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06:41 pm - Comic-Con Coordination Confabulation Consternation!
Attention, all Comic-Con attendees! If you are going to be at Comic-Con, consider this a PLANNING PARTY POST! When will you be there? Where will you be? What panels are you seeing? And how in the hell are we going to meet up?

Below is my tentative schedule, subject to change. I will be hanging with gymble and miniglik most of the time, but they have given me permission to ditch if our interests differ. Panels in red are highest priority, and panels in green are ones I really want to go to, and non-colored panels are ones it'd be cool to make but I won't be too sad if I don't. I have quite a few conflicts that need to be resolved already. And I don't know when all the press rooms and signings are, so there could be even more conflicts in store. Hell, there are various panels here and there that I can't even consider because I'm going to have enough trouble juggling the ones I'm actively interested in. If you're interested in a panel I'm also interested in, let me know, and I will stick your name there so I know where to find you. And then we need to exchange numbers for the calling and the texting and the aaaahhh.

If you have not already, check out Seanan's Guide to Surviving Comic-Con. Let's all try to make it out alive and sufficiently awesomed.

(Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 3:12 PM)

WEDNESDAY

Preview Night is scheduled from 6 to 9, but I don't know when the Exhibit Hall opens, and I don't know exactly when we'll get into town. I'll be using the evening to do floor stuff since I will be busy the rest of the weekend. This would be a good time to meet up, maybe, if you scored a four-day pass! (smoo_nyc, roxybisquaint)

6:00-8:00 Signing with Guild cast— Zaboo! Vork! Clara! Tink! Bladezzz! Exhibit Hall, Booth #4417

THURSDAY

10:00-12:00 Signing with Julie Benz— Rita/Darla! Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Earth Booth #2343

10:00-11:00 Escapist Fantasy— What are the pluses and perils of adding magic and monsters to our world? Panelists Juliet Blackwell (Second Hand Spirits), Marjorie Liu (Darkness Calls), Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge (co-authors, Black & White), Diana Rowland (Mark of the Demon), Sina Grace (Cedric Hollows In Dial "M" For Magic), Seanan McGuire (Rosemary & Rue), and Harry Connolly (Child of Fire) weigh in on the options. Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy. Room 10 (raelee)

I will likely be skipping this panel to ensure a good seat for the Middleman panel, but I encourage anyone else to go see my friend seanan_mcguire! She will be a hoot, I promise.

11:15-12:15 The Middleman Cast Reunion and Lost Episode Table Read— Creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) and the complete cast—including Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Brit Morgan, Mary Pat Gleason, Jake Smollett, Mark Sheppard, Brendan Hines, Sarah Watson, Jordan Rosenberg, Margaret Dunlap, and Andy Reaser—reunite to celebrate the DVD release of The Middleman: The Complete Series from Shout! Factory, with an exclusive table read of the lost 13th episode, The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, which was never produced for television but is now available as a graphic novel from Viper Comics. Room 6A (dahliam, raelee, tibicina)

Maybe I can ask Javi what it means when a vampire offers you soup.

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bryan Lee O'Malley— Comic-Con special guest Bryan Lee O'Malley (winner of the Doug Wright, Joe Shuster, and Harvey Awards) talks with legendary comics scholar Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!) about Bryan's groundbreaking slice-of-life graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim. From its genesis to the production of the upcoming film version, O'Malley speaks frankly about where Scott Pilgrim came from and where the series is going from here. With a fan Q&A to close the discussion, this is the must attend event of Comic-Con 2009! Room 5AB

I would really like to try to make this panel, but I don't think it's going to work out since the Middleman panel runs over (and there's an autograph session afterward at Exhibit Hall, Shout! Factory Booth #3749), and miniglik and roxybisquaint and life_on_queen have demanded I attend the following panel in Ballroom 20.

12:30-2:00 Signing with Jennifer Carpenter— Deb! Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Earth Booth #2343

1:15-2:15 Entertainment Weekly: Wonder Women: Female Power Icons in Pop Culture— EW moderates a conversation with Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar) about the actresses who have redefined the rules, and the female characters that have shattered the glass ceiling for all women. Basically, a discussion with women who kick ass. Ballroom 20 (miniglik, roxybisquaint, life_on_queen, mycenae)

2:30-3:15 Psych Press Room—Fun times! Press Room 33B (raelee)

3:00-5:00 The Guild Signing—Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Robin Thorsen, Vince Caso. Autograph Area, AA8

3:00-4:15 20th Century Fox and James Cameron present Avatar— In this first public screening of footage in 3D from his much-anticipated action/adventure/fantasy, James Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and cast members take you to a spectacular new world beyond imagination. Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, Avatar breaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the movie-going experience. Hall H (miniglik)

This is going to be a tough one to make, really, especially if the Twilight fans happen to be James Cameron fans as well. But if we can't get in, there are other options.

