We warned you that Saturday, July 11th, aka Day 3 of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, is pretty horror-heavy; and now that the schedule has arrived, you’ll see what we mean.
It may start out a bit slow, but by the time the evening rolls around, genre fans will have spent some time with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (finally!), Crimson Peak, The Hive, Patient Zero, “Hannibal,” the witches of “Salem,” the “Grimm” and “Z Nation” gangs, some gorgeous “Scream Queens,” Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast” TV series and The Walking Dead comics, fan favorites like David Anders, Kathy Bates, and Norman Reedus, and the Kaiju Kingdom. Some will have even gotten a sneak peek of “The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXVI”!
And once again, that’s just barely scratching the surface! Refad on for our picks of what’s worthy of your consideration, including the world premiere of Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn at the zombie-themed Walker Stalker Fan Fest.
10:00am – Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time’s savior has gone dark. As Emma Swan transitions into her role as the Dark One, join the resident fairy tale characters as they cope with Emma’s new role and begin the search for Merlin. Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz (Lost) join the cast to discuss the upcoming season of unexpected twists, evolving characters, new adventures, and new rivalries. Also: an exclusive sneak peek at what’s in store for the upcoming season.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am – 10:45pm – Ballroom 20
10:30am – Warner Bros. Presentation
A “sneak peek” at a few upcoming releases from Warner Bros.
Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am – 12:00pm – Hall H
11:00am – Book to Screen
We’re in a heyday for science fiction and fantasy on screen, whether it’s the big screen or the small. Some of the most popular series out there take advantage of the in-depth world and character building of book series to populate their vivid worlds. Ernie Cline (author of Ready Player One, soon to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg), Melissa de la Cruz (author of Witches of East End, Lifetime show by the same name), Andy Weir (author of The Martian, a Ridley Scott-directed adaptation will be released later this year), Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes, on which the upcoming Syfy show The Expanse is based), Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians, soon to be a Syfy show), and Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (as Christina Lauren, author of Beautiful Bastard, which has been optioned by Constantin Film) discuss how their creations are coming to life on screen.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 7AB
11:00am – Childhood’s End
Syfy’s upcoming miniseries based on the Arthur C. Clarke classic novel stars Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Daisy Betts (Last Resort), and Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black). The cast will be on hand, along with director Nick Hurran (Sherlock: His Last Vow) and screenwriter Matthew Graham (Doctor Who) to discuss how they brought the iconic novel to screen for the very first time.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
11:00am – TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
TV Guide Magazine brings the screams to San Diego again for this all-star, must-see panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV’s hottest shows provide a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoops. Panelists include David Anders (iZombie), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Eliza Taylor (The 100), Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am – 11:45pm – Ballroom 20
11:15am – Blindspot Pilot Screening and Q&A
Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire) and Jaimie Alexander (Thor films) star in Blindspot, a one-hour action thriller from Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Arrow, Pan) and writer/executive producer Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis). Stapleton stars as hardened FBI agent Kurt Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac, Jane Doe (Alexander), is found in Times Square covered in a series of cryptic tattoos, including his name on her back. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI begin to investigate the veritable treasure map of Jane Doe’s tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations; the information they uncover might ultimately change the world. Blindspot makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with executive producers and series stars. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Blindspot premieres this fall Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:15am – 12:15pm – Room 6A
11:30am – Comics Arts Conference #10: Focus on Dave McCaig
At the forefront of the recent commercial and critical attention for colorists stands CAC special guest Dave McCaig. His colors can be found in a wide range of comics: supernatural historical fiction (American Vampire, Northlanders), mainstream superhero comics (New Avengers, Superman: Birthright), and cult favorites (Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Stephan Colbert’s Tek Jansen). Besides TV, he has worked on the Batman animated series (2005) and the fourth Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated film. An advocate for comic colorists, McCaig started and moderates Gutter Zombie, an online forum for working colorists. Keegan Lannon (Seagull Institute) will moderate a conversation with McCaig about color, colorists, and comics.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm – Room 26AB
11:30am – Inside the Writers’ Room: The Pilot: Part One
Before there can be a hit series (or even a Manimal), there has to be a pilot, and this panel of expert creators and writers will share their experiences-the good, bad, and the very ugly-in selling and making a television pilot. Get the straight scoop from some of today’s most talented and outspoken creators. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s senior VP of drama development and production, Chris Parnell. Panelists include Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator, Fringe), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Steve Kriozere (Agent X, NCIS), Amy Berg (Caper, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Thomas P. Vitale (Fmr. EVP Chiller Strategic Operations, SYFY Original Movies and co-productions).
