Saturday, July 21, 2007

Comic-Con 2007 Countdown Part 2

Yesterday we looked at some gems from Thursday's programming, today we focus on Friday, July 27. For the full schedule, click here.

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation— Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and find out how to improve your chances at becoming a working professional. Remember, diversity is the key with DC: DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, Mad Magazine, Minx, and more! This informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory, keep in mind that not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 4 Categories: Comic Books Seminars & Workshops

10:30-11:30 Image Comics: The Founders— Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino reunite for Image's remarkable 15th anniversary. Join the conversation as they explore Image Comics' beginnings, impact, and future in the comics industry. Moderated by George Khoury (author of Image Comics: The Road to Independence from TwoMorrows Publishing). Room 6A Categories: Comic Books

10:30-11:30 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles— Will there be a sequel to the Shadow Chronicles? Will there be more Robotech comics? Will there be Shadow Chronicles merchandise? Will there be a special edition DVD? Find the answers to these questions here! Room 6B Categories:
Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles Anime & Manga

10:30-11:30 Pixar Animation Studios' Short Films Collection: Volume 1— Join three of Disney•Pixar's most talented filmmakers, Ralph Eggelston, Oscar-winning director of For the Birds, Andrew Jimenez, Oscar- nominated co-director of One Man Band, and Katherine Sarafian, producer of Pixar's newest animated Oscar-nominated short Lifted, for a discussion about the Studio's acclaimed short films. Q&A session to follow. Room 6CDEF Categories:
Animation Kids Movies

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero— Superheroes were created by Jews. Is that significant, or a complete coincidence and no big deal? In a reading from his provocative new Continuum book, Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero, longtime Spider-Man editor and author of Superman on the Couch Danny Fingeroth explores the backgrounds of the young, largely Jewish men from Eastern European backgrounds who created the most well-known superheroes. Fingeroth will discuss how the creators' Jewish backgrounds may have helped make superheroes the most familiar popular culture icons of all—on TV, in movies, and in electronic media, as well as in comics. Room 30AB Categories: Comic Arts Conference Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School® 101: Let's Start at the Beginning— A very good place to start learning how to protect your intellectual property rights, that is. Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book (soon to be an expanded graphic novel). This first workshop will cover the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, characters, and their names from the point of creation forward. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, then have the opportunity to work together in developing a game plan to protect a new comic book series proposal in preparation of shopping the proposal to publishers. Plus, discussions about recent legal decisions affecting the field of popular culture and how these issues play an important role in your creative and business plans. And along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Room 30CDE Categories:
Comic Books Comics Law School Seminars & Workshops

10:30-12:00 Warner Bros.— Warner Bros. presents a sneak peek at some of its upcoming major film releases!
The Invasion is a nightmarish journey into a world where the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. The mysterious crash of the space shuttle leads to the terrifying discovery that there is something alien within the wreckage. Those who come in contact with it are changing in ominous and inexplicable ways. Producer Joel Silver appears in person.In the supernatural thriller One Missed Call, people receive terrifying cell phone messages of their own final fatal moments. Stars Edward Burns and Shannyn Sossamon will be on stage to introduce film footage and answer questions. In Whiteout, Kate Beckinsale stars as Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, whose investigation of the continent's first murder draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer. Star Kate Beckinsale appears in-person. In the all-new action comedy Get Smart, Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was originally published by DC comics as a 12-issue comic book series between 1986 and 1987, before subsequently being collected into a trade paperback. It is the only graphic novel to win the prestigious Hugo Award or to be named among Time magazine's "100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present." Director Zack Snyder will appear in-person to discuss the upcoming film and answer questions.
Hall H Categories:
Comic Books Horror and Suspense Movies Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:00-12:00 She/He Who Understands History Gets to Rewrite It— Authors discuss how an appreciation of world history and modern events as well as mythology influences and colors their worlds of fantasy, science fiction, and alternate realities. Panelists Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Legacy series), David Anthony Durham (Acacia: Book One: The War with the Mein ), David Keck (In the Eye of Heaven), Harry Turtledove ( Settling Accounts: In at the Death), Peter David (Darkness of the Light), R.A. Salvatore (The Ancient), and Mel Odom (Quest for the Trilogy) adapt and build on world events for their own purposes. Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy moderates. Room 8 Categories:
Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:00-12:00 Reaper: Exclusive Pilot Screening— Be among the first to see this special version of the Reaper pilot directed by Kevin Smith, introduced by Missy Peregrym (Heroes). For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Bret Harrison, Grounded For Life, The Loop) has wondered why his parents went so easy on his slacker ways—until the day Sam turns 21 and discovers the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: They sold his soul to the devil before he was even born. Satan himself (Ray Wise, 24) drops by to personally explain that Sam must now serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and returning them to Hell. Bolstered by his love for co-worker Andi (Missy Peregrym) and with the goofball help of his friends and fellow slackers, Bert “Sock” Wysocki (Tyler Labine, Boston Legal, Invasion) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez, Coach Carter), Sam faces his destiny as the Reaper. Ballroom 20 Categories:
Horror and Suspense Science Fiction & Fantasy Television