3:30-4:30 Evolution of Fantasy— Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Twilight—the great mega-selling series of recent years have all ended. What will the next one look like? Or is it already here? How is fantasy evolving? Panelists Jacqueline Carey (Naamah's Kiss), Lynn Flewelling (Shadows Return), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name Of The Wind), Thomas Sniegoski (The Fallen), Greg Van Eekhout (Norse Code), and Cindy Pon (Silver Phoenix : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia) answer questions posed by moderator Lev Grossman (The Magicians). Room 3

3:45-4:45 USA Network's PsychJames Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton "Gus" Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer), Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer) and Chris Henze (executive producer) give you an all-access behind-the-scenes pass to the USA Network hit original series Psych. Stars and producers will share personal stories and answer questions about the show's genesis, episodic development, and production process. Video presentations created exclusively for Comic-Con will feature never-before-seen outtakes, a Season 4 exclusive preview, and a special video-diary segment that will take panel attendees inside the daily production process via the perspective of a staff writer, the Vancouver production team, and series star James Roday as he prepares to shoot a scene for the upcoming season. Plus, two lucky fans will find fame and fortune when they win the honor of having a guest character in a future episode named after them! You can also expect giveaways, exclusive merchandise, and a first-run preview copy of the upcoming Psych graphic novel from Oni Press! Ballroom 20 (gymble, dahliam, raelee)

Although I am only a casual Psych fan, this panel is likely to be very entertaining.

4:00-5:00 Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon— In case I don't get a Gerard Way ticket? Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615

5:00-6:00 Showtime: Dexter— Calling all Dexter fans! If you're a Dexter fanatic and can't wait for the new season, you don't want to miss this killer panel! Moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ Entertainment Reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Plus, get an exclusive first look at clips from the new season! Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Julie Benz (Rita), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips, and Melissa Rosenberg. The new season premieres September 27 at 9:00 PM EST/PST only on Showtime! Ballroom 20 (gymble, miniglik, mycenae, cadhla)

5:30-6:50 Signing with Bryan Lee O'Malley— Whee! Exhibit Hall, Oni Press Booth #1833

8:00-10:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog— The California Browncoats host a screening of the original three acts, followed immediately by Commentary! The Musical. See why Joss Whedon's (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) first foray into webisodic "television" was the talk of the town with critics and fans alike in 2008. Be prepared for a night of singing and surprises hosted by the fans who know what you like best. Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), and Felicia Day (The Guild) and is written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon (Dollhouse), Zack Whedon (Fringe), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse). Room 6A (gymble, miniglik, mycenae, dahliam, smoo_nyc, raelee)

FRIDAY

9:15 Line Ticket Drawing for Neil Gaiman— No lines may form until five (5) minutes before the drawing is to begin and the location of the Official Line is announced. Any line formed prior to the announcement of the location of the Official Line will be not be recognized as an Official line and will be dispersed. Autograph Area

9:30-12:00 Javi and Les McClaine sign— Middleman! Exhibit Hall, Viper Booth #1903

10:15-11:15 Farscape 10th Anniversary PanelBrian 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 (gymble, miniglik, mycenae, roxybisquaint)

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 (dahliam)

Two redline items at the same time! Gah! Unfortunately, The Guild is going to win this battle because as much as I love Farscape, part of the fun of The Guild is that it's so fan-friendly and you feel like a little community.

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 is moderated by IGN movies/DVD editor-in-chief Eric Moro. Room 6A

I suppose in the bizarre event that I don't make it into either of my two redline panels, I have this to fall back on. And now I have to figure out when Neil Gaiman is signing so I can get things signed.

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

12:30-1:30 Neil Gaiman signing— Maybe? Autograph Area, AA2

1:00-2:00 Signing with Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty— But AOTS! Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615

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

I decided to redline this because it does sound pretty awesome and the type of experience you could only get at Comic-Con, and I'd be willing to skip the Flash Forward panel for it.

Of course, immediately after it finishes, I will have to get in line for...

