Bastard Executioner
Kick out the jams with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, premiering on FX on July 16 at 10 pm ET/PT. Denis Leary stars as the lead singer of a legendary '90s band called The Heathens, who were on the brink of stardom when they broke up and now, years later, are looking to recapture some of the old glory. Creator/executive producer writer/director Denis Leary will be joined on stage by actors Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Kelly, and John Ales to discuss the new series and present an exclusive sneak peek of the show. Then catch The Strain, a thriller based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title that will debut its second season on July 12 at 10 pm ET/PT. Fans will get an exclusive screening of all-new material, including two original pieces created specifically for SDCC and an insightful discussion with showrunner/executive producer Carlton Cuse, co-creator/executive producer/writer Guillermo del Toro, co-creator/executive producer/writerChuck Hogan, and actors Corey Stoll, David Bradley,Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Richard Sammel, and Natalie Brown. And for an epic finale, get an exclusive world premiere first-look at Sons of Anarchy, creator Kurt Sutter's highly anticipated new series The Bastard Executioner.
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Back for another year! This panel deals with the basic, though imperative, approaches and concepts for what you need to know to accomplish any project in any media with any goal. The panelists represent a broad cross section of levels of authority, departments, work pipelines, and sizes of organizations, as well as a wide array of media. They include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan podcast), Ron Coleman Ph.D. (molecular geneticist), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author , lecturer), Jonelle Davila (creative director, TheGeekGirlProject), Jody Patterson (Photoshop), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV). You could attend this panel for a fourth time and learn new tips, wisdom, dos, and don'ts. As an added bonus to help get your creative work life further along, there will be a giveaway of a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud.
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

Once again I have been invited to sit in on the Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule panel to close out Sunday. It's always fun and inspiring. I highly recommend it to any creators out there. No Community panel. Bummer. See you all in San Diego!

posted by | 06/28/15| 11:50:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Saturday Schedule Highlights

Full schedule is here.

Are You Ready, Kids?: Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a new episode and fan trivia with prizes. Hosted by Claudia Spinelli, VP of current series animation for Nickelodeon. All landlubbers welcome.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

Land of the Lost Series Reunion
This year's Saturday morning cartoons Happy Hour takes a routine expedition down memory lane to Sid & Marty Krofft's live-action classic Land of the Lost. Moderator Corey Rothermel hosts the party as guests Wesley Eure (Will Marshall), Kathy Coleman (Holly Marshall), Phil Paley (Cha-Ka), and David Gerrold (writer/story editor) recount and reminisce about their time spent in the "original" Jurassic world. They will cover everything from Sleestaks to Selima, from Pylons to Pakuni. So if you're nostalgic for the Saturday morning programs of old or want to discover them for the very first time, meet up with this panel for the happiest hour at Comic-Con.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

MARCH with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
His first visit to Comic-Con made national news; now the legendary civil rights icon, U.S. congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns. Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell re-team to share their award-winning March series. You'll hear about the incredible tour that's brought the message of March to schools, universities, libraries, and corporate headquarters from coast to coast. You'll see glimpses of the much-anticipated March: Book Three, covering Mississippi Freedom Summer and the unforgettable Selma-Montgomery March. And of course, you'll hear Congressman Lewis's firsthand memories of sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the march on Washington, Selma, and beyond, and the vital power of his message of transformative nonviolence in the world today.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

The Last Man on Earth
What would you do if you were the last person on Earth? Star and creator Will Forte (Nebraska, Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords), January Jones (Mad Men), and director/executive producer Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) discuss the surprising twists and turns of the first season as well as tease the upcoming second season
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Warner Bros. Presentation
A "sneak peek" at a few upcoming releases from Warner Bros.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hall H

Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend
The beloved pro wrestler's daughter Robin Christensen joins the creative team of Lion Forge's authorized graphic novel biography includeing Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) and Shannon Eric Denton (senior editor, Lion Forge Comics) to discuss the real man known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Join this panel to reminisce about one of sports entertainment's most legendary figures. Surprise guests will be featured.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

Book to Screen
We're in a heyday for science fiction and fantasy on screen, whether it's the big screen or the small. Some of the most popular series out there take advantage of the in-depth world and character building of book series to populate their vivid worlds. Ernie Cline (author of Ready Player One, soon to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg), Melissa de la Cruz (author of Witches of East End, Lifetime show by the same name), Andy Weir (author of The Martian, a Ridley Scott-directed adaptation will be released later this year), Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes, on which the upcoming Syfy show The Expanse is based), Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians, soon to be a Syfy show), and Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (as Christina Lauren, author of Beautiful Bastard, which has been optioned by Constantin Film) discuss how their creations are coming to life on screen.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
TV Guide Magazine brings the screams to San Diego again for this all-star, must-see panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV's hottest shows provide a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoops. Panelists include David Anders (iZombie), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Eliza Taylor (The 100), Ming-Na Wen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 11:45pm
Ballroom 20

Inside the Writers' Room: The Pilot: Part One
Before there can be a hit series (or even a Manimal), there has to be a pilot, and this panel of expert creators and writers will share their experiences-the good, bad, and the very ugly-in selling and making a television pilot. Get the straight scoop from some of today's most talented and outspoken creators. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's senior VP of drama development and production, Chris Parnell. Panelists include Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator, Fringe), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Steve Kriozere (Agent X, NCIS), Amy Berg (Caper, Da Vinci's Demons) and Thomas P. Vitale (Fmr. EVP Chiller Strategic Operations, SYFY Original Movies and co-productions).
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

Quick Draw!
Once again, three supercharged cartoonists duel to their dooms with Sharpies, each attempting to outdraw all opponents. It's one of the most popular Comic-Con events, and this year it's personal. Our returning champion Sergio Aragonés (MAD, Groo the Wanderer) goes mano a mano against Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons, The Flintstones) and Disney legend Floyd Norman. Plus, you can expect a few other cartoonists to get their licks in. Presiding over it all is your Quick Draw! Quizmaster, Mark Evanier. No wagering, please.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper-class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with writer/director Burr Steers and the book's author Seth Grahame-Smith for a first look at Screen Gem's adaptation of his acclaimed twist on the classic novel. Patient Zero An uprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as 'The Infected'. One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Join cast members Matt Smith, John Bradley, Natalie Dormer, and Clive Standen along with director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le for an exclusive first look of the film. Both panels will be moderated by Dalton Ross (Entertainment Weekly).
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

Sid & Marty Krofft: A Look at the Future, Present, and the Past
Cesar Millan joins Sid & Marty Krofft's panel as a guest moderator for this very exclusive event at Comic-Con. Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft have been producing quality family entertainment for over 40 years. They are currently producing a new series at Nickelodeon, Mutt & Stuff with Cesar Millan. They are also producing Sigmund and the Sea Monsters at Amazon Studios and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl at Legendary Pictures. The brothers became a household name in the'70s with a series of remarkable programs that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters.
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

Nerdist Industries with Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) is joined by Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Battlebots) and the editorial team from Nerdist online, including Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief of Nerdist), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Malik Forté (Nerdist Play), Matt Grosinger (Celebrity Playlist), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Nerdist Podcast Network producer Katie Levine, and a special guest or two. Join this panel for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await. Come and enjoy your burrito!
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Cartoon Voices 1
The fine art of giving voice to animated characters is again demonstrated by a dais of the best. This year, join Keone Young (Star Wars Rebels, G.I. Joe), Pat Musick (Rugrats, Extreme Ghostbusters), Eric Bauza (Ben 10, The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Jessica DiCicco (Gravity Falls, Pound Puppies), Phil Morris (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Ultimate Spider-Man) and Josh Robert Thompson (Family Guy, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson). Mark Evanier, as usual, gets these talented folks to demonstrate what they do so well.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight
Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino brings fans an exclusive look at his highly anticipated 8th film, The Hateful Eight. Followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hall H

VIZ Media and Perfect Square: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Hey, listen! Take up your Master Sword and join VIZ Media staff and special guests for a celebration of one of the best video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the return of the classic graphic novel originally featured in Nintendo Power, answers to your questions, prizes, and more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

The Return of Invader Zim
Join Oni Press, Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim), and the legendary creative team of the new Invader Zim comic for world domination and a panel about the revival of this much-loved series.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

Legendary Pictures
Filmmakers and talent from Legendary's upcoming Warcraft and Crimson Peak, distributed by Universal Pictures, will discuss the innovative slate and present never-before-seen material. Chris Hardwick (AMC's Talking Dead) hosts the panel that will also include surprises from highly anticipated legendary movies, including Great Wall, Krampus, and more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hall H

Anything Goes with John Barrowman
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital "E." He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges; ask him anything!
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Outcast TV Series: A First Look with Robert Kirkman
Be the first to get possessed by Outcast! From Cinemax and FOX comes the exclusive first look at the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's hit comic book by the same name. Outcast chronicles Kyle Barnes; a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever. Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Chris Black (Desperate Housewives), cast members Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), and special surprise guests, in a panel moderated by Kumail Najiani (HBO's Silicon Valley) discuss the highly anticipated series and debut a sneak peek of Season 1; coming worldwide in 2016.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

