My San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Schedule (If I Were There...) - Day 2
by Brant W. Fowler
I still can't be at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but I figured I'd give you my breakdown of the day once more. If you would like to read my armchair schedule from day 1, check it out here.
This list I've compiled is certainly not conclusive as there is SO much going on at Comic-Con at any given minute. But there's a good mix of things here for fans and creators alike. Some of the panels overlap, and I'd be hard pressed to decide between some of them. I'll list my choices below. All times reflected below are Pacific.
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So after getting some much needed rest (because, let's face it, my idea of dinner and sleep after day 1 probably didn't go as planned), it would be time to hit the show all over again. I don't know about you, but it takes me a bit to get up and get into the day. So there are some panels that could nicely springboard me into the day. Again, I'd be torn between a few:
10:00-11:00 Community: School is Back in Session- Joel McHale (The Soup), Gillian Jacobs (The Box), Danny Pudi (Chuck), Yvette Nicole Brown (Family Guy), and Alison Brie (Mad Men) from the hit Sony TV comedy have graduated to the Convention Center in advance of their fourth season. Join your favorite Greendale study group for a panel and Q&A to find out firsthand what surprises are in store for the show's return to NBC this fall. Ballroom 20
10:00-11:00 How to Break into Television Writing- Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) and Karen Horne (NBC executive/Spawn co-producer) share their experiences as a TV writer and as the vice president of NBC's writing programs, respectively, on topics including basic script mistakes, getting representation, using writing programs, staying motivated, and negotiating today's turbulent TV terrain. There will be lots of time for questions. Room 25ABC
10:15-11:15 Go Green! With the Lean, Mean, Ninja Team -Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!- Experience Nickelodeon's very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Comic-Con panel, as executive producer Ciro Nieli (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!) sets up the new series and unveils never-before-seen footage. Meet the incredible Ninja cast: Jason Biggs (voice of Leonardo), Sean Astin (voice of Raphael), Greg Cipes (voice of Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (voice of Donatello), Kevin Michael Richardson (voice of Shredder), Hoon Lee (voice of Splinter), and Mae Whitman (voice of April O'Neil). Hear and see the radical undertaking of this 25-year-old property and some of the creative insights that have taken it to new and reinvigorating heights. Prepare to be shell-shocked! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon. Room 6BCF
I do really like the show Community. I don't like it as much as Big Bang Theory, but it is a hilarious show that I've enjoyed every episode of to date. And listening as a fan to the cast chat would be a good way to wake up and get the day started. But breaking into TV writing is interesting too. Though would I really want to endure that first thing in the morning? Then there's TMNT. Been a fan of them since I was a kid. When I was a kid, we didn't have cable and only had four channels. After school, my cousin and I would sit down and watch Duck Tales and TMNT on a bad signal of FOX. So I'd be very tempted. But being a fan of Community and Mad Men... I couldn't pass up seeing Alison Brie!
Jumping right from that, there are really only two choices for me:
11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola and Friends- As we watch the world collapse in the pages of B.P.R.D.-Hell on Earth and gear up for the most-anticipated series in Hellboy's history later this year, this may be the most important panel in the history of one of modern comics' most storied series. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor Scott Allie, Cameron Stewart, James Harren, B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and others, for exclusive news and insight into why the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is truly "going to hell in 2012"! Room 4
11:15-12:15 DC Comics: Superman- Since the launch of the New 52, Superman has been flying higher than ever. Group editor Matt Idelson and super talents Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Scott Lodbell (Superman), and Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville Season 11) take fans new and old up, up and away with a sneak peek at what's in store for Superman. Room 6DE
Now, I haven't been really into the New 52 Superman books by and large, but I've never gotten into the Hellboy comics either (loved the movies though). I think if I were to hit one of these it'd be Superman, but honestly I think I'd take the hour as a free one and walk around.
