By: Terry Bunch
Each year, Metal Life Magazine covers the San Diego Comic Con bringing you the news and events that will be of interest to fans of heavy metal music. Our focus will be on horror, sci-fi, fantasy, metal related stuff, stage wear, girls and more.
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Booths To Check Out
- 13 Flames Empire (H 02)
"Zombie Jesus" and "Champions of hell" comics, "Zombiefeast" DVDs, metal CDs, and more. Stop by and meet the artists and crew.
- 7.62 Design (Booth: #5606
7.62 Design is Veteran Owned and Operated since 1997 and offers kick ass military themed shirts, steel signs and stickers. The owner is a metal fan and the artwork is sure to appeal to metal fans.
- Activision (Booth: #5344)
Bringing us some of our favorite games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Singularity, Blur, Blood Drive, Guitar Hero and more.
- Adult Swim (Booth: #3949, #4048)
Late night on Cartoon Network, home of Metalocalypse, Robot Chicken, Family Guy and more. They also show anime series such as Cowboy Beebop and Ghost in the Shell.
- After Dark Films (Booth: #4145)
Horror production company behind the "After Dark Horrorfest", also known as "8 Films to Die For". Recent films included "Frontier(s)" and "Captivity."
- Alain Viesca Arts & Illustration (Booth: #4817)
Fantasy artist and illustrator. His works include the "Liquor Fairy Series," "The Raven Witch & the Spring Knight," "Iron Works Series," and other art such as dragons, fairies and coming soon... Steampunk zodiac.
- Alex Horley Art (Booth: #4812)
Legendary fantasy artist. He has done work for DC Comics, Image Comics, and Heavy Metal magazine to name a few. Glenn Danzig hired him for some work on Glenn's comic line Verotik Comics. Gene Simmons of KISS commission Alex for several projects. Alex works with Rob Zombie on his advertising art and storyboards. Alex also contributed to the art in the booklet for Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe 2 album.
- Angel Phoenix (Booth: #1303)
They develop genre properties for films, TV, animated series and more. They have worked on Samuari Assassins, Angelwitch, The Last Realm and others.
- Arcana Studio Inc (Booth: #2415-#2417)
Comics company with numerous titles. Those of particular interest are "American Wasteland", "Dark Horrors", "Epoch", "Hexen Hammers", "Kade", 'Midgard" and "Poe & Phillips." They are previewing a new title at Comic Con called "Sideshows."
Gene Simmons will be doing a book signing on Friday the 13th at 2 pm at Arcana Comics Booth #2415. Only 200 copies will be made available at Comic-Con of the Anthology. Fans will get the chance to meet Gene and get their photo taken with real life versions of Dominatrix and Zipper - two of the star characters from Gene's comic.
- Gene Simmons Comics Group Exclusive Preview Graphic Novel, $20, Run: 200
- John Henry: The Steam Age Exclusive Preview Book, $5, Run: 200
- Creepsville - SDCC Exclusive Preview Book, $5, Run: 150
- The Inventor: The Story of Tesla, $20, Run: 150
- Field Guide to Cryptozoology: The Strange and the Fantastic, $5, Run: 250
- Archaia Entertainment (Booth: #2635)
Comics company with numerous titles. Those of particular interest are "Bleedout", "Days Missing", "Black Knight", "God Machine" and "Robotika".
- Arsenic Lullaby Publishing (Booth>: #2200)
Dark humor comics poking fun at everything.
SDCC Exclusive: Arsenic Lullaby Limited Edition Ashcan. $7, Run: 400
- Aspen MLT, Inc. (Booth: #2321)
Comics company formed by Michael Turner. They create "Dellec", "The Scourge" and "Executive Assistant IRIS". They are also responsible of the lovely ladies in "Fathom", "Lady Mechanika", "Charismagic" and "SoulFire".
- Asylum Press (Booth: #1732)
Comics company. Titles include "Trenchcoats Cigarettes and Shotguns", "Zombie Terrors", "Fearless Dawn", "Eeek", "Undead Evil", "Warlash" and "Asylum of Horrors".
- Avatar Press (Booth: #2701, #2703)
Comics and book publisher featuring the works of Alan Moore among others. Titles include "Stitched", "Crossed", "Night of the Living Dead", "Chronicles of Wormwood", "Neonomicon" and "Wolfskin". They also publish George R R Martin's "Fevre Dream."
- Crossed: Badlands #1 SDCC, $6, Run: 850
- Hero Worship #1 SDCC, $6, Run: 2000
- Ferals #6 SDCC, $10, Run: 350
- Lady Death #17 SDCC Single Day Covers, $10 each, Run: 350 each
- BBC America (Booth: #3629)
British Broadcasting Corporation, the people who bring us "Doctor Who", "Outcasts", "Being Human", "Battlestar Galactica", "Top Gear" and "Primeval."
- Big City Comics LLC (Booth: #2101)
Comics publisher. Titles include "Terminal Alice" and "Tainted."
- Bioware (Bioware Base: Gaslamp Hilton)
Bioware Base is open to the public. No Comic Con badge required.
see also Dark Horse Comics booth
Video game publisher. Games include "Mass Effect 3", "Dragon Age II", "Star Wars Old Republic", "Dark Age of Camelot" and "Warhammer Online."
- Boom! Studios (Booth: #2743)
Comics publisher. Notable titles include "Elric", "Soldier Zero", "Farscape: Scorpius", "28 Days Later", "Armory Wars" , "Hellraiser", "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and more.
SDCC Exclusive: Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1 Get-A-Sketch SDCC Exclusive, $20, Run: 500
- Brian Rood Art (Booth: #4721)
Illustrator famous for his movie art. He has worked with most of the movie companies and his art has included subjects from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Star Trek, Dawn of the Dead and many more.
- Broadsword Comics (Jim Balent) (Booth: #1715)
Jim Balent, a metal head in his own right, and his team produce "Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose" each month. The comic features mature art, witchcraft themes and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Jim Balent and Holly Golightly are frienda of Metal Life Magazine, so be sure to tell them Metal Life Magazine sent you when you visit.
SDCC Exclusive: Never Seen Before Art from Jim Balent and Holly Golightly in the 4th issue of Drawn Together. $20.00 only 100 available.
- Capcom Entertainment (Booth: #4844)
Video game company. Games include "Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D", "Lost Planet 2", "Dark Void", "Resident Evil 5", "Devil May Cry" and "Dead Rising".
- Carnal Comics (Booth: #1615)
XXX rated comics. The booth usually has a porn star to two hanging around. Need we say more.
- Cartoon Network (Booth: #3735)
Cartoons and shows, including "Adult Swim", which airs "Metalocalypse", a cartoon about a metal band and their adventures. They also air "Star Wars: The Clone Wars".
- Tommy Castillo (Booth: #4823)
Artist focusing on the twisted and macabre.
- Century Media / Nuclear Blast (Booth: #114, #116)
Pick up CDs, DVDs and hang out with some of the staff.
- Christian Alzmann Studios (Booth: #4916)
Awesome artist who has worked on "Star Wars: Episode 2", "Men in Black II", "Van Helsing" and "War of the Worlds". We would not be surprised if your metal band wanted him to do a CD cover or two.
- Chronicle Books (Booth: #1506, #1508)
Book publisher. Some notable titles include "Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History", "Mötley Crüe: A Visual History: 1983-2005", "Six-String Heroes: Photographs of Great Guitarists", "Fück Yöu: Rock and Roll Portraits", "Van Halen: A Visual History: 1978-1984" and "The Ultimate Metallica".
- Ciruelo (Booth: #4623)
World famous fantasy artist known especially for his dragons. He also did the art for the covers of "The 7th Song" and "The Elusive Light and Sound" by Steve Vai.
- Dark Horse Comics (Booth: #2615)
Comic giant which publishes "Star Wars", "Creepy", "Criminal Macabre", "Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels", "The Cleaners", "Conan", "Kull" and many more. The booth always has artists, staff and other guests throughout the con.
- DC Comics (Booth: #1915)
Comic giant which publishes "Hellblazer", "iZombie", "American Vampire", "Xombi", "Azrael", "Zatanna", "Jonah Hex", "Greek Street" and many more.
- Devil's Due Publishing (Booth: #2229)
Publisher that brings us numerous titles including "Hack/Slash", "Jericho" and "R A Salvatore's Demon Wars".
- Donato Arts (Booth: #4503)
Artist specializing in fantasy/sci fi with a realism approach. Topics include Middle Earth, mythology, science fiction, fantasy and historical. Well worth visiting the booth and checking out the art.
- Electronic Arts (Booth: #5045)
Video game giant that brings us "Transformers Dark of the Moon", "Alice: Madness Returns", "Darkspore" , "Portal 2", "Shadows of the Damned", "Brutal Legend", and basically every good sports themed game made.
- Jason Engle (Booth: #4617)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy artist. Projects have included "World of Warcraft", "Game of Thrones", "Dungeons and Dragons", "Dragonlance" and many more.
- Evil Ink Comics (Booth: #1031)
Comic publishing company set up by Claudio Sanchez, lead singer of COHEED AND CAMBRIA. Titles include "The Amory Wars", "Kill Audio" and "Key of Z."
SDCC Exclusive: Key of Z Print. $TBA only 125 available.
- Famous Monsters of Filmland (Booth: #1509)
Horror themed entertainment and pop culture magazine. First published in 1958, Famous Monsters covers horror with a in depth and visual approach. The MISFITS took their logo font from the Famous Monsters logo.
SDCC Exclusive: Famous Monsters of Filmland #263 w/ Cover by John Gallagher. $14.99, Run: 500
- Fangoria Entertainment (Booth: #4018)
Horror themed entertainment magazine covering horror movies, special effects and more.
- Flesk Publications (Booth: #5019, #5021)
Publisher specializing in art collections of various genres. Artists of interest include William Stout and Gary Gianni.
- Full Moon Features (Booth: #4013)
Independet horror movie distributor. Titles include "Puppet Master", "Trancers", "Subspecies" and more. Premeiering at Comic Con are "GingerDeadMan 3: Saturday Night Cleaver" and "Evil Bong 3: Wrath of Bong."
- Funimation Entertainment (Booth: #4135)
Anime distributor giant. Titles such as "Gungrave", "Speed Grapher", "Claymore" and many more.
- G4 Media Productions LLC (Booth: #4249)
G4 TV, home of video game news, reviews, interviews and more.
- Gamerave LLC (Booth: #115, #214)
San Diego based video game retailer carrying vintage and new games and systems.
- Gentle Giant Studios (Booth: #3513)
Special effects company that creates props and scenery for movies and video games. Their booth is always full of cool looking stuff.