The Muppet Show Coming to ABC
The Muppets return to primetime television this fall on ABC in a way they've never been seen before! Filmed in a documentary style with cut-to interviews, the Muppets come to life, giving audiences a chance to explore their rich inner lives and intense interpersonal relationships, romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants, and desires. Co-creators and executive producers Bill Prady (Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (The Simpsons), executive producer/director Randall Einhorn (The Office) and executive producer Bill Barretta (The Muppets) screen the video presentation that inspired the series and discuss the first season of this new, more grown-up Muppet show for kids and adults of all ages. The panel will also feature a few of the brilliant Muppet performers, giving you a rare opportunity to witness them bringing some of your favorite characters to life.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
Bill Schelly (author) talks to Gary Groth (publisher) about Harvey Kurtzman, editor, artist, and sole writer of the original MAD comic book and magazine-one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. They will cover Harvey's cultural impact, legal battles with MAD publisher William M. Gaines, and much more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless, actresses Gal Gabot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), and other flat out fantastic females, who will open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

Oddball Comics Live!
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic The Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" Once you've seen this mind-roasting presentation-which has played to standing room only crowds in San Diego for the better part of four decades-you'll never forget such covers as those of the "crotch-centric" issues of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, those with someone getting slapped with a "fish-in-the-face", and those Silver Age issues of Batman and Detective Comics with "Robin-in-the-corner"! Scott promises, "Even if you've seen my acclaimed slideshow presentation many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you'll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that' are revealed!" See for yourself why Stan Lee calls Scott's show "the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen!"
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Hall H

Storytelling in the 21st Century
During this panel, Will Wright, the legendary game designer and creator of multi-billion-dollar franchises The Sims, SimCity, and SPORE, talks about new methods and formats for storytelling that are being enabled by interactive technology. In his own work, Will has experimented with this in several areas including The Sims, Bar Karma (a.k.a. Creation TV), and most recently the content creation platform app, THRED. Wright will discuss how regular people can be enabled to create and share compelling stories by using technology to "amplify" their natural creative abilities. Before diving into experiments and technology, he'll first present a brief look at the fundamentals of what stories are and why everyone enjoys consuming them.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Presentation.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Hall H

Spotlight on Reginald Hudlin
Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Django Unchained, Black Panther), the writer/director/producer of movies, TV shows, and comics, will have a no-holding-back discussion of both upcoming projects and classic work like the Black Panther comic book and animated series; the return of Milestone Media, including the upcoming Static Shock live action series; and the Django/Zorro comic book, as well as his experiences on groundbreaking projects like The Boondocks, Bebe's Kids, Boomerang, and more. There will be several special guest stars, including CNN host Van Jones.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

The Walking Dead: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman
Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead with creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

Fight Club 2
Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, and artists David Mack and Cameron Stewart.
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

An Hour with Adam Savage
Sure, Adam Savage is one of the stars of MythBusters, but he's so much more: maker, cosplayer, movie fan, and problem solver. He's not here to promote anything; he's here to enjoy Comic-Con, like you. And as part of that, he's opening himself up to fans for one hour, with no agenda; ask him anything.
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 6BCF

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a "comic book come to life." That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and villains like Ric Flair, panelists from both worlds will explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comic News website), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and Flobo Boyce (Silver Streek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Evolved
The Thrilling Adventure Hour has come a long way from their monthly LA Largo show, which just ended a 10-year run. The stage show, in the style of old-time radio, has captured the attention of audiences across the globe with sold-out shows in San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, New York, Chicago, Australia and New Zealand. With their hit Nerdist podcast, Eisner-nominated graphic novel, concert film, a new Image Comics series, an international tour and new comic adaptation shows, they're still at it. Moderated by co-creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and featuring The WorkJuice Players and special guests, you won't want to miss this chat.
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

Scream Queens: World Premiere Screening
Be the first in the world to see Fox's comedy-horror anthology series Scream Queens. From Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, this killer new series stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigal Breslin, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Diego Bonita, Glen Powell, Lucien Laviscount, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas, and Ariana Grande. The show centers on a string of college campus muders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a designer glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Roberts). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Curtis) decrees that Kappa must accept all new pledges and not just the school's silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a 20-year-old mystery and a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc.
Saturday July 11, 2015 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Room 6DE

Hey look! It's the return of the ambiguous Hall H panel descriptions. Supposedly the WB panel is going to reveal Justice League in addition to the expected Batman V Superman stuff. I'm not terribly interested and there are tons of cool smaller panels on Saturday. Lots of tough choices. Usually the crowd makes those decisions for you and you just have to ride with it. That's my biggest tip to new attendees. Just roll with it. There's always something going on somewhere so if you can't get into that thing you want, I guarantee you something else cool is happening within walking distance that you can get into. If that fails there is always the Nintendo Lounge. SDCC is Streetpass city if you have a 3DS. Armed with that, your program guide, good shoes, water, an open mind, and some snacks, I firmly believe that anyone can have an amazing experience. My one other take away from the Saturday schedule is that I sure hope Community is on the Sunday schedule.

posted by | 06/27/15| 02:02:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Friday Schedule Highlights

Check out the full schedule here. I am getting super excited!!!

Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm), panelist Phil Klemmer (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Wendy Mericle (Arrow), Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel), Karen Horne (VP, NBCUniversal), Cori Wellins (agent, WME) and Steve Iwanyk (manager, The Gotham Group) as they discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie James join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of Season 5 and what to look forward to in Season 6, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Season 6.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hall H

Twisted Roots of the Comics Industry
Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow), Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent, editor for Marvel Comics), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (co-author of a forthcoming bio of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson) reveal the stories of the gangsters, bootleggers, and eccentric geniuses who founded the comic book business. Moderated by Michael Uslan, producer of the Batman movies.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

AMC's Fear the Walking Dead
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss the anticipated series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead coming this summer. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the new series.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall H

Archie Forever
Hot off the blockbuster launch of the first Archie #1 in over 75 years, this is one panel Archie fans can't miss. Get exclusive news on the Archie Horror titles, the new Jughead ongoing series, and more. The panel features Jon Goldwater (co-CEO/publisher), Victor Gorelick (co-president/editor-in-chief), Mike Pellerito (president), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Mark Waid (writer of Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), your favorite Archie writers and artists, with moderator Alex Segura (SVP, publicity and marketing/editor of Dark Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket!
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture
New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey sits down with his literary agent Kristin Nelson, John Nee (co-CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment and book packager), Paul Morrissey (Eisner-nominated editor, Jet City Comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer and owner of paperfilms), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) to discuss how popular novels are turned into comic adaptations and feature films. Get the behind-the-scenes and nitty gritty, from selling options to major film studios to working with visual artists and comic book writers in their adaptations. Hugh Howey's novel WOOL is in development with Ridley Scott, and the comic adaptation and graphic novel are available from Jet City Comics. Gary Whitta is also adopting Howey's novel SAND for television.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

[adult swim]: Rick and Morty
UPDATED: Fri, Jun 26, 11:13AM
Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), as well as Rick and Morty cast members invite fans for a sneak peek of the upcoming second season, premiering July 26 on Adult Swim.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Disney Animators: The Power of 2D
A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan), and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights Gallery).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

Minority Report
Be one of the first to take a look at FOX's new fall sci-fi action thriller. Based on the hit futuristic Steven Spielberg feature, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Join Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis), Meagan Good (Think Like a Man franchise, Californication) along with other cast and producers for a special screening followed by a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom 20

Ghostbusters: Sony, IDW and Cryptozoic Entertainment
Celebrate over 30 years of Ghostbusters, the classic supernatural franchise that defined an era. Learn about new products and plans firsthand from Sony Pictures Consumer Products, hear insights on the ongoing comic series by IDW Publishing, and see a demo of the successfully crowdfunded game by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

ILM 40th Anniversary
For forty years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures to the company's pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation, and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company's work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

[adult swim]: Mike Tyson Mysteries
It was a unanimous victory last year, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again; and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. After a season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team will be back at it again with all-new episodes on Adult Swim this fall. Join Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for a first look at the upcoming second season. Moderated by Jon Hein (Howard Stern).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Amazon: The Man in the High Castle
Amazon will introduce Comic-Con audiences to a one-hour drama series based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle. The series explores the world that would have resulted if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. America and much of the world have now been split between global dominating powers Japan and Germany. As tension mounts between the two, resistance builds against the oppressive regimes amid questions over what is real and what is not. Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen will be the moderator with panelists that include executive producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), producers David Zucker (The Good Wife) and Isa Dick Hackett, and cast members Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy), and Rufus Sewell (Killing Jesus).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fifth season in June and will begin filming its sixth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Conleth Hill as Varys, David Nutter (director), Hannah Murray as Gilly, Carolyn Strauss (executive producer), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hall H

How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood
Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Batman: The Animated Series writer/producer Paul Dini, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein discuss why Hollywood "gets" comic book storytelling now when for decades it didn't. Panelists will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Christian Blauvelt (Deputy Culture Editor, BBC online).
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

