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10:00-11:00 ABC’s New Fall Series LostCome to the screening of the new pilot by Alias creator JJ Abrams! Join the actors, producers & writers of this new ABC series debuting in the Fall. Starring actors Matthew Fox and Dominic Monaghan who have established their fan following from appearing in TV’s Party of Five and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy respectively, and Evangeline Lilly, a radiant actress who is the female lead in Lost. Fans of Buffy and Angel will enjoy seeing what writer and producer David Fury is doing now on Lost and fans of comic books and the award winning Batman: The Animated Series will enjoy a discussion with Lost writer Paul Dini. Also, please join executive producers of Lost, Damon Lindeloff and Bryan Burk, for this sneak peek into the first hour of the pilot of Lost and a interview and Q&A session following! Room 6CDEF

10:30-12:00 Spiritual Themes in Comics—As growing numbers of creators in both the secular and Christian publishing worlds give voice to unique expressions of spiritual values, readers are increasingly drawn to these explorations of the impact of faith in daily lives. See and hear four top creators explain how their own personal journeys of faith helped shape the acclaimed titles they've worked on. Scheduled panelists include Robert Luedke, creator of Eye Witness; Gary Martin, writer and inker of The Moth; Doug TenNapel, creator of Creature Tech; Craig Thompson, creator of Blankets; and Buzz Dixon, moderator. Room 1B

10:30-11:30 Bandai Entertainment—Bandai Entertainment is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video. Executive VP Ken Iyadomi and marketing manager Jerry Chu will be on hand to answer questions on such favorite anime titles as Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf’s Rain, Gundam SEED, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Be sure to check out the next wave of cutting-edge anime coming to North America, as well as announcements on new title acquisitions and merchandise licensing at the panel. DVDs and T-shirts will be given away throughout the panel—don't miss it! Room 2

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta—Kevin J. Anderson is the co-author with Brian Herbert of the new series of bestselling Dune prequels, as well as his own epic SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns and four forthcoming novels in collaboration with Dean Koontz. In comics, he has worked for DC, Marvel, Wildstorm, Dark Horse, and IDW. Rebecca Moesta has co-written all 14 volumes in the bestselling Young Jedi Knights series with Anderson (her husband), as well as the Star Trek graphic novel The Gorn Crisis and and the four-issue Grumpy Old Monster comic series. Anderson and Moesta are working on a new young adult fantasy series Crystal Doors for Little, Brown. Solo, Rebecca has written Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Little Things and three Junior Jedi Knights books. Hear what this writing couple have to say about their work and their lives. Room  3

10:30-11:30 CAC Session 7: The Comics of Comics: The Page, Interactivity, and Metacognivity—What makes comics work as comics? Benjamin Woo (Simon Fraser University) introduces a dimensional model for the diagramming of image relations of panels, the relations between which on a comics page produce “comic-ness.” Neil Cohn (We the People: A Call to Take Back America) explores the ways text and image connect with each other and how that interaction contributes to the creation of meaning in comics. Hong Kong artist Shuen-git Natasha Chow, Singapore musician Teo Kheng Chong, and French software developer Etienne Durand present the creative process and theory behind Pale Ink and Guqin, an interactive picture book. Emilio Soltero (University of California, Davis) finds that in young students the creation of sequential art occurs via metacognitive thought within a constructivist revision process. Room 7A

10:30-12:00 Writing Animated Feature Films—Shrek 2, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King are among the top grossing films ever. What does it take to create the script and story for an animated feature? How does it differ from writing a live-action film? Do you need to know how to draw? Does it help? And how does it differ from writing animation for television or direct-to-video films? What sorts of stories make good animated films? Some of the top practitioners of this craft will tell you the ins, outs, and secrets, including Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Treasure Planet), Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch), Rita Hsaio (Mulan, Toy Story 2), and Terry Rossio (Shrek, Road to El Dorado). Moderated by Craig Miller (Pocket Dragon Adventures, Elfquest). Room 7B

10:30-11:30 DC Talent Search Orientation Session—Find out what DC Comics is looking for when it comes to artists, and find out whether you have the right stuff to draw for the DC Universe, WildStorm, or VERTIGO! This informative orientation session will explain how DC’s Talent Search works. In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory—not all attendees are guaranteed a review. Room 9

11:00-12:00 Antonia Ellis from Gerry Anderson’s UFOAnyone remember the 1970 sci-fi TV series UFO (now on DVD and with an upcoming comic book)? Actress Antonia Ellis (Lt. Joan Harrington) will tell what it was like to wear her purple wig and silver catsuit on SHADO's Moonbase. Marc Martin ( will show a rare short that should've been an extra on the UFO DVD. Antonia will also be signing autographs at the FAB Gear booth (#816) Saturday and Sunday. Come hear this FABulous actress talk about working on a Gerry Anderson series! Room 1A

11:00-12:00 WildStorm: Comics Untamed—Coming from California: some of the wildest comics anywhere! Find out what’s coming up from WildStorm Productions in this slide presentation. Join executive editor Scott Dunbier , and some of comics’ rowdier talents—Jim Lee, editorial director, WildStorm (Superman), Tony Harris (Ex Machina), Dustin Nguyen (The Authority, Batman) and more—for the most unbridled information on record! Room 5AB

11:00-12:00 Warner Home Video DVD Special Editions—WHV will present a special panel to unveil some of the studio's most in-demand DVD titles getting the deluxe Special Edition treatment this year. Showcased on stage will be actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman for a special Q&A discussion about the upcoming Special Edition DVD release of the cult-favorite vampire movie The Lost Boys, which features over two hours of never-before-seen bonus materials. Along with an exclusive Matrix Trilogy DVD announcement for fans! Room 6AB

11:00-12:30 SCI FI: Stargate SG-1 and Stargate AtlantisSCI FI’s Stargate SG-1 series returns with new episodes every Friday night at 9/8C. This season promises to take the SG-1 team into uncharted territory, in terms of both the characters and the stories. The Stargate SG-1 cast along with key creators will be on hand to discuss the past, present, and future of the series. Plus, expanding on the Stargate universe comes the all-new original series Stargate Atlantis, Friday nights at 10/9C. The show will bring together a new team for the adventure of a lifetime in a previously unexplored region of the universe. This panel marks the Stargate Atlantis cast’s first public appearance. Panelists include, from Stargate SG-1: Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (Teal’c), and from Stargate Atlantis: Joe Flanigan (Maj. John Sheppard), Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford), Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan), and David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay). Appearing on both panels are series creator Brad Wright; writer Martin Wood, and producer Robert Cooper. Following the panel, don’t miss an autograph session with both casts at the SCI FI Channel booth. Room 6CDEF

