With the San Diego Comic-Con less than two weeks away, I asked the rest of the Blog@ gang: “If you could go to just one panel each day, what would you pick?” And here’s what they said …
Thursday (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Comic Creators — You’ll rarely find such a diverse, and talented, panel of creators: John Cassaday, Colleen Doran, Matt Fraction, Robert Kirkman, Mike Mignola and Grant Morrison.
Friday (noon-1 p.m.) 50 Years of Gay Legion of Super-Heroes Fandom — I’ve frequently read references to the Legion’s large gay following, so it’s nice to see that part of its fandom acknowledged.
Saturday (2:15-3:15 p.m.) Grant Morrison and Gerard Way: Born Under a Black Sun — It’s clear from interviews, and from Morrison’s introduction to The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, that the two are mutual admirers. The description promises that “this panel will change your life,” but while it may not do that, it certainly will entertain.
Sunday (2:30-4 p.m.) Cover Story: The Art of the Cover — As an admirer of great cover art and design, I couldn’t possibly pass up a conversation among Bryan Hitch, J.G. Jones, Jim Starlin and Ethan Van Sciver, moderated by Mark Evanier.
Thursday (2-3 p.m.) Spotlight on Signe Wilkinson — Wilkinson is an astounding talent. Easily one of the best editorial cartoonists working today. I know I’m curious to hear what she has to say.
Friday (5:30-6:30 p.m.) Spotlight on Kim Deitch — I’m very curious to hear more about Deitch’s upcoming work, Pictorama.
Saturday (1:15-2 p.m.) Spotlight on Tite Kubo — I’m not the biggest Bleach fan in the world, I confess. Still, how often is it that a manga-ka of Kubo’s stature comes stateside?
Sunday (3-4:30 p.m.) Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon TV Series 50th Anniversary — There was a Steve Canyon TV show?
Thursday (5-6 p.m.) Comics Experience: How to Write a Pitch! – Long ago, the Hunter-Killer Scriptbook was an inspirational read to learn about how an idea turns into a comic, so I expect great things from this panel.
Friday (10-11 a.m.) Marvel: Your Universe – “Marvel has been your universe and now more than ever they’d like to hear what you have to say about everything” They want to hear what I have to say? REALLY?? The panel could either end up in genius or tears.
Saturday (10 a.m.-Noon) World Premiere! Mutant Chronicles – The Punisher and Hellboy in a steampunk future? Even as a ‘work-in-progress’ this sounds like something to see (especially for old school gamers)
Sunday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Marvel: Women in Marvel – It’s in my contract.
Thursday (4-5 p.m.) Star Trek Without A Blueprint – It should be worthwhile just for Wil Wheaton, but I’d love to see if anyone asks about long-dead projects like the Voyager Technical Manual or the Hidden Frontier coffee-table book.
Friday (7:15-8:15 p.m.) MST3000 reunion – I can’t pass up the chance to see pretty much everyone who ever appeared on the show.
Saturday (Noon-1 p.m.) Howard Chaykin spotlight – American Flagg! really opened my eyes to the medium’s storytelling possibilities, and I’ve been a Chaykin fan ever since. Also, I’d hope there would be some news on those Flagg! collections we’ve been hearing about for the past few years.
Sunday (2:30-4 p.m.) Pro/Fan Trivia Deathmatch – Those things are always fun, and everyone’s a good sport. Plus, this year the subject is Teen Heroes of the ’70s and ’80s, so it’s right up my alley.
Thursday (noon-1 p.m. p.m.) How Not to Break into Comics — Jennifer de Guzman and Randy Jarrell share horror stories from bad pitches they’ve heard. Jennifer’s pretty outspoken on her blog about some of the ones she’s received, so I’m betting this will be no holds barred.
Friday (2-3 p.m.) The World of Graphic Novels – The line-up for this one includes some of the best graphic novel creators working today: Nick Abadzis, Eddie Campbell, Rutu Modan, Alex Robinson and Adrian Tomine.
Saturday (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Image Comics/Tori Amos – Well, Kevin already picked the Gerard Way panel, and I wanted to pick at least one panel with a rock star.
Sunday – I’m going to cheat and go with three of them: the Jack Kirby tribute, the Dave Stevens tribute and the Michael Turner tribute, because it just felt wrong trying to pick one over the others. I also think it’s wonderful that the SDCC is paying their respects to all three of these guys; Sunday should be an emotional day.
So if you’re going, what are you looking forward to — and if you aren’t what would you be checking out if you were?