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2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 3rd, 2015, 12:49 am

We're one week away from the most wonderful time of the year: The San Diego Comic Con!

Here are the highlights of this year's programming schedule.

Preview Night

- The pilot screenings this year will be Supergirl, Blindspot, Containment, Lucifer, and a new episode of Teen Titans Go!


- Ron Perlman will be on-hand to preview his upcoming new action-drama series Hand of God, premiering on Amazon Prime this fall.

- Paul Levitz, Len Wein, and Mark Waid will be among the participants in a 75th anniversary celebration of the Superman Radio Series.

- Spotlight on fan favorite ditzy girl Jill Thompson, the comic book writer/artist of Scary Godmother and Little Endless books.

- William Shatner is back in town, this time promoting his upcoming memoir The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, which will have an early release exclusively at Comic Con.

- Pixar will preview their upcoming new short Sanjay's Super Team with director Sanjay Patel offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process.

- BOOM! Studios will help celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts with a look at what they have planned in their new series of comic books. Perhaps a look at the upcoming Blue Sky animated feature will also be on hand?

- Yoshinori Ono is back to reveal new information of what fans can expect next year in Street Fighter V. What's more, Capcom and UDON Comics are bringing the famed Street Fighter character designer Akira Yasuda, aka AKIMAN, to Comic Con for the first time!

- Conan O'Brien will be spending all week shooting episodes of Conan at San Diego. He will also serve as moderator to the mega Lionsgate panel spotlighting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 with Jennifer Lawrence and The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel.

- Alex Hirsch returns to talk a bit about what's happened so far in Gravity Falls and hint at what fans can expect following the mid-season cliffhanger months ago.

- Spotlight on fan favorite Skottie Young, illustrator of the new Rocket Raccoon series, the recent Marvel Babies entries, and the acclaimed Marvel adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Wonderful World of Oz.

- Peter Capaldi will be making his first appearance at Comic Con as the new Doctor Who! He will be joined by Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, and executive producer Steven Moffat to preview what new adventures the Doctor and Clara will have in the next season. Moffat will then stick around the preview what's next for the equally popular Sherlock.

- Linda Jones and Ruth Clampett will get a chance to talk about what its like being the daughters of the legendary Looney Tunes animators Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett as well as how they managed to step out of their shadows to form their own legacies.

- Powers has become a big hit on Playstation. Comic creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming join the cast and crew of the TV series to talk about the differences between the two mediums and what's the come in season two.

- This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first appearances of The Joker, Catwoman, and Robin. DC Comics will be running a number of celebratory events throughout the week.

- Spotlight on Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of the cult favorites Johnny The Homicidal Maniac and Invader ZIM.

- Creator Anthony Yerkovich will be joined by cast members Michael Talbott, Olivia Brown, and Edward James Olmos in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the smash hit TV series Miami Vice.

- Warner Bros. will have a premiere screening of new animated feature Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery. Afterward will be a Q&A with stars Matthew Lillard, Grey Griffin, and legendary band themselves, KISS! Moderated by guest stars Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

- A documentary on the life and career of legendary animator Floyd Norman will be previewed with attendees getting to shower Norman himself with celebrations and tributes.


- Famed Marvel and DC artist Ed McGuinness will provide a How To session on illustration super heroes.

- Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be on hand to preview the continuing adventures of Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra in the best-selling Dark Horse Comic Books. They are also planning a surprise for fans.

- Every year, the My Little Pony panel gets bigger and bigger. This year is no exception and Hasbro will preview what's coming up for Twlight Sparkle and her friends, including a look at the next Equestria Girls special Friendship Games.

- Michael Uslan will help celebrate the 75th anniversary of legendary pulp comic heroes The Shadow and Doc Savage.

- It wouldn't be Comic Con without the cast and crew of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead on hand to preview what new horrors will be faced. Later, the new spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead will be previewed with its cast and crew.

- Marvel has a lot of plans for what will become of the universe following Secret Wars. Chief among them is the All-New, All-Different Avengers. The creative team will be on-hand to preview this new look at the flagship super team.