- Grimm Grotto Goods (Booth: #5535)
Makeup/creature effects artists. Work includes "Spiderman 4", "The Cabin in the Woods", "Hellboy", "Hellboy 2" and their own short "When Zombies Attack!!" Other movies of note include "Men In Black II", "Batman Forever", "Gremlins", "Fright Night 2", "Predator" and "Aliens."
- Heavy Metal (Booth: #1529 #1628)
Long running, world famous adult, fantasy themed magazine. Many a famous artist grace its covers and the content is second to none. Artists have included "Lorenzo Sperlonga", "Royo", "Frezzato", "James Ryman", "Trillo", "Matt Dixon", "Tariq Raheem", "Bisley" and many more.
- Here There Be Monsters Press (Booth #P04)
Small graphic novel press dedicated to publishing quality supernatural and fantasy series. Awesome art, well worth checking out. Jaime Carrillo (the artist) did the artwork for Lamb of God's "Skulls" T-shirt and art for Avenged Svenfold, HIM.
- Hermes Press (Booth: #1821, #1823)
Publisher specializing in reprints of comics, art books covering science fiction, pop culture and art. Most notable title is "Dark Shadows."
- DarkSky Pictures(Booth: #4244)
Multi media entertainment company. Films include Monster School, Acts of Death, Blood Ties, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Honeck Sculpture (Booth: #4822)
Sculptures, dragons, wizards, home decor, cape clasps, etc.
- IDW Publishing (Booth: #2643)
Publishers of comics including "Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones" "Eternal Descent", "30 Days of Night", "Doctor Who" and many, many more. Anne Rice will be signing at the booth on Thursday, July 21st.
SDCC Exclusives: List of SDCC Exclusives
- Image Comics (Booth: #2729)
Comic publisher bringing us titles like "The Walking Dead", "The Light", "Strange Adventures of Lovecraft", "Spawn", the upcoming series "Severed" and more.
SDCC Exclusives: List of SDCC Exclusives
The Walking Dead Hardcover Compendium
- Imperium Comics (Booth: #2005)
Comic publisher bringing us "Tralier Park of Terror", a campy comic version of a slasher flick and "Pierce", a tale of a murdered former mob assassin who must avenge his own death with the aid of his new found ability to move through reflective surfaces.
- Indican Pictures (Booth: #4118)
Movie distributor of independent films. Titles include "Circle", "Dark Metropolis", "Bat S#*! Crazy", "Death of the Virgin", "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" and more.
- Ink Pen Mutations Press (Booth: #1633)
Publisher focusing on the union of experimental literature and provocative artwork in the form of storybooks. Titles of interest are "Zombie Cadence", "Zombie Rock Band" and "Van Wyck".
- Jason Palmer Studios Inc. (Booth: #4407 #4506)
Artist who specializes in TV/movie art such as "Serenity", "Firefly", "Lord of the Rings", "Star Wars", "Battlestar Galactica" and more.
- Jun Planning USA Inc (Booth: #4150)
Doll maker that makes some pretty cool looking goth / steampunk dolls. Check out P-023 Jaldet, B-311 Lilith, T-207 Gyroa D-121 Ra Muw and P-014 Eos among others.
- KC Art (Booth: #4502)
Artist specializing in pinup girls and the female form. Need we say more.
- Keenspot Entertainment (Booth: #1231)
Independent comic publisher. Titles include "Last Blood", "Chopping Block", "Crow Scare" and "Shockwave Darkside."
- Konami Digital Entertainment (Booth: #3713)
Makers of video games like "Silent Hill", "Castlevania", "Metal Gear Solid", "Zombie Apocalypse 2", "Blades of Time", "NeverDead", and many more.
- Lawdog Comics (Booth #M15)
Independent comic/graphic novel pubisher. Titles include "It Tolls For Thee" (a stort set during the Plague, but with zombies) and "Terriroty 51" (an alien/western sci0fi comic).
- Legendary Pictures (Booth: #3920)
Movie production company. Movies of note include "Pacific Rim", "Dark Knight Rises", "Wrath of the Titans", "Hangover part II", "Sucker Punch", "Inception" and many more.
- Lightspeed Fine Art, Inc (Booth: #3745)
Offers original art featuring the stars and scenes from your favorite science fiction movies and television series.
- Linsner.com (Booth: #4900)
Art from Joseph Michael Linser. Comics include "Cry For Dawn", "Dark Ivory" and "Dawn". Sexy art well worth viewing.
- Lionsgate (Booth: #4035)
Independent film company that brings us movies like "Conan the Barbarian", "Saw VII", "Last Exorcism" and "Midnight Meat Train", "Daybreakers" and many more. In 2012, they will bring us "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D."
- LucasFilm (Booth: #2913)
Movie company responsible for "Star Wars", "Indiana Jones", "Willow" and others. Parent organization for Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and LucasArts.
- Mad Catz Inc (Booth: #5139)
Manufactures video game controllers and accessories.
- Marvel Entertainment (Booth: #2329)
Major comic publisher bringing us "Captain America", "Thor", "Fear Itself", "X-Men: Schism ", "Annihilation: Conquest", "Haunt of Horror", "Immortal Weapons", "The Stand: American Nightmares" and many more.
- Monte Moore (Booth: #4801)
Incredible fantasy artist/moviemaker whose clients include "Wizards of the Coast", "Chainmail Bikini", "Pulsar Games" and many more. He also sculpts dragons and other figures such as Loki. Additionally, Monte designs artwork for motorcycles and guitars. Monte is a friend of Metal Life Magazine, so be sure to tell him Metal Life Magazine sent you when you visit.
- Mysterious Galaxy Books (Booth: #1119 #1121)
Our favorite local book shop, specializing in sci fi, fantasy, suspense and horror books. New and used, they frequently have in store signings and they are very supportive of local authors.
- Namco Bandai Games America Inc. (Booth: #5136)
Video game publisher. Titles include "Dark Souls", "Soul Caliber V", "Inversion", "Armored Core" and more.
- NBM Publishing (Booth: #1528)
Graphic novel publisher. Titles of note include "Wake", "Angel Fire", "Malefic" by Luis Royo, "Devil Engine" by Chad Michael Ward, "The Fallen" by David Aaron Clark/David Rankin and many more.
- Nene Thomas Inc. (Booth: #4619)
Fantasy artist. Very well balanced usage of light and dark, color depth contrasts and interesting subject matter. Could see power metal bands using this art for album covers.
- Nintendo of America (Booth: #5153)
Makers of the Wii/Wii U, DS, 3DS. Stop by the booth and check out the systems.
- Oni Press (Booth: #1833)
Comic publisher that brings us "Black Metal", a comic about twin brothers empowered by the legendary sword of Atoll. Other titles of note include "Resurrection" and "Wasteland".
- Orbital Harvest (Booth: #H-04)
Art by John Giang. Fantastic art worth checking out. We can picture a lot of this art as CD covers, stop by and check out the art and if you like it and need some art, let him know.
- Paramount Pictures/Antelope Entertainment (Booth: TBA)
Movie studio responsible for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Super 8," "Thor," and "Captain America: First Avenger."
- Pendragon Costumes (Booth: #4814)
High quality period reproduction costumes. Primarily focused on Renaissance designs, but they have other styles available including steampunk and sci-fi inspired. Good source for stage wear.
- Pin-Up World Art (Booth: #4413)
As the name says, Pin Up Girls, need we say more?
- Bill Plympton (Booth: #1537)
Animator and artist. Created "Idiots and Angels," an animated dark comedy about power and corruption and redemption. Check out the Metal Life Magazine review.
- Profiles In History (Booth: #1605 #1704)
The company behind he hit SyFy Channel series "Hollywood Treasure." Read the Metal Life Magazine review.
- Prop Store of London, Inc (Booth: #3645)
Movie prop and costume company collecting and selling authentic and reproduction items from the movies.
- Raw Studios (Booth: #5539)
They create movies and comics that live up to their name, Raw. Comics include "Alien Worlds", "Dark Country", "Bad Planet" and "Alien Pig Farm 3000". "Dark Country" was made into a movie and comes out on DVD in October 2011. Raw Entertainment was founded by actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher, The Mist, The Mutant Chronicles) and in partnership with Eisner Award nominated illustrator/production designer Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer, Criminal Macabre).
- Renkewitz Studios (Booth: #4535)
Art House / Animation company creating works for comics, video games, trailers, etc. Projects have included "Lost Planet 2", "Ghostbusters", "Resident Evil O.R.C.", "Stranglehold", "Gun", "Time Shift" and "Rise of the Argonauts".
- Roddenberry Productions (Booth: #2543 #2642)
Sci fi merchandiser. Properties include "Days Missing", "Days Missing 2", "Earth: Final Conflict" and of course "Star Trek".
- Dave Seeley and John Picacio (Booth: #4600)
Dave Seeley: fantasy artist. His clients have included LucasFilm, Sony, Tor Books, Wizards of the Coast, Heavy Metal Magazine, Microsoft Game Studios, Ballantine Books and many more.
John Picacio: sci-fi/horror/fantasy artist. He frequently creates Elric themed art. His clients have included Tor Books, Ballantine Books, Del Rey Books, Pyr Books and more.
- Shiflett Brothers (Booth: #4623)
Sculptures for your macabre decor. Pieces include "Komodo King", "Ol' Scratch", "Principia and the Serpent", "Noynub in: Deal with the Devil" and more.
- Sideshow Collectibles (Booth: #1929)
Check out world famous collectibles from horror and sci-fi movies as well as some other very cool stuff.
- Sigh Co. Graphics (Booth: #323 #422)
Clothing for goths, cybergeeks, steampunks and HP Lovecraft and Poe fans. They also carry some related DVDs and other merchandise.
- Simone Bianchi Art (Booth: #5540)
Comic and fantasy artist. His work includes tons of covers for DC and Marvel. His paintings are impressive, especially "Deposition in Red", "Echoes From the Cell", "Vision Divine" and "Fire."
- SLG Publishing (Booth: #1815 #1914)
Comic publisher specializing in the strange, independent artist. Known for the works of Roman Dirge and Jhonen Vasquez among others. Titles of note include "Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman", a graphic novel about a family of Satan worshipers trying to fit in called "Sixsmiths", "Dead Eyes Open", "Nightmares and Fairy Tales", "Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors" and "The Trouble With Igor." They also carry items from other publishers.
- Sony Computer Entertainment of America (Booth: #4237)
Playstation, nuff said.
- Sony Online Entertainment (Booth: #4435)
Sony video games for consoles, PC, etc. Creators of the "PlanetSide 2", "Legends of Norrath", "Everquest" and "Everquest II", "Star Wars Galaxies", "Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures", "Untold Legends" and more.
