The Coolest Comic-Con 2015 Booths, Exhibits, and Experiences

So here we are again. San Diego Comic-Con. The place that makes geek wet dreams come true. I definitely was excited to get my nerd on this weekend, and I’m always looking forward to seeing what new booths, exhibits, and experiences SDCC has to offer. Suffice it to say, I was a tad underwhelmed by most of what I saw inside and out of the San Diego Convention Center.

This is my fourth year attending Comic-Con. Every year I’m always expecting something different, looking to see new things, but as far as booths go, Comic-Con 2015 seemed a bit lackluster. Most of the major booths and exhibits such as Lionsgate, Warner Bros., DC Comics, Fox, Weta Workshop, Gentle Giant, Image Comics, Marvel, Nintendo, and X-Box among others were pretty much the same as the last few years. And even exhibitors like PlayStation were completely absent. Ubisoft and a few others cut back on the scale of their booths. Even Marvel downsized from a big video screen on their booth to just a giant scrawl to promote Ant-Man.

Last year, DC Comics gave a preview of the cape and cowl that Ben Affleck’s Batman will be wearing in Batman v Superman. This year they went one level up by showcasing the costumes of

However, there were some Comic-Con 2015 booths that did impress me. It wasn’t the movie studios who were going all out, but it was TV series who were making their mark on the show floor, and even outside. As per usual, The Walking Dead booth dominated the floor with a fun experience with multiple photo ops with the undead to tease the upcoming season – they also spoiled some major plot points from the last season. MTV’s Scream and History’s Vikings had fun booth experiences to get splattered by blood and walk away with some swag.

The most comprehensive Comic-Con 2015 booths weren’t inside however, they were outside the convention center. MTV’s Scream Queens had a carnival giant drop ride and FX hosted huge experiences such as an America Horror Story: Hotel recreation and a giant Fargo snow globe. Even Adult Swim had its own area for fans to play around in with a little carnival setting for folks to play games and win prizes.

Nerd HQ changed venues this year and instead of taking over PETCO Park they inhabited three levels of the New Children’s Museum. It was closer to the convention center and had more room for activities.

These are a few stray observations I noticed that I thought I would share. Many folks are not able to make it to Comic-Con and I hope this photo gallery will at least give you a solid taste of what it is like to walk around the epic convention.


Comic-Con 2015

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Complete Comic-Con 2015 Video Game Panels Schedule

E3 was only a month ago, but publishers and developers still muster up the energy to join in on the Comic-Con madness. With a strong presence on the show floor, video game lounges, and many exciting panels throughout the four day weekend, there’s much fun to be had for all gamers. Capcom is bringing Street Fighter V, Crystal Dynamics will be showing off Rise of the Tomb Raider, and of course Ubisoft will make their annual visit known with the Assassin’s Creed experience and a AC Syndicate panel. Check out the full list of Comic-Con 2015 video game panels below:

Day 1: Thursday Comic-Con 2015 Video Game Panels

10:30am – 11:30am A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future – Developers from legendary game studio Rare celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the rare magic continues to shape future projects and share over 70 years of combined experience by meeting the team behind some of gaming’s best-loved icons. Room 24ABC

11:00am – 12:00pm Transformers Generations: More Than Meets the Eye – Come see what the Transformers characters are up to as you are entertained with sneak peeks of the all new Activision video game trailers, IDW comic prints, and other special surprises. Then get your collector action on as you get an exclusive glimpse at the latest and greatest Transformers generations combiner wars toys that have yet to hit toy shelves. The Transformers team members will also host a Q&A session to answer your burning questions. Room 25ABC

Street Fighter V Comic-Con 2015 Panel

11:45am – 12:45pm Street Fighter V – Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom’s Street Fighter experts share the latest news on Street Fighter V, the exciting, new entry in the world’s greatest fighting game franchise coming out console exclusive to the PS4 and on PC in 2016! Ultra-special guest Yoshinori Ono (executive producer, Street Fighter franchise) returns to SDCC for another of his trademark special appearances, and who knows what exclusives, surprises, and hijinks are in store? Learn how you can earn big money and everlasting fame by competing in the Capcom Pro Tour, culminating in the Capcom Cup Finals later this year. Plus, get a first look at all the must-have Street Fighter and SFV-licensed products and promotions in store for the rest of the year! A must-see for any video game fighting fan. Hadoken! Room 6BCF

12:00pm – 1:00pm Bringing Toys to Life in Video Games: He-Man and G.I. Joe Complete the Toy Soldiers: War Chest – The He-Man and G.I. Joe franchises have become a cultural phenomenon spanning toys, cartoons, comic books, and movies since their introduction in the ’80s. Now the fan-favorite action figures make the leap to next-generation video game consoles in Toy Soldiers: War Chest. Panelists Derryl DePriest (VP global brand marketing and G.I. Joe historian from Hasbro), Mark Morse (director of global marketing and franchise development for Masters of the Universe from Mattel), and Josh Mast (producer on Toy Soldiers: War Chest from Ubisoft) discuss bringing these classic action figures to life and present a live gameplay demo and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new trailer featuring these characters. Room 25ABC

12:00pm – 1:00pm Voice Over Celebration with Beloved Cartoon, Video Game, and Film VO Actors – From zero to sixty, a voice actor must convey a plethora of emotions, often impromptu. You will get an in-depth look into how voice actors approach the art, beauty, and challenges of performing on the spot. Susan Eisenberg, Rob Paulsen, Caitlin Glass, Anthony Bowling, Tara Platt, and Yuri Lowenthal from beloved titles including Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Diablo, Pinky and the Brain, League of Legends, Full Metal Alchemist, Call of Duty, Samurai 7, Attack on Titan, The Devil is a Part Timer, Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil discuss this pivotal topic, led by Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Comic-Con 2015 Panel

1:00pm – 2:00pm Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombie World Reveal – Call of Duty invades Comic-Con for the reveal of Black Ops III’s highly anticipated new Zombies Mode. Be on-hand as Zombies director Jason Blundell unveils Treyarch’s new mind-bending tale of the undead. Don’t miss the onstage reveal of the star-studded cast. Attendees will also get an exclusive first look at the Zombies reveal trailer and receive limited edition Zombies memorabilia only available at Comic-Con. Plus, catch additional Black Ops III news as it breaks live, including the official announcement of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Collector’s Editions. Room 6BCF