11:00-12:00 Hasbro, Inc.: Transformers and G.I. Joe—Members from Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Transformers design and marketing will preview their brands’ upcoming toy lines, followed by a Q&A session. G.I. Joe will provide a sneak preview of Paramount's upcoming Valor vs. Venom direct-to-video release Room  8

11:30-12:30 TOKYOPOP Q&A with Tokyo Tribes Creator Santa Inoue—Join Japan's infamous hip-hop manga creator as he makes a rare U.S. appearance. Santa Inoue will answer questions and talk about the highly anticipated North American release of his gangland epic Tokyo Tribes. Room 2

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Christopher Paolini—Christopher Paolini’s fantasy novel Eragon is a smash hit. Christopher’s abiding love for science fiction and fantasy inspired him to write this debut novel. and he’s currently at work on the second book in the Inheritance trilogy, Eldest. In this discussion, Christopher will be interviewed by famed fantasy author Terry Brooks. Room 3

11:30-12:30 IDW Publishing: Small Company, Big Ideas—IDW Publishing won Diamond Distribution's Publisher of the Year award for 2003 and has made bigger and bolder moves since then. For a snapshot of where IDW is now and where it's headed, join vice president of marketing Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp), writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), artist/writer Ben Templesmith (Singularity 7), artist extraordinaire Ashley Wood, and the legendary Will Eisner plus other IDW freelancers as they talk about what's in store for the little publisher that could. Room 9

11:30-1:00 The SimpsonsNow in production in its 16th season, The Simpsons has gone from an animation curiosity to a worldwide pop culture phenomenon! This Emmy Award–winning series is now in the history books as the longest-running sitcom currently on television and the longest-running animated show in television history. Creator Matt Groening offers an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the world’s greatest animated TV show, accompanied by roducers Al Jean, Matt Selman, Don Payne, Michael Price, Matt Warburton, Bill Odenkirk, and Bonnie Pietila, and supervising director David Silverman. Room 20

12:00-1:30 Comic Book Law School 103—This third workshop, presented by attorney Michael Lovitz, will deal with more advanced issues facing authors, artists and designers, particularly once they've "broken through" and have started publishing and selling (and maybe merchandising too). Infringements, knock-offs, lawsuits, cybersquatters, and parodies are just a few of the potential problems creators can face once their works come to market. Juggling creativity with legal and business issues can seem difficult, or sometimes even downright impossible. Attendees will discuss problems facing creators once publication begins and will participate in brainstorming sessions on ways of avoiding, or minimizing, these bumps in the creative road. Plus discussions about recent decisions in the field of popular culture, and how these issues play an important role in an artist’s creative and business plans. Room 1A

12:00-1:00 Voiceover Workshop—If you've ever thought about doing voiceover for animation or commercials, you won't want to miss this workshop! James Alburger (author of The Art of Voice Acting) and Penny Abshire will show you how to create unique and interesting character voices. They'll be assisted by San Diego VO professionals Jon Allen and Connie Terwilliger, who will share their experiences and help answer your questions about what it takes to be a professional voice actor. You'll learn how to quickly find the voice for a script and what it takes to break into voiceover work for animation, anime, and commercials. Room 1B

12:00-1:00 DC: Identity Crisis: Murder in the DCU—After months of tightly guarded secrecy, it's finally going public: DC's got a full-blown crisis on its hands. Wizard Magazine named it "the number one most anticipated comic book project for 2004." Find out how Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales flipped the DC Universe on its ear and gave us a mystery for the ages when they are joined by cover artist Michael Turner in this interview and Q & A hosted by Mike Carlin, senior group editor. Room  5AB

12:00-1:30 Quick Draw! Cartoon Improv—In one of the most popular annual Comic-Con events, emcee Mark Evanier throws challenges at three swift cartoonists who then draw as fast as they can; the results are always hilarious. This year, the combatants are Mad magazine's Sergio Aragonés, Simpsons comic artist Scott Shaw!, and the creator of Bone, Jeff Smith. Room  6AB

12:00-1:00 CAC Session 8: Spiritual Subtexts—Penny Shreve (Chaffey College) argues that the image of resurrection of superheroes, while grounded in Christianity, is always tied to paganism because even in alternate worlds, some societal rules apply. Nicholas R. Eliopulos (University of Florida Press) finds the appropriation of Christian themes in Alan Moore’s Promethea to be key to understanding the work as an allegory for the succession of hegemonic belief systems. John Walsh (Indiana University) presents the “Marvel Age of Comics” as an artistic revolution parallel to the Romantic age of literature, both of which took a spiritual approach in reaction against the neoclassicism of their periods, whether in literature or the DC Universe. Room 7A

12:00-1:00 Comic Writers Talk About Writing—From creative issues to business matters, from breaking in to breaking out, top comics writers Louise Simonson (X-Men), Bruce Jones (Incredible Hulk), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Stuart Moore (Lone), and a couple of surprise guests talk about their art, their craft, and whatever else may come up. They’ll answer your questions, too. If you've ever wondered how comics writers think and how they make the choices they make, this panel is for you. Moderated by Write Now editor-in-chief Danny Fingeroth. Room 7B

12:00-1:00 Wizard Magazine—Join the Wizard editorial team for an advance look at Wizard X, the biggest celebrity event in Wizard history. Take a gander at new art by Jim Lee, Alex Ross, and tons of other superstar artists while also taking the opportunity to tell the Wizard team what you want to see in the magazine, from features to possible covers. Room 8

12:00-2:00 Star Wars Spectacular with Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet and guestsSteve Sansweet, head of fan relations at Lucasfilm, will share an exclusive Comic-Con look into the latest news in the Star Wars galaxy. With Episode III opening next May and the Star Wars original trilogy DVD scheduled for release in September, fans will not want to miss this special presentation. Sansweet has been known to throw in a surprise or two just for Comic-Con visitors. Don’t miss this event—you’ll be sorry if you do! Hall H

