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Jerry at Comic Con


The San Diego Comic Con commences next week and I’ll be there. If you want to meet me and say hello, I’ll be signing copies of my book The Hanna Barbera Treasury on Thursday July 24th, 2pm to 3pm and again on Friday 7/25 from 11am till noon, at the Insight Editions/Palace Publishing booth 2913-J (located in the Lucas Pavilion). Later that day, at 9:30pm, I’ll be screening my latest compilation of THE WORST CARTOONS EVER in room 6CDEF.


Otherwise, when I’m not looking at old comic books in the dealers room, I’ll try to check out the following panels:

Thursday (Complete Thursday Schedule)

• 10:00-11:00 Click & Clack’s As the Wrench Turns, Behind the scenes with the creators Tom Sito, Bill Kroyer, Stephen Silver, Floyd Norman, and Tom Minton. Room 2

•10:30-11:30 Tiny Toons and Freakazoid panel featuring Bruce Timm, Paul Rugg, Paul Dini, Jean MacCurdy, Rich Arons. Room 6A

•10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Noel Neill in Room 7AB

•11:00-12:00 The Disney Animation Story Process with Nathan Greno (head of story, Bolt), Don Hall (head of story, The Princess and the Frog), Mark Kennedy (head of story, Rapunzel), Joe Mateo (story artist, Bolt), Michael LaBash (story artist, Bolt), Paul Briggs (story artist, The Princess and the Frog), and Josie Trinidad (story artist, The Princess and the Frog). Room 32AB

•3:30-4:30 Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan. Chip Kidd lifts the veil on officially licensed, original Batman manga stories from 1966 Japan, not previously collected or translated in over 40 years. Narrated slide show, with Q&A to follow. Room 30AB

•5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Floyd Norman, moderated by cartoonist Scott Shaw! Room 7AB

•6:00-7:00 Bill Plympton will screen the first 20 minutes of his animated feature Idiots and Angels, plus a Q&A session to follow. Room 7AB

•7:00-9:00 Comedy Central TV Funhouse with Robert Smigel. Room 6CDEF

Friday (Complete Friday Schedule)

•2:00-3:00 That ’70s (Animation) Panel. Mark Evanier talks to animation legends Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Room 8

• 5:00-6:00 Nickelodeon’s Making Fiends with creator Amy Winfrey and supervising producer Dave Wasson . Room 7AB

• 5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Kim Deitch. Room 10

• 7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion with creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett in a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed “MST3K nerd” and comedian Patton Oswalt. Room 6B

• 9:30-10:30 Worst Cartoons Ever! Room 6CDEF

Saturday (Complete Saturday Schedule)

•10:00-10:45 Futurama Secrets Revealed! with creator Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen and series regulars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche, producer Claudia Katz and director Peter Avanzino. Ballroom 20

•10:15-11:15 Spotlight on Ralph Bakshi. Moderated by Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell. Room 6B

• 12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices I. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Jason Marsden, Wally Wingert, Phil LaMarr, TV legend Chuck McCann, and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). Room 6CDEF

• 12:45-1:45 Q&A with the writers of The Office. Moderated by cast member Rainn Wilson, panelists include Greg Daniels, B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling. Room 6A

• 2:30-3:30 Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics. Room 5AB

• 2:30-3:30 Disney Pixar preview: Bolt and UP. Directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard (Bolt) and Peter Docter (UP) presents the first-ever look at Disney and Pixar’s new animated features.

• 4:30-5:30 pm: Artists Only: a Discussion with Ralph Bakshi – Ralph addresses the issue of what it means to be an artist in animation today. Moderated by Stephen Worth. Room 10

Sunday (Complete Sunday Schedule)

•1:15-2:30 Cartoon Voices II. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman, Celebrity Deathmatch), Dee Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Cheryl Chase (Rugrats), Katie Leigh (Dungeons & Dragons, ), and Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy). Room 6B

Also: I strongly recommend all panels moderated by Mark Evanier – Click Here for complete list.

Oh, and if you can’t make it to the San Diego, I can also be seen on G4’s live TV coverage of Comic Con ’08 on July 24 and 25 at 7pm each night.

  • I heard so many negative things about the Con last year, what with the 80’s man-children, random non-geek celebs, Family Guy, etc., but this looks like a really nice line-up of panels, and it makes me wish I were able to attend.

  • K.Borcz

    I can’t wait for comiccon, this will be my first time going. And- WOW there’s a lot of things going on!! Thanks for the tips on what to see, I was beginning to feel overwhelmed when looking at the schdule the other day with the rest of us midwesterner’s who are makin the trek out there. But they’re not noobies like me. Anyway, really looking forward to seeing all the awesomeness that is comic-con. :)

  • Steve Gattuso

    ComicCon has it’s share of BS, but if you know where to look, you can avoid the marketing proles and find the interesting things. One good hint: stay away from the middle of the exhibit hall. It’s where all the chest-thumping from Hollywood is. The left and right sides are were the cool things are.

