Day 4 of the San Diego Comic-Con typically focuses on more family-friendly fare, but this year they’ve mixed things up a bit with horror-themed panels like “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural,” “The Strain,” and an “American Horror Story/Scream Queens” pairing – all in Hall H. The day will also see a few cool comic writer/artist spotlights, Diamond Select’s collectibles round-up, and some steampunk presentations plus the announcement of the winners of the 2015 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival.
We have those highlights below plus a few other goodies for those of you who are still planning to take the kids down to the Convention Center with you to wrap things up on July 12th.
10:00am – The Vampire Diaries: Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries return to San Diego, for the first time in Hall H, for a sizzling seventh appearance at Comic-Con. Series stars will join executive producers on stage for a video screening and Q&A session. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment, and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on September 1.
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am – Hall H
10:00am – Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and illustrator Buzz Parker and special guest Strangers for their annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience to get the insider scoop on the final chapter of the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers. The panel includes sneak peeks of new artwork and storylines from upcoming issues. Rob and Buzz will unveil brand new Emily the Strange works of art and discuss their creative process of collaborating together for over 13 years. As always, audience participation will be encouraged, and perhaps enforced, with plenty of rewards for being strange. Oh yeah, and some Q&A with updates on the feature film and TV development. Be there or get lost!
Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am – Room 32AB
11:00am – Middle Grade Spectacular
Mysteries, magic, missions! Monsters, myths, Minecraft! It’s time for some middle grade merriment! Authors Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel), D. J. MacHale (Voyagers: Project Alpha), Jonathan Maberry (Orphan Army), Sherri Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice), Judd Winick (Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth), and Sean Fay Wolfe (The Elementia Chronicles #1: Quest for Justice) explore the boundless world of middle grade fiction. Ages 8 and up.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 25ABC
11:00am – Oni Press: Monster Art Battle
The classic Oni Press Monster Panel is back! Three artists go head to head on the drawing boards for the glory of the “Oni Press Prize Cup” moderated by Robin Herrera (Oni Press editor). Artists include Corin Howell (Bat-Mite, Transformers: Windblade) Gabo (The Life After), and a surprise mystery guest. Kids of all ages are welcome, and every attendee receives free comics.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 32AB
11:00am – Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith discusses all things Bone, his Eisner Award-winning science fiction thriller RASL, the new series TUKI Save the Humans. Also, learn about a new citywide cartoon festival he is helping to build in Columbus, Ohio known as CXC.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 4
11:00am – Spotlight on Lev Grossman
Get up close and personal with the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, which is currently being filmed as a TV series by Syfy. Lev Grossman will read, talk, and answer questions about any and all aspects of his work, no holds barred.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 7AB
11:05am – Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards
The films have been shown, now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2015 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s Adam Neese talks to this year’s trio of judges, director Dan Sachar (director of last year’s CCI:IFF Judges’ Choice award for Last of You), director/writer/actor Letia Clouston (In the Dark, AB Negative), and actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, Bedazzled, MADtv) about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:05am – 11:55am – Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
11:15am – Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human) answer questions from the audience about what’s in store for the eleventh season of this exciting series. Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season DVD and Blu-ray release on September 8. The eleventh season of Supernatural will premiere this fall in its Wednesday time period at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 12, 2015 11:15am – 12:15pm – Hall H
12:00pm – 2015: Greatest Geek Year Ever?
Could 2015 be the greatest geek year ever? This panel of geeksperts salivate with excitement and have their midichlorian count awakened with Star Wars: Episode 7, get back into Bondage for Spectre, unearth Jurassic World, and will be back for Terminator: Genisys. These special executives for coolness, titillation, retorts, and excitement join forces to ponder whether 2015 will be a new benchmark for sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and horror, or a bust. Moderator savvy Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) is joined by erudite Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), rocking Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), scintillating Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), ass-kicking Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X: Men: First Class, Power Rangers), charming Charles de Lauzirkia (Crave, Alien Anthology), mighty Marc Bernardin (Playboy) and marvelous Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Agent X).
