2008 Comic Con Lineup Starting To Emerge

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Wednesday, July 23, PREVIEW NIGHT

Attention 4-Day Members Only: For the first time ever, Comic-Con adds a special event on Preview Night, and what a special event it is! Be among the first to see the new fall series Fringe!

6:00–7:30 and 7:30-9:00 Fringe Pilot Screenings—Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly present two exclusive premiere screenings of the pilot episode of Fringe, the highly anticipated new FOX series from J.J. Abrams (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind the upcoming Star Trek feature, Mission: Impossible 3 and Alias. When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, The Pacific) is called in to investigate. When the search nearly kills her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley, Boston Legal), a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: He’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son, Peter (Josh Jackson, Shutter), in to help. Under Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, The Wire), our trio will discover that what happened on that fatal flight is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth. Fringe also stars Kirk Acevedo (Oz), Blair Brown (The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd) and Jasika Nicole (The Mastersons of Manhattan). From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe premieres September 9 and airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on FOX. (Please note: we will clear the room between screenings. Seating is limited. Pick the screening time that works best for you!) Ballroom 20

Thursday, July 24

10:00-11:00 Click & Clack’s As the Wrench Turns—Behind the scenes at PBS’s hilarious new primetime toon, based on the famous radio show Car Talk, direct from Car Talk Plaza! Catch a sneak peek of a new episode, plus Q&A with the creators: Tom Sito (The Lion King, Osmosis Jones), Bill Kroyer (Tron, Garfield the Movie), Stephen Silver (Kim Possible), Floyd Norman (101 Dalmatians), Helen Jen (TMNT), Tom Minton (Pinky and the Brain), and executive producer Howard Grossman.real Tom & Ray, the Tappet Bros! Room 2 Extra bonus feature: a special message for Comic-Con from the

10:00-11:00 75 Years of Doc Savage—Anthony Tollin (editor/publisher of Doc Savage and The Shadow double-novel reprints) leads a panel discussion on the pulp era's greatest superhero and the Man of Bronze's iconic influence on comic book superheroes, including Superman and Batman., Panelists will also discuss what's coming up next in Nostalgia Ventures’ pulp reprint series. Panelists include movie producer/popular culture historian Michael Uslan. Room 5AB

10:00-11:00 Kings: Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening and Q&A with Cast and Executive Producers—Kings is a contemporary re-imagining of the timeless tale of David and Goliath, an epic story of greed and power, war and romance, forbidden loves and secret alliances, and a young hero who rises to power in a modern-day kingdom. Be the first to see an exclusive sneak peek from the two-hour pilot. Moderated by Greg Grunberg (Heroes), the panel includes a Q&A with creator/executive producer Michael Green (Heroes), director/executive producer Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), executive producer Erwin Stoff (I Am Legend), and the cast: Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (Deadwood), Chris Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction), Susanna Thompson (Star Trek: Voyager), Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl), and Allison Miller (Seventeen Again). Room 6B

10:00-11:00 Fans’ Guide to Comic-Con—Wesley Strawther, Matt Jeffery, Jesse Lopez, and Johann Joseph host your guide to the largest comics convention around. Designed to help rookie convention goers have the most fun possible, this panel offers even a gem or two for veteran attendees! Room 8

10:00-11:00 The Gene Roddenberry Legacy: Roddenberry in the 21st Century—Building on his father’s legacy with Star Trek, Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Productions are bringing the Roddenberry philosophy into the 21st century, through their work on the forthcoming feature documentary Trek Nation, as well as the development of original content in webcomics such as Rod & Barry and Gene’s Journal. This panel features exclusive Comic-Con looks at new Roddenberry content and projects currently in development. Featuring Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Trevor Roth (COO of Roddenberry Productions), and Paul Keller. Room 10

10:00-11:00 Masters of the Web—For the second year in a row the biggest genre and movie websites are coming together to discuss how new media have affected movie making, what it takes to run a popular site, and much more in a panel discussion and Q&A session. Participants include Robert Sanchez (IESB.net), Garth Franklin (Darkhorizons.com), Mike Sampson (Joblo.com), Erik Davis (Cinematical.com), John Campea (TheMovieBlog.com), Brad Miska (Bloody-Disgusting.com), Eric "Quint" Vespe (Aintitcool.com), Devin Faraci (CHUD.com), Paul Christensen (Movieweb.com), and Kellvin Chavez (Latinoreview.com). Moderated by directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank 2, The Game). Room 32AB

10:30-11:30 Tripwire—The staff of Tripwire and some friends discuss Tripwire Annual 2008 and the future of genre fiction, with special panelists Pat McGreal, Jamie McKelvie, and others. Moderated by Joel Meadows (editor-in-chief) and Andy Grossberg (associate editor, U.S.). Room 3

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

10:30-11:30 Freaks, Geeks, and Tiny Toons—Warner Home Video brings the hit animated television series Tiny Toon Adventures and Freakazoid! to DVD on July 29. This panel features Bruce Timm (storyboard artist, character designer), John McCann (Douglas Douglas, Hero Boy story editor), Paul Rugg (Freakazoid writer), Sherri Stoner (writer, producer, story editor), Paul Dini (writer, story editor), Jean MacCurdy (executive producer), Rich Arons (producer, writer, director) and Andrea Romano (voice director). They’re tiny, they’re toony, they’re all a little loony! Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Tiny Toon Adventures is a Daytime Emmy Award animated series that spawned a whole new generation of madcap Looney Toons characters, including Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, and Hamton J. Pig, among others. Freakazoid!aired for two seasons. Also executive produced by Spielberg, this Daytime Emmy Award–winning series chronicles the adventures of Freakazoid, a manic, insane superhero who battles a vast array of supervillains. Room 6A

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Noel Neill—She’s celebrating her 60th anniversary as America’s favorite superhero sweetheart! Comic-Con special guest Noel Neill first took on the role of ace reporter Lois Lane in the 1948 Superman serial from Columbia, and she went on to provide the definitive depiction of the character in the popular 1950s TV show, Adventures of Superman, with George Reeves. Superman historian John Field interviews Ms. Neill about her life with the man in the cape and the rest of her amazing career! Room 7AB

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Guerilla Warfare and Sneak Attacks: The Politics of Representing War in Film and Comics of the 1950s—Rocco Versaci (Palomar College) discusses his book This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature, in which he champions comics as a legitimate literary artform and argues that comics as a marginalized medium have been uniquely suited to subvert dominant ideologies in ways impossible for more highly regarded media. In the 1940s and 1950s, when both the comics and film industries were hard at work representing war, comics—because they were considered a marginal entertainment media—were "freer" to deliver subversive and even incendiary political messages. Room 30AB

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 101: Let’s Get It Started—A very good place to start…to start learning how to protect your intellectual property rights, that is! Learn the basics of copyright and trademark law in this popular interactive lecture series brought to you by noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book. This first workshop covers the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, works of authorship, characters, and names from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, as well as new decisions and changes in the law and how they could affect those rights. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.] Room 30CDE

10:45-11:45 Reinventing the Page: Stan Lee and Grant Morrison Talk Virgin Comics—Two of the most important creators in the history of comic books team up to discuss the bold new frontiers being explored in the art of storytelling. Legendary creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men) shares his insights on the world of comics and presents never-before-revealed hints of his new superhero universe with Virgin Comics. Joining Stan is prolific creator Grant Morrison (New X-Men, All Star Superman, Final Crisis), contemporary comics’ most active mind, who will discuss his new Virgin Comics animated online series MBX while offering his own insights on comics and engaging with Stan in a once-in-a-lifetime conversation about the long history and boundless future of their beloved medium. Ballroom 20

11:00-12:00 Indies in Comics—Do you intend to create the next great comic book, action figure, or the like? If so, you know that doing so as an independent can be difficult. What should you do? How do you get started? The Antidote Trust is here to answer many of your questions. TAT, the ultimate independent creators’ collective, produces comics, action figures—nearly anything—and rivals the industry’s top companies in quality and professional outlook. TAT is a diverse group, including men and women from across the country and from all ethnicities. Their projects range from sci-fi to standard superhero to Asian/Indian mythology to noir to twists on today’s society. These trailblazers will discuss making independent projects that challenge the majors in production value, originality, and professionalism. Room 2

11:00-12:00 Professional Writing: Threat or Menace?—Let's talk writing, creativity, and selling (and selling out), and what the world of professional writing is like. Questions that you've always wanted to ask? Creative blocks bugging you? Wondered what the H*O*L*L*Y*W*O*O*D life is really like? Show up and get answers to those questions. This no-holds-barred talk is moderated by J. Michael Straczynski. Room 5AB

11:00-12:00 The Comic Art of J. G. Jones—One of the most popular artists working in comics today, Comic-Con special guest J. G. Jones talks about his projects, including the summer blockbuster movie hit Wanted and DC’s Final Crisis, with Ian Sattler, senior story editor, DCU. Room 8

11:00-12:00 LGBT Portrayals in Comics—With the increased number of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) characters in both mainstream and indie comics today, it's time to examine how they're faring. Has this increased presence meant better and more complex portrayals, or is there more to be explored? Has the call for "positive" portrayals been beneficial, or has it left LGBT characters one-dimensional? And what can we expect in the future? Join moderator Patricia Jeres (Prism board member and talent and industry relations chair) and panelists Perry Moore (author of Hero, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; executive producer of Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia series), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman), Judd Winick (Green Arrow and Black Canary), and Bob Schreck (group editor, DC Comics) for this insightful discussion. Room 10

11:00-12:00 The Disney Animation Story Process—Nathan Greno (head of story, Bolt), Don Hall (head of story, The Princess and the Frog), Mark Kennedy (head of story, Rapunzel), Joe Mateo (story artist, Bolt), Michael LaBash (story artist, Bolt), Paul Briggs (story artist, The Princess and the Frog), and Josie Trinidad (story artist, The Princess and the Frog) offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into the story process at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Coming together exclusively at Comic-Con, these story team leaders will take you from first concept to final story approval as they discuss the art of storyboarding, re-create story pitches, and share boarding styles from their upcoming animated features. Don’t miss this revealing and humorous panel and your chance to get a sneak peek at Disney's next animated feature, Bolt! Room 32AB

11:15-12:15 30th Anniversary Battlestar Galactica Panel—Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek/Apollo), Bear McCreary (BG composer), producer Tom DeSantoTransformers, X-Men), (Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant), and surprise guests present an in-depth discussion of the Battlestar universe from the classic to the re-imagined and beyond, including BSG trailers and Q&A. Room 6B

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Neil Googe—From Welcome to Tranquility to WildCats: World’s End, it’s no secret that artist Neil Googe is a talent on the rise!  Find out all you want to know about this up-and-coming star artist with moderator and WildStorm senior editor Ben Abernathy, including plans that will surely change the WildStorm Universe! Room 3

11:30-12:30 From the K Chronicles to The Knight Life: Keith Knight—Help celebrate the release of Comic-Con favorite Keith Knight's The Complete K Chronicles, a 500-page omnibus collection of the Harvey Award–winning comic strip. Knight will present his hilarious slideshow, chronicling his jump from self-published zines to award-winning comic strip, ending with his new syndicated daily strip, The Knight Life, recently launched by United Features Syndicate. Room 4

11:30-12:30 SPORE: One-on-One with Will Wright—Will Wright is best known for creating the SimCity and The Sims video game franchises, the latter of which has sold more than 100 million games to date. In 2007, he was given the Vanguard Award from the Producer’s Guild of America, making him the first person in the videogame industry to receive such an honor. Wright’s next video game, SPORE, is scheduled for release on September 7. Join Will Wright for his first-ever appearance at Comic-Con! Room 6CDEF

11:30-12:30 Hasbro: GI Joe—As Hasbro ramps up for the summer 2009 blockbuster movie release of GI Joe, Aaron Archer (Hasbro Design), Michael Ritchie (Hasbro Marketing), and Michelino Paolino (Hasbro Design) discuss this year’s product line, entertainment, and other initiatives. Panelists will include special guests that you won’t want to miss, plus Q&A! Room 7AB

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Comics Pedagogy—As comics find more mainstream acceptance, they are increasingly being incorporated into higher education. This panel looks at comics in the classroom both as texts and as tools. Jeffrey Kahan (University of Laverne) and David Baldizon (School of Arts and Enterprise) discuss their use of comic books to teach English composition and to foster greater cultural awareness more generally through the exploration of comics’ social, historical and literary significance. Patrick Jagoda (Duke University) considers how to incorporate comics as a medium into an otherwise "high literary" and theoretical curriculum. Chris "Tof" Eklund, Aaron Kashtan, and James Reaves (University of Florida) present the innovative approaches to comics studies currently being practiced by graduate students in the University of Florida’s Department of English, focusing on the uses of Lovecraft adaptations, Scott Pilgrim’s video game logic, and art spiegelman’s funny animals. A professional development certificate for teachers is available for this session. Room 30AB

11:30-1:00 20th Century Fox: The Day The Earth Stood Still and Max Payne—

Stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, plus director Scott Derrickson and producer Erwin Stoff, present an exclusive look at The Day The Earth Stood Still, Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu is Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission—and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described "friend to the Earth." Klaatu Barada Nikto.

The legendary interactive video game Max Payne comes to the big screen, telling the story of a maverick cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal. "Max Payne" himself—Mark Wahlberg—will be on hand with Mila Kunis, Ludacris, and director John Moore to discuss turning the game’s noirish, hard-hitting, and complex world and characters into a movie event.

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11:45-12:45 Knight Rider: First Look at the New Series and Q&A with Cast and Executive Producers—On the heels of NBC's hit sequel movie based on the iconic 1980s television classic, Knight Rider has been reinvented as a supercharged action series showcasing the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand). Be the first to see exclusive footage from the new series. Moderated by Television Week deputy editor/columnist Josef Adalian, who participates in a Q&A session with executive producer/showrunner Gary Scott Thompson (The Fast and The Furious, Las Vegas); executive producer David Bartis (Heist, The OC); and the cast: Justin BrueningCold Case), (Deanna Russo (NCIS), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Veronica Mars), Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica), Yancey Arias (Kingpin), Bruce Davison (X-Men) and Smith Cho (Blades of Glory). Room 6A

12:00-1:00 Sideshow Collectibles—Sideshow Collectibles is a leading manufacturer in the world of figure collectibles, with an award-winning artistic team. Sideshow’s product development team offers insights into the newest products and licenses, as well as a Q&A session. Room 2

12:00-1:00 The New Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: English-Language World Premiere—Be the first on the planet to see the English language version of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s television series. Plus, meet the team behind the show, including—straight from Japan—producer Teruaki Jitsumatsu (Transformers: Robots in Disguise). Yumi HoashiYu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s fans and, while supplies last, offer a few surprises for lucky attendees! Room 5AB of Konami, and representatives from UpperDeck, 4KidsEntertainment, and Playmates Toys will also reveal what’s in store for

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Paul Gulacy—One of the most exciting artists working in comics, Comic-Con special guest Paul Gulacy has a career spanning over 30 years. Famous for his cinematic style on books such as Master of Kung Fu, Gulacy talks about his work, past, present, and future. Room 8

12:00-1:00 How Not to Break into Comics—There have been countless articles and panels on how to break into comics, but very few on how not to. Randal C. Jarrell (managing editor at Oni Press), Jennifer de Guzman (editor-in-chief of SLG Publishing), and other industry insiders discuss the common and often-hilarious mistakes people make when trying to pitch or get work in the comics industry. This unique inside perspective will help any prospective creator learn how to navigate the potential pitfalls that doom far too many in their attempts to break into comics. If you want to work in comics, you do not want to miss this panel! Room 10

12:00-1:00 Doctor Who—Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), executive producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), and writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) discuss their creative process and experience working on the BBC’s Doctor Who—Britain’s most successful sci-fi franchise—with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

12:00-1:00 Comics Experience: How to Build a Comic Book Art Portfolio—ComicsExperience.com owner and renowned comic book editor Andy Schmidt leads a panel with special guest star artists on how to build the perfect art portfolio. Topics include when is your artwork ready, what kind of work to include, how to conduct yourself with a portfolio reviewer, and much more, including Q&A. Room 30CDE

12:00-1:00 Classics Illustrated—Classics Illustrated is back, and it’s got company! Publishers ranging from Marvel to the Bible house Thomas Nelson are offering James Bond adaptations, manga versions of Shakespeare, and everything in between. How do writers and artists face the scary task of making the classics fresh while living up to the original works’ greatness? Rick Geary, Roy Thomas, Charles Kochman, and David Seidman reveal how they’ve been doing it. Room 32AB

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Eddie Campbell— Comic-Con special guest Eddie Campbell talks about his books, including From Hell, The Fate of the Artist and his latest, due for release at Comic-Con, The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard, His co-writer on the latter, Dan Best, will also be on hand to answer questions. Room 3

12:30-1:15 Humor in Science Fiction—Learn the secrets of the humor game from some top insiders in the field, including David Gerrold ("The Trouble With Tribbles"), William F. Nolan (Sam Space, Logan’s Run), John Truby (Anatomy of Story), George Clayton Johnson (Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Ocean’s 11, Logan’s Run), and Marc Scott Zicree (executive producer, Sliders; author of The Twilight Zone Companion). Moderated by Chas Holloway with Shadowstar Games president Mark O’Bannon. Room 4

12:30-1:30 DC: Superman: Man of Tomorrow—The groundwork is being laid now for the next phase of Superman’s heroic career. The architects of Superman’s future are here to give you a glimpse of what is to come. Featuring Superman senior editor Matt Idelson, Geoff Johns (Action Comics), James Robinson (Superman), Renato Guedes (Superman), and more! Room 6B

12:30-1:30 William Katt: Greatest American Hero Comic—Join Alex, Justin, and Pete from Pulp Secret for one of the biggest announcements at this year’s Comic-Con, an event that’s been 25 years in the making. Catastrophic Comics’ William Katt (Greatest American Hero), Christopher Folino (Gamers), and Derek McCaw (Fanboy Planet) along with Arcana Studios’ Sean O'Reilly (The Clockwork Girl) are on hand for an interview and Q&A. Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Steve Purcell—Join Sam & Max creator—and Eisner Award winner and Comic-Con special guest—Steve Purcell on a visual tour from his first scratchy Sam & Max strips through his career as an illustrator, game designer, and concept artist to his current role as a Pixar storyteller. Q&A to follow. Room 2

1:00-2:00 Modern Masters: Live!—Modern Masters editor Eric Nolen-Weathington brings together three of the greatest artists in comics—Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, Mighty Avengers), Michael Golden (Micronauts, The 'Nam), and Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales, Superman: Man of Steel)—for a conversation about art, comics, and beyond! Room 5AB

1:00-2:00 Activision with Stan Lee—From webslinging to forming the ultimate alliance of superheroes, Marvel and Activision continue to bring many of the world’s most popular and beloved comic book heroes to life like never before. Explore, behind the scenes, how the teams draw inspiration from a generation of Stan Lee’s legendary Marvel comics to re-create the most authentic heroes and advanced superpowers in high-definition for today’s gamer. Stan Lee, members from Activision’s development studios Shaba Games and Vicarious Visions, and former game designer and current comic writer Brian Reed present an engaging discussion and preview of the imagination, creative process, and technology used to develop the most advanced superhero games ever. Room 6A

1:00-2:00 Mark and Sergio—The world’s fastest cartoonist joins forces with the Comic-Con 2008 weekend record holder for panel moderation! Yes, it’s Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés together again. Expect lots of talk on Groo and anything else these two whirlwinds are conspiring to bring us in the near future. Room 8

1:00-2:00 Bongo Comics—Celebrate 15 years of mischief and merriment with Bongo Comics. Be a party to the party as managing editor Terry Delegeane and creative director Bill Morrison host a panel featuring the writers and artists who create the comics and books based on Matt Groening’s phenomenal TV shows. Find out what’s in the future for the upstart comic book company that Bart built. This is a "must-attend" panel for all fans of The Simpsons and Futurama. Room 10

1:00-2:00 Torchwood—Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), executive producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), and actors John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman discuss their creative process and experience on working on BBC America’s highest-rated show ever—Torchwood— followed by a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Comics and the Law— James Cooper (California Western School of Law) illustrates how legal scholarship can be presented in a comics format. Glenn Zucman (CSU-Long Beach) and Lee Le (CSU-Long Beach) address the question "Is Intellectual Property an Oxymoron?" in both the traditional comics medium as well as new forms of interactivity and distribution. Room 30AB

1:00-2:00 Hi-Fi Coloring Workshop—Brian Miller (Superman) and Kristy Miller (Hi-Fi Color for Comics) share their tips, tricks, and techniques for coloring comics. Want to learn how to color? Join Brian and Kristy for a coloring demonstration and Q&A session. Room 30CDE

1:00-2:00 The Future of the Comics Pamphlet—Are serialized comics in a death-spiral? Is the graphic novel the sole shape of comics to come? Retailers including Carr D'Angelo (Earth 2 Comics), publishing representatives including Joe Keatinge (Image Comics), and cartoonists discuss the state of the periodical with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 32AB

1:15-2:00 How to Tell a Story—Get a deep insight into the craft of storytelling from these masters in the field: David Gerrold (TV writer, author of 30+ novels), William F. Nolan (TV and film writer, author of over a dozen novels), George Clayton Johnson (Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Ocean’s 11, Logan’s Run), John TrubyAnatomy of Story), and (owner, John Truby’s Writer’s Studio, author, Marc Scott Zicree (TV writer, executive producer, Sliders; author of The Twilight Zone Companion). Moderated by Chas Holloway with Shadowstar Games president Mark O’Bannon. Room 4

1:15-2:45 Summit Pictures—Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek of exclusive footage of some of its upcoming major film releases: Push—In this futuristic sci-fi thriller set in Hong Kong, a group of young American ex-pats with extraordinary psychic abilities must band together and use their different talents on a final mission to escape a clandestine government agency forever. Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle and director Paul McGuigan present a first look at exclusive footage and answer questions about the film.

Knowing—An action thriller of global proportions. Director Alex Proyas appears in person to introduce never-before-seen footage for his new major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage.

Twilight—Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book series, Twilight is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a vampire and a mortal. Director Catherine Hardwicke, author Stephenie Meyer, and the cast—including Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), Cam Gigandet (James), Rachelle LaFevre (Victoria), Edi Gathegi (Laurant), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob)—answer your questions about bringing the world of these beloved characters to life on the big screen and show exclusive footage from the film.

