(Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 1:16 PM)
Preview Night, you know the drill.
Wondermark: Exhibit Hall, TopatoCo Booth #1229
David Mack: Exhibit Hall, Century Guild Booth #2845
Nidhi Chanani: Exhibit Hall, Small Press, O-13
Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Ian Herring, Noelle Stevenson: Exhibit Hall, BOOM! Studios Booth #2229
Bryan Lee O'Malley, Rob Guillory: Exhibit Hall, Felix Comics Booth #701
Alison MacInnis: Exhibit Hall, Power Morphicon Booth #437
The Looking Glass Promo Card for Gloom: Exhibit Hall, Atlas Games Booth #4423
8:00-9:00 Signing with John Layman and Rob Guillory—Chew! Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
Possibly traditional Mark Does Stuff meet-up at...somewhere? THEY CLOSED THE PINKBERRY. How about we meet there anyway at 8:30? Or something.
Baaaaaaasically I'm camping out in Ballroom 20 all day.
9:30-1:00 Roc Upchurch—Rat Queens artist just hanging out! Exhibit Hall, Booth #5002
11:00-12:00 Signing with Ben H. Winters—I just picked up the Last Policeman books for free at the Nebs! Exhibit Hall, Quirk Books Booth #1636
I can totally pull this off if I take a bathroom pass once the 24 panel ends and run down to the Exhibit Hall during the Under the Dome panel!
11:00-12:00 Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature—Dr. David Brin (Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift trilogy), Jim Butcher (NY Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files series), Rachel Caine (NY Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series), Jason Hough (NY Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series), Marie Lu (NY Times bestselling author of the Legend series), and Jonathan Maberry (NY Times bestselling author of the Joe Ledger series) discuss writing science fiction and fantasy novels and their adaptation to TV and movies. Moderated by Henry Herz (editor of Beyond the Pale). Room 5AB
12:00-1:00 Welcome to Night Vale Panel—Moderated by Meg Bashwiner (Proverb Lady), this panel hosts many of your favorite talents including: Joseph Fink (Writer), Jeffrey Cranor (Writer), Cecil Baldwin (Cecil), Dylan Marron (Carlos), Jasika Nicole (Dana), Hal Lublin (Steve Carlsberg). Geek and Sundry Lounge
JASIKA NICOLE. JASIKA NICOLE. NOT FAIR I AM GOING TO BE STUCK IN BALLROOM 20 ALL DAY.
12:45-1:45 Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV—Jane Espenson (Husbands), Amy Berg (Eureka), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) discuss what it's like to create blockbuster science fiction in the media: their adventures and challenges, what's working now, what the future will look like, and all the factors that will change how we consume our personal fandoms. Moderated by Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Blog). Room 6DE
1:00-2:00 Female Heroes, Then and Now—This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heartbreakers, a groundbreaking science fiction series that was one of the first action comics starring female heroes, and the only one written by a woman when it debuted in Dark Horse Presents. Today, there are more women than ever reading and creating comics-not to mention cosplaying and writing about comics-but it seems a lot of the old biases are still entrenched. What's changed in 25 years, and what hasn't? Join Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee (Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), for a lively discussion of sexism, science fiction, comic books, and geek culture. Room 32AB
There are so many interesting-sounding panels about women and female characters, and I probably won't end up making it to any of them because of conflicts.
1:00-1:45 Signing with Roc Upchurch—Rat Queens! Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
Another bathroom pass run downstairs!
1:30-2:30 Science Fiction Author Cosplay—John Scalzi (Redshirts, Lock In) reads from his forthcoming near-future thriller, answers audience questions, and maybe even serenades them on the ukulele(!). Horton Grand Theatre
I bet this will be a lot of fun, but it's a ticketed event!
