Sunday, July 12, 2009

Comic Con - Day 4

Day 4 is the last day of Comic Con (awww... sad), but there will still be plenty to do. One of the best things is to roam the floor and try to haggle a good deal from the vendors. Of course there are still panels galore as well. FYI... Sunday is 'Kids Day' at CC, so expect more little humans of the non-midget kind. Here are some highlights for the last day of Comic Con.

Comic Con - Day 4

10:00-11:00 The Spectacular Spider-Man This Q&A session—with supervising producer Greg Weisman(Gargoyles), supervising producer/supervising director Vic Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron), character designer Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Hellboy animated films), the voice of Spider-Man, Josh Keaton, and the voice of Sha Shan NguyenKelly Hu (Scorpion King), and the voice of the Vulture, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street)—highlights the animated series that hearkens back to the webslinger's junior year in high school, when a not-so-typical 16-year-old must conceal his secret identity, endure the pressures of teenage life, and combat never-before-seen supervillains. Based on Marvel Entertainment's popular superhero, The Spectacular Spider-Man is produced by Culver Entertainment, a Sony Pictures Television Company, premiering its second season on Disney XD on June 22. Room 6A

10:00-11:00 Phineas & Ferb Hey kids, whatcha doin'? Going to the Phineas and Ferb panel, that's what! Creators Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Rocko's Modern Life) plus the voice of Phineas, Vincent Martella(Everybody Hates Chris) and other surprise guests from the show are on hand to tell you everything that's happening behind the scenes of Disney Channel and Disney XD's #1 animated series. You'll get to see sneak peeks of new episodes, new songs, plus prizes, giveaways, and juggling chainsaws (okay, maybe not that last one). Room 6DE

10:00-11:00 Dr. Who Actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn, and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC America's Doctor Who—television's longest-running sci-fi series—with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

10:00-11:00 BOOM!: The Muppet Show BOOM! Studios' bestselling sold-out The Muppet Show Comic Book took the industry by storm this spring. Roger Langridge's work on the series has been praised by all quarters and was quickly followed up by the bestselling sold-out Muppet Peter Pan, both series setting a new high bar for licensed properties coming to comics. Join a host of surprise guests to see what is next in the world of The Muppets!Room 32AB

10:30-11:30 Smallville Screening and Q&A— Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns, as showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson join cast members Allison Mack (The Ant Bully), Erica Durance (House of the Dead), Cassidy Freeman (Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee), Justin Hartley (Gemini Division) and new series star Callum Blue (The Tudors), who will be playing the villainous Zod, to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips from season nine. Award-winning comic book writer, Emmy-nominated film and television writer/producer, and Smallville alum Jeph Loeb (Heroes) will moderate the session. From Tollin/Robbins Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville will air Fridays at 8:00 PM this fall on The CW, premiering September 25. Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Hi Def August 25. Room 6BCF

11:15-12:15 American Dad Showrunners Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman and stars Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schall, and Dee Bradley Baker are back to regale the fans with an insider's look at how an episode of the hilarious Fox animated comedy is made, from table read to animatic to color. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind Comic-Con event. Ballroom 20

11:45-12:45 Supernatural Screening and Q&A— Supernatural stars Misha Collins (24) and Jim Beaver (Deadwood), creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), and executive producers Ben Edlund (Angel) and Sera Gamble (Eyes) present an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated fifth season premiere of this thrill-ride series. They'll also answer questions and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming fourth season DVD release. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on The CW, premiering September 10. Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def September 1. Room 6BCF

12:30-2:30 Zoinks! Scooby-Doo! The Mystery BeginsCome join everyone's favorite Great Dane as Warner Premiere & Cartoon Network present Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins.The all-new, live-action/CGI film reveals the origins of the Mystery Inc. gang on their first mission together. Be the first to witness the film, then stay for a fun-filled panel featuring director Brian Levant (Beethoven, Snow Dogs), producer Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn, Skinwalkers), and the all-new live-action cast: Robbie Amell (Life With Derek, True Jackson VP) as Fred, Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma, and Nick Palatasas Shaggy. Also expected to attend is Frank Welker, a member of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! voice-cast, who provides the voice of Scooby-Doo for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, which will premiere on Cartoon Network and be distributed by Warner Home Video in fall 2009. Room 6DE