- Sony Pictures Entertainment (Booth: #4229)
Movie and home entertainment company. Titles include "Priest", "Bad Teacher", upcoming movie "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" and many more.
- SOZ Studios (Booth: #5615)
Monster art, often humorous and very inventive. He has worked as a storyboard artist on various projects. His career started he when he was hired as an animator for Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings."
- Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation (Booth: #1536)
Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation will be selling SPECIALLY PRICED DVD's, Posters & other merchandise.
- SQP, Inc (Booth: #5541)
Fantasy, erotic, and pin-up art books and more. Stop by the booth to get 2 free 2012 calendars and check out their latest book "Temptations: The Pelaez Gallery."
- Squid Works (Booth: #K-14)
3 horror artists. Robert Elrod has been doing horror comics and cover art for various comic and book publishers and will have a bunch of amazing prints. Dan Crosier is known for his unique wood-burn art and has many titles published by BlueWater productionis and has a collaboration he's done with Stan Yan that is coming out soon: "Vincent Price Presents #33."
- Square Enix Inc (Booth: #3829)
Video game publisher. Titles include "Deux Ex", "Dead Island", "Dungeon Siege III", "Chrono Trigger", "Tomb Raider", "Hitman: Absolution", "Final Fantasy" series, and more.
- Starz / Anchor Bay Entertainment (Booth: #4045)
Premium subscription TV channel focusing on first run movies and original series. Their series include "Torchwood: Miracle Day", "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena" and more.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a home entertainment and production company, a division of Starz. Movies include "Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer", "Tekken", "I Spit On Your Grave (2010)", "After.Life", "Scream" and more.
- Suicide Girls (Booth: #1730)
Website that features softcore pornography and text profiles of goth, punk and indie-styled young women. There are always several Suicide Girls at the booth. Keep your minors away though, this is 18+.
- Summit Entertainment (Booth: #4029)
Movie production and distribution company. Titles include "Red", "Source Code", "Drive Angry", the upcoming new version of "The Three Muskateers" and more.
- Terminal Press (Booth: TBA)
Comics, apparel and more. Titles include "Exodus: Death Begets Death", "I Am Become God", both written by Rob Dukes of Exodus. Other titles of interest include "Silent Assassin", "ZombieBomb", "Dimmu Borgir - Dark Fortress" and many more.
- Things From Another World (Booth: #5625)
Comics, graphic novels, manga, and pop-culture collectibles.
- THQ, Inc. (Booth: #5145)
Video game company bringing us "Saints Row: The Third", "Homefront", "Warhammer" series, "Metro: Last Light", "Red Faction: Armageddon" and many more.
- Titan Publishing (Booth: #5537)
Book and magazine publisher with titles like "Battlestar Galactica", "Supernatural", "Terminator", art books and more.
SDCC Exclusive: Lenore Swirlies by Roman Dirge, $17.95, Run: 100
- Todd Lockwood (Booth: #4722)
Fantasy artist with a flair for originality. Works on Dungeons & Drgaons, book covers, Magic the Gathering and more.
- Top Cow Productions, Inc. (Booth: #2629)
Comic publisher bringing us titles like "Echoes", "The Darkness", "Witchblade", "Bezerker", "Artifacts", "Broken Trinity", "Impaler" and many more.
SDCC Exclusives: List of SDCC Exclusives
- Tor Books/Seven Seas Entertainment (Booth: #2707)
Book and comic publisher. Titles include "Halo: The Fall of Reach", "Quantum Thief", "Fuzzy Nation", "The Osiris Ritual" and many more.
- Troma Entertainment (Booth: #4017)
Movie production company responsible for B-Movie greats such as "Klown Kamp Massacre", "Father's Day", "Blood Oath", "Blood Junkie", "Toxic Avenger", "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead", and many more films.
- Twilight Creations (Booth: #4519)
Board game company that makes "Zombies", a card and map based survival game. They also make games called "Cthulhu Rising", "Humans 2: Seafood", "Innsmouth Escape", "Zombie Survival", "Zombietown 3: Big Boom Theory" and more on the way.
- Ubisoft (Booth: #5345)
Video game company bringing us "Assassin's Creed" series, "Far Cry 3", "Driver: San Francisco", "Ghost Recon" series, "Rocksmith", and many more.
- Vanderstelt Studio (Booth: #4719)
Sci-fi/fantasy artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm, Warner Bros and New Line Cinema in the creation of licensed reproductions for his "The Lord of the Rings" fine art program.
- Viz Media (Booth: #2813)
Media production company bringing us the anime and live action movies based on "Deathnote" as well as many more anime such as "Gantz" and manga titles.
- Warner Bros (Booth: #4545)
Media giant. Movies include "Green Lantern", "The Hangover Part 2", "Final Destination 5" and more. TV shows include "Vampire Diaries", "Supernatural" and more. Video games include "Batman: Arkham City", "Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest" and more.
- Xbox (Booth: #5053)
Makers of the Xbox 360 and accessories.
- Zenescope Entertainment (Booth: #2301)
Comic and graphic novel publisher famous for their incredibly drawn women. Titles include "Grimm Fairy Tales", "The Waking", "Salem's Daughter", "Tales From Wonderland", "Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West" and more.
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- Charlie Adlard
artist, "The Walking Dead", "Judge Dredd", "The X-Files"
- Bill Amend
- Sergio Aragonés
cartoonist, Groo, MAD, Sergio Aragonés Funnies
- Tim Bradstreet
artist, Punisher, Hellblazer, Clive Barker's Hellraiser (BOOM), True Blood (IDW)
- Ben Edlund
writer/artist/producer/director Angel, Supernatural, Firefly, Venture Bros, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
- Robert Kirkman
writer/co-creator, The Walking Dead, Invincible
- Brandon Sanderson
author, Elantris, Warbreaker, Wheel of Time series
- Marc Silvestri
writer/artist, Image Comics co-founder, Witchblade, The Darkness
- J. Michael Straczynski
writer, Changeling, Ninja Assassin, Thor, World War Z, and Underworld: Awakening
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Comic Con Programs and Events
Thursday | Friday |
Saturday | Sunday |
- Thursday, July 12
- TheOneRing.net: The Truth About The Hobbit
The Hobbit movie is imminent just at the book turns 75. With on-set visits, intrepid reporting, and the pulse of fans worldwide, the TORn staff shred rumors, answer questions, share New Zealand images-but not as part of the official publicity machine. Also featuring a special visual presentation from Weta Workshop and an account of Fandalf traveling the world and (all that is the tip of the iceberg!). Featuring Cliff Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) and Larry D. Curtis (Hobbit embedded reporter) and additional staff and guests.
- Battlestar: So Say We All
Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo) hosts a 35th anniversary preview panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar universe, politics, philosophy, and 35 year history. Joining Hatch for this exciting BG celebration, roundtable, and Q&A session are Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar and Caprica), Lili Bordan (actress, Blood and Chrome), Michael Taylor (Battlestar, Caprica, Blood and Chrome), Toni Graphia (Battlestar producer/writer), and Dr Kevin Grazier (science consultant for BSG and Defiance), plus surprise guests.
- Epic Games: Fortnite Revealed
Host Jessica Chobot (G4TV's X-Play, Attack of the Show) joins legendary developer Epic Games (Gears of War series) as they lift the veil on the new game Fortnite. Teased late last year, attendees will be the very first people in the world to see Fortnite in action. Get inside the minds of Epic Games' design director Cliff Bleszinski and producer Tanya Jessen as they reveal inspirations, gameplay details, and why Fortnite is taking Epic Games in both a classic and all-new direction.
- Twisted Twins: American Mary
Jen and Sylvia Soska (of Twisted Twins Productions and the makers of Dead Hooker in a Trunk) and Todd Masters (of MASTERSFX and make-up effects producer on True Blood) will discuss the use of prosthetics in horror. The Soskas will also address the challenges of working in a male-dominated genre. They will unveil a sizzle reel from their new film American Mary. Paula Lindberg (Ruby in American Mary) will also be on the panel, which is moderated by Beth Accomando (author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie).
- Trailer Park
A Comic-Con tradition comes home to Hall H! See the latest in trailers from your upcoming soon-to-be-favorite films, including some in that new-fangled 3D contraption (glasses provided, but please give them back as you exit the hall).
- Avatar Press: News and Q&A
Editor-in-chief William Christensen presents all the fresh news from Avatar Press, the industry's most groundbreaking, risk-taking publisher. Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as David Lapham, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore? Can't get enough Ferals, Stitched, or Crossed? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered.
- Spotlight on Bill Amend
Comic-Con special guest and FoxTrot cartoonist Bill Amend reports on his mission to inject as much geekiness as possible into the nation's comics pages. He'll share examples and stories from his 24-year career, discuss how he's adapting to a more digital world, and answer as many audience questions as possible.
- Not with a Bang, with a Bite
Great prophets, religious scriptures, and scientific evidence points to an apocalypse in 2012...but these authors envision the end of the world in the form of a zombie pandemic. With their decaying, disintegrating, and sometimes flesh-eating tendencies, zombies have lurched their way into science fiction and fantasy novels and are here to stay. Doomsday takes on a whole new meaning when losing limbs and lumbering across the earth are involved. Learn how to survive everything from zombie invasions to viral zombie infections from panelists Jeyn Roberts (Dark Inside), Michael Spradlin (Blood Riders), Mira Grant (Blackout), Diana Rowland (Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues), Stephen Blackmoore (City of the Lost), Dana Fredsti (Plague Town), Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly), and Max Brooks (World War Z), led by John Hornor Jacobs (This Dark Earth).
- Inside the Shadow Show: Ray Bradbury's Lasting Impact on Literature, Comics, Film, and Beyond
Literary legend Margaret Atwood (The Handmaiden's Tale) and acclaimed horror and fantasy writer Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) are joined by Sam Weller (The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury) and internationally acclaimed horror writer Mort Castle (The Strangers), the co-editors of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury to reflect on the deep and lasting impact of Bradbury on their work, literature, comics, cinema, and beyond. Moderated by Chris Ryall, CEO and editor-in-chief of IDW Comics.
- Before and After: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Star Trek: The Next Generation's Journey into High Definition
Star Trek: The Next Generation fans are finally getting their wish, with all seven seasons of the beloved series being retransferred into high-definition. Star Trek: The Next Generation-The First Season will be released on July 24, and the team behind the project will give fans an insider's look at how the original film elements were transferred into high-definition and how the visual effects were painstakingly re-created from the source material to look better than ever before. Robert Meyer Burnett moderates the panel, which includes Roger Lay, Jr. (producer/director, Blu-ray), Mike and Denise Okuda (project consultants), David S. Grant (vice president, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Ryan Adams (director, multimedia, CBS Television Distribution), Craig Weiss (creative director, CBS Digital), Eric Bruno (lead compositor), and Wade Felker (film transfer technician).
