Preview Night, you know the drill.
Wondermark, Dinosaur Comics: Exhibit Hall, TopatoCo Booth #1229
David Mack: Exhibit Hall, Century Guild Booth #2845
John Layman and Rob Guillory: Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2729
Magic cards for Candy: Exhibit Hall, Hasbro ToyShop #3329
Nidhi Chanani: Exhibit Hall, Small Press, O-14
8:00-9:30 OTW Meet-Up— Must watch Mark play Cards Against Humanity! Tequila Bar, Marriott Marquis and Marina
And then there will maybe be a soon-to-be-traditional Mark Does Stuff meet-up at Pinkberry.
Thursday is either a Ballroom 20 day or a Room 6A day, but I can't decide!! Plus there are smaller panels that interest me as well.
10:30-11:30 The Anatomy of Superhero Film Music: Bringing a Comic Book to Life— Leading Hollywood film directors and composers including composer Marco Beltrami (The Wolverine), composer John Debney (Iron Man 2), composer Matthew Margeson (X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass 2) with director Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2), composer Christopher Lennertz (Marvel: Agent Carter), composer Bear McCreary (Agents of SHIELD) and music supervisor Dave Jordan (The Avengers) discuss the creation of the musical voice behind the hero. Following in tradition with a long-running franchise, the panelists will explore the challenges that are faced when bringing a comic book character to life and giving that character a voice unheard by the world before. Additionally, composers will discuss working with directors and how they work together to convey the story of the character. Composers will discuss creating a theme, transforming the theme throughout the story line and following the often uphill battle that our heroes travel. All panelists will show examples of their work. Join Hollywood’s directors and composers Q & A moderated by Ray Costa (Award-winning Journalist/ CEO of Costa Communications, a leading film music public relations firm). Room 6A
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Chris Samnee— Stop by for a chat and Q&A session with Comic-Con special guest and Eisner Award nominee Chris Samnee, moderated by his collaborator, Mark Waid (writer of Daredevil, Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, Irredeemable). Room 7AB
12:30-1:30 Dave McKean: Blue Tree— Tree roots as neural networks, the lunacy of Luna, the creation of wolves, the cooking of compost and glimpses of Sandman -- all this and more in an interview panel with artist/writer/musician/director/Mac worrier Dave McKean. Room 4
1:00-2:00 USA Network's Psych— For the fifth year running, cable TV's most beloved fake psychic detective series is bringing its signature brand of humor, pop culture nostalgia and delicious flavor to Comic-Con. Fans will get a unique, interactive peek behind the pineapple as the show's creative team discuss Psych's long-anticipated musical episode and upcoming season, share exclusive video content, and take audience questions galore. The panel, moderated by Psych guest star and ‘80s icon and fan favorite Cary Elwes (Pierre Despereaux), features 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), as well as producers Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer), and Chris Henze (executive producer). Hilarious hijinks are highly likely to ensue. Ballroom 20
1:45-2:45 Ode to Nerds— Everyone knows that published science fiction authors reign on the Geek Heirarchy charts, because the Internet tells us so! Join panelists as the genre's top names in publishing celebrate all things geeky and nerdy, with Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com. Geek out with Cory Doctorow (The Rapture of the Nerds), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Austin Grossman (You), D. C. Pierson (Crap Kingdom), and Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything). Room 6A
2:15-3:15 Sherlock— Steven Moffat (co-creator, executive producer and writer), Mark Gatiss (co-creator, executive producer and writer), and Sue Vertue (producer) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson. Coming to PBS Masterpiece during the 2013-14 season. Ballroom 20
2:30-3:30 Entertainment Weekly's The Visionaries— From art house cinema to studio blockbuster, these uncompromising directors have electrified audiences with their virtuoso storytelling and breathtaking imagery. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 500 Days of Summer), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Edgar Wright (The World's End, Shaun of the Dead) lead this master class on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film. Hall H
