We’re back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con (with some sci-fi and other goodies thrown in for good measure), and wow, is there a lot in store for the genre crowd on July 10th!
Included are back-to-back panels for “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead”; updates from Scream Factory and Archie Horror; the Tales of Halloween trailer premiere; a look at M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and Syfy’s Sharknado 3; panels for “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” “Scream,” “iZombie,” and “The Originals”; and another screening of the “Lucifer” pilot. You can wrap up the evening with the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards or Spike & Mike.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg so read on for all of our picks!
10:00am – Behind the Music: Syfy Thrills and Chills
Bill Brown (Dominion), Jason Gallagher (Z Nation), Reinhold Heil (Helix), FM Le Sieur (Being Human), Paul Linford (12 Monkeys), and Chris Ridenhour (Sharknado 1-3) talk about what it takes to create music for post-apocalyptic worlds, zombie, attacks and other out-of-this-world situations. The panelists will show you how much influence the music has on defining your experience as a viewer, as well as the subtle details that go into making sounds for top Syfy television programs. With special guest moderators Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Gallactica) and DJ Qualls (Z Nation).
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am – Room 23ABC
11:15am – Falling Skies: The Final Farewell
A special goodbye to TNT’s epic alien series Falling Skies. Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, and others will be on hand to discuss favorite moments, most gruesome deaths, and memorable alien battle scars. The Espheni Power Core has been destroyed but with mutant aliens running rampant on Earth, human survival is still at stake. After being tortured, imprisoned, and having their loved ones stolen and killed, Tom Mason and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage and ready to destroy the enemy. Con attendees will be treated to an exclusive look ahead at the epic final season and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:15am – 12:15pm – Ballroom 20
11:30am – Lucifer Pilot Screening and Q&A
Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. When a beautiful pop star is murdered, for the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel Amenadiel, has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer’s having too much fun to go back now. Sexy, dark and irreverent, Lucifer makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity in association with Warner Bros. Television, and based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer premieres Midseason on FOX.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm – Room 6BCF
11:30am – Masters of the Web: The World of Movie Talk Online
Some of the top voices in the online film world discuss and speculate on the current and future trends in movies and the online film community. Panelists include John Campea (AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Andy Signore (Honest Trailers, ScreenJunkies Movie Fights), Grae Drake (senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes), Jon Schnepp (AMC Heroes), Kristian Harloff (Schmoes, AMC Jedi Council), Mark Ellis (Schmoes, AMC Movie Talk) and a special celebrity guest.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm – Room 5AB
12:00pm – AMC’s The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie James join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of Season 5 and what to look forward to in Season 6, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Season 6.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Hall H
12:30pm – The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The 100’s sacrifices and heartbreaking choices have changed them forever, but now, as they set out to stake their place in this dangerous new world, they will continue to face physical peril and moral dilemmas as they rebuild society. Although Mount Weather has been defeated, the danger remains very real for the survivors of The Ark, and the twists are just beginning. Be among the first to get the scoop on what’s in store for next season. What is the City of Light? Will Clarke get past the scars of war? What challenges will the survivors of The Ark face next? See a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars and executive producer Jason Rothenberg. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100 returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. The 100: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Ballroom 20
1:00pm – AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss the anticipated series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead coming this summer. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the new series.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Hall H
1:00pm – Archie Forever
Hot off the blockbuster launch of the first Archie #1 in over 75 years, this is one panel Archie fans can’t miss. Get exclusive news on the Archie Horror titles, the new Jughead ongoing series, and more. The panel features Jon Goldwater (co-CEO/publisher), Victor Gorelick (co-president/editor-in-chief), Mike Pellerito (president), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Mark Waid (writer of Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), your favorite Archie writers and artists, with moderator Alex Segura (SVP, publicity and marketing/editor of Dark Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket!