2:00-3:00 Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Film, TV, Comics, Video Games, and Novels—Explore the past, present, and the future of female character creation for film, TV, comics, video games, and novels and examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes, while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters with moderator Michele Brittany (West Coast Bleeding Cool News correspondent), Neo Edmund (Red Riding-Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10 Omniverse), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, creator of countless comic book characters), Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters, Rescue Bots), and Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime, Rescue Bots). Room 28DE
2:15-3:15 Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine's Tribute to Community—Will "six seasons and a movie" come true? Has Greendale Community College been saved? What happens next to Jeff Winger and the study group? Moderator Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine's executive editor, joins Community creator Dan Harmon and members of the cast and producers as they recap last season (including Dan's heralded return to the show) and discuss what the future holds for this fan-favorite comedy. Ballroom 20
The panel last year was a lot of fun, so I have high hopes!
3:00-4:00 Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud—Comic-Con special guest Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) and Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) talk comics, creative processes, current and upcoming projects, and the general state of the industry. It'll be awesome. Room 28DE
3:00-4:00 The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture—With so many damsels in distress, "fridged" girlfriends, and invisible women in popular culture, how's a fangirl (or fanboy) supposed to find a lady to look up to? By banding together and making their own, that's how! To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (professional stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia founder), Adrienne Curry (host/model/Tolkien enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (TheMarySue.com), Bryan Q. Miller ( Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon). Room 7AB
3:00-4:00 When Magic & Myth Meet Main Street—When stories mix modern cities like Paris, L.A., and New York with magic, myth, and demon spawn, they are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today's popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Jim Butcher (Skin Game), Seanan McGuire (Sparrow Hill Road), Richard Kadrey (The Getaway God), Thomas Sniegoski (The Remy Chandler Series), Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper-Jones series), and Greg van Eekhout (California Bones) discuss why something old with something new equals gold. Moderated by Anton Strout (Incarnate). Room 25ABC
Cool, just put three panels I want to see at the same time, and also I'll be in Ballroom 20. This year the urban fantasy panel has FOUR authors I like!
4:15-5:15 Skybound's The Walking Dead—Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. Moderated by The Walking Dead editor Sean Mackiewicz. Room 6A
4:45-5:45 Hannibal: Embrace the Madness—Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. The menu will include executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer/writer Steven Lightfoot, director David Slade, executive producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams (Special Agents Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller), in a panel moderated by Jonathan Ross. They'll serve behind-the-scenes discussion from the second season, paired with sneak previews of what's to come in season 3, not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals! Ballroom 20
PANEL OF THE DAY. PANNIBAL.
9:00-10:00 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time Royal Ball—Hear ye, Hear ye! Princess Bubblegum cordially invites you to the first ever Royal Ball of Ooo at San Diego Comic-Con! Join panelists for an hour filled with mathematical magic as they screen a royal handful of your favorite Adventure Time episodes, including a world premiere! But wait, there's more: wear your favorite Adventure Time-inspired outfit for this special celebration and you have the chance to walk away with a righteous prize! Now come one, come all for a ball of laughs, a ball of costumes, and a ball of royal awesomesauce! Room 7AB
This sounds like a lot of fun, but it may actually be hard to get into if I don't hang out there all night? Besides:
9:00-10:00 Linkin Park!—This is when I presume Linkin Park will take the stage at MTV2 Party in the Park! Petco Park
Yes, I still love Linkin Park, shut up.
So Friday is basically the fucking worst. But my approach to Friday is that rather than choose between all the awesome panels I could go to, I will go to NONE OF THEM and do signings instead.
10:00-4:00 Roc Upchurch—Rat Queens artist just hanging out! Exhibit Hall, Booth #5002
10:00-11:00 Gender in Comics—Panelists explore both the role of gender in mainstream and independent comics, as well as the impact of gender politics on the business side of the industry and in the media. Moderated by comics editor Janelle Asselin, the panel includes ComicsAlliance.com senior editor Andy Khouri, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, comics writer James Tynion IV (The Woods), Image comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman, and WIRED writer Laura Hudson. Room 4
Like I sad: lots of interesting panels that I just won't make it to. These smaller ones tend to go pretty well, too.
