SDCC 2014 kicks off soon, and we’ve already told you what’s planned for Preview Night. Here’s a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are “Hannibal,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Under the Dome,” “Teen Wolf,” The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and LOTS more.
Per usual, what we’re posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
PREVIEW NIGHT: WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
6:00 PM – Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesnâ€™t come down on the side of either good or evil â€¦ but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond.
iZombie: Co-created and executive produced by Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars), along with executive producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge (also of Veronica Mars), Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia â€œLivâ€ Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life â€¦ until sheâ€™s turned into a zombie. Liv transfers her residency to the coronerâ€™s office for access to the brains she must reluctantly eat, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpseâ€™s memories. With her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she now solves homicides to quiet the voices in her head. iZombie is based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for Vertigo.
Also being shown that evening are “The Flash” and “Teen Titans Go!” It’s happening in Ballroom 20.
DAY 1: THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
10:00 AM – The Witcher
A franchise spanning literature, comics, film & television, board games, and widely popular video games, The Witcher has touched millions with its engaging characters and exciting adventures. A diverse panel of experts discuss the many aspects of this renowned universe. Be the first to see new Dark Horse publications, see the first-ever live consumer demo of the upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game, and get a chance to meet the team behind Wild Hunt. Panelists include actors Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher franchise), Dark Horse Comics author Paul Tobin (The Witcher House of Glass), Nick McWhorter, CD PROJEKT RED’s game developers Damien Monnier and Lukasz Wnek (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), and Rafal Jaki. Moderated by SpikeTV’s Geoff Keighley.
Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am – Room 6A
10:30 AM – Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection
Murder, mayhem, mystery and more are all at the center of “Crime, Death and Resurrection,” a Behind the Music panel featuring composers that create the music to some of your favorite television shows and movies! Join Jeff Russo (FX’s Fargo and CBS’s Hostages), James Levine (FX’s American Horror Story and TNT’s Major Crimes), Daniel Licht (Showtime’s Dexter and Sundance TV’s The Red Road), Brian Reitzell (NBC’s Hannibal and Columbia Pictures’ 30 Days of Night), Steve Jablonsky (Paramount Pictures’ Transformers franchise, TNT’s The Last Ship and Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game), Christopher Young (Screen Gem’s Deliver Us From Evil, Syfy’s Dominion and Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3) as they share their secrets for getting us to the edge of our seats as blood spills on screen. With special guest moderator Shane West (The CW’s Nikita and WGN’s Salem) and exclusive giveaways for fans!
Thursday July 24, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am – Room 4
11:00 AM – Godzilla and The Master of Monsters
August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters), David E. Chapple (Famous Monsters of Filmland), and Arian Hinojosa (Monster Attack Team) present a discussion on the man who brought Godzilla and Ultraman to life, establishing the art of Japanese visual effects and creating the genre known as the “kaiju eiga” (Japanese monster movies). See rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of how the original Godzilla films were made and the men and women who made them.
Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 23ABC
11:15 AM – Under the Dome: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Preview
The hit summer series is back for its second season, bigger than ever with higher stakes and catastrophic developments that leave no one safe under the dome. The inhabitants of Chester’s Mill must decide who to rally behind as Big Jim continues to fight for the town’s trust and allegiance, all while resources dwindle and the post-apocalyptic conditions continue to intensify. There are new faces, bigger mysteries, betrayal of alliances, and monumental revelations about the dome, which will lead to a shocking discovery of what is behind it. Journey back under the dome, where you can’t always believe what you see and nothing is impossible. An exclusive sneak preview at what’s to come in season 2 will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast: Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Mackenzie Lintz, along with executive producer Neal Baer.
Thursday July 24, 2014 11:15am – 12:00pm – Ballroom 20
12 Noon – When Steampunk and Pop Culture Collide
Karen Hallion (TeeFury pop artist) joins a lively discussion regarding why Steampunk continues to invade all aspects of pop culture, along with fellow Steampunks, maker Brian Uiga (Inspector Spacetime), writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and costumer CJ DeAngelus. They’ll explore how Steampunk has influenced comics, television, cosplay, and pop art. Moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair and director of programming for Gaslight Gathering).
Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Room 29A
12:30 PM – Sony Pictures Entertainment (Goosebumps)
Get your first look at two of next summer’s most anticipated films. First, Scholastic’s iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R. L. Stine, has already captured the world’s imagination-selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now it’s coming to the big screen, with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Letterman directing. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine’s monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then, stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015)-you’ll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance to be a part of the movie.
