#SDCC17: The Horrors of Day 2 (July 21) Include Twin Peaks, The Walking Dead, Preacher, iZombie, War for the Planet of the Apes, Fear the Walking Dead, Reinventing the Genre, and LOTS More! - Dread Central
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#SDCC17: The Horrors of Day 2 (July 21) Include Twin Peaks, The Walking Dead, Preacher, iZombie, War for the Planet of the Apes, Fear the Walking Dead, Reinventing the Genre, and LOTS More!

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We’re back with more details on the panels at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and on tap now is Day 2 (Friday, July 21st). Among the horror (and horror-ish) highlights are War for the Planet of the Apes, “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead,” “iZombie,” “Twin Peaks,” John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction, [adult swim], SYFY, “Preacher,” Sharknado, Scream/Shout! Factory, Skybound and Image Comics, and much, much more!

Interested in the whole enchilada?  Click here for the full Friday rundown.

10:00am
Psych Reunion and Movie Sneak Peek
Calling all Psych-Os! It’s been three years since the Psych series finale left fans begging for more, but now the wait for iiiiiit . . . is finally over! After eight seasons, 100+ episodes, a musical, and too many pineapples to count, Psych is back with the reunion Psych-Os have been clamoring for! The Psych cast along with creator Steve Franks and executive producers Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak reunite with their fans in honor of the all-new Psych movie coming to USA this December.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Ballroom 20

11:00am
Behind the Battle: War for the Planet of the Apes
Halon Entertainment presents a deep dive behind the artistic and technical visual effects tour de force War for the Planet of the Apes. VFX producer and film co-producer Ryan Stafford, previs and postvis supervisor A. J. Briones, and Halon Entertainment lead/sup Casey Pyke will take the audience through the process of creating the monumental battle between Caesar and the army of humans that will determine the fate of both of their species and the planet. You’ll also be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes material.
Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am
Diana’s Sister Protagonists
How do fictional feminist narratives inform and inspire? The future is female, as reflected in the Women’s March, a new Wonder Woman feature film, and a slew of bestselling authors writing empowering stories of women in charge. Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy) leads the conversation with Kiersten White (Now I Rise), Nnedi Okorafor (Akata Witch, Akata Warrior), Sarah Tarkoff (Sinless), Laurie Forest (The Black Witch), Gregory Scott Katsoulis (All Rights Reserved), and Dana Fredsti (The Spawn of Lilith).
Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am
Image Comics: Excellence in Storytelling
Nick Dragotta (East of West), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Marc Bernardin (Genius), Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), and Greg Hinkle (Black Cloud) are some of the best storytellers around. Their stories are hilarious, wrenching, exciting, and heartbreaking in equal measure. These creators make the kinds of comics you love to read, and they’ll share their tips and techniques in this star-studded panel.
Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:15am
AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Dayton Callie, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman, and Michael Greyeyes join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). They will talk about where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in September.
Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm
Hall H

11:15am
iZOMBiE Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Everyone’s favorite zom-com-rom-dram is back! After the heart-stopping events of the iZOMBiE season finale, the secret is out: The public is no longer in the dark about the existence of zombies. With Seattle now under zombie control at the hands of Fillmore-Graves, Ravi’s search for a cure and vaccine for zombie-ism is now more dire than ever. Be among the first to get the scoop on what’s in store for Liv and the gang in season 4. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, iZOMBiE returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. iZOMBiE: The Complete Third Season is available now on Digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this fall.
Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm
Ballroom 20

12:15pm
AMC’s The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the past season and filming the 100th episode and will share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting in October on AMC.
Friday July 21, 2017 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Hall H

12:30pm
The 100
More than six years have passed since Praimfaya ravaged the planet and killed most of the human race. As Clarke waits to hear from the group on the Ark or in the bunker, a new mystery drops from the sky. Who is in the arriving ship, and are they friends or enemies? One thing is certain: Clarke is now the Grounder! Be among the first to find out what’s in store for season 5. Join in for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100 returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. The 100: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on Digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 18.
Friday July 21, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ballroom 20

