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SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Sunday

July 17, 2008

Assuming that I’ve survived the Wednesday Preview Night, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll find myself ready to wrap things up on Sunday and get the hell out of Dodge. But, before I make my escape there are a few panels that I’m interested in that I’m likely to skip out on.

10:30-11:30 Zuda Online Comics— Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of webcomics. Panel participants include Zuda staff Richard Bruning, Ron Perazza, Kwanza Johnson, and Dave McCullough, along with creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby & Peter Timony (The Night Owls), David Gallaher & Steve EllisHigh Moon), Nick Doan (Pray for Death), Johnny Zito & Tony TrovarelloThe Black Cherry Bombshells), Sheldon Vella (Supertron), and Caanan GrallCeladore). Listen as they ramble incoherently, pausing occasionally to make a good point. Room 4

Seeing how I currently have an entry submitted for the Zuda competition, there might be some useful nuggets of knowledge at this panel.

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29. Don’t miss the stars of this cult classic comedy franchise as they talk about their experiences making the films and the plethora of extras features on the DVD including “Dude, Change the Movie!” where the viewer decides what Harold and Kumar do next. Ballroom 20

Having just recently seen this movie this might be a lot of fun. My admiration for Neil Patrick Harris has been growing steadily — and this flick just helped the cause.

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you’ll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

I’ve stated before that I’m a Firefly/Serenity fan though I’ve never participated in any Browncoat activities. It might be worthwhile to hang out in the back of the room and check it out.

And… That wraps up the San Diego Comic-Con panels that I’ll regret missing for the year 2008. It was revealed earlier today that the event is now completely sold-out. It should be a helluva year. Hopefully I might even make it to a panel or two this year. See you at the show.

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SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Friday

July 15, 2008

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.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Thursday

July 11, 2008

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.

SDCCrunch — Twenty Days And Counting

July 7, 2008

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is over, gone, and done with. I survived, but there was a toll — I spent most of Sunday watching the Law & Order Special Victims Unit marathon on the USA Network.

Now, it’s crunch time for comic book fans and pros alike — the countdown to the 2008 San Diego International Comic-Con. There are only twenty days left until Preview Night on July 23 — with the rest of the show running Thursday, July 24 thru Sunday, July 27. Trust me… These days will speed by a lot quicker than you or I expect. Before either one of us notice, the SDCC will be looming with just a day or two left and we’ll still be scrambling to pull everything together that is needed for the yearly geek pilgrimage.

First and foremost… Have you ordered your membership (or pass) online yet. There will be no onsite membership badges sold. You have to register online. And the memberships are getting scarce quick! As I type this the 4-Day memberships are completely 100% sold out. The same goes for the Saturday memberships — all gone, 100% percent sold out. Right now, Friday is 94% sold out. Thursday is 59% sold out, and Sunday is 51% sold out. It’s going to be a crowded show, but hopefully with the lack of onsite membership purchasing things might roll a little smother in front of and around the convention center this year (Yeah, right.)

If you’re planning on attending you need to start thinking about the trip now. Have you already got your hotel room (or other alternative lodging) squared away? Every year it’s tight, and it just keeps getting tighter. This is the point in the game that some folks that made reservations back in February start dropping out, so something might become available — but I wouldn’t count on it.

Something else to remember… programming. There is a lot of programming crammed into the event and it’s a good idea to have a game-plan well in order before you hit the floor. While the official programming isn’t listed online yet, it is expected to become available between two weeks and ten days before the show.

Exclusives and sketches are something else to keep in mind. A lot of time can be spent waiting in line for these elusive treasures of SDCC, so it’s a good idea to know what you want before going in. A list of 2008 SDCC exclusives can be found here. Also, if you’re looking to get books signed or sketches done from your favorite artist I recommend that you do a little research and find out when and where they’ll be during the shows. Most talent have their days scheduled out and are offering the information on their websites or MySpace pages.

There’s also the matter of what to bring. For fans attending the show it’s a bit easier — bring cash, and lots of it. Comfortable shoes and fresh clean clothes go without saying. For pros… Well, I’m in attendance looking for work. So, I’ve got to have my business cards ready, as well as having any samples available should they be requested. I’m not an artist, so there’s no need for me to lug about a large portfolio of my art to show off. And, speaking from experience as a writer, there’s also no need for me to photocopy and assemble a mass of my writing samples and scripts — most publishers aren’t interested in lugging them back home. But, I should have an item or two ready if it is requested. (Note to aspiring writers… Don’t bust your hump on putting together writing samples of scripts and plot summaries. You’ll end up bringing most of them back home with you. Work on getting that finished and polished final comic book product completely put together by next year — it’s much more impressive.)

I don’t have any new books that have just been released, or are scheduled to be released in the next month or two, so it doesn’t look like I’ve got anything lined up as far as promoting and signings. My new titles are now scheduled for latter in the fall.

I do have to get plans together on who I will be meeting beyond the old friends and colleagues from the field. Emails need to be sent to various publishers and editors and hopefully scheduled meeting times arranged in order to get out there and promote myself as a creator/writer.

One nice thing about attending this year is that I have no booth of my own, nor am I tied down to any other booth. Sure, this means that I won’t be making any additional scratch to help subsidize my trip, but I’m free to roam and meet and greet to my heart’s content.

Alright, I’ve got to check on the business cards and get some emails regarding the con typed and sent. More on SDCC later.