11:00-12:00 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time—Oh my glob, what would Comic-Con be without Adventure Time? Never fear, fans, Cartoon Network is bringing back the most mathematical show on TV to Comic-Con. You know what time it is! So get off your lumps and hang out with the fantastical cast and crew as they dish on all things Adventure Time and share never-before-seen footage. The following friends will be appearing from the Land of Ooo for a super sick panel: Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and more. Moderated by the super-talented and man-of-many-voices Tom Kenny. Indigo Ballroom
This panel looks like so much fun! Voice actors and stuff!
11:00-11:45 Signing with Brian K. Vaughan—Y: The Last Man! EVERYTHING! TICKETED GAAAH. Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
Maybe I skip panels today and just do signings.
11:00-12:00 Image Comics: I Is for...Inception—Collaboration is the lifeblood of comics. Writers, artists, colorists, and letterers team up to create the comics you know and love. Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Fiona Staples (Saga), Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), John Layman (Chew), Steve Seagle (Imperial), and some special surprise guests will discuss creating entire universes from scratch and the teamwork it takes to make their comics the best they can be. Room 23ABC
LOOK AT THAT MOTHERFUCKING LINEUP! I DON'T KNOW WHO STEVE SEAGLE IS BUT I LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.
11:15-12:15 Nickelodeon: Legend of Korra: Book 3—Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) give a behind-the-scenes peek at how they create one of animation's most stunning television productions. Panelists include voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), John Michael Higgins (Varrick) and Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong). Including an exclusive sneak peek screening of a new episode for Book 3, "Change." Moderated by Megan Casey (VP of current series for Nickelodeon). Ballroom 20
But the motherfucking Korra panel! I'm especially excited since this season's been so good! But:
11:30-12:30 iZombie Pilot Screening and Q&A—Olivia "Liv" Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident, is on the fast track to a perfect life...until she's turned into a zombie. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses all traces of her former drive and ambition. She transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to reluctantly access the only real form of sustenance left available to her-and the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity-human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet: With each brain she consumes, Liv experiences "visions"-flashes of the corpse's memories-including, in some cases, clues as to how they were killed. iZombie makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, iZombie premieres Midseason on The CW. Room 6BCF
I want to go see Rob and Diane's new show!
12:00-12:45 Signing with Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky—Sex Criminals! TICKETED GAAAH. Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
12:20-1:20 AMC's The Walking Dead—Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz 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) to discuss the shocking finale of season 4 of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 5, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 5. Hall H
Sometimes I just put things on my schedule so I know I'm missing something huge.
1:00-2:30 Gloom Spotlight Event Featuring Keith Baker—Play Gloom with the designer! Or watch him play! Get it signed! "Gloom playthrough with Patrick Rothfuss and Keith Baker from Atlas Games, with Nika Harper, Boyan Radakovich, Pat Rothfuss, Tigermonkey, Neil McNeil, Becca Canote, Cristina Viseu, Craig Cackowski, Hal Lublin." Geek and Sundry Lounge
I have a ticket to play with cool people! Gloom is one of my favorite games! Hell, I could watch Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton and who knows who else play it, and it would be hilarious. But maybe they won't even be there at all. WHO WILL I GET TO PLAY WITH.
1:40-2:40 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A—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 fourth season in June and will begin filming its fifth 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) Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Baratheon, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane ("The Hound"), Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. Hall H
2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Brian K. Vaughan—Comic-Con special guest Brian K. Vaughan, the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of Saga, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and Runaways, takes the stage for no-holds-barred Q&A session about writing, Image Comics, his time in the Hollywood trenches, gin, his new pay-what-you-want digital comics initiative PanelSyndicate.com, money, and just about anything else YOU feel like asking. Room 25ABC
YES YES YE—
2:30-3:30 101 Ways to Kill a Man Signing—Tobias Buckell, Alex Hughes, M.A. Lawson, Stephen Blackmoore, Gregg Hurtwitz. Autograph Area, AA09
2:30-3:30 Bryan Lee O'Malley Signing—Bryan Lee O'Malley! Autograph Area, AA21
2:30-5:30 Welcome to Night Vale Signing—Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin. Autograph Area, AA12
3:00-4:00 Marvel Television Presents—Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) returns with exciting news and fun surprises for fans! Join Jeph and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter in this can't-miss panel that will take you behind the scenes and into the future of Marvel's live-action television series. Ballroom 20
GODFUCKINGDAMMIT. Ballroom 20 is going to be a madhouse because of this and Arrow if MySched is any indication (and it is). Do I get in for Korra and stay? Because there's certainly no way I'm getting in after iZombie or the Gloom thing. Grr.
