Thursday programming for the San Diego Comic-Con is back in the game, with hopefully Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the “on deck” circle. They’ve also announced a special preview night screening of the new Fox TV show Fringe:
6:00–7:30 and 7:30-9:00 Fringe Pilot Screenings—Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly present two exclusive premiere screenings of the pilot episode of Fringe, the highly anticipated new FOX series from J.J. Abrams (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind the upcoming Star Trek feature, Mission: Impossible 3 and Alias. When an international flight lands at Boston’s Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, The Pacific) is called in to investigate. When the search nearly kills her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley, Boston Legal), a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), our generation’s Einstein. There’s only one catch: He’s been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son, Peter (Josh Jackson, Shutter), in to help. Under Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick, The Wire), our trio will discover that what happened on that fatal flight is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth. Fringe also stars Kirk Acevedo (Oz), Blair Brown (The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd) and Jasika Nicole (The Mastersons of Manhattan). From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe premieres September 9 and airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on FOX. (Please note: we will clear the room between screenings. Seating is limited. Pick the screening time that works best for you!) Ballroom 20
If you’re attending Thursday, you could see panels featuring (sing this to the tune of We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel … or not, since I’m not clever enough to make it rhyme): Grant Morrison & Stan Lee, Heroes‘ Greg Grunberg, Jamie McKelvie, The Batman: The Animated Series team of Bruce Timm & Paul Dini, J. Michael Straczynski, Keith Knight, Sims creator Will Wright, Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, former rapper Markie Mark Wahlberg and current rapper Ludacris, Paul Gulacy, Roy Thomas, Rick Geary, James Robinson, Geoff Johns, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Eoin Colfer, every X-writer, The MiddleMan, Robert Rodriguez, Todd Klein, Sam Raimi, The Rock, Carla Gugino, Chip Kidd, Wil Wheaton … geez, I could go on all day. Go look for yourself.
As always, if you have any updates about your SDCC plans — where you’re signing, where you’re hanging out, what you’re debuting — lemme know. Now on to the updates …
Devil’s Due will debut a graphic novel at the show called Chopper Zombie by Thom Beers, the creator of Ice Road Truckers and Monster Garage. Per the press release:
Already heating up the Internet in webcomic form on ChopperZombie.com, the 144-page graphic novel will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con alongside a custom zombie chopper assembled by the same creators who produced Monster Garage. The Comic-Con premier will also include signings by Chopper Zombie’s creative team at the DDP booth and a special panel appearance by Original Productions President Philip Segal.
The action will kick off at DDP’s 6:00 p.m. Comic-Con panel on Thursday, July 24. After premiering at San Diego, Chopper Zombie will land in stores July 30.
Greg Rucka says he’ll be in San Diego:
Although I am not listed on — as far as I know — any of the SDCC information, I will be attending the show.
Schedule is TBA at this point. I expect to be signing at Oni and DC, but dates and times are still being coordinated. I’m confirmed for a signing at the Bantam booth on Friday, where we’ll be giving away copies of Patriot Acts. As for panels, I suspect I’ll be at the Dark Castle one on Thursday, and perhaps the DC Nation panel, also on Thursday, as well as a handful of others. I am confirmed for the Gays in Comics panel on Saturday at 5:45.
I should add, at this point, that the lack of information confirming that I’ll be at the show is my own damn fault and no one else’s. I never got it together to actually register, so it’s not like anyone had a reason to believe I’d be attending.
Oh the irony.
Ryan over at Marvel.com has posted Marvel’s panel schedule, which goes through Sunday. Find out when you can see previews of the new Iron Man and Wolverine & the X-Men cartoons.
Chris Pitzer said AdHouse won’t be exhibiting at the show this year, but did send on information about “AdAssociated” creators who will be at the show:
• James Jean signing XOXO. Details: Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Chronicle Books Booth 1637
• Paul Pope signing Karimbah! Details: Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Kid Robot Booth 4529
• Fred Chao hanging with his homies: All the time? Table M14. Special deal: Buy all three issues of Johnny Hiro and receive a free limited edition S&N print!
On his blog, Bryan Lee O’Malley says he’ll have some news at the show. “We are planning to reveal the cover art, full title and release date for SCOTT PILGRIM VOL. 5 at San Diego Comic Con later this month.” Cool.