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 (prophetkristy, smoo_nyc, raelee, gossi)

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

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 (prophetkristy, smoo_nyc, raelee, gossi)

6:00-7:00 Signing with Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá— Must acquire first Umbrella Academy trade, then! (Ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details) Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615

6:00-7:00 Signing with Guild cast— Zaboo! Vork! Clara! Tink! Bladezzz! Exhibit Hall, Booth #4417

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 (smoo_nyc)

Hey, I'll be in Ballroom 20 anyway, so this could be entertaining. Although I'd rather meet Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.

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

The Eisners! How cool would that be?? Well, perhaps 20% cool and 80% boring, given how few of the nominees I care about. But it still seems like it would be an interesting experience, and who knows who you'll run into in the bathroom, right?

SATURDAY

9:30-12:00 Javi and Les McClaine signMiddleman! Exhibit Hall, Viper Booth #1903

10:00-11:00 Chuck Screening and Q&A— Chuck returns to Comic-Con! executive producers and co-creators Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and Chris Fedak are joined by series stars Zachary Levi (upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks ), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming I Love You Too), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin (Super Capers), Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness), Vik Sahay (This Is Wonderland), Scott Krinsky (The O.C. ), Sarah Lancaster (Everwood), and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) for a Q&A to discuss season three and screen an exclusive retrospective highlight reel. Plus, don't miss a special surprise from some of your favorite characters! Produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8:00 PM ET/PT on NBC. Ballroom 20 (gymble, miniglik, mycenae, prophetkristy, smoo_nyc, raelee, roxybisquaint)

10:30 Line Ticket Drawing for Mike and Bryan— Winning the drawing for a line ticket grants you, with your winning ticket or wristband, the opportunity to stand in line to get an autograph at the location and time designated when you drew the winning ticket. Autograph Area

11:00-12:00 Lost: The Final Season Begins, with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse— In appreciation of all the fan support through five seasons of Lost, co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will pay homage to all the fans at their final Comic-Con appearance for Lost. Questions will be answered. Fun will be had. And you won't want to miss the surprises in store for the audience! Hall H (mycenae, dahliam, roxybisquaint)

Given that these panels are adjacent and in the two biggest rooms, it may not be possible to do both, and I am slightly conflicted. The Chuck panel with the whole cast should be a riot, but I've never been to a Lost panel! It could be craaaazy, right?

11:00-12:00 Signing with Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty— But the press room! Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615

11:00-1:00 Signing with Guild cast— Zaboo! Vork! Clara! Tink! Bladezzz! Exhibit Hall, Booth #4417

11:15-12:15 Chuck Press Room— I hope! Press Room 33B (raelee)

12:30-1:30 Signing with Chuck Cast and Creators— Everyone! Exhibit Hall, WB Booth #4329

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on James Jean— The Eisner Award–winning artist and painter is a first-time Comic-Con special guest. James Jean has won multiple awards and acclaim for his work as a comics cover artist, on titles such as Fables and Umbrella Academy. Now he's entered a new phase of his career, as he concentrates on gallery shows, book projects, and painting. Room 7AB

I'm not sure what I would do at this panel besides bask in his awesomeness, but hey. Maybe I will try to find him on the floor instead, since I want to make sure I get into...

2:15-3:15 Gerard Way— The creator of The Umbrella Academy talks about the next arc of his award-winning series with Gabriel Bá, announces his new project, and fields questions from the audience. Room 6DE (cupcake_goth)

I must attend this panel in order to supervise cupcake_goth.

2:45-3:45 V Pilot Screening and Q&A— Already one of the most talked-about new series of the upcoming television season, catch a special screening of the pilot episode of V, a re-imagining of the groundbreaking miniseries, followed by a Q&A with stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morris Chestnut (The Cave), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Morena Baccarin (Firefly), and Scott Wolf (Go), along with executive producers Scott Peters (The 4400), Jeffrey Bell (Alias), Steve Pearlman (Related) and Jace Hall (Chadam). From HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television, V will premiere midseason on the ABC Television Network. Ballroom 20 (miniglik, smoo_nyc)

The Gerard Way panel overlaps, but maybe I can sneak in for the Q&A at the end.