Thursday July 24, 2014 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
12:45 PM – Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV
Jane Espenson (Husbands), Amy Berg (Eureka), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) discuss what it’s like to create blockbuster science fiction in the media: their adventures and challenges, what’s working now, what the future will look like, and all the factors that will change how we consume our personal fandoms. Moderated by Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Blog).
Thursday July 24, 2014 12:45pm – 1:45pm – Room 6DE
1:00 PM – Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics
Hot on the heels of the premiere of the Dark Horse comic turned television series The Strain, you are invited to explore the darker corners of comics. Horror has been one of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line for years, and 2014 will be no exception! Join panelists for an hour of all that is guaranteed to thrill and chill you, with resident horror junkies, editor-in-chief Scott Allie and PR director Jeremy Atkins, along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), the first U.S. appearance of Colder artist Juan Ferreyra, and more for sneak peeks, announcements, and other surprises along the way!
Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 23ABC
2:00 PM – The 2000 AD Zarjaz Hour Featuring Judge Dredd
Superstar creators Jock (Batman), Chris Burnham (Batman), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd), and Michael Carroll (Jennifer Blood) are all here as the legendary British comic book kicks off San Diego with all the 2000 AD and Judge Dredd talk and games you can handle! Moderated by 2000 AD’s Michael Molcher and definitely not for Thrill-suckers!
Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 29A
3:00 PM – Paramount Pictures (exact films TBA)
Paramount Pictures will provide an inside look at their upcoming films. Attendees will view exclusive footage presented by special guests and hear the latest news for some of the year’s most anticipated movies!
Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Hall H
3:30 PM – Teen Wolf
MTV’s hit drama Teen Wolf returns to Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year. The pack of Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, and new cast members Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, along with executive producer Jeff Davis, share secrets, debut a new mid-season trailer, and answer fan questions. Moderated by Buzzfeed senior editor Jarett Wieselman.
Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Ballroom 20
4:15 PM – Skybound’s The Walking Dead
Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. Moderated by The Walking Dead editor Sean Mackiewicz.
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:15pm – 5:15pm – Room 6A
4:30 PM – Creation of Creature
Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek, Tron, Prometheus, Noah) will be sharing his techniques and vision for creating creatures and characters in the entertainment industry. Examples will be shown from various productions as well as tips and tricks from his upcoming book, Beauty in the Beast.
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Room 24ABC
4:30 PM – Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries (participants TBA)
A discussion between a couple of blockbuster directors on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Hall H
4:45 PM – Hannibal: Embrace the Madness
Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. The menu will include executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer/writer Steven Lightfoot, director David Slade, executive producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams (Special Agents Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller) in a panel moderated by Jonathan Ross. They’ll serve behind-the-scenes discussion from the second season, paired with sneak previews of what’s to come in season 3, not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appÃ©tit, Fannibals!
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm – 5:45pm – Ballroom 20
5:45 PM – Witches of East End
Darkness is rising! Get an exclusive look at what’s in store as season two unfolds, plus an audience Q&A with the entire star-studded cast: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, MÃ¤dchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, and Eric Winter, plus executive producers Rich Hatem (Supernatural, Grimm) and Maggie Friedman (Eastwick).
Thursday July 24, 2014 5:45pm – 6:45pm – Room 6DE
6:00 PM – A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Beyond
Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story lines of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise. Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens Vs. Predator followed, with each series practically outselling the last. Now, the publisher partners with Scott again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics. With just under two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover, Fire and Stone, Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, writers Chris Roberson (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Aliens Vs. Predator), and the Prometheus team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferrerya, reveal just what’s in store for this grand universe!
Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 9
6:00 PM – Goonies Never Say Die
With Richard Donner’s announcement that a sequel to his beloved 1985 classic The Goonies is on the way, join Goonies cast members to explore how it became an iconic movie for an entire generation, why the film has stood the test of time, and possible insights into the much anticipated sequel. Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) moderates a panel of cast members and special surprise guests, including a Q&A session.
Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
6:00 PM – Showtime: Penny Dreadful
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein) as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.
Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Ballroom 20
6:00 PM – Vertigo: Defy Conventions
Vertigo is ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics and topnotch talent, including Lee Bermejo (upcoming Suiciders), Mark Buckingham (Fables, Fairest), Tula Lotay (Bodies), Simon Oliver (FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake), and others! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations!
Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Room 5AB
6:45 PM – Bad Hat Harry and Geek & Sundry Get Spooked Again!
The cast and crew of Spooked reveal what’s next for the Paranormal Investigation Team! Executive produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sheri Bryant, Jason Taylor, and Felicia Day, Spooked is a paranormal comedy following the “Paranormal Investigation Team” (P.I.T.) as they set out to uncover the awesomeness of the unknown. The show stars Julian Curtis (Captured), Neil Grayston (Eureka), Ashley Johnson (The Killing), Derek Mio (Greek), and Shyloh Oostwald (In Time). Meet the cast and crew, including director Richard Martin and creator Michael Gene Conti, as they look into the show’s future!
