Comic Con Programming: I wanna…   

So. I promised myself I’d be leaving the house in 9 minutes and yet I just spent the last 30 minutes going through Comic Con programming for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday picking out the things I’d like to do in an ideal world. GAH!!! So, here they are… if it were possible to do everything I’d want to do, this is what my schedule would look like for Comic Con. Of course, it’s not possible so my actual schedule will be 1/8th of this, if that.

And, for the record, the Gods of Comic Con programming are EVIL EVIL CREATURES who managed to find one of the few things that would make me consider missing some of the VM panel (which means missing the whole thing because there’s no coming in late I’m sure but, even if there was, I’d be stuck at the back of the room). Seriously. I bolded them both on Saturday’s schedule so you can witness for yourself what a huge TV geek I am. It’s a cruel world. I honestly didn’t think it was possible to have anything on the schedule that would compete with VM for me. Poor deluded Rae.

Ok, sorry, I was having a moment. On to the schedule that will never happen…


1:30-3:00 Spotlight on Peter S. Beagle— Best known for his popular fantasy novel The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle is also a renowned screenwriter and songwriter. In his first appearance at Comic-Con as a special guest, Peter’s spotlight will feature a look at his work, past, present, and future, followed by a Q&A session. Room 6A

3:00-4:00 IDW Publishing and the Transformers: More Than Meets the IDW— Next summer the big-budget Transformers movie hits the world! But this summer, you can get an advance look at IDW’s plans for their TF comics leading up to the release of that movie, as well as talk about all the other TF titles in the works for 2006 and 2007! Join IDW publisher/ChrisCharger Chris Ryall, along with editor Dan Taylor, artists Don Figueroa (The Transformers: Beast Wars), E. J. Su (The Transformers: Infiltration), and other surprise Autobots and Decepticons who might stop by the panel. Room 4=

3:00-4:00 Universal Monsters 75th Anniversary— Those old boys never looked so good! It’s been 75 years since Universal’s take on Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster first startled audiences and set the stage for the incredible dynasty of good ol’ bad guys who followed: the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, to name just the most famous. Join CFQ magazine’s Jeff Bond as he talks to the king of Horrorwood, Karloffornia, Forrest J Ackerman, Famous Monsters cover artist Basil Gogos, actor and monster collector Dan Roebuck (Matlock, Lost), and author John Flynn (75 Years of Universal Monsters) about the enduring love affair between monsters and audience. Plus see exclusive footage from the upcoming Frankenstein and Dracula 75th Anniversary DVDs from Universal Home Video! Room 6B

3:30-5:00 Lionsgate Presents Crank, Skinwalkers, and Saw III— Meet the cast and filmmakers and be one of the first to see exclusive footage from three of Lionsgate’s highly anticipated films. From Crank: Jason Statham (Transporter), Amy Smart (Road Trip), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), and writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. From Skinwalkers: director Jim Isaac (Jason X) and character/creature creator Stan Winston. From Saw III: director Darren Lynn Bousman, writer Leigh Whannell, producer Mark Burg, actress Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself Tobin Bell. Also included: a sneak peek of Neil Marshall’s The Descent. Room 6CDEF

4:00-5:00 Pinky and the Brain/Animaniacs— It’s a screening of a special feature from the Animaniacs Volume 1 DVD and the Pinky & the Brain Volume 1 DVD! Panelists participating in the Q&A include Maurice La Marche (voice of Brain and Squit Pigeon), Rob Paulsen (voice of Pinky and Yakko), Jess Harnell (voice of Wakko), Andrea Romano (voice director/casting director for both shows), Earl Kress (writer for both shows), Peter Hastings (writer for both shows), and Gordon Bressack (writer for both shows). Room 6B

5:00-6:00 The Tripper Movie Preview/Q&A— Get an exclusive look at the upcoming horror film The Tripper with writer and director star David Arquette (Scream, Eight Legged Freaks), along with executive producer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Joe Harris (co-screenwriter), and others. Starring Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Jason Mewes (Clerks 2), Paul Reubens (Pee Wee’s Playhouse), and others, The Tripper follows a group of hippies as they head to a weekend-long concert for some fun, only to be stalked by a deranged killer with an unnatural obsession with Ronald Reagan. An exclusive trailer will be shown along with clips and stills from the movie, followed by a Q&A. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Happy Tree Friends— See the exclusive world premiere of the Happy Tree Friends television series. Comic-Con will be the first and only place fans will see the television episode before it goes to air this fall! Creative team Kenn Navarro, John Evershed, Ken Pontac, Jim Lively, and Francis Carr will be on hand for this screening and Q&A session, and be sure to get your photo taken with our 7-foot tall Cuddles mascot! Each attendee will also receive an exclusive Happy Tree Friends TV button. Room 5AB