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm – Room 24ABC
11:30am – Monster High Panel
This is the place for avid fans to be the first to experience new character and doll introductions, as well as never-before-seen content reveals for the upcoming season. This includes exclusive scenes from upcoming DVDs with real-time commentary from its creators. The panel also allows for fan Q&A with Monster High toy and packaging designers, the marketing team, and writers/producers.
Saturday July 11, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm – Room 5AB
12:00pm – The Simpsons
Going into its record-demolishing 27th season! Join this panel for a sneak peek behind “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” and much, much more with creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike Anderson, long-time director David Silverman and the woman behind Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, and Ralph Wiggum, Nancy Cartwright. Ay carumba indeed.
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm – 12:45pm – Ballroom 20
12:00pm – 12 Monkeys
Join executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and stars Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon) of Syfy’s critically acclaimed series as they dissect the mysteries of the first season and hint at the twists and turns coming in Season 2.
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
12:00pm – Spotlight on A. Lee Martinez
The author of Gil’s All Fright Diner (Tor Books), Monster (Orbit), and the upcoming Constance Verity trilogy (Simon & Schuster), A. Lee Martinez sits down with moderator Jenny Martin (author of Tracked) for a Q&A about his myriad fantasy worlds, what it means to be a “funny” writer, and the virtues of space squids and talking gorillas in fiction, as well as anything else the audience might want to throw his way.
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Room 28DE
12:00pm – Colony: USA Network Series Screening
Be the first to see Carlton Cuse’s highly anticipated USA Network television series, Colony, at an intimate screening, followed by a Q&A with Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and his co-executive producer Ryan Condal (Hercules), along with series stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). 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.
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Horton Grand Theatre
12:15pm – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies / Patient Zero
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper-class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with writer/director Burr Steers and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith for a first look at Screen Gem’s adaptation of his acclaimed twist on the classic novel.
Patient Zero – An uprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected’. One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Join cast members Matt Smith, John Bradley, Natalie Dormer, and Clive Standen along with director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le for an exclusive first look of the film. Both panels will be moderated by Dalton Ross (Entertainment Weekly).
Saturday July 11, 2015 12:15pm – 1:15pm – Hall H
1:00pm – Dark Circle Comics
Get in on the ground floor of 2015’s most ambitious comics imprint as Alex Segura (editor of Dark Circle Comics), Mike Pellerito (president of Archie Comics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer), and key talent Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig (co-writers, The Shield), and Frank Tieri (writer, The Hangman) expand the cinematic and literary universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics, including The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Hangman.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 29AB
1:00pm – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Reality
Entertainment is a reflection of each person’s reality, and the best entertainment says something about an individual’s world. Marc Bernardin (Genius), Ed Brisson (Sheltered), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet), Sina Grace (NotMyBad/Self Obsessed), and Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl) all incorporate the real world into their work in a wide variety of ways. Listen to them talk about the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 7AB
1:00pm – Nerdist Industries with Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central’s @Midnight, AMC’s Talking Dead) is joined by Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Battlebots) and the editorial team from Nerdist online, including Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief of Nerdist), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Malik Forté (Nerdist Play), Matt Grosinger (Celebrity Playlist), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Nerdist Podcast Network producer Katie Levine, and a special guest or two. Join this panel for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await. Come and enjoy your burrito!
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1:00pm – The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast
Godzilla, Gamera, and Pacific Rim are just some of the few kaiju films and franchises to date. In the first ever live podcast show, Jessica Tseang (co-host of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast, comic book historian) and Chris Eaton (co-host of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast, editor of The Realm Cast) discuss all things kaiju related with Chris Mowry (writer of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth), Cullen Bunn (writer of Godzilla: Cataclysm, Sixth Gun), and other very special guests. All who attend will receive a limited-edition gift from The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
1:30pm – Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight
Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino brings fans an exclusive look at his highly anticipated 8th film, The Hateful Eight. Followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm – 2:15pm – Hall H
1:30pm – Minimates Mini-Figures: From Ant-Man to Zombies
Chuck Terceira (president, Diamond Select Toys) and Jason Wires (prototype painter) discuss what’s coming up for the toy line, including a new series based on Marvel Comics, movies and animation; plus The Walking Dead, Gotham, Jay and Silent Bob, Back to the Future, Muppets and more. Zach Oat (marketing supervisor, DST) will moderate a Q&A, reveal new artwork, and award prizes.
