SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Friday

Alrighty then… Let’s take a look at the San Diego International Comic-Con programs that I’m probably going to regret missing on Friday, the second official day of the show, because I’m either: a) too hungover from Thursday night’s parties, and/or b) trying desperately to meet with editors and publishers to find work in order to pay rent.

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

The latest incarnation of the Batman cartoon sounds to be the best so far. I dig the Brave & Bold concept of teaming Batman with other superheroes. Generally, I wouldn’t be going out of my way for a panel like this — but something about Diedrich Bader being the new voice of Batman caught my attention. How come nobody thought of this before?

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

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows currently on television. While a lot of the science technobabble may fly over my head it’s still rather amusing — and I do get all of the nerd/geek jokes relating to gaming, sci-fi, comic books, etc… I’d be more inclined to hit this panel as opposed to the Batman: Brave & Bold panel. And, then there’s also Kaley Cuoco.

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Max Brooks America’s favorite zombie expert is a Comic-Con special guest for the first time! Author Max Brooks, whose groundbreaking work in the walking dead genre could possibly save your life some day (see his The Zombie Survival Guide), talks about his work and what’s up next for him. Room 5AB

Zombies are still cool, what can I say?

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

I’ve always dug LEGO, but it’s probably best that I do miss this panel since I’d just be insanely jealous of the talent that these true architects of the plastic building blocks is so far above my own. That, and the fact that they can afford LEGO sets. Damn them.

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

I’ve never been to a Cup o’ Joe panel. Maybe I’ll just wait until he’s announcing that Marvel is publishing a comic that I’ve written — which means I’ll probably never will.

1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon— Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses Buffy Season Eight, the Fray crossover, and the upcoming Serenity comic focusing on Shepherd Book. Ballroom 20

I don’t consider myself a real Whedon groupie. Other than the fact that I’m nuts about Firefly/Serenity that is. (Hence the tattoo.) I do appreciate his work though — even as far back as writing for Rosanne. And, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is pretty damn nifty. This panel is sure to be packed.

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

I miss playing World of Warcraft — even if the highest I ever got was 28th level Orc Hunter. Hopefully I’ll jump back in sometime in the near future. I’m no where near as Word of Warcraft suave as I should be in order to even be admitted into this panel I’m sure. But, there’s always that exclusive gift to put up on eBay come the day after the con.

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

This is a panel I’ll be sure to attend, and not regret missing, having worked with BOOM! Studios on the Josh Medors Benefit Book Pulp Tales.

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

Oh, I remember sitting on these Transformers comic book panels back when I was editing the Transformers titles — good times. I think this might be the first panel Mowry is sitting on, so I might have to show up just to heckle him. That, and who can turn down a pint of Energon?

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

The Kevin Smith panels are always packed. The man knows how to entertain a crowd. I’m looking forward to Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and if Seth Rogen is one of the special guests, then I’m sure that my girlfriend will see to it that we’re at this panel. I just don’t want to wait in line for it. At least it’s at the end of the “day” schedule.

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

Actually, I don’t think I’ll regret missing the Eisners seeing how I’m not nominated for anything. It’s not that I was overlooked. It’s kind of hard to be nominated when you haven’t produced anything in which to be nominated. As much as I respect the Eisner awards, I’ll probably hold out until that day comes.

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