10:30-11:30 Nickelodeon’s New Shorts: Fresh Content and Funky-Fresh Creators— Talented, up-and-coming creators from Nickelodeon’s animated shorts program will discuss their shorts, show a sneak peek, and take questions from the audience. You’ll hear from Luke Brookshier, storyboard artist on SpongeBob SquarePants; Debbie Cone, assistant director on Family Guy; Su Moon, character designer from My Life as a Teenage Robot; Scott Sava, CG-animator and comic book author; and Amy Winfrey, creator of the cult web series Making Fiends. Moderated by Peter Gal, director of development, Nickelodeon Animation. Room 2

11:00-12:30 Warner Bros. Pictures Presents— In person, stars Hilary Swank and Anna Sophia Robb, director Stephen Hopkins, and producer Joel Silver of The Reaping, a supernatural thriller in which Hilary plays a world-renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening. Plus: Bryan Singer Returns! Please welcome long-time friend of Comic-Con director Bryan Singer to answer your questions about Superman Returns and give you an idea of what’s next. Hall H

11:30-12:30 Who Wants to Be a Superhero?— SCI FI Channel has joined forces with Nash Entertainment (Meet My Folks, For Love or Money, Who Wants to Marry My Dad?) and legendary comic book creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-Men), to present an all-new competition reality series that challenges a lucky few to create their very own superhero and reward the winner with the best reality competition prize yet: immortality! All contestants need is an original idea, a killer costume, and some real superhero mojo. The winner walks away with his or her superhero character immortalized in a new comic book from Dark Horse Comics created by Stan Lee himself! The winning superhero will also be featured in an original SCI FI Channel movie. Get a sneak peak at Who Wants to be a Superhero? before its premiere on Thursday, July 27 at 9/8C! Panelists include Stan Lee, star/executive producer; Scott Satin, executive producer; and cast members Fat Momma, Cell Phone Girl, Major Victory, and Ty’Veculus. Room 6B

12:30-2:00 NBC: Heroes Pilot Screening and Q&A with Cast and Producers— Debuting on NBC this fall, the highly anticipated series Heroes chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Be the first to watch an exclusive 72-minute cut of the pilot episode, created specifically for Comic-Con. Join cast members Ali Larter (Final Destination), Greg Grunberg (Alias), Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls), Hayden Panettiere (Ice Princess), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Blind Guy Driving), and Masi Oka (Scrubs); creator/executive producer Tim Kring; executive producer Dennis Hammer; co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb (Lost, Superman for All Seasons); and legendary comic book artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween) for a Q&A session. Room 6CDEF

12:45-2:15 Twentieth Century Fox Presents— Twentieth Century Fox returns to Comic-Con in a big way, with a sneak peek at some of the studio’s most anticipated 2006 and 2007 releases. It’s a program so epic it couldn’t be contained in one hour! Get ready for some very special guests, exclusive footage, screening announcements, and eye-opening—if not jaw-dropping—surprises. Hall H

2:00-3:00 Clickwheel: Comics for Your iPod— It seems iPods are everywhere these days. They may be known for playing tunes, but did you know you can get comics for your iPod as well? Clickwheel’s Tim Demeter (Reckless Life), Chad Diez (Today: The Comic), and Joe Alterio (365) are a few of the creators pushing comics from the racks to the iTunes music store, and beyond. Join them for a discussion about the possibilities of comics for handheld media, digital delivery, and where to find comics for your shiny new gadgets. Room 1A

2:00-3:00 SCI FI: Battlestar Galactica— “The #1 television show of 2005″—Time magazine. “One of the most original and provocative programs on television”—New York Times. “The toughest, smartest show on television”—Rolling Stone. “A wildly intense gem . . . riveting . . . not to be missed”—TV Guide. If you’re not watching it, you should be. See what the buzz is all about. Be sure to stop by the SCI FI booth for a chance to win the ultimate BSG prize packet! Panelists include stars Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), James Callis (President Gaius Baltar), and Lucy Lawless (D’Anna Biers), plus executive producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore and SCI FI VP for original programming Erik Storey. Moderated by Lisa Chambers, features director, TV Guide. Room 20

