More Than 100 Hours Of Programming Set For All Four Days At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 8-11
Q&As With Stars Stan Lee, Michael Shannon, John Barrowman, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®; Firefly, Smallville Cast Reunions; Tons Of Comics And Artist Panels; Costume Contests; Meet-And Greets; Evening Programming Also Featured At Pop Culture Festival At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 29, 2013 – From interactive Q&As with celebrities like Stan Lee, Michael Shannon, Robert Rodriguez, John Barrowman and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® to reunions of the “Firefly” and “Smallville” casts to comics panels, costume contests, evening parties and more, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con today unveiled its most robust and diverse programming schedule ever, with more than 100 hours scheduled over the full four days in a total of nine programming rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 8-11.
Some of the featured programming includes:
- Q&A sessions with Lee, Shannon, Barrowman,Manu Bennett, Zachary Quinto, James Marsters, Jon Heder, Wil Wheaton, Ralph Macchio, Jason David Frank and many others.
- WWE extravaganza, featuring a session with Punk and one with WWE® Diva AJ Lee, WWE® Hall Of Famer Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat™ andWWE® Superstar Dolph Ziggler™.
- Cast reunions of “Firefly” (Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk) “Smallville” (Aaron Ashmore, Allison Mack, Michael Rosenbaum, Marsters) and “Warehouse 13” (Ashmore, Eddie McClintock).
- “A Conversation With… Robert Rodriguez,” an evening with the noted filmmaker (first admission for all VIPs, general admission free or suggested donation).
- Comics-themed panels headed by some of the top names in the industry, including Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder, Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, Rob Prior and Esad Ribic. Superman, Batman and X-Men fans will take special delight in a few of them.
- Costume contests for adults (Saturday night) and kids (Sunday) bring out the best cosplayers in the Midwest!
- Evening programming including the inaugural Wizard World Artist Pro-Am (Friday, 5 Roses Pub, 5509 Park Place, Rosemont) and Official After Party (Saturday, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., across from the Convention Center).
- Five Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions to make that match.
- The Art Of Frank Frazetta, curated by Rodriguez, with original Frazetta masterwork paintings (museum donation required).
- Kids Day (Sunday) with an array of panels and events designed especially for children
Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Most are included as part of standard Wizard World Chicago Comic Con admission; VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.
A full list of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con programming is below; further details on each at http://www.wizardworld.com/
Thursday, August 8
3:00 – 8:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
4:00 – 4:45pm From The Microscope To The Big Screen: Creepy Crawlies In Pop Culture (Room 34)
4:00 – 4:45pm The Wizard World Film Festival: Coming Soon To A Con Near You (Room 42)
5:00 – 5:45pm Breaking Into Comics (Room 34)
5:00 – 5:45pm Meet The Real Life Superheroes (Room 42)
6:00 – 6:45pm Xion Network Presents: Creating Dynamic Black Female Characters In Fiction (Room 41)
6:00 – 6:45pm Creativity That Lasts (Room 42)
7:00 – 7:45pm Ghosthunting From The Female Perspective: True Paranormal Evidence On Display (Room 34)
7:00 – 7:45pm Costuming Armor And Prop Making 101 (Room 42)
Friday, August 9
12:00 – 7:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
1:00 – 2:45pm Self Publishing: Bringing Your Dream To Market (Room 34)
1:00 – 1:45pm Meet The 501st (Room 41)
1:00 – 1:45pm Dead Fans Walking (Room 42)
1:00 – 1:45pm Putting A Creative Team Together To Launch A New Comic (Room 50)
1:00 – 1:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
2:00 – 2:45pm Trailer Park (Room 24)
2:00 – 2:45pm Super Secrets (Room 34)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Making Of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (Room 41)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Verne Troyer (Room 42)
2:00 – 2:45pm Webcomics 101 (Room 50)
2:00 – 4:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
2:30 – 3:15pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
3:00 – 3:45pm Warehouse 13 With Aaron Ashmore And Eddie Mcclintock (Room 24)
3:00 – 3:45pm Wonder Women For The 21st Century (Room 34)
3:00 – 3:45pm Superman At 75 (Room 41)
3:00 – 3:45pm One-On-One With Jon Heder (Room 42)
3:00 – 3:45pm How To Pitch UcreateComics Million Dollar Fund (Room 50)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Wil Wheaton (Room 24)
4:00 – 4:45pm From Oz To Angels: How Big Dog Ink Is Breathing New Life Into Old Favorites (Room 34)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With James Marsters (Room 41)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Andrew Mccarthy (Room 42)
4:00 – 4:45pm Designing Fantasy Worlds (Room 50)
5:00 – 5:45pm One-On-One With Stan “The Man” Lee (Room 24)
5:00 – 5:45pm One-On-One With Linda Blair (Room 34)
5:00 – 7:00pm The Ultimate Dr Who 50th Anniversary Celebration (Room 41)
5:00 – 5:45pm Roger Ebert, Chicago, And Comics (Room 42)
5:00 – 5:45pm Kickstarting Your Comics (Room 50)
6:00 – 6:45pm Girls Gone Gore! (Room 34)
6:00 – 6:45pm Batman And Psychology (Room 42)
6:00 – 6:45pm The Cover Page Demystified (Room 50)
