Sunday, June 28, 2015

Is 2015 the Greatest Year to be a Geek? Sunday's SDCC Panel Highlights


via Comic Book Resources

It's officially two weeks until the end of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The last day is a precious one, where you get one more chance to check out those booths you've been meaning to get to or hear from that panelist just one more time. To help prepare for that latter goal, Comic-Con has just released the programming schedule for Sunday, July 12th.

Want to catch up on those other DC Comics titles? Check out the Co-Publishers panel with heads of DC You, Vertigo, and MAD. Marvel more your thing? Check out the Women of Marvel panel or get the lowdown on all things Spider-Man. Excited for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Terminator: Genysis," and "Jurassic World?" So is everyone at the 2015: Greatest Geek Year Ever? panel. Want your anime fix? How about the official Sailor Moon panel? Plus, first looks at "Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem," "Supernatural," "American Horror Story," "Heroes Reborn," and more. Find the highlights down yonder.

DC Entertainment: Meet the Co-Publishers
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE
DCE's co-publishers are back in San Diego and better than ever. Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC You, Vertigo, MAD, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions about your favorite comic book publishers.

End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC
Been bullied? Turn Kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition's powerful panel. Join this life-changing discussion on overcoming hate and creating a world of inclusivity. Topics include cyber/geek-bullying, misogyny, racism, LGBT/gender-bullying, equality, and heroism IRL. Panelists include Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (NOH8 founders), Bettina Hausmann (United Nations Association president), Anthony Breznican (EW senior writer; author, Brutal Youth), Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers, Jokers Wild), Coalition founder Chase Masterson (The Flash, Star Trek), and co-founders Carrie Goldman (author, Harper Collins' Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear) and Matt Langdon (founder: Hero Roundtable, The Hero Construction Company).

Fangirl Foods: Food Network's Chef Duff Goldman
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 14A
Ready to talk comics and cakes? In a world where superheroes, Star Wars, Adventure Time, and Doctor Who are taking over the culinary world, it's no wonder that geeks and nerds are the current reigning champions. Chef Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes, From Duff til Dawn) knows that to be true, as he combines his love of all things geeky with his mastery in the kitchen. Chef Goldman will participate in an open Q&A discussion moderated by Jessica Tseang (comic book historian). Finally, the foodie in you can finally learn the secrets of how to bake the perfect cake in TARDIS form, to what his favorite comics are.

IDW: Kids Comics
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4
IDW loves comics as much as kids do, so come find out what's new for 2015! My Little Pony, Disney, Angry Birds, TMNT, Transformers, Skylanders, and more! Want to learn how to make your own comics? Come prepared with questions for the panel, including CCO and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall (and daughter Lucy), editors Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow , marketing marvel Rosalind Morehead, and writer/artist Derek Charm. Free comics for the kids!

No Cape Required: Modern Day Superheroes
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC
It's the age of the superhero! From movies to television to books, every superhero gets his or her day. But sometimes it's the people you least expect who become heroes right in front of you. Pierce Brown (Red Rising), James Dashner (The Maze Runner, Scorch Trials), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Lexie Dunne (Supervillains Anonymous, Superheroes Anonymous), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona) and Robert Venditti (Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape 1: Attack of the Alien Horde) discuss crafting an original superhero narrative, debate the best superpower and explore what it takes to be a true hero. Moderated by Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex).

Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schultz and the Art of Peanuts
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB
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.

Spotlight on Jonathan Hickman
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB
Jonathan Hickman discusses the summer's biggest comic event, Secret Wars, his other Marvel work (Avengers, Fantastic Four), and any of many acclaimed Image comics (East of West, Pax Romana, Manhattan Projects, The Dying and The Dead).

The Girls Are All Right!
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 30CDE
Female comic creators for kids and young adults are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Listen in on this dynamic group of award-winning creators as they discuss the challenges and thrills of creating diverse heroines that appeal to a new generation of readers and hook them for a lifelong love of comics. A Q&A session and drawing will follow. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Cece Bell (El Deafo), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer), and Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck). Moderated by Eva Volin (Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal).

