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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Sunday Schedule Highlights
Here it is, the final day of the schedule. I am usually pretty wiped by Sunday so we'll see how things go this year. Get the full schedule here. Spotlight on Paul Dini Comic-Con special guest Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Dark Night: A True Batman Story) is joined by his good friend David Mandel (writer/executive producer, Veep, Seinfeld ; co-author, Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie) for a lively discussion on the many facets of Paul's career, ranging from comics to Star Wars to Harley Quinn and maybe even to their short time working together on the Clerks animated series. Bring your questions about cartoons, comedy or whatever-these guys will rattle on about pretty much anything. Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 7AB Marvel's Spider-Man World Premiere Time to roll out the "web carpet," Spidey fans! Because you're invited to the world premiere of Marvel Animation's newest series, Marvel's Spider-Man ! Hosted by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment) and Kevin Shinick (supervising producer, Marvel's Spider-Man), featuring the MARVELous debut of the new voice of Peter Parker! Be part of the very first audience to see the two-part premiere adventure before it airs later this summer! Sunday July 23, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am Room 6A World Premiere of LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash Mystery, Inc. heads to Blowout Beach for a real swinging beach party, but when the Ghost Pirates threaten to crush the good vibes, it's up to Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma to get the party back on track and save the day! Be among the first to see this all-new LEGO/Scooby-Doo movie, then stay for a fun-filled panel featuring actors Matthew Lillard (Twin Peaks, The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), the voices of Shaggy and Daphne respectively, alongside producer Rick Morales and director Ethan Spaulding. TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook will moderate the hijinks. LEGO Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash will be available on July 25, 2017 on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm Room 6BCF Spotlight on Bruce Timm Emmy Award-winning animator/producer/director (and Comic-Con 2017 special guest) Bruce Timm talks about his career in animation, including the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking Batman: The Animated Series, his latest project, Batman and Harley Quinn (which had its world premiere at Comic-Con on Friday night), and his comics work. Questions and answer session, too! Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 7AB Cartoon Voices II With the smash-hit success of yesterday's Cartoon Voices I panel, there's no choice but to do another one-with different but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Neil Kaplan (Transformers, Voltron), Nickie Bryar (Family Guy, American Dad!), Bob Joles (Puss in Boots, SpongeBob SquarePants), Debra Wilson (MADtv, Family Guy), Chuck McCann (Fantastic Four, DuckTales), and probably someone else. Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm Room 6A Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Two Decades with Feeling A 20th Anniversary Celebration The authors of the upcoming oral history Slayers & Vampires from Tor Books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (co-authors of The Fifty-Year Mission) reopen the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, in honor of the show's 20th anniversary. They will also look at what the future might hold for slayage in the 21st century and revisit the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffys that never were, featuring some surprise guests. Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 7AB Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America Official Panel Join stars Elijah Wood (Todd Brontzman), Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently), Hannah Marks (Amanda Brontzman), Jade Eshete (Farah Black), Fiona Dourif (Bart), Mpho Koaho (Ken), and new to season two, Alan Tudyk (Mr. Priest[...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Saturday Schedule Highlights
Saturday is usually the biggest day so let's see how 2017 stacks up. I was disappointed to read today that Kevin Smith didn't submit a Hall H panel this year but I guess nothing is forever. Get the full schedule here. Spotlight on March Creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell The record-breaking success of the March trilogy by Civil Rights icon John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment-and the way it's inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move their feet. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 23ABC Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred's shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale 's season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am Ballroom 20 Comics Greats on Will Eisner's The Spirit Originally a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic insert, Will Eisner's The Spirit is still acclaimed for its great artwork, imaginative splash pages, unforgettable characters, and attention-grabbing storytelling. Hear Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man group editor, comics historian), Denis Kitchen (publisher, writer, comix cartoonist), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD magazine, Groo), Jeff Smith (cartoonist, Bone, RASL), Joe Staton (cartoonist, Dick Tracy) and, on videotape, Jules Feiffer (Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning cartoonist and screenwriter) talk about the impact of The Spirit on their own careers. Hear about their favorite Spirit adventures and learn why Will Eisner's original Spirit stories are still in print today with new comics appearing monthly. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 4 SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom Put on your best costume and celebrate Halloween with a stop-motion special featuring SpongeBob, Patrick, and all of your favorite Bikini Bottom characters! Vincent Waller (supervising producer), Marc Ceccarelli (supervising producer), and Mr. Lawrence (story editor, voice of Plankton) will be joined by Chris Finnegan, Seamus Walsh, and Mark Caballero (Screen Novelties) to share behind-the-scenes footage from this exciting stop-motion production. Following a Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek of the episode, a fan-picked classic Halloween episode will be table-read live with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), plus a special appearance by one of Bikini Bottom's spookiest citizens . . . . Saturday July 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm Room 6A IDW's TMNT: Summer of the Turtles TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by writers Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Aubrey Sitterson, Ulises Fariñas, and Erick Freitas and special guest Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai to discuss the events of IDW's biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by editor Bobby Curnow. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm Room 24ABC Warner Bros. Pictures [...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Friday Schedule Highlights