7:00 – 8:00pm A Conversation With… Robert Rodriguez (Room 24)
8:00 – 10:00pm The Artist Pro Am (21 And Over only) (5 Roses Pub, 5509 Park Pl)
Saturday, August 10
10:00am – 7:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
10:30 – 11:15am Comic Geeks, A Web Series (Room 41)
11:00 – 11:45am Reinventing Information: Pop Culture As A Visual Language For The 21st Century (Room 34)
11:00 – 11:45am Competitive Cosplay (Room 42)
11:00 – 11:45am Storytelling With Michael Golden: Taking It To The Next Level (Room 50)
11:00 – 11:45am Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
11:30 – 12:15pm One-On-One With John Barrowman (Room 24)
11:30 – 12:15pm WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Q&A (Room 41)
12:00 – 12:45pm Pitfalls Of Writing (Room 34)
12:00 – 12:45pm One-On-One With Manu Bennett (Room 42)
12:00 – 2:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
12:00 – 3:00pm Zenescope Portfolio Review (Booth Tba)
12:30 – 1:00pm One-On-One With Zachary Quinto (Room 24)
12:30 – 1:15pm Vampire Lore And Other Urban Myths And Legends With Dr. Rebecca Housel (Room 41)
1:00 – 1:45pm Supe On The Big Screen (Room 34)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Will Yun Lee (Room 42)
1:00 – 1:45pm Eberron And Beyond (Room 50)
1:30 – 2:15pm Trailer Park (Room 24)
1:30 – 2:15pm One-On-One With Brandon Routh (Room 41)
2:00 – 2:45pm Comics Conspiracy: 50 Years Of The JFK Assassination In Comics (Room 34)
2:00 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Ralph Macchio (Room 42)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Art Of Television Animation With Tom Cook (Room 50)
2:30 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Michael Shannon (Room 24)
2:30 – 2:45pm One-On-One With Dennis Rodman (Room 41)
3:00 – 4:30pm CBLDF: Art Auction (Room 34)
3:00 – 3:45pm Wibbly Wobbly Time: A Doctor Who Panel (Room 41)
3:00 – 3:45pm Who Is Batman To You? (Room 42)
3:00 – 3:45pm Voice Over With Tara Strong (Room 50)
3:00 – 5:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
3:30 – 4:00pm One-On-One With Jon Bernthal (Room 24)
4:00 – 4:15pm One-On-One With Norman Reedus (Room 24)
4:00 – 4:45pm One-On-One With Jason David Frank: Power Ranger (Room 41)
4:00 – 4:45pm Creating A World Together With Art And Music (Room 42)
4:00 – 5:15pm Webcomics Bootcamp (Room 50)
4:00 – 4:45pm Stan Lee Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
4:45 – 5:30pm How To Break Into Screenwriting And Show Biz (Room 50)
5:00 – 5:45pm Firefly With Morena Baccarin, Summer Glau And Alan Tudyk (Room 24)
5:00 – 5:45pm The Actors Roundtable With Robert Knepper, Nicholas Lea And Milo Ventimiglia (Room 41)
5:00 – 5:45pm Original Fantasy Content Creation In Chicago (Room 42)
5:30 – 6:15pm Turning Your Art Into Your Business: How To Market & Sell Your Art Online. (Room 50)
5:30 – 7:30pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Room 52)
5:45 – 6:30pm Super Villains And Psychology (Room 34)
6:00 – 6:45pm The Best Films You’ve Never Seen (Room 41)
6:00 – 6:45pm Grimm Fairy Tales Animated (Room 42)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Wizard World Adult Costume Contest (Room 24)
6:30pm – 7:15pm Setting The Mood (Room 50)
6:45pm – 7:30pm Tokyo Toy Guy (Room 41)
7:00pm – 8:30pm The Main Event, Artist And Writers Breakout Seminar, Featuring Neal Adams And Chris Claremont (Room 34)
7:00pm – 7:45pm Mindplate Tv (Room 42)
8:30 – 1:00am Official Wizard World Chicago Comic Con After Party (Hyatt Regency O’hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave)
Sunday, August 11
10:00am – 5:00pm The Art Of Frank Frazetta (Room 49)
11:00 – 11:45am Project Urban Legend (Room 41)
11:00 – 11:45am Up, Up And Oy Yeh (Room 42)
11:00 – 11:45am Kids Draw! (Room 50)
11:00 – 11:45pm Jason David Frank Meet And Greet – Paid Event (Room 60)
11:30 – 12:15pm X-Men At 50 (Room 34)
12:00 – 12:45pm Smallville With Aaron Ashmore, Allison Mack, Michael Rosenbaum And James Marsters (Room 41)
12:00 – 12:45pm The Art Of Collaboration With Greg Capullo & Scott Snyder (Room 42)
12:00 – 12:45pm From The Microscope To The Big Screen: Creepy Crawlies In Pop Culture (Room 50)
12:00 – 3:00pm Zenescope Portfolio Review (Booth Tba)
12:00 – 2:00pm Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Lgbt Only) (Room 52)
12:30 – 1:15pm Fear Of The Unknown (Room 34)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With James & Oliver Phelps (Room 41)
1:00 – 1:45pm One-On-One With Jason Priestly (Room 42)
1:00 – 1:45pm How To Pitch UcreateComics Million Dollar Fund (Room 50)
1:30 – 2:15pm Hack/Slash Retrospective (Room 34)
2:00 – 2:45pm The Green Power Ranger Power Hour (Room 23)
2:00 – 2:45pm Battle For Multicultural Heroes (Room 41)
2:00 – 2:45pm Author Panel: Traditional Or Self-Publishing? (Room 42)
2:00 – 2:45pm U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafters (Room 50)
2:30 – 3:15pm WWE® With WWE® Diva AJ Lee, WWE® Hall Of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat™ And WWE® Superstar Dolph Ziggler™ (Room 34)
3:00 – 3:45pm Welcome To Super Rentals: A Special Sneak Peek At The Impersonators (Room 41)
3:00 – 3:45pm Wizard World Kids Costume Contest (Room 42)
3:00 – 3:45pm Exorcising The Spectre Of The Fake Geek Girl (Room 50)
3:30 – 4:15pm Unwritten Rules Of Wrestling With Wrestlingaudio.com (Room 34)
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Chicago Comic Con show hours are Thursday, Aug. 8, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 9, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chicago Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Cosplay Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.