Saturday July 11, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Room 8
2:00pm – High Def Horror: Hammer Horror Meets Harryhausen
Warner Archive and Trailers From Hell combine forces to sneak a peek at some exciting upcoming releases that will please fans of Hammer films and the legendary Ray Harryhausen. Award-winning director Joe Dante joins Warner Archive Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, D. W. Ferranti, and Matthew Patterson to discuss such classics as The Beast from 20000 Fathoms, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Them! and more. As an added treat, Dante will chat about the intricacies of the 1987 hit Innerspace, which Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing on Blu-ray in 2015. As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will have giveaways for a few select fans.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 25ABC
2:30pm – Legendary Pictures
Filmmakers and talent from Legendary’s upcoming Warcraft and Crimson Peak, distributed by Universal Pictures, will discuss the innovative slate and present never-before-seen material. Chris Hardwick (AMC’s Talking Dead) hosts the panel that will also include surprises from highly anticipated legendary movies, including Great Wall, Krampus, and more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Hall H
3:00pm – Grimm Season 5
NBC’s hit Friday night series returns to Comic-Con, featuring an exclusive sneak peek from the upcoming fifth season’s premiere episode. Nick Burkhardt has faced some insane obstacles, from becoming a zombie to losing his abilities as a Grimm; however, all this pales in comparison to not only losing his mother but also having the love of his life die in his arms. How will Nick cope? Will he find any solace with his new child with Adalind? Join your fellow “Grimmsters” for a panel filled with Wesen, Season 5 themes, and of course, a Q&A session with the cast: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, and Claire Coffee and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt and Norberto Barba.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm – 3:45pm – Ballroom 20
3:00pm – Anything Goes with John Barrowman
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital “E.” He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges; ask him anything!
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
3:00pm – Dark Horse Takes Over the World
From Hellboy to Fight Club 2, there are a lot of reasons for Dark Horse fans to get excited for the coming year in comics. Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, along with Dark Horse creators Mike Mignola, Chuck Palahniuk, Jeff Lemire, Eric Powell, and Matt Kindt, bring fans a sneak peek of what to pick up at Comic-Con and beyond.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Room 7AB
3:00pm – Outcast TV Series: A First Look with Robert Kirkman
Be the first to get possessed by Outcast! From Cinemax and FOX comes the exclusive first look at the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s hit comic book by the same name. Outcast chronicles Kyle Barnes; a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever. Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Chris Black (Desperate Housewives), cast members Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), and special surprise guests, in a panel moderated by Kumail Najiani (HBO’s Silicon Valley) discuss the highly anticipated series and debut a sneak peek of Season 1; coming worldwide in 2016.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Room 6DE
3:30pm – Nerdist: The Hive
Outside the cabin, a horde of monsters are wreaking havoc. In the cabin, Adam can’t remember who he is or how the world fell apart, because the memories he does have aren’t his own. Starring Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter, Skins), Gabriel Basso (Super 8, The Kings of Summer), and Jacob Zachar (Greek) in a horror experience unlike any other. Get your first look at the next generation of sci-fi horror with director Dave Yarovesky and members of the cast.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Horton Grand Theatre
3:30pm – The Art and Story of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Meet the development team for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Elias Toufexis, the actor who plays Adam Jensen. Get an exclusive look at the game, as the team provides insight into the creativity, goals, and inspiration that shape both the art direction and story of Mankind Divided. Eidos-Montréal is working with the renowned Titan Books, and will also give details about the upcoming transmedia initiatives that will expand the Deus Ex Universe.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Room 24ABC
3:45pm – Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless, actresses Gal Gabot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), and other flat out fantastic females, who will open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson.
Saturday July 11, 2015 3:45pm – 4:30pm – Hall H
4:00pm – A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
Amin Javadi (Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast), Kyle Maddock (Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzzTV), and Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice and Fire Convention) discuss popular and obscure fan theories, compare the books versus the television show, and take part in a general Q&A.