2:45-3:45 Fringe Press Room— Perhaps? Press Room 33B

3:00-4:00 Signing with David Zayas— Batista! Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Earth Booth #2343

4:00-5:00 Fringe Screening and Q&A— Fringe cast members Anna Torv (upcoming The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Shutter), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) appear with consulting producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and executive producers Jeff Pinkner (Lost) and J. H. Wyman (Keen Eddie) for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Join the discussion of this critically acclaimed thriller, which explores the ever-blurring line between science fiction and reality, where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to worlds unknown. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT this fall on FOX, premiering September 17. Fringe: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Hi Def September 8. Ballroom 20 (roxybisquaint, cadhla)

4:00-5:00 Signing with James Remar— Ask him about Harry's Code! Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Earth Booth #2343

4:00-5:00 Signing with Guild cast— Zaboo! Vork! Clara! Tink! Bladezzz! Exhibit Hall, Booth #4417

4:00-6:00 Signing with Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko—We will be filming a documentary on the making of the television series, and we'll be taping our interactions with people while they get their new ATLA SDCC '09 posters signed (which I am drawing right now!). The producers of the documentary will be pulling certain people who make a great impression aside to film "testimonials" about what the series has meant to each of them. Also, we'd love to film people in their best "Avatar" costumes, new or old, earlier in the day on Saturday. We're not sure if there is already a cosplay gathering planned, but it would behoove us greatly if people could gather at a specific time and place on Saturday, dressed to impress! Bring your favorite fan art, puppets, whatever you want to show to the documentary crew. Thanks! See you in San Diego! Autograph Area, AA8

I don't know how I'll be able to make this, but MIKE AND BRYAN! They need me, personally, to tell them how awesome they are, right?

4:45-5:45 Vertigo Voices: The Fables Forum— It's the Fables Forum, San Diego style! Come armed with your best questions and find out everything you want to know about Fables. Featuring Vertigo group editor Shelly Bond and the creators behind Fables, Jack of Fables, House of Mystery: Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Matthew Sturges, Steve Leialoha, Lee Loughridge, Shawn McManus, Andrew Pepoy, Chris Roberson, Chrissie Zullo, and Todd Klein. Room 6DE

Maybe I can stop in here for a bit after Fringe. Although, wait, no, I should see if I can find the Avatar thingie.

5:15-6:45 Kevin Smith— Direct from New York City, where he's directing the new Warner Bros. film A Couple of Dicks starring Bruce Willis, Seann William Scott, and Tracy Morgan, Kevin Smith returns to the Hall H stage for his annual report to the masses. And remember: he flew in just for YOU. Hall H

It's cute how I think I have any hope of getting into the Kevin Smith thing, right?

5:30-6:50 Signing with Bryan Lee O'Malley— Whee! Exhibit Hall, Oni Press Booth #1833

5:30-7:00 Signing with C.S. Lee— Masuka/Tang! Exhibit Hall, Entertainment Earth Booth #2343

5:30-7:00 Signing with Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Joelle JonesDr. Horrible! (Ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details) Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615

8:00-9:00 Showtime: Weeds— If you are addicted to Weeds, this is the panel you don't want to miss! Find out everything you want to know with a Q&A and interview with the series creator and its stars! Featured panelists include Jenji Kohan (creator/executive producer), Hunter Parrish (Silas), Justin Kirk (Andy), and other cast members. Weeds airs on Mondays at 10:00 pm on Showtime. Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

8:00-10:00 Patrick Rothfuss and Seanan McGuire and Amber Benson and Co. Reading/Signing— Three great tastes that taste great together? Borders-Gaslamp (raelee)

The Weeds panel would be cool, but if I'm going to skip seanan_mcguire's panel, I ought to go to her reading! Plus: Patrick Rothfuss! While I am still mildly conflicted, I'll likely skip the Weeds panel if everyone else does. Whoops, hold on, this event has just gone redline now that I know that I will, in fact, be able to BUY ROSEMARY AND RUE BEFORE IT COMES OUT!

SUNDAY

10:00-11:00 Dr. Who— Actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn, and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC America's Doctor Who—television's longest-running sci-fi series—with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20 (gymble, miniglik, mycenae)

10:30-11:30 Supernatural Press Room— I hope! If David Tennant is boring. Press Room 1B (raelee)

11:00-1:00 Signing with Guild cast— Zaboo! Vork! Clara! Tink! Bladezzz! Exhibit Hall, Booth #4417