For more on the 2013 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
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August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
June 19-22, 2014 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013 SCHEDULE!
DARK HORSE SIGNINGS
IMPORTANT: All giveaway, limited edition, and exclusive items are available while supplies last. Free prints, comics, or posters are provided for each signing while supplies last. You may bring items to sign or purchase them at the Dark Horse Store or Dark Horse Exclusives Store. We reserve the right to restrict the nature and/or limit the number of items to be signed, at our discretion. Signing lines will be closed as needed.
Ticketed signings are noted below. Drawings for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for your best chance to get a ticket.
Events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse staff for details.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
Special Preview Night Signings for Exclusives and Limited Editions
6:00 p.m. LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi
Free print. Limited edition hardcover for sale at Dark Horse Exclusives Store.
7:00 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
Free print. San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusive Plants vs. Zombies comic for sale at show opening at Dark Horse Exclusives Store (two per person limit).
8:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: Cosplayer Holly Conrad as Commander Shepherd
Free double-sided Mass Effect/Dragon Age poster. Limited edition Mass Effect Bronze Alliance Normandy SR-1 Ship Replica on sale at show opening at Dark Horse Exclusives Store (two per person limit).
THURSDAY, JULY 18
10:00 a.m. LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi
10:00 a.m. THE STRAIN: Mike Huddleston, E.M. Gist
11:00 a.m. LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike
11:00 a.m. DRAGON RESURRECTION: Lin Zhang
12:00 p.m. X: Duane Swierczynski, Eric Nguyen, Dave Wilkins
12:00 p.m. DRAGON AGE: THE WORLD OF THEDAS: Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow
1:00 p.m. BLOOD BROTHERS: Andrew Waller, Mike Gagerman
2:00 p.m. HALO: INITIATION: Terry and Rachel Dodson
2:00 p.m. LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike
3:00 p.m. CATALYST COMIX: Joe Casey, Ulises Farinas
3:00 p.m. BEANWORLD: Larry Marder
4:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage
5:00 p.m. PICTURES THAT TICK: Dave McKean
5:00 p.m. DYNAMICS PRESENTS CONAN: THE PHANTOMS OF THE BLACK COAST: Attila Futaki
6:00 p.m. THE BLACK BEETLE: Francesco Francavilla
DREAM THIEF: Jai Nitz
BUZZKILL: Donny Cates
6:00 p.m. CREEPY, EERIE: Dan Braun, Jason Shawn Alexander, Chris Zephro, Justin Mabry
FRIDAY, JULY 19
10:00 a.m. CREEPY, EERIE: Dan Braun, Glenn Hetrick, Chris Zephro, Justin Mabry
10:00 a.m. THE MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada
11:00 a.m. LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike
11:00 a.m. SACRIFICE: Sam Humphries
12:00 p.m. THE GUILD: Felicia Day *Ticketed event
12:00 p.m. MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt
1:00 p.m. STAR WARS: LEGACY: Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
1:00 p.m. BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
2:00 p.m. THE LAST OF US: Neil Druckmann, Faith Erin Hicks *Ticketed event
2:00 p.m. LONE WOLF AND CUB: Kazuo Koike
2:00 p.m. MASS EFFECT: Courtenay Taylor (voice actor of Jack), Mike Gamble
3:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson
3:00 p.m. NUMBER 13: David Walker, Robert Love
4:00 p.m. DRAGON AGE: Claudia Black (voice actor of Morrigan), Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow *Ticketed event
4:00 p.m. THE MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada
5:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS: Shannon Wheeler (Villain House), Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas (Gamma), Geoffrey Thorne and Todd Harris (Genre 19)
5:00 p.m. STAR WARS: Carlos d’Anda and Gabe Eltaeb (Star Wars), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dan Parsons and Wes Dzioba (Dawn of the Jedi), Mark Irwin (Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin), Dave Wilkins (Legacy), Zack Giallongo (Ewoks: Shadows of Endor)
6:00 p.m. TNT PRESENTS FALLING SKIES: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Falling Skies cast *Ticketed event
6:00 p.m. CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander
SATURDAY, JULY 20
9:00 a.m. LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi
10:00 a.m. EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner
11:00 a.m. ELFQUEST: Wendy and Richard Pini
11:00 a.m. VALVE PRESENTS: Jay Pinkerton, Erik Wolpaw, Heather Campbell, Tristan Reidford
12:00 p.m. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT: Josh Williamson, Raymond Swanland
BLACKOUT: Frank Barbiere, Micah Kaneshiro
THE OCCULTIST: Tim Seeley, Mike Norton
1:00 p.m. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki-Hyun Ryu, Gene Luen Yang, Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano from Gurihiru Studio
2:00 p.m. THE GOON KICKSTARTER TEAM: Eric Powell, Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler from Blur Studio
3:00 p.m. UNDERGROUND: Andrew Vachss
3:00 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH: Georges Jeanty, Andrew Chambliss
4:00 p.m. HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES: Corey Taylor *Ticketed event
