Friday panel summary

11 JULY 2014

Let’s dive into one of the best days of the Con. Today you’re going to make some hard choices. Behold.

Hall H attracts all attendees everywhere with its dazzling lineup. That being: Best Animated Shorts at 10:15, Sneak Peak at 11:15, Walking Dead at 12:20, Game of Thrones at 1:40, Horns/Everly at 3, 20th Century Fox/Maze Runner at 4:20, Kevin Smith at 6:35.
Yep, we have Kevin Smith on Friday evening. That's not a bad thing. While Walking Dead and GOT will draw everyone in, Horns should please people too; it's not as well known, but you'll get to see Salma Hayek, Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Alexander Aja and Joe Hill.

Ballroom 20 has Big Bang Writer's Room at 10, Legends of Korra at 11:15, Bones at 12:30, EW's New Warriors at 1:45, Marvel TV/Jeph Loeb Presents at 3, The Originals at 4:15, Arrow at 5:30, Batman: Assault on Arkham at 7 and then again at 9:30.
Not quite as alluring as Hall H, but still going to be packed. I do think the scheduling will keep a healthy flow of attendees in and out of the room, instead of all-day campers.

Indigo Ballroom revisits its Friday animation with: Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence at 10, Adventure Time at 11, Venture Bros at 12:15, Triumph/McBrayer at 1, Rick and Morty at 1:45, Mike Tyson Mysteries at 2:30, Adult Swim Robot Chicken at 3:15; Bob's Burgers at 4; Archer at 5. Then the Eisners.
There was an incredible line for Archer last year. A lot of people do stay in Indigo all day long on animation day, so factor that into your plans.


There are quite a few Star Wars panels.

"Star Wars Origami" (materials are included) is at 10 in Room 7AB; "Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy" follows at 11:00; "Hasbro: Star Wars" is at noon; "Star Wars: A New Dawn" is at 2; "Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight" is at 3.

Creative panels focus more on visual artists, not writers, today.
"Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One" – my favoritely named Maxwell Alexander Drake “brings you deep inside the violence” to help you create “more realistic and exciting fights.” Probably people like me who've never been in a fight and can barely watch one should go to this. Part 1 is at 10, Part 2 at 11, in room 2. So it's a two-hour panel but for some reason they're not saying so.

"From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality" is at 10 in 23ABC.
"Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed". Bring your questions. 10:30 in 24ABC; there's also How to Write a TV Pilot at 8:00 in 23ABC.

"Comic Book Law School 202: Moving Forward: Marketing, Monetizing, and More!" Oh and: “This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.” How impressive. 10:30 in 30CDE

And now for you visual geniuses: "Color Copic Markers" is at 1:45pm is in room 2; "Convincing Hand and Facial Expressions" is at 2 in 30CDE; "Art Lessons from Great Illustrators: Heinrich Kley" is at 3 in 30CDE; "Building Your Fan Following with Superstars of DeviantArt" is at 3:30 in room 2.
"Creating Comics with the iPad" is at 4:00 in 30CDE. Finally there's "Prismacolor Power! Marker and Pencil Techniques that Make You a Super Artist" at 5:00 in 30CDE.

Then the panels get a decidedly businessy slant to them.

"Ask An Agent!" - Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) and Jane Putch (Eyebait Licensing and Literary Management) team up with film agent Brandy Rivers (Gersh Agency). Never attended this, but it’s popular. 4:30pm in Room 24ABC.
"Closing the Deal: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing Deals and Contracts" is at 6 in room 30CD; the Business of Comics is at the same time in Room 9.
"How to Get a Job in Video Games" is at  6:45 in 6DE.
"Creativity Is Magic: Fandom, Transmedia, and Transformative Works" is at 7:30pm in 26AB.
"Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne" talks financial planning for artists, writers, etc. I love it when people get practical about artists and money.  8:00 in Room 4.

Lots of Comic, Toys, Gaming:

"Gender in Comics" is at 10:00 in Room 4.
"Marvel: Spider-Verse" is at the same time in 6DE
More panels on digital. "Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line" is at 10:00 in 28DE.

"Will Eisner: Teacher and Mentor" is at 10:00 in 29A, with his students, biographer and surprise guests .
"Halo: The Master Chief Collection Panel" is at 10:15am in 6BCF.

"Evangeline Lilly (of Lost fame) Discusses Her First Book The Squickerwonkers" - 10:30am in 6A.
Image Comics brings us Kelly Sue DeConnick, Fiona Staples, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, John Layman, Steve Seagle. Yes, please. Why doesn’t this come in two parts? 11:00 in 23ABC.
"Mattel: Mattypalooza 2014" is at 11:00 in 25ABC.

"Beyond the Page" has James Frey, Chris Weitz, James Dashner, Andrew Kaplan, Fred Van Lente, James Silvani, and Melissa De La Cruz discussing "life as writers in the Digital Age." 11:30am in 24ABC.
Top Shelf is at noon in 32AB.
"Batman in the '80s and '90s" is at 12:30pm in 5AB.