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
4:00pm – Fantasy Literature
Learn about fantasy literature and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod series) and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle series). Moderated by Henry Herz (Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes).
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Room 29AB
4:00pm – The Expanse
Join the cast and executive producers for a first-ever, exclusive screening of the series premiere before it airs on Syfy in December. Hailing from the writers of Children of Men and Iron Man and the director of Breaking Bad, The Expanse is set 200 years in the future after mankind has colonized the solar system. Based on The New York Times bestselling book series.
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm – 5:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
4:15pm – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Aesthetics
Your favorite comic shouldn’t look like your other favorite comic, which shouldn’t look like your other favorite comic. Rob Guillory (Chew), Stuart Moore (EGOs), Lee Loughridge (Deadly Class), Scott Snyder (Wytches), and Josh Williamson (Nailbiter) know all about creating comics that aren’t like anything else on the shelves. Whether you’re a writer, artist, colorist, or fan, come and learn something new!
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:15pm – 5:15pm – Room 6DE
4:45pm – Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more.
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:45pm – 5:30pm – Hall H
5:00pm – Hannibal: Savor the Hunt
Your company is requested at a grand soiree in honor of esteemed colleague Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Prepare to be delighted by stories of European travels, friendships renewed, and culinary feasts as told by executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer Martha De Laurentiis, and star Hugh Dancy. Be the first to witness beautiful new works by artiste extraordinaire Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), as well as a few other surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals!
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm – 5:45pm – Ballroom 20
5:00pm – Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Born a small woodland creature, J. Michael Straczynski soon evolved into a marsupial life form that was bewitched by a passing elf into human form, conferring on him an Eisner, two Hugos, a British Academy Award nomination, and a career slamming words together for a living. Join him for a discussion of TV (including Sense8), movies, comics, and some surprising upcoming projects.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Room 29AB
5:30pm – Salem
It’s a witch war! Join the star-studded cast including Shane West (Nikita, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, and Iddo Goldberg, along with executive producers Brannon Braga (Star Trek) and Adam Simon, for a look back at intriguing footage from the supernatural second season, from WGN America and Fox 21 Television Studios. This moderated discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Room 6A
5:30pm – Z Nation
Dust off the Z-Whackers and join the cast and executive producers of fan-favorite zombie show, Z Nation, as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at what fans can expect to see this fall when Season 2 premieres on Syfy.
Saturday July 11, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
5:45pm – 20th Century Fox
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Saturday July 11, 2015 5:45pm – 7:30pm – Hall H
6:00pm – Max Brooks Zombie Revelations
You’ve seen his fascinating and entertaining panels on surviving a zombie plague, but now the screenwriter and author of the bestselling books The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, Max Brooks, returns to provide intel and anecdotes on how to survive a Vampires vs. Zombies apocalypse! His third chapter in the new all-original comic book series Extinction Parade introduces readers into the greatest battle royal of the undead ever witnessed. Brooks shares his insight into the rotting minds of the shambling dead and the aristocratic and self-entitled vampire race, and fields questions from zombie-phobic fans.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 5AB
6:00pm – The Geek Shall Inherit: A Look at the Evolution of Geek Culture
Geek culture has become mainstream, but it wasn’t always that way. Comic conventions have boomed in popularity, the cosplay community is thriving, and TCG tournaments are breaking attendance records. Dr. Billy San Juan (The Walking Dead Psychology, Magic: the Gathering judge), Jenna Busch (host/founder of Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Game of Thrones Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, The Walking Dead Psychology), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show, Super Fantastic Nerd Hour), Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy, The Walking Dead Psychology), Tim Shields (Cascade Games), and Matt Munson (The Project Workbench) explore the evolution of our beloved culture.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 14A
6:00pm – TOKYOPOP: The Robofish Rises
Big News, TOKYOPOP is coming back! Meet Stu Levy (founder, CEO), Clay Bohle, and the TOKYOPOP team to get the scoop firsthand. Giveaways for all attendees. If you’re an artist, bring your portfolio for review, and if you’re a fan, bring all your questions.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 28DE
6:15pm – Containment Pilot Screening and Q&A
When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure in Containment. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. Containment makes its Comic-Con debut with a special screening of the entire pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow).