- Traditional animation is still key at Disney as animators Willie Ito, Dale Baer, Randy Haycock, Tom Sito, Adam Dykstra, and Mike Polvani will explain in a special panel.

- A 40th anniversary celebration of Industrial Light and Magic will be on-hand, looking back at the studio that revolutionized special and visual effects.

- Mike Tyson returns to preview the next season of what has appeared to be a successful adult swim series in the Mike Tyson Mysteries.

- Disney XD will look at hit new shows Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and Star vs. The Forces of Evil along of previews of upcoming shows Pickle & Peanut and Future-Worm!

- It wouldn't be Comic Con with the cast of crew of the HBO series Game of Thrones on hand to preview what new suspenseful, and perhaps controversial, surprises they have in store.

- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the high science-fiction classic Lost in Space and the original kids Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, and Marta Kristen join co-star Mark Goddard in the festivities as well as launching the blu ray release of the entire series.

- Spotlight on Katie Cook, fan favorite illustrator of various Marvel projects and the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book series.

- Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi will be making their first international appearance to talk about the launch of their new manga series based on the legendary hero ULTRAMAN!

- Jeph Loeb will preview what's new from Marvel Television from current shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter to forthcoming Netflix shows such as Jessica Jones and season two of Daredevil.

- FUNimation will preview the return of Dragon Ball Z in Resurrecton "F" along with the American dub voices of Goku and Vegeta themselves Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat.

- Friday is generally designated Star Wars Day at Comic Con. And this year it gets bigger than ever with the highly anticipated LucasFilm panel with producer Kathleen Kennedy, The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, and Episodes V, VI, VIII and IX writer Lawrence Kasdan to preview what Disney is about to unleash from a galaxy far, far away.

- Ash is back! Starz will present a first look at their upcoming series Ash vs. Evil Dead with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on hand along with co-star Lucy Lawless.

- What's this? There's another world premiere screening? Why, it's the latest DC animated feature Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Plus a Q&A with executive producer Bruce Timm and stars Michael C. Hall, Tamara Taylor, C. Thomas Howell, Paget Brewster, and more.

- It wouldn't be Comic Con without Kevin Smith with his own panel. Smith will talk about present projects, the latest on Mallbrats, what's coming up in Comic Book Men, and preview his next film Yoga Hosers starring his daughter Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Depp, and the latter girl's dad who is some guy named Johnny Depp.

- This year marks the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, celebrating the best in comic books over the past year. Guest presenters include Edward James Olmos, Shane West, Jonathan Ross, and more.


- SpongeBob SquarePants is still going strong and, along with previewing what's coming up on the hit Nickelodeon series, the cast will be on hand for a live table read of the episode "Idiot Box".

- After the events that ended season 4, things are about the get darker and darker in Storybrooke. The cast and crew of Once Upon a Time will be on hand to preview season 5 of the hit ABC drama.

- Marvel Animation is about to explode. Previewing The Avengers taking on Ultron, Ultimate Spider-Man battling the Sinister Six, and the Guardians of the Galaxy joining the fray.

- Warner Bros. is pulling no punches. Cast and crew of Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice, Hugh Jackman and the cast and crew of Pan, and the cast of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

- It's Saturday, which means the legendary Quick Draw is back. Mark Evanier hosts the hilariously popular improv illustration session with Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and returning third-man Floyd Norman.

- The cast and crew of The Simpsons will preview what's to come in the record-breaking 27th season, including a sneak peek at "Treehouse of Horror XXVI".

- Matt Smith is going on a pair of horrifying journeys in his post-Doctor Who run and both films will be previewed at Comic Con. The first is the highly anticipated adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starring Lily James. The second is Patient Zero.

- This year marks the tenth anniversary of BOOM! Studios. See how the comic book publication house has succeeded over the past ten years and what they have planned in the years to come.

- Round One of Cartoon Voices, hosted by Mark Evanier, will feature Keone Young, Pat Musick, Eric Bauza, Jessica DiCicco, Phil Morris, and Josh Robert Thompson.

- Seth MacFarlane will be joined by a who's who of co-stars looking at what's coming up in Family Guy and American Dad as well as preview his new show Bordertown.

