Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Con: Saturday's SDCC Panel Highlights


via Comic Book Resources

As excitement grows for Comic-Con International in San Diego by the day, so too does the list of scheduled panels and programming. The insides scoops, advanced looks, and hours of lines all start here, as Comic-Con has just revealed the schedule for Saturday, July 11th. We've saved you some scroll time by picking out more than a few highlights from the day's events.

Want to relive your favorite TV moments? Witness a "SpongeBob SquarePants" live-read and a "Land of the Lost" reunion. More interested in what comes next for television? See what's coming for "Once Upon a Time," "The Last Man on Earth," "Blindspot," and more of your fan favorites. What about the future of comics? DC Comics and Grant Morrison look at what comes after "Multiversity", while BOOM! celebrates the last 10 years by looking forward. Plus, panels from Marvel, Kodansha, Stan Lee, and so much more.

Are You Ready, Kids? Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SqaurePants
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

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.

Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

The story of Aang and Korra has ended in one form but continues in graphic novels and through the fans. For over six years, Avatar Legacy has been hosting panels celebrating the fans' love and loyalty. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year's panelists are Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Giancarlo Volpe (director ATLA, producer Green Lantern the Animated Series), Dante Basco (voice actor, Zuko), Jack DeSena (voice actor, Sokka), and Darcy Rose Byrnes (Voice actor, Ikki). The panel also hosts a cosplay contest open to all levels of skill. Hopefuls must be in the panel room to be considered.

Cosplay Makeup 101
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 14A

This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. It will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special fx makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. A talented panel of professional makeup artists and wig stylists, Dawnielle Banks (Makeup By Siryn), Chrissy Lynn (Miss Chrissy Lynn), Ashley Troub (Ghost Hunters), and Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off) and professional photographer Deb Kountz (Debshots Photography), have honed their craft in the makeup, film, television, and cosplay photography worlds. The panelists will help answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay and what tips and tools of the trade to use. Having makeup that matches the effort put into your cosplay is important. Turn your great cosplay into an amazing one with awesome makeup. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (Strange Like That Cosplay).

Land of the Lost Series Reunion
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

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.

MARCH with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

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.

New DC Universe the Lighter Side: Are You Ready?
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

Get an inside look at the new titles that put the word comic in comic book. Never before has DC Comics had a lineup of comics this fun and this funny! Joining in the hilarity will be Amanda Conner, Heath Corson, Dan Jurgens, and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Spotlight on Carlos Ezquerra
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

Carlos Ezquerra, the legendary Spanish artist and Comic-Con special guest, famed for his co-creation of the iconic Judge Dredd, talks to Michael Molcher from 2000 AD about a career that has inspired generations of comics' biggest names. From romance comics to war-torn battlefields of World War II and the mean streets of Mega-City One, Ezquerra is a titan of European comics whose influence can be felt throughout the industry to this day. There will be an audience Q&A.

The Last Man on Earth
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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.

Once Upon a Time
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 10:45pm
Ballroom 20

Once Upon a Time's savior has gone dark. As Emma Swan transitions into her role as the Dark One, join the resident fairy tale characters as they cope with Emma's new role and begin the search for Merlin. Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz (Lost) join the cast to discuss the upcoming season of unexpected twists, evolving characters, new adventures, and new rivalries. Also: an exclusive sneak peek at what's in store for the upcoming season.

Into the Badlands
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

Cast members Daniel Wu, Marton Csokas, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, and Orla Brady join executive producers and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, executive producer and director David Dobkin, and executive producer and fight director Stephen Fung in a panel discussion about bringing authentic martial arts to the small screen, as well as what audiences can expect to see when this new series premieres later this year on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Season 1.

Warner Bros. Presentation
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hall H

A "sneak peek" at a few upcoming releases from Warner Bros.

Marvel Animation Presents
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF

The Marvel Animation Studios team returns for one of the most anticipated television panels at San Diego. Join Stephen Wacker (VP, current series Marvel Animation Studios), Cort Lane (VP, animation development and partnerships), and Eric Radomski (SVP, production and creative director, animation) for exclusive first looks at the exciting new seasons of the hit animated series Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6. Plus, experience the world premiere of never-before-seen footage from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, starring Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Gamora, and Drax in the highly anticipated new animated series coming to Disney XD this year.

TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 11:45pm
Ballroom 20

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).

Blindspot Pilot Screening and Q&A
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire) and Jaimie Alexander (Thor films) star in Blindspot, a one-hour action thriller from Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Arrow, Pan) and writer/executive producer Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis). Stapleton stars as hardened FBI agent Kurt Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac, Jane Doe (Alexander), is found in Times Square covered in a series of cryptic tattoos, including his name on her back. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI begin to investigate the veritable treasure map of Jane Doe's tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations; the information they uncover might ultimately change the world. Blindspot makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with executive producers and series stars. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Blindspot premieres this fall Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

New DC Universe: Batman: Are You Ready?
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

The blockbuster creative team behind the bestselling monthly comic book for the past five years, writer Scott Snyder, penciler Greg Capullo, inker Danny Miki, and others, are here to talk all things Batman and answer your questions.

Kodansha Comics
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

The publisher of the manga megahit Attack on Titan, not to mention Noragami, Sailor Moon, Fairy Tail, and more, reveals exciting upcoming titles. General manager Kana Koide and senior editor Ben Applegate will answer your questions about Kodansha's books and the manga industry.

The Simpsons
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

Going into its record-demolishing 27th season! Join this panel for a sneak peek behind "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" and much, much more with creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike Anderson, long-time director David Silverman and the woman behind Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, and Ralph Wiggum, Nancy Cartwright. Ay carumba indeed.

12 Monkeys
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Join executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and stars Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon) of Syfy's critically acclaimed series as they dissect the mysteries of the first season and hint at the twists and turns coming in Season 2.

World Building: Telling Stories in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Federation Space, and that Galaxy Far, Far, Away
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

Creators who've worked in three of fandom's most beloved franchises- Star Trek, Star Wars, and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, discuss the exciting, yet daunting task of telling new stories in universes that many hold so dear. How do you get started? What's fair game and off-limits? Is the opportunity a nightmare or a dream come true? These are just a few of the topics that'll be discussed by a distinguished group of panelists. Moderated by Eric Moro (Wikia's VP of programming), panelists include superfans from Wookieepedia and the Shadow of Mordor Wikia, Michael de Plater (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: DS9) and more!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

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).

BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Pushes Comics Forward
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

2015 marks the 10th year of publishing for BOOM! Studios, a multiple Eisner Award-winning top 10 comic publisher. BOOM! is looking ahead to the next 10 years and how everyone can push comics forward. Moderated by BOOM! president of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik and featuring editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Mark Waid (Strange Fruit, Irredeemable), Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy), panelists highlight the changes in the industry and what they want to see in comics.

DC Entertainment: Grant Morrison: The Multiversity and Beyond!
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

The Multiversity took DC fans on a tale spanning the entire Multiverse, and redefined the world of the DC universe. Now, join the mastermind behind it all Grant Morrison, for a look back (and forward) to see where the far-reaching effects of The Multiversity will be felt the most.

Sid & Marty Krofft: A Look at the Future, Present, and the Past
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

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.

Diversity: We Demand Diverse Books
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

Ethnic, religious, gender, racial, physical ability, and sexual diversity are underrepresented in science fiction and fantasy; but these authors are here to tell you that their stories speak for themselves. They seek to create worlds similar to our own, where people from various walks of life are represented and cross paths. Readers will find these authors and the tales they spin as empowering and fascinating as ever. Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil), Cindy Pon (Serpentine ), Cece Bell (El Deafo), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Scott Sigler (Alive ), and Judd Winick (Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth) discuss diversity in science fiction and fantasy with David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.

TMNT: The Big Panel
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

Join IDW editor Bobby Curnow, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writer Tom Waltz, and a very special guest for a look back at the past four years of TMNT comics and a sneak peek at what is to come with new announcements and art.

Cartoon Voices 1
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

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.

Seth MacFarlane Animation Block
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom 20

A Comic-Con first! The Renaissance man of entertainment will participate in a panel featuring sneak peeks at the upcoming seasons of fan favorites Family Guy and American Dad plus an exclusive look at his newest project, Bordertown! Joined by the casts and executive producers from each show, including Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry, Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker, Wendy Schaal, Rich Appel, Steve Callaghan, Matt Weitzman, Brian Boyle, and from Bordertown, Missi Pyle, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Mark Hentemann.