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1:30-2:30 Conan Comics and Beyond—Dark Horse Comics revitalized Conan in 2004—now it's set to launch stunning interpretations of Robert E. Howard heroes Kull and Solomon Kane in 2008. Conan editor Philip Simon moderates a discussion of the upcoming titles with creators who've worked on Howard comics past and present—Scott Allie (Solomon Kane), Will Conrad (Kull), Dave Stewart (Solomon Kane), and José Villarrubia (Conan)—focusing on the company's new series and adapting Howard's works to comics. Room 3

1:30-3:00 Artemis Fowl—Eoin Colfer, author of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series, launches his sixth book in the series, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, with Fairies, Fiends and Flatulence, a hilarious one man live show that explains to fans the genesis of each of Eoin's characters in the books—both good and evil—all of which come from his four Irish brothers. Room 7AB

1:45-2:45 Marvel: X-Men—The X-Men have a new home and a new direction in Manifest Destiny. This star-studded, must-attend panel features the writers of the X-Verse, including Ed Brubaker (Uncanny X-Men), Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men), Chris Yost (X-Force), Craig Kyle (X-Force), Daniel Way (Deadpool), Marjorie LiuNYX), and (Duane Swierczynski (Cable), plus Axel Alonso (X-Men group editor) and Nick Lowe (X-Men editor). Room 6B

2:00-3:00 Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life—A discussion of science fiction stories intended to make you rethink your whole life or alter your perceptions. With Annalee Newitz (editor-in-chief, io9.com; contributor, Wired), Austin Grossman (author, Soon I Will Be Invincible), Charlie Jane Anders (news editor, io9.com; contributor, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet), Graeme McMillan (weekend editor, io9.com, contributor, Newsarama), and Patrick Lee (editor, Sci-Fi Wire). Room 2

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Signe Wilkinson— Middle-aged white woman humor. Comic-Con special guest Signe Wilkinson, editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News and creator of the new comic strip, Family Tree, answers the eternal questions, "Where do you get your ideas?", "Can I have your job?", and "How do you answer your hate mail?" Introduced by Ted Rall. Room 4

2:00-3:00 The Middleman—Creator and executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) and The Middleman actors Matt Keeslar (Dune) and Natalie Morales (CSI: Miami) discuss the bizarre world of The Middleman. Based on the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, The Middleman follows the surreal life of twenty-something Wendy Watson as she gets recruited by a top secret agency to fight comic book-esque criminals under the guidance of her straight-laced boss, The Middleman. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 Red Sonja: One-on-One—Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Rose McGowan (Grindhouse), Doug Aarniokoski (2nd unit director, Resident Evil 3) and David White (Undisputed 2) are teaming up to bring back the red-headed warrior woman known as Red Sonja. Join Robert, Rose, Doug, and David for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session! Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:30 Spotlight on Todd Klein—Eisner Award-winning letterer and logo designer Todd Klein (Sandman, Fables) is joined by moderator Mark Evanier (Fanboy, Kirby: King of Comics) for a discussion of his 30-plus years in comics, from early days on staff at DC and lettering by hand to his present-day freelance career on many titles for DC, Marvel, and others, mainly on the computer. Focus will be on the intricacies of lettering, logo design, and more, as Todd and Mark show and discuss images of classic comics logos. Todd will also cover his recent self-published signed prints by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman and give away several copies of each. Room 8

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Jim Woodring: Please Stand By—Comic-Con special guest Jim Woodring (The Frank Book) presents a slide show with commentary providing a rare overview of his life, career, motivations, methods, and dark personal secrets. Q&A session to follow. Room 10

2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Superman’s 70th Anniversary—Price Hamilton (American Falls High School) compares three different versions of the Superman origin story and three versions of the Jewish folk tale "The Golem of Prague" to demonstrate how certain images begin to appropriate larger meanings through their consistent repetition. Liam Burke (National University of Galway) asks what makes some heroes "super," examining the superhero archetype to uncover the superhero secret identity and to discover who are the "Men of Tomorrow." Ben Saunders (University of Oregon) suggests that the essence of Superman’s appeal—the core of his mythic significance—may have nothing to do with his superpowers and everything to do with the most serious and profound issues of philosophical ethics. Room 30AB

2:00-3:30 Animation on a $hoestring—Learn the down and dirty tricks on how to create your own animation studio on a low budget, from Larry Loc, the author of Animation on a ShoeString. Find out how to assemble the equipment you will need, how to build or buy equipment, and what software to use to edit and composite your project. Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 Clickwheel: On-Demand Digital Comics for iPod and iPhone—Is the new comic shop right in the palm of your hand? Join Clickwheel editor-in-chief Tim Demeter for a demonstration of the latest in mobile comics' technology. Tim will discuss the emergence of mobile content and digital delivery in the comic book industry and how it's changing the landscape of the business. Learn how to download and sync comics on your iPod or how to receive them on demand on your iPhone or iPod Touch! Creators interested in taking advantage of these new methods of distribution won't want to miss the site demonstration, as Clickwheel.net is free for anyone to use. Room 32AB

2:15-3:15 Halo Wars and the Halo Universe—Prima Games, Tor Books, McFarlane Toys, and Microsoft Games Studio bring you an in-depth panel discussion on all things Halo. Panelists include Eric Nylund, author of Halo: The Fall of Reach and Halo: First Strike Onyx; Tobias Buckell, author of the upcoming novel Halo: The Cole Protocol; game universe writers Graeme Devine (Halo Wars) and Frank O’Connor (Halo Trilogy); and Jon Goff and Corrinne Robinson, McFarlane Toys’ brand management team for Halo action figures. Room 6A

2:15-3:15 Anchor Bay: Jack Brooks Monster Slayer Artists Panel—Preview the upcoming DVD release of Jack Brooks Monster Slayer with star/producer Trevor Matthews, director/co-writer Jon Knautz, producer Patrick White, composer Ryan Shore, creature designer David Scott, and horror icon Robert Englund! Then hear writer/director Daniel Waters (Heathers), Oscar-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (Masters of Science Fiction), and writer/director Robert Hall (Laid to Rest) discuss their latest Anchor Bay projects! Moderated by Shock Til You Drop’s Ryan Rotten. Ballroom 20

2:30-3:30 Dumbrella—Artists from Dumbrella, one of the most popular online comics collectives, discuss webcomics, independent publishing, and subverting popular culture. Feel free to quiz Andrew Bell (The Creatures in My Head), Sam Brown (explodingdog), Jon Rosenberg (Goats), and Richard Stevens III (Diesel Sweeties), along with special guests M.C. Frontalot and Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), about anything your Internet heart desires. Room 3

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Bill Willingham—Both a master storyteller and an incredible artist, Bill Willingham has created a huge following for his books. His credits range from DCU’s Salvation Run and Shadowpact to the already classic Vertigo Fables and Jack of Fables and the new House of Mystery. Hosted by superstar Fables artist Mark Buckingham, this panel is sure to thrill! Room 2

3:00-4:00 Comic-Con Talkback 1—Here’s your chance: talk to Comic-Con representatives about your first day and Preview Night. Have a complaint, a question, a suggestion or even some praise? Bring it! Room 4

3:00-4:00 DVD/Blu-ray Producers 2008—Bill Hunt, Todd Doogan, and Adam Jahnke (The Digital Bits.com, Geek Monthly) discuss the latest DVD and Blu-ray Disc developments and look ahead at upcoming releases. Panelists include Javier Soto (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner, Twin Peaks), Andy Mangels (The Real Ghostbusters, Slimer), Cliff Stephenson (Rambo, Crank 1 & 2), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Shoot ’Em Up, Free Enterprise 2). There will be lots of Q&A, so be sure to bring your questions! Room 5AB

3:00-4:00 Wizard’s First Rule—Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager) give you a first look at the upcoming television series Wizard’s First Rule. The one-hour weekly series, premiering in late fall, is based on Terry Goodkind’s bestselling epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth, which follows the extraordinary transformation of woodsman Richard Cypher into a magical leader who joins with a mysterious, beautiful woman to stop a bloodthirsty, sinister tyrant. Join Sam and Ken for a moderated interview and audience Q&A session! Room 6B

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Ed Brubaker— The Comic-Con special guest Ed Brubaker is the Eisner Award–winning writer (Best Writer 2007, Best New Series 2007—Criminal) whose work on Captain America, Daredevil, X-Men, and Criminal has catapulted him into the upper echelon of today’s best comic writers. Ed talks about what’s next in this Spotlight presentation. Room 7AB

3:00-4:00 TwoMorrows Publishing Today—Join the crew from TwoMorrows Publishing for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating all their fan-favorite books and magazines on the art and history of comics! Publisher John Morrow, Modern Masters' Eric Nolen-Weathington, Write Now!'s Danny Fingeroth, Brick Journal's Joe Meno, and Keith Dallas, author of TwoMorrows' new Flash Companion book unveil new products and offer exclusive previews of upcoming items. Room 10

3:00-4:00 How to Break into Comics: Freddie E. Williams II—A few years ago, Freddie E. Williams II (artist on Robin, The Flash, Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle,Room 32AB and others) broke into comics through DC Comics’ Talent Search. Since that time, Freddie has worked on some of DC’s top-selling books. In this panel, Freddie lends his unique insights about breaking into comics by describing what editors are looking for, what you should include in your portfolio, and how to hang on to a job once you’ve gotten it.

3:00-4:00 Disney: Race to Witch Mountain—What secrets does Witch Mountain hold? Stars Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino and director Andy Fickman talk about the mysterious, paranormal activity around Witch Mountain. Dwayne, Carla, and Andy will present the first look at the movie and answer audience questions as they talk about the thrilling action-adventure that is set to hit theatres in March 2009! Hall H

3:15-4:15 Capcom: The Making of Street Fighter IV—Producer Yoshinoro Ono (Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams) and associate producer David Crislip deliver an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the much-anticipated Street Fighter IV video game, featuring the design of classic and new characters, creating compelling gameplay. Also, a sneak peek at the animated SFIV minimovies being created to complement the game. There will be a Q&A session as well as Street Fighter-related surprises! Street Fighter cosplayers are highly encouraged to attend this event, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise. Room 6CDEF

3:30-4:30 Manga: Lost in Translation—America loves foreign comics, especially manga. And as more and more movies based on these properties are produced, the way these comics are translated becomes an integral part of their success. Join experienced translators, editors, and manga and anime experts in a discussion of the art and craft of helping to make these stories the mega-hits they are today. Panelists include William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Jonathan Tarbox (Switch), Jason ThompsonManga: The Complete Guide), (Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Stephen Paul (Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad), Julie Davis (Anime Classics Zettai!), and Mark SimmonsGundam 00)! Room 3 (

3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Comic Creators—Jim Lee (All-Star Batman & Robin), John Cassaday (The Astonishing X-Men), Matt FractionCasanova), (Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil), and Grant Morrison (Final Crisis) are the writers and artists blazing a path into the future of comics. Coming from both the mainstream and the independent worlds, these men and women can provide unique insights into the comics landscape. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly staff editor Nisha Gopalan. Room 6A

3:30-5:00 Golden and Silver Age of Comics—It’s the amazing annual gathering of the resident greats from the Golden and Silver Ages of comics! Moderated by Mark Evanier, this year’s list of luminaries includes Al Feldstein (EC editor/writer/artist), Victor Gorelick (Archie Comics editor and writer), Al Jaffee (MAD magazine cartoonist), comics writer/artist Larry Lieber, Harvey Comics writer/editor Sid Jacobson, and artists Russ Heath (G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock) and Jerry RobinsonBatman). Filled with personal reminiscences and anecdotes, this panel promises to be a treasure trove of comics history! Room 8 (

3:30-4:30 Quantum Quest—This science fiction/science fact, 3D, large-format CGI-animated film will take you on a fantastic atomic journey through space. Quantum Quest combines a captivating science fiction story with a mind-blowing real safari through the solar system (created using radar data and extraordinary imagery from seven NASA missions). The film is the only one to be initiated by JPL/NASA and is sponsored by JPL/NASA and Digimax Animation Studios (Taiwan). Co-directors Harry Kloor (Star Trek Voyager, Earth Final Conflict, Godzilla) and Dan St. Pierre (Everyone’s Hero, Shark Tale, Tarzan) show exclusive footage from the film, which will be released in late summer, 2009 in both large-format and Real D theaters worldwide. Watch for surprise appearances by some members of the voice cast, which includes legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong, Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Alexander, Sandra Oh, William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, and Abigail Breslin. Ballroom 20

3:30-4:30 Bat-Manga! Chip Kidd and the Secret History of Batman in Japan—Chip Kidd (Mythology) lifts the veil on officially licensed, original Batman manga stories from 1966 Japan, not previously collected or translated in over 40 years. Narrated slide show, with Q&A to follow. Room 30AB

3:30-5:00 Resin Casting and Silicone Mold-Making—Jeff Broz has presented six previous seminars about plastics and casting. Sam Girgis has loved spaceship design since the Apollo missions. Whether you want to produce a garage kit model or reproduce a broken part for your vintage toy, this year's seminar will cover material choices and advance into more complex silicone mold design and casting techniques that should offer secrets to the novice and the working Joes in the trenches for short run 3D duplication, and for garage kits or industrial design. Plus, more about vendors and material choices to cast your sculptures and models. Room 30CDE

4:00-5:00 Dark Horse Horror—Dark Horse Comics is home to some of the best horror comics ever produced, from Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre to upcoming collections of the classic horror magazines Creepy and Eerie. Dark Horse editors Scott Allie and Shawna Gore and a handful of our top creators take a look ahead at their spookiest projects for 2008, including a sneak peek at the 25th anniversary edition of Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein and a special appearance by the artist. Room 2

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

4:00-5:00 Superhero Superfiction—Superheroes don't appear just in comics anymore. Authors discuss how to write superhero prose. Panelists include superhero prose authors Kevin J. Anderson (Last Days of Krypton), Michael Carroll (Quantum Prophecy: The Awakening), Professor Christopher Chambers (The Darker Mask), Vicki Pettersson (The Signs of the Zodiac series), Gary Phillips (The Darker Mask), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Wild Cards), Caroline Spector (Wild Cards) and Doselle Young (The Darker Mask). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 The World of Dabel Brothers Publishing— Find out everything Dabel Brothers Publishing has in store for the rest of 2008 and beyond. From The Dresden Files to The Wheel of Time, to their unannounced licenses and much much more, be there as Dabel Brothers Publishing announces the upcoming creative talent on Wheel of Time and brand new licenses that are sure to make a lot of people shocked and happy, all at the same time. Featuring some of the NY Times bestselling authors working with Dabel Brothers Publishing. Room 7AB

4:00-5:00 Minx: Your Life in Pictures—In its first year, Minx found a whole new audience by creating original graphic novels for teenage girls. This year, Minx is breaking all the rules with another onslaught of amazing books. Panelists include group editor Shelly Bond and creators Cecil Castellucci (Janes in Love), David Hahn (All Nighter), Ryan Kelly (New York Four), Deborah Vankin (Insta-Life), and Brian Wood (DMZ, New York Four). Room 10

4:00-5:00 Star Trek Without a Blueprint: How Books and Comics Keep Expanding the Boundaries of the Star Trek Universe—Andy Mangels (moderator and Star Trek author), Margaret Clark (executive editor, Pocket Books), Andy Schmidt (senior editor, IDW) and Star Trek authors Kevin Dilmore, Dave Mack, Scott Tipton, Wil Wheaton, and Dayton Ward discuss the future of Star Trek publishing. Room 32AB

4:15-5:15 Afro Samurai: Resurrection Exclusive Worldwide Premiere!—Afro Samurai picks up his sword once again for the second installment of this critically acclaimed, funktastic anime! This action-packed panel features the creators behind the hit, including star and executive producer Samuel L. Jackson (The Spirit), original creator Takahashi Okazaki, musical artist The RZA (Kill Bill), and executive producer Leo Chu (Spike TV). Be the first to see the worldwide premiere of the exclusive Comic-Con trailer, dazzling artwork from the manga, and never-before-seen demos of the pulse-pounding video game. Room 6B

4:15-5:15 Lionsgate/Marvel: Hulk vs. Wolverine—Alberta, Canada: Over the past week, the Incredible Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian wilderness, leaving a swathe of destruction in his wake. He has to be stopped, and there’s only one man up to the job. He’s the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. He’s Wolverine, an elite agent of Canada’s top secret Department H, and he’s been put on Hulk’s trail with a single objective: stop the green goliath…at all costs. Hulk and Wolverine are about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives. And they have no idea that there are a few unpleasant surprises waiting for them on the other side. Meet Craig Kyle (supervising producer/co-writer), Frank Paur (producer/supervising director), Christopher Yost (co-writer), and others involved in this Marvel Animation milestone and watch the complete Hulk vs. Wolverine months before its January 2009 Blu-ray and DVD release! Hall H

4:30-5:30 Episodic Games: Rewriting the Adventure Genre—With the first installment of Penny Arcade Adventures launched, the season finale of Sam & Max Season Two in the bag, and the recent debut of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, episodic adventure gaming has emerged as a viable new medium for interactive entertainment. Learn about episodic storytelling, adapting the humor and gameplay of the traditional adventure genre for a new generation of gamers, and the challenges of both as Joel DeYoung (Hothead Games), Arthur We (Hothead Games), Dan Connors (Telltale Games), and Dave Grossman (Telltale Games) sound off in this panel and Q&A session moderated by Frank Cifaldi (Gametap). Room 3

4:30-5:30 HBO’s True Blood—Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy-winning series Six Feet Under. The series takes place in the not-too-distant future, when, thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, vampires no longer need humans for their fix and can walk freely, if not yet comfortably, among their living counterparts. With their integration into a small Louisiana town causing a stir, a love story ensues between Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, the X-Men films; Academy Award winner for The Piano), an innocent waitress with the unusual ability to read minds, and vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer, The Starter Wife). The series also features Ryan Kwanten (Summerland), Rutina Wesley (How She Move), Sam Trammell (Judging Amy), and Nelsan Ellis (The Inside). True Blood debuts September 7 exclusively on HBO. Room 6CDEF

4:30-5:30 UClick: Mobile Comics—GoComics, the leader in online and mobile comics and manga, looks at a market truly coming in to its own. Panelists will discuss the evolution of comic strips and comic books in the digital age and examine new publishing platforms that make mobile viewing part of a complete comics experience. They’ll introduce new content from their partners: Stan Lee, Tokyopop, Virgin Comics, IDW, Devil’s Due, Papercutz, TMNT and more. Learn about what the future of mobile comics promises for fans and creators alike. Room 30AB

4:45-5:45 Mondo Marvel—2008 has already been a huge success for Marvel in all corners of the Universe. Now, join top editors and creators, including Greg Pak (Skaar, Son of Hulk), Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man), Ed Brubaker (Captain America), Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas), Warren Simons (editor), Mark Paniccia (editor), and Jim McCann (publishing), to find out what's to come for Iron Man, Hulk, Daredevil, the FF, and all things Marvel. Room 6A

4:45-5:45 "SCREAM" Like a Girl—Spike loves women. And the coolest women on the planet are the ones who destroy aliens, defeat serial killers and battle evil villains with their superpowers! In honor of Spike's Scream Awards 2008—the first and most important televised event that celebrates the genius creative talent behind the powerhouse Hollywood genres of comic books, science fiction, fantasy and horror—Spike brings you a candid discussion of these genres from the women they love, who are poised to rule the fanboy's universe! Moderator Kevin Smith (Clerks), the brilliant writer, director, and comic book genius hosts an all-female panel of actresses, artists, writers, directors, and producers in a discussion about working in these genres from their unique point of view. Twenty lucky panel attendees will win tickets to the 2008 Scream Awards. Ballroom 20

5:00-6:00 The Making of the Vertigo Encyclopedia—Dig into the wealth of information DC Comics, Vertigo, and DK Publishing have and find out how a comic book imprint’s encyclopedia is created, from getting the material to organizing it and putting it out on the shelves. Get the down and dirty info from Karen Berger (senior VP/executive editor—Vertigo), Alastair Dougall (senior editor—DK Publishing), and Alex Irvine (author), and watch the world premiere of the documentary The Making of the Vertigo Encyclopedia. Room 2

5:00-6:00 Bandai Entertainment’s Anime Invasion—In 2008, Bandai Entertainment has put together an amazing line up of anime titles: Code Geass, Lucky Star, Gurren Lagann, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Sword of the Stranger, Ghost Slayers Ayashi, Gundam 00, and many more. Join Bandai Entertainment president Ken Iyadomi and director of marketing Robert Napton to hear all the latest news on the company’s releases, learn some tidbits about what’s coming, up and maybe get some free stuff! Room 4

5:00-6:00 The Pitching Hour—Michael Polis (WildBrain Studios, YoGabbaGabba), Jermaine Turner (director, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group), Jill Sanford (manager, original series, Disney Television Animation), Sam Humphries (MySpace Comics), Paula Gould (PEG PR), Jeremy Love (writer/producer, Gettosake Studios), and moderator Dan Evans (freelance development exec) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be IP lawyer Brendan McFeely to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood! Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Floyd Norman— Comic-Con special guest Floyd Norman talks about his long and varied career in feature film and television animation. His work includes Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pixar’s Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc., and many more fan favorites. Moderated by cartoonist and animation artist Scott Shaw! Room 7AB

5:00-6:00 Looking at Our World: Eye on the Past—Authors discuss how they use and abuse history to inform their fictional stories. Panelists include Connie Willis (Passage), Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Legacy), Max Allan Collins (Deadly Beloved), Peter David (Tigerheart), Naomi Novik (Victory of Eagles), and Jess WinfieldMy Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare). Moderated by (Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 8

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Mike W. Barr—What would comics in the ’80s and ’90s have been without Camelot 3000, Batman and the Outsiders, The Maze Agency, and Mantra. The creator of those titles, Comic-Con special guest Mike W. Barr, will answer that question and pretty much any others, as well as what he's up to nowadays. (Just don't ask him what the "W." stands for.) With a special guest moderator…maybe. Room 10

5:00-6:00 Comics Experience: How to Write a Pitch!—Hosted by Andy Schmidt (IDW senior editor, GI Joe, Star Trek), panelists Mark Waid (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief, Flash, Kingdom Come), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press editor-in-chief), Rob Levin (Top Cow Entertainment editor-in-chief), Chris Gage (The Authority, Invincible Iron Man), C. B. Cebulski (Drain, Wonderlost, X-Men: Divided We Stand) and Nick Lowe (Marvel X-Men editor) offer tips on writing pitches, pitching verbally, and getting your pitch read! Want to write a comic? Don’t miss this panel! Questions from the audience welcome. Room 30CDE

5:00-6:00 The Third Annual Comics Podcasting Panel—The best of the best in comics podcasting returns to San Diego for the third annual discussion of comics podcasting and how it’s affected the comics media. Rick Remender (writer of Fear Agent, Punisher War Journal, The End League) moderates a no-holds-barred discussion with comics podcasters Bryan Deemer and Peter Rios (Comic Geek Speak), Charlito and Mr. Phil (Indie Spinner Rack), Joe Gonzalez and Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick (iFanboy), and John Mayo and Bob Bretall (Comic Book Page). Room 32AB

5:30-6:30 Action Figure Times Toymaker Q&A—Ever wanted to know why your favorite character figure was limited, or just what toy companies are thinking? How about the recent movement of toy licenses from one manufacturer to another? Or the effect of the rising costs of fuel on the manufacturing of figures on the market? Here's your chance to ask the manufacturers (both big and small) about their favorite figures and statues. What questions have been burning in your mind? Come to Action Figure Times’ annual collectors’ panel to find out! Room 3

5:30-6:30 The Science Behind Science Fiction—Celebrate the world of science fiction when Jaime Paglia (writer and producer of Eureka) and Phil PlaitDiscover Magazine editors exploring when science becomes good science fiction. Join Jaime, Phil and other special guests for an exciting discussion followed by Q&A. Room 6B (badastronomy.com) lead a panel discussion with

5:30-6:30 Comics Arts Conference Workshop: Language Arts and Cross Curriculum Comics Seminar—Lisa Vizcarra (Carquinez Middle School) demonstrates the application of comics in the K-8 environment in Language Arts classes as well as across the curriculum. Using a step-by-step approach, she explains how comics—both published and student-created—can be used as pedagogical tools to explain plot, setting, and dialogue; to demonstrate the laws of physics; to learn the operation of new technology; and to develop skills in public speaking. Room 30AB

5:30-6:30 Dark Castle: RocknRolla— Launched in 1999, Dark Castle Entertainment was founded to create a unique brand of horror movies inspired by the works of legendary filmmaker William Castle. Recently, Dark Castle entered into an arrangement with CIT Group Inc. to broaden the company into a full genre label encompassing feature films, Home Video and comic books. Under the supervision of producer Joel Silver, Dark Castle’s upcoming roster includes the action film RocknRolla, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Gerard Butler, scheduled for an October 2008 release; Ninja Assassin, directed by James McTeigue and starring Korean music sensation Rain; and Whiteout, directed by Dominic Sena and starring Kate Beckinsale. Its Home Video titles will include The Hills Run Red, starring Sophie Monk, William Sadler and Tad Hilgenbrink, and comic book projects will include Ferryman, by Marc Andreyko and Jonathan Wayshak. Appearing in person: Gerard Butler and Guy Ritchie (Rocknrolla), Rain (Ninja Assassin), and producer Joel Silver. Hall H

5:45-6:45 Showtime: Dexter—Showtime presents exclusives from the set of the highly anticipated third season of Dexter. Moderator Kristin Dos Santos (E!) presides over this revealing interview and Q&A session with the top stars and executive producers of Dexter, featuring Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Clyde Phillips, and John Goldwyn, plus a special guest! Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Life, Death, Life of Star Trek—You've heard a lot of hype about sci-fi's first franchise lately, now it's time to see what it's all about and celebrate an illustrious 40 years of boldly going with this regular panel of unpaid, uncensored Treksperts, who pay homage to Trek's past and future with some special surprises and exclusive audio-visual treats you'll only see here. Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Director's Cut Special Edition), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Jeff BondThe Music of Star Trek), and moderator (Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise) talk Trek like no one else can…or will. Room 2

6:00-7:00 The Secret History of Manga in the U.S.—It's been 30 years since the first manga was translated into English. From MixxZine to Raijin, from Astro Boy to OEL, join Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide) on a visual time machine full of dreamers, censors, antiwar activists, and other weirdness. Including ninja. Lots of ninja. Room 4

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Frank Beddor—Comic-Con special guest Frank Beddor, author of the best-selling "Looking Glass Wars" series, and creator of the Hatter M30 Day of Night), Doug Chiang (Star Wars), and Stephan Martiniere (I, Robot). He'll reveal the new online game The Card Soldier Wars, show a special effects trailer for The Looking Glass Wars movie, and discuss how each of these mediums connect and extend The Looking Glass Wars universe. Room 5AB graphic novel, talks about the creation of his books, gives the story behind the story, and presents concept art from a wide array of artists who have visualized his text: Ben Templesmith (

6:00-7:00 DC Nation—DC Senior VP/executive editor Dan DiDio hosts this gabfest with Keith Giffen (Reign in Hell, Ambush Bug: Year None), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), and some of the top talent in the industry, talking and teasing upcoming stories! Come learn the secrets behind the most talked about events of the summer! Room 6A

6:00-7:00 Bill Plympton’s Idiots and Angels—Independent animator Bill Plympton (The Tune, Mutant Aliens) will screen the first 20 minutes of his just-completed animated feature Idiots and Angels, plus his new short, Hot Dog, the latest sequel to the Oscar-nominated Guard Dog. Join Bill for a look at his latest projects, plus a Q&A session to follow. Room 7AB

6:00-7:00 Devil’s Due Presents: Hack/Slash and Beyond!—Hollywood screenwriter Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) joins Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley (Halloween: Nightdance) to talk about the new H/S film and his new DDP/Capcom comic book series Bionic Commando. Also featuring director Todd Lincoln, Hack/Slash Annual stars from The Suicide Girls, and a blockbuster surprise guest you won’t want to miss! Room 8

6:00-7:00 Random House Publishing—Staff from the Random House Publishing Group—including Betsy Mitchell (editor-in-chief, Del Rey), Dallas Middaugh (associate publisher, Del Rey Manga), Mutsumi Miyazaki (director of licensing and acquisitions, Del Rey Manga), Chris Schluep (senior editor, RHPG), and Tricia Narwani (editor, RHPG)—discuss upcoming titles from Del Rey, Del Rey Manga, Ballantine, and Villard Graphic Novels. Room 10

6:00-7:00 From Fan to Creator: Goal Setting for Creative Types—Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: artist or fan? And what’s keeping you from getting there? If you have an idea in your head that you’ve had trouble bringing into reality, you might benefit from this fun and practical goal-setting workshop, designed specifically for the Comic-Con crowd. Teacher and life purpose coach Douglas Neff will give you simple, proven techniques for achieving your most important goals. And this year, a surprise guest panel will fill your head with inspiration before you leave. Whether you want to write your own screenplay, draw your first comic, or shoot your independent film, you’re sure to get something useful from this informative and energizing workshop. Room 30CDE