- Quentin Tarantino is back and he's bringing the cast and a preview of his upcoming feature The Hateful Eight.

- VIZ Media will provide a look at their bringing back the legendary Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comic that appeared years ago in the pages of Nintendo Power magazine.

- Legendary comic book cover artist Adam Hughes will provide a How To session on illustrating with traditional and digital mediums.

- Spotlight on The Man himself, Stan Lee. Nuff said.

- Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, and the rest of the cast of Babylon 5 reunite to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular science-fiction series.

- Spotlight on Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

- Jhonen Vasquez will preview the return of Invader ZIM in comic book form through Oni Press.

- You thought you could go through a Comic Con without Chris Hardwick. You thought wrong. One of the many panels Chris is moderating is Legendary Pictures, previewing their upcoming films Warcraft and Crimson Peak.

- Spotlight on Jim Steranko, the magician turned comic book creator who revolutionized Marvel with Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

- The Muppet Show is coming back. Join the crew and even some of the Muppets themselves as they preview their new show coming this fall to ABC.

- This year marks the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner's legendary hero The Spirit. Comic book icons will gather to tell how influential the character was and what Dynamite Entertainment has planned for the new series of comic books.

- Joss Whedon will get a chance to talk about what he's got planned now that he's handing off The Avengers to a new set of directors.

- Bryan Fuller and Hugh Dancy will be among those on hand to preview what will become the farewell series of Hannibal. Unless they have a surprise in store about the show's future at a possible new home...

- Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski, the acclaimed writer of Amazing Spider-Man and Thor comics as well as the creator of Babylon 5 and the new Netflix series Sense8.

- If the hints and teases are any indication, Bryan Singer will present a first look at X-Men: Apocalypse. After all, he'll also be hosting a screening of The Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past later in the evening.

- Chuck Palahniuk is returning to his most acclaimed work Fight Club. And he's doing the official sequel as a comic book. Hear from Chuck as he talks about going back to the most intense trip ever with help from Dark Horse Comics.

- It's Saturday Night! Time for the ever popular Comic Con Masquerade! Cosplay at its finest on full display on stage.


- Spotlight on Jonathan Hickman, the top-ranked Marvel writer of Fantastic Four and The Avengers.

- TV Guide will lead a farewell to the beloved Phineas and Ferb with creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh along with stars Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, and Dee Bradley Baker.

- Spotlight on Jeff Smith, creator of the ever popular comic book series Bone.

- There's another world premiere screening! This time, it's LEGO DC Super Heroes Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!

- Ryan Murphy will preview his horror projects American Horror Story: Hotel with Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Boomer and others along with his new series Scream Queens with Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and others.

- Yet another world premiere screening! Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem!

- Revered video game designer Goichi Suda, a.k.a. SUDA51, will provide a look at how to much games like Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer 7, No More Heroes, and the soon-to-be-released Let It Die.

- Legendary comic book artist and DC co-publisher Jim Lee will host a How To session on illustrating. But the real fun is the embarrassment he receives from daughters asking personal questions like having money to buy a bra and his mother demanding he give her whatever it is he's drawing.

- Tim Kring will preview the return of Heroes with Heroes Reborn alongside the cast of the new series.


And this is just the highlights of the programming list. There's a heck a lot more going on with who will be doing autographs, off-site events, and more.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Ben » July 3rd, 2015, 7:49 am

Phew...every year since 2008 I check the lists and lament that I can't get there, and every year I hope that there isn't *too* much that I will be unhappy at missing.

This year, while there's tons of lovely things happening that anyone would want to be a part of, I can honestly say that it wouldn't otherwise be a banner year for me personally.

Sure, I'd like to be there to pick up some unexpected stuff and meet unexpected people, but knowing I can't doesn't have me as disappointed as it might.

No doubt someone will be sharing their experiences, though? ;)

Honestly, you should come write for us officially...

