Thursday, July 24, 2008

How am I so obsessed with Comic-Con? Let me count the ways...

It's that time of year again folks: the Geek Prom is here. The schedule is massive, and there are more TV and film-related events than ever before. Below is a list of the events and things I will be tracking by any means necessary while sitting here, 2500 miles away, in New York City.

I am very open to reader whether you are at the Con or stuck at home like me, stay in touch! Drop me a line at ProgGrrl at gmail dot com, or a text at 3238417726, or an IM (AIM: DharmaKitten06).

Galactica Sitrep will be covering all the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA related stuff (as well as anything related to the other new sci-fi TV shows VIRTUALITY, CAPRICA and DOLLHOUSE).

I've set up this new-fangled thingy called a FriendFeed Room as well, if you want come on over and join up for miscellaneous news and interactive commentary. Feel free to post over there about absolutely ANYTHING related to the Con. I've been pumping it full of related blogs and Twitter feeds, so there is already plenty to read.

Last night the first ever non-internet-evil-leaked-version of FRINGE was screened, so I'm sure there will be tons more reaction besides the first wave that came from the leaked show. I really, really enjoyed the leaked version I saw a month or so ago -- it had what looked to be final special effects, great plot, lots of mysteries, snappy dialogue spoken by fun characters and great acting. Definitely a must-see for genre fans this fall. If you are at the con this weekend, there is a FRINGE scavenger hunt going on...and if you're not, you should still sign up over at their site for fun hijinks leading up to the September 7 premiere (and one assumes beyond that too). The official FRINGE forum is being modded by those loveable EPM folks and note they're promising a bunch of involvement from TPTB at Bad Robot.


11:30-1:00 20th Century Fox: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Sue me, but I loved that trailer that just came out...the original is one of my all-time fave classic Sci-Fi films. It's bullet-proof so I don't really care if this new one sinks or swims -- but I do love the update to environmental disaster themes. And MAD MEN's Jon Hamm is in it. Klaatu Barada Nikto.

1:00-2:00 Torchwood
Writer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner, writer Steven Moffat, and actors John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman.
They better get detailed about the how and why of this disturbing news about season 3 being a short, one-week long mini series. I thought this was "BBC America’s highest-rated show ever"? WTF?

2:00-3:00 Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life
Annalee Newitz (editor-in-chief,; contributor, Wired), Austin Grossman (author, Soon I Will Be Invincible), Charlie Jane Anders (news editor,;), Graeme McMillan (weekend editor,, contributor, Newsarama), and Patrick Lee (editor, Sci-Fi Wire).
Could be fun, with all those wacky staffers in one place together...

2:15 pm, Anchor Bay DVDs
HEATHERS/BATMAN RETURNS screenwriter Daniel Waters, Oscar-nominated A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE scribe Josh Olson, and horror icon Robert "Freddy" Englund.
What an odd combination of panelists... I hope I hear something from this. HEATHERS, HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET are three great movies. That have nothing to do with each other.

3:00-4:00 Wizard’s First Rule
A first look at the upcoming action-adventure series Wizard's First Rule with book author Terry Goodkind and show executive producers Robert Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess), Kenneth Biller (Star Trek: Voyager) and Sam Raimi (Spider-Man).
Busy wunderkind Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Xena, Hercules, Spiderman) has three different projects on his plate right now: this show, the movie DRAG ME TO HELL which he is also previewing this week (see Saturday)....and the horror-reality show 13: THE FEAR IS REAL.

...Then around 4pm, you get into a bit of a traffic-jam:

4:15 Afro Samurai
Samuel L. Jackson makes his first appearance of the week to offer a sneak peek at the new season of his superhero cartoon. Alongside Sam the Man will be composer The RZA, and original Afro Samurai creator Takahashi Okazaki.
Um...really why would you go to any other event at 4:15 today? But, if you cannot get in, there are alternatives below...

4:00-5:00 TV Costume Designers
Meet the women and men who are the costume designers on this year’s most popular television productions. Panel moderator Jacqueline Saint Anne (Quantum Leap), past president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, hosts costume designers Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Roland Sanchez (Lost), Amanda Friedland (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Cynthia Bergstrom (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer).