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hall H

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.

VIZ Media and Perfect Square: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

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.

Spotlight on Stan Lee
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

Comic-Con special guest Stan Lee discusses his past, present, and future projects, followed by a Q&A session.

The Return of Invader Zim
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

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.

Legendary Pictures
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hall H

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.

Outcast TV Series: A First Look with Robert Kirkman
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

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.

The Muppet Show Coming to ABC
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

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.

Camp Out with Lumberjanes!
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

Pack your bags, bring your s'mores kit, and get your badges ready! Join the brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes, published by the BOOM! Studios imprint BOOM! Box! Creators Shannon Watters and Noelle Stevenson, along with BOOM! editor Dafna Pleban, discuss the book's runaway success; what's in the pipeline for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley; and the importance of hardcore lady types. Moderated by BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard.

Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

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.

Body Confidence in Cosplay
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 14A

Ivy Doomkitty (Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay, international cosplayer and model), Chris Gore (G4 TV, PodCrash), Envy Us (Cosplayer), and Chrissy Lynn (MUA, cosplayer) discuss body image and confidence in oneself. They will cover cosplay for all and body positivity, regardless of age, gender, skin color, body type, or disability. Moderated by Dave Turner (writer, Trek: Isolation).

Celebrate 75 Years of Will Eisner's The Spirit
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

This year is the 75th Anniversary of Will Eisner's The Spirit. Appearing first as a Sunday newspaper section in 1940, The Spirit was seen weekly by 5 million readers. The comic was known for its imaginative storytelling, film noir style, and unforgettable characters. Moderator Denis Kitchen (KSP publisher, The Spirit 1972-1998) and panelists Paul Levitz (DC Comics publisher, The Spirit 2000-2006), Dan DiDio (DC Entertainment co-publisher, The Spirit 2007-present), Nick Barrucci (Dynamite Entertainment publisher, The Spirit 2015+), Matt Wagner (art director/writer, The Spirit 2015+), and Michael Cho (artist, The Spirit 2015 Comic-Con Souvenir Book Cover) discuss Will Eisner's The Spirit as Will Eisner wrote and drew it, The Spirit as written and drawn by many other greats since then, and what's lurking in The Spirit's future at Dynamite Entertainment.

Milestone 2.0: The Return of the Mack
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

What's going on with the Static Shock live-action digital series? Who's in the cast? When does it start shooting? When does it debut? Will there be action figures of the classic Milestone characters? When do the new Milestone Comics debut? Who's working on the books? Denys Cowan, Reginald Hudlin, Derek Dingle, and other surprise guests set the record straight.

Childhood Dreams Come True: Writing Licensed Characters
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

You want to write Spider-Man, Batman, Star Wars, or Jem and the Holograms? So does everyone else! You're not just writing for you and your audience, but also for editors, project managers, and a company. We've all heard the horror stories from creators, but it doesn't have to be that way. Andy Schmidt (Avengers, Transformers), David Marshall (Star Wars), Mike Costa (Spider-Man, G.I. Joe), and Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine) offer a look from both sides of the desk. Learn what a company is looking for and how to navigate licensed characters as a writer.

William Shatner's Man O' War: Cinematic Graphic Novel
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6BCF

William Shatner (creator/executive producer), Gary Laird, Scott Liggett, Mariano Nicieza (LNL executive producers), and Ed Lang (Panelfly president) premiere a new type of digital comic book. This unique project delivers a groundbreaking form of digital comics that combines a new stylistic dimension in animation, in-story sound effects, and a music soundtrack to usher in an enhanced reading experience. Moderated by Don McGuire.

The Expanse
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Join the cast and executive producers for a first-ever, exclusive screening of the series premiere before it airs on Syfy in December. Hailing from the writers of Children of Men and Iron Man and the director of Breaking Bad, The Expanse is set 200 years in the future after mankind has colonized the solar system. Based on The New York Times bestselling book series.

