2009 San Diego Comic-Con Schedule for FRIDAY Featuring WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, SHERLOCK HOLMES, JONAH HEX, DISTRICT 9, TOY STORY 3 and MORE!

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After the draining events of Thursday (the bloody slap-fest between “Twilight” fans and all the other nerds will surely be exhausting to all), Friday is a moderate reprieve in terms of the Movies/TV arena.  Oh, there are still massive events happening, but basically you can just sit down in Hall H and enjoy the proceedings rather than making “Sophie’s Choice”-level decisions about which line to stand in (unless you’re a Joss Whedon fan; then you’re screwed).

Panel highlights from Day 2 of Comic-Con include the thankfully-early-in-the-day Warner Bros. (which will feature “Where The Wild Things Are”, Sherlock Holmes”, “Jonah Hex”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Box”, and “The Book of Eli”),  the Disney-Pixar Animation (the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Princess and the Frog”, “Ponyo”, and “Prep & Landing”), “9″, “Legion”, “District 9″, and an in-depth conversation between Peter Jackson and James Cameron.

However, should you choose to venture forth, away from the comfort of Hall H (where all those panels are), you can swim in the waters of television with panels for “The Prisoner”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Dollhouse”, TV Guide’s Sci-Fi Hot List, and a Q&A with Joss Whedon.

Hit the jump for the full schedule and to see what events I’ve highlighted because that’s everywhere I want to be.  Now excuse me while I fetch my time-turner.  Click here for Thursday.

Friday, July 24

10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Charles Vess- Comic-Con special guest Charles Vess presents “Part Seen: Part Imagined,” a visual presentation spanning his 35-year career as a freelance artist in the comics and book publishing industries. Featuring cover work ranging from National Lampoon to Spider-Man and Sandman comics, plus Peter Pan stage sets, illustrated books with Charles de Lint and George R.R. Martin, Stardust the movie and Neil Gaiman, and all the way up to his latest project, a 16′ Midsummer bronze sculpture fountain. Room 2

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy

10:00-11:00 DC Talent Search 2- Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! DC Representatives discuss the different needs of the DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, MAD magazine, and Zuda. This informative orientation session explains how DC’s Talent Search works and provides numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. To have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

10:00-11:00 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screening and Q&A- Gotham takes over San Diego as Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), the voice of Batman, returns to Comic-Con alongside John DiMaggio (Futurama), the voice of Aquaman, and executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), producer and story editor Michael Jelenic (The Batman) and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). Fans can catch the world premiere screening of the upcoming “Mayhem of the Music Meister” episode-featuring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) as the Music Meister-and enjoy a lively discussion and Q&A with the show’s dynamic creative team. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 8:30 pm ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Batman: The Brave and the Bold Volume 1 will be released on DVD August 25. Room 6DE

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Superheroes | Television

10:00-11:00 Star Wars Day: Hasbro- Derryl DePriest (Hasbro Global Marketing), Brian Parrish, Mark Boudreaux, Brian Merten, and Vickie Stratford (Hasbro Design), and Chad Donvito (Hasbro US Marketing) reveal what’s in store for Star Wars for the remainder of 2009. Catch a special sneak peek into some 2010 secrets, too! Room 7AB

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Mike Allred- Comic-Con special guest Mike Allred (Madman) makes a rare San Diego Comic-Con appearance to discuss his entire body of work, from Dead Air to Madman, Red Rocket 7 to X-Statix and his recent Image Comics series, Madman Atomic Comics. The discussion will give fans a rare look into Allred’s creative process, including never-before-seen art and a unique chance to pick the brain of one of comics’ most creative minds! Moderated by Stardust the Super Wizard collaborator Joe Keatinge (PopGun) and featuring a number of surprise guests! Room 8

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

10:00-11:00 How-To Session: Tom Hodges- Tom Hodges attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he majored in computer/traditional animation. He left for the West Coast and took film classes in San Francisco, then worked for a few years doing freelance artwork before he was picked up as a regular working on licensed artwork for Lucasfilm. He is currently finishing up work on a graphic novel for Platinum Studios, Secret Identities, written by Marv Wolfman. Hodges is the creator of a three-issue miniseries, M. Top that off with random work for Star Wars Insider, daily webstrips for Lucasfilm, and other work, and Tom is a very busy artist. He will present information on working on daily comics in a web environment. Room 18

Categories:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Seminars & Workshops | Webcomics

10:00-11:00 From Fan to Creator: Goal Setting for Creative Types- Which side of the convention table do you want to be on, artist or fan? And what’s keeping you from getting there? If you have an idea in your head that you’ve had trouble bringing into reality, you might benefit from this fun and practical goal-setting workshop, designed specifically for the Comic-Con crowd. Teacher and coach Douglas Neff offers simple, proven techniques for achieving your most important goals. Whether you want to write your own screenplay, draw your first comic, or shoot your independent film, you’re sure to get something useful from this informative and energizing workshop. Room 32AB

Categories:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Film School | Fandom | Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Television | Writers & Writing

10:00-12:30 Warner Bros.- Join WB for a look at their much anticipated  slate of upcoming genre films, including Where The Wild Things Are, The Book of Eli, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Box, Jonah Hex, and Sherlock Holmes. Hall H

Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

10:15-11:15 Farscape 10th Anniversary Panel- Brian Henson (executive producer/ director), Rockne O’Bannon (creator/writer), Ben Browder (John Crichton) and Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun) reunite to celebrate the beginning of this landmark series, share exciting news, and answer questions Room 6BCF

Categories:  Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

10:30-11:30 LEGO and BrickJournal: Brave New World- See what grown-ups and “big kids” are doing with LEGO today and what fuels them to never put the brick down! Panelists include Joe Meno (editor and creator of BrickJournal, the magazine for adult fans of LEGO); expert builders Bryce McGlone, Brandon Griffith, and Mark Stafford; and former LEGO designer Megan Rothrock. They’ll be showcasing amazing examples of how they put their LEGO building talents to use! Dust off those old bricks in your basement and join the brave new world of LEGO builders! Room 3

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Fandom

10:30-11:30 Meet The Guild- Come chat with the creators and performers from the hit online video series The Guild. Felicia Day (Codex), Vincent Caso (Bladezz), Jeff Lewis (Vork), Amy Okuda (Tinkerballa), Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo), and Robin Thorsen (Clara) talk about the series and answer questions from the audience. They’ll also give attendees a sneak peek at Season 3 coming to Xbox LIVE this fall, plus a bonus Comic-Con exclusive video! Room 5AB

Categories:  Fandom | Games

10:30-11:30 Coraline- Visionary director and screenwriter Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman discuss the making of the LAIKA/Focus Features 2009 breakout animated hit film Coraline. In celebration of Universal Studio’s Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD release of the critically acclaimed stop-motion film, Selick and Gaiman will be joined by lead animator and LAIKA CEO/president Travis Knight, producer Bill Mechanic (CEO of Pandemonium and producer of Dark Water and The New World), character fabrication supervisor Georgina Hayns (Corpse Bride), and voice talent Keith David (Crash). Panelists will offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpse at how this astonishing and suspenseful adventure-the first stop-motion animated feature originally produced in stereoscopic 3D-was painstakingly brought to life. The panel wis moderated by IGN movies/DVD editor-in-chief Eric Moro. Room 6A

Categories:  Animation | Movies

10:30-11:30 VIZ Media: Shonen Jump- Get the latest updates on the world’s most popular manga magazine, plus the first look at new content and not-to-be-missed events. As a special treat, comics legend Stan Lee talks about the new series Ultimo! Room 10

Categories:  Anime & Manga | Comic Books

10:30-11:30 Stargate Universe- A new chapter of the Stargate saga begins with the Syfy original series Stargate Universe. Stars Robert Carlyle (Dr. Nicholas Rush), Brian J. Smith (1st Lt. Matthew Scott), Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong), David Blue (Eli Wallace), Alaina Huffman (1st Lt. Tamara Johansen), Jamil Walker Smith (Master Sergeant Ronald Greer), and Ming-Na (Camile Wray) join series co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper to take you through a gate you’ve never seen before. Ballroom 20

Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Fan Power- Daniel Debowy (MGH and McLean Hospitals) argues that the Millennial generation, represented by Hiro and Ando of NBC’s Heroes, has moved away from Oedipal narratives of individuals desiring parental power toward quests that end with abandoning it. Andrew Friedenthal (Dartmouth University) examines the 1968 revision of Wonder Woman into a kung-fu superspy and the push by second-wave feminist activists to “rescue” Wonder Woman, and finds she is ultimately a moneymaking commodity and fan appropriation can only go so far. Room 30AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference | Superheroes | Television

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 202: Money Changes Everything!- Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, deals with more advanced issues facing authors, artists, and designers, particularly once they’ve “broken through” and have started publishing and selling (and maybe merchandising too). This Comic Book Law School session covers some of the more complicated issues facing creators who are looking to actually market their creations and ideas, including transfers and licensing of rights, production, merchandising, and distribution agreements, and what to do when Hollywood comes knocking. This interactive seminar gives attendees the opportunity to participate in the discussions as Lovitz covers various means for profiting from your creations and to explore those important elements that form the foundation of every contract (and time permitting, maybe participate in a mock contract negotiation). With in-depth discussions about the options and opportunities for profit, as well as the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision, you can’t afford to miss this seminar. (Please Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.) Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comics Law School | Webcomics | Writers & Writing

