San Diego Comic Con Schedule Highlights: Thursday

Books, Comics, Conventions, Film, Television

San Diego Comic Con has released the first day of programming scheduling, which means that the madness has officially begun. For it’s attendees, San Diego Comic Con is four straight days of sadistic choices, with so much going on that it’s impossible to see and do everything. To make it easier, I offer my personal picks for Thursday’s schedule.

If you’re looking to spend your entire day in Hall H, you’ll enjoy offerings from Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures, and The Weinstein Company and Walden Media’s The Giver. But my personal Hall H pick is:

  • Batman ’66: Holy Bat Panels! Get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment reunites pop icons Adam WestBurt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the Hall H stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series. The actors behind Batman, Robin. and Catwoman, along with moderator Ralph Garman, will give you an inside sneak peek at all the exclusive content within this blockbuster home entertainment release, as well as exhibiting dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series. Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released in November 2014. Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm Hall H

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If television is more your speed, Ballroom 20 will have a multitude of exciting TV panels for your viewing pleasure. 24, Under the Dome, Reign, Scorpion, and Penny Dreadful are all bringing exciting new content, but I’m personally pumped for:
  • Community: “Will “six seasons and a movie” come true? Has Greendale Community College been saved? What happens next to Jeff Winger and the study group? Moderator Michael SchneiderTV Guide magazine’s executive editor, joins Community creator Dan Harmon and members of the cast and producers as they recap last season (including Dan’s heralded return to the show) and discuss what the future holds for this fan-favorite comedy.” Thursday July 24, 2014 2:15pm – 3:15pm Ballroom 20
  • Teen Wolf: “MTV’s hit drama Teen Wolf returns to Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year. The pack of Tyler PoseyDylan O’BrienTyler HoechlinHolland Roden, and new cast members Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, along with executive producer Jeff Davis, share secrets, debut a new mid-season trailer, and answer fan questions. Moderated by Buzzfeed senior editor Jarett Wieselman.” Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm Ballroom 20
  • Hannibal: “Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV series Hannibal. The menu will include executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer/writer Steven Lightfoot, director David Slade, executive producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams (Special Agents Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller), in a panel moderated by Jonathan Ross. They’ll serve behind-the-scenes discussion from the second season, paired with sneak previews of what’s to come in season 3, not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals!” Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm – 5:45pm Ballroom 20
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If you’d rather not spend your Thursday waiting in line all day, there are countless amounts of panels and seminars relating to comics, books, video games, collectibles, and fan interaction. My picks are:
  • DC Comics: Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight: “In his 75-year publishing history, Batman has grown into one of the most popular and influential icons of all time. Don’t miss this historic panel with the legendary creators such as Neal AdamsGreg CapulloGeoff JohnsFrank MillerGrant MorrisonDenny O’Neil, and Scott Snyder, who have shaped the Dark Knight into the hero he is today.” Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 6BCF
  • The Most Dangerous Women at Comic Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture: “With so many damsels in distress, “fridged” girlfriends, and invisible women in popular culture, how’s a fangirl (or fanboy) supposed to find a lady to look up to? By banding together and making their own, that’s how! To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (professional stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia founder), Adrienne Curry (host/model/Tolkien enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (TheMarySue.com), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).” Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 7AB
  • George R. R. Martin Discusses In The House of the Worm“New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) discusses his novels, projects, and the visceral new In the House of the Worm comic book series. Moderator William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) conducts this Q&A with Martin live and in person!” Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm – 5:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Cartoon Hangover: Bee and Puppycat and Friends: “Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover channel presents Bee and PuppyCat and Friends, with the creator of Bee and PuppyCatNatasha Allegri, and the cast and crew of the most successful crowdfunded animation series ever, including the voice of Bee, Ally Rachel; the voice of Deckard, Kent OsborneEfrain Farias (art director); character designer Becky Dreistadt; writer (and voice of Wallace) Frank Gibson; and writer Madeleine Flores. Cartoon Hangover will also present the upcoming short film Manly and a conversation with the creators Justin Moynihan and Jesse Moynihan. Moderated by Frederator’s VP of development, Eric Homan.” Thursday July 24, 2014 5:30pm – 6:30pm Room 6A
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If none of these interest you, there are plenty more to choose from. Check out the entirety of the Thursday programming here.
And if you’re not able to attend SDCC, you’ll undoubtedly be able to watch most of the panels online, and you won’t have to wait in line for an insanely long time to do it 😀
Images are copyright of Comic Con International, Warner Brother’s Home Entertainment, Meredith Hershey, Natasha Allegri, and Cartoon Hangover.
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