San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Sunday Schedule Highlights

This is it. Usually Sunday is pretty chill. Let's see what we have. Full schedule is here.

Rube Goldberg: A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius
Celebrate the genius of Rube Goldberg with his granddaughter Jennifer George, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicsArts), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo the Wanderer), and special panelists who knew Rube or were inspired by his work, as they share stories of the legendary cartoonist's life and career. Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was best known for his comical inventions that use overly complicated chain reactions to complete simple tasks. See home movies and rare and never-before-seen images from the family's archives, including his very first published drawings from his high school newspaper, his iconic inventions, rare comic strips, and advertising work, to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and later sculpture.
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

Sherlock
Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson), Mark Gatiss (co-creator/executive producer/writer), Steven Moffat (co-creator/executive producer/writer), and Sue Vertue (producer) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson. Moderated by Chris Hardwick. Coming to PBS Masterpiece during the 2016-17 season.
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Hall H

Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, time is set aside to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Kirby biographer Ray Wyman, Jr., Scott Dunbier (director of special projects, IDW Publishing), and attorney Paul S. Levine. Naturally, it's moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

Spotlight on Matt Fraction
Matt Fraction is the co-creator of Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, and Satellite Sam and past writer of Hawkeye, Thor, and a host of other acclaimed books for Marvel. Moderator David Brothers joins Matt in conversation, with an eye toward Matt's experience building a career in the creative arena (including lessons learned and being smart about your work).
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

LEGO Dimensions
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The LEGO Group offer Comic-Con attendees a new glimpse inside the ever-expanding realm of LEGO Dimensions. Be among the first to see a new trailer, new characters, and game features in this unparalleled mash-up game experience. Featuring key members of the TT Games development team and voice acting talent. All attendees will receive a limited-edition LEGO Green Arrow minifigure! LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system.
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

Cartoon Voices II
Yesterday's Cartoon Voices panel will have been such a hit that they'll have to do another one with different, but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Family Guy), Vicki Lewis (Rugrats, Finding Nemo), Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Trevor Devall (Guardians of the Galaxy, Kid vs. Kat), and Debby Derryberry (Monster High, F is for Family), and maybe someone else.
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself
Bryan Tillman covers such topics as presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. This is the program for you if you are looking to make a name for yourself or trying to get your ideas in front of your company of choice.
Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

Disney Kingdoms: Theme Park Stories with Marvel Comics
The creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel discuss what makes this collaborative relationship of theme park storytelling in comic books so much fun. Expect anecdotes on the development of previous titles as well as a glimpse at what is next to come.
Sunday July 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

Anything Goes with John Barrowman
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital E: He sings; he dances; he acts; he presents; he judges. Ask him anything.
Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

Animaniacs Live!
It's time for Animaniacs, live! Join the voice cast of the iconic animated series Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille and Jess Harnell, along with series songwriter Randy Rogel for a zany, animany, and totally insaney afternoon as they perform songs from the beloved cartoon. Animaniacs Live! will be coming to a city near you.
Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

Pac-Man to Mario: Retro Video Games and Video Game History
Learn about the rich and entertaining history of video games and why you keep going back to playing games that are 20 and 30 years old. A brief overview of the milestones in video game history will be presented: the rise of Atari in the late '70s, the Video Game Crash of 1983, the dominance of Nintendo in the '80s, and so on. Following will be a discussion about the current retro video game boom, seen in the popularity of video game collecting, "retro-style" indie games, and YouTube shows and conventions covering retro video games. Panelists include Pat Contri (author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, Pat the NES Punk), James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd, Cinemassacre), Ian Ferguson (Completely Unnecessary Podcast), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and Dan Eardley (Pixel Dan toy reviews).
Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

Buffy Musical: Once More with Feeling: An Interactive Whedon Musical
Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis WhedonCon, and FandomCharities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More with Feeling" as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was 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. Juliet Landau (Drusilla) plus a surprise guest will be joining the fun.
Sunday July 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Room 6BCF

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
This annual panel is for any group with a goal. It presents the vital basics of group management and networking that can apply to literally any project, from hobbiest to professional. Whether your goal is a career or professional-level hobby, your projects are a full-time job and you have only part-time hours to accomplish them. Much of achieving your goals rests with everyone helping each other with the skills, training, or talents no one individual has. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. (Mythbusters), Amber Goelst (Wacom Enterprise/Education), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Gene Turnbow (general manager, Krypton Radio), Renah Wolzinger (higher education leadership: statewide technical assistance provider), Brendan Creecy (Radio Brendo Man podcast), Ron Coleman, Ph.D (molecular geneticist), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, and lecturer), Chris Dickens (writer and co-creator of Vigilante Project), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV) provide a mix of speaking, questions, and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered. Handouts will be provided that cover tips, wisdom, and dos and donts from previous panels. As a bonus to help get your creative work life further along, you'll get a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud. They also have a second tool to give away of particular use to anyone that even touches artwork: A Wacom tablet! You must be at the panel to be eligible for either giveaway.
Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

If you're still at SDCC on Sunday afternoon you can come see me at the Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule panel. If you're trying to do any kind of creative project I would recommend checking it out. Lots of other good stuff on the schedule. That Animaniacs panel sounds especially cool. We're about a week away from the big event and I am getting pumped. I hope you are too if you're attending. If not, I'm sure you can follow along the happenings just fine on social media as well as the new Comic-Con HQ streaming service.

posted by brendoman | 07/12/16| 11:22:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Saturday Schedule Highlights

I had a blast at Disneyland and the Brian Wilson concert this weekend. As promised, here are my Saturday schedule highlights. View the full schedule here.

MARCH: Featuring Congressman John Lewis
At last, the final chapter is here. Meet the man they call a real-life superhero and witness history in the making, as the legendary civil rights icon, U.S. congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns! Together with award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis has brought his incredible story to new life with the graphic novel trilogy March. Join all three to celebrate the completion of the saga in March: Book Three, a must-read account of the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Selma-Montgomery March, and so much more, available exclusively at Comic-Con for a limited time. Learn how March is transforming the understanding of the civil rights movement, and the powerfully urgent lessons that it brings to new generations today, and get ready to move your feet!
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

We Bare Bears Panel
Ice Bear loves Comic-Con. Which is why he and his brothers, Grizz and Panda, are making their first ever panel appearance in San Diego! The cast and crew of We Bare Bears discuss the hilarious new series, celebrate the fans, preview exclusive clips, and take your questions. Panelists include Daniel Chong (series creator), Eric Edelstein (voice of Grizzly), Bobby Moynihan (voice of Panda), Demetri Martin (voice of Ice Bear), Charlyne Yi (voice of Chloe), and Lauren Sassen (storyboard artist), moderated by Mikey Heller (series writer). Also featuring a sneak peek of upcoming Cartoon Network series Mighty Magiswords, part of the back-to-back panel extravaganza followed by The Powerpuff Girls at 11:00.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

What Happened
How many great (or terrible?) scripts lie forgotten in the bottom of Hollywood filing cabinets? How did they get there? Why are they still there? Why were they never made? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne (the dynamic duo behind the hit documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?) and surprise panelists uncover some of Hollywood's greatest urban legends, from Superman Lives to Jodorowsky's Dune.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

Spotlight on Kate Beaton
Kate Beaton is the cartoonist behind 2015's New York Times bestseller Step Aside, Pops, as well as the wildly popular website Hark! A Vagrant. Beaton has taken the world by storm with her incisive, carefully researched, and often hilarious takes on history, literature, and pop culture. She will read from her work and engage in a Q&A session with the audience.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

Spotlight on Daniel Clowes
Appearing at Comic-Con International for the first time in 15 years, influential cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Wilson) is joined by editor and friend Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics) to discuss his career beginnings, Hollywood, and his newest New York Times bestselling graphic novel, Patience.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

Back to the 90s: Nickelodeon's All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple
Join Nickelodeon's throwback programming block, The Splat, for a reunion of the trailblazing sketch comedy series' major players. Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg, and Kel Mitchell discuss all things All That, with a few added surprises. Plus, get the first look at Nick's new TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple and hear about it from returning cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker, and other panelists, moderated by Entertainment Weekly's LA correspondent, Marc Snetiker.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

Creating Universes
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos, Star Talk) hosts an A-List panel of creators, including Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine), who will discuss how universes are formed with the imagination and with science. Renowned artist Rob Prior (Game of Thrones, Star Wars) will provide a live painting exhibition during the panel.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Spotlight on William Gibson
William Gibson is the novelist and screenwriter credited with pioneering cyberpunk science fiction. His Blue Ant trilogy-Patterson Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History-were New York Times bestsellers, as was his most recent, The Peripheral. Archangel, co-written with his friend, Michael St. John Smith, is now being published by IDW. Join Gibson, Smith and some of their IDW collaborators for a discussion of Archangel.
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

Quick Draw!
It's still the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano and Sharpie-to-Sharpie to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), and they're joined by Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) plus a couple of surprising surprises!
Saturday July 23, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

The Simpsons
The Simpsons is heading into its 600th episode. Creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman, and voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright offer some juicy tidbits on the 28th season and beyond!
Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Twenty-five years after the first black-and-white issue of the self-published comic book Bone appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter, comes a new (and completely superfluous) adventure featuring the Bone cousins in Bone Coda! Jeff Smith discusses the 25th Anniversary of Bone, followed by a reading of the new tale.
Saturday July 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

Cartoon Voices 1
Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers together a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year's lineup includes Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Futurama), Brian T. Delaney (Mad, Halo 5: Guardians), Georgie Kidder (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Goldie and Bear), Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Transformers), Julianne Buescher (The Muppets, Sid the Science Kid), and Jim Meskimen (Avengers Assemble, MAD).
Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

Inside the Writers' Room: The Pilot: Part One
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 03:32PM
Before there can be a hit series (or even a Manimal or Supertrain), there has to be a pilot. A panel of expert creators and writer/producers will share their experiences-the good, bad, and the very ugly-in selling and making a television pilot. Get the straight scoop on how shows go from their synapses to your television sets and tablets. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's executive VP of drama development and production, Chris Parnell. Panelists include Ryan Condal (Colony, Logan's Run), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), V. J. Boyd (Justified), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe, Terminator), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Caper, Da Vinci's Demons), Toni Graphia (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Cop Rock), Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X, Femme Fatales), and Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Elementary, The Dresden Files).
Saturday July 23, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

Spotlight on Stan Lee
'Nuff said.
Saturday July 23, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

Invader ZIM Conquers San Diego Comic Con
It's been one year since the premiere of the Invader ZIM comic books based on the popular Nickelodeon series, so be on hand for a retrospective of the series so far as well as hints for what's to come. Featuring Jhonen Vasquez (series creator, control brain), Eric Trueheart (TV and comic series writer), Aaron Alexovich (character designer, artist), Dave Crosland (comic artist), and Megan Lawton (inker) all tell horrible, horrible secrets about the comic book series.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

Sid & Marty Krofft
Sid and Marty Krofft have created and produced some of the most iconic names in family entertainment for over 40 years and are still in action today. Digital platforms such as Amazon Prime (Sigmund and The Sea Monsters starring David Arquette), cable network Nickelodeon (Mutt & Stuff), and iTunes and Fullscreen (Electra Woman and Dyna Girl starring Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart) are all currently thrilling today's audiences with three new Krofft productions. Join Sid and Marty Krofft along with moderator David Arquette and Bradley Zweig (executive producer of Mutt & Stuff) for this very special event, which also features a video appearance by Helbig and Hart.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

Star Trek
September 8, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's first broadcast. What began as a TV show became a window into the future and a reflection of our greatest hopes and dreams. By envisioning a world where technology and science improve the human condition, and where peace and unity transcend conflict and separation, Star Trek has inspired children, parents, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and viewers around the world. It's also spurred countless real-world innovations and "firsts," giving name to a Space Shuttle (the Enterprise), launching one of the first and most passionate worldwide fandoms, and featuring the first interracial kiss on American network television. Join William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan, and Brent Spiner for a conversation moderated by Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the new Star Trek television series coming to CBS All Access, following its network premiere in 2017.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hall H

Writing with J. Michael Straczynski
If your heart is driving you to write and you can't imagine doing anything else, this is the panel for you. The discussion will cover writing for film, television, and comics in a Q&A style workshop, the quality of the discussion determined by the questions you bring. Learn the tricks of the writing trade from an Eisner, Icon, Inkpot, Hugo and Bradbury Award-winning writer and producer also nominated for a British Academy Award for Changeling. He's worked on World War Z and Thor and is one of the writer/producer/creators for Sense8. Come prepared for information and impertinence.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

Vice Principals
Vice Principals, the new HBO comedy series starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins, makes its Comic-Con debut. Moderated by The Nerdist Podcast's Matt Mira, with McBride, Goggins, and executive producer Jody Hill. Created by McBride and Hill, who also created HBO's Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals is a dark comedy series that tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it: the vice principals. McBride and Goggins star as the rival administrators who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal. The half-hour show airs on Sundays at 10:30, beginning on July 17.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 09, 04:48PM
Icons of entertainment reunite as the Mystery Inc. gang and WWE Superstars team-up for their second animated adventure, Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon. When Scooby and the gang attend an off-road racing competition, the last thing they expect is to stumble upon a menacing phantom. However, before they can say "ruh-roh," things take a turn for the worse, as Inferno schemes to sabotage the race and cause chaos for everyone. With the help of WWE Superstars Triple H, Paige, Sheamus, Mr. McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Lana™, Rusev®, The Miz®, Kofi Kingston® and Goldust®, as well as Scooby's new driving partner, The Undertaker, it's up to Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang to save the race before it's too late! Be among the first public audience to see footage from the sequel to one of the best-selling films in Scooby-Doo history. WWE Superstars Sheamus and Paige join the longtime voice of Daphne, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), along with producer Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Young Justice), director Tim Divar (Young Justice), WWE Studios President Michael Luisi, Warner Bros Animation Senior Vice President Jay Bastian - and a few mystery guests - for an in-depth discussion about this all-new animated film. IGN's Eric Goldman will moderate the festivities, which will include special prizes for a few lucky fans. Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on August 9, 2016, just in time for the excitement of this year's WWE SummerSlam.
Saturday July 23, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

30th Anniversary of Dark Horse
Thirty years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more. Now, the publisher is poised to make headlines again with some of the biggest news about new original work since Frank Miller brought Sin City to the pages of Dark Horse Presents! Panelists offer an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry.
Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

Aliens: 30th Anniversary
Writer/director James Cameron (Avatar) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) join cast members Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Bill Paxton (True Lies), Lance Henriksen (Millennium), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks) for a look back at the iconic science fiction classic in honor of the film's 30th anniversary.
Saturday July 23, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Hall H

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America
Stars Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spiderman), and Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), lead writer and executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe) and moderator Tim Leong of Entertainment Weekly offer a first look at BBC America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, an original series from the producers of The Walking Dead, premiering October 22. An adaptation from famed author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through an insane mystery, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. BBC America's Dirk Gentley's Holisitc Detective Agency is an eight-part co-production of AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.
Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6BCF

Son of Zorn
Be one of the first to see FOX's highly anticipated new hybrid live-action/animated family comedy, Son of Zorn. Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis, the series follows an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean who returns to Orange County to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. The talented cast and crew, including Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Johnny Pemberton, executive producer Sally McKenna and executive producer/director Eric Appel will entertain as they discuss this ground-breaking series coming to FOX this fall. Moderated by Dan Snierson.
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Robert Kirkman's Outcast: When in Rome
Cinemax's newest series chronicles Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever. Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise) and Chris Black (Desperate Housewives) and cast members Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Independence Day), and Reg E Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire) discuss their experience with Outcast season 1 and look ahead to the already green-lit season 2. Moderated by Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!).
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

Buckaroo Banzai: Getting the Band Back Together
Lewis Smith (Perfect Tommy), Billy Vera (Pinky Carruthers), Damon Hines (Scooter Lindley), and Gerald Peterson (Rug Sucker) discuss their experiences making this cult classic, their participation in the upcoming Shout Factory special edition Blu-ray, and their potential involvement in the new Banzai television series being spearheaded by Kevin Smith. Moderated by Joe Parrington (publicist, Raining Hollywood Publicity).
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

The Final Girls & The Future of The Midnight Movie
The creatives and select cast behind 2015's cult-classic in the making, The Final Girls, and actual fan-favortie final girls from horror films throughout the years discuss the film's road to the screen, its midnight movie roots, what the rules are for a final girl in this day and age, and what makes a modern and classic midnight movie favorite! Bonus: watch select scenes with the cast and final girls and join them in suggesting Rocky Horror style rituals to enact in future viewings of the film. Panelists include director Todd Strauss-Schulson, writers Joshua Miller and M. A. Fortin, director of photography Elie Smolkin, cast members Thomas Middleditch and Angela Trimburs, and a surprise slate of actual final girls from horror film history! Featuring exclusive signed giveaways from the film.
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

WWE: Then. Now. Forever.
BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a publishing partnership with WWE to bring the sports entertainment leader back to comic shops everywhere. BOOM! Studios president of publishing & marketing Filip Sablik, managing editor Bryce Carlson, editor Eric Harburn, artist Dan Mora for an inaugural power hour of special announcements and the debut of exclusive artwork, including the announcement of who will be writing the upcoming WWE: Then. Now. Forever comic coming in November. Plus, every attendee will recieve an exclusive, double-sided, one-page comic for free!
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Hall H

