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11:08 pm - Comic-Con Composition Contradiction Congregation!
So apparently, like, none of you are going to Comic-Con, which sucks because this is not so much a PLANNING PARTY POST this year. But maybe you have changed your minds! Or you somehow wrangled passes from someone. Or you will just happen to be in San Diego next week, I don't know. In any case, it is time to figure out what the hell I'll be doing at Comic-Con. Any input is appreciated!

(Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 9:57 AM)

WEDNESDAY

Preview Night should be less ridiculous since they limited the horde of people there, but it will still probably be pretty ridiculous. I do have to hit a few booths.

Amy Martin: Exhibit Hall, Artists' Alley HH-08
Skelanimals Hellboy toy for Jilli: Exhibit Hall, Toynami Booth #3229
Wondermark: Exhibit Hall, TopatoCo Booth #1231
DJ Lance Dunny for Jon: Exhibit Hall, Kidrobot Booth #4529 (on July 25)
The Guild: Exhibit Hall, Signal Fire Studios Booth #4201
The Legend of Neil: Exhibit Hall, Spike/Atom Booth #3445
David Mack: Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2729
Bryan Lee O'Malley: Exhibit Hall, Oni Press Booth #1833

9:00-11:00: Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em Improv Comedy show, 9pm (doors at 8:30pm), Lyceum Theatre 79 Horton Plaza, 92101. Join Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Alex Albrecht, Tony Janning, Tara Perry and Brooke Seguin for the incredibly popular improv comedy show that’s been a huge hit in LA.

ZOMG SWEET.

THURSDAY

10:00-2:30 Signing with Stephen Tobolowsky— I kind of want Ned Ryerson to sign my Groundhog Day DVD. Unless he's going to charge me for it. Autograph Area, AA28

10:00-11:20 Signing with Bryan Lee O'Malley— Scott Pilgrim! Exhibit Hall, Oni Press Booth #1833

10:30-11:30 The Power of Myth— Fantasy authors discuss claiming world mythology to shape one's own stories. Authors include Amber Benson (the Calliope Reaper-Jones Novels), Esther Friesner (Sphinx's Princess), Thomas Greanias (The Promised War), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Les Klinger (editor, The New Annotated Dracula), Seanan McGuire (the October Daye novels), Michael Scott (the Secret of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series), and Thomas Sniegoski (Where Angels Fear To Tread). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 24ABC

This panel actually seems relevant to my interests! I love claiming world mythology to shape stories! Of course, I don't know know whether I should skip it so that I have a better shot of getting into...

12:00-1:00 X-Play LIVE: A Show on Television— Through 12 years, three name changes, and over 1,000 episodes, X-Play has persevered as the most watched video game show on television. Each episode is packed with brutally honest reviews, previews, hands-on demos, and the occasional off-hand reference to early David Cronenberg movies. Hosts Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, with correspondents Blair Herter, Kristin Adams, Abbie Heppe, and the X-Play crew, take questions from the audience, reveal world exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, and mock whoever dares ask about the infamous "Crisis Core" review. You'll find out what it really feels like when you win a Telly, how deep cable is a life-changing experience, and why having a career playing video games can actually be as fun as it sounds. Room 5AB

I love X-Play so much! Moreso in the old days, but still. Room 5AB is fairly small and hard to get into. I mean, I tried to get into the AOTS panel last year ninety minutes before and didn't have a chance. So I think it may be best to hit 5AB early in the morning.

12:30-1:30 Sci-Fi That Will Change Your Life— What makes sci-fi great, other than awesome explosions and hot aliens? Sometimes it makes you reimagine your place in the universe. Join io9.com staff and friends as they recommend sci-fi from the past year that will entertain you -- and then change your life. Panelists include io9 staff writers Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, Meredith Woerner, and Cyriaque Lamar, plus io9 pals Marc Bernardin (The Authority, The Highwaymen), Bonnie Burton (StarWars.com), and Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 7AB

If my plans fail, however, I am sure this panel will be great fun.

