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Get In Line: Our Most Anticipated Panels At This Year's COMIC-CON In San Diego

by Kevin Marshall   July 09, 2013 at 12:00AM  |  Views: 1,542
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If you're like us, you've spent the last several months frantically tapping your fingers and feet in nervous anticipation of the San Diego Comic-Con. Now, just two weeks out, the full schedule's been released at the Con's official site.

There's certainly a lot to pour through and no shortage of things to do. In fact, a lot of the panels we'd consider must-see are occurring at the same time. Such is the agony and ecstasy of the biggest pop culture event of the year.

Here are just a few of the highlight's we've culled that you should try to fit in to your already busy schedule.

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way

Thursday July 18, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am / Room 7AB

Find out how to get your big break straight from the horse's mouth!

PANELISTS: Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C.B. Cebulski, other talent TBA


35th Battlestar Galactica Celebration

Thursday July 18, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am / Room 6BCF

A lot of anniversaries will be celebrated at this year's Comic-Con, and one of the big ones is BSG's 35th. A packed lineup will answer questions from the audience as well as discuss the history of the franchise in all its incarnations.

PANELISTS: Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek), director Michael Nankin (BG, Defiance, Blood and Chrome), Dr. Kevin Grazier (consultant for Defiance, Battlestar, Falling Skies, Caprica), producer/writer Michael Angeli (Battlestar Galactica), writer/producer Kevin Murphy (Defiance, Battlestar), Michael Taylor (Battlestar, Caprica, Defiance), producer Paul Leonard (Battlestar, Caprica, Defiance), other surprise guests.

Ode to Nerds

Thursday July 18, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm / Room 6A

Moderated by io9.com's Charlie Jane Anders, this panel kicks it old school with a collection of some of the best sci-fi and fantasy authors out there.

PANELISTS: Cory Doctorow (The Rapture of the Nerds), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed, Fight Club, Choke), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Austin Grossman (You), D. C. Pierson (Crap Kingdom), and Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything)

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Comedy Central: Workaholics

Thursday July 18, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

One of the funniest damn shows out there gets its own panel with the stars, creators, writers, and producers of the series.

PANELISTS: Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck.


Thursday July 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm / Ballroom 20

This panel will give us a glimpse of what's to come in the highly anticipated third season. Will Sherlock run afoul of a mystery he can't solve? Will Watson finally break under the pressure of having to deal with Sherlock? Will we see the return of those inexplicable time jumps? We may find out!

PANELISTS: Steven Moffat (co-creator, executive producer and writer), Mark Gatiss (co-creator, executive producer and writer), and Sue Vertue (producer)

We Still Love the '80s: 1983

Thursday July 18, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm / Room 5AB

GEEK Magazine's awesome idea to do a panel focused on a specific year returns. This year's panel focuses on 1983, featuring films like Return of the Jedi, War Games, The Right Stuff, Risky Business, Vacation, Scarface, Zelig, A Christmas Story, Krull, Psycho II, Jaws 3D, the legal mess that resulted in two competing Bond films (Octopussy and Never Say Never Again) and much more.

PANELISTS: Mark A. Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-Rays), Steve Melching (Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Steve Kriozere (N.C.I.S., Femme Fatales), and David E. Williams (editor-in-chief, GEEKMagazine).

comiXology Open Mic: Taking Comics Further

Thursday July 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm / Room 8

This panel will explore the past, present, and future of the company considered by many to be the iTunes of digital comics. In two weeks we'll have the company's CEO on an episode of All Access Weekly. Stay tuned!

PANELISTS: co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts

TV Guide Magazine Celebrates The X-Files' 20th Anniversary

Thursday July 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm / Ballroom 20

It's hard to believe twenty years have passed since Mulder and Scully's first assignment. This panel will reveal some behind the scenes info as well as provide some unique insight from some of the show's writers, many of whom found continued success after the show's cancellation (for example Vince Gilligan, who later created "Breaking Bad").

PANELISTS: The show's creator, Chris Carter and writers/producers David Amann, Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, Jim Wong, and more TBA.

Enders Game and Divergent

Thursday July 18, 2013 3:50pm - 4:50pm / Hall H

In this double-shot, we'll get a Q&A with the stars of the highly anticipated film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi masterpiece, plus a sneak peek at "Divergent."

PANELISTS: For "Ender's Game" - producer Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness), director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin. For "Divergent" – novelist Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen.

The 8th Annual All Star Podcasters Panel

Thursday July 18, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm / Room 28DE

Some of the most entertaining and opinionated people on the planet converge on one panel to talk about comics, podcasting, and everything in-between.

PANELISTS: Heidi McDonald (PW Comics World Podcast), Pat Loika (Loikamania), John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Ben Blacker (The Nerdist Comic Writers Panel), Brian Christman (Comic Geek Speak), Conor Kilpatrick (iFanboy), John Mayo (Comic Book Page), and Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider).