Marvel Television Presents
Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) brings you exclusive news and surprises about your favorite action-packed Marvel series on ABC. Join Jeph, showrunners, and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter for this can't-miss panel that'll have everyone talking!
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom 20

[adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer discuss their Emmy-winning series, which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Bob's Burgers
The always-entertaining cast and creators behind Bob's Burgers bring their Emmy award-winning animated series back to San Diego. Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy will entertain with never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

IDW: The Best Panel in Recorded History
This is the big one! Join IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall and VP of marketing Dirk Wood lay waste to a room of shocked comic fans. Panlists include Gabriel Rodriguez, John Layman, James Tynion IV, Ulises Farinas, and special guests. Shocking announcements, amazing prizes, and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

MTV's Scream
The cast and producers of MTV's highly anticipated thriller series Scream share details from the new series, show an exclusive clip, and answer fans questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

Nerdist Podcast Network Podcast Jam
Get some audible chocolate in your audio peanut butter as hosts from your favorite Nerdist Podcast Network shows come together for a super podcast crossover. Moderated by Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Jonah Raydio, The Meltdown), enjoy a lively conversation from panelists Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird, The Pete Holmes Show), Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids), Kumail Nanjiani (The Indoor Kids, The Meltdown), and Sandra Daughtery (Sex Nerd Sandra).
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Archer
Archer, the award-winning animated comedy about a spy agency whose employees constantly undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain, will bring together creator Adam Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson, along with the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates. In addition to the panel, fans will see an exclusive screening of a "best of" reel highlighting many of the series' best moments.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

In Your Own Time: Webcomics on Your Own Schedule
Webcomics are a hugely popular medium, and with popularity comes responsibility. What is it really like to be your own boss and work on your own schedule? These popular creators can offer insight into the crazy world of web comics and what it means to be solely responsible for all that entails. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) speaks with Matthew Inman (The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), and Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) about what it is like working in web comics today.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
After winning a 2014 Education Documentary Peabody Award for its "dazzling visual tour of the final frontier and its energetic evangelizing for science," as well as four Emmy Awards from 12 Emmy nominations,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (National Geographic Channel, FOX) returns to Comic-Con with a Q&A with executive producer Seth MacFarlane, writer/executive producer/director Ann Druyan, and renowned astrophysicist and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hall H

iZombie Special Video Presentation and Q&A
After the shocking events in the season finale of brainy hit iZombie, be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for Season 2. Now that Liv (Rose McIver) gave the cure for zombie-ism to Blaine and Major (one that she desperately wanted to take herself!) will Ravi find a way to develop another cure? Will Clive remain in the dark about the existence of zombies? A special video presentation will be followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, iZombie returns this fall with all-new episodes on Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. iZombie: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Ballroom 20

Starz: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Original filmmakers Sam Raimi (executive producer, director, writer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer and star of the series, Ash), Ivan Raimi (co-exeuctive producer), and Craig DiGregorio (executive producer), along with Lucy Lawless (Ruby), discuss the highly anticipated new series and what fans can expect in the premiere season.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

The Visit
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) discuss The Visit, their upcoming thriller from Universal Pictures.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Going Back in Time: A Discussion and Q&A with the Filmmakers Behind the Back to the Future Feature Documentary
Director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich, and producer Lee Leshen discuss, take questions, and show clips from their upcoming film Back in Time, the feature-length documentary that shows the films' influence on the public 30 years later. Dean Cundey (legendary cinematographer for all three Back to the Future films, in addition to iconic movies such as Hook, Jurassic Park and many more), will join the discussion and be available for questions during the Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

Kung Fury: The Best Movie of All Time
The team behind viral sensation Kung Fury discuss the record-breaking and critically acclaimed journey, from Kickstarter to Cannes to Comic-Con. Director David Sandberg is joined on stage by the "True Survivor" David Hasselhoff (Hoff 9000), and cast members Jorma Taccone (Hitler), Eleni Young (Barbarianna), Leopold Nilsson (Hacker Man), Andreas Cahling (Thor), as well as Seth Grahame-Smith (producer of the upcoming feature) and moderator Drew McWeeny.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6BCF

World Premiere of Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you've never seen before. Justice League: Gods & Monsters features a Superman born of General Zod's blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. This ain't your daddy's Justice League. They are as likely the world's saviors as Earth's despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely "accidents," a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League into a high-stakes game of intrigue, mystery, and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? The all-star voice cast includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor, Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds) as Highfather, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Steve Trevor. Witness the first public screening of this all-new film, then stay for an entertaining panel led by executive producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series); Tamara Taylor (Bones), voice of Wonder Woman; C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland), voice of Dr. Will Magnus; Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Lois Lane, director Sam Liu; co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett; dialogue director Andrea Romano; and members of the voice cast. As is tradition, there will be special announcements, moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground) will present exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and there just might be a few potential surprises. Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on July 14 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 28.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom 20

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke), and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante, and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A

Yoga Hosers
An evening with Kevin Smith. After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged loser who dresses like a 12-year-old! Ask Kev questions about AMC's Comic Book Men and his forthcoming Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, and see the world premiere of the trailer to his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! With special guests from the Yoga Hosers cast.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Hall H

Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB

I can say one thing for certain about Friday. Hall H is going to be NUTS. Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, all topped off by Kevin Smith. If you want to go to any of those, you should probably be in line by Thursday evening. Have fun camping out. My one thing I really want to try for is Bob's Burgers. There's lots of great panels in the Indigo Ballroom all day on Friday so we'll see how that goes. Lots of other good stuff though.

posted by | 06/26/15| 12:04:00 pm| Movies, I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Thursday Schedule Highlights

I was bummed to note that I haven't done this the last two years for some reason. That's a shame. So here we go! You can get the full schedule here. My highlights are as follows:

A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future
Developers from legendary game studio Rare celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the rare magic continues to shape future projects and share over 70 years of combined experience by meeting the team behind some of gaming's best-loved icons.
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

God Is Disappointed in You
Hey, nothing personal; that's what the book says! Writer Mark Russell (Prez) and Eisner Award-winning artist Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) bring to life their hilariously irreverent retelling of the Bible, God Is Disappointed in You (published by Top Shelf). They'll perform their infamous "Bible in Ten Minutes" slide show, and play a selection from the audiobook, as read by James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers); recently nominated for an Audie Award for Best Comedy Audiobook. They will also give a sneak preview of the hotly anticipated sequel, Apocrypha Now.
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

The Crowd: How Creatives Are Using New Means to Connect with Their Audience
Hugh Howey (author of the self-published Silo trilogy), Gary Whitta (author of the debut novel Abomination, crowdfunded through Inkshares, co-writer of Star Wars: Rogue One), and Lora Innes (author of The Dreamer, crowdfunded through Patreon, co-host of the Paper Wings Show) discuss crowdfunding and crowdsourcing models that allow creatives to connect directly with their audience to produce their work. Gary and Lora will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Veronica Belmont (host of The Sword & Laser, crowdfunded through Patreon, and Dear Veronica for Engadget).
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

The Pitching Hour
Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (producer, Marvel Animation), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Sequestered), Lindsay Rostal (game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), a surprise guest or two, and moderator Dan Evans III (creative director, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical examples and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Lionsgate presents an exclusive first look at one of the studio's highly anticipated films coming to theaters this fall. Get a sneak peek into the powerful final chapter of the epic The Hunger Games film franchise. Attendees will be shown exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Mockingjay: Part 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session revealing details on the big-screen finale.
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

Geek and Sundry with Felicia Day
Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know-favorite shows, upcoming projects, the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry. Felicia will give a sneak peek at her book You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Historical Comics and Graphic Novels
Not all comics are about superheroes. In fact, there are some amazing graphic novels, comics and web comics that deal with events from history. Some are personal stories, some are historical accounts and some are the creator's own take, but they all bring history alive. Creators Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), Sara Ryan (Escape From Alcatraz), and Lora Innes (The Dreamer), discuss their historical works with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

Mattel and WWE: NXT Superstar of Tomorrow
Once again, Mattel and WWE have teamed up to bring you an action-packed SDCC panel. WWE & NXT Superstars and Mattel personnel will discuss the tremendous growth in popularity of NXT, weigh in on the next generation of WWE Superstars, and give exclusive sneak peeks of Mattel's upcoming WWE figure releases. Incredible guest appearances by William Regal, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, and additional special guests.
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5AB

Doctor Who: BBC America's Official Panel
Following his record-breaking first season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, and executive producer Brian Minchin. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the time traveler who will continue to journey through all of space and time in epic adventures in the new season premiering this fall. Capaldi's first season delivered BBC America its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms.
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

Looney Tunes Legacy: Linda Jones and Ruth Clampett on The Life and Art of Animation
Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett are two of the most important animators in cartoon history. Their daughters, Linda Jones (Emmy Award-winning producer, founder of Linda Jones Enterprises) and Ruth Clampett (founder of Clampett Studio Collections, former head of Warner Brothers art program) keep their dads' legacies alive. These powerful Hollywood businesswomen also made collecting the art of animation and film accepted and embraced around the world and own all rights to sell official Warner Brothers cartoon art, Vintage WB movie art, DC comics art, and the art of Harry Potter. They'll talk about growing up with two geniuses and how they built empires of their own making geek art cool. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery).