- Blizzard Entertainment Product Showcase
Love Diablo, World of Warcraft and StarCraft? Join Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP, story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed guests as we reveal never-before-seen licensed products and plans for 2012/2013. Talk to the designers, writers and artists themselves as we dig into Mega Bloks, novels, comics, statues and more. Panel and Q&A session moderated by Kat Hunter (host of Blizzcon coverage on DIRECTV).
Jackie Chan & JJ Productions Limited are happy to bring you Jackie Chan's upcoming classical full-action feature movie CZ12, which is produced and directed by Jackie Chan. The movie stars Jackie Chan, Kwone Sang Woo and with a special guest appearance by Oliver Platt. It is filmed in multi-territories including China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Australia, and Latvia. Trailers will be presented and a Q&A will be held for the film.
- Spotlight on Tim Bradstreet: 25 Years on the Edge of Fantastic Illustration
Comic-Con special guest Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher Max, Hellblazer, Vampire: The Masquerade) discusses his career in RPGs, comics, and film. Join Tim for this onstage interview and Q&A session moderated by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio).
- Assassin's Creed III: Live Stage Demo
Meet Connor, the newest Assassin in the legendary franchise and the spark that will ignite the American Revolution into a full blaze. See for the first time a live demo of Boston, a bustling port city on the brink of revolution, presented by Alex Hutchinson (creative director). Experience the epic scale and scope of Assassin's Creed III with footage of the frontier, colonial cities, and naval battles on the open seas. Witness Connor unleash lethal new skills and weapons in a stunningly realistic open world made possible by the Ubisoft-AnvilNext gaming engine. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the famous Assassin's Creed III Steelbook made by one of the world's preeminent and well-respected comic book artists, Alex Ross, and get a peek inside the mind of creative director Alex Hutchinson in a Q&A featuring a guest host.
- FUNimation Sneak Peek: Mass Effect: Paragon Lost and Coming Soon
A very special look at Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, a new animated feature based on the world of EA and BioWare's Mass Effect games, in addition to some exclusive looks at new series coming soon from FUNimation, one of the North American leaders in anime.
- The Walking Dead
The bestselling, award-winning comic The Walking Dead has been a critical and commercial success -- and its TV adaptation on AMC holds its own weight as a record-setting juggernaut. Join creator/writer Robert Kirkman and series artist Charlie Adlard for a rare sit-down, where they will discuss the past, present, and future of the decade's most talked about zombie phenomenon. A Q&A will follow the conversation between the visionary collaborators.
- Abstract Studio: Terry Moore
Don't miss fan favorite Terry Moore as he discusses his new hit horror series Rachel Rising, his acclaimed sci-fi series Echo, and exciting plans for the 20th anniversary celebration of his epic series Strangers in Paradise! Terry will fill you in on all the latest news and then open the floor for the ever-popular Q&A.
- A Behind-the-scenes Look at CBS's New Series Elementary
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson over 120 years ago. This fall on CBS, the dynamic duo gets a modern-day makeover cracking cases in contemporary New York City. Brilliant investigator Sherlock, played by Jonny Lee Miller (Dexter), is a recent rehab graduate paired with his worst nightmare: sober coach Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels). Together, Sherlock's unique detective skills and Watson's medical expertise make a formidable force capable of solving the NYPD's most impossible cases. Be the first to see the premiere episode of the new television series, followed by a panel discussion with series stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and executive producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly, moderated by Entertainment Weekly assistant managing editor Dalton Ross.
- The Fiction of Halo 4
Halo 4 heralds the return of one of gaming's most iconic heroes, the Master Chief, in a new, epic sci-fi saga. Expanding and enriching the narrative, 343 Industries, with very special panelists, share how the development of stories across the Greg Bear Forerunner saga, the Karen Traviss Kilo-Five trilogy, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo 4 Campaign and Halo Infinity Multiplayer have become connective tissue for Halo 4. Don't miss the exciting premiere of the Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn trailer as well as Q&A with special guests. Panelists include Brian Reed, franchise writer; Armando Troisi, narrative director, 343 Industries; Brien Goodrich, cinematic director; Stewart Hendler, director (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Whisper, H+); Todd Helbing, writer (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Spartacus, Smallville); and Aaron Helbing, writer (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Spartacus, Smallville). Moderated by Frank O'Connor, franchise development director, 343 Industries.
- The Expendables 2-Real American Heroes
Sylvester Stallone and the legendary cast of the sequel to 2010's smash hit film preview the real-deal muscles, weapons, skills, and explosions that went into making a film even bigger and badder than the original. Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the panel discussion.
- Uncle Creepy Presents
A stellar panel of ghoulish creators discuss Warren's Creepy and Eerie, which have been relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. Discover all the exciting things coming up in the Creepy universe. Moderated by Overstreet's J. C. Vaughn and featuring New Comic Company's twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (Button Man) and super special guest MAD and Creepy artist Angelo Torres (MAD), plus writer Christopher A. Taylor and some very special unannounced guests. Plus, there will be Creepy trivia questions with tons of giveaways, swag and prizes.
- Dawn of the Con party with Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie will take over San Diego's Petco Park to ring in Comic-Con as host of the first-ever official Comic-Con Opening Night Attendee Welcome Party, "Dawn of the Con." Presented by VH1, "Dawn of the Con" promises a night full of fantasy, science fiction, monsters and heavy metal for all Comic-Con attendees. Additionally, partygoers will get a sneak peek of his new remix album Mondo Sex Head.
- The Character of Music
Composer and executive producer teams discuss the dynamics of music in film and television. Blake Neely (Arrow), Chris Lennertz (Revolution, Supernatural), Joseph Trapanese and Charlie Bean (TRON: Uprising), and Nathan Johnson and Rian Johnson (Looper) discuss their working relationship, how music plays a character in their stories, and the intense process of scoring their projects. Moderated by Anne Cecere, director of film and TV relations of BMI, and Chandler Poling, founder of White Bear PR. Attendees will get a sneak peek into their work and receive fun giveaways.
- Monsterverse Horror Comics: Bela Lugosi Demands Flesh and Blood!
Monsterverse Entertainment executives Kerry Gammill (Superman, Stargate, The Outer Limits) and Sam F. Park (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave) discuss the horror transmedia company's current and future projects in print, mobile apps, interactive games, and Hollywood, along with Henry Mayo (Ted, Tarzan, The Mummy). Creators Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes (Flesh and Blood) will discuss future plans for their award-winning (Ghastly Award-Best Horror GN 2011) graphic novel series along with its cover artist Dan Brereton (Nocturnals, The Last Battle). Q&A session to follow.
- Showtime: Dexter
The gasps from last season's finale can still be heard among Dexter fans as their worst fears were realized, Dexter got caught and by none other than Deb! What will he do? What will she do? What's next for America's Favorite Serial Killer? If the suspense is killing you, don't miss this incredible panel, where you'll be the first to see the Comic-Con exclusive first two minutes of the season premiere. Moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ Entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski (Hanna). Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto. Plus Dexter fans will be the first to see the world premiere trailer of one of the hottest series on television, Homeland, presented by executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The new season of Dexter premieres September 30, at 9pm ET/PT only on Showtime.
- The Science of Science Fiction: Canon Fodder
Aliens, robots, wormholes, superheroes...there's more than a little science in all of these, but how can that science be kept straight and consistent across multiple movies and seasons of TV shows? Panelists Jon Spaihts (writer, Prometheus), Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (writers, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Jaime Paglia (producer/writer, Eureka), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science advisor, Battlestar Galactica, Defiance), talk about the ups and downs of respecting the science in ongoing science fiction TV and movie series. Moderated by Dr. Phil Plait (writer/host, Phil Plait's Bad Universe, Discover magazine's Bad Astronomy blog), and courtesy of The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences.
- The Virtual Drive-In
Come with us again to those thrilling days of yesteryear where one of the few places you could see offbeat genre films was at your local drive-in, huddled safely in your car as the summer sky darkened around you. At least that was the germ of an idea that gave birth to this panel last year, and the reception by those fans who attended was so positive they're doing it again. So, welcome to the second edition of the Virtual Drive-In, where you will preview three twisted tales by some talented filmmakers who will all be appearing on the panel to discuss their work and take your questions. Moderated by Robert Meyer Burnett. The featured films are:
- Branded -- A dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where mega-corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population deluded, dependent and passive. One man's quest to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world. Appearing on stage is director Jamie Bradshaw.
- Crave -- Aiden (Josh Lawson) fantasizes about a better life away from his gruesome job as a crime scene photographer working alongside his detective friend Pete (Ron Perlman)-a heroic life where he falls in love with the perfect woman and dispenses justice on the hard streets of Detroit. When he meets the alluring young Virginia (Emma Lung) and steals a gun from a crime scene, the line between his darkest fantasies and reality begins to blur, with deadly consequences. This visually arresting psychological noir begins its festival run with its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and continues on to other festivals around the world. Appearing on stage: Josh Lawson (House of Lies) and director Charles de Lauzirika, with other guests to be announced.
- Coldwater -- "Make sure the past isn't watching you." Andre agrees to help out his friend Robert by taking over a housesitting job at an unusual house nestled in the heart of Coldwater Canyon. As the day turns into night, Andre experiences strange things that lead him to believe he is not alone and that someone or something is watching him. Appearing in person are writer/director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) and star Ivan Djurovic (24).
- Comedy Central: Workaholics
Comedy Central's hit series Workaholics features three friends, Adam, Blake, and Ders, who work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9, and party together 24/7. Whether they're getting ready to rage at a Renaissance Faire or take the stage as their gangster rap alter egos "The Wizards," the guys find trouble wherever they go. Stars, co-creators, writers, and executive producers Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck take fans behind the scenes and give a sneak peek into upcoming new episodes, including a few special guests that are guaranteed to be "Tight Butthole." Fans will also be able to compete for a chance to have their name written into a future episode. S'Go!
- History of the Modern Zombie
Zombie Research Society hosts a panel of leading zombie experts moderated by ZRS founder Matt Mogk (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies). Panelists include Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), Scott Kenemore (Zen of Zombie, Zombie, Ohio), Aaron Sagers (CNN Geek Out, entertainment writer, TV host), Steven Schlozman, M.D. (zombie autopsies, Harvard Medical School), and Bradley Voytek, Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco). Join them for a spirited discussion about the evolution and impact of the modern zombie, and get all your pressing questions answered before it's too late!
