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It’s that time of year again, kids… the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and we’ll be on the ground per usual to share all the sights and sounds of the event!  If you’ll be attending the show as well, we have a quick rundown of the horror highlights that you don’t want to miss. Along with the big hitters in Hall H, we’ve included several of the smaller panels as well, along with a couple of sci-fi options, to give you some alternatives in case the lines are too long.

In San Diego but don’t have an SDCC badge?  Then head to the bottom of this article for a list of just a few of the free things you can partake in.

The 2018 Comic-Con International kicks off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 18th, and runs through Sunday, July 22nd, at the San Diego Convention Center.  Click here for the official website and full schedule.

PREVIEW NIGHT – WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH

9:30pm – New Line Cinema’s “Scarediego”
Be the first to see footage from some of the company’s eagerly anticipated 2018-2019 horror films and hear from special filmmaker guests. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge. Tickets for Wednesday night’s event can be picked up starting at 2:00 PM at Table AA-9 in the Autograph Area. There will be no leftover tickets available at the Horton Grand Theatre.
Wednesday July 18, 2018 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre


DAY 1 – THURSDAY, JULY 19TH

10:00am – Behind the Music 10th Anniversary: Crime, Death, and Resurrection
They’ve scored the adventures of anarchist hackers, orphan fugitives, and teen heroes. Now they’re all under one roof to discuss how music builds their favorite worlds and what it takes to score some of the most celebrated film and television projects of the past decade. Panelists include Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us, Marvel’s Runaways), Jared Faber (Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Splitting Up Together), Jim Dooley (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Sherri Chung (Riverdale, Blindspot), and Kris Bowers (Dear White People). Moderated by Jon Huertas (This Is Us) and Sara Rue (A Series of Unfortunate Events).
Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:30am – Blade Runner: Revelations: Storytelling in VR
The team behind Blade Runner: Revelations, a new VR experience set in between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 reveal their creative approach and behind-the-scenes process to expanding the narrative and characters in this iconic neo-noir world. Featuring Eric “Giz” Gewirtz (CCO, Seismic Games), Trevor Sands (narrative director, Seismic Games), George Collins (executive producer, Alcon Interactive), Tyler Moore (actor), Valerie Arem (actor/PCB VO producer), and Jonathan Krusell (publishing producer, AR & VR, Google), with moderator Jennie Kong (creator, The Game Makers series).
Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 6BCF

10:30am – 20th Century Fox: The Predator
The hunt returns as director, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The New Guys), along with cast members, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguiliera, bring their all-star firepower to an explosive panel on Fox’s upcoming bigger n’ badder take on the iconic franchise.
Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Hall H

11:00am – Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Siren
Fresh off the heels of their first season, the cast and executive producers of Freeform’s hit mermaid drama Siren make their San Diego Comic-Con debut, recapping season 1 and revealing what fans can expect from season 2. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land. Panelists include executive producers Eric Wald and Emily Whitesell, with series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, and Rena Owen. Moderated by TLC’s Chilli.
Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 11:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:00am – When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic’s Mars, Season 2
The prospect of colonizing Mars and becoming an interplanetary species has never been more palpable. As the second season of National Geographic’s Mars, the hybrid event series, returns this November to explore this reality and whether humanity is doomed to repeat the same mistakes once we get there, join the show’s foremost experts on terraforming the Red Planet along with new and returning cast as they give an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. The panel, moderated by author and Forbes.com contributor Jennifer Kite-Powell, will feature experts including Dr. Stephen Petranek, award-winning author of How We’ll Live on Mars; Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian; Susan Wise Bauer, historian and author of the History of the World series; former NASA astronaut and author Leland Melvin, and cast members JiHae (Mortal Engines) and Jeff Hephner (Chicago Med, Code Black). In addition, they’ll discuss the major conflicts ahead and get real about repercussions of every singular action and decision Earthlings will make when they become Martians-from having babies, to catching colds . . . even to experiencing love and sex on Mars.
Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:15am – Charmed Exclusive Screening and Panel
The iconic Charmed is back just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. This reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic loss of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done. Please join series stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Rupert Evans along with producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole, and Amy Rardin for an exclusive sneak peek at the first episode of the CW series followed by a panel discussion.
Thursday July 19, 2018 11:15am – 12:15pm
Ballroom 20

11:45am – Doctor Who: BBC America’s Official Panel
BBC America’s Doctor Who panel introduces the 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). Marking a new era for the legendary Time Lord, Whittaker will be joined on the panel by two of her co-stars, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill, who play Ryan and Yasmin, as well as award-winning series showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens (An Adventure in Space and Time). With this year’s highly anticipated season packed full of action, adventure, humor, and emotion, this will be the cast’s first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC America.
Thursday July 19, 2018 11:45am – 12:45pm
Hall H

12:00pm – Brand New Action-Thriller from YouTube Originals: Impulse
You can’t control what you don’t understand. Get an inside look at the critically acclaimed YouTube Original series Impulse. Watch scenes from the series with executive producers Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), and Gene Klein and David Bartis (Suits), along with showrunner Lauren LeFranc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and stars Maddie Hasson and Missi Pyle, as they explore the mysterious town of Reston, New York, where 16-year-old Henrietta “Henry” Coles is an outsider with a major chip on her shoulder and no friends. She remains withdrawn and isolated, but everything changes when a traumatic encounter with a classmate triggers something deep within. Henry discovers an extraordinary ability to teleport, unleashing a new power she cannot control.
Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:30pm – 2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Society take a look back across a half-century (and the distant universe) to celebrate one of the most iconic films in history. Panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. Kubrick’s Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. For the first time since its original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available on 4K UHD from WBHE on October 30.
Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6A

1:00pm – A Discovery of Witches
Meet the cast and creatives behind the major new TV series. Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) join Deborah Harkness (All Souls trilogy), author of the original novel, to discuss the TV adaptation.
Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