3:30-4:30 USA Network's Psych— They're back! Always an unpredictable and hilarious event with the creative team behind the most-watched comedy series on cable TV! Enjoy some face-time with series stars James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton "Gus" Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Kirsten Nelson (Chief Karen Vick), and Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer). Joining the cast will be Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer), and Chris Henze (executive producer), moderated by Psych's resident funnyman Andy Berman (co-executive producer, ex-actor, and longtime writer). The team will provide an all-access pass to USA's hit series, which launches its 5th season this summer. The stars and producers will share Season 5 secrets and stories from the set and answer questions about the show's development and production process. Expect special video presentations created exclusively for Comic-Con, never-before-seen outtakes, and a Season 5 exclusive preview. Two lucky audience members will find fame and fortune again this year when they win the honor of having a guest character named after them in a Season 5 episode! There will be exclusive surprise giveaways, including limited-run Comic-Con T-shirts designed by the creative team behind Psych! Ballroom 20

I didn't get into the panel last year, but USA put it up on their website, so that was pretty cool. Which means I won't feel too bad if I miss it again. Because, um, I think I may attempt to get into Hall H after whichever noontime panel I make it into. Why? Dude, have you not heard?

3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff "Doc" Jensen. Hall H

Comic-Con will EXPLODE. Go BOOM. If I make it in there, I'm staying. If I don't, I have other options.

4:00-??? Signing with Amber Benson— Cat's Claw! Exhibit Hall, Mysterious Galaxy/Penguin Booths #1117 - #1123

4:00-5:00 Twisting Genres— Fantastic fiction authors talk about pushing the envelope on genre, not confining it to one definition. Participants include China Miéville (Kraken), Justin Cronin (The Passage), Naomi Novik (Tongues of Serpents), Daryl Gregory (The Devil's Alphabet), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Cold Black Hearts), Robert Masello (Blood And Ice), Keith Thompson (The Leviathan trilogy), and Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan trilogy). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 25ABC

4:30-5:30: Psych Press Room— A fun time! Press Room 33B

4:30-5:30 Behind the Music: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Film & TV— Award-winning composers Michael Giacchino (Lost), Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Heroes), Nathan Barr (True Blood), Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies), John Ottman (Superman Returns), and Jeremy Zuckerman (Avatar: The Last Airbender) have all composed for Comic-Con's fan-favorite series and are here to share a behind-the-scenes perspective on creating music for television and film. Together they will discuss their respective projects and how they got their big break into the music composing industry. Q&A following the panel plus exclusive giveaways for attendees. Moderated by BMI executive Anne Cecere, director of film/television relations. Room 24ABC

This panel was pretty cool at WonderCon, but now it has BONUS GIACCHINO!!

4:45-5:45 Our Heroes Have More Fun: the Anti-Heroes of Showtime— The 21st century anti-hero has become one of the driving forces in recent pop culture. When it comes to the television anti-hero, Showtime has the winning formula. Hear firsthand from the showrunners, creators, and actors who have helped define this phenomenon. Dexter's Michael C. Hall and showrunner Chip Johannessen (24) delve into the phenomenon of Dexter Morgan, the serial killer you can't help rooting for; David Duchovny and Tom Kapinos of Californication discuss why Hank Moody is the "bad boy" we love despite his obvious shortcomings; and Mary-Louise Parker and Jenji Kohan of Weeds interpret pot-dealing soccer mom Nancy Botwin's moral decisions, as the line between right and wrong is not always as simple as black or white. Plus: Nurse Jackie -- despite a little pill-popping along the way -- is a smart no-nonsense nurse, who if you're ever taken to the hospital, you had better hope she's the first person you see. With heroes like these, who needs villains? Breaking the occasional promise, law, or commandment is all in a day's work, and one thing's for sure -- Showtime heroes never let doing the right thing get in the way of having a good time. Ballroom 20

Yeah, I don't know. This day will be a matter of what I can get into. Which is how Comic-Con works.