Phil if you are reading this I hope we are having a good time at the Con. Full schedule is here. Biographical and Autobiographical Comics Charles Hatfield (comics professor, CSU Northridge) leads a spirited conversation about the spaces between fiction and nonfiction with cartoonists who have worked in fictionalized memoir (Mimi Pond, The Customer Is Always Wrong), fictionalized biography (Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), biography (Box Brown, Andre the Giant), and memoir (Sarah Glidden, Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq). Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 28DE Hero Worship: Capes, Conflicts, and the Creative Process Peek inside the craniums of worldbuilding artists Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) as they participate in a lively conversation moderated by Borys Kit (senior film writer, The Hollywood Reporter) about the heroes and anti-heroes that inhabit their works, their creative and artistic heroes, the responsibility they feel to inspire a new generation of artists, and their upcoming career retrospectives at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 6DE Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) and today's biggest TV writers, showrunners, and executives from your favorite genre shows discuss navigating the TV spec terrain including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions. Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 4 Young Justice Q&A Young Justice is back! Series producers and key members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions about the first two seasons of this beloved fan-favorite series; and, if you're lucky, you might learn a thing or two about the highly anticipated Young Justice: Outsiders. Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 6BCF Hasbro: My Little Pony The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a look into the rest of season 7, a sneak peek in to My Little Pony: The Movie coming this fall, and more, followed by a Q&A. Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am Room 6A Pogo, Walt Kelly, and Carolyn Kelly Some call Walt Kelly's Pogo the greatest newspaper strip of all time. This program provides a discussion on Kelly, his legacy, and his lovely daughter, who passed away in April. Topics include the future of the Eisner Award-winning Pogo reprint series from Fantagraphics Books that Carolyn had been co-editing and that will continue to reprint that wonderful feature. On the dais: comic historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, friend John Plunkett, Fantagraphics's Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series). Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am Room 8 Behind the Battle: War for the Planet of the Apes Halon Entertainment presents a deep dive behind the artistic and technical visual effects tour de force War for the Planet of the Apes. VFX producer and film co-producer Ryan Stafford, previs and postvis supervisor A. J. Briones, and Halon Entertainment lead/sup Casey Pyke will take the audience through the process of creating the monumental battle between Caesar and the army of humans that will determine the fate of both of their species and the planet. You'll also be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes material. Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 32AB Cartoon Network: Steven Universe Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That'[...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Thursday Schedule Highlights
It's that time again! I am pumped for Comic-Con and this is part of the annual ritual. As always, these are my highlights and if you want to check out the full schedule get it here. Dinosaurs, Monsters, Movies and The Blues: Worlds of William Stout Comic-Con veteran (he's been to every single one) William Stout (Wizards, Conan the Barbarian, Pan's Labyrinth, Walt Disney's Dinosaur) delivers an exciting story- and picture-filled lecture on a varied career that includes comics, movie design, book illustration, movie posters, LP and CD covers, prehistoric life murals, theme park designs, Antarctica, and his passion for the blues. Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 32AB Jack Kirby's Consciousness, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, Barry Ira Geller, and the Real Argo Finally, the fascinating truth about the real CIA Argo mission! Hear how Jack Kirby and Barry Ira Geller's script and production designs for Lord of Light made the actual Argo mission successful, as recently testified to by the "Sons of the Iranian Revolution." The Kirby/Geller work, though not mentioned in the Oscar-winning film, rests in the International Spy Museum forever. Discover the unbelievable awareness and consciousness of Jack Kirby as remembered by Barry Ira Geller, one of the last people to have creatively partnered with Jack. Kirby was the Rembrandt of comic art, the Einstein of superhero visions, and the creator of the modern romance genre. Hear Mike Royer, arguably the best Silver Age inker-certainly Jack Kirby's favorite-give the real story behind the inking of these fantastic series! Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 5AB Real World Retellings Fiction is fantastic, but sometimes we are reminded that while the truth may not be stranger than fiction, it can at least be as compelling. Panelists will discuss significant people and incidents from our own reality-Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax, the origins of Tetris, vampire slayers, the dude on the $10, and fangirls. Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter will lead the discussion with Koren Shadmi (Rise of the Dungeon Master), Box Brown (Tetris), Jonathan Hennessey (Alexander Hamilton), and Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy). Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am Room 29AB Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions! Join Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Tom Waltz as they discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing . . . as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there . . . or be slimed! Thursday July 20, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am Room 6DE Anything Goes with John Barrowman Join actor and entertainer John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) for his outrageously entertaining one-man show. Ask him anything and remember . . . anything goes! Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Batman: The Animated Podcast LIVE! Justin Michael (Netflix's Buddy Thunderstruck, Amazon's Danger & Eggs) hosts a live episode of the hit podcast with a 25th anniversary celebration of the legendary cartoon Batman: The Animated Series. Featuring an interview and Q&A with Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman), plus more surprise guests who worked on the show and helped make it an instant classic and definitive take on the Dark Knight. Harvey, yesssss! Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library Spotlight on Jeff Smith Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Tuki) and Larry Marder (Beanworld) discuss comics behind the scenes. Larry and Jeff have been friends since the heyday of the self-publishing movement[...]