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 4th, 2015, 11:03 pm

Write for you guys officially... Not a bad idea... :mrgreen:

Here's the highlight of those scheduled to do autograph signings this year:

- Doctor Who Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez
- Adam Savage of Mythbusters
- Felicia Day of Geek and Sundry
- Stan Lee
- Kazuki Takahashi, creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Multiple Once Upon a Time cast sessions featuring Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White), Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills/Evil Queen), Josh Dallas (David Nolan/Prince Charming), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Georgina Haig (Elsa), and more
- Gravity Falls Cast: Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Rob Renzetti
- Battlestar Galactica Cast: Edward James Olmos, Tahmoh Penikett, Kandyse McClure, Sam Witwer
- Star vs. The Forces of Evil Cast: Daron Nefcy, Eden Sher, Adam McArthur
- Land of the Lost Cast: Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phil Paley
- Wander Over Yonder Cast: April Winchell, Craig McCracken, Jack McBrayer, Fred Tatasciore
- Babylon 5 Cast: Bruce Boxleitner, Mira Furlan, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Bill Mumy, Stephen Furst, Patricia Tallman, Robin Atkin Downes
- Phineas and Ferb Cast: Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, Dee Bradley Baker
- Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica
- Debi Derryberry of Jimmy Neutron
- Cindy Morgan of TRON
- EG Daily of Rugrats
- Brian O'Halloran and Marilyn Ghigliotti of Clerks
- Skottie Young, illustrator of Rocket Raccoon
- Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series
- Nancy Cartwright of The Simpsons
- Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers
- Mindy Sterling of The Legend of Korra
- J. Michael Strazynski, creator of Babylon 5 and author of The Amazing Spider-Man
- SuperMansion Cast and Crew: Bryan Cranston, Jillian Bell, Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Zeb Wells, Joe Madureira
- Alyssa Milano
- Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo
- Avatar: The Last Airbender Creators: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
- Mike Mignola
- Guillermo Del Toro
- Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
- Jim Lee
- Gail Simone
- Grant Morrison
- Geoff Johns
- Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Scorpion Cast: Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong, Ari Stidham
- Samantha Newark, original voice of Jem in Jem and the Holograms
- Eric Powell, creator of The Goon
- Todd McFarlane
- SUDA51, creator of Lollipop Chainsaw
- Agent Carter Cast and Crew: Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Chris Dingess, Louis D’Esposito, Jeph Loeb
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast and Crew: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeph Loeb
- Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Invader Zim
- Marc Silvestri, illustrator of X-Men
- Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim
- The Muppets Cast and Crew
- The Walking Dead Cast and Crew
- Archer Cast and Crew
- Bob's Burgers Cast and Crew
- Famly Guy Cast and Crew
- Gotham Cast and Crew
- The Simpsons Cast and Crew
- The Strain Cast and Crew
- American Horror Story Cast and Crew
- Screem Queens Cast and Crew
- Tom Kenny, voice of SpongeBob SquarePants
- Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cast and Crew
- Ash vs. Evil Dead Cast and Crew: Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Craig DiGregorio, Ivan Raimi, Lucy Lawless
- Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Cast: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Pauley Perrette, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes
- Game of Thrones Cast
- Mike Tyson Mysteries Cast
- Supergirl Cast
- Bryan Fuller, creator of Pushing Daisies and Hannibal
- Outlander Cast and Crew
- Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One
- William Shatner
- Seth Meyers
- Shinji Higuchi, director of Attack on Titan
- Lloyd Kaufman, head of Troma Pictures
- The Aquabats
- Kirk Von Hammett, guitarist of Metallica
- Bill Plympton
- Eli Roth, director of Hostel (off-site)

There will, of course, be some surprise signings throughout.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 8th, 2015, 2:57 am

I will try to do write-ups throughout the week. As back-up, though, I'm also gonna try my hand at doing video logs. Here's my first one.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 9th, 2015, 12:18 am

Hey guys, here's my brief report from Preview Night.