    This includes ASIFA-Hollywood, booth 5334. IP Pavillion against the front wall. ;3

  • I certainly understand what eveyone’s griping about. I have to admit, my stomach always gets in knots as the con approaches. But it’s well worth the anxiety; I still wouldn’t miss a single day of SDCCI (I haven’t yet, in 39 years!)

    Here’s a run-down of what I’ll be doing at SDCCI. (Animation fans shouldn’t miss the spotlight on Floyd Norman on Thursday afternoon! And with Mike Peters joining Mark, Sergio and myself this year, Saturday’s “Quick Draw!” is a must.)
    Scott Shaw! will be at Table I8 (as in “I ate”, right next to Sergio Aragonés) in Hall A, where he will be meeting fans, signing comics and books, drawing commissioned sketches and selling his original artwork and a variety of other products he’s created, including McFarlane Toys’ line of Hanna-Barbera figures and AnthroCon T-shirts. Scott will set up for Preview Night (6 PM – 9 PM) and will be manning his table every day (9:30 AM – 7 PM, Sunday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM) through the entire convention.

    Thursday, July 24:

    5:00 – 6:00 Spotlight on Floyd Norman — Comic-Con special guest Floyd Norman talks about his long and varied career in feature film and television animation. His work includes Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE JUNGLE BOOK and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Pixar’s TOY STORY 2 and MONSTERS INC., and many more fan favorites. Moderated by cartoonist and animation artist Scott Shaw! Room 7AB

    Saturday July 26:

    11:15-12:30 Quick Draw!- It’s the battle of the cartoonists, featuring the one artist who may be the match for the reigning champs! Join Sergio Aragonés (the world’s fastest cartoonist), the quick-witted and quicker-penned Scott Shaw!, and the new kid, editorial and syndicated cartoonist Mike Peters (MOTHER GOOSE AND GRIMM), as they place their pens to paper to do their fastest, most clever work, while you watch them draw on the big screen. Host Mark Evanier — who writes, “Three cartoonists duel to the death armed with nothing more than paper, Sharpie markers and their natural wits. Who will emerge alive, let alone victorious?” — puts them through their paces in one of Comic-Con’s most popular annual events. Room 6CDEF

    2:30-3:30 Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics- Now regularly seen in the pages of GEEK MONTHLY as well as at cartoonist Scott Shaw! (CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK!, BART SIMPSON COMICS) brings back his ever-popular digital slide show featuring “the craziest comic books ever published!” This year, Scott celebrates HERBIE THE FAT FURY, now back in print from Dark Horse! See why Stan Lee said, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I’d seen it all, but Scott Shaw’s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott’s outrageous opuses are a blast, blast, blast!” (Okay, so I added those last two “blasts.” -SS!) Room 5AB

  • How come the NYC Comic Con doesn’t gets the superstar line-up like San Diego???

    I REALLY wish I wasn’t based 3,000 miles away–all my heroes (including you, Jerry) are going to be there next week.

  • I can’t wait to go this year! Sure, it’ll be a real hectic week, but it’ll be worth it. I’ll probably be checkin’ out at least half the panels you mentioned, so I hope to see you there Jerry.

  • The creators of the omnibus book Scrambled Ink–that would be me, Dave Pimentel, JJ Villard, Ennio Torresan and Ken Morrissey(Dave Derrick is in Kenya right now, poor guy, so he’s going to miss it-but he has the first story in the book and it’s gorgeous)–will be at the Dark Horse booth to sign our little tome and meet & greet and hang out from 1-2pm on Friday the 25th.
    The Dark Horse area is huge and is in the exact middle of the Hall. Hope to see lots of Brew people there!

    Eric Goldberg is also signing his new book, “Animation Crash Course!” on Friday-I have to find out the location and time details.

    On Thursday at 11am (as listed above), there’s going to be a terrific panel of Disney feature animation story artists, including Mark Kennedy of the splendid Seven Golden Camels etc. blog(a must-read).

  • See you there Jerry…

  • Damn, looks to be another smash (last year was a hoot). Next year for sure though.

  • Chris Sanders will be there too!!!

    Next week is going to be very frustrating for this East Coaster :(

  • Raymond

    This will be my third Comic-Con, and it looks like it will be the best one yet.

    will you have any copies of Worst Cartoons Ever! for sale, or do I still need to get those from Rembrandt Films’ website?

  • GirlsDrawinGirls

    “The left and right sides are were the cool things are.”

    Indeedy! Like GirlsDrawinGirls, too…both 5428 ;)

  • Andreas

    I haven’t been able to sleep for weeks in anticipation of the Con. I am always so depressed when it is over. Worst Cartoons Ever is always a huge highlight of the week. Everybody cries about the Hollywood “corruption” but there is so much more if you just take the time to look. Personally, I avoid most of the Hollywood stuff, unless there is someone I want to see e.g. Summer Glau