11:00-12:00 Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership- You’ve been a fan of Mattel’s popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Universe Classics, Justice League Unlimited, Infinite Heroes, and exciting new lines like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well as the world premiere of new action figure lines announced here first! Join Mattel Toy designer Bill Benecke, Mattel marketing brand manager Scott Neitlich (AKA “Toy Guru”), The Four Horsemen, and representatives from DC Comics and Warner Brothers for an insightful Q&A. Room 2

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Comic Books | Superheroes

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Darick Robertson- Whether he’s illustrating Leatherface, reigniting super-teams like The Authority, or launching videogame adaptations like Prototype, artist Darick Robertson has become synonymous with gritty, exhilarating artwork. Now’s your chance to hear the fan-favorite creator talk about his process and career alongside WildStorm senior editor Ben Abernathy. There’s no telling what these two might say! Room 4

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Games

11:00-12:00 Star Wars Day: The Clone Wars: Building the Universe- The Clone Wars expanded the scope of Star Wars beyond anything seen in the feature films, but Season One was just the beginning. Get a rare glimpse into the epic scale of the ongoing galactic conflict with supervising director Dave Filoni and key production staff from the series. Find out insider secrets about building the Star Wars galaxy, making the first season of the groundbreaking series, and what’s to come in Season Two! Room 7AB

Categories:  Animation | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Gene Colan- He’s the dean of comic book artists, the master of shadows and a hallmark of the Marvel Age of Comics! Comic-Con special guest Gene Colan is back at the big show, talking with Mark Evanier and co-host Marv Wolfman about his legendary career in comics. Room 8

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:00-12:00 How-To Session: Chuk Wojtkiewicz- Chuk Wojtkiewicz has penciled comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Acclaim, and many others. He’s now lead concept artist at the award-winning animation house Blur Studio, where he designs characters, props, vehicles, and environments and produces copious storyboards for high-end computer animation. Chuk will present the dynamics of graphic arts design and the transition from comic books to animation. Room 18

Categories:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

11:00-12:00 Masquerade 101- This overview of convention costume competitions offers a mixture of history, info on what goes on behind the scenes, costuming and presentation tips, and more. Thinking about taking your costume creations onto the stage? Looking for ideas on how to enhance your presentations? Curious how it all works? Comic-Con’s Masquerade director Martin Jaquish, award-winning fan costumers Allan Lavigne and Jeff Dullum, and Masquerade assistant John Ruff discuss on-stage costume competitions and present insider tips for getting the most out of this unique, fun, and ever-advancing artform. Room 32AB

Categories:  Costuming | Fandom | Seminars & Workshops

11:15-12:15 Marvel: X-Men- The streets have erupted in violence and the safe haven that mutants thought they’d found is in turmoil. The Dark Avengers have put Daken in Wolverine’s place, and there’s an all-out war tearing through space and time with a certain red-haired green-eyed girl at the center of it. You’ve got questions and these people have answers! X-Men group editor Axel Alonso is joined by a host of creators to lay out what’s going on and resurrect a beloved-well, that would be telling! You need to hear it for yourself! Panelists include Matt Fraction (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), Craig Kyle and Chris Yost (X-Force), Marjorie Liu (Dark Wolverine), Daniel Way (Deadpool), Jason Aaron (Wolverine: Weapon X), and more on this all-new, all-deadly panel! Room 6DE

Categories:  Comic Books | Superheroes

11:30-12:30 Disney Press: Comics and Graphic Novels- Jordan Mechner, Prince of Persia creator and writer of the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time graphic novel, and artists Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Cameron Stewart (Seaguy), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), and Tommy Lee Edwards (Daredevil) for a discussion and Q&A session. Plus, get a sneak peek at the upcoming Prince of Perisa: The Sands of Time graphic novel, and an advance look at the book’s connections to the secrets within the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie. Panelists will also look into the future and announce some of Disney Book Group’s upcoming graphic novels for 2010. Room 3

Categories:  Comic Books

11:30-12:30 Image Comics Show- The world’s greatest creator-owned comics publisher returns to San Diego with a flurry of announcements, including an exclusive look at the biggest crossover event of the year: Image United by creators Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead), Todd McFarlane (Spawn), and Rob Liefeld (Youngblood). In addition, Image superstars Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows), Tyrese Gibson (Mayhem), and Ben Templesmith (Fell) give you the first word on many of their upcoming projects. The Image Comics Show will be the first place to get your first sneak peek at Whilce Portacio’s superhero series emerging from Image United, Fortress! Room 5AB

Categories:  Comic Books

11:30-12:30 AMC: The Prisoner- Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd, The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Lennie James (Jericho), writer Bill Gallagher, and Vlad Wolynetz (VP, production, series & movies for AMC) discuss the making of AMC’s miniseries The Prisoner, a re-imagining of the 1960s cult classic by the late Patrick McGoohan, premiering in November on AMC. Join Jim, Jamie, Lennie, Bill and Vlad for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the six-part mini-series The Prisoner. Room 6BCF

Categories:  Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Television

11:30-12:30 True Confessions: LGBT Slice-of-Life Comics- Demonstrated by the success of Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, LGBT autobiographical comics have come of age. But telling the truth is as much art and craft as it is confession. Join moderator Roger Klorese (Prism’s Publication Chair) as he leads a slice-of-life discussion with panelists Lee Marrs (The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp), Ariel Schrag (Likewise), Jeff Krell (Jayson Goes to Hollywood), Robert Triptow (Gay Comix), and Justin Hall (True Travel Tales). Room 10

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books

11:30-12:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Can College Prepare Creators for Comics Careers?- Hope Larson (Chiggers), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Nick Langley (Rocket Llama), Jaque Nodell (Super Human Resources), Marko Head (Marko’s Corner), and Steve Lieber (Whiteout) discuss whether college education can really help people pursuing comics careers. Room 30AB

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics Arts Conference

11:45-12:45 FlashForward- Be among the first to see exclusive, never-before-seen footage and scenes from upcoming episodes of ABC’s new show FlashForward presented by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), Brannon Braga (24), and Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone). Joining them on the panel are cast members including Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) and John Cho (Star Trek). And look for a surprise guest that you won’t want to miss! Room 6A

Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

11:45-12:45 Caprica/Battlestar Galactica: The Plan- The present meets the past as the makers of Battlestar Galactica deliver the highly anticipated Syfy original series, Caprica and the 2-hour event, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, directed by Edward James Olmos. This is your chance to get the inside scoop on these exciting projects and see two generations of Adamas on stage together for the first time. Executive producers Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, and Jane Espenson sit down with Caprica star Esai Morales (Joseph Adama) and Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), director of The Plan, to reveal the truth about these two new chapters in the mythology of BSG. Ballroom 20

Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

12:00-1:00 Comic-Con in the ’80s- Comic-Con moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center in the 1980s and added a trade show. What was it like to be there during these growth years? Panelists include Lance Geeck, Mike Pasqua, David Scroggy, Barry Short, Mark Stadler, Jim Valentino, and Phil Yeh, with Janet Tait as moderator. Room 2

Categories:  40th Anniversary | Fandom

12:00-1:00 Radical Publishing Creators Panel- Radical Publishing presents an all-star lineup with plenty of surprises and special announcements, courtesy of president and publisher Barry Levine. Panel guests include the legendary Jim Steranko, cover artist for the flagship Hercules series, which will soon be a major motion picture from Spyglass Entertainment and Peter Berg’s (Dune, Hancock) production company Film 44; Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies), creator and writer for Cholly & Flytrap: Center City; Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), creator and writer for the science fiction/horror hybrid hit City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story; Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), creator/co-writer for Time Bomb; David Hine (Civil War: X-Men), writer of FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency; Rick Remender (Punisher), creator and writer for the futuristic crime thriller The Last Days of American Crime; Nick Simmons (A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels), son of Gene Simmons as well as the creator, writer and artist of Incarnate; Zombie Studios CEO Mark Long, novelist Nick Sagan (Idlewild trilogy) and M. Zachary Sherman of the critically acclaimed science fiction epic Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising; Sam Sarkar, creator and writer for Caliber, soon to be a major motion picture produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil; and Steve Pugh, writer and illustrator of the supernatural science fiction series based on a story by Warren Ellis, Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead. Room 4

Categories:  Comic Books

12:00-1:00 Star Wars Day: The Clone Wars: Behind the Mic!- Season Two of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming in hot, and you can believe that the talented voice cast has something to say about it! Supervising director Dave Filoni talks with the actors behind your favorite Clone Wars characters, and offers an intimate look at the animated antics inside the recording studio-as well as some unique and exclusive insights into what’s coming this fall! Room 7AB

Categories:  Animation | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

12:00-1:30 That ’70s Panel- Comic-Con started in the nostalgic decade of the 1970s, and this panel-moderated by Mark Evanier-takes a look at the comics industry way back then. Joining Mark are comic book superstars writer/editor Marv Wolfman, and Comic-Con special guests Steve Leialoha (Howard the Duck), Mike Royer (inker, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World books), Doug Moench (writer, Moon Knight, Master of Kung Fu), Nicola Cuti (writer, co-creator, E-Man), and a few surprises. Bell-bottoms optional. Room 8