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 4
1:00pm – The Business of Geek Fashion
Do you ever wonder how your Walking Dead T-shirt or Doctor Who dress was made? This panel of industry professionals will offer an inside look at the business of geek fashion. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Jed Seigel (ThinkGeek Solutions), Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Sara Scargall (WeLoveFine), and Arthur Gibree (Sanshee) discuss the process behind creating pop culture apparel and accessories, how licensing works, how geek fashion has evolved over the years, what the current options are for women and men, and the latest geek fashion trends. Plenty of time will be left for audience members to ask questions and voice their opinions about what they’d like to see more of in the geek fashion market.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 14A
1:30pm – Tales of Halloween: A First Look at the Ultimate Halloween Event
Directors Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2/3/4), and Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate) and producers and Epic Pictures founders Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson (Turbo Kid, 11-11-11) join cast members Lin Shaye (Insidious 1/2/3), Greg Grunberg (Heroes/Reborn, Star Wars Episode VII), and Grace Phipps (Fright Night) to discuss the making and collaborative process of the most ambitious horror anthology to date. See the Tales of Halloween trailer debut, followed by a Q&A session moderated by cast member Adam Green (Frozen, Hatchet).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Horton Grand Theatre
1:45pm – Minority Report
Be one of the first to take a look at FOX’s new fall sci-fi action thriller. Based on the hit futuristic Steven Spielberg feature, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Join Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis), Meagan Good (Think Like a Man franchise, Californication) along with other cast and producers for a special screening followed by a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:45pm – 2:45pm – Ballroom 20
2:00pm – Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: It’s Time for a Bloody Ruckus
Leave the swords behind and grab your brass knuckles as you rally the criminal underworld, bringing London’s corrupt leaders to their knees, as Britain’s first organized crime family in 1868. It’s time to front up and give the rival gangs a good going over, so drink up and get stuck in, because this year, you’ll come to understand what it truly means to be part of “the family.” Panelists Paul Amos and Victoria Atkin, who play twin Master Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a Master Assassin and a leader of a crime syndicate. Creative director Marc-Alexis Cote will set the scene of Industrial Revolution London and how this gritty new time period is turning the world of Assassin’s Creed on its bloody ear. Director of the soon-to-be-released Universal film Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray, will lend his directorial expertise in the world premiere of an Assassin’s Creed-inspired animated short. Join this panel for an exclusive look at the making of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Welcome to the streets. Welcome to the struggle. Welcome to the family.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 6BCF
2:00pm – Ghostbusters: Sony, IDW and Cryptozoic Entertainment
Celebrate over 30 years of Ghostbusters, the classic supernatural franchise that defined an era. Learn about new products and plans firsthand from Sony Pictures Consumer Products, hear insights on the ongoing comic series by IDW Publishing, and see a demo of the successfully crowdfunded game by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 25ABC
2:00pm – ILM 40th Anniversary
For forty years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation, and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 7AB
2:00pm – The Science Behind H. P. Lovecraft’s Epic Tale ‘At the Mountain of Madness’
Iconic weird tale author H. P. Lovecraft, in the opening to his story “At the Mountains of Madness” wrote: “I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why.” Why was the fiction of Lovecraft, an amateur astronomer, cautionary of what science might discover? How accurate was Lovecraft’s research? This panel of scientists and Lovecraft experts will discuss the science, truth, and fiction behind this classic novella. With Cody Goodfellow (Deepest, Darkest Eden: New Tales of Hyperborea), Shane Haggard (chemistry professor, San Diego City College), Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft), and Dr. Lisa Will (astronomy and physics professor, San Diego City College). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon-San Pedro).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 23ABC
2:00pm – Theatrical/Cosplay Makeup and Lens Demonstration
Members of the makeup effects team for the TV series American Horror Story and other shows and movies will do a demonstration, making up an actor on stage, including theatrical contact lenses.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 14A
2:15pm – [adult swim]: Mike Tyson Mysteries
It was a unanimous victory last year, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again; and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. After a season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team will be back at it again with all-new episodes on Adult Swim this fall. Join Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for a first look at the upcoming second season. Moderated by Jon Hein (Howard Stern).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm – 3:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
2:30pm – Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fifth season in June and will begin filming its sixth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Conleth Hill as Varys, David Nutter (director), Hannah Murray as Gilly, Carolyn Strauss (executive producer), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Hall H
2:30pm – Lost in Space: 50th Anniversary
It’s been 50 years since this intergalactic family saga became a one-of-a-kind sci-fi classic set in the space age “future” of 1997! Created by legendary film producer Irwin Allen, this adventure series follows a typical American family, their trusty robot, and a stowaway villain. Come celebrate this golden anniversary Blu-ray with those who experienced the adventure firsthand: Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, and Marta Kristen.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Room 24ABC
3:00pm – Bizarre States
Aliens? Illuminati? Ghosts? Anything goes when it comes to this chat show of the macabre. Join hosts Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Battlebots) and Nerdist director Andrew Bowser (Monster Machine, Mother of Invention) for a live recording of their podcast. They will discuss all things weird, wacky, and paranormal while welcoming special guests and taking questions from the audience.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Horton Grand Theatre
3:00pm – Breaking into Comics and Staying In
With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry. The panel will examine what it takes, whose attention you’re vying for, how to get it in a productive way, and, most important, what you have to do to get up to speed and ready for the big show. Comics Experience founder and publisher Andy Schmidt joins with Scott Allie (Dark Horse editor-in-chief), Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted), Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Marvel VP C. B. Cebulski.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Room 30CDE
3:00pm – Marvel Television Presents
Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s head of television) brings you exclusive news and surprises about your favorite action-packed Marvel series on ABC. Join Jeph, showrunners, and the casts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter for this can’t-miss panel that’ll have everyone talking!