5:30-6:30 Geek Girls Exist— Really? Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network) leads a discussion about growing up geek, turning passions into careers, and who shot first. Representing the many awesome aspects of the geek culture, panelists Morgan Romine (The Frag Dolls), Bonnie Burton (The Star Wars Craft Book), Marian Call (singer/songwriter), Sarah Kuhn (One Con Glory), Jill Pantozzi (Has Boobs Reads Comics blog), Veronica Belmont (Qore), Kari Byron (MythBusters), and Kiala Kazebee (GeekWeek.com) school you on what it means to be a real geeky girl and even make you LOL IRL. Room 8

Maybe I should just target the smaller panels? I don't know!

6:00-7:00 Showtime's Dexter— What's next for America's Favorite Serial Killer? If the dramatic season finale left you in an, OMG-what-just-happened frenzy, you don't want to miss this killer panel! You'll see the exclusive world premiere of the new season's trailer, then moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include Michael C. Hall (series star/executive producer), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), Desmond Harrington (Quinn), and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Chip Johannessen (24), and Manny Coto (Star Trek: Enterprise). The new season premieres September 26, at 9:00 pm ET/PT only on Showtime. Ballroom 20

If I wait to get into Ballroom 20 long enough, I could probably get in by this panel. But maaaaaybe I made it into Hall H. Maaaaaybe I just stayed there. For...

6:00-7:00 Universal: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World— Genre-bending filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), graphic novel author Bryan Lee O'Malley, and the cast of Universal Pictures' Scott Pilgrim vs. the World provide a sneak peek of summer 2010's epic of epic epicness. Joining Wright will be our hero, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera of Superbad); Scott's two current girlfriends, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead of The Thing) and Knives Chau (Ellen Wong of Unnatural History); his band, SEX BOB-OMB: Kim Pine (Alison Pill of Milk) and Stephen Stills (Mark Webber of Broken Flowers); SEX BOB-OMB super-fan Young Neil (Johnny Simmons of Jennifer's Body); Scott's awesome roommate, Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin of Igby Goes Down); and four of Ramona's seven evil exes: Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha of Fair Game), Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh of Superman Returns), Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman of Funny People) and Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman of Parenthood); plus Scott's younger sister, Stacey Pilgrim (Anna Kendrick of Up in the Air), and the obnoxious Julie Powers (Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation). Q&A to follow. Hall H

ZOMFG YOU GUYS. Dare I try to see this? DARE I?

FRIDAY

10:00–11:00: Legend of Neil – Actor Appearances (with Tony Janning and Angie Hill)— Neil and Zelda! Exhibit Hall, Spike/Atom Booth #3445

10:00-11:20 Signing with Bryan Lee O'MalleyScott Pilgrim! Exhibit Hall, Oni Press Booth #1833

11:00-12:00 Signing with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen— The talented Whedon couple! Exhibit Hall, FOX Booth #4313

11:30-12:30 AMC's The Walking Dead— Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Emma Bell (Law & Order), series creator/director/executive producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator), executive producer Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic), makeup artist Greg Nicotero, and Joel Stillerman (AMCs senior VP) discuss the making of AMC's series The Walking Dead, based on the Image comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman, premiering in October on AMC. Room 6BCF

I haven't read the comic, but I would like to know whether Sarah Wayne Callies is really that ridiculously pretty in real life.

12:30-1:30 DC Focus: Grant Morrison— The mastermind behind bestselling hits such as Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, Joe the Barbarian, Final Crisis, Arkham Asylum, All-Star Superman, and many more invites you to this rare sit-down. You won't want to miss this candid chat about projects past, present and future, with glimpses into what goes on in the mind of Grant Morrison as he crafts some of the world's most thought-provoking comics! Hosted by DC's senior story editor Ian Sattler. Room 6DE

I haven't really read that much Grant Morrison, but people do love the guy, and I'll bet he's fun at panels.