12:30-1:30 50 Years of GigantorFred Ladd brought anime to this country when he imported Astro Boy. He will be talking and answering questions about the early years of Gigantor. As a special treat, Fred will be showing the U.S. pilot of Gigantor and answering questions. Gigantor celebrates his 50th this year, with 40 of those years being in the U.S. Room 2

12:30-1:30 Why We Love PeanutsThe National Cartoonists Society presents a panel of comic strip artists who will share why Charles Schulz is their hero. And Jean Schulz will appear to reveal what Schulz thought of his peers. Panelists include Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Kevin Fagan (Drabble), Bill Amend (Fox Trot), Michael Jantze (The Norm), Paige Braddock (Jane's World), and Greg Evans (Luann). Moderated by San Diego television personality Jack White. Room 3

12:30-2:00 Rob Zombie and the cast of The Devil’s RejectsHouse of 1000 Corpses was only the beginning! Now the carnage continues! Straight off the set of the sequel to his feature film directorial debut, Rob Zombie and the cast of The Devil's Rejects give you the very first sneak peek into the next dark chapter of this tale of terror. Join Rob Zombie and returning cast members Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Wayne Toth (special FX make-up), along with Ken Foree (original Dawn of the Dead) to hear all the gory details! Room 6CDEF

12:30-1:30 Devil’s Due Publishing—Join Devil's Due Publishing's Josh Blaylock and some of the top creators in comics, including Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans) and Ron Marz (Green Lantern), for the revelation: What is Aftermath? The company unveils its plans for an all-new line of super-powered heroes, as well as updates on G.I. Joe, the G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers crossover with Dan Jolley, Hack/Slash Hollywood progress, what Mark Waid's doing on Voltron with Marie Croall, and what Udon, Dynamite Entertainment, and Studio Ice have planned in 2004! Room 9

1:00-2:00 Comic-Con Self-publishing School 103: Getting Your Book Out to Readers—Now that you have produced your book, how do readers find it? Self-publishing is really many jobs in one, since you not only have to produce your own comic book, you also have to run your own company. This year's self-publishing series of panels continues with an inside look at the arcane process of getting your book distributed to comic shops. Other methods of distribution that will be discussed include convention sales, web sales, and selling on the street corner. Join Mark Herr (Diamond Comics Distribution), Mike Kunkel (Astonish Comics), Kagan McLeod (Great Lakes Ninja Brotherhood), and moderator Mark Thompson (Cold Cut Distribution) as they help you understand what it takes to get your book into a reader's hands. Room 1B

1:00-2:00 Marvel: X-Men Reloaded—The X-Men never rebuild, they just reload—and this is X-Men Reloaded like you’ve never imagined! Excalibur penciler Aaron Lopresti, New X-Men’s Christina Weir and Nunzio Defilippis, X-Men: The End artist Sean Chen, and Astonishing X-Men artist John Cassaday join Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and Marvel publisher Dan Buckley to give you the lowdown on your favorite mutants! As an added bonus, join Marvel Editor Tom Brevoort for a round of “Stump the T-Voort”—be the first to stump the walking Marvel Encyclopedia, and win a prize! Room 5AB

1:00-2:00 CAC Session 9: Gendering Comics—Chris Eklund (Purdue University) sees Alan Moore’s depictions of queer identity, whether in Watchmen or Promethea, as “performative” and connected to the conventions of heroic comics as a genre, though often with a drag sensibility. Justin Hall (All Thumbs Press) argues that transgendered characters in the work of Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Alan Moore break apart conventional notions of identity, imagination, time, sex, and death to create a bit of chaos, and perhaps enlightenment in the process. David James Cordes (California Baptist University) sees a mimetic application for the adolescent male of the transformations of the adolescent Clark Kent in Smallville and John Connor in the Terminator films into heroes. Room 7A

1:00-2:00 Witches, Vamps, and Robots, Oh My! Fiction and Facts of Fan Favorites—The Halliwell Sisters. Buffy Summers. Peter Parker. Dr. Mark Sloan. The crew of the SeaQuest, DSV. Our variety of panelists have chronicled the off-screen adventures of famous fictional creations in prose and comics; documented and analyzed the behind-the-scenes work of folks like Sam Raimi, Anthony Zuiker, Joss Whedon and Constance M. Burge; and even been the power behind the scripts. Whether they are creating new stories or reporting on the canon, find out how they work with licensed media characters. Panelists include Paul Ruditis (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide, Vol. 3); Mark Cotta Vaz (Caught in the Web: Behind the Scenes of Spider-Man 2); Allie Costa (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide, Vol. 3); Lisa Clancy, the editor of the Buffy/Angel book series for 6 years; Max Allan Collins (CSI and CSI: Miami); Nancy Holder (Buff Angel: Heat); Keith R. A. DeCandido (Dragon Precinct); Lee Goldberg (Diagnosis Murder: The Shooting Script); and Rebecca Moesta (Young Jedi Knights). Moderator Maryelizabeth Hart co-authored Angel: The Casefiles, Vol. 1 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide, Vol. 2, as well as contributing an essay to The Watcher’s Guide, Vol. 3. Room  7B

1:00-2:00 Nickelodeon Presents Avatar: The Last Airbender—Nickelodeon presents an exclusive sneak peek at its brand new animated adventure series Avatar, The Last Airbender. In an ancient time, the world was divided into four nations: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. When the Fire Nation unleashes an attack against the other nations, the fate of the world rests in the return of the Avatar, the one person who possesses the power of all four elements. He is also only 12 years old. Following a premiere of the never-before-seen pilot episode, creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will talk about their show, share concept art, and give an inside look at what to expect in the coming months. Room 8

1:00-2:00 Smallville Super Session— Stars from The WB's hit series Smallville, executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2) and supervising producer Jeph Loeb (Superman/Batman) answer all of your questions about life in -- and on the set of -- Smallville! Plus: View a world premiere screening of bloopers from Smallville that are funny enough to bring a superhero to his knees! Those in attendance will  also find out how to get a chance to win advance copies of the not-yet-released Smallville: The Complete Third Season on DVD and other super Smallville giveaways! Room 20

1:30-2:30 Little Lulu Fan Group—One of the most memorable kids’ comics ever published, Little Lulu has generated a fan following around the world. Learn more about this classic comics character and join in for the annual reading of a classic Little Lulu story. All are welcome. Room 1A