6:00-7:00 The Comics Blogosphere—The blog explosion has opened up a new frontier for comics criticism. This lively (and inevitably bloggable) discussion features David Brothers (4thletter!), Jeff Lester (The Savage Critic(s)), Laura Hudson (Myriad Issues), Tim Robins (Mindless Ones) and moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 32AB

6:30-7:30 So You Want to Do a Graphic Novel—Writer and publisher Larry Young assembles a team of writers and artists to unlock the secrets and unveil the mysteries of completing your own graphic novel. Panelists Adam Beechen (Final Crisis), Steven Grant (Two Guns), Kirsten Baldock (Smoke and Guns), Matt SiladyThe Homeless Channel), and (Manny Bello (Dugout) kibbitz, cajole, and inspire you. Room 3

6:30-7:30 Adventures in Game Development—Have you ever dreamed of making your own video game? Are you a writer with a great story? Is there a place in video games for a traditional artist? Or do you just want to get into the industry? Veteran designer Alex Jimenez (Battletanxs, Darkstalkers), artist David DeVries (The Monster Engine), and author Blake Hutchins (The Sword from the Sea) answer all your questions and take you inside the video game industry. Find out what it takes to break into this competitive but rewarding field. Attendees will also get a special sneak peek at the upcoming title Blueshift. Room 30AB

6:45-7:45 Robotech Industry Panel—Tommy Yune, director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, covers the history of the animated series that introduced a generation to anime and discusses upcoming new releases in the wake of the announcement of the live-action feature film. Room 6B

Nighttime Programs

7:00-9:00 Comedy Central TV Funhouse with Robert Smigel—Robert Smigel (Saturday Night Live) and Dino Stamatopoulos (Morel Orel) reunite to discuss the most groundbreaking show to ever hit (and subsequently disappear) from basic cable. Join the guys to relive the glory of the best show you barely remember. Room 6CDEF

7:00-9:00 Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist—Get a look behind the mask of The Spirit creator in this feature-length documentary movie. With a triumphant world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the production features the legendary writer/artist Will Eisner with Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others. Following this unique free movie screening, director/producer Andrew D. Cooke and writer/producer Jon B. Cooke will be available for a dynamic Q&A session. Room 7AB

7:15-8:15 Adventures in Anime—Quinton Flynn (Axel from Kingdom Hearts, Reno from Final Fantasy, Raiden from MGS) and Emmy winner Jeff Nimoy (director of Digimon, Naruto, Wolfwood from Trigun) talk about their careers and their adventures on tour, answer your questions, and sing their famous Yaoi Song from AdventuresInAnime.com! Room 6A

7:30-8:30 Geek Roundtable Live— Be a part of a live podcast with the guys from GeekRoundTable.com, the coolest geek podcast on the Internet. The guys will discuss the latest and hottest in comics, movies, television, DVDs, and games. Put your two cents in and get free prizes to boot, and maybe the guys will let you sit in the empty chair! Featuring Ned Cato Jr., Jesse Lopez, Chris Sturhann, Mary Sturhann, Matt Jeffery, Wesley Strawther, and Johann Joseph starring as himself. Room 10

8:00-8:30 Lionsgate and Marvel: Punisher: War Zone!—Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Incredible Hulk) and stars Ray Stevenson (Rome) and Julie Benz (Rambo, Dexter) take you into the world of the Punisher for an exclusive first look. You won't be prepared! Room 6B

8:30-9:00 Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures: Saw 5—Join director David Hackl, along with the filmmakers and cast for an exclusive first look at the latest terrifying installment of the most successful horror series in history! Room 6B

8:30-10:00 Star Wars Fan Film Awards—It’s the 7th Annual Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge Awards! Brought to you by Lucasfilm, and hosted by San Diego Comic-Con International, the Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge honors the best promising Star Wars moviemakers. The top award is chosen by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas himself. Come see this year’s winning movies. Ballroom 20

9:00-10:00 Repo! The Genetic Opera First Look—See what director Darren Lynn Bousman has been up to since directing the last three Saw movies: Repo! The Genetic Opera. Check out the phenomenon that is this Goth Rock musical with sneak peeks and the new trailer plus stories from Darren and the actors themselves, including Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), and Ogre (the band Skinny Puppy), among others. Room 6B

9:00-12:00 10th Annual Superhero Kung-Fu Extravaganza —Martial Arts movie master Ric Meyers (Inside Kung-Fu) celebrates a decade's worth of bringing you the funniest, fastest, and most amazing film clips by creating an anniversary show of the greatest kung-fu fights of all time, complete with surprise guest stars and freebies! If you attend only one "Extravaganza" in the next ten years, make this the one! Room 6CDEF

10:00-12:00 Warner Premiere and Warner Home Video: World Premiere of Lost Boys The Tribe—Prepare to sink your teeth into the long-awaited and highly anticipated next chapter of the cult phenomenon started by the 1987 cult classic, and be the first to see Lost Boys The Tribe before its July 29 DVD release at this special world premiere. More than 20 years in the making, Lost Boys The Tribe is an homage to the original 1987 cult hit and stars Corey Feldman as vampire hunter Edgar Frog, along with Tad Hilgenbrinck, Angus Sutherland, and Autumn Reeser, with appearances by Jamison Newlander and Corey Haim. Meet the cast and filmmakers as director P J Pesce and original Lost Boys star Corey Feldman are joined by Tad Hilgenbrinck, Angus Sutherland, and Autumn Reeser to answer questions and talk about the making of this new horror classic. Ballroom 20


Friday, July 25

10:00-11:00 VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Panel— Not only does 2008 mark the 5th anniversary of the magazine, but it is also the 40th anniversary of Japan's largest manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump—the source of some of the world's most popular manga. These double milestones mean loads of events and announcements, some exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con! Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet the editors and find out what they've got up their sleeves for 2009. Room 2

10:00-11:00 DC Talent Search 2— Learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional! Panelists will discuss the different needs of the DC Universe, Vertigo, WildStorm, MAD magazine, Minx, and Zuda. This extremely informative orientation session will explain how DC's Talent Search works and provide numerous tips and tricks on how to improve your work and explore opportunities. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4

10:00-11:00 Marvel: Your Universe— Become an integral member of the Marvel Creative Committee as Kevin Feige (president, Marvel Studios), Dan Buckley (president, publishing), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief, publishing), and Craig Kyle (senior VP, creative development, Marvel Animation) sit down with you and get your thoughts on all things Marvel. They’ll reveal what’s on the horizon with Marvel Studios, Publishing, and Animation and ask for your feedback and insights on what Marvel has done and is planning to do. From the day that The House of Ideas was built, Marvel has been your universe and now more than ever they’d like to hear what you have to say about everything from Marvel cinematic continuity to the upcoming slate of new animated television series in 2009 to the Skrull infiltration of our world. Room 6A

10:00-11:00 Batman: Brave & Bold— See an exclusive first look at the latest take on the Dark Knight, which premieres this fall on Cartoon Network. Producers Sam Register (Teen Titans) and James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) discuss the show, along with writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday), and the new voice of Batman, Diedrich Bader (Surfs Up), followed by a Q&A session. Room 6B
Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Superheroes | Television

10:00-10:50 Star Wars: Designing the Clone Wars Universe— Meet the original in-house team that designed the unique look of the Clone Wars series. They will discuss how they worked with supervising director Dave Filoni to come up with the graphic, painterly style of imagery that gives Clone Wars its distinct look. Drawing on the last three years of production, they will share how the characters and environments have evolved using much of the rich classic Star Wars imagery as reference for designing the show's overall look. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet. Room 7AB
Categories:  Animation | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

10:00-11:00 TheOneRing.net: The Hobbit— Middle Earth returns with the announcement that The Hobbit will be developed into a feature film directed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Peter Jackson. The world's largest Tolkien community, TheOneRing.net, takes you behind the scenes of the latest news, announcements, and rumors pertaining to the production of the new film. Chris Pirrotta (TheOneRing.net), Larry Curtis (TheOneRing.net), Cliff Broadway (TheOneRing.net), Kristin Thompson (The Frodo Franchise), and possible special guests present this early look at making The Hobbit happen! Room 32AB
Categories:  Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

10:15-11:15 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A— Positive proof that physics is funny, The Big Bang Theory makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the “Nerdvana Annihilation” episode and a Q&A with the show’s creators and stars. Come talk with executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). Adam Savage (MythBusters) will moderate the session. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for a second season on September 22 and airs Mondays at 8:00 PM< ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Room 6CDEF
Categories:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Max Brooks— America's favorite zombie expert is a Comic-Con special guest for the first time! Author Max Brooks, whose groundbreaking work in the walking dead genre could possibly save your life some day (see his The Zombie Survival Guide), talks about his work and what's up next for him. Room 5AB
Categories:  Animation | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television | Writers & Writing

10:30-11:30 10 Years of DC Direct— Celebrate DC Direct's tenth anniversary with the creative minds behind your favorite action figures, statues, and busts! Panelists including VP—design/DC Direct creative Georg Brewer, DC Direct design director Jim Fletcher, a sculptor Jim Shoop and others discuss the first ten years of DC Direct and take a look into the future with the DCU, Watchmen movie, and World of Warcraft. Room 810:30-11:30 One on One with Terry Moore—The creator of Strangers in Paradise talks about his popular new series Echo and writing the new launches of Runaways and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane for Marvel. Q & A to follow. Room 8
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

10:30-11:30 One on One with Terry Moore— The creator of Strangers in Paradise talks about his popular new series Echo and writing the new launches of Runaways and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane for Marvel. Q & A to follow. Room 10
Categories:  Comic Books | Writers & Writing

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Focus on Mark Buckingham— Comics historian Alex Boney (Ohio State University) conducts a wide-ranging discussion of the comic book medium with artist Mark Buckingham (Miracleman, Fables, Peter Parker: Spider-Man). Room 30AB
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Arts Conference | Comic Books

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 202: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?— Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, deals with more advanced issues facing authors, artists, and designers, particularly once they've "broken through" and have started publishing and selling (and maybe merchandising too). Creators aren't the only ones facing potential problems and issues—publishers, distributors, retailers, and even the ultimate consumers can find themselves facing legal issues they never expected. Infringements, knockoffs, lawsuits, cybersquatters, blogs, and parodies are just a few of the potential problems that may arise once creative works come to market. This session explores how copyright and trademark rights are enforced, how one's legal muscles may be flexed, and what to do when finding yourself in a legal mine field. Plus discussion about significant recent legislation and legal decisions that are likely to affect the field of popular culture and how these issues play an important role in your creative and business plans. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.] Room 30CDE
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Comics Law School | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing

10:45-11:45 Stargate Continuum— Following on the heels of the hit DVD release Ark of Truth, the next full-length feature will be released Tuesday, July 29, with principal cast members returning for the biggest adventure of them all! This panel features Brad Wright (series co-creator and Continuum developer, executive producer and writer), Martin Wood (director), and (subject to availability) stars Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter), Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (Teal'c). Ballroom 20
Categories:  Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

10:50-11:35 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 3D Modeling— What gives The Clone Wars series its live action cinematic sensibility? The process is called 3D Story at Lucasfilm Animation. Learn how this innovative team of panelists worked together to redefine traditional storyboarding so that the majority of storytelling is now done in the computer. This panel will give you firsthand insights into the challenges the crew faced as they embarked on defining this new process, both technically and creatively, while training traditional and CG artists to combine skill sets and create a new process for television animation. Moderated by Catherine Winder, producer, The Clone Wars. Room 7AB
Categories:  Animation | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:00-12:00 Print The Legend: Mike Grell and Mark Ryan— Comic-Con special guest Mike Grell (Legion of Superheroes, The Warlord, Green Arrow: the Longbow Hunters, Jon Sable, Freelance) and actor-writer Mark Ryan (Robin of Sherwood, The Prestige, King Arthur, voice of Bumblebee in Transformers), swap outrageous yarns and discuss the secret world behind their new Comicmix.com project The Pilgrim with editor Mike Gold. Join Mike, Mark and Mike for a bit of insanity and Q&A session. Room 2
Categories:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Webcomics | Writers & Writing

11:00-12:00 Image Comics Studio Space— Howard Chaykin, Tommy Lee Edwards,  and Bryan Talbot discuss Image's hit Studio Space book, moderated by the book's editor and co-writer Joel Meadows. Room 3
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:00-12:00 LEGO and BrickJournal: Brave New World— See what grown-ups and "big kids" are doing with LEGO today and what fuels them to never put the brick down! With notable guests including Joe Meno, editor and creator of BrickJournal, the magazine for adult fans of LEGO; expert builders Bryce McGlone and Brandon Griffith; and female builder Jessi Pastor. This panel showcases amazing examples of how they put their LEGO building talents to use! Dust off those old bricks in your basement and join the brave new world of LEGO builders! Room 4
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Fandom

11:00-12:00 Masquerade 101— Want to learn more about convention costume contests? Thinking about taking your creations onto the stage? Looking for ideas to enhance your presentations? Curious what goes on behind the scenes? Comic-Con Masquerade director Martin Jaquish, award-winning fan costumer and professional prop maker Andrea Davis, and Masquerade assistant John Ruff offer an overview of on-stage costume competitions and present tips for getting the most out of your costuming experience. Room 32AB
Categories:  Costuming | Fandom | Seminars & Workshops

11:15-12:15 Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends— Believe it or not, it has been 10 whole years since the Powerpuff Girls flew out of Professor Utonium’s lab and into our hearts. Along the way Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles have kicked the butt of every major villain in Townsville. Celebrate their 10th Anniversary with show creator Craig McCracken and the voices of the Powerpuff Girls—Cathy Cavadini, Tara Strong, and Elizabeth Daily. They will answer all of your questions and accept all of your praise! And Craig will also be talking about his other Cartoon Network hit, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, along with co-creator Lauren Faust and voice talent Keith Ferguson (Bloo) and Tom Kenny (Mayor, Eduardo). Room 6A
Categories:  Animation | Kids | Television

11:15-12:15 Worlds Collide: The Making of Midway's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe— Ed Boon (Mortal Kombat) and Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane) discuss how two billion-dollar entertainment franchises collide as Mortal Kombat warriors battle DC superheroes for the first time in this highly anticipated video game. Ed and Jimmy provide an exclusive look at never-before-seen gameplay, unveil key characters on the game's roster, and answer your questions. Room 6B
Categories:  Comic Books | Gaming | Superheroes

11:30-12:30 Hey Kids, the First One's in the Library— Children's authors discuss the joys of writing for that audience and ways to captivate their young readers. Panelists include Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars), Martin Baynton (Jane and the Dragon), PJ Haarsma (The Softwire), D.J. MacHale (Pendragon: Raven Rise), Rebecca Moesta (Crystal Doors), James Owen (Here, There Be Dragons), and Michael Reisman (Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB
Categories:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Horror and Suspense | Kids | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

11:30-12:30 Marvel Cup o’ Joe— Meet the EEK himself, Joe Quesada, and surprise guests as they unveil what’s in store for all your favorite Marvel characters and creators, make some surprising announcements, and take on any and all questions! As always, this is the one no-holds barred panel that everyone’s gonna be talking about and the one panel you don’t want to miss! Room 6CDEF
Categories:  Comic Books

11:30-12:30 Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership— You've been a fan of Mattel's popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peaks, and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Universe Classics, Justice League Unlimited, The Dark Knight, and Infinite Heroes,—plus exciting new lines like Batman Brave and the Bold—as well as the world premiere of new action figures. Be on hand as representatives from Mattel, DC Comics, and Warner Bros. Entertainment offer an insightful Q&A. Brought to you by Mattycollector.com. Room 8
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Comic Books | Superheroes

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Jim Starlin— The most cosmic comics creator of them all is a Comic-Con special guest. In Jim Starlin's 30+ years in comics he's produced some of the great cosmic sagas—Captain Marvel, Warlock, Dreadstar—and shown a penchant for death—The New Gods, Robin, and…well, Captain Marvel and Warlock! Starlin talks about his career and what's coming up for this talented writer and artist. Room 10
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Writers & Writing

11:30-12:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics Studies: Developing Canon and Theory— Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) explores how the emerging field of comics studies can avoid the mistakes the study of literature and film made in the past century. Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) puts Scott McCloud's theories about the comics form to the test by applying them in an examination of McCloud's own creative works (Zot, New Superman Adventures, etc.). Room 30AB
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Arts Conference | Comic Books

11:35-12:35 Industrial Light & Magic and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull— Academy award–winning visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic takes you behind the scenes of their work for the latest installment in the Indiana Jones series. You’ll get a firsthand look at how the effects were created and see what was involved in bringing Indy’s world to the big screen. Room 7AB
Categories:  Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:45-12:15 Stargate MMO— After nearly 15 years on the air, the Stargate franchise is launching its first-ever multilevel online game, with all the elements—and more!—fans expect from the Stargate family. The key creative team from Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and FireSky Studios present a compelling sneak-peek and answer questions. Panelists include Brad Wright (Stargate series’ co-creator, executive producer and writer) plus Dan Elggren (FireSky Studio head), Chris Klug (creative director), Howard Lyon (art director), and Demetrius Comes (director of technology). Ballroom 20
Categories:  Gaming | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

11:55-1:00 Warner Bros.: Watchmen— A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock"— which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union—is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up —- but no less determined —- masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion—a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers —- Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who watches the Watchmen? Guest appearances TBA. Hall H
Categories:  Comic Books | Movies | Superheroes

12:00-1:00 ABC Family: Samurai Girl— Based on a series of popular young adult novels, Samurai Girl tells the story of a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven, who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and may have had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family, begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends sets out to take down her father's evil empire. The panel includes Jamie Chung (Real World), Brendan Fehr (Roswell), and Stacy Keibler (WWE)—along with executive producers Andre Nemec—Josh Applebaum,—and Luke McMullen (all from Alias). Samurai Girl will air as a special event premiering with six hours over three nights, on September 5, 6, and 7. Room 2
Categories:  Anime & Manga | Television

12:00-1:00 50 Years of Gay Legion of Super-Heroes Fandom— The fiftieth anniversary of the Legion of Super-Heroes gives the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) fans a reason to celebrate. Join Prism Comics president Roger Klorese, Interlac APA central mailer and HIV + ME cartoonist Chris Companik, and a "legion" of pros and fans in a freewheeling discussion to find out, among other things, which male Legionnaire coveted the name "Light Lass," how Matter Eater Lad consumed whole planets without gaining an ounce, and why removing the pink from Cosmic Boy's costume made him look somehow…gayer. And, what's up with Element Lad? Room 3
Categories:  Comic Books | Fandom | Superheroes

12:00-1:00 Prince of Persia— Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia video game and graphic novel and screenwriter on the upcoming movie, discusses the global phenomenon that is Prince of Persia, tying together the comics and the video game industry. Room 4
Categories:  Comic Books | Gaming | Movies

12:00-2:00 Steve Rude Painting Workshop— Comic book artist Steve Rude (Nexus, The Moth, Worlds Finest) demonstrates his classical approach to portrait painting with writer and Nexus editor Anina Bennett. This two-hour panel will help you simplify this often difficult and misunderstood procedure, with Rude answering all your questions and explaining the process along the way. Room 30CDE
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

12:00-1:00 Costume Illustrators, Production Illustrators, and Concept and Storyboard Artists— The making of a film or television show is a collaborative process. Costume illustrators and concept and storyboard artists, brought onto productions to develop images under the guidance of the designers, serve a key position in the web of communication that is essential to filmmaking. This panel offers a glimpse into the fundamental importance of illustration as well as the seamless creativity between the key conceptual departments on favorite feature films and television productions. Moderator William David Hogan, director and storyboard artist (Into the Blue 2, Whiteout) will host costume illustrators from CDG, Local 892, including Oksana Nedavniaya (Narnia: Prince Caspian, Twilight), Phillip Boutte, Jr. (Star Trek 2009, Terminator Salvation), Felipe Sanchez (Speed Racer, Wolverine), and Christian Cordella (G.I. Joe, The Mummy 3), alongside illustrators and artists from Local 790: Ricardo Delgado (Age of Reptiles comics, Eagle Eye), Jeff Errico (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Crank), Tim Burgard (The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine), Mark Moretti (Valkyrie, The Day the Earth Stood Still), and Trevor Goring (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Watchmen). Room 32AB
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Costuming | Movies | Television

12:15-1:15 Stargate Atlantis— With new allies and new challenges, Stargate Atlantis is making big waves in its action-packed fifth season. Be on hand for this exclusive panel discussion with the cast and creators of SCI FI's hit series. Panelists include cast members Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo, and Jewel Staite, co-creator and executive producer Brad Wright, and , Chris Sanagustin, VP original programming SCI FI. Moderated by Martin Gero, executive producer. Ballroom 20
Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

12:25-1:15 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: New Books Based on the Movie and TV Series— The Star Wars Saga continues with a wide variety of tie-in books for the groundbreaking new series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including novels, nonfiction, comics, and children's books. Please join Carol Roeder and Frank Parisi from Lucas Books, along with Karen Traviss (author of The Clone Wars novel from Del Rey), Henry Gilroy (author of The Clone Wars comic from Dark Horse), Jason Fry (author of The Clone Wars Visual Guide from DK Publishing), and Erin Dempsey (marketing director, Penguin Young Readers) for questions and answers—and a sneak peak at these must-have books! Moderated by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo. Room 7AB
Categories:  Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

12:30-1:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen— The cinematic renaissance of comic book-based films continues, and here's your chance to learn what it takes to adapt these dream projects to the screen!  Creative Screenwriting magazine's senior editor Jeff Goldsmith hosts an amazing panel of Stan Lee (co-creator of Iron Man), Zak Penn (screenwriter, The Incredible Hulk), Mark Fergus (co-screenwriter, Iron Man), and Gregory Noveck (senior VP—creative affairs, DC Comics). Room 5AB
Categories:  Comic Books | Movies | Writers & Writing

12:30-1:15 Spaced— Actor/creator Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), actor/creator Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), and director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) recall Spaced, the clever and edgy comedy series that started it all for the award-winning team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Plus: Q&A session. (Look for the Spaced screening tonight in the same room at 10:15PM!) Room 6A
Categories:  Fandom | Humor & Satire | Movies | Television

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Jim Lee: The Art of DC Universe Online (DCUO)— Jim Lee (All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush, Superman: For Tomorrow) and Carlos D'Anda (Brass, WildC.A.T.S, Bionicle, The Outsiders, JLA: Classified, Deathblow) of WildStorm Productions fame join with Chris Cao, Jared Carr and Jason Smith of Sony Online Entertainment's DC Universe Online game development team to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities faced in adapting the rich comic book art of the DC Universe to a 3D game world and delivering the same emotional impact online as the brand evokes in its other mediums; moderated by Mat Broome (Batman: No Man's Land, WildC.A.T.S) Room 6B
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Gaming

12:30-1:30 Spectacular Spider-Man— Spend some time with the cast and creators of the renowned webslinger's newest animated adventures, The Spectacular Spider-Man, a Culver Entertainment Production. Ask your burning questions about the first 13 episodes of Season 1, learn about what's in store for the next 13 and catch an exclusive sneak peek at Season 2! Michael Vogel from Sony Pictures Television Animation moderates a panel that includes supervising producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles); supervising producer/supervising director Vic Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron);—character designer Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Hellboy animated films); voice director Jamie Thomason (2007's TMNT, Spirited Away);—the voice of Spider-Man, Josh Keaton (The Young & The Restless); the voice of Mary Jane Watson, Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars: Jedi Knights II); the voice of Eddie Brock and Venom,—Ben Diskin (Codename: Kids Next Door), and the voice of Adrian Toomes and Vulture, Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Room 6CDEF
Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Superheroes | Television

12:30-2:00 That ’70s (Comics) Panel— It started with Nixon and ended with Carter, but in between the 1970s showcased an incredible influx of new comics talent unheard of since the beginning of the industry in the 1930s. Moderator Mark Evanier (who worked with Jack "King" Kirby on DC’s "Fourth World" books in the ’70s) hosts Comic-Con special guests Mike W. Barr (Camelot 3000, Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Mike Grell (Warlord, Green Arrow), Paul Gulacy (Master of Kung Fu, Sabre), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar, Captain Marvel), Joe Staton (Green Lantern, E-Man), Len Wein (Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk), and Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein). Wow! That’s almost one panelist for each year in the decade! Room 8
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Connie Willis— Time travel, hula hoops, flying saucers, church choirs, and other proofs of Chaos Theory in action! Multiple Nebula and Hugo Award–winning science fiction author and Comic-Con special guest Connie Willis (Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog) reveals the outer reaches and inner secrets of writing science fiction. Room 10
Categories:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

Sat, Jul 12, 10:21PM
12:30-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Visual Language— Neil Cohn (Tufts University) explores the visual language underlying the "manga style," how it works and how it differs from the visual languages in comics developed in other cultures. Robert O'Nale Jr. (Henderson State University) uses David Mack's Kabuki to illustrate how gestalt can be an important avenue for analyzing design and meaning in comics. Alec Hosterman (Indiana University South Bend) demonstrates the dominance of hyperreality in comic art and explains how it can be utilized for further study of the art form. Room 30AB
Categories:  Anime & Manga | Comic Arts Conference | Comic Books

1:00-2:00 Introducing Resident Evil: Degeneration— Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Devil May Cry 4, Resident Evil 4) and director Makoto Kamiya (special effects director, L: Change the World, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack) introduce the full-length CG-animated motion picture based on the popular Capcom video game franchise. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment invites you to be the first to see the film's revealing new trailer and take part in a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Room 2
Categories:  Gaming | Horror and Suspense | Movies

