Saturday, July 11, 2009

Nerdvana: Day Three Schedule...

Here with a third heads-up on the coming return to Geek Mecca...

The Saturday, July 25th Schedule for Comic-Con 2009:

10:00-11:00: How to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry
Capcom presents an insider's look at how a video game is made from concept through development and marketing, featuring a panel of Capcom professionals who will explain what they do in the whole process and, most important, how they got their job in the video game industry so you can gain insight for your own possible entry into the business. Featuring Motohide Eshiro (Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth), Mona Hamilton, Melody Pfeiffer, and other Capcom staff. Moderated by Francis Mao. Includes an in-depth Q&A session. Room 2

10:00-11:00: Writers' Guild Panel: PG-13 Animation
Is animation growing up, or is a PG-13 rating just an excuse for cartoon writers to use bad words and graphically kill off their characters? Alan Burnett (Green Lantern: First Flight), Matt Wayne (Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms), Michael Jelenic (Wonder Woman), Charles Horn (Robot Chicken), Paul Dini (Return of the Joker), Greg Johnson (The Ultimate Avengers, The Invincible Iron Man, Doctor Strange), and Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: New Frontier, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) will answer this as well as other, more serious questions about this new genre (if you don't count 1972's Fritz the Cat). Spoiler alert: Expect these writers to announce lots of exciting new projects. Room 3

10:00-11:30: The Black Panel
By now you must have heard about the massive amount of fun The Black Panel is! 2009's panel will be the one that puts all others to shame. This year's panel includes Ludacris, Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite), Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel, The Brash Brothers), Prodigal Sunn (The Wu Tang Clan), Reggie Hudlin (Black Panther animated series), Denys Cowan (Black Panther animated series), and as always some surprise guests! Moderated by Michael Davis. Room 5AB

10:00-11:00: Marvel: "Hero Up" with The Super Hero Squad Show!
Marvel's first action-comedy series is a manic, mind-blowing, all-ages romp through the Marvel Universe. Coming to Cartoon Network in September, the animated show is loaded with superstar voice talent. Several of the actors will preview their characters in a live performance: Tom Kenny (Spongebob) as Iron Man and MODOK, Charlie Adler (Cow and Chicken, Transformers features) as Dr. Doom, Steve Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men) as Wolverine, Grey DeLisle (Fairly Oddparents, Clone Wars) as Ms. Marvel, and Stan "The Man" Lee as The Mayor. Supervising producer Cort Lane (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), Matt Wayne (Justice League Unlimited), supervising director Mitch Schauer (Freakazoid, Angry Beavers), and executive producers Joe Quesada (Marvel editor-in-chief) and Eric Rollman (president, Marvel Animation) share series secrets, a world premiere clip and a preview of THQ's epic Super Hero Squad video game. Followed by Q&A! Room 6BCF

10:00-11:00: IDW: Angel on the Rise
With L.A. back from Hell, what's next for IDW's Angel comics? Fans of the show and the tall, dark, and brooding fangster can find out who's still fighting, who's been eaten, and what sinister forces are still to come during this panel featuring Juliet Landau (Angel writer/actress), Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall), Peter David (Fallen Angel), plus the reveal of the all-new monthly Angelwriter and more! Room 7AB

10:00-11:00: Spotlight on Lewis Trondheim
French comics luminary and Comic-Con special guest Lewis Trondheim (Kaput and Zosky) talks about his career as one of Europe's top cartoonists with Mark Siegel (First Second Books). Room 8

10:00-11:00: How-To Session: Allison Sohn
Allison Sohn has been working the past few years as a trading and sketchcard artist. Her works include characters from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, and various other comic book properties. A classically trained artist and graphic designer, Allison works primarily with Copic Markers for her printed works as well as her sketchcards. She will discuss working in the sketchcard trade as well as her perspective on working with movie and superhero projects. Room 18

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

10:00-11:00: TwiFic FanGroup
AngstGoddess003 (Wide Awake), EZRocksAngel (Creature of Habit), tby789 (The Office), manyafandom (The Arrangement) and more of the most popular writers in Fan Fic discuss their stories, writing, and thoughts on canon. Join us for Q&A time with some of the best fan fiction writers out there! Room 24A

10:15-11:15: Eastwick Pilot Screening and Q&A
Be among the first to see the pilot of the highly anticipated series Eastwick. Based on the John Updike novel and the hit film The Witches of Eastwick, this sexy and bold comedic drama centers on three young witches whose powers are awakened when a mysterious man moves to town. Be careful what you wish for—the perfect man truly may be the Devil! Series stars Rebecca Romijn ( X-Men), Lindsay Price ( Lipstick Jungle), Jaime Ray Newman (Veronica Mars), and Paul Gross (Due South ) join creator/executive producer Maggie Friedman (Related) and director/executive producer David Nutter (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) to answer questions from the audience after this exclusive sneak peek. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Eastwick airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT this fall on the ABC Television Network. Room 6A

10:30-11:30: DC Talent Search 3
Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! DC Representatives discuss the different needs of the DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, MAD magazine, and Zuda. This informative orientation session explains how DC's Talent Search works and provides numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. To have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

10:30-11:30: Nickelodeon: Are You Ready Kids? Ten Years of Spongebob SquarePants!
Celebrate 10 years of happiness with the world's most beloved sponge, along with executive producer Paul Tibbitt, creative director Vincent Waller (The Ren and Stimpy Show), and story editor Steven Banks (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius). The cast, including the voice of SpongeBob himself, Tom Kenny, will perform a live table read of a classic fan-favorite from Season 1. Q&A with the cast and crew follows, and be among the first to watch the yet-to-air episode, "Greasy Buffoons." Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 6DE

10:30-11:30: Film Illustrators
Films, graphic novels, and comic books: what does it take to work as an illustrator in this ever-changing, challenging world of imagination? Meet the professionals who work with the writers, directors, producers, and production designers in the dynamic craft of creating iconic images for films and comics from the words on a page. Panelists are Tim Burgard (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Trevor Goring (Waterloo Sunset graphic novel), Gabriel Hardman (Heathen Town graphic novel), Benton Jew (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace), and Phil Saunders (Iron Man). Moderated by Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times. Room 10

10:30-12:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Is the Joker a Psychopath: You Decide!
Psychology professors Robin Rosenberg (The Psychology of Superheroes) and Travis Langley (Henderson State University) discuss the technical definition of a psychopath and review the criteria for antisocial personality disorder — does the Joker fit the clinical definition? Is he more than just crazy? They are joined by Joker experts Jerry Robinson (The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938—1950), famed "Joker-fish" scribe Steve Englehart (The Point Man), and film producer Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight). Room 30AB

10:30-12:00: Comic Book Law School 303: Let's Make Lots of Money!
Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the sold-out The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, covers some of the more complicated issues facing the creative community, particularly in light of the ever-expanding worlds of new media. Creators aren't the only ones facing potential problems and issues—publishers, distributors, retailers, and even the ultimate consumers can find themselves facing legal issues they never expected. Infringements, misuse, tarnishment, dilution, knockoffs, lawsuits, satires, parodies, fair use, blogs, podcasts, tweets, and cybersquatters are just some of the many potential problems that may arise once creative works and products become accessible to others. This session explores how copyright and trademark rights are enforced, how one's legal muscles may be flexed, and what to do when finding yourself in a legal mine field. Plus, time permitting, discussion about significant recent legislation and legal decisions that are likely to affect the field of popular culture and how these issues play an important role in your creative and business plans. (Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.) Room 30CDE

11:00-12:00: Dark Horse: We Love Comics, Too!
Join director of public relations Jeremy Atkins and senior managing editor Scott Allie, along with a cast of top creators, for an exclusive preview of all that Dark Horse has to offer in the coming year. This is the big one! Dark Horse breaks the mold with a format you've never seen! With breaking news on all of your favorite Dark Horse titles, major announcements and surprise guests, be the first to know about heroes, horror, and more! Room 2

11:00-12:00: Spirituality in Comics
Panelists discuss the influence of spiritual themes in comics and popular culture, and the importance of spirituality to readers, creators, and the stories they tell. Moderated by Scott Shuford of the Christian Comic Arts Society, with panelists including Holly Golightly (School Bites), Buzz Dixon (Serenity, Goofyfoot Gurl), Leo Partible (Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith), and others. Room 3