The next hour is where I'd have to make a tough decision though:
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Larry Hama- Comic-Con special guest Larry Hama's incredible diverse career-in comics, illustration, and acting-could fill hours of spotlight panel time. Join the writer/artist/actor as he talks about his career and his latest work on his signature series, G. I. Joe. Room 4
12:00-1:00 The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2012- Frank Mastromauro (Soulfire, Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Lady Mechanika, Soulfire), Vince Hernandez (EA Assassins, Fathom Kiani, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces), JT Krul (Soulfire, Mindfield), Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire), Beth Sotelo (Fathom, Shrugged), Alex Konat (Fathom, Mindfield), Nei Ruffino (Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom, EA: Iris, Homecoming), David Schwartz (Idolized), Micah Gunnell (Idolized), and Jonathan Marks (Soulfire) discuss Aspen's upcoming titles and reveal never-before-seen projects and artwork. Aspen will also be offering a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of Aspen Comics. Room 9
12:00-1:00 Oni Press: RevolutiONIze Comics- Often imitated but never duplicated! Get up close and personal with trend-setting indie comic powerhouse Oni Press. Join in the Q&A with your favorite Oni creators Brian Hurtt, Cullen Bunn, Rich Stevens, Scott C., Matt Dembicki, and Brahm Revel and get a sneak peek at upcoming Oni projects with news on Oni Press fan initiatives. There'll be free Oni comics, prizes, and more. Guaranteed by Oni Press's totally biased employees to be "the most fun you've ever had at a panel." Room 32AB
12:05-1:05 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A- Boldly go Big Bang Theory! For the first time ever in Hall H, the mega-popular TV series returns to Comic-Con for a special screening and a lively discussion. Will Howard ("Froot Loops") Wolowitz return from space? Where do things stand with Penny and Leonard? And will unscheduled handholding affect "The Relationship Agreement"? From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 11. Hall H
Of these four, I could eliminate Oni. I like Oni, they do good books. But the rest are just more up my alley. I've missed two chances to meet Larry Hama this year, and I'd be hard pressed not to hit that panel. But then I know all about his career and would rather meet him at a table or booth. So that one can be marked off as well. So it comes down to Aspen and Big Bang Theory. I love Aspen - Mike Turner's death hit me hard as he was one of the few artists I really wanted to meet and never got a chance to. That said, I LOVE Big Bang Theory, and since there's a screening I'd be tempted to go there too. But is the cast going to be there? If not, I'd probably do Aspen.
To make matters worse, though, all of the above overlap with these two:
12:30-1:30 Marvel: Ultimate Comics- The Ultimate Universe will be shaken to its core in the mega-event Divided We Fall. But what happens after the fall? Find out with writer Sam Humphries (Ultimate Comics Ultimates), Ultimate Comics editor Sana Amanat, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, and others as they detail the shocking revelations surrounding Divided We Fall. Room 6DE
12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion- Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY. Ballroom 20
Now, I'm WAY behind on Ultimate Marvel, so that one's an easy miss. Firefly though? Okay, if the Big Bang Theory cast is not at that panel, then I'll choose Firefly over it and Aspen!
And then those two overlap with these two:
1:00-2:00 Horror on the Paneled Page- Some of comics' biggest horror creators share their most frightening nightmares, talk about lines that even they won't cross, and comment on the current horror trends in comics and other media in this in-depth discussion lead by AICN Comics/AICN Horror editor Mark L. Miller (The Jungle Book). Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire), Alan Robert (Wire Hangers), Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor), David Quinn (Faust), Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller), and some surprise guests talk about what does and doesn't work in horror comic books. Room 24ABC
1:25-2:25 AMC's The Walking Dead- Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, and introducing Danai Gurira as Michonne and David Morrissey as The Governor join executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert and special effects makeup supervisor and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the wildly successful second season of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 3, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 3. Hall H
Okay, to be honest, I only tossed the horror panel in there for some friends. I'm not a big horror fan, so that one's an easy skip for me. But now I'm left with a choice between The Walking Dead and Firefly. Honestly, as much as I love The Walking Dead, I'd go Firefly on this one.
And that works out, because it allows me to hit up this one:
1:45-2:45 DC Comics: Justice League and Green Lantern- Comics' top talent-writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee-continue their historic team-up on DC Comics' bestselling Justice League, while Geoff continues his epic run on Green Lantern. Johns, Lee, Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians), Brian Buccellato (Flash), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Justice League Dark), Francis Manapul (Flash), James Robinson (Earth 2), and Nicola Scott (Earth 2) explore some of DC Comics' spectacular titles. Room 6DE
This is the only panel at this time that I would be interested in going to. I have enjoyed the GL books. But honestly I may again just walk around during this hour. I do comic news - I'm gonna find out this info anyway. Especially since the next hour provides more hard choices:
2:45-3:45 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session- Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones series concluded its 10-episode second season on June 3. Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the series follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Season 2 of the hit series told an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph, set in an enthralling world of intrigue, seduction, and magic. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, production of season 2 also took place in Croatia and Iceland. Some of the cast featured in the second season and appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series, moderates with executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Hall H
3:00-4:00 Arrow Screening and Q&A- Oliver Queen lives! The iconic DC Comics character will be the subject of a hard-hitting new drama series on The CW this fall. Arrow makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the full Arrow pilot, followed by a Q&A with series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice) and Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), executive producers Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe), and pilot director/executive producer David Nutter (Smallville). After being marooned for five years on a remote island, former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns to his home of Starling City with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow will air Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW this fall. Ballroom 20
3:15-4:15 Marvel: Cup O' Joe- This is it, Mighty Marvel fans-the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full-of-surprises panel you wait all year for! Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing, along with guests including Marvel's head of television Jeph Loeb, SVP of creator and content development C. B. Cebulski, and editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. You never know who will show up, but you'd better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF
Right off the bat, while I do want to see Arrow and would like to be there for the Q&A with the cast, I have to eliminate it. I'll see the pilot eventually anyway, and the cast isn't THAT big of a draw. I'm a Marvel guy, so I would like to be at the Marvel panel here, but I'd have to go with Game of Thrones if I'm being honest. Emilia Clarke, folks. Plus I love the HBO series.
