Hollywood actor to get his “game on”; rolls dice on Seattle for sixth year in a row!
Pop culture icon and gamer Wil Wheaton comes back for more at Emerald City Comicon 2013!
Seattle, WA – Actor, author and geek Wil Wheaton (Star Trek The Next Generation, Stand By Me) is the nineteenth special celebrity guest announced for the upcoming Emerald City Comicon taking place on March 1st – 3rd, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center. He will be appearing all three days!
Wil Wheaton is one of the most recognized and well-respected performers of his generation. As a child actor, he found voiceover work in the Don Bluth animated classic The Secret of NIMH as “Martin the Mouse.” After guest appearances on such television hits as Highway to Heaven and St. Elsewhere, Wheaton landed his big break in Rob Reiner’s beloved film Stand By Me as “Gordie.” He went on to even greater fame as “Wesley Crusher” in the classic Star Trek The Next Generation, a role that spanned several seasons as well as a cameo in the theatrical film Star Trek Nemesis.
Doing what few child actors are able to accomplish, Wheaton parlayed his talents into another aspect of the entertainment industry by returning to voiceover work, only this time for video games. Credits include the Grand Theft Auto and Ghost Recon series, EverQuest II and as “Robin” in DC Universe Online. Animated television series work includes Teen Titans as “Aqualad”, Ben 10: Alien Force and Batman: The Brave and The Bold. In recent years, he has also returned to the small screen on such favorites as Eureka, Leverage, the web-series The Guild and even as himself in CBS’ hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Wheaton also managed to reinvent himself for a whole new generation of fans as a geek icon, having one of the largest followings on the internet with his own geek weblog that he has run and maintained for years. He has also gained fame as an author, having released several books including “Dancing Barefoot” and “Just A Geek.”
2013 will mark Wheaton’s 6th consecutive year as a guest at Emerald City Comicon.
Joining Wheaton at ECCC 2013 will be previously announced guests Sir Patrick Stewart (“Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek The Next Generation, “Dr. Charles Xavier” from the X-Men films), Billy Dee Williams (“Lando Calrissian” from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), Walter Koenig (“Chekov” from classic Star Trek), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis), Michael Shanks (Saving Hope, Stargate SG-1), Kristin Bauer (“Pam” from HBO’s True Blood), Gillian Anderson (“Agent Scully” from The X-Files), Chandler Riggs (“Carl Grimes” on AMC’s The Walking Dead), Adam West and Burt Ward (TV’s classic “Batman” and “Robin”), Dirk Benedict (“Faceman” from The A-Team, “Starbuck” from Battlestar Galactica), Danai Gurira (“Michonne” from The Walking Dead), Chris Sarandon (“Prince Humperdinck” from The Princess Bride), Carrie Fisher (“Princess Leia” from Star Wars), Lexa Doig (Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Continuum, Jason X), and Felicia Day (The Guild, Eureka). More fantastic celebrity guests yet to be announced!
Tickets for Emerald City Comicon 2013 are ON SALE NOW byvisiting www.emeraldcitycomicon.com or any number of local comic book stores, also listed on the website!
ECCC 2013 will feature its most expansive variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture yet!
With record-breaking attendance of over 53,000 attendees in 2012, Emerald City Comicon has established itself as one of North America’s largest and most respected shows of its kind anywhere in the world and has become the premier event of its kind in the Northwest. Founded in 2003 by Seattle-area entrepreneur and Geekwire’s “Geek of the Year” Award winner Jim Demonakos, ECCC has become highly regarded in both national and international circles as one of the most fan and family-friendly shows in existence.
Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in March 2013. For more information, please visit ECCC’s website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com
Wil Wheaton 8th Cast Member to Join Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion at Wizard World Austin Comic Con 2012
‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ ‘Stand By Me’ Star Wil Wheaton Added To Wizard World Austin Comic Con Lineup
Eighth Cast Member To Join 25-Year ‘TNG’ Reunion At Austin Convention Center, October 26-28
NEW YORK and AUSTIN, September 26, 2012 – Wil Wheaton, who starred as a teenager in the classic coming-of-age film Stand By Me in 1986 and a year later earned an important role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” will appear at next month’s Wizard World Austin Comic Con. Wheaton joins seven other “TNG” cast members in a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the start of the landmark series, Oct. 26-28 at the Austin Convention Center.
Wheaton portrayed Wesley Crusher, son of Dr. Beverly Crusher (played by Gates McFadden) in the show. Other fellow “TNG” cast members scheduled for Austin include Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis(Counselor Deanna Troi) and Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data).
Wheaton is also known for popular roles as Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers (1991) and portraying himself on the series “The Big Bang Theory.” He is an avid blogger, with frequent postings at Wil Wheaton Dot Net and WWdN: In Exile.
In addition to Wheaton and the rest of the “TNG” crew, top celebrities scheduled to attend include Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies), WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Anthony Michael Hall (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Cliffhanger) and the Boondock Saints trio of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, among others.
Wizard World Austin Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will 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. Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, Oct. 28, is “Kids Day,” with an array of programming specially designed for children.
For more on the 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/
About Wizard World:
Wizard World 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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September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
ORLANDO MEGACON ADDS WIL WHEATON TO ITS ALREADY SPECTACULAR LINEUP!!
MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event make new additions to its already spectacular lineup. MegaCon will take place March 15th – 17th, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Megacon is happy to add to its comic guest list: Ed McGuinness, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Bob Layton, Mike Perkins and Michael Lark
Other comic book guests include:
Neal Adams, Mark Waid, Chris Claremont, Mike Choi, Andrew Robinson, Steve Epting, Andy Price, Doug Sneyd, Jose Delbo, Matteo Scalera, Steve McNiven, Michael Atiyeh, Jimmy Cheung, George Pérez, Gail Simone, Mike McKone, Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian, Brian Pulido, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Georges Jeanty, Tim Townsend and Craig Boldman
MegaCon is happy to include:
Star Trek:TNG’s “Wesley Crusher” Wil Wheaton
Lexx’s “Giggerota” Ellen Dubin
Farscape’s “Chiana” Gig Edgley
Tara Strong – My Little Pony
John DiMaggio – Futurama
DC Douglas – Mass Effect 2-3
Joel McDonald – Panty & Stocking
Cristina Vee – Modoka Magica
Other Media guests include:
Harry Potter’s “Fred & George Weasley”: James and Oliver Phelps
Star Trek:TNG cast members; Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn and John DeLancie, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Dean Cain, Battle Star Galactica’s “Saul Tigh”: Michael Hogan, Star Wars: Paul Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, Incredible Hulk: Lou Ferrigno, Teen Wolf, Slingblade, F Troop: James Hampton, Ghost Hunters’ International: Paul Bradford, Scott Tepperman
Back by popular demand Frenchy and the Punk plus new to MegaCon The Ken Spivey Band
Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.