LEGO Marvel's Avengers: From Silver Screen to Console
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

Arthur Parsons (game director, TT Games), Matt Ellison (producer TT Games), Mike Jones (executive producer, Marvel Games), and Bill Rosemann (creative director, Marvel Games) present an inside look at LEGO Marvel's Avengers, the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the critically acclaimed film Marvel's The Avengers and the blockbuster sequel Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, all combined with a splash of classic LEGO humor. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and Marvel Games are teaming up to provide a spirited panel discussion on this new, action-packed superhero adventure, including a live game-play demonstration, reveals of enhanced character team-up abilities and power-up features, new artwork, the latest game trailer, and more. Not to mention exclusive giveaways! LEGO Marvel's Avengers will be available this winter.

That 70s Panel
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

Once again, this panel talks about what was so special about comic books in the 1970s, starting with all the new talent that entered the field and bonded with the old talent. Discussing those days will be Chris Claremont (X-Men, Wolverine), Bob Layton (Iron Man) Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Don McGregor (Black Panther, Sabre), Dean Mullaney (Eclipse Comics), and others. Mark Evanier, who was writing Yogi Bear and Scooby Doo, will officiate.

Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Hall H

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.

Hannibal: Savor the Hunt
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Ballroom 20

Your company is requested at a grand soiree in honor of esteemed colleague Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Prepare to be delighted by stories of European travels, friendships renewed, and culinary feasts as told by executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer Martha De Laurentiis, and star Hugh Dancy. Be the first to witness beautiful new works by artiste extraordinaire Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), as well as a few other surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals!

Man of Action: Taking Comics from Print to Screen
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

Man of Action's Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle create TV shows (Ben 10, Generator Rex) and write comic books/graphic novels for the Man of Action imprint and Image Comics. Learn from the pros how to turn comics into hit television shows (Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble) and films (Rouleau and Seagle created the comic book team and characters for the Academy Award-winning film Big Hero 6). Man of Action is producing the feature films Officer Downe and I Kill Giants, with scripts by Casey and Kelly, respectively, based on their own graphic novels, with more in the works.

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

Born a small woodland creature, J. Michael Straczynski soon evolved into a marsupial life form that was bewitched by a passing elf into human form, conferring on him an Eisner, two Hugos, a British Academy Award nomination, and a career slamming words together for a living. Join him for a discussion of TV (including Sense8), movies, comics, and some surprising upcoming projects.

The Evolution of an Icon in Rise of the Tomb Raider
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

Key leads from the award-winning Crystal Dynamics development team, Camilla Luddington (actress and voice of Lara Croft), Rhianna Pratchett (lead script writer), and others discuss the journey of one of the most iconic characters in entertainment history, Lara Croft, and offer an inside look into the story, performance, and technology bringing this multidimensional hero to life in her latest adventure Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

Person of Interest returns to San Diego for the fifth year. Join the discussion, as the science fiction of Person of Interest stays one step ahead of real-world events. John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) have saved countless lives thanks to the omniscience of their supercomputer and their crack team of brave misfits: NYPD detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), the unpredictable cyber-hacker Root (Amy Acker), and missing-in-action operative Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi). But, a new threat puts their mission in jeopardy and their lives in even more danger. Samaritan, the rival AI, has initiated its lethal correction. Finch's Machine is essentially dead. Shaw is still missing. And the team is once again hiding in plain sight. But with Samaritan's invisible grip tightening everywhere, will Finch be able to rebuild and resurrect The Machine? And if he does, will it be the same Machine when it comes back online? Find out as executive producers and series stars undergo a Comic-Con interrogation with a special video presentation and Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Person of Interest returns for its fifth season on CBS.

New DC Universe: The Upstarts: Are You Ready?
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

There is so much awesome in this panel, there isn't a place to begin. Join the creators of Midnighter, Black Canary, Batgirl, We Are…ROBIN, Grayson, Prez, and Constantine as a new generation of DC Comics heroes step into the spotlight.

20th Century FoxSaturday July 11, 2015 5:45pm - 7:30pmHall H

20th Century Fox Presentation.