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm – 4:15pm – Ballroom 20
3:15pm – [adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer discuss their Emmy-winning series, which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:15pm – 4:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
3:30pm – History’s Vikings
History’s hit drama series Vikings returns to SDCC, sailing straight from the set of Season 4. Join the Lothbrok clan: Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator) and Dirk Hoogstra (History EVP and general manager), as they reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Find out what the gods have in store for Season 4.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Room 6A
4:00pm – Bill Plympton
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton (Cheatin’, Idiots and Angels) and writer/animator Jim Lujan discuss their upcoming animated feature, Revengeance, as a work in progress. They’ll screen clips from this comic look at L.A.’s underworld scene and talk about funding the film via Kickstarter, collaborating, and possible distribution strategies. Also, Bill will screen some of his recent shorts and discuss making and promoting his films in the new digital marketplace. Plus everyone who attends will get a free Plympton drawing.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Room 23ABC
4:00pm – Entertainment Weekly: Brave New Warriors
Several of today’s male heroes, including Zachary Levi (Heroes Reborn), Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) who will discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set. Moderated by Lynette Rice.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Hall H
4:00pm – From Console to Comics: The Art of Video Games
Your favorite video games have expanded beyond your screen and into comics. Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall and panelists Nick Thornborrow (BioWare’s Dragon Age), Paul Tobin (The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies), Christofer Emgård (DICE’s Mirror’s Edge), and others discuss bringing some of gaming’s most popular titles, including World of Warcraft, Halo, and more, to comics and art books.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Room 7AB
4:00pm – IDW: The Best Panel in Recorded History
This is the big one! Join IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall and VP of marketing Dirk Wood lay waste to a room of shocked comic fans. Panlists include Gabriel Rodriguez, John Layman, James Tynion IV, Ulises Farinas, and special guests. Shocking announcements, amazing prizes, and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Room 4
4:00pm – What’s Next for Tolkien Fans
From cast and crew interviews to having a staffer assigned as an embedded reporter on set, TheOneRing.net has had a front row seat these past 16 years as Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth films were created. Now that all the films have been released, the only thing remaining for fans is the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and rumors of possible Tolkien biopics on the horizon. Join staffers Cathy Udovch (special events coordinator), Clifford Broadway (TORn tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn bookclub), Kellie Rice (Happy Hobbit), and Larry Curtis (senior staff writer) for an in-depth discussion full of expert analysis, behind-the-scenes stories and audience participation with the website forged by and for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Room 25ABC
4:15pm – Stunt People of Your Favorite Movies a.k.a. Getting Beat Up For A Living
Stuntmen and stunt actors from some of your favorite movies and TV shows like The Scorpion King, 300, Iron Man 2, Black Sails, and Jurassic World discuss their experiences in the life of a stuntman or stunt actor. Hear wild anecdotes and valuable insights about joining the Stunt industry. Moderated by Eric Cajiuat.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:15pm – 5:15pm – Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
4:30pm – Colony: USA Network Series
Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) along with series stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) present an inside look at USA Network’s new original drama series Colony, moderated by TV Guide’s Michael Schneider. Be the first to see an exclusive trailer and never-before-seen clips, and learn about this epic new series directly from the cast and creators. Colony is set in near-future Los Angeles after outside intruders have seized control of the city and subjected it to a military occupation. Surrounded by impenetrable walls and torn by opposing forces, most citizens feel powerless to stop the new regime; some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Room 6BCF
4:30pm – MTV’s Scream
The cast and producers of MTV’s highly anticipated thriller series Scream share details from the new series, show an exclusive clip, and answer fans questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Room 5AB
4:30pm – The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The Originals will be returning for more sexy, supernatural intrigue, romance, alliances, and bloodshed in New Orleans this fall. Join executive producers and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air in its new timeslot this fall, Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 22.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Ballroom 20
5:00pm – More Greatest Movies Never Made: The Sequel