2:15pm – 3:15pm Blizzard Entertainment Showcase – Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed panelists reveal never-before-seen products and plans for 2015 and 2016. Talk to the designers, writers, and artists themselves, as the panelists dig into toys, books, collectibles, and more. The panel and an extended game Q&A session will be moderated by Kim Phan (host of BlizzCon coverage on DIRECTV). Room 6BCF

2:30pm – 3:30pm Titan Comics: Assassin’s Creed, Heroes, The Blacklist and the Creator Owned Hits of Tomorrow – Titan Comics takes you behind-the-scenes of major new projects including Assassin’s Creed, Heroes and The Blacklist! See the global premiere of artwork from the new Assassin’s Creed comics, plus be the first to find out about the launch storylines and and the all new Assassins! Heroes Reborn supervising producer Seamus Kevin Fahey gives you a sneak peak at the new Heroes comic and special SDCC ashcan. The Blacklist TV show writer Nicole Phillips talks about writing the new The Blacklist comic series, which debuts at SDCC! The artists of the creator-owned hits of tomorrow will be in attendance! Cult writer Roman Dirge gives you a ghostly glimpse at Lenore and his upcoming new projects! Artist Des Taylor takes you undercover of hit series Scarlett Couture! Harvey award nominated writer Mark Wheatley discusses his new re-mastered edition of Breathtaker! Plus, more comics talent and prizes to win! Room 4

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Comic-Con 2015 Panel

4:15pm – 5:15pm Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: The Art of Improving on an Xbox Classic – Reigniting the passion and fervor of Gears of War fans, Xbox and The Coalition take fans behind the scenes of one of their favorite franchises, reimagined and reloaded for Xbox One. The panel features Rod Fergusson (studio head, The Coalition), one of the most prominent members of the industry, and will discuss not only the visual improvements but also what it takes to modernize an all-time fan favorite that is launching on Xbox One this summer. Also appearing from The Coalition: Peder Skude (senior game designer), Kyle Gaulin (cinematics director), and Ben Huyghe (former pro gamer/QA). Room 6A

Capcom Comic-Con 2015 Panel

5:00pm – 6:00pm World of Capcom – Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom staff members share the latest updates on all the new and upcoming Capcom games including Street Fighter V, Resident Evil 0, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, and more; plus sneak peeks at all the latest Capcom merchandise and licensing products coming your way soon. Also, some exclusive first-looks and reveals just for SDCC. Room 7AB

6:00pm – 7:00pm Streetpass San Diego: Growing a Community – Admins of Streetpass San Diego, the nation’s largest Nintendo meet-up community, Michelle Hernandez, David Denni, Adolfo Coronel, Chris McAtamney, and Jahaziel Aguilera talk about Streetpass San Diego’s growth and take questions on how to grow a community and keep it relevant. The Q&A portion of the panel will be moderated by Gabriel Valentin (Digital Lizards of Doom). Room 14A

9:00pm – 10:00pm Nerdist Gaming – On the hot, thirsty roads of the summer video games drought, Nerdist Gaming editor Malik Forté (Nerdist Play) and company are looking to provide relief in the form of insightful, uplifting, and hyperenthusiastic discussions about everything game-related. Join Malik and guests for an easygoing powwow about the state of the gaming industry and what its future holds. Room 23ABC

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Complete Comic-Con 2015 Movie Panels Schedule

Although Marvel Studios will not be attending Comic-Con 2015 this year because most of the cinematic universe cast is off shooting Captain America: Civil War, there is a good handful of high quality panels for all movie lovers to enjoy this year. Some of the heavy hitters includes Jennifer Lawrence making an appearance to promote The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; the cast of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on site for Warner Bros.; and Lucasfilm returns for the MUCH anticipated Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens panel with the cast and filmmakers. Check out the full list of Comic-Con 2015 movie panels below:

Day 1: Thursday Comic-Con 2015 Movie Panels

10:00am – 11:00am Comic-Con Film School 101: Preproduction and Screenwriting – Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you’re shooting your first Doctor Who fan film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts vampire-werewolf hybrids, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (producer of Machinima ETC), Vera Vanguard (producer of The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Josh Perilo (writer of Wedlock), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica). Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt

10:15am – 11:15am Studio Production Chiefs Speak – Fans love to debate and dissect exactly what Hollywood is doing right and wrong. Now, for the first time at Comic-Con, top production executives from major Hollywood studios will reveal the frank realities of their jobs and why they make the decisions they do. 20th Century Fox senior vice president Daria Cercek (X-Men, Spy), Warner Bros. senior vice president Drew Crevello (Dungeons & Dragons, Akira), and Lionsgate executive vice president Jim Miller (The Hunger Games, Power Rangers) will discuss the development process, how they choose intellectual property to adapt, how movies get green lit, how filmmakers and actors are selected, what mistakes can lead to bad movies, how they balance originality vs. faithfulness to source material, and how much they care about the opinions of fans. Rather than merely previewing upcoming releases, you will get insights into how Hollywood really works on this panel moderated by Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Ben Fritz. Room 6DE

10:30am – 11:30am Open Road – TBA Hall H

11:00am – 12:00pm The Crowd: How Creatives Are Using New Means to Connect with Their Audience – Hugh Howey (author of the self-published Silo trilogy), Gary Whitta (author of the debut novel Abomination, crowdfunded through Inkshares, co-writer of Star Wars: Rogue One), and Lora Innes (author of The Dreamer, crowdfunded through Patreon, co-host of the Paper Wings Show) discuss crowdfunding and crowdsourcing models that allow creatives to connect directly with their audience to produce their work. Gary and Lora will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Veronica Belmont (host of The Sword & Laser, crowdfunded through Patreon, and Dear Veronica for Engadget). Room 7AB

11:00am – 12:00pm The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short Sanjay’s Super Team – Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle present a peek behind the curtains at Pixar Animation Studio’s latest short, Sanjay’s Super Team. The filmmakers will discuss the production process as well as the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like you’ve never seen them before. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:00am – 2:00pm Thursday Playback Room Block #1 – The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Open Road, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom

12:00pm – 1:00pm Voice Over Celebration with Beloved Cartoon, Video Game, and Film VO Actors – From zero to sixty, a voice actor must convey a plethora of emotions, often impromptu. You will get an in-depth look into how voice actors approach the art, beauty, and challenges of performing on the spot. Susan Eisenberg, Rob Paulsen, Caitlin Glass, Anthony Bowling, Tara Platt, and Yuri Lowenthal from beloved titles including Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Diablo, Pinky and the Brain, League of Legends, Full Metal Alchemist, Call of Duty, Samurai 7, Attack on Titan, The Devil is a Part Timer, Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil discuss this pivotal topic, led by Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Comic-Con 2015 Movie Panel

12:00pm – 1:15pm The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Lionsgate presents an exclusive first look at one of the studio’s highly anticipated films coming to theaters this fall. Get a sneak peek into the powerful final chapter of the epic The Hunger Games film franchise. Attendees will be shown exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Mockingjay: Part 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session revealing details on the big-screen finale. Hall H

12:30pm – 1:30pm Roddenberry Entertainment Presents – Eugene Roddenberry (CEO Roddenberry Entertainment, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), Trevor Roth (COO/head of development, Roddenberry Entertainment) and Tory Mell (producer, Roddenberry Entertainment) discuss the groundbreaking new app for their film White Room: 02B3. They will also be talking about the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and premiering their new short film Instant, along with special guests Tony Janning (actor, White Room: 02B3, Instant, Legend of Neil) and Alex Albrecht (director, Instant). A surprise guest will be giving away a traditional iPad. Room 24ABC

1:00pm – 2:00pm Digital Bits Blu-ray Sneak Peek: Star Trek: Axanar – Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt, veteran Blu-ray/DVD producers Charles de Lauzirika (Twin Peaks, The Martian),Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal, The Hunger Games), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), and executive producer Alec Peters (Star Trek: Axanar) discuss major upcoming Blu-ray titles and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray developments. They will explain the groundbreaking process of creating studio-quality independent Blu-ray releases, including the new Prelude to Axanar: Special Edition. There will be an audience Q&A and lots of great giveaways. Room 23ABC

1:00pm – 2:00pm Science Channel: Raiders, Raptors, and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM – Fans will get to see exclusive clips and receive unprecedented access behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, as science and creativity give birth to some of today’s top films. The secrets behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and many more will be revealed during this once-in-a-lifetime panel. Join Science Channel as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic at this year’s Comic-Con like no one else can. Surprise guests and exclusive footage along with a very special prize will be given away at this VIP experience where the science behind the movies is unveiled for the first time ever. Room 25ABC

1:30pm – 2:00pm  Trailer Park – See the latest and greatest trailers with all of your pop culture-loving friends here on the big screen at Comic-Con. Hall H

2:00pm – 3:00pm Class of 1985: The Greatest Geek Movies of: Don’t Forget About Us – Moderator Mark A. Altman ( Free Enterprise, Agent X) and panelists discuss the great geek year of 1985, as they go back to the future with such films as, well, Back to the Future, Lifeforce, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Clue, Legend, Rocky IV, Brazil, Commando, Weird Science, Silverado, Fletch, A View to a Kill, Cocoon, Witness, Return to Oz, Re-Animator, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Fright Night, Real Genius, Subway, After Hours, Ladyhawke, Enemy Mine and, yes, Robert Burnett, just for you: To Live & Die In L.A. And for good measure, they’ll discover a new type of martial arts,Gymkata, and prove to Virginia there really is a Santa Claus: The Movie. Enrolling in this brunch club are Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X: Men: First Class), gymkataspert Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Agent X), Charles de Lauzirkia (Crave, Alien Anthology), and David E. Williams ( Femme Fatales, Lifeforce: The Space Vampires). Charge it to the Underhills! Room 5AB

2:00pm – 3:00pm Greenlight Your Passion Project! – Project creators, actors, producers, and crowdfunding professionals discuss the power of crowdfunding as it pertains to greenlighting your own project! This panel of pros has successfully raised millions of dollars for feature film, short-films, documentaries, and web-series. Join an informative and uplifting discussion on the power of crowdfunding your dreams, featuring Ericka Anderson (Seed & Spark director of crowdfunding), Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way, The Night Visitor), Etta Devine (The Selling, Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse), Mark Netter (Nightmare Code, Dark Matter Productions), Jodie Bentley (COO Reinventing Films), and moderator Leah Cevoli (film producer and crowdfunding professional). Room 7AB

3:00pm – 4:00pm 3rd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero – From the ominous horns of Jaws, to the inspiring theme for Star Wars, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. For the superhero genre, the music reflects these emotions and more. This panel offers a behind the scenes look at the music of today’s biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never before heard music. Participating composers include Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v. Superman), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man), Marco Beltrami (Fantastic Four), Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Lorne Balfe (Terminator: Genisys), and Blake Neely (Super Girl, Arrow, Flash). Produced by Costa Communications. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm – 4:00pm The Might and Magic of Legacy Effects – Legacy Effects is one of the leading practical effects companies in the motion picture industry. Their work is featured in films including Pacific Rim, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys. Meet the studio founders and get a firsthand look into the making of these blockbuster films. You may even get a sneak peek at some of the actual props from the films. Engage in an exciting presentation, Q&A, and maybe even a couple of giveaways. Room 32AB

3:30pm – 4:30pm Animated Effects in Live Action – When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. Industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects will have a lively discussion on how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. They include David Derks (ASIFA Hollywood), and Adam Howard (Birdman, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday). Room 26AB

4:15pm – 5:15pm Hollywood Location Scouts – Working closely with the director and production designer, location scouts are the artists who translate the script into reality by exploring the world to figure out exactly where the movies and TV shows should be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. ModeratorScott Trimble (Terminator: Genisys, Jurassic World) joins panelists Nick Carr (Spider-Man 3, Enchanted), Stephenson Crossley (Fear the Walking Dead, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Stacey McGillis (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infiltrator), Kei Rowan-Young (Django Unchained, Chef), and Steve Woroniecki (Tomorrowland, X-Men: First Class). Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt

4:30pm – 6:20pm Thursday Playback Room Block #3 – The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Doctor Who: BBC America Official Panel, Sherlock, Con Man: The Fan Revolt 13 Years in the Making, and MTV’s Teen Wolf. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom

5:00pm – 6:00pm How to Make A Movie with a Camera Phone – Mobile Film Festivals are becoming the next big thing. Cell phone cameras now have the capability of shooting 4k – which makes cell phone filmmaking now a possibility to be taken seriously. San Diego Independent Filmmaker Paul Giret (Film For Food) will explain the process of how to use your everyday mobile device as a movie making tool. Giret recently was one of the 15 participants in the Qualcomm 4K Challenge in which contestants were given a 4K Motorola Droid to produce a short film that will also play at the San Diego Film Festival this year. He will be joined by his cast member Carol Morrow (Supergirl Unburdened) from his mobile film “Pitch and Hitch” and Mike Egbert who will elaborate on the production process. Topics will cover on what filmmaking tools, Dolly, Jib, Slider, Car Mount to use, how to properly attach the camera to these tools, what apps work best to control your exposure, what is the workflow and how to handle footage during post-production (editing) process. Join this panel along with Ty Mabrety (Bang Zoom Pow) and Crysstal Hubbard (Supergirl Unburdened) who helped make Cell Phone Films from script to screen. With special guest moderator Machelle Noel (GeekRockTV & Faith Hollywood TV). Room 5AB

5:30pm – 6:30pm Fright Night: 30 Years of Screams – Horror screenwriter Greg Beville (Blackstar Canyon) details the special effects and making of Fright Night 1985 and how the film’s practical effects compare to horror films today. Moderated by Now Streaming’s Andrew Furtado (Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut). Room 6A

6:00pm – 7:00pm NASA: Journey to Mars – America’s space agency is leading the world on a journey to the Red Planet. From the current orbiters and rovers that are making historic scientific discoveries, to the development of the largest and most powerful rocket ever conceived by human, NASA is pushing the final frontier to the planet that has been the subject of conjecture and the focus of the search for life beyond our home planet. We plan an enlightening discussion moderated by Aditya Sood (executive producer, The Martian). Also some of NASA’s best and brightest; Jim Green (director of planetary sciences, NASA Headquarters), Todd May (manager, NASA Space Launch System Program, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) and Victor Glover (astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center). As well as author Andy Weir (The Martian) especially in light of NASA’s involvement in the upcoming Ridley Scott motion picture The Martian. Room 6BCF

6:00pm – 8:00pm World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! – Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss! In Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. Be part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, then stay for a panel featuring the legendary band KISS – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer; NCIS star Pauley Perrette and longtime “Shaggy” and “Daphne” voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken). The panel will be moderated by director/actor/writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film along with Jason Mewes. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! will be released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD July 10 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD July 21. Hall H

7:00pm – 8:00pm Nick Carter Goes West: From Boy Band to Zombie Western – Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys discusses his first foray into film production with the studio behind Sharknado and Z-Nation. Fellow Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, and The Asylum producers join the panel conversation. Room 5AB

7:30pm – 8:30pm Robotech: The Next 30 Years – Kevin McKeever (VP of marketing at Harmony Gold) showcases all the latest merchandise, along with the latest updates on the live-action Robotech film. Room 24ABC

7:30pm – 8:30pm Tattooine Law: Legal Lessons from Star Wars – Federal Magistrate JudgePaul Grewal, Gerry O’Brien (NY political consultant and novelist), Jessica Mederson, Esq. (The Legal Geeks), and Joshua Gilliland, Esq. (The Legal Geeks) explore the legal system from a galaxy far, far away. The panel will jump to light speed to explore the many legal lessons on Tatooine, including the intricacies of property ownership of R2-D2 and C-3PO; employee and independent contractor safety issues in Jabba’s Palace; and Han’s legal justification to shoot first. Room 26AB

8:00pm – 9:00pm Son of Name That Movie – Returning for a third record-breaking year is the combination game show and visual/audio event known as Son of Name That Movie. Inkpot Award-winning host and creator John Field presents the fu- filled program shown to a packed house of film fans the last two years running. In this all-new version, 50 clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films are presented. Place your ticket in the Magic Film Can. If picked from among audience members, you get to play the game by simply naming as many of the clips as possible. There will be first- through fourth-place prizes. And, if someone on the panel cannot name the clip and an audience member can, that person will get a bonus prize as well. Room 9

8:00pm – 10:30pm 18th Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza – Ric Meyers (Inside Kung Fu, Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie [& Book]) has got a whole new bunch of eye-bulging, jaw-dropping, breath-taking, goose-bumping, funny-bone-cracking fight scenes from the best, worst, and weirdest films in the whole world. With his co-hosts Graham Eldwood and Chris J. Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds, Ear Buds) back in action; a report direct from Beijing by the king of YouTube kung-fu Eric Jacobus (as well as the Comic-Con premiere of his amazing new Rope-A-Dope 2); and their standard operating surprises, it’s not just awe-some, it’s awe-all. Be there or be in Tiananmen Square! Room 6A

9:00pm – 10:30pm Floyd Norman Documentary – Filmmakers Michael Fiore (producer of the upcoming feature Home Invasion) and Erik Sharkey (director of Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) will show clips from their original feature-length documentary and reunite Floyd Norman (legendary Disney and Hanna Barbera animator and story artist) with many animators and artists that he influenced and worked with over his 60-year career. Panelists will include notables featured in the documentary includingPaul Dini (animation writer/producer), Gary Trousdale (co-director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist, humorist, historian), Leo Sullivan (animator, producer, publisher), Ken Mitchroney (writer, director, story artist), Adrienne Nichelle Brown-Norman (illustrator, Disney Publishing), and Tom Sito (animator, professor of animation, USC). The documentary also features interviews with such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, Disney music composer Richard Sherman, producer Don Hahn, Maleficent), Ralph Guggenheim (former Pixar VP of animation), and film critic/historian Leonard Maltin. The documentary is supported by a musical score composed by Ryan Shore (composer, Disney’s Penn Zero and WB’s Scooby-Doo!). The filmmakers will moderate a Q&A session and celebrate Mr. Norman’s 80th birthday. Room 9