3:30-4:30 TV Guide Magazine Celebrates The X-Files' 20th Anniversary— It's been two decades since FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully first partnered to investigate unsolved paranormal cases. The X-Files made primetime safe for sci-fi, and spawned a generation of hugely successful writer/producers. Somewhere, the truth is still out there. TV Guide Magazine Los Angeles bureau chief Michael Schneider leads a panel that is scheduled to include Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, plus series creator Chris Carter and writers/producers David Amann, Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban and Jim Wong. Ballroom 20
4:15-5:15 The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel— Robert Kirkman discusses the evolution of The Walking Dead and his plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, in a lively Q&A forum. Room 6A
4:30-5:30 Spotlight on J.H. Williams— This award-winning creator on such notable works as Promethea, Batwoman, and the upcoming Sandman with Neil Gaiman talks about why he loves comics, moderated by John Bultena (Lecturer Merritt Writing Program, UC Merced). Visual presentation, discussion, and Q&A session. Room 8
4:45-5:45 Entertainment Weekly's Brave New Warriors— A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set. Ballroom 20
Basically it comes down to this: with Ballroom 20, I get Psych, Sherlock, The X-Files, and EW's Entertaining Actors on a Panel panel. With Room 6A, I get music, Ode to Nerds, and The Walking Dead, which is a COMICS PANEL, and I try to go to some of those at Comic-Con.
4:45-5:45 I Know That Voice: A Documentary Special Preview and Q&A— John DiMaggio (executive producer of IKTV, also voice of Bender from Futurama, Jake The Dog from Adventure Time, IFC's Out There, and many more) brings the cast and crew of IKTV together for an exclusive sneak peek at the most anticipated film about voice-over (in animation and video games) ever made! Included in the panel are Billy West (Futurama, Ren and Stimpy), Rob Paulsen (TMNT, Pinky and the Brain), Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars, Ben 10, American Dad), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk, Ben 10, Mad), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, Brickleberry), Andrea Romano (25-time Emmy nominee, 8-time Emmy winner for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and more), Tommy Reid (producer, IKTV), and Lawrence Shapiro (director, IKTV). You won't want to miss this panel, especially with this bunch! You never what's going to come out of their mouths! Room 6BCF
The voice actor panels always sound like so much fun.
6:30-7:30 Showtime: Dexter— You've been there for every edge-of-your-seat moment, every kill, inside Dexter's most intimate thoughts, watching him transform before your eyes. Now, after eight amazing seasons, it's time to say goodbye to America's Favorite Serial Killer. Join the cast, writers/executive producers, and surprise guest stars who are too big to mention, for a final farewell panel that even Hall H can't contain! 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 series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), David Zayas (Batista), and James Remar (Harry). Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto. Satisfy your Dexter obsession all weekend. The new season of Dexter airs Sundays at 9:00 ET/PT only on Showtime. Hall H
Maybe Hall H will have cleared out some by the end of the day and I can make it in? Who knows?
7:30-8:30 Webseries Creators Assemble!— What builds The Guild? How do people from so many different backgrounds, sometimes operating on shoestring budgets, bring their own shows to life on YouTube and other websites? Geeks and Gamers Anonymous creators Katrina Hill and Alex Langley assemble geeky webseries creators and performers from Shelf Life (Tara Platt, Stephanie Thorpe), Husbands (Jane Espenson, Brad Bell), Super Knocked Up (Jeff Burns, Jourdan Gibson), and The Guild itself (Sandeep Parikh) to discuss the creative process from conception through casting, crowdsourcing, production, and promotion of original online content. Room 24ABC
8:30-10:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along— Join the fun as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog- coming back with call back sheets so you can play along during the screening. Enter the costume contest: horrible prizes awarded to the best version of each character from the show. DO NOT BOUNCE! Room 6BCF
Maybe one year I will make it to this. Maybe.
Or I will have dinner with Erin since Friday dinner won't work because of Veronica Mars and also RED PEARL KITCHEN CLOSED HOW COULD YOU THAT WAS OUR TRADITION.