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Wilfred: Screening and Q&A

Thursday July 18, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The talking dog is back and I don't know why only Elijah Wood can see him or why he's Australian! We may never know, in fact, but either way it's damn funny.

PANELISTS: Executive producers Reed Agnew (Crank Yankers), Eli Jorné and David Zuckerman (Family Guy), director Randall Einhorn (The Office), and cast members Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), Jason Gann (The Wedge), Fiona Gubelmann (Don't Trust the B** in Apt 23) and Dorian Brown (Home Run).

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The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel

Thursday July 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm / Room 6A

BECAUSE THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH ANNIVERSARIES! In this solo panel, 2012 Spike All Access Comic-Con Game Changer of the Year award winner Robert Kirkman will reminisce on the last decade of "The Walking Dead," which means he'll sit there counting his money while the audience watches. Just kidding, he'll be cool as always.

<a href=" http://www.spike.com/articles/7yszgd/all-access-weekly-all-access-comic-con-game-changer-of-the-year" target="_blank">QUICK NOTE: be sure to vote for 2013 Game Changer of the Year RIGHT NOW at Spike.com!</a>

Showtime: Dexter

Thursday July 18, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm / Hall H

Everyone's favorite serial killer is nearing the end of his killing spree. This panel will be moderated by a friend of Spike, entertainment reporter and "Joe Schmo" host Ralph Garman.

PANELISTS: Executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto, cast members Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), David Zayas (Batista), and James Remar (Harry).

Tournament of Nerds LIVE

Thursday July 18, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm / Room 26AB

Each year, the Upright Citizens Brigade puts on a tournament where comedians engage in one-on-one debates, tournament style, until only one geek reigns supreme.

PANELISTS: Jonah Ray (Nerdist), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Maddox (The Best Page in the Universe), Roger Barr (I-Mockery), Mike Carlson (Conan), and many more. Hosted by Justin Donaldson (Reno 911!) and Hal Rudnick (Screen Junkies).

Riddick and Kick-Ass 2

Friday July 19, 2013 12:15pm - 1:15pm / Hall H

Initially we misread this as "Riddick will kick ass, too!" We're sure that it will, but as it turns out this panel will host not one but TWO of our most anticipated new films: "Riddick" and "Kick-Ass 2."

PANELISTS: From Riddick, cast members Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and Dave Bautista along with writer/director David Twohy. Kick-Ass 2 panelists TBA.

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[adult swim]: The Venture Bros.

Friday July 19, 2013 12:15pm - 1:00pm / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

One of the best send-ups to animated adventure shows and comic books is "The Venture Brothers," and you bet your bippy we'll be in line for this panel.

PANELISTS: co-creators and cast members Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, plus Patrick Warburton (Brock Samson).

AMC's The Walking Dead

Friday July 19, 2013 1:35pm - 2:30pm / Hall H

Hey, have we mentioned our love for "The Walking Dead?" Follow-up question: just how sick are you of hearing about our love for "The Walking Dead?"

PANELISTS: creator Robert Kirkman, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero, and cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson and Chad Coleman.

QUICK NOTE: be sure to vote for 2013 Game Changer of the Year RIGHT NOW at Spike.com!

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC

Friday July 19, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm / Ballroom 20

"Don't touch Lola."

PANELISTS: Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb, executive producer Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers), and surprise TBA.

Remembering Carmine Infantino

Friday July 19, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm / Room 4

Last April we lost one of the men who not only shaped DC Comics but was also one of the great illustrators of the Silver Age. Carmine Infantino will be remembered in this panel, moderated by longtime friend and associate J. David Spurlock.


Marvel: Cup O' Joe

Friday July 19, 2013 3:15pm - 4:15pm / Room 6BCF

The informative, fiery, and sometimes contentious annual Q&A with Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada is always a highlight of not just the San Diego Comic-Con but life itself. You'll get the skinny on Marvel's direction, see fanboys get angry about books they keep buying, get news about various projects in the works and so much more.

PANELISTS: Joe, Axel Alonso, C.B. Cebulski, David Gabriel (SVP of Print & Digital), Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers writer) and Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men)

At the Drive-In with Metallica

Friday July 19, 2013 6:30pm - 7:00pm / Hall H

A screening of the new documentary "Metallica: Through the Never" followed by a fan Q&A. Comic-Con has never been cooler, ever.

PANELISTS: Metallica (obviously), director Nimród Antal and producers Charlotte Huggins and Dane DeHaan.

Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode II

Friday July 19, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm / Room 24ABC

The debate that has sparked more arguments and broken up more marriages than any other issue in the history of mankind. Two psychologists will take sides in this sci-fi turf war and argue the merits of their respective universes.

PANELISTS: Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA; Batgirl), Dr. Ali Mattu (NYU), John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast) and Bryan Young (StarWars.com).