3:00-3:45 Signing with John Layman and Rob Guillory—Chew! Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Fiona Staples—Talk digital art, character design, and naked monsters with comic artist and Comic-Con special guest Fiona Staples (Saga). Moderated by Image Comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman. Room 25ABC
YES YES YES if I avoid Ballroom 20.
3:30-4:30 Brian K. Vaughan Signing—Brian K. Vaughan! If I don't get a ticket! Autograph Area, AA20
4:00-5:00 Wonder Women of the 21st Century: Female Protagonists—We couldn't imagine our favorite comic book, TV show, novel or film without our beloved superheroines. However, the journey for them has not been easy. Whether it's cultural barriers or societal sexism, super women have had to fight more than just crime in order to survive. Creators Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You), Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model), Michele R. Wells (Disney Publishing Worldwide, DK Publishing, Penguin), and Adam Simon (Man Down, Synapse) discuss the challenges and obstacles to creating relevant female protagonists in today's male-dominated industries. Room 9
I am going to be on a panel about superheroes and superheroines in comics throughout the years at Worldcon, so it would be cool to go to a relevant panel! And maybe I could walk right into this fucker?
4:00-4:45 Signing with John Layman and Rob Guillory—Chew! Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
5:00-6:00 We Are Husbands and You Can Too!—The creators and creative staff of Husbands (Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon and director Eli Gonda) talk about the huge year in the history of this progressive comedy, moving to a network home on CWSeed, and earning CW's first Writers' Guild Award nomination ever. They'll also discuss the future of the show and the democratization of TV making and walk you through how you can create a TV empire and change the world. This panel will be moderated by Jenna Busch. Room 23ABC
Or I could try for this.
6:00-7:00 Orphan Black—BBC America's award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con. Stars Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Rachel, Helena, and more) Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine) and Ari Millen (Mark) join co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross. The Clone Club gathers to discuss the second season of the conspiracy thriller, which just wrapped in June and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and across all digital platforms to download. Room 6A
AHAHAHAHA WHY THE FUCK IS THIS IN 6A. THERE ARE ALREADY MORE PEOPLE ON MYSCHED THAN THE ROOM CAN EVEN HOLD. THAT ALMOST NEVER HAPPENS. No one gets into this unless you camp out all day in 6A, and there are far too many other things to see on this day. I NEED TO CLONE MYSELF GODDAMMIT.
6:00-7:00 The Science of Science Fiction—In Hollywood, everybody "knows" that scientists are typically treated as supervillains or antisocial nerds. But more and more, scientist characters are playing the hero. A panel-moderated by IEEE Spectrum senior editor Stephen Cass (Coming Soon Enough) and featuring Kevin Grazier (Defiance), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (The Hunted), Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer), writers and producers Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and the team of Zack Stenz and Ashley E. Miller (Fringe)-will debate whether or not scientists have truly escaped the stereotypes. Room 7AB
I like Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller! Zack says good things on Twitter!