The Geek Shall Inherit: A Look at the Evolution of Geek Culture
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 14A

Geek culture has become mainstream, but it wasn't always that way. Comic conventions have boomed in popularity, the cosplay community is thriving, and TCG tournaments are breaking attendance records. Dr. Billy San Juan (The Walking Dead Psychology, Magic: the Gathering judge), Jenna Busch (host/founder of Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Game of Thrones Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, The Walking Dead Psychology), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy,Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show, Super Fantastic Nerd Hour), Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy, The Walking Dead Psychology), Tim Shields (Cascade Games), and Matt Munson (The Project Workbench) explore the evolution of our beloved culture.

TOKYOPOP: The Robofish Rises
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

Big News, TOKYOPOP is coming back! Meet Stu Levy (founder, CEO), Clay Bohle, and the TOKYOPOP team to get the scoop firsthand. Giveaways for all attendees. If you're an artist, bring your portfolio for review, and if you're a fan, bring all your questions.

Gays in Comics 28: At the Intersection of Comics and Life
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

Creators examine how their queer identities intersect with other aspects of their lives, such as race and ethnicity, religion, and family, and how that influences and defines their comics work. Join Prism Comics and co-moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Paige Braddock (Peanuts, Jane's World), as they explore how diversity doesn't stop at LGBTQ. Panelists include Brian Andersen (Stripling Warrior, So Super Duper, The Advocate), Phil Jimenez (Angela, Wonder Woman, X-Men), and Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange). The panel will also include time for fans to mingle and a silent auction for Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly comics creators and readers.

The Unpublished EC 3D Comic Revealed!
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

World premiere! The lost 1954 EC sci-fi classic will be shown in 3D for the first time ever. Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, the only group authorized by the Gaines family to perform EC stories, dramatically reads excerpts from the unpublished comic, highlighting a discussion by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art) and Eric Kurland (president, LA 3D Club). Special 3D glasses will be provided so you can enjoy the projected artwork!

The Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror Film: Fantastic Fest, Beyond Fest, and SpectreFest
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

Thanks to a bold new school of filmmakers and creative talent, independent horror and genre cinema is enjoying an unprecedented resurgence of critical and box office success. Kicked off by You're Next in 2011, this new wave of independent genre film has continued to thrive and has broken through over the past year with The Babadook and It Follows. Hosted by the US' leading genre film festivals, we discuss this convention-defying movement with the directors, producers, writers, production companies and programmers who are progressively shaping the brave evolution of cinematic terror. Scheduled panelists include Elijah Wood (Spectrevision /Cooties), director Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), director/producer Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Mette Marie Katz (XYZ Films -The Raid, The Raid 2), Christian Parkes (Founder/Director Beyond Fest), and Ryan Turek (Programmer - Beyond Fest), with more to be announced, featuring an exclusive sneak peek at Spectrevision's Cooties and Radius' Goodnight Mommy. Additional films to be discussed include The Invitation, The Witch, Cop Car and more! Added bonus: Join Turek and Shock Til You Drop Managing Editor Sam Zimmerman for a special round of Dead Rights Horror Trivia at the end of the panel for a chance to win passes to the renowned festivals hosting the panel! Moderated by The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato.

The Walking Dead: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

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.

Fight Club 2
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

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.

We Are All Heroes: The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom, and Fanboy Culture
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 14A

With the landscape of geekdom evolving, Cashmere Agency's executive vice president Ryan Ford has assembled a star-studded, diverse panel to discuss the evolution of comic book, video gaming, and fanboy culture, and its growing popularity among a new audience-specifically African Americans, women, LGBTQ, and other minorities. Joined by Ryan Coogler (director, Dope), Murs (Hip Hop star), Michael Jai White (Dark Knight), Tyler James Williams (The Walkign Dead), Kristina Law (Arrow), and Kellvin Chavez (editor, Latino-review). Cashmere Agency has worked with a slew of titles in the geekdom community, including Star Wars, The Boondocks, Tekken, and Black Jesus. The panelists are eager to shed light on how minorities are not adequately portrayed within the entertainment genre.

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode V
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

Geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show) step into the pop culture ring to debate the psychology of teamwork, rebellion, and galactic war. Panelists include Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), Consetta Parker (Rancho Obi-Wan), and Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars Insider). Join a side, but remember: phasers and lightsabers are no match for this battle of wits! Refereed by Brian Ward (Comics, Assembled!)

