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San Diego Comic-con

After bombarding us with a plethora of horror presentations on Day 2 of the San Diego Comic-Con, the powers-that-be have pulled back a bit for Day 3 (Saturday, July 23rd), but there’s still plenty for the genre crowd to take in.

On tap are “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” Kong: Skull Island, “Lucifer,” “The Vampire Diaries” (for the last time maybe?), “Grimm,” “Outcast,” “The Originals,” Robert Kirkman/Skybound, Troma, Kevin Smith’s annual appearance, a few more pilot screenings, “Twilight Zone” VR, an off-site discussion of final girls, plus celebrations of both Dark Horse’s and Aliens‘ 30th anniversaries and Forrest J Ackerman’s Centennial.

You’ll find details on all of that below along with a few more panels you may want to keep on your radar…

The 2016 SDCC runs July 20-24 at the San Diego Convention Center.  Visit Comic-Con.org for more info.

SATURDAY, JULY 23

10:00-10:45am – Ballroom 20
Once Upon A Time
The Evil Queen is back! The heroes of Once Upon a Time grapple with the return of this super-charged classic villain, while also dealing with Mr. Hyde and the new arrivals from the Land of Untold Stories. And as your favorite Storybrooke residents help to find happy endings for these lost and forgotten stories, they’ll discover that they have some untold stories of their own. Co-creators/executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz (Lost) and cast members discuss the upcoming season of unexpected twists, evolving characters, new adventures, and new rivalries, with moderator Yvette Nicole Brown. Don’t want miss the exclusive sneak peek at what’s in store for the upcoming season!

10:00-11:00am – Room 29AB
Comics vs. Manga: Which Is Better?
Jessica Tseang (The Comic Book Girl/Girl on Geek) leads a spirited debate among a panel of experts: those who swear by manga and those who are devoted to comics. Which is easier to get started? Are the characters more diverse in comics? Does plot really mean anything? Which sell more? Who has a better fandom? The questions can go on forever, but in the end: Which is better?

10:00-11:00am – Room 7AB
I Read It Before (And After) It Was a Movie
Each day, our newsfeeds blow up with items of more amazing sci-fi/fantasy books being optioned for film or TV, and bookstore shelves are filled with cinematic tie-in novels to geeky summer blockbusters. But what does it take to make the jump from page to screen, and back again? Authors explore the journey of stories from page (both prose and comics) to screen (multi-media) and even stage, and vice versa. Maybe this illustrious group will be able to answer the question of whether it really is better to read the book before seeing the movie! Ransom Riggs (Tales of the Peculiar), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Prequel), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Zeroes), Ben H. Winters (Underground Airlines), and Comic-Con special guest Peter David engage in conversation with moderator Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly.

10:30-11:30am – Room 6BCF
Forrest J Ackerman Centennial Celebration
Collector. Cosplayer. Fan. Friend. The legendary Forry Ackerman, editor of the iconic Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, is celebrated in his 100th birthday year by FM Publisher Phil Kim, Forry caretaker Joe Moe, and high-profile guests (look for some very Famous Monster Kids to make an appearance) with nostalgic tales and humorous anecdotes. Contributors and close friends will be present to discuss their experience growing up as a Monster Kid. There will also be a sneak peek at the comics anthology tribute Tales from the Ackermansion. Moderated by FM executive editor David Weiner.

11:00am-12:00pm – Ballroom 20
The Vampire Diaries
The cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries return to San Diego for an exciting eighth appearance. Series stars will join executive producers 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 Fridays at 8/7c on The CW; The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and Digital HD on August 16.

11:00am-12:00 pm – Room 9
Top Cow: It’s About Comics
The Top Cow staff and talent discuss the role and value of comics in the current market, stretching back to Top Cow’s legacy and the Image Revolution. Stick around as Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins talk about current and future projects, including series relaunch announcements and new series teases. All attendees will receive a special limited-edition lithograph available only to those that attend the panel.

11:30am-12:30pm – Room 5AB
Monster High
Welcome to Monster High! Be the first to experience exclusive scenes from upcoming movies with new character introductions and real-time commentary from the creators! The panel, hosted by “Draculaura” (voice actress Debi Derryberry), also allows for fan Q&A with toy and packaging designers and content creators. There will also be fan costume contest with fantastic prizes for the winners.