1:00pm – Black Mask Studios
Secret Black Mask Studios panel.
Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies
Treyarch’s Jason Blundell (director, Zombies) and Craig Houston (lead writer) celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Call of Duty’s Zombies and discuss what’s next for the studio’s signature undead in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Get ready for never-before-seen footage, exciting special announcements, and Q&A.
Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm – Larger Than the Show: The X-Files Postmortem
Moderated by Avi Quijada (X-Files Newseditor-in-chief), panelists Colleen Evanson (The X-Files Abridged writer-producer), Roi Ollson (XFN managing editor), Keva Andersen (XFN content editor), Rebecca Welch (fandom collaborator), and Ky Johnson (XFN features editor) hold an open conversation on the effects of the plot of the show in the 21st century, “The Scully Effect,” and the fandom’s self-sufficiency to create a preferable narrative.
Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:30pm – Monsters in Our Midst: Our Favorite Creepy Comics Creators
Love things that go bump in the night? Hear what it takes to get those monsters out of your nightmares and onto the page with Comic-Con special guests Rafael Albuquerque, Emil Ferris, Alex Grecian, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, and William Stout. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago.
Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm – VIZ Media Panel
The VIZ crew will talk about some of your favorite titles, including My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul, and Sailor Moon. Panelists will make announcements, show off exclusive first looks at new titles, and give away prizes!
Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:15pm – Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits and Monsters
Crawl inside the twisted mind of writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait in this panel discussion and exclusive sneak peek at the genre-hopping truTV anthology series. Joined by moderator Eugene Mirman and panelists Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld, Tara Lynne Barr, and Karan Soni, the acclaimed comedian breaks down the inspirations behind his series’ imaginative, satirical tales and the familiar film tropes that inspired them.
Thursday July 19, 2018 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20

3:00pm – SYFY’s Nightflyers
From the mind of George R. R. Martin, this new SYFY series is a psychological thriller set in the year 2093 that follows a team of scientists aboard the most advanced ship ever built. Their mission takes them to the edge of space but also to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them out there-it’s already on their ship. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, Nightflyers combines horror and science fiction in a way that Martin himself has described as ” Psycho in space.” Executive producers Jeff Buhler, Gene Klein, and David Bartis and stars Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) will give attendees an exclusive look into this exciting new series. Moderated by SYFY WIRE’s Karama Horne.
Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm – H. P. Lovecraft Animated Trilogy, Steam Engines of Oz, and Go Fish!: Arcana’s Animation Slate Continues
Arcana’s animation slate continues! The third movie of the Howard Lovecraft trilogy, Howard Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness features the voices of Doug Bradley, Jeffrey Combs, Christopher Plummer, Mark Hamill, and Finn Wolfhard. Steam Engines of Oz (released on June 5) stars Ron Perlman, Julianne Hough, and William Shatner. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the first ever Cthulhu to make it to the big screen: At long last this 420-foot Great Old One will be shown in his full glory, along with a sneak peek at Go Fish! Free toys, books, shirts, and DVDs for those asking questions and participating. You’ll have a R’lyeh good time!
Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm – In Conversation with Robert Kirkman
Prolific comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) discusses his work across comics, TV, and film, including his newest comic book series, Oblivion Song.
Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6A

4:00pm – Van Helsing: The World Is a Vampire
Now entering its action-packed third season, SYFY’s Van Helsing continues the story of Vanessa Van Helsing and her band of heroes as they fight to reclaim the world after vampires took over during “The Rising.” Stars Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Missy Peregrym, Aleks Paunovic, Rukiya Bernard, Vincent Gale, and Trezzo Mahoro, along with showrunner Neil LaBute and executive producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes, premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming third season and dish out tidbits from behind the scenes. Moderated by Bevin from Den of Geek.
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm – Westworld: Further Beyond Frontier Law
The revelation of five additional parks makes it clear that there is far more to Westworld than initially meets the eye, and the continued exploration of this fantastic yet twisted Delos Destination depicted in the HBO hit Westworld presents an ever-growing bundle of legal questions and conundrums. The all-star posse of speakers from last year’s standing-room-only program returns. Ninth Circuit Justice John B. Owens, professor Betsy Rosenblatt, attorney and adjunct professor Paul Burns, attorney Farah Bhatti, and moderator Michael Lovitz discuss the top legal questions posed in the second season of HBO’s groundbreaking show, including numerous criminal activities by humans and hosts alike, corporate malfeasance and misappropriation of corporate assets, what is (and isn’t) intellectual property in these Delos parks, and even parsing out the question of the ownership of one’s own thoughts and dreams. And this year perhaps they’ll settle the question of just who really owns the intellectual property created by the robot hosts. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.]
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 5AB

4:30pm – A Celebration of Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was so much more than the 17-year-old girl who eloped with her married boyfriend and wrote the immortal classic Frankenstein. Shelley is also the mother of both the science fiction and horror genres and wrote a novel so subversive that it was not published until 1959. Lisa Morton (president, the Horror Writers Association; Ghosts: A Haunted History), Leslie Klinger (The New Annotated Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes technical advisor), Kate Jonez (chief editor at Omnium Gatherum Press, Best Horror of the Year), Gillian Horvath (showrunner, Primeval: New World; co-executive producer, Beauty & the Beast for CW), Kate Maruyama (professor, Antioch; Harrowgate), and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder (writer, Mary Shelley Presents comic book series from Kymera Press) discuss the importance of Mary Shelley in the cultural landscape. Moderated by D. Lynn Smith (publisher, Kymera Press).
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 26AB