11:30-12:30 IDW Publishing— What's coming up for IDW in '07 and '08? Find out in this informative panel that will features big announcements, big guests (Cory Doctorow, Mike Baron, and Brian Lynch, among others), discussions of upcoming Angel, 30 Days of Night, and Transformers, and more, all presided over by IDW publisher Chris Ryall. Room 4 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on
Paul Dini— From introducing Batman to a new generation of fans with the now-classic Batman: The Animated Series to the resurrection of tabloid-sized comics with Alex Ross, and from Detective Comics to the current classic-in-the-making Countdown, there is no doubt that Paul Dini is one of the modern masters of superhero storytelling. Joined by DC's senior VP/executive editor DCU, Dan DiDio, this is one Spotlight that is sure to thrill! Room 5AB Categories: Animation Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Science Fiction & Fantasy Television

11:45-12:45 Marvel Comics: Cup O’ Joe— Join the EEK himself, Joe Quesada, as he unveils what's in store for all your favorite Marvel characters and creators, makes some surprising announcements, and takes on any and all questions! As always, this is the one, no-holds barred panel that everyone's gonna be talking about, and the one panel you don't want to miss! Room 6CDEF Categories: Comic Books

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on
Allen Bellman— Having started out doing backgrounds for Captain America in the 1940s, Allen Bellman went on to work on a number of other Timely Golden Age series, including Sub-Mariner and Human Torch. In the 1950s he worked with the legendary Charles Biro and Bob Wood and Lev Gleason Publications, before leaving comics for the newspaper world. Meet one of the unsung heroes of the Golden Age of Comics as Mark Evanier talks to Bellman about his career in comics. This is Mr. Bellman's first appearance as a Comic-Con special guest. Room 8 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

12:00-1:30 Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels— Some of the biggest names in comics will teach you what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. This year’s star-studded faculty panel includes Peter David (She-Hulk, X-Factor), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Wyrms), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Nguyen (Batman, Justice League Elite) 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:
Comic Books Science Fiction & Fantasy Seminars & Workshops

12:30-1:30 Star Wars Day: LucasArts— Celebrate 25 of LucasArts videogames and learn about the past, present, and future by attending this panel with key LucasArts producers. See what LucasArts has in store, then ask your own questions in a Q&A session. Room 1AB Categories: Fandom Gaming Science Fiction & Fantasy

12:30-1:30 Terry Moore: SIP RIP— Last month Terry Moore brought his Eisner Award–winning series Strangers in Paradise to an end with issue 90 and closed a chapter in comic book history. Now readers in 11 languages around the world are scrambling to read the conclusion to this epic series as the final trade paperbacks, pocketbooks, and hardcovers hit the market. So what now? If you think the cartoonist plans to retire and polish his many awards, think again! Find out what's next when Terry reveals his plans for the future and his next series! Room 3 Categories: Comic Books