6:15-7:15 Adventure Time: A Totally Algebraic Dramatic Reading—After over two years of Adventure Time comic books, BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network continue to break new ground with the July debut of a new limited series, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy. This marks the first time that one of the writers behind the animated show will write the Adventure Time comic! To mark the occasion, Kent Osborne, current head writer, has crafted a brand-new, original Adventure Time radio play that will tie into this new comic series, and for the first time anywhere, it will be performed live by voice actors from the show. Plus, learn more about the series and come prepared with all of your burning questions about the Land of Ooo! Horton Grand Theatre
This sounds WAY COOL but it's a ticketed event and who wants to stand in line at 9:00 AM and thus not get into anything else.
6:45-8:45 Traditional Dinner with Erin—With the Red Pearl Kitchen shut down, we must jump from Asian fusion restaurant to Asian fusion restaurant until we find one that has absurdly large furniture outside. Gang Kitchen
It is nice to have this constant in my life.
8:00-10:30 Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards—The 26th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor/screenwriter/comedian Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Balls of Fury), actor/comedian Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, The MAD Show), actor Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), nominee Reginald Hudlin (writer, Black Panther; producer, Django Unchained), Belgian graphic novelists Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten (Obscure Cities series), nominees Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Sex Criminals) and Kelly DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), writer/artist nominee Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise) and voice actors Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Justice League Unlimited, MADtv) and Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Indigo Ballroom
It would be nice to go to the Eisners one year maybe I guess.
Saturday is simple: Saga Saga Saga Saga!!!
10:00-11:00 Diversity in Genre Lit—In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains, and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire),Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control), as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important. Room 7AB
Luckily, Room 7AB has good panels before Saga as well! Since I am a Diversity Consultant now, I should attend.
11:00-11:45 Signing with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples—Saga! TICKETED GAAAH. Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
11:00-11:45 Signing with Matt Fraction—Hawkeye! Sex Criminals! Mantooth! TICKETED GAAAH. Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
11:30-12:30 Inside The Writers' Room: Earth's Mightiest Writers Re-Assemble—If writers' rooms were like superhero teams then "Inside the Writers' Room" just lined up the Justice League and The Avengers for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write and rewrite the series you love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers' room-and why network executives actually care about what you write on message boards. Get the straight scoop on how shows go from inside their heads to a dry erase board to your television sets and tablets from some of today's most talented and outspoken writers and producers, moderated by Sony Pictures Television's jocular senior VP of drama development & production, Chris Parnell. The heroic lineup this year includes Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), William Harper (Grey's Anatomy), Christine Boylan (Constantine, Once Upon A Time), Ashley E. Miller (The New Terminator TV series, Fringe, Andromeda), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, Castle, Arrow), Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow, Firefly, Agent Carter), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle, Free Enterprise TV Series). Room 24ABC
This panel always looks good. I never go to it.
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Bryan Lee O'Malley—Comic-Con special guest Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, discusses his newest project, Seconds, with Laura Hudson (Wired). Room 28DE
This would be fun but I am partying with him at Isotope and getting things signed so it is not necessary.
1:00-2:00 Saga—You know Saga. You love Saga. You can't get enough of Saga. Luckily, this year, series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are ready, rested, and eager to talk to you about Saga. What's coming up next on you-know-what? How could they do that thing to you-know-who? Whether you're coming in your finest cosplay or street clothes, you need to come to this panel. Room 7AB
MY TOKEN COMICS PANEL FUCK YES.
1:30-2:30 Sci-Fi, Robots, and AI, Oh My!—Daniel H. Wilson, Andy Weir, Jason Hough, Daniel Price, M.D. Waters, Nick Cole. Autograph Area, AA09
If I can't rush Daniel H. Wilson after his panel, I can get him to sign Robot Uprisings here MAYBE.
2:30-3:30 The Art of Fear—Horror novels have been keeping us up at night for years. From haunted houses to creepy-crawly worms, mysterious illnesses, demons, human extinction, and the apocalypse, these authors give you goosebumps while you read. Authors Mira Grant (Parasite), G. Michael Hopf (The New World Series), Katherine Howe (Conversion), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish), and James Rollins (The 6th Extinction) discuss their novels, the writing process, and why you keep the light on while you read. Moderated by Glen Hirshberg (Motherless Child). Room 8
I'm not entirely sure what I want to do after Saga, and it'll depend on signings. I could go see Seanan's panel or just hang around in 7AB because...