11:00-12:00: Dune
The legacy of legendary science fiction author Frank Herbert lives on, in the safe hands of his son Brian Herbert and co-author Kevin J. Anderson, both Comic-Con special guests this year. Brian and Kevin will talk about the ongoing series of novels and all things Dune: past, present, and future. Room 7AB

11:00-12:00: Terry Moore
Don't miss this always entertaining and informative chat with the creator of Strangers in Paradise and ECHO. Terry Moore will be talking about the limited-edition Strangers In Paradise Omnibus debuting at Comic-Con, his Eisner-nominated series ECHO, and his upcoming projects! Terry always has a surprise up his sleeve—don't miss this year's! Room 8

11:00-1:00: How-To Session: Adam Hughes
Adam Hughes is most commonly known for his stylized renderings of women: superheroines, damsels in distress, and figures in fantasy. Adam is considered by many to be one of a new generation of Good Girl artists inspired by Petty, Vargas, and Elvgren. He has worked on many DC titles, most notably Justice League and Wonder Woman, and has just finished a long run as the monthly cover artist on Catwoman. Adam will grace the stage for a two-hour demonstration on sketching characters. Room 18

11:00-12:00: Women in Manga
Newsflash! Women read manga! We all know that teenage girls have been driving much of the manga boom, but did you know that women are making massive contributions to fandom, the industry, and beyond? Moderated by Eva Volin, this panel will feature Leyla Aker, Deb Aoki, Robin Brenner, Becky Cloonan, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, and JuYoun Lee as they discuss the state of women in the manga industry, female fans within the manga community, and just where women go from here in supporting and advocating for the media they love. Room 24A

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

11:15-12:30: Quick Draw!
We say it each and every year, but it's true: Quick Draw is the most fun panel you can visit at Comic-Con. Mark Evanier puts Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and this year's guest artist, Disney Legend Floyd Norman, through their paces as they draw on the big screen. If you haven't seen this amazing display of cartooning magic, this is the year for you: join the fun! Room 6BCF

11:15-12:00: Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane and the brilliant creative minds behind Family Guy present a raucous discussion of what goes on behind the scenes of TV's most subversive animated hit. They'll also be offering a not-to-be-missed sneak peek at "Something, Something Dark Side," the Empire Strikes Back parody follow-up to Star Wars: Blue Harvest. Giggity! Ballroom 20

11:30-12:30: Spotlight on Francis Manapul
The hot up-and-coming artist Francis Manapul takes the stage to discuss his kinetic art on one of the most anticipated projects of the year: Adventure Comics with Geoff Johns! Hosted by group editor Matt Idelson, see what it's like illustrating the return of Superboy. Come find out from one of the freshest artists in the biz! Room 4

11:30-12:30: The Stories of DC Universe Online featuring Jim Lee and Marv Wolfman
Jim Lee (Batman: Hush) and Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans) have joined forces to help create DC Universe Online. Jim, Marv, and key members of the development team from Sony Online Entertainment talk about how storylines are being built into this upcoming online action game at every level. Room 5AB

11:30-12:30: Marvel: Dark Reign
The Cabal has taken over the Marvel Universe and forever changed it. Now, Norman Osborn has his LIST and is taking everyone down who stands in his way. What lies on the horizon? Find out here as the creators behind the madmen and women putting the Marvel Heroes through their paces answer your questions and let you in on what happens next! Joe Quesada, Rick Remender (Dark Reign: The List), Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man), Jason Aaron (Dark Reign: The List), Frank Tieri (Dark Reign: Made Men), Joe Casey (Dark Reign: Zodiac), Marvel editor Alejandro Arbona, and others shed some light on Dark Reign! Room 6A

11:30-12:30: Spotlight on Sheldon Moldoff
Golden and Silver Age comics great Sheldon "Shelly" Moldoff is once again a Comic-Con special guest! The prolific artist (Hawkman, Batman) talks with comic book writer/editor Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, 52, editor-in-chief of BOOM! Studios) about Shelly's long career in comics. Room 10

11:30-12:30: Activision/Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Marvel and Activision have a long history of bringing some of the world's most popular and beloved comic book storylines to video games and their fans. That pedigree will continue with a number of Stan Lee's famed Marvel characters inspired by Mark Millar's Civil War storyline, brought to life in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. Learn first-hand the various facets that go into transforming a comic book's storyline into a captivating video game, including voice work, writing, development, and creativity, all the while evolving with the high-definition environment of the gaming world. Join Stan Lee, game voice-over actors Armin Shimmerman and Fred Tatasciore, and members from Activision's development studio, Vicarious Visions, to gain insight and a preview of the imagination, creative process and technology used to develop some of the most advanced superhero games ever. Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

11:45-12:45: Ben 10
It's all about Ben 10 at this panel featuring director Alex Winter and cast members from the upcoming live-action movie Ben 10: Alien Swarm coming this fall to Cartoon Network. Also appearing are Ben 10 Alien Force producer Glenn Murakami, story editor Dwayne McDuffie, and Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben). Make sure not to miss an exclusive look at what's coming next with a sneak peek at Generator Rex and the first images from the upcoming series, Sym-Bionic Titan, by creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory). Room 6DE

12:00-1:00: Diamond Select: Minimates
Learn the latest about this popular and highly collectible action figure line direct from the source: Diamond Select! Room 2

12:00-1:00: VIZ Media's IKKI
Introducing IKKI, a monthly magazine published in Japan that has established itself as the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling series in the world of contemporary manga. VIZ Media has partnered with IKKI magazine to bring their groundbreaking manga to North American readers through free chapter previews at Meet Mr. Hideki Egami, the editor-in-chief of IKKI magazine in Japan, and find out why IKKI means Comix. Room 3

12:00-1:00: Comic Strip Syndication Is Dead: Long Live Syndication!
This Q&A session with Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) and Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) looks at the pros and cons of comic strip syndication and the challenges and options for aspiring comic strip creators in this era of declining newspaper readership. Room 7AB

12:00-1:00: Aspen Universe and Beyond
The Aspen Comics team of Frank Mastromauro (Dellec), Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire), Vince Hernandez (Dellec), Mark Roslan (Heroes), J.T. Krul (Fathom), David Wohl (EA: Iris), Joe Benitez (Soulfire), Micah Gunnell (Dellec), Ale Garza (Fathom), and Beth Sotelo (Soulfire) discuss the latest developments on exciting properties such as Fathom, Soulfire, Dellec, and Executive Assistant: Iris! Also, Aspen will reveal news on a brand new series on the horizon and much more! The Aspen crew will also hold a Q&A and all panel-goers will receive a one-of-a-kind Aspen Comics "San Diego Comic Con 2009 Panel Exclusive" limited-edition comic book available only to panel attendees! Room 8

12:00-1:00: The Cleveland Show!
Comic-Con fans will get the first look at The Cleveland Show, the wickedly funny new spinoff from Family Guy starring America's favorite beleaguered animated African American, Cleveland Brown. Co-creators Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, and Rich Appel and voice castmembers Sana'a Lathan and Kevin Michael Richardson will all be on hand to discuss this new series premiering on Fox in the fall. Ballroom 20

12:00-1:00: Indiana Jones Fan Group Meeting: Indyfans and The Quest for Fortune and Glory
The Indyfans are back for their third year. Meet the documentary's filmmakers and discuss all things Indy. Talk with special guests from within the world of Indy merchandise, and don't miss out on giveaways, and more! It's time once again to keep up with the Joneses. Room 24A

12:00-1:00: Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Becoming Batman and Batman Becoming
E. Paul Zehr (University of Victoria) in Becoming Batman—Is There Science Behind the Superhero? answers the question of whether it is scientifically possible to train to become Batman—it is, but for how long? Gearoid O'Brien (National University of Ireland Galway) contends that Grant Morrison's Batman: RIP is indicative of the way contemporary culture rejects conventional modes of resolution and ushers mainstream comic books headfirst into an age of uncertainty and cultural nihility. Room 30AB

12:00-1:00: CBLDF Master Sessions: The Heroic Figure with Dave Gibbons
As the co-creator of Watchmen and Martha Washington, Dave Gibbons established himself as a master of creating immediately iconic heroes. Bring your sketchbooks and follow along as he shows you his creative process for creating dynamic, heroic figures at this live art demonstration! The original art from this session will be auctioned off on Saturday night at the CBLDF's auction! Room 30CDE