ALL VERONICA MARS ALL THE TIME, for better or for worse.
10:00-11:00 The World's End: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Reunited— The director and stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have joined forces for a third movie-and it's "Barmageddon," their biggest yet. As ever, they're as happy to be here as you are. So expect candid chatter and spirited surprises as they take the wraps off their new comedy, which Focus Features is opening nationwide in the U.S. on August 23. Hall H
11:00-12:00 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time— What's algebraic and schmowzow and righteous all over? It's Adventure Time! Holy stuff! As if chatting up the coolest kids in the cartoon kingdom wasn't enough, get ready for your eyeballs to be fixed on some never-before-seen content and your jaw to drop at a rad surprise or two. The panel features Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), Olivia Olson (Marceline), Kent Osborne (head of story), and Adam Muto (supervising producer). Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza, beginning at 10:00. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
This isn't actually an option, but I wish I could go!
11:15-12:15 Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra Returns!— Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) discuss what's in store for the highly anticipated Book 2: Spirits. The mind-bending panel will be full of never-before-seen artwork and the ultimate of sneak peeks. You'll also get to hear from your favorite characters, as talented voice actors Janet Varney (voice of Korra), David Faustino (voice of Mako), and P. J. Byrne (voice of Bolin) share their experiences working on the series. Moderated by Bryan Konietzko. Ballroom 20
11:15-12:00 Veronica Mars Special Video Presentation and Q&A— Join cast members Kristen Bell, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino and Krysten Ritter along with producer and director Rob Thomas in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen. Fresh off the set of the film that was funded by over 90,000 devoted fans through Kickstarter, attendees will have an opportunity to see exclusive footage, hear details about the production, and ask the cast and producers questions about this upcoming movie. Hall H
OH LOOK AT THAT TWO OF MY MOST-ANTICIPATED PANELS AT THE SAME FUCKING TIME GODDAMN EVERYTHING. I was going to skip the VM panel for Korra because of other VM events later, but that was contingent upon—well, you'll see. At least with VM I also get The World's End. With Korra, I would get the fucking Big Bang Theory writers.
1:35-2:30 AMC's The Walking Dead— Series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson, and Chad Coleman join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the record-breaking third season of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 4, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 4. Hall H
1:45-3:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC— Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television), Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers), and surprise guests reveal top-secret new information about the first live-action television series from the House of Ideas. No Comic-Con attendee can afford to miss this historic panel! Ballroom 20
Oh, look, another of my most-anticipated panels in a different room from Veronica Mars, how wonderf—
2:00-3:00 Veronica Mars VIP Meet and Greet— I did pay a lot for the privilege of some face-time with Rob and the cast! Sign ALL THE THINGS. Omni Hotel
FUCK EVERYTHING. Yeah. Whine whine whine, because I get to go to a special Veronica Mars signing, I have to miss S.H.I.E.L.D. Or Walking Dead.
2:45-3:45 Spotlight on Bruce Timm— Comic-Con special guest Bruce Timm is a legend in the world of animation. Starting with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, Timm's name on a Warner Bros. Animation project has become synonymous with a faithful- but entirely original-translation of DC Comics characters from the comic page to the TV screen. Timm's award-winning work includes Superman, Justice League, Batman Beyond, and Teen Titans, as well as executive producer of a series of original DC Universe animated movies whose premieres have packed Comic-Con panel rooms over the past six years, since Superman/Doomsday in 2007. Room 5AB
2:50-3:45 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session— Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode third season in June and will begin filming its fourth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Featured cast include: (in alphabetical order): John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. The panel will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell. Hall H
If I had chosen Hall H, it would have been nice to stay for Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, but the Meet and Greet had to be scheduled at an inconvenient time.