The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.
Orange County Convention Center
March 15th – 17th, 2013
Lay, Snyder, Wheaton and Even More Guests Flock to WonderCon
WonderCon in Anaheim features increasingly stellar lineup
Anaheim, CA – WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of nonprofit comics conventions, announced the latest additions to a guest list that already has fans buying passes at an unprecedented pace for the three-day celebration of comics and related popular art forms. The additions include fan favorites cartoonist Carol Lay (WayLay, The Simpsons), award-winning writer Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire, Swamp Thing), and actor/author Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory). WonderCon will be held March 16-18, 2012.
Passes and hotel accommodations for WonderCon became available on www.comic-con.org/wc/ in December. The event, traditionally held in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987, relocated the Anaheim Convention Center for 2012 due to renovations at the usual venue. Organizers for the event are pleased to offer southern Californian fans a chance to attend WonderCon who otherwise may not have been able to make the trek to San Francisco. Fans from Orange County and the Los Angeles area have expressed delight in having an event akin to San Diego Comic-Con at their doorstep.
WonderCon’s format resembles the world-renowned Comic-Con albeit on a reduced scale. The 2011 WonderCon welcomed nearly 50,000 attendees, which is less than half of the 130,000 who attended the 2011 San Diego show.
Joining Lay, Snyder, and Wheaton among the newly announced special guests are Renae De Liz (artist/editor, Womanthology, The Last Unicorn), Rebekah Isaacs (artist, Angel & Faith, Magus), Todd Nauck (artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Young Justice), Humberto Ramos (artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Impulse, Crimson), and Ryan Sook (artist, The Spectre; cover artist, Justice League Dark, DCU Presents). For a complete list and bios of the previously announced special guests, who include award-winning comics writers and artists as well as novelists and screenwriters, visit www.comic-con.org/wc/wc_
“The guest list just keeps getting more impressive,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for WonderCon and parent company, Comic-Con International. “That, along with rapid badge sales, indicates WonderCon will be just as exciting, if not more so, than the 2011 blockbuster show.”
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/comiccon,Twitter.com/wondercon.
Chris Hardwick and special guest Wil Wheaton appear at Meltdown Comics on Monday January 23, 2012 at 7:30pm.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The WB has announced their full panel and signings schedule.
6:00-9:00 PM (Ballroom 20)
WB SNEAK PEEK (Screening)
2:45 – 3:45 PM (WB Booth)
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL (Signing)
Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Jon Stern, David Wain
3:00 – 4:00 PM (WB Booth)
LOST BOYS: THE THIRST (Signing)
Corey Feldman & Jamison Newlander
5:00 – 6:00 PM (Room 7AB)
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL (Session)
Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino Jon Stern, David Wain Moderator: Nick Weidenfeld
7:30-9:30 PM (Room 7AB)
DC-75th Anniversary Documentary (Screening)
Talent: TBD, Moderator: TBD
10:00 PM-12:00 AM (Bayfront Hilton Indigo Ballroom)
LOST BOYS: THE THIRST (Screening)
Introduction – Corey Feldman & Jamison Newlander
10:30 – 11:30 AM (Room 6A)
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Session)
James Tucker, Michael Jelenic, Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, Andrea Romano Moderator: Sam Register
12:45 – 1:45 PM (Ballroom 20)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (Session)
Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar Moderator: Wil Wheaton
1:00 – 2:00 PM (WB Booth)
BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Signing)
James Tucker, Diedrich Bader, Michael Jelenic, Andrea Romano
1:15 – 2:15 PM (WB Booth)
F.E.A.R. 3 (Signing)
2:00 – 3:00 PM (25 ABC)
PEANUTS TURNS 60 (Session)
Jean Schulz, Paige Braddock, Andy Beall and Marge Dean
2:30 – 3:30 PM (WB Booth)
TRUE BLOOD (Signing)
Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Denis O’Hare, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer, Deborah Ann Woll, Alexander Skarsgard
3:30 – 4:30 PM (WB Booth)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (Signing)
Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar
5:15 – 6:00 PM (WB Booth)
5:45 – 6:15 PM (WB Booth)
HUMAN TARGET (Signing)
8:00 – 10:00 PM (Ballroom 20 )
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD (Screening)
Include trailer of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse; announcement of 2011 DCU titles Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Jason Isaacs, John DiMaggio, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Brandon Vietti, Judd Winick, Martella Bros., Moderator: TBD/Gary Miereanu
10:15 PM-12:00 AM (Ballroom 20)
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD (Screening)
10:00 – 11:00 AM (Room 7AB)
MAD MAGAZINE – DC (Session)
John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick Moderator: Peter Girardi
10:00 – 10:45 AM (Ballroom 20)
Zac Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Chris Fedak Joshua Gomez, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, Josh Schwartz Moderator: Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg
11:00 AM-12:00 PM (WB Booth)
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD (Signing)
Bruce Greenwood, Jason Isaacs, John DiMaggio, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Brandon Vietti, Judd Winick and Martella Bros
11:15 AM-1:15 PM (Hall H )
WARNER BROS. THEATRICAL – Presentation (Screening)
Films include SUCKER PUNCH, more TBD
12:00 – 12:45 PM (WB Booth)
Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak, Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, Adam Baldwin
12:35 – 1:05 PM (WB Booth)
WB THEATRICAL (Signing)
1:00 – 2:00 PM (WB Booth)
Scott Rosenbaum, Steve Pearlman, Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Scott Wolf
1:30 – 2:15 PM (WB Booth)
WB THEATRICAL (Signing)
2:30 – 3:15 PM (Ballroom 20 )
Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Scott Rosenbaum, Steve Pearlman Moderator: Jace Lacob
2:30 – 3:30 PM (WB Booth)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Signing)
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Matt Davis, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
2:30 – 3:30 PM (WB Booth)
Craig Silverstein, Lyndsy Fonseca, Shane West, Maggie Q
3:00 – 4:00 PM (Room 7AB )
DC SHOWCASE (Screening)
Thomas Jane, Bruce Timm, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman, Alan Burnett, DC- TBD, possibly Neil McDonough Moderator: TBD/Gary Miereanu
3:15 – 4:00 PM (Ballroom 20)
Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole, John Noble, Blair Brown, Lance Reddick, Jeff Pinkner, Joel Wyman Moderator: Ken Tucker
3:30 – 4:15 PM (WB Booth)
HUMAN TARGET (Signing)
Matt Miller, Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley
3:30 – 4:15 PM (WB Booth)
KEVIN SMITH (Signing)
4:15 – 5:00 PM (Ballroom 20)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Session)
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Matt Davis, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec Moderator: Marcos Siega
TBD (WB Booth)
MAD MAGAZINE – DC (Signing)
John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick
4:30 – 5:15 PM (WB Booth)
SUCKER PUNCH (Signing)
5:15 – 6:15 PM (Room 6BCF)
Craig Silverstein, Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, Shane West Moderator: Tim Stack
4:30 – 5:30 PM (WB Booth)
DC SHOWCASE (Signing)
Thomas Jane, Bruce Timm, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman, Alan Burnett, possibly Neil McDonough.