Powers: Ordinary Heroes, Extraordinary Possibilites: A Deeper Look at the Hit PlayStation Series
The executive producers/co-creators of the Powers comics, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, are joined by showrunner Remi Aubuchon and cast members Susan Heyward (Det. Pilgrim), and Olesya Rulin (Calista) for a sneak peek at the upcoming Season 1 Blu-ray, and what's to come in the second season of PlayStation's hit original series.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Multiple award-winning writer and recipient of the Eisner Hall of Fame award Marv Wolfman uses his 47 years of writing professionally to bring his writer's beginning class back to San Diego where it began. Marv will talk about what to think about before you start writing-how to approach coming up with your plot, story, and theme, how to put them together, and-the question most newbies ask-how to create characters. And best of all there will be plenty of time for specific questions.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

Sergio & Mark Show
The men who bring you Groo the Wanderer show their faces and explain just how and why it is they bring you Groo the Wanderer, as well as other silly comics. It's the award-winning duo of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, accompanied by the equally heralded Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo), and coloring whiz Tom Luth (if he can get away); holding court, answering your questions, and doing what they do best, which obviously is not writing little blurbs like this for the Comic-Con Events Guide.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

Con Man: The Fan Revolt 13 Years in the Making
Alan Tudyk's dream show based on his global convention experiences seemed impossible with the compromises Hollywood demanded. Instead he went directly to fans; over 46,000 responded, with a recordbreaking $3.2 million raised on Indiegogo, and Con Man was officially born. With filming wrapped and a Vimeo on-demand release on the horizon, Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, P. J. Haarsma, Mindy Sterling, and others talk Con Man and the crazy ride that made his dream project a reality.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Hall H

Nerdstrong: Getting Fit for Cosplay, Geekdom, and Life
Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong partner, head coach), Marla Hudnall (Nerdstrong partner, coach), Christy Black (Nerdstrong coach, Healthy Is the New Skinny), Kimi Balcomb (Nerdstrong coach, Golden Lasso Cosplay), Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong coach, gaming director), Mairghread Scott (Nerdstrong member, writer Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Swords of Sorrow), and Mel Caylo (Nerdstrong member, marketing manager at BOOM! Studios) discuss fitness, body image, and confidence in a geek world. Moderated by Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Partner, TV host).
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 14A

Funny Pages
Join Ben Blacker (writer, Thunderbolts; The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang; Bojack Horseman) for a brand new conversation: comics on comics; comedians discussing comics, that is. This panel brings together your favorite comedians from TV, film, and animation as they discuss their favorite comics. Don't miss this brand new panel!
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

First Look at Crackle's SuperMansion
Calling all Stoopid Buddy Stoodios fans! Be the first to catch a sneak peek at the new stop-motion animated comedy series SuperMansion. The cast, voiced by Emmy-award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Seth Green (Family Guy), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Matthew Senreich, and Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken) discuss the world of superheroes and more. Special surprises may occur.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sense8
On June 5 Netflix debuted one of their most controversial and provocative new series, Sense8. Be on hand for the very first panel discussion of this new series, hosted by co-creator/writer and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

Mad about MAD
MAD, the country's #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD! Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

Miami Vice 30th Anniversary Retrospective
Talent from the original smash hit NBC primetime series including Michael Talbott (Det. Stanley Switek), Olivia Brown (Det. Switek), Edward James Olmos (Lt. Castillo), writer Anthony Yerkovich (creator of Miami Vice), writer Jonathan London (Miami Vice graphic novel) will join Lion Forge Comics senior editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss the enduring legacy of the show that spawned decades of neo-noir cop shows to follow, and the music, the colors, the alligators, and the action that made it such a hit.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

Comedy Central: Drunk History and Another Period
Come learn about the history of Drunk History! Derek Waters (co-creator/host/director) and Jeremy Konner (co-creator/director) walk you through how this historically accurate, yet slightly slurred show works to portray little-known events and figures in history from the perspective of an intoxicated narrator. From humble beginnings as a digital series to two seasons on Comedy Central, with season 3 ready to premiere on September 1, Derek and Jeremy have plenty of stories to tell from the making of the show, including an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming new season. The panel will include Taran Killam (SNL), who has guest starred on all three seasons of the show, along with other guest stars and narrators. There will be a Q&A, an interactive live event, and plenty more fun and debauchery as only Drunk History can create. Following that, the party continues with a look at Comedy Central's new series, Another Period, premiering Tuesday, June 23. The turn-of-the-century historical and satirical scripted series follows the insanely ridiculous and debaucherous life of the Bellacourts, who have more servants than relatives and whose days are filled with money, sex, drugs, and more money. Another Period centers on the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome), who only care about being rich and becoming super famous. Series creators and stars Natasha and Riki lead an all-star cast, including Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Christina Hendricks, Jason Ritter, and Paget Brewster. Get an exclusive look at Comedy Central's latest hit with the stars and other guests as they discuss their new show with moderator and writer Moshe Kasher.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery!
Starchild, Demon, Catman, and Spaceman join everyone's favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss. In Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. Be part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, then stay for a panel featuring KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, NCIS star Pauley Perrette, and longtime Shaggy and Daphne voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated). Director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken) will also be in attendance. Moderated by director/actor/writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on July 21.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hall H

Webcomics Advocates and the Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd.
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4

Hey look at that awesome panel at the bottom of the schedule! That's the one you really want to check out. I let Hall H go a few years ago but I still have to acknowledge it. You never know when there will be no line. It still happens. There's a lot of interesting stuff out there, a lot of cool sounding comics and creative stuff I might check out. My musts on Thursday besides my own panel are definitely Mattel/WWE and Mad. I went to the Mad panel with Derick last year and it was fantastic. I haven't watched Sense 8 or Powers yet but they are both on my radar. The idea of Kevin Smith on stage with KISS sounds pretty awesome, maybe I can finagle my way in there. Let's see what tomorrow brings us!

posted by | 06/25/15| 11:02:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Hello 2014

Yes it has been 4 months since I posted on here and I think that is a new record but let's forget about that, shall we? If 2014 is half as good as 2013 was for me, I will be stoked. 2013 saw me lose 75 pounds, successfully fund a Kickstarter with Phil for Radio BrendoMan, and fulfill a life goal by being on a panel at Comic-Con, among other things. This was also my first full year back in San Diego after a 12 year absence. It's been pretty great. I miss my OC and L.A. friends every day but this was definitely the right choice. Things are a little up in the air at my current job due to a buyout situation rather similar to the one at my last job, but that is outside of my control so I am doing my best to just enjoy each day as it happens. I hope you all are doing the same. Much love to all of you in this new year. I have so many great memories of 2013 but this is the one that I keep coming back to:

Keep on dreaming.

posted by | 01/01/14| 02:32:00 pm| Thoughts and Ideas, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »


Universal Studios Florida to Build Springfield!!

Universal Studios Orlando Is Building The Simpsons' Springfield - Topless Robot - Nerd news, humor and self-loathing.

If they pull this off it will be more exciting to me than Harry Potter world and I am pretty stinking excited about that. Here's hoping they bring it to L.A. as well!

posted by | 05/24/13| 11:53:00 am| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »


How To Publish a Podcast with Wordpress and Archive.org

I've been meaning to publish this for awhile so thank you to Jason Paul for sending in this email to get me motivated:

Hey man,

Just took your advice and got setup with Archive.org to host my podcast. I have my wordpress site up and running but my question is what do you use to generate your RSS feed? My first thought is feedburner, is that correct? If so how do you make sure the RSS feed picks the podcast up as an audiofile ( I use the archive.org code to stream my podcast on my site)? Also, do you know of anyway to migrate my old rss feed to the new one (itunes subscribers)? Sorry for these random questions but I know you probably know a shit load more than I would find out pecking around on Google. Not sure if this is a show email or not but feel free to respond anyway you see fit.

Here was my response and I am publishing it here as I know others are curious:

If you are on Wordpress you don't need to use Feedburner. Use a podcasting plugin. I use BluBrry Powerpress. It is easy to use and install. http://www.blubrry.com/powerpress/

Do you have control over your old feed? The only way to really do it is to add the itunes:new-feed-url tag to your feed and point to the new URL. You can find more info about itunes tags here:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html

Let me know if you need any more help.

posted by | 05/16/13| 07:02:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting| Leave a comment »


Sites are Back!

If you were trying to get to Brax, this blog, My brother's site, or most of the other sites on our server for the last several days you may have noticed they were not available. We've been getting slammed by what looks like a DDOS attack of some sort. I'm not sure what warranted the trouble but I'm kind of flattered. In the effort to patch the hole that caused the issue I spent yesterday evening and most of today updating our main blog software, b2evolution. This is no easy task when your blog has been around for 10 years and has 40 (!) sub blogs and 13,000+ total posts. Also due to the attack some of our database tables had grown insanely huge so the update scripts were timing out. I ended up having to run the update piece by piece and going through the code mostly step by step. It reminded me of the long hours I spent sitting up late at night in my dorm room back at Central going through CGI scripts and various template files back in the early days of the blog. I'm happy to discover those skills are still there. Danny has done a lot of the heaving lifting for the last several years when it comes to the site and it's made me a little lazy. It was fun working more in tandem with him on this project and I think the site is in a much better place because of it.

posted by | 05/12/13| 03:04:00 am| Site News, I'm a Big Geek| 1 comment »


Link of the Day: Game of Thrones - The King's Roadmap

This was emailed to me today and I thought it was really cool. Spoilers though. If you want to get a quick catch up on the events of the TV show just scroll through it and it will take you all over Westeros, episode by episode.