The Vampire Diaries: Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Hall H
The cast and creative team behindThe Vampire Diaries return to San Diego, for the first time in Hall H, for a sizzling seventh appearance at Comic-Con. Series stars will join executive producers on stage for a video screening and Q&A session. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment, and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on September 1.

Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: Wizarding World and Potterverse Fandom Panel
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6A
This panel has expanded from years past to cover the entire Wizarding World as everyone gets ready for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them! What can we expect from this first JKR-penned film, and what can we expect from this fantastic fandom in 2016 and beyond? The panelists will talk about the Harry Potter books, of course, and how the Potterverse has inspired fanfic and fanart, musicals and films, cooking and crafts, theme parks, wrock concerts, cosplay and tattoos, social justice projects and, of course, J.K. Rowling's amazing tweets. Magical panelists include Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (Dumbledore's Army LA), Alex Benepe (US Quidditch), Jackson Bird (HP Alliance), Alexa DeGennaro (Leviosacon), Madhuri Shekar (In Love and Warcraft), Rachael Vaughn (Snapecast), Justin Zagari (director, The Greater Good and Severus Snape & the Marauders), and Sunny Wliiams (Harvey Putter & the Ridiculous Premise), moderated by Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley).

Sixty Years of Gumby
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB
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.

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:05am - 11:55am
Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
The films have been shown, now it's time to award the recipients of the 2015 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con's Adam Neese talks to this year's trio of judges, director Dan Sachar (director of last year's CCI:IFF Judges' Choice award for Last of You), director/writer/actor Letia Clouston (In the Dark, AB Negative), and actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, Bedazzled, MADtv) about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.

Marvel: Women of Marvel
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5AB
From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Plus, a surprise announcement or two. Panelists include content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, and other Mighty Marvel guests.

Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hall H
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th [2009]), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human) answer questions from the audience about what's in store for the eleventh season of this exciting series. Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season DVD and Blu-ray release on September 8. The eleventh season of Supernatural will premiere this fall in its Wednesday time period at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.

World Premiere of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:15am - 12:45pm
Room 6BCF
Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe, and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro, and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super-powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? The bricks are gonna fly when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League face off against the world's greatest supervillains. Catch the premiere, and then enjoy an entertaining panel led by actors Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series), and Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), producer Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood), director Rick Morales (Beware the Batman), and writer Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series). As always, surprise guests might pop up, and there will definitely be exclusive prizes for some lucky fans. LEGO DC Super Heroes Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom will be released August 25, 2015 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD.

Cartoon Voices 2
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A
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).

2015: Greatest Geek Year Ever?
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC
Could 2015 be the greatest geek year ever? This panel of geeksperts salivate with excitement and have their midichlorian count awakened with Star Wars: Episode 7, get back into Bondage for Spectre, unearth Jurassic World, and will be back for Terminator: Genisys. These special executives for coolness, titillation, retorts, and excitement join forces to ponder whether 2015 will be a new benchmark for sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and horror, or a bust. Moderator savvy Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) is joined by erudite Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), rocking Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), scintillating Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), ass-kicking Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X: Men: First Class, Power Rangers), charming Charles de Lauzirkia (Crave, Alien Anthology), mighty Marc Bernardin (Playboy) and marvelous Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Agent X).

American Horror Story and Scream Queens
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hall H
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.

Illustrators: The Hidden Gems of Film and Television
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC
Art Directors Guild illustrators are the hidden gems of the film and television world. Their sketches, paintings, and storyboards form the foundation for all that you see on screens big and small. Whether they are alien planets or the dark alleys of Gotham, learn about the magic behind those incredible moving images. Panelists include Ed Natividad (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Amy Lynn Umezu (Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World), Patrick Rodriguez (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), and Jeffrey Errico (Terminator Genisys, NWA Straight Outta Compton). Moderated by Tim Burgard (Fantastic Four, Jurassic World).