1:00-2:00 Looking at Our World: Eye on the Present— Authors discuss how they use the supernatural in stories of contemporary society. Panelists include Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld), L. A. Banks (The Vampire Huntress Legend Series), Kate Brallier (The Boundless Deep), Marjorie M. Liu (The Iron Hunt), C. E. Murphy (The Negotiator Trilogy), Justine Musk (Lord of Bones), Lilith Saintcrow (The Dante Valentine Series), and moderator Samantha Sommersby (Forbidden: The Revolution). Room 3
Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Victor Gorelick— One of the most prolific editors in comics, Victor Gorelick has entertained readers since 1958. Victor started as an art assistant at Archie Comics, since then he has served as production manager, art director, and managing editor before being named editor-in-chief. On hand to provide a retrospective of Victor's career are Fred Mausser, Archie Comics, VP sales; Mike Pellerito, Archie Comics managing editor; Betty & Veronica writer/artist Dan Parent; "Archie Freshman Year" writer Batton Lash; Jughead writer Craig Boldman; and Archie inker Rich Koslowski. The moderator is Finger Award–winning Archie writer George Gladir. Room 4
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:00-2:00 Production Designers— For the second consecutive year, Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a lineup of master production designers—the artists responsible for creating the looks of today's most celebrated sci-fi/fantasy films and television. Organized by the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, these production designers will show clips, answer questions, and share their methods for creating imaginary worlds and convincing environments. Participating panelists (listed alphabetically) include Richard Hudolin (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica—BSG prequel), Alex McDowell (Watchmen, Corpse Bride), J. Michael Riva—(Iron Man, Spider-Man 3),—Barry Robison (Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Moderating the panel is John Muto, designer of Terminator 2 3D, Species, and Home Alone. Room 32AB
Categories:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

1:15-2:00 Primeval— Actor Douglas Henshall gives you firsthand info about his leading role in BBC America’s new U.S. premiere sci-fi series Primeval, along with actors Juliet Aubrey and Karl Theobald. When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Followed by a Q&A session. Room 6A
Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

1:15-2:00 Hasbro: Star Wars and Indiana Jones— Derryl DePriest and Justin Kreter (Hasbro marketing), are joined by Brian Parrish, Mark Boudreaux, Dwight Stall, and Brian Wilk (Hasbro design) to talk about what the Hasbro design and marketing teams have in store for the remainder of 2008 in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones lines. Plus a special sneak peek into some 2009 secrets and a Q&A session! Room 7AB
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

1:15-2:00 Trailer Park— The Comic-Con perennial returns in a big—Hall H— way! See all the latest trailers for the biggest upcoming films, all in one handy-dandy timeslot. Hall H
Categories:  Movies | Television

1:30-2:30 Editorial Cartoons— Top newspaper editorial cartoonists talk about their cartoons, today's issues and the political cartooning profession. Panelists Steve Breen (San Diego Union Tribune), Mike Peters (Dayton Daily News), Signe Wilkinson (Philadelphia Daily News), Michael Ramirez (Investor's Business Daily), Mr. Fish (LA Weekly, Village Voice), and Bill Schorr (United Media) chat with moderator/fellow cartoonist Daryl Cagle (msnbc.com). Room 5AB
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Humor & Satire

1:30-2:30 Scott McCloud Zot!— Legendary comics theorist Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) offers a funny and fascinating visual presentation about his very first comic book, Zot!, and the two amazing decades that followed, in celebration of HarperCollins' new 576-page omnibus Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection. Room 10
Categories:  Comic Books

1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon— Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses Buffy Season Eight, the Fray crossover, and the upcoming Serenity comic focusing on Shepherd Book. Ballroom 20
Categories:  Comic Books | Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television | Writers & Writing

1:45-2:45 Ghostbusters: The Video Game— Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and panelists from Sierra Entertainment and Sony Pictures Consumer Products discuss the eagerly anticipated Ghostbusters: The Video Game, due out this October. The panel focuses on what it takes to bring fans the next chapter in the Ghostbusters universe, including working with the original cast members and Sony Pictures Consumer Products to create a completely true and faithful interactive ghostbusting experience. Room 6B
Categories:  Fandom | Gaming | Humor & Satire | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners— Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are the television producers who are changing the face of television with deeply immersive entertainments marked by distinctive, cutting edge storytelling. They have also been at the forefront of bringing "genre programming" or "cult TV" to the mainstream. Prepare for a candid conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen. Room 6CDEF
Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

2:00-3:00 Capcom: How to Get A Job in the Video Game Industry— Video game giant Capcom presents a panel of respected video game industry veterans to deliver an overview of the wide variety of career opportunities within the industry, personal tales of how they got in, and tips and suggestions for those who want to. Panelists include Chris Charla (VP, business development, Foundation 9—Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix), Morgan Gray (producer, Dark Void), Grant Luke (senior product manager, Street Fighter IV), Francis Mao (Capcom senior director, creative services and former creative director for GamePro magazine), and Tim Ng (Capcom associate public relations manager). Q&A session to round out the presentation. Room 2
Categories:  Gaming | Seminars & Workshops

2:00-3:00 The World of Graphic Novels— International is part of Comic-Con’s name for a reason! An impressive roster of worldwide talent who create graphic novels—Nick Abadzis (UK, Laika), Eddie Campbell (Australia by way of Scotland, The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard), Rutu Modan (Israel, Exit Wounds), Alex Robinson (U.S., Too Cool to be Forgotten), and Adrian Tomine (U.S., Shortcomings)— join moderator good ol’ American Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) to discuss graphic novels and why they make the world go ’round. Room 3
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:00-3:00 Broccoli Books— Broccoli Books brings quality Japanese manga to the United States. See what they have to offer currently and what is in store for the future. Broccoli—it is cheap and healthy for you-nyo! Room 4
Categories:  Anime & Manga | Comic Books

2:00-3:00 Meet the (Wannabe) Press: Get a Sneak Peek into the Minds Behind On the Bubble— This new weekly animated web series takes a snarky yet refreshing look at current news through the eyes of four irreverent wannabe reporters from Middle Town Community College. Comedy Central alum Adam de la Peña, creator of Code Monkeys and one of the warped minds behind Crank Yankers and Minoriteam, unveils his new show. De la Peña is joined by Worldwide Biggies CEO Albie Hecht (SpongeBob SquarePants) and animation director Mark Salisbury (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), to give a behind-the-scenes peek into the latest technology used to produce this weekly show. Sierra Mist executives will also be on hand to shed light on the new wave of brand-produced entertainment. The Q&A session will provide insightful tips on getting creative ideas greenlit by major brands eager to discover and invest in up-and-coming comedic talent. The panel also includes On the Bubble voice talent Dana Synder (Master Shake on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Glasgow Phillips (South Park).  Panel attendees will receive a free exclusive Comic-Con On the Bubble premium. Room 7AB
Categories:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Webcomics

2:00-3:00 That ’70s (Animation) Panel— Comic-Con special guest Mark Evanier talks to animation legends Joe Ruby and Ken Spears—of Ruby-Spears Productions—about their amazing output of television cartoon shows in the '70s, '80s, and beyond.Meet the men who gave you Thundarr the Barbarian, Scooby Doo, Dynomutt, Fangface, Jabberjaw and so many more. Room 8
Categories:  Animation | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television

Sat, Jul 12, 10:22PM
2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Playing the Hero— Peter Coogan (Institute for Comics Studies), wrestler Diamond Dallas Page (Yoga for Regular Guys), actor John Newton (Superboy), City of Heroes gamer Jospeh Cohen (Justice Knights Yahoo group), and Matthew (Feedback) Atherton (Who Wants to Be a Superhero) discuss and explore how wrestlers, actors, and gamers understand, adapt, and apply the superhero genre. Room 30AB
Categories:  Comic Arts Conference | Comic Books | Fandom | Gaming | Movies | Superheroes

2:00-3:30 Dynamic Drawing: Demonstration from Life— Renowned teachers demonstrate the Watts Atelier Method of Drawing. Jeff Watts and Erik M. Gist demonstrate the skills that have allowed them to excel as professional artists, as they explain the essentials of working from the live model and its importance to every working artist. Jeff founded Watts Atelier of the Arts some 16 years ago in hopes of preserving the tradition of master artists of the past. Jeff and Erik will share their thoughts on what it takes to train and perform at peak professional levels. A must for professionals and aspiring professionals alike. Room 30CDE
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Seminars & Workshops

2:00-3:30 Scribe Awards/Media Tie-in Writers Panel— The second annual presentation of the International Association of Media-Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) "Scribe" awards, honoring such notable franchises as CSI NY, Murder She Wrote, Criminal Minds, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek, Resident Evil and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The awards presentation is followed by a panel of nominees, including William Dietz (Hitman), Stacia Deutsch (Nancy Drew), Kevin J. Anderson (Last Days of Krypton), Steven Paul Leiva (12 Dogs of Christmas), Alan Dean Foster (Transformers), Lee Goldberg (Monk), and moderator Max Allan Collins (American Gangster). Andy Mangels (Iron Man) will present the awards. Room 32AB
Categories:  Animation | Awards Ceremonies | Comic Books | Gaming | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television | Writers & Writing

2:00-2:30 Universal: The Wolfman— For its upcoming action-horror film The Wolfman, Universal will showcase new footage and a presentation from the title monster's creator, six-time Oscar-winning special effects artist Rick Baker. Hall H
Categories:  Horror and Suspense | Movies

2:15-3:15 DC: Batman: No Rest for The Dark Knight— Batman is the original dark hero. He lives a life pledged to helping the helpless and punishing the guilty, but this summer everything is going to change. With a blockbuster hit in theatres and a darker storyline than ever before, now's the time to celebrate the minds behind the bat! Senior editor Michael Marts, Grant Morrison (Batman), Paul Dini (Detective Comics), Dustin Nguyen (Detective Comics), Brian Azzarello (Joker), and others discuss the mythos of the Bat and what looms ahead for our hero. Room 6A
Categories:  Comic Books | Superheroes

2:30-3:30 Hasbro: Marvel— Jerry Jivoin, Michelle Favaloro, and  Scott George of Hasbro marketing and Brian Wilk, Josh Lamb, Steve Redinger, Dwight Stall, and Logan Lubera of Hasbro Design present the Hasbro Marvel line, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Marvel Legends and Super Hero Squad toy lines from 2008. Also, see a sneak peek into the 2009 line and a Q&A session! Room 5AB
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Comic Books | Superheroes

2:30-3:30 Radical Comics!— Radical Publishing will discuss 2008 and beyond with some major announcements. On board for the Comic-Con panel will be Radical's president and publisher, Barry Levine and editor-in-chief, Dave Elliott. In addition, Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), writer of both the comic and the screenplay for his upcoming Radical project, City of Dust; Ian Edginton (Stormwatch: Post Human Division), who discusses his dark, never before seen approach to Aladdin; Sam Sarkar, writer of Caliber; Edmund Shern, writer of Freedom Formula; and Hercules designer—and cover artist for issues #1 and #2—the legendary Jim Steranko! Room 10
Categories:  Comic Books | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

2:45-3:30 American Dad— Seth MacFarlane and the cast of the Fox animated hit reunite at Comic-Con to read a never-before-seen episode and take questions from the audience. Ballroom 20
Categories:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

2:45-3:45 Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment: The Spirit— Writer/director Frank Miller and producer Deborah Del Prete are joined by film stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eva Mendes in unveiling an exclusive preview of the new film based on the classic comic by Will Eisner. Hall H
Categories:  Comic Books | Movies

3:00-4:00 VIZ Media's Anime and Manga Publishing— Get the Comic-Con exclusive scoop from the VIZ Editorial and Marketing teams on what's new for 2009 from one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation, and licensing companies. Room 2
Categories:  Anime & Manga | Comic Books

3:00-4:00 An Introduction to Webcomics— The single largest explosion of new comics talent in history is happening online. Did you know that there are over 18,000 webcomics? Some of them have millions of readers. Most of these comics are free. Is this news to you? Then come and find out what you've been missing from Phil Foglio (moderator and writer/artist Girl Genius), Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc.), Dave Kellett (Sheldon), Scott Kurtz (PVP), and Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis).  Room 3
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books | Webcomics

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on James Warren— he legendary publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella joins Comic-Con in a rare convention appearance! Jim Warren celebrates the 50th anniversary of FM along with the legendary Hollywood makeup artist Verne Langdon, also a Comic-Con special guest! Famous Monsters fans will recognize Langdon’s name from the pages of that beloved magazine. Room 4
Categories:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Horror and Suspense | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:00-4:00 SCI FI: Ghost Hunters— Is it in your head—or in your house? Find out during Comic-Con first ever panel discussion with Ghost Hunters’ Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, stars of the #1 paranormal reality series on Wednesday nights. What you’ll hear is real—and scary. Moderated by James Hibberd (The Hollywood Reporter). Room 6B
Categories:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

3:00-4:00 World of Warcraft— Hear what’s next for World of Warcraft straight from the source! Representatives from Blizzard Entertainment will be joined by folks from Upper Deck, DC Comics and Tokyopop to reveal what’s in store for World of Warcraft gaming, comics, action figure, and manga fans. Plus, while supplies last, attendees will receive an exclusive World of Warcraft Comic-Con gift! Room 6CDEF
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Anime & Manga | Comic Books | Gaming

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Lynda Barry— Iconic alt-cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Lynda Barry is the author of the recently released—to much acclaim—graphic-how-to-memoir, What It Is. Barry has been at the forefront of alternative comics since Matt Groening published her first comics while they were both students in college. This presentation takes an inside look at Barry's creative energy, genius, and approach to making art. "The ordinary is extraordinary" in Barry's world, and everyone can write and be creative—we just have to ask ourselves the right questions. Have your pencils ready and your mind prepared to be blown with this once in a lifetime chance to meet the! Lynda! Barry!, creator of Ernie Pook's Comeek, One! Hundred! Demons! and The! Greatest! of! Marlys!. Room 7AB
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Al Jaffee— He's definitely one of "MAD's maddest artists!" Al Jaffee's work—including his incredible "Mad Fold-Ins" that grace the inside back cover of the magazine—has appeared in more issues of MAD than any other artist. Mark Evanier interviews this comics legend, who is making his first-ever appearance as a Comic-Con special guest. (We promise not to try and fold him.) Room 8
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Geoff Johns— His ideas have breathed new life into Flash, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, the Justice Society of America, and now Superman. Is there anything writer Geoff Johns can't do? Probably not, but come ask anyway. Don't miss this panel hosted by Ian Sattler, senior story editor—DCU, interviewing one of the brightest minds behind the magic of the DC Universe. Room 5AB
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Writers & Writing

3:30-4:30 Marvel to the Nth Degree— In today’s world, comic-loving fans should be able to enjoy their graphic entertainment in the most thoroughly modern media. On Friday, Marvel will unveil a covert project that we have been seeding as part of a secret partnership for many months–including a sneak peek–of an unprecedented way to experience a new work by one of the biggest names in entertainment (we didn't say comic books, we said Entertainment). Featuring Joe Quesada (Marvel editor-in-chief) and Ruwan Jayatilleke (SVP, Marvel Strategic Development) and others that shall not be named at the moment. The game is about to be changed. Room 6A
Categories:  Comic Books

3:30-4:30 BOOM! Studios Panel— One of the fastest-growing independent publishers invites you to take a peek at what makes BOOM! so great. Editor-in-chief Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), co-founders Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and Ross Richie, marketing and sales director Chip Mosher (Left on Mission), and a few surprise guests will be making announcements about the upcoming year for BOOM! Studios. Come and watch us explode! Room 10
Categories:  Comic Books

3:30-4:15 Family Guy— Stars Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green and the producers of the Fox animated hit give fans a sneak peek at a never-before-seen episode and discuss the highly anticipated spinoff The Cleveland Show. Ballroom 20
Categories:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

3:30-5:00 Comic Book 102: The Ins and Outs of Collecting, Investing, and Writing— Designed to thrill and educate audiences from the 8-year-old novice to the millionaire financial advisor, this expert panel discussion details the comings and goings of the hobby. Learn about the history of comics, how to collect and successfully invest, detect restoration, discuss current and future community standards and even receive advice on how one becomes a published comic book writer. Panelists include noted restoration/conservation expert Susan Cicconi (The Restoration Lab/Network of Disclosure), Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide advisor Mark S. Zaid (EsquireComics.com/Network of Disclosure), executive editor and associate publisher J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), Douglas Wheeler-Nicholson and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Brown (son and granddaughter, respectfully, of DC Comics founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson), and other prominent experts from publishing, services, and writing. Room 24A
Categories:  Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles | Comic Books

3:30-4:30 Comic Book Heaven: LIVE!— If you've ever wondered which superhero sleeps in his uniform, where the rudest place to shoot a giant space monster can be found, and what you really got when you ordered junk from ads found in old comic books, you'll love Comic Book Heaven: LIVE! Scott Saavedra (Comic Book Heaven, Java Town) shines a bright and affectionate light on some of the strangest stories and most twisted moments found in vintage comic books. Comic Book Heaven: LIVE! is like Scott's Comic Book Heaven blog (comic_book_heaven.blogspot.com) but without all the tedious pointing and clicking. Room 30AB
Categories:  Comic Books | Fandom

3:30-4:30 Drawing Demo: Spotlight on Dean Yeagle— Comic-Con special guest Dean Yeagle has had his cartoons regularly published in Playboy for the past nine years. Most of his career has been in animation, and he has had his own animation studio for the past 22 years. He's also recently designed and drawn the first two issues of the Return of the Gremlins comic, for Dark Horse and Disney, written by Mike Richardson. Earlier this year he had a one-man gallery show in Paris, and he also publishes his own books with his pinup character Mandy, which, you may rest assured, he'll have for sale at Comic-Con. Join Dean and moderator/interviewer Craig Yoe (Comic Arf) to see some of Dean's work and ask questions about Playboy, animation, comics, and how to draw pretty girls for fun and profit! Room 30CDE
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Seminars & Workshops

3:30-4:30 Toys, Comics and Characters: Illustrators as Entertainment Entrepeneurs— Abby Denson (Tough Love), Nora Krug (BLAB!), Tara McPherson (Lonely Heart), and Brian Wood (DMZ), all prominent professionals from among Parsons Illustration alumni and faculty, talk with Steven Guarnaccia (chair, Parsons Illustration) and Angie Wojak (director, Parsons Career Services) about how studying illustration was useful in achieving their creative and professional goals. Room 32AB
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Comic Books

4:00-5:00 All Hail the Transformers!— TF editor Denton Tipton hosts a panel of Transformers creators including writers Shane McCarthy (All Hail Megatron), Chris Mowry (The Reign of Starscream), Marty Eisenberg (TF Animated), artists Alex Milne (The Reign of Starscream), Marcelo Matere (TF Animated) and others. Advance art, surprise announcements, and pints of Energon all around! Room 2
Categories:  Animation | Comic Books | Kids | Movies | Television

4:00-5:00 Going Ape: Celebrating 75 Years of The Beast and The Beauty of King Kong— KONG! KONG! KONG! Our panel celebrates 75 years of one of cinema's most famous and most beloved beasties. Panelists take look back at the history of King Kong on-screen along with fun facts, reminiscences and anecdotes about the film that inspired many of us to become fans, filmmakers and fanatics. A panel of experts and fans is moderated by Mark A. Altman and Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly). Room 3
Categories:  Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Robert J. Sawyer— Comic-Con special guest Robert J. Sawyer is one of only seven writers in history to win all three of science-fiction's top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His latest novel, Rollback, has earned him his 11th Hugo nomination. Join him for a one-on-one Q&A session about the world of print SF. Room 4
Categories:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

4:00-5:00 Image Comics Show— On the heels of one of the biggest announcements Image has ever made, the Image Comics Show promises to follow up in a major way with special guests including Robert Kirkman, Whilce Portacio, Brian Posehn, Gerard Duggan, Erik Larsen, and others. All this, plus even more announcements and exclusive giveaways! Room 7AB
Categories:  Comic Books

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Al Feldstein— Continuing our mini "Al's at MAD magazine" programming theme, the dean of EC Comics, triple threat editor/writer/artist Al Feldstein returns to Comic-Con. Feldstein—who edited the EC line in its glory days and took MAD to new heights of popularity—talks with Mark Evanier about comics, painting, that magazine, and much more! Room 8
Categories:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Writers & Writing

4:00-5:00 The Saga Continues: Star Wars 2008— For Star Wars fans it’s a stellar year, with the new Clone Wars movie on its way next month and great new Star Wars games from LucasArts to follow shortly. Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet will welcome Dave Filoni (director), Catherine Winder (producer), Henry Gilroy (co-writer), and Jason Tucker (editor) to talk about George Lucas’ ground-breaking new, fully animated movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in theaters August 15. There’s news for video game fans too, on The Force Unleashed and The Clone Wars. Prepare for exciting, exclusive previews of the movie and the games too! Hall H
Categories:  Animation | Gaming | Kids | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:15-5:15 Xbox LIVE Original Content Panel— You love the games, the TV, the movies, and Xbox LIVE Arcade, now see what is next. Get a sneak peak at the next generation of exciting original video content coming to Xbox LIVE worldwide. Meet the major Hollywood talent creating the content as they showcase their work, participate in a Q&A, and provide a few surprises. Room 6B
Categories:  Gaming | Movies

4:15-5:15 Spotlight on Jim Butcher— In a short period of time, Comic-Con special guest Jim Butcher has become one of the most popular names in fantasy fiction. His two series of books, The Dresden Files and Codex Alera, are New York Times bestsellers. Butcher talks about his books and his recent foray into the comic book adaptation world with the Dabel Brothers. Room 6CDEF
Categories:  Comic Books | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Horror and Suspense | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television | Writers & Writing

4:30-5:30 Vertigo: View of the Future— Vertigo is a more than a name. It’s the imprint that delivers smart, provocative, and edgy books. Be here to find out what’s in store for your favorite Vertigo titles as well as some major new projects that will be announced here for the first time! Hosted by senior VP—executive editor, Vertigo, Karen Berger, group editor Shelly Bond, and senior editor Will Dennis, this panel is not to be missed, especially considering the talent in tow: Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), Mark Buckingham (Fables), David Lapham (Young Liars), Grant Morrison (Seaguy),—Matt Sturges (House of Mystery), Matt Wagner (Madame Xanadu), Bill Willingham (Fables, House of Mystery), G. Willow Wilson (Air), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders), and others! Room 5AB

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Keith Giffen— Comic-Con special guest Keith Giffen talks about his long career as writer and artist with friend and collaborator Robert Loren Fleming. Plus get the lowdown on their latest project: the return of Ambush Bug for DC Comics! Room 10

4:30-5:30 Bones— Join the entire cast (David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley) and creators Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson for an hour of behind-the-scenes secrets and the chance to ask them everything you always wanted to know about the hit Fox drama. Ballroom 20

4:30-5:30 Action Figure Insider: Behind the Plastic: The Golden Age of Marvel Toys/Toy Biz— True innovators in the world of action figures are few and far between. The Team at Marvel Toys/Toy Biz has been bringing articulation to American action figures in their groundbreaking lines: Marvel Legends, Spider-Man Classics, Lord of the Rings, Legendary Comic Book Heroes and other Marvel movie lines. The managers of these lines talk about what might have been and their future plans. You will see never-before-seen plans for unproduced figures from the Marvel, LCBH, and other lines. Moderated by Daniel "Julius Marx" Pickett of ActionFigureInsider.com. Room 30AB

4:30-5:30 Resources for Creators— Panelists give an overview of legal, financial, and technical supports available to creators, including how to get a creative arts lawyer even if you don't have money, guilds and unions, health insurance, studio insurance, business licenses and working with your local municipal departments for networking and support, grants, artist retreats, and so on. Writer/artist Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil) moderates. Room 30CDE

4:30-6:00 So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer— This is where the dream takes flight! You have questions—our panel of experts have answers. Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, Concord, CA) hosts retailer Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, Santa Cruz, CA), Annette Price (Speeding Bullet, Norman, OK), Jay Bardyla (Happy Harbor Comics, Edmonton, Alberta) and Dave Hawksworth (Diamond Comic Distributors field sales manager), as they discuss your future as a retailer of comics and graphic novels. Room 32AB

4:45-5:45 It’s a Great Comic-Con, Charlie Brown— Together for the first time at Comic-Con, Warner Home Video, United Media and the Schulz Estate bring you a Peanuts voice cast reunion in celebration of several great holiday DVD releases this September and October. Featuring Chris DeFaria (Peppermint Patty), Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter (Pigpen), Lisa DeFaria (Peppermint Patty), Sally Dryer (Violet and Lucy), Robin Kohn Glazer (Lucy), Jason Mendelson, Hilary Momberger (Sally), executive producer Lee Mendelson, and Jeannie Schulz, the wife of Charles M. Schulz. Room 6A

5:00-6:00 Mythology, Secret Societies and Lost Civilizations— A discussion of authors incorporating Atlantis, Angels, and Abel's murder weapon into their fiction. Panelists include Alex Archer (Rogue Angel), Thomas Greanias (Raising Atlantis, The Atlantis Prophecy), Christopher Moore (Lamb, A Dirty Job), Thomas Sniegoski (A Kiss Before the Apocalypse), and Michael Spradlin (The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 2

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Bernie Wrightson— Comic-Con special guest Bernie Wrightson brought a whole new face to horror comics when he broke into the industry in the late 1960s. He went on to co-create Swamp Thing and produce numerous work in both the horror and superhero genres. His magnum opus is his illustrated version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to be reprinted later this year by Dark Horse Comics. Room 3