11:45-12:45 Supernatural Screening and Q&A— Supernatural stars Misha Collins (24) and Jim Beaver (Deadwood), creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), and executive producers Ben Edlund (Angel) and Sera Gamble (Eyes) present an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated fifth season premiere of this thrill-ride series. They'll also answer questions and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming fourth season DVD release. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on The CW, premiering September 10. Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def September 1. Room 6BCF (gymble, miniglik, cupcake_goth, mycenae, smoo_nyc, raelee, cadhla)

1:00-2:00 Signing with Supernatural peeps— Including Ben Edlund. Exhibit Hall, WB Booth #4329 (miniglik)

4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical— Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Fandom Charities Inc. and Whedonopolis.com present a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic-Con 2009's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffy-verse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'—back, that is—and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. For more details on the screening visit www.whedonopolis.com, then show up for music, singing, surprises and dancing crazy! Ballroom 20 (smoo_nyc)

I just did this, so I don't really need to do it again. So my Sunday should really be free after lunch or something.

I haven't really figured out how I'm going to have time to eat. I welcome any suggestions of what to do or not do, and I am very interested in meeting people, so let's make it happen. Coordinate! (And oh yeah! We are staying at the Best Western Seven Seas. If you are too, that would be weird. And cool.)

Also! Uh. If you happen to be in the Pasadena area and would be free on Monday, July 27, to have lunch and take miniglik and me to the Burbank airport...that would be pretty awesome.

All right, mice and men, let's best lay some plans.
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From:super_hoodzie_x
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
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I would just like to comment specifically to tell you HOW JEALOUS I AM THAT YOU GET TO GO TO COMIC-CON OH MY GOD.

...blerg.
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From:kammgirl
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
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Sounds awesome. I am very jealous. I would very much appreciate if you could give me updates on the DW panel. After Torchwood: Children of Earth there have been some disturbing things circulating. Poor RTD better have bodyguards.
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From:mycenae
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
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Lol. I hope that panel isn't full of insane angry Torchwood fans. I want to see the Being Human portion.
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From:kammgirl
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
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As sad as it is, I hear they are organizing things (and not a e love you Rusty banner if you catch my drift.) It's all a little too stalkerish and I hope there will be good security there. It really makes all onliners look bad when tuff like this happens. Oh Being Human is wonderful. I would love to hear about that too. If you would be so inclinde to share. Icon love.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
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So where/when will you be, you? You are one of the people I want to see!
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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Mike and Bryan are there for a signing but no actual panel? Weird.

Lots of good stuff! If only I had not discovered that SDCC is well beyond my mental/emotional capacity to deal with, I would wish I were going.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's weird that there's no panel, what with all the movie stuff going on. I wish I had a bag full of infinite space so I could take all my DVDs to get them signed, but I should probably just take season two because it is the best, right?

Comic-Con is pretty mentally and emotionally draining, it's true!
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Date:July 14th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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Season two IS the best, that is correct! Although apparently I have no icons from it now. HOW EMBARRASSING.

Even Wondercon makes me twitchy and stressed out and I only ever go there for like half a day, without having to travel 1k+ miles. O, my ~delicate psyche~.
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From:latropita
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
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Man, David Tennant must be relieved Robert Pattinson will be there.
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From:miniglik
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
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So they can have a bouffant off? Does Tennant win on height? Or Pattinson on embedded dirt content?
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From:latropita
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
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Ha! I meant so that RPattz can monopolize the crazy, but you raise a good point. I think Tennant wins on dramatic hair wrenching, for sure.
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From:pandora_17
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
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You must tell me everything about the Middleman panel! Find out who his lady love is, Sunil. IT STILL HAUNTS ME THAT I DO NOT KNOW.


Holy aslkdfjsd, I just fangirled out for a second when I saw David Tennant there. DAVID TENNAAAAAANT. I wish I were going with you!
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From:punzerel
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
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Whatever, dude. You should be attending Worldcon instead. It's obviously held in a much better city.

(PS Secretly I am jealous. Although I too doubt my ability to cope with Comic-Con for more than half a day.)
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From:smoonyc
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
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Whee! I made up a whole spreadsheet to figure this shiz out -- I'll post it up tomorrow & then comment back here :)
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From:gymble
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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Dammit, now I'm seeing more things I want to go to. I guess I'll wing it? The Guild overlapping with Farscape is a pain, but nothing beats Ben Browder and Claudia Black.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
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It's so annoying that they overlap! You could catch the Guild crew at a signing, though, and tell Tink she's your favorite.