4:00-5:00 Star Trek Without a Blueprint: How Books and Comics Keep Expanding the Boundaries of the Star Trek Universe
Wil Wheaton will be there. He's a trip.

4:30-5:30 True Blood
In the Comic-Con program guide, all that is listed is a basic description of the show; but as I posted below, apparently creator Alan Ball, novelist Charlaine Harris (upon whose books the show is based), and the cast are attending. Go here to also see a ton of links about this show and its incredibly clever transmedia campaign that began 2 months in advance of the show's September 7th premiere. You can also follow my tags for the show.

I saw the leaked TRUE BLOOD pilot, and I am very excited for this series. Even more interesting: Alan Ball recently admitted that he hasn't watched any BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER or ANGEL...he thinks MOONLIGHT is a bit lame...and that the wonderful 1987 film NEAR DARK is the best vamp movie ever. A very good place to start, IMHO -- my own first impression of the (unfinished) pilot was something on that continuum between the savage eroticism of NEAR DARK and the heartfelt intensity of Anne Rice's vampverse. Be excited, vampire lovers.

4.45 Spike TV's SCREAM Like A Girl
Why am I excited about this? See here.

5:45-6:45 Dexter
I'm not watching this show yet -- a source of constant frustration to my sister who loves it -- but I will see all the DVDs eventually. And I just think everyone involved in making this show is ten kinds of awesome.

7:00-9:00 TV Funhouse with Robert Smigel
Robert Smigel is the guy behind all those insanely funny animated short films for SNL, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Do I need to explain this further?

8:00-8:30 Punisher: War Zone!
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Incredible Hulk) and stars Ray Stevenson (Rome) and Julie Benz (Rambo, Dexter).
Not something I'd usually be tracking -- but I still cannot shake my crush on Stevenson. Oh, Pullo and Vorenus...OTP...

9:00-10:00 Repo! The Genetic Opera First Look
See what director Darren Lynn Bousman has been up to since directing the last three Saw movies: Repo! The Genetic Opera with sneak peeks and the new trailer plus his actors including Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), and Ogre (the band Skinny Puppy), among others.
I hope you Whedon fans out there have been tracking this insane-looking slice of blood-drenched mayhem that features Anthony Stewart Head from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.


I hope I'm not hurting anyone here when I say I agree with Luke Thompson: "This is "Star Wars Day," apparently, which begs the question, does anybody care?"

10:45-11:45 Stargate Continuum
Brad Wright (series co-creator), Martin Wood (director), and (subject to availability) stars Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter), Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (Teal'c).
I mention this mainly because of Mr. Browder... *swoon*

11:55-1:00 Watchmen
"Guest appearances TBA."
This will probably be one of the more packed and well-reported events this weekend, based on the terrific response to their kick-ass trailer.

12:00-1:00 Samurai Girl
Based on a series of popular young adult novels, Samurai Girl tells the story of a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven, who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and may have had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family, begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends sets out to take down her father's evil empire.
I know this is probably more for the fangirls (it's on ABC Family, afterall), but I cannot resist. SAMURAIS! GIRLS! And, many of the producers who worked on ALIAS...

12:00-1:00 Costume Illustrators, Production Illustrators, and Concept and Storyboard Artists
Moderator William David Hogan, director and storyboard artist (Into the Blue 2, Whiteout) will host costume illustrators from CDG, Local 892, including Oksana Nedavniaya (Narnia: Prince Caspian, Twilight), Phillip Boutte, Jr. (Star Trek 2009, Terminator Salvation), Felipe Sanchez (Speed Racer, Wolverine), and Christian Cordella (G.I. Joe, The Mummy 3), alongside illustrators and artists from Local 790: Ricardo Delgado (Age of Reptiles comics, Eagle Eye), Jeff Errico (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Crank), Tim Burgard (The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine), Mark Moretti (Valkyrie, The Day the Earth Stood Still), and Trevor Goring (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Watchmen).