"Marvel: The Avengers" is at 12:45 in 6BCF.
"Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife, and Beyond" will talk about the brilliance that is Archie Afterlife, and give out an “an exclusive gift bag ticket!”  1 in Room 4.
Lots of cosplay panels. "Cosplaying 101" is at 1 in 29A; "Cosplay Makeup 101" follows at 2 in 29A; "Nerdist Cosplay" is at 6:30 in 24ABC.

"DC Comics-Batman: The Eternal Dark Knight" is at 1:45 in 6DE.
"Heads Will Roll! Assassin's Creed Unity Demo and Q&A"  is at 2 in 6BCF.

"LGBT Comics for Young Readers" is at 2 in 28DE.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Revue" is also at 2 in 23ABC.

Terry Moore shares his thoughts at 3:00 in room 4.
"DC Comics: The Multiversity Enrollment": Grant Morrison discusses the (DC) multiverse. Swoon. 3:00 in 6DE.
"Women Below the Line" reviews “the nontraditional roles of women in the comic and entertainment industries.” 3:30 in 26AB.
"IDW: Rock This Town!" celebrates its 15th anniversary. 4:00 in Room 4.

"Dream States and Lunacy: New Books and Films by Dave McKean" is at 6, followed by the Neil Gaiman Documentary at 7 in Room 4. This is going to be top pick of the day for many, many people.
"Queer Horror" is at 7:00 in 28DE.

"Nerdist Gaming" is at 7:30 in 24ABC

Hollywood/Culture is heavier hitting than yesterday.

"The Black Panel" includes Orlando Jones, J. August Richards, Kevin Grevioux, Cree Summer, and Erika Alexander. at 10:00 in 5AB.
"Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Edgar Rice Burroughs: What's New?" is at 10:30 in room 8. Apparently there are upcoming projects for your favorite vine-swinging hero and they will be discussed here.

"iZombie Pilot Screening" – in case you missed it Preview Night. 11:30 in 6BC.
"Resurrection" is at 12:30 in 6DE.

"Game Your Brain to Superhero Status" promises “interactive experiments that will mess with your mind and show you that what may seem superhuman is actually within your reach. “ 1:30 in 24ABC.

"Wayward Pines World Premiere Screening" is at 1:30 in 5AB. Raise your hand if you thought this was about a 1960’s maternity home. It’s not; it’s a thriller midwifed by M. Night Shyamalan and promised to be “evocative of the classic hit Twin Peaks.” I’m medium-intrigued. 
"Outlander" is at 2:15 in room 6A.

"Big Ideas for Movies: Crossing Borders with Mexican Animation" has the most varied assortment of panelists ever, including Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Erik Estrada, and Lisa Kudrow. 3:00 in 23ABC.

"The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A" is at 3:15 in 6BCF.
"Bates Motel" is at 3:30 in 6A.
"Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening of the Showrunners Documentary Film" will deliver  "an intriguing behind-the-scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV's recent revolution," with contributions from J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Ronald D.Moore, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson, Jonathan Nolan, and many more. This will be at 3:30pm in the Horton Grand Theatre. Sounds right up our alley. 
Max Brooks will showcase his new comic book series, Extinction Parade: War! at 4:30 in 5AB.

"History: Vikings Blood Legacy" will rage on at 4:45pm in 6A. Right on its heels will be a meeting of the Clone Club, with "Orphan Black" at 6. Do these 2 share a fan base? Will Orphan Black be easier to get into than anticipated?
"Dominion" is at 5:30 in 6DE.

"Sleepy Hollow" is at 5:45 in 6BCF. Kind of surprised this didn't penetrate Ballroom 20.

"Adventure Time: A Totally Algebraic Dramatic Reading" includes a brand-new, original  radio play performed live by voice actors from the show.  6 in the Horton Grand Theatre.
When sun goes down, there is a lot to do at the convention center Friday night besides Kevin Smith.

"'Tallica Parking Lot Screening and Q&A" is at 7:00 in 6BCF. How many Metallic fans are at Comic-Con? Quite a few.

"Intruders" is a new BBC America series: “a contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest spinning a complex web of drama." So many adjectives. But it's BBC America so I'm interested.  8:00 in 7AB.
"Star Trek: The State of the Franchise Fan Forum." 8:00 in 28DE.
"The Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer" is at 8:30 in 26AB.

"The Thrilling Adventure Hour" will warm you up for their Saturday performance on Friday at 8:30 in Room 8.
And finally, we have the "Sick & Twisted Gauntlet of Animation" at 9:30 in 6BCF.

So. That's quite a day. But I feel safe in saying that great as Friday's offerings are, Saturday will prove to be the monster day of the Con. We already know Saturday night has all the best events; probably there will be too many irresistible panels to count as well. I'm guessing that a lot of us are planning to slot in most of our Exhibit Hall consumption/outside events for Thursday, pace ourselves with a moderate number of panels Friday, then exhaust ourselves silly on Saturday.

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