Take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, from Philip Kaufman’s Star Trek: Planet of Titans (the original ’70s Star Trek reboot that was never made) and Rick Berman’s Star Trek: The Beginning to David Lynch’s Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Panelists include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (producer,Jodorowksy’s Dune), Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & The Bold), Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), Thomas P. Vitale (Planet X) and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 7AB
5:00pm – Pixies, Lovecraft, Poe, and Steampunk: An Unlikely Animation Slate
Arcana’s animation slate based on their books has begun. June 5th saw the animated feature film Pixies debut in theaters starring Christopher Plummer, Bill Paxton, and Alexa Vega. Next for Pixies is Netflix and in store at Walmart on July 14. Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom is in production for a May 2016 delivery and an October 2016 release. In development is The Steam Engines of Oz and the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired The Hope Virus. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this unlikely animation slate. Get free comics, free plush toys, and free shirts. Cthulhu plush toys and more will be given away to those with questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 23ABC
5:00pm – Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life
What science fiction stories from the past year made you think and entertained you? Panelists talk about the year’s smartest books, comics, movies, and TV with Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz and io9 editor-in-chief Charlie Jane Anders, along with authors Ernie Cline (Ready Player One, Armada), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100, The Middleman).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 25ABC
5:00pm – The Power of Superfandom
A new age has dawned! The days of geeks on the fringe are ancient history, and a new breed of enthusiast has risen to rule the pop culture kingdom: the superfan. Renowned in fandom far and wide for their authentic expertise, superfans wear their obsession excitedly on their sleeve. Their passion is their collective power, leading cultural conversations and influencing entertainment trends. For a few days at SDCC, all eyes are fixed on the stuff that superfans live and breathe: comics, movies, TV shows, and more. Panelists talk about what makes a true superfan and dissect the superfan domination of mainstream media. You might even learn how the power of the superfan can help turn your obsession into an awesome career.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 14A
5:30pm – Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
After winning a 2014 Education Documentary Peabody Award for its “dazzling visual tour of the final frontier and its energetic evangelizing for science,” as well as four Emmy Awards from 12 Emmy nominations, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (National Geographic Channel, FOX) returns to Comic-Con with a Q&A with executive producer Seth MacFarlane, writer/executive producer/director Ann Druyan, and renowned astrophysicist and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Room 6DE
5:30pm – Famous Monsters of Filmland: Stake of the Union 2015
The world’s first monster fan magazine invades San Diego Comic-Con again this year. Publisher Philip Kim, executive editor Ed Blair, and managing editor David Weiner will be on hand to discuss the future of the magazine. There will be exclusive cover reveals from Rick Baker, Darick Robertson, and Sanjulian; digital issues, film and TV projects; and FM’s major push into comics with their new imprint, American Gothic Press. Special guests include AGP writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) and artist Jeff Johnson (Green Lantern, X-O Manowar) and AGP editor Holly Interlandi. Plus, celebrate 50 years of Lost in Space with Lost in Space Forever producer/director Kevin Burns (executive producer Ancient Aliens, The Curse of Oak Island, Girls Next Door).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Room 26AB
5:30pm – Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Hall H
5:45pm – iZombie Special Video Presentation and Q&A
After the shocking events in the season finale of brainy hit iZombie, be among the first to get the scoop on what’s in store for Season 2. Now that Liv (Rose McIver) gave the cure for zombie-ism to Blaine and Major (one that she desperately wanted to take herself!) will Ravi find a way to develop another cure? Will Clive remain in the dark about the existence of zombies? A special video presentation will be followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZombie returns this fall with all-new episodes on Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. iZombie: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:45pm – 6:45pm – Ballroom 20
5:45pm – Orphan Black: BBC America Official Panel
Stars Tatiana Maslany (Sarah and the Leda clones), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), and Ari Millen (Mark and the Castor clones) and co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson look back at last season before filming begins on Season 4. Orphan Black Season 3 is currently on VOD. For those new to the Clone Club, you can also start watching the BBC America series by streaming the first two seasons on Amazon Prime or download the entire series from any of the major digital platforms.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:45pm – 6:45pm – Room 6BCF