I spent a good deal hanging out at the Disney Infinity Pop-Up station on the opposite side of Petco Park parallel to the Convention Center. This turned out to be a fun preview of what's to come in 3.0 as we were given a chance to demo levels from the Twilight of the Force, Rise Against the Empire, and Inside Out playsets. I enjoyed trying out Ahsoka in the Twilight playset and got an idea of how to handle the X-Wing in the Rise playset. It was quite thrilling. Playing the demos at least once nets you a free lithograph of concept art and it's my understanding that there will be a different lithograph each day. Participating in this interactive photo op, where you are placed in a digital setting of your choice with an Infinity character of your choice, nets you one free 3.0 figurine between Mickey, Quorra, Sadness, Yoda, and Sabine. I picked Sabine because I like Rebels. And by pre-ordering 3.0 there at the station, you get the Vader figurine for free. So I'm already up two figures!

Made it in late to the exhibit hall, so I didn't get a whole lot of time to do stuff. Nevertheless, I managed to get a few pick-ups. From the UDON booth, I picked up four of the six Con exclusive hardcovers, one of which is the AKIMAN edition of the Street Fighter 25 book, allowing me entry into AKIMAN's autograph signing on Saturday. I stopped by Chris Sanders' booth and he had a novel on sale called Rescue Sirens. He didn't have any new sketchbooks this year, as he's been busy with other projects, but noted that he was planning on putting together a comprehensive sketchbook that would include new sketches sometime in the future. I ended the day with a trip to J. Scott Campbell's booth to pick up the lithograph of his cover to Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 along with a black and white cover copy of the book itself. Got him to sign the lithograph and got my picture with him, which I kept forgetting to do for years. While waiting in line, we learned that he was finally doing a new fairy tale calendar for 2016, which is scheduled to be released end of summer beginning of fall.

My ability to get wi-fi connection appears to have suddenly been limited, so the video logs may not be up in time as I hoped. Nevertheless, I'll still try to get some reports in when possible.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 10th, 2015, 11:55 am

Here's me Day One report. As noted, I have WiFi issues so I know I'm a little late, as are my video logs.

I swung into the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront and caught the tail end of an interesting panel with writer Grant Morrison on exploring the influence of all forms of mythology in super hero books and his current attempt to launch an Indian hero to Western audiences.

This turned into a fun segue into the panel proper I was attending, the screening of the upcoming Pixar short Sanjay's Super Team, which will be playing in front of The Good Dinosaur in November we. The short was a beauty with a touching story about differing generations and the cultures they inhabit along with wonderful, vibrant colors. They did a nice behind-the-scenes presentation afterwards with concept art, director Sanjay Patel doing his pitch of the original version of the story with storyboards, animation tests with reference footage, and store. There was even a trivia contest where winners got books that Sonjay had published. Following a second screening of the short was the Q&A, which I participated in, which netted me a great poster of the film. A great panel that was just oodles of fun.

Instead of trying to do both the Gravity Falls panel and autograph signing, I got in line early for the autograph signing. This was a good call as the line was already filling up when I got there an hour before the signing was to start and it was capped a little half-an-hour later by the time the panel was done. As a result of the line being super packed, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, and the others would have to speed sign, thereby no personalizing of the autographs. While waiting I had done a sketch and thought about getting them to sign that, but I felt there wasn't enough space for them to do so. So they signed the poster Disney was handing out, but Kristen was kind enough to convince the others, and me, to also get my sketch signed. Such a lovely woman. I managed to get a word in to Alex about the influence the show was now having on my brother's work I had to move out of the way for others.

With some free time, I managed to get some additional autographs and pictures. First one I got was from EG Daily. Another lovely woman, she had noted to a fan that as he would be launching a voice coaching seminar through Amazon in a few weeks. Details would be found at her website, easily.com. I then got to meet Clerks stars Brian O'Halloran and Marilyn Ghigliotti. Brian made mention of the lamenting they had of the animated series not going to UPN as originally planned as they a whole 12-episode season ready to be commissioned before Disney, owning Miramax at the time, stepped in. They were fun people to meet.

I killed a couple hours before heading over to the Ernest Cline signing at the Penguin Publishing booth. This become a slightly chaotic moment in lining up as Ernie is a highly regarded geek champion and they were giving out free copies of Ready Player One for him to sign. Like the Gravity Falls signing, it was pretty much a sign and go set-up, all the more so with there being only an hour before the Exhibit Hall was to close. I manages to get in a quick thanks to Ernie and a mention of art imitating life with regards to the debate of whether or not Ladyhawke was a good movie.