The Last Man on Earth
The stars from FOX's Emmy-nominated hit comedy The Last Man on Earth-Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and Cleopatra Coleman-discuss the evolution and surprising twist and turns from the first two shocking seasons as well as tease the upcoming third season. Moderated by Henry Goldblatt.
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Riverdale Pilot Screening and Q&A
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 09, 04:43PM
Things aren't always what you expect in Riverdale. Based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood), this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom-and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music-and not follow in his dad's footsteps-despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him-certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It's all weighing heavily on Archie's mind-as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she's not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty's nerves-which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother, Alice (Mädchen Amick)-aren't the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there's an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn't want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there's Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) . . . Riverdale's Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble among Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows. See a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a panel discussion with series stars and executive producers. Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics). Riverdale premieres midseason on The CW.
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:30pm - 7:25pm
Room 6BCF

Inside the Writer's Room: Pre, Production & Post, Oh My: Part Two
If writers rooms were like superhero teams, they've just lined up the Justice League and The Avengers for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers room and what happens after your script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's jocular executive VP of drama development & production, Chris Parnell. The line-up this year includes Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time, The Flash, Haven), Michael Narducci (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Medium), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Xena, Lost), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory),William Harper (Grey's Anatomy), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Guardians of the Galaxy TV), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Castle, Agent X).
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

STARZ Original Series Ash vs Evil Dead
Sam Raimi (executive producer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer/Ash), Lucy Lawless (Ruby), Ray Santiago (Pablo), Dana DeLorenzo (Dana), Lee Majors (Brock Williams), and Ted Raimi (Chet Kaminski) discuss the hit series and preview what's to come in season 2.
Saturday July 23, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

Kevin Smith
What if you had a panel and the audience didn't show up? Kevin Smith can tell you what it's like: Last year, the clown prince of Comic-Con saw thousands of people abandon his annua Hall H talk for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor Star Wars concert. But the plucky, portly director and podcaster is back to tell silly stories and talk about his new movie Yoga Hosers, his AMC Network shows Comic Book Men and Geeking Out, directing an episode of The Flash for The CW, his forthcoming Buckaroo Banzai adaptation, and the Mallrats sequel that's gonna be a TV series! You can't miss this perennial Hall H highlight (unless there's something way better going on at the same time, like a Star Wars concert).
Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hall H

Darwyn Cooke Tribute
Celebrate the life and art of award-winning cartoonist Darwyn Cooke (The New Frontier, Parker) with moderator Jimmy Palmiotti and some of the biggest names in comics and animation, including Mike Allred, Scott Dunbier, Cully Hamner, Frank Tieri, and Bruce Timm.
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is Back
Joel Hodgson (creator, MST3K), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry), and others discuss the show's record-breaking crowdfunding campaign and reveal behind-the-scenes info on season 11.
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a "comic book come to life." That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and villains like Ric Flair, panelists from both worlds will explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of popular art. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Jonathan Bowles (WrassleRoos), and Flobo Boyce (Silver Streek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media)
Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8

M.A.S.K. Voice Cast 31st Anniversary Reunion
For the first time ever, the original voice cast of M.A.S.K., including Doug Stone (Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Dusty Hayes), Brendan McKane (Miles Mayhem, Alex Sector, Floyd Malloy), Sharon Noble (Gloria Baker, Vanessa Garfield, M.A.S.K. Computer), and Mark Halloran (Sly Rax, Buddie Hawks, Cliff Dagger) will be coming together to celebrate the love of M.A.S.K. and take part in a live Q&A session with you, the fans.
Saturday July 23, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 29AB

Season 2 World Premiere Screening of Ash vs Evil Dead
Get a first viewing of the season 2 premiere episode of the STARZ Original Series Ash vs Evil Dead. with introduction by cast and executive producers.
Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 6DE

Wow! So many panels! So many lines! So many broken hearts! But seriously, there is so much stuff and this is just the programming. There's the show floor, offsites, all the Streetpass action you can handle, and so much more. I can't wait!!

posted by brendoman | 07/11/16| 10:12:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Friday Schedule Highlights

As always, the full schedule is available here. I'm headed out to Anaheim to go to Disneyland with Gringo and his wife Maggie tomorrow and then I'm going up to L.A. to see Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. I know this might pain you to wait but my Saturday and Sunday schedule highlights won't be up until Monday most likely. I'm sure you'll be fine.

Keeping it Short: Short Form Comics
Kate Beaton (Step Aside Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), and Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test) are three of the most critically acclaimed cartoonists working today. All three are masters of the short form, imbuing great narrative depth into a few panels or a few pages of comics. Beaton, Carroll, Hanawalt and Abraham Riesman (associate editor of Vulture) will discuss how keeping things short can make for great stories.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

The Giant's Dream: Documentary Screening & Chat with Brad Bird
From hundreds of hours of archival footage and myriad modern-day interviews comes a documentary that puts an in-depth spotlight on the beloved 1999 animated film The Iron Giant . Director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) will lead a discussion following a final cut screening of this fascinating documentary that examines the intricate, behind-the-scenes details of the creative process in bringing this critically acclaimed film to the big screen. Author Ramin Zahed moderates.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe
Cartoon Network is bringing together the talents of Steven Universe for a first-of-its-kind live musical experience for fans at San Diego Comic-Con! The series cast and musical minds behind Steven Universe will give a never-before-seen performance of the series' critically acclaimed music, as well as exclusive previews from upcoming episodes and an extended Q&A. Scheduled to appear are Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar (creator), Jeff Liu (writer and storyboard artist), Zach Callison (voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), Charlyne Yi (voice of Ruby), and Ben Levin (writer), accompanied by series composers Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema and moderated by former supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Con Man Panel
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Powerless, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and many more, discuss their wild ride with Comic-Con HQ on season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible. You can expect plenty of surprise guests, giveaways, and one very special sneak peek!
Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Hall H

Intro to TV Writing
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) is joined by some of today's biggest TV writer/producers/executives, including Karen Horne (NBC) and others from your favorite genre shows, to discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

Ben Hatke in Conversation with Patrick Rothfuss
#1 New York Times Bestseller Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack) talks with renowned fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind) about the creative lifestyle, how are books created, and what does creativity mean outside the writing and drawing process?
Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

Star Wars Publishing
Get the latest info on all the new books and comics set in a galaxy far, far away! Authors, artists, and editors from Del Rey, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, and others discuss their upcoming stories and the future of Star Wars publishing. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain.
Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

Robot Chicken
Perk up your feathers and lube your gears; the poultry posse's back to show exclusive, never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage of their Emmy Award-winning series! Co-creator/EP Matthew Senreich, EP/co-head writer Tom Root, EP/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writer/director Tom Sheppard are joined by a very special guest: voice actor Donald Faison (Scrubs). Moderated by Keith Crofford, SVP of production for Adult Swim.
Friday July 22, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Walt Kelly and POGO
The greatest newspaper strip of all time? Some would call it that. Even if you aren't one of them, you've gotta love the wit and whimsy of Walt Kelly's magnum opus, Pogo, now receiving its first-ever complete reprinting in an Eisner Award-winning series from Fantagraphics Books. Remember this great artist with comics historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, historian Michael Barrier, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer).
Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand, Christian Serratos, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist,Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of season 6 and a sneak peek into season 7, debuting in October on AMC.
Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall H

Captain America: Civil War Screenwriting Q&A
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers of Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Winter Soldier) discuss the joys and challenges of adapting the beloved comic tale into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Backstory Magazine publisher Jeff Goldsmith (host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast). Bring your questions!
Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss
New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss tells stories, answers audience questions, and discusses strange things with his interviewer, Hank Green. Be prepared for tangents, inappropriate humor, and impromptu singing.
Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

Spotlight on Berkeley Breathed
In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing all-new Bloom County strips, for the first time in more than 25 years! Join Berkeley for one of his infamous presentations, focusing on what it's like to be the last strip cartoonist standing! Presentation followed by Q&A.
Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

People of Earth & Powerless
From Emmy winners Conan O'Brien (Conan) and Greg Daniels (The Office) and creator David Jenkins comes People of Earth, a half-hour single-camera comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. Join series star Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), co-executive producer David Jenkins and executive producer Greg Daniels for a screening of the pilot episode followed by a Q&A. People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Cenac) who investigates a support group to write about the member's supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, however, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and, possibly, even signs that point to his own alien abduction. The onetime outsider now finds himself a part of this eclectic group of misfits, all the while struggling with the idea of knowing that life could exist beyond our world. Produced by Conaco LLC in association with Warner Horizon Television,People of Earth is coming this fall to TBS. Next up it's a superhero's world. Cast members Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Danny Pudi (Community), and Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) along with executive producer Ben Queen (A to Z), and executive producer/director Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911) present a screening of the pilot episode and Q&A covering the first comedy series set in the DC universe. Powerless is the story of Emily (Hudgens), a young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused when superheroes and supervillains treat the city like their own personal battleground. Taking care of insurance needs one by one, Emily and her team of co-workers might not have any superpowers but they are out to make a difference in people's lives and prove that you don't need to have powers to be powerful! From Warner Bros. Television, Powerless premieres midseason on NBC.
Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

Rick and Morty
Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community), and voice talent Spencer Grammer (Greek), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show) invite fans for a sneak peek at the highly anticipated third season. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).
Friday July 22, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode sixth season in June and will begin filming its seventh season later this year. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Faye Marsay as The Waif, Hannah Murray as Gilly, Kristian Nairn as Hodor, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. Moderated by Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Friday July 22, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

The Tick: The First 30 Years
The Tick first appeared in print 30 years ago. Creator Ben Edlund explores The Tick's history (and future) in a multimedia Event-o-Happening with surprise panelists, mystifying giveaways, and a revealing inside look at The Tick's next big thing!
Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Marvel Television: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and cast members Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker, co-creators and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and executive producer Jeff Bell share the secrets, lies, and dangers of making season 3! See exclusive footage and surprise moments, and be the first to learn what's in store for season 4! The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this fall, only on ABC.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom 20

Sweet Dreams Aren't Made Of These: Horror and Thriller Authors Bring Your Nightmares to Life
Authors in the horror and thriller genres are more than just talented writers. They have to be masters of psychology, understanding what makes us most terrified and portraying worlds and scenarios that strike at the very core of our deepest and darkest fears. Del Howison of Dark Delicacies probes the twisted minds of Paul Tremblay (Disappearance at Devil's Rock), Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils), Paula Treick Deboard (The Drowning Girls), Tosca Lee (Progeny), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX), and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) as they discuss the best ways to scare you.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

Samurai Jack
Creator/director Genndy Tartakovsky, head writer Darrick Bachman, art director Scott Wills, storyboard artist Bryan Andrews, and character designer Craig Kellman give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming revival of hit animated action-adventure series Samurai Jack. Moderated by Tom Kenny (Samurai Jack, Spongebob Squarepants).
Friday July 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

STARZ Original Series American Gods
Bryan Fuller (executive producer), Michael Green (executive producer), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy) discuss the highly anticipated series and preview what's to come in the premiere season. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple).
Friday July 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

Ask-an-Agent
Get in all of your questions in this frank and forthcoming panel with literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) and television/literary agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners). They will take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and television/film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

Hermes Press: Jim Davis Talk About His New Book: The Art Garfield
This panel will kick off the premiere of Jim Davis's new book The Art of Garfield. It will begin with a video presentation chronicling the birth and development of Garfield. Jim Davis will talk about the creation, history, and art of his famous cat. R. C. Harvey (The Art of the Funnies, author of the introduction to The Art of Garfield) and Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press, Silver Age: the Second Generation of Comic Artists) will then join in and talk about the art of everything Garfield. This will be Davis's first appearance at Comic-Con! The panel will end with a Q&A session.
Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

Dark Horse: Conversations with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!
Friday July 22, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hall H

Bob's Burgers
It's always a party when creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast (including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy) bring their Emmy Award-winning animated FOX series Bob's Burgers to San Diego for another unforgettable panel. The cast and creative team behind one of America's most beloved TV families will have you howling with laughter with never-before-seen footage.
Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary
Oscar-nominated producer Don Hahn, directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and an all-star panel of filmmakers discuss the making of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

Orphan Black: BBC America
BBC America's award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con for its fourth straight year. Panelists includes Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (Sarah and the Leda clones), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Kevin Hanchard (Art) and Kathryn Alexandree (Leda clone double actress), as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, will be joined by this year's moderator Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman. They'll look back at the thrilling season and offer clues to what's next for the Clone Club.
Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6BCF

Archer: Screening and Q&A
Archer is an animated half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and its employees, who use every seedy surveillance of a suspected adulterer or investigation into insurance fraud as another excuse to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain. See an exclusive new video and then join the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin (Sterling Archer), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Jessica Walter (Malory Archer), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Judy Greer (Cheryl/Carol Tunt), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), and Lucky Yates (Dr. Algernop Krieger), plus creator/executive producer/writer Adam Reed (Ray Gillette), executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series to life. Moderated by Leanne Aguilera (ET Online).
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

South Park: Season 20
With South Park's 20th season premiering this September, Comedy Central is kicking off the global celebration here at Comic-Con! The South Park 20 panel will celebrate all 267 episodes (and counting) with moderator Chris Hardwick and guest panelists who are sure to excite! Panelists will discuss the evolution of South Park over the last two decades, take questions from fans and give an exclusive sneak peek of South Park's highly anticipated next-gen video game from Ubisoft, South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hall H

The World of Mouse Guard
David Petersen's fan-favorite Mouse Guard series has been around for more than a decade, and publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is proud to be a part of its legacy! But what's next? Petersen and BOOM! assistant editor Cameron Chittock offer a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning comics and games, including the recently released Mouse Guard: Art of Bricks, a peek at the forthcoming Mouse Guard Coloring Book, and more! Plus, comedian Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will be on hand for a live reading performance of a Mouse Guard short story!
Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

Comics from the Squared Circle
An insider's look at the overlapping worlds of comics and professional wrestling, including a historical retrospective and predictions for the future of wrestling comics. Featuring Lucha Underground superstar Chavo Guerrero (Chavo Guerrero's Warrior's Creed), WWE Hall-of-Famer Andre the Giant's daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, and recordbreaking wrestling comics writer Mike Kingston (Headlocked). Hosted by Heidi MacDonald (Comics Beat).
Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

Is The Swag You're Giving Out Working
The one thing that every convention has in common, no matter how different their industries, is the kinds of promotional items being given out at each booth. Each company tries to make the best or most relevant items to promote their business. Everyone wants to have the right kind of promotional items that will resonate with their customers and influence them to purchase their brand or service. The War Machine Marketing panel is about finding out which items have worked in the past, which items haven't, which have been surprising, and which have been revolutionary. This panel is for exhibitors, new businesses, and customers alike, because each perspective is important.
Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal
Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) have a panel! Wherein talking, cavorting, scribbling, gyrating, ridiculing, sneak peeking, signing, head-desking, reveling, responding, and much hooplah will transpire.
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

The Exorcist
See a special preview screening of the full first episode with stars Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone, House of Cards), and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (Commander in Chief, Beetlejuice, The Fly) and writer/producer Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, Academy Award-nominated The Exorcist terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, The Exorcist returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller on FOX this fall, following the story of two very different priests tackling one family's case of terrifying demonic possession.
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

The Writer's Journey: Maximizing Your Exposure in the Marketplace
This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st-century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW's M.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producern Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park,Living Single), artist/writer Tony Puryear (Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and writer Brandon Thomas (Skybound's Horizon, Miranda Mercury).
Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

She Made That: Nickelodeon Women in Animation
A group of innovative and pioneering female cartoon creators discuss their careers and the opportunities for women in animation today. Panelists include women responsible for the original Nicktoons from the 1990s and others who are making some of today's best animation for TV and the web. Hosted by Rachel Heine (Nerdist) and including panelists Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Mary Harrington (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life), Vanessa Coffey (Rugrats, Doug), Rikke Asbjoern (Pinky Malinky), Margaret Dean (Women in Animation), and Maija Burnett (California Institute of the Arts).
Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

AMC's Preacher
Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg join comic book co-creator and series co-executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish in a panel moderated by Kevin Smith, to discuss the first season of the hit series. Join the panelists for a live reading of the newest episode, airing Sunday, July 24 at 9pm on AMC, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hall H

Scream Queens
It's the return of the Chanels! From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, season 2 of Scream Queens graduates from the college campus and into an abandoned hospital purchased by Dean Munch (Jamie Lee Curtis). Set two years later, the Chanels (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, and Abigail Breslin), Hester (Lea Michele), and Zayday (Keke Palmer) are now hospital employees as they embark on another terrifyingly funny murder mystery full of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases ever diagnosed. Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and others engage in a star-studded season 1 tell-all, with exclusive details on the new season premiering this fall on Fox. There's a new killer in town, but this time . . . it's no devil!
Friday July 22, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Ballroom 20

Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off against your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics and editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, in this highly interactive panel discussion, where audience members are invited to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate. Everyone in the room will get the chance to vote "fresh" or "rotten" by using their personal "Tomatometer Paddle."
Friday July 22, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Ryan Newman, Stacey Dash, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and director Anthony Ferrante will whet your appetite for the explosive new sequel in the pop culture juggernaut that is Sharknado! See exclusive clips of the fourth installment, which will be chomping down viewers this July 31 on Syfy. The cast and director will share stories from the set, explain why the story takes place five years into the future, and reveal how just many sharks it takes to destroy Las Vegas. Fans also get to partake in a Q&A session.
Friday July 22, 2016 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A

11 Secrets to Publishing Your E-Book
So, you've been writing. Maybe it's a novel, or a short story, or assorted musings on vampires. You're getting ready to self-publish on Amazon, but you're not sure how to take that last step. Before you hit "upload," come to this panel! Sean Rourke (author of The Pendragon Armada) will go over 11 crucial secrets to prevent your masterpiece from getting lost in the digital sea!
Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke
Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight's arch nemesis, The Joker, as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. Based on one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time, this R-rated, feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm (Justice League: Gods & Monsters) at the helm and Kevin Conroy (Justice League), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Hear how the graphic novel transitioned to animated thriller, and then witness the world premiere of this highly anticipated film. Panelists include Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner James Gordon, as well as director Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman) and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 26 on Digital HD and August 2 on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
Friday July 22, 2016 9:00pm - 12:00am
Ballroom 20

Dang, that Hall H lineup is stacked. I have resigned myself to the fact that I will most likely never get to see a Game of Thrones panel. I'm not ready to give up on Bob's Burgers though. After making it in to the WonderCon panel now I have a taste for the amazing experience that it is and I want more. We'll see how it goes. There's lots of great writing and other creative panels as well as Jim freaking Davis making his first SDCC appearance. That's kind of nuts, right?

posted by brendoman | 07/08/16| 12:19:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Thursday Schedule Highlights

It's that time of year again and Phil let me know he uses this site as his "Comic-Con App" so I can't let him down. You can view the whole Thursday schedule here.

Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson's Labyrinth with Archaia
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Senior editor Sierra Hahn and artists Eric Powell (The Goon, Big Man Plans), Joëlle Jones (Spider-Woman, Lady Killer), and Jonathan Case (The New Deal, Batman '66) give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children's storybook, and an artists' tribute collection. Moderated by Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine.
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

Happy Happy Joy Joy
For 25 years, Nickelodeon has produced some of the most innovative and memorable animation in the history of television. Nick Animation podcast host Hector Navarro finds out how and why four of the network's most influential creators did what they did: Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), Butch Hartman (Fairly OddParents, Danny Phanton) and Arlene Klasky (Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power), who along with Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, created Rugrats. Don't miss the chance to see production art from the upcoming Hey Arnold movie, animation from Hartman's new Bunsen Is a Beast, and the world premiere of Don vs Raph, a TMNT animated short written and produced by Jhonen Vasquez.
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

Snowden
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 07, 10:50AM
Open Road Films presents Oliver Stone's Snowden, featuring never-before-seen footage and a live conversation with legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone, in his first visit to Comic-Con, and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodly, Zachary Quinto and Scott Eastwood.
Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Hall H

Geek & Sundry at SDCC
Felicia Day and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know! Join the panel for hilarious discussions on their favorite current and future shows, upcoming projects, and the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Mycroft
NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a special appearance at Comic-Con to launch his new comic book, Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, which debuts exclusively at SDCC with a special variant cover. This exciting series is a brand new standalone comic book adventure that uncovers the secrets of the elder Holmes brother. Join series artist Joshua Cassara (The Troop) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on stage for an hour of exclusives and insider reveals. Each audience member will receive an exclusive show art card.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

The Pitching Hour
Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (producers, Ultimate Spider-Man), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Quantum Break), Lindsay Rostal (VP, The Odd Gentlemen), Carina Schulze (president, Chatrone), Jennie Kong (pr strategist), a surprise guest or two and moderator Dan Evans III (VP, DC Entertainment) 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 through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. 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 Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

Grant Morrison & Graphic India: Myth & Legends
Graphic India welcomes legendary creator Grant Morrison (Batman, All Star Superman, 18 Days, The Multiversity) to discuss storytelling, global mythology, mysticism, the rise of Indian superheroes and his latest groundbreaking, mythic/sci-fi project with Graphic India called Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness. In Avatarex, the epic world of living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India. What happens when an all-powerful super-being awakens to fight the Last War of the Age, only to discover he's been sent too early for the End Days and must somehow learn to exist in a world that's too small and too frail to survive his presence? How does humanity react to the challenges of such a paragon in their midst? Will Avatarex raise everyone to his level, or will everyone drag him down? Can the embodiment of their highest aspirations exist side-by-side with their all-too-human failings or will the gulf between what they wish they could be and what they are destroy them?
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

Moana: Art of Story
Legendary directors Ron Clements (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) and John Musker (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) lead a panel of artists as they give a behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming animated comedy-adventure Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Once on her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A

Mattel & WWE Fan Panel
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods), along with AJ Styles and Becky Lynch, offer a fun-filled hour that definitely won't be sour! Get your recommended daily value of positivity, unicorn magic, and action figures in this gluteus-free panel featuring never-before-seen Mattel figure reveals along with a Q&A session moderated by NXT color commentator Corey Graves.
Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5AB

The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
It's that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Nerdist president Adam Rymer, and a surprise guest or two. Join the gang for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await!
Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, and his latest foray into science fiction. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis made up of thousands of species from all corners of the universe. Alpha's 17 million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. But not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; unseen forces are at work, placing their race in great danger. Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns) join moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and special surprise panelists for the first public sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, coming to theaters from EuropaCorp in Summer 2017.
Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall H

DC: One-On-One with Paul Dini
The superstar bestselling writer and co-creator of Harley Quinn returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From his early days on the Batman Animated TV show to heart-wrenching Dark Night: A True Batman Story to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre's most influential people.
Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

Feral Audio Live with Dan Harmon and his Podcast Pals
From Starburns Industries (Animals, Anomalisa,Rick & Morty) comes a Hall H live podcast recording of unparalleled precedent! Podcast pioneer Dan Harmon (Harmontown, Community) brings to the stage some of his best-known pals from the fiercely independent Feral Audio network, including Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together, Take My Wife), Johnny Pemberton (Twisting the Wind, Neighbors 2), Steve Agee (Uhhh..., Adventure Time), My Favorite Murder hosts Georgia Hardstark (Slumber Party) and Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show), Alie Ward (Slumber Party, Cooking Channel), Doughboys Mike Mitchell (The Birthday Boys), and Nick Wiger (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Jeff B. Davis (Harmontown, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), the smooth men of Beyond Yacht Rock and more, including a special appearance live via phone by Chelsea Peretti (Call Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Thursday July 21, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

1986: There Can Be Only One
It was "a bad call, Ripley, a bad call," as Mark A. Altman's Algonquin Geek Table twists and shouts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the glorious moviegoing nirvana of 1986. This panel of professional geeksperts will look back at such now classic films as Aliens, Highlander, Top Gun, Blue Velvet, Manhunter, Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller's Day's Off, Back to School, Big Trouble in Little China, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Fly, Short Circuit, Labyrinth, 9½ Weeks-and how could we forget (as much as we'd like to) Howard the Duck and Cobra? Starring Ashley E. Miller (writer, Big Trouble in Little China remake), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Glen C. Oliver (Ain't It Cool News), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, ST: TNG Blu-rays), and Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, The Alien Anthology). Moderated by Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood). There be whales here! Presented by the all-new Geek Magazine.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5AB

NBC's The Good Place: World Premiere Screening and Q&A with Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Michael Schur and Drew Goddard
From executive producer Michael Schur and director Drew Goddard comes a smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Ted Danson) she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
You have a really cool idea for a new comic or story, but you don't know how to begin plotting it out. Award-winning writer Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans, Blade, Black Cat and hundreds more) brings his famed writing seminar to Comic-Con 2016. He will talk about how to create characters, how to put together a story, and most everything you should think about even before you start typing.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

The Mark, Sergio, Stan and Tom Show
This used to be the annual "Sergio and Mark Show" but the name has changed to note that the adventures of Groo the Wanderer are brought to you not just by the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, but also by Stan Sakai (the creator of Usagi Yojimbo) and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. They'll be discussing the new Groo miniseries, the first issue of which is debuting even as you read this, and many upcoming projects. Some feature their silly barbarian, some don't. But it's always a treat to hear these brilliant guys, especially the tall one who wrote this panel description.
Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

Geek's More Greatest Movies & TV Never Made: The Threequel
In the panel that wowed Comic-Con last year, take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging fromStar Trek: The Academy Years and The Beginning, two Trek prequels that were never produced to E.T. 2, David Lynch'sRonnie Rocket to James Cameron's Spider-Man, Buckaroo Banzai Vs. The World Crime League, Wolfgang Peterson's Batman Vs. Superman, and many more. The discussion will include filmmakers Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Thomas P. Vitale (movie and TV producer and former Syfy executive), Marc Bernardin (journalist), David E. Williams (Geek magazine), Luke Ryan (Chaotic Good), and moderator Glen C. Oliver (Ain't It Cool News).
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A
HBO's Silicon Valley, the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series, takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Silicon Valley concluded its third season in June and will begin production on season 4 later this year. The panel will include co-creator and executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg, and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard Hendricks), Zach Woods (Jared Dunn), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh Chugtai), Martin Starr (Bertram Gilfoyle), and Amanda Crew (Monica Hall). Moderated by Dan Snierson (Entertainment Weekly).
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The Man in the High Castle
Amazon's most-streamed original series, The Man in the High Castle, returns to Comic-Con! Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning novel, the show depicts a haunting and unsettling reality that could have been if the Allied Powers had lost World War II and explores that world almost 20 years after that loss.Join executive producer Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of the late Philip K. Dick, along with members of the cast and crew to learn how starkly similar this world is to today and what's to come in season 2.
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

Skybound's The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard, and Skybound Entertainment editorial director Sean Mackiewicz discuss all thingsThe Walking Dead and what's to come for the comics series as it approaches its 160th issue. This panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

Captain America 75th Anniversary
Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America has been wielding his shield, donning red, white, and blue, and fighting the good fight for 75 years. From Captain America Comics #1 to Captain America: Civil War, Steve Rogers has had a pretty decent 75 years, to say the least. Come celebrate "Cap" with Jim Simon (Son of Joe Simon) and Allen Bellman (artist, Captain America) all while being interviewed and questioned by former Kirby assistant, moderator Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics).
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games into the Real World with Ingress and Pokemon GO
John Hanke, founder of Niantic and pioneer of real world gaming, will examine the past, present and future of extending games beyond the screen and re-imagining reality through the lens of Ingress and Pokémon GO.
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: To Bechdel, Or Not to Bechdel
You might be seeing more popular media starring women, but are there more that are actually about women? With so many stories failing the Bechdel Test (a test that measures whether a story has two women in it who talk about something other than a man), it leaves many wondering if pop culture is making any progress at all. Here to discuss the Bechdel test as well as diversity in media (and the lack thereof), are Action Flick Chick, Katrina Hill (100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Jennifer Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Quest Retreats), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, Girl on Geek), Tony B. Kim (Hero Within, Crazy4ComicCon), Ashley Bles (Henderson State University), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Most Craved).
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

Sausage Party Filmmaker Conversation
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been the masterminds behind some of the world's most outrageous, inventive, and hilarious comedies, and now they are going into the world of animation for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures' Sausage Party: the world's first R-rated CG animated comedy. The film is about a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery story. Not only will you hear all about it as Seth and Evan lead a conversation, you can see the movie for yourself. Following the conversation, stay for the pre-party and screening at Horton Plaza.
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Marvel's Luke Cage
The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel's Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel's Head of Television).
Thursday July 21, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Ballroom 20

Bringing Primetime to Comic Shops: All About Comics From Television
Writers from both TV and comics discuss the challenges and triumphs of translating hit TV shows into comic books. Whether it's crucial differences in script timing or translating the legacy of fan-favorite shows to a new medium and new audience, these pros have seen it all. Featuring Joelle Sellner (Saved by the Bell), Geoff Thorne (Knight Rider), Lesley Vamos (Punky Brewster), Mairghread Scott (Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs), and Jonathan London (Miami Vice).
Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

Mad About MAD
MAD, the country's #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine and an epically moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)
Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!
Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4

I am super excited for the WWE panel and the selection of superstars they have this year. Hopefully I'll get into the signing as well like I did last year. This also marks the second consecutive year we'll be doing our Webcomics Advocates panel at SDCC and hopefully that trend will continue. Lots of good stuff on the schedule, as always.

posted by brendoman | 07/07/16| 12:39:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


This Things I Believe

I know you're probably disappointed I stopped posting 90210 recaps. It was making the watching of the show way less enjoyable and more stressful. Also it made it so after an episode or two I was worn out and the whole point of watching 90210 is to relax and binge. So that's that, I guess. I also got a new job. I am a Computer Specialist at a magnet school in San Bernadino. It's pretty sweet. I get a real summer vacation. Maybe I'll write some more blog stuff then. Phil and I are working on a few different projects. We're currently writing a script for a short film that will be released sometime this year so stay tuned for more on that. There's always Radio BrendoMan and Pop Sickles. We'll be doing some convention appearances later this year including Comic Con Palm Springs and hopefully SDCC.

This Sunday, May 22nd, we'll be up at Mountain Room Escapes in Big Bear. We'll be doing a room escape, a live BrendoMan All-Stars performance (yes, really), and a live recording of Radio BrendoMan. You can enjoy all this for the low price of $10 at the door. Just hit us up if you plan on attending. It's going to be awesome!

posted by brendoman | 05/18/16| 05:36:00 pm| In the News, I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting| 2 comments »


Bever Hills 90210 Recap - "Ray Of Hope"

This episode is titled “Ray of Hope” and is the 30th episode of Season 6. It originally aired on May 14th, 1996. We start off with Kelly and Donna are in Eric the manager’s office celebrating their upcoming music video deal. Donna tells Eric they didn’t actually read the contracts before they signed. Eric laughs at this and says they just signed for the food. Jeez, Donna. Eric says he wants them to check out an act at the After Dark that he thinks they would be perfect for. You knew this was coming with the episode title, it’s Ray Pruitt! Donna has a flashback to Ray throwing her down the stairs in Palm Springs and she and David look shocked.

At Casa Walsh Brandon is saying goodbye to Susan who is leaving for a journalism seminar in Washington. Steve is parked on the couch with his jaw still wired shut after his tragic sock related stairs accident. He and Brandon are excited about watching Vega$ on TV. Claire is bewildered.

Donna is freaking out about meeting with Ray about doing the video. She says Joe is going to freak out when he finds out. David tells her she shouldn’t tell Joe. Donna agrees to this. Meanwhile Joe is at Dr. Martin’s office. Doc Martin gives Joe a clean bill of health and says he is excited to see Joe on the field next season. Joe tells him he won’t be playing football next year and that he is going back to his hometown to coach high school football. Doc Martin asks Joe if Donna knows, Joe says he hasn’t told her yet.

At the Peach Pit Kelly is studying for summer school. She throws Valerie some shade. Valerie and Nat meets with Colin’s Bail Bondsman, who tells Nat that he is on the hook for the bond as well since he put up some of his equity for the club and is on the lease.

Carl shows up at Casa Walsh with flowers. Claire thinks they are for her but they are actually for Steve. Carl joins Brandon and Steve watching Matt Houston, a show I have never heard of. Claire says she is bored and Steve tells Carl to get her out of the house. Carl asks Claire out to dinner.

Colin is in a bar with his old coke dealer. He tells Colin they all got off due to tampered evidence so if Colin hadn’t gone on that police chase he would have gotten off. Sweet irony. Colin buys some coke off him and asks if he can buy a fake ID for him so he can get out of the country.

Carl and Claire are at dinner. Carl says Claire’s mom told him she hoped they would get married someday. Claire says her mom was a hopeless romantic and her romantic side died with her mom.

Donna and David meet with Ray. David gets straight to the point and says this isn’t going to work out and they should just say they had creative differences. Ray says he loved their Powerman 5000 video and that this song is about his old life and that he would like a second chance. A girl then enters the room who Ray introduces as his fiancee, Wendy. Donna then says she’d like to listen to the new material and tells Ray she is happy for him.

Brandon and Steve are watching Love Boat, another Aaron Spelling show. Valerie tells Brandon she thinks Colin’s dealer would know where Colin is. She asks Brandon to ask Kelly where the dealer lives and Brandon insists Valerie come with him.

Donna finally tells Joe that she is working with Ray’s band. He, of course, is not happy. Seeing as how Ray tried to get Joe arrested and almost ruined his life, not to mention all the abuse of Donna, Joe is definitely not wrong. Donna insists it is business.

Brandon and Valerie approach Kelly for her help. Kelly immediately shuts it down. Brandon tells Kelly that if she doesn’t help them find Colin that Nat could lose the Peach Pit. Kelly agrees to help for Nat’s sake.

Prince Carl arrives at Casa Walsh to tell Steve he’s going to the After Dark tonight to watch Ray. At the After Dark Brandon runs into Ray. Ray thanks Brandon for giving him good advice when all the bad stuff was happening and being a good friend. Joe and Donna are in the parking lot. He tells Donna his plans to go back home and coach high school football. He says he wants Donna to come with him and marry him. Donna is speechless. Joe asks her to say yes and we cut on Donna pondering a response.

I totally forgot that the drug dealer’s name was Danny Five. That’s a pretty good drug dealer name. Valerie, Kelly, and Brandon are outside Danny Five’s house. Kelly goes in to talk to Danny. She asks him if he’s seen Colin. He tells her he is gone. She tells Danny Colin is her whole life. Danny is sympathetic and gives Kelly Colin’s beeper number. He then offers to sell her some coke. He offers her a taste and Kelly says she can’t. She buys a gram off Danny to keep up appearances. When she gets back to the car Brandon makes sure Kelly dumps the coke.

Donna is back at the Beach House and tells Claire about Joe’s proposal. She tells Claire she didn’t say anything and that she’s an L.A. girl. She says she doesn’t know if she can change her whole life for Joe. Claire says she is having her own brush with destiny and is thinking about how her mom wanted her to be with Carl. She insists she doesn’t want to give Carl the wrong idea but things seem uncertain.

Brandon, Valerie, and Kelly are driving around. Kelly has paged Colin and they are trying to figure out what to do. Colin finally calls Kelly on her cell phone. Kelly says she has to see him. Colin says he will call her tomorrow. Poor Valerie has to hear Colin tell Kelly he needs her more than ever. Kelly has a bit of a smug look on her face.

Ray is packing up his stuff at the After Dark and Donna says she loves his song that was obviously cut out of the Hulu version of this episode. Wendy tells Donna that Ray wrote the song for Donna. It really seems like Ray has changed.