1:00-2:00 Signing with Brian Michael Bendis— Bendis!! Exhibit Hall, Marvel Booth #2329

2:00–3:00: Legend of Neil – Actor Appearances (with Scott Chernoff and Eric Acosta)— Gannon and Wizrobe! Exhibit Hall, Spike/Atom Booth #3445

2:15-3:15 The Cape: Sneak Peek and Panel Discussion— One man can make a difference...When Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, is framed for murder and presumed killed, he assumes the identity of his son's favorite comic book superhero -- The Cape -- to reclaim his name, family, and his city from the ruthless ARK Corporation and the masked villain known as Chess. Join the cast and creators including David Lyons (ER), Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Dorian Missick (Six Degrees), James Frain (True Blood), Keith David (Gamer), Vinnie Jones (X-Men: Last Stand), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean), composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica), creator/executive producer Thomas Wheeler (Empire), and showrunner/executive producer John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) for this sneak peek at the pilot episode and panel discussion. A limited collector edition of The Cape comic book, with a cover by superstar artist John Cassady (Astonishing X-Men), will be given away at the panel. Room 6A

I suppose I can stick this in here as a back-up, depending on how I feel. I am vaguely interested in the show, and it's a good line-up. I'm amused that Keith David's credit is Gamer. He is in ONE SCENE.

But mostly I will be waiting all day for...

3:00-3:45 The Joss Whedon Experience— Every year Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Serenity, comes to Comic-Con to give fans a wide-ranging and digressive look into what's keeping him busy. Join Joss and a few thousand of his closest friends for the Q&A. Spoiler Alert! Ballroom 20

Crazy times!

3:30-4:30 Building a Horror Entertainment Franchise: Dead Space 2— The sequel to 2008's award-winning horror videogame returns with its highly anticipated sequel in January 2011. Dead Space 2 unleashes a truly epic terror experience that will bring the psychological thrills of deep space to a terrifying new level beyond just video games. Executive producer Steve Papoutsis, art director Ian Milham, and producers Rich Briggs and Chuck Beaver will be talking about how they intend to establish Dead Space 2 among the top horror entertainment franchises in the world with a novel, animated feature, graphic novel, Motion Comic game and fan merchandise. Room 3

But if I don't get into that, I could probably slip into this one easily? Because apparently for some reason Dead Space is not superpopular even though it is superawesome??

4:00-5:15 Signing with Joss Whedon— Eeeee. Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615 (Ticketed event: see Dark Horse employee for details.)

4:00–6:00: Legend of Neil – Masked Meet and Greet with entire main cast including Tony Janning, Felicia Day & creator Sandeep Parikh— Masks! Exhibit Hall, Spike/Atom Booth #3445

4:00-5:00 Entertainment Weekly presents...Women Who Kick Ass: A New Generation of Heroines— EW moderates this discussion with Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), Anna Torv (Fringe), Elizabeth Mitchell (V), and Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) about the next generation of female action heroes and the power and privilege of playing young women who are nobody's arm candy. Moderated by Nicole Sperling. Ballroom 20

If I do get into the Joss panel, I'll stay for this, which should be good times. Or do I instead set my sights on...

5:00-6:00 Girls Gone Genre: Movies, TV, Comics, Web— Meet and talk with women who write, read, game, and perform in arenas that are historically and statistically dominated by men. What's it like to try and get a job in a field where most of your competitors and colleagues are guys? Can women write men, and vice versa? And what happens when traditionally "male" genres are reinvented by female writers and embraced by female fans? Sex and the City it ain't! Meet the women who like to play with trucks and Barbies...and Wolverine action figures. And flux capacitors. Featuring Felicia Day (writer/producer, The Guild; actress, The Guild, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog), Kathryn Immonen (writer, Patsy Walker: Hellcat, Runaways, Heralds), Laeta Kalogridis (screenwriter/producer, Shutter Island, Ghost in the Shell, Avatar), Marti Noxon (screenwriter/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, I Am Number Four, Fright Night), Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter/producer, Dexter, The Twilight Saga), and Gail Simone (writer, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey).Moderated by Io9's Annalee Newitz. Room 24ABC

I kind of think this one will be more interesting?