Spirited Away Comic-Con 2015 Movie

9:00pm – 11:30pm Spirited Away Screening – Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has captured the hearts of viewers all over the world. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes and a special screening of the beloved film, hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein. Horton Grand Theatre

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Complete Comic-Con 2015 Television Panels Schedule

Most would say we are in the Golden Age of television. Everywhere you look there’s a new superhero show emerging or a fun genre bending procedural popping up. There are a smorgasbord of TV series on every channel for everyone, and fortunately for Comic-Con 2015 attendees there will be a bounty of panels to attend.  The Comic-Con 2015 television panels include the likes of HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s The Walking Dead, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, TNT’s The Last Ship, Fox’s Gotham, The CW’s Arrow, MTV’s Scream, and the highly anticipated Supergirl from CBS. And don’t forget the popular animated series such as Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Adventure Time, and more. Check out the full list of panels below:

Preview Night Comic-Con 2015 Television Panels

CBS Supergirl Arrow Flash

6:00pm – 10:00pm Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings – Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015-16 television season. Ballroom 20

  • Supergirl – In the vast DC Comics Universe of superheroes, the rich mythology of Superman, the planet Krypton and the House of El is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! Born Kara Zor-El on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El but didn’t arrive on Earth until many years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Protected and raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to hide the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin. Years later, at age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen, her bioengineer sister Alex, and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) and its head, Hank Henshaw, who are tasked with keeping the Earth safe from aliens, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world. Her foes include both a sinister extraterrestrial menace and the high-tech terrestrial threat of clever villains with powerful weaponry. The series stars Melissa Benoist (Whiplash, Glee), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Mehcad Brooks (True Blood), with David Harewood (Homeland) and Calista Flockhart (Brothers & Sisters), and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow), Ali Adler (Chuck), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Pan, The Flash). From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl premieres Mondays at 8/7c on CBS this November.
  • Blindspot – Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire) and Jaimie Alexander (Thor films) star in Blindspot, a one-hour action thriller from Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Arrow, Pan) and writer/executive producer Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis). Stapleton plays hardened FBI agent Kurt Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac, Jane Doe (Alexander), is found in Times Square covered in a series of cryptic tattoos…including his name on her back. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI begin to investigate the veritable treasure map found in Jane Doe’s tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations-the information they uncover might ultimately change the world. In addition to Stapleton and Alexander, the series stars Rob Brown (Treme), Audrey Esparza (Public Morals), Ukweli Roach (Eternal Law), Ashley Johnson (The Killing), and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace). From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Blindspot premieres this fall Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.
  • Containment – When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. Containment stars David Gyasi (Interstellar), Christina Moses (How We Met), Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black (The Originals), George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence ( Spartacus: Vengeance), and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live). Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) and David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow).
  • Lucifer – Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. When a beautiful pop star is murdered, for the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel Amenadiel, has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer’s having too much fun to go back now. Sexy, dark and irreverent, Lucifer stars Tom Ellis (Rush), Lauren German (Chicago Fire), DB Woodside (24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus series), Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow), Scarlett Estevez, and Rachael Harris (The Hangover) and is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean films), Jonathan Littman (CSI series), Tom Kapinos (Californication), Ildy Modrovich (Necessary Roughness), Len Wiseman (Underworld films), and Joe Henderson (Almost Human). From Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity in association with Warner Bros. Television, and based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer premieres Midseason on FOX.
  • Teen Titans Go! – The Teen Titans are back at it again, in Teen Titans Go!, with all new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower and Warner Bros has you covered by screening a brand-new episode. Based on DC Comics characters and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.

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Conan Comic-Con 2015 Guests: Cast of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and More

TBS has officially announced the Conan Comic-Con 2015 guest list for his upcoming show recordings next week at the Spreckels Theatre. Conan O’Brien will be in San Diego from Wednesday, July 8 on Preview Night all the way up through Saturday, July 11. Team Coco fans attending these shows can look forward to seeing the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead, as well as Elijah Wood and Chris Hardwick. Special mystery guests have yet to be announced for the last day.

The following is a rundown of the week’s guests:

Elija Wood Chris Hardwick Conan Comic-Con 2015

Wednesday, July 8

  • Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings; FX’s Wilfred)
  • Chris Hardwick (The Talking Dead; Nerdist)

Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games Conan Comic-Con 2015

Thursday, July 9The stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

  • Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen
  • Josh Hutcherson – Peeta Mellark
  • Liam Hemsworth – Gale Hawthorne

Game of Thrones Walking Dead Conan Comic-Con 2015

Friday, July 10 – The stars of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead

  • Alfie Allen – Theon Greyjoy aka Reek (Game of Thrones)
  • John Bradley – Samwell Tarly (Game of Thrones)
  • Liam Cunningham – Davos Seaworth (Game of Thrones)
  • Natalie Dormer – Margaery Tyrell (Game of Thrones)
  • Conleth Hill – Lord Varys (Game of Thrones)
  • Hannah Murray – Gilly (Game of Thrones)
  • Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)
  • Carice Van Houten – Melisandre aka The Red Lady (Game of Thrones)
  • Maisie Williams – Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
  • Norman Reedus – Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)
  • Lauren Cohan – Maggie Greene Rhee (The Walking Dead)
  • Stephen Yuen – Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead)
  • Danai Gurira – Michonne (The Walking Dead)

Mystery Guests Conan Comic-Con 2015

Saturday, July 11

  • Special surprise film cast to be revealed in San Diego during Comic-Con

These episodes of Conan will air on TBS at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) each night and will be available across TBS and Team Coco’s digital and mobile platforms the following day.


Comic-Con 2015

Comic-Con 2015 Events and Parties Calendar

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 will be busier than ever with all the events, parties, and activities to choose from. And who wants to wait in long lines for panels while you’re missing out on the action elsewhere? Luckily for you, we have compiled an official list of the Comic-Con 2015 events and parties inside and out of the San Diego Convention Center. Enjoy! [If you have an event you wish to include, write to us at info@turntherightcorner.com]

Multiple Day Comic-Con 2015 Events

Conan O'Brien at San Diego Comic-Con

Conan O’Brien at Comic-Con [Wed. 8:00 pm; Thurs. 3:00 pm; Fri. 4:00 pm; Sat. 1:30 pm
Where: Spreckels Theater Cost: SOLD OUT
Conan’s taking the show on the road to Comic-Con, taping all-new episodes at the historic Spreckels Theater. [See the complete guest list here.]