5:30 – 6:30 PM (WB Booth)
Jeff Pinkner, Joel Wyman, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole
6:00 – 8:00 PM (Hall H)
KEVIN SMITH (Panel)
Hosted by Kevin Smith, and all things Kevin Smith
6:15 – 7:00 PM (Room 6BCF)
HUMAN TARGET (Session)
Matt Miller, Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley Room 6BCF
10:00 PM–12:00 AM (Bayfront Hilton Indigo Ballroom )
COP OUT/MAXIMUM COMEDY MODE – Premiere (Screening)
Introduction by Kevin Smith
10:00 – 11:00 AM (Ballroom 20)
Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders, Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, Cassidy Freeman Moderator: Geoff Johns
11:15 AM-12:15 PM (Ballroom 20)
Sera Gamble, Eric Kripke, Ben Edlund, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver Moderator: Brian Truitt
11:45 – 12:45 PM (WB Booth)
SCOOBY DOO (Signing)
Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Matthew Lillard, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall
12:45 – 1:45 PM (WB Booth )
Ben Edlund, Jim Beaver, Sera Gamble, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Eric Kripke, Misha Collins
1:00 – 2:00 PM (Room 6BCF)
UNNATURAL HISTORY (Session)
Mike Werb, Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Martin Donovan Moderator: Rich Sands
2:15 – 3:15 PM (Room 6BCF)
SCOOBY DOO (Session)
Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Matthew Lillard, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall
2:15 – 3:15 PM (WB Booth)
UNNATURAL HISTORY (Signing)
Mike Werb, Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Martin Donovan
WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP MAKES COMIC-CON 2010 ITS BIGGEST EVER, HEADING FOR SAN DIEGO WITH A STUDIO-RECORD 14 SERIES
Stars and Producers of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Chuck,” “Fringe,” “Human Target,” “Nikita,” “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “V,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Unnatural History,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “MAD” and “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” to Appear
Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Nearly 3,000-Square-Foot Booth to Host Signings, Video Game Demos, Numerous Giveaways and More During the Convention
BURBANK, Calif. (June 29, 2010) – Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) is returning to Comic-Con International: San Diego in unprecedented fashion in 2010. A star-studded lineup of performers, producers and other members of the creative teams of a record 14 series from Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television and Warner Bros. Animation will be on-hand for panel sessions, screenings, media appearances and autograph signings. This will mark the largest contingent of talent from WBTVG ever assembled for the world’s leading pop culture convention. (In 2009, WBTVG featured 12 television series at Comic-Con.)
For continuing info on the Studio’s plans at Comic-Con, please follow us on Twitter @TheWBdotcom, hashtag #WBSDCC. For the second year in a row, WBTVG will also produce a Con-related online destination at www.thewb.com/comiccon, launching in mid-July. For a complete social media contact list, including official Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for WBTVG series, talent and producers, download the social media contacts page here:
Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend include:
“The Big Bang Theory”: Stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar join creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady for a session moderated by Wil Wheaton
“Chuck”: Stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, with Sarah Lancaster and Adam Baldwin join creators/executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak
“Fringe”: Stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole join executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman
“Human Target”: Stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley join executive producer Matthew Miller
“Nikita”: Stars Maggie Q (“Mission: Impossible III”), Shane West (“ER”) and Lyndsy Fonseca (“Kick-Ass”) join executive producer Craig Silverstein (“Bones”)
“Smallville”: Series stars to be announced join executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson
“Supernatural”: Series stars to be announced join executive producers Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund, and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke
“V”: Stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Charles Mesure, with Morena Baccarin and Scott Wolf join executive producers Scott Rosenbaum and Steve Pearlman
“The Vampire Diaries”: Stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino and Matt Davis join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec
“Childrens Hospital”: Creator/executive producer/star Rob Corddry (“Hot Tub Time Machine,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and executive producer Jon Stern (“The Ten,” “Scotland, PA”) join series stars Lake Bell (“How to Make It in America”), Erinn Hayes (“Parenthood,” “Worst Week”) and Rob Huebel (“Human Giant”). A website for the series will go live July 6 here: www.adultswim.com/shows/childrenshospital
“Unnatural History”: Stars Kevin G. Schmidt (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”), Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Italia Ricci (“Greek”) and Martin Donovan (“Weeds”) join creator/executive producer Mike Werb
“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”: Voice of Batman Diedrich Bader joins executive producer Sam Register, producers James Tucker and Michael Jelenic, and voice director Andrea Romano
“MAD”: New “MAD” animated television series producer/story editor Kevin Shinick (“Robot Chicken”) and Warner Bros. Animation executive Peter Girardi join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano, legendary artist Sergio Aragones and contemporary artist Tom Richmond
“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated”: Supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone join producer Mitch Watson and art director Dan Krall
For additional panel details, including the complete schedule with times and locations, please download the addendum word document here:
Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing is once again launching www.thewb.com/comiccon, designed to provide fans with a one-stop-shopping source for Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) information as they plan their Comic-Con experience, as well as to serve as a must-visit destination for fans to attend the Con in virtual fashion, if they are unable to travel to San Diego this year.
New content related to Comic-Con 2010 – including exclusive video and an advance schedule of panels, signings and screenings from all divisions of WBE – will be launching in mid-July.
Photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes video from Comic-Con 2010 will be posted to the site throughout the duration of the convention.
Highlights from Comic-Con 2009 can be viewed at the site now, including more than 30 behind-the-scenes video reports from the convention floor, the Studio’s booth, panel sessions, signings and more.
Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) will once again have a can’t-miss, nearly 3,000-square-foot booth on the convention floor, this time in a brand-new location: space #4545. As usual, the booth will host autograph signings by the stars and creative teams of all WBTVG shows, with multiple interactive kiosks for fans to play video games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and much, much more. Additional details about the booth will be released in the coming weeks.
THE TV SERIES SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings: WBTVG continues its Comic-Con tradition of hosting a three-hour special sneak peek premiere event on preview night, this year offering fans two opportunities to screen one of the fall season’s most highly anticipated new series: “Nikita,” starring international action star Maggie Q. In addition to “Nikita,” WBTVG will unveil special video presentations related to its other series.