1:30-2:30 How to Make Toys the McFarlane Way—Join Jean St. Jean, Todd's top toy sculptor, in a hands-on demonstration of the artistic methods McFarlane uses to create toys. Learn inside design, sculpting, and painting secrets used in the creative process at McFarlane Toys. Moderated by Larry Marder, president of McFarlane Toys, and with Dave Gittleman, multimedia designer. Room 2

1:30-3:00 Creepy at 40—In 1964, publisher Jim Warren revolutionized comics with his black and white magazine, Creepy. Combining great scripts (many of the early issues were written and edited by the legendary Archie Goodwin) with incredible art not seen in comics since the heyday of EC, Warren avoided the Comics Code and created literate, adult comics for a new audience. Join moderator Jon B. Cooke, editor, Comic Book Artist, and special guests Louise Simonson (long-time Warren editor), Bruce Jones, and others along with the man himself, Jim Warren, as we look back on 40 years of good ol’ Uncle Creepy. Room 3

1:30-3:00 Cartoon Voices—Witness a demonstration of the artform at this annual Comic-Con event with Joe Alaskey (Duck Dodgers), Dee Bradley Baker (The Fairly Odd Parents), Gregg Berger (Men in Black), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Neil Ross (Transformers), Billy West (Futurama) and many more! Mark Evanier moderates and promises an amazing "dramatic reading" of the craft. Room  6AB

1:30-2:30 Central Park Media/CPM Press: Turning a New Page in Graphic Novels—Join managing director John O'Donnell as he highlights Central Park Media's graphic novel division, CPM Press, and its new releases. As an acknowledged leader of Japanese graphic novels, CPM Press is proud to introduce its new line of Korean graphic novels under CPM Manhwa, and Yaoi graphic novels under Be Beautiful. Also learn more about CPM's upcoming DVD releases through the end of the year, as well as titles to come in 2005. Room 9

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on John Totleben—One of the few artists to be justifiably referred to as “an artist’s artist,” John Totleben  is best known for his work with Alan Moore on both Swamp Thing and Miracleman, A Comic-Con special guest, Totleben will be interviewed by friend and fellow artist Thomas Yeates.
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2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Dave Gibbons—British artist Dave Gibbons began his comics career in 1973, when he started to contribute to the magazine 2000 A.D. Artistic success came when he collaborated with Alan Moore on the critically acclaimed Watchmen in 1987. At this spotlight Gibbons will discuss the upcoming original hardcover graphic novel he both wrote and illustrated, The Originals.Tthis informative interview and Q & A session will be hosted by Karen Berger, VP/executive editor, VERTIGO. Room 5AB

2:00-3:00 Reality Stars Unleashed!—Meet some of your favorite reality TV stars, including Lex (Survivor Africa, Survivor All Stars), Trischelle (Real World Vegas, Real World Road Rules Challenge), Josh Souza (Big Brother 1), Erika Landin (Big Brother 4), Irulan Wilson (Real World Vegas, Real World Road Rules Challenge), Alton Williams (Real World Vegas, Real World Road Rules Challenge), and more in this exciting Q&A session. Finally hear the truth of what happened behind the scenes on the reality shows you watched. Get real: forget what the networks made you think happened—get the scoop on what really happened. Also, get all the info on Creative Light Entertainment’s upcoming DVD release of Get Real: Reality Unleashed. Get to know and interact with the people who lived through the reality! Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:30 Comics: The New Mainstream—Comics is a medium that embraces all possible genres, yet the comics press seems to focus on just two extremes: superhero/action (Wizard) or literary (The Comics Journal). The reader-friendly, accessible material that falls somewhere in the middle of these extremes has been dubbed the New Mainstream. What types of comics and graphic novels fall into this category, and how can the material find its readers? Moderator and comic historian R. C. Harvey is joined by panelists Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil), David Brin (The Life Eaters), Max Allan Collins (The Road to Perdition), Dean Haspiel (The Billy Dogma Experience), former VERTIGO editor Stuart Moore, and Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze). Room 7A

2:00-3:00 Comics Pro/Fan Trivia Challenge—BWAHAHA! The Purple Pros—Len Wein (creator of Swamp Thing), Tom Brevoort (Marvel editor), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), and Mark Waid (Fantastic Four try to take over the world, er, beat the Black Ink Irregulars fan team—Tom Galloway, David Oakes, John Sardegna, and Hal Shipman—in a supervillains-themed deathtrap, er, trivia match moderated by criminal mastermind Jim Hay. Room  7B

2:00-3:00 Dreamwave Transformers: The Nostalgia Keeps Going!—Artist Pat Lee, along with writers James McDonough and Adam Patyk, the team behind Generation One, Micromasters, Transformers/G.I. Joe and more, are here to share their ideas and plans for Fall 2004, bringing you the inside scoop and a look into the minds behind the creators of everything that is Transformers in this new millennium. Find out why the Transformers plan to stay for another decade with Dreamwave. Room 8

2:00-3:30 Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars—Thanks to the overwhelming support and tireless efforts of the fans, Farscape returns to SCI FI this fall as a four-hour miniseries. This epic event picks up where the cliffhanger series finale left off and will reunite John Crichton (Browder), Aeryn Sun (Black), and the rest of the Moya crew. Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Brian Henson, David Kemper, Rockne O’Bannon, and Thomas P. Vitale discuss the return of this fan favorite! Room 20

2:00-3:00 Dimension Films: Sin CityComic-Con attendees will be treated to an exclusive panel on Sin City, a feature film based on the series of comic books and graphic novels created, written, and illustrated by Frank Miller. Sin City is a series of stories of vengeance and redemption set in the grimiest, toughest city in the world. The film will incorporate storylines from three of Miller’s graphic novels including Sin City, which launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series as well as That Yellow Bastard and The Big Fat Kill. Confirmed guests include Frank Miller, director Robert Rodriguez, and cast members Jessica Alba, Jamie King and Rosario Dawson. Hall H

2:30-3:30 From Concept to Publication with Fiona Avery—Join Fiona Avery, the writer of No Honor, Cursed, Witchblade: Obakemono, and the new Amazing Fantasy: Spider-Girl, for an in-depth discussion on the process of writing a comic book, from concept through script and pencils to publication. The discussion will shift from working for the big houses to working on an independent comic book followed by a Q&A session with all manner of questions welcome. Room 1A