Game of Thrones - The King's Roadmap

posted by | 03/01/13| 11:06:00 am| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


2012 Year in Review

This morning I was thinking about highlights of 2012 for me and the thing I kept coming back to was this: I was in a dance circle with Felicia Day, Amber Benson, Brea Grant, Adam Savage, Alexis Denisof, and Joss Whedon. Yeah. That alone makes 2012 pretty damn cool. And also this:

Comic-Con crazy happenings aside, 2012 was a pretty banner year. Here's to 2013!

posted by | 12/28/12| 08:26:00 am| Thoughts and Ideas, I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


Comic-Con was awesome

I am finally recovered from Comic-Con '12. It was super awesome. If you want to hear more about it, just listen to our Comic-Con megacast. Here is a player so you don't even have to go anywhere:



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Pretty neat, huh? Anyways, I got home on Monday night last week and I couldn't talk so I took Tuesday off work. Thursday I got in line for Dark Knight Rises at 5:30 PM and there were still like 250 people in front of me. Why did I get in line so early? Because my awesome friend Ross paid for me ticket in exchange for me getting there early to wait in line. I was joined by Derick, Ross, Paul, Kim, and other assorted friends and was promptly separated from them when it became clear there were no blocks of seats in a good area. I loved the movie. I guess some people didn't. Oh well.

In other things, I am post comic-con broke so I am spending a lot of time at home catching up on movies and TV and I also started playing Team Fortress 2. If you haven't added me on Steam yet my handle is brendoman (duh). I am having a lot of fun running around not knowing how to play really. I am also almost done re-reading all of the Harry Potter books, which only took about a month. I also re-watched all the movies. Harry Potter is awesome. That's pretty much what is up with me. What is up with you guys?

posted by | 07/24/12| 09:58:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Anything Else, Comics| 2 comments »


Sunday Comic-Con Schedule Highlights

Comic-Con 2012 :: Programming Schedule

10:00-11:00 Fringe Screening and Q&A— Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Lance Reddick (Lost), Blair Brown (Altered States), Jasika Nicole (Take the Lead), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), along with executive producer J. H. Wyman (Keen Eddie), offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Don't miss the discussion about the climactic conclusion of this critically acclaimed thriller. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX. Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 4. Hall H

11:00-12:00 Digital Comics Price Fight— Every one is talking about what the "right" price is for digital comics. Should it be full price for same day as print, or should every comic be 99 cents a la iTunes? The conversation has been heated online and today it jumps into the physical realm! Join legendary comic writer Mark Waid, webcomics innovator and PvP creator Scott Kurtz, IDW Publishing's ePublishing director Jeff Webber, and Top Shelf Productions' director of digital Chris Ross for a lively discussion on the price of digital comics. Moderating this fight is comiXology's Chip Mosher. Room 7AB

12:30-1:30 BBC America's Doctor Who— The Doctor and the Ponds land in San Diego. BBC America's Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill join award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades) for a Comic-Con panel and Q&A. As fans eagerly await the new season's premiere, BBC America is making sure Steven Moffat brings new footage to reveal on the big screens in Hall H. Ahead of the new season, BBC America will premiere new Doctor Who specials-The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who, and The Destinations of Doctor Who-as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block starting Saturday, August 4 at 9pm/8c. For those new to Who, the previous two seasons from Steven Moffat are available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. Hall H

2:00-3:00 Max Brooks: Zombie Survival 101— Max Brooks, screenwriter and author of bestselling books The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, is the world's leading authority on the defense against a ghoulish uprising! Renowned for his campus and convention lectures nationwide, Brooks comes to San Diego Comic-Con to share his insight into the rotting minds of the undead, reveal how the Zombie Survival Guide came into existence, and field questions from zombie-phobic fans! You dare not miss this lecture -- your very life may depend on it! Room 7AB


2:15-3:15 Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became the Slayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces of darkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage. Room 6BCF

3:00-4:00 Axe Cop— Ethan Nicolle (Bearmageddon, Chumble Spuzz) discusses the growing world of Axe Cop, including the new President of the World miniseries from Dark Horse comics and his involvement the TV show in production at FOX. With a possible appearance in person or digitally from his brother/co-creator Malachai Nicolle plus possible surprise guests. Room 6DE

3:45-4:45 Drew: The Man Behind the Poster— Screening a premiere clip from the feature-length documentary about movie poster artist Drew Struzan, which includes exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, and many others. Followed by a Q&A panel that will include artist Drew Struzan, actor Thomas Jane, director Erik P. Sharkey, producer Charles Ricciardi, composer Ryan Shore, co-cinematographer and supervising editor Greg Boas, editor Jeff Yorkes, Stephen Saffel of Titan Books, and Zach Martin of Skywalker Sound Studios. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule— Learn the secret to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, costuming/cosplay), breaking into today's media is a full-time job, even if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear.com), Aleister Gilgrim (head of product for Readz/Star Labs Ltd), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College), Tara Strand (co-founder, Gotham Public Works), Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV.net), Kevin Flessing (TheGeekGirlProject.com), Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer), Jody Patterson (main contributor, RatBoxProductions.net), Cat Smith (voice actress, CatSmith.net), and moderator Chad Welch (illustrator, ChadWelchArt.com) talk about how they successfully juggle time between the creative and business sides while being involved in goal-oriented groups and discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design, animation and costuming/cosplay from a variety of levels of administration and sizes of organizations. Whether you're a hobbyist or looking to go pro, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to effectively work with a team without mortally wounding each other, or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is for you! Room 24ABC

That last panel is my buddy Topher's panel. I highly recommend checking it out. Other than that, the only thing I really care about on Sunday is Doctor Who. This will be my first Doctor Who panel. I am so excited! I will be waiting in line bright and early with a bunch of my friends so Sunday should be fun! Now all there is left to do is double check my packing list and play the waiting game. See you in San Diego!

posted by | 07/02/12| 11:45:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Comic-Con Saturday Schedule Highlights

Comic-Con 2012 :: Programming Schedule

11:00-12:00 Geek & Sundry— Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka), director Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and the cast of The Guild -- Vince Caso, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parkih, and Robin Thorsen -- make some big announcements and offer an exclusive sneak peek at what's to come. Moderated by Kim Evey (producer, Geek & Sundry). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:15-12:15 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time— Not just any ol' panel, this is Adventure Time! Join series creator Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and others to experience the all-out good time that is Cartoon Network's Adventure Time! There will be singing, live readings, lots of exclusive clips, and other mathematical surprises! Room 6A

11:30-12:30 Save the Date: Your New Favorite Film— This may be the first comic book film that isn't based on an actual comic book; instead, Save the Date uses the style and sensibility of indie comics by renowned graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown as a jumping off point to tell a contemporary story of the trials, pain, and happiness of modern love. Explore the challenges and advantages of working in film versus comics with cartoonist/screenplay co-writer Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Darth Vader and Son), director Michael Mohan (One Too Many Mornings), and producers Jordan Horowitz (The Kids Are All Right) and Michael Roiff (Waitress), and discover how the cast has been influenced and inspired by comics and geek culture, with Lizzy Caplan (Party Down), Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down), Geoffrey Arend (500 Days of Summer), and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim). Join them for a lively session moderated by Noel Murray (The A.V. Club). Room 5AB

11:30-12:30 Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained— The Weinstein Company presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino. Fans will get to see exclusive footage from Django Unchained and take part in a special discussion with Tarantino and the cast. You won't want to miss this! Hall H

12:00-12:45 Futurama— Futurama cannot be killed! Join the cast and crew of the Emmy-award-winning series for world premiere footage of the all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus: Wear your Futurama-themed costume for the chance to win slightly valuable prizes! Scheduled panelists include creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). Ballroom 20

12:00-1:00 Nerdist Channel— Chris Hardwick (the host of BBC America's The Nerdist and AMC's Talking Dead) and some very-relevant-to-your-interests talent from the Nerdist Channel on YouTube will engage in lively conversation about the current channel lineup and upcoming shows and specials, and also reveal some exclusive footage and surprise announcements about the future of Nerdist Industries. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00-2:00 A Conversation with Bryan Fuller— Acclaimed television writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller (Heroes), the creative force behind Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, for a Q&A with fans as he discusses two of his highly anticipated projects, Hannibal and Mockingbird Lane, both at NBC. In the midseason drama Hannibal, one of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The recently shot pilot Mockingbird Lane is an imaginative reinvention of the 1960s comedy The Munsters. Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites— TV Guide magazine returns with another all-star panel. Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV's hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Nathan Fillion (Castle), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Joel McHale (Community), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Maggie Q (Nikita), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and others. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30-3:30 Penny Arcade Q&A with Gabe and Tycho— Join Gabe and Tycho (aka Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins) as they return to the SDCC stage. Listen as they take your questions about the comic, the reality series, PAX, Child's Play, the game industry and more! Room 5AB

2:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups—
Legendary Pictures: Pacific Rim-From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes -- a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) -- who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.

Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film's ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
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4:00-5:00 Showtime: Shameless— The mischievous, unabashed Gallagher clan returns to Comic-Con for a completely shameless panel! Meet the cast and creative team behind one of the hottest Showtime original series, Shameless, moderated by one of the show's own consulting producers, Mike O'Malley (Glee). This scrappy, unique family is incredibly engaging, but being a Gallagher isn't always as easy as it looks. Cast and creators discuss how they capture some of their most shameless moments, plus be there when they reveal the top five fan-favorite moments from the past two seasons as voted on by you! Featured panelists include William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Jeremy Allen White, and others. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:15-5:15 EPIX Originals: William Shatner and Roger Corman— Two legends of the entertainment world take to the Comic-Con stage to preview their latest projects. Get a gander at the EPIX Original movie, Roger Corman's first-ever made in 3D, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, in which a meek college co-ed is transformed into a gigantic cheerleader. Then take a sneak peek at William Shatner's Get a Life!, an EPIX original documentary based on Shatner's hugely popular book, in which he examines the cultural phenomena of Star Trek, its fan-following, and his own role within it. To top it all off the panel will be moderated by "Mr. Comic Book Men" himself, Kevin Smith. Room 6A

4:30-5:15 True Blood Panel and Q&A sessio— Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated True Blood kicked off its 12-episode fifth season June 10 on HBO. The series follows the exploits of waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts; vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer); and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ball created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series and this panel also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford De Beaufort, Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux and Chris Meloni as Roman Zimojic. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Ballroom 20

5:00-6:00 Mass Effect: Past, Present, and Future— Developers from Mass Effect offer an exciting look at the evolution of the Mass Effect franchise. Mike Gamble (producer), Corey Gaspur (senior combat designer), Parrish Ley (lead cinematic animator), Sylvia Feketekuty (writer), Chris Helper (writer), Jessica Merizan (community manager) and Chris Priestly (community specialist) discuss the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayer gaming and hints at upcoming DLC. Don't forget to bring your emergency induction port! Room 25ABC

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on John Scalzi— Comic-Con special guest John Scalzi (Redshirts) talks about his latest work, his upcoming novel, video game, and film projects, takes questions and generally tries to amuse the hell out of you for an hour. With him as moderator/interviewer/conspirator: Wil Wheaton (Tabletop). It'll be the most fun you can have while respirating. Room 7AB

6:00-7:00 Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3— Producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hall H

6:00-7:30 A Tribute to the Legendary Ray Bradbury— Some called him the greatest writer of fantasy of all time. He was a writer of legendary science fiction, an inspiration to generations, and a good friend of Comic-Con. We lost him on June 12, and now many of his friends and colleagues gather to celebrate this extraordinary figure. The guest list is still being finalized as this guide goes to press, but it should include authors William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Marc Scott Zicree, Joe Hill, and Margaret Atwood, along with figures from the worlds of motion pictures and television. Your hosts are Bradbury biographer Sam Weller (Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury) and Comic-Con special guest Mark Evanier. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Bradbury character. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:15-8:15 MythBusters— A Comic-Con fan favorite, MythBusters is back with their traditional Saturday evening panel. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron talk about their recent exploits and upcoming fall Mythbuster-y goodness! Room 6BCF

7:15-9:15 Comi-Kev: Q&A with Kevin Smith— For like the millionth year in a row, Saturday at Comic-Con's not over 'til the fat lady sings...and that fat lady is @ThatKevinSmith! Taking the the Hall H stage like he takes the desserts off your lunch tray, the guy in the hockey jersey will A all of your Qs! Query about Comic Book Men, Spoilers, SModcast.com, his book Tough Sh*t, Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, his Fat Man on Batman podcast, or just ask him about stuff he's got nothing to do with! But get ready to listen because this fatty is chatty! Warning: Kevin Smith throws around adult language like it's clever. It's not, but he loves it. A lot. Hall H

So much good stuff. I know it's overwhelming at times but the key is realizing you're not going to be able to do a fraction of it.

posted by | 06/30/12| 01:10:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Friday Comic-Con Schedule Highlights

Comic-Con 2012 :: Programming Schedule

10:00-11:00 Community: School is Back in Session— Joel McHale (The Soup), Gillian Jacobs (The Box), Danny Pudi (Chuck), Yvette Nicole Brown (Family Guy), and Alison Brie (Mad Men) from the hit Sony TV comedy have graduated to the Convention Center in advance of their fourth season. Join your favorite Greendale study group for a panel and Q&A to find out firsthand what surprises are in store for the show's return to NBC this fall. Ballroom 20

10:00-11:00 Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon— Jerry Robinson was a key artist on Batman in the 1940s, the co-creator of The Joker, and later an accomplished newspaper strip artist and political cartoonist. Joe Simon was half of the legendary team of Simon and [Jack] Kirby, the co-creator of Captain America and other Simon-Kirby classics, and later the creator/editor of Sick magazine. We've recently lost both of these legendary figures in comics, so let's pause to remember them along with Paul Levitz, Michael Uslan, Anthony Tollin, Marv Wolfman, Paul Dini, Batton Lash, and moderator Mark Evanier. Room 9

12:00-12:45 Adult Swim: NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::)— Watch a sneak peek at NTSF:SD:SUV:: season 2 and hear from the show's creative team led by creator and star Paul Scheer (The League), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Newsreaders) and co-executive producer Curtis Gwinn (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast, including Martin Starr (Party Down, Freaks & Geeks), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Ugly Betty), Brandon Johnson (Funny or Die) and June Diane Raphael (Players). Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital, Hot Tub Time Machine) moderates. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion— Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Michael E. Uslan, The Boy Who Loved Batman— Comic-Con special guest Michael Uslan is the originator and executive producer of the Batman movie franchise, from Tim Burton's Batman to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and such animated Batman films as The Dark Knight Returns and Batman Year One. An original fanboy who attended the world's very first comic con 49 years ago, he went on to write such comic books and graphic novels as Batman: Detective #27, Detective Comics, The Shadow, Archie Gets Married, The Spirit Black & White, and The Question. He won an Emmy Award for bringing Where Is Carmen San Diego to television. His memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, tells the story of his life-long quest to bring a dark and serious version of The Dark Knight to the Silver Screen. Q&A and a book signing following. Introduction by David Uslan of Graphicly. Room 9

1:00-1:45 Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital— Watch a sneak peek of Childrens Hospital season 4i and hear from the show's creative team, led by creator and star Rob Corddry and executive producer Jonathan Stern. They will be joined by members of the show's ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How To Make It In America), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (The Descendants), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Ken Marino (Party Down, The State). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV::) moderates. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:25-2:25 AMC's The Walking Dead— Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, and introducing Danai Gurira as Michonne and David Morrissey as The Governor join executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and special effects makeup supervisor and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the wildly successful second season of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 3, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 3. Hall H

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Kate Beaton— Comic-Con special guest Kate Beaton, the cartoonist behind the wildly popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant and the New York Times bestseller of the same name, presents an overview of her work. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 BOOM! Studios: Adventure Time Comic Book— What time is it? It's Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show is now a bestselling comic book published by KaBOOM! You won't want to miss this all-star panel featuring the show's creator Pendleton Ward, along with series artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Ice Age) and writer/artist Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) of the new miniseries Marceline and the Scream Queens, as they discuss what's next for the Land of Ooo in the world of comics. Room 23ABC

2:15-3:15 Tron: Uprising— Disney XD is bringing the Grid to Comic-Con! Join the noteworthy voice cast Elijah Wood (Beck), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Paige) and Tricia Helfer (The Grid), along with executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time, LOST), to see exclusive footage and find out everything you want to know about this ground-breaking animated series. The panel will also feature never-before-seen clips of Disney XD's turbo-charged original series Motorcity and a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. The panel will be moderated by Daily Variety film editor Josh Dickey. Room 6A

2:45-3:45 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A session— Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones series concluded its 10-episode second season on June 3. Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the series follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Season 2 of the hit series told an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph, set in an enthralling world of intrigue, seduction, and magic. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, production of season 2 also took place in Croatia and Iceland. Some of the cast featured in the second season and appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series, moderates with executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Hall H

3:00-3:45 Adult Swim: Robot Chicken/Robot Chicken DC Comics Special— Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer/executive producer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writer Matthew Beans to discuss the Emmy-winning series. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns joins to the panel to share insider scoop about the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Watch a sneak peek and get your questions answered about Season Six. Keith Crofford, VP of production for Adult Swim, moderates. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00-5:00 Bob's Burgers— Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Jim Dauterive and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal are on hand to screen never-before-seen footage, followed by a panel discussion and fan Q&A. Room 25ABC

4:00-4:45 Adult Swim: Black Dynamite— Creators and voice talent from the new animated series, based on the 2009 feature film will give an exclusive preview of the show and answer questions. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Panelists include executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) along with Michael Jai White (For Better or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland Show, Brian McKnight Show), Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), Debra Wilson (MadTV), Orlando Jones (Rules of Engagement), and Cedric Yarbourgh (The Boondocks). Moderated by Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:15-5:15 Entertainment Weekly: Powerful Women in Pop Culture (aka Women Who Kick Ass!)— Fan-favorites Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Sarah Wayne Callies (Walking Dead), Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast), Nikki Reed (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), and Anna Torv (Fringe) open up about the power and privilege of playing characters that have redefined the rules for women. Basically, a discussion with women who kick ass. Moderated by EW's Lynette Rice. Ballroom 20

4:35-6:35 Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium—
Total Recall-Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his ordinary existence. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Based on Philip K. Dick's classic story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," this brand new take on some of his most visionary ideas is directed by Len Wiseman, who will join stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston on stage.