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Room 25ABC
12:00pm – An Exclusive Sneak Peek Panel for The Enchiridion and Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook Featuring The Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen
A conversation with Martin Olson (voice actor, The Lord of Evil), Olivia Olson (voice actor, Marceline The Vampire Queen), Celeste Moreno (illustrator), Aisleen Romano (illustrator), and Eric Klopfer (senior editor, Abrams Books), about the highly anticipated book Adventure Time: The Enchiridion and Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook!!!, out this fall from Abrams Books. Attendees will have a chance to see exclusive art from the book and be among the first to witness the premiere of the terrifying book trailer. Surprises may include musical numbers and surprise guests. Audience participation is encouraged.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Room 7AB
12:00pm – CCI-IFF Award Recipient Film Screenings
All the winning films screened at one time in one place … don’t miss the best of the 2015 CCI-IFF!
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm – 3:30pm – Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
12:30pm – American Horror Story and Scream Queens
Get ready to scream! It’s a Comic-Con horror fest when members of the all-star cast of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s Scream Queens (Jamie Lee Curtis, the original scream queen, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer) come face to face with the stars of Murphy and Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Freak Show and upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer). Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly, this lively gathering of headliners promises laughs, scares and secrets from the sets.
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Hall H
12:30pm – Illustrators: The Hidden Gems of Film and Television
Art Directors Guild illustrators are the hidden gems of the film and television world. Their sketches, paintings, and storyboards form the foundation for all that you see on screens big and small. Whether they are alien planets or the dark alleys of Gotham, learn about the magic behind those incredible moving images. Panelists include Ed Natividad (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Amy Lynn Umezu (Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World), Patrick Rodriguez (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), and Jeffrey Errico (Terminator Genisys, NWA Straight Outta Compton). Moderated by Tim Burgard (Fantastic Four, Jurassic World).
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Room 23ABC
1:00pm – Children’s Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Adult Swim’s two-time Emmy-winning live-action comedy returns to Comic-Con for a sixth year. Creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) will be joined onstage by select cast for a lively and medically accurate Q&A. From Abominable Pictures, The Corddry Company, and Warner Bros. Television Group’s Studio 2.0.
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 25ABC
1:00pm – Kids Crafts: Introduction to Steampunk
Starr Wilde (owner Steampunk Fortress and artist) introduces the origins of Steampunk genre and the variety of ways that Steampunk can be expressed through art. Tim Reveles (creator of Phalanx Sanctus Creations comics and art) will show his Steampunk helmet. Ofelia de Romanus (Steampunk artist/blogger) will introduce the bracelet project. Attendees will be given a bracelet/keychain and assemble the bracelet, with the assistance from the panelists if needed.
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 30CDE
1:45pm – Heroes Reborn: Exclusive Extended Trailer and Q&A with Tim Kring and Cast
From Tim Kring, who imagined NBC’s original critically acclaimed Heroes series, comes Heroes Reborn, an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. Watch an exclusive extended trailer. Moderated by returning cast member Greg Grunberg, participate in a Q&A session with Tim Kring and the cast, includingJack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh, and Rya Kihlstedt. Also learn about the digital prequel series and the video and mobile games.
Sunday July 12, 2015 1:45pm – 2:45pm – Hall H
2:00pm – Raising Future Fans: Geeky Parents and Children Speak Out
If you love anime, cosplay/costuming, gaming, and mega-media geeky franchises like Disney/Harry Potter/MCU/Star Wars, then come learn about how parents have found creative ways to integrate their favorite fandoms into child-friendly fun for the whole family. Hear directly from parents and children about ways you can merge a variety of child-friendly fandoms into your household on a daily basis. Enjoy a thoughtful discussion, including Q&A time, on ways to lessen dependency on electronic devices with activities to inspire the next generation in the greater fandom community. Panelists include Tom Ammonn (anime/gaming fan and parent), David Biffith Jr. (Star Wars fan and parent/grandparent), Karen Jallion (artist and mother), Sandra Durbin (parent, costumer, sci-fi movie and book fan), and moderator Anastasia Hunter (all-around fan girl and aunt of three younglings).