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Writers & Writing

12:00-1:00 How-To Session: David Yardin- David Yardin is a comic book illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. He got his start in the industry in 1999, studying under acclaimed comic book artist Whilce Portacio. David has since worked on a variety of titles at Image, DC, and Marvel Comics, collaborating with such writers as Eric Jerome Dickey (Storm), Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther), and David Hine (District X). He has also worked on properties for Stan Winston (Realm of the Claw) and Stephen King (The Dark Tower: End World Almanac and The Dark Tower: Guide to Gilead). He has most recently illustrated full tonal art for X-Men Origins: Gambit and is currently the regular cover artist for X-Factor. David will cover how to create a comic book cover breakdown. Room 18

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops | Superheroes

12:00-1:00 CBLDF Master Sessions: Expressionistic Atmosphere with Mike Mignola- No one establishes visually sophisticated atmosphere like Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Utilizing a unique sense of design and composition, Mignola’s dark environments have earned him the acclaim of artists and fans around the world. Bring your sketchbooks and follow along as he walks you through his creative process at this live art demonstration! The original art from this session will be auctioned off on Saturday night at the CBLDF’s auction! Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comics Law School | Seminars & Workshops

12:00-1:00 The Great Transformers/G.I. Joe Crossover- Giveaways and announcements pack this panel with more excitement than Snake Eyes versus Starscream! If you’ve ever enjoyed G.I. Joe or Transformers, then come on down and learn about all the cool new things going on with both-from comics to video games to cool movie prop memorabilia! Flint Dille (G.I. Joe, Transformers original cartoons), Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe artist), Mike Costa (G.I. Joe, Transformers writer), and others present a look at the road ahead for both franchises, courtesy of IDW. Room 32AB

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Animation | Comic Books | Fandom | Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

12:00-1:00 The Middle Special Pilot Screening- Emmy winner Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) makes her Comic-Con debut to introduce a special screening of The Middle, a new comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck (Heaton) is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero-but sometimes it seems as though getting her kids out the door for school every morning is a superheroic act. Middle aged, middle class, and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. The Middle will air Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET/PT on the ABC Television Network this fall, premiering September 30. Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

Categories:  Humor & Satire | Television

12:30-1:30 Future Fond Memories- Narnia, Oz, Neverland-we all have our favorite memories of stories from our youth. How do today’s authors create works that will be beloved by tomorrow’s adults? Young adult authors Michael Spradlin (Keeper of the Grail: The Youngest Templar), Michael Reisman (Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect), Sara Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon), James Owen (The Indigo King), Mary Pearson (The Adoration Of Jenna Fox), P. J. Haarsma (The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3), and Alyson Noel (Blue Moon: The Immortals) discuss their process and passion. Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy.  Room 3

Categories:  Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

12:30-1:30 Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents: More Magical Mayhem!- Get an exclusive sneak peek at what’s coming up next for your favorite fairy family. Creator Butch Hartman (Danny Phantom), along with story editor Ray DeLaurentis (Shaggy and Scooby-Doo: Get a Clue!), art director George Goodchild (Danny Phantom), and producer Dave Thomas (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera) present some highlights from the brand new episodes. Moderated by Rich Magallanes, executive director for Nickelodeon. Room 5AB

Categories:  Animation | Kids | Television

12:30-1:30 DC: Batman: New Dynamic- Now that the Battle for the Cowl has ended, what adventures lie ahead for the new Dark Knight? Join group editor Michael Marts, Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics), and others as they discuss the legend of Batman and what the future holds for the newest man behind the bat. Room 6DE

Categories:  Comic Books | Superheroes

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Fábio Moon- Meet Eisner Award-winning Brazilian cartoonist Fábio Moon  (Sugar Shock!, 5) as he shares his love for comics and talks about working with his twin brother Gabriel Bá (Umbrella Academy), collaborating with high-profile creators Matt Fraction (Casanova), Joss Whedon (Buffy), and Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and what’s next. Lots of images to show, with a fun Q&A to follow. Room 10

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

12:45-1:45 Spartacus: Blood and Sand- The world of gladiators comes to life as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena. Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica) introduces star Andy Whitfield, along with actor Peter Mensah (300, Avatar) and executive producers Rob Tapert (Evil Dead 1-2, Drag Me to Hell) and Steven S. DeKnight (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). They will discuss the fresh narrative approach to the ancient legend and offer exclusive first look footage, which utilizes virtual environments to give the show a unique graphic novel look and style. Debuting exclusively on Starz in January 2010. Room 6BCF

Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

12:45-2:15 DisDisney: Animation Panel- Walt Disney Pictures, Disney•Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios present a director panel with previously unseen footage from its upcoming animated slate, including Toy Story & Toy Story 2 – Double Feature, Beauty And The Beast, Toy Story 3, Prep & Landing, The Princess and the Frog and Ponyo. Special guests include Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements, John Musker, and Hayao Miyazaki. John Lasseter hosts the panel, with Patton Oswalt moderating. Hall H

Categories:  Animation | Kids | Movies

1:00-2:00 Mattypalooza: Masters of the Universe Classics, Ghostbusters and More!- Are you a Mattel Matty Collector? Last year at Comic-Con Matty Mattel announced a new website to sell collector toys straight to fans around the world. This year find out the latest information on your favorite Masters of the Universe Classic, Ghostbusters, DC Universe, and other exciting MattyCollector.com exclusive product for 2009 and beyond! Panel includes an insightful Q&A with Mattel toy designers Bill Benecke and Terry Higuchi, as well as Mattel marketing brand Manager Scott Neitlich (AKA “Toy Guru”) and special guests The Four Horsemen. As an extra bonus, Matty, the original Mattel Toy Guru, may even make an appearance to reveal a major announcement about a new line available nowhere else! Room 2

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles

1:00-2:00 Archaia/The Jim Henson Company: The Perfect Publishing Partnership- Learn about the fantasy titles the publisher has in store, including a new Mouse Guard volume (with creator David Petersen), Artesia (with creator Mark Smylie), Okko, and Primordia. Then find out more about the partnership The Jim Henson Company and Archaia have formed to create comics and graphic novels based on such beloved properties as Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, MirrorMask, and Fraggle Rock, as well as all-new, original concepts! Hear more about this venture with Henson’s director of publishing and development Joe LeFavi, Archaia’s director of development Stephen Christy, and a few surprise guests as creative teams are announced and publishing plans are discussed. All attendees will receive a free Archaia/Henson poster featuring a new piece of art! Room 4

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Patrick Oliphant- Comic-Con special guest Patrick Oliphant-one of the world’s leading political cartoonists-is interviewed by well-known cartoon authority and author Harry Katz, in a freewheeling one-on-one discussion of the political cartoonist’s work, interspersed with live drawing demonstrations (including unpublished cartoons) and the interviewer’s exhibition of slides. Room 6A

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:00-2:00 Star Wars Day: Behind the Scenes: The Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic- Jake Neri (producer, LucasArts) speaks with Hall Hood (senior writer, BioWare), Alexander Freed (managing editor, BioWare), Dallas Dickinson (senior content producer, BioWare), and Jeff Dobson (art director, BioWare), about the making of the new massively multiplayer online role-playing PC game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Join the team to get new behind-the-scenes information about the game! Room 7AB

Categories:  Fandom | Games | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

1:00-2:00 How-To Session: Bryan Tillman- Bryan Tillman is currently the academic director for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics as well as Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Washington DC. He has an MFA with a focus in sequential art and a minor in drawing. Bryan is the owner and CEO of the Kaiser Studio Productions, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games. He is currently working on a tabletop RPG titled Dark Legacy. Bryan will present the theory of character design, featuring insight into what is character design and how to make a successful character design. He will talk about archetypes, color, design, silhouettes, story, and much more. Room 18

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Animation | Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Games | Seminars & Workshops

1:00-2:00 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A- Bazinga! Your favorite scientists and girl-next-door are back as The Big Bang Theory returns to Comic-Con with a special screening and Q&A with the show’s creators and stars. Come chat with executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory airs Mondays at 9:30 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season is released on DVD September 15. Ballroom 20

Categories:  Fandom | Humor & Satire | Television

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Strategies and Resources for Teaching a Course in Comics- After brief statements about their own approaches to teaching a comics-based course, Alec Hosterman (Indiana University South Bend), Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University), and Randy Duncan (Henderson State University) create a dialogue with the audience so attendees can generate new ideas and glean information relevant to their teaching interests. Then Greg Urquhart (Alexander Street Press) previews forthcoming online collections of comic books and strips that will be useful for scholarship and teaching and discusses the issues and decisions the company has confronted in creating the collections.  Room 30AB

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference | Webcomics

1:00-2:00 CBLDF Master Sessions: “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?” Life Drawing with Camilla D’Errico, David Mack, & Terry Moore- Bring your sketchbook and witness how illustrative masters Camilla D’Errico, David Mack, and Terry Moore draw from life as internationally renowned performer Amanda Palmer poses at this CBLDF Master Session! Amanda is the creative force behind Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, a book of photographs accompanied with stories by Neil Gaiman, and the critically acclaimed album of the same name. Palmer will establish the mood for the event, while the artists translate her dramatic poses into their own distinctive styles. The original art from this session will be auctioned off on Saturday night at the CBLDF’s auction! Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comics Law School | Seminars & Workshops