5:00-6:00 Teaching Comics— A few years ago, there were almost no academic programs for young cartoonists. Now classes and textbooks are popping up all over. Instructors and authors including Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), Steve Lieber (Whiteout), and James Sturm (Center for Cartoon Studies), will discuss their philosophies of teaching cartooning with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 4

5:00-6:00 Nickelodeon's Making Fiends Attacks Your Television— Meet the fiendish minds behind Nickelodeon’s upcoming show Making Fiends as they talk about translating the popular web series to the TV screen. Get an inside look at the series production from creator and voice of Charlotte, Amy Winfrey; character designer and voice of Vendetta, Aglaia Mortcheva; writer and voice of Grudge, Peter Merryman; and supervising producer Dave Wasson (Time Squad). See an exclusive sneak peek of the series, plus special bonus content and a behind-the-scenes look at how Making Fiends the TV series came to life. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 7AB

5:00-6:00 Masters of the Universe Classics Toy Line Update— Mattel is ecstatic to announce a brand new action figure line featuring highly detailed fully articulated characters from the entire MOTU—world aimed at the discriminating collector. Help celebrate the return of He-Man to toy shelves everywhere with a special screening of Episode 35: The Power of Grayskull, featuring Mattel's Comic-Con exclusive King Grayskull in his first starring roll. Then stay for an insightful Q & A with Mattel designers, marketing managers, and special guests, the Four Horsemen, for the latest news on this exciting new toy line. More info at Mattycollector.com. Room 8

5:00-6:00 Comic Artists Guild: An Open Call for Members Nationwide— Trying to break into the comics industry? Need an outlet for telling interesting stories with words and pictures? Keith Murphey, the founder of the Comicbook Artists Guild (otherwise known as CAG), along with a panel of members representing the East and West coasts, invites all aspiring creators to take part in an enlightening discussion of how CAG can unite talent together for projects of their choosing and how talented people like you can benefit from membership! Never been published? Need to find your own "voice"? Want to start a CAG chapter in your own hometown? Come find out how! Room 24A

5:15-6:15 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Filmmakers— Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Frank Miller (The Spirit), Zack Snyder (Watchmen), and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) are the filmmakers who are redefining what it means to have power in Hollywood. Because their power is derived from delivering high-profile entertainment to a hungry mainstream audience and from cultivating a rabid, pseudo-religious fan following. Listen as they engage in a free-wheeling conversation on the movie business, their upcoming projects, and what it means—to them—to be a geek. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly and EW.com senior editor Marc Bernardin. Hall H

5:30-6:30 Penny Arcade— The creators of Penny Arcade are on hand for a one-hour open Q&A session about the game industry, their own foray into making games, PAX, webcomics, Child’s Play, and more! (Please do not bring them food. They do not know any better and will, in fact, eat it.) Room 5AB

5:30-6:15 [adult swim]’s The Venture Brothers— Jackson Publick (creator and voices of Hank Venture, The Monarch, Henchman 24, Pete White and Sgt. Hatred) and Mike Sinterniklaas (voice of Dean Venture) speak about [adult swim]’s original series, The Venture Brothers. Now in its third season, the show picked up after the explosive wedding of The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend from the season two cliffhanger. Room 6B

5:30-6:30 24— It's been off the air since May, 2007 but Comic-Con fans will get the first look at the exciting prequel shot in South Africa and the upcoming 7th season of the Emmy winning Fox series, as well as chat with the executive producers and stars Kiefer Sutherland and Carlos Bernard. Room 6CDEF

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Kim Deitch— Underground and alternative comix legend Kim Deitch (Boulevard of BrokenDreams, Alias the Cat) presents work from his new book Pictorama and a sneak peek at an upcoming project. As Kim puts it, he'll be showing "a touch of the past, a whole lot of the present, and a pretty generous look at the future as well!" Room 10

5:30-6:30 SCI FI: Sanctuary Room— The incredible power of virtual set technology is unleashed in the all-new adventure series starring Amanda Tapping of Stargate fame. Find out how the show goes from green screen to small screen, and catch an exclusive look inside Sanctuary's unique and awe-inspiring world. Panelists include cast member and executive producer Amanda Tapping and executive producer Martin Wood. Moderated by Michael Logan (TV Guide). Room 30AB

5:30-6:30 Intern Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts of Interning for Animation— Josh Lieberman (Cartoon Network's Cartoonstitute), Mike Collins (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends),—Sean Cole (Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon), and Alana Bubis (Madagascar) are prepared to discuss all aspect of interning for a major animation studio: how to secure an internship, the dos and don'ts, and ultimately how to turn them into work. Room 30CDE

6:00-7:00 Larry Marder: The Beanworld Is Back!— Legendary Beanworld creator Larry Marder is front and center in his first solo Comic-Con panel in 15 years. Learn how beans have been part of Marder's life since the day he was born! This rich visual presentation covers the entire history of his peculiar fantasy dimension including Marder's many influences. This is your opportunity to discover why Beanworld has captivated readers from grade school to grad school since its first publication as a series of comic books in the 1980s. Now Dark Horse Comics is publishing Beanworld for an entire new generation of fans. Hear all the details about Marder's many upcoming Beanworld projects! Room 2

6:00-7:00 State of the Animation Industry— Get a look at trends in the animation industry with a panel of industry professionals from all branches of animation. Panelists include Tom Sito (Who Killed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King, Osmosis Jones),—Jorge R. Gutierrez (creator/executive producer, El Tigre), Lennie Graves (supervising animator, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone video game; animator, The Iron Giant), Aki Umemoto (creative director, Mattel for 25 years; Apache Films), Ryan Ball (editor, Animation magazine), and moderator animation educator Larry Loc. Room 3

6:00-7:00 Indie Comics to Toys— Geoff Beckett and Lance Buttiglieri (Shocker Toys) bring you a discussion into independent comics and their translation into super posable action figures, vinyl products and Shockinis. Geoff, Lance, and comics creators present a Q&A on comic book toys such as Indie Spotlight, other products such as Dethklok, production schedules, new ideas, and giveaways! Room 4

6:00-7:00 DCU: Final Crisis Management— The Final Crisis is here! Senior VP-executive editor Dan DiDio talks with Grant Morrison (Batman, Final Crisis), JG Jones (Final Crisis), Geoff Johns (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), Greg Rucka (Final Crisis: Revelations), Phillip Tan (Final Crisis: Revelations), and others! Catch a glimpse of what will be one of the most talked-about events of the summer! Room 6A

6:00-7:00 Star Wars Trivia— Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of great Star Wars trivia game shows at Comic-Con International, are planning another trivia challenge for all fans who think they know their stuff about the galaxy far, far away. Show off your Star Wars knowledge, and maybe win a Star Wars prize or two! Room 7AB

6:00-7:00 How To Make Webcomics: Live!— The four authors of Image Comics’ breakout book How to Make Webcomics present a live version of their popular weekly podcast. Scott Kurtz (PvP), Dave Kellett (Sheldon), Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis), and Brad Guigar (Evil Inc) discuss some of the core issues in webcomics: making money and building communities. Room 8

6:00-7:00 Simpsons Collectors Group— Simpsons collectors of the world unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise. Collectors from all over the country will be here. Meet the other Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to the names. This gathering— put on by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website—is a great chance to network with other collectors from across the country and share your hobby with others. Room 24A

6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds: Feature Effects for the Small Screen— Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors on their passion for creating narrative enhancing, eye-popping effects for television. Some of the best in the business discuss future trends as well as their contribution to the television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe. Room 32AB

6:15-7:00 [adult swim]’s Robot Chicken— Seth Green and Matthew Senreich (co-creators), Tom Root and Doug Goldstein (head writers/co-producers), Breckin Meyer (writer/actor), and Kevin Shinick (writer) speak about [adult swim]’s original series, Robot Chicken. In its third season, the network’s Emmy-winning stop-motion and animation show known for its pop culture commentary just released the episode Robot Chicken Star Wars on DVD. Room 6B

6:30-7:30 The Write Stuff: Working in Genre Television— Get the inside scoop on how to break in, break out, and deal with some incredibly stupid network notes. A panel of genre luminaries share their war stories and passion for genre storytelling with you in this once-in-a-lifetime summit of super sci-fi scribes who've turned their dreams into drama, including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), David Simkins (Warehouse 13, Dresden Files), Steve Kriozere (V.I.P, Sliders, Dead & Deader), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Matthew Federman (Jericho, E-Ring), Harry Werksman & Gabrille Stanton (Moonlight), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Geek Monthly). Room 5AB

6:30-7:15 Prison Break— In their first visit to Comic-Con, stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies and producers Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, and Dawn Parouse give a special sneak peek at the show's upcoming fourth season and take questions from the audience. Room 6CDEF

6:30-7:30 What's Up with Penguin— Anne Sowards (senior editor, Ace/Roc), Lisa DeGroff (marketing manager, Penguin Young Readers), and Jessica Wade (associate editor, Ace/Roc) give you the dish on forthcoming books from Penguin's exciting authors, including Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Charles Stross, Kelly Link, Robin McKinley, Allegra Goodman, and many others. Plus, lots of giveaways, including free advance reading copies! Room 10

6:30-7:30 The Goon— A Q&A with Goon creator Eric Powell and Reno 9-11 writers and stars Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon about their new super secret super fantastic comics project! If you miss this panel, everyone will know more about this project than you and that makes you stupid and unattractive to women. Room 30AB

6:30-7:30 Storyboarding: Earn over $100K— Mark Simon, author of Storyboards: Motion in Art, 3rd Edition, and an artist with over 2,500 productions to his credit, covers how to get started in storyboarding, three mistakes most new artists make, tips to double your business and will demonstrate the newest Storyboard Pro software. Room 30CDE

6:30-8:00 Kevin Smith Makes a "Porno"— Well, not really, but for the umpteenth time, Smith is back at Comic-Con to talk movies, comics, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about. This year, he'll be highlighting his fall film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Expect some special guests. Hall H

Nighttime Programs

7:15-8:15 Klingon Lifestyles Presentation— This latest mission for the crew of the IKV Stranglehold finds them seeking assistance from the last person in the universe they would ask for help, but is everyone who they say they are? Can they survive Rule of Acquisition number 218? All species are welcome to experience the ongoing voyage and adventure of life aboard a Klingon vessel. Room 6A

7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion— From 1988 to 1999, the long-suffering captives aboard the Satellite of Love wisecracked their way through hundreds of cinema's problem children—those delirious B-movies of yesteryear created by twisted imaginations and, possibly, the need for a tax shelter. To celebrate the show's 20th Anniversary, join a historic reunion of cast and crew, including creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and fellow writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett for a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed "MST3K nerd" and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens). Room 6B

7:15-9:15 Totally Rad Show— Hosts Alex Albrecht (Diggnation), Dan Trachtenberg, and Jeff Cannata bring their Webby Award–winning geek culture show to Comic-Con in their first ever live performance. Join the guys for an explosion of movie, video game, TV, and comic book news and reviews, and see what makes this Revision3 show such an Internet phenomenon. Room 7AB

7:30-8:30 Gaia Online: Kiki Kitty and Gaia Staff— Kiki Kitty and the Gaia Staff are hosting a special Gaia Online panel where Gaia Online members can meet each other and the staff and find out more about Gaia's newest games and features. In addition to hanging out with their fellow Gaians, all attendees will receive free gold and a limited-edition ring for Gaia's new MMO. All attendees will also have a chance to win a jumbo Kiki plushie and other great prizes! Room 5AB

7:30-9:15 Nickelodeon Avatar: Sozin's Comet— Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino have built one of the most astonishingly complex and beautifully animated series in television with Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender. Join Bryan, Mike, and Avatar director Joaquim Dos Santos (G.I. Joe Microseries) for a viewing of the exciting back-half of the Avatar season finale, "Sozin's Comet: Into the Inferno" and "Sozin's Comet: Avatar Aang," followed by a Q&A with the team as they discuss the rich mythology of the series, as well as a costume contest and fan art contest! Moderated by Roland Poindexter, VP, Nickelodeon original programming, animation. Room 6CDEF

8:30-10:00 Marvel/Lionsgate: Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow World Premiere!— Whenever the forces of evil threatened mankind, Earth's mightiest heroes, the Avengers, were there to stop them—until they made the ultimate sacrifice in their final fight with the indestructible robot Ultron. But all was not lost, for Tony Stark (Iron Man) kept the children of the Avengers safe and raised them to become the teenage heroes of tomorrow. But it will take more than five teens to destroy the machine that defeated their parents. If these young heroes have any hope of winning, they must find the missing Hulk and come together as…the Next Avengers! Meet Craig Kyle (supervising producer), Gary Hartle (producer/supervising director), Christopher Yost (writer), and others involved in this new animated film and watch Next Avengers before its September 2, 2008 Blu-Ray and DVD release. Room 6A

8:30-10:30 SCI FI Friday Night: Eureka and Stargate: Atlantis— SCI FI presents the season 3 premiere of Eureka a full three days before it airs! Also debuting will be a new episode of Stargate Atlantis, along exclusive clips from the new Scare Tactics. Attendees will receive a mini-issue of the SCI FI Virgin Comics sensation The Stranded (while supplies last). Room 6B

8:30-11:30 The Spirit Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards— The 20th annual Eisner Awards, the "Oscars" of the comics industry, will be given out at a gala ceremony. This year's special them is "The Magic of Comics." Presenters include comics creator/director Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, The Spirit), Spongebob Squarepants creator Tom Kenney, and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos, plus several other celebrities from comics, animation, and film. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics' Bill Morrison. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees—just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Ballroom 20

9:30-10:30 Worst Cartoons Ever!— Animation historian Jerry Beck returns with some of the worst cartoons ever made. Learn how to be fit with Mighty Mr. Titan, follow the adventures of Super President, Spunky and Tadpole, and many more. Have a ball with the best/bad animation every. Room 6CDEF

10:15-11:45 Spaced Screening— Actor/creator Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), actor/creator Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), and director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) introduce a special late-night screening of their favorite episodes from the edgy British comedy series that started it all for the award-winning team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Room 6A

10:30-12:30 Spike & Mike: The Gauntlet—— You vote via applause and your reaction is the deciding factor as to whether an animatio keeps playing or whether it will make it into the next world tour. Gift Girls with swag! Animators include Mike Geiger (Cuddle Sticks), John Goras (Chirpy Returns), Joe Borelli (Artie’s Day Off), Ross Bollinger (The Mosquito Who Gave Up Blood), Stefan Schuch (Tinky Winky: Last of the Teletubbies), Jeff Chiba Stearns (Yellow Sticky Notes), Steve Fonti (Yes Timmy There Is a Santa Claus), Spike (Death to the Teletubbies), and Matthew Lee (Flock Off). Room 6CDEF

10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog— The story of a low-rent supervillain (Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible), the hero who keeps beating him up (Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer), and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to (Felicia Day as Penny). This musical in three parts, created for the Internet and written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, premieres in its entirety on the big screen at Comic-Con. Room 6B 

Saturday, July 26


10:00-11:00 Spirituality in Comics — Spiritual themes weave a significant pattern in the story arc of our comics worlds. Hear from distinguished guests Cory Edwards (writer/director, Hoodwinked, Fraggle Rock: The Movie), Holly Golightly (School Bites, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Scott Wong (co-founder, Brethren Entertainment), and P.C. Hamerlinck (Alter-Ego). Moderated by Leo Partible (Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith, Film & Culture). Room 2

10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Forrest J Ackerman— The mayor of Horrorwood, Karloffornia returns to Comic-Con after a two-year absence. The beloved Forry celebrates the 50th anniversary of his seminal movie monster magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. Room 3

10:00-11:30 The Black Panel ’08— This is not the year to miss the Black Panel, and you know why! Featuring Method Man (The Wu Tang Clan), Reggie Hudlin (president, B.E.T.), Denys Cowan (B.E.T. Animation, “The Origin of the Joker”), Rusty Cundieff (director, Chappelle’s Show, Fear of a Black Hat) John Dokes (Marvel Comics), Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Media, Justice League, Ben 10), and Faith Cheltenham (Tor.com). This is the definitive panel for what’s up in black and hip hop culture—and what a year it has been! Look out for some surprise guests. Hosted by Michael Davis (The Underground, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Black People, But Were Afraid to Ask). Room 5AB

10:00-11:00 Marvel: Iron Man: Armored Adventures Animated Screening— Tony Stark, heir to a billion-dollar corporation, lives a life of luxury, free to pursue his chief interests—seeking extreme thrills, solving scientific mysteries and creating mind-boggling inventions. But everything goes horribly wrong when a tragic accident robs Tony of his father and nearly costs him his own life. Now dependent on his own impressive technology for survival and dedicated to battling corruption, Tony must reconcile the pressure of teenage life with the duties of a superhero. Inside his remarkable invention, Tony Stark is geared for high-speed flight, high-tech battles and high-octane adventure! He is Iron Man. Meet Josh Fine (Marvel Studios), Christopher Yost (head writer), and others involved with this exciting new animated series and watch an episode of Iron Man: Armored Adventures before its Nicktoons 2009 premiere. Room 6CDEF

10:00-11:00 Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Odd Parents: Past, Present, and Future— Help celebrate the 7 years of Fairly OddParents magic, as creator Butch Hartman (Danny Phantom),  co-executive producer and story editor Scott Fellows (Johnny Test), and writer Kevin Sullivan (Danny Phantom) share some of their favorite moments from the past—and give you an inside look at the future of the series! You’ll also be treated to an exciting live table-read performed by the stars of the show: voice of Timmy, Tara Strong; voice of Cosmo, Daran Norris; voice of Wanda, Susanne Blakeslee; and voice of Mark Chang, Rob Paulsen. Moderated by Rich Magallanes, executive director for Nickelodeon. Room 7AB

10:00-11:00 Looking at Our World: Eye on the Future— Speculative fiction authors discuss shaping the future through their fiction and shaping their fiction to the future. Panelists include Robert J. Sawyer (Rollback), Ann Aguirre (Grimspace), Tobias S. Buckell (Ragamuffin), William C. Dietz (When All Seems Lost), Alan Dean Foster (author of more than 100 books), Charles Stross (Saturn's Children), and John Zakour (Dangerous Dames). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 8

10:00-11:00 Emerging LGBT Voices— Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) comics, creators, and readers, also actively encourages and supports the movers and shakers who will shape tomorrow's comics industry. This year, Prism presents a panel of emerging LGBT comics powerhouses, including Ariel Schrag (Awkwar, Definition, Showtime's L Word), Joveth Gonzalez (editor, PinkKryptonite.com), Andy Hartzell (Fox Bunny Funny, The Book of Boy Trouble), Mari Morimoto (VIZ Media), Tommy Roddy (winner of the 2008 Prism grant for Pride High), and Rex Ogle (writer and DC Comics staff member). Room 10

10:00-10:45 Futurama Secrets Revealed!— Join Futurama creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen in a mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, fact-checking panel extravaganza! Appearing with Matt and David are series regulars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo). And if that's not enough, enjoy color commentary from Eric Kaplan (co-executive producer, writer) and lots of insider straight dope from producer Claudia Katz and director Peter Avanzino of Rough Draft Animation. Plus, don't miss out on your chance to see the sneak peek of "Bender's Game," the all-new feature-length Futurama adventure, crash-landing on store shelves this November! Ballroom 20

10:00-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Authority and the Construction of Truth: Science, Justice, and the Media— Sabrina Starnaman (University of California-San Diego) and Adam Streed (UCSD) examine how truth is constructed and power reified in Jonathan Hickman’s The Nightly News. Matthew J. Brown (UCSD) and Adam Streed (UCSD) explore the problem of vigilante justice in Watchmen in the context of the relationship between state authority, legitimacy, and personal morality. Marisa Brandt (UCSD) and Evan Moreno-Davis (UCSD) assess the historical comics of Jim Ottaviani as a statement on the interplay between individual and collective authority within the scientific realm. Room 30AB

10:00-11:30 Comic Book Law School 303: Let’s Make Lots of Money!— Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the sold-out The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, covers some of the more complicated issues facing creators who are looking to actually market their creations and ideas, including transfers and licensing of rights, marketing, merchandising, and distribution agreements, and what to do when Hollywood comes knocking. This interactive seminar gives attendees the opportunity to participate in the discussions as Lovitz covers various means for profiting from your creations and discuss important elements that form the foundation of every contract (and time permitting, maybe participate in a mock contract negotiation). With in-depth discussions about the options and opportunities for profit, as well as the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision, you can't afford to miss this seminar. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.]. Room 30CDE

10:15-11:15 Ben 10: Alien Force and The Secret Saturdays Sneak Peek— Join über-cartoon-creator-genius Glen Murakami and his crew as they discuss their hit new Cartoon Network show Ben 10: Alien Force. It’s your chance to get the inside story on all the new alien heroes—and, of course, all the bad guys! Accompanying Glen are story editor Dwayne McDuffie and voice talents Yuri Lowenthal (Ben), Ashley Johnson (Gwen), Greg Cipes (Kevin), and Dee Bradley Baker (Aliens). And that’s just half the excitement! Jay Stephens will also be on hand to talk about his mysterious and cool new show The Secret Saturdays. Room 6A

10:15-11:15 Spotlight on Ralph Bakshi— On par with such auteurs as Walt Disney, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and art spiegelman, Comic-Con special guest Ralph Bakshi redefined animation and became a hero to countless generations of fans and filmmakers. His name is synonymous with the great tradition of American cartooning. Bakshi is responsible for such memorable films and television shows such as Fritz the Cat (the first X-rated animated feature film), The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Spider-Man, Heavy Traffic, Wizards, Cool World, and The Lord of the Rings, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Join Ralph Bakshi for a rare, in-person appearance as he discusses his legendary career. Moderated by Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell, co-authors of Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi, the only book chronicling the career of one of the pioneers of animation. Room 6B

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

10:45-11:30 The Simpsons— Entering into their record setting 20th season, The Simpsons debuted their first feature film in July 2007, grossing over $500 million worldwide. "The Simpsons Ride" opened in May 2008 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California to great success. Now join the creative team behind this historic show and get the inside scoop on the upcoming season! Featuring Matt Groening (creator and executive producer); Al Jean (executive producer and head writer); Matt Selman (executive producer); Michael Price (co-executive producer); Matt Warburton (co-executive producer); Don Payne (consulting producer); Carolyn Omine (consulting producer); Mike Anderson (supervising director) and David Silverman movie and TV series director). Ballroom 20

10:45-11:45 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at “Villains” and Q&A with the Entire Cast, Tim Kring, and Tim Sale— Heroes chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Watch an exclusive first look at “Chapter 3: Villains.” Moderated by co-executive producer/comic book writer Jeph Loeb, participating in a Q&A session with creator Tim Kring, comic book artist Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), and the cast: Jack Coleman (H.R.G.), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando Masahashi), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Dania Ramirez (Maya Herrera), Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli), and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli). Hall H

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Ethan Van Sciver— His stunning visions of the Flash and Green Lantern have made him one of the most popular artists working in comics today. Comic-Con special guest Ethan Van Sciver talks about his work and what’s next up on his drawing board. Room 2

11:00-12:00 IDW Publishing: Ideas and Dreams 2008— DW publisher Chris Ryall presides over a superstar panel including writer Joe Hill; artists Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), Ben Templesmith (Welcome to Hoxford), and Darwyn Cooke (announcing a surprise new project and offering up an exclusive signature card available only at this panel); writers Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall), Steve Niles (Epilogue), Rick Remender (Legion of the Supernatural), and David Lapham; actors Shawnee Smith and Ken Foree; IDW special projects editor Scott Dunbier, and others. And they all guarantee at least a few surprise announcements of things to come! Room 3

11:00-12:00 Watching the Watchmen— Author and artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jenson discuss the hugely anticipated Watching the Watchmen with the book’s designers Chip Kidd (Mythology, Jurassic Park, Batman Collected) and Mike Essl. Hear Dave Gibbons’ account of the genesis of Watchmen in this exclusive interview and Q&A session! Includes a presentation of rare material from the upcoming book. Room 7AB

11:00-12:00 Hellboy— Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and his long-suffering editor Scott Allie are joined by Josh Dysart (BPRD 1946) to talk and answer questions about recent events in the Hellboy books, the future direction of the series, and the first new comic Mike's drawn in three years. Also, an announcement about the newest artists to join the team.  Room 8

11:00-12:00 50th Anniversary Famous Monsters— It's a celebration of your favorite movie monster magazine! Famous Monsters of Filmland started in 1958, spiraling out of the huge interest in classic monster movies being shown on TV to a brand new audience. Editor/writer Forrest J Ackerman, who gave FM much of its charm and wit with his "punny" style of writing and amazing collection of photos and anecdotes, joins publisher James Warren, and Hollywood makeup artist Verne Langdon—whose incredible masks were a staple of FM's "company store," Captain Company, in the back of each issue—to talk about this big anniversary. Moderated by Phil Kim. Room 10

11:15-12:30 Quick Draw!— It’s the battle of the cartoonists, featuring the one artist who may be the match for the reigning champs! Join Sergio Aragonés (the world’s fastest cartoonist), the quick-witted and quicker-penned Scott Shaw!, and the new kid, editorial and syndicated cartoonist Mike Peters (Mother Goose and Grimm), as they place their pens to paper to do their fastest, most clever work, while you watch them draw on the big screen. Host Mark Evanier puts them through their paces in one of Comic-Con’s most popular annual events. Room 6CDEF

11:30-12:30 Sam & Max, Strong Bad, and the Secrets Behind Turning Comics into Games— Sam & Max may have their roots in indy comics, but the crime-fighting duo is right at home starring in a successful series of episodic games. The cast of the popular Homestarrunner.com web cartoons are following suit this summer in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. Why do comics make for such great games? Telltale designers Mark Darin, Chuck Jordan, and Mike Stemmle, artist Mai Nguyen, and Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell will tell you all about the fun (and work) of bringing comics to life. Plus, get a first look at a third, completely new episodic game series! Room 4