6:00pm – A Comics Life for Me: The Road from Fan to Pro
Every day, behind-the-scenes people such as editors, designers, marketers, and even programmers work hard to make sure the comics you love get from the creator’s hands to yours. Now’s you’re chance to learn how these comics luminaries and tastemakers got their start. Established comics pros David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO), Bobbie Chase (VP talent development, DC Entertainment), Chris Roberson (iZombie co-creator, co-publisher at Monkeybrain Comics), Dafna Pleban (editor, BOOM! Studios) and special surprise guests impart the knowledge you need to get your foot in the door and become a comics industry rock star. Moderated by Chip Mosher (comiXology VP of communications and marketing).
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 9
6:00pm – Starz: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Original filmmakers Sam Raimi (executive producer, director, writer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer and star of the series, Ash), Ivan Raimi (co-exeuctive producer), and Craig DiGregorio (executive producer), along with Lucy Lawless (Ruby), discuss the highly anticipated new series and what fans can expect in the premiere season.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 6A
6:00pm – The Visit
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) discuss The Visit, their upcoming thriller from Universal Pictures.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Horton Grand Theatre
6:30pm – Reinventing Horror for Comics and Film
For eight years, Mark L. Miller (Pirouette/Ain’t It Cool News editor) has gathered together a ghoulish ensemble of the best of the best in horror writers, artists, and filmmakers to discuss and dissect the horrors they make and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers Ed Brisson (Sheltered/The Mantle), Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller/publisher, Black Mask Studios), and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead (writers/directors Spring/Resolution) to talk about how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting old concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Room 5AB
7:00pm – The Gay Agenda in Horror: Terrifying Subtext
The horror genre is based on our fears of the unknown, fear of “outsiders,” and the attraction and repulsion of giving in to transgressions and forbidden passions. These elements have also been associated with the LGBTQ community mostly in a negative sense. All the way back to horror stories of the late 1800’s, Dracula, Dorian Gray, and more, the subtext of gay and lesbian characters and themes was unspoken, hinted at, or inferred. But in the last few decades subtext has become “text.” In novels from Anne Rice and others, to films and TV shows like The Hunger, True Blood, Hellbent, and American Horror Story, the queer side of horror has come out into the light. Join Prism Comics and moderator Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) as they discuss the history of this popular genre from a queer perspective. Panelists will include Andy Mangels (Nightmares on Elm Street, Childs Play, Star Trek, Star Wars Comics) and Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room 28DE
7:00pm – World Premiere of Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you’ve never seen before. Justice League: Gods & Monsters features a Superman born of General Zod’s blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. This ain’t your daddy’s Justice League. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League into a high-stakes game of intrigue, mystery, and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? The all-star voice cast includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor, Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds) as Highfather, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Steve Trevor. Witness the first public screening of this all-new film, then stay for an entertaining panel led by executive producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series); Tamara Taylor (Bones), voice of Wonder Woman; C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland), voice of Dr. Will Magnus; Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Lois Lane, director Sam Liu; co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett; dialogue director Andrea Romano; and members of the voice cast. As is tradition, there will be special announcements, moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground) will present exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and there just might be a few potential surprises. Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on July 14 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 28.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Ballroom 20
7:15pm – Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke), and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante, and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm – 8:15pm – Room 6A
7:15pm – Yoga Hosers
An evening with Kevin Smith. After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged loser who dresses like a 12-year-old! Ask Kev questions about AMC’s Comic Book Men and his forthcoming Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, and see the world premiere of the trailer to his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! With special guests from the Yoga Hosers cast.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm – 9:00pm – Hall H