12:30-1:30: Spotlight on Gary Gianni
"Monsters, Cowboys, Ghosts and Pirates" is the theme of a chat and slide show presented by Comic-Con special guest Gary Gianni (The Monster Men). Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) and Mike Mignola (Hellboy) will also be on hand to add commentary. Comics, books, and movies will be discussed. Room 4

12:30-1:30: Hasbro: Marvel
Michelle Favaloro and Scott George (Hasbro Marketing), along with Joshua Lamb, Dave Vonner, Logan Lubera, and Dwight Stall (Hasbro Design), present the latest toys from the Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Marvel Universe and Super Hero Squad toy lines from 2009. Also, see a sneak peek into the 2010 line! Room 5AB

12:30-2:00: Cartoon Voices I
Another annual gathering of the cream of the voice acting business. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress bring you the vocal stylings of Laraine Newman (As Told by Ginger), Bill Farmer (Goofy), James Arnold Taylor (Johnny Test), TV legend Chuck McCann, and others. Room 6BCF

12:30-1:30: IDW: Joe Hill
Bestselling novelist and Eisner-nominated comics writer Joe Hill (Locke & Key) will discuss his acclaimed comic book series, Locke & Key, with IDW publisher/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall, complete with details on the next installment, coming this fall! Room 10

12:30-1:30: Sanctuary
Before Sanctuary returns for an all-new season, don't miss your chance to go inside the action and behind the scenes. Join stars Amanda Tapping (Dr. Helen Magnus) and Robin Dunne (Dr. Will Zimmerman) as well as executive producers Martin Wood and Damian Kindler for an exclusive conversation about one of television's most innovative shows. Moderated by Michael Logan, TV Guide. Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

12:45-2:00: DCU Editorial Presentation
Senior VP/executive editor DCU Dan DiDio, senior story editor—DCU Ian Sattler, and countless DCU talent are gathering for a discussion that's not to be missed. Now that Blackest Night is upon us, what lies ahead for your favorite heroes? Got a question for your favorite DCU creator? Come on by! There's no greater gathering of top-tier creative talent! Room 6A

1:00-2:00: Comic-Con in the '90s
The decade of the 1990s was one of continued growth for Comic-Con, as the event settled into its current home at the San Diego Convention Center. Frank Allison (Board member), Ned Cato Jr. (Board member), Beth Holley (former VP, Exhibits), Clydene Nee (Artists' Alley coordinator), Chris Sturhann (Board member), Mary Sturhann (Board secretary), and moderator Mark Yturralde (treasurer) discuss their roles in the show and what happened in the '90s! Room 2

1:00-2:00: Spotlight on Nicola Cuti
Writer, artist, editor, filmmaker Nicola Cuti is a first-time Comic-Con special guest. Famous for his comics work at Charlton Comics and on E-Man (co-created with artist Joe Staton), among others, Nic talks with his daughter Jaymee Rose Cuti, formerly of the Pasadena Weekly and Arts and Entertainment editor for Just Out, and Michele Brooks, former marketing director of America II Electronics, and Renaissance Fair and Gasparella Pirate Festival actress, in this career-spanning Spotlight event! Room 3

1:00-2:00: From Chainsaws to Renegade Spies: 101 Ways to Save the Universe Only on Xbox 360
Xbox 360 has established itself as the home of the best action games in the industry, bar none. Join the creative teams behind Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Conviction, Valve's Left 4 Dead 2, BioWare's Mass Effect 2, Bungie's Halo 3 ODST, and Epic's Cliff Bleszinski (Gears of War) as they discuss developing their blockbuster franchises exclusively on Xbox 360. Room 6DE

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

1:00-2:00: Will Eisner's New York
Did you know that New York City played a central role in much of Will Eisner's writing and artwork? Learn about the life-long relationship between Will Eisner and New York City from Charles Kochman (executive editor, Abrams ComicArts), Paul Levitz (president & publisher, DC Comics), Diana Schutz (executive editor, Dark Horse Comics), Dennis Kitchen (Will Eisner's publisher, agent, and long-time friend), and Carl Gropper (Will Eisner's nephew and manager of Will Eisner Studios). Room 8

1:00-2:00: How-To Session: Matt Busch
Join Star Wars artist Matt Busch as he covers all the tricks of the trade, not only for creating dynamic illustrations but also on how to break into the industries of comics and pop culture. Matt will share some of his adventures and give unique insight into how you can make your dreams of working for your favorite publisher or Hollywood property come true. He will also show some videos and have prizes for those with great questions! Room 18

1:00-1:45: Futurama: Life or Death?!
Be a part of sci-fi history! Join executive producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche for high-stakes thrills as a top-ranking FOX executive decides live, on stage, whether Futurama will make yet another triumphant return or whether it is gone forever! The very fate of Futurama hangs in the balance! Paramedics will be standing by in case the intense excitement causes any panelists to collapse. Raucous celebration or abject despair to follow the news. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00: SteamPunk Meet-Up!
Do you hunger for a past that never was? If your gears are turned by the speculative future of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, Neo-Victorian, steam, and clockwork then you'll want to check out this meetup. The group will be discussing the Steampunk aesthetic, meet others, share projects and ideas, and discuss this exciting and beautiful culture! Room 24A

1:00-2:00: Comics Arts Conference Session #11: The (Strange) State of Siegel and Shuster Scholarship
Brad Ricca (Case Western Reserve University), director of Last Son, a scholarly documentary on Siegel and Shuster, moderates this conversational panel featuring Craig Yoe (Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman Co-Creator Joe Shuster) and Lauren Agostino, an independent scholar, who will share letters connected to the 1947 lawsuit and portions of the original Superboy script that completely upset a lot of myths about who created Superboy. Room 30AB

1:00-2:00: CBLDF Master Sessions: The Art of the Panel with Jeff Smith
Every comics page is an avalanche of creative decisions. The successful comics storyteller must move the reader not just through the larger story but through each panel, conveying crucial story information with clarity, economy, and flair. With his nine-volume masterpiece, Bone, and his new series RASL, Jeff Smith is a proven master of comics storytelling. Bring your sketchbooks and your questions as he gives an in-depth view of the process of building a successful comics panel. The original art from this session will be auctioned off on Saturday night at the CBLDF's auction! Room 30CDE

1:30-2:30: The One-Panel Panel
A single image can hold an entire world in miniature. Comic-Con special guests Charles Vess (Stardust), Hope Larson (Chiggers), and Michael Allred (Madman), plus Larry Marder (Beanworld) will each show and discuss one particularly meaningful panel from their own comics—how it came together, and where it led them as cartoonists. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 4

1:30-2:30: Bram Stoker: The Joss Whedon of His Day?
Moderator Leslie Klinger (The New Annotated Dracula), an authority on the influence on generations of storytellers of Stoker's work, discusses Stoker's impact with panelists Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt (Dracula: The Un-Dead), Jeanne Stein (The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles), Chris Marie Green (The Path of Razors), Tony Lee (From the Pages of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula': Harker), J. F. Lewis (Staked), and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night). Room 5AB

1:30-2:30: Spotlight on Ramón Valdiosera
One of the true legends of the Mexican comics industry, Ramón Valdiosera Berman comes to Comic-Con for the very first time. Mr. Valdiosera is the creator of such famed Mexican comics titles as Ladro de Bagdad (Bagdad Thief) and Medio Litro (the little version of a "valiant prince," which was created with Prince Valiant's Hal Foster's blessing). Joining Mr. Valdiosera will be Arturo Said, his assistant. Moderated by Sergio Aragonés, don't miss this special talk with one of Mexico's most famous comic book creators! Room 10

1:30-2:30: Miramax: Extract
Mike Judge, the creator of such comedy classics as Office Space, Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill is back with his latest film Extract starring Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live). Join Judge and his cast for a discussion and first look at scenes from their new film. Hall H

1:30-3:00: Glee
When FOX aired a special preview of its subversive new comedy musical series Glee after the American Idol finale, the response was through the roof, and fans have hungered for another episode ever since. The wait is over! Stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith and the producers of the FOX hit present a sneak preview screening of a never-before-broadcast episode with panel discussion to follow. Don't Stop Believin', Comic-Con fans! Glee is here! Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

1:45-2:30: The Simpsons
Now entering its record-breaking 21st season on the air, The Simpsons is the longest-running series in the history of American television and a household name around the world. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what's coming up in the Simpsonverse, including never-before-seen highlights from the upcoming "Treehouse of Horror XX," with a panel including Simpsons creator Matt Groening, showrunner Al Jean, executive producer Matt Selman, and supervising director Mike Anderson. Ballroom 20