11:30-12:30 B.E.T. Animation— Don’t get up, it’s time for the second part of the “Black” block! Panelists include Reggie Hudlin (president, B.E.T.), Denys Cowan (senior V.P., B.E.T. Animation), Eric Rollman (president, Marvel Animation), Cort Lane (Marvel Animation), John Romita Jr. (way too many credits!) and some surprise guests who you will not want to miss. The Black Panther announcement was just the beginning… Room 5AB

11:30-12:30 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Screening and Q&A— Back for a second year at Comic-Con, the producers and stars of this hit action-adventure drama will debut the trailer for season two and answer questions from fans during this one-hour session. Executive producers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), John Wirth (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) and James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) will be joined by returning series stars Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Summer Glau (Serenity), Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Richard T. Jones (Event Horizon), as well as new series regulars Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) and musician Shirley Manson (Garbage). Produced by C2 Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles returns for a second season September 8 and airs Mondays at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Room 6A

11:30-12:30 Image Comics/Tori Amos— 17 years ago, history was made at Comic-Con, when a kid gave Neil Gaiman a tape of her music. Now, Indie music icon and multiplatinum recording artist Tori Amos comes to Comic-Con to talk about Comic Book Tattoo, the new 480-page coffeetable-format anthology from Image Comics containing over 50 stories based on songs and music from her entire discography. Tori is joined by project editor Rantz Hoseley, as well as some of the contributing creators, including David Mack, Elizabeth Genco, Ted McKeever, and Kelly Sue DeConnick. Seating is limited, so be there early to hear Tori, the panel, and moderator Douglas Wolk talk about the long journey that resulted in one of the most exciting comics projects of the decade! Room 6B

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Reinventing the Superhero— Charles Hatfield (CSU-Northridge) analyzes the tension between domestic storytelling and the technological sublime in Kirby and Lee’s Fantastic Four.  Dana Anderson (Maine Maritime Academy) examines how the popularity of the X-Men reflects an archetypal need for a reinvocation of mythic ideals of the Romantic Period.  Seth Blazer (University of Florida) investigates the popularity of the superhero on the silver screen in the post-9/11 ideological marketplace. Room 30AB

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Matt Busch with Drawing Demo— Notorious artist Matt Busch (Star Wars) spills a plethora of secrets on both drawing and how to break into the business. You can expect a brand new episode of How To Draw Star Wars to be shown, a look at The Worlds of Matt Busch art book, and some exclusive videos that go behind the scenes. Director Tracy Wayne (How To Draw Star Wars) will be joining Matt for a Q&A session, with other surprises planned! Room 30CDE

11:45-12:45 Spotlight on Dean Koontz— Dean Koontz (In Odd We Trust) has had 48 novels on the New York Times bestseller lists, many in the number one position, and has been published in 36 languages. Find out more about what makes him tick in this talk and Q&A session. Ballroom 20

12:00-1:00 Dark Horse Comics— Dark Horse director of publicity Jeremy Atkins and a host of Dark Horse editors and creators present a firsthand look at the future of comics. You will be given insight into the next chapter of the breakout hit series The Umbrella Academy, as well as a look at what the future holds for all of your other favorite series and characters. With exciting announcements and surprise guests, you won't want to be anywhere else. Room 2

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on John Howe— Join acclaimed fantasy artist John Howe for an amazing look at his career, including never-before-seen concept artwork from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and a Q&A session. Room 3

12:00-1:00 Hasbro: Transformers— Aaron Archer and Jared Wade (Hasbro Design), and Michael Ballog and Jared Jones (Hasbro Marketing) present all the latest toys from the new Transformers Animated and Transformers Universe toy lines. See a sneak peek into what Hasbro is doing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Transformers in 2009! Room 7AB

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Howard Chaykin— One of the most popular writer/artists in comics celebrates the 25th anniversary of his signature creation, American Flagg! Comic-Con special guest Howard Chaykin discusses his career in comics and can be counted on to be candid in his views on comics and the industry. Room 8

12:00-1:00 The Writers Room: Writing Prime Time Animated Comedy— Join real live prime time animation writers as they recreate a TV animation rewrite room. Jokes will be "pitched," stories will be "broken," and lunch will be "ordered”. Panelists: Eric Kaplan (Futurama, Malcolm in the Middle), Opus Moreschi (Li'l Bush), Dan McGrath (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), Bill Freiberger (Drawn Together, The Simpsons), Maiya Williams (The PJs, Mad TV), and Carolyn Omine (The Simpsons). Moderated by Patric M. Verrone (Futurama, The Simpsons). Room 10

12:00-1:00 Steampunk Fan Group Meet-up— Do you hunger for a past that never was? If your gears are turned by the speculative future of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, Neo-Victorian, steam, and clockwork then this is the place for you. Participants will be discussing the Steampunk aesthetic. Meet others, share projects and ideas, and discuss this exciting and beautiful culture! Room 24A

12:00-1:00 Lost— If the most recent season finale was any indication of things to come, you will not want to miss this panel. Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will discuss season 4 of Lost, leading up to the season finale. They will answer your questions and maybe even offer up some surprises of their own. Hall H

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Rutu Modan— Rutu Modan exploded into North American comics with her 2007 graphic novel Exit Wounds which immediately made her one of the top literary cartoonists from around the world. A portrait of modern Israel, a place where sudden death mingles with the slow dissolution of family ties, Exit Wounds was selected by Entertainment Weekly as the best comic of 2007 and made countless “best of” lists. At this program, Modan will visually present how she made the book and her comics with an engaging slide show that focuses on both Exit Wounds and her new short story collection Jamilti. Room 4

12:30-1:30 ABC Family’s Kyle XY: Q&A with the Cast and Producer and First Look at Season Three— Kyle XY actors Matt Dallas (Babysitter Wanted) and Jaimie Alexander  (Rest Stop) and producer Julie Plec (Scream 3) give fans a sneak peek at the exciting new season, in which lives are saved, secrets are exposed, and hearts are broken, as Kyle discovers that being a hero doesn’t come without a price. Room 5AB

12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices I— It's the first of two gatherings this weekend of actors who lend their voices to animation, as they discuss and demonstrate their craft.  Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Jason Marsden (Fairly OddParents, Loonatics Unleashed), Wally Wingert (The Garfield Show, Family Guy), Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, World of Warcraft), TV legend Chuck McCann, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), and a few surprises. Room 6CDEF

12:30-1:30 The Role of Anatomy in Training Master Artists— Marshall Vandruff shows how great comic and fantasy artists such as Wally Wood, Jack Davis, and Frank Frazetta learned anatomy before they were able to draw convincing figures from imagination. He'll show how the teachings and drawings of George Bridgman from the early 20th century continue to influence today's artists who want to master the human form. This is the first session of the Crash-Course in Artistic Anatomy that Marshall is teaching at The Art Institutes of California (San Diego and Orange County), beginning next weekend. Room 30CDE

12:45-1:45 Exclusive Q&A with the writers of The Office— Meet the writers of the EmmyAward–winning comedy The Office and hear them talk about their favorite episodes, characters, and fun behind-the-scenes stories. Moderated by cast member Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), panelists include executive producer/showrunner Greg Daniels (The Simpsons) and writers Jennifer Celotta (Andy Richter Controls the Universe), Michael Schur (Saturday Night Live), B.J. Novak, Lester Lewis (The Larry Sanders Show), Gene Stupnitsky (Year One), Lee Eisenberg (Year One), Mindy Kaling (Matt and Ben), Justin Spitzer (Scrubs), Ryan Koh (various commercials), and Anthony Ferrell (The Audacity). Room 6A

12:45-2:00 DC: A Guide to Your Universe— Dan DiDio (senior VP/executive editor, DCU), Jann Jones (senior coordinating editor, DCU), and Ian Sattler (senior story editor, DCU), and countless DCU talent gather for a panel that’s not to be missed. Now that the Final Crisis is upon us, what lies ahead for your favorite heroes? Join Keith Giffen  (Reign in Hell, Ambush Bug: Year None), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Aaron Lopresti (Wonder Woman), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), Grant Morrison (Batman, Final Crisis), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), Phillip Tan (Final Crisis: Revelations), Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps), Judd Winick (Titans), and others to get the answers. Room 6B

1:00-2:00 Aspen Comics in 2008 and Beyond— Join the Aspen Comics team of creators and artists as they highlight the upcoming Aspen products debuting in 2008 and beyond! Catch a exclusive glimpse of all the new Aspen Comics titles including Fathom, Soulfire, Shrugged, Executive Assistant: Iris and much much more! Featuring Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire), Ale Garza (Fathom), Micah Gunnell (Shrugged), JT Krul (Soulfire, Fathom), Vince Hernandez (Soulfire: Shadow Magic), Beth Sotelo (Soulfire), Mark Roslan (everything), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), and hosted by Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged). The Aspen crew will answer all your questions Aspen-related in a special Q&A session, so don’t miss your chance to meet and greet with Aspen’s finest. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of Aspen Comics. Room 2

1:00-2:00 Diamond Select Toys: Minimates— Join Diamond Select Toys’ director Chuck Terceira and the rest of the Minimate creators for a glimpse of what’s to come for the number one block figure brand in the world. Ask you questions, make your requests and get a sneak peek at future Minimate designs! Room 3

1:00-2:00 Will Eisner Tribute— A tribute to and panel discussion about legendary artist, cartoonist, educator, and entrepreneur Will Eisner, who played an important role in the growth of comics and sequential art from the Golden Age of Comics through the acceptance and dynamic growth of the graphic novel. Panelists include Michael Uslan (producer, Batman, The Spirit), Paul Levitz (publisher and president, DC Comics), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist, publisher, Eisner's agent), Carl Gropper (Eisner's nephew), Jon B. Cooke (editor, Comic Book Artist, educator), and Andrew D. Cooke (director/producer of Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist). Room 8

1:00-2:00 Dollhouse— When news broke that Joss Whedon was returning to television with a vehicle for “Buffy” alum Eliza Dushku, legions of fans around the world rejoiced. Although most will have to wait until January to learn more about the exciting new project, Comic-Con fans will hear it straight from Joss and Eliza in person! Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Podcasting Superheroes: The 10th Wonder and House of El Podcasts— Join hosts Derek Russell and Graham Hancock of the popular Starkville House of El (Smallville) and 10th Wonder (Heroes) podcasts for a discussion and Q&A session about producing fan-created podcasts and managing online communities. Room 24A

1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #11: Twomorrows Publishing and The Academic Community— TwoMorrows Publishing is known for celebrating the art and history of comics, and the company has been making inroads into the academic community with its line of "how-to" books, magazines, and DVDs. Now, you can have your chance to hear, and to participate in, a dialogue with TwoMorrows to find out how to strengthen the relationship between the publisher and the academic community. What TM publications do you feel speak to you and your students, and what educational niches do you see that TwoMorrows can fill for the academic world? Publisher John Morrow, Danny Fingeroth (Write Now!) represent Twomorrows in this freewheeling exchange of ideas. Peter Coogan (institute for comics studies) speaks from the academic viewpoint.  And Durwin Talon (Panel Discussions, Savannah College of Art and Design), and John Lowe (Working Methods, Savannah College of Art and Design) have a foot in both worlds. Q&A to follow. Room 30AB

1:15-2:00 Spotlight on Tite Kubo— VIZ Media welcomes prolific manga (graphic novel) creator Tite Kubo for a series of rare in-person appearance. Mr. Kubo is the creator of the wildly successful manga series Bleach and ZOMBIEPOWDER. Both series are published domestically by VIZ Media, and Bleach is currently serialized in Shonen Jump. This is the first time the artist will appear at a North American convention. Mr. Kubo, along with his editor, Mr. Atsushi Nakasaki, will provide insight regarding his past, current, and future projects. Room 7AB

1:15-2:00 Warner Bros.: Terminator Salvation— In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in has been altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. Hall H

1:30-2:30 Comic Book Law School Afterschool Special: Gone But Not Forgotten!— Welcome to a very special episode of Comic Book Law School, as panelists explore the world of public domain, orphan works, and the loss of rights under U.S. intellectual property laws. In recent years, publishers have uncovered the comic book equivalent to the elephants’ graveyard—characters long thought expired suddenly rising from ashes, spruced up and offered to the modern world. Trademarks abandoned or expired are now claimed by newcomers. The right of revocation places a cloud over previously clear ownership of intellectual property rights. Through the Orphan Works bill Congress has made a renewed attempt to provide guidance on works whose creators can’t be identified: the ever-present, and often misunderstood, fair use doctrine. A panel of attorneys—David Branfman, Alexander Harwin, and David Lizerbram—join moderator Michael Lovitz to shed light on these cutting edge issues facing companies and creators and discuss the impact on the creative community of recent decisions and pending legislation in these areas. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.] Room 4

1:30-2:30 Things That Go Bump— Monsters and haunts continue to fascinate authors and readers alike. Authors who’ll be talking about these supernatural themes include Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box), Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide), Adrienne Barbeau (Vampyres of Hollywood), Chris Marie Green (Vampire Babylon novels), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (River Runs Red), and Natasha Rhodes (Dante's Girl). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB

1:30-2:30 SLG Publishing— SLG publisher and president Dan Vado discusses current and upcoming projects from SLG/Amaze Ink. Gargoyles writer Greg Weisman will be on hand to discuss his two new upcoming non-Gargoyles projects. Other creators attending are to be announced. Room 10

1:30-2:30 Writing 101: Creating Characters— Marv Wolfman has been writing comics for more than 40 years and has created such legendary characters as Blade, Bullseye, Black Cat, The New Teen Titans, Deathstroke The Terminator, and hundreds more. As he's done for the past four Comic-Cons, Marv conducts his personal writing seminar, this year discussing the art of creating characters. There will be time available for Q&A. Room 30CDE

2:00-3:00 Warhammer Online— How do you take an entire universe with years of rich storytelling behind it and transfer it seamlessly—and in a compelling way!—to a new medium? EA Mythic’s Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is giving the online gaming treatment to the celebrated Warhammer universe, and creative director Paul Barnett will talk about the challenges involved with satisfying the legion of Warhammer die-hards while also providing a solid and unique experience to MMORPG veterans. Room 2

2:00-3:00 Attack of the Show!— Attack of the Show! is G4's irreverent interactive daily live "variety" show that paves the inside track to today's entertainment, technology and pop culture. Hosts Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, comic book expert Blair Butler and show producers give fans a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this show brings tech-obsessed viewers all the up-to-the-minute news on Internet culture, technology, comic books, gadgets, live events and more. Get a glimpse of a day in the life of a daily tech show. Room 3

2:00-3:00 Comics: Across Every Medium— Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks), David Goyer (Batman Begins), Chip Kidd (The Learners), Whitney Matheson (USA Today’s Pop Candy blog), and Brad Meltzer (The Book of Lies) are five superstars who make headlines in television, film, the graphic arts, journalism, and novels. But they all have comics in common. This isn’t just a trend. Join them for a discussion on the influence comics play in their work. It’ll be like a 21st century Breakfast Club—but with better references. Moderated by audiobook master Scott Brick (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Room 6A

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Bryan Hitch— Superstar penciller Bryan Hitch, the artist with the wide-screen movie style, talks about his work on titles such as The Ultimates and Fantastic Four,  plus his design work on Doctor Who and Star Trek 2009. Room 7AB

2:00-3:00 Lettering Roundtable— Lettering is the invisible art's invisible art—a crucial element of comics that often tries not to call attention to itself. Potentates of penmanship, including 14-time Best Lettering Eisner Award winner Todd Klein (Fables), John Roshell (Astro City), Tom Orzechowski (Spawn), and others will discuss what's new and what's constant in the world of drawing words with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 8

2:00-3:00 Customizing Action Figure Fan Group— Join a group of customizers that includes toy industry professionals Justin Aclin (editor, Toyfare), Matt Doughty (Onell Design), Jesse DeStasio (Mezco Toyz), Eddie Wires (prototype painter for Marvel Legends), and Robert Torres (freelance mold maker, formerly of Art Asylum). From action figures to urban vinyl, all will be discussed. Pick their brains and get advice on how to take your customs to the next level. They will have their creations on display so bring your work as well, all scales, skill levels, all ages, all lines. Moderated by Jazwares art director and customizer Joe Amaro. Room 24A

2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session— Want to go in depth with a comics scholar? On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the PowerPoint presentations of the poster presenters will be available to read in printed “poster books” and then the scholars will be present at the poster session to discuss their presentations in small-group and one-on-one discussions.

Dave Chow (College for Creative Studies) argues for the importance of a post-secondary education for the visual artist. Anne Hoyer (University of Heidelberg) traces the linguistic and thematic changes of the popular Scottish comic strip Oor Wullie.  Anita McDaniel (University of North Carolina-Wilmington) traces the effect of female creators on the superhero genre, both on the page and behind the pen.  Clayton Moore (Apple Valley Unified School District) responds to the death of Captain America and the New Gods from a creator’s rights perspective. Jarod Shurtleff (Henderson State University) examines the thematic loss of humanity among zombie fighters in Robert Kirkham’s series The Walking Dead.

Geek Chic poster panel: Kom Kunyosying (University of Oregon) analyzes the role of the geek as melodramatic hero in Charles Burns’ Black Hole, R. Crumb's My Troubles with Women, and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan; and Carter Soles (University of Oregon) argues that Kevin Smith’s “dueling personas” of unapologetic comic book fan and aspiring cinematic artist have always worked together harmoniously to advance his career in both mediums.

Comics and Psychology poster panel: A group of students from Henderson State University explore the psychology of comic book characters, including the Martian Manhunter, Batman, the Winter Soldier, Jamie Madrox, Warren Ellis’ protagonists, and others; Erica Ash, Tommy Cash, Carly L. Cate, Mark Head, Nick Langley, Robert O'Nale, Justin Poole, Thomas Sepe, and Nicholas Ward present.

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2:15-3:15 Grant Morrison and Gerard Way: Born Under a Black Sun— Grant Morrison (The Invisibles) and Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy) discuss death, death, and everything: comics, culture, the war on youth, and how you can fight back. This panel will change your life! Room 6B

2:15-3:15 A Look Back and Forward at DC Universe Animated Original Movies— From the heralded premiere of Superman Doomsday through the unparalleled launch of Justice League: The New Frontier and the blockbuster release of Batman Gotham Knight, the DC Universe animated original movies have ignited a new passion for comic book fare within the made-for-DVD realm. DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, and Warner Bros. Animation presents the creative forces behind these acclaimed films for a glance back at their resounding success, and the inside scoop on future DCU releases—including a Comic-Con exclusive first look at the next film in this exciting series! DC Comics senior VP—creative affairs Gregory Noveck moderates a panel that includes DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz, DCU films executive producer Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery (Superman Doomsday), voice director Andrea Romano and, quite possibly, members of the voice talent behind the next superhero to grace the animated screen—in full color (well, at least red, white, and blue)! Room 6CDEF

2:15-3:15 Battlestar Galactica— Last year, Battlestar Galactica took San Diego by storm. Now the best show on television returns to Comic-Con for a panel filled with excitement, laughter, and a sneak peek into the final revelation. Focusing on the character relationships that give this hit series its power, this exclusive panel sheds new light on the ties between Humans and Cylons and provides valuable insight into the adventure ahead. Panelists include cast members Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Michael Trucco, and Katee Sackhoff and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, along with moderator Kevin Smith. Ballroom 20

2:30-3:30 Dawn of War II and Deadly Creatures— From concept art to video games. Explore the richness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe and the inspiration behind Dawn of War II with Relic Entertainment's lead designer, Jonny Ebbert, and producer Mark Noseworthy. Rainbow Studios' art director Brent Ashe and concept artist Andre Kirk take you through the creepy concepts, art direction, and twisted innovation of Deadly Creatures. Room 4

2:30-3:30 Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics— Now regularly seen in the pages of Geek Monthly, cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, Bart Simpson Comics) brings back his ever-popular digital slide show featuring “the craziest comic books ever published!” This year, Scott celebrates Herbie, The Fat Fury, now back in print from Dark Horse! See why Stan Lee said, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I'd seen it all, but Scott Shaw's hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast, blast, blast!” [Okay, so I added those last two “blasts.” —SS!] Room 5AB

2:30-3:30 Del Rey Manga— Join Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail), Dallas Middaugh (associate publisher, Del Rey Manga), and Mutsumi Miyazaki (director of licensing and acquisitions, Del Rey Manga), for a conversation on Mashima-sensei’s latest creation, Fairy Tail. Room 10

2:30-4:00 Painting Dynamic Portraits: Demonstration from Life— Nationally renowned portrait painter and fine artist Jeff Watts demonstrates oil portrait painting from a live portrait model. Jeff will discuss technique, methods and procedures as he demonstrates. A great program for anyone looking to work on furthering their skills and those who want to know more about where to obtain the strong fundamentals essential to becoming a working professional artist. Room 30CDE

2:30-3:30 Disney Pixar: Bolt and UP—

For superdog Bolt, every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue, at least until the cameras stop rolling. Be the first to see exclusive animation as directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard present the new 3D comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios!

Then it's UP: From the inventive storytellers that have taken you into the worlds of space, toys, and superheroes comes the extraordinary adventure that will take you to a lost world where anything can happen, and everything will. Meet director Peter Docter (Monsters, Inc.) as he presents the first-ever look at Disney Pixar's new animated 3D adventure comedy, UP.

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3:00-4:00 Top Cow: Herd It Through the Bo-Vine— Members of the Top Cow Editorial staff and special guests will be on hand to discuss Pilot Season 2008, Broken Trinity, the Witchblade movie, The Darkness, and other exciting, upcoming projects. Panelists include Marc Silvestri (Cyberforce); Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov  (Freshmen); Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade); Phil Hester and Michael Broussard (The Darkness); William Harms (Bad Mojo), who will discuss his new Top Cow book, Impaler; and Randy Queen (Darkchylde), who will talk about his new series, Starfall. All attendees will receive a ticket for a special Freshmen signing with Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov at the Top Cow Booth (#2329) after this program. Room 2

3:00-4:00 The Launch of Abrams ComicArts— Abrams, the premiere art book publisher, debuts its launch of a new comics imprint, Abrams ComicArts. The panel consists of authors and representatives of each book on the initial list, including Jaime Hernandez (creator of Love and Rockets), Jordan Crane (designer), Craig Yoe (The Art of Mickey Mouse), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist, writer, editor, publisher), Nellie Kurtzman (daughter of Harvey Kurtzman), Brian Fies (Mom’s Cancer), and Charles Kochman (senior editor, Abrams ComicArts) and will include a slide show and Q&A. Room 3

3:00-4:00 Vertigo Voices Fables Forum— It's the Fables forum with extras: Featuring the creators behind Fables, Jack of Fables, and House of Mystery: Vertigo group editor Shelly Bond is joined by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Matthew Sturges. It's a Q&A unlike any other, where you'd better come armed with your best questions, because all of the panelists are sure to be feeling giddy and very candid by day three of the big show. Room 7AB

3:00-4:30 MAD in the ’60s— Comic-Con special guests Sergio Aragonés, Al Feldstein, and Al Jaffee join Mark Evanier for this free-wheeling discussion about the go-go years of one of America's biggest publishing success stories, the one and only—but often imitated—MAD magazine! Room 8

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

3:15-4:15 Pushing Daisies Screening and Q&A— The cast and producers of the Golden Globe Award-nominated Pushing Daisies return to Comic-Con for a special screening of exclusive clips from the acclaimed show’s upcoming season, highlights from the first season and a Q&A with fans. Stars Lee Pace (The Fall), Anna Friel (Land of the Lost), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors), Swoosie Kurtz (Superman Doomsday), and Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing) join executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and executive producers Dan Jinks (American Beauty) and Peter Ocko (Dead Like Me) for the session, to be moderated by special guest and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black). From Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, Pushing Daisies airs Wednesdays at 8:00 PM on the ABC Television Network. Room 6A

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Joe Staton— In this show-and-tell with Q&A, writer Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders) talks with fellow Comic-Con special guest, artist Joe Staton about Joe's nearly 40-year career, including his current project Femme Noir, his co-creation of E-Man, and lots of other stuff, including Hulk, JSA, LSH, GL, Guy Gardner, Batman, Huntress, those 100 issues of Scooby Doo, and the "New Look" Jughead. Room 4

3:30-4:30 Xbox Creators’ Showcase: Gears of War 2 and Fable 2— Join legendary videogame designers Peter Molyneux (Lionhead Studios) and Cliff Bleszinski (Epic Games) for a sneak peak at their highly anticipated holiday blockbusters, Fable 2 and Gears of War 2. Get a glimpse of these highly anticipated Xbox 360 exclusives, and have a chance to speak directly with Peter and Cliff during the Q&A session! Room 6B

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Ray Bradbury— The legendary science fiction and fantasy author has been a perennial guest at Comic-Con since the first show in 1970. Ray Bradbury talks with interviewer Arnold Kunert about his career and what's up next. Room 6CDEF

3:30-4:30 VIZ Media Shojo Beat Surprises— A The biggest shojo manga magazine ever published in the United States and source of the most addictive shojo manga from Japan has some exciting announcements and special surprises for fans. Room 10

3:30-4:30 Chuck Screening and Q&A— Chuck executive producer Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl), co-creator Chris Fedak, and stars Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect), Yvonne Strahovski (Gone), Joshua Gomez (Invasion), Sarah Lancaster (Everwood), Ryan McPartlin (Super Capers), and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) return to Comic-Con for a Q&A to discuss the People’s Choice Award–nominated action-comedy, and to screen an exclusive series highlight reel debuting new footage from the upcoming second season. Produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8:00 PM on NBC. Ballroom 20