Marvel: Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE
If you want the lowdown on present and future Spider-Man titles, be sure to attend this exclusive and revealing panel. Hear announcements from editors and creators about new Spider-Man family titles, as well as some exciting news on Marvel's street-level characters. Special guests include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, editor Wil Moss, and writer Chip Zdarsky.

Archie Action
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB
What do the heroes of Sega and Capcom do when facing unbeatable odds? They unite their forces! Find out more about this summer's blockbuster Archie Action crossover event, Worlds Unite, as Vincent Lovallo (editor of Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man) is joined by Alex Segura (SVP, publicity and marketing), Evan Stanley (writer/artist, Sonic Universe), and Edwin Huang (artist, Mega Man) take you behind the scenes and break the latest news and announcements.

Children's Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC
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.

Official Sailor Moon Panel
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A
VIZ Media is releasing the 200-episode classic Sailor Moon series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new completely uncut and uncensored English dub. Join members of the VIZ Animation team for a presentation on all the ins and outs of the production of this legendary anime series as well as get news about the all new series, Sailor Moon Crystal.

World Premiere of Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF
The Dark Knight isn't seeking tricks or treats when Gotham City's most lethal villains take to the streets on Halloween night in the newest DC Comics animated film, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem. Be part of the World Premiere when Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing, and Red Robin cross paths with the Joker and his crew of misfit criminals in a battle for control of Gotham City. Enjoy the movie, then stick around for a lively panel featuring Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins), Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Boy Meets World), Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), and screenwriter Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham). Moderator Greg Miller (KindaFunny.com) will have exclusive prizes, and he might even introduce a few surprise guests. Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem will be released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD August 4 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 18.

From Comics to Animation
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 23ABC
Working across mediums can be challenging, and keeping true to your vision even more so. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) leads panelists Jerry Beck (The Hanna-Barbera Treasury), Michael DeForge (Adventure Time), Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther animated series), Jill Thompson (The Scary Godmother), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), and Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha) in a discussion about working in both comics and animation. Learn what it takes to convert a comic to an animated project and how to succeed in both.

How To: Drawing with Jim Lee
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 2
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman), he talks about his over 25 years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Heroes Reborn: Exclusive Extended Trailer and Q&A with Tim Kring and Cast
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Hall H
From Tim Kring, who imagined NBC's original critically acclaimed Heroes series, comes Heroes Reborn, an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Watch an exclusive extended trailer. Moderated by returning cast member Greg Grunberg, participate in a Q&A session with Tim Kring and the cast, includingJack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh, and Rya Kihlstedt. Also learn about the digital prequel series and the video and mobile games.

Starship Smackdown XV: Battle of the Intergalactic Stars Edition
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6A
As profiled on NPR's All Things Considered, Starship Smackdown returns for another action-packed year of scholarly debate. Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown title this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat the Serenity again? Will the Battlestar Galactica pulverize an Imperial Star Destroyer, and what would happen if Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson's Starship of the Imagination came face-to-face with-wait for it-Carl Sagan's Starship of the Imagination? Oh, the humanity! Join this panel of sage spaceshipologists as they outwit, outplay, and outphaser each other. Starring Bobak Ferdowski ("Mohawk Guy" and actual spaceship builder), Daren Dochterman (VFX supervisor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Director's Edition)Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-ray, Free Enterprise), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter) and the Howard Cosell of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead Or Alive); along with what will inevitably be some very special surprise guests. End your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this, or any other dimension, known or unknown.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 5AB
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).

Buffy Musical: Once More With Feeling & Juliet Landay Q&A
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF
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.

Browncoats Meeting Room
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 14A
Stop by to hang out with Browncoats and hear some news from around the 'verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There's no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it's a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.

Chip Zdarsky: A Life
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB
Who is Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara, Howard The Duck), and why does he keep calling you and hanging up? Find out that and more on this special Spotlight panel moderated by Juliette Capra (Fantastic Comics , The Valkyries, Brimpception).