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:15pm – 7:15pm – Room 6BCF
6:30pm – Inside the Writers’ Room: The Series: Part Two
If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, this panel has assembled the Justice League and The Avengers for an insider look at your favorite TV series. Join the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to write and rewrite the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room, and why network executives actually care about what you post on message boards. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s jocular senior VP of drama development and production Chris Parnell, this heroic lineup includes Gabrielle Stanton (The Flash, Haven ), Michael Narducci (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Medium), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Ryan Condal (USA’s new sseries, Colony), William Harper (Grey’s Anatomy), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Guardians of the Galaxy), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), and Mark A. Altman (Agent X, Castle, Femme Fatales).
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Room 24ABC
6:30pm – The Unpublished EC 3D Comic Revealed!
World premiere! The lost 1954 EC sci-fi classic will be shown in 3D for the first time ever. Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, the only group authorized by the Gaines family to perform EC stories, dramatically reads excerpts from the unpublished comic, highlighting a discussion by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art) and Eric Kurland (president, LA 3D Club). Special 3D glasses will be provided so you can enjoy the projected artwork!
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Room 26AB
6:45pm – The Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror Film: Fantastic Fest, Beyond Fest, and SpectreFest
Thanks to a bold new school of filmmakers and creative talent, independent horror and genre cinema is enjoying an unprecedented resurgence of critical and box office success. Kicked off by You’re Next in 2011, this new wave of independent genre film has continued to thrive and has broken through over the past year with The Babadook and It Follows. Hosted by the US’ leading genre film festivals, we discuss this convention-defying movement with the directors, producers, writers, production companies and programmers who are progressively shaping the brave evolution of cinematic terror. Scheduled panelists include Elijah Wood (Spectrevision /Cooties), director Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), director/producer Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Mette Marie Katz (XYZ Films -The Raid, The Raid 2), Christian Parkes (Founder/Director Beyond Fest), and Ryan Turek (Programmer – Beyond Fest), with more to be announced, featuring an exclusive sneak peek at Spectrevision’s Cooties and Radius’ Goodnight Mommy. Additional films to be discussed include The Invitation, The Witch, Cop Car and more! Added bonus: Join Turek and Shock Til You Drop Managing Editor Sam Zimmerman for a special round of Dead Rights Horror Trivia at the end of the panel for a chance to win passes to the renowned festivals hosting the panel! Moderated by The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:45pm – 7:45pm – Room 6A
6:45pm – The Walking Dead: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman
Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Walking Dead with creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:45pm – 7:45pm – Room 6DE
7:00pm – We Are All Heroes: The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom, and Fanboy Culture
With the landscape of geekdom evolving, Cashmere Agency’s executive vice president Ryan Ford has assembled a star-studded, diverse panel to discuss the evolution of comic book, video gaming, and fanboy culture, and its growing popularity among a new audience-specifically African Americans, women, LGBTQ, and other minorities. Joined by Ryan Coogler (director, Dope), Murs (Hip Hop star), Michael Jai White (Dark Knight), Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead), Kristina Law (Arrow), and Kellvin Chavez (editor, Latino-review). Cashmere Agency has worked with a slew of titles in the geekdom community, including Star Wars, The Boondocks, Tekken, and Black Jesus. The panelists are eager to shed light on how minorities are not adequately portrayed within the entertainment genre.
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room 14A
8:00pm – Creepy and Eerie Unleashed
A ghoulish panel of horror freaks discusses the classic Warren horror titles Creepy and Eerie and their upcoming adventures in film and TV. Super-secret secrets will be revealed! Moderating the panel is Gemstone’s J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide) and consulting editor and writer Dan Braun (Creepy), who will be joined by Dark Horse founder and publisher Mike Richardson and New Comic Company’s Josh Braun. Throw in a couple of surprise Creepy artists and writers, and it will be a tasty stew. They might be giving away awesome Creepy swag, but only to the demonically deserving.