THURSDAY, JULY 22
New series “Childrens Hospital”: Screening multiple new episodes in session
FRIDAY, JULY 23
“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”: Screening complete never-before-seen new episode in session and unveiling the trailer of the upcoming new animated series “Young Justice”
“The Big Bang Theory”|
SATURDAY, JULY 24
New animated series “MAD”
New series “Nikita”: Screening complete pilot in session
“The Vampire Diaries”
SUNDAY, JULY 25
New animated series “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated”: Screening full-length, never-before-seen new episode in session
New series “Unnatural History”: Screening full-length, never-before-seen new episode in session
This past weekend Penny Arcade brought their gaming convention to the east coast for the inaugural PAX East. The original Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX Prime) was founded in 2004 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (aka Gabe & Tycho) as a way to bring together all aspects of gaming culture. The convention has grown in size and acclaim in the intervening years leading them to bring it on the road. Their reputation is held in such high regard that PAX East was held to a sold out crowd with reports of over 60,000 attendees and plans of moving to the larger Boston Convention and Expo Center for 2011 and 2012.
Major video game companies like Rockstar, Disney, EA and many more demoed their new products for gamers who travelled from all over to take part. One group drove two straight days from Washington, the home of PAX Prime, just to join the festivities. Wizard of the Coast hosted RPG tournaments and musicians like MC Frontalot, The Protomen, Anamanaguchi, and Metroid Metal rocked the evening concerts.
The big theme of the convention is community. In his keynote speech actor and geek culture ambassador Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation) said that Gabe and Tycho have given the city of Boston a gift and implored the standing room only audience to appreciate the next three days saying that “playing games is never so much fun as when it’s done together.” He chronicled the long history of fans of sci-fi culture gathering in hotels and ballrooms, and then gamers playing in LAN parties, to travelling to E3.
“And then when E3 sucked so very hard,” said Wheaton to the cheering crowd, “And begat the death of video games conventions, Gabe and Tycho created PAX.” This sentiment was echoed by Gabe and Tycho themselves in their Q&A panel, “The goal of PAX is to create a community of gamers as much as celebrating gaming itself.” When asked what the next location in the PAX tour is, Gabe and Tycho joked that they’d like to establish EuroPAX. But with this kind of success maybe it’s no that far from a reality.
Wheaton also praised the gaming industry for its imagination and innovation. “As a kid I was inspired by movies,” he said, “But now video games lead the entertainment industry in driving visual narratives” and cited the game Heavy Rain specifically as the apex of the medium. “In this room there could be the next Gary Gygax or the next Shigeru Miyamoto.”
Clearly, PAX East came out of the gate like a shot, blowing away everyone’s expectations. The gaming community has been given a desperately needed outlet to come together to celebrate their culture. Watch the website for when they open registration for next year’s show, it’s bound to sell out quick.
Game developers can’t stand those damned journalists, the way they pick apart your three years of hard work with a review they wrote in an afternoon. And journalists don’t understand why game developers won’t listen to all of their great ideas! What happens when we force some of the industry’s most opinionated writers and developers to hash out their issues in front of an audience? Will they finally see eye-to-eye, or kill each other in public? Watch as writers Chris Kohler (Wired.com) and Patrick Klepek (G4) square off against game creators John Drake (Harmonix) and another guest from the industry.
Over the years we as a community of gamers have had our fair share of nemeses ranging from politicians, activists, and…ahem…lawyers. And make no mistake, as one discredited opponent fades away there will be more to fill the void. Find out how we’ve been fighting back, where we’ve found success (and failure), and how you can help the cause.
Friday, 2:30pmRadio Free Nintendo has delivered a weekly discussion on all things Nintendo since mid-2006, in a convenient podcast format. This outspoken and funny group of Nintendo experts comes from the oldest and largest independent Nintendo website in the world, Nintendo World Report. We love Nintendo games, except when we don’t, and we appreciate/criticize Wii and DS games in the context of multi-platform gaming. We know the best Metroid upgrades, the worst Zelda dungeons, and what makes Sin & Punishment sublime. We own more WiiWare games than you knew existed. And we’re not afraid to compare Mario with Ratchet & Clank or Prince of Persia.
Friday, 3:00pmSince the first kid heard the four-note Space Invaders theme blasting out the arcade doors, music has played a powerful role in the history of digital games. Join panelists Aubrey Hodges (Doom, King’s Quest, Spy Hunter, Madden NFL), Jim Bonney (Mortal Kombat, John Woo’s Stranglehold), Tom Salta (H.A.W.X, GRAW 1 & 2, Red Steel), Gene Rozenberg (Henry Hatsworth, Madden NFL) and Duncan Watt (League Of Legends, Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway, Need For Speed: Undercover), for an audiovisual trip celebrating great videogame music – from the past, to the present… and into the future. Audience discussion encouraged.
Friday, 3:00pmBest known for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek The Next Generation and Gordie in Stand by Me, Wil Wheaton has since become one of the most prominent and vocal bloggers of our culture with topics ranging from his personal growth as a geek, to Star Trek, to naturally gaming. We are super excited to have Wil present the very first PAX East keynote. It’s going to be awesome.
Friday, 3:30pmAre you are a member of one or more online gaming website communities? Perhaps the friendships and relationships you formed online have made their way into your everyday “real life”. You are certainly not alone. We will discuss the communities we have created and support, and how they impact real life relationships for gamers of all types.
Friday, 3:30pmFour masters of video game PR talk about the role of public relations in the video game industry. They’ll cover the buying and selling of souls, crafting and controlling messages, the rise of community, and how social media is changing how they do business.
Friday, 4:00pmMake sure to get there early for this one, as its one of the most well attended panels of the show. Two mics on stage, two mics in the crowd. Line up for your questions and Gabe and Tycho will do their best to accommodate! And god, please no “who would win in a fight” questions. If you can’t make this particular Q&A, be sure to catch the second Penny Arcade Panel.
Friday, 4:00pmWe’re making a pen and paper RPG, and you’re invited to the design meeting! During the panel, you’ll address the problem-solving and analytical questions required to design a successful game. During the discussion, we’ll cover the basics of game theory and how to outline, centered around an example you’re participating in.
Friday, 4:30pmGame composer Hiroyuki Iwatsuki (Iwadon on Twitter) has been writing game music for 20 years, but now for the first time his work is gaining international recognition. Game Music 4 All, a videogame-inspired music and nerdcore news site, is collaborating with artists from all over the world in arranging Iwatsuki’s remarkable and often overlooked music for the 8-bit Nintendo, Game Boy, Super Nintendo and Xbox Live Arcade in assorted musical styles. The tribute compilation will be made available online for free in time for PAX East, along with lengthy liner notes in English and Japanese. In this panel you’ll learn all about Iwatsuki’s unique history in games and the making of the IWADON tribute from site founder Genoboost (Anthony Ruybalid) and research organizer Jeriaska.