2:00-3:00: The Saboteur: Rethinking the WWII Gaming Genre
Pandemic Studios' lead designer Tom French and art director Chris Hunt discuss how historical events served as the foundation for their upcoming action sandbox game The Saboteur, who the Saboteur is, and how the innovative combination of game design and artistic style were employed to develop a unique experience. Room 2

2:00-3:00: Spotlight on Dennis Kitchen
Writer, cartoonist, publisher, agent, and comics historian Dennis Kitchen is a Comic-Con special guest. From his early days as a staple of the Underground (both as artist and publisher), to his current books (Harvey Kurtzman: The MAD Genius of Comics, Underground Comix), and his friendships with legends Kurtzman and Will Eisner. Kitchen has had a 40-year career that is a history of comics in and of itself, including his founding of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. And let's not forget his cartooning prodigy daughter, Alexa Kitchen, who created her first published book when she was 7! Room 3

2:00-3:00: Nickelodeon's The Penguins of Madagascar: Making a Splash
Executive producers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible), supervising producer Bret Haaland (Futurama), creative consultant and voice of Skipper Tom McGrath (Madagascar 1 & 2), and cast members John DiMaggio (Rico), Jeff Bennett (Kowalski), and Danny Jacobs (King Julien) preview a never-before-seen clip from an upcoming Penguins special and perform a table read from a new episode. Followed by Q&A as they discuss the process of bringing the popular Penguins from the big screen to their very own series. Moderated by Rich Magallanes, executive director for Nickelodeon. Room 7AB

2:00-3:00: Webcomics Bootcamp
Four of the web's top comics artists—Scott Kurtz (PvP), Brad Guigar (Evil Inc), Kris Straub (Starslip), and Dave Kellett (Sheldon)—teach you how to use the web to publish, market, and monetize your comics. Much like their popular podcast, this session promises to be equal parts information and raucous fun. Room 8

2:00-3:00: The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack
Father and son team Jay and Jack Glatfelter have one of the oldest and biggest podcasts dedicated to ABC'S Lost. Discuss the gripping season finale, and learn about the huge dedicated online community for TV's most mind twisting drama. Room 24A

2:00-3:00: Drawing Lessons from Great Masters of Comic Art
Marshall Vandruff ( teaches classic principles of drawing from great artists of early 20th century comics and illustration, such as Heinrich Kley, George Herriman, and Winsor McCay. He will showcase their work, pointing out examples of their high standards of draftsmanship that continue to inspire artists seeking mastery, and explain how the old disciplines of anatomy, perspective, and pen & ink technique apply to artists of modern media. Room 30CDE

2:15-3:15: Warehouse 13
This summer, the unknown has an address in the new Syfy Original Series, Warehouse 13. Stars Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering), Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan), Jack Kenny (executive producer/showrunner) and David Simkins (executive producer) reveal confidential information. Room 6A

2:15-3:15: DC: Green Lantern: Blackest Night
The dead are rising in the DCU — who will survive when the Blank Lantern Corps attacks? This is your only chance to hear what's coming up in Blackest Night, the most anticipated comic event of the year! Featuring all the key figures behind the biggest, coolest threat to the DCU in years! Hosted by group editor Eddie Berganza with Geoff Johns (Green Lantern), Pat Gleason (Green Lantern Corps), and others! Room 6BCF

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

2:30-3:30: Using Comics in the Classroom
Calling all teachers, school librarians, all-ages publishers and kid-friendly cartoonists! Help cultivate the next generation of comic readers with a practical guide on the hows and whys of using comics in the classroom courtesy of this panel of Certified Awesome experts. Teachers will learn how to win over skeptical administrators, integrate comics into the curriculum, and find the best books for their students, while publishers will be given strategies for getting their titles into this burgeoning new market. Panelists include Jimmy Gownley, Peter Gutierrez, Gina Gagliano, and David Serchay, with moderator Josh Elder. Room 4

2:30-3:30: Spotlight on June Foray
She's the first lady of cartoon voices! Comic-Con special guest June Foray, known for her memorable work with a certain moose and squirrel (Bullwinkle and Rocky, the Flying Squirrel, that is), returns to Comic-Con for the 40th show. Mark Evanier and Earl Kress interview June about her career as a voice actress, author, and Hollywood legend. Room 5AB

2:30-3:30: BOOM!: Farscape Comics
BOOM! Studios' best-selling sold-out Farscape line of comics are the surprise hit of 2009! Farscape creator and comics writer Rockne O'Bannon and writer Keith R. A. DeCandido offer for an intensive discussion about the past, present, and future of this enduring sci-fi franchise. If you are a 'scaper don't miss this panel. Big announcements will be made! Room 10

2:30-3:30: Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session
Want to go in depth with a comics scholar? On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the PowerPoints of the poster presenters will be available to read in printed "poster books," and the scholars will be available in this session to discuss their presentations in small-group and one-on-one discussions. Matthew J. Brown (University of California, San Diego) explains how psychologist William Moulton Marston used his creation Wonder Woman to enact his project of emotional re-education about female love-domination. Erica Ash (Henderson State University) explores the circumstances in the 1980s that lead to real-world vigilantes and a violent breed of fictional heroes and anti-heroes. Jonathan Brewer (Henderson State University) demonstrates how comic books can assist students in the study of American history of the 1900s and helps them understand political atmospheres and cultural trends. Thad Allen (Henderson State University) uses modern science and technology to examine whether some of the ways in which superheroes have gained their powers can actually occur. Alex Langley (University of North Texas) assesses addictive behavior in gamers, comics lovers, and other pop culture fanatics. Thomas Sepe (Henderson State University) looks at the history of comic books being used as a venue to communicate political propaganda. Evan Moreno-Davis (University of California, San Diego) analyzes the implicit value system in hero narratives that valorize individual achievement as a force for good. Sabrina Starnaman (UCSD) draws on disability studies to see how the facial disfigurement of figures like the Joker, Two-Face, and Jonah Hex makes meaning beyond the stigmatized existence of the impairment. Carly Cate (Henderson State University) examines how story-driven characters such as Batman have been usurped by commercial creations like Hello Kitty. Ariel Schudson (UCLA) focuses on the Jon Favreau Iron Man film as a palimpsest for the adaptation and re-adaptation of the Iron Man mythos. Law professors Jamie Cooper and William Aceves (California Western School of Law) show how comics are being used in legal education.

Gender Poster Panel: Jillian Burcar (University of Southern California) argues that The Walking Dead series calls for the destruction of the old order by rethinking the ways America conceives of gender and sexuality. Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) examines the sexual conundrum of Paul Chadwick's Concrete, who not only has an active and successful sex life and has birthed a child but remains an active heroic figure.

Batman Poster Panel: Tommy Cash (Henderson State University) asks why the Dark Knight needs a Boy Wonder and finds that the Dynamic Duo exemplify Aristotle's ideal of the "Friendship of Virtue." Geri Lawson (CSU-Long Beach) examines how The Dark Knight Returns subverted the dominant voices of 1980s patriotism and the normative rigidity of the superhero's sexualized body.

Romance Comics Poster Panel: Jarett Kobek ( explores the effect of the counterculture on romance comics and the tendency of American commercial art to easily commodify even the least likely sources. Jacque Nodell (Super Human Resources) unearths the forgotten romance comics work of artists like Winslow Mortimer, Don Heck, and Jim Steranko who breathed life into the beautiful women that grace the pages of romance comics.
Room 30AB

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

2:45-3:45: Sony Pictures: Zombieland and 2012
Sony Pictures previews two exciting new movies at Comic-Con!

Zombieland —What if the Zombies won? Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. Also starring Emma Stone and Abigal Breslin as two sisters who seem to constantly cause even more trouble for our erstwhile heroes. Appearing on stage: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and director Ruben Fleischer.