1:00-2:00 BOOM! Studios- The BOOM! Studios team-Mark Waid, Ross Richie, Andrew Cosby, Matt Gagnon, and Chip Mosher-takes over Comic-Con for one full hour. Learn what is next for BOOM! History will be made. Heads will explode! Comics will never be the same again! Room 32AB

Categories:  Comic Books

1:30-2:30 Comic Strip Reprints Revolution- We lucky comic strip fans are living in the Golden Age of comic strip reprints! Join Dean Mullaney (IDW: Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Scorchy Smith, Rip Kirby), Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics: Peanuts, Popeye, Captain Easy, Prince Valiant, Pogo), Tom Devlin (D&Q: Moomin, Oh Skin-nay!), Terry Nantier (NBM: Mutt and Jeff, Bringing Up Father), Charles Pelto (Classic Comics Press: Mary Perkins On Stage, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Big Ben Bolt), Daniel Herman (Hermes Press: Buck Rogers, The Phantom), plus Comic-Con special guest, legendary comic strip artist Leonard Starr (Mary Perkins, Annie) in discussion with comics journalist Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com). The revolution will be reprinted! Room 3

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:30-2:30 G4: Attack of the Show- TV’s first and only live daily show dedicated to the “digital generation”-breaking the hottest web videos, latest gadgets, blogs and videogames. Every day AOTS takes its audience to the virtual water cooler, where you can then tell your friends you saw it on AOTS first! Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Alison Haislip, Blair Butler and AOTS producers bring you the closest thing to being on a LIVE Attack of the Show! Take part in one of the largest group Tweets to ever hit the Twittersphere, join in on the AOTS Orchestra for a moving rendition of the Attack theme, bear witness to a Comic-Con exclusive AOTS comedy short, and have a chance to win one-of-a-kind props from the show and end it with a nerd rave the likes of which have never been seen this side of M.I.T.! Plus you’ll get a chance to grill the hosts and exec producers to find out the dirty secrets behind your favorite AOTS stunts, from Kevin and Olivia in fat suits to the MegaDare Hot Sauce challenge to to Olivia’s infamous “Pie-Jump.” Room 5AB

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Animation | Comic Books | Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

1:30-3:00 Legends of The Batman- Seventy years ago Bob Kane and Bill Finger introduced the second great superhero in comics: Batman. On the anniversary of this momentous occasion Mark Evanier talks to legendary Batman artists-and Comic-Con special guests-Sheldon “Shelly” Moldoff, Jerry Robinson, and Lew Sayre Schwartz about their time with the Caped Crusader. Room 8

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Superheroes

1:30-2:30 After the First 1,000 Pages- It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something. Art teachers say that you have to make 100,000 bad drawings before you can make a good one. Gene Colan (Tomb of Dracula), Becky Cloonan (Demo), Zander Cannon (Top 10), Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show Comic Book), and Matt Kindt (Super Spy) will discuss how they’ve developed as artists since their early work and the creative breakthroughs that took them a while to reach. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 10

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:45-2:45 Robert Rodriguez- Join famed director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) for a first look at his upcoming family film Shorts, followed by Q&A. Room 6DE

Categories:  Kids | Movies

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie- In his website’s infamous Ask The Maestro column, he’s answered thousands of questions about the creation of comics and TV. More recently, at the DC Comics Forum, he’s answered at least one too many. Now’s your chance to ask him anything you want, live, and see if he can’t get himself in any more trouble. Emmy, Eisner, and Writers Guild award-nominated writer Dwayne McDuffie has created comic books (Marvel’s Damage Control, Milestone’s Icon, Hardware and Shadow Cabinet), and a hit TV show (Static Shock). He’s written and produced animated favorites including Ben 10: Alien Force, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, and Scooby-Doo. He’s written top-selling comics including Fantastic Four and Justice League of America. And he’s here to answer your questions. Room 2

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television

2:00-3:00 IDW: Darwyn Cooke- Awarding-winning cartoonist Darwyn Cooke discusses the evolution of his work with Scott Dunbier (IDW), including new and upcoming projects, such as Parker, a graphic novel adaptation of noir crime fiction author Richard Stark’s (aka Donald Westlake) protagonist. Room 4

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books

2:00-3:00 Marvel: Cup o’ Joe- This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait for all year, and it’s here! Marvel’s EEK (editor-in-chief) Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF

Categories:  Comic Books

2:00-3:00 Star Wars Day: Fate of the Jedi- The next chapter in the extraordinary history of the Star Wars galaxy has begun. Star Wars authors Aaron Allston, Christie Golden, and Troy Denning along with Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey), Sue Rostoni (executive editor, Lucasfilm), Leland Chee (Keeper of the Holocron, Lucasfilm), and Pablo Hidalgo (online editorial manager, Lucasfilm) they discuss the new Star Wars novel series: Fate of the Jedi. Room 7AB

Categories:  Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

2:00-3:00 How-To Session: Joe Corroney- Joe Corroney has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for related books, games, trading cards, and magazines since 1997, including penciling Star Wars: Empire for Dark Horse Comics. Other comic books he’s illustrated include Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics and G.I. Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Angel, and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW. Currently, he’s providing cover art for IDW’s new Star Trek series and BOOM! Studios’ new Farscape comic books, developing his creator-owned comic book series Death Avenger, and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm. For ten years he was the instructor for the comic book illustration course at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and has also taught at Ohio State University. His how-to session will include an introduction to the comic book illustration process. Room 18

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

2:00-3:00 A Chalk Talk with Jack Katz- Comic-Con special guest Jack Katz (The First Kingdom) demonstrates the technique of dynamic page layout and storytelling as it relates to the graphic novel. Study the anatomy of page design from Jack as he dispenses knowledge gained from over 50 years in the comic book business! Moderated by Charlie Novinskie. Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Seminars & Workshops

2:00-3:00 The Design Process for Film and Television- The making of a film or television show is a collaborative process. The director enlists the talents of his/her key collaborators-the costume designer, the production illustrator, and the production designer-right from the start of a production. Costume illustrators and concept & storyboard artists, brought on to productions to develop images under the guidance of the designers, serve a key position in the web of communication that is essential to filmmaking. This panel gives a glimpse into the fundamental importance of illustration, as well as the seamless creativity between the key conceptual departments on favorite feature films and television productions. Moderator William David Hogan, director and storyboard artist (The Orphan), hosts costume illustrators from CDG, Local 892: Robin Richesson (Iron Man), Phillip Boutte, Jr. (Jonah Hex), Felipe Sanchez (Green Hornet), Christian Cordella (GI Joe), and Brain Valenzuela (Star Trek 2009), as well as illustrators and artists from Local 800: Jeff Errico (Burlesque), Dawn Brown (Star Trek 2009), Ricardo Delgado (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Josh Nizzi (Transformers Revenge of the Fallen). Room 32AB

Categories:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Costuming | Movies | Television

2:15-3:15 Past Life Pilot Screening and Q&A- Past Life makes its debut at Comic-Con with a screening of the pilot episode and a Q&A with the show’s creator and stars. Come talk with executive producers David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights) and Lou Pitt, as well as series stars Kelli Giddish (Damages), Nicholas Bishop (Above the Law) and Ravi Patel (Scrubs) and learn more about this fast-paced emotional thriller in which a gifted psychologist and former detective must work together to unravel mysteries that must be solved in both the past and the present. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Past Life will air Tuesdays at 9:00 pm ET/PT midseason on FOX. Room 6A

Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

2:15-3:00 24- The Fox series 24 is coming off its most critically acclaimed season in years. Stars Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub and new cast members Anil Kapoor and Katee Sackhoff join showrunnner Howard Gordon and the producers of the Emmy-winning series for a special sneak peek at the heart-stopping premiere episode of Season 8 Ballroom 20

Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Television

2:30-3:30 Building Tomorrow’s Technology- How does a present where the availability of natural resources is already an issue affect the technology one imagines for the future? Moderator Steve Saffel (editor and publishing consultant) maps a path with panelists Greg Bear (City at the End of Time), David Williams (Burning Skies), Dani & Eytan Kollin (The Unincorporated Man), and Kirsten Imani Kasai (Ice Song). Room 3

Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

2:30-3:30 Capcom: Fighting Games- Capcom fighting fans unite as game producers present first looks at the hottest new fighting games for the year. Featuring Rey Jiminez (Marvel vs. Capcom 2), Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Fate: Unlimited Codes), and Ryota Niitsuma (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom). Moderated by Capcom-Unity.com’s and SFII Champion Seth Killian. See exclusive gameplay footage and behind-the-scenes making-of features. Plus, a couple of fans will be pulled onstage for an impromptu Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament to show off your mad skillz and earn big Capcom prizes! All followed by a Q&A session! Room 5AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Games | Superheroes

2:30-3:30 State of the Animation Industry- ASIFA-Hollywood’s annual overview of trends in the animation industry. In this turbulent economy, how is the animation industry faring? Can games take up the slack? Is 2D coming back? Moderated by Tom Sito (Shrek, The Lion King). Panelists include Raul Garcia (The Missing Lynx), Frank Gladestone (producer, Starz Media, Dreamworks), Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, Mulan II), Kevin Koch (Battle for Terra, Madgascar), and Danny Young (Land of the Lost). Room 10