Friday, 5:00pmOur randomly selected teams of Omeganauts will engage in the first cage match to the death. Only without cages. Or deaths. Probably. We may just have them play Mario Kart: Double Dash.
Friday, 5:00pmWant to start your own fundraiser for Child’s Play Charity in your town? Join Kristin Lindsay (Child’s Play), the founders of Ãœmloud! (San Francisco) and “Desert Bus for Hope” (Canada) as they talk about their process in creating a charity event. Topics will include organization tips, deciding the scale and scope of your event, and how to be in compliance with Federal and state laws.
Friday, 5:30pmText adventures have been quietly experimenting with narrative gaming for thirty years. Five authors from the amateur interactive fiction community discuss the design ideas in their games — reordered storylines, unreliable narrators, deeply responsive NPCs — and how they apply to other kinds of games.
Friday, 6:00pmWant to see what’s hot and what’s next? If you’re even vaguely a fan of PC games and miss this special presentation, you’ll likely spend the next few months kicking yourself. Line up early as seating is limited. â€˜Nuff said.
Friday, 6:30pmIf a tweet falls in the woods, does anybody hear it? Come talk with Infinity Ward’s FourZeroTwo (@fourzerotwo & fourzerotwo.com), Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson (@majornelson & majornelson.com) and MacheteBetty (@XboxSupport & Xbox LIVE Ambassadors) about listening & responding to communities. Forums, Facebook, Twitterâ€¦ those are some challenging maps to navigate. How do insiders decide what to pay attention to? What do we DO with everything we learn from our communities? How can you best support your own community? What does Major Nelson still find thrilling after being set on fire? All this and whatever else you come with: it’s all FAIR GAME!
Friday, 6:30pmThe story of how The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom went from a student thesis project made at the University of Southern California to a full fledged XBLA downloadable console title. Learn how the game was designed and the lessons gleaned in transition from a rag tag bunch of students to a rag-tag indie game development studio. Other highlights include ridiculous anecdotes from publisher pitches, demonstrations of early Winterbottom prototypes, talking through the game’s iterative design process, and most importantly: how Winterbottom became obsessed with pie. This talk is both a Post-Mortem, and tale of how the dream of a few game development students can turn into a reality.
Friday, 7:00pmHow young is too young for The Hobbit? What should my kids’ first LEGO set be? How can I control my disgust if my child tells me he likes Jar Jar and the Ewoks? When should I buy my kids their first non-six-sided dice? These questions and many more will be discussed by writers for Wired.com’s GeekDad blog and other geek parents. Come share your stories and advice for how to make sure our kids grow up to be geeks like us! Don’t have kids? Show up and find out what may be in store for you if you ever do!
Friday, 8:30pmBreak out your cell phone and handheld gaming screens to welcome our musical acts to Boston! The Protomen, Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal, and MC Frontalot will all be rocking for the first night of our Nerdcore Concert Series. The first 2,000 attendees at PAX Friday afternoon will receive wristbands for guaranteed entry, with the remaining seats being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Friday, 8:00pmAccording to the ESA, more than 43% of video gamers are female, making women the single largest untapped market segment in the gaming industry. Look at the milestones crossed and the hurdles to come as developers and publishers reach out to this previously overlooked demographic. Are current strategies effective? What does this mean for the game industry as a whole?
Friday, 8:00pmEveryone is talking about Indie games — titles like World of Goo, Braid, and AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity are making press and making money. But they’re fighting against games with $200 million dollar budgets and 100+ person dev teams. How do Indies compete? Three Boston-based Indie developers will check their water-guns at the door and tell you why and how Indie games are kicking more ass, taking more names, and chewing more bubblegum than their AAA rivals. You will hear from the Ichiro Lambe (IGF Finalist Dejobaan Games, Aaaaa!), Scott Macmillan (Macguffin Games, All Heroes Die) and ex-Bungie AI wizard DamiÃ¡n Isla, founder of the new indie Moonshot Games. The panel will be moderated by Eitan Glinert, founder of Fire Hose Games.
Friday, 8:30pmD&D is a great way to get into tabletop role playing games, and for most of us, it was our first foray into that world. As classic and dear to us as it is, however, it has certain limitations, some of which are surprisingly non-obvious. If D&D was your first step, then we’re here to give you your next. You’ve probably never heard of Dogs in the Vineyard, InSpectres, The Burning Wheel, or a whole host of other amazing games, but there is in fact an “indy” role playing game scene just as thriving and strange as with videogames. Broaden your gaming horizons, flex your role-playing muscles, and learn what comes after.
Friday, 9:30pmIn this world there have been only a handful of events worth witnessing…The fall of the Roman Empire, The Discovery of the New World, Man taking the first steps on the moon, and now, all that will look like a pile of historic crap in comparison to “Mega64′s Panel for the Soul.” Join the cast and crew of Mega64.com as they show you new videos and answer any question you are bold enough to ask. Suck it, Columbus.
Friday, 9:30pmGET LAMP, a documentary about text adventures, premieres at PAX East. Meet the director, Jason Scott, and a panel of interactive fiction authors, experts, and interviewees who appeared in the film. We’ll discuss the film itself, text adventures and interactive fiction, and what 30 years of adventure games have brought to the world.
Friday, 10:00pmWill Moore’s Law run out of steam in 5 years or 15? With advancements in both hardware and software coming out seemingly on a daily basis, it can be tough to keep up with. Wondering what technologies will trickle down into your next computer, what software will power the games of tomorrow or how the gaming marketplace will change in coming years? Catch a glimpse into the computer gaming future with our panel of industry gurus.
Friday, 11:00pmAn evil drow-elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed supervillian starts a cable access show involving ninjas, puppets, and a cooking segment. These are the characters, real and imagined, of the new documentary film “The Dungeon Masters”: Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and Dragons, the storied role-playing game, and its various descendants. As their baroque fantasies clash with real lives, the characters find it increasingly difficult to allay their fear, loneliness, and disappointment with the game’s imaginary triumphs. Soon the true heroic act of each character’s real life emerges, and the film follows each as he or she summons the courage to face it. Along the way, The Dungeon Masters reimagines the tropes of classic heroic cinema, creating an intimate portrait of minor struggles and triumphs writ large. The film was an official selection at the Toronto, South by Southwest, and AFI film festivals; it’s the second feature from director Keven McAlester(nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his first film, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”), features stunning cinematography by Lee Daniel (“Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Fast Food Nation”), and boasts a haunting score by the acclaimed New York band Blonde Redhead.
Friday, 11:30pmWinning is good, and losing is bad. We strive to win, and this is the basis for most of the games we play. Challenges are binary: we either overcome them, advancing the story, or fail, and must try again. But, what if we were to toss this conventional wisdom aside? Do we really only have fun when we win? Have you ever had that moment in a game where epic and total failure was the most memorable part? What kinds of games would arise if we strove to make losing, instead of winning, the point?