3:00-4:00 The Character of Music— Composer and executive poducer teams discuss the dynamics of music in film and television. Bear McCreary and Jonathan Steinberg (Black Sails), Brian Reitzell, David Slade and Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), and Dino Meneghin and Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf) will all discuss their working relationship, how music plays a character in their stories and the intense process of scoring their projects. The panel will be moderated by director of film and TV relations Anne Cecere of BMI and Chandler Poling, president of White Bear PR and feature a Q&A. Attendees will get a sneak peek into the work and receive fun giveaways. Room 32AB
5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Nick Spencer— An in-depth conversation and open floor Q&A with Comic-Con special guest Nick Spencer, focusing on his creator-owned hits Morning Glories and Bedlam, his work for Marvel Comics on Avengers, Secret Avengers, and Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and future projects. Moderated by Josh Wigler. Room 4
My token comics panel! Spill some Morning Glories secrets, man! It's kind of sad how little attendance this panel will apparently have, per MySched. I should be able to walk right in.
5:15-6:00 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites— TV Guide Magazine returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by president/editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV's hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries), Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Henry Ian Cusick (The 100), Giancarlo Esposito (Revolution), Clark Gregg (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Joseph Morgan (The Originals), Blair Underwood (Ironside) and others. Ballroom 20
Man, look at all those fucking people. This panel is usually a hoot, and I'm sad to miss it.
6:15-7:15 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much more! Ballroom 20
6:45-7:45 Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life— What science fiction stories from the past year made you think, as well as entertaining you? Panelists talk about the year's smartest books, comics, movies, and TV with io9 staffers Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, Meredith Woerner, and Lauren Davis, joined by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Middleman), Marc Bernardin (Alphas), Austin Grossman (YOU), Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy), and Jose Molina (Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow). Room 5AB
This panel was great last year, but I will be missing it because of Veronica Mars.
7:00-8:00 BBC America's Orphan Black— "There's no better special effect on television right now than Tatiana Maslany playing [SPOILER]," says Entertainment Weekly. The stars of BBC America's Orphan Black -- Critics' Choice Best Actress winner Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce and co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett -- discuss the first season of the critically acclaimed [SPOILER] thriller. Smart, sexy, and pulsating with suspense, the series begins with Sarah (Maslany), a punk outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman, "Beth," who looks just like her. Sarah takes Beth's identity, boyfriend, and money. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that [SPOILER]? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers. Room 7AB
See above! I'm halfway through the first season, though, so I would probably avoid this panel for fear of spoilers anyway, but I hope I run into Tatiana Maslany. Will I even recognize her?
7:30-9:00 Veronica Mars Fan Event— I did pay a lot of money to get reserved seating for this shindig.UA Horton Plaza 8
8:00-9:00 Husbands: The New Marriage— The hit series Husbands has just completed filming its first new content under its exciting new relationship with the CW, and has already had a big year with the release of the hardcover Husbands comic book. Hear about the bouquet of new plans, new stories from the set, and the show's ring of bigger-than-big guest stars. Creators Jane Espenson and Brad Bell are joined by Husbands' co-stars Alessandra Torresani and Sean Hemeon, director Jeff Greenstein, and upcoming guest star Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing)to discuss the much-anticipated future happiness of the comedy. Moderated by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly). Room 7AB
After the VM event, I will have to scrounge up some late dinner. Usually, Friday night dinner is Red Pearl Kitchen, but IT CLOSED WHAT THE FUCK I guess the terrible service finally brought it down.
Saturday morning is clear, but the afternoon is a wild card!