- A New Generation of Spike and Mike Animation
See the greatest short animations the world has to offer: one hour of award-winning, artistic, funny, and entertaining short animated films from around the world. See winners from the 2012 Annecy Animation Festival in France, such as Second Hand and Friendsheep. Meet Spike of the Spike and Mike Festival of Animation and Gary Sohmers, the "King of Pop Culture" and Antiques Roadshow celebrity. Free Spike and Mike DVDs handed out while supplies last.
- Famous Monsters of Filmland: Stake of the Union 2012
The world's first monster fan magazine invades Comic-Con again this year. Publisher Philip Kim and executive editor Ed Blair are on hand to discuss the future of the magazine, including covers, digital issues, film and TV projects, and more. Special panelists include Bela Lugosi Jr.; Jeff Moor, and Allen Steelgrave of ESP Guitars on their top-secret project with FM; Todd Masters (True Blood) on celebrating 25 years of makeup excellence with his company MastersFX; and many surprises.
- Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves on Trial
Zombies, vampires, and werewolves are the most terrifying monsters to stalk the night. But what if these monsters existed in real life and actually stood trial for their murderous crimes? Would they be found guilty and put behind bars, or would they be found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital? Would they even be competent to stand trial? Forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. evaluate whether the "conditions" that plague these bloodsuckers, flesh-eaters, and wild beasts might serve as the basis for an insanity defense. Hear Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., FBI Ret., supervisory special agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit (Killer Instinct), compare the behaviors of these characters to real-life bloodsucking and flesh-eating killers. See these iconic characters in a new light, and sink your teeth into them for a change!
- H. P. Lovecraft
"They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of R'lyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the stars and the Earth might once more be ready for Them." So wrote master weird tale and horror author H. P. Lovecraft in 1926, and the stars have aligned! Get a sanity-shattering peek into Lovecraft's past and present influence in pop culture. Discover the unspeakable nameless horrors from beyond time and space that are rising in comics, games, movies, music, television and more. With Brian Callahan (Arkham Bazaar), Cody Goodfellow (Perilous Press), Mars Homeworld (CEO, Dead House Music), and Michael Alan Nelson (creator, Fall of Cthulhu). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival-Los Angeles).
- Holliston: Inside the Humor, the Horror, and the Geekery of the New "Great American Sitcom"
Join the cast of FEARnet's hit television sit-com Holliston as they preview their upcoming second season, show outtakes and clips, and discuss their journey to bringing their outrageous comedy for true horror, sci-fi, and pop culture fans to mainstream cable television. Featuring creator/star Adam Green (the Hatchet franchise), Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom), Oderus Urungus (alien lead singer of GWAR), Laura Ortiz (The Hills Have Eyes), Corri English (lead singer of Brokedown Cadillac), and a surprise celebrity moderator. This promises to be one of the most inspiring, laugh-filled, and entertaining panels you'll catch this year at Comic-Con! Don't let the late time slot deter you-this is the panel to see!
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- Friday, July 13
- Art of the Thrill Kill
From psychokillers and sociopaths to the vast unknowable emptiness of deep space, these authors know that it takes more than just blood and gore to keep their readers awake at night. Their novels are all well crafted, imaginative, and more often than not...downright terrifying. Top horror and thriller novelists discuss how they balance ratcheting suspense with perfectly paced creepiness to create stories that are both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing. Participants Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers), Michelle Gagnon (Don't Turn Around), Johan Harstad (172 Hours on the Moon), Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), James Rollins (SIGMA Force novels), Mark Z. Danielewski (The Fifty Year Sword, House of Leaves), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (The Devil's Bait), and Chase Novak (Breed) discuss their delicate art with moderator Lauren Beukes (Zoo City).
- 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"!
- Lenore Turns 20
Celebrations are in order! Lenore is 20 years old in 2012. Roman Dirge discusses his new Lenore collection Swirlies, upcoming comics, merchandise, and more. Join the artist/magician himself for this exclusive journey into the unique world of Roman Dirge, with a one-on-one interview with moderator Andrew Sumner plus a Q&A session.
- 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, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.
- 666 Park Avenue Pilot Screening and Q&A
Spend Friday the 13th getting to know the residents of the historic-and otherworldly-Manhattan apartment building The Drake, during this special screening of 666 Park Avenue. Sexy, seductive, and inviting, The Drake maintains a dark hold over its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires, in this new drama that's host to an epic struggle of good versus evil. Series stars Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Rachael Taylor (Charlie's Angels), and Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), along with executive producers Matthew Miller (Chuck) and David Wilcox (Fringe), will be on hand for a special Q&A following the screening. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, 666 Park Avenue will air Sundays at 10/9c on ABC this fall.
- From Imagination to Screen-The Art Department of Industrial Light & Magic
Creative director David Nakabayashi and the art directors of ILM -- Christian Alzmann (Cowboys & Aliens, The Last Airbender), Yanick Dusseault (Star Trek 2, The Avengers), Alex Jaeger (Pacific Rim, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), and Aaron McBride (Noah, Battleship) -- discuss the legacy of ILM's first art director, Ralph McQuarrie. The team will also cover some of the most memorable moments to come through their department during the company's history, spanning over 35 years and more than 350 films.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gears of War: Past, Present, and Future
G4 TV host and video game goddess Morgan Webb moderates as panelists from video game developer Epic Games come together to discuss the past, present, and future of the Gears of War franchise. The creative and technical minds behind one of the most successful game franchises in history will be on hand to share experiences with attendees. Panelists include Epic Games' design director Cliff Bleszinski and director of production Rod Fergusson, writers Tom Bissell and Rob Auten, and the voice of Baird, Fred Tatasciore. Expect an extended Q&A session.
- Tron: Uprising
Disney XD is bringing the Grid to Comic-Con! Join the noteworthy voice cast Elijah Wood (Beck), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Paige) and Tricia Helfer (The Grid), along with executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time, LOST), to see exclusive footage and find out everything you want to know about this ground-breaking animated series. The panel will also feature never-before-seen clips of Disney XD's turbo-charged original series Motorcity and a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. The panel will be moderated by Daily Variety film editor Josh Dickey.
- 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.
- Drawing on Your Nightmares: Horror in Comics
Throughout comics' storied history, horror has been an important part of the medium. In the fall of 2012, Dark Horse unveils a whole slate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers. Dark Horse horror line editor Scott Allie is joined by actor-turned-comics writer Lance Henrikson and creators Eric Powell (The Goon), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Paul Tobin (Colder), and others for an exciting look at this year's most promising four-color thrills and chills!
- Adult Swim: Robot Chicken/Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer/executive producer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writer Matthew Beans to discuss the Emmy-winning series. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns joins the panel to share insider scoop about the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Come watch a sneak peek and get your questions answered about Season Six. Keith Crofford, VP of production for Adult Swim, will moderate the panel.
- The Art of Death and Darksiders II
A lively demonstration on bringing 2D comic art to 3D graphics and back again-Joe Madureira (Vigil Games Darksiders creator; artist for Avenging Spider-Man, Ultimates, X-Men), and Han Randhawa (Vigil Games, Darksiders I and II creative director) use exclusive examples from the creative development process to show how they bring a unique comic inspired vision to 3D life in the new Darksiders II video game from THQ, where you become Death, the most feared rider from the legendary Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. In part two, representatives from Dark Horse Comics demonstrates how they took this highly stylized universe in 3D, converted it back to a 2D comic book series, and expanded on the mythos, revealing scenes and storyline threads that complement the events of the video game. Working closely with the Darksiders team at Vigil Games, Dark Horse Comics is creating an important component to complete Joe Mad's original vision.
- Epic Fantasy War
We've all seen the signs: war is coming; and this winter, hobbits will learn that one should never laugh at live dragons. The top names in fantasy fiction discuss how the key to writing a real epic fantasy novel lies in the word epic-which doesn't just mean ambitious in scale, scope, and size. Epic fantasy helps us decipher the bigger mysteries of life. Even though there might be dragons (and magicians, horselords, and warlords), every word, and every detail of the world, must resonate on a fully human plane. Legendary editor Betsy Mitchell gets epic with panelists Brandon Sanderson (Alloy of Law), Raymond E. Feist (A Crown Imperiled), Robin Hobb (City of Dragons), N.K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance cycle), Rachel Hartman (Seraphina), Patrick Rothfuss (KingKiller Chronicles), Heather Brewer (The Legacy of Tril), and Lynn Flewelling (Casket of Souls).
- 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.
- Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Retribution
In Resident Evil: Retribution, we learn more about Alice's mysterious past as she continues to hunt those at The Umbrella Corporation responsible for the T-virus outbreak, a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, including the return of Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. Appearing in person: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson. Please join them for a preview and discussion of this highly successful film franchise, based on the popular video game series, and watch never before seen footage from the latest installment, Resident Evil: Retribution, in state-of-the art 3D.
- 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.
- 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.
- Looper-In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented-but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper"-a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)-is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good...until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Writer/director Rian Johnson will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt to discuss the film.
- Elysium-Ever since writer-director Neill Blomkamp broke through with his first feature film, District 9, people have been wondering what he has in store for an encore. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, Elysium, as stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster join Neill and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.
At long last, the dark fantasy epic Berserk, by creator Kentaro Muira, comes to the silver screen! Join Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media in a rare interview with Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Find out what it really takes to transform this stark manga into an animated feature.
- Spartacus: War of the Damned
Liam McIntyre (McLeod's Daughters) returns to Comic-Con, along with Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), executive producer Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and a few surprise appearances to show footage from the final season of Spartacus: War of the Damned, airing on STARZ in January 2013. They will also discuss some of the bonus features on the Spartacus: Vengeance DVD, available September 11.
- Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal
The incomparable Larry King, one of the most recognized broadcast interviewers in the world, goes one-on-one with voice actor Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), a talent who is practically synonymous with Comic-Con itself. In this panel, "The King of Interviews" salutes the beloved Cullen and takes attendees through the actor's early days on the original 1984 animated TV series Transformers Generation One, the three box office smash Transformers movies, and his current work on The Hub TV network's Daytime Emmy Award-winning animated series Transformers Prime from Hasbro Studios. Audience Q&A to follow.
- Resident Evil 6: The Fear and Horror!
he latest installation of the blockbuster Resident Evil video game franchise arrives this October! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the most ambitious CAPCOM title to date from Hiroyuki Kobayashi (executive producer), Yoshiaki Hirabayashi (producer), and Miguel Corti (localization director). Arrive early and receive access to exclusive information, live gameplay demos, a trailer premiere, and some surprises. Q&A session to follow.
