SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Thursday

I’ve been to the San Diego International Comic-Con every July for maybe the last dozen years or so. It’s my regular pilgrimage — both as a fanboy like most everybody else and now as a “professional”. One thing I don’t attend at the con as much as I should are the panels. In fact, I think I may have been on as many panels as a speaker than I have sat in the audience as an observer.

And, this year probably won’t be much different than others. The Thursday Schedule has been released (Sunday has as well, but I’ll cover that later) and after perusing the first official day of the programing schedule I’ve concluded that I will probably regret missing the following panels…

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

It’s going to be a big year for GI Joe — IDW is launching a new comic book series, and there’s a new live-action movie due out next summer. Having been involved with The Transformers in the past I’ve got an interest in what’s in store for the “Greatest American Hero”. And, I’ve worked with Aaron Archer and Michael Ritchie in the past so maybe I can throw an awkward question their way.

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

Spy Kids movies aside, I dig a lot of Robert Rodriguez‘ flicks — El Mariachi, From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City, Planet Terror. And then there’s Rose McGowan — yeah, fanboy crush. I was intrigued when I heard that the two were lined up to remake Barbarella. Now it looks like it’s the on-again, off-again, on-again Red Sonja. This may potentially be the most kick-ass and hottest looking sword wielding movie ever.

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

This is pretty much the same panel that I was on last year when I was serving as editor for IDW’s Star Trek line. I’m interested to hear what Andy has to say as the new Star Trek editor. It’ll also be nice to say “hey” to Margaret and Scott.

Now, if they only held panels at the Hyatt bar I’d probably attend more of them.

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2 Responses to “SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Thursday”

  1. Dayton Ward Says:

    I would’ve enjoyed meeting you at the panel. I take it you’ll be elsewhere at the con, though, right?

  2. name Says:

    Hello!,

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