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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 – Sunday Programming Preview

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San Diego Comic-Con International is next week, July 22-25.

Sunday programming at the convention is traditionally fairly thin. I usually plan four or five panels for the day and, by the second or third, am so sore and tired that I end up walking the show floor instead.

Sunday, July 25
10:00-11:00 Smallville Screening and Q&A— Ballroom 20 – this should be something of a farewell lovefest between the showrunners and the Comic-Con crowd.

10:30-11:30 ABC’s Castle: Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic— Room 6BCF

11:15-12:30 Cartoon Voices II— Room 6A – I love this panel every year. Mark Evanier, animation director and con bedrock, does an amazing job both putting together and moderating what is a hybrid between a panel about voice acting, and a panel demonstrating how it is done. In past years, he’s brought scripts from old radio plays and runs the actors through their paces. I almost hate to highlight this panel since it’s a bit of a hidden gem, but it’s well worth your time to catch this one.

12:30-1:15 American Dad— Ballroom 20 – Somebody please take a moment and count the number of Comic-Con panels Seth MacFarlane appears in during this convention. When does the guy have time to even take a potty break?

1:00-2:00 Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A— Room 6BCF

1:30-2:30 Glee— Ballroom 20 – with most of the cast and the creative team in attendance, this panel is sure to be popular. Going early and getting a seat at the panel before is highly recommended.

2:00-3:00 Business of Cartoon Voices— Room 25ABC – although I’ll probably be at Glee, I am tempted to hit this panel instead. Mark Evanier’s last panel of this year’s convention sounds quite a lot like the way he’s about 10 minutes of the Cartoon Voices panel in the past: a how-to guide for those interested in getting into the business. Inevitably this will turn into war stories from the guests, which can’t help but be a little slice of awesome.

2:45-3:45 FX: Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia— Ballroom 20 – having just blasted through the first disc of the Sons of Anarchy’s first season and being a long-standing fan of Sunny, this is going to be a fun one. I hope there’s no violence between the two casts. If there is, smart money is on the wild card.

San Diego Comic-Con 2010 – Saturday Programming Preview

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San Diego Comic-Con International is next week, July 22-25.

One last shameless beg: I’m hoping to do some live blogging of the panels I attend, but need a netbook in order to pull it off. If you have a hookup, please drop me a line. Time is running out!

I don’t know who I’m kidding when it comes to Saturday: though I have some panels I’d like to see that are scattered around, I’m going to be camped in Hall H all day. The lineup looks solid. In fact, there’s only a hole or two (I’m looking at you, Resident Evil:Afterlife). Count this as my official vote for the SDCC programming folks to act on the perpetual rumor that they’re going to limit Hall H to a couple of days every year. While we’re voting, please make one on Thursday, when crowds are more manageable. And get me a free pony while you’re at it.

Sometime between now and next Wednesday, I’ll sit down and figure out exactly what I’ll be attending. Here are the highlights:

Saturday, July 24 (Happy Pioneer Day!)

10:00-11:00 Mad about MAD!— Room 7AB

11:15-12:15 The Event: World-Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A with Cast and Producers— this has quite a large chunk of the cast expected to be there.

11:15-12:15 Spotlight on Gerard Way— Room 6DE – Lead singer of My Chemical Romance. Squee, I say.

11:45-1:15 Warner Bros.: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows— Hall H – we couldn’t have gotten rid of half of yesterday’s Hall H programming and let Green Lantern and Harry Potter each have their own panel?

12:00-1:00 The Venture Bros.— Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

12:30-1:45 Quick Draw!— Room 6BCF

1:30-2:15 The Simpsons— Ballroom 20

1:30-2:30 Behind the Scenes with Sid & Marty Krofft: A Look at the Past, Present and Future— Room 24ABC

1:30-2:30 Overture: Let Me In— Hall H

1:45-3:15 Cartoon Voices I— Room 6BCF – the first of Mark Evanier‘s two-part animation voices extravaganza during the convention. If you aren’t a Hall H type and enjoy animation at all, this is where you should be. Mark does a great job of keeping things running, and gathers together the most talented group of actors whose names you likely don’t recognize. Not only are they gathered up, but Mark puts them through their paces. I can’t recommend this panel highly enough. It’s companion panel is on Sunday morning and, since I’ll be holding down the fort in Hall H on Saturday, I’ll be going to the sequel.

2:00-3:00 The Guild— Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

2:30-3:30 Partners in Image Comics— Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane in the same panel. I’m really sorry to miss this one.

3:30-5:00 Warehouse 13 and Eureka— Room 6BCF

4:00-4:45 Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Afterlife— Hall H – I swear this is a retread of last year’s panel. And last year, there was 3D content. It’s hard to imagine what exactly needs to be said a full year later, since there was a decent amount of footage last time, if memory serves.

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski— Room 6A – even though the project has passed into the hands of a new writer, I’d still like to hear what JMS has to say about the state of World War Z. He’s always entertaining.

4:30-5:30 Disney Epic Mickey— Room 9

4:45-5:45 Universal: Paul and Cowboys & Aliens— Hall H

5:00-6:00 G4: Attack of the Show— Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

5:30-6:30 Why So Critical? Celebrating 25 Years of Film Threat— Room 24ABC

5:30-6:30 Avatar Press and Max Brooks— Room 26AB

6:00-7:00 Marvel Studios: Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger— Hall H – Whedon’s in town for another panel, so one wonders if we might get some news on The Avengers.

7:15-8:15 MythBusters— Room 6BCF

7:15-8:45 Kevin Smith— Hall H – casting news for his upcoming political horror movie Red State have been promised.

7:30-8:30 World Premiere of Legend of Neil, Season 3— Room 7AB

8:00-9:00 Troma Troma Troma— Room 8

8:30-10:30 With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story— Room 6BCF

8:30-9:30 World Premiere of The House That Drips Blood on Alex: An Evening With Tommy Wiseau— Room 7AB

10:00-12:00 Kevin Smith presents Cop Out in “Maximum Comedy Mode”— Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront – say what you will about Mssr. Smith, he does have a good handle on what a live crowd wants, and probably realizes that it isn’t to merely watch a DVD of his last movie with him. I suspect there will be surprises here.

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