5:00pm – Z Nation (hosted by yours truly, Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton)
Be the first to witness a whole new evolution in zombie-kind as the cast and creators of SYFY’s hit series Z Nation reveal exclusive details of what’s in store for the 5th (and possibly final) season. Join cast members D. J. Qualls, Kellita Smith, Russell Hodgkinson, Karl Schaefer, and surprise panelists.
Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:00pm – Sandman: House of Whispers
Nalo Hopkinson (House of Whispers) talks about the experience of writing the manuscript for one of the four new books in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe.
Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:30pm – Dynamite Entertainment 50 Years of Vampirella
Executive editor Joseph Rybandt introduces Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) and Kristina Deak-Linsner to preview Vampirella’s upcoming 50th anniversary projects. Q&A session moderated by CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci.
Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 8

6:00pm – Black Summer: A Netflix Original Series
This Netflix original series is the highly anticipated spin-off to SYFY’s hit show Z Nation, and attendees will be the first to find out all the gory and shocking story details of what the creators have planned in the expanded universe of this iconic zombie mythos.
Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm – 6:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:00pm – Future Indies You Must See
Chris Gore (Film Threat) shares an exclusive sneak preview of new independent genre films and documentaries coming your way in 2019 and beyond. Through trailer debuts and exclusive clips, you’ll get a glimpse into projects that are not coming to the multiplex but can only be seen at film festivals, in limited release, or on VOD. From lo-fi sci-fi to horror to docs to movies that defy genres, these films will make your must-see list, and you will be among the first to see footage from these indie projects.
Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 5AB

8:00pm – Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes: Season 2
Jack Bender (EP/director, Game of Thrones, Lost), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Holland Taylor (The L Word, Legally Blonde), Justine Lupe (Snowfall), and Breeda Wool (UnReal) give a first look at the new season of the AT&T AUDIENCE original series Mr. Mercedes. A year after his thwarted attempt to perpetrate a mass murder, Brady Hartsfield remains in a vegetative state, and retired Detective Bill Hodges has opened Finders Keepers. When unexplainable occurrences begin, Hodges has a feeling that Brady is somehow responsible.
Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 7AB


DAY TWO – FRIDAY, JULY 20TH

9:00am – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Screening (Drawing for Tickets)
Screening to be held Friday from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Horton Grand Theater, 444 4th Ave, San Diego, CA – Drawing for Panel Tickets to be held Friday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area. Attendees wanting to attend the panel, please line up in the Limited Signing Line.
Friday July 20, 2018 9:00am – 10:00am
Sails Pavilion – Autographs

10:00am – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Reunion
In 2008, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became a beloved webseries. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring super-villain; Moist (Simon Helberg), Dr. Horrible’s minion; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), their shared love interest. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this popular show by attending this lively discussion and celebration with creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Maurissa Tancharoen!
Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Hall H

11:15am – AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Maggie Grace, and Garret Dillahunt join executive producers and showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when the show returns August 12. Panelists will also participate in a Q&A session and offer an official sneak preview of the second half of season 4.
Friday July 20, 2018 11:15am – 12:15pm
Hall H

12:00pm – We Believe in Horror
Image Comics has ushered in a new era of horror with cerebral writers and visceral artists elevating sequential-art dread to claustrophobic heights. From Jeff Lemire’s atmospheric character piece, Gideon Falls, to John Layman’s kaiju free-for-all, Leviathan, comics are evolving terror to new personal, socially minded levels. See a roster of the most sinister storytellers including Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), Will Dennis (the editor of Wytches, Gideon Falls), and other surprise panelists to discover how they’re altering an entire genre.
Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:15pm – AMC’s The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan join executive producer and showrunner Angela Kang and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. The panelists will discuss the show’s exciting new chapter and share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 9, debuting in October on AMC.
Friday July 20, 2018 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Hall H

12:45pm – Resident Evil Video Games
You have once again entered the world of survival horror. Hear from producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and staff of the recently announced Resident Evil 2 on how CAPCOM reinvented a celebrated classic 20 years later. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, the Raccoon City outbreak, and a few other surprises you won’t want to miss. Cosplay is encouraged.
Friday July 20, 2018 12:45pm – 1:45pm

12:45pm – Hulu’s World Premiere Screening of Castle Rock
Escape the summer heat for a chilling world premiere screening of the first episode of J. J. Abrams and Stephen King’s psychological-horror series about the hometown of some of your favorite nightmares. You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, you know the characters, but you’ve never heard the story of Castle Rock. Following the screening, the creators and executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan) and stars Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Bill Skarsgard (It), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) will discuss the most tragic and disturbing town in America. Prepare to sleep with the lights on.
Friday July 20, 2018 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

2:30pm – Spotlight On Mike Mignola
Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola discusses Hellboy and anything else the audience wants to talk about regarding his career. Just Mike Mignola. No moderator.
Friday July 20, 2018 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm – Amazon Prime Video Showcase
Amazon Prime Video brings together six exciting creators to share insights and behind-the-scenes looks into their highly anticipated upcoming Prime Original series. Featured panelists include Carlton Cuse (Lost), the prolific creative force behind Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, premiering August 31st; The Tick creator Ben Edlund; Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), director of Homecoming; world-renowned author Neil Gaiman (American Gods), creator/writer/showrunner of Good Omens; Lore super-producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead); and Naren Shankar, showrunner of The Expanse.
Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Ballroom 20

3:45pm – Universal Pictures’ GLASS and HALLOWEEN
Filmmakers and actors from two of Universal’s most-anticipated upcoming releases- Glass, from M. Night Shyamalan, and Halloween, from David Gordon Green-have a few riveting surprises in store for Comic-Con.
Friday July 20, 2018 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Hall H

4:30pm – It Was 50 Years Ago Today: Celebrating Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Rosemary’s Baby: Geek’s Ground Zero
This panel of professional geeksperts celebrate the remarkable year of 1968 by looking back at the genre classics that helped inspire their love of genre cinema, including the original Planet of the Apes, the mind-bending 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Farrow-rific Rosemary’s Baby, as well the new number two, The Prisoner, Night of the Living Dead, Barbarella, Yellow Submarine, Ice Station Zebra, and the gonzo Danger: Diabolik. Panel includes moderator Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X), Charles de Lauzirika (The Alien Anthology, The Martian Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Dave Rogers (The Office, The Mindy Project), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-rays), Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly magazine), and Thomas P. Vitale (producer, former SYFY channel executive).
Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 5AB