12:30-1:30 Alter Ego Magazine— Started by Jerry Bails in the early 1960s, Alter Ego was taken to new heights as the top fanzine of its time Roy Thomas. Roy resurrected the publication in the 1990s as a slick magazine on comics of the Golden and Silver Ages, and its celebrating its 70th issue this month from TwoMorrows Publishing. Roy will be on hand to moderate a lively discussion of Alter Ego's past, present, and future, featuring regular columnist Bill Schelly and Fawcett Collectors of America (FCA) editor P. C. Hamerlinck, plus a surprise guest or two! Room 4 Categories:
Comic Books

12:30-1:30 Vertigo: I Am Legend— Top sf/comic book writers and artists Orson Scott Card, Richard Christian Matheson, Mark Protosevich, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Levy, and Jason Chan unveil and discuss their contributions to the I Am Legend–inspired comic book, as well as master sf author Richard Matheson's enduring influence. The limited-edition comic will be available at the panel and at designated times in the DC Comics booth. Room 5AB Categories: Comic Books Science Fiction & Fantasy

1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Of Supermen and Kids with Dreams: The Secret Origins of Superman— Thomas Andrae (California State University, East Bay) traces the evolution of the concept of the superman and his transformation from a menace to a messianic hero. He looks at the emergence of the idea of the superman in the philosophies of Nietzsche and H. G. Wells and their critique in science fiction literature. Andrae discuss Jerry Siegel’s radical break with this tradition and the sources for his creation of Superman, including his first (unknown) superhero, the fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the pulps, and films of the twenties and thirties. Last, he discusses Siegel and Shuster’s unpublished Superman work and its importance in revising our understanding of the Superman mythos. Room 30AB Categories: Comic Arts Conference Comic Books

1:30-2:30 Kill Your Darlings— Writers of mystery and suspense discuss the satisfaction in (fictionally) killing victims who provide the world with a wealth of suspects and alibis through their daily behavior. Try not to draw the authors' attention as F. Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack novels), David Morrell (Captain America: The Chosen), Max Allan Collins (A Killing in Comics), Richard Morgan (TH1TRE3N), Josh Conviser (Echelon), Joe Schreiber (Chasing the Dead), and Elizabeth Forrest (At Twilight's Fall) plan their next victims. Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 4 Categories: Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Horror and Suspense

1:30-2:30 The Image Comics Show— Your friend and ours Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Show) hosts a panel featuring all your favorite Image Comics superstars! See what Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Matt Fraction (Casanova), Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon), Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon), and Jay Fotos (Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer) have planned for the future of creator-owned comics. Learn what gives them the drive to pour their energies into their own creations. You may get inspired to do some of your very own! Plus, some startling announcements and previews from many Image favorites! Room 5AB Categories:
Comic Books

1:30-2:30 24— For the first time ever, the producers of the worldwide Fox phenomenon 24 come to Comic-Con for a discussion and Q&A about the hit series that rewrote the rules of television storytelling. Will Jack Bauer survive another harrowing day? Only executive producers Evan Katz, Manny Coto, David Fury, and Jon Cassar, director, know for sure, and with any luck they’ll divulge that and a lot more about how they intend to reinvent the Emmy Award–winning drama in its upcoming seventh season. Room 6B Categories:
Horror and Suspense Television

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on
Jaime Hernandez/Love and Rockets’ 25th— Chat with Jaime Hernandez about his beloved comic book series Love and Rockets, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth engages Jaime in a discussion (and audience Q&A) about L&R, Jaime's characters Maggie & Hopey (hailed as two of the great women characters in comics history) as well as other work, including his recent graphic novella, Maggie La Loca, serialized earlier this year in The New York Times Magazine. And what's going on with that long- discussed Love & Rockets movie?! Room 10 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:30-2:30 The Comic Art Prof Show: How to Create Successful Comics Page Layouts— Young comics artists focus on learning to draw. Great comic artists master the page. Good page design brings clarity, rhythm, accent, and life to your comics. Starting with the basics, such as balloons placement and panel shapes, and stepping up to more advanced layout concepts, such as pacing and style, The Comic Art Prof (aka Christian Hill, professor of illustration and sequential art at Cal State Fullerton) will show you the processes professionals use in mainstream and alternative comics, manga, and Eurocomics to lay out impeccable and unforgettable pages. Room 30CDE Categories: Anime & Manga Art and Illustration Comic Books Seminars & Workshops Webcomics