12:30-1:15 Spaced
Actor/creator Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), actor/creator Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), and director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz).
I plan on renting this show in the near future and catching up, several friends tell me it is still fun and as we all know, Pegg is hilarious. Here's a great interview he did recently btw.

1:00-2:00 Production Designers
Richard Hudolin (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica—BSG prequel), Alex McDowell (Watchmen, Corpse Bride), J. Michael Riva—(Iron Man, Spider-Man 3),—Barry Robison (Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Moderating the panel is John Muto, designer of Terminator 2 3D, Species, and Home Alone.
(Can you tell yet that I'm a bit of an Art Department/Production Design nerd?)

1:15-2:00 Trailer Park
See all the latest trailers for the biggest upcoming films, all in one handy-dandy timeslot at Hall H.
45 minutes straight of just trailers? FTW!

Then around 1:30 things get harder to decide on. I'm glad I am not there having to choose between these panels below. In the end though, I'd go with the one that has the entire cast of DOCTOR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG in attendance...and assume the legion of TV geeks will cover the other for you.

1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon
Whedon and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses his various Dark Horse comics projects.

1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners
Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen.

2:45-3:30 American Dad Seth MacFarlane and cast. of the Fox animated hit reunite at Comic-Con to read a never-before-seen episode and take questions from the audience.
Seth is just hilarious, plain and simple -- if you can only see him once this weekend though, go to the other panel below with Seth Green present.

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Lynda Barry
Iconic alt-cartoonist Lynda Barry (Ernie Pook's Comeek, One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!) is the author of the recently released graphic-how-to-memoir, What It Is. Barry has been at the forefront of alternative comics since Matt Groening published her first comics while they were both students in college. This presentation takes an inside look at Barry's creative energy, genius, and approach to making art.

3:30-4:15 Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green and the producers of the Fox animated hit give fans a sneak peek at a never-before-seen episode and discuss the highly anticipated spinoff The Cleveland Show.
If you cannot make this panel, at least get yourself to Green's ROBOT CHICKEN PANEL later today...

5:15-6:15 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Filmmakers
Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Frank Miller (The Spirit), Zack Snyder (Watchmen), and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up). Moderated by Entertainment Weekly and senior editor Marc Bernardin.
Wow. Just...WOW. Also, Bernardin is a great moderator. Hope they just post this entire panel on for us.

6:15-7:00 Robot Chicken
Seth Green and Matthew Senreich (co-creators), Tom Root and Doug Goldstein (head
This panel (and the Sara Silverman one on Saturday) have the potential to go down this weekend as FUNNIEST. PANEL. EVER. I taped a few bits of their priceless, intimate event earlier this year at the NY Comic Con. Hilarious.

...and, if you can't get into above funniest panel ever you have a bunch of great alternatives:

6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds:
Feature Effects for the Small Screen
Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors from television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe.
Oh man, I so nerd out about this stuff. Check out Zoic's incredibly cool web site...and this blog by one of the FX artists on Battlestar. Awesome, dude.

6:30-7:30 The Write Stuff: Working in Genre Television
Get the inside scoop on how to break in, break out, and deal with some incredibly stupid network notes. Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), David Simkins (Warehouse 13, Dresden Files), Steve Kriozere (V.I.P, Sliders, Dead & Deader), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Matthew Federman (Jericho, E-Ring), Harry Werksman & Gabrille Stanton (Moonlight).
Maybe only you fanfiction writers will dig this panel...but sure sounds like a fun group to me...

6:30-8:00 Kevin Smith Makes a "Porno"
Smith is back at Comic-Con to talk movies, comics, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about...and to highlight his fall film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Expect some special guests.
Heh heh...SPECIAL GUESTS!!! We love it when they list those vague statements about special guests.

7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion
Join a historic reunion of cast and crew, including creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and fellow writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett for a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed "MST3K nerd" and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens).
There are probably many, many people who bought a Friday Con pass solely to attend this event, which I am told is FRAKKIN' EPICALLY HISTORIC. So, maybe you can make it too. Anyway I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot of squee late Friday night into the weekend.