Categories:  Animation | Games

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: The Institute for Comics Studies- The Institute for Comics Studies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the study, understanding, and appreciation of the comics medium. Director of ICS Peter Coogan discusses the organization’s mission, goals, accomplishments, and plans. Board members representing the comics academy and the industry will contribute their comments and be available for Q&A: Randy Duncan (Henderson State University), Stanford Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Angela Ndalnias (University of Melbourne), Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics), Danny Fingeroth(Write Now!), Mike Richardson (Dark Horse Comics), Tim Stroup (Cold Cut Distribution), and Henry Jenkins (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Room 30AB

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference | Webcomics


2:30-3:30 Focus Features: 9- Focus Features and Comic-Con present an exclusive look inside director Shane Acker’s animated fantasy epic 9, the feature-length expansion of his short film of the same name. Directors Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov are among the feature version’s producers. The action-packed adventure-opening nationwide 9/9/09-takes place after our world fell to pieces, when a group of “stitchpunk” creations must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions. While showcasing a stunning steampunk-styled visual brilliance, 9 dynamically explores the will to live, the power of community, and how one soul can change the world. Join Shane Acker, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, and actors Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly LIVE for this panel presentation! Hall H

Categories:  Animation | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Kevin J. Anderson- Kevin J. Anderson has written many novels in numerous universes (Star Wars, Dune, X-Files) as well as his own epics “The Saga of Seven Suns” and The Edge of the World, and he’s also produced a recent crossover CD with some of the biggest names in progressive rock music. Kevin will be interviewed by Steven L. Sears, well-known scriptwriter (A-Team, Riptide, She Spies) and producer (Xena: Warrior Princess, Sheena Queen of the Jungle). Room 2

Categories:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

3:00-4:30 Scribe Awards/Media Tie-in Writers Panel- Attend the third annual presentation of the International Association of Media-Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) “Scribe” awards, honoring such notable franchises as CSI, Criminal Minds, The X-Files, Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars, and Dr. Who. The presentation will be followed by a panel of nominees, including James Rollins (Indiana Jones), Matt Forbeck (Mutant Chronicles), Bob Greenberger (Hellboy), Keith R. A. DeCandido (Farscape), Stacia Deutsch (Dark Knight), Nathan Long (Warhammer), and Tod Goldberg (Burn Notice). Moderated by Lee Goldberg (Monk) and Max Allan Collins (G.I. Joe). Room 4

Categories:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Comic Books | Games | Movies | Television | Writers & Writing

3:00-4:00 DC Nation- Calling all Nation recruits! Bring your friends and hear top talent discuss where the DC Nation is heading from 2009 and beyond. senior VP/ executive editor Dan DiDio hosts this exciting discussion with Ian Sattler, James Robinson, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and more! Join them for a VIP look into the most talked about stories and events of the summer! Room 6DE

Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Superheroes | Writers & Writing

3:00-4:00 Star Wars Day: Collectibles Update- Barry Jones of eFX, Ashly Powell of Gentle Giant Studios, Frank Supiot of Kotobukiya, Robin Chaudhuri of Museum Replicas, and Brant Bridges of Sideshow Collectibles offer product development insights and previews of the latest Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing. Room 7AB

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Steve Epting- Join Comic-Con special guest Steve Epting (Captain America/The Marvels Project) for an exploration of his 20-year career in comics, from his early days at First, Marvel, DC, and Crossgen to his return to Marvel and the death of Captain America. Plus a special look into the much-anticipated upcoming Marvels Project. Join Steve for this rare one-on-one interview and Q&A session! Room 8

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Superheroes

3:00-4:00 How-To Session: Elvin A. Hernandez- Elvin A. Hernandez is a faculty member of the Media Arts and Animation Department at the Art Institute of Washington. He has an MFA, with a concentration in sequential art, from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in books from such publishers as Dark Horse Comics, Evigen Press, and Creature Graphic Novels, as well as storyboards for proposed film and television projects. He is currently working with Kaiser Studio Productions on the comic book The Solution, the first issue of which will be available this fall. His presentation will cover the differences and similarities between storyboards and comics. Room 18

Categories:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Television

3:00-3:45 Bones- Showrunner Hart Hanson and stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel are on hand for a discussion of what’s on deck for Booth and Brennan, hot on the heels of this year’s much talked-about season finale in which the pair finally wound up between the sheets. Ballroom 20

Categories:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

3:00-4:00 Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels- Some of the biggest names in comics teach you what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. The star-studded faculty this year includes Peter David (X-Factor), Tom Nguyen (Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters), Brian Miller (Hi-Fi Colour Design), former Marvel editor and now IDW editor Andy Schmidt, publisher and editor-in-chief of IDW Chris Ryall, writer Scott Tipton (Angel), and Comics Buyer’s Guide senior editor Maggie Thompson. Find out the best way to submit your work, learn the dos and don’ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session. Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

3:00-4:30 VIZ Media: Anime and Manga- Get the latest info on VIZ Media manga and anime on everything from recent acquisitions to upcoming events, including news that’s exclusive to Comic-Con! Editors will give you a sneak peek of some exciting new titles releasing in 2010. Room 32AB

Categories:  Anime & Manga | Comic Books

3:15-4:15 Eureka- Eureka is back this summer with all new episodes, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Erica Cerra (Jo Lupo), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo), and Jaime Paglia (executive producer/co-creator) are stopping by to let you in on the fun. Moderated by Josh Gates (Destination Truth). Room 6BCF

Categories:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

3:30-4:30 Dark Horse: Creepy, Past and Present- Hot on the haunted heels of the Eisner-nominated Creepy and Eerie Archive series, another mythic monsterpiece is coming your way-new Creepy! Don’t miss this intriguing panel discussion with Shawna Gore of Dark Horse Comics, Dan Braun and Craig Haffner of New Comic Company, and other special guests as they explore the history of Creepy and Eerie and give a rare insiders’ look at the evil intricacies involved with resurrecting one of comics’ most beloved and bewitching titles. Room 3

Categories:  Comic Books | Horror and Suspense

3:30-4:30 The Care and Feeding of a Series- Readers love series and the opportunity to revisit their favorite characters and worlds. Moderator James Frenkel (senior editor, Tor Books) leads a discussion of what it takes to meet the readers’ exacting standards when writing a series, whether in one’s original universe or someone else’s. Panelists include Comic-Con special guest Brian Herbert (Paul of Dune), Eoin Colfer (And Another Thing: HHGTTG), Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie (Wicked: Resurrection), D. J. MacHale (Pendragon: The Solders Of Halla), Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles-A Giant Problem). Room 5AB

Categories:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

3:30-4:30 Two Funny Frebergs- Hunter Freberg and Stan Freberg appear around the world as a comedy team. They have been married only eight years but are together personally and professionally 24/7. They feel that each year equals ten in Freberg years, so last month was their 80th anniversary! They will interview each other about their varied careers and will relate stories about the world of comics, animation, advertising, radio, television, comedy, music, and the Internet. Introduced by Mark Evanier. Room 6A

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Humor & Satire | Television

3:30-4:30 Comic Book Law School: Hot Topics- Move over Whoopie and Barbara! It’s time for these savvy legal minds to share their views on the ever-evolving legal world, spotlighting cutting-edge, evolving issues being faced by the creators, publishers and distributors of creative works. An all-star panel of attorneys-David Branfman, Alexander Harwin, and David Lizerbram, with moderator Michael Lovitz-shed light on important issues facing individuals and companies alike. Topics will include the new online copyright application process, preregistration of copyrights, fair use, piracy, and the growing popularity of the CopyLeft movement. (Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.) Room 10

Categories:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comics Law School | Games | Webcomics

3:30-4:30 Beyond the Gaming Medium- This panel of artists has found their own unique way to make a living creating entertainment inspired by video games. Moderator Khail Anonymous (Dark Hero Studios producer) talks to panelists Rocco Botte (Mega64 filmmaker), Storm Dain (video game reviewer, Destructoid), Nathan Barnett (Screw Attack filmmaker), and others. Room 30AB

Categories:  Games | Movies | Television

3:45-5:00 Sony Pictures Entertainment: Legion and District 9- Sony Pictures Entertainment and Screen Gems introduce two great new movie projects exclusively to Comic-Con attendees!

Legion-When the last angel falls, the fight for mankind begins. Having lost faith in the human race, a legion of angels descend to Earth to bring about the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael himself (Paul Bettany). Appearing on stage: Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, The DaVinci Code), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, Supernatural), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers, Death Race), Doug Jones (Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Abe Sapien in Hellboy), and director Scott Stewart (helming his first feature film after working on VFX for Sin City, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, and Iron Man, among many others). From Screen Gems.