1:00pm
Behind the Music: Fantasy, Fiction, and Fandom
Fantasy fanatic or composer connoisseur? Come join CW3PR and Impact24 PR to hear about what makes fan favorite stories so fantastic. Some of the top composers around will offer insights on how they contribute to many of the most popular fantasy/fiction titles in the TV, film, and Broadway worlds. Take a fascinating journey into the minds of the industry’s most imaginative! Panelists include composers Jeff Russo (Legion, Fargo), Sean Callery (Jessica Jones, Homeland, 24), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story, Feud), Kris Bowers (Dear White People), and Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us, The Runaways), Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us, The Runaways), and Blake Neely (composer, The Flash, Arrow).
Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm
Hollywood Location Scouts
They found Tatooine in Tunisia, Vulcan in Utah, Middle-earth in New Zealand, and King’s Landing in Croatia. Working alongside directors and production designers, location scouts are the visual artists who bring forth every place that you see on the screen. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (The Mummy, Justice League) joins Location Managers Guild International panelists Kokayi Ampah (Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption), Robert Foulkes (La La Land, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Shani Orona (Logan, Sicario), Laura Sode-Matteson (Jurassic World 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), and Tommy Woodard (Westworld, Terminator Genisys).
Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 9

1:15pm
[adult swim]: Rick and Morty
Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community), and voice talent Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer), invite fans to an inside look at the highly anticipated third season of Rick and Morty, premiering this summer on Adult Swim. Moderated by Brian “Q” Quinn (Impractical Jokers).
Friday July 21, 2017 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:30pm
Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones begins its seventh season on July 16. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The panel will be moderated by a special Westerosian guest.
Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Hall H

1:45pm
Brave New Warriors
A laugh-filled discussion among several of today’s male heroes including David Harbour (Stranger Things), Christopher Meloni (Happy!), Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), Richard Rankin (Outlander), Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld), and Ricky Whittle (American Gods) who will discuss the thrill of playing popular TV characters, their sometimes awkward encounters with fans, and highs (and lows!) of a career in Hollywood.
Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm – 2:30pm
Ballroom 20

2:00pm
Film Threat Podcast LIVE!
Prepare for a raucous discussion about the latest and greatest independent films you’ve never heard of, plus a debate on upcoming blockbusters for 2017. Also experience a special rapid-fire edition of DVD-Duesday on the 5th anniversary of Attack of the Show! going off the air. (Yes, it’s been five years.) Join Film Threat editor Chris Gore (G4TV) along with Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), comedian Tommy Bechtold (The Middle), Charles de Lauzirika (Twin Peaks, Blade Runner), and Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat) and a surprise mystery guest for a lively chat about movies that inform as well as entertain.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm
Hollywood’s Illustrators: Craft, Pop-Culture, and Careers
Before a set is built and the cameras roll, there is something called pre-visualization—concept art, storyboards, and much more created by the motion picture illustrators. In-demand artists of the industry open up about their worlds and answer your questions: Monty Granito (Captain America: Civil War, TMNT: Out of the Shadows), Tani Kunitake (Passengers, Jupiter Ascending), Andy Park (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War), Jane Wu (The Mummy, Star Trek Beyond), and moderator Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).
Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Delve into the depths of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed open-world action adventure Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Talion and Celebrimbor go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron. Middle-earth: Shadow of War offers a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities, and a new cast of characters with untold stories, brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. See and hear new details about the game from panelists Michael de Plater (vice president, creative, Monolith Productions; Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), Troy Baker (actor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War performance capture director; Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), along with actors Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead), Laura Bailey (Injustice 2, Critical Role), and some surprise guests. Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released October 10.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

