The full day's schedule for Friday can be found at their website. Below are selected highlights of panels and the reasons why you just may find me in them:
10:00-11:00 Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon-- Jerry Robinson was a key artist on Batman in the 1940s, the co-creator of The Joker, and later an accomplished newspaper strip artist and political cartoonist. Joe Simon was half of the legendary team of Simon and [Jack] Kirby, the co-creator of Captain America and other Simon-Kirby classics, and later the creator/editor of Sick magazine. We've recently lost both of these legendary figures in comics, so let's pause to remember them along with Paul Levitz, Michael Uslan, Anthony Tollin, Marv Wolfman, Paul Dini, Batton Lash, and moderator Mark Evanier. Room 9
Being scheduled against the Community panel will likely mean little attendance, but I haven't dived into that show yet, so if I can get down there in time after anticipated partying throughout the night, I'll likely pay tribute to a couple of gentlemen who created two of the most iconic characters ever to hit comic books.
11:00-11:45 Adult Swim: The Venture Bros.-- Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, with the voice of Dr. Venture James Urbaniak, discuss the original series and answer fan questions. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Publick and Hammer always deliver a very entertaining panel as they engage with fans. Urbaniak anounced on Twitter he was done recording for Season Five, so hopefully a scoop or two will be offered on what awaits Dr. Venture and the gang.
12:00-12:45 Adult Swim: NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::)-- Watch a sneak peek at NTSF:SD:SUV:: season 2 and hear from the show's creative team led by creator and star Paul Scheer (The League), executive producer Jonathan Stern (Childrens Hospital, Newsreaders) and co-executive producer Curtis Gwinn (Fat Guy Stuck in Internet). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast, including Martin Starr (Party Down, Freaks & Geeks), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Ugly Betty), Brandon Johnson (Funny or Die) and June Diane Raphael (Players). Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital, Hot Tub Time Machine) moderates. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
This funny spoof on 24 and a few other shows shot a scene during last year's panel. Can't wait to see how they will top that.
12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion-- Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY. Ballroom 20
I've got to mention this one as I would like to see this panel, but don't anticipate getting in as I can't imagine getting up early enough. While I enjoyed the show, I am more interested in seeing the multiple nerdgasms that take place, but I anticipate a good-size crowd staying the night.
1:00-1:45 Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital-- Watch a sneak peek of Childrens Hospital season 4i and hear from the show's creative team, led by creator and star Rob Corddry and executive producer Jonathan Stern. They will be joined by members of the show's ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Lake Bell (How To Make It In America), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (The Descendants), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Ken Marino (Party Down, The State). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV::) moderates. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Last year, this group took the title "funniest Comic-Con panel" away from the Archer gang. Will they remain the champs this year?
2:45-3:45 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A session-- Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones series concluded its 10-episode second season on June 3. Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the series follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Season 2 of the hit series told an epic story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph, set in an enthralling world of intrigue, seduction, and magic. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, production of season 2 also took place in Croatia and Iceland. Some of the cast featured in the second season and appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series, moderates with executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Hall H
Hard to tell which group of fans was more rabid last year, True Blood or Games of Thrones. Moving it to Hall H this year is a very wise move.
4:00-5:00 Bob's Burgers-- Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Jim Dauterive and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal are on hand to screen never-before-seen footage, followed by a panel discussion and fan Q&A. Room 25ABC
They had me at "H. Jon Benjamin." I didn't follow the show, but he slays me.
8:30-9:30 Klingon Lifestyles Presentation-- Last year saw Admiral K'Han Den shot while in the Mirror Universe. With life in the balance, the crew of the IKV Stranglehold are forced on a mission to save him. All life forms and alien cultures are welcome to the latest episode in the ongoing adventures of life aboard the Klingon vessel Stranglehold. Room 6A
I am fascinated that these folks are here every year putting on a play. It to be a serious devotion and I am going to make an effort to see what goes on.<
9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever!-- Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, animation historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) returns with an all-new program of some of the worst cartoons ever made, including the Phys Ed superhero Mighty Mr. Titan, space cadet Johnny Cypher, and some of those 1960s Marvel Super Heroes cartoons. Have a ball with the best/bad animation ever! Room 6BCF
A tradition with my gang because there are laughs a-plenty as Beck subjects viewers to some of the worst cartoons he can find.