4:30pm – Ray Harryhausen: The Return of the Special Effects Godfather
Filmmaker John Walsh and collections manager Connor Heaney reveal Harryhausen Foundation’s plans to bring his iconic cinema creations back to life. See a rare short documentary along with a Q&A and rare images from the founder of modern special effects.
Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 26AB

5:00pm – Pop Culture Witches
In an age where powerful women are finally being celebrated, it’s worth looking at the pop culture witches, enchantresses, genies, charmers, and sorceresses who conjured the craft in our popular imaginations in the past. How have women with (super) powers been portrayed, and how is that portrayal evolving? Hosted by Ben Blacker (Vertigo’s Hex Wives; co-creator, The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Panelists include Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (showrunners, CW’s Charmed), Nell Scovell (creator, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Ruth Connell (Rowena on Supernatural), Tomi Adeyemi (author, Children of Blook and Bone), and practicing witch Juliana Crouch.
Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm – IDW Entertainment & SYFY: Premiere Screening of Wynonna Earp, “Blood Red and Going Down”
The cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp celebrate the beginning of season 3. With cast members Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley, showrunner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith, watch an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new season, “Blood Red and Going Down.” Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.
Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

5:30pm – Sixty Years of Famous Monsters
The world’s oldest monster brand celebrates 60 years of scares by marching into a new multimedia deal with Echo Lake Entertainment! Publisher Philip Kim and editor Holly Interlandi announce the American Gothic Press adaptation of violent crime spectacle Nice alongside the creative team: writers Joseph Ettinger (Santa Clarita Diet) and Dagen Walker (Atomica), showrunner Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), director John Terlesky (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), interior artist Marc Rene (Oak Island), and cover artists Tula Lotay (All-Star Batman) and David Mack (Jessica Jones). Also featured on the panel will be Face Off’ s Walter Welsh giving insight on the final season of SYFY’s hit monster makeup show. Everyone attending the panel will get a free gift! Moderated by Matt Corrigan of the Launchpad Podcast.
Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:45pm – Skybound Entertainment: What’s Next
Skybound chairman Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song),CEO David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast),and Skybound North CEO and partner Catherine Winder (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics) discuss what’s next for the company behind building one of the most successful media franchises in pop culture history, The Walking Dead. They will also be joined by Skybound Games’ Ian Howe who will discuss what’s to come for Skybound’s first game studio. Moderated by Ify Nwadiwe.
Friday July 20, 2018 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Room 6BCF

6:00pm – DC Vertigo
It’s a new age of DC Vertigo! Meet the new voices behind DC Vertigo comics, focusing on modern, high-concept stories for fans of fantasy, crime, supernatural, horror, and satire. Now home to the best talent from novels, games, comic books, and more, this next generation will take this beloved imprint to new heights, beginning with the launch of the Sandman Universe on 8/8/18.
Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:00pm – Legendary Comics, 2018 and Beyond
Legendary Comics is part of Legendary Entertainment, the company behind such films as Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim Uprising, and the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Legendary Comics’ Robert Napton and other panelists will be sharing secrets about their upcoming comic releases, including the just-announced Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger, the comic continuation of the hit television series, as well as John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis’s original series Cursed, Richard Dinnick’s (Doctor Who) new series Rob, Firebrand Season 2, the latest on the comic book MonsterVerse, and a few surprises!
Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm – The Passage
Based on Justin Cronin’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy, FOX’s world premiere screening of this epic, character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race will be followed by a moderated conversation and fan Q&A with stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, Saved by the Bell), Saniyya Sidney (Hidden Figures, American Horror Story), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, The 100), and Jamie McShane (Bosch), executive producer Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights, Deception), executive producer/ director Jason Ensler (The Exorcist), and author Justin Cronin. The Passage will premiere on FOX in early 2019.
Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 6A

6:15pm – Sony Pictures Panel
Sony Pictures presents two of their most anticipated films produced in association with Marvel. First up, filmmakers and talent will show you what’s in store as the lethal protector Venom finally gets his own movie.Then, the creators of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse give you an inside look at their groundbreaking animated movie.
Friday July 20, 2018 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Hall H

6:30pm – Frankenstein Rarities: 200th Anniversary Edition
A celebration of one of the most iconic characters in entertainment history. Mary Shelley had no idea what would happen to her creation! You will see a tribute to Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster, Frankenstein in animated form from several studios, Lon Chaney as the Monster in a rarely seen episode of Suspense, Chaney opposite Abbott and Costello on a 1950s variety show, the hilarious Frankenstein the Musical with Steve Allen, A salute to Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein, and some “monstrous” surprises!
Friday July 20, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 26AB

7:00pm – Queer Fear
Horror films, TV shows, books, and comics have always attempted to bring people to the threshold of their fears and force them to come face-to-face with the “otherness” that exists outside of the mainstream. For those in the LGBTQ+ community, this sense of otherness is not only terrifying and titillating, it’s quite often also relatable. The LGBTQ+ community has had a long history of intersection with the horror genre-from the Gothic literature of the yesteryear to the modern cinema of today. As films, television, comics, and other popular media become more diverse, does a gay horror genre exist? And if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? How does the current political climate alter the lens through which people celebrate and connect to the macabre? Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, host of Dead for Filth) and panelists John C. Clark (A Closer Walk with Thee), Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen (Rift, Child Eater), Brie Williams (A Closer Walk with Thee, Welcome to Night Vale), and others explore horror from a queer point of view.
Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm – Shout! and Scream Factory’s Breaking News
Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward (producer) and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director), along with moderator Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), will take you behind the scenes at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. They’ll have exclusive announcements, sneak peeks from upcoming Blu-ray, DVD, and theatrical releases and more.
Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 32AB