2:15pm
[adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Walkers and bawk-bawkers collide this year when the RC crew arrives with an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming season including the Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking ! Co-creator/executive producer Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, executive producer/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), writer/director Tom Sheppard, creator/writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and showrunner Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead) will be on hand for the fun, and who knows which surprise guests might “walker” onstage? Perhaps a guest who can write better puns than that. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30pm
The Geek & Sundry Panel with Felicia Day
Gather your party! Felicia Day (founder of Geek & Sundry, MST3K), Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Hector Navarro (Mothership, Shield of Tomorrow), Ivan Van Norman (Sagas of Sundry), Erika Ishii (Game Engine), Amy Dallen (The Wednesday Club), Eric Campbell (Shield of Tomorrow), and Sean Becker (The Guild, head of video at Geek & Sundry) discuss what it takes to make that broadcast magic happen and what the future of their programming may hold. 
Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 5AB

2:45pm
SYFY Panel
TBA (click here for more details)
Friday July 21, 2017 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Ballroom 20

2:45pm
Twin Peaks: A Damn Good Panel
Hear from the cast and creators of one of the most influential TV series of all time. Many of the amazing series being made today owe a debt to a small town in the Pacific Northwest called “Twin Peaks.” To quote Entertainment Weekly, “Before there was Peak TV, there was Peaks TV.” And now, 25 years later, the story continues in the new SHOWTIME limited event series starring Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, who returns along with original cast members in their unforgettable roles. Watch Twin Peaks Sundays at 9/8c only on SHOWTIME.
Friday July 21, 2017 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Hall H

3:15pm
[adult swim]: Mike Tyson Mysteries
It was a unanimous victory last time, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again, and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. Currently in its third season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team has all-new episodes airing on Adult Swim. Join Mike Tyson, fellow voice cast member Rachel Ramras (The Looney Tunes Show), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for an exclusive look at upcoming episodes. Moderated by Matt Fowler, TV writer for IGN.
Friday July 21, 2017 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:45pm
The Gifted Extended Sneak Peek
From 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, The Gifted tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix, directed by Bryan Singer, and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory, the series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Join cast and producers for an exclusive first look of the fall’s most anticipated new superhero series, premiering this September on FOX.
Friday July 21, 2017 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Ballroom 20

4:00pm
AMC’s Preacher
Executive producer Seth Rogen joins comic book co-creator and series executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast, including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish for a mid-season 2 panel discussion about the story so far and what’s to come. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of episode 206, which airs on Sunday, July 24.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Hall H

4:00pm
Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for the Gang of Seven Animation Studio
This panel will kick off the premiere (at Comic-Con) of Hermes Press’ new book, Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for the Gang of Seven Animation Studio. The panel will begin with a video presentation about the late Bernie Wrightson’s career and will include examples of his animation drawings and concepts together with never-before-seen animation using Wrightson’s work for feature animated film promotionals. Tom Tataranowicz (producer/director of Gang of Seven Animation, Biker Mice from Mars) will lead the discussion of Wrightson’s career and enduring legacy with Marv Wolfman (The Tomb of Dracula, Blade), Daniel Herman (publisher of Hermes Press, Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Artists), and Mitch Itkowitz (owner of Graphic Collectibles, Jack Kirby Masterworks).
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm
Superstars in Children’s Fiction
Meet children’s book and graphic novel superstars as they discuss how they create the heroes, characters, and books that kids love from Goosebumps to Jedi Academy. Featuring Jarrett Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Lucas Turnbloom and Greg Grunberg (Dream Jumper), R. L. Stine (Goosebumps), Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Swing it, Sunny), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy).
Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:30pm
Skybound Entertainment: Creators, Fans, and Franchises
Skybound Entertainment’s Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Invincible) and the company’s CEO and fellow producer David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) discuss their upcoming slate of television and film projects, including the film adaptation of Kirkman’s long-running comic series Invincible, their AMC comic book docuseries Heroes and Villains, and more. Kirkman and Alpert will be joined by Skybound Entertainment’s Catherine Winder (The Angry Birds Movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Sean Furst (Star-Crossed, Dice), and T. Q. Jefferson (Telltale’s The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Michonne), who will dive into what’s next for the company in the VR, gaming, and animation space. Moderated by Steve Zaragoza.
Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 6BCF