3:00-4:00 Strong Female Characters—Well-written, realistic female characters are celebrated in this panel featuring Comic-Con International special guests June Brigman (Power Pack), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Colleen Coover (Bandette), Sara Mayhew (Legend of the Ztarr), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Fiona Staples (Saga), Paul Tobin (Bandette), and Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), and moderated by Maggie Thompson. Strong female characters can be heroes or villains, have weaknesses and strengths, flaws or assets, and ultimately make the stories we love to read. Room 7AB
That is a pretty great lineup!
3:00-4:00 Robert Kirkman Presents Skybound Entertainment Featuring Norman Reedus—Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and his producing partner David Alpert (The Walking Dead) discuss Skybound's journey into television and film beyondThe Walking Dead series. The panel will feature an exclusive, never-before-seen teaser of Skybound's first feature film, AIR starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), a co-production with Automatik Entertainment (Insidious franchise) that has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Reedus will join the panel to discuss the making of AIR and what it was like to work with Kirkman and Alpert outside of The Walking Dead. Director Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption) will also be present. Skybound's newest division, Skybound Interactive, will also share their upcoming slate of games including news about the critically acclaimed game The Walking Dead by Telltale. Room 6A
But then again, I also like to go to a video game panel, and this one will include the TWD game (ugh, last year's panel was SO GOOD). Seems like an afterthought, though, so maybe not worth arranging my schedule around it.
4:00-7:00 Roc Upchurch—Rat Queens artist just hanging out! Exhibit Hall, Booth #5002
4:10-5:10 Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass—A discussion among Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), and other fierce, fearless, and flat-out fantastic female actors who open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Hall H
WHAT IF I COULD GET INTO HALL H WITH MAGIC.
5:30-6:30 Marvel Studios—Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hall H
6:00-7:00 Geek and Sundry: What's Next with Felicia Day—Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural) reveals her exciting new shows and upcoming partnerships on the Geek & Sundry network. Guests include Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us, The Avengers) gazing into the future of Spooked, and Jesse Cox (OMFGCata) and Amy Dallen (Talkin' Comics Weekly) sharing details about their upcoming shows. Indigo Ballroom
This is the last panel in the room, so it might be easy to walk in if I feel like it. I like those people!
7:00-8:00 American Horror Story: Coven—Who's the baddest witch in town? For the first time ever, the critically acclaimed miniseries visits Comic-Con with an exclusive look back at AHS: Coven followed by an all-star panel featuring AHS cast members Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and executive producer Tim Minear. The panel will also treat fans to some exclusive secrets from the set of the next franchise instalment, AHS: Freak Show. Room 6DE
Or maybe I could try to get into this? It'll depend on evening plans.
7:00-8:00 Fight Club: From Page to Screen and Beyond—Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke, Haunted), director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Social Network, and Gone Girl), Gerald Howard (Doubleday executive editor), and special guests discuss the seminal novel's journey from book to film and beyond. Moderated by Rick Kleffel (TheAgonyColumn.com). Room 25ABC
This is happening! It is a real thing! Chuck Palahniuk and David Fincher! I want to go see them probably!
Sunday is...Sunday. I'm not even sure what I want to do on Sunday! Maybe floor time finally?
9:30-12:00 Roc Upchurch—Rat Queens artist just hanging out! Exhibit Hall, Booth #5002
10:15-11:15 Sesame Street & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the 'Street'—Sesame Street has continuously turned the sensations of the entertainment world into lighthearted attractions that make children and their parents laugh, sing, and learn. See a special screening of the new Sesame Street spoofs "Numeric Con" and "Star S'mores" (hilarious parodies of Comic-Con and Star Wars), debuting in the show's upcoming 45th season. Then explore the ways pop culture has played a vital role throughout the show's history during a panel discussion with the Sesame Street Muppets and Eric Jacobson (Grover and Bert), Joey Mazzarino (Murray Monster, Sesame Street head writer and director), David Rudman (Cookie Monster and Baby Bear), and Carol-Lynn Parente (executive producer). The discussion will be moderated by Chris Hardwick (Host of @midnight and Talking Dead, Nerdist). Room 6A
This looks like it will be fun and cute, actually! I mean, I don't want to line up early for it, I guess, unless other people do. Maybe I could sleep in on Sunday. That would be cool.