Winging it may be your best option, so you don't have to worry about being disappointed! Heh. I, on the other hand, will be crushed at every turn.
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From:redsouffle
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
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I'll be there! I have a vendor pass! I'll be at about half the red things! This is my first time on a computer in two weeks and I'm a little bit frenetic now!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
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Woohoo! What are you vending? Should I stop by your booth on Wednesday?
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From:shamoogity
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
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SO JEALOUS. At least I can console myself with the knowledge that you will do a detailed recap of the event.

On a totally unrelated note, I was thinking about you the other day while having a conversation about arranged marriage. And here is my brilliant plan: harness the power of fandom. You are famous on the Internet after all. Tell your friends to tell their friends to tell their friends to find a nice Gujarati girl (or at least an Indian girl) with a love of nerdy tv, surprise Greenday concerts, comic books, etc. Hype it as a social experiment; no one can resist those. You have livejournal, facebook, twitter, people's RL friends...there's got to be someone out there whom you would like who at least approximately fits your parents' criteria, right? And she is probably dying to wriggle out of being set up with an uncle's ex-roommates niece's friend too.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
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At least I can console myself with the knowledge that you will do a detailed recap of the event.
Heh, think again. A detailed recap is looking increasingly unlikely, given how busy I'll be when I get back. We shall see.

As for harnessing the power of fandom, iiiiiiinteresting idea. I was hoping that would all just happen by magic.
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From:mycenae
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
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Forget Christmas, Comic Con is the most wonderful time of the year!

I will be around all five days. We should definitely meet up! I'm volunteering Friday/Saturday afternoons, and possibly Thursday as well, so I won't be able to make any of those panels. Of the ones you listed, I'm hoping to make it to the Wonder Women panel, Dexter (as long as I'm not volunteering), Doctor Horrible (maybe, as long as I don't have to take the bus home), Farscape, Chuck, Lost (maybe), Doctor Who, Supernatural (maybe, it should be less OMG OMG FANGIRLS without Jared and Jensen this year, which will be good).

For anyone who's going, I cannot stress enough the importance of comfortable shoes and plenty of snacks and drinks. Also, don't be afraid of going off on your own for awhile. Planning every move as a group can get real stressful, and sometimes it's nice just to go to a panel alone or wander the dealers' hall without having to wait for other people to finish looking at things. Splitting up for a few hours can head off potential angsting. The DC booth has plush carpeting that is nice to sit on, and it's large, making it an ideal meeting place. Ok, now I'm just offering random advice. I get really excited about Comic Con.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
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I'm volunteering Friday/Saturday afternoons, and possibly Thursday as well
Oh, neat. How does that work? Will you have a spot I can go bug you at?

The DC booth has plush carpeting that is nice to sit on, and it's large, making it an ideal meeting place.
This is a good point! It's good to identify places in the Exhibit Hall you can easily find.

And, yes, going off alone definitely has its advantages at times.

Oh my goodness, I have suddenly discovered your first name! Also, e-mail me your number.

Edited at 2009-07-14 05:20 am (UTC)
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From:chrryblssmninja
Date:July 14th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
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I won't be there, but have fun and wear comfy shoes!

I went once in 2005. For one day. But it was great.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I went for one day in 2006, and it was great.
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From:the_partyman
Date:July 14th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
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I dream of one day going to Comic-Con. :(

I do not envy your potential Chuck vs Lost decision!

FWIW, I hear that the Lost Panel will indeed be made of awesome. *veg* Heck, I would still be tempted by Live!Strahovski though. :/


Glad you have the DW panel on your to-do list. Should be memorable.
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From:raelee
Date:July 14th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Wait. Does that mean you got confirmation that books will be on sale? Dammit! (Not really dammit, just dammit I hate having impossible choices.)

After my experience with Dr. Horrible last year, I advise getting there early for that. I imagine the turnout may be slightly less this year because it didn't JUST COME OUT but they still didn't give it a very big room and it'll definitely fill up fast. Of course, this does not help you with finding time to eat, etc. ;)

I need pull my schedule together so I can compare with you.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Does that mean you got confirmation that books will be on sale?
I got a "Yep" from the woman herself!

After my experience with Dr. Horrible last year, I advise getting there early for that.
Oh, cool, thanks. It should be fun.
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From:equustel
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
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And here's when I wish I'd actually seen Doctor Who (I KNOW) or Supernatural (apart from the first two episodes), so I could get all up in that programming. Alas!