11:30am-1:30pm – Hall H
Warner Bros. Pictures
A sneak peek at upcoming releases (it was previously confirmed that Tom Hiddleston will be in town for Kong: Skull Island; remaining films TBA)

12:30-1:30pm – Room 2
Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geek Items for the Vision Impaired
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, and movies, as well as all sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and world-famous actor, audio book narrator, and writer Scott Brick share what options exist for nonvisual entertainment.

12:50-1:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The Originals returns for a fourth season with more supernatural intrigue, romance, and bloodshed in The Big Easy. Executive producers and series stars are on hand for a special video presentation followed by discussion. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air midseason on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 20.

1:00-2:00pm – Room 4
Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with exclusive news and announcements about your favorite characters, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and more! Featuring your pals from Archie Comics talent including Jon Goldwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, and perhaps a special Riverdale surprise appearance or two.

1:00-2:00pm – Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: Discuss Legendary Monsters
Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast bring together some of the greats of kaiju history, just in time for the release of Shin Godzilla by Toho Studios. Mat Nastos (Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, Shogun Knight) and other very special guests talk about how their chosen professions have been vastly inspired by their love of kaijus. From those who worked on Ultraman, Godzilla, Gamera, Power Rangers and more, there is no monster that won’t be discussed.

1:30-2:10pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A
All Hell will break loose as Lucifer returns to heat things up in San Diego. Indulge your deepest desires and be among the first to get the scoop on what’s sure to be a devilishly fun second season! Get a sizzling sneak peek at season 2, followed by a panel with series stars as well as executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami). From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns September 19, airing Mondays 9/8c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete First Season will be released on DVD on August 23.

1:30-2:30pm – Room 8
Minimates Mini-Figures: Marvel, TMNT & Beyond

Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira and prototype painter Brian Felgar discuss what’s coming up for the long-running 2-inch toy line, including Aliens, Predator, and Doctor Strange. Marketing supervisor Zach Oat moderates.

1:45-2:45pm – Room 6A
Spotlight on Stan Lee
‘Nuff said.

2:00-3:00pm – Room 30CDE
Writing with J. Michael Straczynski
If your heart is driving you to write and you can’t imagine doing anything else, this is the panel for you. The discussion will cover writing for film, television, and comics in a Q&A style workshop, the quality of the discussion determined by the questions you bring. Learn the tricks of the writing trade from an Eisner, Icon, Inkpot, Hugo and Bradbury Award-winning writer and producer also nominated for a British Academy Award for Changeling. He’s worked on World War Z and Thor and is one of the writer/producer/creators for Sense8. Come prepared for information and impertinence.

2:30-3:15pm – Ballroom 20
Grimm – Season 6
The rivalry that has been brewing between Nick Burkhardt and Captain Sean Renard for five seasons will come to a fever pitch and change everything when Grimm returns for its sixth season. As if that weren’t enough, will the subtle glimpses of Juliette derail Nick’s budding romance with Adalind? How will Monroe and Rosalee handle their impending parenthood? Join your fellow “Grimmsters” for a panel filled with Wesen, season 6 themes, and of course, a panel session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt. Also get an exclusive first look at new NBC dramas Emerald City and Midnight, Texas.

2:30-3:30pm – Room 24ABC
IDW & Syfy: Wynonna Earp
By now, the word is out: Wynonna Earp was the TV hit of the spring! Now, get an exclusive look at the action-packed series with the cast and crew! Who is Wynonna Earp? A smoking hot, badass demon killer, that’s who. Stars Melanie Scrofano (Supernatural, Haven), Tim Rozon (Lost Girl, Being Human), Shamier Anderson (Constantine, Defiance), Dominique Provost Chalkley (The Avenger’s Age of Ultron), Katherine Barrell (Saving Hope), and Wynonna Earp comic creator Beau Smith share exclusive footage, offer behind-the-scenes peeks, and participate in a Q&A.

3:00-4:00pm – Room 7AB
30th Anniversary of Dark Horse
Thirty years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more. Now, the publisher is poised to make headlines again with some of the biggest news about new original work since Frank Miller brought Sin City to the pages of Dark Horse Presents! Panelists offer an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry.

3:00-4:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Syfy’s The Expanse
Get a sneak peek of the new season of Syfy’s critically acclaimed series from writers of Children of Men and Iron Man, based on the New York Times bestselling book series. Moderator Adam Savage (MythBusters, Tested) and the cast and executive producers preview the aftermath of season 1’s explosive finale.

3:00-4:00pm – Room 25ABC
World of Monster Hunter
Capcom Development Team members share brand new behind-the-scenes info and insights from the recently released Monster Hunter Generations for Nintendo 3DS. The panel will include exclusive new footage and announcements, as well as some special surprises.