11:00-12:00 Geek and Sundry: Leveling Up— Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural) reveals her upcoming shows on the Geek and Sundry network and exciting new partnerships. Guests include Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka) giving insights into the hit show TableTop; Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage) and Adam de la Pena (Code Monkeys) sharing details about their upcoming shows; Amy and Sachie from G&S's new vlogging channel talking comics and cosplay; and a few surprises! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
11:30-12:30 Inside the Writer's Room: Earth's Mightiest TV Writers Assemble— Meet the writers, producers, and executives who make genre entertainment what it is today, and get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the highly classified secrets to getting TV shows made and how to break in and break out in today's highly competitive broadcast environment; the deep dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writer's room; and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. No canned speeches and press releases here; get the straight scoop from television's most talented and outspoken writers and producers, including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Amy Berg (Eureka, TNT Geena Davis pilot), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Vampire Chronicles, Arrow), Jose Molina (Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, The Middleman), Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle), and surprise guests. Moderator Chris Parnell (senior VP, drama development, Sony Pictures Television) moderates. Room 24ABC
This panel always looks great, and it's always up against stuff in the Indigo Ballroom I want to see.
12:00-1:00 How I Met Your Mother— For the first time ever, the hit sitcom visits Comic-Con to kick off its final season with an exclusive look at the show and a panel featuring Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease), Jason Segel (The Muppets), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
First and last Comic-Con panel! Must attend!
1:00-2:30 Cartoon Voices I— Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year's lineup includes Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Grey DeLisle (Scooby Doo, Pound Puppies), Christopher Cox (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Family Guy), David Boat (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Family Guy), Michael Leon-Wooley (The Princess and the Frog), and Kari Wahlgren (Bolt, Tangled). Room 6BCF
Grey DeLisle!! Oh, man, one day.
Okay, so the afternoon is dicey. Here we go:
2:00-3:00 Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel— Comics legends Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Making Comics), Jeff Smith (Bone, Shazam!, RASL), Denis Kitchen (Al Capp, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman), and moderator Paul Levitz (Golden Age of DC Comics, The Legion of Super-Heroes) discuss Will Eisner and his pivotal role in the American graphic novel as creator and evangelist, as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eisner's A Contract with God. Q&A session to follow. Room 23ABC
2:30-3:30 Abrams: An Adventure Time Encyclopedia Panel with The Lord of Evil and Marceline The Vampire Queen— A conversation moderated by Kent Osborne (head of story, Adventure Time) with Martin Olson (voice actor, The Lord of Evil), and Olivia Olson (voice actor, Marceline The Vampire Queen) about their new book from Abrams, The Adventure Time Encyclopedia, including a slide show and a dramatic reading from the book. Surprises may include a terrifying appearance by Hunson Abadeer himself, a music video from the Nightosphere, and Olivia singing with special surprise guests. Audience participation is encouraged for maximum chance of survival! Room 8
2:30-7:00 Nicholas Brendon— He'll probably charge for an autograph, but I can say hi to Xander! Autograph Area, AA32
2:55-3:55 Entertainment Weekly's Women Who Kick Ass— Fierce, fearless and flat-out fantastic, these female actors have left fans breathless. Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious franchise), Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and others open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Hall H
3:00-4:00 Nerdist Industries— Chris Hardwick (BBC America's The Nerdist, AMC's Talking Dead) is joined by friends new and old to discuss the exciting things coming to Nerdist Industries. Join Chris and company as they look at the Nerdist Channel's upcoming slate, discuss new initiatives from the Nerdist team, and answer as many quemments as humanly possible. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
3:15-4:15 Vertigo: The Sandman 25th Anniversary and Beyond!— This year Vertigo's flagship title The Sandman returns to comics in an all-new series written by Neil Gaiman (TheSandman)! Join Neil for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of this timeless series and an exclusive look at what is in store for the Lord of the Dreaming with Neil and his past and future legendary collaborators, Dave McKean, Sam Kieth, Todd Klein, and J. H. Williams III. Room 6DE
3:30-4:30 Adventure Time Comic Book Panel— What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show and bestselling comic book published by KaBOOM! is bigger than ever in 2013! Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation featuring series writer Ryan North along with series artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, and writer/artist Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake). Room 8