3:30-4:30 The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles— The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles (SILA) invites you to take part in a history-making announcement about comics and Illustration West 47, the largest illustration competition west of New York! Panelists include Scott Gandell (SILA president, illustrator), Tatiana EL-Khouri (VP/show chair, illustrator), Shiho Nakaza (VP/programs, illustrator), Vivian Nguyen (illustrator), Denys Cowan (B.E.T. Animation), and Mike Gold (editor, ComicMix.com). Moderated by Michael Davis. Room 30AB

3:45-5:15 Universal: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Death Race— Universal Pictures presents key cast members, filmmakers, and previously unseen footage from its upcoming slate, including Summer 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Death Race. Additionally, the studio will showcase talent and materials from 2009 films such as Land of the Lost and more. Hall H

4:00-5:00 Science of Superheroes— Jim Korokis (consulting physicist from Watchmen) moderates this presentation and Q&A on what makes superheroes work, science-wise. Room 2

4:00-5:00 Costume Designers: Designing for Feature Films— Meet the women and men who are the costume designers on this year’s blockbuster films. Panel moderator Mary Vogt (Men in Black, Batman Returns) will talk to fellow members of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, Michael Wilkinson (Watchmen, 300), Michael Dennison (The Spirit, The Eye), Isis Mussenden (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), and Kym Barrett (Speed Racer). Room 3

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Joe Hill— Comic-Son special guest Joe Hill, author of the New York Times bestseller Heart-Shaped Box, talks about his critically acclaimed comic Locke & Key (IDW) and why so many novelists are losing it for comics these days. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Devil’s Due Presents: Milo Ventimiglia— Meet Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and his Divide Pictures partner Russ Cundiff as they unveil pages from their new DDP series Rest. Writer Mark Powers joins them alongside a panel of DDP creators with big news about Devil’s Due’s expanding library of titles including Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Spooks: Omega Team, and more. Room 7AB

4:00-5:00 Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack— Jay Glatfelter and Jack Glatfelter have one of the oldest and biggest podcasts dedicated to ABC'S Lost with The Lost Podcast. Learn about the huge, dedicated online community for TV's most mind twisting drama. Join Jay and Jack for this special interview and Q&A session! Room 24A

4:00-5:30 Adventures in Voice Acting Workshop— Here's an opportunity for attendees interested in the voice acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate, yet dynamic and exciting setting. Learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world. This one-hour class covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. You'll also get some inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans and aspiring voice actors to learn firsthand and interact with some of the most accomplished members of the industry. Panelists include Michelle Rodriguez (Lost), Steve Blum (Wolverine), Lance Henricksen (Aliens), Tom Kenney (SpongeBob SquarePants), Hynden Walch (Teen Titans), Wendee Lee (Cowboy Bebop), and Mona Marshall (South Park). Room 30CDE

4:30-5:30 The Story of an Image— Comic-Con special guests Kim Deitch (Shadowland), Jim Woodring (Frank), Jim Ottaviani (Two-Fisted Science), and Kyle Baker (Nat Turner) will each show and discuss a single comics panel from their own work—how it came together and how it resonates in its context. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 4

4:30-5:30 Marvel: Secret Invasion— The best-selling event of 2008 is at its midpoint. Come get your first look at what’s in store and what’s to come in the Marvel U when the dust settles…assuming there is a Marvel Universe when it’s all done! Guests include Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief) and writers Greg Pak (Incredible Hercules), Chris Gage (Avengers: The Initiative), Chris Yost (Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers), Daniel Way (Deadpool), and others. Room 6A

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Mike Peters— You may have seen them match wits at “Quick Draw!” earlier in the day. Now Mark Evanier and Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Mike Peters sit down for an hour-long talk covering Mike’s incredible career, including the hugely popular syndicated comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm (and cartoon show, better known as Grimmy). Room 8

4:30-5:30 Treasures of ASIFA Archive— Legendary animation director Ralph Bakshi along with ASIFA-Hollywood president Antranig Manoogian and ASIFA-Hollywood archivist Steve Worth will be screening rare films and discussing the finer points of story, animated filmmaking, and the history of animation and what it means to be an artist in today's world. Room 10

4:30-5:30 Action Figures Insider: Plastically Incorrect 2008— What happens when toy worlds collide? What would top toy makers say to each other if given the opportunity? Be a fly on the wall in this lively discussion between some of the leaders in the toy industry from companies both large and small. You will hear about how things get done, the state of the industry, and their tales of woe and triumph. Ask your own burning questions, and you just might walk away with a free toy! Moderated by Daniel "Julius Marx" Pickett of ActionFigureInsider.com. Room 30AB

4:45-5:45 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski— Yes, it's him again. Somehow—we have no idea how—he's gone from writing comics and TV to working with Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, the Wachowski Brothers, and Angelina Jolie. His long career (he's also known for Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, and others) stands as proof positive that there is no such thing as a just God. What's he up to now? What's coming next? What secrets remain yet untold? How did he achieve this (well, okay, we know that and let's just say it has something to do with a contract signed with Ba'al)? Come and ask the man responsible—J. Michael Straczynski—for Thor, The Twelve, and such upcoming movies ass Changeling, World War Z, Proving Ground, The Flickering Light, The Grays, and Lensman. Room 6B

4:45-5:45 SCI FI Eureka— SCI FI’s hit summer series returns for its triumphant third season on Tuesday, July 29 (9:00  pm/8:00 pm Central). But first, fans can experience the quirky fun of America’s smartest little town up close and personal by joining the cast and executive producers of Eureka for an exclusive Comic-Con discussion. Panelists include cast members Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Joe Morton plus co-creator and executive producer Jamie Paglia, executive producer Charlie Craig, and Tony Optican, SVP for original programming, SCI FI. Room 6CDEF

4:45-5:45 Fringe Q&A and Trailer Screening— J. J. Abrams (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman—the team behind Mission: Impossible 3, Alias, and the upcoming Star Trek feature—join fellow Fringe executive producers Bryan Burk (Cloverfield) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost), as well as stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Shutter), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), for an exclusive Q&A about one of the most anticipated new television series of the fall season, a drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. The session will kick off with the screening of a trailer for the series. Television Week deputy editor and columnist Joe Adalian moderates. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe premieres September 9 and airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on FOX. Ballroom 20

5:00-6:00 The Dead Space IP— Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night) and Antony Johnston (Wasteland) lead a panel that includes Chuck Patton, AJ Jothikumar and Joe Goyette (Dead Space animated feature) to discuss how graphic novels have become a vital component for top-tier entertainment brands and how multiple mediums (comics, games, and movies) have come together to create a holistic story. While famous comics have spawned successful movies, TV shows, and games, Electronic Arts' new sci-fi horror brand Dead Space has developed a comics series and animated feature to first introduce the universe to key opinion leaders and influencers. Panelists will discuss these new developments, what it takes to develop a successful brand that speaks to audiences across a variety of multimedia, and the implications for the future of the entertainment industry. Room 2

5:00-6:00 Oni Press Panelmonium 2008!— The most fun you'll ever have at a panel! See what all the hubbub is about at indy comics powerhouse Oni Press. Get sneak peeks at upcoming projects, news on new Oni Press initiatives, and Q&A with some of your favorite Oni Press creators. Oh, and did we mention prizes? There's going to be prizes and free comics, so come one, come all! It's panda—er, Panelmonium! Room 3

5:00-6:00 Legion of Super-Heroes 50th Anniversary— Fifty years ago, a trio of new super-heroes appeared on the cover of Adventure Comics no. 247. That humble beginning spawned the first great super team of the Silver Age of Comics: The Legion of Super-Heroes. Set in the 30th and 31st centuries of a DC Universe that may—or may not—happen, the Legion captured the hearts and minds of comic fans right from the start. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this legendary team are DC’s president and publisher—and Legion writer—Paul Levitz, who moderates the panel featuring fellow Legion storytellers Geoff Johns, Colleen Doran, and Comic-Con special guests Mike Grell and Keith Giffen. Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 Join The Fight: Starship Troopers 3: Marauder— Join Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Jolene Blalock (Star Trek: Enterprise) and writer/director Ed Neumeier (writer of Starship Troopers and RoboCop) for a preview of the third installment in the wildly popular Starship Troopers franchise. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment invites you to “Join the Fight” and take part in an audience Q&A that will be recorded for download over Blu-ray's BD-Live network. Bring your Bluetooth phone and access exclusive content beamed directly to your handset during the panel! Room 7AB

5:00-7:00 Stargate Offworld Fandom Gathering— The iris is open! Experience the essence of Stargate fandom during this two-hour fan gathering! Marcia Patterson invites you to step through the gate with Stargate fans from around the universe to share trivia, games, giveaways, hot news, discussions, fanworks, filk singing (familiar tunes with Stargate lyrics), and other Stargate Offworld Fandom surprises! Learn the basics of collecting and see some actual props fans have acquired from the show/movie. You’ll have fun with both alien and SG costuming and there’ll even be an impromptu costume contest! Joining Marcia from Stargate Offworld Fandom are Martin A. Smith and Jennifer Carey, and from SciFiHero.net, Dean Newbury. Room 24A

5:30-6:30 The World of Steve Ditko Panel Discussion— Author Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko) presents a slide show and discusses the artwork and career of Steve Ditko (co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange) with panelists Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Dreadstar), Kim Deitch (Shadowland, The Stuff of Dreams), Carl Potts (Alien Legion), Dean Mullaney (IDW's Library of American Comics), and Gary Groth (co-publisher, Fantagraphics). Room 4

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Len Wein— The writer who gave us Swamp Thing, The New X-Men, Wolverine, Brother Voodoo, memorable runs on all the top DC and Marvel titles and many more, was one of the first fans to become a professional writer…and editor at both companies. Comic-Con special guest Len Wein joins moderator Mark Evanier for a discussion on Len's 30+ years in the industry as one of comics' most popular talents. Room 8

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Adrian Tomine— New Yorker illustrator and Optic Nerve cartoonist Adrian Tomine is the author of one of 2007's most critically lauded graphic novels, Shortcomings. For this Spotlight, Tomine will be interviewed by the first editor ever to give him an actual paying gig, Marc Weidenbaum, editor-in-chief of magazines at VIZ Media. The two will discuss what it was about the then UC Berkeley student's comic that attracted Weidenbaum to offer him a regular spot in Tower Records' Pulse magazine and how Tomine has matured over the last decade to become one of North America's leading literary cartoonists. Room 10

5:30-6:30 Comic Book Club: A Live Talk Show— Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Adam Rifkin (National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) join Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben (The Stack) to wrap up San Diego Comic-Con in style. Featuring surprise musical guests, and more, this is the funniest panel at the Con. Not to be missed! Room 30AB

5:30-6:30 Character Design Workshop— An introductory workshop focusing on the creation of characters for any medium, including the importance of storytelling, as well as tools to make memorable character designs. Topics to be discussed in clued the use of silhouette, gesture, reference, and attitude will be discussed. This workshop is great for beginners and will provide insight into the world of character design. Information on The Art Institutes will also be presented. Patrick Ballesteros is a concept illustrator who has been working in the film and game industry for the past four years and is currently an independent concept artist in gaming and an instructor at The Art Institute of California—Orange County. Room 30CDE

5:30-7:00 Sony: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Quarantine, Pineapple Express—

See the exclusive first look at footage and meet the stars of Underworld : Rise of the Lycans. The third film in the popular Underworld franchise delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). A young Lycan, Lucian (Michael Sheen), emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, the beautiful vampire Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement. On stage to take your questions will be Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen and director Patrick Tatopoulos. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is in theaters everywhere January 23, 2009.

Quarantine: Television reporter Angela Vidal (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles fire station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood-curdling screams and soon learn that a woman living there has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, Internet, television and cell phone access have been cut off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape. Quarantine opens in theaters everywhere October 17.

Pineapple Express: Frankly, if we tell you almost anything about the plot to this action/comedy, we probably wouldn't even be allowed to be here, so let's just say that producer Judd Apatow will be on stage with the gang in tow—director David Gordon Green, Seth Rogen (star and co-writer), James Franco, DannyMcBride, Amber Heard, and Evan Goldberg (co-writer)—to show you how they've taken this particular genre to new highs. Also, be sure to ask Seth and Evan about their upcoming Green Hornet film.

Hall H

5:45-7:15 Gays in Comics Panel: 21 and Legal!— Starting its third decade at Comic-Con, the long-running "Gays in Comics" panel takes a thrilling look at the diversity in the comics world today. With DC Comics leading the charge with the lesbian Question and Batwoman, the shadowy Obsidian, and Wildstorm's Apollo and Midnighter, where will they go next in the realm of superhero comics? And when will other companies substantially move forward to represent gay characters? Meanwhile, independent publishers and creators are building their own worlds that spotlight gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered characters, pleasing the thousands of fans who are out of the comic book closet. This all-star panel of GLBT creators (and one straight one) offer startling insights and glimpses of surprises to come! Joining founding moderator Andy Mangels (best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor) are Roger Klorese, the president of PRISM Comics and longtime comic and internet trailblazer; Ariel Schrag, writer/artist of the critically acclaimed Potential, plus Awkward, Definition, and Showtime's The L Word; Greg Rucka, the writer of Final Crisis: Revelations, Checkmate, Daredevil, and many other hot titles; Jeff Krell, writer/artist of the long-running Jayson strip and new graphic novel Jayson Goes to Hollywood; Jack Mahan, executive director—editorial administration for DC Comics; and maybe a surprise panelist! Afterward, stick around for the hour-long gay comics fan mixer/social, hosted by PRISM Comics, with prizes and surprise special guests! Room 6A

6:00-7:00 Capcom Presents: The Making of Bionic Commando and Bionic Commando Rearmed— Producer Ben Judd presents an exclusive, never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the Bionic Commando Rearmed and Bionic Commando for the next gen game systems. Andy Diggle (The Losers, Swamp Thing) discusses writing the Bionic Commando webcomic. Select audience members will be invited to take part in a special Bionic Commando Rearmed gaming tournament to win exclusive Bionic Commando prizes! Plus, meet the real Bionic Commando in person for photos. Q&A session to round out the presentation. Room 2

6:00-7:00 Yen Press— Co-publishing directors Kurt Hassler and Rich Johnson and the staff of Yen Press discuss what's on the horizon for this exciting publisher. Room 3

6:00-7:00 Playing God— Authors discuss creating the rules and deities of their fantasy worlds. Panelists include Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), Chris Evans (A Darkness Forged in Fire), Lynn Flewelling (Shadows Return), David Keck (In a Time of Treason), Jenna Rhodes (The Elven Ways), and Eldon Thompson (Asahiel). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 TV Guide— TV Guide takes an in-depth look at some of the new and returning TV series, featuring the hottest TV talent—in front of the camera and behind the scenes. TV Guide executive editor Craig Tomashoff moderates this panel offering the inside scoop, with some fun surprises. Participants include (in alphabetical order) Josh Applebaum (executive producer, Life on Mars), Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Ronald Moore (executive producer, Virtuality), Natalie Morales (The Middleman), Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars), and Jason Smilovic (executive producer, My Own Worst Enemy), among other special guests. Room 6B

6:00-7:00 Marvel: The Ultimate Universe Must Die!— The end of the Ultimate Universe is coming, and only these guys know how it's going down. Join the men behind Ultimatum—writers Jeph Loeb (Ultimates and TV's Heroes), Aron Coleite (Ultimate X-Men), Joe Pokaski (TV's Heroes) and Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief)—as they reveal why this is the end. And you'll never guess who's returning! Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00 Impact University: How to Write and Draw Comics and Graphic Novels— Some of the biggest names in comics are on hand to teach you what it takes to make it in comics and graphic novels. The star-studded faculty includes Peter David (Dark Tower, X-Factor), Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Wyrms), Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Sandman), Brian Miller (Hi-Fi Color Design), and Comics Buyer's Guide senior editor Maggie Thompson. Find out the best way to submit your work, learn the dos and don'ts of the business, and participate in a Q&A session. Room 7AB

6:30-7:30 Blatant Keenspot 2008— Pioneering webcomics powerhouse Keenspot returns for their 8th annual Comic-Con panel, and they're bringing high-concept funny-book factory Blatant Comics with ’em! Panelists scheduled to appear include Blatant president Bobby Crosby (Last Blood, Marry Me), R.C. Monroe (Out There), R. Smith (Funny Farm, Banished!), Keenspot CEO Chris Crosby (Sore Thumbs, Superosity), and surprise guests to be announced! Get the latest on the Last Blood feature film adaptation from producers BenderSpink (The Ring, A History of Violence), new developments at Keenspot and ComicGenesis.com, and more. Room 4

6:30-7:30 WildStorm Brewing— Get the inside scoop on what’s coming up from DC’s wildest imprint from VP Hank Kanalz, superstar artist Jim Lee, editorial director Christos Gage (WildCats: World’s End), and creators Neil Googe (WildCats: World’s End), Wes Craig (Wildstorm Revelations), Brian Denham (X-Files), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), and Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash). Find out about WildStorm’s newest creator-driven books, plus the latest on The Authority, WildCats, Stormwatch, Gen 13, The Lost Boys, X-Files, J. J. Abram’s Fringe, and much, much more! Room 8

6:30-7:30 Troma, Supernatural Law, New Found Glory, Ghost in the Shell— Meet the diabolical minds behind your favorite comic books and films. George W. Bush Yale classmate and legendary Troma Studios founder Lloyd Kaufman once again mixes with the masses at this year's Troma, panel which features Batton Lash (creator, Supernatural Law), Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory band, www.moviescenester.com), and producer Steven Paul (Ghost Rider, Doomsday, upcoming Ghost in The Shell with Avi Arad and Steven Spielberg). Learn secrets about how the upcoming Ghost in the Shell got to be produced. See Lloyd and The Toxic Avenger in pages of the newest Supernatural Law comic. Hear New Found Glory's movie music. Get insights on Lloyd's creative process plus down-and-dirty secrets of filmmaking with n behind-the-scenes clips from his upcoming Direct Your Own Damn Movie DVD and from Troma's theatrical hit Poultrygeist, Night of The Chicken Dead! See exclusive footage of Toxie in Iraq! Moderating (and self-medicating as needed) will once again be Mimi Cruz from Eisner Retailer Award–winning store Night Flight Comics. Room 10

6:30-7:30 The Anthropology of Star Trek— Daryl G. Frazetti of the Department of Anthropology at Lake Tahoe Community College discusses anthropological themes in the Star Trek universe. Select themes include politics, religion, social problems, and the anthropological concept of “race.” The subculture of fandom is also explored. All topics will span the franchise and look at the relationship between Star Trek at any given point and contemporary society. This forum is based on the course offered at Lake Tahoe Community College and professional research. Room 30AB

6:30-7:30 Gamers in the Library?— Did you know that at least 7 out of 10 libraries support gaming? From consoles to D20, board games to CCG's, gaming in libraries is a hot topic. Find out about this seemingly odd combination with Kearsten LaBrozzi (Glendale Public Library, Arizona), Susan White (University of Advancing Technology), Mike Pawuk (Cuyahoga County Public Library), and Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library, Arizona). Hear about successful programs, learn pitfalls to avoid, and find out why gamers in the library are here to stay. Room 30CDE

Nighttime Programs

7:00-8:30 In Search of Steve Ditko Documentary— Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko author Blake Bell hosts a showing of the documentary In Search of Steve Ditko by UK television star Jonathan Ross. The hour-long documentary features such comics legends as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Stan Lee discussing Ditko's work and career along Ross' journey to find Steve Ditko in New York City. Room 5AB

7:00-9:00 CBLDF Benefit Auction— This is the big one! The CBLDF holds its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con, and this year brings some amazing one-of-a-kind items to raise money for free speech. Primo items include original art by Jack Kirby, Dave Gibbons, Walter Simonson, Jeff Campbell, Jeff Smith, and more! All this plus rare comics, signed graphic novels, and scripts. You will need a bidder number for this auction, which can be obtained, along with a full auction list, at the CBLDF booth or at the start of the event. Room 8

7:15-8:15 Gays in Comics Mixer— Here’s your chance to mingle with other GLBT and open-minded fans and creators and bid on some fantastic auction items! Hosted by PRISM Comics. Room 6A

7:15-8:15 MythBusters Q&A and Sneak Preview— Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of MythBusters talk about their offbeat Discovery Channel series that uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends. With backgrounds in animatronics, robotics, model building, and prototyping, Adam and Jamie will answer questions about the 300+ myths they’ve busted to date, show untelevised clips from their most explosive myths, and feature a Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming NASA moon landing hoax episode. Room 6B

7:15-8:15 Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program— Sarah Silverman (Jesus Is Magic) plays a character (aptly named Sarah Silverman) whose absurd daily life is told through narrative and an occasional song. In each episode, Sarah falls into unique, unsettling, and always hilarious predicaments, with her sister (played by real-life sister Laura Silverman, The Comeback), her geeky gay neighbors Brian (Brian Posehn, Just Shoot Me) and Steve (Steve Agee, Jesus Is Magic), and dim-witted Officer Jay (Jay Johnston, Mr. Show with Bob and David) never far from her side. Silverman, Rob Schrab (Monster House), Heidi Herzon (Jesus is Magic) and Dan Sterling (The Daily Show) are the executive producers. Join the entire cast and executive producers of the Comedy Central hit series for a Q&A session.  Room 6CDEF

8:00-10:00 Christian Comic Arts Society Networking— Christian comics creators and fans are invited to join together with CCAS members for a time of fellowship, networking and socializing.Limited freebies available! Come Saturday night and hang with other Christian comics fans. Hosted by the Christian Comic Arts Society. Room 10

8:30-11:30 Masquerade Broadcast (6A), presented by Tru:Blood— Broadcast LIVE from the stage in Ballroom 20, here's your chance to see the world famous Comic-Con Masquerade on the big screen. A great place to view all the action if Ballroom 20 is full or the party in the Sails Pavilion is too crowded. Room 6A

8:30-11:30 Masquerade Broadcast (6B), presented by Tru:Blood— Broadcast LIVE from the stage in Ballroom 20, here’s your chance to see the world famous Comic-Con Masquerade on the big screen. A great place to view all the action if Ballroom 20 is full or the party in the Sails Pavilion is too crowded. Room 6B

8:30-10:00 Marvel: Wolverine and The X-Men Animated Screening— When an explosive event shatters the lives of the X-Men and takes away their mentor, the beaten heroes walk away from it all. But then they're given a rare glimpse into the future, and see a world in utter ruin, ruled by mutant-hunting Sentinels. So now the most legendary of all X-Men takes the lead—Wolverine! Reuniting these broken heroes, Wolverine embarks on the ultimate mission—to prevent the world's destruction. To rescue us from ourselves. To save the future. Meet Boyd Kirkland (lead director), Craig Kyle (supervising producer), Greg Johnson (head writer), and others involved with this new animated series and watch the first three episodes of this epic new X-Men series before its Nicktoons 2009 premiere. Room 6CDEF

8:30-11:30 Tru:Blood Presents: Comic-Con International Masquerade— Fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by Comic-Con’s talented attendees appear on stage before an audience of thousands. Outstanding costumes will be awarded trophies and cash prizes. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45 PM, but the line will start much earlier! Tickets will be required for seating, and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 4:30 PM. The masters of ceremonies will be writers/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio, and halftime entertainment will be a mini-show featuring favorite comic book heroes presented by the JING Institute of Chinese Martial Arts & Culture. (Additional seating is available in Rooms 6A, 6B, and the Sails Pavilion where the Masquerade will be simulcast on the big screen.) Ballroom 20

8:30-11:30 Comic-Con International Masquerade Party— Party the night away in the Sails Pavilion while the Masquerade, presented by Tru:Blood, plays on the big screen! Sails Pavilion

10:00-12:00 World Premiere! Mutant Chronicles— Special "work-in-progress" feature film screening hosted by stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), Ron Perlman (Hellboy II), and Devon Aoki (Sin City). This is the first public showing in our hemisphere of this steampunk action-adventure. A disparate squad of former enemy soldiers undertakes a suicide mission deep into the seething heart of the otherworldly mutant scourge bent on human extinction. Unrated, uncut, unreal. Q&A with cast, director Simon Hunter (Lighthouse), and producer Edward R. Pressman (The Crow). Room 6CDEF


Sunday, July 27


10:00-11:00 Smallville Screening and Q&A— Comic-Con favorite Smallville returns with series stars Allison Mack, Justin Hartley and the introduction of Sam Witwer alongside new showrunners Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer to talk about the year ahead, answer fan questions and give an exclusive sneak peek at clips featuring the new villains for season eight. Award-winning comic book writer, Emmy-nominated film and television writer/producer, and Smallville alum Jeph Loeb (Heroes) will moderate the session. From Tollin/Robbins Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Smallville airs Thursdays at 8:00 PM on The CW. Room 6CDEF

10:00-11:00 Jack Kirby Tribute— As we do every year, friend and family of the great Jack Kirby to remember the man some call The King. Participating this year are animation producers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, Marvel writer-artist Larry Lieber, and comic book legend Jerry Robinson.  And it's all hosted by—who else?—Mark Evanier, author of the recent book, Kirby: King of Comics. Room 7AB

10:00-11:00 The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd LIVE!— You can participate in a LIVE recording of the podcast the LA Times calls: “A Prairie Home Companion for kids!” Set your imagination to fun with Dr. Floyd as he travels through time trying to thwart the plans of his arch-nemesis Dr. Steve in this family-friendly hour of laughter, music, and audience participation. This program features show stars Doug Price (Star Trek IV) as Dr. Floyd and Grant Baciocco (Henson.com podcast) as Dr. Steve, along with special celebrity guests: the legendary Chuck McCann (Sid and Marty Krofft's Far Out Space Nuts),Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Moira Quirk (Nickelodeon's GUTS!) and, quite possibly…you! Room 8