3:15-4:15pm – Hall H
Aliens: 30th Anniversary
Writer/director James Cameron (Avatar) and producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) join cast members Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Bill Paxton (True Lies), Lance Henriksen (Millennium), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), and Paul Reiser (Red Oaks) for a look back at the iconic science fiction classic in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.

3:30-4:30pm – Room 8
Bear McCreary: Creating Musical Worlds
An effective musical score is a vital component of storytelling and invites the audience to immerse themselves in a fictional narrative. From the blank page to the orchestral stage, composer Bear McCreary explores the creative process of crafting musical worlds on projects such as The Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more.

4:00-5:00pm – Room 6BCF
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America
Stars Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Samuel Barnett (Penny Dreadful), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spiderman), and Jade Eshete (Dead Beat), lead writer and executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), showrunner Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe), and moderator Tim Leong of Entertainment Weekly offer a first look at BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, an original series from the producers of The Walking Dead, premiering October 22. An adaptation from famed author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through an insane mystery, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth. BBC America’s Dirk Gentley’s Holisitc Detective Agency is an eight-part co-production of AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.

4:00-5:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Syfy’s The Magicians
The acclaimed breakout hit makes its San Diego Comic-Con debut. The cast and executive producers tease the anticipated second season of the Syfy series based on author Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy.

4:15-5:15pm – Room 6DE
Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment
Prolific comic creator and Skybound Entertainment co-founder Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) and Skybound Entertainment co-founder and CEO David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) discuss what it means to run a multiplatform entertainment company. They’ll explore projects such as The Walking Dead television franchise, their newest series Outcast, and what’s in store for the company’s bustling comics, film, gaming, and interactive divisions. Dan Murray (Skybound Interactive president), Rachel Skidmore (Skybound’s director of media development) and writer Max Landis (Dirk Gently, American Ultra) will join the panel to discuss his new Skybound comic series Green Valley. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple).

4:15-5:15pm – Room 6A
Timeless Pilot Screening and Q&A
From the creative geniuses behind Revolution, Supernatural, and The Blacklist comes Timeless, a thrilling new action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. The only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier, and a history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events and uncover the mystery behind this dangerous fugitive’s actions. Preview an exclusive premiere screening of Timeless and join Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Ultimate Spider-Man,Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Key and Peele, Hurt Locker), Goran Višnjić (ER, Extant), and co-creators and executive producers Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Mad Dogs) for a discussion moderated by Lynette Rice of Entertainment Weekly. Timeless is produced by Davis Entertainment, Kripke Enterprises, and MiddKid Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. Check out the premiere of Timeless this fall on Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

4:30-5:15pm – Hall H
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless actresses Morena Baccarin (Gotham), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Lucy Lawless (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Tatian Maslany (Orphan Black), and Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman), who open up about the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield.

5:00-6:00pm – Room 25ABC
Pop Culture Influence: Zombie Video Games
Video game development and pop culture come together for a wide ranging discussion on how zombies have invaded our lives through every avenue of entertainment. From movies to TV, books to video games – especially video games! Joining the panel will be the developers of Dead Rising 4, who will unveil an exclusive new video asset from the upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 PC game, Jesse Metcalfe (American actor), Tomas Harlan (producer), Tim Carter (writer/producer), and Greg Miller (AKA: GameOverGreggy of Kinda Funny).

5:15-6:16pm – Room 6BCF
Robert Kirkman’s Outcast: When in Rome
Cinemax’s newest series 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 franchise) and Chris Black (Desperate Housewives) and cast members Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl), Philip Glenister (Life on Mars), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Independence Day), and Reg E Cathey (House of Cards, The Wire) discuss their experience with Outcast season 1 and look ahead to the already green-lit season 2. Moderated by Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang! Bang!).

5:30-6:30pm – Horton Grand Theatre
The Final Girls & The Future of The Midnight Movie
The creatives and select cast behind 2015’s cult-classic in the making The Final Girls and actual fan-favorite final girls from horror films throughout the years discuss the film’s road to the screen, its midnight movie roots, what the rules are for a final girl in this day and age, and what makes a modern and classic midnight movie favorite! Bonus: Watch select scenes with the cast and final girls, and join them in suggesting Rocky Horror style rituals to enact in future viewings of the film. Panelists include director Todd Strauss-Schulson, writers Joshua Miller and M. A. Fortin, director of photography Elie Smolkin, cast members Thomas Middleditch and Angela Trimburs, and a surprise slate of actual final girls from horror film history! Featuring exclusive signed giveaways from the film.