I left the Convention Center to drop off stuff and get dinner before returning to check out the panel that was previewing the forthcoming documentary on Disney legend Floyd Norman. The teaser of the film they showed was fantastic and has me really looking forward to the whole thing. But the panel was just as great. Along with Floyd were his wife, his long-time partner Leo Sullivan, Gary Trousdale, Paul Dini, Tom Sito, and more. The panel was just a celebration of Floyd, hearing stories from him and about him. Though we were a couple weeks late, we nonetheless sang him Happy Birthday to cap of the panel. I got to meet up with Gary afterward to express my admiration for Atlantis: The Lost Empire to his delight. We heard that he's been moved over to DreamWorks' theme park attractions division and is overseeing a new shriek attraction.

That's Day One in the books. We'll see how Day Two goes.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 10th, 2015, 10:15 pm

Finally managed to get the time and WiFi spot to get Video Logs #2, #3 and #4 up.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 10th, 2015, 10:59 pm

Day Two is pretty much in the books for me. Here's the rundown of what I experienced.

I went to the Exhibit Hall early because I wanted to nab tickets to the Ash vs Evil Dead signing later in the day. I made it just as the line at the Starz booth was capped. However, I found out that it was a lottery style drawing and there were only fifteen tickets left. Given the amount of people in line, I decided I couldn't take the chance and bailed.

I made it to a good enough spot in line for the My Little Pony panel, I actually think I was in the same spot in line last year. They let us in with a good 45 minutes before the panel proper started so the room girl took the mic to help kill time. It was a great set up in which the sound guy messed with songs to playing up her name and something goofy she might be talking about. The audience joined in to play around with her, asking her to list her favorite Doctor (which she refused to do), what was on her Netflix queue, and more. It was very jubilant and adds to the flair of Comic Con.

The My Little Pony panel proper started with a clip of tomorrow's episode, which finds Princess Luna experiencing a bad dream (which in her case is a happy ending to a dream). Of the cast, only Andrea Libman and Ashleigh Ball (making her Comic Con debut) showed, but made the most of it. At one point they were asked to voice their characters on a car trip to Comic Con, so we had Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Applejack commenting about the trip and then for fun Lyra and Bon Bon were thrown in. Meghan McCarthy, a month into her new role as Head of Storytelling at Hasbro, arrived with a cast (pink one as it were) on her leg, but soldiered on. They announced that season six was in the process of being made while showing off storyboards to what's coming up in season five, such as the return of a notable antagonist (Starlight Glimmer) and what some of the crew have joking picked out as the new "Frozen" anthem for the show, performed by guest star Lena Hall (Tony Award winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch). They also aired the trailer for the next Equestria Girls special Friendship Games and even noted that there's a true MLP: Friendship is Magic movie in the works. Most of the fan questions related to the much beloved 100th episode and the desire to see more stories with the background ponies.

I had planned to meet Nancy Cartwright during the day, but she was taking a lunch break. Though I was only in line for a few minutes, I decided to step out to see the Disney Animators: The Power of 2D panel. This turned out to be a good call because the panel became packed. I was going to take one of four open seats when a man asked if I was going to take that one. That man was Tom Bancroft and with him included other animators like his brother Tony and Floyd Norman. Naturally, I told Tom they could take the seats and managed to find one behind them. Turned out that sitting behind me was Rick Farmiloe and he was up for doing sketches for folks sitting with him, which included a pair of squealing Little Mermaid fangirls. So I managed to get a Scuttle sketch from him as well.

Present on the panel proper where Willie Ito, Dale Baer, Randy Haycock, Tom Sito, and Mike Polvani as they talked about how important traditional animation remains at Disney, whether it is making actual 2D films or applying their expertise and training to the CG animators to help them make the animation be more like the Disney films of old. It was quite an informative panel and very much pushed how the 2D animators are finding themselves having to take the type of teaching mantle the 9 Old Men had for them towards the new generation of animators. After the panel I managed to get Randy to do a quick sketch of Kida, even though he had not drawn her in quite some time. Still looked good to me.