2012—Director Roland Emmerich has tried to destroy civilization before, but nothing you've seen will prepare you for what he has in store for the world in 2012. Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Roland will be onstage to reassure us it's all make-believe...we hope.
Hall H

3:00-4:00: Monster Mash
Because vampires shouldn't get all the attention, panelists Amber Benson (Death's Daughter), Alice Henderson (Voracious), Walter Greatshell (Xombies: Apocalypse Blues), S. G. Browne (Breathers: A Zombie's Lament), Marlene Perez (Dead Is So Last Year), Rob Thurman (The Cal Leandros Novels), and Samantha Sommersby (Forbidden: The Temptation) discuss their use of other monsters in their works, drawn from myth and their own imaginations. Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy. Room 2

3:00-4:00: Spotlight on Doug Moench
The prolific comics writer Doug Moench (Moon Knight, Batman, Master of Kung Fu) is a Comic-Con special guest. Doug talks to famed writer/editor Len Wein about his career in comics and beyond. Room 3

3:00-4:30: Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics
Now regularly seen in the pages of Geek Monthly, cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, Bart Simpson Comics) brings back his ever-popular digital slide show featuring "the craziest comic books ever published!" See why Stan Lee said, "Wow, True Believers, I thought I'd seen it all, but Scott Shaw's hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!" Room 7AB

3:00-4:00: Spotlight on Seth
Palookaville cartoonist, New Yorker illustrator, and book designer Seth presents an elegant, fascinating, and wry slide show composed of a dozen vignettes, each punctuated by the sound of a bell, that touch on a variety of topics including storytelling, poetry, loneliness, comics, art, friends, youth, aging, and the creative process. Traveling from Canada, Seth is the author of the graphic novels George Sprott (serialized in the New York Times Magazine), Wimbledon Green, Clyde Fans, and It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken, and is the designer of The Complete Peanuts, The Collected Doug Wright, and the John Stanley Library (including Melvin Monster, Nancy, and 13 Going On 18). Room 8

3:00-4:00: How-To Session: Dave Dorman
Eisner Award–winning illustrator Dave Dorman has been doing cover art, packaging art, fine art, toy design, and concept art for the past 25 years. His first cover was for Heavy Metal magazine, and since that time, he has expanded into artwork for licensed properties including Star Wars, Alien, Predator, Alien vs. Predator, Batman, Spider-Man, G.I. Joe, The Green Hornet, Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and many more. The fans voted him the "#1 Star Wars Artist of All Time," and he is a proud honorary member of the 501st Midwest Garrison. Room 18

3:00-4:00: Little Lulu Fan Group
One of the most memorable kids' comics ever created, Little Lulu has generated a fan following around the world. Learn more about this classic comics character and the renewed interest in other works of the great John Stanley, and join in for the annual reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome! Room 24A

3:00-4:00: Marv Wolfman Writing Seminar
Comics writer and editor Marv Wolfman has been conducting his acclaimed writing seminar at Comic-Con International as well as across the world for many years. He'll discuss how to create characters, stories, plots and much more. You need to attend if you are interested in writing either professionally or even just for fun. Q&A session! Room 30CDE

3:15-4:15: Heroes: Exclusive First Look at "Redemption" and Q&A with Tim Kring and Castmembers
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an amazing roller coaster ride as Heroes debuts a trailer for "Volume 5: Redemption." Participate in a Q&A session with creator Tim Kring and some of the cast. Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

3:30-4:30: Wildstorm: This is WildStorm!
Get the inside scoop on what's upcoming with DC's wildest imprint from VP Hank Kanalz, senior editor Ben Abernathy, and creators Fiona Staples (North 40, Trick 'r Treat), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), Adam Beechen (Killapalooza), Christos Gage (Wildcats, Dante's Inferno), Darrick Robertson (Prototype), David Tischman (Red Herring), Liam Sharp (Gears of War), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Brian Wood, Rebecca Isaacs, and more! Find out about what's new in the WildStorm Universe! There will be tons of info and sneak peeks for Wildcats, The Authority, Gears of War, World of Warcraft, Ex Machina, and much, much more! Room 4

3:30-4:30: Entertainment Weekly: Totally Lost with Doc Jensen and Dan Snierson
EW's Jeff "Doc" Jensen and Dan "Dan" Snierson prep you for Lost's final season with their dubious insights, crazy theories, and oddball tomfoolery. Surprises? Maybe. Pig E.? Let's hope not. Free cookies? No. Room 5AB

3:30-4:30: Save South Park One Snowball at a Time
South Park has a new video game coming out this fall that's chock full of comic violence and foul language, and it's being made by Microsoft, that crazy little band of outlaws who brought you hilarious products like Microsoft SQL Server Management Express 2008 Service Pack 1. Is this a sign of the apocalypse? Come find out as South Park Studios and Microsoft Game Studios talk about what it's like sharing the same bed! Room 6A

3:30-4:30: Spotlight on Ray Bradbury
The legendary fantasy and science fiction writer is once again a Comic-Con special guest, as he was for the very first show in 1970. Ray Bradbury will discuss his new books, plays, and other projects with his long-time friend, writer and producer Arnold Kunert, and biographer Sam Weller. Room 6BCF

3:30-4:30: Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
In the sequel to the cult classic The Boondock Saints, director Troy Duffy brings back Sean Patrick Flanery (Suicide Kings, Powder), Norman Reedus (American Gangster, Blade 2), and Billy Connolly (The Last Samurai) and introduces Carlo Berardinucci, Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek, Crank 2) as a new partner-in-crime, and Julie Benz (Rambo, Punisher 2, Saw) as the sexy FBI operative who is hot on their trail. Join Troy and the cast for a panel discussion about the new film and the world premiere of the trailer. Room 6DE

3:30-4:30: SLG Publishing
SLG Supreme Commander Dan Vado shows trailers of upcoming comic book and graphic novel projects including the Winchester series (a horror/historical fiction piece about gun heiress Sarah Winchester and her bizarre mansion), Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer, and a host of other projects. Room 10

3:30-4:30: Costume Designers: Designing for Feature Films
Characters created by writers and comic book illustrators are made real for the screen via the artistry of costume designers. Meet the women and men who are the costume designers on this year's blockbuster films. Panel moderator Susan Nininger, costume designer and board member of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, is joined by costume designers Sanja Hays (The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), Ellen Mirojnick (G.I. Joe), Mary Vogt (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Rita Ryack (Hairspray), and Ha Nguyen (Priest). Room 30AB

4:00-5:00: Spotlight on Leonard Starr
Batton Lash and Joe Jusko (and perhaps a mystery guest or two) interview Comic-Con special guest Leonard Starr (Mary Perkins On Stage, Annie, Kelly Green, Thundercats, and Golden/Silver Age comics artist) about his career spanning over 50 years in comic books, comic strips, and television. This Starr-filled panel promises to be both insightful and engaging. Room 2

4:00-5:00: Spotlight on Hope Larson
Cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Hope Larson (Chiggers) and author Cecil Castellucci (The P.L.A.I.N. Janes series) discuss Larson's career, her upcoming graphic novel Mercury, and the joys and frustrations of making comics for a young adult audience. Room 3

4:00-5:00: We Control The Vertical: Writing and Producing For Television
Some of TV's most talented writers and show runners discuss the writing and production of your favorite television shows, past and present, and share amusing anecdotes from the television trenches. Starring Dave Simkins (Warehouse 13, Blade: The TV Series, Dresden Files), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Day One), Charles Murray (V, Criminal Minds, Castle), Sarah Watson (The Unknowns, Parenthood), Gabrielle Stanton (Vampire Diaries, Moonlight), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Dead & Deader, V.I.P.), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Matthew Federman (Human Target, Jericho), and Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Moderated by Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Castle). Room 8

4:00-5:00: How-To Session: Arthur Suydam
Award-winning artist Arthur Suydam's meteoric rise to superstardom for his work for the smash hit series Marvel Zombies broke records, immediately placing the artist in the category of comic legends. In 2007 and 2008 Suydam's art graced the covers of Marvel Zombies Dead Days, Marvel Zombies #2 and #3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Herc, X-men, Ghost Rider, Thor, Spider-Girl, and more. Arthur's session will cover how to break down an image for painting, the thumbnail process, and painting for comic books. Room 18

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

4:00-5:00: Building Your Art Portfolio
Moderated by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (X-Men, Annihilation) and featuring the expert advice of comic creators Chris Bachalo (X-Men, Generation X), Todd Nauck (Spider-Man, Young Justice), Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe), C. B. Cebulski (Marvel Talent Coordinator), and Zander Cannon (Top 10), this panel covers everything an aspiring comics artist needs to know about building a portfolio and getting his or her first gig. Join the discussion and ask your questions at the end! Room 30CDE

4:00-5:00: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment: Iron Man 2
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel superhero Iron Man. Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man 2 stars Robert Downey Jr. Joining Downey in the cast are Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson. Hall H