7:30pm – An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids, and Scream Factory
Brian Ward (DVD producer), Melissa Boag (VP, Kids & Family), and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director) give you an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming Blu-ray and DVD collector’s editions and make some special announcements. Moderated by Eric Goldman (executive editor at IGN).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Room 24ABC
7:30pm – Beauty in the Beast
Entertainment designer and director Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus, Star Trek, Super 8, Tron), shares his techniques for creating creatures and characters as well as revealing new techniques for makeup design.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Room 8
8:00pm – Nerdist News
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Mass Effect 3) and the Nerdist News team break down the hottest stories in movies, TV, comic books, gaming, tech, and beyond. With surprises, ancient Illuminati secrets, and startling revelations waiting to be unveiled, this is one panel you cannot miss. Plus, make sure you come armed with your best, most burning questions because you just might get a chance to ask it.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 23ABC
8:00pm – Over30Cosplay: Cosplay for Every Age
John D. Callison (cosplayer, founder of Over30Cosplay), Bill Waters (national geek culture reporter/photographer, Examiner.com; editor/photographer, ComicsOnline), Patrica Tallman (actress best known for Lyta on Babylon 5 and Barbara from Night of the Living Dead), Alfredo Garcia (cosplayer since 1988, founding member Over30Cosplay), Anastasia Hunter (master level costumer, chair of Gaslight Gathering), April Wahlin (reality TV show winner for Search for the Next Elvira, actress, crafter, horror hostess, author, epic nerd), Ian Whyte (cosplayer, founding member Over30Cosplay), and Jennifer Vos (admin, Over30Cosplay; twitch.tv streamer; actress/model, Playboy) discuss topics appealing to the older cosplay crowd, including costume choice, dating, marriage, couples/family cosplay, societal moors/impact, marketing to the older cosplayer, social media and older cosplayers, bullying of older cosplayers, and the age of Hollywood characters and the impact on cosplay choices.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 14A
8:00pm – Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 27th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 29 categories. Presenters will include singer-songwriter/actor/comics fan Ne-Yo (Non-Fiction); actors Shane West (Salem, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Tara Ochs (Selma), Megan Hayes (Hunger Games), J. Michael Trautman (Shameless), Katrina Law (Arrow, Spartacus), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville), and Tahmoe Penkett (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville); British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, nominees Michael and Laura Allred (iZombie, Silver Surfer); Milestone Media co-founder Michael Davis; Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD); writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. See page 9 for more details.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm – 10:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
8:30pm – Is It Steampunk?
You’ve heard of Steampunk, but what exactly distinguishes this unique subgenre from other branches of science fiction? Andrew Fogel (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Brian Kesinger (Walking Your Octopus), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Yomi Ayeni (Clockwork Watch), and Glenn Freund (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) dissect and debate pop culture examples of literature, movies, TV, video games, comics, and more.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm – 9:30pm – Room 24ABC
9:30pm – Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation/Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation
Not for the faint of heart! Bear witness to outrageous hilarity of everything thought possible and impossible of Sick & Twisted Animation. You, the lunatic fringe of society, vote on the films as they screen in front of you. Amazing new films from Bravest Warriors director Breehn Burns and Barely Political YouTube producer Mark Douglas will be shown, as well as many other pop culture and viral animations. Meet Spike, who will be introducing the show in person.
Friday July 10, 2015 9:30pm – 11:30pm – Room 6BCF
Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day Has Now Made $100 Million Worldwide
Well, it looks like it will only be a matter of days at this point until we hear that Blumhouse will be producing a sequel to their recent hit Happy Death Day.
Deadline is reporting that the PG-13 slasher has just snatched up $100 million dollars worldwide. It breaks down to a total of $55.5M domestic and $44.6M international.
These are surprising numbers considering the film is a (fairly) bloodless slasher. But it does sport the twist/gimmick of being placed within a time-loop so it has my interest.
I haven’t seen the film yet myself, but I do plan on checking it out once it hits Blu-ray on January 16th, 2018. How about you? Let us know below!
Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Lobdell. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Rachel Matthews.
The film hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018.
Blu-ray Bonus features:
Cupcakes & Killers
You’ve Killed Me!