5:00 p.m. HELLBOY, B.P.R.D., ABE SAPIEN, BALTIMORE: Mike Mignola
5:00 p.m. ITTY BITTY HELLBOY: Art Baltazar
6:00 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow
6:00 p.m. THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Becky Cloonan
SUNDAY, JULY 21
10:00 a.m. BUNNY IN THE MOON: THE ART OF TARA MCPHERSON: Tara McPherson
10:00 a.m. LAST MAN STANDING: KILLBOOK OF A BOUNTY HUNTER: Daniel LuVisi
11:00 a.m. Joss Whedon *Ticketed event
12:00 p.m. R.I.P.D.: Peter Lenkov
1:00 p.m. ALIENS: INHUMAN CONDITION: John Layman
1:00 p.m. 47 RONIN: Mike Richardson, Stan Sakai
2:00 p.m. EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Jessica Gruner, Buzz Parker
2:00 p.m. HUSBANDS: Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon
*Events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply.
DARK HORSE/PARTNER PANELS
Thursday, July 18
Spartans Unite! Frank O’Connor (franchise development director), Dan Ayoub (executive producer), and other 343 Industries personnel celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the Halo universe Halo: Spartan Assault, the new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, Halo: Initiation, and with some “Mega” surprises. Panelists include Nick McWhorter (director of custom programs, Dark Horse Comics), Graeme Jennings (senior producer, 343 Industries),Martin de la Ronde (creative director, Vanguard), and Brian Reed (franchise writer, Halo).
1:00pm – 2:00pm - Dark Horse: (Super)Powered by Creators
The latter half of 2012 saw the return of two of Dark Horse’s classic characters, Ghost and X, the appearance of new faces like Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories and Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Beetle, and the reimagination a hero from yesteryear, Captain Midnight! Join Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, PR director Jeremy Atkins, and a cast of the industry’s top talent, including Joe Casey (Catalyst, Sex), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Duane Swierczynski (X, Two Past Midnight), Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight, Masks and Mobsters), Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (Revival, The Occultist), along with comics newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill), for a look at an exciting new cast of characters!
2:00pm – 3:00pm - The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting
As we move from the Insight to Indies panel, we’ll address the question every aspiring writer wants answered: “How do I break into the business?” If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don’t know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats (2011), Tr
4:30pm – 5:30pm - Creepy and Eerie REBORN and UNDEAD
Are you ready to experience the Creepiest of the Creepy? An evil assemblage of ghoulish creators discuss all things Creepy and Eerie. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander (House of Gold and Bones), Creepy writer and editor Dan Braun, producer Josh Braun (Button Man), and moderator J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide) discuss the influence of the original Warren Creepy and Eerie magazines relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. They’ll also divulge details about the upcoming Creepy feature film. With very special guests and extra-spooky giveaways!
6:00pm – 7:00pm - The Goon Kickstarter and Beyond with Eric Powell and Blur Studios
Back in November, legions of fans rallied together to raise over $400,000 to put together a story reel for the David Fincher-produced feature film based on Eric Powell’s hit comic book series The Goon! Now, Kickstarter supporters and Comic-Con attendees alike will have a chance to catch an exclusive glimpse of this work in progress! Creator Eric Powell, Blur Studios owner Tim Miller, and veteran visual effects guru Jeff Fowler present an update on this crowdfunded full-length motion picture.
Friday, July 19
10:00am – 11:00am - Star Wars Comics: Here and Now
What is the current state of Star Wars comics? Join Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley and Star Wars creators Carlos D’Anda, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Doug Wheatley, Gabe Eltaeb, Tom Taylor, Zack Giallongo, and others for the lowdown on what’s up, what’s coming up, and why you should be reading!
2:00pm – 3:00pm - A Tribute to Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics Books
Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, and Mike Catron of Fantagraphics Books are joined by Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz and Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez to celebrate the life and career of Kim Thompson, whose legacy as co-publisher of Fantagraphics and bande dessinée‘s greatest ambassador in America spanned five decades.
3:00pm – 4:00pm - Four Colors of Fear: Horror in Comics Past and Present
Throughout comics’ storied history, horror has been an important part of the medium. In 2012 Dark Horse released its most ambitious horror publishing slate to date. Now, Dark Horse unveils a whole slate of new titles guaranteed to have you running for the covers! Join Dark Horse horror line editor Scott Allie, along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash/Ex Sanguine),Paul Tobin (Colder), Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (Station to Station), and others, for an exciting look at this year’s most promising thrills and chills!
