Posted on: July 16th, 2009 Countdown to Comic-Con 2009: Program Guide

sdcc08-logo1Hard to believe another year has passed, but once again the musky scent of fanboys and girls is in the air which can only mean one thing: It’s Comic-Con time.

The San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC, is without a doubt the biggest and baddest comics and entertainment convention in North America. So big, in fact, that it has long shed the stigma that conventions are only for dorky, full-print spider-man shirt wearing, albino basement nerds. It is quite the opposite in fact, and drives hundreds of thousands of fans and celebrities through the doors of the San Diego Convention Center each year.

Throughout the four-day geek extravaganza, attendees are privy to such nerdish delights as hundreds of vendors and booths, exclusive merchandise and free swag, celebrity/genre star autographs and meet-and-greets, film/comic/tv panels with huge stars, special sneak peaks and screenings for big future releases. There’s so much going on each year that it’s impossible to see everything.

Just as we have the last few years, GKS will report on those juicy big tidbits (umm, eww?) as they arise; SDCC is a mecca for awesome news and has dropped some heavies in the past like our first glimpses of Iron Man, the cast of Indiana Jones IV, Watchmen footage, the Tron sequel trailer, etc.

Well the Con is less than one week away, and the programming schedule has been released. If you’re attending the show, here’s some of the must-see attractions, and if you’re not attending, here’s what you’re missing out on:

Wednesday – Preview Night

Warner Bros. Pilot Screening – Three hours of pilots! Warner Bros. will screen some of their upcoming new fall tv lineup including, Human Target, V, and The Vampire Diaries. 6-9pm.

Day 1 – Thursday, July 23

Masters of the Web – If you’re into film-writing, like me, then this is a must-see. Masters of the Web is a panel collecting some of the biggest contributors in online film-writing. Lord only knows the kind of trouble getting all these guys together will bring. Panelists include Robert Sanchez (, Ryan Rotten (, Mike Sampson (, Jeremy Smith (, Brad Miska (, Drew McWeeny (, Devin Faraci (, Paul Christiansen (, Vic Holtreman ( and George Roush ( Giant Killer Squid’s invite must’ve been lost in the mail. There’s always next year. 10-11am.

DC Talent Search 1 – Learn the tips and tricks and get the inside scoop for getting into the comic book industry and what the main folks at DC look for. Also a great chance to get your work reviewed. You never know, you could be the next big artist. 10:30-11:30am.

Disney 3D – Check out some footage from the upcoming Disney 3d features A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Tron. Guests include Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton, with moderation provided by the insanely awesome Patton Oswalt. This is a must see. 11-12:30.

Hasbro G.I. Joe – This panel is all about G.I. Joe, from the new Rise of Cobra movie to the action figures old and new.11:30-12:30.

Marvel: Breaking into the House of Ideas – Much like the DC talent search, this is your chance to see what it takes to get into Marvel HQ. 3:30-4:30.

Terry Gilliams Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – Acclaimed director and animator Terry Gilliam introduces his newest, highly-anticipated film, featuring the last performance of the late Heath Ledger. 4:30-5:15.

Pandorum – A film we at GKS are all excited for, Pandorum, gets it’s own panel. Producer Paul Anderson and star Ben Foster are guests. 5:15-5:45.

Kick-Ass – Check out the very firstĀ  footage for the movie Kick-Ass, based on the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic book. The panel includes director Matthew Vaugh, and stars Nicholas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, co-creator/artist John Romita Jr. and a special guest. 5:45-6:30.

Green Lantern: First Flight Premiere – Warner Bros. and DC Comics present the world premiere for their next full-length feature based on one of the most popular superheroes of all time, Green Lantern. 8-9:30.

Trick ‘R Treat Screening – This film is as elusive as it is well-reviewed. Come for a screening of Trick ‘R Treat, a darkly funny horror film, and stay for the panel moderated by Harry Knowles and featuring Anna Paquin and Brian Cox. 9pm -12am.

