Saturday is here & it's going to be busy

23 JULY 2016

How is your Comic-Con going? If you've been a smart nerd, you've been conserving your energy for these last 2 days; if you've indulged yourself, like the all-nighter I just pulled, you may be dragging a little. But we've got a lot to do today, so get ready.

In the big rooms:

Hall H has Warner Bros opening the day at 11:30 and then the Star Trek panel at 2. Aliens 30th anniversary is at 3:15; at this point a certain faction will exit the rooms. Then we have EW's Women Who Kick Ass, and Marvel Studios takes over at 5:30. At last we have Kevin Smith at 7.

Ballroom 20 will be super-packed. Once Upon a Time at 10, The Vampire Diaries at 11, The Simpsons at 12, followed by Family Guy 1 at 1, American Dad at 1:45, Grim at 2:30, and then Supergirl at 3:30. Then we have Legends of Tomorrow follows at 4:15, then The Flash at 5 and Arrow at 5:45. At that point they will clear the room for the Masquerade later tonight.

The Indigo Ballroom is mixed today. We Bare Bears is at 10, followed by Powerpuff Girls; then we have Blindspot at 12, The Originals at 12:50, Lucifer at 1:30 and Gotham at 2:10. Then Syfy rolls in with The Expanse at 3 and The Magicians at 4. Son of Zorn is at 5, followed by Last Man on Earth at 6 and then the screening of Incorporated at 7. I see a steady flow in and out of this room.

Nickelodeon has really done up the Con this year, and this panel should be a hit: return to their 90s shows in 6A at 11:15.

It's Monster High time at 11:30 in 5AB. A fan costume contest will offer "fantastic prizes."

If you're not in Hall H, you can still get your Star Trek fix with "The Roddenberry Vault" at 12:30 in 5AB for rare clips and photos.

The "Kaiju Kingdom Podcast" is at 1 in the library.

"Women Rocking Hollywood" is at 2 in 25ABC.

Disney XD fans will see exclusive clips of Pickle and Peanut and Future Worm at 2:30 in 5AB.

I know a lot of you have anticipated this: Wynonna Earp is at 2:30 in 24ABC.

At the exact same time, HBO's Vice Principals appears in the Horton.

Or you can see Scooby-Doo and WWE in 6BCF at 2:45.

Back at the library at 3 is the 10th annual Lost panel is at 3 in the library.

More Star Trek goodness, this time with a free model Starship: "Star Trek The Official Starships Collection" in 28DE at 3.

Bear McCreary is honored for his musical genius at 3:30 in room 8.

Game of Thrones superfans will talk about the books and show in the library at 4.

Also at 4: BBC's new Dirk Gently show with Elijah Wood.

If you missed the Timeless pilot on Preview Night, you can see it at 4:15 in 6A.

Robert Kirkman will talk about Outcast at 5:15 in 6BCF.

In the Horton at 5:30: The Final Girls, with "a surprise slate of actual final girls from horror film history."

Lots of comics & nerdy fare today.

Another cosplay contesnt: the graphic novels of Avatar the Last Airbender is at 10 in 25ABC.

You can find out about DC's upcoming crossovers in 6DE at 10.

John Lewis is back with March: Book Three, exclusively available at SDCC right now. So if you missed him last year, report to 23ABC at 10.

You can learn all about Mexican comics and media at 11 in room 4.

Or you can find out about the comics of the future, like ones with motion sensors, at 11 in 29AB.

Marvel games, comics and more are in 7AB at 11.

Top Cow talks future and current comics at 11 in room 9 and Titan comics wants to give you "lots of free books and exclusive promo items" at 11:30 in room 8.

Boom! wants you to discover new worlds at 12:30 in 24ABC.

If you're vision-impaired and looking for new games, movies and comics, head over to room 2 at 12:30.

Archie celebrates its 75th anniversary and maybe, just maybe, offers up a cast member from Riverdale, which screens again this evening, in room 4 at 1.

Image is "Riffing on Reality" at 1 in 7AB.

TMNT fans should go to 25ABC at 1 to see Kevin Eastman and crew.

Pokemon creators are in the Horton at 1. This is not the same Pokemon Go panel as tomorrow.

Invader Zim and Jhonen Vasquez tell "horrible, horrible secrets" in 29AB at 2.