5:00pm
Reinventing Horror: What’s Next in Film and Comics!
M. L. Miller (writer, Pirouette; editor, Ain’t It Cool News) continues a decade-long convention tradition of gathering a group of talented horror filmmakers and comics creators to discuss and dissect the horrors they make and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Miller brings together the best and brightest in horror including The Spierig Brothers (directors/writers, Jigsaw, Predestination), Roxanne Benjamin (director/writer, XX, Southbound), Oz Perkins (director/writer, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, The Blackcoat’s Daughter), Matteo Pizzolo (writer, CALEXIT; publisher, Black Mask Studios), and some extra special guests to talk about how to reinvent the genre, pushing new limits, reaching new audiences of different cultures/genders/social classes, twisting old concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night!
Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:30pm
Famous Monsters: Stake of the Union 2017
Famous Monsters of Filmland has spanned nearly 60 years with its game-changing genre magazine, groundbreaking cover art, record-setting fan events, original comic books, and more. And 2017 promises to be the most exciting year yet as FM expands into new forms of media, including syndicated television! Publisher Philip Kim, editor Holly Interlandi, and associate editor Joe Moe will welcome special panelists to tease future projects, give exclusive art reveals, and maybe wax a little philosophical on Frankenstein.
Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
It’s been a banner year for J. Michael Straczynski (JMS): writing the pilot for Midnight Nation for Universal and Gale Ann Hurd, adapting Ten Grand for A&E, writing a top-secret miniseries for TNT, and writing a Rising Stars screenplay for MGM. And of course this past May saw season 2 of his Netflix series, Sense8. Meet the Man, the Myth, and the Hollowed Out Chocolate Easter Bunny known simply as Joe for behind-the-scenes stories in what promises to be one of the most personal talks he has ever given.
Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm
Vulture: Eric Heisserer
When Eric Heisserer was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the hit film Arrival, he became something rare: an Oscar-nominated comic book writer. In addition to penning the upcoming film adaptations of Valiant Entertainment’s Harbinger and Bloodshot comic book series, Heisserer is also writing the publisher’s new superhero title Secret Weapons. Vulture staff writer Abraham Riesman sits down with Heisserer for a conversation about his career in film and comics, as well as the impending launch of the Valiant cinematic universe.
Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:45pm
Sharknado 5!
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will star in Sharknado 5, reprising their roles as shark-fighting heroes Fin Shepard and April Wexler. The latest film in the hit global franchise, Sharknado 5 features the return of original cast member Cassie Scerbo as Nova, a bartender turned badass Sharknado fighter. Sharknado 5, which sees the deadly weather phenomenon of shark-infested storms bombard cities around the world, was filmed in more than five countries, including in the UK and Australia. There will be a slew of great cameos, including Fabio, Anthony Ferrante, and Chloe Lattanzi. The film is set to air on SYFY August 6.
Friday July 21, 2017 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6DE

7:00pm
Queer Fear
The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whale’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current political climate alter the lens through which viewers celebrate and connect to the macabre? Join Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Darkest Night) and an array of panelists, including Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls, Ramses the Damned), Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack), George Aaron Climer (Bear Creek), Gary Entin and Edmund Entin (Seconds Apart, the Rest Stop series), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Starry Eyes), and Ira Madison III (pop culture writer, The Daily Beast).
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm
Resident Evil: Vendetta
The Resident Evil franchise returns with the action-packed third installment in the state of the art CG animated series, Resident Evil: Vendetta. Featuring a never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes look at the highly anticipated movie, fans will be treated to insider information from iconic Japanese filmmaker Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), director Takanori Tsujimoto, and the cast. In addition, fans of the Resident Evil video game will get a chance to hear about the history of one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time from Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has produced several of the series’ most popular games.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm
Reunion of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Art Department
Carey Meyer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scorpion), who designed 110 episodes of the hit TV series, reminisces with members of his art department—Caroline Quinn (Buffy, Angie Tribeca), Will Batts (Buffy, CSI: Cyber), Loni Peristere (Buffy, Angel), David Koneff (Buffy, Rizzoli & Isles)—and answers audience questions.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:00pm
Villains: Creating the Perfect Antagonist
What makes a great monster or just plain psycho-antagonist? Creators divulge how they come up with fantastic villains and which characters can claim the best villain award. Why do some win our hearts while others creep us out? Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Brian Pinkerton (Abducted), Susan Spann (Betrayal at IGA), and Eric Kieron Davis (Star Citizen) will share their perspectives and creative processes, including what key ingredients they focus on when creating vicious characters.
Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 9