2:30-4:00 Robert McGinnis: Painting The Last Rose Of Summer—Director/producer Paul Jilbert presents a 27-minute preview reel of his 90-minute documentary on the life and art of Robert McGinnis, best known for the McGinnis Women that graced his hard-boiled covers for Mike Shayne, Carter Brown, and Shell Scott paperbacks. The preview will present these cover images in a segment titled “Dangerous Beauties.” Also in the preview McGinnis demonstrates his step-by-step painting process as he creates a stunning McGinnis Woman on canvas. Panel guests will include director Jilbert (James Bama: American Realist documentary), artist and author Jim Silke (Rascals in Paradise, Betty Page Queen of Hearts), and artist Phil Noto (DangerGirl Viva Las Danger, Vampirella magazine). McGinnis also created the classic movie poster art for some of the James Bond films in the 60s and 70s. Room  2

2:30-3:30 FUNimation—It’s been a big year for FUNimation, with the announcement of Fullmetal Alchemist and the broadcast premiere of Case Closed, a show currently running in Japan with over 300 episodes to date. Comic-Con also marks the premiere of the movie Blue Gender: The Warrior. Come by for info on new titles as well as old favorites. Come for the news, and stay for the prizes! Room  9

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Craig Thompson—The award-winning writer/artist Craig Thompson took the comics world by surprise with his first graphic novel, Good-bye Chunky Rice. In 2003, he took the whole world the same way with the publication of Blankets, his 500+ page graphic novel that crossed over into mass-market mainstream acclaim. Learn what’s next for this lauded young creator and Comic-Con special guest. Room 1B

3:00-4:00 SubCultures: Toy Revolution!— The world of action figures and toys is changing in monumental ways! Thanks in part to the emerging culture of Designer Toys, mere playthings are now considered works of art! Talk and listen to Digger (President of Art Asylum), Yasuhiro Nightow (founder of ToyTribe, Trigun Creator), MAD, Tristan Eaton (KidRobot), Achy Breaky Toys, Casey Lau (Hyperchild) and many more artists, designers, and ne’r-do-wells ! Free toy giveaways!Room 3

3:00-4:30 DC Comics: Taking It to the Limit—There's never a dull moment for the heroes of the DCU! Look into the futures of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman—not to mention Green Lantern, Green Arrow, the Flash and all the others—in this slide show presentation moderated by Dan DiDio, VP/editorial and Bob Wayne, VP for sales and marketing. Joining them will be some of the best and brightest stars in the industry, including Brian Azzarello (Batman, 100 Bullets), Ron Garney (JLA), Jeph Loeb (Superman/ Batman), Jim Lee (Superman), Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis), Rags Morales (Identity Crisis), Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Gotham Central), Judd Winick (Outsiders), Howard Porter (The Flash), Dan Jolley (Firestorm, Bloodhound), Geoff Johns (Teen Titans, JSA), Howard Chaykin (Bite Club, Challengers of the Unknown), and Jimmy Palmiotti (The Monolith, Hawkman). Room 5AB

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Ray Bradbury—Catch up with the world's most acclaimed author of science fiction and fantasy (The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes), as Ray Bradbury honors us with an hour of his time and discusses his past, your present, and everyone's future. Bradbury was one of the guests at the first San Diego Comic-Con back in 1970. Mark Evanier will be asking the questions.
Room 6AB

3:00-4:00 ASIFA: State of the Animation Industry— Expect a lively discussion on the current state of the animation industry by animation pros from all branches of the industry. Panelists include moderator Bob Miller (storyboard supervisor, MEGAS XLR), June Foray (Rocky and Bullwinkle), Aki Umemoto (creative director, Mattel), Kevin Koch (Dream Works/Animaton Guild president), Jason Kruse (lead animator, Quicksilver Ent.); Rita Street (editor, Animation Magazine), and Jim Hill (president, Jim Hill Media). Room 6CDEF

3:00-4:00 Gerard Jones: Men of TomorrowFormer comic  book writer Gerard Jones, who is also the author of five books, several graphic novels, a nationally syndicated comic strip, and countless articles, will discuss his upcoming book (which goes on sale October 12) Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book (Basic Books). The book details the fascinating story of how comic books came to be. Join Gerard for a lively discussion and Q&A. Five signed advance reader copies of the book will be given away! Room 7B

3:00-4:00 Death, Jr.: Killing All Conventions—While Death Jr. has been getting attention for being the first game announced for Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP), this little guy is primed to make a killing beyond the game. Writer Gary Whitta will talk about taking the undead tike from interactivity to comic book form—not to mention, a live-action, silver screen adaptation starring Christopher Walken that’s currently in production; and Backbone Entertainment’s Mike Mika and Chris Charla will offer a sneak peek of the 2005 game (exclusive to Comic-Con attendees), as moderated by writer/journalist Jon M. Gibson. Room 8

3:00-4:30 Paramount: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Team America This year’s Comic-Con audience will get a jaw-dropping first look at one of 2004's big surprises: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Jude Law makes his one and only convention appearance, alongside writer/director Kerry Conran (who will show a clip prepared exclusively for Comic-Con), producer Jon Avnet, and other stars and behind-the-scenes talent from the film. If you love sci-fi serials, giant robots, dogfights, villains bent on world domination, globe-spanning adventures, Max Fleischer's Superman cartoons, comics, pulps, noir, and classic fantasy art, you won’t want to miss this exclusive preview of this breathtaking film made by fans who love the same things. Plus, Trey Parker and Matt Stone will show a worldwide first glimpse at their new film, Team America. Hall H

3:30-4:30 Polyfoam Workshop—Have fun in this great workshop, as Dennis Quon shows you all the wonderful things you can do and make using polyfoam! Room 1A

3:30-4:30 James Sturm: Teaching Comics in the College Classroom—James Sturm, the cartoonist behind The Golem's Mighty Swing and the writer of Marvel Comics' Unstable Molecules. will present a slide show and discuss teaching comics at a college level and plans for a new cartooning school, The Center for Cartoon Studies. Room 7A

3:30-4:30 Introduction to Selling on eBay—With over 105 million users, eBay is the world’s most popular marketplace for comics, anime, gaming, and action figures. Let eBay experts teach you everything you need to know about selling on eBay. From researching the marketplace to developing your first listing, this seminar will give you the information and tips you need to become a successful seller on eBay. Room 9