Drawn & Quarterly shows off their cartoonists at 2:30 in room 8.

Dark Horse will show off unannounced work from "some of the biggest names in and outside the industry." 3 in 7AB.

ComiXology is at 3 also in 29AB. And so is Wonder Woman's 75th birthday party in 6DE.

Celebrate 20 years of Tomb Raider at 3:30 in 24ABC. Or opt to celebrate 40 years of Fantagraphic at the same time in 26AB, or choose Doctor Who and Torchwood comics at 3:30 in 5AB.

Skybound takes over 6DE at 4:14.

Then DC wants you to be blown away by REBIRTH in 6DE at 5:30 where you will join "the industry's most creative and influential people."

Magic: The Gathering gives you head designer Mark Rosewater in 7AB at 6:30.

Black Comix takes over 28DE at 8.

Cosplayers have a few options. They can find out how to help their community at 11 in the Marriott. Then "Adding Dimension to Your Cosplay Makeup" is at 2 in the Marriott, followed by Designer Cosplay at 3. Finally Cosplay storytelling is in 6DE at 6:45.

Lots of general nerd topics today.

"The Business of Geek Fashion" features not only Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe but panelists from WeLoveFine and Hot Topic. 10 in the Marriott.

"Rise of the Fangirls" is in 25ABC at 11. Then "The Female Geek" is at noon in 7AB.

Do you want that "chiseled superhero physique?" Report to the Marriott at noon.

Nerdiest News Live is at 4 in the Horton.

"The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom and Fanboy Culture" is at 4 in the Marriott. At 6 in the same room: "The Evolution of Geek Culture."

"Crazy Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture and Empowerment" is at 5:30 in 24ABC.

Remember when this panel was called "Gays in Comics?" Now it's "Gays (and more) in Comics (and more)"- but you get the drift. 6-8 in 29AB. This will include an auction and then a very brief (like maybe 10-15 minutes) mixer.

There's also some good science to be had today.

Neil deGrasse Tyson fans will want to find out "how universes are formed with imagination and science" in the Horton at 11:30.

"NASA & Angry Birds on a Journey to Mars:" this includes not only NASA's "best and brightest" but a special preview of the new NASA and Angry Birds short. 1:30 in 5 AB.

Trek Talks is at 6 in room 5AB: find out how NASA's vision of the future mimics the world of Star Trek. But if you go to that, you can't do "Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact" at 6 in 30CDE.

Then there's this: "The Rise of Machine Intelligence" at 7 in 25ABC. 

If you're looking for more creative panels, SDCC has them.

You can learn how to launch and sustain a career in writing animation at 10 in room 9.

The 3-act story structure is explored in room 2 at 10.

"Take your Ideas to 3D Sculpts and Prints" is at 11:15 in room 2.

"Career Paths into Game Development" is at noon in 28DE. If you can't make that, try "How to Get a Job in Video Games" at 6 in 25ABC.

The profession of storyboarding will be in room 9 at 1.

Kim Jung Gi helps you draw your imagination at 1:30 in room 2.Or you can just learn to draw period thanks to Wei Xu, Ph.D. in 30CDE at 5.

Find out how to make your own documentary on a minimal budget in room 2 at 6.

Then it's time for your last night of raucous partying - or rather, what you do before you party.

You can settle in for a night of TV pilots in 6BCF: The Riverdale pilot is at 6:30 in 6BCF, followed by Frequency at 7:25, followed by Time after Time.

Ash vs. Evil Dead is in 6A at 6:45. This is not the Season 2 premiere - that's at 10 in 6DE.

You can see a screening of new series Designated Survivor with Kiefer Sutherland and Maggie Q and Kal Penn at the Horton at 7.

Or you can see the full Final Fantasy trailer and some footage at 7:30 in 7AB.

If you want to honor the memory of one of comics' brightest talents, the Darwyn Cooke Tribute is at 8 in 25ABC. Tough choice: this is at the same time as the discussion of 3 different films featuring Neil Gaiman in 29AB.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is back at 8:30 in 24ABC.

And of course you have the Masquerade. Ballroom 20. If you can't get into this, you can watch in on big screens in the Sails Pavilion and elsewhere.

A busy, diverse day - but if you want to take a break from the Con today, no one could blame you.

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