10:00-5:00 San Diego International Children’s Film Festival— The 5th Annual San Diego International Children's Film Festival opens right here on Kids' Day at Comic-Con International! The festival will screen short films for children of all ages from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Room 10, including animation, live action, and documentary. Filmmakers will appear to answer questions from the audience. Complete schedule is coming soon! Room 10

10:15-11:15 Nickelodeon: SpongeBob SquarePants Sneak Peek, and More!— Be the first to watch some brand spanking new episodes of one of your favorite Nickelodeon shows, SpongeBob SquarePants! And there's more! You'll also catch a never-before-seen episode from Nick's latest breakout hit, The Mighty B!, and watch the hilarious antics of Otis and his friends from the Emmy-nominated show Back at the Barnyard. Plus, you'll be the first to get a sneak peek at an upcoming Nickelodeon series. Room 6B

10:30-11:30 Muggles, Wizards, and Fans in the World of Harry Potter— Panel members Erin Pyne (author of A Fandom of Magical Proportions), Sue Upton (senior editor of www.the-leaky-cauldron.organd co-host of Pottercast), Melissa Anelli (author of Harry: A History), and Heidi Tandy (webmaster, Fiction Alley) will have wands at ready as they discuss what makes Harry Potter fans so different from members of other fandoms. How has the HP fandom affected the development of the books and movies? Moderated by notorious Muggle Eric Bowling. Room 2

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Jim Ottaviani— Join Jim Ottaviani (Levitation; Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards; Fallout; Two-Fisted Science) for a Sunday morning combination of interview and Q&A. He'll discuss nuclear engineering, comics about scientists, upcoming projects, how to stay calm when Buzz Aldrin calls (hint: you don't, but he's used to that), and what to do when the Nobel Museum asks you to speak (hint: you say yes). Room 3

10:30-11:30 Zuda Online Comics— Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of webcomics. Panel participants include Zuda staff Richard Bruning, Ron Perazza, Kwanza Johnson, and Dave McCullough, along with creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby & Peter Timony (The Night Owls), David Gallaher & Steve Ellis (High Moon), Nick Doan (Pray for Death), Johnny Zito & Tony Trovarello (The Black Cherry Bombshells), Sheldon Vella (Supertron), and Caanan Grall (Celadore). Listen as they ramble incoherently, pausing occasionally to make a good point. Room 4

10:30-12:00 CBLDF Live Art Jam— Did you ever want to look over a legendary artist's shoulder while he or she was making a great piece of art, and then add it to your collection? Well, here's your chance to do just that and support a great cause! See Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Terry Moore (Echo), and other special guests draw live art projected on the big screen at the first ever CBLDF Live Art Jam at Comic-Con! Watch comics legends make stunning drawings of your favorite comics characters that you can bid on to support the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Don't miss this unforgettable event and your chance to walk away with some stunning art! Note: you will need a bidder number to bid on art in this event, which you can pick up at the CBLDF booth or at the start of the event. Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 Marvel: Women in Marvel— She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel are powerhouses in the Marvel U, now meet the real women powerhouses who work in Marvel Comics today! Writers Robin Furth (Dark Tower), Marjorie Liu (NYX), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Lords of Avalon), Jen Grunwald (editor), colorist Christina Strain (Runaways), and Occasional Superheroine's Valerie D'Orazio are here to answer your question about their titles, announce new projects, and explain how more women are breaking into comics every day! Room 6A

10:30-11:30 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia— The FX hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is coming to the Con. See an unaired episode from the upcoming season followed by a panel discussion featuring series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and director Fred Savage. The panel will be moderated by Damon Lindelof, creator/executive producer of Lost. Attendees of the screening and panel have the chance to win one of thousands of prizes. Ballroom 20

10:30-11:30 Christian Comics Art Society— Hear about the 2008 explosion of Christian-themed projects from major publishers and network with other Christians. Featuring Michael Davis (co-creator, Static Shock), Sergio Cariello (The Lone Ranger), Jerrell Conner (Revelations: The Prophets), Clint Johnson (Faith Walker), and hosted by Leo Partible (Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith, Film & Culture). A short sermon by Robert Luedke (Eye Witness) and worship music will precede the panel discussion. Room 24A

10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Comics Construction: Literary and Visual Representations— Frank Verano (Temple University) compares Eddie Campbell's de/re-construction of the past in his Alec stories to the work of film director Alain Resnais. Jason Frank (Youngstown State University) uses pages of comic art by Scott Wegener to display the application of Proust's iterative mode in the comics art form. Michael Harrison (University of California at Irvine) explores how the visual imagery in gay Spanish comics allows cartoonists to comment on various conceptions of gender, sexual, and national identity. Room 30AB

10:30-11:30 Kids Draw!— Join a great lineup of kids’ cartoonists as they draw their hearts out—right in front of you! Cartoonists including Nick Abadzis (Laika), Scott Morse (Visitations), Andy Runton (Owly), Kean Soo (Jellaby), and Dave Roman (Nickelodeon) will create art as you watch—with your help! Room 30CDE

11:00-12:00 Dave Stevens Tribute— The industry was shocked and saddened at the loss this year of one of our great creative talents. Emcee Mark Evanier chairs an hour of remembrance by Dave's fans and friends as they talk about the creator of The Rocketeer…a great artist who left us much too early. Room 7AB

11:00-12:30 Asian Ball Jointed Dolls 101/Collectors Meeting— Doll owners and enthusiasts discuss the world of Asian ball-jointed resin dolls from companies like Elfdoll, Volks, Cerberus Project, Customhouse, Fairyland, Angelregion, Bambicrony, and many others. Learn the basics about BJDs, and pick up tips on customizing, maintaining, and photographing these beautiful dolls. Share the beauty of your own unique doll, or just see the many dolls on display, from tiny to towering. Make new friends—both live and resin! Room 8

11:15-12:15 Supernatural Screening and Q&A— Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles (Smallville) and Jared Padalecki (House of Wax)—along with creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), co-executive producers Ben Edlund (Angel) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural: Origins comic book series), and supervising producer Sera Gamble (Eyes)—present exclusive sneak peek footage from the highly anticipated fourth season premiere of this thrill-ride series, answer questions, and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming third season DVD release. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on The CW. Room 6CDEF

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Kyle Baker— Between the rich history of Nat Turner, the family hijinks of The Bakers: Babies & Kittens, and the wild war in Special Forces, it’s been a busy year so far for Kyle Baker! The Eisner Award–winning writer/artist talks about all this stuff and what’s next. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Graphic Novel Help in Libraries— Graphic novel collections are booming in libraries. How can a librarian manage when there seems to be a new "must have" title coming out every week? Jill Patterson (La Habra Branch Library) Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), John Shableski (Diamond), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library) discuss practical ways for librarians to survive their GN collection. Room 3

11:30-12:30 Growing up with Archie— Archie Comics creative staff share inside perspectives on the creation of Archie, how Archie Comics has evolved, and why it dominates the newsstands and supermarkets in comic sales. Panelists include Victor Gorelick, editor-in-chief (celebrating his 50th year with Archie Comics); Fred Mausser, VP sales; Mike Pellerito, managing editor; George Gladir, Archie writer; Dan Parent, Betty & Veronica writer and artist; Tania del Rio, Sabrina writer and artist, Bill Galvan, “Archie Freshman Year” artist; Batton Lash, “Archie Freshman Year” writer; Craig Boldman, Jughead writer; and moderator Rik Offenberger, public relations coordinator. Room 4

11:30-1:00 The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning— The sea holds many deep secrets for young Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, an all new, full-length movie coming exclusively to DVD on August 26. Available for a limited time only, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning takes audiences back to the story’s beginnings with favorite characters from the original film as well as a wonderfully wicked new villainess. With a score that continues The Little Mermaid’s legacy of memorable, life-affirming songs, the latest animated adventure from DisneyToon Studios will capture the hearts of all ages! Room 6B

11:30-12:00 Focus Features: Hamlet 2— Focus Features invites you to preview the much talked about hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Hamlet 2! Featuring appearances by Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, Night at the Museum and the upcoming Tropic Thunder), Elisabeth Shue (Adventures in Babysitting, The Karate Kid), writer Pam Brady (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police), and writer/director Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Dick). There will be other surprise appearances, so don't miss it! Ballroom 20

11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Postmodernism and Revolution— Keith Haughton (University of Waterloo) explores how the rise in popularity of the comic book form has blurred the boundaries separating childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and the potential impact of expanding adolescence. Alec Hosterman (Indiana University South Bend) demonstrates the dominance of hyperreality in comic art and explains how it can be utilized for further study of the art form. Harry Althoff, Meredith Heist, and Lisa Miller (Truman State University) take a close look at three factors that make webcomics a revolutionary medium: author-text relationship, hypertextuality, and persistence of noncorporate ownership. Room 30AB

11:30-12:30 How to Draw Star Wars for Kids— Special for Kids’ Day at Lucasfilm’s Bonnie Burton and artist Katie Cook will help kids (and their folks, too) draw Star Wars characters that are fun and whimsical. Bonnie Burton is the author of the book You Can Draw: Star Wars (DK Publishing). Bonnie also works as the Lucas Online senior editor, editing the drawing tutorials and craft projects that can be found at www.starwars.com/kids. Katie Cook (katiecandraw.com) has done licensed art for Star Wars, DC, Marvel, Heroes, Lord of the Rings, and other such nerdy things. She often dreams of being a Wookiee, which explains why she could use a haircut. Room 30CDE

11:45-12:45 DC Nation: One Weekend Later— Did you think one DC Nation panel was enough? You thought wrong! So much has happened with the DCU during Comic-Con but right here senior VP—executive editor Dan DiDio saves one last blockbuster announcement for the Nation! This is the panel to be at! Room 6A

12:00-1:00 Phineas and Ferb— Join creators Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Rocko's Modern Life) along with special guests from the show's cast to learn more about Disney Channel's newest smash hit series, including an insider's look at how the show came to life and what's in store for these inventive step-brothers and their tattletale sister in the future. Plus never-before-seen footage, audience Q&A, and a chance to win Phineas and Ferb merchandise! Room 5AB

12:00-1:00 The Business of Cartoon Voices— Lots of people think they can do them…but how does one go about making a living as a voiceover actor?  Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress gather together a panel of agents, casting directors and performers to explain all about agents, casting directors, demos, classes, what to do and (most important) what not to do. If you've ever been interested in a career in the field, this is the panel you've been waiting for. Room 7AB

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay— Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29. Don’t miss the stars of this cult classic comedy franchise as they talk about their experiences making the films and the plethora of extras features on the DVD including “Dude, Change the Movie!” where the viewer decides what Harold and Kumar do next. Ballroom 20

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you'll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

12:30-1:30 Emily the Strange— What's black and white and strange all over? Emily the Strange comics from Dark Horse! This is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the world of Emily the Strange. Panelists cover everything from the inspired and slightly insane comic book series, the best-selling books, news from the movie front, and much more! Emily's legal guardian and creative monstermind Rob Reger will be there, along with artists Buzz Parker and Nix Turner, writer Jessica Gruner, Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore, and a two-headed kitty who lives on the moon. (Okay, so no promises on the kitty, but she said she'd try to make it.) Room 2

12:30-2:00 The Secret Origin of Good Readers— The 8th annual Secret Origin of Good Readers panel features Dr. Robyn A. Hill (National University, San Diego), Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City), Bill Galvan (creator/artist, The Scrapyard Detectives; artist, Archie Comics) and Steven Seagle (creator/writer, Ben 10, It's a Bird, American Virgin). The panelists will discuss how teachers, librarians, retailers, authors, artists, and publishers can work together to bring comic books into the classroom for use as an innovative and motivating cross-curricular teaching tool and a vehicle for promoting reading and literacy. Through a multimedia presentation, personal remarks, and a question-and-answer session, the speakers will present an overview of the medium and highlight specific ways that comic books and graphic novels have been used to engage a variety of learners. Breakout sessions will follow the main presentation. The 70-page resource book The Secret Origin of Good Readers is available for free download it here courtesy of XMission.com. Room 3

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Steve Breen— Pulitizer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen (San Diego Union Tribune) is part of Comic-Con's special editorial cartoons theme this year. The cartoonist talks about creating topical cartoons, his comic strip, Grand Avenue, and his children's books, Stick and Violet the Pilot, with moderator Bob Kittle. Room 4

12:30-1:30 Paranormal State— See the stars of the hit A&E series Paranormal State: Ryan Buell, Eilfie Music, Sergey Poberezhny, Heather Taddy, and Katrina Weidman. Be the first to see the Season 2 premiere of Paranormal State, the show that seeks out the truth behind terrifying real life mysteries, hauntings, and ghosts. Hear the cast share behind-the-scenes details not revealed in the show. Moderated by Dave Schrader of Darkness Radio. Room 6CDEF

12:30-1:30 Nick Jr. Presents: Backyardigans and Ni Hao, Kai-lan— This is a must-see screening for all you Nick Jr. fans! Catch a brand new episode from the Emmy Award–winning show, Backyardigans. And then sit back for some more Nick Jr. fun with a music and dance filled episode of Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Room 8

12:30-1:30 How to Draw Monsters— Marshall Vandruff will show drawings of monsters by great masters and explain how the way they work has not changed in over 500 years. He'll demonstrate how to come up with ideas for monsters and draw them. Room 30CDE

1:00-2:30 The Life of Michael Turner Tribute Panel— Celebrate the life and times of acclaimed artist, creator, and Aspen Comics president and founder Michael Turner, as Aspen Comics and a host of popular comic book creators pay special tribute to the creator of the best-selling titles Fathom, Soulfire, and Witchblade, and the cover artist behind the mainstream comic event hits Marvel's Civil War and DC Comics' Identity Crisis and Justice League of America. In honor of Turner's tremendous spirit and body of work, as well as his countless contributions to the comic book industry, Aspen Comics will return the favor by remembering Michael Turner's amazing life both in and outside of comics at this very special tribute event. Room 5AB

1:00-2:30 Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack with Underfist Sneak Peek— You’ve laughed your butt off watching the shows, now meet the creators of Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack! Chowder creator Carl Greenblat and voice talents Nicky Jones (Chowder), Dwight Schultz (Mung Daal), and Tara Strong (Truffles) join The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack creator Thurop Von Orman, creative director JG Quintell, and writer/voice talent Steve Little for the funniest panel discussion you’ll attend all weekend. And that’s not all! You’ll also get to grill Adam Burton (The Grim Adventure’s of Billy and Mandy) on the sneak peek at his twisted new spectacle—Underfist. Room 6A

1:00-2:00 Marvel: TV Writers of Marvel— Heroes, Eli Stone, Carnivale, Underworld, and Big Love. You love these shows & films, but did you know the writers behind them are also at Marvel? Find out what’s in store for some of TV, movies, and comics’ biggest projects from the people behind them with Jeph Loeb (Ultimates), Aron Coleite (Ultimate X-Men), Joe Pokaski (Secret Invasion: Inhumans), Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man), Daniel Knauf (Iron Man), Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors), and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (The Stand)! Room 7AB

1:00-1:30 Friday the 13th— Sneak a peek at the new movie retelling the original Friday the 13th about teenaged summer camp counselors who are systematically slaughtered by a mysterious killer. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Capes, Tights and Gowns— Travis Langley (ERIICA Project) and Randy Duncan (The Power of Comics) present Henderson State University students reporting on research ranging from studying fan behavior and self-image to the experience of creating their own workday comic book. Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent; Write Now!) provides a response. Student presenters include Erica Ash, Tommy Cash, Carly L. Cate, Mark Head, Nick Langley, Robert O'Nale, Justin Poole, Thomas Sepe, and Nicholas Ward. Room 30AB

1:15-2:30 Cartoon Voices II— It's another one of those panels where folks who do animation voice work demonstrate their craft and dazzle you with their talents.  Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman, Celebrity Deathmatch), Dee Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Cheryl Chase (Rugrats, All Grown Up), Katie Leigh (Dungeons & Dragons, Totally Spies!), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy) and a few surprises. Room 6B

1:30-2:30 30 Years of Pointed Ears: Wendy and Richard Pini and Elfquest— Join Wendy Pini (Elfquest, Masque of the Red Death) and Richard Pini (Elfquest, CEO Warp Graphics) for a visual presentation that includes Wendy's pioneering career as writer/artist, colorful stories about publishing Elfquest, current and upcoming projects and, quite possibly, a few surprises. Q&A for sure! Dare to ask anything! Room 2

1:30-2:30 Magic, Mystery, and Missions: Huntik: Secrets & Seekers— This animated TV adventure series will be taking over the airwaves in January 2009! Get a sneak peek at this new show—including footage never shown publicly before—and learn about the heroes, villains, and mythical creatures that make up this exciting story! Plus, while supplies last, each attendee will receive an exclusive Huntik: Secrets & Seekers gift! Room 4

1:30-2:30 CMX: Manga for the Masses— Manga is one of the hottest areas in literature, and DC Comics’ manga imprint, CMX, is right in the thick of it. Hear director of manga Asako Suzuki, CMX editor Jim Chadwick, and the CMX crewdiscuss the brilliance of their manga universe, including such books as Crayon Shinchan, Astral Project, Steel Fist Riku, Dorethea, Go West, Two Flowers for the Dragon, Zombie Fairy, and much, much more! Room 8

1:30-2:30 Rogue Pictures— Rogue Pictures presents select footage, key cast members, and filmmakers from its upcoming 2009 slate. Scheduled appearances include writer/director Wes Craven, discussing his suspense thriller 25/8, and writer/director David Goyer, discussing his supernatural thriller The Unborn. Ballroom 20

1:30-2:30 Manga Art for Kids— eigoMANGA's artists behind manga hits Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk provide beginner step-by-step tutorials and related resources on Japanese comic books and animation to help you learn how to draw and develop your own unique style of anime or manga. Room 30CDE

1:45-2:45 Ghost Whisperer Season Four: The New Spirit Mythology of Melinda— Be on hand for revelations about the mysteries that will unfold in the upcoming season of the hit television series, the introduction of a new cast member Jamie Kennedy, and an exclusive first look at video clips from the season premiere episode. Panel will feature Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Melinda"), Jamie Kennedy ("Eli"—a new series regular cast member in season four), and executive producers Kim Moses, Ian Sander, and PK Simmons. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:00 The Secret Origin of Good Readers Breakouts— This year's Secret Origin of Good Readers program offers an extended opportunity for attendees to learn and network through select breakout sessions following the main presentation. Participants will be able to choose from two intriguing options: “Promoting Tolerance with the Scrapyard Detectives” with Bill Galvan (creator/artist) and Dr. Robyn A. Hill (teacher educator), and “Building Comics & Graphic Novels Collections in Classrooms and Libraries” with Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Room 3

2:00-3:30 Starship Smackdown XI— The legendary Comic-Con exclusive celebrates another year of stellar showdowns as the original and infamous Starship Smackdown returns. Ever wonder if the USS Enterprise could take out the ID4 mothership (hint: Kirk's can!)? Can the Galactica find Earth and destroy the Yamato (of course, it's a cartoon)? Can the Serenity outplay, outwit, and outlast the fully functional firepower of an Imperial Super Star Destroyer? You'll find out the answers to all of these questions and many more from the panel of expert spaceship-ologists, including Robert Meyer Burnett (The Hills Run Red producer), Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly editor), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars writer), Daren Dochterman (GI Joe production illustrator), Mary Forest (writer/comedian), and the Jeff Probst of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (DOA: Dead Or Alive, Free Enterprise). And it wouldn't be Starship Smackdown without a few surprises, so expect the unexpected. Those in the know, realize the Smackdown is the only way to close out your weekend the San Diego way! Room 7AB

2:00-3:00 Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory— Join the filmmakers of the documentary that focuses on Indiana Jones' legacy and the fans that follow him! There will be a Q&A regarding the progress of the documentary as well as a general discussion on all things Indiana Jones, and maybe even a few giveaways! Room 24A

2:30-3:30 Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio— Dan DiDio and friends invite you to join an intimate Sunday afternoon chat to talk about your favorite comic book memories and why we all love this medium. All are welcome; no RSVP required! Room 2

2:30-4:00 Pro/Fan Trivia Match— The Purple Pros—Len Wein (Wolverine creator), Mark Waid (BOOM! Comics editor-in-chief), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), and Robert N. Skir (animated X-Men)—again take on the Black Ink Irregulars (Tom Galloway, Terence Chua, David Oakes, and John Sardegna), this time seeking to regain their youth by answering questions about young comics characters, those college age or below, including the convention theme Legion of Super-Heroes. This match is dedicated to longtime scorekeeper John Simpson, who passed away last October. Room 4

2:30-4:00 Cover Story: The Art of the Cover— It’s our annual soul-searching question: whether or not you can tell a book by its cover. Moderator Mark Evanier interviews four of the top cover artists in comics (and all Comic-Con 2008 special guests): Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Warlock), Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, Fantastic Four), J.G. Jones (52, Final Crisis), and Ethan Van Sciver (Flash, Green Lantern). Evanier presents examples of each artist’s cover work and talks to them about the covers and the process of creating them. It’s a fascinating look at what many regard as the most important part of any comic. Room 5AB

2:30-5:00 Comic-Con 2008 Masquerade Playback— Comic-Con Masquerade director Martin Jaquish reviews Saturday night’s big costuming event, answers questions, and presents a big-screen video of the show for those who missed it or who want a second look. (Sorry, we cannot sell copies of the show.) Room 8

2:30-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #16: The Culture of Popular Things: Ethnographic Examination of Comic-Con— Matthew Smith (The Power of Comics; Wittenberg University) and his students report on their observations of how popular culture is marketed to and practiced by the fans attending Comic-Con. The student presenters include: Jessica Brewer (Wittenberg University), Sara McKinniss (Wittenberg University), Jacob Sigafoos (Wittenberg University), Christian Steinmetz (Georgia State University), Brian Swafford (Ohio University), Emily Elliott (North Carolina State University in Raleigh), and Ally Datz (Lynchburg College). Room 30AB

2:30-3:30 Making Flipbooks: The ABCs of Animation for Kids— Children’s illustrator and cartoonist Mac McCool will show children how to draw their first animation using small flipbooks. McCool will also explain simple animation techniques and present ways to build one’s own flipbooks. Suggestion: bring a pencil or pen. Room 30CDE

2:45-3:45 Sockbaby 4 World Premiere!— The web series that became an American kung-fu cult classic, Sockbaby was budgeted at $300 an episode, yet generates over half a million viewers! Watch original three shorts played back to back, then stay for the world premiere of Sockbaby 4 starring Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Jon Heder. Panelists include Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Dan Heder (animator, Monster House), Rob Schrab (director, Sarah Silverman Show, SCUD creator), Doug TenNapel (writer/director, creator of Earthworm Jim, Creature Tech), and John Soares (co-director, actor, fight choreographer). Room 6A

2:45-4:15 Fraggle Rock— Help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock and learn more about this fall's newest DVD release! Join Red—making a personal appearance—as she sneak peeks the DVD special features and some other DVD surprises! Room 6B

2:45-3:45 Virgin Comics: Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra: The Spirit of the Superhero— The tradition continues! As Virgin Comics gears up to launch the new animated on-line series MBX, series writer Grant Morrison (New X-Men, Superman, Final Crisis) once again teams with best-selling author and Virgin Comics co-founder Deepak Chopra (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment) to talk…superheroes! Join the ongoing conversation investigating the id, ego, superego, and spirituality of the superhero—we’re talking social theory with sound effects, four colors fused with existentialism. Two of the greatest minds of comics and culture talking comics and culture—this is not to be missed! Ballroom 20

3:00-4:30 Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon TV Series 50th Anniversary— Harry Guyton (Milton Caniff Estate), Bob Hoy (Sgt. Charlie Bergeron Steve Canyon), Mrs. Frank Ball (star Dean Frederick's daughter), and John Ellis (Steve Canyon DVD producer) present a discussion of what is quite possibly the most legendary long-lost (and now found) television series in history! Come delve into the mysteries surrounding the most expensive show on TV in 1958. Includes the first public screening of the restored 1959 NBC Steve Canyon episode “Operation Big Thunder” in 48 years. Room 3

3:30-4:30 Comic-Con Talkback II— It’s almost a wrap, but here’s your chance to get in your last licks. Join Comic-Con management with your gripes, concerns, and high and low points of this year’s event. Room 2

3:30-4:30 Dave Gibbons— He's the artist behind the cult classic Watchmen, one of the writers behind Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, and the hidden genius behind countless other titles. We're talking about Dave Gibbons. Be front and center when Dave talks about his art, his writing, and his love for comics. Moderated by DC VP–sales Bob Wayne, this program is not to be missed! Room 7AB

3:30-4:30 Star Wars: Imperial Costuming 101 (Dressing to Serve the Empire!)— This discussion talks about the basics and essentials for an individual to get into costuming in general but is specifically geared toward making costumes that would be eligible for membership in the 501st Legion. Panelists will discuss basic materials, costs, and time factors involved in building costumes of this nature, as well as provide some insight as to what motivates the members of the 501st to invest the time and energy required for such a hobby. They will also demonstrate some basic techniques that are applied in costuming as well as show the progression of donning the costume. Room 30AB

4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical— Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis.com host a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic Con 2008's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffy-verse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! These eps were made for talkin'—back, that is—and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles—with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. For more details on the screening visit www.whedonopolis.com, then show up for music, singing, and dancing crazy! Ballroom 20