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Forrest J. Ackerman—He’s back! Science fiction and fantasy icon Forrest J. Ackerman, who inspired a generation of filmmakers, writers, and comic artists with his Famous Monsters of Filmland, sits down for a catch-up chat with his many friends and fans. Forry has the distinction of having been the very first guest at a San Diego Comic-Con, back in 1970 (a one-day minicon in March to help raise funds for the August three-day “Golden State Comic-Con”). Room 1B

4:00-5:00 TOKYOPOP Q&A with creators Park Sang-Sun and You Hyun—Enjoy the rare U.S. appearance of creators Park Sang-Sun (Les Bijoux) and You Hyun (Faeries' Landing), two of Korea's most revered manwha artists, as they participate in a special TOKYOPOP Q&A. Room 2

4:00-5:00 What If? Looking at Our World’s Alternate History—The game of “What If” holds fascination for many of us. What if  . . . a different party triumphed in a struggle for political power? What if . . . a crucial battle in a war resulted in victory for the other side? Join a half-dozen professional speculators to play the game. Panelists include S.M. Stirling (Dies the Fire), special guest Harry Harrison (Stars And Stripes Triumphant), John Ringo (Emerald Sea), Steven Barnes (Lion’s Blood), and Steve Saffel, editorial director of Media Projects for Del Rey Books. Moderator Harry Turtledove is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous alternate history novels, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies and Ruled Britannia. Room 3

4:00-5:30 Spotlight on June Foray—She's not only Rocky (pal of Bullwinkle) and Granny (owner of Tweety), she's the undisputed queen of cartoon voicing. Mark Evanier will interview June Foray and then host a reading of vintage cartoon scripts with her, Chuck McCann, Joe Alaskey, and others as a Rocky & Bullwinkle episode is re-created before your very eyes! Room 6AB

4:00-5:00 Kaiju Big Battel—The creators of Kaiju Big Battel will be on hand to present the world premiere Kaiju Big Battel: The Shocking Truth. Kaiju Big Battel has emerged as the world's foremost live monster fighting series with their debut DVD Terebi Sento and sold-out live shows. Be on hand to learn that danger can happen and that monsters are real! Room 6CDEF

4:00-5:00 Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! Writers on Comics—Join authors Glen David Gold, Brad Meltzer, Chip Kidd, and moderator/editor Sean Howe as they discuss their contributions to the new book, Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! This lively discussion about comics—the ones they love and the ones they hate, their importance, how they’ve influenced their lives and careers and much more—will be followed by a Q&A session. Room 7B

4:00-5:00 Dark Horse: ConanConan is back! Drawing only on the original Robert E. Howard stories, the legend of Conan has been brought to vivid life by bestselling writer Kurt Busiek, budding superstar Cary Nord, veteran fantasy artist Tom Yeates, and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. Busiek, who revitalized the superhero world with Marvels and Astro City, and Nord, whose stunning art redefines sword and sorcery with every panel, present Conan's story from day one, in the manner it was meant to be told. Meet the creators behind one of the year's hottest comics and find out what's next for everyone's favorite Cimmerian, Conan! Room 8

4:30-6:00 The STARRO Gathering—STARRO is a group devoted to people who customize action figures, primarily based on comic books. New and/or peripheral characters often don't get molded into plastic, so the members of STARRO create them. Bring your figures to share and learn from the panel what works and what doesn't. Panelists include Rich Medley, David Ramsay, Charlie Jackam, Scott Rogers, Ray H, and Geoff Beckett. Room 1A

4:30-5:30 Cup O’ Joe with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada!—Sit down, kick back and enjoy a cup o’ Joe, San Diego-style. Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada is joined by Marvel publisher Dan Buckley to rattle off a full-on blitz of the most shocking announcements the House of Ideas has ever saved for a San Diego panel in 2004. Ears up, True Believers—this is the panel you can’t miss! As an added bonus, join Marvel Editor Tom Brevoort for a round of “Stump the T-Voort”—be the first to stump the walking Marvel Encyclopedia, and win a prize!
Room 5AB

4:30-6:00 Portrait Painting Demo: Digital and Traditional—Jeff Watts and Ron Lemen will be demonstrating traditional portrait painting using old and new tools, with a traditional convention to the finished product. Featuring a live model demonstration. Room 7A

4:30-6:00 Birth of A Nation: Hollywood, Comics and Black Culture—Birthof a Nation is a graphic novel from the all-star team of Aaron McGruder (creator of The Boondocks comic strip), Reginald Hudlin (director of House Party, Boomerang, and Serving Sara), and Kyle Baker (writer/artist of the graphic novels Why I Hate Saturn, You Are Here, and King David). Does this book, making its debut at Comic-Con International, signal a new level of mainstream acceptability for the graphic novel? Can a story about political revolution connect to today's audiences? Will it change the status of black comics in the publishing world? Joining the creators of Birth of a Nation are Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan, creators of Static Shock, one of the most successful shows on Saturday morning television. This is your opportunity to hear from five guys who flow back and forth between the worlds of comics and Hollywood to find out how it's done. Room 9

4:30-5:30 Sony: The Grudge and Screen Gems: Resident Evil: ApocalypseFrom producers Sam Raimi (the director of such classics as The Evil Dead and Darkman and the blockbusters Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2), Rob Tapert (The Gift, The Evil Dead), and Taka Ichise (Ringu and Dark Water) comes a terrifyingly real horror thriller, The Grudge, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and based on the Japanese hit JU-ON: The Grudge. The Grudge is the curse of one who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who encounter this murderous supernatural curse die and a new one is born—passed like a virus in an endless, growing chain of horror. Star Sarah Michelle Gellar will be making her first-ever convention appearance, along with her co-star Jason Behr (Roswell). They’ll take your questions and show some scary clips. Plus, Sony/Screen Gems presents a special sneak peek of Resident Evil: Apocalypse with a special introduction on tape by Milla Jovovich! Live on stage, Sienna Guillory, the actress playing the popular Resident Evil video game character Jill Valentine! And the finalists from the Resident Evil: Apocalypse poster contest will be unveiled - from some 8,000 posters submitted, five finalists will be announced, but only one will become the official movie poster. Hall H

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Adrian Tomine—Adrian Tomine is the critically acclaimed alternative cartoonist behind the award-winning series Optic Nerve, which has been collected into the graphic novels Sleepwalk and Summer Blonde. At this Q&A, Adrian will talk about Scrapbook, his just-released collection of early comics, sketches, and illustrations, as well as the Yoshihiro Tatsumi 2005 series, which he will be designing and editing.
Room 1B