Looper-In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented-but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper"-a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)-is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good...until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Writer/director Rian Johnson will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt to discuss the film.

Elysium-Ever since writer-director Neill Blomkamp broke through with his first feature film, District 9, people have been wondering what he has in store for an encore. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, Elysium, as stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster join Neill and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.
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4:45-5:45 The Writers' Room with Jonathan Ross— Some of comics' best writers talk with the UK's famed radio/television presenter and comic book writer Jonathan Ross (Turf, America's Got Powers) about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how Image Comics titles like Fatale, Chew, Morning Glories, and The Walking Dead are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from "PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE." Panelists: Ed Brubaker, John Layman, and Robert Kirkman. Room 6A

5:00-6:00 Business of Webcomics— The forces behind Webcomics.com -- Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade), Scott Kurtz (PvP), and Brad Guigar (Evil Inc) -- present a primer on webcomics from the aspects of creativity, technology and a special focus on business. Room 24ABC

5:30-6:30 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— Long before directing the biggest superhero film in history, Joss Whedon rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store for us next, and hear exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the ever-expanding number of titles in Dark Horse's line of Season 9 comics. Ballroom 20

6:45-7:45 AMC's Breaking Bad-— Executive producer and showrunner Vince Gilligan appears with the cast of Breaking Bad, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Jonathan Banks. In a panel moderated by TV Guide's Mike Schneider, Vince and the cast talk about what it's like to shoot one of the boldest and most intense dramas on television, and how they are preparing for the final 16 episodes of the series. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Breaking Bad season 5, premiering Sunday, July 15 at 10ET/PT. Ballroom 20

7:00-8:00 Stripped: The Comics Documentary— It's the documentary film that comic strip fans have been waiting for. Stripped sits down with the world's best cartoonists to talk about how comic strips work, why they're so loved, and how artists are navigating this dicey period between print and digital. Set to music by Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), and with notable interviews from Jim Davis (Garfield), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade), Kate Beaton (Hark A Vagrant), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jeannie Schulz (Charles M. Schulz Museum), and over 70 others-this film will be an incredible experience for comics fans. Join the directors, twice Eisner-nominated Dave Kellett and twice Sundance-nominated Frederick Schroeder, and editor Ben Waters for exclusive sneak peeks of the film, a Q&A, and news of one secret participant that comics fans will go nuts for. Room 25ABC

8:00-9:00 The Aquabats! Super Show! Inside the BattleTram— Hey Aquabats fans! The band of five heroes out to save the world from boredom -- Ricky Fitness, Jimmy the Robot, Crash McLarson, EagleBones Falconhawk, The M.C. Bat Commander and directors Jason Devilliers and Matt Chapman -- plan to arrive at Comic-Con 2012 ready for battle! Fans can anticipate a special guest moderator and meet the stars of The Hub TV Network's new hit series. Grab your goggles and join the legions of fans for a gnarly time with the awesomest superhero, rock music band ever to hit San Diego! Room 7AB

8:30-9:30 Toy Masters and the 25th Anniversary of Masters of the Universe— To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of the live-action He-Man feature Masters of the Universe, the "Seacrest of Sci-Fi," Robert Meyer Burnett (Femme Fatales, Hills Run Red, Free Enterprise) brings you a powerful discussion of Toy Masters, the first ever feature-length documentary on the worldwide phenomenon that inspired an entire generation of children and became a billion-dollar franchise. The film features interviews with the key creative personnel behind every version of the bestselling toy line and all incarnations of Masters of the Universe on television, film, stage, and print, tracing the inception and ups and downs of the fantasy juggernaut. Everyone involved in the 30-year history of this historic franchise makes appearances in the film, including such genre figures as J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor), Richard Edlund (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark), William Stout (Conan The Barbarian, Pan's Labyrinth), Lou Scheimer (Filmation), Michael Westmore (Star Trek franchise), Don Glut (The Empire Strikes Back, Transformers Animated), and even Dolph Lundgren, who played He-Man in the live-action film. Panel participants include Roger Lay, Jr. (director/producer), Cory Landis (producer), Gary Goddard (director), J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Mark Taylor (visual designer, Masters of the Universe toy line 1980s), Ted Mayer (visual designer/product engineer, Masters of the Universe toy line 1980s), Jack and Leslie Wadsworth (live-action He Man and She Ra, Masters of the Universe: Power Tour), and a special surprise guest!

Oh man. Ballroom 20 is going to be NUTS. I think this might be my Hall H day as I just barely missed out on Game of Thrones last year and really, really want to go this year. Also Walking Dead. So much to see!

posted by | 06/29/12| 11:21:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Comic-Con Thursday Schedule is Up!

Comic-Con 2012 :: Programming Schedule

Some highlights:

10:15-11:15 TheOneRing.net: The Truth About The Hobbit— The Hobbit movie is imminent just at the book turns 75. With on-set visits, intrepid reporting, and the pulse of fans worldwide, the TORn staff shred rumors, answer questions, share New Zealand images-but not as part of the official publicity machine. Also featuring a special visual presentation from Weta Workshop and an account of Fandalf traveling the world and (all that is the tip of the iceberg!). Featuring Cliff Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) and Larry D. Curtis (Hobbit embedded reporter) and additional staff and guests. Room 6DE

11:45-12:45 Stan Lee's World of Heroes— The legendary Stan Lee introduces his new YouTube channel that tells the stories of heroes, villains, and the fans who love them. In this epic panel, Stan, Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model), Peter David (The Hulk), Jace Hall (The Jace Hall Show), and Bonnie Burton (Star Wars Craft book) talk about their new shows, debut new episodes and trailers, answer questions from fans, and provide a few Stan Lee surprises. Room 6BCF

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bill Amend— Comic-Con special guest and FoxTrot cartoonist Bill Amend reports on his mission to inject as much geekiness as possible into the nation's comics pages. He'll share examples and stories from his 24-year career, discuss how he's adapting to a more digital world, and answer as many audience questions as possible. Room 32AB

1:00-2:00 Voltron: Form Blazing Fans!— The classic animated TV series and toys that introduced the world to wild robot lions and a giant combining hero returns to SDCC. Celebrate Voltron memories with some of the Defender's biggest fans, including Alex Albrecht (Diggnation, Project Lore podcast), Rob Bricken (ToplessRobot.com), Clare Grant with Team Unicorn (Geek and Gamer Girls), and other secret celeb guests. Plus an update on the live-action movie produced by Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight Rises); exclusive comic book reveals and announcements from VIZ Media with Traci Todd (senior editor, VIZ Media), Brandon Thomas (writer, Voltron, Dynamite Entertainment); and Voltron Classics toy info from Mattel's Scott Neitlich (marketing manager, MattyCollector.com). Win big Voltron prizes, and "Form the Head" with Voltron and be ready to share your own Voltron story. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00-3:00 Inside the Shadow Show: Ray Bradbury's Lasting Impact on Literature, Comics, Film, and Beyond— Literary legend Margaret Atwood (The Handmaiden's Tale) and acclaimed horror and fantasy writer Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) are joined by Sam Weller (The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury) and internationally acclaimed horror writer Mort Castle (The Strangers), the co-editors of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradburyl to reflect on the deep and lasting impact of Bradbury on their work, literature, comics, cinema, and beyond. Moderated by Chris Ryall, CEO and editor-in-chief of IDW Comics. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 Before and After: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Star Trek: The Next Generation's Journey into High Definition— Star Trek: The Next Generation fans are finally getting their wish, with all seven seasons of the beloved series being retransferred into high-definition. Star Trek: The Next Generation-The First Season will be released on July 24, and the team behind the project will give fans an insider's look at how the original film elements were transferred into high-definition and how the visual effects were painstakingly re-created from the source material to look better than ever before. Robert Meyer Burnett moderates the panel, which includes Roger Lay, Jr. (producer/director, Blu-ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (project consultants), David S. Grant (vice president, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (director, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (creative director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (lead compositor), and Wade Felker (film transfer technician). Room 7AB