4:30-5:30: Mike Mignola: Hellboy
The creator of Hellboy talks about upcoming projects and what's next for the Beast of the Apocalypse. Mike Mignola and his long-suffering editor Scott Allie provide an overview of the coming year and an always frank Q&A session! Room 4

4:30-5:30: Introducing the World's First Digi-Novel: Level 26: Dark Origins
With his first major project since CSI, visionary creator and director Anthony E. Zuiker (creator, CSI), introduces the Digi-Novel, an industry redefining multiplatform media property that will revolutionize modern storytelling by allowing readers to move seamlessly from books to film to the web—an unprecedented undertaking in the publishing industry. Zuiker, designer Marc Ecko (founder, Ecko Enterprises), web creators Greg Goodfried and Miles Beckett (co-creators, lonelygirl15), and actors Daniel Buran (CSI) and Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation) offer a preview presentation and Q&A session! Room 5AB

4:30-5:30: Top Cow: Comics & Multimedia
Marc Silvestri (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), Matt Hawkins (president of Top Cow), and Filip Sablik (publisher of Top Cow) hit you with a hurricane of exciting news and announcements from comics, film, television, anime, and much more! Joining them will be Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Berserker) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)! Don't miss major announcements regarding the Witchblade feature film, Witchblade anime, and Darkness video game! Plus a major casting announcement for The Darkness film and a special surprise guest or two! Room 7AB

4:30-5:30: Vanguard Films: Emo Boy
Vanguard Films will announce its slate of new projects including Emo Boy, the big screen adaptation of Stephen Emond's SLG graphic novel, with a special Q&A with the movie's director, Kyle Newman (Fanboys). Other projects to be announced include Illegal Aliens, a new graphic novel/movie franchise being produced by Vanguard and Platinum Comics, and Alien Band, an animated feature set to go into production in the fall of 2009. A preview will also be shown from Vanguard's upcoming film Space Chimps 3D. Room 10

4:30-5:30: Love is in the Air: LGBT Romance Comics
Romance comics, once a staple of the comics industry but now considered campy curiosities, have inspired a new generation that has created their own take on matters of the heart while moving beyond the boy-girl soap operas of yesteryear. Moderator Charles "Zan" Christensen (Mark of Aeacus) and panelists Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys), Mari Morimoto (manga translator of Naruto), Colleen Coover (X-Men: First Class), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), and Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics) discuss the new LGBT romance comics. Room 30AB

4:45-5:45: Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Triple Eisner-nominated and Comic-Con special guest J. Michael Straczynski presents a freewheeling discussion about his work in comics (Brave and the Bold, Thor, Amazing Spider-Man), television (Babylon 5), movies (Changeling, Ninja Assassin, Forbidden Planet, Lensman and more) and anything else that comes to mind. Every year JMS's talks are a focus of heated conversation, and that's just between us and law enforcement when they show up midway through... Room 6A

4:45-5:55: Human Target Pilot Screening and Q&A
Join Human Target stars Mark Valley (Fringe), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), the show's executive producers Jon Steinberg (Jericho), Brad Kern (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural: Origins Comic Book Series), and co-creator of the original Human Target comic, Len Wein (Swamp Thing), for an exclusive Q&A and a screening of the highly anticipated pilot based on the popular DC Comics title about a mysterious agent for hire who assumes different identities, literally becoming a human target on behalf of his clients. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television, Human Target will air Wednesdays at 9:00 pm ET/PT beginning in January 2010 on FOX. Room 6BCF

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

5:00-6:00: Comic-Con: El Cortez Memories
People who've been attending Comic-Con since its early days look back most fondly at the shows held at El Cortez Hotel in the 1970s. What made it special? Those who were there can tell you. And if you were there, come along to reminisce! Panelists include Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, Mike Friedrich, George Clayton Johnson, Jack Katz, Lee Marrs, Mike Royer, and William Stout, with David Scroggy as moderator. Room 2

5:00-6:00: What Is an Animated Film?
Many people view animation as a genre. Like "westerns" and "science fiction," animation has come to follow a few tightly defined sets of conventions—anime, funny animal, and fairy tales form the basis of most animated cartoons. But animation is much more than just that. It is a medium capable of expressing a wide range of styles and stories. In this screening and talk, Stephen Worth, director of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, presents examples of animated films that don't follow the established formulas—films that experiment with technique and storytelling to push the envelope of the definition of animation. Room 3

5:00-6:00: Graphic Novels: Sense of History
There's a wonderful world of history awaiting you in numerous graphic novels available now. Whether it be real life stories adapting historical events to the comics form or fiction taking place in a specific time, these practitioners of the historical graphic novel are all presenting work at the top of their form. Moderator Randy Duncan (co-chair of the Comics Arts Conference) talks to Rick Geary (Treasury of XX Century Murder: Famous Players), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Chris Schweizer (Crogan's Vengeance), and Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) about their individual takes on history. Room 8

5:00-6:00: How-To Session: David Finch
Artist David Finch got his start at Top Cow and Image comics more than 15 years ago. Successful books there—including his creator-owned Aphrodite IX—set him up for the incredible success he received on reaching Marvel Comics in 2001. After a 15-issue run on Ultimate X-Men with Brian Bendis, Finch made his permanent mark on the Marvel Universe with Avengers, Avengers Disassembled, and New Avengers. He is currently finishing up the smash hit Ultimatum, written by Jeph Loeb. David will discuss the creative process of comics and how to compose and lay out a comic book page from a script page. Room 18

5:00-6:00: Adventures in Voice Acting Workshop
Here's an opportunity for attendees interested in the voice-acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate yet dynamic and exciting setting. Learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world. This one-hour class covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. You'll also get some inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans and aspiring voice actors to interact with some of the most accomplished members of the industry. Panelists include Michele Rodriguez (Lost), Steve Blum (Wolverine), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), and special surprise guests. Room 30CDE

5:15-6:15: True Blood Panel and Q&A session
Just as it seemed things were settling down in the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps, deadly new twists and evil forces have begun to threaten Sookie Stackhouse and everyone around her. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, True Blood kicked off its 12-episode second season on June 14 on HBO. The series, which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series—Drama for its debut season, follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, the X-Men films; Golden Globe-winner for True Blood season one; Oscar-winner for The Piano), who can hear people's thoughts, and her soul mate, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer, The Starter Wife). Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy-winning HBO series Six Feet Under) created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series also features Nelsan Ellis (The Soloist) as Lafayette Reynolds, Rutina Wesley (How She Move) as Tara Thornton; Sam Trammell (Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Sam Merlotte; Michelle Forbes (In Treatment, Battlestar Galactica) as Maryann Forrester; Alexander Skarsgård (Generation Kill) as Eric Northman and Deborah Ann Woll (The Mentalist) as Jessica Hamby. Moderated by Kate Hahn of TV Guide. Ballroom 20

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

5:30-6:30: Del Rey Manga...& Del Rey Comics!
Join the team for the Del Rey Happy Funtime Hullabaloo—Comic-Con 2009 edition! Hear about the newest manga acquisitions from Japan, along with other exciting new licenses and partnerships. Also, hear directly from some of the masterminds behind Del Rey Comics—a fun, new venture that's launching with the comics adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub's bestselling novel The Talisman. Get those questions ready now, and Dallas Middaugh (associate publisher), Ali Kokmen (marketing manager), Mutsumi Miyazaki (director of licensing and acquisitions), Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial), and Betsy Mitchell (editor-in-chief) will do their best to answer and/or dodge them! Room 4

5:30-6:30: Archaia: New Titles
Come hear about the great titles Archaia has in store, including Awakening (with writer Nick Tapalansky and artist Alex Eckman-Lawn), The Killer (with writer Matz), and The God Machine (with creator Chandra Free). Then: You've watched him for three seasons on NBC's Heroes playing Sylar and on the big screen as Spock in the new Star Trek movie, but what do actor Zachary Quinto and his colleagues at media production company Before the Door Pictures have to do with Archaia? Find out exclusively at this panel, which will feature Quinto, Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson of Before the Door Pictures, plus appearances by top-secret special guests with additional announcements! Room 5AB

