What I Hope to See at Comic Con

Next week I’ll be attending all four days (five if you count Preview Night) of the San Diego Comic Con. It’s impossible to do and see everything of interest. One can spend the entire show in the dealers room, or in Hall H, and have a great time. Below I’ve selected a handful of panels I hope to crash if its humanly possible.

Before the list, let me mention three things: 1. I highly recommend all the panels moderated or featuring Mark Evanier. Check his website for his complete agenda. Highly recommended. 2. My annual Worst Cartoons Ever! screening is at 9pm on Friday night in Room 6BCF. Be there! 3. I will be signing books and meeting friends at the Insight Editions booth #1035 on Saturday at noon. If you want to find me at the Con, that is the best place to do it.

Okay, so here’s a few the panels I hope to crash this year (I know, I know… some are opposite each other):

Thursday
11:00-12:00 Filmation Panel with Lou Scheimer – Scheimer will reminisce about his career with animator Darrell McNeil, director/writer/animator Tom Tataranowicz and other guests. Room 23ABC

11:15-12:00 DreamWorks Animation– Chief creative officer Bill Damaschke will join several key artists and directors to discuss the upcoming films from this studio. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:05-3:05 Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and Wreck-it Ralph– I’ll never get into this panel with Tim Burton, and the illustrious voice cast of Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, and director Rich Moore. Hall H

3:00-4:00 The Two Editors Panel– Sid Jacobson was the editor at Harvey Comics starting in the early 1950s, Victor Gorelick has worked for Archie Comics for over 50 years. Moderator Mark Evanier will do the Q&A. Room 8

3:00-4:00 Hotel Transylvania– Genndy Tartakovsky will show sneak peek at footage from Hotel Transylvania at the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00-5:00 Abrams ComicArts– I like the books they do. Editors Charles Kochman and Sheila Keenan talk about their upcoming titles including Mars Attacks; Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer, and Bazooka Joe from Topps, and others. Room 9

8:00-10:00 Early Fandom Meet-and-Greet– I was there. I might as well go to this. Room 28E

FRIDAY

10:45-11:45 ParaNorman: Behind the Scenes– Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Travis Knight, Chris Butler, and Sam Fell discuss making the new stop-motion-animated comedy thriller. Hall H

2:00-3:00 ASIFA: Hollywood’s State of the Industry– Tom Sito moderates a discussion of interest. Room 32AB

3:00-4:00 Walt Disney Animation Studios: Wreck-it Ralph: The Art of Story– Walt Disney Animation Studios story artists Nancy Kruse (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Leo Matsuda (Wreck-It Ralph, Princess and the Frog), Raymond Persi (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Lissa Treiman (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled) and Josie Trinidad (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), and writers Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) and Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph) discuss the art of story. Room 6DE

3:00-4:00 Warner Archive Collection: Shazam!– Call it a guilty pleasure – I loved that live action Shazam show when I as a kid. George Feltenstein will moderate the panel which will include the series’ own Billy Batson, Michael Gray. Room 25ABC

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever!– An all-new program of some of the worst cartoons ever made! Room 6BCF

SATURDAY
11:15-12:15 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time– Pen Ward and Tom Kenny (Ice King) – I’m there! Room 6A

3:30-4:30 Disney Channel Television Animation– Footage and clips from upcoming episodes of Disney Channel’s shows plus a sneak peek at the upcoming series Wander Over Yonder. Panelists include Noah Z. Jones, Maxwell Atoms, Alex Hirsch, Craig McCracken and co-producer Lauren Faust. Moderated by Eric Coleman, senior vice president, original series, Disney Television Animation. Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Oddball Comics Scott Shaw! returns with an extra-lurid, extra-funny, new edition of his popular show. Room 7AB

SUNDAY
11:00-12:00 The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Zombies Panel!– Co-editors Craig Yoe and Steve “Karswell” Banes discuss the lurid, dark history of pre-Code 1950s horror comics. Room 32AB

1:00-2:00 DC Nation Screening and Q&A– Cartoonists, animators, directors from Warner Bros. Animation. Room 6BCF

1:00-2:00 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two– Warren Spector, Marv Wolfman, and Peter David discuss the Epic Mickey 2 video game. Becky Cline (director, archives for The Walt Disney Company) will be on hand to discuss the reemergence and historical significance of Walt Disney’s Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, who is prominently featured in the game. Room 25ABC

2:15-3:15 SpongeBob SquarePants– Creative director Vince Waller and Screen Novelties directors Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero present a sneak peek at the upcoming stop-mo Christmas special. The panel will also include the voice cast, including Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (voice of Patrick), and Mr. Lawrence (writer and voice of Plankton). Sounds like fun! Room 6A


  • Schultz!!!!!