2:05-3:05 Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and Wreck-it Ralph— Walt Disney Studios hosts a Q&A panel featuring the imaginative director of Frankenweenie, Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland); a special look at the world of Oz The Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy); and the illustrious voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), and director Rich Moore (Futurama). Hall H

3:45-4:45 Image: The Walking Dead— The bestselling, award-winning comic The Walking Dead has been a critical and commercial success-and its TV adaptation on AMC holds its own weight as a record-setting juggernaut. Join creator/writer Robert Kirkman and series artist Charlie Adlard for a rare sit-down, where they will discuss the past, present, and future of the decade's most talked about zombie phenomenon. A Q&A will follow the conversation between the visionary collaborators. Moderated by Sina Grace. Room 6A

4:45-5:45 The Expendables 2-Real American Heroes— Sylvester Stallone and the legendary cast of the sequel to 2010's smash hit film preview the real-deal muscles, weapons, skills, and explosions that went into making a film even bigger and badder than the original. Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the panel discussion. Hall H

5:00-6:00 Archer: Screening and Q&A— This animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its self-involved employees. Series creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021) and the show's voice actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping, and undercover surveillances-which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers) as the highly skilled yet incredibly vain master spy "Sterling Archer," Aisha Tyler (The Talk) as Archer's fellow agent and ex-girlfriend "Lana Kane," Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned-ISIS-agent "Cyril Figgis," Judy Greer (Arrested Development) as the loquacious secretary "Cheryl Tunt," and Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo) as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS "Pam Poovey." Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:00-7:15 Showtime: Dexter— The gasps from last season's finale can still be heard among Dexter fans as their worst fears were realized, Dexter got caught and by none other than Deb! What will he do? What will she do? What's next for America's Favorite Serial Killer? If the suspense is killing you, don't miss this incredible panel, where you'll be the first to see the Comic-Con exclusive first two minutes of the season premiere. Moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ Entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski (Hanna). Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto. Plus Dexter fans will be the first to see the world premiere trailer of one of the hottest series on television, Homeland, presented by executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The new season of Dexter premieres September 30, at 9pm ET/PT only on Showtime. Ballroom 20

6:00-7:00 RiffTrax Live— Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short. Join the riffers for fun, laughs and the latest news about their upcoming "Manos" The Hands of Fate and Birdemic live shows, playing for only one night each in select movie theatres nationwide this August and October. RiffTrax.com is the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows and vintage shorts. At RiffTrax they don't make movies, they make them funny! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:30-10:30 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope— San Diego Comic-Con premiere screening of the ultimate fanboy documentary from executive producers Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles, and Thomas Tull. Q&A to follow with director Morgan Spurlock (Warrior Poets) and special surprise guests. Ballroom 20

Whew! There's so much more but this was what caught me eye. Can't wait!

posted by | 06/28/12| 11:48:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Advanced Podcast Stuff - Microphones, Mixing, and More

This will be the first in a series of posts about advanced podcasting techniques I use on Radio BrendoMan. You can read my introductory article here. If you have your own tips or have a question, feel free to comment.

Microphones

People are often tempted to blow a huge chunk of cash on a fancy microphone thinking it will make their podcast awesome. This is true and also not true. If your content stinks, a fancy mic will do nothing for you. But I’m not here to judge your show. Heck, I still don’t quite understand why people seem to enjoy listening to me talk about teen soap operas and Doritos. If you can only afford a cheap pc microphone, use a cheap pc microphone. You may have to clean up the show a little bit more in the mixing process but as long as you don’t get too close to the mic it won’t sound completely terrible. I recorded my original show on a $2 microphone hooked up to my Dell laptop and nobody ever really complained about the audio quality.

That being said, if you can afford a nice microphone it is probably the best thing to spend your money on. I was lucky and I got a Blue Yeti for Christmas last year from my lovely family. If your family isn’t as awesome, maybe shoot lower. Blue makes a really great line of USB microphones that are all great. Whatever you choose, make sure you know how it works. If you can, get a pop screen, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. You can also make one. You may have awesome USB microphones lying around and not even know it. Phil uses the USB microphone from his copy of Guitar Hero World Tour and it sounds pretty stinking great. I tested out my Rock Band mic and it sounded pretty good. If you are using a handheld mic like that, I would recommend investing in a mic stand.

Once you have your mic and the placement of it figured out, the next thing to do is make sure any unnecessary background noise is gone. When I had a PC with a really loud fan, this meant turning down the fan speed and making sure the mic was pointed away from the fan. It might also mean you need to turn off the AC or any other noise generating device. Sometimes when we recorded Pop Sickles it got really hot due to this fact as we had no AC and had to close the front door. It really made a difference in the recording though. I know you are a smart person and this may sound like I’m talking down to you but it’s easy to forget minor things like this when it’s time to record.

Create a Template

Anything that streamlines your post-production process is a plus. That way you can spend more time focusing on the show itself and less on the rest of the junk you have to do to get the show on the web. One of the ways I have saved some time is by creating a project template file. It contains my opening and closing music and they are mixed to the way I want. I saved that as an Audicity project. Once I have my finished file of the show itself, I just drop that into the template, do a final check, export and I’m done. Also make sure to save a copy of your ID3 tags that you can load each time, that way you only have to change the title when you save a new episode and you have a uniform set of ID3 tags on all your shows.

Mixing the File

I used to spend a lot of time tweaking the file in Audacity, trying out all kinds of filters and leveling techniques. Then Gates told me about Levelator and all that changed. Once I have our merged file I simply run that through Levelator and then drop into my template and I’m good to go. As long as you keep your levels halfway decent while recording, this is all you need to do. Things get a little more tricky when you are recording in front of an audience or have a ton of guests or people sharing a mic, but in most cases Levelator should be all you need. I would also recommend reading any documentation or tutorials you can find on Audacity or your program of choice as there may be lots of other useful editing tips and tools in there. I just wouldn’t totally stress out about getting the mix exactly right. This is another one of those stress traps podcasters fall into and eventually can cause them to burn out and even give up. Don’t do that!

Next time I will talk about iTunes, hosting, and other stuff like that. So stay tuned for that.

posted by | 06/12/12| 01:49:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting, Anything Else| 2 comments »


How to Record a Podcast Using Skype and Audacity

A lot of people have been asking how the newly re-launched Radio BrendoMan is recorded and published. It is really the easiest podcast I’ve ever done. Phil and I live pretty far apart so recording in person was not an option. However, recording a Skype conversation also really wasn’t an option because even the best Skype recorders sound pretty crappy. So we used a workaround that podcasters have been using for years.

Step 1: Download Skype for each host.

This is pretty self explanatory. You probably have it on your computer already. The only thing I changed for podcasting purposes was to turn off the auto mic levelling in Skype because that ended up messing up my levels when trying to record. Thanks Adam Wells for that tip.

Step 2: Download Audacity (or some sort of recording software) for each host.

Everyone has their favorite recording software. I know a lot of Mac users only use Garageband and that’s totally cool. As long as it’s something you know how to use and can export in both wav and mp3 format, you are good. I prefer Audacity because it is totally free, easy to use, and surprisingly robust. Make sure each host has Audacity running and they know how to use it. Again, it’s pretty basic. You just click the record button and you’re off. I would recommend doing a test recording just to check your levels and to make sure everything is in working order.

Step 3: Start the Skype Call

This is pretty straightforward. Make sure you can hear each other, but don’t worry about the quality of the call because this is not what you are recording.

Step 4: Sync up and start recording

Phil and I have a pretty basic process. Phil counts off and we click record, then he counts off and we clap into the microphone. This needs to be done simultaneously so when you mix each file together, you just sync up the clap, which should be easy to spot. Then you just do your normal podcast routine. If you have to stop in the middle of recording, make sure you sync back up again when you resume.

Optional Step: Use Google Drive for Show notes and to share wav files

Google Drive allows you to have a document you can share and edit collaboratively in real time. Phil and I have an entire shared folder where we keep our show notes file as well as other miscellaneous files for the show. It’s also where Phil uploads his wav file when we’re done recording.

Step 5: Save and share raw files.

Once you have stopped recording, each person now needs to save their recording in a raw format (either WAV or AIFF, I prefer WAV). In Audacity, you do this using File-Export. Next, the person who isn’t creating the final file needs to get their wav file to the editor. Phil and I use Google Drive to do this but you can use Dropbox, an FTP server, or whatever else you want to do.

Step 6: Assemble show from raw files.

Once you have all the raw files, create a new project in Audacity (or your preferred audio editing program) and import each file. Then use your clap you did at the beginning of the record to sync them up. As part of my process, I then export this combined file as a WAV and run that through Levelator, then use that to edit the final show. This is entirely optional though. You can edit and mix however you like once you sync up the raw files.

Step 7: Export and Upload MP3

Now that you’ve mixed and edited your show, export the MP3 file and then upload it to whatever podcast host you use. I’ll do another post on how to choose a host and other advanced techniques but for now you have a complete MP3 file of your show and if you didn’t totally screw up the levels it should sound pretty great. At the very least, it will sound way better than if you had recorded the actual Skype conversation.

posted by | 05/31/12| 05:06:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting, Anything Else| 7 comments »


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