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 25ABC
8:00pm – Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a “comic book come to life.” That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and villains like Ric Flair, panelists from both worlds will explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comic News website), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and Flobo Boyce (Silver Streek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 29AB
8:00pm – Spec Fiction Sneak Peek: What’s New from HarperCollins
With the proliferation of science fiction/fantasy in this year’s movie and television landscape, it’s a vibrant, transformational time in the SF/F publishing market. Harper Voyager executive editor David Pomerico discusses how the marketplace is rebounding from an overabundance of vampires and werewolves. Readers are hungry for tales more rooted in scientific reality, as well as magical espionage, supernatural noir, space opera, and military adventure. You can expect sneak previews and special giveaways of key new Voyager titles in these categories. From the publishing powerhouse that brought you Divergent and Dorothy Must Die comes the latest and greatest in teen fiction. HarperCollins presents major upcoming YA book releases that will transport you from a dystopian Oz to a land of magic and mayhem. Get ready to grab plenty of Epic Reads giveaways, limited-edition goodies, and advance copies.
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 9
8:30pm – The Character of Music: Classic Horror Special Edition
For their fifth consecutive collaboration, co-moderators Anne Cecere of BMI and Chandler Poling of Krakower Poling PR are bringing their beloved panel to the spookier side of Comic-Con. Set after dark and focusing on the thrill of the chill, composers Charles Bernstein (Nightmare on Elm Street), Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th), Laura Karpman (Carrie), Richard Band (Re-Animator), Steve Jablonsky (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Maurizio Guarini of Goblin (Suspiria) will reflect on the power of music in horror films. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Saturday July 11, 2015 8:30pm – 9:30pm – Room 8
9:15pm – Scream Queens: World Premiere Screening
Be the first in the world to see Fox’s comedy-horror anthology series Scream Queens. From Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, this killer new series stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigal Breslin, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Diego Bonita, Glen Powell, Lucien Laviscount, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas, and Ariana Grande. The show centers on a string of college campus muders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a designer glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Roberts). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Curtis) decrees that Kappa must accept all new pledges and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a 20-year-old mystery and a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc.
Saturday July 11, 2015 9:15pm – 10:15pm – Room 6DE
9:15pm – Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation
Featuring award-winning, critically acclaimed short animations from across the globe. Focusing on pop culture and hilarious award-winning films, this screening allows the viewer to see the next generation of Hollywood superstars before anyone else. You’ll see new films from Bravest Warriors director Breehn Burns and Barely Political YouTube producer Mark Douglas, and meet Spike in person.
Saturday July 11, 2015 9:15pm – 10:15pm – Room 6BCF
9:45pm – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: DARKEST DAWN World Premiere
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: DARKEST DAWN (formerly titled NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: ORIGINS 3D) starring Tony Todd, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, R. Madhavan, Joseph Pilato and Tom Sizemore, will have a special world premiere event at Petco Park during SDCC at the zombie-themed Walker Stalker Fan Fest on Saturday, July 11th. Tickets are available exclusively on the film’s Indiegogo campaign page, which the filmmakers are using to help bring the film to more theaters (indoor and outdoor) across the country. Ticket purchasers will also receive the official theatrical movie poster which Joseph Pilato (and possibly more cast) will be on-hand to sign, and a free digital stream of the film. (Though this is a SDCC sanctioned event, SDCC and Walker Stalker passes ARE NOT required for premiere event entry.
KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!
Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.
The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.
You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!
“With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”
“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”
“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”
“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”
Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.
The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.
KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!
Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong
One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.
But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?
Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.
But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…
“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”
Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.
Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.
Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!
You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.
Blade Runner 2049’s Lackluster Box-Office Still a Mystery to Director Denis Villeneuve
This past summer we were hit by director Denis Villeneuve’s stunning sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. While a hit with the critics and the audience that saw it, the film didn’t pull in quite the money the studio hoped for. Especially considering its budget.
With a budget of $150 million Blade Runner 2049 only managed to gather $89 million at the domestic box-office and $163 million worldwide.
Why didn’t the film make more cash? Well, director Denis Villeneuve has a few theories that he recently shared with Cinema Blend.
“I’m still digesting it,” he told the site. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long [2 hours, 44 minutes run time]. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies — I don’t sell them.”
Why do you think Blade Runner 2049 didn’t pull in more cash at the domestic box-office? Let us know in the comments below!
Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Hampton Fancher (who wrote the original) and Michael Green. The script is based off a story by Hampton Fancher, which is in turn based on the original film’s source material “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick.
The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Edward James Olmos, David Dastmalchian, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, Sylvia Hoeks, Hiam Abbass, Carla Juri, David Benson, Ellie Wright, and Kingston Taylor.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
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