District 9-Peter Jackson makes his eagerly and long-awaited first visit to Comic-Con to introduce you to the world of District 9, which focuses on a world in which extraterrestrials have become refugees in South Africa. Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them-as well as their powerful technology and advanced weaponry that can only be activated by Alien DNA. Please join Peter Jackson as he gives fans a first look at scenes from District 9 and takes your questions along with director Neill Blomkamp and star Sharlto Copley. From Sony Pictures Entertainment

Hall H

Categories:  Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Stephan Pastis- Cartoonist Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) shares his unlikely tale of how he went from being a full-time lawyer to one of the most popular syndicated cartoonists in newspapers today, including a rundown of some of his most popular strips, and some that weren’t so popular. Room 2

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:00-5:00 Kirkamania! The Robert Kirkman Panel- Join writer Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible) for a lively discussion on his many projects and a look forward into the future with more than a few exclusive announcements! All this plus a surprise appearance by Todd McFarlane (Haunt), as super secret free comics will be given away during a very special Q&A session! Room 7AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Writers & Writing

4:00-5:00 Graphic Novels- Moderator Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com) talks to some of the superstars of graphic novels in this lively panel discussion. Joining Tom are Lewis Trondheim (Kaput and Zosky), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Seth (George Sprott 1894-1975), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Jason Lutes (Berlin), and Derek Kirk Kim (Eternal Smile). Room 8

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Writers & Writing

4:00-5:00 How-To Session: Patrick and Shelly Block- Patrick and Shelly Block have created hundreds of projects for Walt Disney’s comics line. Their work has been published in the United States through Gemstone Publishing and Gladstone, and overseas via Egmont’s extensive publishing service, as well as through Walt Disney Italia. Patrick is a recipient of a Comic Buyer’s Guide Fan Award in the “Favorite Inker” category. Shelly, who writes most of the pair’s tales, runs a wide ranging and creative art school, Art Quest, in Washington, PA. The Blocks shoot for a simple, straightforward style of story that they themselves would enjoy reading. They have presented their Interactive Comics Creation Seminar at various colleges and schools around the country. Room 18

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

4:00-5:15 Dollhouse- Join Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon and star/producer Eliza Dushku for a no-holds-barred Q & A about what they have planned for season 2, after they unveil a special screening of the never-before-seen “Epitaph One” episode of the Fox hit, which releases on DVD just four days later. Ballroom 20

Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

4:00-5:00 The Shiflett Bros. and Friends Sculpting Panel- Industry sculptors Brandon and Jarrod Shiflett (Shiflett Bros. Originals, Bowen Designs) are joined on stage by sculpting friends and heroes including Clayburn Moore (CS Moore Studio), Paul Komoda (Artist Proof Studio), and Simon Lee (Spiderzero), in this free-for-all discussion about the craft, process, and industry of comic book and fantasy sculpting. Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Seminars & Workshops

4:15-5:15 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- This look at the whole spectrum of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (from comics to toys to TV to movies to video games) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the world-famous brand. Moderator Gary Richardson (CEO, Mirage Studios) discusses the evolution of the Turtles with those people instrumental in the characters’ incredible success. Panelists include Kevin Eastman (co-creator of TMNT), Lloyd Goldfine (supervising producer, 4Kids Productions), Steve Barron (director of the original TMNT movie), Karl Aaronian (senior VP of marketing, Giochi Preziosi U.S.A.), Matt Leunig (associate producer, Ubisoft), and Galen Walker (producer of new TMNT movie slated for 2011). Room 6DE

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Animation | Comic Books | Games | Kids | Movies | Television

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Landry Walker and Eric Jones- The creative team behind SLG Publishing’s Little Gloomy series and the recent Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade for DC Comics discuss all of their work, past and present, including the upcoming run on Batman: The Brave and the Bold series. Landry Walker and Eric Jones discuss the pitfalls of working on all-ages books as well as developing their own properties for animation. Room 3

Categories:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Superheroes | Writers & Writing

4:30-5:30 Buck Rogers 80th Anniversary- Hermes Press celebrates Buck Rogers’ 80th anniversary with a panel presenting guests discussing Buck Rogers in print, on television, and in film, including plans for a new movie. Join Flint Dille (Transformers), Daniel Herman (Hermes Press publisher), Nick Barrucci (Dynamite publisher), actors Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers from Buck Rogers) and Erin Gray (Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers), and author Chris Irving (From Four Color to Silver Screen: The History of Superhero Movie Serials) for a discussion and Q&A. Room 4

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Seminars & Workshops | Television

4:30-5:30 DC: Wednesday Comics- Wednesday Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition by reinventing the classic newspaper comics section and filling it to the brim with today’s top talent and characters! Learn all you need to know about DC’s excitingly innovative weekly 12-issue series from the title’s mastermind, DCU editorial art director Mark Chiarello, and an all-star list of panelists! Believe us, you’ve never seen a panel or a project like this! Room 5AB

Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books

4:30-5:30 Marvel Animation- The new age of Marvel animation is here! Marvel’s president of animation Eric Rollman and general manager of Nicktoons Network Keith Dawkins are joined by the creative minds behind the new hit series Wolverine and the X-Men, and Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Head writers Greg Johnson (WatX), and Chris Yost (IMAA), supervising producer Craig Kyle (WatX, IMAA), voice director Jamie Simone (WatX), and voice of Wolverine Steve Blum discuss each series and what the future holds. Then stay tuned for a first look at Marvel Anime from acclaimed Japanese animation studio Madhouse, featuring Madhouse president Masao Maruyama (Gotham Knight, Tokyo Godfathers), and writer Warren Ellis (The Authority, Astonishing X-Men). Also expect sneak peeks at the upcoming next Marvel Animated Feature from Lionsgate. You don’t want to miss this panel! Room 6BCF

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Movies | Superheroes

4:30-5:30 Underground Comix- Comix were underground comic books that reflected a generation’s dissatisfaction with the government, cultural “norms,” and the status quo. The late 1960s saw the emergence of these underground comix, a new wave of humorous, counterculture-inspired comic books that dealt with social and political subjects like sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and war protest. While the works of members of the movement such as Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman are well known, the art of many of their comix-era contemporaries, including Gilbert Shelton, Trina Robbins, Justin Green, Kim Deitch, and S. Clay Wilson, remains unacknowledged. Moderated by Comic-Con special guest Dennis Kitchen-cartoonist, editor, publisher and co-author of Underground Classics (Abrams ComicArts)-who was present at the birth of the underground comix movement, this discussion will engage expert James Danky (co-author of Underground Classics), and comix artists Trina Robbins and William Stout in a conversation about the history and significance of this period in comics history. Room 10

Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:30-5:30 Production Designers- These craftspeople create the physical look for a movie or TV program, be it Star Wars or a talk show. Without the designer, the actors would be performing in empty space. Here a group of these artists at the top of their game talk about the challenges and pleasures of their craft, and answer audience questions. Panelists include Stuart Blatt (Dollhouse), Scott Chambliss (Star Wars), Nathan Crowley (The Dark Knight), and Alex McDowell (Watchmen). Moderating the panel is John Muto (Terminator 2 3D). Room 30AB

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Movies | Television

4:30-6:00 So You Want to be a Comic Book Retailer?- A Comic-Con tradition! You love comics and want to get into the business, but art and writing are not in your skill set. Have you considered opening your own comic book specialty retail business? You have questions-this panel of experts has answers. Moderator Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, Concord, CA) is joined by retailers Carr D’Angelo (Earth-2 Comics, Sherman Oaks and Northridge, CA), Chris Powell (Lone Star Comics, TX), and Scott Proulx (Double Midnight Comics, Manchester, NH) and Diamond Comic Distributors field sales manager Dave Hawksworth to discuss your future as a retailer of comics and graphic novels. Room 32AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Retailer Programming | Seminars & Workshops

4:45-5:45 The Mighty Boosh- Creators/stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher, and Dave Brown, will be on stage to take questions from fans and discuss the magical, bizarre, and exciting world of The Boosh, which The San Jose Mercury News describes as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”  Room 6A

Categories:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

5:00-6:00 Capcom: Lost Planet 2- Capcom presents an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most anticipated games for the PS3 and Xbox 360 featuring premiere producer Jun Takeuchi direct from Capcom Japan, joined by Frank Filice and Shawn Baxter of Capcom. Moderated by Francis Mao. See exclusive gameplay footage and making-of features. Plus, a couple of fans will be pulled onstage for an impromptu Akrid hunting session to win some exclusive Capcom prizes! All followed by a Q&A session! Room 2

Categories:  Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:00-6:00 Devils Due: Jericho- Find out all the details about the triumphant return of CBS Television’s fan favorite show Jericho! Join show star Lennie James, executive producers Dan Shotz, Karim Zreik, Jon Steinberg, show writer Robert Levine, and Devil’s Due Publishing president Josh Blaylock to hear all about the new comic continuation of the Jericho storyline, Jericho-Season Three: Civil War arriving this fall from Devil’s Due Publishing! Room 7AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

5:00-6:00 Dynamite Entertainment: Adapting Comics to and from Film, Television and Video Games- One of the fastest on the rise comic publishers, Dynamite Entertainment (Project Superpowers, The Lone Ranger, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator Infinity, Highlander, Buck Rogers, Xena, Highlander, Darkman, Army of Darkness, Zorro, etc.)-and co-producers of the upcoming films Red Sonja, Thusla Doom, and The Boys-present a panel on bringing comic books into movies, TV, and video games and vice versa. With Hollywood screenwriters Marc Guggenheim, Jeff Katz, Flint Dille, and Jules Urbach, editor Joe Rybandt, publisher and producer Nick Barrucci, and more to be announced! Room 8

Categories:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Comic Books | Games | Movies | Television

5:00-6:30 Resin Casting and Silicone Mold-making- Jeffrey Broz (Matrix Enterprises) has presented seven previous seminars about plastics and casting. Sam Girgis (Biggerbox Models) is producing large-scale garage kits. Whether you want to produce a garage kit model, mold your sculpture, or reproduce a broken part for your vintage toy, this year’s seminar will cover new material choices and tips from previous seminars about complex silicone mold design and casting techniques. They’ll talk about the pitfalls with short-run 3D duplication, and garage kits and industrial design. This year, they will also talk more about vendors, guides, and material choices to cast your sculptures or model. Room 30CDE