Sadly, the tough decisions don't stop there. Take a look at all of these panels overlapping:
4:00-5:00 The IDW Show (55 min, TV-MA)- Hosts Chris Ryall and Dirk Wood welcome guests Duane Swierczynski, Brea and Zane Grant, John Layman, Zach Howard, Conor McCreary, and Anthony Del Col. Plus special announcements by Bobby Curnow, Stupid Audience Tricks, and musical guest Alan Robert and The Grants. NEW (CC) Room 4
4:00-5:00 Archaia: Transmedia in Graphic Novel Publishing- In this information-filled panel, fans will be treated to exclusive announcements, images, and videos on three sci-fi properties poised for a transmedia explosion, with Archaia's upcoming graphic novels providing a cornerstone in each campaign.
Hawken is a free-to-play mech first-person-shooter game from developer Adhesive Games' and publisher Meteor Entertainment. Archaia will debut the original hardcover graphic novel that will serve as a prequel to the storyline in the game, and will feature the talents of Khang Le (Flight), Jeremy Barlow (Mass Effect: Homeworlds, Star Wars), Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime), Francisco Ruiz Velasco (conceptual artist on The Hobbit, and Pacific Rim), Nathan Fox (DMZ, The Haunt), Christopher Moeller (JLA: League of One), Moritat (Elephantmen, Transmetropolitan), Bill Sienkiewicz (Electra: Assassin), Michael Gaydos (Alias, True Blood), Brian Thies (Winter Soldier, Dark Tower), Bagus Hutomo (Shrapnel, Heavy Metal), Stefano Gaudiano (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man), Alex Sanchez (Star Wars: The Old Republic), and Federico Dallocchio (Modern Warfare 2: Ghost). Featuring executive editor Joe LeFavi (Immortals: Gods and Heroes).
Cyborg 009 was created by the legendary Shotaro Ishimori (Power Rangers, Kikaider) and is considered one of the most influential manga series of all time. Since its debut in 1964, it has remained in print all over the world, including here in the U.S. As part of a new resurgence of original Cyborg 009 material, including a new animated feature film being released in Japan this fall, Archaia will publish an original hardcover graphic novel that reimagines the classic story from a modern, Western aesthetic, featuring artwork from the incomparable Trevor Hairsine. Preview art and previously unseen materials will be showcased for the first time at the panel. Featuring writers F. J. DeSanto (Immortals: Gods and Heroes) and Brad Cramp (Invertigo).
Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe is the first of a series of hardcover graphic novels based on the late-1970s science fiction TV series. Author Andrew Gaska (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes) and artists David Hueso (GI. Joe: Storm Shadow), Gary Morrow, and Miki team up to reignite this classic property about the inhabitants stranded on a moonbase after a disaster sends the moon hurtling out of Earth's orbit and into space. The panel will feature never-before-seen artwork and a preview of remastered artwork from legendary creators such as John Byrne that has not been seen in nearly three decades.