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on
Neil Gaiman— One of Comic-Con's most popular guests returns to spend his weekend with you. Neil Gaiman talks about this busy year, including upcoming films Beowulf, Coraline, and Stardust (set to premiere Comic-Con weekend in L.A.), that little ditty called Death looming on the horizon, and tons of other great stuff he has in the works. Read our extended interview with Neil Gaiman. Room 6CDEF Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Horror and Suspense Movies Science Fiction & Fantasy Television

2:00-3:00 Marvel in the 60s and 70s— The Marvel Age of Comics was a magical time for both the people who created the books and fans who read them.
Mark Evanier talks to Roy Thomas (Avengers, Conan), Gary Friedrich (Sgt. Fury, Ghost Rider), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury, Fantastic Four), Mike Ploog (Ghost Rider, Monster of Frankenstein), and Magazine Management's David George, about that magical Marvelous era. Room 8 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Storytelling and Visual Language— Neil Cohn (Tufts University) reports the findings of a psychology experiment showing that readers navigate comic layouts by using systematic rules that rely on subtle cues of panel sizes and relationships while often defying the stereotypical Z-path, "left-to-right and down." Durwin S. Talon (Indiana University, IUPUI) explores the techniques of color theory to immerse the reader within a graphic narrative via changing emotion, clarifying detail, setting mood, creating environment, and defining character. Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) traces Vaughn Bode’s creation of a catalytic gestalt of the comics form by examining the influence of cartoonists and writers as disparate as Harvey Kurtzman, Alex Raymond, e.e. cummings, and James Joyce on Vaughn’s work. Room 30AB Categories:
Comic Arts Conference Comic Books
2:15-3:15 Halo Universe— The
Eisner Award–winning team of Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers) and Alex Maleev (Daredevil), as well as their Halo editor Ruwan Jayatilleke (Marvel's VP of development), give an inside scoop on Halo: Uprising, the comics miniseries, which occurs between the blockbuster video game Halo 2 and the highly anticipated Halo 3. Joining them for a Q&A session is best-selling author Eric Nylund (Ghosts of Onyx). Plus, Mark Tuttle (WizKids brand manager for Halo ActionClix) will give be on hand to discuss the Collectible Miniature Game, and John Williams (Topps creative director) will preview the Halo trading cards. Room 6A Categories: Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles Comic Books Gaming

2:30-3:30 Dark Horse Comics— Be on hand for a special retrospective on Dark Horse Presents, the anthology series that started it all. Publisher Mike Richardson and editor Randy Stradley, along with a cast of creators, invite you to join them for a special trip down memory lane of who, what, when, where, and why. If that's not reason enough, make sure to stop by for an announcement so big, it will literally shake the foundations of the San Diego Convention Center! Room 1AB Categories: Comic Books

2:30-3:30 Legacy of Will Eisner— Even after his death, Will Eisner's legacy continues with the same intensity that marked his long and remarkable career. A major motion picture adaptation of The Spirit, new Spirit comic books and archival collections from DC Comics, new collections of Eisner's influential graphic novels from W. W. Norton, theatrical adaptations, art exhibitions and a never-before-published textbook are among the many projects in the works. Discussing this wide range of activity are Will's widow Ann Eisner, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics's Will Eisner's The Spirit), and movie producers Michael Uslan and Deborah Del Prete. Moderated by Eisner's long-time publisher and art and literary agent Denis Kitchen. Room 4 Categories: Cartooning and Comic Strips Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Movies