Colin calls Kelly and says they need to meet right now at his motel room. Kelly tries to stall but Colin insists it has to be now. Kelly, Valerie, and Brandon have called the cops and told them about the meeting. The cops bust in the room while Kelly, Valerie, and Brandon watch. The cops drag Danny Five out of the room and it turns out Colin was never in the room. We also learn Danny Five’s really name is Danny Fivinksi. Awesome.

Donna and Joe are walking on the beach. She tells Joe how much she loves him but she is not ready to get married. Joe says his mom got married when she was 19. Donna says her mom was young too and even though it worked out for her she knows her mom wants more for Donna. This has been the only time Felice Martin has been sensible. Donna says she is not ready to leave her friends. She asks Joe if he will stay here with her. Joe says no. He says he has to chase his dreams. His sad dreams of dropping out of CU, moving back to his hometown, and coaching high school football. Joe and Donna share one last kiss and thus ends the tale of Joe and Donna.

posted by brendoman | 01/29/16| 02:17:00 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Beverly Hills 90210 Recap - "Ticket To Ride"

This episode is titled “Ticket to Ride” and is the 29th episode of Season 6. It aired on May 7th, 1996. We start off at CU. Brandon and Susan are at the CU student store and buy a scratch off ticket. They agree to split whatever they win since Brandon paid for half of it. Brandon scratches it off to reveal it is a winner to the tune of $5,000. Brandon tries to cash it in at the store because he is a doofus and the cashier tells him they have to take the ticket to the California Lottery Office in Van Nuys. So I guess this is an advertisement for the California Lottery.

Dave, Donna, and Claire are walking to class and discussing having a study session later. David tells Donna that Eric the manager has given them some CDs of groups that they can do music videos for. Joe joins them and says he is starting summer drills for football next season. He’s a little nervous since he has been out of commission since having heart surgery.

Val is helping Colin pack up his place since Colin is going to prison tomorrow. Valerie cries and shows some genuine emotion for once. Colin assures her things will be OK.

Kelly is at Jackie’s house and says she is ready to go to Summer School since she missed the end of last semester due to being in rehab and then nearly being killed by her roommate from rehab. The phone rings and Jackie answers. It is Colin. He hangs up.

Steve is playing racquetball with Prince Carl. They are discussing Steve’s relationship with Claire. Steve says he isn’t sure how serious things are since he’s only 20 years old. He asks Carl if he has any prospects, Carl says there have been a few but he’s still looking.

At the Peach Pit, Brandon and Susan are showing off their winning scratcher. If I had a winning scratcher I know I would show it off to the hard working wait staff at the diner I frequent before I cashed it in. Brandon suggests heading over to the Valley immediately to cash it but Susan says there is too much traffic. She suggests going in the morning after finals.

Colin calls Kelly again but hangs up. Valerie brings food over and Colin says he is thinking about taking off to Mexico. He then says he’s joking but he is obviously freaking out. Colin and Valerie enjoy one last evening together before Colin has to go the Big House.

Back at Casa Walsh, Steve is telling Claire what a great guy Carl is and how he’s become a true friend. Claire warns him that Carl can abandon people on a whim once he is bored and not to get his hopes up. Steve refuses to believe this and insists this bromance is the real thing, pointing out his royal cufflinks that Carl gave him. Claire isn’t buying it.

Kelly has moved back into the Beach House. She asks Donna if she has seen Colin or Valerie around since Colin is going to prison tomorrow. She says she remembers how happy they were when Colin first moved to California. Donna reminds her how that turned out. Kelly decides to call Colin. Valerie picks up. She gives Kelly a hard time and Colin says he doesn’t want to talk to her.
Susan and Brandon are studying for finals but they are distracted by their pending lottery winnings and their upcoming summer trip. Susan says she wants to see the ticket one more time and asks Brandon for the ticket. He says Susan has it. She thought Brandon had it. The ticket is gone. Oh no!

Steve and Claire are eating dinner with Carl at a fancy restaurant. Carl brags about golfing with Barry Bonds and Steve lets him know he has done the same, something we, the viewers, know since it was in an episode a while back. Carl asks Steve what they’re doing for Steve’s birthday. He wants to throw a big party for Steve. Steve rubs this in Claire’s face.

Joe and Donna are playing backgammon in Joe's dorm room because that’s what all the college kids are doing. Donna gets a conference call from David and Eric the manager to discuss their future as music video producers. Eric invites them to a big industry party the next night. Joe bugs Donna about having finals and Donna says it won’t be too late, it’s a business party. Joe is a little perturbed and calls it a night.

After their dinner Carl invites Steve out for a night on the town. Carl says they are going to a “Gentleman’s Club” which Claire takes to mean a strip club. She leaves the boys to do their thing.

Now it’s morning and Val picks up Colin to surrender himself to the authorities. Brandon and Susan are frantically scouring the Peach Pit for their scratcher ticket. Nat says everything is in the dumpster and Brandon goes diving for it. While Brandon is in the dumpster Susan gives him a hard time and blames him for losing the ticket. Brandon says it’s her fault because he wanted to cash it in right away. Susan says if it wasn’t for her they never would have bought the ticket. Brandon takes off in a huff.

Colin and Valerie drive up to the police station. Colin tells Valerie to go inside and find his lawyer. He pulls around and sees a line of prisoners getting into a bus. He freaks out and takes off.

Donna is timing Joe on his 40 yard dash. He is bummed because he is not running as fast as he did before his heart surgery. Joe gives her a hard time for being so cheerful. He then apologizes as he realizes he is being a huge dick.

Back at the police station the police tell Valerie they were able to recover her car but Colin is still at large. They ask Valerie if she had any idea he was going to flee. She says she didn’t. They tell her that the longer he stays on the run the worse it is going to be for him. The Bail Bondsman warns Valerie that he will take her club if he can’t get Colin back.

Joe, Donna, and David meet up with Eric the manager at the big party. Eric grabs David and Donna to meet various music executives and a woman from Warner records flirts with Joe.

Carl shows up at the Beach House and gives Claire a fancy pearl necklace as a way of apologizing for be a jerk when they were kids. He tells Claire that he wants to take her and Steve to Long Beach to cement some plans for Steve’s birthday party. Steve calls and says he is running late. He drops a sock on the stairs and when he heads back down he slips on the sock and injures himself.

Back at the party, Joe says this isn’t his scene and wants to leave. He insists Donna stay but Donna says they can leave after the next song. Eric asks David what the deal is with Donna and Joe. He seems to be interested in Donna. David seems to be also.

Kelly comes home to the Beach House and Colin is waiting for her outside. Kelly asks him if he was supposed to turn himself in today. Colin tells her he ran away. He asks Kelly why she called him and if she still cares about him. She says she just wanted to say goodbye and she doesn’t care about him in that way. Colin says he doesn’t know where to go from here and asks Kelly what he should do. She says he has to figure that out for himself. She says she won’t tell anybody he came to the Beach House but not to contact her again.

Steve is at the Peach Pit with Claire and Carl and his jaw is wired shut. He is also in a neck brace. Carl offers to put him up at the Beverly Hills Hotel to help him recover. Steve can only make goofy mumbling sounds.

Kelly visits Jackie and tells her about Colin coming by the Beach House. Way to not tell anyone. I guess Jackie doesn’t really count. Kelly says she is glad Colin is out of her life.

Back at Casa Walsh Brandon and Valerie are commiserating about their assorted woes. Val opens Brandon’s travel book and finds the missing lottery ticket.

Donna is walking to class with Joe. Joe says he is frustrated with the fact that football is the only thing in his life. He says he wants to discover himself. At the Condor Office, Susan apologizes to Brandon for the way she acted regarding the lottery ticket. Brandon then shows her the winning ticket and says it has been nothing but grief. He says he’d rather lose the money than lose her. That was pretty sweet. He and Susan agree to donate the money to a family whose house burned down in Boyle Heights.

Valerie comes to see Kelly asking if she’s seen Colin. Kelly says she hasn’t. Valerie is on to her and says she will lose everything if Colin doesn’t turn himself in. Kelly tells her she hopes he runs and runs. Dang...

posted by brendoman | 01/27/16| 09:41:00 am| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Beverly Hills 90210 Recap - "The Big Hurt"

This episode is titled “The Big Hurt” and is the 28th episode of Season 6. It aired on May 1st 1996. Crazy how that was almost 20 years ago. My 20 year high school reunion is 2 years away. I now feel bad about all the people I said I was going to keep in touch with at my 10 year reunion and haven’t bothered to contact. Sorry guys.

Tara, Kelly, Donna and Claire are all at the Beach House. Tara takes a group picture of the girls. On their way out Donna, Claire, and Kelly comment on how great Tara is dealing with the fact that she has to move out of the apartment. Yeah, I’m sure this is going to go just fine. Tara overfeeds Kelly’s fish by dumping a whole bottle of fish food into the tank. I would have thought they would have shown Tara the door as soon as she showed up with Kelly’s exact haircut but this is the same group of people who are hanging out with a convicted felon who almost ruined Kelly’s life.

At the courthouse Colin is told he will be serving his sentence at a halfway house instead of prison if he pleads guilty. His lawyer says it’s dependent on if the judge approves but it’s a slam dunk. I’m sure nothing will go wrong here.

At CU a very dapper Steve is wearing a suit in preparation for a fancy dinner with Claire and her friend Prince Carl, who is a real prince. Claire says she hasn’t seen Carl in a long time and he was a real jerk when they were kids so she is not dressing up. At the Condor, Brandon is surprised to discover Tara’s new look as she is using the dark room. Tara is developing pictures of Kelly and tells Brandon Kelly is still in love with him. She then tries to kiss Brandon and tells him she wanted to see what it was like to be Kelly. Brandon shrugs it off. He does tell Susan Tara is crazy so at least he’s one step ahead of most of the gang.

Claire and Steve arrive for dinner with Chancellor Arnold and Prince Carl. Steve and Carl talk about their mutual love of Corvettes. Very exciting stuff.

Back at Casa Walsh Brandon leaves a voicemail with Kelly trying to warn her about Tara. David and Donna are showing off their Powerman 5000 video that we saw the filming of last episode. Donna is wearing various skimpy outfits in the video and Joe does not look pleased. David notices this and looks a little worried. He leaves the room and tells Donna he is nervous and that the video might need some work. The video appears to just be shots of the band intermixed with random shots of Donna in sexy outfits striking a match. Very creative, David. Joe is very upset about Donna’s outfits and shames her about it. Donna isn’t happy about that.

Kelly and Tara come home to the Beach House. Kelly discovers that her fish are dead but Tara claims innocence. Kelly says he wants Tara to move out tomorrow. Back at Casa Walsh Brandon tells Valerie he thinks Tara keyed her car. Steve seems to have a big man crush on Prince Carl.

David is working on editing the Powerman video and Donna says she has some notes. These include losing a lot of the shots of her in skimpy outfits. David knows these are coming from Joe and says he doesn’t like the notes. Donna says she thinks she is being exploited and says she doesn’t want to be a sex object in a music video. David refuses to change the video. Donna says either make the changes or she will never work with David again. Jeez, Donna.

At the Beach House Tara says she’ll do whatever Kelly says, she just wants Kelly to be her friend. Brandon arrives as Tara is leaving, Tara says Kelly is really upset about her fish and she asks Brandon to talk to Kelly about it for her and how sweet a guy Brandon is. Kelly is planning on packing up all of Tara’s stuff while Tara is on the beach to hasten her departure. She opens Tara’s suitcase and discovers a bundle of letters from Tara’s parents. It turns out Tara lied about her parents not trying to find her or caring where she was. Big shocker.

Carl, Claire, and Steve are walking on the beach. They are discussing starting some kind of Corvette dealership business bankrolled by Carl. Steve goes off to get some hot dogs. Carl starts flirting with Claire.

Colin is in court and they discover that there is now a different DA handling his case than the one he made the deal with. His lawyer insists that all the DA’s compare notes and he should be OK.

Kelly confronts Tara about the letters from her parents. Kelly called Tara’s parents and she tells Tara that her parents love her and want her to come home. This sets Tara off. Tara tells Kelly how she came on to Brandon and keyed Valerie’s car for her. She then pulls out her gun which Kelly didn’t bother to find in her suitcase and forces Kelly to take her for a drive.

Back in court Colin pleads guilty. The DA brings up the deal that was discussed involving 6 months in a halfway house and the judge refuses, bringing up Colin’s high speed chase. He sentences Colin to two years in prison. Whoops.

David and Donna are at a manager’s office showing their Powerman 5000 music video. The manager loves the video and says he can use it to get the band signed and David and Donna signed to a video contract. He says the video does need to be more sexy though. He says it needs more Donna. David says he agrees and says he has another cut of the video. Donna doesn’t look too happy about it. She and David argue about it for a minute but Donna agrees to make the changes so they can get the deal.

Tara and Kelly stop at an overlook. Kelly says she is going to leave and Tara pulls the gun again. She then pistol whips Kelly and knocks her out.

Steve, Carl, and Claire are at some kind of official banquet for Carl and Carl gives Steve a set of royal cufflinks.

Back at the overlook Kelly wakes up tied to the steering wheel in the car with Tara to discover that Tara has hooked a hose to the exhaust of the car and is planning to kill both her and Kelly via carbon monoxide poisoning. Tara says this is for the best as Kelly has also been hurt by Colin, Valerie, and Brandon.

Valerie and Colin are arguing about the verdict. Valerie assures Colin they will be able to appeal. Colin is rightfully freaking out and says he shouldn’t have listened to Valerie in the first place. Valerie insists she won’t give up. Colin says he can’t survive in prison.

At the Peach Pit, Steve shows off his Royal Cufflinks to Nat. He says it signifies that he is now a friend of the Royal Family. That sounds pretty goofy. Carl continues flirting with Claire in the parking lot and tells her he will be staying longer in L.A.. He asks if that is all right with Claire and she says yes. They seem to share a moment.

Donna visits Joe in his dorm room and tells him about the video deal. She lets him know that they will need to put back in the scenes with Donna in the video. Joe says he has had some time to think about it and is embarrassed about the way he handled the whole thing. He says the real issue is about all the time Donna is spending with David. Donna insists there is nothing there and they make up. Good man, Joe.

It is night time at the overlook and Tara has started the car so it will fill up with carbon monoxide. Kelly begs Tara to untie her, saying she wants to end her pain and that she won’t run away. Tara obliges and Kelly grabs the gun away from Tara. She gets out of the car and shoots the gun in the sky. I guess to call for help? Tara screams in despair and we cut to the hospital where Kelly seems to be doing OK and is with Brandon. Tara is in the Psych Ward on suicide watch and her parents say they are hoping to transfer her to a psychiatric facility in Colorado. Tara’s mom apologizes for what happened and thanks Kelly for saving Tara’s life. Brandon takes Kelly by the arm and we go to credits. One more chapter in the Perils of Kelly Taylor has come to a close.

posted by brendoman | 01/20/16| 05:09:00 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Beverly Hills 90210 Recap - "Strike The Match"

This is the 27th episode of Season Six, titled “Strike The Match.” It aired on April 10th, 1996. This episode is not on Hulu Plus, which is stupid. Hulu told me on Twitter it was due to music rights issues but that makes no sense since all the episodes on Hulu have garbage replacement music. I guess some of the episodes featuring live performances are too difficult to edit. That seems lazy. What is the point of having a series like 90210 on your service with episodes missing? Oh well. The missing episodes aren’t that hard to track down but it’s still annoying. Enough griping, on with the melodrama!

We start off at the Beach House and tensions are high between Donna, Claire, and Kelly over Tara. Kelly insists she’s trying to get her into a halfway house but there is a waiting list. Claire says Tara gives her the creeps, proving she is still the smartest person in the gang. She says she’s going to stay with Steve until Tara is gone. Tara comes in and Donna and Claire blow her off. Kelly tells Tara she can stay as long as she wants.

Special appearance by Powerman 5000! Wow, remember those guys? I think I bought their CD for $3 at Tower because I liked that “Are You Ready” song. Steve and Brandon are at school and Steve asks Brandon if he’s broken the news yet to Susan that Brandon got an offer to spend the summer in Boston. Joe, David, and Donna are hanging in the Student Union and David is playing Powerman 5000 for them as he is hoping to make a music video for them. I guess this is a few years before the band had their 15 minutes of fame so kudos to 90210 for being on the cutting edge. Donna calls Joe a square for not liking the band. Really, Donna?

Colin is at the After Dark touching up the mural. David comes in looking for Valerie and Colin gives him some serious attitude. I hope these guys throw down. David asks Valerie if he can use the club to shoot the music video. Valerie agrees and David taunts Colin on his way out. Valerie squabbles with Colin a little bit for giving David a hard time, reminding him he has bigger problems, like his pending trip to prison.

Susan and Brandon are discussing their summer trip and Brandon drops the bomb that a recruiter from the Boston Globe is coming to discuss a summer job opportunity. Susan handles it pretty well but these people are all masters of disguising their true feelings and then lashing out at each other in bizarre, passive-aggressive ways.

Tara and Kelly are in the bathroom at the After Dark and Tara is complaining about her hair. Kelly says she will get her an appointment with her stylist. Tara then begs Kelly not to make her move out of the apartment that she is not paying for. Kelly stands pretty firm, surprisingly. They run into Valerie and Colin on the way out and Valerie immediately tries to start some shit. Kelly tells Tara she hates Valerie and Tara says she hopes Valerie dies. Whoa, you guys.

Donna and David are brainstorming ideas for the music video. The song is called “Strike the Match,” hence the creative episode title. There’s a lot of bickering between David and Donna and Donna ends up storming out. She says she wouldn’t be around David if he was the last person on earth. David stops her as he has an epiphany to make the theme of the video “The Last Person On Earth.”

