It's Friday. Where are we going?

25 JULY 2014

Good morning! I hope you're all recovering nicely from whatever party you hit last night. But we've got Conning to do, so let's see what's on the docket.

You already know if you're going to sacrifice your whole day to Indigo, Hall H or Ballroom 20, because you already sacrificed your night. However: you can probably still get into the later panels. Kevin Smith in Hall H? Doable. Those GOT/Walking Dead fans will clear out for dinner and sleep. Ditto anyone who wants to see Batman: Assault on Arkham tonight in Ballroom 20. As for Archer - I'd line up by 2 for this. Bob's Burger's will not clear out for this, obviously.

Star Wars fans can do all kinds of things today. "Star Wars Origami" 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.

Lots of content for designers and artists today. "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 all of you budding novelists and screenwriters can learn how to take over the world."Ask An Agent!" is at 4:30pm in Room 24ABC."Closing the Deal: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing Deals and Contracts" is at 6 in room 30CD. 

Finally, "Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne" talks financial planning for artists and writers at 8:00 in Room 4.

Popular comic book panels include:
Image Comics with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Fiona Staples, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, John Layman, Steve Seagle. Get there fast because it starts at 11:00. 23ABC.

 "Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife, and Beyond" is at 1:00 in Room 4. As someone who converted to Archie fandom at last year's Con, I may hit this. And if you're rolling your eyes at the idea of an Archie comic ever being your thing, swing by the booth (28XX something) and check out Afterlife. It's enthralling.
If you're a veteran cosplayer or just curious about getting started, today is your day. "Cosplaying 101" is at 1 in 29A; "Cosplay Makeup 101" follows at 2 in 29A; "Nerdist Cosplay" is at 6:30 in 24ABC.

We get rock star Grant Morrison discussing"DC Comics: The Multiversity Enrollment" at 3:00 in 6DE. That demographic will probably also want to hit"Dream States and Lunacy: New Books and Films by Dave McKean" at 6 in room 4, followed by the Neil Gaiman Documentary at 7 in Room 4. If you're a recent Neil Gaiman fan - I say this because a lot of people have discovered him the last 2 years through his Graveyard and Ocean titles - know that he is a legend in our world and the line for this will be crazy.

Onto TV.

If you didn't catch it Preview Night, you can see the iZombie pilot at 11:30 in 6BC. I really want to see this but my schedule may not permit.

"Wayward Pines World Premiere Screening" is at 1:30 in 5AB. M. Night Shyamalan fans, who probably still exist somewhere in a corner of the convention center, should line up for this. 
"Outlander" is at 2:15 in room 6A.  "The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A" is at 3:15 in 6BCF. "Bates Motel" is at 3:30 in 6A. I'd rate all of those accessible.

If you're ready to leave the convention center, go have lunch in the Gaslamp and then see "Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening of the Showrunners Documentary Film" in the Horton Grand Theatre. This is documentary with contributions from J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Ronald D.Moore, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson, Jonathan Nolan, and many more. 3:30.

"History: Vikings Blood Legacy" will be at 4:45pm in 6A, following by "Orphan Black" at 6.We all love Tatiana Maslany, but I'm having a hard time predicting the fever for this. A lot of people will see her at Nerd HQ. I don't know. Check the line early afternoon.
"Dominion" is at 5:30 in 6DE and "Sleepy Hollow" is at 5:45 in 6BCF. 


That's a TV-heavy day, but then this has become a TV-heavy Con. Those of you who are hitting your first day, you might decide between doing your favorite shows and doing the Exhibit Hall; I'd go with your panels and squeeze in the booths when you can. And not to beat a dead horse, but I recommend again doing the outside stuff like GOT and Assassin's Creed. Tomorrow's going to be insane inside and outside the Con.

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