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Gilbert Hernandez/Love and Rockets’ 25th— In this 25th anniversary year of the legendary independent comic book Love and Rockets, co-creator Gilbert Hernandez sits down with his longtime publisher, Fantagraphics' Gary Groth, for a frank discussion of Beto's work and his opinions about comics, touching on his recent Vertigo graphic novel, Sloth, his forthcoming Dark Horse miniseries, and the just released Chance in Hell from Fantagraphics. Ask your own questions in an audience Q&A. Room 10 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel— Her autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic took both the comics and mainstream book worlds by storm late last year. Comic-Con special guest Alison Bechdel and Fun Home have been nominated for three 2007 Eisner Awards: Best Reality-Based Work, Best Graphic Album–New, and Best Writer/Artist. Alison talks about what's next for her and, of course, her Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip and collections, in this visual presentation. Room 1AB Categories: Cartooning and Comic Strips Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:15-5:45 The Jim Henson Company: The Skrumps, Puppet Up! Uncensored, and More— Join co-CEOs Brian Henson (Farscape) and Lisa Henson (MirrorMask) along with Halle Stanford (Muppets Tonight), Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), and John Chandler (creator, The Skrumps) to learn about the Henson Company’s newest gang of characters, The Skrumps, and see a live demonstration of the revolutionary technology that brings this animated troupe to life. Also featured will be a live performance of a sketch from the company’s stage show Puppet Up! Uncensored. Special guest performers Patrick Bristow (The Groundlings), Julianne Buescher (Puppet Up!), and Michelan Sisti (Dinosaurs). Ballroom 20 Categories: Kids Movies Science Fiction & Fantasy Television

4:30-5:30 Demons, Devils, and Evil Dictators— Come on, villains are the best. Devising new and unique demons and devils is one of the best parts of a fantasy writer's job. Learn about some of the participants' favorite villains and what inspires their own evil imaginings. Watch authors Jon Lewis and Derek Benz (Grey Griffins series), Holly Black (Spiderwick, Ironside), DJ MacHale ( Pendragon: Pilgrims of Rayne), James Owen (Here, There Be Dragons), Frank Beddor ( Looking Glass Wars), Laini Taylor (Fairies of Dreamdark), Rebecca Moesta ( Crystal Doors #2: Ocean Realm), Nancy Holder (The Rose Bride), and William Boniface (The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy) rub their hands and cackle gleefully. Room 1AB Categories:
Horror and Suspense Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:30-6:00 So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer— You do, don't you? You have that dream of opening a great comic book specialty store, right? Then this is the one panel at this year's Comic-Con you can't afford to miss! This is also the only retailer-specific panel open to the general public at Comic-Con! The panel is moderated by ComicsPRO President Joe Field from Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff (Concord CA) and includes retailers Joe Ferrara from Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz CA), Nancy Trempe from Comics Unlimited (Westminster CA), and Derrick Taylor from Comic Oasis (Las Vegas NV). Also featured is Dave Hawksworth from Diamond Comic Distributors, who has probably seen more comic book stores than anyone alive! An essential part of ComicsPRO's mission is to grow the number of professional stores in the Direct Market, and the response to this panel over the last few years has been a good start. This is your chance to hear the "Comic Retailer Origin Stories" of the panelists and to ask the questions that will help you get your career in comics' retailing off the ground. Successful futures in comic book retailing start here!
If you're already a retailer, click here for our complete track of programming for retailers only! Room 2 Categories: Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles Comic Books Retailer Programming Seminars & Workshops

4:30-5:30 New Voices in Graphic Novels— The medium is exploding with new opportunities and new creative talent. Six graphic novel creators who have published their first books in the past year—Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own), Leland Myrick (Missouri Boy), George O'Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), David Peterson (Mouse Guard), Christian Slade (Korgi), and Jamie Tanner (The Aviary)—talk about their inspirations and about the place their books have in the changing graphic novel market. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publisher's Weekly). Room 4 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:30-5:30 Vertigo: Looking Over the Edge— Vertigo is a name that you have come to trust to deliver smart, provocative, and consistent quality books Be here to find out what's in store for your favorite Vertigo titles as well as some major new projects that will be announced for the first time! Hosted by senior VP/executive editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, with group editor Shelly Bond, editors Will Dennis and Jonathan Vankin, and creators Jason Aaron (Scalped), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Loveless), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Mike Carey (Crossing Midnight, Lucifer), Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing), David Lapham (Silverfish), Simon Oliver (The Exterminators), Matt Wagner (Sandman Mystery Theatre), Steven T. Seagle (American Virgin), G. Willow Wilson (Cairo), Bill Willingham (Fables, Jack of Fables),
Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Horror and Suspense Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:30-5:30 Center for Cartoon Studies: How to Dramatically Improve Your Comics— Whether you are applying for a job at Marvel, are seeking a Xeric Grant to self- publish, submitting work to Drawn and Quarterly, or applying to the Center for Cartoon Studies, Tom Devlin and James Sturm from The Center for Cartoon Studies will give you ten simple ways to drastically, dramatically, and definitively improve your comics. They will offer one-on-one portfolio reviews for the final 30 minutes. Don't miss this rare opportunity! Room 24A Categories: Comic Books Seminars & Workshops