Brandon, Steve, Claire, Susan, and Joe are all studying at Casa Walsh. Steve complains he is bored and gets frisky with Claire. I have no idea what the point of that scene was.

At the Beach House, Tara sneaks into Kelly’s room and steals her keys. Dun Dun Dun. Tara takes Kelly’s car out to what I think is Colin’s house and keys Valerie’s car with the words “DIE VAL”

Back at Casa Walsh the gang is still studying. Susan asks Brandon if they have a future and implies that taking the job in Boston could put their relationship in jeopardy. This of course pisses off Brandon.

David is filming the Powerman 5000 video at the After Dark with a crappy home video camera, one of those late 90’s ones with the extra large viewfinder screen. Super professional, David. The girl who was going to strike matches in the video (also very creative) isn’t there so Donna is going to fill in,

Valerie discovers the message on her car and is rightfully scared. She tells Colin she is going to call the police.

Steve is doing laundry and ruins Claire’s dead mother’s shawl. Why is Claire putting that in the laundry? Steve freaks out.

Tara got her stuff from a friend who was keeping it at his store. She now has a camera and is taking pictures at the music video shoot. Colin and David have another stand-off. Valerie confronts Kelly regarding her keyed car. She thinks Kelly did it. Valerie asks Kelly if she wants to take it outside but they are interrupted as David and Colin are in a pull apart brawl. Colin thinks David keyed the car. Valerie says the music video shoot is over. Oh yeah, Donna is wearing a fishnet shirt over a bra as she is the star of the music video. That’s pretty amusing.

Brandon meets with the guy from the Boston Globe. He offers Brandon not just a summer internship but a job waiting for him when he graduates from CU. Everything's coming up Brandon.

Kelly is totally blind to the fact that Tara obviously is the car keyer. Kelly and Tara discuss Tara’s love of photography. She says when she was living on the streets she took a lot of photos but couldn’t afford to develop the film. Kelly says she can ask Brandon if Tara can use the Condor dark room. Tara opens her suitcase when Kelly leaves and we discover she has a gun.

David has found a new location for the music video and Donna is wearing a sexy leather top and short shorts with a spiked collar and armbands. Joe is not pleased when he comes to visit. This is a very nice looking set and David is still using that shitty video camera. Joe storms off in disgust.

Brandon tells Susan about the job offer and she is not pleased. Brandon then tells her he wants to go on their summer trip and being his cocky self thinks if he blows off the Mirror they’ll offer him more money next year.

Steve gives Claire some flowers and a spotless kitchen to try and apologize for the shawl that he hasn’t told her about yet. He shows her the ruined shawl and Claire is super upset. Not understanding sentimental value he tries to give her a bag of shawls. Poor Steve. Claire forgives Steve though and says her mother would have approved of him. Awwwww….

Tara comes home to show Donna and Kelly her Single White Female haircut. It’s exactly the same as Kelly’s. Kelly freaks out. Finally. It might be too late though as we cut to credits. Between the bizarre music video, Tara going full crazy, and the fighting between David, Kelly, Valerie, and Colin, this was a pretty action packed episode!

posted by brendoman | 01/18/16| 03:03:00 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Beverly Hills 90210 Recap - "Flirting With Disaster"

This episode is called “Flirting With Disaster.” It is the 26th episode of Season 6 and aired on April 3rd, 1996. We start off at the Beach House. Tara is listening to Kelly’s voicemail greeting over and over again because that’s a creepy thing, I guess. The Doctor drops off Kelly and they kiss as Tara watches and repeats Kelly’s voicemail greeting. That was kind of creepy.

I still love Marc Andreyko’s idea of a graphic novel detailing the misadventures of Kelly Taylor.

Yes! It’s time for another group camping trip with the gang! It’s been quite awhile since we had one of these. This time it’s Steve, Brandon, Joe, Donna, Claire, and Susan. The gang comes across a trio of gals with a flat tire. The guys help them out and tell them where they are headed. They seem to have no problem flirting with these gals in front of their dates.

Meanwhile, Valerie is at Colin’s but Colin is out running errands. Colin’s blind artist dad shows up. We then join Kelly and Tara at the Peach pit. Kelly wants David to accompany Tara on a double date with her and Greg. That’s the doctor’s name. I finally remembered it. Tara and David agree and another great Kelly Taylor idea is put in motion.

The gang arrives at their campsite to discover they are located next to the ladies they met earlier. They ogle them again in front of their long time girlfriends. Men are jerks, am I right? They introduce everyone. Susan, Claire, and Donna have a territory marking conversation with the stranger ladies.

Back at Colin’s his dad is giving Valerie a hard time in a stereotypical bad dad way. Colin arrives. Things are tense.

Back at camp. the lonely ladies are still having trouble putting up their tent because haha three girls can’t put up a tent, am I right? The guys assist them, the girlfriends are pouty.

Tara and Kelly have a frank conversation about when to have sex. Kelly reveals she can’t wait anymore to have sex with Greg. We enter into full Single White Female category as when Kelly goes to the bathroom Tara looks into the mirror and impersonates Kelly saying she can’t wait anymore to have sex with Greg.

It’s night time at camp and the guys discover that the lonely ladies’ tent is missing some poles. The girlfriends are mad and head over to investigate. Yep, there it is, a joke about not being able to “get it up.” Donna, Susan, and Claire each offer the girls a spot in their tents and the guys get to sleep outside. BURN.

At the bowling alley, Tara pulls Greg aside and starts her sabotage by telling him that Kelly told her she thinks her relationship with Greg might adversely affect her sobriety. Greg takes Tara at face value and says he needs to get up early in the morning.

At Colin’s house, Colin’s dad has a bit too much to drink and starts telling his war stories. He and Colin get in a fight.

Back at the Beach House, Greg, having taken rehab patient Tara’s advice to heart tells Kelly they should cool things off. Tara is ecstatic upon hearing this.

Back at camp, the guys are pissed that they had to sleep in a van down by the river. Nice Matt Foley reference. They are seriously mad at the girls for them being mad that they hit on the lonely ladies. OK.

Tara orders flowers for Greg with a note saying they are from Kelly and not to call her anymore. She then does the same for Kelly. Dun dun dun.

Colin and Valerie have a fight about Colin’s dad. Valerie is just the queen of getting in everyone’s business, letting Colin know he should drop whatever issue he has with his dad. Colin thinks his dad has ulterior motives but discovers his dad found out about his legal problems and is just there to help. Dad storms off. Valerie gives a crazy ultimatum to Colin saying if he lets his dad go, she’s going to go too. WHAT. Colin relents and apologizes to his dad, they make up.

Brandon, Steve, and Joe are fishing and the Lonely Ladies drop by. They tell the guys that their girlfriends have met some Lonely Guys of their own back at camp. Brandon and Steve insist this is a trap but eventually give in and decide to head back to camp.

Tara’s plan seems to be working as Greg won’t see Kelly. She confides in Tara about it. She then gets the flowers she thinks are from Greg saying he doesn’t want to see her again. Tara chuckles (!) to herself in victory.

Donna, Claire, and Susan are back at camp cooking dinner as the guys confront them about these mystery guys. They laugh as they admit it was a ruse. They apologize for being so hard on the guys and the guys apologize for flirting and all is right in the world. Credits.

I think this episode was the writers saying the couples are getting stale. In the teen soap opera world I guess happy couples are stale. You need conflict to keep the show interesting. Expect some trouble ahead!

posted by brendoman | 01/15/16| 02:43:00 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Beverly Hills 90210 Recap - "Smashed"

It’s Monday. Bowie is still gone and my heart still hurts. 90210 has always been a wonderful escape for me so here we go. This episode is titled “Smashed.” It is the 25th episode of Season 6 and aired on March 20th, 1996.

Donna and Claire have their reservations about Tara moving in but Kelly says she needs her. Like I said before, Post-Brenda Kelly is a disaster magnet so this is no surprise.

Claire and Steve are in bed at the Casa Walsh. Steve is his usual frisky self as he makes some cheeky comments to Claire. Meanwhile it looks like Valerie dumped Ug and got a real lawyer for Colin. He tells her Colin is going to have to do time even if they make a deal but it will be at one of those mythological minimum security prisons where he can paint and it isn’t scary. Are those real? If they are, they sure don’t ever show them on Lock Up.

Kelly is still flirting with her doctor from rehab friend and invites him to join the gang for dinner. Jesus, Kelly. Tara is sporting some nice Chucks. This is back when they were affordable so it makes sense.

Brandon is using a slick Mac Powerbook and on the screen it looks like someone has scribbled all over the paint program. Weird. Val thinks it is a good idea to bring Colin over for dinner with the gang. That sounds like a fantastic idea.

Rush needs to dump off his sons again with Steve. This was one of Randy Spelling’s few acting gigs. Also, how are Randy and this other dude brothers? They don’t look alike at all and they look very similar in age. Does Rush have three sons from three different mothers? Actually, that’s super likely.

Tara and Kelly drink Claire’s orange juice. It looks like cloudy water. Come on prop guys. Kathleen Robertson is sporting some great highlights.

Colin is insistent he won’t go to prison. This all seems really harsh since he just gave a dude a ride somewhere but I guess that is the definition of Accessory. Also he had some coke on him, I guess. She pushes the party with the gang on him. Valerie, I want to like you but things like this are why sometimes you are just a cartoon villain.

There is a painting of a fork with some spaghetti on it hanging in the Casa Walsh kitchen. What the hell is that. Recently out of rehab Tara and Kelly talk about attending this wild college party. Great decision making, ladies.

Joe and David hang out in the Student Union because the writers realized they hadn’t been in any scenes yet so why not.

Colin doesn’t want to go to the party but Valerie is pushing him to go. Colin just wants to spend time with her. For once Colin is being the reasonable one.

Tara is wearing one of Kelly’s dresses and her necklace as they get ready for the party at Kelly’s suggestion. Boundaries, Kelly! Tara surprisingly is the one to think it is weird that Kelly asked Greg the doctor to the party. She also doesn’t want to be the odd one out. After a pep talk from Kelly, she comes around.

The party at Casa Walsh is bumping. You know it’s bumping because Muntz the KEG guy is there. David is making videos of frat guys playing quarters with Donna commentating for the campus TV station. That’s great television that I’m sure the CU administration would approve of. Steve lets his brothers play quarters with Muntz. Joe plays the jealous boyfriend bit with Donna as she is busy with this late night TV show thing.

Colin and Val show up and everyone seems to be cool with Val and the guy that was basically responsible for Kelly’s downfall including Brandon, most surprisingly. They run into Kelly and she also seems to be cool. She gives him a kiss and gives Valerie a death stare. Boom.

Steve’s brothers sneak some booze outside and go to town. They then start drinking people’s leftover drinks. Gross. David and Donna are still filming the party for this TV special that I am very curious about.

Doctor guy shows up. She and Kelly dance. Tara looks on with a hint of jealousy. Steve’s brother Ryan passes out on the porch. Doctor guy says he has alcohol poisoning and needs to go to the hospital. Steve doesn’t know what alcohol poisoning is because of course he doesn’t.

Valerie and Colin are back at Colin’s place and Valerie is pissed about what went down between Colin and Kelly. What the heck did she think was going to happen? Colin says he loves her. She returns the sentiment.

I would totally talk about the clothes everyone is wearing because they seem ridiculous but I don’t know anything about clothes and fashion. In 1996 I was still wearing Stussy shirts and jorts.

Steve is with his brother at the hospital. Rush is pissed. Steve is scared his brother might die. Chuck Rosin wasn’t kidding when he said the network wanted them to show the evils of underage drinking.

Doctor and Kelly kiss outside the beach house and Tara watches through the window. She crushes Kelly’s necklace and says “You bitch.” Subtle, guys.

Steve’s brother pulls through his bout with death by alcohol poisoning and Rush and Steve share a moment. Randy Spelling isn’t half bad playing a high school doofus. We end the show with Steve watching him sleep it off in his hospital room. Don’t drink, kids!

posted by brendoman | 01/13/16| 01:16:00 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »


Beverly Hills 90210 Recap - "Coming Out, Getting Out, Going Out"

I just got home from a pretty insane Lucha Underground taping that I can’t talk about so what better way to wind down than with my continued re-watch of Beverly Hills 90210. I am pretty deep in the series now, past the point that I was watching every single episode during it’s original run. This episode, titled “Coming Out-Getting Out-Going Out,” aired on March 12th, 1996. It is episode 24 of Season 6. I was a sophomore in high school and finally had a budding social life so at this point 90210 kind of took a back seat. I would tune in every once in awhile so I vaguely remember most of these episodes but those memories could also be from the summer of 2000 when I watched the bulk of the series as FX re-ran it in order to celebrate the series finale. I think I’m going to do this free form and see where it goes. I realized I spend a lot of my time on my phone while watching shows and that seems like a bit of a waste of time so maybe I can at least write about what I’m watching and get something productive out of it. We shall see.

Last week on 90210 Kelly was in rehab for her coke addiction. Meanwhile her drug buddy ex-boyfriend Colin got busted in a sting and ran from the cops to no avail. Valerie had just swooped in on Colin. Brandon met Susan’s parents and it was pretty nuts. Donna tried to convince Joe to have heart surgery. David was doing David stuff. Steve bought a motorcycle and it pissed off Claire. I think that’s everything.

Kelly is back home after completing rehab. Her rehab roomie Tara calls immediately. Nothing bad will happen as a result of this. Oh wait, this is Kelly we are talking about. Kelly in post Brenda 90210 is a catastrophe magnet. Valerie puts up the Peach Pit After Dark to bail Colin out and Ug from Salute Your Shorts is Colin’s defense attorney. I think I just found a new favorite guest star.

Immediately after Ug walked in to 90210 land I found out David Bowie died and now my mind is kind of a mess. But Bowie made Blackstar while he was dying of cancer so none of my excuses for not writing or doing anything for that matter are worth a damn. Let’s do this, world.

Oh, I almost forgot that Claire and Susan are on a mission to save Nat’s relationship with a woman he re-connected with at a Roger Corman Festival in a previous episode because Nat was in a Roger Corman movie. Yep. This woman works at a lamp store because I guess that is a logical place for a retired actress to work in Los Angeles.

I forgot how great Emma Caulfield is as Susan. She’s right behind Emily Valentine in my favorite Brandon love. Also Kathleen Robertson is great too.

I can’t even remember the last time any of the gang was really at school. I guess the writers finally realized actual college is pretty boring.

Just as I wrote that they show the gang at CU. I don’t know what I’m doing. Susan wants to re-create Nat’s golden years so he and Joan can ignite that flame. I wish when I was in high school and college I had a diner I could live at and whose kind old owner I could befriend. Also why isn’t there a real Peach Pit in L.A.? I would live there.

David dumped Valerie because she offered him to her best friend who was blackmailing her and he seems to regret his decision. Come on, dude. He hassles her about Colin and she stands firm. You’re both idiots.

Donna takes Kelly to a Blockbuster video. 1996 Blockbuster is everything I remember. Playstation games! Those buckets of popcorn my mom wouldn’t let me have! Kelly runs into her doctor from rehab so she can start another inappropriate relationship.

The kids take the olds to a hot dog stand in a limo. This date is pretty great. I’m pretty sure even hot dog stands frown upon you bringing outside booze. This is Beverly Hills though so who knows.

Kelly and Donna are getting ready to watch Soap Dish and Tara calls. She’s bailed out of rehab and is in Venice. The travel times on this show are the most unrealistic thing about it as Kelly and Donna seem to teleport there.

Great shots of 1996 Sunset Strip. Aww… Tower Records. They stop at Nat and Joan’s old place but it’s gone. Nat and Joan kiss in a vacant lot while the kids watch.

Donna and Kelly agree to take Tara to their apartment instead of back to rehab. Great decision making. I guess I did a lot of dumb things when I was 21. Tara found the remote so she must be cool.

Colin is having Shawshank flashbacks from his time in County. He can’t go to prison. Valerie does seem genuine in her love for Colin. That’s nice.

The group date’s last stop is the Excelsior Hotel which Nat says has been closed for years but they all walk right into. Somehow the gang has restored the Stardust Ballroom. Nat and Joan dance. Brandon dances! He’s danced quite a bit this season. Him not dancing was silly anyways.

And that’s the end! Nothing is resolved but that’s why it’s a teen soap.

posted by brendoman | 01/11/16| 08:37:00 pm| TeeVee, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


Merry Christmas!

I just watched Die Hard so now it's officially Christmas. Unemployed again. I think it's time to try writing for real. It's hard to not be lazy though. Any ideas or encouragement would be appreciated. We're recording the 200th episode of Radio BrendoMan on Sunday so that's pretty cool. Every year I say I'm going to try and write more here. I really want to make 2016 the year that really happens. I wish you all a happy holiday and all my love.

posted by brendoman | 12/24/15| 06:02:00 pm| Thoughts and Ideas| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Sunday Schedule Highlights

Full schedule is here. I am full on pumped now, you guys. Full on.

Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schultz and the Art of Peanuts
Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts with Chip Kidd (graphic designer, editor-at-large for Pantheon), and Paige Braddock (creative director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates) as they preview their upcoming coffee table book, Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts. See rare and never-before seen highlights from the extraordinary archives at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, including unpublished strips and preliminary artwork photographed by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear that reveal a rare glimpse into the creative process of the world's most beloved and influential cartoonist.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

The Last Day of Summer: TV Guide Magazine's Farewell to Phineas and Ferb
After more than 200 best days ever, the ride's over for Phineas and Ferb and their pals, not to mention Perry the Platypus and archnemesis Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. For a final trip to the Tri-State Area,TV Guide Magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider gathers the creators/executive producers of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire (voice of Doofenshmirtz) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Major Monogram), along with stars Vincent Martella (Phineas), Alyson Stoner (Isabella), and Dee Bradley Baker (Perry) to seize the day, one more time.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6BCF

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
It's been 21 years since we lost him and we still can't stop talking about the man some called The King of the Comics. Jack Kirby may have been the greatest creative talent the field has ever seen and once again, some of his friends and fans will be discussing why. This time, it's Rob Liefeld (Spawn), Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula), J. David Spurlock (Vanguard Productions) and Paul S. Levine (attorney who represented Jack). Naturally, your moderator is Kirby assistant and biographer Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

How We Tell Stories
Comics stories can be told in innovative ways that make the reading experience engaging, immersive, and fun for the reader. Heidi Macdonald of Publishers Weekly and The Beat will speak to four groundbreaking authors, asking how they adapt their storytelling techniques for different audiences and different formats. Marc Bell (Stroppy), Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) will talk about their strategies for telling stories and how these change when you're writing for online (DeForge, Piskor), alt-weekly magazines (Bell), or your own sketchbook (Nilsen).
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

Sixty Years of Gumby
Joe and Joan Clokey show behind-the-scene clips from Gumby's studio (Clokey Productions) and answer questions with a panel that includes Gumby animation director Anthony Scott (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), longtime Gumby animator and FX guru Harry Walton (Indiana Jones, Nightmare Before Christmas), Gumby comic book writer Bob Burden (Mystery Men, Flaming Carrot), Gumby comic book illustrator Rick Geary (National Cartoonist award winner), and Mary Flynn.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

Cartoon Voices 2
Another panel of experts at voicing animated characters convenes for your edification. They'll tell you what they do, show you what they do and probably fracture a fairy tale in the process. This time, we have Julie Nathanson (Final Fantasy, Spider-Man), Bob Bergen (Porky Pig, Star Wars), Misty Lee (Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH), Wally Wingert (Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Garfield Show) and Chris Edgerly (The Simpsons, Dreamworks Dragons). Hosting and directing is Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

Danger Mouse New Series: Exclusive Reveal
He's the greatest. He's fantastic. And he's back! Ahead of the iconic series return to CBBC (UK) later this year and Netflix (U.S. and internationally) in 2016, members of theDanger Mouse production team, Sarah Muller (executive producer, head of CBBC acquisitions, animation and drama development, Wolfblood, Strange Hill High) and Chapman Maddox (director of development, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment Grojband, Max Steel) invite you to join this lively panel moderated by Bob Higgins (executive producer, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, Aquabats Supershow, The Ricky Gervais Show). The panelists will discuss the series return, provide exclusive character reveals, and offer a sneak peek at this surreal new spinout animated comedy series.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

Spotlight on Matthew Inman
The Oatmeal talks about cats, bears, Tesla, Exploding Kittens, and what it means to be a cartoonist in 2015.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

American Horror Story and Scream Queens
Get ready to scream! It's a Comic-Con horror fest when members of the all-star cast of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan's Scream Queens (Jamie Lee Curtis, the original scream queen, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer) come face to face with the stars of Murphy and Falchuk's American Horror Story: Freak Show and upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer). Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly, this lively gathering of headliners promises laughs, scares and secrets from the sets.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hall H

Children's Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Adult Swim's two-time Emmy-winning live-action comedy returns to Comic-Con for a sixth year. Creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) will be joined onstage by select cast for a lively and medically accurate Q&A. From Abominable Pictures, The Corddry Company, and Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0.
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

Hip Hop Comics Connection
Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

Spotlight on William Stout: From Antarctica to Zombies
Artist/writer William Stout reviews an adventure-filled life. From scaling Mount Kilimanjaro to scuba diving under the ice in Antarctica, from making movies likeConan the Barbarian, Return of the Living Dead, Masters of the Universe, and Pan's Labyrinth to drawing "overground" comics as diverse as Tarzan of the Apes, Alien Worlds, and Little Annie Fanny and underground comix like Slow Death and Mickey at 60, come meet the only Comic-Con special guest (except for maybe Sergio Aragonés) to have journeyed to all seven continents, with a richly illustrated talk that will leave you both entertained and amazed. And yes, there will be dinosaurs.
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Get an exclusive, inside look at the development process of recently released LEGO Marvel Super Heroes products, special LEGO Marvel Super Heroes animated content, and the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes console video game with Marcos Bessa (senior designer, The LEGO Group), Adam Corbally (senior graphic designer, The LEGO Group), Jason Cosler (senior manager content development, The LEGO Group), Cort Lane (VP animation development and partnerships, Marvel), Mike Jones (executive producer, Marvel), and Arthur Parsons (game director, TT Games). Discover how the toys, animated content, and video game come to life with the teams behind their development. Moderated by Brian Bowler (marketing director, The LEGO Group).
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 5AB

Buffy Musical: Once More With Feeling & Juliet Landau Q&A
Let's end this show with a bang! For the first time since 2008, Juliet Landau (Buffy/Angel) is attending Comic-Con just to join the fans for a quick rollicking Q&A and special announcements about her latest project, "A Place Among The Undead" with a special Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek, as well as special announcements about our own upcoming event, Whedonopolis 2016. Then Juliet will help us kick off the closing event with a bang: The powers that be behind Whendonopolis.com, FandomCharities.org and Whedonopolis 2016 present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling," as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say that this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin', back that is, and singing, shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn’t just for flashmobs and hipsters anymore.
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

FX TV Block Featuring Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain, and a Sneak Peek of The Bastard Executioner
Kick out the jams with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, premiering on FX on July 16 at 10 pm ET/PT. Denis Leary stars as the lead singer of a legendary '90s band called The Heathens, who were on the brink of stardom when they broke up and now, years later, are looking to recapture some of the old glory. Creator/executive producer writer/director Denis Leary will be joined on stage by actors Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Kelly, and John Ales to discuss the new series and present an exclusive sneak peek of the show. Then catch The Strain, a thriller based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title that will debut its second season on July 12 at 10 pm ET/PT. Fans will get an exclusive screening of all-new material, including two original pieces created specifically for SDCC and an insightful discussion with showrunner/executive producer Carlton Cuse, co-creator/executive producer/writer Guillermo del Toro, co-creator/executive producer/writerChuck Hogan, and actors Corey Stoll, David Bradley,Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Richard Sammel, and Natalie Brown. And for an epic finale, get an exclusive world premiere first-look at Sons of Anarchy, creator Kurt Sutter's highly anticipated new series The Bastard Executioner.
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Back for another year! This panel deals with the basic, though imperative, approaches and concepts for what you need to know to accomplish any project in any media with any goal. The panelists represent a broad cross section of levels of authority, departments, work pipelines, and sizes of organizations, as well as a wide array of media. They include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan podcast), Ron Coleman Ph.D. (molecular geneticist), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author , lecturer), Jonelle Davila (creative director, TheGeekGirlProject), Jody Patterson (Photoshop), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV). You could attend this panel for a fourth time and learn new tips, wisdom, dos, and don'ts. As an added bonus to help get your creative work life further along, there will be a giveaway of a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud.
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

Once again I have been invited to sit in on the Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule panel to close out Sunday. It's always fun and inspiring. I highly recommend it to any creators out there. No Community panel. Bummer. See you all in San Diego!

posted by brendoman | 06/28/15| 11:50:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Saturday Schedule Highlights

Full schedule is here.

Are You Ready, Kids?: Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a new episode and fan trivia with prizes. Hosted by Claudia Spinelli, VP of current series animation for Nickelodeon. All landlubbers welcome.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

Land of the Lost Series Reunion
This year's Saturday morning cartoons Happy Hour takes a routine expedition down memory lane to Sid & Marty Krofft's live-action classic Land of the Lost. Moderator Corey Rothermel hosts the party as guests Wesley Eure (Will Marshall), Kathy Coleman (Holly Marshall), Phil Paley (Cha-Ka), and David Gerrold (writer/story editor) recount and reminisce about their time spent in the "original" Jurassic world. They will cover everything from Sleestaks to Selima, from Pylons to Pakuni. So if you're nostalgic for the Saturday morning programs of old or want to discover them for the very first time, meet up with this panel for the happiest hour at Comic-Con.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

MARCH with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
His first visit to Comic-Con made national news; now the legendary civil rights icon, U.S. congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns. Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell re-team to share their award-winning March series. You'll hear about the incredible tour that's brought the message of March to schools, universities, libraries, and corporate headquarters from coast to coast. You'll see glimpses of the much-anticipated March: Book Three, covering Mississippi Freedom Summer and the unforgettable Selma-Montgomery March. And of course, you'll hear Congressman Lewis's firsthand memories of sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the march on Washington, Selma, and beyond, and the vital power of his message of transformative nonviolence in the world today.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

The Last Man on Earth
What would you do if you were the last person on Earth? Star and creator Will Forte (Nebraska, Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Bob's Burgers, Flight of the Conchords), January Jones (Mad Men), and director/executive producer Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) discuss the surprising twists and turns of the first season as well as tease the upcoming second season
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Warner Bros. Presentation
A "sneak peek" at a few upcoming releases from Warner Bros.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hall H

Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend
The beloved pro wrestler's daughter Robin Christensen joins the creative team of Lion Forge's authorized graphic novel biography includeing Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) and Shannon Eric Denton (senior editor, Lion Forge Comics) to discuss the real man known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Join this panel to reminisce about one of sports entertainment's most legendary figures. Surprise guests will be featured.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

Book to Screen
We're in a heyday for science fiction and fantasy on screen, whether it's the big screen or the small. Some of the most popular series out there take advantage of the in-depth world and character building of book series to populate their vivid worlds. Ernie Cline (author of Ready Player One, soon to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg), Melissa de la Cruz (author of Witches of East End, Lifetime show by the same name), Andy Weir (author of The Martian, a Ridley Scott-directed adaptation will be released later this year), Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes, on which the upcoming Syfy show The Expanse is based), Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians, soon to be a Syfy show), and Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (as Christina Lauren, author of Beautiful Bastard, which has been optioned by Constantin Film) discuss how their creations are coming to life on screen.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
TV Guide Magazine brings the screams to San Diego again for this all-star, must-see panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV's hottest shows provide a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoops. Panelists include David Anders (iZombie), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Eliza Taylor (The 100), Ming-Na Wen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 11:45pm
Ballroom 20

Inside the Writers' Room: The Pilot: Part One
Before there can be a hit series (or even a Manimal), there has to be a pilot, and this panel of expert creators and writers will share their experiences-the good, bad, and the very ugly-in selling and making a television pilot. Get the straight scoop from some of today's most talented and outspoken creators. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television's senior VP of drama development and production, Chris Parnell. Panelists include Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator, Fringe), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Steve Kriozere (Agent X, NCIS), Amy Berg (Caper, Da Vinci's Demons) and Thomas P. Vitale (Fmr. EVP Chiller Strategic Operations, SYFY Original Movies and co-productions).
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

Quick Draw!
Once again, three supercharged cartoonists duel to their dooms with Sharpies, each attempting to outdraw all opponents. It's one of the most popular Comic-Con events, and this year it's personal. Our returning champion Sergio Aragonés (MAD, Groo the Wanderer) goes mano a mano against Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons, The Flintstones) and Disney legend Floyd Norman. Plus, you can expect a few other cartoonists to get their licks in. Presiding over it all is your Quick Draw! Quizmaster, Mark Evanier. No wagering, please.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper-class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with writer/director Burr Steers and the book's author Seth Grahame-Smith for a first look at Screen Gem's adaptation of his acclaimed twist on the classic novel. Patient Zero An uprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as 'The Infected'. One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Join cast members Matt Smith, John Bradley, Natalie Dormer, and Clive Standen along with director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le for an exclusive first look of the film. Both panels will be moderated by Dalton Ross (Entertainment Weekly).
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

Sid & Marty Krofft: A Look at the Future, Present, and the Past
Cesar Millan joins Sid & Marty Krofft's panel as a guest moderator for this very exclusive event at Comic-Con. Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft have been producing quality family entertainment for over 40 years. They are currently producing a new series at Nickelodeon, Mutt & Stuff with Cesar Millan. They are also producing Sigmund and the Sea Monsters at Amazon Studios and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl at Legendary Pictures. The brothers became a household name in the'70s with a series of remarkable programs that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters.
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

Nerdist Industries with Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) is joined by Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Battlebots) and the editorial team from Nerdist online, including Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief of Nerdist), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Malik Forté (Nerdist Play), Matt Grosinger (Celebrity Playlist), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Nerdist Podcast Network producer Katie Levine, and a special guest or two. Join this panel for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await. Come and enjoy your burrito!
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Cartoon Voices 1
The fine art of giving voice to animated characters is again demonstrated by a dais of the best. This year, join Keone Young (Star Wars Rebels, G.I. Joe), Pat Musick (Rugrats, Extreme Ghostbusters), Eric Bauza (Ben 10, The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Jessica DiCicco (Gravity Falls, Pound Puppies), Phil Morris (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Ultimate Spider-Man) and Josh Robert Thompson (Family Guy, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson). Mark Evanier, as usual, gets these talented folks to demonstrate what they do so well.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight
Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino brings fans an exclusive look at his highly anticipated 8th film, The Hateful Eight. Followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hall H

VIZ Media and Perfect Square: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Hey, listen! Take up your Master Sword and join VIZ Media staff and special guests for a celebration of one of the best video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the return of the classic graphic novel originally featured in Nintendo Power, answers to your questions, prizes, and more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

The Return of Invader Zim
Join Oni Press, Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim), and the legendary creative team of the new Invader Zim comic for world domination and a panel about the revival of this much-loved series.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

Legendary Pictures
Filmmakers and talent from Legendary's upcoming Warcraft and Crimson Peak, distributed by Universal Pictures, will discuss the innovative slate and present never-before-seen material. Chris Hardwick (AMC's Talking Dead) hosts the panel that will also include surprises from highly anticipated legendary movies, including Great Wall, Krampus, and more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hall H

Anything Goes with John Barrowman
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital "E." He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges; ask him anything!
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Outcast TV Series: A First Look with Robert Kirkman
Be the first to get possessed by Outcast! From Cinemax and FOX comes the exclusive first look at the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's hit comic book by the same name. Outcast chronicles Kyle Barnes; a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever. Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Chris Black (Desperate Housewives), cast members Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), and special surprise guests, in a panel moderated by Kumail Najiani (HBO's Silicon Valley) discuss the highly anticipated series and debut a sneak peek of Season 1; coming worldwide in 2016.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

The Muppet Show Coming to ABC
The Muppets return to primetime television this fall on ABC in a way they've never been seen before! Filmed in a documentary style with cut-to interviews, the Muppets come to life, giving audiences a chance to explore their rich inner lives and intense interpersonal relationships, romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants, and desires. Co-creators and executive producers Bill Prady (Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (The Simpsons), executive producer/director Randall Einhorn (The Office) and executive producer Bill Barretta (The Muppets) screen the video presentation that inspired the series and discuss the first season of this new, more grown-up Muppet show for kids and adults of all ages. The panel will also feature a few of the brilliant Muppet performers, giving you a rare opportunity to witness them bringing some of your favorite characters to life.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
Bill Schelly (author) talks to Gary Groth (publisher) about Harvey Kurtzman, editor, artist, and sole writer of the original MAD comic book and magazine-one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. They will cover Harvey's cultural impact, legal battles with MAD publisher William M. Gaines, and much more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless, actresses Gal Gabot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), and other flat out fantastic females, who will open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

Oddball Comics Live!
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic The Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" Once you've seen this mind-roasting presentation-which has played to standing room only crowds in San Diego for the better part of four decades-you'll never forget such covers as those of the "crotch-centric" issues of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, those with someone getting slapped with a "fish-in-the-face", and those Silver Age issues of Batman and Detective Comics with "Robin-in-the-corner"! Scott promises, "Even if you've seen my acclaimed slideshow presentation many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you'll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that' are revealed!" See for yourself why Stan Lee calls Scott's show "the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen!"
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Hall H

Storytelling in the 21st Century
During this panel, Will Wright, the legendary game designer and creator of multi-billion-dollar franchises The Sims, SimCity, and SPORE, talks about new methods and formats for storytelling that are being enabled by interactive technology. In his own work, Will has experimented with this in several areas including The Sims, Bar Karma (a.k.a. Creation TV), and most recently the content creation platform app, THRED. Wright will discuss how regular people can be enabled to create and share compelling stories by using technology to "amplify" their natural creative abilities. Before diving into experiments and technology, he'll first present a brief look at the fundamentals of what stories are and why everyone enjoys consuming them.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Presentation.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Hall H

Spotlight on Reginald Hudlin
Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Django Unchained, Black Panther), the writer/director/producer of movies, TV shows, and comics, will have a no-holding-back discussion of both upcoming projects and classic work like the Black Panther comic book and animated series; the return of Milestone Media, including the upcoming Static Shock live action series; and the Django/Zorro comic book, as well as his experiences on groundbreaking projects like The Boondocks, Bebe's Kids, Boomerang, and more. There will be several special guest stars, including CNN host Van Jones.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

The Walking Dead: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman
Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead with creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

Fight Club 2
Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, and artists David Mack and Cameron Stewart.
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

An Hour with Adam Savage
Sure, Adam Savage is one of the stars of MythBusters, but he's so much more: maker, cosplayer, movie fan, and problem solver. He's not here to promote anything; he's here to enjoy Comic-Con, like you. And as part of that, he's opening himself up to fans for one hour, with no agenda; ask him anything.
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 6BCF

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a "comic book come to life." That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and villains like Ric Flair, panelists from both worlds will explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comic News website), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and Flobo Boyce (Silver Streek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Evolved
The Thrilling Adventure Hour has come a long way from their monthly LA Largo show, which just ended a 10-year run. The stage show, in the style of old-time radio, has captured the attention of audiences across the globe with sold-out shows in San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, New York, Chicago, Australia and New Zealand. With their hit Nerdist podcast, Eisner-nominated graphic novel, concert film, a new Image Comics series, an international tour and new comic adaptation shows, they're still at it. Moderated by co-creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and featuring The WorkJuice Players and special guests, you won't want to miss this chat.
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

Scream Queens: World Premiere Screening
Be the first in the world to see Fox's comedy-horror anthology series Scream Queens. From Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, this killer new series stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigal Breslin, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Diego Bonita, Glen Powell, Lucien Laviscount, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas, and Ariana Grande. The show centers on a string of college campus muders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a designer glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Roberts). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Curtis) decrees that Kappa must accept all new pledges and not just the school's silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a 20-year-old mystery and a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc.
Saturday July 11, 2015 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Room 6DE

Hey look! It's the return of the ambiguous Hall H panel descriptions. Supposedly the WB panel is going to reveal Justice League in addition to the expected Batman V Superman stuff. I'm not terribly interested and there are tons of cool smaller panels on Saturday. Lots of tough choices. Usually the crowd makes those decisions for you and you just have to ride with it. That's my biggest tip to new attendees. Just roll with it. There's always something going on somewhere so if you can't get into that thing you want, I guarantee you something else cool is happening within walking distance that you can get into. If that fails there is always the Nintendo Lounge. SDCC is Streetpass city if you have a 3DS. Armed with that, your program guide, good shoes, water, an open mind, and some snacks, I firmly believe that anyone can have an amazing experience. My one other take away from the Saturday schedule is that I sure hope Community is on the Sunday schedule.

posted by brendoman | 06/27/15| 02:02:00 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Friday Schedule Highlights

Check out the full schedule here. I am getting super excited!!!

Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm), panelist Phil Klemmer (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Wendy Mericle (Arrow), Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel), Karen Horne (VP, NBCUniversal), Cori Wellins (agent, WME) and Steve Iwanyk (manager, The Gotham Group) as they discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie James join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of Season 5 and what to look forward to in Season 6, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Season 6.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hall H

Twisted Roots of the Comics Industry
Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow), Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent, editor for Marvel Comics), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (co-author of a forthcoming bio of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson) reveal the stories of the gangsters, bootleggers, and eccentric geniuses who founded the comic book business. Moderated by Michael Uslan, producer of the Batman movies.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

AMC's Fear the Walking Dead
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss the anticipated series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead coming this summer. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the new series.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hall H

Archie Forever
Hot off the blockbuster launch of the first Archie #1 in over 75 years, this is one panel Archie fans can't miss. Get exclusive news on the Archie Horror titles, the new Jughead ongoing series, and more. The panel features Jon Goldwater (co-CEO/publisher), Victor Gorelick (co-president/editor-in-chief), Mike Pellerito (president), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Mark Waid (writer of Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), your favorite Archie writers and artists, with moderator Alex Segura (SVP, publicity and marketing/editor of Dark Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket!
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture
New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey sits down with his literary agent Kristin Nelson, John Nee (co-CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment and book packager), Paul Morrissey (Eisner-nominated editor, Jet City Comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer and owner of paperfilms), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) to discuss how popular novels are turned into comic adaptations and feature films. Get the behind-the-scenes and nitty gritty, from selling options to major film studios to working with visual artists and comic book writers in their adaptations. Hugh Howey's novel WOOL is in development with Ridley Scott, and the comic adaptation and graphic novel are available from Jet City Comics. Gary Whitta is also adopting Howey's novel SAND for television.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

[adult swim]: Rick and Morty
UPDATED: Fri, Jun 26, 11:13AM
Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), as well as Rick and Morty cast members invite fans for a sneak peek of the upcoming second season, premiering July 26 on Adult Swim.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Disney Animators: The Power of 2D
A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan), and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights Gallery).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

Minority Report
Be one of the first to take a look at FOX's new fall sci-fi action thriller. Based on the hit futuristic Steven Spielberg feature, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Join Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis), Meagan Good (Think Like a Man franchise, Californication) along with other cast and producers for a special screening followed by a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom 20

Ghostbusters: Sony, IDW and Cryptozoic Entertainment
Celebrate over 30 years of Ghostbusters, the classic supernatural franchise that defined an era. Learn about new products and plans firsthand from Sony Pictures Consumer Products, hear insights on the ongoing comic series by IDW Publishing, and see a demo of the successfully crowdfunded game by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

ILM 40th Anniversary
For forty years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures to the company's pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation, and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company's work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

[adult swim]: Mike Tyson Mysteries
It was a unanimous victory last year, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again; and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. After a season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team will be back at it again with all-new episodes on Adult Swim this fall. Join Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for a first look at the upcoming second season. Moderated by Jon Hein (Howard Stern).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Amazon: The Man in the High Castle
Amazon will introduce Comic-Con audiences to a one-hour drama series based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle. The series explores the world that would have resulted if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. America and much of the world have now been split between global dominating powers Japan and Germany. As tension mounts between the two, resistance builds against the oppressive regimes amid questions over what is real and what is not. Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen will be the moderator with panelists that include executive producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), producers David Zucker (The Good Wife) and Isa Dick Hackett, and cast members Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy), and Rufus Sewell (Killing Jesus).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fifth season in June and will begin filming its sixth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Conleth Hill as Varys, David Nutter (director), Hannah Murray as Gilly, Carolyn Strauss (executive producer), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hall H

How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood
Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Batman: The Animated Series writer/producer Paul Dini, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein discuss why Hollywood "gets" comic book storytelling now when for decades it didn't. Panelists will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Christian Blauvelt (Deputy Culture Editor, BBC online).
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

Marvel Television Presents
Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) brings you exclusive news and surprises about your favorite action-packed Marvel series on ABC. Join Jeph, showrunners, and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter for this can't-miss panel that'll have everyone talking!
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom 20

[adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer discuss their Emmy-winning series, which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Bob's Burgers
The always-entertaining cast and creators behind Bob's Burgers bring their Emmy award-winning animated series back to San Diego. Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy will entertain with never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

IDW: The Best Panel in Recorded History
This is the big one! Join IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall and VP of marketing Dirk Wood lay waste to a room of shocked comic fans. Panlists include Gabriel Rodriguez, John Layman, James Tynion IV, Ulises Farinas, and special guests. Shocking announcements, amazing prizes, and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

MTV's Scream
The cast and producers of MTV's highly anticipated thriller series Scream share details from the new series, show an exclusive clip, and answer fans questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

Nerdist Podcast Network Podcast Jam
Get some audible chocolate in your audio peanut butter as hosts from your favorite Nerdist Podcast Network shows come together for a super podcast crossover. Moderated by Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Jonah Raydio, The Meltdown), enjoy a lively conversation from panelists Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird, The Pete Holmes Show), Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids), Kumail Nanjiani (The Indoor Kids, The Meltdown), and Sandra Daughtery (Sex Nerd Sandra).
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Archer
Archer, the award-winning animated comedy about a spy agency whose employees constantly undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain, will bring together creator Adam Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson, along with the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates. In addition to the panel, fans will see an exclusive screening of a "best of" reel highlighting many of the series' best moments.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

In Your Own Time: Webcomics on Your Own Schedule
Webcomics are a hugely popular medium, and with popularity comes responsibility. What is it really like to be your own boss and work on your own schedule? These popular creators can offer insight into the crazy world of web comics and what it means to be solely responsible for all that entails. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) speaks with Matthew Inman (The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), and Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) about what it is like working in web comics today.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
After winning a 2014 Education Documentary Peabody Award for its "dazzling visual tour of the final frontier and its energetic evangelizing for science," as well as four Emmy Awards from 12 Emmy nominations,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (National Geographic Channel, FOX) returns to Comic-Con with a Q&A with executive producer Seth MacFarlane, writer/executive producer/director Ann Druyan, and renowned astrophysicist and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hall H

iZombie Special Video Presentation and Q&A
After the shocking events in the season finale of brainy hit iZombie, be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for Season 2. Now that Liv (Rose McIver) gave the cure for zombie-ism to Blaine and Major (one that she desperately wanted to take herself!) will Ravi find a way to develop another cure? Will Clive remain in the dark about the existence of zombies? A special video presentation will be followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, iZombie returns this fall with all-new episodes on Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. iZombie: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Ballroom 20

Starz: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Original filmmakers Sam Raimi (executive producer, director, writer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer and star of the series, Ash), Ivan Raimi (co-exeuctive producer), and Craig DiGregorio (executive producer), along with Lucy Lawless (Ruby), discuss the highly anticipated new series and what fans can expect in the premiere season.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

The Visit
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) discuss The Visit, their upcoming thriller from Universal Pictures.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Going Back in Time: A Discussion and Q&A with the Filmmakers Behind the Back to the Future Feature Documentary
Director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich, and producer Lee Leshen discuss, take questions, and show clips from their upcoming film Back in Time, the feature-length documentary that shows the films' influence on the public 30 years later. Dean Cundey (legendary cinematographer for all three Back to the Future films, in addition to iconic movies such as Hook, Jurassic Park and many more), will join the discussion and be available for questions during the Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

Kung Fury: The Best Movie of All Time
The team behind viral sensation Kung Fury discuss the record-breaking and critically acclaimed journey, from Kickstarter to Cannes to Comic-Con. Director David Sandberg is joined on stage by the "True Survivor" David Hasselhoff (Hoff 9000), and cast members Jorma Taccone (Hitler), Eleni Young (Barbarianna), Leopold Nilsson (Hacker Man), Andreas Cahling (Thor), as well as Seth Grahame-Smith (producer of the upcoming feature) and moderator Drew McWeeny.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6BCF

World Premiere of Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you've never seen before. Justice League: Gods & Monsters features a Superman born of General Zod's blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. This ain't your daddy's Justice League. They are as likely the world's saviors as Earth's despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely "accidents," a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League into a high-stakes game of intrigue, mystery, and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? The all-star voice cast includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor, Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds) as Highfather, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Steve Trevor. Witness the first public screening of this all-new film, then stay for an entertaining panel led by executive producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series); Tamara Taylor (Bones), voice of Wonder Woman; C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland), voice of Dr. Will Magnus; Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Lois Lane, director Sam Liu; co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett; dialogue director Andrea Romano; and members of the voice cast. As is tradition, there will be special announcements, moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground) will present exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and there just might be a few potential surprises. Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on July 14 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 28.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom 20

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke), and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante, and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A

Yoga Hosers
An evening with Kevin Smith. After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged loser who dresses like a 12-year-old! Ask Kev questions about AMC's Comic Book Men and his forthcoming Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, and see the world premiere of the trailer to his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! With special guests from the Yoga Hosers cast.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Hall H

Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB

I can say one thing for certain about Friday. Hall H is going to be NUTS. Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, all topped off by Kevin Smith. If you want to go to any of those, you should probably be in line by Thursday evening. Have fun camping out. My one thing I really want to try for is Bob's Burgers. There's lots of great panels in the Indigo Ballroom all day on Friday so we'll see how that goes. Lots of other good stuff though.

posted by brendoman | 06/26/15| 12:04:00 pm| Movies, I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


San Diego Comic-Con Thursday Schedule Highlights

I was bummed to note that I haven't done this the last two years for some reason. That's a shame. So here we go! You can get the full schedule here. My highlights are as follows:

A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future
Developers from legendary game studio Rare celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the rare magic continues to shape future projects and share over 70 years of combined experience by meeting the team behind some of gaming's best-loved icons.
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

God Is Disappointed in You
Hey, nothing personal; that's what the book says! Writer Mark Russell (Prez) and Eisner Award-winning artist Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) bring to life their hilariously irreverent retelling of the Bible, God Is Disappointed in You (published by Top Shelf). They'll perform their infamous "Bible in Ten Minutes" slide show, and play a selection from the audiobook, as read by James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers); recently nominated for an Audie Award for Best Comedy Audiobook. They will also give a sneak preview of the hotly anticipated sequel, Apocrypha Now.
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

The Crowd: How Creatives Are Using New Means to Connect with Their Audience
Hugh Howey (author of the self-published Silo trilogy), Gary Whitta (author of the debut novel Abomination, crowdfunded through Inkshares, co-writer of Star Wars: Rogue One), and Lora Innes (author of The Dreamer, crowdfunded through Patreon, co-host of the Paper Wings Show) discuss crowdfunding and crowdsourcing models that allow creatives to connect directly with their audience to produce their work. Gary and Lora will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Veronica Belmont (host of The Sword & Laser, crowdfunded through Patreon, and Dear Veronica for Engadget).
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

The Pitching Hour
Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (producer, Marvel Animation), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Sequestered), Lindsay Rostal (game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), a surprise guest or two, and moderator Dan Evans III (creative director, DC Entertainment) 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 examples and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. 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 Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Lionsgate presents an exclusive first look at one of the studio's highly anticipated films coming to theaters this fall. Get a sneak peek into the powerful final chapter of the epic The Hunger Games film franchise. Attendees will be shown exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Mockingjay: Part 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session revealing details on the big-screen finale.
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

Geek and Sundry with Felicia Day
Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know-favorite shows, upcoming projects, the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry. Felicia will give a sneak peek at her book You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Historical Comics and Graphic Novels
Not all comics are about superheroes. In fact, there are some amazing graphic novels, comics and web comics that deal with events from history. Some are personal stories, some are historical accounts and some are the creator's own take, but they all bring history alive. Creators Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), Sara Ryan (Escape From Alcatraz), and Lora Innes (The Dreamer), discuss their historical works with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

Mattel and WWE: NXT Superstar of Tomorrow
Once again, Mattel and WWE have teamed up to bring you an action-packed SDCC panel. WWE & NXT Superstars and Mattel personnel will discuss the tremendous growth in popularity of NXT, weigh in on the next generation of WWE Superstars, and give exclusive sneak peeks of Mattel's upcoming WWE figure releases. Incredible guest appearances by William Regal, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, and additional special guests.
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5AB

Doctor Who: BBC America's Official Panel
Following his record-breaking first season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, and executive producer Brian Minchin. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the time traveler who will continue to journey through all of space and time in epic adventures in the new season premiering this fall. Capaldi's first season delivered BBC America its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms.
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

Looney Tunes Legacy: Linda Jones and Ruth Clampett on The Life and Art of Animation
Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett are two of the most important animators in cartoon history. Their daughters, Linda Jones (Emmy Award-winning producer, founder of Linda Jones Enterprises) and Ruth Clampett (founder of Clampett Studio Collections, former head of Warner Brothers art program) keep their dads' legacies alive. These powerful Hollywood businesswomen also made collecting the art of animation and film accepted and embraced around the world and own all rights to sell official Warner Brothers cartoon art, Vintage WB movie art, DC comics art, and the art of Harry Potter. They'll talk about growing up with two geniuses and how they built empires of their own making geek art cool. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery).

Powers: Ordinary Heroes, Extraordinary Possibilites: A Deeper Look at the Hit PlayStation Series
The executive producers/co-creators of the Powers comics, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, are joined by showrunner Remi Aubuchon and cast members Susan Heyward (Det. Pilgrim), and Olesya Rulin (Calista) for a sneak peek at the upcoming Season 1 Blu-ray, and what's to come in the second season of PlayStation's hit original series.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Multiple award-winning writer and recipient of the Eisner Hall of Fame award Marv Wolfman uses his 47 years of writing professionally to bring his writer's beginning class back to San Diego where it began. Marv will talk about what to think about before you start writing-how to approach coming up with your plot, story, and theme, how to put them together, and-the question most newbies ask-how to create characters. And best of all there will be plenty of time for specific questions.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

Sergio & Mark Show
The men who bring you Groo the Wanderer show their faces and explain just how and why it is they bring you Groo the Wanderer, as well as other silly comics. It's the award-winning duo of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, accompanied by the equally heralded Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo), and coloring whiz Tom Luth (if he can get away); holding court, answering your questions, and doing what they do best, which obviously is not writing little blurbs like this for the Comic-Con Events Guide.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

Con Man: The Fan Revolt 13 Years in the Making
Alan Tudyk's dream show based on his global convention experiences seemed impossible with the compromises Hollywood demanded. Instead he went directly to fans; over 46,000 responded, with a recordbreaking $3.2 million raised on Indiegogo, and Con Man was officially born. With filming wrapped and a Vimeo on-demand release on the horizon, Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, P. J. Haarsma, Mindy Sterling, and others talk Con Man and the crazy ride that made his dream project a reality.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Hall H

Nerdstrong: Getting Fit for Cosplay, Geekdom, and Life
Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong partner, head coach), Marla Hudnall (Nerdstrong partner, coach), Christy Black (Nerdstrong coach, Healthy Is the New Skinny), Kimi Balcomb (Nerdstrong coach, Golden Lasso Cosplay), Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong coach, gaming director), Mairghread Scott (Nerdstrong member, writer Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Swords of Sorrow), and Mel Caylo (Nerdstrong member, marketing manager at BOOM! Studios) discuss fitness, body image, and confidence in a geek world. Moderated by Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Partner, TV host).
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 14A

Funny Pages
Join Ben Blacker (writer, Thunderbolts; The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang; Bojack Horseman) for a brand new conversation: comics on comics; comedians discussing comics, that is. This panel brings together your favorite comedians from TV, film, and animation as they discuss their favorite comics. Don't miss this brand new panel!
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

First Look at Crackle's SuperMansion
Calling all Stoopid Buddy Stoodios fans! Be the first to catch a sneak peek at the new stop-motion animated comedy series SuperMansion. The cast, voiced by Emmy-award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Seth Green (Family Guy), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Matthew Senreich, and Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken) discuss the world of superheroes and more. Special surprises may occur.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sense8
On June 5 Netflix debuted one of their most controversial and provocative new series, Sense8. Be on hand for the very first panel discussion of this new series, hosted by co-creator/writer and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