4:00-5:00 Valiantfans.com: The Unofficial "Summer of Valiant"- Valiant fans from across the world welcome you to the celebration of the landmark return of the Valiant Universe. What's next after "The Summer Of Valiant?" Exclusive info and special panelists. Expect an exciting hour in an ask-anything panel, up close and personal. Q&A session moderated by Brian Wells (valiantfans.com). Room 28E
4:15-5:15 DC Comics-The New 52- DC Comics-The New 52 and The New 52 Wave 2 are the industry's most talked about industry-shattering events. Although the landscape has changed, we're not done making news! Be a part of history as panelists discuss what's coming next in this exciting time for DC Entertainment. Featuring Chris Burnham (Batman, Incorporated), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Adam Glass (Suicide Squad), Geoff Johns (Justice League, Green Lantern, Aquaman), Dan Jurgens (Superman, Justice League International), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), Rob Liefeld (Deathstroke, Grifter, Savage Hawkman), Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans, Superboy, Red Hood and the Outlaws), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Gail Simone (Batgirl), Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing), and others. Room 6DE
4:30-5:30 Falling Skies: The Battle Is Just Getting Started- Continuing the fight against alien invaders, TNT's Falling Skies follows a band of human survivors on their quest to outrun and outwit the powerful alien force that invaded Earth. Join stars Noah Wyle (ER), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Will Patton (Armageddon), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car), Sarah Carter (The Vow), and Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club), and show runner Remi Aubuchon (Caprica), with Q&A hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory). Watch never-before-seen clips and be treated to an in-depth discussion on Falling Skies season 2. Room 6BCF
4:35-6:35 Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium-
Total Recall-Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his ordinary existence. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Based on Philip K. Dick's classic story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," this brand new take on some of his most visionary ideas is directed by Len Wiseman, who will join stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston on stage.
5:00-6:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now!- If you're an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don't want to miss! Some of comic book publishing's top decision makers, including IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall, BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie, and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, give you up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry. Learn what you need to do to make your comic book dreams come true in a world where the Internet and social media have changed everything. This won't be your grandfather's "breaking into comics" panel. Room 9
5:00-6:00 Business of Webcomics- The forces behind Webcomics.com -- Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade), Scott Kurtz (PvP), and Brad Guigar (Evil Inc) -- present a primer on webcomics from the aspects of creativity, technology and a special focus on business. Room 24ABC
I even cut out about five other possible panels in this two-hour block that I was interested in, including Joss Whedon, Arcana and more. Some of them were spotlight panels, hence my cutting. But still I'm left with a bunch of choices.
Ok, so going from the top, I like what both IDW and Archaia do. But the G.I. Joe/Transformers stuff was yesterday, and Archaia's is more about multimedia, so those can be skipped. That leaves me with DC New 52 and Valiant. I love what Valiant has done so far, and I've not been thrilled with a majority of the New 52. But I think because of the panelists, I'd go with DC between the two.
But it overlaps with all the rest as well. Total Recall... okay, it's a remake, but the trailer looks better than the original, and I'm a Kate Beckinsale fan. Falling Skies is another show I really like, but I can skip it here. Breaking into Comics... there are tons of these kinds of panels all weekend long, I'll catch one of them. So then there's the Business of Webcomics.
So what I'd probably do is hit the DC New 52, but step out early enough to head over to the webcomics panel. I'm involved with a few webcomics, and I'm a fan of the guys on the panel.After that, there's not much else for me. There are a WHOLE LOT of other panels and screenings and so forth, but for me, it comes down to two overlapping events if I watned to hang around and endure more sitting and watching:
7:30-8:30 Moving to the Web: Be Your Own Producer- Actors Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), Tara Platt (Resistance: Burning Skies), Phil Morris (Smallville), and Stephanie Thorpe (Elfquest: A Fan Imagining) and director Steven Calcote (Shelf Life) discuss how producing content for the web has liberated them from an often obstructive studio system. Room 26AB
8:00-10:30 Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards- The 24th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 28 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, Pee Wee's Playhouse), and special guests Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Lynn Johnston (cartoonist, For Better or For Worse), Eric Powell (The Goon), Sergio Aragones (cartoonist, MAD), Bill Morrison (creative director, Bongo Comics), Michael Uslan (movie producer, Batman films), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
If I were to choose between the two, I'd take in Moving to the Web. It might be time to call it, though.
To see the full Comic-Con schedule for Friday, July 13th, go here.
Brant W. Fowler / Writer, Letterer, Reviewer, Columnist, Podcaster, Co-Owner/COO/Site Manager of Comic Related
Brant W. Fowler has been a professional comic book writer, editor, flatter, letterer and logo designer for several years, and has been a freelance editor for the past five years or so. He is one of the cast members and host of the Zone 4 podcast here at Comic Related, and he letters some of the webcomics on the site. You can see samples of his works and how to hire him at Gonzogoose Design and Just-Flats.net. And catch up with him on his forums right here at CR. Brant is also a member of the core operations team at Comic Related.
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