4:45-5:45 The Boondocks— A sneak preview from the show’s highly anticipated second season. Join creator Aaron McGruder and various members of the show’s crew to hear about what’s in store for viewers this fall. Room 6A Categories:
Animation Television

5:00-6:00 Star Wars at 30 Years with Steve Sansweet— This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, and its indelible influence on popular culture. We’ve got 30 years of great memories thanks to the galaxy far, far away, but there are also great things to come, too. Join Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet for a little Star Wars nostalgia, a review of the 30th anniversary year so far, and a look at what’s new and what’s coming for Star Wars. Hall H Categories: Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles Comic Books Fandom Gaming Movies Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:30-6:30 Top Cow— Marc Silvestri (Civil War: The Initiative), Seth Green (RobotChicken), Hugh Sterbakov (Freshmen), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Stjepan Sejic (First Born), Matt Hawkins (president of Top Cow), Rob Levin (VP of editorial) and some special guests join moderator Filip Sablik (VP of marketing and sales) to discuss Top Cow's publishing plans for the rest of 2007 and explain why 2008 will be “The Year of The Cow!” Find out what “Pilot Season” is all about and what Top Cow has in store for the coming year! Plus every attendee will receive a free exclusive mini-lithograph. Room 1AB Categories:
Comic Books

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Ben Templesmith— His evocative and downright scary art helped catapult 30 Days of Night into the major hit stratosphere. Now the vampire series is about to become a major motion picture, and the film's director, David Slade (Hard Candy), will interview Comic-Con special guest Ben Templesmith about his work. Templesmith, who has gone on to become one of comics' hottest young artists, will talk about his career and art with Slade, with special emphasis on those 30 Days that put him on the map. Room 2 Categories: Comic Books Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Horror and Suspense Movies

6:00-7:00 Lost in Translation— Lately foreign comics, especially manga, have topped the bookstore graphic-novel sales charts. And in other media as well, foreign entertainment has been making a big push. See long-time translators, editors, and industry people answer questions and discuss the trials and triumphs of being in this exciting area of the media industry! Panelists include William Flanagan (Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle), Jonathan Tarbox (Angel Sanctuary), Jake Forbes (Fullmetal Alchemist), Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide), Shaenon Garrity (Overlooked Manga Festival blog), and Stephen Paul (Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad)! Room 3 Categories:
Anime & Manga Comic Books

6:00-7:00 DC Nation— Come one, come all, rise up and join the DC Nation! Meet Dan DiDio, senior VP/executive editor DCU, as he invites you to be part of the revolution Discuss surviving 52, living in a multiverse guarded by Monitors, and trying to discover the secret of the cosmic chess game as the DCU counts down. Rise up and shout—The Nation is waiting! Room 6A Categories:
Comic Books

6:00-7:00 Babylon 5: The Lost Tales— Created by J. Michael Straczynski in 1993, Babylon 5 became an sf cult fan favorite and a top rated show. Now in 2007, you are being taken to 2271 A.D. for Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, a made-for-video movie. See footage from the movie, with a panel to follow. Panelists include writer/director/executive producer J. Michael Straczynski and members from the original cast, including Bruce Boxleitner (President John Sheridan), Tracy Scoggins (Captain Elizabeth Lochley), and Peter Woodward (Galen) as well as executive producer Douglas Netter and producer Samm Barnes. Room 6CDEF Categories: Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances Movies Science Fiction & Fantasy Television

6:15-7:15 Kevin Smith— He’s back, and this time not even traffic can stop him! Comic-Con favorite Kevin Smith holds court in another of his no-holds-barred Q&A sessions, talking about just anything he damn well pleases. Hall H Categories: Comic Books Fandom Movies