7:30pm
Alien Civilizations
Award-winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters, and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships, and societies for use in storytelling. Featuring Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series, The Custard Protocol series), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld; I, Frankenstein), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle series, president of Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal RWA chapter), Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: DS9), and David Brin (The Uplift War, Kiln People). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor, Fallen Angel Press; CEO, Rio Vista Universal).
Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 8

8:00pm
Breaking News: Scream and Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward (producer), Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director), and moderator Bill Hunt (DigitalBits.com) take you behind the scenes at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. They’ll have exclusive announcements, sneak peeks from upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases, and more. Find out what they have in store before anyone outside the Con does!
Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 4

8:00pm
Hollywood Sci-Fi and Horror Museums
Join the greatest names in sci-fi and horror for the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and the Hollywood Horror Museum. Founded by Clive Barker, John Carpenter, Greg Nicotero, David Gerrold, Sara Karloff, Ronald D. Moore, and many others, both museums will teach and inspire future filmmakers, astronauts, special effects artists, and more. Props include two Star Trek Enterprise Bridge sets, plus items from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, X-Men, Batman, and nearly every film and TV show in the galaxy!
Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 7AB

8:00pm
John Carpenter’s New Title: Tales of Science Fiction
Co-creator Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, Vampires), writer James Ninness (John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night, Dust), and letterer Janice Chiang (Conan the Barbarian, Transfomers) talk about the origin of the newest title from award-winning comic publisher Storm King Comics. Storm King is the first place to see new comic worlds from the mind of John Carpenter.
Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm
SYFY Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 29th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters for the gala ceremony include actor/comedian Danny Pudi (Community), writer/actor Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), actor Sam Witwer (Being Human), Wonder Woman movie scribe Jason Fuchs, actress Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), iZombie creator Chris Roberson, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, British TV host Jonathan Ross, and Comic-Con special guests Gail Simone, Brian Selznick, Jonathan Maberry, and Paul Dini. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.
Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

9:00pm
The Future Is Now
Tal M. Klein (The Punch Escrow), Matthew Mercer (Critical Role), and Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror) discuss how contemporary science fiction has served as a lens into our future. This panel focuses on the core “fictional” technologies dreamed up in science fiction—from teleportation to replication, from cloning to the reversal of aging, to interstellar travel and beyond. A discussion on how the future might be closer than you think—and what that means.
Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Room 29AB

9:30pm
Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation
Not for the faint of heart! This program theatrically premiered The Spirit of Christmas (Matt Stone, Trey Parker), Frog Baseball (Mike Judge), Happy Tree Friends (Kenn Navarro), and Dr. Tran (Breehn Burns, Jason Johnson). Bear witness to the outrageous hilarity of everything possible and impossible in Sick and Twisted Animation. You, the lunatic fringe of society, vote on the films as they screen in front of you. Highlights this year include the new rock song “Cats ‘n Things” sung and played by Honchie with video by Mighty Fudge Studios, not to mention a celebration of 40 years of animation with some great classics like No Neck Joe and Home, Honey I’m High. Meet Spike, who will be introducing the show in person.
Friday July 21, 2017 9:30pm – 11:30pm
Room 6BCF

10:00pm
Twin Peaks: Part 11 Exclusive Premiere
There is fire where you are going. Catch the exclusive world premiere of Part 11 of the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME limited event series Twin Peaks and be among the first to see the latest clues to a mystery 25 years in the making. One of the most influential series of all time, Twin Peaks left a legacy that continues to inspire some of the most amazing series being made today, and now the story continues in ways “both wonderful and strange.” Watch Twin Peaks Sundays at 9/8 only on SHOWTIME.
Friday July 21, 2017 10:00pm – 11:00pm
Room 6A

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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