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Saturday, 10:00amFoxTrot cartoonist Bill Amend discusses the subversive joys of bringing gaming and geekery into America’s newspaper comics sections.
Saturday, 10:00amThe art form of machinima has taken the gaming industry by storm, from gameplay videos to entertaining shorts made in-game. Machinima the network is brining that to the next level…and pie! Come meet the makers of your favorite Machinima channel shows like Matt Dannevik (Master’s Challenge), Adam Kovic (Inside Gaming), and Khail Anonymous (Critical Flaw), and maybe more! Be ready to ask them your deepest darkest questions.
Saturday, 10:30amOur survivors from Round 1 will be further tested and tortured for your amusement, this time in a savage arena of Geometry Wars 2. Eight teams will enter, four of those will be devoured whole for your amusement.
Saturday, 11:00amPAX East, BOSTON8BIT, and MAGfest Present: Chiptune 2010 Saturday will include a chiptune event in the Jamspace room, brought to you via the collective powers of BOSTON8BIT and MAGfest. Game Boys, NES systems, Commodore 64s and other vintage/modern computers and gaming systems are manipulated to fill your ears with awesome sounds! Acts to perform: (TBD 1/2), Disasterpeace, ZenAlbatross, Active Knowledge, Br1ght Pr1mate and more. Couple that with visual art by Mike Goodman and Massachusetts’ own VJ Beyonder will create an audiovisual experience that you can’t miss!
Saturday, 11:30amWhat are the 10 best video games ever made? Former journalism peers and eternal game-arguing rivals N’Gai Croal (Hit Detection) and Stephen Totilo (Kotaku), have figured out how to figure it out: Make a game out of it. They’ve created a game that will determine the 10 best games of all time — and roped in a host of gaming luminaries to play. Witness the birth of Kotaku and Croal’s “Canon Fodder” as Stephen and N’Gai’s brand-new and possibly completely foolhardy game is launched. Early tests have been successful, with zero bugs reported. This is their (well, Stephen’s) quest to somehow get Yoshi’s Island higher on the list than Super Mario World. Let’s hope their gaming industry guests don’t let them down.
Saturday, 11:30amHow do you keep the world’s first and most popular super-powered MMO fresh and relevant? First, you blur the lines between good and evil. Then, you throw in new content, features and systems that provide an upgrade guaranteed to keep things interesting into 2010 and beyond! Join the art, design and production masterminds behind City of Heroes® as they discuss their upcoming “Going Rogue” expansion and share their overall wisdom on how to keep up with the times by continuously re-inventing your MMO. Attendees will learn about a never before discussed Going Rogue feature!
Saturday, 12:00pmThat’s Great! We’re happy for you, we really are. But you know what? Our studio isn’t gonna help you realize your vision, and chances are no other company will either. I know it’s shocking, but the reason we dove headfirst into the start-up ocean full of shattered dreams and razor blades was because WE ACTUALLY HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A GAME TOO! So if you really feel passionately about your awesome idea and want nothing more than to see it live then go make it your own damn self, we’re busy. But we’ll throw you a bone with this helpful panel full of tasty tidbits on how to get started. Gaming entrepreneurs Chris Oltyan, Eitan Glinert, and Ichiro Lambe will regale you with tales of wonder and woe, led by our fearless moderator Darius Kazemi. Only the brave will survive, no refunds.
Saturday, 1:00pmEver wonder what goes into making a Penny Arcade comic? Join Gabe and Tycho in the main theatre, and take part in creating Monday’s hilarious comic.
Saturday, 1:00pmIt´s no longer a secret: Print is a dying medium. The past few years have been brutal for print media in the game space, but the plummeting sales and editorial team layoffs came to a head in 2009. It´s no surprise many of the key players at those institutions have moved on to web-based ventures, but has the industry as a whole ultimately lost something or gained something? In this 60-minute panel, Russ Pitts, Editor-in-Chief of The Escapist speaks to several journalists who were deeply involved with the events of the past year about the run-up to the decline of print, and the effects on game journalism – and games. Panelists: John Davison, Editor of the new Gamepro Jeff Green, formerly of Games for Windows Magazine, Julian Murdoch, Freelance Writer.
Saturday, 1:00pmIn 2008, EA launched a new IP from Visceral Studios: Dead Space. The game delivered the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. A bold and bloody sci-fi survival horror game set 400 years in the future, Dead Space stunned and scared players, won critical acclaim, and spawned the 2009 prequel: Dead Space Extraction. The Dead Space universe runs deep, and as gamers find themselves clamoring for more, Dead Space comics, animated features and figures have been released. This talk will go behind the scenes on the making of Dead Space, bring players up to speed on the Dead Space universe, and prepare them for what’s to come in the recently announced Dead Space 2.
Saturday, 1:30pmA singing idol who doesn’t exist. Perverted text adventures boasting dozens of female prizes. And a popular, anime-tized evolution of the classic Space Invaders shooter that has spawned a global fandom. Japan’s subcultural players are obsessed with games that, well, aren’t actually about the gaming. Alex Leavitt (Comparative Media Studies, MIT) explains how a new generation of entertainment is succeeding in a market which chooses to de-emphasize the games in favor of the characters. And as the Japanese fans influence the industry through their own amateur initiatives, what will the future of American gaming hold when online fandoms adopt similar appetites?
Saturday, 2:30pmJoin a mix of our musical guests are they tell stories about their experiences as geek rock icons, what it’s like to have an internet fanbase, the games and other influences they’ve had along the way, and what you should and shouldn’t do if you’re interested in starting up a band in this genre.
Saturday, 2:30pmHoly balls! IGN Game Scoop is colliding with the GameSpy Debriefings for the live podcast to end all live podcasts. Yes, IGN’s own Daemon Hatfield and Greg Miller will sit side-by-side with GameSpy’s Anthony Gallegos and Ryan Scott to discuss the latest videogame news and releases, PAX gossip, and answer questions from attendees like you. Just what will be discussed? How about: How much do you generally get paid to write a favorable review? How do you sleep at night after your review closes a studio? How can I knock the boots? Come one, come all. Scoop! Debrief!
Saturday, 3:00pmJoin Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson during a live taping of his weekly audio podcast. In addition to e, lollip0p and Stepto, we’ll take questions from the audience and have fun talking about gaming and anything else we (or you!) want to discuss.
Saturday, 3:30pmJoin the gentlemen from Rooster Teeth as they display their fine video wares, which (according to inside sources) will include episodes from their all new season of Red vs. Blue. A good time is guaranteed to be had by all!