4:00-5:00 Behind the Scenes with Telltale Games' The Walking Dead Game Series— Join Robert Kirkman (Creator of The Walking Dead comic series) and Telltale Game’s Dan Connors (Telltale Games, CEO) and Kevin Bruner (Telltale Games, President and CTO) as they discuss the inspiration behind developing the critically-acclaimed game series. Along with PlayStation’s Don Mesa (Director of Product Planning & Platform Software Innovation, SCEA), the team will walk fans through the origins of the game, reveal details on exciting new gameplay features exclusive to PlayStation Vita and include a little sneak peek on what’s to come for next chapter of The Walking Dead game series. A moderated by Greg Miller (Executive Editor, IGN). Room 23ABC
5:45-6:45 Batman: The Animated Series Turns 21— Pop the champagne! The landmark television production Batman: The Animated Series turns 21 this year. Spend an hour with the creative core of this groundbreaking series -- Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Eric Radomski -- as they recollect the dynamics of crafting a series that would have a resounding influence on Dark Knight properties -- and the entire animated television landscape -- for two decades and counting. Room 6DE
So my three options are Will Eisner panel with Neil Gaiman/Walking Dead game, Sandman panel with Neil Gaiman/Batman: The Animated Series, or Adventure Time/Adventure Time. The Adventure Time panels will probably be the easiest to get into, and the Sandman panel will be the hardest to get into. I don't really care about Will Eisner, but I fucking love the Walking Dead game, and I also like to go to a video game panel at Comic-Con too. Plus, the B:TAS panel may go a little too late since we have Buca di Beppo dinner at 7:00 with, like, a million people.
This day is pretty cut-and-dry, but I just hope it all works out. Look at all those other panels I'm missing!
10:00-11:15 Jack Kirby Tribute Panel— Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994, but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Neil Gaiman, Tony Isabella, and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine. And of course, it's moderated by Mark Evanier. Room 5AB
Can they switch this with the Will Eisner panel? I'm more interested in Jack Kirby than Will Eisner.
11:15-12:15 Breaking Bad— AMC's Breaking Bad creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan appears with the cast of Breaking Bad, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk. In a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick, Vince and the cast talk about what it was like to shoot the final episodes of one of the boldest and most intense dramas on television and how they are preparing for the series' final moments. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad season 5, premiering Sunday night, August 11 at 9:00. Hall H
Aaaaah this show.
12:00-1:00 George R.R. Martin Discusses the Skin Trade Adaptation— George R. R. Martin, the New York Times bestselling author and the mind behind HBO's massively successful Game of Thrones, discusses his novels, his projects, and the wicked new Skin Trade comic book series! His novels are the most anticipated releases in fiction, and the Game of Thrones series has captivated audiences worldwide. This is your chance to find out direct from the creative mastermind himself what twists, turns, and unfortunate ends your favorite characters are in for and why Skin Trade will make your skin crawl. Room 25ABC
12:00-1:00 Science Fiction and the Future— From spaceships and aliens to medical tampering and secret military weapons, science fiction books have never been as varied and exciting as they are now. James S. A. Corey (the writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck; Abaddon's Gate), Jason Hough (The Darwin Elevator), David Wellington (Chimera), Mira Grant (Parasite), Daniel Wilson (Amped), and D. J. MacHale (Sylo) discuss their new books and the vivid visions science fiction has to offer, from distant space to our own backyards. Moderated by Margaret Stohl (Icons). Room 24ABC
I love that Mira Grant is parenthesized with Parasite eeeeeee.
12:30-1:30 BBC America's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary— BBC America presents the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel featuring Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, An Adventure in Space and Time star David Bradley, and award-winning writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will premiere November 23, on BBC America. As part of the celebrations in November, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, with David Bradley starring as the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell. Hall H
1:30-2:30 Shattering Convention in Comic Book Storytelling— Moderated by Racebending.com, this panel of comic book authors discuss their experiences writing diverse and innovative work for big franchises, indie, small press, and web comics. Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury), Gene Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and Gail Simone (The Movement) will discuss diversity without stereotyping, creating compelling heroes and villains, and reader advocacy. Room 23ABC
Sure, I won't actually go to this, but I'm glad it exists!