Recent Master’s recipient Ryan Claytor will have a new book at the show:
I’ll have a new book to offer. I’m publishing my recently completed Masters Thesis on Autobiography in Comics. It’s a limited-edition (only 150 copies total), version with additional illustrations, comics, and a photographic documentation of my thesis exhibition.
He’ll be in the Small Press Pavilion at table K7.
DK Publishing will be set up in the Lucasfilm area with several special guests:
Jason Fry has written extensively for Star Wars Insider, Star Wars Gamer, and Wizards of the Coast. A longtime obsessive about Star Wars geography, he is the co-author of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Visual Guide, which will officially release at the convention on July 26th 2008.
DK Booth Signing: Saturday, 7/26: 10 am – 12 pm
Dan Wallace has written more than a dozen books exploring the workings of the DC Comics, Marvel and Star Wars universes, including The Marvel Encyclopedia, The DC Comics Encyclopedia and six volumes in the Star Wars Essential Guide series including the New York Times-bestseller Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters. He is a regular contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine. DK Booth Signings: Thurs. 7/24: 5 pm – 6 pm
Ryder Windham is the author of over fifty Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and the New York Times-bestseller Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide. He has written junior novelizations of Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies and scripted numerous comics. An occasional freelance cartoonist and storyboard artist, he is an instructor and Certificate Program Advisor for Comics and Sequential Art at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education. Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection, will be released in August 2008 and will be on sale exclusively in the DK booth throughout the show. DK Booth Signings: Fri. 7/25: 11 am – 12 pm; Sat. 7/26: 1 pm – 2 pm
Danny Fingeroth is former Group Editor of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man line, consulted on early versions of what was to become 2002′s “Spider-Man” movie, and has written comics for Marvel and other companies. He’s the author of the forthcoming Rough Guide to Graphic Novels (September 08), and a variety of other books on superheroes, comics, and the psychology underlying the appeal of each. A recognized expert on superheroes and comics, Fingeroth has spoken The Smithsonian Institution, Comic-Con International, and the Bremen Jewish Museum in Atlanta , as well as on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Today Show,” and has written for publications including The Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun.
Chris Trevas has been an official Star Wars artist since 1995. He began as an illustrator for West End Games’ Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, producing artwork for publications like Heroes & Rogues, the Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook, Instant Adventures, and the Star Wars Adventure Journal. He has contributed to numerous other projects, including Wizards of the Coast’s Arms & Equipment Guide and their Star Wars Miniatures line. He is the author of an ongoing feature in Star Wars Insider titled, “Set Piece.” Trevas is the illustrator of Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection, which will be released in August 2008 and will be on sale exclusively in the DK booth throughout the show.
DK Booth Signings: Wed. 7/23: 7 pm – 8 pm; Fri. 7/25: 11 am – 12 pm; Sat. 7/26: 3 pm – 4 pm
Chris Reiff is a frequent contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine, co-authoring ten “Set Piece” articles for the publication. He is also the co-founder with Trevas of the website “The Parts of Star Wars.” Reiff was the designer of the Riddell miniature Star Wars helmets, and most recently illustrated Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection, which will be released in August 2008 and will be on sale exclusively in the DK booth throughout the show. DK Booth Signings: Wed. 7/23: 7 pm – 8 pm; Fri. 7/25: 11 am – 12 pm; Sat. 7/26: 3 pm – 4 pm
Matt Busch, Bonnie Burton, Tom Hodges
Bonnie Burton, author of You Can Draw Star Wars is a full-time writer/editor for StarWars.com. Her articles, projects and writings can also be found in Star Wars Insider and Lucasfilm magazine and on her website Grrl.com.
You Can Draw Star Wars illustrator Matt Busch is a top entertainment artist and has been acclaimed by critics as the “Rock Star of Illustration.” Busch has worked on numerous Star Wars books, posters, and products, including “How To Draw Star Wars” articles for both Star Wars Kids magazine and StarWars.com. Busch is a professor of Media and Communication Arts art Macomb College , north of Detroit , Michigan .
You Can Draw Star Wars illustrator Tom Hodges developed the online Star Wars Hyperspace exclusive webstrip “Reversal of Fortune” and also creates portraits for Artist Sketch Cards in the Topps Heritage collectible card series.
DK Booth Signing: Sunday. 7/27: 10 am – 11 am