1:00-2:00 It Was 30 Years Ago Today: The Kicks and Kitsch of the Year Sci-Fi Struck Back (or: It Was No 1982)— Go back to the thrilling days of yesteryear as the disco era said its final good-byes and the bad hair of the '80s prepared to make its emergence. A group of professional geeksters guides your look back at some of 1979's crowning achievements, kitsch, and crap. Join them as they beam aboard Star Trek: The Motion Picture as the human adventure just begins (and possibly give their three cents on the new Trek movie as well), go bidi-bidi-bidi over Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, get sucked into The Black Hole, rip on Jack the Ripper in Time After Time,make Moonraker eyes over Lois Chiles, and listen fruitlessly for screaming in space inAlien. Starring Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly editor), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars), Dr. Theopolis, and some special guests and exclusive video treats. Moderated by Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead Or Alive). Room 4

1:30-2:30 Master of Monsters— Author August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters) presents a visual tribute to Japan's "Master of Monsters," Eiji Tsuburaya, the man who created the analog special effects for Godzilla and invented the kaiju eiga (giant monster movie) genre. Much like Derek Meddings (Thunderbirds), Tsuburaya and his team build elaborate miniature city and landscapes, which were summarily destroyed in pyrotechnical conflagrations or by men in monster suits. See over a hundred rare, behind-the-scenes photographs from some of his major films, such asRodan, The Mysterians, Mothra, and The War of the Gargantuas, all in one big presentation! Room 8

2:00-3:00 Muggles, Wizards, Tentpoles, and Fans in the World of Harry PotterBack for its second year! Panel members Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights Gallery, official/exclusive HP art supplier), Henry Jenkins (USC, author of Convergence Culture),Melissa Anelli (webmaster, The Leaky Cauldron, author of Harry: A History), Gwendolyn Grace (president emeritus, HP Educational Fanon), Lev Grossman (Time magazine book reviewer, author of The Magicians), and Heidi Tandy (webmaster, Fiction Alley) duel over the latest Harry Potter issues. With the release of Half-Blood Prince, what does the future look like for Harry Potter fandom? Moderated by Potter Headmaster Eric Bowling.Room 32AB

3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback— Here's your chance to tell us how we did. Comic-Con management will be present to field questions, comments, criticism, and perhaps even a compliment or two. Room 5AB

3:00-4:00 Full-time Creative Work on a Part-time Schedule— Learn the secret to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, animation), breaking into today's media is a full-time job, even if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. Topher Davila (editor and co-creator of, Mario Martinez (co-creator of, Kevin Flessing( columnist: TomatoTV Guide), Jonelle Cobb (web designer), Ron Coleman( columnist: "Doctor Professor"), and Joe Combs (web designer/coder) tell how they successfully juggle time between the creative and business sides from their experiences in illustration, business branding, writing, and animation. Whether you struggle with deadlines, are a creative hobbyist, or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is not to be missed! Room 32AB

4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical— Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Fandom Charities Inc. and present a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic-Con 2009's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffy-verse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'—back, that is—and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn't just forRocky Horror and mob riots anymore. For more details on the screening visit, then show up for music, singing, surprises and dancing crazy!Ballroom 20

So that's it gang. Just some of the scheduling hightlights happening at Comic Con. But these highlights barely scratch the surface. You can always find more going on. From taking in a panel discussion to roaming the exhibit hall to see how much swag you can that you will never use. It's a weekend of crowds, fun, nerds, friends and parties. Yes, I said parties. So if you are not attending (and are sad about it) be sure to bookmark us. We'll be taking you inside as we experience as much of CC as we can, from the convention center and from around San Diego. We'll have more news later this week about what to expect and where you can even meet up with us.

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