1:50-2:45 Community: Celebrating the Fans— Community is back at Comic-Con, and the show is making its Hall H debut to celebrate the devoted Community fandom! Currently confirmed are cast members Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong, plus executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna and co-executive producer Andy Bobrow, moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist). Be a part of the study group for a panel and Q&A, and you'll find out firsthand what surprises are in store for the Sony Pictures Television's comedy series when it returns to NBC for its fifth season. Community launches in broadcast syndication and on Comedy Central this September. Hall H
No Donald Glover, but yes Dan Harmon! This should be...interesting.
2:00-3:00 Witches and Fey, Monsters and Mortals— That vamp's a tramp; this witch is a real bitch. Pixies will pinch, and the fey go beyond fairly frightening. The ghouls are ghastly, and we mere mortals are growing testy. Oh, and that creepy-looking fella is sprouting fur from his feet, and who knows "were" else! Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong series) encourages S. M. Wheeler (Sea Change), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Brom (Krampus), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms), Amber Benson (The Calliope Reaper-Jones series), Seanan McGuire (The October Daye series), Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series), and C. Robert Cargill (Dreams and Shadows) to provide perspective on the monsters of myth. Room 24ABC
What the fuck is up with the first sentence of this description, I don't even.
2:15-3:15 Under the Dome— Stars Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), along with executive producers Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), Neal Bear (Law and Order: SVU), and Jack Bender (Lost), invite you to go under the dome as they discuss the television event of the summer about a small town inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible and indestructible dome. Based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the series follows "Big Jim" (Norris), the only elected official left under the dome whose abiding love for the town may be surpassed only by his desire for power; Dale "Barbie" Barbara (Vogel), an army veteran with a mysterious past; and "Julia Shumway" (Lefevre), the editor of the local newspaper who is coping with the disappearance of her husband, among other residents who are all struggling to uncover the mystery of the dome that has descended upon their town. They must come together to find ways to survive and work to ultimately rebuild their democracy from the ground up, while facing postapocalyptic situations. Follow them on this journey under the dome, where no one can hide and no one's secret is safe. Room 6BCF
I hope Brian K. Vaughan has some sort of signing that I can actually make COME ON IMAGE HELP ME OUT HERE.
3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Neil Gaiman— Comic-Con special guest Neil Gaiman has crossed over into numerous media. From comics to novels, from kids' books to animation, from television to movies, Neil remains one of the most popular creators in the world. Visiting Comic-Con this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his seminal comics creation The Sandman, he'll talk about everything that's going on his career right now. Room 6DE
So we're not making it into this panel, sadly, because it's hugely popular and we'll be coming from Hall H, but I hope it empties out enough for us to get into...
4:15-5:00 Harry Potter: Still Magic!— The Harry Potter book and movie canons are closed (though Pottermore and Universal's Wizarding Worlds are open). Sixteen years after we first went to Hogwarts, fans are still discussing, creating and gathering online and in person to share their love for J. K. Rowling's stories, and for the fandom! Look back, ahead, and into the Mirror of Erised with forever HP fans, including moderator Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley.org), Joey Richter and Brian Rosenthal (Team StarKid/A Very Potter Senior Year), Mark Oshiro (MarkDoesStuff.com), Harrison Homel (International Quidditch Association), Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights), Alex Carpenter (The Remus Lupins), and Lauren Bird (HP Alliance). Room 6DE
MARK ON A COMIC-CON PANEL!!! I have to think of an embarrassing question to ask him.
7:00-9:00 Mark Does Stuff Summer Tour— Ask Mark more embarrassing questions! Undisclosed
Somehow my schedule seems to be packed with panels, with very little time for the floor, so I don't even know how I might work in any signings, even though I will be lugging stuff down. Comic-Con, how do you work. Why can't all the panels I want to see be in one room one after the other? It should be Sunil's Damn Comic-Con.