4:00pm – 5:00pm - The Art of Video Games
Quite a bit has changed since Dark Horse first published Mass Effect in 2010, as the publisher has grown this line of books to include franchises like Last of Us, Dragon Age, Bioshock, The Legend of Zelda, and most recently, HALO and Tomb Raider! From canonical comics to beautiful hardcover art books, Dark Horse has firmly established that there is life for popular gaming franchises far beyond the games themselves. Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, creators Faith Erin Hicks and Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us),PopCap Games- Plants vs. Zombies Franchise Art Director Jeremy Vanhoozer, 343 Studios- Halo Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor and some surprise guest writers and artists offer a look at what’s to come.
5:00pm – 6:00pm - Breaking into Comics Right Now
If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers, including BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, IDW Publishing chief creative officer and editor- in-chief Chris Ryall, and Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy, give you up-to-date practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry.
6:00pm – 7:00pm - Rise of the Independents
Word Balloon host John Suintres moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comic publishing, including Image Comic’s director of business development Ron Richards, Dark Horse’s director of publicity Jeremy Atkins, BOOM! Studios’ VP of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik, and IDW’s VP of marketing Dirk Wood, discussing what they are doing to expand the marketplace.
6:15pm – 7:15pm - Dark Horse: Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much more!
6:45pm – 7:45pm - Animation Domination High-Def
Nick Weidenfeld, head of FOX’s all-new Saturday late-night animation programming block, Animation Domination High-Def, will show an exclusive advance preview of two new animated series, Axe Cop and High School USA!, premiering July 27 on FOX. Joining Weidenfeld on the panel Q&A will be Axe Cop executive producers Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser (Drawn Together), High School USA! creator Dino Stamatopoulos (Community), Axe Cop comic creator Ethan Nicolle, and special surprise appearances by the series’ voice talent.
8:00pm – 9:00pm - Axe Cop
Join brothers Ethan Nicolle and Malachai Nicolle, the 32-year-old and 9-year-old creators of the Dark Horse comic series Axe Cop, with surprise guests to celebrate the premiere of the new Axe Cop TV series as part of Animation Domination Hi-Def, beginning Saturday, July 27 on FOX. Panel events will include a live Ask Axe Cop Q&A, a series of staged battles between cosplayers choreographed by Malachai, and a screening of the premiere episode of Axe Cop.
8:00pm – 9:00pm - Husbands: The New Marriage
The hit series Husbands has just completed filming its first new content under its exciting new relationship with the CW, and has already had a big year with the release of the hardcover Husbands comic book. Hear about the bouquet of new plans, new stories from the set, and the show’s ring of bigger-than-big guest stars. Creators Jane Espenson and Brad Bell are joined by Husbands’ co-stars Alessandra Torresani and Sean Hemeon, director Jeff Greenstein, and upcoming guest star Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing)to discuss the much-anticipated future happiness of the comedy. Moderated by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly).
8:00pm – 10:00pm - Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 25th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, bestselling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neverwhere), actor John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), TV host Chris Hardwick (The Talking Dead, The Nerdist), nominee artist Becky Cloonan (Conan the Barbarian), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), and voice actors Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain, Futurama), Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hill), and David Herman (Office Space, Futurama), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.
Saturday, July 20
This panel is for fans who can’t get enough of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe. Moderator Avatar_Mom, Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Alisa Christopher (FatCat Gameworks), Gene Luen Yang (writer, The Promise/The Search), Gurihiru (artist team Sasaki and Kawano, The Promise/The Search), Sifu Kisu (martial arts coordinator), and Dante Basco (voice of Zuko/General Iroh) will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Who knows, perhaps a surprise guest or two might stop in! Finally, the panel will end with a show of talented cosplay contestants.
Without question, Serenity fans and Star Wars devotees are two of most passionate groups in fandom. From the ongoing charity work of the Browncoats and the 501st/Rebel Legion alike, fans have taken these two massive science fiction franchises far beyond the screen. Now, Dark Horse is set to bring these two groups together for exclusive announcements, games, prizes, and more. Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, editor-in- chief Scott Allie, and Dark Horse resident Jedi Randy Stradley, a cast of writers and artists, and even a few surprise guests, for what is sure to be one of these year’s most memorable programs!
This year’s Comic-Con marks the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s best-loved beast. Hellboy has achieved the status in the industry typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc on one of his most popular miniseries to date, the all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the BPRD, this will be one of the biggest Hellboy panels to date! Join creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, for an open forum on your favorite cast of characters.
Sunday, July 21
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and special guests to see the premiere of the Emily and the Strangers FIRST animated music video and single. See and hear private, behind-the-scenes footage in the recording studio and “making of” the animation. Take a sneak peek at the new comic book Emily and the Strangers #3 by Dark Horse Comics and hear more about the making of this new series and how it comes to life with Emily’s new band. There will be time for Q&A, including updates on the development of the motion picture with Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment. Reger will be encouraging “audience participation” to get giveaways, so bring on your strange and show him what you’ve got!
John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman sign at Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday September 20th, from 6:00 – 7:00pm.
Forbidden Planet are delighted to announce a signing by John and Carole E Barrowman for TORCHWOOD: EXODUS CODE (BBC Books) at our London Megastore on Thursday September 20th, from 6 – 7pm.
