Sundays at San Diego Comic-Con are known for family-friendly fare, but this year there’s plenty to keep horror fans sticking around like “Supernatural,” “The Strain,” and “The Following” (all presenting their wares in the hallowed Hall H).
Along with that trio of horror TV panels, there’s plenty more on tap for Day 4 of the 2014 SDCC, especially if you’re a comic lover (you know, those things that started the event in the first place), plus the annual presentation of “Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling” to close things out.
Check out the highlights below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.
DAY 4: SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
10 AM – Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what’s in store for the tenth season of this exciting series, including their upcoming 200th episode! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season DVD and Blu-ray release on September 9. The tenth season of Supernatural will premiere this fall in its Tuesday time period at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am – Hall H
10 AM – The Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and his cast of Strangers for their annual panel experience and get the insider scoop on the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers, including sneak peeks at new artwork and story lines from upcoming issues. Hear some snippets of new tracks from Emily and the Strangers and see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the Calling All Guitars animated music video. As always, audience participation will be encouraged and perhaps enforced with plenty of rewards for being strange…Oh yeah, and some Q&A with updates on the feature film development. Be there or Get lost!
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am – Room 32AB
10 AM – World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
Everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the Mystery Inc. gang take a trip to claim Velma’s inheritance-a cursed castle inhabited by a terrifying ghost-in Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy. Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invite you to the World Premiere of this entertaining family film and a stellar panel discussion featuring the voices of Velma and Daphne, Mindy Cohn (Family Matters) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director/producer Paul McEvoy and screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series). Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy will be available August 5 on Digital HD and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am – Room 6BCF
10:30 AM – Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Comics and Global Concerns
Kenneth Hough (University of California, Santa Barbara) examines comic book speculations on drone warfare in the 1940s and 1950s, comparing these early images with modern debates about the use of unmanned weapons. Melissa Colleen Stevenson (Stanford University) compares Fables’ Fabletown Compact with the Truth and Reconciliation commissions instituted in South Africa after apartheid and the Ley de Punto Final passed in Argentina after the fall of dictatorship there, examining how Bill Willingham’s work approaches real world philosophical questions about the nature of forgiveness, the demands of justice, and the very human desire for vengeance. Hadas Marcus (Tel Aviv University) reviews how various environmental themes are depicted in comics, from classic examples that only touch upon somewhat vague ecological topics to contemporary works that explore looming environmental and sustainability issues in a much more detailed and often darkly apocalyptic manner.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am – 12:00pm – Room 26AB
11 AM – Middle Grade Extravaganza
The best stories stay with you forever. They shape who we are and what we love. Join some of the industry’s great storytellers as they talk about stories that shape and mold and stick with you long after the book has closed. Featuring Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Rachel Renee Russell (The Dork Diaries), Brandon Mull (Sky Raiders), E. J. Altbacker (Shark Wars), Pseudonymous Bosch (Bad Magic), and P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book) in conversation with David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 25ABC
11 AM – Monsterpalooza with Oni Press and Friends!
Three artists go head-to-head in a timed drawing competition! Oni Press’ associate editor Robin Herrera and cartoonist Zander Cannon (Heck, Double Barrel), along with two other artists, take your suggestions and turn them into terrifying – or sometimes adorable – monsters! Kids of all ages are welcome!
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 32AB
11 AM – Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Comics
Skybound’s Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and other Skybound writers and artists-including Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Khary Randolph (Tech Jacket), Matt Roberts (Manifest Destiny), and Chris Dingess (Manifest Destiny)-discuss not only their own works but the ever-changing landscape of the modern comic book industry. Moderated by Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.
Sunday 27, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 7AB
11 AM – Spotlight on Chuck Dixon
Comic-Con special guest Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher, Winterworld, Bad Times) will conduct his own informal Q&A about comic book writing, the creation of Bane, how to live in Florida but write about life in a world of constant winter, and what it’s like to be a lightning rod of controversy in a world of make-believe.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm – Room 28DE
11:15 AM – The Following Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Hit thriller The Following returns to Comic-Con for a third year. Series stars Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Sam Underwood (Dexter), and Jessica Stroup (90210) will join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (Scream) and executive producer Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) for an on-stage Q&A and video presentation. With Joe Carroll once again behind bars, Lily Gray shot in cold blood by Mike Weston, and Luke dead at the hands of Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy’s conviction to forge a new life will be put to the test in the psychologically intense third season, when a new villain emerges from the shadows, proving to be even more insidious and dangerous than his former archenemy, Joe Carroll. From Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following’s third season premieres midseason on FOX.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am – 12:15pm – Hall H
11:30 AM – From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: The Guys (and Gals?) We Love to Hate
Panelists Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University), Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys, Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), Jonathan Hamel (game designer, Amazon Game Studios), and Royden Lepp (Rust) discuss what makes a fan-favorite villain and what budding creators might want to think about when hatching their own knavish ne’er-do-wells. They’ll tackle how villains of past and present have changed, how affective villains play foil to their heroes, and whether villains are becoming more believable and more likeable. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 villain.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:30am – 12:30pm – Room 8
12 Noon – Dark Horse Builds Characters: Tomorrow’s Comics Today
Nearly 30 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! Join panelists for an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry! This will be THE comics panel everyone will be talking about at this year’s show!