Thursday July 24, 2014 6:45pm – 7:45pm – Room 6A
7:00 PM – Reinventing Horror
For seven years at Comic-Con, Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News, Pirouette) has gathered a ghoulish ensemble of creative minds to discuss and dissect how they create nightmares and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers a talented panel of filmmakers, writers, artists, and musicians to discuss how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting new concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night.
Thursday July 24, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room 5AB
7:00 PM – Scratch Lightning Strikes
Executives Sam F. Park and Kevin G. Dardano (Scratch Lightning Productions and Monsterverse Entertainment) discuss the exciting new horror TV, film and media projects of Scratch Lightning Productions with creators Robert Myer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Hills Run Red), Emmy winner Robert Sexton (Death Angel), Todd Livingston (The Black Forest) and Henry Mayo (Ted).
Thursday July 24, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room 28DE
7:00 PM – WWE Studios and Lionsgate: A Look Behind the Horror of Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2
WWE Studios and Lionsgate host a panel for their soon to be released collaborations Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2. The panel will feature See No Evil 2 directors Jen and Sylvia Soska-the twisted twins of American Mary fame, who will be joined by their on-screen psychopath WWE Superstar Kane and â€œscream queenâ€ Danielle Harris (Halloween 4, Halloween 5). Also in attendance will be director and VFX guru Zach Lipovsky (Tasmanian Devils), director of Leprechaun: Origins, and the star of the cult classic reboot, WWE Superstar Hornswoggle. The panel will include See No Evil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins producer and WWE Studios president Michael Luisi, who will unveil the hotly anticipated and re-imagined looks of the new Leprechaun and Jacob Goodnight. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the film talent at an autograph signing to be held on the convention floor just prior to the panel, from 5:30-6:30pm at the Lionsgate booth (#4045). Cast and crew will be signing a convention exclusive 2-sided poster featuring art from both films.
Thursday July 24, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Room 7AB
7:15 PM – Sharknado 2: The Second One
Get your chainsaws ready! A Sharknado is about to hit the Big Apple. Sharknado 2: The Second One stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Brody), and Judah Friedlander (Bryan) and director Anthony C. Ferrante take you into the eye of the social media and pop culture storm of the century. Get exclusive details on Syfy’s global blockbuster, which will ravage nearly 90 countries, this July.
Thursday July 24, 2014 7:15pm – 8:15pm – Room 6BCF
7:30 PM – Bride of Name That Movie!
Every great film deserves a great sequel, and in this case last year’s hit presentation gets a sequel as well. Tired of your typical game show? Boring questions and even more boring things to look at? Here is something completely different. Film fan extraordinaire and Inkpot Award winner John Field hosts this exciting game and you can be part of it! John has taken clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror and fantasy films. The contestants’ job is to name as many clips as they can. Whoever names the most clips within the show, wins. Yes, John will have prizes for first, second, third and even fourth place. Put your name in the magic film can; if it’s drawn, you could play. Anyone in the audience can guess the film that stumps the panel wins a prize as well.
Thursday July 24, 2014 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Room 4
8:00 PM – Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael: Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers
This terrible trio has terrified audiences worldwide…but what makes each one tick? Is Michael simply a sociopathic stalker, Freddy merely a manipulative monster, and Jason just a killing machine? Or will we find there’s more to these slashers when we slice below the surface? Join forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., from Broadcast Thought, and very special guest Mark Swift (writer of Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th ), as they analyze these villains’ murderous motivations. Can we make sense of a vengeful boogeyman’s sister obsession? Could fire turn a violent predator into a sadistic serial killer? Did “mommy issues” and bullying birth a brutish butcher? Who is the most dangerous killer, and which, if any, would be considered insane? Join the discussion moderated by horror-meister Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting! Discover the answers to these and other questions, and take a stab at these iconic slashers!
Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 7AB
8:00 PM – Psychology of Cult TV Shows
A panel of therapists and scientists (mad or otherwise), including Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Dr. Ali Mattu (Nerd Hour), and Billy San Juan (Alliant International University) discuss the psychology behind TV shows, such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Grimm, and Buffy. Find out how TV shows might help us cope with painful experiences and geek out in discussing such fundamental questions as: With all the regenerations, what is the Doctor’s true identity? What makes Sherlock a better detective than London’s finest? What does psychology tell us about the demons that live inside us? With these questions and more, this panel is a must for loyal fans of these shows.
Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Room 23ABC
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