After getting autographs from Mindy Sterling and the cast of Star vs. The Forces of Evil, I headed in line to get into the Ash vs. Evil Dead panel. While waiting, I got interviewed by a video crew from Starz, so I just might pop up in some promotion material for the show. The Ash vs. Evil Dead panel was as ruckus and awesome as I could have imagined with Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi cutting loose in the same room along with Lucy Lawless. They showed the first true trailer for the show and announced that premiere will be Halloween night. Just a lot of great joking around by everyone on stage and at one point Bruce hosted an impromptu Ash cosplay contest that was won by a girl. The Q&A was also as fun with Bruce living up to his threat at one point that if someone from the official Q&A line asked a stupid question he'd compensate by finding a better one from the audience. I was crying with laughter throughout the panel.

Tomorrow is the big Saturday of Comic Con, so I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to throw in the report or the next video log.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 11th, 2015, 11:36 am

Managed to get the new video log up this morning. Groovy.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 12th, 2015, 1:52 am

Day Three is in the books for me.

I got into the Marvel Animation panel, though I missed the majority of their preview of the next season of Avengers Assemble. I caught the preview for how season three of Ultimate Spider-Man will end, with the Contest of Champions story arc, as well as previewing the next season's Sinister Six plot. It was announced that next season would see Agents Simmons and Fitz fro Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show up and Zola will be voiced by Mark Hamill. Guardians of the Galaxy was then highlighted, with the proper one-hour premiere being on September 26, though the first part will get an advanced screening on September 5. And then they showed that first part to the Comic Con audience. The pilot was a nice balance of what was familiar from the movie and elements of the comics being incorporated. The Q&A saw the panel wanting more kids to ask questions and they thought one girl dressed as Ms. Marvel (the current incarnation in the books) was so adorable they added her to their panel. Very sweet.

Immediately after was the ever famous Quick Draw, hosted by Mark Evanier and featuring Sergio Aragones. Fellow regular Scott Shaw could not attend this year as he recently suffered a shattered ankle and is currently bed-ridden. Original third man Floyd Norman was promoted to second man for the year and Mike Kazaleh stepped in to fill the third man role. Despite the lack of Scott, we still got a great deal of Sergio and Mark banter along with great illustrations. A running theme during this year was Sergio drawing himself running in fear of something with Mark throwing out different things he is running from. Early in the program, Mark called Scott, placing the phone the mic so everyone could hear. During this, the artists illustrated what they thought Scott would be doing while he recovered. No words could do justice to the hilarious fun to be had attending the Quick Draw and needs to be checked out any time one manages an opportunity to.

The only other program I attended today was screening the annual Masquerade costume contest from the Sails Pavilion. The costumes were decent enough, though there were a number of stand-outs. A fun stand-out was portraying what the Star Wars panel the previous night must've really been liked as a musical with JJ Abrams being crowned "King of the Force". There was a great Big Hero 6 showcase and there was a fun bit where some of the Disney Princesses engaged in "Waltz 101" mixing the typical waltz music with modern pop songs like "Call Me Maybe" and "Happy". The winners will be announced much later tonight and then revealed in the daily newsletter updates in the morning.

Will try to get a video log up tomorrow at some point. But that's it for the brief reports and the last day will be spent in the Exhibit Hall with my niece. A full on written report of the overall Comic Con experience will be forthcoming.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 13th, 2015, 5:52 pm

My video log covering Day Three. The last video log and hopefully the full written report will be coming afterward.

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dacey » July 28th, 2015, 1:58 pm

Our site's official Comic-Con recap is now up. Many thanks to Lord Akiyama for giving us this. :)

http://animatedviews.com/2015/avs-exclu ... con-recap/
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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » July 28th, 2015, 9:13 pm

Yay, I'm a contributor! :mrgreen:

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Re: 2015 San Diego Comic Con

Post by Dan » August 2nd, 2015, 12:50 pm

Quick wrap up, here's a collection of my additional pics from the event with a bunch of cosplay on display.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... ee994a1443

That's it for Comic Con. Next up, D23.

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