Uh-oh...another tough choice here:

10:15-11:45 Spaced Screening
10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog


10:00-11:30 The Black Panel ’08
Method Man (The Wu Tang Clan), Reggie Hudlin (president, B.E.T.), Denys Cowan (B.E.T. Animation, “The Origin of the Joker”), Rusty Cundieff (director, Chappelle’s Show, Fear of a Black Hat) John Dokes (Marvel Comics), Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Media, Justice League, Ben 10), and Faith Cheltenham (

10:00-10:45 Futurama Secrets Revealed!
Creator Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and series regulars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo).

10:15-11:15 Spotlight on Ralph Bakshi
Moderated by Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell, co-authors of Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi, the only book chronicling the career of one of the pioneers of animation.

10:30-11:45 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at “Villains” and Q&A with the Entire Cast, Tim Kring, and Tim Sale
I saw a tweet yesterday from Watch With Kristin that said: "Double-confirmed: Kring showing first hour of "Heroes, Vol. 3: Villains" at Con."...not sure if they'll be doing this at this panel or at some other time... Watch out for spoilers from now till the season premiere!

11:30-12:30 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Trailer Debut Screening and Q&A
Producers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), John Wirth (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) and James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) will be joined by returning series stars Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Summer Glau (Serenity), Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Richard T. Jones (Event Horizon), as well as new series regulars Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) and musician Shirley Manson (Garbage).
Love this show. Very happy it's coming back shortly! Don't forget there is a rebroadcast of the entire first season coming in August, as well as the DVD release.

11:30-12:30 Image Comics/Tori Amos— 17 years ago, history was made at Comic-Con, when a kid gave Neil Gaiman a tape of her music. Now, Indie music icon and multiplatinum recording artist Tori Amos comes to Comic-Con to talk about Comic Book Tattoo, the new 480-page coffeetable-format anthology from Image Comics containing over 50 stories based on songs and music from her entire discography.

12:00-1:00 Lost
Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will discuss season 4 of Lost, leading up to the season finale. They will answer your questions and maybe even offer up some surprises of their own.
These guys provided one of my favorite SDCC moments last year: they kept a "spoiler bell" on the table in between them, and one would ring it whenever he felt the other was getting too spoilery. *glee*

12:00-1:00 The Writers Room: Writing Prime Time Animated Comedy
Join real live prime time animation writers as they recreate a TV animation rewrite room. Jokes will be "pitched," stories will be "broken," and lunch will be "ordered”. Panelists: Eric Kaplan (Futurama, Malcolm in the Middle), Opus Moreschi (Li'l Bush), Dan McGrath (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), Bill Freiberger (Drawn Together, The Simpsons), Maiya Williams (The PJs, Mad TV), and Carolyn Omine (The Simpsons). Moderated by Patric M. Verrone (Futurama, The Simpsons).

12:45-1:45 Exclusive Q&A with the writers of The Office
Moderated by cast member Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), panelists include executive producer/showrunner Greg Daniels (The Simpsons) and writers Jennifer Celotta (Andy Richter Controls the Universe), Michael Schur (Saturday Night Live), B.J. Novak, Lester Lewis (The Larry Sanders Show), Gene Stupnitsky (Year One), Lee Eisenberg (Year One), Mindy Kaling (Matt and Ben), Justin Spitzer (Scrubs), Ryan Koh (various commercials), and Anthony Ferrell (The Audacity).
Again I ask - will NBC be videotaping this for later web broadcast? This will be hilarious.

12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices I
The first of two gatherings this weekend of actors who lend their voices to animation, as they discuss and demonstrate their craft. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Jason Marsden (Fairly OddParents, Loonatics Unleashed), Wally Wingert (The Garfield Show, Family Guy), Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, World of Warcraft), TV legend Chuck McCann, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), and a few surprises.
I heard these panels were a major scream at last year's con.

And let's all hope that the press backstage can also capture some good behind-the-curtain material as the Moore/Whedon Mutual Admiration Society convenes! Whee!