The Art of Comic-Con San Diego 2015

The Art of Comic-Con [Jun. 20 – Aug. 30]
Where: San Diego Central Library Cost: Free
Comic-Con International has partnered with the San Diego Public Library to present an exhibition that celebrates art as an integral tool in promoting the organization’s mission of creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms. Providing unprecedented access to original art by over 60 comics artists, the exhibition traces the history of Comic-Con through art and provides a sneak peek into the evolving process of creating comic art. The Art of Comic-Con presents select pieces from the organization’s archives, including works by Sergio Aragonés, Howard Chaykin, Cliff Chiang, Michael Cho, Colleen Coover, Rick Geary, Gilbert Hernandez, Jim Lee, Dave McKean, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout, Babs Tarr, and others. The exhibition was developed and jointly organized by Kara West, the Library’s Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager and Gary Sassaman, Comic-Con International’ s Director of Print and Digital Media. 

Assassin's Creed Experience Comic-Con 2015

Assassin’s Creed Experience [Thur-Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: MLK Promenade, next to the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel Cost: Free
The Assassin’s Creed Experience returns to San Diego Comic-Con for its second year with bigger and more challenging obstacles that will have players parkouring and soaring through Victorian-era London. Course attendees will receive instantly shareable action shots of them tackling two of the course’s obstacles, the overhead glider, new to this year’s course, and the iconic 25-foot Leap of Faith. Additionally, fans who pre-order the game will receive The Rooks Initiation Kit, which includes everything they need to join Jacob and Evie Frye’s gang on their quest to liberate London. They’ll also be offering free shaves located next to the course.

Game of Thrones Experience San Diego Comic-Con

Game of Thrones: Experience the Realm [Thur. – Sat. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 628 L St. across from the Omni Hotel Cost: Free
Paying homage to beloved character Arya Stark’s early days of sword training, the experience will feature an installation that is part sword-handling skill and part artistic process, to create a beautiful, graphic Game of Thrones-style self-portrait. There, they will use a replica of Arya’s wooden training sword to strike targets as they appear on screen. Upon completion fans will receive an artistic portrait made entirely of their sword strikes. Fans can also create sharable animated GIFs including being incinerated into ash by Danaerys’ iconic dragons and turned into a WhiteWalker.  Additionally there will be photo opportunities with the iconic Iron Throne and the giant sword used by The Mountain. Select costume displays from Game of Thrones will be featured along with a gallery of select work from the Game of Thrones Compendium Book, featuring original creations from the talented fan-base ranging from art, fashion, food and fans can pick up a limited-edition T-Shirt designed by Beautiful Death artist Robert Ball.HBO NOW subscribers will have a chance to win early VIP access.

NBC Heroes Reborn San Diego Comic-Con

NBC’s World of Heroes Reborn and Blindspot
Where: Gaslamp Square, Fifth Ave. and Harbor Drive Cost: Free
Heroes Reborn takes over Gaslamp Square with a first of its kind 4-D interactive experience where fans will have the opportunity to access their own extraordinary pyro-kinetic ability.  Fans will also be able to take an animated “heroic” photo and tour through a Heroes gallery featuring iconic props from the previous series. Attendees can also discover Blindspot at Tin Fish restaurant in Gaslamp Square. They will be able to receive both temporary tattoo sleeves and partake in a photo op where their head will be placed on a tattooed body, similar to the character of Jane Doe in the new NBC drama. Also, throughout the Gaslamp District, fans can go on a scavenger hunt to search for and find the Jane Doe look-alikes. Once found fans can text “Blindspot” to a number tattooed on her body and receive the next step to enter for a chance to win $1,000.

Dragon Ball Z Fight for Frieza Galactic Army Boot Camp Comic-Con 2015

Dragon Ball Z Fight for Frieza Galactic Army Boot Camp [Thur. – Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: Free
FUNimation Entertainment invites you to gauge your power levels and train to join Frieza’s army at 2015 San Diego Comic Con with an interactive Dragon Ball Z experience at Petco Park in Nerdist Industries HQ Conival.Convention-goers and fans are welcome to join a guided series of tests that will determine their power level and if they are fit to join Frieza’s epic army in the battle to destroy Earth. Potential recruits will be able to test their skills of energy, agility and strength to see if they have what it takes to join Frieza’s intergalactic army. All new recruits will be issued Galactic Frieza Army dog tags and other fun prizes. Top ranked recruits from each day will be featured on leaderboards and entered to win additional gear and prizes.The fun doesn’t stop there – join us for a daily happy hour at Whiskey Girl in Downtown San Diego, just a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center, where you can kick back, sip on a colorful libation (courtesy of Goku), cool down and charge up!

Mashable House at Comic-cOn 2015

Mashable House [Fri. and Sat. 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm]
Where: Luce Loft Cost: Free
Mashable is bringing the Mashable House to Comic-Con International: San Diego for the first time in 2015, with one goal in mind: Save. The. Internet. From Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, Mashable will take over Luce Loft in San Diego, CA for the ultimate showdown of Internet good vs. evil. Who will prevail? Only you (and social media) can decide the answer

The Last Ship Oculus Rift Experience [Wed. 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Thur-Sun. 9:30 am – 7:00 pm]
Where: Booth #3629 Cost: Free
As part of this immersive activation, each participant will use an Oculus Rift headset to be transported into The Last Ship‘s fictional universe, where they must board a cargo ship taken over by the Immunes (immune survivors of the deadly plague that has nearly destroyed the entire population of the planet) and retrieve the last remnants of the primordial strain.

Gam3rCon San Diego Comic-Con

Gam3rCon [Wed-Sun. 12:00 pm –12:00 am]
Where: Ten’s Avenue Arts Center Cost: $20-60 [$10 for Kids]
Gam3rCon is the premier gaming convention in San Diego, bringing gamers and pop culture fans together to celebrate all things gaming. Taking place during San Diego Comic-Con International, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theatre, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties.