Saturday, 4:00pmCollegeHumor.com, a top comedy web site, has experienced some of its biggest viral hits thanks to content based on video games—from Street Fighter the Later Years to the Mario-Princess Sex Tape. The site also produces Bleep Bloop, a weekly video game talk show, and will soon launch an additional web site of just game-based comedy. This panel will feature an engaging discussion with CollegeHumor’s Jeff Rubin, (Executive Editor, Producer/Host of Bleep Bloop), Patrick Cassels (Staff Writer, Co-Host of Bleep Bloop), and Creighton DeSimone (Director/Editor) about the approaches to and challenges of writing comedy for the Internet’s growing population of gamers.
Saturday, 4:00pmCome take a peek into how we get games made at Naughty Dog. Three Naughty Dog game designers hold a game design meeting right in the middle of PAX East to tackle the challenge of developing a new gameplay sequence in the UNCHARTED universe, and to make it work for both a single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. We’ll take you through the same highly collaborative, iterative, no-holds-barred design process that went into UNCHARTED 2 – hear us laugh at our own ridiculous design suggestions; check out our terrible drawing skills; witness us engage in, er, “friendly” debate as we overcome challenges! We’ll also take this time to pull back the curtain on what it was like to design gameplay for UNCHARTED 2 and answer questions until we run out of time.
Saturday, 4:30pmIf at first you don’t succeed, try try again. We all know the saying, but perhaps it doesn’t go far enough. There are examples-a-plenty in the gaming industry of how failing seems not just to be a chance to restart, but a necessary step in finding success from students looking for work in the industry, to game studios cashing in on risky new IP. This panel will show how to embrace your failures, what to learn from them, and how they can pave the road to future success.
Saturday, 5:30pmPrince of Persia is back! Coming out May 2010, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will chronicle an untold tale from the Sands of Time universe. Level Design Director, Michael McIntyre and Animation Director, Jan-Erik Sjovall from the Ubisoft Montreal studio will be on hand to answer your questions during the Q&A. But wait, it gets better! Be there for the exclusive live game demo with never-before-seen reveals. Don’t miss out!
Saturday, 5:30pmPodcasting has become the new medium of choice for developers cultivating early relationships with “Alpha” gamers — those who influence the buying decisions of the unwashed masses. In this panel, we’ll talk about how firms like Irrational Games and Insomniac use in-house podcasts to keep their communities engaged, and how the media- and fan-affiliated podcasts rely on developers for a steady stream of content.
Saturday, 6:00pmWhy do people love WoW and other MMOs so much? What exactly is it about these games — killing the dragon? feeling powerful? vicarious adventure? acting out?— that explains their massive appeal? And how do individual players and guilds behave online, and how might their online behavior differ from the real world? If you’ve got misbehaving members in your guild and don’t know what to do, come join this discussion of gamer behavior, both good and bad, with moderator Ethan Gilsdorf (author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks”), Sean Stalzer (guild master and President & CEO of the MMO gaming organization The Syndicate ) and Juan Carlos PiÃ±eiro Escoriaza and Victor Pineiro (directors and writers of the gamer and virtual worlds documentary “Second Skin”).
Saturday, 7:00pmECA President Hal Halpin and G4′s host of X-Play and Editor-in-Chief of games content, Adam Sessler will discuss the hot topics that are affecting the video game industry today and look at trends that could impact gamers in the future. The panel will include questions from the audience and additional surprises to be announced.
Saturday, 7:00pmBig Huge Games just celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new lease on life, courtesy of Curt Schilling and 38 Studios. But caught up in the Great Recession of Aught-Nine, BHG was a mere three days away from turning out the lights, despite a successful track record that included Rise of Nations and Settlers of Catan XBLA. Join Tim Train, Founder and President of Big Huge Games, as he tells the epic tale of the birth, flatline, and resurrection of one of the most critically-acclaimed studios in the industry.
Saturday, 7:30pmThe golden age of video arcade games was a peak era of video arcade game popularity, innovation, and earnings. The arcade scene has calmed down now, but by no means is it gone. Join a selection of panelists brought together by the American Classic Arcade Museum and learn the history behind the machines.
Saturday, 8:30pmWe offer not one, but TWO nerdcore-filled nights for your auditory pleasure. Rock out classically with the Video Game Orchestra, followed by Paul and Storm, and then Jonathan Coulton will close out our second night of geek concerts. The first 2,000 attendees at PAX on Saturday morning will receive a wristband for guaranteed entry, with the remaining seats being given away on a first-come, first-serve basis. And the opening act? The third round of the Omegathon, featuring four teams rocking out for your pleasure.
Saturday, 8:30pmIf you can’t mow your lawn/drive to work/make love to your significant other without the soothing sounds of Justin McElroy, Chris Grant and Ludwig Kietzmann talking about video games, then you’ve almost certainly got a serious problem. On the other hand, you’d be a great candidate for this live taping of the Joystiq Podcast. It’ll be just like the show you love, except you’ll be forced throughout to stare at the terrifying visage of the hosts. So, in short, a spectacle in every sense of the word.
Saturday, 8:30pmRole-playing games need choice to propel the plot and motivate the player. The methods can vary from smoke and mirrors to extreme branching reactivity – what is the right balance to strike in a game? This panel dissects SEGA and Obsidian’s Alpha Protocol, the issues involved with introducing choice into a real-world spy genre, and presenting the consequence to the player – along with the consequences it had for the development team.
Saturday, 9:00pm1UP’s Retronauts podcast returns to PAX for a live discussion of videogame history, or at least a subjective view of it. Join regulars Jeremy Parish and Chris Kohler and Hardcore Gaming 101′s Kurt Kalata for a stroll through some facet or another of gaming’s past. Bring your nagging questions and a thirst for knowledge! Refreshments will not be served, but information will pour freely. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll quite possibly be annoyed when someone says something dismissive about that one game that was your favorite when you were a kid. In other words, it’ll be just like the podcast, except with less editing.
Saturday, 10:00pmLoadingReadyRun, purveyors of fine internet comedy, will take you on a magical journey through their multiple ventures: Unskippable, The Escapist News Network and the Desert Bus for Hope fundraising drive. Please note: By “magical journey”, we mean “question and answer period”. Join us!
Saturday, 10:00pmJoin us for the first public reading of the new play, “Of Dice and Men” by Cameron McNary. A blisteringly funny and deeply affecting play about a group of 30-something Dungeons & Dragons players, and what happens when one of them enlists to go to Iraq. Presented by: Critical Threat Theatre Company
Saturday, 10:30pmI basically stand on stage, talk about making webcomics and take Q&As about what I do. Which is awesome. I’m quite good.
Sunday, 10:00amHave you ever wished to be locked in a room with the design team behind the Rock Band games and ask them anything? Well, now’s your chance! Armed solely with a laptop filled with behind the scenes movies and embarrassing pictures, the team of designers behind the Rock Band games will answer your questions and reveal some of the reasons for why they made things in various ways.
