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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.

San Diego Comic-Con 2010 – Friday Programming Preview

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July 22 through 25 marks 41st year of the San Diego Comic-Con International, the world’s most famous popular culture convention. It’ll be my seventh year as an attendee.

If I can pull together the hardware I need, I’m hoping to post my instant impressions of each panel I attend as they happen. If you happen to have an awesome contact who can help out, please drop me a line

The panels for this year were released last week. Here’s my list of Friday’s panels that appeal. The best news for me is that the panels in Hall H are almost uniformly terrible, meaning that I will escape the gravity of that place for the first time in quite a while, if only for a day. This also means that I get to avoid most of the 3D hype, as the programming gurus appear to have decided that Friday, in addition to being Star Wars Day, is also unofficially 3D Day. On the down side, it means I will miss Guillermo del Toro, who is always highly entertaining.

Sometime between now and next Wednesday, I’ll sit down and figure out exactly what I’ll be attending.

Friday, July 23

10:00-11:00 Comedy Central: Ugly Americans— Room 25ABC

10:30-11:30 Summit Entertainment: Drive Angry 3D— Hall H

11:00-11:45 Dimension Films: Piranha 3D— Hall H

11:30-12:30 AMC’s The Walking Dead— Room 6BCF – I am really excited for this panel. I love the Kirkman graphic novel it’s based on, and think Darabont can do almost no wrong. My biggest concern about the show is that they’re going to have to gut it to get it on AMC. I hope not.

11:30-12:30 Caprica— Ballroom 20

12:00-1:00 Skyline— Hall H

1:00-2:00 Bloom County’s Berkeley Breathed: The Secret Sex Tapes— Room 6A – from what I understand, Breathed rarely does public appearances. It’ll be a tight transition between Walking Dead to here, and I suspect the line will be prohibitively long for what is a really small room, so we shall see.

1:00-2:00 Star Wars Day: Beyond Solo: Crafting the Multiplayer Story in Star Wars: The Old Republic— Room 7AB

1:00-2:00 Super— Hall H

2:00-3:00 Yo Gabba Gabba! -Room 8

2:15-3:45 Miramax Films: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark— Hall H – It’s possible I may try to sneak back into Hall H for this and the Green Hornet panel. del Toro’s been reliably entertaining in past panels, and is rumored to be ready to announce his next movie here. Fingers crossed for Lovecraft.

4:00-5:00 Entertainment Weekly: Girls Who Kick Ass: A New Generation of Heroines—Ballroom 20

4:00-6:00 Sony Pictures Entertainment: The Other Guys, The Green Hornet, and Priest — Hall H

4:30-5:30 Adult Swim Panel Featuring Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, and Metalocalypse—Room 6BCF – on the other hand, if I skip Hall H, I’ll get to finally see the Adult Swim panel after many years of wanting to get to it.

4:30-5:30 Fallout: Game Writing in Evolving Franchises— Room 9

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Drew Struzan— Room 7AB

5:00-6:00 Girls Gone Genre: Movies, TV, Comics, Web— Room 24ABC

5:15-6:15 True Blood Panel and Q&A session— Ballroom 20

5:30-6:30 Shout! Factory: Roger Corman: King of the Independents— Room 25ABC

6:30-7:30 TV Guide Magazine: The 2010 Hot List— Ballroom 20

7:00-8:00 RiffTrax Live— Room 6DE

8:00-10:00 World Premiere: Batman: Under the Red Hood— Ballroom 20

8:15-9:15 Marvel: Iron Man Anime— Room 6DE

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever— Room 6BCF – This one’s a yearly tradition and always a lot of fun. The last few years I’ve been so bushed by Friday night that I’ve had to go to the panel, grab a copy of the DVD that Jerry Beck, noted animation historian, puts together of his program, and go back and sleep, but I won’t have as early a morning this time, so this may happen.

9:30-10:30 The Blood Factory— Room 5AB

10:00-12:00 Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation: Sick and Twisted— Room 6BCF

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