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

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).

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Screening Block
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Hall H

DC fans, get ready for Super Hero Saturday Night! Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment welcome fans into the world of some of DC Comics' greatest characters during a three-hour experience in Hall H. The exclusive evening will feature a pilot screening of the highly anticipated new drama series Supergirl, followed by a Q&A with stars and producers, plus individual special video presentations and Q&A's with stars and producers from Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham. Also, don't miss a special Q&A with cast and producers of DC's Legends of Tomorrow and a peek at the new digital series Vixen. Supergirl - In the vast DC Comics Universe of superheroes, the rich mythology of Superman, the planet Krypton and the House of El is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! Born Kara Zor-El on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El but didn't arrive on Earth until many years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Protected and raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin. Years later, at age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen, her bioengineer sister Alex, and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) and its head Hank Henshaw, who are tasked with keeping the Earth safe from aliens, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world. Her foes include both a sinister extraterrestrial menace and the high-tech terrestrial threat of clever villains with powerful weaponry. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl premieres Mondays at 8/7c on CBS this November. Gotham - The origin story continues in season two of Gotham, and the stakes are higher than ever, as supervillains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. Season 2 will witness Detective James Gordon's moral compass wavering, as he confronts Gotham's most notorious criminals. At the same time, he will continue his quest to gain the trust of the young Bruce Wayne, who is on a clear path toward the man he is destined to become, after discovering his father's deepest secrets. After the epic turf war that culminated in the events of the season finale, find out what's in store for Season 2. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham returns this fall, Mondays at 8/7c on FOX. Gotham: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 8. Arrow - After defeating his most formidable foe to date and riding off into the sunset with longtime flame Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen (a.k.a. The Arrow) left Starling City with the hopes of beginning a new life. But will Oliver ever truly be able to leave behind his past as the Arrow, and, if so, what becomes of the team he has worked so hard to assemble? Will Diggle, Thea, and Laurel be left to continue Oliver's crusade without him? And with Malcolm Merlyn having ascended to the top of the League of Assassins as the new Ra's al Ghul, is anyone really safe? From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW, and Arrow: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on September 22. The Flash - The cast and creative team behind The CW's highest-rated show of all time, The Flash, speed back to San Diego for their second Comic-Con appearance, bringing with them answers to many of the questions left unanswered in the jaw-dropping Season 1 finale. Following the defeat of Barry Allen's arch-nemesis Eobard Thawne (aka Reverse Flash), Team Flash quickly turned their attention to the singularity swirling high above Central City, which fans last saw consuming everything in its path. Armed with the heart of a hero and the ability to move at super speeds, Barry charged into the eye of the singularity, but will he actually be able to save his city from impending doom? From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW, and The Flash: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on September 22. DC's Legends of Tomorrow- When heroes alone are not enough, the world needs legends. In DC's Legends of Tomorrow, having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat-one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this superhero team-up unlike anything that's ever been seen on television before. Combining characters from both shows, in addition to new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon, this epic story lives in an interconnected universe and presents a high-stakes feature film experience with edge-of-your-seat action, time travel, seamless visual effects and an infectiously fun character dynamic that's like a Flash/Arrow crossover times one hundred! From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC's Legends of Tomorrow premieres Midseason on The CW. Vixen - Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe's parents were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence. But the orphaned Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family's Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals-anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family. This six-episode series debuting on CW Seed this fall, featuring the voices of Stephen Amell (Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), and Carlos Valdes (The Flash). It follows Mari's path as she first learns to embrace her incredible abilities and discovers the source of the mysterious Tantu Totem's power.

The Science of Star Wars
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

Could lightsabers ever be a reality? Does science matter when designing a Star Wars spacecraft? Is Vader really more machine than man? Fon Davis (production designer, Star Wars prequel movies) Emily Manor-Chapman (NASA mission planner), Kieran Dickson (editor, Outerplaces), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Eliot Sirota (VFX artist), Steve Huff (fight choreographer), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far far away and discuss whether or not Kylo Ren's Force Awakens Lightsaber is genius or sacrilege.

Scream Queens: World Premiere Screening
Saturday July 11, 2015 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Room 6DE

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.

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