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Room 24ABC
12:15 PM – CBLDF: You Can’t Draw That! Live Art Jam
Join Francesco Francavilla to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Comics Code and celebrate its recent demise by creating live art before your eyes. The only rule is that it would have been forbidden by the Comics Code! Artists will talk about censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:15pm – 1:45pm – Room 5AB
1 PM – What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! This popular annual Q&A session and chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction is moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and features Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles), Kami Garcia (The Legion Series), Tessa Gratton (United States of Asgard series), Tahereh Mafi (the Shatter Me series), Natalie Parker (Beware the Wild), C. J. Redwine (The Defiance series), Brendan Reichs (The Virals series), Margaret Stohl (The Icons series), and Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Room 25ABC
1:45 PM – The Strain
Get a sneak peek at the third episode of FX’s brand new series, The Strain. In episode 3, “Gone Smooth,” Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern’s life before coming face-to-face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease. Written by Chuck Hogan; directed by David Semel. After the screening, join series creators Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Chuck Hogan and showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost) along with the cast members Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Ben Hyland, and Jack Kesey.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm – 3:45pm – Hall H
2 PM – Spotlight on Brian Haberlin
Comic-Con special guest Brian Haberlin (Witchblade, Aria, Anomaly, Spawn) will reveal never-before-seen art and stories from his 20-plus-year career in comics. From starting one of the first computer coloring studios, to expanding his role from colorist to penciler/inker, writer and editor, get the inside scoop on the creation process of several marquee books and characters from the hundreds of issues Brian has worked on.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 4
2 PM – Spotlight on Kelley Jones
He’s worked for DC, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics. Here’s your chance to ask Comic-Con special guest Kelley Jones (Deadman, Sandman, and Batman) any question you’d ever wanted to know about his 30-year comic book career.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Room 28DE
2:15 PM – Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel Featuring Quentin Tarantino as He Comes to Dynamite! The Sequel to Django Unchained-Django Meets Zorro
Join Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci, Dynamite senior editor Joseph Rybandt and moderator Alan Kistler as they present a special 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring the upcoming Django/Zorro crossover creative team of Reginald Hudlin (editor, Django/Zorro), Matt Wagner (writer, Django/Zorro) and of course the very special guest Quentin Tarantino as they help to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite Comics!
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Room 6BCF
3 PM – Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
DST’s Chuck Terceira (president), Jason Wires (prototype painter), and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming items in the company’s diverse product lines, from 7-inch Select action figures to electronic vehicles to role-play items to vinyl banks.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Room 7AB
3:30 PM – The Original Starship Smackdown XIII: Battle of the Intergalactic Stars Edition
Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown title this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat the Serenity? Will the Battlestar Galactica pulverize an Imperial Star Destroyer, and what would happen if Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson’s Starship of the Imagination came face-to-face with-wait for it-Carl Sagan’s Starship of the Imagination? Oh, the humanity! This panel of sage spaceshipologists battle to outwit, outplay, and outphaser includes Bobak Ferdowski (“Mohawk Guy” and actual spaceship builder), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood chief film critic), Kay Reindl (Millennium, Twisted), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor ), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-Ray, Free Enterprise), Jeff Bond (toy spaceship builder), Nikki Griffin (editor-at-large,GEEK magazine), and the Howard Cosell of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales, DOA: Dead Or Alive), along with what will inevitably be some very special surprise guests.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Room 6A
3:30 PM – Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling
Let’s end this show with a bang! The powers-that-be behind Whedonopolis.com, FandomCharities.org and Fandomopolis.org present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode Once More with Feeling as Comic-Con’s big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin’-back, that is-and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. Special surprise guest joining the fun.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm – 5:00pm – Room 6BCF
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