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Axe Cop

Friday July 19, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm / Room 6DE

The best comic ever is about to become the best late-night animated series ever. Axe Cop's 9-year-old writer and 32-year-old artist will talk about the new show, the history behind it, and much more. As an added bonus, cosplayers are invited to come, and Malachai (the 9-year-old author) will choreograph them in epic fight scenes. This panel could steal the show at Comic-Con this year.

PANELISTS: Brothers Ethan Nicolle (age 32) and Malachai Nicolle (age 9), other TBA guests.


Saturday July 20, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45pm / Ballroom 20

Terrible news, everyone: this show is finished! Join the cast and crew of "Futurama" as they say goodbye and bid farewell. Again. For now.

PANELISTS: voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche,Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, plus executive producers David X. Cohen and Matt Groening.

The Tick 25th Anniversary

Saturday July 20, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm / Room 23ABC


PANELISTS: creator Ben Edlund, Chris McCulloch (Tick artist), and Bob Polio (art director of The Tick comic series)

The Awesomes: A Hulu Original Series

Saturday July 20, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

What happens when the most powerful members of the premiere superhero team decide en masse to quit? The answer: this new Hulu original animated series (also Justice League's mid-80s "Detroit" incarnation). The creators and star-studded cast of this new show will host a fan Q&A and give us a preview.

PANELISTS: co-creators Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), writer/producer Judd Winick (DC comics writer and cast member from "The Real World: San Francisco" – someone please ask him what Puck smelled like) and cast members Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Josh Meyers (That '70s Show), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live).

The Awesomes: A Hulu Original Series

Saturday July 20, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

What happens when the most powerful members of the premiere superhero team decide en masse to quit? The answer: this new Hulu original animated series (also Justice League's mid-80s "Detroit" incarnation). The creators and star-studded cast of this new show will host a fan Q&A and give us a preview.

PANELISTS: co-creators Seth Meyers & Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), writer/producer Judd Winick (DC comics writer and cast member from "The Real World: San Francisco" – someone please ask him what Puck smelled like) and cast members Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Josh Meyers (That '70s Show), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live).

Batman: The Animated Series Turns 21

Saturday July 20, 2013 5:45pm - 6:45pm / location TBA

OH MY GOD. ENOUGH WITH THE ANNIVERSARIES ALREADY. Just kidding. We can't get enough of them, and this one actually has importance on a variety of levels. Not only was it a successful animated series, it also heavily influenced the treatment of "Batman" in print and on the big screen. In fact, for many fans of a certain age the voice acting of Kevin Conroy will forever be associated with the character.

PANELISTS: Creators Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Eric Raodmski.

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501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire

Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm / Room 29A

If you've never heard of the 501st Legion, then shame on you. These guys are the elite when it comes to "Star Wars" cosplay, and they'll talk all about their craft and give you the information you need to become a member.

PANELISTS: Sam Hornedo, David Biffath, Kevin Weir, Felix Weliver, and Eddie Dennis.

Breaking Bad

Sunday July 21, 2013 11:15am - 12:15pm / Hall H

Yet ANOTHER great show entering its final season! Oh cruel Gods of television, why have you forsaken us in 2013?! The last "Breaking Bad" panel ever (or at least until a significant anniversary passes) will feature pretty much everyone currently involved with the show.

PANELISTS: Creator/Executive Producer Vince Gilligan, cast members Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk.

George R. R. Martin Discusses the Skin Trade Adaptation

Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm / Room 25ABC

George RR Martin will talk about the new comic book adaptation of his werewolf novella The Skin Trade, as well as other stuff he's done like that little television series based on his books. I think it's called A Song of Throne Games and Red Dragon Weddings or something.

Community: Celebrating the Fans

Sunday July 21, 2013 1:50pm - 2:45pm / Hall H

What a difference a year can make. This time last year, all the talk around "Community" centered on the public firing of show-runner and creator Dan Harmon. This year, after persistent outcry and mixed reviews to the Harmon-less fourth season, he's been hired back as show-runner. Given all the turmoil, controversy, and expectations behind his return, this should be an interesting and lively discussion to say the least.

PANELISTS: Executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna, co-executive producer Andy Bobrow, and cast members Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong.

Spotlight on Neil Gaiman

Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm / Room 6DE

Neil Gaiman is in direct competition with Nerdist's Chris Hardwick for most persistent presence at Comic-Con. In this, his five-hundredth and final panel of the weekend, Neil will take the spotlight all for himself to talk about his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane as well as the status of several other projects.

That's just for starters. There are a lot of other panels that piqued our interest, but there's only so much time in the day! In fact, we better wrap this up so we can go get a halfway decent spot in line.

If you don't have your badge, don't worry! Spike will be your eyes and ears for the event all weekend long with All Access Comic-Con, culminating in our one-hour wrap-up on Monday, July 22nd at 11/10c.

In the meantime, check out some of our coverage from last year's Con, where we caught up with the cast of "The Amazing Spider-Man."