Friday, July 23 is Star Wars Day at San Diego Comic-Con. Bring a lightsaber. SDCC announced its Friday schedule this morning. Even if you're one of the few that isn't into Star Wars, there will be plenty to do. Here are our picks from the schedule. Feel free to leave your own in the comment section.
When we saw Daniel Dae Kim at CAPE's Legacy Series event in May, he spoke briefly about Hawaii Five-O. It seemed intriguing. The show has some great talent involved, including Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), director Len Wiseman (Underworld) and producers Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Peter M. Lenkov (24).
"Spotlight on Moto Hagio"
Moto Hagio is a trailblazer in the world of manga. The award-winning writer and artist is a pivotal figure in the world of shojo (girl) manga. She also helped to popularize the male-male romance stories known as "boys' love." Still, much of her work isn't widely available in the U.S. This Q & A session coincides with the release of short story collection Drunken Dreams and will be moderated by Matt Thorn, who conducted a lengthy interview with her a few years ago.
"Comic-Con How-To Session: Costuming with Sabrina Belly Dancer"
We saw Sabrina Belly Dancer perform at Gothla US earlier this year. At Comic-Con, though, she will be teaching people how to make costume bras and, if there's time, will offer con make-up tips. This should be a great session for cosplayers.
"Dark Horse Comics: Make Contact in 2010"
Want to know what's in store for Dark Horse Comics? Find out at this panel. My Chemical Romance fans take note, Gerard Way is featured on this panel.
Geoff Boucher, LA Times' Hero Complex writer, moderates this exclusive-filled panel for the Battlestar Galactica prequel series.
"Cartoon Network: Comedy Animation"
Have you seen Adventure Time yet? It's a fun, surreal trip that reminds us of video game quests. Creator Pendleton Ward will be on hand at this panel, along with voice actors Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake) and Tom Kenny (Ice King).
"Spotlight on Michael Zulli"
This is a must for Sandman mega-fans. Artist Michael Zulli is well known for his exquisite work on the series. He's also a Comic-Con special guest this year and will be talking about his book, The Fracture of the Universal Boy.
This star-studded panel about the forthcoming comedy film Super features Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler and Nathan Fillion.
"Yo Gabba Gabba!"
Yo Gabba Gabba! is more than just a kids show. It's unusual, retro costume design and incorporation of great musical guests (did you see the Ladytron episode?) has made it a pop culture phenomenon that crosses generations. This will be co-creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz first time at Comic-Con on behalf of the show.
"Peanuts Turns 60"
For those of who learned how to read with Peanuts comic strips in the Sunday newspaper, this look back at the work of Charles M. Schulz, and peek at what's to come from the Peanuts world, should be a treat.
"Miramax Films: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"
Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey offer a preview of their new horror film. Need we say more?
"Star Wars Day: Star Wars Trivia Game Show"
If I were you, I would start brushing up on my Star Wars knowledge right about now.
"The Joss Whedon Experience"
He's back. Joss Whedon returns to Comic-Con for his popular Q&A sessions.
"VIZ Media's Vampire Knight Panel"
We know that there are a lot of Vampire Knight cosplayers out there and this is the chance to pull your Cross Academy uniform out of the closet and maybe win a prize. Manga editor Nancy Thistlethwaite and voice actors Mela Lee, Vic Mignogna and Ethan Murray will be there.
"Sony Pictures Entertainment: The Other Guys and The Green Hornet"
Sony has a few sneak peeks for you in Hall H. We're curious to see what Michel Gondry brings to The Green Hornet.
"Adult Swim Panel Featuring Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, and Metalocalypse"
Last year, The Venture Bros. panel was by far the most entertaining panel we attended during our convention travels. This year, Adult Swim is bringing together Venture Bros. co-writers Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, Robot Chicken's Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and Tom Root and Metalocalypse co-creator/Dethklok frontman Brendon Small. We anticipate lots of laughter. Check out our interview and photos of Publick and Hammer in "Comic-Con 2009: Exclusive Photos and Interview with Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer of The Venture Bros."
"True Blood Panel and Q&A session"
The stars of True Blood, including Anna Pacquin and Stephen Moyer will be answering questions.
Check out clips from the animated spy comedy Archer and hear from show creator Adam Reed (who you might recognize from the brilliant Frisky Dingo) and Aisha Tyler.
"Simpsons Collectors Group"
Want to meet up with people who are on the same quest for Kang and Kodos figures as you? This gather is organized by Simpsonscollectors.com, which features an amazing (and well organized) list of all the Simpsons collectables available. (I didn't even know that there were Kang and Kodos figures, now I'm going to be on the lookout for them.)
"Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards"
Check out the nominees for the annual comic industry awards on the SDCC site.
"Worst Cartoons Ever"
We're not sure how impossibly bad the "worst cartoons ever" could be, but we're always willing to find out.
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"Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation: Sick and Twisted"
Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation has launched a fair share of now-famous cartoons (Mike Judge's "Frog Baseball" and Matt Stone and Trey Parker's "The Spirit of Christmas," to name a few), so it might be a good idea to stop by and see what's in store this year.
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