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left.
Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness too…
Carole is Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee. She writes a monthly crime fiction column and regular reviews and features for newspapers. She contributed a chapter to the Hugo award-winning non-fiction anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords. John became Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who in May 2005 and appeared in eleven episodes of the hit show, before taking the lead role in Torchwood. He’s had starring roles on stage and television, including his popular BBC entertainment show Tonight’s The Night.
PLEASE NOTE: pre-orders on this title may be limited. At the event itself, John and Carole will ONLY be signing copies of their books.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
G4 IS LIVE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON, WITH 3 DAYS OF CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS, BREAKING NEWS AND EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR
Chris Hardwick Tapped as Special Guest Host For “Attack of the Show! Attacks Comic-Con” from the Show Floor on Friday, July 13; John Barrowman Joins “Attack of the Show’s” Candace Bailey Saturday, July 14 for Four Hours of Live Coverage During G4’s “Comic-Con 2012 Live”
LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2012 – This July, G4 takes on San Diego’s Comic-Con convention, the legendary show that gives more than 100,000 passionate fans a first look at the next global blockbuster films, critically acclaimed comic books, hottest TV series, biggest stars and all things pop culture. As the only network to present an insider’s look at this highly anticipated event, G4 brings viewers the news headlines, exclusive premieres, panel discussions, celebrity appearances and outrageous fans LIVE from the Comic-Con show floor. G4’s six hours of live coverage starts with “X-Play All Access: Comic-Con” on Thursday July 12th at 7:00 PM ET/PT, “Attack of the Show! Attacks Comic-Con” on Friday July 13th at 7:00 PM ET/PT culminating with “Comic-Con 2012 Live” on Saturday July 14th from 4 – 8 PM ET/PT.
“Attack of the Show!’s” Candace Bailey, Sara Underwood, comic book maven Blair Butler and Jessica Chobot along with “X-Play’s” Morgan Webb, Blair Herter and Kristin Adams will report directly from the show floor all three days, giving fans unprecedented access to everything that makes Comic-Con unique. Plus, special guest hosts Chris Hardwick and John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”) will be LIVE on G4 Friday and Saturday respectively with their own take on all the news and scoop from this year’s event. The biggest names at Comic-Con who will appear during G4’s coverage will be Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”), Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), as well as the casts of “NTSF: SD: SUV::”, “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” “Fringe,” “True Blood,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Doctor Who,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Arrow” and many more.
Additionally, G4 is offering comprehensive coverage via its website at http://g4tv.com/comiccon, featuring web-exclusive video interviews, the latest movie and TV trailers in HD, photo galleries and cosplay coverage from the show, live-blogs from the biggest panels including both the “Attack of the Show!” and “X-Play” panels, game previews and all the latest news. G4tv.com will stream two one-hour, live versions of its award-winning weekly talk show “Feedback” from outside the convention center. Hosted by “X-Play’s” Blair Herter, these special live versions of “Feedback” will air Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th at 1pm ET/10 am PT at G4tv.com/Feedback. The show will feature special guests talking about the biggest news of the convention and live questions and reactions from G4′s Facebook and Twitter audiences.
Comic-Con content will also be available as a Podcast on the “Attack of the Show!” feed and on the G4 iPhone app at http://g4tv.com/app.
G4’s Comic-Con coverage includes:
“X-Play All Access: Comic-Con”
Thursday, July 12th, 7 pm ET/PT
“Attack of the Show! Attacks Comic-Con”
Friday, July 13th, 7 pm ET/PT
“Comic-Con 2012 Live”
Saturday, July 14th, 4 pm – 8 pm ET/PT
G4’s on-site events for Comic-Con attendees include:
Candace Bailey, Blair Butler, Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, Jessica Chobot, Sara Underwood and Kristin Adams will all be participating in signings at the G4 booth throughout the convention.
Thursday, July 12th
X-Play’s Official Comic-Con PANEL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
G4′s “X-Play” is the longest running and most watched video game show in the galaxy.* Each episode is packed with brutally honest reviews, live demos of the biggest games and of course intern humiliation.
Hosts Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, Kristin Adams and Executive Producer Wade Beckett make their triumphant return to Comic-Con and promise a no-holds-barred live panel. They’ll take questions from the audience, debut a brand new comedy short, and give out prizes to a chosen few. This hour of reflection and finger pointing is guaranteed to be a life changing experience.**
Friday, July 13th
“Attack of the Show!” Cast Autograph signing
11:30 am – 1:00 pm PT
Autograph Area 3
Fans attending Comic-Con are invited to meet Candace Bailey, Sara Underwood, Jessica Chobot and comic book expert Blair Butler.
Saturday, July 14th
“Attack of the Show!” Official Comic-Con PANEL
10:00 am – 11:00 am PT
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel
G4′s “Attack of the Show!” is your ambassador to the information age – from the technology you want to what you watch, listen to and play to what the world is talking about RIGHT NOW.
Join Candace Bailey, Sara Underwood, Matt Mira, Blair Butler, “Attack of the Show!” Executive Producers Vinny Rutherford and Joshua Brentano along with special guests as they bring you the closest thing to being on a LIVE “Attack of the Show:” an interactive Comic-Con panel!