In addition, there will be a SPECIAL SCREENING of The Final Girls beginning at 11:59 pm PT at the KEN CINEMA, 4061 Adams Ave., in San Diego. Click here to reserve your tickets now.

6:30-7:25pm – Room 6BCF
Riverdale Pilot Screening and Q&A
Things aren’t always what you expect in Riverdale. Based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood), this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom, and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad’s footsteps, despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him-certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind, as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush, Archie, after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother, Alice (Mädchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother, Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch); Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble among Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows. Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics). Riverdale premieres midseason on The CW.

6:30-7:30pm – Room 24ABC
Inside the Writers’ Room: Pre, Production & Post, Oh My: Part Two
If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, they’ve just lined up the Justice League and The Avengers for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room and what happens after your script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s jocular executive VP of drama development & production Chris Parnell. The line-up this year includes Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time, The Flash, Haven), Michael Narducci (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Medium), Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Xena, Lost), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory),William Harper (Grey’s Anatomy), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Guardians of the Galaxy TV), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Castle, Agent X).

6:45-7:45pm – Room 6A
STARZ Original Series Ash vs. Evil Dead
Sam Raimi (executive producer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer/Ash), Lucy Lawless (Ruby), Ray Santiago (Pablo), Dana DeLorenzo (Dana), Lee Majors (Brock Williams), and Ted Raimi (Chet Kaminski) discuss the hit series and preview what’s to come in season 2.

7:00-8:30pm – Hall H
Kevin Smith
What if you had a panel and the audience didn’t show up? Kevin Smith can tell you what it’s like: Last year, the clown prince of Comic-Con saw thousands of people abandon his annual Hall H talk for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor Star Wars concert. But the plucky, portly director and podcaster is back to tell silly stories and talk about his new movie, Yoga Hosers, his AMC Network shows Comic Book Men and Geeking Out, directing an episode of The Flash for The CW, his forthcoming Buckaroo Banzai adaptation, and the Mallrats sequel that’s gonna be a TV series! You can’t miss this perennial Hall H highlight (unless there’s something way better going on at the same time, like a Star Wars concert).

7:25-8:20pm – Room 6BCF
Frequency Pilot Screening and Q&A
Based on the New Line feature film, Frequency is the story of a father and daughter who are supernaturally reunited two decades after his suspicious and untimely death. New York detective Raimy Sullivan was only 7 when her father, Frank Sullivan, an undercover cop, abandoned his family in pursuit of a case that led not only to his family’s breakup but his eventual death undercover. Always believing her dad died in disgrace as a corrupt cop, Raimy set forth to surpass him in law enforcement, rising through the ranks to detective. But everything she knows changes when somehow Raimy and Frank connect-across two decades-over Frank’s vintage ham radio in the garage. Where once Frank was lost in the shadows of his undercover work in 1996, he has now miraculously been found by his now-grown daughter in 2016. As they forge a new relationship while working together in two time periods to close an unsolved serial murder investigation, their emotional connection transcends time to not only repair the broken bonds of their family but also defy fate and change the course of destiny.Frequency makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a panel with series stars Peyton List (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), Riley Smith (Nashville, The Messengers), and Mekhi Phifer (Torchwood, ER), along with executive producers Jeremy Carver (Supernatural, U.S. version of Being Human) and Jennifer Gwartz (Lethal Weapon, Veronica Mars). From Lin Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, Frequency premieres this fall on Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

8:00-9:00pm – Room 23ABC
Crunchyroll: Anime, Manga, and Much More
If you are a fan of anime, manga, and everything coming out of Japan right now you, this is a panel for you. Crunchyroll, your source of all thingsanime and manga, will be talking about their streaming service and all the hottest titles streaming currently. Prizes will be given out, and all who attend will get a special gift.

8:00-9:00pm – Room 6DC
Interactive Twilight Zone and Horror VR: An In-Depth Look at the Genre Storytelling Game Changers
More info TBA.

8:00-9:00pm – Room 29AB
Neil Gaiman in Film: Dream Dangerously, The Price, Temple of Art
Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods), Jordan Rennet (She Makes Comics), Cat Mihos (Dream Dangerously), Allan Amato (Temple of Art), Olga Nunes (Temple of Art), Christopher Salmon (The Price), Geoff Notkin (Meteorite Men), and Ethan McQuerrey (The Executive) discuss three different upcoming films featuring Neil Gaiman (Sandman, How To Talk To Girls At Parties). They will show clips from the films and then have a Q&A session/discussion moderated by Ethan McQuerrey and Geoff Notkin.