- Arcana Comics
Get a sneak peek of The Clockwork Girl, featuring the voice talents of Jesse McCartney, Alexa Vega, Carrie Anne Moss and others, and Arcana's new imprint, Steampunk Originals, featuring the most unique steampunk tales around, Arcana is set to explode into the steampunk world. Find out about other special projects, including a new line of books with the one and only Gene Simmons, featuring the return of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons' House of Horror. Learn more about the ArcanaBenderspink line, being developed with the production company behind The Hangover and The Butterfly Effect. Sneak peeks, special guests, and free comics and posters-don't miss out!
- Designing for the Undead
Costume designers guild members Chrisi Karvonides (costume designer, American Horror Story, Carnivale), Audrey Fisher (costume designer, True Blood), and Alexander Welker (costume designer, Grimm) and costume illustrator Imogene Chayes (True Blood, American Horror Story) talk about creating all those great paranormal television characters we know and love.
Syfy and Trion unite television and gaming in the biggest entertainment event of 2013: Defiance. Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jamie Murray (Stahma Tarr), Kevin Murphy (executive producer), Nick Beliaeff (SVP, development, Trion Worlds), Rob Hill (senior producer, Trion Worlds), and Mark Stern (president, Syfy original content and co-head UCP) discuss how Defiance defies everything you know about conventional storytelling. Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times).
- Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Celebration
In 1982, Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott's classic adaptation of SF master Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was released to theaters and forever changed the face of cinematic science fiction. Filmmaker, BR expert, and acclaimed author Paul M. Sammon (Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner) hosts a 30th anniversary celebration of this influential masterpiece. Sammon (who was present throughout BR's filming and met Philip K. Dick) will interview numerous BR cast and crewmembers, including BR art director David Snyder and BR: The Final Cut producer Charles de Lauzirika. Be there to meet these and other very special BR guests.
- And Then What Happened? Serialized Shows That Ended Too Soon
You saw every episode, you followed every storyline, you hoped against hope that they'd get another season...and they didn't. What would have happened if the show had kept going? Hear writer/producers Andrew Chambliss (Once Upon a Time), Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead), Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), and Jose Molina (The Vampire Diaries) talk about the stories that weren't to be on such shows as Dollhouse, FlashForward, Firefly, and The Middleman.
- Dark Matters: Twisted But True
John Noble (Fringe, Lord of The Rings) serves as host of the fan-favorite series on Science Channel, Dark Matters: Twisted But True. Was Charles Lindbergh an American Nazi? What prompted doctors to attempt a live organ transplant? Was a Hungarian song responsible for a mass suicide epidemic? Join the cast and production of Dark Matters for exclusive Science Channel giveaways, surprises, and an inside look into some of history's most sordid scientific stories.
- Resident Evil: Damnation Worldwide Trailer Premiere, 7-Minute Sneak Peek, and Filmmaker Q&A
The next action-packed installment in the Resident Evil franchise continues. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the worldwide 2D trailer premiere (in English) of Resident Evil: Damnation, the all-new, 3D sequel to the full-length CG animated feature Resident Evil: Degeneration, based on the Resident Evil (known in Japan as Biohazard) series of games. Fans will also get an exclusive look at the first 7 minutes of the Japanese theatrical version of the film, followed by a Q&A with Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Japanese producer of the Resident Evil franchise) and Makoto Kamiya (Resident Evil: Damnation director).
- Space Command: Bold Adventures in the Far Reaches of Space
Science fiction legends Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Doug Drexler (Battlestar Galactica), Neil Johnson (Humanity's End), Michael Reaves (Star Wars, Batman), and Ian McCaig (Star Wars) premiere footage from the highly anticipated epic adventure series that spans 200 years of Galactic History. Stars Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth), Katherine McEwan (Humanity's End), Christina Moses (Star Trek New Voyages), and Amber Benson (Buffy) discuss their roles. The visionary team gives you an early look at the stunning character design and visual effects, plus the epic score from David Raiklen. Inspired by heroic science fiction of the '50s. A revolution in film funding and distribution, made by A-list creators for the fans free from studio restrictions.
- 35 Years of Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal lets you peek behind the curtain of 35 years of publishing with an incredible hour of conversation with Kevin Eastman as he and many of the iconic artists look back over the years of groundbreaking storytelling as well as let you in on plans for the future. The pages of the magazine opened the doors for artists like Royo, Moebius, and Serpieri and has led the way to Heavy Metal's 35th anniversary release of Michael Mendheim's Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the 3D Animated Epic War of the Worlds: Goliath. Panelists include Eastman, Michael Mendheim, Dave Elliott, Lorenzo Sperlonga, Bernie Wrightson, and Steve Niles, with additional surprise guests. Moderated by Brad Hatfield of MTV Geek.
- Berserk screening
Comic-Con exclusive! See Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I-The Egg of the King with a special intro by Eiko Tanaka, founder and CEO of Studio 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix, Batman). Experience the start of an epic anime trilogy, and catch a special sneak peek of Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II-The Doldrey War.
- Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Gauntlet of Animation
You, the lunatic fringe, vote for the films you love and hate. Which films will survive? Only you can say. See our 2012 collection of great animated sick and twisted shorts, with enough craziness and hilarity to make your stomach churn with delight! Adult material, 18 and over. Creators of Dr. Tran will be there to answer questions, along with Bill Plympton. Featured are award-winning shorts from the Annecy Animation Festival in France: Tram and Pythagasaurus from Aardman Animation. Meet Spike in person and Gary Sohmers "King of Pop Culture" and Antiques Roadshow celebrity. Free DVDs to attendees while supplies last.
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- Saturday, July 14
- After Earth
Enter the world of After Earth with an in-depth panel that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the universe of the upcoming film and comic book. With the film now in post-production and set to hit theaters next June, screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) will discuss the making of the film. They will be joined by comic book artist Beni Lobel (Spanish horror comic anthology Cthulu; G.I. Joe comic books; Torchwood: Web of Lies motion comic), and writers Robert Greenberger (Iron Man, Batman, and Hellboy novels) and Michael Friedman (Star Trek and X-Men novels) -- the creators of the comic book After Earth: Innocence, which will introduce Kitai and Cypher Raige (played by Jaden and Will Smith in the After Earth film). Also joining the panel is Eisner Award winner Peter David (Star Trek novels and comic books; The Incredible Hulk), who is writing the After Earth prequel novel and also created the After Earth bible with Greenberger and Friedman.
In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
- Activision Panel Featuring Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Video Game Talent
Legendary Transformers voice talent and game experts at developer High Moon Studios come together in one epic panel to discuss their roles in the upcoming Activision video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. Panelists include Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime), Gregg Berger (voice of Grimlock), Nolan North (voice of Cliffjumper), and Matt Tieger (High Moon Studios game director). They'll give everyone an inside look into bringing your favorite characters to life in the making of the video game, as well as answer the questions you've been dying to ask.
- Warehouse 13
America's top-secret, artifact-finding agents have landed at Comic-Con. Stars Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering), Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), and Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan), along with executive producer Jack Kenny, present a look inside the new season of Syfy's blockbuster series. Moderated by Damian Holbrook (TV Guide).
- Film and TV Production Designers of the Art Directors Guild
In collaboration with a highly skilled art department, the production designer lays out the design plan that will guide a small army of illustrators, set designers, decorators, carpenters, sculptors, painters, and artisans of every sort in creating small worlds to warm the heart and entire civilizations to fire the imagination. Designers include Suzuki Ingerslev (True Blood), Bill Creber (original Planet of the Apes), Rick Heinrichs (Dark Shadows), Thomas Walsh (Vampires), Dominic Watkins (Snow White and the Huntsman), and moderator John Muto (Terminator 2:3D).
- Dark Horse: Bioware
Dark Horse and Bioware have come together once again to provide fans with exclusive news on Dragon Age, and the ever-expanding Mass Effect universe. Join Dark Horse director of public relations Jeremy Atkins and editor Dave Marshall, along with Dragon Age writers David Gaider and Sylvia Feketekuty, BioWare art director Derek Watts, moderator "Evil Chris" Priestly, and a cast of other celebrity geeks and surprise guests for an exciting look into the Dark Horse/BioWare universe. Attendees can be sure to expect a spirited discussion on the ongoing link between comics and gaming, with exclusive news and more!
- Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained
The Weinstein Company presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino. Fans will get to see exclusive footage from Django Unchained and take part in a special discussion with Tarantino and the cast. You won't want to miss this!
Futurama cannot be killed! Join the cast and crew of the Emmy-award-winning series for world premiere footage of the all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus: Wear your Futurama-themed costume for the chance to win slightly valuable prizes! Scheduled panelists include creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo).
- Capcom's Lost Planet 3 and DmC Devil May Cry: Westward Bound
Capcom takes the Lost Planet and Devil May Cry franchises in exciting new directions by partnering with Western Development Partners. Lost Planet 3 releases early next year with a gripping new storyline that provides fans with untold truths from previous games. Set in the frozen tundra of E.D.N. III, the game takes the franchise back to its roots, making gamers rethink everything they thought they knew about it. Capcom producer Andrew Szymanski, a member of the development team from Spark Unlimited and "Go Beyond Survival," DmC Devil May Cry producer Motohide Eshiro, North American producer Alex Jones, and series director Hideaki Itsuno bring you the ultimate stylish action game. Detailing Dante's early years and set against a contemporary backdrop, DmC Devil May Cry retains the stylish action, fluid combat, and self-assured protagonist that have defined the iconic series. Witness Dante chain together combo after combo with panache as he dispatches the demonic spawn back to hell. See what the game has in store for you January 15, 2013. It's time to "Face Your Demons."
- The Simpsons
Now entering its 24th season, The Simpsons is a living animation legend. Join moderator David Mirkin, creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising producer Mike Anderson, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, for a lengthy look at the upcoming Treehouse of Horror, a sneak (2D) peek at Simpsons theatrical short The Longest Daycare, and much, much more (okay, 45 minutes' worth).
- Open Road Films: End of Watch and Silent Hill: Revelations 3D
Global exclusive! Catch an early look at the highly anticipated action film End of Watch, with special guests Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña who play police officers patrolling the meanest streets of south central Los Angeles, and writer/director David Ayer (Training Day). Also, based on the groundbreaking video game franchise from Konami, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is the sequel to the hit film Silent Hill. Experience the world premiere of 3D footage from an unparalleled horror experience with special guests Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Kit Harington (HBO's Game of Thrones), director Michael J. Bassett, and producer Samuel Hadida.
- TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
TV Guide magazine returns with another all-star panel. Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV's hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Nathan Fillion (Castle), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Joel McHale (Community), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Maggie Q (Nikita), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and others.
- Marvel Video Games
Learn all about Gazillion's Marvel Heroes MMO, Ubisoft's Avengers: Battle for Earth and more future Marvel games-including an announcement from Activision and High Moon Studios that is sure to be a hit! Q&A will follow.
- Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Book of Eli), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Mike Henry, and showrunners Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan offer a sneak peek at Family Guy's funniest scenes from the upcoming new season, followed by a freakin' sweet Q&A with the audience.
- Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Joe has been coming to SDCC for decades (despite popular requests) with news and announcements. If all goes as it should between press-time and this panel, he will be making the most important announcement of his career (no, not his retirement-despite popular requests). If all does not go as it should, he will be giving a talk about migratory bird patterns. So come roll the dice with J. Michael Straczynski!
- Trailer Park I
See the latest in trailers from your upcoming soon-to-be-favorite films, including some in 3D (glasses provided, but please give them back as you exit the hall).
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Alphas are among us...especially at Comic-Con. A panel featuring the stars of Syfy's Alphas discuss the show's exciting new season. Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times).
- Spotlight on Ben Edlund
Comic-Con special guest Ben Edlund (creator of The Tick, writer/producer, Firefly, Angel, Point Pleasant, Supernatural) tries to understand what he's been up to for the last four decades, with clips of some of the lively absurdities in which he's had a hand. Spend an hour in this hot bath of mind and then write home about it! Moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, host of The Nerdist Writer's Panel).
- Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups
Legendary Pictures: Pacific Rim-From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes -- a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) -- who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.
Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film's ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
- Grimm Q&A/Season 2 Preview
Grimm, NBC's police procedural with a supernatural mythology, returns to Comic-Con to kick off its second season packed with chills and revelations. Be among the first to get a glimpse of season 2 and participate in a Q&A session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli (Turn the Beat Around), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist), Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break), Reggie Lee (The Dark Knight Rises), Sasha Roiz (Caprica), Bree Turner (The Ugly Truth), and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), executive producer/director Norberto Barba (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), and executive producers Sean Hayes (Hot in Cleveland) and Todd Milliner (Hot In Cleveland). Produced by Universal Television and Hazy Mills, Grimm returns late summer on NBC and Grimm Season One will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 7.
- Roddenberry Presents
Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Productions), Trevor Roth (head of development, Days Missing), and Tory Mell (producer/writer: White Room: 02B3) are taking the name that created Star Trek and bringing it to levels not seen since the original days of the genre-changing television show. Join them for new exciting Roddenberry news and a sneak peek at the sci-fi short White Room: 02B3, followed by a Q&A with director Greg Aronowitz. Moderated by Frank Meyer (producer, Fresh Ink on G4. Also, giveaway of a new iPad!
- A Wrinkle in Time
"To boldly go where no man has gone before" is the phrase that has greeted many of us who have looked to the heavens in awe. From the far-flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let the authors of speculative fiction tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions. Board a starship to the future with David Brin (Existence), Deborah Harkness (Shadow of Night), Michael Cassutt (co-author of Heaven's Shadow trilogy), Charles Yu (Sorry Please Thank You), Phil Hornshaw (co-author of So You Created a Wormhole), Peter F. Hamilton (The Nano Flower), Orson Scott Card (Earth Unaware, Ender's Game), and Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel), captained by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy.
- The Write Stuff V
Meet the writers and producers who make sci-fi, horror and fantasy entertainment what it is today, and get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the highly classified secrets to getting TV shows made and how to break in and break out in today's highly competitive broadcast environment, the deep dark secrets (and, more important, fat-free snacks) of the writer's room-and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards and Twitter. No canned speeches and press releases here-get the straight scoop and candid skinny from television's most talented writers and producers, including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Transformers, The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Femme Fatales), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: The Series), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Gates), Dave Simkins (Grimm, Human Target), Jose Molina (Firefly, Terra Nova), Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Necessary Roughness).
- Being Human
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
This panel is a beast. Stars Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), and Sam Huntington (Josh) join executive producer Anna Fricke to discuss the forthcoming third season of Syfy's hit series about a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf-all just trying to be human. Moderated by Drusilla Moorhouse (Zap2It.com).
- Halo 4: A New Campaign and Halo Infinity Multiplayer
Halo 4 marks the beginning of a new saga in the blockbuster franchise that has shaped entertainment history and defined a generation of gamers. Developed by 343 Industries, get a glimpse at how they have taken Halo 4 in new directions, introducing an ancient threat and the Master Chief's greatest challenge, as well as an innovative and fresh new take on multiplayer in War Games and Spartan Ops. Panelists include executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, creative director Josh Holmes, and franchise development director Frank O'Connor.
- Music and Comics
Music in my comics? Comics in my music? Clearly these are two great tastes that taste great together, as shown by graphic novels Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi, Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorfand, Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness by Reinhard Kleist, and R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country, as well as such upcoming books as The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song by Frank M. Young and David Lasky and Legends of the Blues by William Stout. Join Abrams ComicArts and First Second for a lively discussion on exploring aural art through the visual art of the graphic novel. Participants include William Stout (author/artist Legends of the Blues), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), Sheila Keenan (senior editor, Abrams ComicArts), Mark Siegel (editorial director, First Second), and Calista Brilll (senior editor, First Second).
- The Following Screening and Q&A
Don't miss an exclusive pilot screening of The Following, the terrifying new thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (Scream) and executive producer Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries). Series stars Kevin Bacon (Mystic River) and James Purefoy (Rome) will join the producers for a Q&A after the screening. This fast-paced drama follows Bacon's character Ryan Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by Purefoy's devious Joe Carroll, who dreams of writing a dark novel with Hardy as his protagonist. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following premieres midseason on FOX.
- The World of Capcom!
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) leads a panel of Capcom's producers and product managers, as they share trailers and sneak peeks of all the hot upcoming Capcom games, featuring Resident Evil 6, DmC, Lost Planet 3, Street Fighter X Tekken (PS Vita), and a few surprises! Followed by a Q&A session.
- EPIX Originals: William Shatner and Roger Corman
Two legends of the entertainment world take to the Comic-Con stage to preview their latest projects. Get a gander at the EPIX Original movie, Roger Corman's first-ever made in 3D, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, in which a meek college co-ed is transformed into a gigantic cheerleader. Then take a sneak peek at William Shatner's Get a Life!, an EPIX original documentary based on Shatner's hugely popular book, in which he examines the cultural phenomena of Star Trek, its fan-following, and his own role within it. To top it all off the panel will be moderated by "Mr. Comic Book Men" himself, Kevin Smith.
- True Blood Panel and Q&A session
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated True Blood kicked off its 12-episode fifth season June 10 on HBO. The series follows the exploits of waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts; vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer); and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ball created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series and this panel also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford De Beaufort, Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux and Chris Meloni as Roman Zimojic. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.
- Mass Effect: Past, Present, and Future
Developers from Mass Effect offer an exciting look at the evolution of the Mass Effect franchise. Mike Gamble (producer), Corey Gaspur (senior combat designer), Parrish Ley (lead cinematic animator), Sylvia Feketekuty (writer), Chris Helper (writer), Jessica Merizan (community manager) and Chris Priestly (community specialist) discuss the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayer gaming and hints at upcoming DLC. Don't forget to bring your emergency induction port!
- Trailer Park II
Once more with feeling! See the latest in trailers from your upcoming soon-to-be-favorite films, including some in 3D (glasses provided, but please give them back as you exit the hall).
- Reimagining a Gaming Icon: Lara Croft
Karl Stewart (Tomb Raider global brand director), Noah Hughes (creative director), John Stafford (narrative designer), & Camilla Luddington (voice of Lara Croft) discuss the journey of reimagining one of the most iconic franchises in video game history, Tomb Raider, through story, performance, and a lot of planning! As a world exclusive for the Comic-Con panel the team will also be joined by the lead writer responsible for crafting the story with the team over the last 2 years. Join the team for this Q&A session moderated by Geoff Keighley (host, Spike TV).
- Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3
Producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- A Tribute to the Legendary Ray Bradbury
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Some called him the greatest writer of fantasy of all time. He was a writer of legendary science fiction, an inspiration to generations, and a good friend of Comic-Con. We lost him on June 5, and now many of his friends and colleagues gather to celebrate this extraordinary figure. The guest list is still being finalized as this guide goes to press, but it should include authors William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Marc Scott Zicree, Joe Hill, and Margaret Atwood, along with figures from the worlds of motion pictures and television including Stan Freberg. Your hosts are Bradbury biographer Sam Weller (Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury) and Comic-Con special guest Mark Evanier. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Bradbury character.
A Comic-Con fan favorite, MythBusters is back with their traditional Saturday evening panel. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron talk about their recent exploits and upcoming fall Mythbuster-y goodness!
- Unlocking Arkham: The Forensic Psychiatry of Batman's Rogues' Gallery
Back by popular demand! Broadcast Thought's original Comic-Con panel with updated information and insights! Arkham Asylum houses some of Gotham City's most disturbed villains. But are they truly "insane"? From the vantage point of forensic psychiatrists utilizing real-world psychiatric diagnostic criteria, explore the mental disorders that plague The Dark Knight's Rogues' Gallery. Probe the minds of villains such as Two-Face, Riddler, Mr. Zsasz, Maxie Zeus, Harley Quinn, the Joker, and others. Are these characters psychotic, or are they psychopaths? What's the difference? Learn as forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. discuss the meaning of these terms and explain how criminal defendants are found "not guilty by reason of insanity." See how Arkham Asylum compares to a real-world forensic hospital. Discover that truth truly is stranger than fiction. Bring your questions, and join the experts as they unlock Arkham Asylum and possibly set some of its "inmates" free!
- Femme Fatales Revealed: Behind the Scenes of TV's Newest Hit
Meet the cast and crew of the cult smash on Cinemax that Entertainment Weekly hailed as a "badass chick anthology series" and Geek Magazine calls "50% Tarantino, 50% Sin City, 100% Cool." Inspired by pulp novels, comic books, and classic film noir, Femme Fatales, is based on the bestselling magazine of the same name. Every episode features the exploits of powerful and dangerous women who use their survival instincts to escape perilous situations and exude their inner guile. Creators/executive producers Mark A. Altman (Necessary Roughness, Castle) and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Necessary Roughness, V.I.P.) host a panel of the show's most beautiful and lethal femme fatales along with composer Joe Kraemer and some surprise guests. Also expect giveaways you won't get anywhere else for the first 100 fans, along with a special sneak preview of the incredible one hour season finale, "Libra," featuring a new iconic superhero created by the legendary Bob Layton (Iron Man), and a chance to win copies of the new Femme Fatales soundtrack and trading cards. Femme Fatales debuts on home video this fall and is a Four Amigos/Radioactive Fishtank Production.