    No PIXAR panels???

    • Steve Gattuso

      It doesn’t look like there’s any unified Disney/Pixar panel at all this year, though there are several that focus on selected areas from their company. As for Pixar, if they don’t feel they are ready to present something, they won’t. I prefer that over smoke-and-mirrors.

  • http://enigmation.de slowtiger

    So there really was no better picture available than one which only shows modeling women? Like, modeling guys & women? C’mon, it’s 2012 already.

    • JMatte

      I took a picture of a couple of Spartan guys a few years ago at SDCC. They wore the costume veeeerrrry well.

    • http://www.tjrmusic.com tjr

      But the picture was funny when juxtaposed with the title of the post.

    • Dutchie

      Are you implying that Jerry should turn bisexual to get with the times?

  • Crystal

    There’re a couple more panels with cartoonists and voice actors I’d go to if I could be there like–like the Disney one that feature Motorcity. I think there’s a Regular Show and Legend of Korra one as well. I’m excited for the Spongebob, Adventure Time, Wander Over Yonder, Paranorman and maybe DC Nation and maybe Hotel Transylvania as well.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Seconding anything with Evanier in it, especially the Quick Draw! panel. Aside from that, I’m most interested in “Wander Over Yonder,” which I’ve been seeing sample art from over on Deviant Art for years.

    Something I hadn’t noticed until today: They’ve got panels at the Hilton Bayfront going on. Things just keep growing. Now they need to put the masquerade over at Qualcomm Stadium to free up THAT space.

    • Doug Abramson

      Don’t joke. Qualcomm is obviously too far away, but Petco could work very well for the masquerade and a lot of the Hall H programming. All it takes is money and manpower.

      • Steve Gattuso

        (oops, got the two stadiums mixed up. Though who knows what the future will bring…)

        You wouldn’t be able to do any of the hall H stuff in Petco stadium for two reasons: 1) The studios wouldn’t want their stuff broadcast in a way where anyone not in the stadium could see it and 2) The masquerade is such a complicated event that whatever space it uses is taken over for the length of the con. Nor could you put the Hall H stuff in that ballroom as it actually has fewer seats. What you could do is put some of the panels that are smaller than Hall H crowds but bigger than the rooms they’ve been playing in. Things like Mark Evanier’s “Quick Draw!” panel or Jerry’s “Worst Cartoons” show. Or this year, The Hub’s “My Little Pony” presentation.

        It just seems inevitable, since the con already uses up all available parking and resources around the stadium as it is.

  • http://www.yaytime.com Dave Roman

    SpongeBob stop motion special? Cool!

  • victoria

    Really excited to see Wander over Yonder :)

  • A Writer

    can’t wait for Oz the Great & Powerful

  • http://www.oddballcomics.com Scott Shaw!

    Thanks for recommending ODDBALL COMICS, Jerry. The theme this year is “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll!” Please bring an extra pair of underwear; you’ll laugh that hard!

    I’d also like to plug QUICK DRAW!, not because I’m part of the show, but because this year Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés and I will be joined by Keith (THE KNIGHT LIFE, TH(ink), THE K CHRONICLES) Knight, a very clever, prolific funny cartoonist friend of ours. But with no offense to Keith, even if Sergio performed all by his lonesome, responding to challenges by Mark Evanier, QUICK DRAW! would still be one of the most entertaining programs at SDCCI. Not only is it always hilarious, but it may be the best demonstration of how cartoonists THINK that the public will ever be privy to. Get there early, though; it’s ALWAYS a SRO audience!

    • Joel

      Scott Shaw, Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, AND Keith Knight?! Good GRAVY, I hope this ends up on YouTube! C8)

  • toonster

    Hub fans will be sad to hear that MLP & Dan Vs panels are running opposite each other Friday at 10.

  • akira

    Aw! i was really hoping for a Tex Avery coming to Blu-ray panel! well hopefully it will be coming even without being promoted at the Con