7 JULY 2016
One of the most exciting days in Comic-Con season is here: the first day of scheduling is announced! So how will you spend Thursday at the Con?
Well, first let's start with Preview Night on Wednesday. There are mostly 2 components here: unleashing all of your consumer zeal in the Exhibit Hall and/or going upstairs to Ballroom 20 to watch new TV pilots. Which we've already noted are pretty appealing this year.
You'll see: Riverdale, Time After Time, People of Earth, Powerless, a new episode of Teen Titan Go! and the Justice League debut.
Onto Thursday scheduling. Let's start with the big rooms.
Hall H: Dreamworks at 10, followed by Snowden at 11:45 (Oliver Stone's new film, not Edward himself), Valerian at 1, then Feral Audio Live podcast and geeky festival fare in Under the Radar at 3:30.
Ballroom 20: CBS occupies Ballroom 20 from noon - 3 pm to show off Scorpion, American Gothic and MacGyver. That's followed by The Strain at 3:15 and Teen Wolf at 4:30. Finally you get to see Luke Cage at 5:45.
Indigo Ballroom: Musical Anatomy of a Superhero kicks off at 11, then we have Geek & Sundry at noon, followed by Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Panel at 1. Then there's Comic-Con's HQ at 2, followed by the premiere of The Good Place at 3 with Kristen Bell. Then there's Silicon Valley at 4, then Van Helsing at 5. Finally, we have Comedy Central's Drunk History & Legends of Chamberlain Heights at 6. The only problem here: the meals you'll need to skip to see all of it.
Onto highlights from the other panel categories.
You can see producers and cast members of Teen Titans Go! at 10:15-11:15 a.m. in 6DE.
Or you can hear all about "Relaunching the Battlestar Franchise" with Richard Hatch & co. at 10:30 in 6BCF.
Big draw: Nickelodeon celebrates 25 years of animation in 6A at 11:15 a.m. with talent from Hey
Arnold! Invader Zim, The Fairly OddParents, Rugrats, and Danny Phantom.
Also at noon: your sneak peak at the new Justice League Action in 25 ABC.
It's time for SpongeBob and the Simpsons at 1 in 23ABC.
The 50th celebration of Star Trek is at the same time in 24ABC at 1:30.
See the premiere of Falling Water at 1:45 in 6A.
Colony has a panel with cast and creators at 4:45 in 6BCF.
Sausage Party with Seth Rogen is at 5:45 in the Horton.
Mr. Robot has a panel at 6BCF at 6.
Comics, Gaming & Collectibles
Kick off the day at 10 am by considering "The Graphic Novel as Medium" in 29AB.
Or you could find out how Disney movies become comics in 28DE - also at 10.
It's the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's Labryinth - and a bunch of new books are coming out. Find out about them at 11 in 5AB.
The Hernandez Brothers will talk Love and Rockets in Room 9 at 11. Hello, my first panel of the day.
Find out all about Transformers' future at 11 in 25ABC.
DC wants to give you "all access" at 11:30 in 6DE. You'll find out about Rebirth, upcoming digital books, etc.
Fight censorship by "Navigating the Power & Perils of Banned Books" with CBLDF at noon in 30CDE. You can also hear banned authors do a live podcast in the library at 4.
Discover your next favorite comic book at the "Comixologist Traveling Podcast Party" in the library at noon.
Or revel in your Joss Whedon fandom at noon in 23ABC.
Grant Morrison is back with another panel on his newest comics involving Indian mythology. Room 24ABC at 12:30.
What is like to translate Octavia Butler into a graphic novel? Find out at 1 in room 9.
"Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" will be in 6BCF at 1.
Image talks about how cool they are at 2 in 23ABC.
ComiXology holds an AMA at 2:30 in room 8.
"Warcraft: The Road to Legion" is at 3:30 in 6BCF.
"Skybound's The Walking Dead" panel at 4:30 in 6DE is about the comic book, of course, and will be packed. But you knew that.
"The Core of Collecting" will offer you experts from Dark Horse, LootCrate, Gentle Giant and more.
5:45 in 6DE.
The "Queer History in Comics" is in 28DE at 5.
IDW & the Reuben H Fleet Science Center explore the intersection of comics and science at noon in room 9.
How do you make science plausible in the Hollywood world? In room 8 at 1:30.
The latest in VR wizardry is in "State of the Holodeck" at 2 in 32AB. Expect this to be super popular.
Beginning cosplayers may want to attend "Cosplaying 101" at 11 at the Marriott.
Find out about foam costume and cosplay fabrication at 2 in the Marriott.
The 501st Legion explains their costuming brilliance at 8 in the Marriott as well.
Talk about going from fan to creator through goal-setting at 10 in 23ABC.
The Little Fish Comic Book Studio shares their developments at 10 also in 32AB.
Aspiring bloggers, podcasters & others, find out how to be a "Master of the Web" at 11 in 7AB.
Brian Haberlin helps you turn your idea into a graphic novel at 11:15 in room 2.
What role does an art model play in our world? Find out at 11:30 in 24ABC.
You can also find out news about Capcom Pro Tour news and "Street Fighter Nation" at 11:45 in 6BC.
Or you can firmly launch yourself into the comics industry and stay there forever by going to room 28DE at noon.
How good are your pitching skills? Do you understand the development process once you dare to show your work to the industry? Become a pro at noon in "The Pitching Hour" in 7AB.
"Art as a means of reaching hard-to-reach kids" will be at 12:30 in room 2. This includes special needs kids and those who are at-risk and incarcerated.
Balancing creativity with comics industry realities: talk about it at 12:30 in room 4.
How do you break into Marvel Comics? Find out at 1 in 25ABC.
"Digital Color for Comics" is at 2 in 30CDE; also at 2 is "Comic Book Women: Understanding Coloring and Letting" in Comics in 28DE.
Want to cut your publishing ties and go it alone? Find out how in "Tales from the IP Jungle" at 3 in 28DE.
"Writing 101" is in 30CDE at 3.
Financial smarts for creatives is at 4 in the Marriott.
Want to paint in acrylic? Report to room 2 at 4.
Want to start the Con on a healthy note? Go to "Nerdstrong" at 10 in the Marriott Marquis.
Raising tiny nerds? Teach them to be "Self Confident and Successful" at noon in the Marriott.
"Geek Cosmetics" is a thing, and some of its stars will explain why at 1 in the Marriott, including goth celebrity Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.
The year 1986 is explored for its movie magnificence at 3. room 5AB.
"Fandom Diversified" is at 5 in the Marriott.
The LGBTQ geeky year in review is at 6 in 28DE.
Then the sun sets on the first day of the Comic-Con and you choose between these option....
Grant Morrison will talk about captaining Heavy Metal at 7 in 7AB.
Spike & Mike return at 7:15 in 6BCF.
Play "Ghost of Name That Movie" game show and win prizes maybe at 8 in room 9.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is from 8:15-10:45 p.m. in 6DE. You get "a first-look at the two-hour musical event."
The Cartoon Network Costume Ball is at 8:30 in 7AB.
You've also got the Dr. Horrible Sing-A-Long screening at 8:30 in 6BCF.
Again, please see the complete list - these are only highlights.
So what do we think? Once again, Thursday is highly instructive for creatives and exciting for comic book nerds; if TV/movie fans don't do the big rooms, they've got plenty of panels and screenings to keep them busy. There do seem to be some overlaps but that always happens.
I only have 2 can't-miss panels today but that's enough for me. How about you?