Diamond Select Toys Round-up
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 24ABC
Chuck Terceira (president, Diamond Select Toys) and Jason Wires (prototype painter) discuss DST's diverse product lines, from 7-inch Select action figures to electronic vehicles to role-play items to vinyl banks. Topics include Marvel Comics, The Walking Dead, PVZ, Jay and Silent Bob, Muppets, Ghostbusters, Gotham, DC Animated, and more. Zach Oat (marketing supervisor, DST) will moderate a Q&A, reveal new products, and award prizes.

Queer Imagery in Animation
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE
LGBTQ issues and characters are appearing in a variety of cartoons on television and in the movie theaters. Join Prism Comics for a panel discussing works of animation that tackle same gender attraction and gender identity exploration including The Legend of Korra, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, Paranorman, and Steven Universe. Moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics board member, Web of Lives), the panelists include Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Queerly Beloved), Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Emily Quinn (Adventure Time, Faking It).

Super Asian America
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB
Whether on screen, on the page, behind the scenes, or on the web, this panel moderated by Racebending.com will explore iconic Asian American superheroes, from Kato to Kamala Khan. Panelists discuss diversity and representation, the making of some of your favorite superheroes, and fan advocacy efforts for an Asian American Iron Fist. Prepare to geek out with actors Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Sumalee Montano (Beware the Batman), stunt double Ilram Choi (The Amazing Spider-Man) and graphic novelists Amy Chu (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Greg Pak (co-creator of Amadeus Cho), and Keith Chow (Secret Identities).

X TV Block Featuring Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain, and a Sneak Peek of The Bastard Executioner
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hall H
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.

DC Comics: Too Tough Trivia
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6DE
Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths, to Blackest Night, to Flashpoint? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to Convergence against DC's finest minds to win some exclusive prizes.

The Future of Fan Culture
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB
As comics have taken over the mainstream, fandom has become larger, more diverse, and more like the rest of popular culture, for better or worse. Our conventions are huge, our economic clout drives the entertainment industry, and our disputes have become entangled with culture-war politics. What's next? Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy) and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) use hard data to explore the changing demographics of fandom in its social, economic, and political dimensions. The Washington Post's Michael Cavna (Comic Riffs) moderates.

Growing Galaxies: The Star Citizen Story
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB
With a record-shattering $82 million in crowdfunding pledged, the Star Citizen team is creating an immersive experience that's unlike anything seen before. Meet the team that's been working to create this bold new science fiction universe- Chris Roberts (Wing Commander), Sandi Gardiner (VP, marketing), Ben Lesnick (community director), and Dave Haddock (lead writer)-and get a first look at the big things that are in store for the project in 2016.

No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB
David Rosing (JPL system and opto-mechanical engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), and Todd J. Barber (senior Cassini propulsion engineer at JPL) discuss how we go boldly where there's no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. Q&A session following.

Pro/Fan Trivia Match
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4
Join this panel for the 20th anniversary trivia showdown between the Purple Pros: Len Wein (creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent), and Anthony Tollin (Sanctum Books publisher), and the Black Ink Irregulars: Tom Galloway, David Oakes, Peter S. Svensson (comics journalist), and Derek McCaw (Fanboy Planet podcast, co-writer of The Greatest American Hero comics). Questions will focus on characters having a n5th or n0th anniversary, such as Robin, Shazam!, Catwoman, Joker, JSA, JLA, All-New X-Men, Medusa, Hydra, and many more. Trash talk will focus on being funny!

Steampunk as a Global Phenomenon
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB
Dr. Katherine L. Morse (Dr. Sparky McTrowell), David L. Drake (Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake), and Justin Andrew Hoke (Dreadfully Punk) will take the audience on a world tour of Steampunk theme-parks, conventions, trends, regional customs, and major projects focusing outside the U.S.

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