Geek and Sundry San DIego Comic-Con 2015

Geek & Sundry [Thur. – Sat.]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: Free (No badge required)
Geek & Sundry has a veritable smorgasbord of good-time festivities and swiggity-swagtastic goodies you’re going to want and need in your life. They’re hosting The Joust, a gladiator-style bouncy ring wherein you and your friends can fight to the not-death. Also a TableTop gaming nook, where there’s a chance you could win a Geek Out promo pack. There’s a sweet opportunity to take a photo with a fire-breathing dragon! And there will be appearances by Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Matthew Mercer, and more.

FX Fearless Arena Comic-Con

FX Fearless Arena [Thur. 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Fri-Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 11:00 am-6:00 pm]
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn Cost: Free (18+ event)
Building on the popularity of last year’s The Simpsons-based “Homer Dome,” FX Networks will build a theme park featuring massive activations for The Strain, American Horror Story: Hotel, Fargo, and The Bastard Executioner. Fans will be able to register for the activations early by going to fxsdcc.com beginning July 7. Prove your fearlessness by entering a live-action virtual reality experience inspired by The Strain. FX is building a two-story model hotel to give viewers a taste of the era from American Horror Story and the chance to earn prizes. Escape the Forest” is the ideal duel inspired by Kurt Sutter’s upcoming medieval drama The Bastard Executioner. Visitors don the mantle of “warriors” and square off against each other to prove their prowess with a high striker, a cross-bow, and a final puzzle challenge that will help them escape the “forest” and win a TBX-themed hooded t-shirt. The Bastard Executioner will debut on FX this fall. And finally, step inside a giant 20-foot inflatable snow globe featuring snow flurries and a façade of a Waffle Hut – a key location in the second installment of the award-winning limited series Fargo. The first 2,500 pre-registered fans who visit the Arena will receive a free, exclusive FX Fearless giant tote bag in the Welcome Area.

Xbox Lounge San Diego Comic-Con

X-Box Lounge [Thu-Sat. 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: Seaport Ballroom, Second Level, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Cost: Free
Visit the Xbox Lounge in the Seaport Ballroom on the second level of the Harbor Tower at the Manchester Located at Grand Manchester Hyatt in the Seaport Ballroom, the Xbox Lounge is full of entertainment. Play games. Jump into amazing experiences. Over 90+ gaming stations, including some of the hottest unreleased titles and more!

Entertainment Weekly’s Photo + Digital Studio [Thur. – Sun.]
Where: Hard Rock Hotel Cost: Free
Tumblr will be the exclusive social partner at The Photo + Digital Studio.  The Tumblr GIF booth will be on site during Comic-Con where talent will be invited to stop by and commemorate their time at The Studio. Entertainment Weekly will be sharing these GIFs on their Tumblr so fans can experience some of the best moments from The Studio.

How it Should Have Ended Villains Pub [Thu-Fri. 4pm; Sat. 2pm]
Where: Henry’s Pub & Restaurant Cost: Free
HISHE is creating a real life version of The Villain Pub, a popular destination in their shorts where villains can swap war stories. The plan is to have The Villains Pub brought to life so fans can interact with the space in various ways and also participate in programs to include the creators. Thursday, HISHE Q&A w/creators and an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con debut of “How Jurassic World Should Have Ended.” Friday, HISHE Happy Hour and Hangout with a villains costume contest. Saturday, Creator Workshop – Learn character design, voice work and more

Nintendo Lounge San Diego Comic-Con

Nintendo Video Game Lounge [Thur. – Sat. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5 pm]
Where: San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina Cost: Free
Fans of all ages are invited to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge during San Diego Comic-Con, from July 9-12. This event will be packed with multiple tournaments, activities, and a chance to play upcoming games for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems.

Nerd HQ San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Nerd HQ [Thu-Sun.]
Where: The New Children’s Museum Cost: Free to visit and play; $22 for Conversations for a Cause
Nerd HQ, presented by Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, will take up residence at the home of its new partner ‘The New Children’s Museum’ in downtown San Diego for their annual four-day event. Nerd HQ provides fans a free nerdy retreat during the annual pop culture convention while celebrating the city’s newest Cultural Family Hot Spot. This year is expected to be the biggest year yet with The New Children’s Museum’s creative venue offering NERD fans an amazing, inspiring space, with over 35,000 Sq. Ft spanning three floors. This year’s guests can expect an expanded “Conversations for a Cause” panel series on the lower level, a range of fan-focused interactions on the main floor, and in partnership with headline sponsor AMD, the entire top floor will showcase exclusive hands-on game play with a number of this year’s biggest titles.

Meatwad Dome Adult Swim

Adult Swim On The Green [Thur-Sat. 9:30 am – 10:00 pm; Sun. 9:30 am – 5:pm]
Where: Behind convention center at Convention Way and 5th Ave Pier Cost: Free with RSVP
A brand new experience for fans, Adult Swim activities will include Carnival Midway, and The Meatwad Full Dome Experience is back for another year of intergalactic-mind-travel. They’ll be bringing you nightly screenings (with famous people) and daily live streaming events (with somewhat famous people). It’s free, it’s fun with an RSVP for those 18+.

BAMF [Fri. & Sat. 10:00 am – 10:30 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: Ruocco Park Cost: $5 – 1000
Feeling a little stuffy inside the convention halls?BAMF is where geek meets music at Ruocco Park in San Diego.Dance your booty off to your favorite artists spinning their tunes.Laugh to the inappropriate jokes from your BAMF comedians.Tune in to the best geek podcasts.(Okay, maybe only a few. This is a music festival, after all.)Need a drink? We’ve got a collection of local brews to quench your thirst.Curious about who you’re going to run into at BAMF? Check out our line-up.

impractical jokers comic-con museum of impractical history

Museum of Impractical History [Thur. 10am-12pm; Fri. 12-7pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-2pm]
Where: Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery Cost: Free
The stars of truTV’s hit hidden-camera series Impractical Jokers are headed to San Diego for the opening of The Impractical Jokers Museum of Impractical History, a specially curated exhibition that will be open to the public. Q, Murr, Joe and Sal will be present at various times throughout the exhibition, which will feature fan-generated artwork and show artifacts from some of the most legendary moments in Impractical Jokers history. It’ll be like Planet Hollywood, but funnier. Throughout the exhibition, fans will have an opportunity to experience themed activations each day that they will recognize from popular Impractical Jokers moments, including portraits from caricature artists, spray paint tattoos chosen randomly by a spin from the Wheel of Doom, and an interactive photo booth that will put fans alongside The Jokers. There’s a special signing on Friday from 3–5 pm.