It took over 12 years to get to this point but yesterday I published the 300th episode of Radio BrendoMan. It's funny reading the old posts from when Danny and I were trying to figure out how to even publish the file. This was way before there were plugins and any sort of podcast directory, let alone iTunes and all the fancy apps we have now. Thankfully Movable Type, the software we were using at the time (memories...) was one of the first blog publishing platforms (Wordpress was still in its infancy) to enable the use of enclosure tags for its RSS feeds. These magical tags are what point the podcast app or feed reader to the location of a file, in this case the MP3 file of the podcast episode. The only reason I knew about any of this stuff is because I read Dave Winer's blog. Dave is one of the fathers of podcasting as we know it. The only reason I knew about Dave was through reading Wil Wheaton's blog, which is the blog that inspired me to start this blog you are reading right now way back in April of 2002 (yes we are almost 15 years old!). So yeah, it all goes back to Wil. Which is why it was crazy that I got this reply from Wil when I emailed him about contributing to my fledgling podcast that I was already thinking about giving up on because it was really hard:

Subject: Re: Podcasting and such
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 08:37:04 -0400
From: Wil Wheaton
Organization: WWdN
To: Brendan Creecy

Hey Brendan,

I totally downloaded and listened to your first podcast about ten days ago! Cool!

I liked it a lot that you used Creative Commons music, and your thoughts about commercial music were interesting to me, because I pretty much want to podcast just so I can do 42 minute radio shows with music that I like. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with that whole aspect of podcasting.

I haven't been able to make it go just yet, though, and I can't record any audio at this time, which is the sucks. If I ever *do* get a podcast up, though, it obviously means that I can get it going, and you could shoot me an e-mail so I remember to send you a drop.