3:00-4:00 Fox: Bones— David Boreanaz is one of television’s biggest stars. Boreanaz and Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson will dish up all the fun behind-the-scenes stories on the show and answer your questions! Room 20

4:00-5:00 D.O.A.: Dead or Alive— Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), Holly Valance (Prison Break and international music sensation), Sarah Carter (new CBS show, Shark), and Natassia Malthe (Elektra) star in this new movie from Dimension Films, based on the hit video game series, D.O.A. Join the stars and some special guests for the premiere of exclusive footage from the new movie and a Q&A with the sizzling hot cast. Room 6CDEF

5:45-7:00 New Line Cinema Presents Snakes on a Plane— Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the fright. New Line Cinema will show exclusive footage from Snakes on a Plane. Samuel L. Jackson makes his first San Diego Comic-Con appearance, along with director David R. Ellis, to discuss his new film! And, watch out—snake wrangler Jules Sylvester will also be on hand with live snakes from the movie. Also included in the presentation will be a special preview of New Line Cinema’s upcoming The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, while Final Destination 3 director James Wong and star Ryan Merriman demonstrate the unique “Change-Their-Fate” interactive feature on the upcoming DVD, available from New Line Home Entertainment on July 25. Hall H

6:00-7:00 The Jim Henson Company: Power of the Dark Crystal and Sneak Peeks— Lisa Henson (Power of the Dark Crystal), and Michael Polis (MirrorMask) from The Jim Henson Company will discuss current and upcoming productions. Panelists include Brian Froud (Labyrinth), Genndy Tartakofsky (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Scott Stewart (Superman Returns) will be on hand to talk about the much-anticipated sequel feature Power of the Dark Crystal. Other topics include the new puppet television shows for grown-ups as well as new DVD releases, manga books, and exciting new products from Jim Henson Designs. Room 6CDEF


10:30-11:30 Marvel and Activision: Stan Lee and Others Discuss the Ultimate Alliance of Super-Heroes— Be a part of the ultimate alliance of fans and listen to the creators and talent behind your favorite Marvel Super-Heroes talk about bringing characters from all over the Marvel universe together in the upcoming action/RPG Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Panelists include legendary comics creator Stan Lee, Marvel writer and co-creator of the story behind Marvel: Ultimate Alliance C. B. Cebulski, actress Gabrielle Carteris (voice actress for Elektra in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, best known for her role as Andrea on the TV hit Beverly Hills 90210), actor Phil Lamarr (voice actor for Uatu in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and also known for Mad TV! and Pulp Fiction), VP of interactive at Marvel Entertainment Ames Kirshen, and Activision’s executive producer on Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Adam Goldberg. Room 6B

10:30-12:00 Lost: Season 3— You won’t want to miss this panel with Jorge Garcia (Hugo “Hurley” Reyes) and Daniel Dae Kim (Jin-Soo Kwon) from the cast of ABC’s hit show Lost as they are joined by co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producers Bryan Burk and Carlton Cuse to discuss the new season of Lost. They’ll preview excerpts from the Lost Season 2 DVD box set, take questions from the audience, and perhaps even offer some surprises! Room 20

11:30-1:00 Marvel: Cup o’ Joe— It’s no-holds-barred, rapid-fire news and Q&A, shooting from the hip with the Q himself: Marvel editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada. This is one panel you don’t want to miss! Room 6B

11:30-12:30 Greg the Bunny— Greg the Bunny is an adult-themed puppet show that began on New York public access and has since had life as a series on IFC and a Fox sitcom. IFC and Shout Factory are releasing the Greg The Bunny: The Best of the Film Parodies DVD in October. Creators Sean Baker, Spencer Chinoy, and Dan Milano bring their puppet pals along for a Q&A session and an appearance by friend and collaborator Seth Green (Robot Chicken). Room 6CDEF

11:45-12:45 Grind House— Rose McGowan (Charmed), Marley Shelton (Sin City), Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under), Michael Biehn (Aliens), and Jeff Fahey (Dark Hunters) star in Grind House, the new double feature from Dimension Films, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, hitting theatres in April 2007. Join filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and members of the cast for a quick trip to Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror,” and be the first to hear exclusive news about what to expect once Tarantino’s “Deathproof” cameras start rolling. Hall H

