13 JULY 2019
Hey, did you know what the top panels are this year at Comic-Con? They're all in Hall H and they have names like Marvel and Westworld and Supernatural. Question answered!
Or not. Look, there are many enticing panels happening in the big rooms this year, but there are great panels happening in smaller rooms and even outside the convention center. It's all a matter of opinion, of course - but here's what I'm hearing people get the most excited about.
Obviously. Given that the panel runs 90 minutes, from 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm on Saturday, and features "surprise panelists," you can bet this is going to roll out the good stuff.
Bring a grief counselor. This is the very final goodbye and that means the end of an era for a significant percentage of SDCC veterans. Hall H on Sunday morning.
Too many people are anticipating this panel on They Called Us Enemy for
room 25AB to hold them all. Line up early. 1:00 pm on
Game of Thrones
Hall H on Friday will be packed anyhow, but this will be the motivating force for many in those seats - no matter how ambivalent they are about the final seasons.
Will Netflix deliver? You'll have an
idea if you hit this panel, moderated by fan favorite Yvette Nicole
Brown. Hall H on Friday at 2:15 pm.
Syfy's Great Debate
Ballroom 20 at 3:30 on Thursday. This is always fun and it's interactive - sort of - with great panelists.
The Russo Brothers
11:00 in Hall H on Friday morning. Obviously they'll feed you plenty of Endgame insights, but also satisfy your curiosity about their new studio.
Emotional panel and a big Friday morning draw in Ballroom 20 for the world premiere - 10 years after the original series.
Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing
What's ahead for the X-Men? Why are the moderators being so secretive? Saturday in room 6A at 1:45 pm.
Ray Harryhausen: The Lost Movies
Another nostalgic panel - but one that may be tough to get into, given that it follows NASA's alien search panel and Making a World of Monsters. I think a lot of people will line up for NASA and then stay straight through. Room 26AB at 6:30 pm on Friday.
I remember how much eye-rolling there was initially over Ruby Rose playing Kate Kane but now the pilot is poking at everyone's curiosity. If you don't see it Preview Night, you can catch it Saturday morning in Ballroom 20 at 10:30.
I'm 94% sure I can't make this, but the rest of you can head to Ballroom 20 Friday for the 7:15 or 9:30 showings. These DC animated premieres have been hit or miss but they're always entertaining on some level, and often followed by exciting announcements.
The Boys and Carnival Row
3:30 pm and 4:45 pm on Friday in Ballroom 20. If the Amazon offsite does its job and stokes anticipation even higher, these two shows (or just one) could wind up generating the most buzz post-Con - but we'll see.
Will Joe Hill's Creepshow panel finally convince everyone to subscribe to Shudder? Tricia Helfer, Adrienne Barbeau and Greg Nicotero make this an anticipated panel. 5:45 in 6BCF.
Remember when everyone lost their minds over the movie? And now we have a wintry show. This is in the Indigo at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and people will be highly motivated to see it.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Whether you read these
books as a child or adult, whether you're coming for Guillermo del Toro
or just like scary movies, this panel is a big get. Just remember you
need to do the morning Horton ticket lottery for this. 4:00 pm on
Ray Bradbury and the World of Comics
Everyone (with taste) loves Ray Bradbury and the fact that this panel is in the Museum theatre is just added catnip. I don't think it'll be impossible to get into but I do think it will be a much-loved panel. Thursday at noon.
If you're physically zonked by Saturday night,
settling into the Indigo Ballroom to watch footage of Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn and Titans and
inevitably hear exciting announcements is a good way to spend your evening.
You'll notice I didn't mention many comics panels. That's not because I don't care - comic books are my #1 interest at Comic-Con - but rather because I feel this year is middling in that regard. I'm sure some people are excited to go see Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, Joseph Linsner, Jim Starlin, Robert Kirkman, and the feminist/Mexican/LGB+ comic panels. I'm sure they'll be great. But I don't think they'll be that difficult to get into and I don't hear many people anticipating them. Rather, they're the kind of panels attendees know will be there year after year, and schedule in between their more competitive agenda items.
How do you feel about SDCC50 panels? About what you expected?