5:00-6:00 What’s New at ADV—A behind-the-scenes look at the company that changed the way anime comes to North America. Be the first to find out about the newest releases from North America's number-one producer/distributor of anime. Learn more about ADV, including the Anime Network, ADV Manga, ADV Toys, Newtype USA magazine, and exciting upcoming projects! Hosted by ADV co-founder, senior producer and VP of production Matt Greenfield, and featuring other ADV Staffers. Room 2

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Terry Brooks—Terry Brooks made history in 1977 when his epic fantasy novel, The Sword of Shannara, became the first work of fiction to ever appear on the New York Times TPB bestseller list. It stayed there for 5 months. Now, 27 years and 24 books later, Terry Brooks is one of the bestselling fantasy writers of all time. This incredible fantasy author will speak about his work in a discussion moderated by fellow author Kevin J. Anderson. Room  3

5:00-6:30 CFQ Presents: Alien Armageddon!—The real battle for the fate of the universe is in their hands! After last year’s standing-room-only presentation of Robot Rumble, our panel of experts (aka geeks) return to pit alien against alien in a terrifying match-up of brawn, brains and beauty. If you think Alien vs. Predator is an exciting match-up, wait until you witness Mr. Spock vs. Predator or the Metulnans vs. Mothra. It could happen, so be there—or be even squarer than the panel, which includes Dan Vebber (Futurama), Steve Melching (The Batman), Kay Reindl (Dead Zone), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Daren Dochterman (Riddick) and moderator Mark A. Altman (CFQ). Presented by CFQ Magazine. Room 6CDEF

5:00-6:00 Humanoids/DC Comics—Learn all about the international invasion as Humanoids and DC team up to bring some of the world’s greatest comic books to North America. Find out about John Cassaday’s I Am Legion, Milo Manara’s newest graphic novel, Enki Bilal’s masterpiece December 32nd, the latest mania from Alexandro Jodorowsky, and more. Creators who will be discussing their upcoming work with Humanoids include Chuck Austen, Terry Dodson, Metal Hurlant’s Jean Pierre Dionnet, Jamal Igle, and Geoff Johns. Room  7B

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Mike Mignola: 10 Years of HellboySince its debut in 1994, Mike Mignola's Hellboy has been one of the most celebrated comics on the shelves. Mike Mignola has won every major industry award for his work and attracted the attention of Hollywood for a series of jobs on high-profile films, including Disney's Atlantis and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. In April, Mike Mignola's signature character made the leap to the big screen, drawing rave reviews and record box office receipts. Hear what Mike has to say about o the world of Hollywood and what the future holds for the world's greatest paranormal investigator. Moderated by Scott Allie. Room 8

5:30-7:00 Gays in Comics: Year Seventeen—While Marvel and DC catch up, the independent comics world has been celebrating diversity with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered comics for years. Now, listen in as creators new and old discuss the relevance of gay comic characters! Moderator Andy Mangels (Star Trek) leads a panel that includes Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Colleen Coover (Small Favors), Justin Hall (True Travel Tales), Charles "zan" Christensen (Prism Comics), Tim Fish (The Cavalcade of Boys), and the much-celebrated Jose Villarrubia (Alan Moore's Mirror of Love)! Room 5AB

5:30-7:00 Cartoon Network: Adult SwimModerated by Keith Crofford, vice president of of Adult Swim production this panel features Jackson Publick III, writer/producer of the new original series The Venture Bros.; Matt Maiellaro, co-creator/writer of Aqua Teen Hunger Force; Dana Snyder, voice of Master Shake in Aqua Teen Hunger Force; Matt Thompson, co-creator/writer of Sealab 2021; Kate Miller, voice of Debbie from Sealab 2021; Chris Ward (aka mc chris), voice of MC Pee Pants from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Hesh on Sealab 2021; and Michael Cahill, editor/producer for Adult Swim. You’ll learn more about your favorite shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 and catch sneak peeks of never-before-seen Adult Swim programming like Squidbillies and The Venture Bros. Room 6AB

5:30-7:00 20th Century Fox: Alien vs. Predator and Fantastic Four—Alien vs. Predator: It's our planet . . . and their war. Youll have the first look at scenes from the long-anticipated cinematic head-to-head of the iconic monsters. AVP stars Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen and creature effects supervisors Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. will be on hand to take your questions. Then: At long last, Fantastic Four is about to go into production next month. But before cameras begin rolling, 20th Century Fox is thrilled to bring the cast and filmmakers to Comic-Con to discuss Fox's epic adaptation of the World's Greatest Comic Magazine! Hall H

6:00-7:00 History of Animation: The Silent Years—Winsor McCay, Emile Cohl, Felix the Cat, Koko the Clown. You’ll see them all at this screening and celebration of the early geniuses of silent animation that still speak to us today. Hosted by animation educator and ASIFA-Hollywood board member Larry Loc.
Room 1A

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Serena Valentino—Serena Valentino is one of the original "goth comics" creators, having helped carve that niche with the SLG series GloomCookie, which she created with Ted Naifeh. Five years and twenty issues later, GloomCookie is still going strong and has been joined by Nightmares and Fairy Tales, which is written by Serena and drawn by FSc, as one of SLG's top-selling comic series. Serena is now developing a new series for SLG with Ben Roman and working on an illustrated novel with Crab Scrambly (The 13th of Never, Everything Can Be Beaten). Crab will join GloomCookie artists Breehn Burns (Aleister Arcane) and Harley Sparx to talk with Serena about her comics, the creative process, and whatever else might strike their fancy. Moderated by SLG’s editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman. Room  1B

6:00-7:00 Developing an Animated Property—Breaking into the animation industry takes a lot more than having a cool idea for a cartoon. Going from the pitch all the way to the final product is an art orm in itself. Is there a magic bullet to guarantee success? Is there a secret recipe to selling your series? Some of the industry’s leading creators—Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Macho), Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), Doug TenNapel (Cat Scratch), Dave Wasson (Time Squad), and the development executives that follow each property from conception to series, Eric Coleman (Nickelodeon) and Heather Kenyon (Cartoon Network)—may have those answers. Also: exclusive, never-before-seen development art/footage. Moderated by animation writer Jon M. Gibson. Room  2