12:30-1:30 ABC Family: Fallen: Q&A with the Actors and Author— Based on the hit books by Tom Sniegoski, Fallen is a classic battle of good vs. evil that chronicles the phenomenal journey of an 18-year-old who struggles to come to terms with his newly discovered identity as he is drawn into a world where angels—good and evil—walk among us. Appearances by actors Paul Wesley (Everwood) and Rick Worthy (Battlestar Galactica) and author Tom Sniegoski (Fallen, Outkast). Copies of the book on which this movie is based will be made available in limited quantities to those who attend this panel. Fallen, a two-hour movie event premieres Sunday, July 23 on ABC Family, with an additional four hours slated to air in 2007. The journey is just beginning. Room 5AB

1:00-2:00 Bradbury, Harryhausen and Ackerman— Three legends. Three lifelong friends. Do not miss Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Forry Ackerman as they reminisce about life, science fiction, fantasy, movies, and more. Room 20

1:00-2:30 Kevin Smith— The moment is here. Kevin Smith’s Clerks 2 is in theaters now, and the man, the myth, the legend behind it is here at Comic-Con to talk about the making of the film and whatever else he damn well pleases. Hall H

3:30-4:30 TV Guide Presents: 2006 and Beyond— Craig Tomashoff, TV Guide’s West Coast bureau chief, hosts this look at the current successful supernatural/ fantasy/sci-fi television series and how they are paving the way for television series of the future. Panelists include Brannon Braga (Star Trek: Voyager), Rene Echevarria (Medium), Jorge Garcia (Lost), David Goyer (Blade), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer), Jeph Loeb (co-executive producer, Heroes), Bryan Fuller (consulting producer, Heroes), Frank Spotnitz (Night Stalker, Star Chamber), and Mark Stern (VP, original programming, SCI FI Channel). Room 20

4:00-5:00 Adventures of Brisco County Jr.— The cult-favorite TV show returns with a screening of a special feature from the Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: The Complete Series DVD. Featuring a panel discussion and Q&A with the show’s star Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Carlton Cuse (Lost), John McNamara (Fastlane), and Julius Carrey (The Last Dragon). Room 6B

4:30-5:30 Veronica Mars— Series creator and executive producer Rob Thomas (Drive Me Crazy, Cupid) and cast members Kristen Bell (the upcoming movie Pulse, Showtime’s Reefer Madness), Jason Dohring (Deep Impact), Francis Capra (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Ryan Hansen (Death by Engagement), Michael Muhney (upcoming Lovers, Liars & Lunatics), and Enrico Colantoni (Galaxy Quest) have brought to life some of the most memorable noir characters on network television today. Join Veronica and the rest of Neptune’s residents for a Q&A session about the San Diego–filmed series moderated by’s Daniel Manu. Room 20

5:00-6:30 Sony Presents— Sony Pictures proudly presents a pair of Marvels: The classic Marvel comic Ghost Rider comes to the big screen with Academy Award–winning Nicolas Cage playing Johnny Blaze. Appearing in person to answer your questions and show some previews will be the film’s stars Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes and director Mark Steven Johnson. Oh, and did we mention Spidey 3? Come find out why we don’t have to say anything else . . . besides Sam Raimi! Hall H

8:00-10:00 CCI:IFF Extra: Done the Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly and Serenity— Adam Baldwin hosts the telling of this vivid Browncoat story that features interviews with Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves. Join filmmakers Brian Wiser and Jeremy Neish for a Q&A after the film! Room 6B

ETA: Of course, even if I have to miss it, at least I know AoBCJr is coming to DVD. FINALLY!!! My SQUEE level just went off the charts! It’s truly sad what makes me happy…

2 Responses to “Comic Con Programming: I wanna…”

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    spectralbovine says:

    Oh, fucking shit, man. All the cool shit is on Friday! Heroes! BSG! Dammit. Stupid work.

    Seanan has told me to avoid Hall H. I believe she has told you as well.

    It looks like there’s good stuff in Room 20 all Saturday, though. And I might want to see Done the Impossible. I at least have a feeling my friend Dahlia will be interested.

    So much to do, so little time!

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    mutinousmuse says:

    Woooooo Happy Tree Friends! Hee. And BTW, your new layout is snazzy! :)