7:00pm – The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time
For the last time ever, Comic-Con will be home to a Sharknado panel. Go shark to the future with the cast of the final installment in SYFY’s fin-tactic movie franchise. Stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and Cassie Scerbo are joined by a slew of surprise panelists and celebrity cameos as they take the stage together for the last time!
Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 6BCF

7:00pm – World Premiere of The Death of Superman
The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth-hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League-in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is the latest DC Universe movie to continue Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s tradition of debuts at Comic-Con International. Witness the film’s world premiere, then stay for an entertaining panel featuring Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) as Lois Lane, Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, alongside the filmmaking crew of producer/co-director Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight), co-director Jake Castorena (Justice League Action), screenwriter Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark), and lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice) . . . plus a few surprise panelists. The all-star cast also features Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Lex Luthor, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as John Henry Irons, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, Max Mittelman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, and Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski. The Death of Superman arrives July 24 on digital and August 7 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Ballroom 20

7:00pm – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Screening
Take a trip back to Halloween Town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Hot Topic and Disney will give attendees a fun experience with film trivia, prizes, and a special screening of the beloved film with special guest host A. J. McLean. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.
Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

7:15pm – Twilight Zone Marathon Screenings
The Twilight Zone new original series will be coming soon to CBS All Access. The iconic original series took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides, and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama could not. Please attend a special marathon screening and a look back at some of the fan-favorite episodes from the original series.
Friday July 20, 2018 7:15pm – 9:15pm
Room 6A

7:30pm – AMC’s Preacher
Easily offended? Don’t come to the Preacher panel! Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun join executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and showrunner and executive producer Sam Catlin for a mid-season 3 discussion about the story so far and what’s to come.
Friday July 20, 2018 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Hall H

8:00pm – Fight or Die! John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: The StandOff #1 Launches
Storm King Comics is celebrating their new storyline with a special augmented reality cover edition as well as their first booth at Comic-Con. Aliens vs. cops with prison inmates in the middle. It’s a hostage situation. It’s a battle between species. It’s the Earth’s most serious standoff. Panelists include Janice Chiang (DC Superhero Girls), Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, Vampires), Tim Bradstreet (Hellblazer, Punisher), and David J. Schow (The Crow, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning).
Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 28DE

9:15pm – Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen the original Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and fan film fave, Dr. Horrible’s Unofficial Sing-Along Sequel. The gang’s all back and more horrible than ever! We pick up with our beloved doctor at an unknown time since he joined the ranks of the Evil League of Evil. What new faces, new friends, and new enemies await? Grab some fro-yo and come find out.
Friday July 20, 2018 9:15pm – 10:45pm
Room 6DE

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 deranged Daisey and Big Fat Dumb Stupid Baby, not to mention a celebration of 40 years of animation with some great classics like Happy Tree Friends and Home, Honey I’m High. Meet Spike, who will be introducing the show in person.
Friday July 20, 2018 9:30pm – 11:30pm
Room 6BCF


DAY 3 – SATURDAY, JULY 21ST

10:00am – Happy Birthday, Frankenstein
This upcoming Halloween, there will be an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. And with that comes a plethora of books and movies rejoicing this occasion. At this panel, listen to authors talk about the influence that Mary Shelley’s writing had on their works and why people still obsess over Frankenstein. And watch as they talk about the monsters that never die in their own novels. Good luck sleeping tonight! Panelists include Merrie Destefano (Shade series), Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Frankenstein), Jonathan Maberry (Glimpse, V-Wars), Kiersten White (Bright We Burn and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), and Carrie Sessarego of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am – Inside the Writers Room: From Script to Screen, the Break-Down
The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows are back, and this time they’re bringing the writers’ room to you and break down an episode of dramatic television in this super-sized panel. The lineup this year includes moderator Chris Parnell (co-president, Sony Pictures Television), Gabrielle Stanton (Titans, The Flash), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Ryan Condal (Colony, Conan the Barbarian), Deric Hughes (Arrow, The Flash), Kay Reindl (Swamp Thing, Freakish), William Harper (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Crouch (Lore, The Exorcist), Michael Narducci (The Originals, The Crossing), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X). Also, win a chance to receive a free screenwriting program from Final Draft.
Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am – 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am – Minimates and Vinimates
Marvel Minimates celebrate 15 years of tiny toys, as representatives from Diamond Select Toys talk about the origins and present their lineup for 2018-2019, including Marvel Comics, Ant-Man, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Predator, and more. Plus, the Vinimates vinyl figure line is explored with figures from Aquaman, Predator, Sonic, Injustice, DC Comics, and more! A visual presentation will be followed by a Q&A, with awards for the best questions. Guests moderated by Zach Oat (marketing supervisor).
Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am – Warner Brothers Theatrical
Get a first look at the studio’s highly anticipated future releases. Films and special panelists TBA.
Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm
Hall H

12:00pm – Rise Up: HALON and Pacific Rim: Uprising
Rise up! Join the uprising with Pacific Rim: Uprising VFX supervisor Peter Chiang alongside HALON Entertainment’s Brad Alexander (previs supervisor) and Ryan McCoy (postvis supervisor) as they break down the epic final battle layer by layer. Panelists were told to make some “bad a$$ shots,” and they delivered. This panel is for artists, filmmakers, and anyone who wants an in-depth look at VFX.
Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm – IDW’s Big News Panel!
Be among the first to hear about IDW’s big announcements at SDCC! New titles! New creators! All the news that’s fit to print in one place. Plus, don’t miss out on an exclusive giveaway that you can only get here!
Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm – IFC’s Stan Against Evil
John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, Deborah Baker Jr. and executive producer Dana Gould share an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming season of IFC’s horror comedy series Stan Against Evil, followed by a discussion about what lies ahead for the town of Willard’s Mill in season 3. The panel, like the show, is guaranteed to be a hell-larious good time.
Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm – Legacies Exclusive Video Presentation and Q&A
Continuing the tradition of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Legacies is the third installment of this supernatural series about witches, vampires, and werewolves. The story follows 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson (daughter of Klaus Mikaelson) along with Alaric Saltzman and his twins at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted as they come of age in the most unconventional way. Executive producer Julie Plec and series stars Danielle Rose Russell and Matthew Davis show a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, Legacies airs this fall on The CW, Thursdays 9/8c.
Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30pm – The Gifted
From 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, season 2 of The Gifted picks up after the explosion of the Atlanta Station. The Mutant Underground search for their friends and family who left with The Inner Circle. Having tracked them outside of Washington, D.C., they must contend with new groups with extreme ideologies, both human and mutant alike, to stave off a brewing conflict. Executive producers Matt Nix and Jeph Loeb and stars Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Skyler Samuels show an exclusive first look at the upcoming season. Returning Tuesdays this fall on FOX. See an extended season 2 sneak peek!
Saturday July 21, 2018 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20