1:00-2:00 Dollhouse
Joss Whedon, “Buffy” alum Eliza Dushku, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica).
Thanks to Whedon's mea culpa earlier in the week on The W, we know there will not be any actual footage screened at this panel. But who needs it when you have these three onstage, together? *OMG dies*

2:15-3:15 Battlestar Galactica
Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Michael Trucco, Katee Sackhoff, executive producers Ronald D. Moore, and David Eick, along with moderator Kevin Smith.
*sigggggghhhhhhh* Fabulous. And, unfortunately, this will likely be the last time BSG comes to Comic-Con...*sad*. Make sure to wear this to the panel, if you get your hands on a copy.

2:30-3:30 Disney Pixar: Bolt and UP previews
I saw an amazing NY Comic Con panel with Pixar earlier this year where they showed a ton of great footage from WALL-E. Hopefully these shows will be as much fun.

3:00-4:30 MAD in the ’60s
A free-wheeling discussion with many of the founders about the go-go years of one of America's biggest publishing success stories, the one and only MAD magazine!
OK, I'll show my age here, why not!

3:15-4:15 Pushing Daisies Exclusive Clip Screening and Q&A
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride (Boston Public), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors), Swoosie Kurtz, and Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing) join executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and executive producers Dan Jinks (American Beauty) and Peter Ocko (Dead Like Me) for the session, to be moderated by special guest and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black).
If you have watched any video from the Paley Fest panel this year, you know that this will be worth it solely to watch Chi McBride do his thing. He is too good onstage. The rest is icing on the cupcake.

3:45-5:15 Universal film previews including Drag Me To Hell
This is Sam Raimi's new film...

4:00-5:00 Costume Designers: Designing for Feature Films
Panel moderator Mary Vogt (Men in Black, Batman Returns) will talk to fellow members of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, Michael Wilkinson (Watchmen, 300), Michael Dennison (The Spirit, The Eye), Isis Mussenden (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), and Kym Barrett (Speed Racer).

4:00-5:00 Devil’s Due Presents: Milo Ventimiglia
Meet Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and his Divide Pictures partner Russ Cundiff as they unveil pages from their new DDP series Rest. Writer Mark Powers joins them alongside a panel of DDP creators.
Ventimiglia & Cundiff were pretty fun to watch when they did this panel for the NYCC...

4:45-5:45 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Somehow—we have no idea how—he's gone from writing comics and TV to working with Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, the Wachowski Brothers, and Angelina Jolie. His long career (he's also known for Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, and others) stands as proof positive that there is no such thing as a just God. What's he up to now? What's coming next? What secrets remain yet untold? How did he achieve this (well, okay, we know that and let's just say it has something to do with a contract signed with Ba'al)? Come and ask the man responsible—J. Michael Straczynski—for Thor, The Twelve, and such upcoming movies ass Changeling, World War Z, Proving Ground, The Flickering Light, The Grays, and Lensman.
I still haven't caught up with JMS's great show BABYLON 5, but this will certainly be worth seeing.

4:45-5:45 Fringe Q&A and Trailer Screening
J. J. Abrams (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman join fellow Fringe executive producers Bryan Burk (Cloverfield) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost), as well as stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Shutter), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). Television Week deputy editor and columnist Joe Adalian moderates.

5:30-7:00 Sony: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Quarantine, Pineapple Express
For Pineapple, Judd Apatow will be on stage with the gang in tow—director David Gordon Green, Seth Rogen (star and co-writer), James Franco, DannyMcBride, Amber Heard, and Evan Goldberg (co-writer).
I suppose you could avoid sitting through an hour or so of uninteresting dreck just to see the Team Apatow portion at the end...But really, how can you NOT go to this?

6:00-7:00 TV Guide: Hot List
An in-depth look at some of the new and returning TV series. TV Guide executive editor Craig Tomashoff moderates this panel offering the inside scoop, with some fun surprises. Participants include (in alphabetical order) Josh Applebaum (executive producer, Life on Mars), Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Ronald Moore (executive producer, Virtuality), Natalie Morales (The Middleman), Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars), and Jason Smilovic (executive producer, My Own Worst Enemy), among other special guests.
They've updated this panel listing a bit from the original announcement, and I'm a tad pissed now: TWO guys from Life on Mars, really? So many people on it now? I fear that means each guy will only talk for like 5 minutes...but it's Ron Moore so I have to find out as much as I can. I read the pilot script for VIRTUALITY and it's something very special.