5:30-6:30: American Original: Birth of an Original
Jeff Katz (Booster Gold, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), president and founder of American Original, Marc Silvestri (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), and Matt Hawkins (president of Top Cow) give you the 411 on the genesis of their "Nerd Machine"! Find out what's coming from American Original first, and get introduced to their mix of talent from a spectrum of comics, film, television, sports entertainment, and animation! Plus enough surprise guests to fill a three-ring circus! Room 7AB

5:30-6:30: Made for Mobile: Creating Comics for the iPhone and the Big Small Screen
With the advent of bigger screens and increased bandwidth, mobile comics are now poised to make the creative and economic leap to become a major force in the universe of comics. Uclick, the top name in mobile comics, hosts a panel of experts in creation and distribution in the medium. Learn how existing comics are being adapted and new comics are being created specifically for this next generation of mobile devices. Get important information from Uclick on their open call for new and established creators designing comics specifically for mobile devices. Panelists include Douglas Edwards (president and CEO of Uclick, LLC), Rantz A. Hosely (CEO of LongBox, Inc.), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), and Shena Wolf (asset manager for Uclick). Moderated by Peter Maresca of Uclick and Sunday Press Books. Room 10

5:30-6:30: Sideshow Collectibles
Creative director Tom Gilliland and key staff offer a presentation of new products and licensing announcements, along with the opportunity to speak directly with the Sideshow team in a Q&A session! Room 30AB

5:30-6:30: Gears of War: The Gearsiverse
Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, Gears of War movie scriptwriter Chris Morgan, Gears of War comic book author and Gears of War 2 scriptwriter Joshua Ortega, and Gears of War movie director Len Wiseman present a preview of what's next in the 11 million–selling Gears of War franchise. Get in on all the action, including an exclusive sneak peek at the deleted scene from Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection as well as an insider's glimpse into the highly anticipated Gears of War motion picture. Whether you play the games, read the books, or have a Crimson Omen tattoo, this star-studded meeting of the minds is too exciting to miss! Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

5:55-7:00: The Vampire Diaries Pilot Screening and Q&A
The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Killer Movie), and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) appear with executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (Scream), writer Julie Plec (Kyle XY), and executive producer Bob Levy (Gossip Girl), as the series makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the much-talked-about pilot, followed by a Q&A. This edgy and romantic new drama, in which two vampire brothers—one good, one evil—are at war for the soul of one girl, is based upon the bestselling book series of the same name. Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly moderates. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8:00 PM ET/PT this fall on The CW, premiering September 10. Room 6BCF

6:00-7:00: Fewdio's Door to Nightmare House
The filmmaking mavericks collectively know as Fewdio (Marshall Carr, John Crye, Drew Daywalt, Paul Hungerford, David Schneider, Todd Sharp, and Kirk B. R. Woller) have built a brand and grown a devoted following with their horror anthology web series, Nightmare House. Join them as they screen selected films from the series and discuss all aspects of their unique process and philosophy in an open Q&A session. Room 2

6:00-7:00: Harvey Kurtzman/MAD
The creator of MAD and Playboy's "Little Annie Fanny," Harvey Kurtzman was called "one of the most important figures in postwar America" by the New York Times. Kurtzman discovered Robert Crumb and gave Gloria Steinem her first job in publishing. Terry Gilliam started at Kurtzman's side, met an unknown John Cleese in the process, and the genesis of Monty Python took place. Art Speigelman has said that he owes his career to Kurtzman. And Kurtzman is one of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner's favorite artists. Harvey was an astonishingly talented and influential artist, writer, editor, and satirist without whom treasures such as Saturday Night Live, Airplane!, and The Simpsons may never have been conceived. This panel promises to be a lively discussion about the life and work of "The MAD Genius of Comics," led by comics historian Mark Evanier and featuring Kurtzman's daughter, Nellie Kurtzman; the author of the just released The Art of Harvey Kurtzman the MAD Genius of Comics, Dennis Kitchen; Paul Levitz (president/publisher of DC Comics/MAD); William Stout (a colleague of Kurtzman who worked on "Little Annie Fanny"); and Charles Kochman (executive editor of Abrams ComicArts). Room 3

6:00-7:15: Adult Swim Development: The Venture Bros. Panel
Fans will get the chance to hear from the Adult Swim development team and get a first look at upcoming Adult Swim programming. Nick Weidenfeld, director of development, and Matt Harrigan, executive producer/series writer, will give highlights of what's in the tube for fall 2009. Then Venture Bros. co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture) and Mike Sinterniklaas (voice of Dean Venture), will also be on hand to discuss the hit series The Venture Bros. and give fans insight into its future. Vice president of production for Adult Swim Keith Crofford moderates. Room 6A

6:00-7:30: Gays in Comics: Year 22!
Now in its third decade at Comic-Con, the long-running "Gays in Comics" panel presents an all-star look at the diversity in the comics world today. The mainstream companies DC and Marvel are both front-lining gay characters such as Batwoman and Northstar, as well as top-level gay or gay-friendly creators. And smaller independent publishers and creators are publishing unequivocal content spotlighting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, to the cheers of the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. This top-level panel of GLBT and straight creators will give amazing insights and glimpses of surprises to come! Joining founding moderator Andy Mangels (best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor) and Greg Rucka, the acclaimed author of Detective Comics (featuring the lesbian Batwoman and The Question); Phil Jimenez, artist of Astonishing X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man; Gail Simone, the celebrated writer of Wonder Woman and the sexually diverse Secret Six; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the GLAAD-winning writer of Marvel's Divas and Stephen King's The Stand and HBO's smash hit polyamorous drama Big Love; Peter David, writer of Fallen Angel and lots of novels; Ed Luce, the writer/artist of the Bear-centric Wuvable Oaf and small-press retailer behind San Francisco's cutting edge Goteblüd comic and zine store; and small press and Internet sensation writer/artist Sina Grace, whose Books with Pictures and illustrated novel Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic are getting rave reviews online and from Hollywood personalities! Plus, there's always a surprise panelist or two. Afterward, stick around for the hour-long gay comics fan mixer/social, hosted by Prism Comics, with prizes and surprise special guests! Room 6DE

6:00-7:00: Roman Dirge on Lenore
Roman Dirge (Lenore Noogies) and Alex Albrecht (Diggnation/The Totally Rad Show) share a one-on-one interview about the launch of the wonderful new Lenore comic, the remastered Lenore graphic novel series, and what Roman has in store in his future publishing program with Titan Books. Room 8

6:00-7:00: Digital Color Styles & FX
Brian Miller (Booster Gold) and Kristy Miller (Hi-Fi Color for Comics) demonstrate digital color styles for superhero, alternative, manga, and web comics. Learn tips, tricks, and techniques for creating stunning digital color and special effects. Plus a behind-the-scenes look at Hi-Fi's upcoming projects! Room 30CDE

6:30-7:30: Bridging Cultures Through Popular Media
While movies, games, and comic books are a great source of entertainment, the transformational power of story can also be used to break down misunderstandings between cultures, races, and genders. Learn how the panelists are using popular forms of media to provide a new form of diplomatic dialogue and open up channels of communication that have yet to be fully explored. Actor Faran Tahir (Star Trek, Iron Man), game designer Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor, Dungeon Siege, X-Life: Driven), animated series executive producer Subniv Babuta (The 99), and comics and animated series script editor Stan Berkowitz (The 99, Justice League, Batman Beyond) talk about how popular culture can play a key role in saving the world. Moderated by Joseph D. Di Lella. Room 4

6:30-7:30: Black Dynamite
He's super cool and he knows kung-fu! When "The Man" murders his brother and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, Black Dynamite is the one hero willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House. Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) stars as Black Dynamite, a gun toting, nunchuck-wielding ladies' man and soul brother. Director and writer Scott Sanders (Think as Thieves) is joined by cast members including Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Byron Minns (Undisputed), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (I am Legend), moderator Elvis Mitchell, and more! Room 5AB

6:30-7:30: City of Heroes: Five Years and Going Strong: How to Keep Your MMO Alive and Kickin'!
Sit down with Brian Clayton (GM/executive producer), Matt Miller (lead designer), Vince D'Amelio (lead engineer), and Joe Morrissey (senior designer), some of the masterminds behind the award-winning MMO, City of Heroes. Hear tales of frustration and success from their five-year journey. Discover how your favorite content became part of the game. Uncover the secrets of how to keep an MMO vibrant in an ever-changing marketplace. Room 7AB