- Tromatize Yourself
This year's Troma panelists reveal their secrets on branding, or how to market yourself, your art, and your ideas in your quest to make a creative living. Troma president and creator of The Toxic Avenger Lloyd Kaufman is joined by a panel of indie experts, including Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Ron Jeremy (film actor), Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan (Boilerplate), Chris Brandt (Independents), Pat Swinney Kaufman (New York Film Commissioner), and moderator Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Also: special screening of Brand Your Own Damn Self, starring Stan Lee, a 12-minute video lesson that will premiere at this panel! Stan wrote the foreword to Lloyd's book Sell Your Own Damn Movie. Parental advisory: This panel may not be appropriate for all ages. Troma Entertainment is Reel Independence!
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- Sunday, July 15
- Fringe Screening and Q&A
Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Lance Reddick (Lost), Blair Brown (Altered States), Jasika Nicole (Take the Lead), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), along with executive producer J. H. Wyman (Keen Eddie), offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Don't miss the discussion about the climactic conclusion of this critically acclaimed thriller. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX. Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 4.
- Global Sensation Merlin Celebrates Season 5
International hit series Merlin returns to Comic-Con to celebrate its upcoming fifth season premiere with a presentation of advance footage, a peek behind-the-scenes, and access to its stars and creators. Leading the panel are Colin Morgan, the magical title character of Merlin, and Katie McGrath, the wickedly beautiful sorceress Morgana. The pair will be joined by co-creators and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, as well as some fan favorite, gotta-be-there-to-see guests. Popular hostess and "writer of all things geek" Jenna Busch moderates the festivities, which will include an eye-opening offering of Merlin's expansive new entertainment scope, some unique prizes, and a few special-for-Comic-Con surprises from the series that airs in more than 180 countries.
- The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Zombies Panel!
Blood will curdle and flesh will crawl as IDW/Yoe Books terror team co-editors Craig Yoe (Eisner Award-winning comic historian) and Steve "Karswell" Banes (host of The Horrors of It All vintage comics blog) unearth the lurid, dark history of 1950s comics with an unnerving panel focused on pre-Code horror's most despicably dead subject-zombies! This hour-long discussion and Q&A is guaranteed to rot your mind! All attendees dressed as a zombie will get a prize!
- Supernatural Screening and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ) and Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), recurring guest stars Misha Collins (Ringer), Jim Beaver (Justified), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), and consulting producer Ben Edlund (The Tick) return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store for the eighth season of this thrill-ride series. Fans will also see an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season DVD and Blu-ray release, in stores September 18. The eighth season of Supernatural will premiere in October on its new night, Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
- BBC America's Doctor Who
The Doctor and the Ponds land in San Diego. BBC America's Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill join award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades) for a Comic-Con panel and Q&A. As fans eagerly await the new season's premiere, BBC America is making sure Steven Moffat brings new footage to reveal on the big screens in Hall H. Ahead of the new season, BBC America will premiere new Doctor Who specials-The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who, and The Destinations of Doctor Who-as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block starting Saturday, August 4 at 9pm/8c. For those new to Who, the previous two seasons from Steven Moffat are available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download.
- Foes Beyond Fur and Fangs
Vampires have staked their claim on readers, and werewolves have certainly taken a bite out of pop fiction. But these paranormal creatures aren't the only ones that run havoc in the pages of science fiction and fantasy novels. Authors discuss the villains and vixens-from witches to zombies and beyond-in their action-packed adventures. Moderator Kim Alexander (Fiction Nation on Sirius XM radio) interviews participants Amber Benson (Calliope-Reaper Jones novels), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series), Tom Sniegoski (Remy Chandler series), Kiersten White (Paranormalcy series), Gail Carriger (Timeless), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Poison Tree), and Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races).
- Max Brooks: Zombie Survival 101
Max Brooks, screenwriter and author of bestselling books The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, is the world's leading authority on the defense against a ghoulish uprising! Renowned for his campus and convention lectures nationwide, Brooks comes to San Diego Comic-Con to share his insight into the rotting minds of the undead, reveal how the Zombie Survival Guide came into existence, and field questions from zombie-phobic fans! You dare not miss this lecture -- your very life may depend on it!
- Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Once upon a time, Buffy Summers became the Slayer, the Chosen One who proved a young heroine could battle the forces of darkness instead of playing damsel in distress. Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage.
- Sons of Anarchy
Get an inside look into the world of FX's highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter (The Shield) and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst, and Dayton Callie.
- Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composers and Singers on Creating the Perfect Sound for TV and Film
Singer and composer collaborations are essential to the creation of poignant and thrilling moments in TV and film. Learn how these dynamic collaborations work and how a singer's voice can amplify an original score from composers Trevor Morris (The Borgias), iZLER (Revenge), Michael Penn (Girls), Marc Shaiman (Smash), Danny Jacob (Phineas and Ferb), and Robert Duncan (Castle), singers Lisbeth Scott (True Blood), Laura Dickinson (Phineas and Ferb), and more! Moderated by Phineas and Ferb creators Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire. A Q&A will follow the panel and giveaways for all Attendees.
- Steampunk Attire
Robin Blackburn (League of Steam), Alexis Harlan (Retroscope Fashions), Cat Frazier (costumer), Amy McCain (thrift store afficionado), and Randy Burks (hunter) discuss costuming for steampunk, with hints on patterns for sewing your own, websites for purchasing pieces or whole costumes, stores for off the shelf and thift store finds. Moderated by Thomas Oliver.
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Signings marked with locations AA are held in the Sails Pavilion on the upper floor of the Convention Center
These Signings Are Limited, You Must Get A Ticket
- Guillermo del Toro
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Sunday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Sunday AA8 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Roman Dirge
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Friday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Friday AA8 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Doctor Who
Members of the cast and crew
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Sunday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Sunday AA3 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
- George R. R. Martin
Author (A Game of Thrones)
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Saturday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Saturday AA1 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head, Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Sunday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Sunday AA3 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Saturday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Saturday AA4 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara
Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Saturday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area
Saturday AA4 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- Chasing UFOs
Erin Ryder, James Fox, Ben McGee
Saturday AA8 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Epic Fantasy War
Brandon Sanderson, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, N. K. Jemisin, Christopher Paolini, Rachel Hartman, Patrick Rothfuss, Heather Brewer, Lynn Flewelling
Friday AA9 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Debrah Farentino, Jamie Paglia
Friday AA4 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday AA20 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- Femme Fatales
Cast & Creators
Saturday AA8 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Hatchet 3
Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Adam Green, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, B. J. McDonnell
Saturday AA21 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
Friday AA21 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Corri English, Laura Ortiz and Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus" of GWAR)
Thursday AA3 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Cindy Morgan and Bruce Boxleitner
Cindy Morgan, actor (TRON, Caddyshack) and Bruce Boxleitner, actor (TRON, Babylon 5)
Thursday AA13 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday AA14 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA25 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA24 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Kyle Newacheck, Kevin Etten, Jillian Bell
Thursday AA4 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
- Charlie Adlard
artist (The Walking Dead)
Friday AA18 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
- Reggie Bannister, actor (Phantasm I-IV, Bubba Ho-Tep, Transformers #10) and
Gigi ""Fast Elk"" Bannister, actor/SFX/producer (Phantasm IV, Walking Dead)
Thursday AA30 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA30 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA30 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA30 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Richard Hatch
actor (Battlestar Galactica)
Thursday AA19 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday AA22 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday AA22 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday AA22 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Marilyn Ghigliotti
actor (Clerks, Alien Armageddon,Dead and Gone)
Thursday AA25 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday AA24 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA23 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA25 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Jordan Hart
author/illustrator (Steel Rainbow: The Legendary Underground Guide to Becoming an '80s Rock Star)
Thursday AA17 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday AA18 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
- Kane Hodder
actor (Friday the 13th, Hatchet)
Friday AA16 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA16 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Herbert Jefferson Jr.
actor (Battlestar Galactica, T.J. Hooker)
Thursday AA28 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday AA28 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday AA28 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday AA28 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
- Irwin Keyes
actor (House of 1000 Corpses, Intolerable Cruelty)
Thursday AA16 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA17 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday AA13 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Clare Kramer
actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Megaspider)
Thursday AA33 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA33 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA33 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Nalini Krishan
actor (Star Wars Attack of the Clones)
Thursday AA26 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA26 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA26 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA26 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Josie Lee
model/actor (Playstation, Playboy, Justice on the Border)
Thursday AA32 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA32 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA32 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Richard LeParmentier
actor (Star Wars, Superman II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Saturday AA19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
- Timothy Patrick Quill
actor (Army of Darkness, Oz the Great and Powerful)
Thursday AA10 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday AA10 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday AA10 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday AA10 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Ashley Palmer
actor (Paranormal Activity)
Friday AA27 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA15 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Trina Parks
actor (Diamonds Are Forever, Darktown Strutters)
Thursday AA27 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday AA27 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday AA27 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Adrian Paul
actor (The Highlander series)
Friday AA4 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA3 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Danielle Rayne
actor (Portal: No Escape)
Thursday AA15 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA23 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
- Gene Simmons
bassist for Kiss, producer Simmons Comics Anthology
Friday Booth #2415 2pm
Gene Simmons will be doing a book signing on Friday the 13th at 2 pm at Arcana Comics Booth #2415. Only 200 copies will be made available at Comic-Con of the Anthology. Fans will get the chance to meet Gene and get their photo taken with real life versions of Dominatrix and Zipper - two of the star characters from Gene's comic.
- J. Michael Straczynski
writer (Before Watchmen, Superman Earth One)
Saturday AA2 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Patricia Tallman
actor (Night of the Living Dead, Babylon 5, Army of Darkness)
Friday AA31 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday AA2 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
host/consulting producer/publisher (Ancient Aliens-The Series, Legendary Times Magazine)
Thursday AA13 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA13 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA13 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA12 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Chris Warner
actor (Sin City, No Country for Old Men)
Thursday AA30 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday AA30 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday AA30 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday AA30 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Adrienne Wilkinson
actor (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Xena: Warrior Princess)
Thursday AA31 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday AA25 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA27 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
- David Winning
director (Lost Girl, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, XIII)
Thursday AA29 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday AA29 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA29 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Celeste Yarnall
actor (Star Trek, The Velvet Vampire, William Shatner's Get a Life!)
Friday AA12 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday AA28 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday AA15 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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