8:00-10:00 World Premiere: Batman: Under the Red Hood— Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation proudly present the World Premiere of Batman: Under the Red Hood, the eighth entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 movies. In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical code. Killing is an option. And when The Joker falls in the balance between the two, hard truths are revealed and old wounds are reopened. The stellar voice cast is led by Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Jason Issacs (the Harry Potter films), and Vincent Martella (Phineas & Ferb). Executive producer Bruce Timm (DCU films), director Brandon Vietti (Superman: Doomsday), award-winning comics writer Judd Winick, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (DCU films) and members of the voice cast will be around for a postscreening panel that will reveal details behind the making of the film, a glimpse of the 2011 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, and a first look at the next DCU film, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Warner Home Video will distribute Batman: Under the Red Hood on Blu-Ray and DVD, OnDemand and For Download on July 27, 2010. Note: a second encore screening will take place in the same room beginning at 10:15. Ballroom 20

We will probably have Friday plans that conflict, but it's nice to have this option around.

11:00-12:30 Syfy Original Movies and Chiller: Mega Piranha— Feast your eyes on a late-night screening of this terrifyingly fun Syfy thriller, with a special live introduction from Mega Piranha star and '80s pop music icon Tiffany. Plus, stick around for bonus looks at scary good entertainment from Chiller. Room 6A

We could try to get into the cool parties...or we could do this.

SATURDAY

Fuck you, Saturday. FUCK YOU IN THE ASS. I don't know what to do with this.

10:00-10:45 Chuck Screening and Q&A— Chuck executive producers and co-creators Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and Chris Fedak appear along with series stars Zachary Levi (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming The Killer Elite), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness), Vik Sahay (Good Will Hunting), Scott Krinsky (The O.C.), Sarah Lancaster (upcoming The Good Doctor) and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) for their usual hijinks -- a Q&A to discuss the upcoming season four (made possible by the devoted fanbase) and a special video presentation. Produced by Fake Empire, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8pm ET/PT on NBC, and Chuck: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 7. Ballroom 20

Chuck panels are consistently entertaining and hilarious, and I'm glad it's the first panel of the day so I can get into it and then make terrible, terrible decisions.

11:00-12:00 Leverage— Join Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, star of the TNT hit series Leverage, along with the show's executive producers, John Rogers (Transformers, Cosby) and Chris Downey (King of Queens), for a panel and Q&A session. Don't miss a special sneak peek of an upcoming episode too! Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

DAMMIT! Just added! But...Chuck! And...everything!

11:00-12:00 Reading with Brains: The Rise and Unrelenting Stamina of Zombie Fiction— Authors and survivors include Amelia Beamer (The Loving Dead), Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide), Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer), Mira Grant (The Newsflesh trilogy). Walter Greatshell (Xombies: Apocalypticon), Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin), Ryan Mecum (Zombie Haiku), John Skipp (Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead), and Joan Frances Turner (Dust). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy. Room 7AB

Yes, I should go see a panel when my friend is on it. And yet...

11:15-12:15 Spotlight on Gerard Way— Comic-Con special guest Gerard Way, writer/creator of The Umbrella Academy, is joined by guests in a 60-minute deconstruction of the comic book industry, featuring helicopter rides and Jonesy the Human Ferret. Room 6DE

I...don't even know what that description means, but he's so adorable and squeaky! And even if I don't make it in to this panel, if I am in line I will be in a good position for...

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Brian Michael Bendis— The controversial Marvel writer and Comic-Con special guest Brian Michael Bendis turns his spotlight panel into a live taping of the popular Word Balloon Bendis tapes. Word Balloon podcast host John Suitress will moderate the panel and take questions from the audience, with nothing off limits. Bendis will also be giving away limited-edition variant covers of his new creator-owned series Scarlet. Room 6DE

Bendis is the reason I got into comics!! I'm so excited he's going to be at Comic-Con!