6:30-7:30: From Cave Art to Superheroes: Comic Books and Social Commentary
Mark S. Zaid, Esq., owner of, a co-founder of the Network of Disclosure, and an advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price and Grading Guides, presents an educational and humorous interactive visual arts presentation tracing the historical creation and development of comic books and their characters, focusing particularly on how comics addressed social issues of the day (including such topics as war, sex, civil rights, women's liberation, politics, censorship, violence, and terrorism). Room 10

6:30-7:30: Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys? Action Figure Licensing
Are retro licenses hotter than new ones? Are video game properties the new cash cow? The comic book direct market, mail order, and the Internet have all changed where and how you can find your favorite toys. Does Wal-Mart control which characters get made? Can a license without a media tie-in make it in today's crowded market? Come ask any burning question you've ever had about the action figure business as some of the top names in the industry sit down together—as they only do once a year at Comic-Con—and talk toys. Panelists include Georg Brewer (DC Direct), Jesse Falcon (Marvel Comics), Randy Falk (NECA), Scott Neitlich (Mattel), and Frank Sopuit (Kotobukiya). Moderated by Daniel "JuliusMarx" Pickett of Room 30AB

6:30-8:00: Troma Roast
In Tromaville, you don't just roast 'em, you nuke 'em! Join Tromaster of Ceremonies Trey Parker (South Park) for this no-holds-barred roast of Troma Studios president Lloyd Kaufman, featuring past and present BFFs: Stan Lee (Spider-man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Hulk), Brian Pulido (Lady Death, Evil Ernie) Richard Saperstein (Planet Terror, John Q, Se7en), James Gunn (Scooby Doo, Dawn of the Dead, Slither) Batton Lash (Supernatural Law) Steven Paul (Ghost Rider, Baby Geniuses), Penelope Spheeris (Decline of Western Civilization, Wayne's World), Ron Jeremy (Boondock Saints, Studio 54, Killing Zoe), Joe Lynch (His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th), Mick Garris (Stephen King's The Stand, Sleepwalkers), Chad Gilbert (lead guitarist, New Found Glory), John Rieber (G4 senior VP), Jean Prewitt (Independent Film Alliance), Matt Stone (South Park), Terry Stewart (president, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and more! What a way to celebrate 35 years of Reel Independence with Troma Entertainment! Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront

7:00-8:00: Da Jammies
FarCor Studios Ralph Farquhar (executive producer), Dwayne Corbitt (executive producer), and creators Aulsondro Novelist Hamilton and William Dolla Chapman II of Toon Farm, LLC unveil Da Jammies, a new 3D animated music sitcom. The creator of such Disney hits as The Proud Family and Wendy Wu: Princess Warrior is back in the animation game with this groundbreaking show featuring hip-hop dances, music, and fashion. Join the producers, cast, and creative team for a sneak peek presentation of the new series and Q&A session moderated by Lil JJ of Just Jordan and the TBS series Men of a Certain Age. Room 8

7:15-9:15: CBLDF Benefit Auction
This is the big one! Support Free Speech and walk away with incredible original art at this year's CBLDF Auction! Highlights include original art by Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, Jill Thompson, Charles Vess, Mike Deodato, Eric Powell, Neil Gaiman, and many, many more. Stop by CBLDF's booth #1920 for a complete auction list. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Room 2

7:15-8:15: Myth Busters Q&A and Sneak Peeks
The series called "the best science program on television" by the New York Times returns for its second year at Comic-Con. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are joined by Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara to discuss their offbeat series that uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends. Adam, Jamie, Grant and Tory will answer questions and share behind-the-scenes stories and showcase world premiere sneak peeks of upcoming myths. MythBusters airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM E/P on Discovery Channel. Room 6BCF

7:30-8:30: Gaia Online Panel and Social
Meet the staff of Gaia Online as they discuss the latest improvements to your favorite virtual world and expect great fun and prizes at the following Q&A session. Room 5AB

7:30-8:30: Gays in Comics Mixer
Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers invites you to mingle with comics fans and creators. Plus stay for the special drawing of a "Comics Gift Basket" and bid on some hot comics items! Room 6A

7:30-10:00: Torchwood/Doctor Who Screenings

Torchwood: Children of Earth, an epic television event from BBC America's highest rated series, has the Torchwood team facing their fiercest threat to date—one that throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. The finale finds Torchwood defenseless and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) standing alone, as the final sanction begins. As violence erupts and the world descends into anarchy, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground where the future of the human race will be decided. Torchwood: Children of Earth hits stores on Blu-ray and DVD July 28, 2009.

In the first of the final four specials from Russell T Davies and starring David Tennant, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, finds the Doctor trapped on a desert alien planet with a red double-decker bus but no Tardis. He soon discovers the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand and is forced to team up with a mysterious, aristocratic thief, Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, Bionic Woman), to get back to Earth. But time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer. This is the first Time Lord adventure to be shot in HD. Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead hits stores on Blu-ray and DVD July 28, 2009. Room 6DE

7:30-8:30: World Premiere of Legend of Neil, Season 2 has teamed up with Sandeep Parikh (The Guild) for a second season of the popular web series. See the first public screening of episodes from the series and stay for a discussion with Sandeep, series star Tony Janning, and everyone's favorite fairy Felicia Day (The Guild)! Moderated by Chris Albrecht, co-editor of Room 7AB

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

8:30-12:15: Watchmen: Director's Cut—Live with Zack Snyder! Plus Sneak Peek of Batman: Arkham Asylum with Mark Hamill & Kevin Conroy
Get the ultimate inside track on two landmark Warner Bros. releases with the world premiere screening of Watchmen: Director's Cut and a first-look panel for the breakout Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The festivities will open with a Batman: Arkham Asylum panel led by the benchmark voices of Batman and the Joker, Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars), as well as award-winning writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series). Then Watchmen director Zack Snyder, legendary illustrator Dave Gibbons and actor Jackie Earle Haley discuss the nuances of the film's Director's Cut— which hit stores on July 21. And for the pièce de résistance, Snyder will host a BD Live Community event—providing a real-time, in-person director's commentary for Comic-Con attendees (and BD Live viewers at home) as the film rolls. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of Snyder via computer kiosks within the room, making for an entirely interactive viewing experience. Room 6BCF

8:30-9:30:, Lucasfilm, and Olivia Munn talk Star Wars Fan Movies
Olivia Munn (G4's Attack of the Show) joins, Lucasfilm, and top fan filmmakers to discuss 2009's newly anointed Fan Movie Challenge winners and new developments in fan filmmaking. Get a sneak preview of the highly anticipated sequel, Star Wars Gangsta Rap: Chronicles, and hear about Olivia's new fan film project (hint: it could be yours). Also joining the panel will be former George Lucas Selects Award winners Trey Stokes (Pink Five), Robert Reeves (Padme), and Chris Crawford (Star Wars Gangsta Rap). Moderated by Chris Albrecht, co-editor of Room 7AB

8:45-11:45: HBO's True Blood Presents: The San Diego Comic-Con International Masquerade
Fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by our talented attendees appear on stage before an audience of thousands, with impressive awards and cash prizes bestowed to those judged most outstanding. Doors will open for audience seating at 8:15 PM, but the line will start much earlier! Tickets will be required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 4:30 PM. Masters of Ceremony are writers/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio, and halftime entertainment will feature special advance movie previews, behind-the-scenes films, and more. (Overflow seating available in Rooms 5AB, 6A and in the Sails Pavilion.) Ballroom 20

8:45-1:30: Masquerade Party
Join your friends in the Convention Center's beautiful Sails Pavilion to party the night away while the Masquerade plays on the big screen!

9:30-11:30: Pander Brothers of Grendel Fame Screen Debut Feature Film, Selfless
Awarded Best Feature at the BendFilm Fest and Best Supporting Actor (Mo Gallini), Selfless is a psychological thriller about an architect whose life is terrorized by a spiteful identity thief. Director/co-writer Jacob Pander (Accelerate, Grendel) and producer/co-writer Arnold Pander (Tasty Bullet, Grendel), actor Mo Gallini (2 Fast 2 Furious, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), and film critic David Walker (Badazz MoFo) are on hand for this special advanced screening and panel Q&A! Room 7AB

10:00-12:00: Give 'Em Hell Malone Screening and Panel
Catch an exclusive early screening of the upcoming noir-action film Give 'Em Hell Malone, followed by a Q&A with stars Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and Chris Yen, along with director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) and writer Mark Hosack. Room 6DE

No comments: