Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday Morning Superhero: My SDCC Schedule

It boggles my mind that San Diego Comic Con is only one week away.  While there are a lot of loose ends I need to tie up before my trip, I am feeling more excited about my annual excursion with each passing hour.  SDCC has released its full schedule and I thought I would share my plans with you.  I have not finalized all of my press requests and plans always change, but here is my day-by-day breakdown of what I hope to do.  If you happen to see me, please say hello!

4:00pm - My SDCC adventure is going to begin with a taping of Conan.  Conan is taking over Comic Con, and thanks to the kindness of the SDCC Community, I am going to attend his first taping.  Guests Elijah Wood and Chris Hardwick are sure to entertain and I am extremely excited about being fortunate enough to attend.

7:00pm - In what has become an annual tradition, I will once again be attending Hop Con.  I have attended each event with my brother and it is hard to top enjoying delicious Stone beer and listening to Wil Wheaton and crew celebrate what it is to be a nerd.   From the atmosphere, to the gourmet spread, and topped with exclusive beer, I can't think of a better way to celebrate a week of fun.

12:30pm - I may actually get to sleep in one day!  I am also excited because the first panel I attend is one of my must see panels of the entire convention.  Return to Gravity Falls in 6A.  Creator and actor Alex Hirsch leads this panel after the shocking conclusion of Season 2.  My wife and I describe this show as Twin Peaks for kids and is our family's favorite television show.

2:00pm - Next on the list is Image Comics: Where Creators own the Mainstream in 23ABC.   Image Comics has quite a few panels throughout the con, and this one features Michael Moreci and Chip Zdarsky in addition to some other great guests.  There is something special about creator owned content and it is a big reason why Image has been growing so fast.

3:30pm - In keeping with a comic book theme, I am going to mosey on over to Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment Celebrates Five Years in 6BCF.  Kirkman has done a masterful job with Skybound and it will be great to get the latest on The Walking Dead, Outcast, and get a sneak peak at its first feature length film, AIR.

6:00pm - Ending on a bit of a lighter note, I will venture outside of the convention center over to the Indigo Ballroom for Comedy Central: Drunk History and Another Period.  I look forward to hearing some behind the scenes tales from Drunk History and hearing from the amazing cast of Another Period.  Another Period is a faux reality show set in the turn of the century.  It follows the hijinks of the deplorable Bellacourt sisters and the cast includes Michael Ian Black, Jason Ritter, David Wain, Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, and more.

7:00am - I will be up early in the morning to attend the Star Wars Fan Breakfast.  I had a blast last year and enjoyed a quiet breakfast with a group of like minded individuals.

9:30am - Friday is my Hobbit day, as I will be having second breakfast that I am not sure how much I can disclose about.  Hopefully when this is happening we can get #SecretBreakfast trending.

12:00pm - While I have been unable to attend in previous years, I have always wanted to attend the MattyPalooza panel in 25ABC.  I will give it a legitimate try this year as I learn about the many lines that Mattel offers.  I have heard good things about this panel and want to experience it at some point.

2:15pm - I am a fan of Phillip K. Dick, which is why I am stoked to attend the Amazon: Man in the High Castle panel in 6A.  This is the highlight of my Friday and I am looking forward to learning what Amazon has planned for this beloved book.   The panel features executive producer Frank Spotnitz, producers David Zucker, and Isa Dick Hackett, and numerous cast members.  Should be informative and hopefully let us know the show is in good hands.

4:00pm - Following this I am going to be part of history at IDW: The Best Panel in recorded History in Room 4.  While I am excited about the shocking announcements, I am most pumped to hear what John Layman has to say.  The creator of Chew is one of the most interesting individuals in the industry and it should be very entertaining.  Throw in Gabriel Rodriguez and you have me hooked.

7:00pm - While there are other panels I would like to see, I am going to take a short break before going to Funko Fun Days.  The good folk at Funko have promised a bigger and better event and I can't wait to see what changes they made.  One of my top highlights from last year, I am really looking forward to my return visit.

10:00am - Assuming that Con fatigue hasn't kicked it too bad, I am going to start my Saturday at the The Last Man on Earth panel in the Indigo Ballroom.  Featuring the lovely Kristen Schaal and creator Will Forte, I look forward to see what the plans are to follow-up the highly successful first season.

11:15am - This one is going to be cutting it close, but if I can manage to make it to 6DE I am going to attend the New DC Universe: Batman: Are you Ready? panel featuring Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.  I have really enjoyed Snyder and Capullo's Batman run and look forward to hearing what is in store for the Dark Knight.

3:00pm - Following a quick break and a bite to eat, I will venture over to 6DE for the Outcast TV Series: A First Look with Robert Kirkman panel.  Following the success of The Walking Dead television show, it isn't surprising that he was quick to land a deal for Outcast.  I have high hopes for this one and look forward to a sneak peek.

4:15pm - My son would be upset with me if I didn't see what was happening in room 6A for the LEGO Marvel's Avengers: From Silver Screen to Videogame Console panel.  Including a special appearance from Stan Lee, attendees will see gameplay from the new LEGO game set to debut this winter featuring scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  We are a big LEGO gaming family and I look forward to seeing what is next from TT Games.

10:00am - Tears will be shed as fans celebrate the genius behind Phineas and Ferb in the Last Day of Summer: TV Guide Magazine's Farewell to Phineas and Ferb in 6BCF.  A staple in our household, Phineas and Ferb is one of those rare shows that is truly entertaining for both kids and parents.  I am sad to see it end, but happy that summer vacation lasted over 200 days! 

11:15am - Looks like I can stay in my seat and hang out in 6BCF a bit longer to watch the World Premiere of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom panel.  This one is pretty self explanatory, but promises some surprise guests.  Should be fun and it allows me to taunt my son when I get home.  Hooray!

1:00pm - Sticking with the LEGO theme, I will then venture over to 7AB to attend the LEGO Ninjago panel for the second year in-a-row.  It was a lot of fun last year and my son really enjoyed the inside scoop I was able to provide.  Looking forward to more of the same this year.

Sadly this is where my SDCC adventure will end.  Looking above it sounds like my plate is full, and this doesn't even include floor time, off-site events, and some press events I am really looking forward to.  As much as I would love to attend some of the panels in Hall H, I am getting too old to hang out in line with these kids today.  Feel free to comment on what panels you are attending or anything that you thought I missed.  Cheers!

 POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.