6:00-7:00 Writing and Pitching Star TrekDo you want to know the secrets behind pitching your ideas to the popular Star Trek franchise? Have you ever wondered what it takes to develop a story for this TV/movie sci-fi phenomeon or for books/novella series? Get the words from the horse's mouth from such luminary writer's as: Keith de Candido (Trek editor for Simon & Schuster); Jimmy Diggs, Jack Trevino, and Harry “Doc” Kloor (TV series freelance writers for Voyager and DS9); and Steve Fratt and Dr. Joseph D. Di Lella (veteran pitchmen to the Trek series). Room 3

6:00-7:00 Under the Knife: An Action Figure Sculpting Discussion—Action figure sculpting is pop art that is just coming into the spotlight. In this discussion with some of the industry’s top sculptors you will discover the path that led them to many a fanboy’s dream job. Find out what tools and materials they use and where laser scanning ends and the sculptor takes over. Panelists will discuss mold making and painting, reveal their favorites, and talk about which figures they would like another crack at. Moderator Julius Marx from Action Figure Times is joined by Phil Ramirez, sculptor, Toy Biz; Eric Treadaway, The Four Horsemen—sculptor, Mattel, NECA; Chris Dahlberg, The Four Horsemen—sculptor, Mattel, NECA; Dev Gilmore, account executive, Gentle Giant Studios; Jonathan Mathews, sculptor, DC Direct; Digger, president and founder, Art Asylum; Shawn Knapp, associate art director, DC Direct; Andy Bergholtz, sculptor, Sideshow Collectables; Sam Greenwell, sculptor, Toy Biz, NECA; and Jean St. Jean, sculpting supervisor, McFarlane Toys. Room  7A

6:00-7:00 2000 A.D.: The British Are Coming!—For the last 27 years, 2000 A.D. has been Britain’s most popular science fiction comic, launching the careers of countless British comics creators and showcasing characters including Judge Dredd. Now DC brings you exciting collections featuring the comic’s best creators and characters. Find out all about 2000 A.D., Judge Dredd, his world, and the forthcoming books in this panel and Q&A hosted by 2000 A.D.’s graphic novels editor Jamie Boardman and marketing officer Dominic Preston, with DC’s VP for sales and marketing, Bob Wayne, and contributions from 2000 A.D. creators! Room 7B

6:00-7:00 Michael Chabon Presents: The EscapistCritically acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, his fascinating account of the lives of Escapist creators Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay. Since then, with the help of Dark Horse, Chabon has made the unprecedented move of expanding on his novel's mythology through comics. The popular quarterly anthology Michael Chabon Presents The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist is a captivating and retro romp through various styles from comics' history. Thus far, it has featured some of the most talented creators in the field, including Mike Mignola, John Cassaday, Howard Chaykin, Kyle Baker, Chris Ware, Jae Lee, Glen David Gold, and Bill Sienkiewicz, among many others. Get the inside scoop on Cabon’s upcoming project, including what's next for the Escapist comic book! Joining Michael is Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz. Room 8

6:00-7:00 Broccoli Books—Satsuki Yamashita, editor of Broccoli Books titles including Galaxy Angel, Di Gi Charat Theater, and Juvenile Orion will conduct a Q&A session about current and future releases. Free giveaways and prizes! Room  9

Nighttime programming

7:00-8:00 Gay Comic Fan Reception & Party—Here's your chance to socialize with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or open-minded fans and creators! This party, sponsored by the Gay League, will include lots of fabulous fun, surprises, and dozens of comic and animation pros in attendance! Plus, a special Mirror of Love slideshow from Jose Villarrubia! Room 5AB

7:00-8:30 Mark Hamill’s Comic Book: The MovieIt’s coming home! Creative Light Entertainment presents Comic Book: The Movie, Mark Hamill’s feature directorial debut that was filmed at Comic-Con International and released by Miramax. Join Mark Hamill and the cast of talented cartoon stars Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Roger Rose, Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob Squarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Debbi DerriBerry (Jimmy Neutron), and more! In this fun-filled panel they will be sharing exclusive scenes and outtakes from the movie, doing character voices, and answering questions! Room 6AB

7:00-9:00 CBLDF Benefit Auction—Support freedom of speech by bidding on one-of-a-kind original art, rare comics, and signed books at the annual CBLDF Benefit Auction at Comic-Con International. JMile High Comics founder and Defender of Liberty Chuck Rozanski will serve as auctioneer. Stop by the CBLDF booth (#4504) to view auction items in advance—you won’t believe some of the ultra-cool stuff that could be yours! Room 8

8:30-11:00 Red Trousers: Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen
See a special showing of Robin Shou's (Mortal Kombat) brand new film about the bone-crushing and head-breaking men & women who make Jackie & Jet look so good! Hosted by director/star Robin Shou in person and Inside Kung-fu's Ric Meyers! Stay for a special Q&A after the film. Room 5AB

8:30-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever! (2004 Edition)—Animation historian Jerry Beck has seen them all and painstakingly compiled this selection of the lamest, dumbest, "what-were-they-thinking?" animated cartoons ever made. This all-new, all-hilarious compilation will include rarely seen episodes of Mighty Mr. Titan (1962), the limited animation physical fitness superhero; Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero (1967), a deadpan space cadet; and Super President (1966), an animated weapon of mass destruction. Room 6AB

8:30-11:30 30th Annual Comic-Con Masquerade—Original, re-created, and humorous-themed costumes will compete for beautiful trophies and cash awards. Doors for audience seating open at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are required and will be given out free at the Masquerade Desk outside BallRoom 20, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Special movie previews will also be shown. The Master of Ceremonies will be the highly entertaining Phil Foglio, infamous and long-established writer, artist, and convention personality. (For more information, see the article on page 9.)  Room  20

8:30-1:30 Masquerade Party—Party under the sails and watch the Masquerade on the big screen! Dancing starts after 10:00 p.m. Sails Pavilion

10:00-11:30 Bill Plympton: Hair HighSpecial guest Bill Plympton brings his newest twisted vision to Comic-Con! See Hair High, a gothic ‘50s high school comedy about a love triangle that goes terribly wrong. Bill will be present to answer questions, too! Room 6AB

11:30-1:30 Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation—From the generators of the world's most outrageous animation comes a new batch of cutting-edge cartoons, including by popular demand Here Comes Dr. Tran! Barf bags and 3-D glasses included! Room 6AB



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