Sunday, 10:00amThick skins, soft hearts, and strong personalities are just a few of the stats that make a great community manager. But what does a community manager actually do? Where did the community management field begin, and where is it headed? How can you get your start as a CM? This panel of community managers will help to answer these questions and more!
Sunday, 10:30amPATV veterans Scott Kurtz (pvponline.com) and Kris Straub (chainsawsuit.com) take you deeply behind the scenes of their hit Blamimation series for one magical hour. Will you help come up with the next breakout hit character? Will you watch it come to life? Will you see Kris and Scott BS for 55 minutes? No, maybe, and yes.
Sunday, 10:30amParsely: Action Castle is the runaway hit of 2009, debuting at GenCon and PAX! Now you can ” GO EAST ” and ” LIGHT LAMP ” with the best of them. Canst thou master Action Castle before death claims thee? Parsely games are inspired by Ye Olde Text Parsers from days of yore, but substituting a live human for the computer parser. This was the secret event at PAX Prime for two years running, coming finally to the light of day with PAX East. Audience participation required!
Sunday, 11:30amYou’ve got 45 seconds to deliver your idea to our panel of experts. The top three pitches will be picked for prizes and swag! (Please note that this is an open forum — there’s nothing keeping anyone, judges and attendees alike, from stealing your ideas! If you’re not comfortable with this, please don’t pitch your idea!)
Sunday, 11:30amEnforcement on the Xbox LIVE service isn’t just about whacking the bad guys. Join Stephen “Stepto” Toulouse, head of Xbox LIVE Policy and Enforcement, as he walks you through the ins and outs of policing the service (along with some fun stories), working with game developers to keep ahead of the miscreants when designing their titles, and working with the gaming community as a whole to understand how gamers want to be safe online. Stepto and his team will also take your questions about banning, cheating, or anything else you’d like to know about protecting the service. Note that this presentation is updated with all new content specifically for PAX East!
Sunday, 11:30amSubtitle: Job Opportunities Outside Game Design and Programming Want to work in games, but not in a technical role? Opportunities exist for testers, marketing and PR people, trade show coordinators, community managers, office managers and more. Learn what skills are needed, what tasks are involved and how to apply. Sue Bohle, an industry veteran, will moderate the panel, filled with experts of all job descriptions.
Join djpretzel & the staff of OverClocked ReMix as they cover the ins and outs of http://ocremix.org, a website dedicated to remixing your favorite video game music! There’ll be trivia, prizes, stories about the development of the soundtrack to Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, news about current and upcoming album projects (Donkey Kong Country 2!), and information on how you can get involved and start remixing video game music yourself!
Sunday, 12:00pmWhen most people think of board games, they imagine Monopoly, LIFE, Candyland, Pop-o-Matic Trouble, or perhaps Risk: games primarily (though not always obviously) of luck. There are, however, board games of skill that you’ve likely never heard of. Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan may have appeared on the Xbox, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Come explore the theory and thought behind the so-called “German Board Games” that so many people are playing just across the way right here at PAX: they’re probably not what you think they are.
Sunday, 1:00pmFor their return tour of PAX East 2010 they’re back for another Q&A! Live! On stage! Like never before! Except for that time on Friday! Line up for your questions and they’ll do their best to answer them. Anyone who starts with “who would win in a fightâ€¦” will be escorted out of the main theatre.
Sunday, 1:00pmThrough 12 years, 3 name changes and over 1,000 episodes X-Play has persevered as the most watched videogame show on television. Join hosts Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb with the X-Play and G4tv.com crew as they take questions from the audience, reveal world exclusive behind-the-scenes stories and learn the true meaning of friendship. **Special guest appearance by Ratty! (**Special guest appearance by Ratty subject to change due to new TSA safety guidelines).
Sunday, 1:00pmMillions of players have joined the virtual worlds to fight, interact, and adventure together across countries and continents. This panel brought to you by MMORPG.com brings together a wide variety of personalities interested in speaking about the past, present, and future of this online medium.
Sunday, 1:30pmMany of the friends and writers of the GayGamer.net community are a mixture of people that work or have worked in various fields within the gaming industry from big-time producers to lowly QA grunts. We’re back again, with our east coast crew to impart our wisdom of what the industry is like for anyone trying to get a foot in the door as well as what it can be like for someone doesn’t quite fit the status quo. Flynn DeMarco, Chris Schroyer, David Edison, and Helen McWilliams will divulge how we made it into programming, production, marketing, and media, impart war stories we’ve collected from the trenches, discuss the multitude of issues that can arise in the ever expanding ecosystem that is the game industry, and show how the game industry is growing with everyone in mind and in action.
Sunday, 2:30pm… but were too afraid to ask… and we didn’t really want to tell you anyway… because some of it is kind of embarrassing… but we will… tell you… at this panel… because we’re just that awesome. Featuring experienced game journalism professionals (including Crispy Gamer’s Kyle Orland, freelancer Gus Mastrapa, The Escapist’s Susan Arendt, Joystiq’s Chris Grant and Time’s Lev Grossman) answering any and all questions you have about the art and craft of getting paid to write about games (it’s a tough life). Review scores. Swag. Junkets. Bias. The death of magazines. The rise of blogs. It’s all fair game. Of course, you’re not limited to those topics. THE ONLY LIMIT IS YOUR IMAGINATION!
Sunday, 2:30pmHave a rules question or a problem at your table? Keep the action flowing and get DM tips as we troubleshoot your game play and DMing questions. The Wizards staff takes on all questions and gives you answers!
Sunday, 3:00pmWhat explains the rise of geek culture? As geeks go mainstream, do they need to maintain their “geek cred”? And is all this a good or bad thing for geekdom? Come join in a lively discussion about the changing public perception of fantasy, gaming, science fiction, and fandom communities. Learn about what defines a geek, what is lost and gained in the gradual acceptance of geeks, and whether geeks and fandom communities need to find a new “edge.” Bring your perceptions of the evolving/evolved geek.
Sunday, 4:00pmWhy do passionate gamers treat the word “sequel” as a pejorative while often bestowing their highest praise upon those very same sequels? This panel will seek to diagnose the video game industry’s purported “sequelitis” and – by way of discussion from thoughtful panelists, including Irrational Games’ Ken Levine; Harmonix’s Dan Teasdale; Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann; and moderator Chris Grant, from Joystiq – debunk the quack medicine that’s identified video game sequels to be symptomatic of the industry’s creative bankruptcy.
Sunday, 4:00pmEver wonder why games get marketed the way they do? Do you have ideas on how you want to be marketed to? Marketing and advertising have always played major roles in the entertainment industry, and gaming is no different. Listen to industry insiders as they explain what they do and how they do it.
Sunday, 5:00pmBear hold to the Final Round of the Omegathon and let us bid thee farewell.