2:45pm – Midnight, Texas Season 2
Universal Television presents the return of NBC’s supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas to Comic-Con. Welcome back to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood) comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a psychic, vampire, witch, angel, and hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. After defeating the demon Colconnar, the residents of Midnight try to go back to life as it was, but the balance they thought they were regaining becomes threatened with the opening of a mysterious new hotel in town. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for a sneak peek of season 2 and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz – Henley (Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), executive producers David Janollari (Six Feet Under), Eric Charmelo (Supernatural), and Nicole Snyder (Supernatural).
Saturday July 21, 2018 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

3:00pm – comiXology Originals: On the Horizon
The biggest news in comics is comiXology’s exclusive content program: comiXology Originals. Join comiXology’s head of content Chip Mosher and comics creators Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival), Mike Norton (Revival), Sam Humphries (Green Lanterns), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), Tish Doolin (Modus Operandi), Mark Sable (Graveyard of Empires), and Kristian Donaldson (The Massive, DMZ) as they give you an intimate look at upcoming comiXology Originals releases. Catch a glimpse of never-before-seen artwork, covers, and more!
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm – The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: Rise of the Kaiju Genre
Co-hosts Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton, along T. J. Storm (motion capture actor for Godzilla in Legendary’s Godzilla, Colossus in Deadpool 2) and other panelists, discuss the growing kaiju genre. Since 1954, TOHO has dominated the kaiju film industry, and now, the genre has spread across multiple mediums around the world: anime, manga, video games, and comics. American films such as Godzilla (2014), Pacific Rim, and Kong: Skull Island have led to producing sequels Pacific Rim: Uprising, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the highly anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong (2020). Veterans of the industry shed some light on the fascinating resurgence of the kaiju/monster genre and what it’s like to be a part of this cultural phenomenon.
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:30pm – Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators
Some of Skybound’s top talent-including Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song), Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity), Donny Cates (Redneck), and Sean Mackiewicz (Gasolina)-discuss their published works and the comics industry as a whole.
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm – EW: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless actresses Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Regina King (Watchmen), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Mind), and Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who), who open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by EW’s Jessica Shaw.
Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Hall H

5:15pm – The Purge: From Film to Television
Cultural phenomenon The Purge comes to San Diego Comic-Con in a major way. Jason Blum (Get Out, Split), founder of Blumhouse Productions and producer of The Purge film franchise and the all-new series, and James DeMonaco, creator of the blockbuster film franchise, share an exclusive inside look at how they are expanding the universe into TV with USA Network this Fall. The First Purge star Lex Scott Davis (SuperFly) and the cast from the upcoming TV series, including Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High), Amanda Warren (The Leftovers), and Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), will join director/executive producer Anthony Hemingway (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.), showrunner/executive producer Tom Kelly and producer Brad Fuller (A Quiet Place, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) with their own unique perspectives on the world of The Purge. The Purge television series picks up ten years after the events of The First Purge and will follow several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night. Moderated by Ryan Turek from Shock Waves Podcast.
Saturday July 21, 2018 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

6:30pm – Judge Dredd: Supercop or Satire?
He’s the hardline cop bringing justice to the mean futuristic streets of Mega-City One, but is Judge Dredd a hero or a villain? Is he a law enforcement role-model or, in the light of recent years, is he becoming a worrying vision of the future? Panelists debating the pros and cons of the lawman of the future include Mark Russell (Judge Dredd: Under Siege), Meg Downey (CBR), Rosie Knight (Nerdist), and Evan Narcisse (io9, Rise of the Black Panther).
Saturday July 21, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm – Sketch to Screen: Ready Player One, Rampage, and Beyond
Visionary concept artist Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, Planet of the Apes trilogy) and the Aaron Sims Creative artist team reveal the secrets behind character and world-building concept designs, previsualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of our generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics, and breakdowns, they’ll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life from sketch to screen.
Saturday July 21, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 7AB

6:45pm – HISTORY: Project Blue Book
From Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact), Project Blue Book is based on the true, top-secret investigations into unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969. Series stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries), Neal McDonough (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), and Laura Mennell (Alphas, Watchmen), along with producers, share what’s to come in this highly anticipated new drama series and reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the first season. Cast subject to change.
Saturday July 21, 2018 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6A

6:45pm – IDW Entertainment and SYFY: Wynonna Earp
The cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp, including Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 3!
Saturday July 21, 2018 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6DE

6:45pm – An Evening with Kevin Smith
If you’re into it, Kevin Smith wants to use his mouth on you. The podcasting director returns to the Hall H stage after nearly dying of a heart attack back in February! Hear him talk about directing Supergirl and Flash, his new show Hollyweed, and the forthcoming sequel, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot!
Saturday July 21, 2018 6:45pm – 8:15pm
Hall H