1:00-2:00 The Write Stuff: Creating Genre Television— An incredible insider look at the making of genre television from the scribes behind some of today's hottest shows who share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe)...and beyond. Featuring Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), Gabrielle Stanton (The Vampire Diaries, Moonlight), Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias), Jose Molina (Castle, Firefly), Robert Hewitt Wolfe (The Gates, Deep Space Nine), Charles Murray (V, Criminal Minds), Sarah Watson (Middleman, Parenthood), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, V.I.P.), Steve Melching (Clone Wars, Transformers, The Batman), and Mark A. Altman (Castle, Elvis Van Helsing). Moderated by Creative Screenwriting's Jeff Goldsmith. Room 8

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on China Miéville— Multi-award-winning author and Comic-Con special guest China Miéville talks about his books -- including The City & the City, and his most recent, Kraken -- in this special Spotlight panel. Room 5AB

Even though I've only read one book, he's another person I was excited about! But I can't make both his panel and Bendis's. And Javi's is smack-dab in the middle.

2:00-3:00 Amy Martin Sketch-a-thon, Exhibit Hall, Cartoon Art Museum Booth #1930

2:00-3:00 Signing with Brian Michael Bendis— Bendis!! Exhibit Hall, Marvel Booth #2329

2:00–5:00: Legend of Neil – Actor Appearances (with Scott Chernoff, Eric Acosta, Derek Carter, and Tara Perry)— Gannon and Wizrobe and Darrell and Casey! Exhibit Hall, Spike/Atom Booth #3445

2:00-3:00 The Guild— Now in its fourth season, The Guild is a multi-award-winning independent web series that started on YouTube and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with over 50 million views, a groundbreaking distribution deal with Microsoft, a chart-topping song and music video, and a comic book from Dark Horse Comics. Writer/producer and Comic-Con special guest Felicia Day, producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker, and the cast of The Guild including Wil Wheaton are on hand for a discussion and Q&A, along with the debut of never-before-seen content and other surprises. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

The fucking Guild panel is going to be awesome again and it's at a totally inconvenient time IN ANOTHER BUILDING and I would have to get there at least an hour early (AT LEAST) to have a chance of getting in, given how popular it was last year, and YOU GUYS I AM ACTUALLY CONSIDERING SKIPPING IT SO I CAN SEE COMIC BOOK PEOPLE INSTEAD. *cries*

3:00-4:00 Signing with China Mieville— Perdido Street Station! Autograph Area, AA2

3:15-4:15 Fringe Screening and Q&A— Fringe returns to Comic-Con as Lance Reddick and Blair Brown make their first appearance at the convention, joining fellow series stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, and Jasika Nicole plus executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J. H. Wyman 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 9pm ET/PT on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 14. Ballroom 20

Last year, I left early, so this isn't as high a priority.

4:00-5:00 Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour vs. The Fans— It's been six years and six volumes spanning over 1,000 pages, and you've been there since the beginning! But there's always been one burning question itching at the back of your brain that you thought would never be answered. Think no more! Ready your Q's, mind your P's, and join Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley for a battle royale as he quibbles the quips of his worst enemies...his fans! Room 25ABC

This, however, IS!! I mean, if I can't get into the Guild panel, maybe I can at least get into this? If I DO, however, I'll be staying in that room for...

5:00-6:00 G4: Attack of the Show— G4's Attack of the Show is TV's first -- and only -- live daily show dedicated to the "digital generation." Breaking the hottest web videos, latest gadgets, blogs, and videogames, AOTS takes its audience to the virtual watercooler, where you can then tell your friends that 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 episode of Attack of the Show, an interactive Comic-Con panel! Plus, see the world premiere music video "I'm Awesomer Than You," written by Parry Gripp for AOTS starring Kevin and Olivia, and you can only see it at this panel. You'll also get a chance to grill the hosts and executive producers of the show and find out the dirty secrets and television tricks behind your favorite stunts on the show. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

Maybe it will depend on what happens Thursday. If I make it into X-Play, should I keep the G4 theme and try for AOTS or spread the love and try for Scott Pilgrim? If I make it into Scott Pilgrim, should I keep the theme or go G4 today? I DON'T KNOW. COMIC-CON IS STRESSFUL.