8:00-9:00pm – Room 4
The EC Fan Addict Club
Larry Stark (EC’s legendary “Number One Fan”), Grant Geissman (author of Feldstein! The MAD Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein), Bill Leach (publisher/editor of Horror from the Crypt of Fear), J. David Spurlock (biographer of Wallace “Wally” Wood), Ben Dickow (founder, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater), and Jon Gothold (Second Generation EC Fan-Addict) discuss the history of EC Comics fandom in a session moderated by Thommy and Josh Burns (admins, EC Fan-Addict Club on Facebook).

8:20-9:15pm – Room 6BCF
Time After Time Pilot Screening and Q&A
Using the 1979 novel and movie as a launching point, Time After Time chronicles the epic adventures of a young H.G. Wells. At the age of 28, the 19th-century scholar has yet to publish any of his landmark science fiction novels, but his idealistic thinking and radical ideas have led him to actually create a time machine. When his longtime friend-the charismatic (and secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson, a.k.a. Jack the Ripper, finds himself cornered by the authorities at Wells’s London home, he escapes to present-day New York City using the time machine. Naturally, Wells follows, but instead of the utopian society he imagined would be in the future, he finds a world more aligned to Stevenson’s temperament. Fortunately, Wells meets up with Jane Walker, an assistant curator at a museum staging an H. G. Wells exhibition. As Wells and Jane come together, they will not only play a dangerous endgame with Stevenson, but also find themselves involved with the incredible characters and scenarios that inspired Wells’ War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and more. See a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a panel with executive producers Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek, The Following, Scream movies) and Marcos Siega (Blindspot, The Following, The Vampire Diaries, Dexter, Cold Case, Veronica Mars) and series stars Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter films, Pitch Perfect, Game of Thrones, 13 Hours, UnREAL) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Man on a Ledge, Entourage, Big Hero 6). Based on the novel written by Karl Alexander and produced by Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television, Time After Time premieres midseason on ABC.

8:30-9:30pm – Room 24ABC
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Is Back
Joel Hodgson (creator, MST3K), Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry), and others discuss the show’s record-breaking crowdfunding campaign and reveal behind-the-scenes info on season 11.

8:30-11:30pm – Ballroom 20
Comic-Con International Masquerade
The Ballroom 20 stage becomes a showplace for a fun competition of creativity, with impressive re-created and original costumes crafted by our talented attendees, presented in front of an audience of thousands. Not a dance or party, but a talent show on a stage, with trophies, cash prizes and other awards for the top entries. Doors open for audience seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating will begin hours earlier. Since the ballroom can fill up, tickets are required for seating inside and will be given out free at noon to those lined up near the ballroom. Any tickets that remain will be given out at the Masquerade Desk after 3:00. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies will again be writer/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio/Girl Genius, and there will be special entertainment during the Judging Intermission. Ballroom 20. Overflow seating available in the Sails Pavilion, 5AB, and 6A (tickets not required for those rooms).

9:00-10:00pm – Room 23ABC
Troma Entertainment
Find out what is happening in Tromaville! Legendary filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman, creator of The Toxic Avenger and president of Troma Entertainment, will be filling you in on all things Troma, along with his friends and honorary Citizens of Tromaville. Panelists include Skinner (world-renowned artist), filmmaker Kansas Bowling (writer/director of BC Butcher, a new release from Troma), Rodney Bingenheimer (DJ, mayor of the Sunset Strip, BC Butcher), and Pat Kaufman (producer, Poultrygeist, Return to Nuke Em High Vol 2). Moderated by Megan Silver, with intro by Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics).

9:40-10:40pm – Marriott Grand Ballroom 5-6, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Playback Free Play
Didn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this block that rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest, and it’s a second or maybe even a third chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

10:00-11:00pm – Room 6DE
Season 2 World Premiere Screening of Ash vs. Evil Dead
Get a first viewing of the season 2 premiere episode of the STARZ Original Series Ash vs. Evil Dead. with introduction by cast and executive producers.

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NOTE: This represents the Comic-Con International 2016 Schedule as of this moment and is subject to change. Panelists scheduled to appear at each event are also subject to change. Check the schedule signs outside each door for updated information.

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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