Comic Con 2012: Selected Highlights from Sunday's Schedule

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The full day's schedule for Sunday can be found at their website.  Sunday is usually a light day.  Many people heading home and the programming ends at 5:00.  Below are selected highlights of panels and the reasons why you just may find me in them:

san-diego-comic-con_logo10:00-11:00 The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel-- There might not be comic book industry were it not for Jack Kirby...and if you don't know who that is, you really don't belong at this convention. Each year, his friends and co-workers gather to talk about Jack and his work and to marvel (no pun intended) at the length and breadth of his influence, not just on comics but on TV, movies, and all the arts. This year, the dais will include Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Stan Goldberg (Marvel colorist), Paul Dini (Batman), and Charles Hatfield (Hand of Fire), all chatting with moderator Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics). Room 5AB

I should pay homage to one of the legends, but I just started watching...

10:00-11:00 Fringe Screening and Q&A-- Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Lance Reddick (Lost), Blair Brown (Altered States), Jasika Nicole (Take the Lead), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), along with executive producer J. H. Wyman (Keen Eddie), offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Don't miss the discussion about the climactic conclusion of this critically acclaimed thriller. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX. Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 4. Hall H

Though friends and Sentries had recommended it over the years, it wasn't until last month that I finally started watching Fringe.  The Observer just showed up and I am intrigued.

12:30-1:30 BBC America's Doctor Who-- The Doctor and the Ponds land in San Diego. BBC America's Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill join award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades) for a Comic-Con panel and Q&A. As fans eagerly await the new season's premiere, BBC America is making sure Steven Moffat brings new footage to reveal on the big screens in Hall H. Ahead of the new season, BBC America will premiere new Doctor Who specials-The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who, and The Destinations of Doctor Who-as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block starting Saturday, August 4 at 9pm/8c. For those new to Who, the previous two seasons from Steven Moffat are available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download. Hall H

I have been a Who fan since the early '80s when my local PBS station first began airing the adventures of the Fourth Doctor.  Though I thought last year's death of the Doctor storyline offered a rather weak resolution, I still find the series enjoyable. Glad he's getting a new companion to spice things up.

sponge xmas2:15-3:15 It's Christmas in July! Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants-- Dust off your knitted sweater, fill your mug with nog and come along for some good ol' fashioned Christmas cheer as panelists take you through a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming SpongeBob stop-motion special. Creative director Vince Waller and screen novelties directors Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero present a sneak peek at the Christmas special. The panel will also include a sing-along and Q&A with the voice cast, including Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (voice of Patrick), and Mr. Lawrence (writer and voice of Plankton). Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 6A

Though it's been on quite a while, I still find SpongeBob amusing whenever I stumble across him, which I am apt to do with all the times it airs across the many Nickelodeon channels I get.

3:45-4:45 Drew: The Man Behind the Poster-- Screening a premiere clip from the feature-length documentary about movie poster artist Drew Struzan, which includes exclusive interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, and many others. Followed by a Q&A panel that will include artist Drew Struzan, actor Thomas Jane, director Erik P. Sharkey, producer Charles Ricciardi, composer Ryan Shore, co-cinematographer and supervising editor Greg Boas, editor Jeff Yorkes, Stephen Saffel of Titan Books, and Zach Martin of Skywalker Sound Studios. Room 5AB

I am very glad to see this talented artist is getting the attention he richly deserves, but to be honest, I'll probably be headed back home after the Who panel.

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