5:00-5:45 Signing with Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Zack Ward, Felicia Day— Dollhouse! Exhibit Hall, Dark Horse Booth #2615 (Ticketed event: see Dark Horse employee for details.)

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

7:30-8:30 World Premiere of Legend of Neil, Season 3— Atom.com is back with Sandeep Parikh (The Guild) for another groundbreaking season of Legend of Neil. See the world premiere of new episodes from Season 3 and stay for a discussion with Sandeep, series stars Tony Janning, Mike Rose, Scott Chernoff, Eric Acosta and everyone's favorite fairy Felicia Day (The Guild)! Moderated by Alex Albrecht, of Diggnation. Room 7AB

So, uh, maybe I should actually watch the first two seasons, but if I have, this could be fun unless we have other plans.

SUNDAY

Oh, Sunday. Sweet, sweet, simple fucking Sunday. I'm not even putting Supernatural on my schedule because I know I won't get in. Also, there is exactly one panel I need to go to today, and it conflicts with it.

10:00-11:20 Signing with Bryan Lee O'Malley— Scott Pilgrim! Exhibit Hall, Oni Press Booth #1833

12:00-1:00 Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Teen Angst in Young Adult Fiction— A discussion of the appeal for youthful protagonists in young adult fiction and beyond. Authors include Emily Drake (The Magickers novels), Nancy Holder (Wicked series), D. J. MacHale (Morpheus Road series), James Owen (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographic series), Christopher Pike (Thirst series), Kathy Reichs (Virals), Neal Shusterman (The Skinjacker Trilogy), and Michael Spradlin (The Youngest Templar Novels). Moderated by author Cindy Pon (Silver Phoenix). Room 24ABC

CHRISTOPHER PIKE. I AM GOING TO SEE CHRISTOPHER PIKE. I REALLY WANT TO MEET CHRISTOPHER PIKE. OMG.

1:00-2:00 Signing with all those guys whatever and Christopher Pike— OMG CHRISTOPHER PIKE. Autograph Area, AA2

1:30–5:00: The Legend Of Neil – Autograph Session (with Sandeep Parikh, Tony Janning, and more!)— Autographs! Autograph Area, AA18

And then, chillin'!

There are various signings in Autograph Alley that I shouldn't really consider, and there may be press rooms, and I haven't really figured out what's green and red yet, but it's a start. Maybe if I stare at this schedule long enough, I will know what to do.
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From:tripoli
Date:July 14th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
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I am so jealous of people who've been to Comicon. Have an awesome time!
From:toastandtea
Date:July 14th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
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Boy, trying to plan what to see sounds complicated! SO MUCH STUFF.

A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

JIZZ IN MY PANTS

This panel was pretty cool at WonderCon, but now it has BONUS GIACCHINO!!

I feel like everything could benefit from BONUS GIACCHINO!!

Women Who Kick Ass: A New Generation of Heroines ... Anna Torv (Fringe), Elizabeth Mitchell (V)

*____*

You always make me want to go to Comic-Con!! Curse yoooou.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
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Boy, trying to plan what to see sounds complicated! SO MUCH STUFF.
There's so much stuff I didn't even MENTION because I am only one man.

JIZZ IN MY PANTS
Right???

You always make me want to go to Comic-Con!! Curse yoooou.
You should do it. So I can meet you.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:July 14th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
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See, this is why I don't feel too bad about skipping Comic-Con. THERE ARE TOO MANY PANELS. When I went there before I only managed to get to *two* panels I really cared about and a few others incidentally (see also, the hilarious time I attended a BSG panel against my will). I did have much fun hanging out in the small press pavilion, though!

Have fun, Cowy!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh, neat!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Yeeeeah, so I'm going to see your pal Alex do improv with people from The Guild and The Legend of Neil. AWESOME.
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From:raelee
Date:July 14th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
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I hear ya.