6:30-7:30 Star Wars Day: Star Wars Trivia— Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of great Star Wars trivia game shows at Comic-Con International in 2004, 2005, and 2006, are planning another trivia challenge for all fans who think they know their stuff about the galaxy far, far away. Room 1AB Categories:
Fandom Movies Science Fiction & Fantasy

6:30-7:30 Simpsons Fan Group Meeting— 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. This gathering is sponsored by the staff of the website. Collectors from all over the country will be here. Meet the other Simpsons collectors that you see on the message boards and put faces to the names. This gathering 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 Fandom Movies Television

Nighttime Programs
7:15-9:00 Doctor Strange World Premiere Screening and Panel— Lionsgate and Marvel Studios present the world premiere of the newest Marvel Animated Feature, Doctor Strange, with a film screening and Q&A panel featuring Marvel’s senior VP of creative development animation Craig Kyle, plus members of the cast and production team. Room 6CDEF Categories:
Animation Comic Books Movies Nighttime Programming

7:30-8:30 Klingon Lifestyle Presentation— Last year the IKV Stranglehold lost a valued member of the crew after a traitorous act. Their current mission forces them to travel a path few return from to regain what they lost. All species are welcome to experience the ongoing voyage and adventure of life aboard a Klingon vessel. Room 6A Categories:
Costuming Fandom Nighttime Programming Science Fiction & Fantasy

8:15-10:15 SCI FI Friday Night: Eureka and Superhero Screenings— Don’t get SCI FI in your hotel room? Come to a commercial-free screening of Eureka and Who Wants to Be a Superhero! Come dressed as your favorite superhero! Colin Ferguson, star of Eureka, will open up the evening’s festivities. Catch up on Thursday’s premiere of Superhero and watch an all-new episode of Eureka before it airs on SCI FI. The first 1,000 attendees will receive Feedback’s Dark Horse comic book! Room 6B Categories:
Fandom Nighttime Programming Science Fiction & Fantasy Television

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards— The 19th annual Eisner Awards, the "Oscars" of the comics industry, will be given out by celebrity presenters, including Reno 911's Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, comedian Brian Posehn, cartoon voice actor Maurice LeMarche, British TV celebrity Jonathan Ross, and author Neil Gaiman. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics' Bill Morrison, who will be aided by the Go-Gos' Jane Wiedlen. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic- Con attendees—just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Click for full details on the Eisners. Ballroom 20 Categories: Awards Ceremonies Comic Books Nighttime Programming

9:00-11:00 The Dead One: An American Legend—El Muerto Screening— On his way to a Day of the Dead celebration, Diego de la Muerte is taken by the Aztec forces of darkness in order to fulfill their evil prophecy. Now, trying to protect those he loves, he must struggle against the god of death that created him. Based on the comic created by Javier Hernandez (creator of comic book). Javier, Tony Plana (star), and Larry Rattner (producer) join members of the cast for a Q&A after the screening. Room 6A Categories:
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9:15-10:15 Worst Cartoons Ever!— Animation historian Jerry Beck (
Cartoon is back with another hilarious program of the worst cartoons ever made. And he should know, he's seen ’em all! The program consists of rare, lost animated shows—most produced for TV in the 1960s—that are not on video, not on YouTube, not shown anywhere, and now you'll know why. New episodes of audience favorites Mighty Mr. Titan (the physical fitness superhero), Rocket Robin Hood (a spandex-clad space cadet), and Super President (a nuclear-powered weapon of mass destruction) are joined by debut showings of Moon Mullins (a desecration of a classic comic strip), Sinbad Jr. (a sea sick superman), and another chapter of Spunky & Tadpole (a boy and his brain-damaged bear). It's crap-tastic! Room 6CDEF Categories: Animation Nighttime Programming

10:15-12:15 Spike and Mike: The Gauntlet— Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Gauntlet Screening is a yearly tradition at Comic-Con, the place where they screen most of the new material they’ve receive throughout the year. The audience votes via applause, and their reaction is the deciding factor of whether they keep playing it or whether it will make it into the next world tour. “Gift Girl” gives out prizes for whatever Spike deems a good reason. Can you survive “The Gauntlet”? Room 6CDEF Categories:
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