7:00pm – SYFY’s The Magicians
Magic is back . . . at Comic-Con! Last season, an epic finale totally changed our magicians (like for real) and left audiences begging for more. Don’t miss your chance to see series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, and executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara and get an exclusive look at the upcoming 4th season and answers to all of your burning questions (well, most of them)! Moderated by Felicia Day.
Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm – 7:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:00pm – Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror
Love Get Out? A Quiet Place? Hereditary? The Witch? The Invitation? The Babadook? It Follows? Some of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in horror today discuss the state of indie and studio horror film and give a sneak peek at the best to come this year, with exclusive footage from festival standouts and hotly anticipated fall releases. This is the place to come to find out which upcoming horror flicks should be on your must-see list and discuss current trends in the horror genre. Panelists include Ryan Turek (VP of feature film development, Blumhouse), Dave Kajganich (creator, AMC’s The Terror; writer, Suspiria), Mali Elfman (Before I wake, Fun Size Horror co-founder, Overlook Film Festival, co-creator, Fun Size Horror), Anouk Whissell (member of RKSS directing team, Summer of ’84, Turbo Kid), and Rusty Cundieff (Tales From The Hood) Moderated by Jen Yamato (The Los Angeles Times).
Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:45pm – 25 Years of The Nightmare Before Christmas with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
D23 pulls the curtain back on the classic stop-motion Halloween (and Christmas!) favorite, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Watch a retrospective panel featuring the team that brought the movie to life 25 years ago, including Henry Selick (director), Kelly Asbury (art director), Edie Ichioka (editor), and Anthony Scott (animator).
Saturday July 21, 2018 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Room 6BCF

8:00pm – Twin Peaks and the Revival of a Cult Classic
Jessica Tseang (comic book historian, Girl on Geek) talks with cast members from both the new and original series, Mädchen Amick (Shelly Briggs/Shelly Johnson), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Carrie Page/Maddy Ferguson), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Brennan/Lucy Moran), Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy Brennan), James Marshall (James Hurley), Adele Rene (Lt. Cynthia Knox), Chrysta Bell (FBI Agent Tammy Preston), Nicole LaLiberte (Darya), John Pirruccello (Deputy Chad Broxford), Amy Shiels (Candie), George Griffith (Ray Monroe), and Sabrina Sutherland (executive producer), about how the show has evolved and the passion behind the fandom.
Saturday July 21, 2018 8:00pm – 8:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


DAY 4 – SUNDAY, JULY 22ND

10:00am – Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and fellow Strangers come together for the annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience and get the insider scoop on the feature film development with Dark Horse Entertainment and Amazon Studios. AIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of Emily the Strange, Rob will unveil the brand new “Still Strange Collection” designed in collaboration with long time co-conspirator Brian Brooks. Rob will discuss his creative process, how it’s evolved over the last 25 years, and the powers of independence versus collaboration in his work. As always, audience participation will be encouraged, and there will be plenty of rewards for being strange . . . Oh yeah, bring your Q’s for some A’s . . . Be there or get lost!
Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am – The Science of Comic Vampires and Zombies
In a panel moderated by Jonathan Bacon-Liu (host of All the Time We Have podcast), Jonathan Maberry (author, V-Wars, Marvel Zombies Return) will bring his expertise in all things scary, as he is joined by Ronald Coleman, Ph.D. (regenerative medicine) and Sharon Schendel, Ph.D. (immunology) to talk about how these monsters might work in the real world and where science and imagination intertwine.
Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am – World Premiere of Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost
Everyone’s favorite Great Dane is back for an all-new, action-packed, culinary mystery adventure with the world premiere of Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost. Featuring the voice talents of internationally acclaimed celebrity chefs Bobby Flay (Beat Bobby Flay), Giada De Laurentiis (Giada in Italy), and Marcus Samuelsson (Chopped), Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost takes your favorite teen sleuths on an unforgettable adventure to New England, where they investigate the haunting of a historic colonial inn that’s been turned into a state-of-the-art culinary resort. See the film, then get ready for a fun panel discussion amongst actors and filmmakers. Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker (nearly 50 years as anchor of the Scooby-Doo franchise) as Scooby-Doo and Fred Jones, Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls films) as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard (Twin Peaks, Bosch, Good Girls) as Shaggy Rogers, and Kate Micucci (Unikitty!) as Velma Dinkley. The film is executive produced by Sam Register, written by Tim Sheridan (Justice League Action), and directed by Doug Murphy (Young Justice). TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook moderates. Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost comes to DVD and digital on September 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm
Room 6BCF

10:30am – Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The series’ stars and executive producers answer questions about the shocking events in last season’s intense finale and reveal what’s in store for the 14th season, when the show will reach the rare milestone of 300 episodes! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights. Supernatural will return to The CW on Thursdays this fall in its 8/7c time period. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Hall H

11:45am – Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking season 2 finale, don’t miss Riverdale when it returns to San Diego for its third appearance at Comic-Con-this time in Hall H! Catch up with Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season 3 as the gang tries to #FreeArchie and Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale but the ever growing SoDale. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series starsand producers. Riverdale’s season 3 returns Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Sunday July 22, 2018 11:45am – 12:45pm
Hall H

2:00pm – Bizarre States
Host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Andrew Bowser (Bizarre States), and a surprise panelist take their popular podcast Bizarre States on the road! They explore the mysteries of the weird, supernatural, and occult, dragging into the light current and historical paranormal activities and personal experiences.
Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm – Diamond Select Toys
Representatives from Diamond Select Toys present their lineup for 2018-2019, including action figures, statues, banks, and more from a variety of properties, including Aquaman, Ant-Man, Marvel Comics, Kingdom Hearts, Pacific Rim Uprising, John Wick, Ghostbusters, and others. A visual presentation will be followed by a Q&A, with awards for the best questions. Panelists include Eli Livingston (sculptor), Adam Van Wickler (Gentle Giant), and Jason Wires (painter). Moderated by Zach Oat (marketing supervisor).
Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 24ABC

3:45pm – Buffy Musical: “Once More with Feeling”
Let’s end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and FandomCharities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode “Once More with Feeling” as Comic-Con’s big closing event.
Sunday July 22, 2018 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Room 6BCF