You’ll also get a chance to grill the hosts and producers of the show and discover the dirty secrets and television tricks behind “Attack of the Show!” With more than 1,000 shows to choose from, their knowledge is deep!
1:00 – 5:00 pm PT
“Comic-Con 2012 Live” (Four Hours of Live Coverage)
Candace Bailey and special guest host, John Barrowman (“Torchwood,” “Doctor Who”) will be joined by comic book maven Blair Butler, correspondents Sara Underwood and Jessica Chobot and others, to deliver some of the most exciting news from the convention.
Sunday, July 15th
11:30 am PT
In-booth Trivia Challenge hosted by G4’s Kristin Adams with prizes provided by G4.
G4 offers the Last Word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity and “geek culture” for the male 18-34 demo. The network, which is available in 59 million cable and satellite homes nationwide, has given young guys of today’s digital generation a television home. G4tv.com is a top web destination for video game news and information. The network’s popular original programming includes “Attack of the Show!,” “X-Play,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan.” G4 also continues to expand its live event coverage at CES, Comic-Con, E3, Tokyo Game Show and more. G4’s digital platforms include G4tv.com, G4 Mobile, G4 Podcasts, G4 on Demand, G4 Video Player, G4 Wii Portal and G4 PS3 Portal. G4 is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
JOHN BARROWMAN TO APPEAR AT C2E2
Captain Jack Harkness From Doctor Who And Torchwood Coming To Chicago
Norwalk, CT, March 20, 2012: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has announced actor John Barrowman — best known as Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC’s Torchwood and Doctor Who – will be appearing at this year’s event as a Spotlight Guest. C2E2, from the creators of New York Comic Con, is April 13-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The event is a popular culture convention spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga, and games, and John Barrowman is the latest addition to the show’s roster of guests. Previously announced comic talent appearing at C2E2 include Adam Hughes, Joe Kubert, Marc Silvestri, Rick Remender, and Scott Snyder. Previously announced entertainment names include Anthony Daniels, Chad Michael Murray, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Chris Hardwick, and Josh Gates.
Barrowman’s body of work spans both the UK and US, appearing on British series including Hustle, Hotel Babylon, and his entertainment show,Tonight’s The Night, and in the US on programs ranging from Desperate Housewives to Central Park West. He is most known — and has become a pop culture icon — for his portrayal of Captain Jack Harkness. First appearing in 2005 in Doctor Who, Harkness was a rogue anti-hero both equal and opposite Who‘s altruistic Doctor. Captain Jack proved extremely popular with fans and critics alike, leading to further adventures with The Doctor in subsequent years and the starring role in Doctor Who‘s adult-oriented spin-off, Torchwood. Torchwood‘s fourth season, Miracle Day, was a UK and US co-production, airing this past summer on Starz in the USA.
“We’re very excited to welcome John Barrowman this year to C2E2,” Show Organizer Lance Fensterman said. “Doctor Who has grown into a global phenomenon, and John Barrowman is an actor with a following on both sides of the Atlantic. There’s tremendous excitement from the fanboys and fangirls within C2E2′s own office, and we know our audience in Chicago will be overjoyed to meet him.”
“I’m so excited about C2E2 because it involves two of my favorite things — my US fans and the city of Chicago. We’re going to have a great time!” Barrowman said. ”C2E2 will be a special kind of homecoming for me. I’m thrilled to be back in one of my favorite cities in the world, and I’m so happy at long last to be able to spend some time with my US fans.”
John Barrowman will be appearing at C2E2 on Saturday and Sunday. He’ll be signing autographs and be participating in a panel discussion. For more on John Barrowman, please visit www.johnbarrowman.com. Tickets to C2E2 are available now. For tickets and further show guests and information, visit www.C2E2.com. For the latest news, follow @C2E2 on Twitter.
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John Barrowman from Torchwood: Miracle Day spoke to the press at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.
STARZ TO FEATURE ‘TORCHWOOD’ AND ‘SPARTACUS’ AT 2011 COMIC-CON ON FRIDAY, JULY 22ND
Cast of Highly Anticipated Series, ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day,’ Including Stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Lauren Ambrose and Writer Jane Espenson To Appear on Panel at 10am PT/Room 20; Special Advanced Screening of Episode 103 of Series on Thursday, July 21st at 9:30pm PT in Room 6DE
Liam McIntyre, Star of ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ To Be Introduced to Fans at 5:45pm PT/Room 6BCF Along with Fellow Leads Dustin Clare, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law and EP Steven S. DeKnight
For Immediate Release – STARZ will bring the casts of two of its most riveting original series, “Torchwood: Miracle Day” and “Spartacus: Vengeance” to 2011 San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 22nd, it was announced today. For “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” set to debut on STARZ, Friday, July 8th at 10pm ET/PT, the panel willfeature: Torchwood alum John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), and new headliners Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes), Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson), Alexa Havins (Ester Drummand), Lauren Ambrose (Jilly Kitzinger) and writer Jane Espenson. Highlights of the “Spartacus: Vengeance” panel (slated to premiere on STARZ in 2012) will include fans’ first-ever opportunity to meet the new Spartacus, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), along with stars Lucy Lawless (Lucretia),Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Katrina Law (Mira) and Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven S. DeKnight.