Day 2 – Friday, July 24

Warner Bros. Preview – Check out previews and sneak peaks for some upcoming films from Warner Bros. including Where the Wild Things Are, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jonah Hex and Sherlock Holmes. 10-12:30.

Mattel & DC Comics – News, sneak peaks and behind-the-scenes on all the great products from the partnership of Mattel and DC. Expect some cool stuff from DC Infinite Heroes and DC Universe Classics toy lines. 11-12.

Caprica/Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – It’s all things Battlestar Galactica and Caprica.11:45-12:45.

Marvel: Cup ‘O Joe – Marvel’s editor-in-chief Joe Quesada answers questions and reveals some surprises. 2-3.

Sony Pictures: District 9 – Producer Peter Jackson and director Neil Blomkamp introduce District 9, the highly-anticipated new sci-fi film. 3:45-5.

Joss Whedon Q&A – The creator of Dollhouse and Firefly answers your questions. 5:15-6.

Entertainment Weekly: Visionaries – A discussion with Peter Jackson and James Cameron. 6:30-7:30.

Totally Rad Show: Live!Alex Albrecht, Dan Trachtenberg and Jeff Cannata film a live episode of their award-winning web-series. 7:15-9:15.

Day 3 – Saturday, July 25

Marvel: Dark Reign – The brains and brawn behind Marvel’s ongoing storyline convergeĀ  in a panel to let it all out. and Matt Fraction are among the guests. 11:30-12:30.

Activision: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – This panel features everything you need to know about this years follow up to the wildly popular video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance. 11:30-12:30.

Hasbo: Marvel – They world-famous toy developer gives an in-depth look at their current and future products relating to Marvel properties. 12:30-1:30.

Sanctuary – The popular sci-fi program is featured on panel, giving more anticipation to the show’s second season. Creator Damian Kindler and star Amanda Tapping are among the guests. 12:30-1:30

DC Green Lantern: Blackest Night – DC’s big new event gets some panel time with writer Geoff Johns and others. 2:15-3:15.

Sony Pictures: Zombieland & 2012 – Two highly-anticipated films get the panel treatment. First up is apocalyptic zombie comedy Zombieland with panel guests Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and more. Then dive into 2012, Roland Emerich‘s big budget disaster film. Emmerich himself will be on the panel. 2:45-3:45

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – World-class jackass Troy Duffy will be on hand with Clifton Collins Jr., Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Redus and Billy Connelly to discuss the sequel to the cult-favorite film. The trailer for the flick will make its debut. I can’t believe this sequel actually got made. 3:30-4:30.

Paramount Pictures & Marvel: Iron Man 2 – You don’t want to miss this panel if the last Iron Man panel was any indication. 4-5.

Kevin Smith – An SDCC and geek staple, filmmaker, writer, actor and funnyman Kevin Smith brings his untouchable Q&A back to San Diego. 5:15-6:45.

Watchmen Director’s Cut Live w/ Zach Snyder – The hit of last years con returns. Director Zach Snyder will screen the Watchmen Director’s Cut in which blu-ray owners at home can link up to the show. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with Zach Snyder, Dave Gibbons and Jackie Earle Hayley. 8:30-12:15.

Day 4 – Sunday, July 26

Sunday is ‘Kids Day’ at the con, so expect a lot of youth-oriented content being the focus of the day. The only really great panel of not would be…

Smallville Screening and Q&A – This one is a comic-con staple! Join the cast of Smallville for a special episode screening followed by a panel discussion with Erica Durance, Allison Mack, Justin Hartley and Callum Blue. 10:30-11:30.

That wraps up our Countdown to Comic-Con: Program Guide. For a full list of panels and events at SDCC, check out the complete programming schedule over at

As usual, GKS will provide running coverage of the show, and stay tuned for a look at some of the cool exclusive merchandise you can pick up at the show.

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