11:00-12:00 Middle Grade Extravaganza—The best stories stay with you forever. They shape who we are and what we love. Join some of the industries great storytellers as they talk about stories that shape and mold and stick with you long after the book has closed. Featuring Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Rachel Renee Russell (The Dork Diaries), Brandon Mull (Sky Raiders), E. J. Altbacker (Shark Wars), Pseudonymous Bosch (Bad Magic), and P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book) in conversation with David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 25ABC
PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH IS GOING TO BE THERE I CAN SEE WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE.
11:00-11:45 Signing with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples—Saga! TICKETED GAAAH. Exhibit Hall, Image Booth #2279
But instead I am going to gun for a fucking ticket here because NEED IT NEED IT NEED IT FINALLY MEET BKV. IF I ALREADY DID IT ON FRIDAY THEN I CAN SEE HIM AGAIN AND FIONAAAAAAA.
12:30-1:30 Middle Grade Extravaganza Signing—Paul Pope, Dav Pilkey, Rachel Renee Russell, Brandon Mull, E.J. Altbacker, Pseudonymous Bosch, P. Craig Russell. Autograph Area, AA09
SINCE I AM MISSING THE PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH PANEL FOR BKV LET'S GET HIM TO SIGN STUFF.
1:30-2:30 Superheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation—Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world. Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), and Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron). Room 23ABC
This is a good lineup and it is relevant to my Worldcon panel! I mean, maybe Sunday is so chill that I can just walk right into shit all day, I don't know.
2:00-3:00 Stephen Blackmoore—We are Twitter friends! He can sign my book! Exhibit Hall, Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119
2:00-3:00 Cover Story: The Art of Cover—What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let's ask five top artists...all folks who've created some of the best. Come hear the "shop talk" of Mark Brooks (Amazing Spider-Man, The New X-Men), Amanda Conner (Power Girl, Harley Quinn), Jae Lee (Before Watchmen, Batman/Superman), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), and Fiona Staples (Saga, Trick 'r Treat). Moderated by Mark Evanier. Room 25ABC
If I don't see Fiona Staples elsewhere, I could see her here.
4:00-5:00 The Battle for Multicultural Heroes—The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today's media. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Linda Le (professional cosplayer), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), and Tony B. Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com). Room 28DE
This panel sounds like it will be both humorous AND poignant.
4:15-5:00 Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: The Annual Harry Potter Fan Panel—What's coming next for fans as they continue to discuss, debate, and create, look forward to the JKR-penned Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them film series, plan visits to theme parks across the U.S. and Asia, visit the Leavesden Studios, support fanfic, fanart, fanfilms, and social justice projects inspired by the Wizarding World, have "fandomy reunions" at pubs, cons. and wrock concerts, play Quidditch. and, of course, reread the books-with their new covers. Join Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition cover illustrator), Dylan Saunders (Team StarKid), Lauren Bird (HP Alliance), Madhuri Shekar (In Love and Warcraft), Mark Oshiro (MarkDoesStuff.com) and Sunny Williams (Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise) at this Q&A session moderated by Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley.org). Room 6DE
MARK ON A PANEL AGAIN! WE MUST ASK HIM STUPID SHIT.
As usual, once I find out signings, everything will get EVEN WORSE, and I don't really know what should be green and red. I made some things red just to mock myself. In any case, let's see if I can have a fun, not too stressful time! I am going to get to see a lot of friends and meet people from the Internet!!