But Sunday after lunch! Possible to meet in the Exhibit Hall? Or summat? I'll just be a-wanderin' until 3PM or so, when I may or may not hit up a panel. Depends on how the day flows!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Possible! I want to make plans with a San Diego friend that afternoon, but we should definitely meet up somehow somewhere after the SPN panel.
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From:equustel
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Sure - even if it's just a quick "HELLO! THERE YOU ARE IN THE FLESH!" hi-and-bye, that'd rock. I realize the day gets enormously busy QUITE fast. ;)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Yes, definitely! E-mail me your number so we can coordinate?
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From:sterope
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I've always wanted to go to Comic-Con. Maybe someday!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Someday!
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From:prophetkristy
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
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OMG, I might get to meet the legendary Polter-Cow! I'm sad to miss Dr. Horrible, but not too much, as I will be at the BSG concert instead \m/

I'm not really into comics that much (shhh! don't tell anyone!) but hope to see the Dollhouse and Chuck panels at very least. Or I may just stalk Wil Wheaton. ;-) Hope I run into you!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! If you e-mail me your number, we can make sure we run into each other. I really want to meet you!
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From:smoonyc
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I left my schedule at work! Bah! But here's what I remember I'm going to (or going to try at any rate!):

WEDNESDAY

Preview Night!


THURSDAY

10:15-11:15 Summit Entertainment: Astro Boy

11:00-12:30 Disney: 3D Panel

12:30-1:30 Richard Hatch: Battlestar Retrospective

1:45-2:45 Summit Entertainment

3:00-4:00 Oni Press: Panelmonium 2009

4:30-5:15 Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

6:30-7:30 The Wonderful World of Computer Games in Japan

8:00-10:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog


FRIDAY

10:00-12:30 Warner Bros.

11:45-12:45 Caprica/Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

12:45-1:45 Spartacus: Blood and Sand

2:30-3:30 Focus Features: 9

4:00-5:15 Dollhouse

5:15-6:00 Joss Whedon

6:15-7:15 TV Guide Magazine: Sci Fi Hot List


SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 Chuck Screening and Q&A

1:30-3:00 Glee

2:45-3:45 V Pilot Screening and Q&A

3:15-4:15 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at "Redemption" and Q&A with Tim Kring and Castmembers

5:15-6:15 True Blood Panel and Q&A session


SUNDAY

10:30-11:30 Smallville Screening and Q&A

11:45-12:45 Supernatural Screening and Q&A

12:30-1:00 Overture Pictures: Paper Heart

4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Cool! You're going to a few panels I was interested in but couldn't fit into my schedule.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:July 24th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
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Hey you were at the Astro Boy panel! I just saw this clip from it. Oh how I love she still remembers The Plane!

P.S. Sunil, Anita and I are upset with you for not being there! We wanted a Cloud Watcher there! Heh.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 28th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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Ha, that Plane comment was great! And funny that no one knew what she was talking about.
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From:smoonyc
Date:July 29th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
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Yep! I was at the Astro Boy panel taking pictures off to the side. What's a Cloud Watcher?
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From:squaringkarma
Date:July 29th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
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What's a Cloud Watcher?

A Cloud Watcher is a member of cloud_watchers. We orchestrated several fan campaigns for Veronica Mars a few years back starting with the plane incident that Kristen mentions in the linked clip. Cloud Watchers because the initials are CW, the network we were hoping VM would be renewed to when we did the plane campaign. We succeeded in that campaign and during the summer, we had another campaign to donate 500 sets of season 1 DVDs to libraries in all the Nielsen markets. (500 total, not 500 per Nielsen market of which I think there's 212 if I remember correctly. The bigger markets got a lot, but we made sure that every market got at least one.) Many other campaigns were done later and you can read about some of them (as well as the two I just mentioned) in more detail on WatchVeronicaMars.net
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From:smoonyc
Date:July 29th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
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Cool! Thanks for the links! :)
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:July 16th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
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I haven't sat down to plan this all out yet, but here are my high priority events so far:

EW Wonder Women Panel
Farscape 10th Anniversary Panel
Chuck Screening and Q&A
LOST Final Season Begins
Fringe Screening & Q&A

Since all of those are in your plans, I think we'll be able to coordinate meeting up! I'll message you my cell phone number.
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From:tibicina
Date:July 16th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
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I'll be at Comic Con, but I haven't figured out what I'm going to, yet, other than the Middle Man reading/panel.

I'll probably try to figure it out tomorrow or early next week.

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