Mad about MAD
MAD, the country's #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD! Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions.
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

Miami Vice 30th Anniversary Retrospective
Talent from the original smash hit NBC primetime series including Michael Talbott (Det. Stanley Switek), Olivia Brown (Det. Switek), Edward James Olmos (Lt. Castillo), writer Anthony Yerkovich (creator of Miami Vice), writer Jonathan London (Miami Vice graphic novel) will join Lion Forge Comics senior editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss the enduring legacy of the show that spawned decades of neo-noir cop shows to follow, and the music, the colors, the alligators, and the action that made it such a hit.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

Comedy Central: Drunk History and Another Period
Come learn about the history of Drunk History! Derek Waters (co-creator/host/director) and Jeremy Konner (co-creator/director) walk you through how this historically accurate, yet slightly slurred show works to portray little-known events and figures in history from the perspective of an intoxicated narrator. From humble beginnings as a digital series to two seasons on Comedy Central, with season 3 ready to premiere on September 1, Derek and Jeremy have plenty of stories to tell from the making of the show, including an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming new season. The panel will include Taran Killam (SNL), who has guest starred on all three seasons of the show, along with other guest stars and narrators. There will be a Q&A, an interactive live event, and plenty more fun and debauchery as only Drunk History can create. Following that, the party continues with a look at Comedy Central's new series, Another Period, premiering Tuesday, June 23. The turn-of-the-century historical and satirical scripted series follows the insanely ridiculous and debaucherous life of the Bellacourts, who have more servants than relatives and whose days are filled with money, sex, drugs, and more money. Another Period centers on the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome), who only care about being rich and becoming super famous. Series creators and stars Natasha and Riki lead an all-star cast, including Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Christina Hendricks, Jason Ritter, and Paget Brewster. Get an exclusive look at Comedy Central's latest hit with the stars and other guests as they discuss their new show with moderator and writer Moshe Kasher.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery!
Starchild, Demon, Catman, and Spaceman join everyone's favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss. In Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. Be part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, then stay for a panel featuring KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, NCIS star Pauley Perrette, and longtime Shaggy and Daphne voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated). Director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken) will also be in attendance. Moderated by director/actor/writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on July 21.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hall H

Webcomics Advocates and the Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd.
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4

Hey look at that awesome panel at the bottom of the schedule! That's the one you really want to check out. I let Hall H go a few years ago but I still have to acknowledge it. You never know when there will be no line. It still happens. There's a lot of interesting stuff out there, a lot of cool sounding comics and creative stuff I might check out. My musts on Thursday besides my own panel are definitely Mattel/WWE and Mad. I went to the Mad panel with Derick last year and it was fantastic. I haven't watched Sense 8 or Powers yet but they are both on my radar. The idea of Kevin Smith on stage with KISS sounds pretty awesome, maybe I can finagle my way in there. Let's see what tomorrow brings us!

posted by brendoman | 06/25/15| 11:02:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| Leave a comment »


Reminder To Myself That Things Are All Right

So I just turned 35. At first I didn't think it was a big deal, then I was browsing through this site and I realized that I was 21 when this blog started. That's kind of nuts. But I don't want to do another introspective what does it all mean type thing because I feel like that's what all of my blog posts have been about for the last few years. Heck, I just noticed I didn't even bother to do the annual Comic-Con schedule post in 2013 or 2014. What's up with that? I'm totally doing it this year!

What this post is all about is that right now I'm kind of freaking out and I need to remind myself that things are OK. Phil usually does that for me but he is on vacation right now and it would probably be weird if I called him with yet another Brendo freak out call. I'm sure a lot of you guys and gals would be happy to take that Brendo freak out call but it's OK. The whole point is I don't need to make that freak out call because I have this and I think I forgot how much it can sooth me to just write stuff down.

So I've been unemployed since December 7th. In 2009 I was unemployed for 9 months. We're not there yet but it sure as hell feels like it. The reason being is that unlike then when lots of people were unemployed, now things are better in theory so you only get 6 months of unemployment money. My last check was deposited this week. No more money. I am not 100% sure how I'm going to pay my bills for July but I think I have it figured out. Anyways, I need a job like yesterday and right now I am waiting to hear back on if I got one job. I have two tests this week for two different IT positions at the same school district and I have an interview at another. That's 4 jobs. Out of like hundreds I have applied for. I really need one of these to pan out. Everyone keeps telling me it's going to work out, because it always does, but what the hell is that? I guess it's because the alternative is misery and pain and that's just pointless because I've done all I can and the rest is up to forces out of my control. It's still scary and when you have a lot of free time you end up spending a lot of time staring into that abyss. I can't help it. It's there. I guess you just have to acknowledge it and keep going on with your life.

So yeah, that's what is going on job wise. Other than that I have a lot of cool shit going on and I am trying to remind myself of that. First off, Comic-Con is a little over two weeks away and Phil and I are doing our Webcomics Advocates panel. I went to my first Comic-Con panel when I was 17. It wasn't even in my realm of possibilities for that young version of me that one day I would be up on that stage, let alone be asked back again. So that is awesome. Phil and I also just funded our second Kickstarter and we're making freaking Radio BrendoMan records. Just writing that makes me squee a little. I've loved records my whole life. Phil re-instilled that passion in me when we were in college and would spend hours in the used bins at any record store we could find. Now we're making a record with our names on it. I'm super excited. We're also making a real BrendoMan All-Stars EP and another Brax book. Again, amazing.

This is all amazing and I need to remind myself of that. I am 35 years old, currently unemployed, but that doesn't say anything about me as a person. Some company bought the company I work for and I got laid off. I guess the feelings of inadequacy are coming from the fact that even after trying to better myself by taking some classes and getting a certification I haven't gotten a job yet. Who cares about that though? I shouldn't. I am trying. Besides, I am not Brendan Creecy, guy who does some type of computer work. I am Brendan Creecy, AKA BrendoMan. Writer, podcaster, creator, geek, dreamer. And that guy is doing all right.

posted by brendoman | 06/22/15| 03:51:00 pm| Thoughts and Ideas| Leave a comment »


Remember When...

Remember when most of this site's authors were fundamentalist Christians? We were Bible college students, pastors, and missionaries. Now we're mostly skeptical of religion and mostly politically liberal. I know that's an oversimplification. We've always been a group with diverse beliefs. But it's been fun to see the changes we've all gone through. For me, the conversations I had on this site were a big part of that. I've just reread some of the posts about politics from 2003-2004. Those conversations may be happening more on Facebook now, but I'm very happy that I've been able to stay in touch with Brendan, Brian, Henry, and Dave.

posted by admin | 04/08/15| 08:24:00 am| Site News, In the News, Bizarre| 2 comments »


Thinking Up, Looking Down

We are rapidly approaching the 13th anniversary of the day I started this blog with some of my dearest friends. I was a 21 year old bible college student. I don't really know what to do with this space anymore but I know it needs to stay here. It's one of my comforts, being able to type it in and see all that history. I figured something I could do since I have the time is reflect on some of those moments. Here we go.

10 years ago:

Baby Steps

In the end, this is a deeply personal blog. It was started nearly three years ago by me and five of my best friends (Henry, Smiles, Gringo, Jeri, and Eric (who never got his own subdomain off the ground). I barely knew what a blog was but I knew it was something I could do well and it was a great way to interact with my friends. Then we grew. And grew some more. And it's awesome. Three years later and here I am sitting in an internet cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand and I still feel just as close to my friends thanks to this blog, this community.

So that being said, I want to keep that spirit alive by being open and honest with you guys. I've been holding stuff from pretty much everyone for awhile. Most of you know I struggle with depression. I learned this past year that going to a foreign country doesn't take away your problems. It almost always magnifies them. But I was too proud and too scared to seek some help. This kind of made things worse. I went through some really dark times in Harbin. But thankfully we have a God who really does love us and is bigger than all that. He has shown me a lot of stuff these past couple weeks and has given me the strength to finally admit I can't do this on my own. Thankfully the organization I work for provided a counselor for me to talk to and he suggested something I've been hearing for awhile. I'm going back on medication. But that is just the beginning. I'm going to be make some serious lifestyle changes with the help of my teammates and hopefully with the help of you guys.

10 years ago yesterday I wrote a pretty heart felt post from an internet cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was still trying to make the China thing work. I was really trying to still make the God thing work. What I failed to mention in this post is that before I left Harbin in January I had tried to kill myself. I don't think I was ready to acknowledge that, let alone process it. I had seen a counselor in Thailand but I gave him some vague answers about being depressed. He recommended I go back on medication. It was my first time on Paxil and when I got back from Thailand I started having panic attacks and more suicidal thoughts. A month later, I was on a plane back to the States. My final destination was a treatment facility in Fresno.

Yeah, in case you didn't know I spent a few months at a residential mental health treatment center. It was for people like me who had done missions work in foreign countries and had experienced mental health problems due to this work. I met with both a psychologist and a spiritual counselor every day as well as group therapy sessions. I wasn't locked up or anything. I had a studio apartment on the property and I could come and go as I pleased. I stayed there for a few months while I got my meds figured out and talked through some problems. I still wasn't ready to talk about the deeper issues that were troubling me though. I was still clinging to the last shreds of faith that I had left. I absolutely don't regret agreeing to go to that place, though. It was much needed and it helped me along the path that would lead me to the person I am now.

At first when I think about 10 years ago, it doesn't seem like it's been that long. Then I think about everything that has happened in the last ten years and it is absolutely overwhelming. And I am so thankful for all of it. Most of the time.

In geeky fun things, Danny posted about the debut of Google Maps. The fact that brendoman.com is older than Google Maps is strange and awesome.

posted by brendoman | 02/10/15| 02:49:00 pm| Thoughts and Ideas| 3 comments »


How to Record a Podcast With An Old Laptop, Bad WiFi, and a Smartphone

People have been asking how I've managed to record Radio BrendoMan and Pop Sickles since I've been living in hotels with very unreliable internet access and my desktop computer is in storage. It took some trial and error as we almost lost a Radio BrendoMan episode in the process. Right now for gear I have an ancient Dell laptop running XP and my Yeti microphone. I tried recording using our traditional method of using Google Hangouts and Audacity on my laptop but running but Hangouts on Air brought my laptop to a standstill and the hotel wifi was practically useless. Next we tried using Skype and Audacity and this seemed to work until I tried to sync our two tracks together. It appears that running both Skype and Audacity caused Audacity to stutter a bit resulting in out of sync tracks. Phil was able to fix it by painstakingly listening to the files in real time and deleting the gaps as he found them but it was not a viable option going forward. Back to the drawing board I went.

Pop Sickles was the next test and this time everything worked. After messing around with Hangouts on my Galaxy S4 I determined that the audio quality was pretty great when using my 4G connection. I plugged in my headphones on the phone, started a group hangout with Derick and Benson, and fired up Audacity on my laptop. The recording went off without a hitch since Audacity was no longer competing for processing power. Everything synced up perfectly. It's not super ideal since you can't use Hangouts on Air with the mobile app so you don't have the YouTube video you can use as backup in case something goes wrong and you don't have the stream for people to tune into and chat on but it gets the job done when the next option is not podcast at all.

Feel free to comment with your suggestions or questions. The main thing I've learned from this experience is that you really can put together a podcast in almost any circumstance and with even the crappiest of gear. Seriously you guys, this laptop I am using to run Audacity is probably 10 years old. It takes a while to encode files but it gets the job done. If you really want to make a podcast, gear shouldn't be holding you back. As I've said before, I recorded the original Radio BrendoMan on my sub-par laptop with a $2 PC microphone and I was behind the Great Firewall of China. Phil uses a Rock Band microphone. One of the first podcasts I listened to on a regular basis was a show some guy recorded on his Palm Treo in his car. If you've got a good idea, just do it. Figure out the rest as you go.

posted by brendoman | 11/11/14| 08:33:00 am| Podcasting| 2 comments »


Funemployment Again

Hello. Is this thing still on? Looks like it. 2014 has been quite the year. We were told at the beginning of the year that our company was moving to Austin and most of us in tech support would be laid off on December 5th. If we stayed until then we would get a retention bonus plus a severance package. For me this totaled up to about 3 months pay. That's a pretty large sum of cash but I had no intention of staying on a sinking ship for almost a year. The company started training a huge amount of new techs in Austin to replace us. People here in San Diego started bailing out like crazy and were not replaced. Our work loads went up. Stress went up with that. If you've listened to the podcast at all this year you've heard my tales of work related woe. Meanwhile I started going to interviews and applying for jobs with little success. Mostly temp positions that paid much less than I was making or I was lacking some of the certifications to put me ahead of the giant pack of applicants. That's kind of the way it tends to go when you finagled your way in the door 5 years ago and have been working non-stop since then with no time to work on those certs you told yourself you'd get eventually.

Things calmed down a bit once the new techs started on the phones and took on some of the workload. I was still trying to find a way out though. Then I got an offer at the beginning of the summer to stay on and move to Austin. It was a pretty sweet deal so I made a verbal commitment and waited for a formal offer letter. Then I waited. And waited. Then I waited some more. Things shifted over the summer at the company and they were trying to cut costs. I found out at the end of September that the Austin job wasn't happening. This both bummed me out and relieved me. It bummed me out because I had come to terms with moving to Austin. Part of me was excited for it. San Diego is crazy expensive. I knew I couldn't afford to stay here if I didn't have a job. I was barely able to afford my apartment even with a job. The relief came because I realized that I could finally do what I really wanted to do, which was get the heck out of tech support, and I could stay in Southern California. The wrench in everything was that my lease ran out on October 19th and I didn't want to renew it since my job was now ending on December 5th. That's where the elaborate plan commenced.

On October 19th I moved out the apartment I'd lived in for two years. It was a bit of a bummer. After crunching the numbers I decided that putting my stuff into storage and living in cheap hotels until December 5th was the best way to go. So that is what I'm doing now. At first transient life took some getting used to but it's not so bad anymore. What's next? On December 6th I am moving to Yucaipa. It's way inland and it's way cheap. It's also where Phil and Janelle live. I am getting a two bedroom apartment for half of what I was paying for a one bedroom in San Diego. Phil and I are going to set up a studio in the spare bedroom to record podcasts and work on our other various projects. I'm also going to be working on certifications and taking online classes. Once I'm done I'm hoping to find some kind of server admin job or something like that. I might try programming again. I do know that I am ready to move on from tech support. The dream is that one of our creative projects will take off. I will always keep that dream. In the meantime I will better my skills so I can support that dream with a good job that doesn't drive me nuts.

So that's what is going on. Once I am settled in and everything, I plan on writing here a lot more. So you have that to look forward to, I guess. Hope everyone is doing all right.

posted by brendoman | 11/10/14| 08:36:00 am| Thoughts and Ideas| 2 comments »


Hello 2014

Yes it has been 4 months since I posted on here and I think that is a new record but let's forget about that, shall we? If 2014 is half as good as 2013 was for me, I will be stoked. 2013 saw me lose 75 pounds, successfully fund a Kickstarter with Phil for Radio BrendoMan, and fulfill a life goal by being on a panel at Comic-Con, among other things. This was also my first full year back in San Diego after a 12 year absence. It's been pretty great. I miss my OC and L.A. friends every day but this was definitely the right choice. Things are a little up in the air at my current job due to a buyout situation rather similar to the one at my last job, but that is outside of my control so I am doing my best to just enjoy each day as it happens. I hope you all are doing the same. Much love to all of you in this new year. I have so many great memories of 2013 but this is the one that I keep coming back to:

Keep on dreaming.

posted by brendoman | 01/01/14| 02:32:00 pm| Thoughts and Ideas, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »


What's Going On?

It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything. Most of my energy is given to the three podcasts I am a part of, all of which can be found at Benview Network. Things have also really ramped up at work as I am now supporting all of our Web products. When I get home every day I am pretty wiped. I need to stop using that as an excuse though. If I can sit in front of the TV and play Animal Crossing until bedtime, I can probably do things like write, play guitar, work on website stuff. I hate how our brain lies to us pretty much all the time.

On the fitness front I still can't seem to break the 300 pound barrier. It's getting more difficult to stay on track with my diet but that is partially my fault as sometimes when I get home from work I rationalize eating something I'm not supposed to. From there it just snowballs. I am working out every day still so that helps a lot but I just need to keep on the diet and I should be OK. It's really hard though.

I hit a wall with the memoir project due to circumstances out of my control so that is on hold. I am trying to come up with a new idea. It would probably help if I actually sat down to write but Animal Crossing is too hard to resist. I finally started watching Gilmore Girls. I am already on season two and I love it, as I knew I would.

Comic-Con was amazing as always. We talk about it a lot on Radio BrendoMan and Pop Sickles so I won't get into it here. I can't believe we did a panel at the con and it was amazing. Now I have to find a new dream to achieve.

Thank you to everyone for being so supportive and encouraging. I am sorry if I am not always the most communicative guy. I fall into routines and it is easy to forget there are other people out there sometimes. Hope you are all doing awesome. Know that I love you all and want to hear how you are doing all the time, even if I don't always ask.

posted by brendoman | 08/06/13| 09:04:00 am| Thoughts and Ideas, Rants and Raves| Leave a comment »


Read Chapter Three of My Book!

It's a little rough but I feel like it's ready to go out to all 10 or so of you who have been reading it. I will definitely be revising after I finish the whole thing. There's still quite a few chapters to go. Feel free to comment or email with your thoughts. Thanks for reading!

PDF
EPUB
Kindle

Get all the chapters at the book page here.

posted by brendoman | 05/28/13| 05:48:00 pm| Books| 2 comments »


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