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 14A
2:00pm – Spotlight on William Stout: From Antarctica to Zombies
Artist/writer William Stout reviews an adventure-filled life. From scaling Mount Kilimanjaro to scuba diving under the ice in Antarctica, from making movies like Conan the Barbarian, Return of the Living Dead, Masters of the Universe, and Pan’s Labyrinth to drawing “overground” comics as diverse as Tarzan of the Apes, Alien Worlds, and Little Annie Fanny and underground comix like Slow Death and Mickey at 60, come meet the only Comic-Con special guest (except for maybe Sergio Aragonés) to have journeyed to all seven continents, with a richly illustrated talk that will leave you both entertained and amazed. And yes, there will be dinosaurs.
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 32AB
2:45pm – Buffy Musical: Once More With Feeling & Juliet Landay Q&A
Let’s end this show with a bang! For the first time since 2008, Juliet Landau (Buffy/Angel) is attending Comic-Con just to join the fans for a quick rollicking Q&A and special announcements about her latest project, “A Place Among The Undead” with a special Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek, as well as special announcements about our own upcoming event, Whedonopolis 2016. Then Juliet will help us kick off the closing event with a bang: The powers that be behind Whendonopolis.com, FandomCharities.org and Whedonopolis 2016 present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode “Once More With Feeling,” as Comic-Con’s big closing event! Many say that this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin’, back that is, and singing, shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn’t just for flashmobs and hipsters anymore.
Sunday July 12, 2015 2:45pm – 4:15pm – Room 6BCF
3:00pm – Diamond Select Toys Round-up
Chuck Terceira (president, Diamond Select Toys) and Jason Wires (prototype painter) discuss DST’s diverse product lines, from 7-inch Select action figures to electronic vehicles to role-play items to vinyl banks. Topics include Marvel Comics, The Walking Dead, PVZ, Jay and Silent Bob, Muppets, Ghostbusters, Gotham, DC Animated, and more. Zach Oat (marketing supervisor, DST) will moderate a Q&A, reveal new products, and award prizes.
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Room 24ABC
3:00pm – FX TV Block Featuring Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, The Strain, and a Sneak Peek of The Bastard Executioner
Kick out the jams with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, premiering on FX on July 16 at 10 pm ET/PT. Denis Leary stars as the lead singer of a legendary ’90s band called The Heathens, who were on the brink of stardom when they broke up and now, years later, are looking to recapture some of the old glory. Creator/executive producer writer/director Denis Leary will be joined on stage by actors Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Kelly, and John Ales to discuss the new series and present an exclusive sneak peek of the show. Then catch The Strain, a thriller based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title that will debut its second season on July 12 at 10 pm ET/PT. Fans will get an exclusive screening of all-new material, including two original pieces created specifically for SDCC and an insightful discussion with showrunner/executive producer Carlton Cuse, co-creator/executive producer/writer Guillermo del Toro, co-creator/executive producer/writerChuck Hogan, and actors Corey Stoll, David Bradley,Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Richard Sammel, and Natalie Brown. And for an epic finale, get an exclusive world premiere first-look at Sons of Anarchy, creator Kurt Sutter’s highly anticipated new series The Bastard Executioner.
Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm – Hall H
4:00pm – Steampunk as a Global Phenomenon
Dr. Katherine L. Morse (Dr. Sparky McTrowell), David L. Drake (Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake), and Justin Andrew Hoke (Dreadfully Punk) will take the audience on a world tour of Steampunk theme-parks, conventions, trends, regional customs, and major projects focusing outside the U.S.
Sunday July 12, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm – Room 29AB
Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2
Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.
Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.
Three tracks from the score can be heard below.
Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?
Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden
Directed by Robert Mockler
While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.
If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?
While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.
A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.
I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.
Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can
It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!
From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!
This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)
We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.
Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.
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