On Thursday, July 21 at 9:30pm PT, the eve of the panels, STARZ will screen a never-before-seen “Torchwood: Miracle Day” episode entitled “Night of Dead” in room 6DE. This episode premieres on STARZ the following day, Friday, July 22 at 10pm ET/PT.
About “Torchwood: Miracle Day”: Premiering July 8 at 10pm ET/PT
Imagine a day when nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging. They get hurt and sick but they never die. This is the extraordinary premise of the highly-anticipated STARZ original drama series, “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for STARZ, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. The new series, premiering on STARZ on July 8 at 10pm ET/PT, features Torchwood alumni John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and new headliners, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Bill Pullman. Special guest starring actors in the cult sensation include: Arlene Tur (“Crash,” Eat Pray Love) and Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under,” The Other Woman). The 10-episode, hour-long series will also feature an impressive list of guest stars: Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” Jurassic Park), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland,” The Outsiders), Ernie Hudson (“OZ,” Ghostbusters), Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), John DeLancie (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce, George Wallace) and Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer). The show’s original creator, writer/producer Russell T Davies, serves as executive producer along with BBC Worldwide Productions’ SVP Julie Gardner, with Davies also serving as show-runner. “Torchwood: Miracle Day” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for Starz, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide.
About “Spartacus: Vengeance” (Premiering 2012)
From the time “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” debuted on Starz in January 2010, it established itself as an epic production with rich storytelling and visuals unlike anything seen previously on any TV show. Also starring John Hannah as Batiatus, Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, Peter Mensah as Doctore, Manu Bennett as Crixus and Viva Bianca as Ilythia, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was one of the most talked-about and best-loved TV shows of 2010. Season two of the series finds Spartacus and his fellow gladiators now out of Capua and engaged in the massive slave rebellion against Roman society that has echoed through time. “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” the six-part prequel that told the story of the House of Batiatus gladiator school, and the intricate personal, sexual and political maneuverings in Capua five years before “Blood and Sand” was set, debuted in January 2011.
In season two of the popular series, Liam McIntyre takes over the role of the Thracian warrior sold into slavery in the Roman Republic city of Capua – where he rises to become the champion of the city – before leading the slave revolt that ended the first season. The part was played in the first season by acclaimed Andy Whitfield, who was forced to leave the show due to health issues. “Spartacus: Vengeance” recently began production in New Zealand.
In support of BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere of four Doctor Who Specials, the Doctor himself, David Tennant, will appear alongside writer/executive producer Russell T Davies at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 10:00-11:00am PT.
David will travel to Comic-Con, fresh from the Doctor Who set, having shot his final scenes as the tenth Time Lord. He and fellow panelists will discuss the latest incarnation of television’s longest running science fiction series and take questions from the floor. There will also be exclusive sneak peeks from the upcoming specials.
Fans can visit the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629) to capture their own photograph alongside part of the Doctor Who set – as well as purchase exclusive merchandise including David Tennant figures.
Fans of BBC AMERICA’s highest rated show ever, Torchwood, which will have just completed the five-part special, Children of Earth, will get to chat with the stars and makers of the show first-hand. Just 48 hours after the last episode, the show makes a return visit to Comic-Con with a panel featuring star John Barrowman, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 2:15-3:45pm PT.
As part of the same panel, Sunday July 26, 2:15-3:45pm PT, catch the talent from BBC AMERICA’s most buzzed about new sci fi drama, Being Human. Creator and writer, Toby Whithouse, plus lead actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, talk about the inspiration for the show and what it’s like to play three twenty-somethings with secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. All four panelists will be signing exclusively at the BBC AMERICA booth, Saturday July 25, 3:00-4:00pm PT.
Cult comedy favorite and BAFTA-nominated, The Mighty Boosh, comes to Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the airing of all three seasons on Adult Swim, and the BBC’s DVD release, just two days before the convention begins. Inspired by the Perrier Comedy Award-winning live comedy show, creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown, will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, Friday, July 24, 4:45-5:45pm. The hit UK comedy series follows crazy zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir and was described by The San Jose Mercury News as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”
Fans can also catch exclusive BBC AMERICA screenings during the convention with back to back episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood. Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and a U.S. premiere viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant.
Underground Toys (#3949) will be selling their entire Doctor Who and Torchwood lines of toys and novelty items. In addition, this year they will once again introduce new limited edition Comic-Con action figures that have never been seen before.
BBC AMERICA Comic-Con Panel and Signing Schedule
Friday, July 24
4:45-5:45pm The Mighty Boosh: creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, currently airing on Adult Swim and released on DVD by the BBC two days before the convention begins. The San Jose Mercury News describes the show as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.” Room 6A
3:30-4:30pm The Mighty Boosh signing in the Autograph Area.
Saturday, July 25
3:00-4:00pm Being Human: creator Toby Whithouse and actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).
7:30-10:00pm Torchwood/Doctor Who: Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and an advance viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant. Room 6A
Sunday, July 26
10:00-11:00am Doctor Who: actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20
2:15-3:45pm Being Human/Torchwood: Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, are on stage to give an inside look at BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere sci-fi drama about the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Following that actor John Barrowman, creator/writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn talk about the making of the epic five-night television event Torchwood: Children of Earth as well as take questions from the fans. Room 6BCF