Hope you're well,


It took 7+ years, but I did get that drop from Wil and it's featured on every 4th episode of the show to this day. Without Wil's encouragement and support, I probably would have stopped around episode 3. We did slowly stop doing the show after I got back to SoCal but we did do a few episodes a year until 2008. It has been such a fun experience doing the show, especially in its current form with my best pal, Phil Vecchio. Special thanks to all the crew who contributed to the show over the years: Danny, Brian (Gringo), Henry, Luis, Smiles, Kyle, Sara, Brandon, and anyone else I forgot. There's always an open seat for you guys. Finally, thanks to all the listeners out there. I am continually overwhelmed by your support.

Oh hey, this is my first post on here for 2017 so happy new year!

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Sunday Schedule Highlights
This is it. Usually Sunday is pretty chill. Let's see what we have. Full schedule is here. Rube Goldberg: A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius Celebrate the genius of Rube Goldberg with his granddaughter Jennifer George, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicsArts), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo the Wanderer), and special panelists who knew Rube or were inspired by his work, as they share stories of the legendary cartoonist's life and career. Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was best known for his comical inventions that use overly complicated chain reactions to complete simple tasks. See home movies and rare and never-before-seen images from the family's archives, including his very first published drawings from his high school newspaper, his iconic inventions, rare comic strips, and advertising work, to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and later sculpture. Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am Room 29AB Sherlock Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson), Mark Gatiss (co-creator/executive producer/writer), Steven Moffat (co-creator/executive producer/writer), and Sue Vertue (producer) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson. Moderated by Chris Hardwick. Coming to PBS Masterpiece during the 2016-17 season. Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am Hall H Jack Kirby Tribute Panel Each year, time is set aside to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Kirby biographer Ray Wyman, Jr., Scott Dunbier (director of special projects, IDW Publishing), and attorney Paul S. Levine. Naturally, it's moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier. Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am Room 5AB Spotlight on Matt Fraction Matt Fraction is the co-creator of Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, and Satellite Sam and past writer of Hawkeye, Thor, and a host of other acclaimed books for Marvel. Moderator David Brothers joins Matt in conversation, with an eye toward Matt's experience building a career in the creative arena (including lessons learned and being smart about your work). Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 7AB LEGO Dimensions Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and The LEGO Group offer Comic-Con attendees a new glimpse inside the ever-expanding realm of LEGO Dimensions. Be among the first to see a new trailer, new characters, and game features in this unparalleled mash-up game experience. Featuring key members of the TT Games development team and voice acting talent. All attendees will receive a limited-edition LEGO Green Arrow minifigure! LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system. Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm Room 6DE Cartoon Voices II Yesterday's Cartoon Voices panel will have been such a hit that they'll have to do another one with different, but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Family Guy), Vicki Lewis (Rugrats, Finding Nemo), Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Trevor Devall (Guardians of the Galaxy, Kid vs. Kat), and Debby Derryberry (Monster High, F is for Family), and maybe someone else. Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm Room 6A Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself Bryan Tillman covers such topics as presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. This is the program for you if you are looking to make [...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Saturday Schedule Highlights
I had a blast at Disneyland and the Brian Wilson concert this weekend. As promised, here are my Saturday schedule highlights. View the full schedule here. MARCH: Featuring Congressman John Lewis At last, the final chapter is here. Meet the man they call a real-life superhero and witness history in the making, as the legendary civil rights icon, U.S. congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns! Together with award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis has brought his incredible story to new life with the graphic novel trilogy March. Join all three to celebrate the completion of the saga in March: Book Three, a must-read account of the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Selma-Montgomery March, and so much more, available exclusively at Comic-Con for a limited time. Learn how March is transforming the understanding of the civil rights movement, and the powerfully urgent lessons that it brings to new generations today, and get ready to move your feet! Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am Room 23ABC We Bare Bears Panel Ice Bear loves Comic-Con. Which is why he and his brothers, Grizz and Panda, are making their first ever panel appearance in San Diego! The cast and crew of We Bare Bears discuss the hilarious new series, celebrate the fans, preview exclusive clips, and take your questions. Panelists include Daniel Chong (series creator), Eric Edelstein (voice of Grizzly), Bobby Moynihan (voice of Panda), Demetri Martin (voice of Ice Bear), Charlyne Yi (voice of Chloe), and Lauren Sassen (storyboard artist), moderated by Mikey Heller (series writer). Also featuring a sneak peek of upcoming Cartoon Network series Mighty Magiswords, part of the back-to-back panel extravaganza followed by The Powerpuff Girls at 11:00. Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront What Happened How many great (or terrible?) scripts lie forgotten in the bottom of Hollywood filing cabinets? How did they get there? Why are they still there? Why were they never made? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne (the dynamic duo behind the hit documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?) and surprise panelists uncover some of Hollywood's greatest urban legends, from Superman Lives to Jodorowsky's Dune. Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am Room 6A Spotlight on Kate Beaton Kate Beaton is the cartoonist behind 2015's New York Times bestseller Step Aside, Pops, as well as the wildly popular website Hark! A Vagrant. Beaton has taken the world by storm with her incisive, carefully researched, and often hilarious takes on history, literature, and pop culture. She will read from her work and engage in a Q&A session with the audience. Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am Room 5AB Spotlight on Daniel Clowes Appearing at Comic-Con International for the first time in 15 years, influential cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Wilson) is joined by editor and friend Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics) to discuss his career beginnings, Hollywood, and his newest New York Times bestselling graphic novel, Patience. Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 28DE Back to the 90s: Nickelodeon's All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple Join Nickelodeon's throwback programming block, The Splat, for a reunion of the trailblazing sketch comedy series' major players. Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg, and Kel Mitchell discuss all things All That, with a few added surprises. Plus, get the first look at Nick's new TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple and hear about it from returning cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker, and other panelists, moderated by Entertainment Weekly's LA correspondent, Marc Snetiker. Saturday July 23, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm Room 6A Creating Universes Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos, Star Talk) hosts an A-List panel of [...]