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Art and Illustration | Seminars & Workshops

5:15-6:00 Joss Whedon- After the Dollhouse presentation, stick around for 45 minutes of information and Q&A with Joss Whedon about his upcoming Dark Horse Comics projects! Ballroom 20

Categories:  Comic Books | Writers & Writing

5:15-6:15 Lucasfilm: Star Wars Spectacular- Get all the latest news from the Star Wars universe-including some of Lucasfilm’s most tightly guarded secrets-in an all-new show format! Special guest hosts G4′s Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira grill a galaxy of guests from The Clone Wars and beyond, including supervising director Dave Filoni, plus voice talent from the show and more! See a live table-read of an exclusive new Clone Wars script-leading directly into the series’ second season! Find out about the worldwide Star Wars Concert Tour, the latest Star Wars games from LucasArts, upcoming DVD (and Blu-ray!) releases and more! And become a part of Star Wars history with your own Saga stories and movie memories! It’s an all-new, interactive Star Wars Spectacular! Hall H

Categories:  Animation | Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Kazu Kibuishi- Almost single-handedly revitailizing the comics anthology format with his work as editor of Flight (now in its sixth volume), Comic-Con special guest Kazu Kibuishi also writes and draws his own comics, such as the Amulet series and Daisy Kutter. Kibuishi talks about his work as both creator and editor in this Spotlight panel. Room 3

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Webcomics | Writers & Writing

5:30-6:30 Yen Press- Catch up on the latest news and licensing announcements from your friends at Yen Press-Kurt Hassler (publishing director), JuYoun Lee (senior editor), and Tania Biswas (assistant editor). There are sure to be a few surprises. And swag. Let’s not forget the swag. Room 4

Categories:  Anime & Manga | Comic Books

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: View of the Future- Discover what’s going on at the imprint that birthed The Sandman, Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Fables and more. Wait ’til you hear about what new projects the Vertigo team is going to thrill you with next! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor, Vertigo Karen Berger, group editor Shelly Bond, and senior editor Will Dennis, with Jason Aaron (Scalped), Mike Allred, Mark Buckingham (Fables), Josh Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Peter Gross (Unwritten), Amy Hadley (Madame Xanadu), Jeff Lemire (The Nobody), Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges (House of Mystery), Matt Wagner (Madame Xanadu), Bill Willingham (Fables, House of Mystery), G. Willow Wilson (Air), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Horror and Suspense | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

5:30-6:30 Marvel Digital Comics…and Beyond!- Since its groundbreaking November 2007 debut, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited has been all the Internet rage! It’s the greatest collection of Marvel comics ever assembled online and it’s only getting better. Featuring over 6,000 titles with newly digitized comics added every weekday, the site now features its own line of digital-first exclusive comics. Members of the Marvel Digital Media Group will tell you all about the state of Marvel digital comics, casual games, original streaming video and the future of Marvel’s ever-growing digital endeavors. Room 6DE

Categories:  Comic Books | Webcomics

5:30-6:30 What’s Up with Penguin and DK- Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Jessica Wade (associate editor, Ace/Roc), Mardie Cohen (marketing coordinator, Penguin Young Readers Group), and Jennifer Wendell (marketing manager, DK), give you the dish on forthcoming books from such exciting authors and licensed properties as Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Kristin Cashore, John Flanagan, Richelle Mead, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Halo, LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, Marvel, and many more. Plus, you can expect lots of giveaways, including free advance reading copies! Room 10

Categories:  Comic Books

5:30-6:30 Like WOW! Action Figures Return to the ’80s!- The ’80s are back in a BIG way in the world of toy’s and Action Figures. This year alone has seen the return of Masters of the Universe, Ghostbusters, Marvel’s Secret Wars, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’s 25th Anniversary, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary, Transformers, Flash Gordon, and more! What is it about the properties of the ’80s that still draw collectors? Panelists include Scott Neitlich (Mattel), Dave Vonner (Hasbro), Jason Lenzi (BifBangPow!), Chuck Terceira (Diamond Select Toys), and The Four Horsemen (The Four Horsemen Studios). Moderated by Daniel “JuliusMarx” Pickett of ActionFigureInsider.com. Room 30AB

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Fandom

5:45-7:15 DC Universe Animated Super Powers: Green Lantern: First Flight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies- Get the inside scoop on the next two action-packed entries in the popular series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 films, Green Lantern: First Flight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Hal Jordan’s first full-length adventure, Green Lantern: First Flight, brings together executive producer Bruce Timm (Superman Doomsday), casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (DC Universe films), director Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman), writer Alan Burnett (The Batman), and voice talent Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) and Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to discuss and show film clips from the all-new film set for release on July 28. Then, Timm and Romano will be joined by supervising producer Michael Goguen (Justice League: The New Frontier), director Sam Liu (The Batman), and writer Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier), for the first-ever footage and public discussion of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Kevin Conroy, the undisputed benchmark voice of Batman, joins the panel for his first Comic-Con appearance in six years! Based on the popular Jeff Loeb/Ed McGuinness comic series/graphic novel, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies finds U.S. President Lex Luthor using the oncoming trajectory of a kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his “partner in crime,” Batman. Superheroes and supervillains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite-and recruit super help-to stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the asteroid, and uncover Luthor’s devious plot to take command of far more than North America. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies will be distributed by Warner Home Video in fall 2009. The movie reunites the lead voices from the landmark Superman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series-Conroy, Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) reprise their roles as Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively. Other members of the cast are expected to join the panel, as well. DC Comics senior VP of creative affairs Gregory Noveck moderates. Room 6BCF

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Movies | Superheroes

6:00-7:00 Dead Space Extraction- Glen Schofield, GM of Visceral Games and the creator of the award-winning Dead Space, and Antony Johnston, Dead Space comic writer, will discuss utilizing interactive gaming medium to portray emotion of story in ways that books & film traditionally display. Voice actors from the game discuss their craft and the unique talents required to adapt their presence into Dead Space Extraction. Visceral Games’ executive producer Steve Papoutsis discusses the implementation of story and talent into games and the art of crafting a believable, epic story into this fall’s Wii exclusive Dead Space Extraction. Room 2

Categories:  Games | Horror and Suspense

6:00-7:00 Comics to Film with Michael Uslan- Godfather of the modern comic book film Michael Uslan (Batman, Constantine, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) celebrates the 20th anniversary of his landmark movie Batman (1989) by recounting what it took to make it happen and how the industry has changed since then, advising newcomers how to make their comic book movie dreams come true. Q&A and surprise announcements will cap off the hour. Moderated by Tony Panaccio. Room 7AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Movies | Superheroes

6:00-7:00 Goon, This Is Your Life!- It’s the Goon’s 10th Anniversary, and creator Eric Powell reminisces about the life of the lovable thug with special surprise guests. Come discuss the Goon’s sordid past and his future in the picture shows! That’s right, some folks from Blur Studio will be on hand to talk about the animated Goon film! Room 8

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Movies

6:00-7:00 Simpsons Collectors Group- Simpsons collectors of the world unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise. Collectors from all over the country will be here. Meet the other Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to the names. This gathering-put on by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website-is a great chance to network with other collectors from across the country and share your hobby with others. Room 24A

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Animation | Comic Books | Humor & Satire | Movies | Television

6:00-7:00 Pop Perversity: Parody in Comics and Art- Isabel Samaras (On Tender Hooks), Ron English (Popaganda), and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics)- parodists from the worlds of art and comics-show how their sharp, sly images blur the boundaries between the popular and the profound, the propagandistic and the profane. Parody is a familiar part of our culture, but when done right it can still shock and awe, revealing deep truths while it makes us cackle. Moderated by Colin Berry (On Tender Hooks). Room 32AB

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Humor & Satire

6:15-7:15 TV Guide Magazine: Sci Fi Hot List- TV Guide magazine takes an in-depth look at some of the most buzzed-about new and returning TV series, featuring the hottest talent from in front of the camera and behind the scenes. TV Guide executive editor Craig Tomashoff moderates this panel that offers the inside scoop, along with special surprises. Scheduled participants include Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Scott Peters (executive producer, V), Rebecca Romijn (Eastwick), Kevin Williamson (executive producer, The Vampire Diaries), Scott Wolf (V), John Cho (Flash Forward), Marc Guggenheim (producer, Flash Forward), Allison DuBois (the real person behind Medium), and others. Ballroom 20

Categories:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

6:30-7:30 Four Color Reality: Making Comics Relevant to Readers Across Cultures- Comic book stories have become the core of American pop culture-is there a big-budget spectacular that doesn’t in some fashion owe its existence to comic book roots these days? But sales of traditional-format comic books themselves have been in decline for years. This panel explores one reason for this shrinking market: the divergence between the identities of mainstream comic icons, who are typically straight, white, male, and American, and the demographic makeup of a new generation of readers. How can the comic book industry connect with changing audiences-not just of diverse races and backgrounds, but of different cultural and national origins as well? Moderated by Jeff Yang (editor-in-chief, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology). Panelists include Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Comics, JLA, Ben 10: Alien Force), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile), Stuart Moore (Wolverine: Noir, The 99), and Jai Nitz (Blue Beetle, El Diablo). Room 3

Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

6:30-7:30 Shocker Toys Happy Hour Panel- Geoff Beckett, Lance Buttiglieri, and Bill Roshia (Shocker Toys) take a look at figures and concepts such as Indie Spotlight, Mallows, and Shockinis. True innovators of Indie Spotlight-the first super-posable action figure universe of independent comics-the team of Shocker Toys discuss future line plans, new products, and directions for the Indie Spotlight concept and of course offer some Shocker swag! Room 4

Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Comic Books

6:30-7:30 FEAR Clinic (A FEARnet Original Production)- Don’t miss this panel discussion with actor Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), director Robert Hall (Laid to Rest), and guest moderator Clive Barker. In this series, Dr. Andover (Englund) seeks to cure his patients’ deepest fears with a device that allows them to confront their fear head-on. His extreme method is so effective, it has a 100 percent success rate, at least for all those who live through it. Join the panelists and featured cast and crew live on stage for a sneak peek and Q&A about the highly anticipated series. Room 5AB

Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Television

6:30-7:30 SEGA/Platinum Games: The Making of Bayonetta- Famed director Hideki Kamiya and producer Yusuke Hashimoto provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Bayonetta, a visually unparalleled action game that combines unique visual aesthetics with supernatural combat. In this war between angels and a heat-packing, hair-manipulating witch, it introduces-literally and figuratively-a new breed of video game heroine. Developed by PlatinumGames for SEGA, this is their next big project on the heels of MadWorld, one of the most lauded games for its groundbreaking innovation. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A session with some other surprises in the works. Room 10

Categories:  Animation | Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy

6:30-7:30 Horror Comics into Film- Aintitcool.com’s Mark L. Miller discusses all things horror with the creators behind some of the scariest comics/films: Kevin Grevioux (co-writer/actor of Underworld), Marv Wolfman (creator of Blade), Tim Seely (creator of Hack/Slash), Whitley Strieber (creator of The Nye Incidents), Todd Lincoln (director/producer of The Nye Incidents), Jeff Katz (creator of Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Steven C.Miller (writer/director of Automaton Transfusion), Adam Wingard (Pop Skull), and Ryan Schifrin (creator of Spooks). Room 30AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Horror and Suspense | Movies

6:30-7:30 Digital Painting Seminar- Patrick McEvoy (Starkweather: Immortal) demonstrate the art of digital painting with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Using examples from his work on the Marvel Style guide, a panel from Archaia’s Starkweather, and a cover from BOOM! Studios’ Fall of Cthulhu, Patrick will step through various techniques, starting from pencils and working up to a final rendering. Learn how to bring a fully painted look to your digital artwork! Room 30CDE

Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops | Webcomics


6:30-7:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries- A discussion with iconic filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Peter Jackson (District 9) on the Future of Film-EW moderates an in-depth conversation with these two cinematic giants about the art of film narrative and how technology and global culture will alter the art of on-screen storytelling in the next 20 years. Hall H

Categories:  Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Nighttime Programs

7:15-8:15 RiffTrax Live- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) perform a live, hilarious riff to a classic short! The panel is hosted by Veronica Belmont (host of Tekzilla on Revision3 and Qore on the PlayStation Network). Join the gang for fun, laughs, and the latest news from RiffTrax.com, the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows, and vintage shorts! At RiffTrax.com they don’t make movies, they make them funny! Room 6DE

Categories:  Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Movies | Nighttime Programming | Science Fiction & Fantasy

7:15-9:15 The Totally Rad Show Live!- Hosts Alex Albrecht (Diggnation), Dan Trachtenberg, and Jeff Cannata bring their Webby and Podcast Award-winning geek culture show back to Comic-Con for a live performance. Join the guys for an explosion of movie, video game, TV, and comic book news and reviews, and see what makes this Revision3 show such an Internet phenomenon. Room 7AB

Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Games | Movies | Nighttime Programming | Television

7:30-9:30 The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the Changing Face of Comics- The Cartoonist, a new feature-length documentary, tells the inspiring story of Jeff Smith’s creation of the epic comic book Bone, hailed by critics as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. Fellow cartoonists Scott McCloud, Colleen Doran, Harvey Pekar, Paul Pope and Terry Moore, as well as friends, associates, experts, and Jeff himself, share their stories of this worldwide phenomenon that began in small comics hobby shops and is now found in bookstores, schools, libraries, and the homes of millions of adults and children in 25 countries. In addition to discussing Jeff’s early years, influences and philosophies, the film provides a look at a unique industry and artform that continues to evolve as its audience expands. Ken Mills and Mike Meyer, producers of the documentary, will be present to introduce the film and answer questions. Room 5AB

Categories:  Comic Books | Movies | Nighttime Programming

7:30-8:45 Stan Helsing- Clips, interviews and Q&A with filmmaker Bo Zenga (Scary Movie) and stars Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Diora Baird (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Steve Howey (Reba), and Desi Lydic (The Real Wedding Crashers). Anchor Bay’s Stan Helsing horror spoof features parodies of the six greatest movie monsters of all time: Freddy/Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason/Friday the 13th, Leatherface/The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pinhead/Hellraiser, Chucky/Childs Play, and Michael Myers/Halloween. Room 6BCF

Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Movies | Nighttime Programming

7:45-8:45 Klingon Lifestyles Presentation- This latest mission of the IKV Stranglehold finds the crew giving assistance to the IKRV Hurgh Hap on a First Contact Mission, but problems from the planet’s inhabitants and an agent from Klingon Imperial Intelligence complicate matters. How will the crew handle this situation and still keep their honor? All species are welcome to experience the ongoing voyage and adventure of life aboard a Klingon vessel. Room 6A

Categories:  Fandom | Movies | Nighttime Programming | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

8:30-10:30 Syfy Screening- Warehouse 13 and Eureka air every week on Syfy, but only Comic Con fans can see them on the big screen. Join Syfy for an exclusive screening of the next all new episodes of the summer’s two hottest series along with best of clips from Ghost Hunters. Room 6DE

Categories:  Humor & Satire | Nighttime Programming | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

8:30-10:00 Star Wars Fan Movie Awards- The Star Wars Fan Movie Award Ceremony at Comic-Con International is always entertaining, and often studded with surprises. Each year the top prize, the George Lucas Selects Award, is chosen by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas, and finalists wait with anticipation to learn who will win industry and audience recognition and the coveted Star Wars-themed trophies. The Movie Challenge, sponsored by Lucasfilm and Atom.com, is in its eighth year. Don’t miss the most entertaining Star Wars fan-made movies out there! Ballroom 20

Categories:  Awards Ceremonies | Fandom | Movies | Nighttime Programming | Science Fiction & Fantasy

8:30-11:00 Darksiders Presents: The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards- The 21st annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out at a gala ceremony at a brand-new location: the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. This year’s special them is “Comics and All That Jazz.” Presenters include writer/actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, Balls of Fury), acclaimed comics creators Jeff Smith and Terry Moore, actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, actor/musician/writer Bill Mumy, actress/musician Jane Wiedlin, and G4′s Blair Butler, with many more to be announced. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, and the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees-just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pro and VIP seating at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

Categories:  Awards Ceremonies | Comic Books

9:00-11:30 Angel of Death Premiere Screening and Q&A Session- Comic book superstar Ed Brubaker (Captain America), actress and stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Death Proof), actors Doug Jones (Quarantine), and Ted Raimi (Spider-Man 3), director Paul Etheredge (Buried Alive), and producer John Norris appear for a panel and Q&A session, followed by an exclusive screening of the thrilling uncut feature-length version of the film marking the DVD release of the groundbreaking digital online series! Room 6A

Categories:  Movies | Nighttime Programming | Science Fiction & Fantasy

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever- Animation historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) returns with an all new program of some of the worst cartoons ever made, including the Phys Ed super-hero Mighty Mr. Titan, space cadet Johnny Cypher and that crimefighting commander-in-chief, Super President. Have a ball with the best/bad animation ever! Room 6BCF

Categories:  Animation | Fandom | Movies | Nighttime Programming | Television

9:30-10:30 The Blood Factory- This screening and Q&A with The Blood Factory creators features Danny DeVito (actor/director/producer), Tracey Walter (Batman, City Slickers), John Albo (screenwriter), Nick Bonamy (production designer), and Tkay Garcia (website creative director). Learn how they bring tales of horror and menace to life. All Comic-Con attendees are invited to participate. This will be a haunting experience-chilling-not easily forgotten. Room 7AB

Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Movies | Nighttime Programming

10:00-12:00 Spike and Mike Double Feature- Spike of Spike and Mike announces a whole new dimension of his Animation Film Festival. Spike is bringing a rebooted festival to Comic-Con this year. This is not your 20th Century Festival but a whole New Generation Animation. Getting back to the roots of the original Spike and Mike’s Animation Festival, this show offers sophisticated humor, innovative and brilliant films including award-winning films, and new outstanding student shorts. But don’t think that you party animals will be left out-after the highbrow part of the show it goes straight into lowbrow territory with some of the Sickest and Twistedest films yet. New Generation Animation begins at 10:00, followed by Sick & Twisted starting around 11:15. Room 6BCF

Categories:  Animation | Movies | Nighttime Programming




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