I've taken JJ and Joss off my list tho... for which Jody is threatening never to speak to me again. But... with Scott Pilgrim in there AFTER them it seems so impossible to believe you'll get into Hall H unless you just make Hall H your entire day on Thursday and get in that line first thing. Even then you're probably still stuck in the back of the room. Argh. I just feel like I'd end up enjoying my overall experience more if I aim for B20. (It helps that there's the Joss Whedon experience the next day so even tho it won't be as epic as JJ & Joss together, at least I still get to see Joss... right?)

Also, I may have seen an email about Walking Dead press if you'd be interested in trying to get into that room? It's at home so I'll check for it tonight and forward your way so you can see if it'd fit into your schedule.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I got the e-mail too, but it was for interview requests, not a room. I don't know what I'd do during a one-on-one interview with Sarah Wayne Callies.

I did also consider making Hall H my entire day on Thursday, but I think I'll see what the situation looks like around 1ish and then figure out whether I should go for Hall H or Ballroom 20. Although I agree that even then, I'd be stuck in the back of the room.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:July 14th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
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YOU ARE MAKING ME SO JEALOUS OMG.

Ok, I'm resolving right now, I'M GOING NEXT YEAR.

(Maybe.)

I'M GOING TO TRY REALLY HARD TO GO NEXT YEAR.
From:dotificus
Date:July 14th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Holy fricking COW! I'm overwhelmed just reading the descriptions.

On Thursday, I totally think you need to go to the Power of Myth and Twisting Genres panels so you can post your always excellent notes for my benefit.

And yes, DARE the Scott Pilgrim panel. Triple Dog Dare it.
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From:beeker121
Date:July 14th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Someday I will make it to a con of some sort, really I will.

Also, I picked up the first collection of 'Chew' and you were completely correct in your valuation of its awesomeness. Thanks!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
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The second trade is also out! I'm glad you like it!
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From:mycenae
Date:July 14th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Whoops, I think I missed your original poll! I went and very belatedly answered "yes."

I'll be around all 5 days, but I'm volunteering 3 hours a day, & I don't know my schedule yet. I've mostly been avoiding looking at the schedules so that I don't get excited about something I can't make, hah. As long as I don't have to volunteer Saturday morning, I will make the Chuck panel. I solemnly swear not to oversleep through it this year.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 14th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, we have each other's numbers...somewhere. We shall have to coordinate.
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From:mycenae
Date:July 15th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Yes! I think I may have your number in my phone, even.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:July 15th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
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ZOMFG YOU GUYS. Dare I try to see this? DARE I?

DUDE. You better dare.
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From:duchessdogberry
Date:July 15th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
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Next year. Next year I will go. I'm sure no one of interest will be there, but next year I will go.

Edgar, Javi, Joss, J.J., Max, Bruce... oh, the men I love.

Next year I will go.
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From:doorrepairgirl
Date:July 15th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
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It is so weird to be reading Comic Con planning posts with no pressure to be planning my own schedule and make my own impossible choices. (By "weird" I clearly mean "sad sad saaaaad oh god why am I not going this year??")
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From:cran
Date:July 15th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
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ARGH I WANT TO GO just for the Scott Pilgrim stuff (the entire cast, wow!) and the Chuck panel. I had so much fun the one time I went to Comic Con! I really need to go again one of these years.
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From:zenkitty_714
Date:July 16th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
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I really want to go, especially now that there's going to be a Leverage panel! But I can't. Poo.

Tell Tim Hutton the woman with the red and black hair he had breakfast with says hi. Watch him try to figure out what you're talking about.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 16th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Sadly, I will be skipping the panel in favor of Chuck and Bendis, but if I run into him, I will let him know. If I remember.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)

Christopher Pike

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So what was Christopher Pike like??? He is so reclusive that I don't know of anyone who has ever met him or seen him in real life. I'm a huge giant fan of his.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Christopher Pike

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Unfortunately, he did not show up!

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