Comic-Con’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive 2015 [Thu-Sat. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 10:30 am – 3:30 pm]
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt, in the Grand C Ballroom Cost: Free
Comic-Con’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive returns for its 39th year, the San Diego Blood Bank’s longest-running event: last year 1,403 pints of blood were collected over the four-day convention. That first year, 148 pints of blood were collected, and as the convention has grown so has our blood drive. Over the past 38 years, 15,387 pints of blood have been donated by Comic-Con attendees. Blood Drive participants also get goodie bags, a Red Queen chapter sampler from our friends at HarperCollins Publishers, and are entered into daily drawings for some fantastic prizes. Winners are posted at the Blood Drive sign-up booth at 6:30 PM each day (4:00 PM on Sunday) in the Sails Pavilion.

Walker Stalker Fan Fest San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Walker Stalker Fan Fest [Fri. and Sat. 11:00 am –-5:00 pm]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: $30-55 w/ VIP options from $160-800
Walker Stalker Fan Fest is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast Presented By Skybound’s The Walking Dead. Walker Stalker Fan Fest is not just a celebration of Robert Kirkman’s world of The Walking Dead and zombies, it’s a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Fan Fest is two days of events, interviews, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

The Walking Dead Escape Comic-Con 2015

The Walking Dead Escape [Fri. and Sat. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: $40 [Survivor; $64 VIP]; $75 [Walker; 100 VIP]; $100 Combo VIP
This isn’t just an obstacle course, this is an immersive experience into the world of The Walking Dead.  Sure, you’ll need to run for your lives, but you’ll also need to make decisions alone or as a group that will determine whether your captured or escape the menacing Negan and his group of Survivors.

Continue reading for Preview Night Comic-Con 2015 Events–>

Selfie-Sticks Banned at Disney Theme Parks and San Diego Comic-Con

Corporations have now reached their breaking point as the ever-growing popularity of selfies have rubbed the House of Mouse the wrong way. With a mighty decree that parted the heavens, overlooking the swamp lands of Florida, Disney World has officially placed a ban on selfie-sticks.

The happiest place on Earth may become a little happier as park patrons will no longer have to avoid getting hit by long metal poles. More so, the cause of concern at Disney World is the potential of risk as Kim Prunty, a spokeswoman from the park explains,

“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast.”

The Los Angeles Times reports this issue has been a hot issue at Disney. As a precaution to the growing risk, signs prohibiting selfie-sticks have been up at parks for particular rides. But only recently there was an incident that caused a roller coaster to stop for an hour due to a brilliant passenger pulling out a selfie-stick while riding on the attraction.

The ban at Disneyland Resort and Disney World theme parks will take into effect this Tuesday, June 30, which also covers Disney World water parks and DisneyQuest, an attraction at Downtown Disney. Tourists to Disney parks in Paris and Hong Kong will have an extra day to indulge in extended narcissism with the ban going into effect on July 1.

Similarly, over the past weekend, Comic-Con International issued a proclamation stating the ban of selfie-sticks on the show floor or anywhere on official San Diego Comic-Con events outside the convention center. As one of the largest, yearly gatherings of pop culture fans in the world, their cause of concern is valid as the congestion continues to worsen every year. Along with the selfie-stick ban, drones, flying devices, E-cigarettes, vaping products, and other smoking devices will not be allowed.

Here’s the official statement:

“We know you want that perfect photo of yourself and the gang at Comic-Con and your arms just aren’t long enough, but please be aware that selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand, are not allowed at Comic-Con. With so many people in attendance, protruding cameras or phones sticking up in the air are a definite hazard. If you’re caught with a selfie stick, you will be asked by security to put it away and not use it at Comic-Con. This includes all of the Convention Center: Exhibit Hall, Programming and Event rooms, etc., and on Convention Center grounds outside, and any official Comic-Con events outside the Center, including the Marriott Marquis, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, and Omni San Diego hotels, the Horton Grand Theatre, and the San Diego Central Library.”


Source: Comic-Con International / LA Times
Art created by Anderson Mahanski

Comic-Con 2015

Main Presentations Announced for D23 Expo 2015 in New 7,500-Seat Venue

Official Panel Lineup Announced D23 Expo 2015

Since James Gunn stated Marvel Studio’s wont be attending Comic-Con this year, it leaves much to look forward at this year’s D23 Expo among its other big presentations from LucasFilm, Pixar, and Disney Animation Studios. The biennial celebration of everything Disney-owned will be invading the Anaheim Convention Center this August to showcase its biggest features in the works, including Zootopia, Finding Dory, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book as well as previews of Marvel and LucasFilm projects. Learn more about the big presentations after the break. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: Sunday Schedule [DreamWorks’ Dragons, Dr. Horrible, Powers, and More]

WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Sunday Schedule

We’ve got the final day of WonderCon 2015 right here. Not letting fans leave Anaheim disappointed, the con is ending on some exciting panels from Nerdist and Chris Hardwick; a first look at DreamWorks Animation’s newest Dragons series for Netflix; the world premiere of Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts; a special Q&A with the stars and producers of The CW’s The Flash; and of course Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. You can find the full schedule for Sunday at WonderCon after the break. Continue reading

WonderCon 2015: Saturday Schedule [Insidious: Chapter 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Gotham, and More]

WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Saturday Schedule

WonderCon 2015’s schedule continues with the unveiling of Saturday’s big panels. The second day of the con in Anaheim, CA is packed full of big panels, including a first look at TNT’s The Last Airship; a Q&A with the stars and producers of Fox’s Gotham; Walt Disney Animation Studios explores the world of Big Hero 6; Warner Bros. will be providing an inside look at Mad Max: Fury Road; and Blumhouse Productions will be showcasing footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3. Check out the full Saturday schedule for WonderCon 2015 after the break. Continue reading