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Friday Schedule Highlights
As always, the full schedule is available here. I'm headed out to Anaheim to go to Disneyland with Gringo and his wife Maggie tomorrow and then I'm going up to L.A. to see Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. I know this might pain you to wait but my Saturday and Sunday schedule highlights won't be up until Monday most likely. I'm sure you'll be fine. Keeping it Short: Short Form Comics Kate Beaton (Step Aside Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), and Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test) are three of the most critically acclaimed cartoonists working today. All three are masters of the short form, imbuing great narrative depth into a few panels or a few pages of comics. Beaton, Carroll, Hanawalt and Abraham Riesman (associate editor of Vulture) will discuss how keeping things short can make for great stories. Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am Room 28DE The Giant's Dream: Documentary Screening & Chat with Brad Bird From hundreds of hours of archival footage and myriad modern-day interviews comes a documentary that puts an in-depth spotlight on the beloved 1999 animated film The Iron Giant . Director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) will lead a discussion following a final cut screening of this fascinating documentary that examines the intricate, behind-the-scenes details of the creative process in bringing this critically acclaimed film to the big screen. Author Ramin Zahed moderates. Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am Room 24ABC Cartoon Network: Steven Universe Cartoon Network is bringing together the talents of Steven Universe for a first-of-its-kind live musical experience for fans at San Diego Comic-Con! The series cast and musical minds behind Steven Universe will give a never-before-seen performance of the series' critically acclaimed music, as well as exclusive previews from upcoming episodes and an extended Q&A. Scheduled to appear are Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar (creator), Jeff Liu (writer and storyboard artist), Zach Callison (voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), Charlyne Yi (voice of Ruby), and Ben Levin (writer), accompanied by series composers Aivi Tran and Steven "Surasshu" Velema and moderated by former supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey. Friday July 22, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Con Man Panel Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Powerless, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and many more, discuss their wild ride with Comic-Con HQ on season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible. You can expect plenty of surprise guests, giveaways, and one very special sneak peek! Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am Hall H Intro to TV Writing Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) is joined by some of today's biggest TV writer/producers/executives, including Karen Horne (NBC) and others from your favorite genre shows, to discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions. Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am Room 8 Ben Hatke in Conversation with Patrick Rothfuss #1 New York Times Bestseller Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack) talks with renowned fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind) about the creative lifestyle, how are books created, and what does creativity mean outside the writing and drawing process? Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 4 Star Wars Publishing Get the latest info on all the new [...]