Tree’s Final Walk of Shame
Worst Birthday Ever – Filmmakers and cast discuss the challenges of executing the time-loop concept at the center of the film, including how to make each day feel different despite the fact it’s being repeated.
Behind the Mask: The Suspects – At the heart of any great murder mystery is a list of possible suspects. In this featurette, we explore all the possible identities of Tree’s killer.
The Many Deaths of Tree – Director Christopher Landon, star Lena Rothe, and producer Jason Blum recap the various ways in which Tree is killed, but also explain why we never actually see her die.
A college student who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Whatever Happened to John Gulager’s Children of the Corn: Runaway?
Sometimes a movie goes into production and then seemingly disappears from the world altogether. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Usually, Dimension is involved.
Ouch. But true.
Such as Amityville: The Awakening which was filmed in 2014 but didn’t get released until recently this year (3 years). And All the Boys Love Mandy Lane which was completed in 2006 but didn’t see release until September of 2013 – a whopping 7 years!
Another such movie you may not have even heard about – or more specifically – may not remember hearing about is the lost Children of the Corn sequel from Feast-director John Gulager called Children of the Corn: Runaway.
What follows is the history of the film as best as we could piece together, along with a possible update on just when we might expect to see this missing sequel.
It’s worth noting right off the top that this film is closely linked to yet another Dimension film which still has yet to see the light of day, Hellraiser: Judgment. Both films were produced around the same time, in the same area, under producer Michael Leahy.
Anyhow, the first word we heard on the production of Children of the Corn: Runaway came on March 21, 2016, when it was merely rumored that there was a new Children of the Corn movie secretly being filmed in Oklahoma City, OK.
It was thought at the time (and most likely true) that Dimension was rushing out a sequel so they could keep the rights to the franchise, regardless if they had a release plan or not.
That same day we learned that the new film was directed by John Gulager and was going by the title Children of the Corn: Runaway. We also learned the film was currently shooting in Oklahoma City, OK and the surrounding area including Luther and Coyle and that filming would wrap on April 2nd of that year.
Joel Soisson was rumored as the screenwriter for the new film, and Gatlin Returns, Inc. (natch) was producing with Mike Leahy, Joel Soisson, and Sean Patrick Eaton.
At the time, the plot of the movie was rumored to be:
A young pregnant Ruth who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. She lands in the small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.
Then all of this info was confirmed the very next day by press release.
A month later on April 13, 2016, we got a bevy of behind the scenes pics via News OK – all courtesy of Nathan Poppe – and you can check all of those out below.
After that? Nada. Total silence for 19 months. Children of the Corn: Runaway seemed to fall off the edge of the world. Just like Hellraiser: Judgment.
But unlike Judgment, which gets fairly regular updates via new Pinhead Paul T. Taylor and director Gary J. Tunnicliffe, no one seems to be talking about Runaway. At all.
What’s the deal?
Truthfully, we’re still not sure. In the researching of this article, we reached out to director John Gulager, writer Joel Soisson, producer Michael Leahy, and new Malachi actor Blaine Maye. But all of these leads came up fruitless.
That is until I attempted to contact lead actress Marci Miller.
While I was unable to contact her directly, I did take a look at her Instagram, where I was able to confirm that the film is currently doing some ADR and will be shooting for a February/March release date.
Here is her post:
And if you look closely, you can see that a fan asked (and I’m paraphrasing):
“When will the movie be released?”
And below you will see Miller’s reply:
For now, that is all the new info we can find on Children of the Corn: Runaway.
That said, with Dimension and the Weinstein Company going under recently, maybe another top horror producer (You listening, Jason Blum?) will snatch up the rights to this and Hellraiser: Judgement and we will finally see the films released.
After all, in the above-mentioned set-visit from NEW OK, producer Michael Leahy said this about Children of the Corn: Runaway and Hellraiser: Judgment:
“We’ve had a lot of fun,” Leahy told the site back in 2016. “Blood has been flowing here in Oklahoma City. These are two horror films that are going to be seen by a core audience.”
Yeah, we’ll see about that…
We’re not trying to be pessimistic here, but really this is getting ridiculous at this point. Will we ever see Children of the Corn: Runaway and/or Hellraiser: Judgment? Your guess is, unfortunately, as good as mine.
Fingers crossed. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date
Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?
Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.
Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release
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