OFFSITE EXHIBITS (NO BADGE REQUIRED)

FXhibition
Brings the FX network’s buzziest and most beloved shows to life through an interactive combination of art and technology. Taking center stage once again on the lawn of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, FXhibition 2018 will incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for the first time as part of innovative installations from hit shows such as Legion, American Horror Story, Mayans M.C., and Archer. Fans may register in advance at FXSDCC.com and use NFC on-site to record each moment of their personalized journey through the space, which will be captured in a virtual online gallery. FXhibition will be open to the public as follows: Thursday 12noon-6pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-2pm

FX’s recent Los Angeles-based pop-up “The LEGION Chamber” art installation will make its Comic-Con debut, allowing cosplayers the thrilling opportunity to immerse themselves in an audiovisual experience commissioned by the internationally-acclaimed Marco Brambilla Studio. Once inside, participants will find themselves disconnected from the outside world – literally – and fully entrenched in the hypnotic digital realm of David Haller.

Fans will also have the opportunity to step inside the “AMERICAN HORROR STORY Eccentricities Gallery,” featuring a collection of art and oddities inspired by AHS lore. The experience is aided by Augmented Reality (AR) technology, which reveals the secrets behind the objects and clues to the series’ upcoming eighth installment.

Nerdist House @ Sparks Gallery
Nerdist is heading back to San Diego Comic-Con International with a special SDCC edition of Nerdist House from Thursday, July 19th, through Sunday, July 22nd.  All four days of Comic-Con, Nerdist will take over the Sparks Gallery at 530 Sixth Avenue for all-day entertainment and refreshments, special social hours and fan parties, live Nerdist shows, in-depth interviews and conversations, meet & greets, exclusive merchandise, photo opportunities, a VR experience, and much more. Nerdist House will be open to the public and free of charge. Comic-Con attendees are welcome, but a badge is not required.

This year, Nerdist House highlights will include in-depth looks at shows featured on Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Alpha (the premium streaming entertainment service from Legendary Digital Networks), as well as up-close and personal conversations with honored guests, all live from the Nerdist stage. Fans will see their favorite shows come to life in Downtown San Diego, including live editions of Nerdist News Talks Back, Talkin’ Toons, Because Science, and more. Nerdist House attendees will have access to conversations with groundbreaking producer and YouTube personality Adi Shankar of Bootleg Universe, as well as a special presentation of the Maltin On Movies podcast with hosts Leonard Maltin and Jessie Maltin alongside their guests from Cut Throat City, RZA, Shameik Moore, Kat Graham, and Terrence Howard.

In addition to live shows and conversations with creators, Nerdist House attendees will be able to test their space survival skills with a VR experience based on the sci-fi series SONA, created by Ashley Clements (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries). On Saturday night, Nerdist will also celebrate the 200th episode of the Bizarre States podcast with a party for fans, hosted by the show’s stars, Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser. Each day will feature a new slate of entertainment and activities. Fans will not want to miss the action and fun at Nerdist House!

USA Network’s Purge City Emporium
On Thursday, July 19th, USA will open the doors of America’s first “Purge City” store, an immersive experience in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, to the public. Transporting fans into the world of THE PURGE, “Purge City” is a tongue-in-cheek, one-stop shop for the perfect Purge Night, where friendly “Purge City” staff help visitors browse the aisles for items from emergency candles to masks to energy drinks—to help citizens stay safe and awake for the 12 hours of annual lawlessness.

Shoppers can also enjoy Purge photo opportunities and browse an area dedicated to the political rise of the New Founding Fathers of America, from the first Purge experiment on Staten Island to subsequent annual Purge Nights. “Purge City” will be open for business at 215 Tony Gwynn Drive — from Thursday, July 19th, through Saturday, July 21st, from 11 AM until 7 PM and Sunday, July 22nd, from 11 AM until 4 PM.

Hulu’s Castle Rock B&B
Hulu invites you to step into the world of Castle Rock at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Open Thursday, July 19th–Sunday, July 22nd, at the intersection of Front Street and Island Avenue, visitors will be able to tour the town of Castle Rock‘s bed and breakfast, explore its vast forest, and more — with “surprises around every corner.” The multi-room experience will help you unlock the secrets of the “unluckiest town on earth” ahead of the series debut. For those not familiar with Castle Rock, the JJ Abrams-produced series will cover the beloved stories from King’s massive canon of work, starring André Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Terry O’Quinn, and more.

Looking for a quieter place during Comic-Con? Be sure to check out the Hulu Campsite Lounge within the Castle Rock activation, which will serve as a refuge from the chaos of Comic-Con and also give you a sneak peek at the upcoming series.

Sacred Lies Escape Room
Sacred Lies, a new half-hour drama coming to Facebook Watch on July 27the, will have an Escape Room at the convention. In the series, Minnow Bly has survived the woods, a brutal cult leader, and a deadly fire. Now, you can put yourself in the action with the Sacred Lies Escape Room at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 19th–Sunday, July 22nd. The escape room will essentially be the series in reverse, as you get sucked into Minnow’s world and the Kevinian cult. You’ll solve puzzles, go deep into the cult’s dogma, and — if successful — complete the confirmation ritual and bcome a member of The Community.

Before and after your Escape Room experience, you’ll explore the world of Sacred Lies in an exclusive Oculus Go VR experience. The event will take place at Petco Park.

AMC’s Dead Quarters
Fans of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead can get excited about the return of Dead Quarters, AMC’s zombie fan zone located on Martin Luther King Promenade, in front of the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel (4th Avenue and L Street, across from the convention center). This year’s offsite will feature an immersive experience with a curated walk through the settings of both series, including The Sanctuary, and a “thrilling 22-foot Zombie slide” inspired by the one from Fear The Walking Dead. There will also be photo opportunities with the walker composter and Negan’s flaming Lucille.

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