6:30-7:30 Troma Films
George W. Bush Yale classmate and legendary Troma Studios founder Lloyd Kaufman once again mixes with the masses at this year's Troma panel...
I probably would not personally go to this, but if you are a Troma Films fan, I assure you that this Kaufman guy is a major trip.

7:15-8:15 The Sarah Silverman Program
Sarah Silverman, with her sister Laura Silverman, and the entire cast and executive producers of the Comedy Central hit series for a Q&A session.
This know what this is gonna be like? Right? LOLOL (all links here NSFW duh)


Luke Thompson points out a few things of note about today's schedule: Firstly, John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris will apparently be appearing "in character" at their panel to promote the DVD release of HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY. At today's EMILY THE STRANGE panel, there supposedly may be news of a movie adaptation. The "Starship Smackdown" panel may be worth seeing afterall. And, yes, MR. DEEPAK CHOPRA is at a comic book and pop culture convention. Hee hee.

10:15-11:15 Nickelodeon: SpongeBob SquarePants Sneak Peek

10:30-11:30 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and director Fred Savage, moderated by Damon Lindelof, creator/executive producer of Lost.
These guys are just the funniest! I have no idea why LOST's showrunner Damon Lindelof is modding this but hey, double your fun!

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29.

12:30-1:30 Emily the Strange
Emily's legal guardian and creative monstermind Rob Reger will be there, along with artists Buzz Parker and Nix Turner, writer Jessica Gruner, and Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore.
In addition to the panel, which may or may not give a special announcement per above, you can go to the Dark Horse booth (#2615) to have your photo taken with a life-size Emily in her famous Emily The Strange Chair. At NYCC there was a stunning Emily merchandise booth -- I had no idea how much merch they now license. Check it out on the SDCC floor! If you bring or buy some Emily books, the panelists above will be at several booths over the weekend signing.

1:15-2:30 Cartoon Voices II
Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman, Celebrity Deathmatch), Dee Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Cheryl Chase (Rugrats, All Grown Up), Katie Leigh (Dungeons & Dragons, Totally Spies!), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy) and a few surprises.
Billy West!!!!

1:30-2:30 Rogue Pictures
Writer/director Wes Craven discussing his suspense thriller 25/8, and writer/director David Goyer discussing his supernatural thriller The Unborn.
Wes Craven!!!!

4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical
The powers that be behind host a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic Con 2008's big closing event!

I cannot emphasize enough how much you con-goers should try to get to something, ANYTHING, involving Kevin Smith or Seth Green. Both these guys are completely at home with the Con Geek crowd, know how to work the room, be funny, keep things moving. For you Seth Green fans, there is also this:
What to do after you've left the building but you just haven't had enough pop culture? Try the screenings all weekend of "Sex Drive," at the Gaslamp 15 Theatre. Seth Green and other cast members will be introducing tonight's screenings (8:55 and 9:20), and the film about a Facebook romance is getting major buzz as the new "Superbad." Green, a veteran of Comic-Con, said he can't wait for the weekend. He'll be there to join "The Family Guy" panel (Friday, 3:30 p.m., Ballroom 20), promote the DVD release "Robot Chicken" (his hysterical stop-motion animation comedy show) and tell fans about his comics work in "The Freshman."

Like Comic-Con, Green is bit scattered in his pursuits. "Comic-Con is just overwhelming," Green said. "I wander around and take it all in. You need a plan, but in the end it doesn't matter, you just go with it."

Words to live by.


Roberta Lipp said...

I know that Bob Bergen (check him out at is planning on attending. (He mentioned it is the reason he has to TIVO the Mad Men S2 premiere.) He is a genius voice artist with whom I've had the good fortune (and spent as much) to study with. I imagine he is part of 'a few surprises' in the Cartoon Voices workshops. He says they are always a good time, and based on my personal experience with some of these guys, I'm thinking he's not wrong.

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