ComicÂ Con International is truly the mecca for all things pop culture, and a quick look at the programming schedule for Thursday finds everything from television and movies to gaming and comics.Â Saturday used to be the really big day, but a Kick-Ass panel, and creator spotlights are going to make every day of the show an exciting one.
Thursday, July 23
11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Leinil Francis Yuâ€” Join Comic-Con special guest Leinil Francis Yu for this free-for-all discussion with fans and aspiring artists about global warming, the Swine flu pandemic, and of course, comics. A quick drawing demonstration, Q&A with fans, and tips on how to make a killer portfolio and break in to comicsâ€”all in one hour! RoomÂ 8
1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Kevin Eastmanâ€” TMNJ co-creator Kevin Eastman not only reflects on his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle years (with a preview his Comic-Con exclusive 25th Anniversary hardcover collection of favorite TMNT stories!), but also shares sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes teasers or trailers for his upcoming animated film projectsâ€”War of The Worlds: Goliath! and Underwhereâ€”and introduces the new Tor Books Novel line Heavy Metal Pulp and the in-development Biz and Buzz animated series. Last but not least, Kevin will give you an update on the new David Fincher/James Cameronâ€“produced Heavy Metal film! RoomÂ 5AB
1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Jimmy Gownleyâ€” How did Comic-Con special guest Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!) go from creating comics in his basement to landing an eight-book deal with Simon & Schuster? Find out how he and his marketing-director wife, Karen Gownley, turned a pipedream into reality, and how you can do it, too! Session will include Q&A. RoomÂ 10
1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Jerry Robinsonâ€” One of the true legends of comics, Comic-Con special guest Jerry Robinson is a writer, artist, comics historian, museum show curator, and creator rights activist. Noted comics writer and editor Mark Waid (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief) interviews Jerry about his life in comics, from his early days on Batman to his founding of the Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Writing Award. RoomÂ 4
Sorority Rowâ€”When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret. Join the cast of Sorority Row as they debut footage from the film exclusive to Comic-Con 2009.
The Twilight Saga: New Moonâ€”Summit Entertainment is proud to present the panel for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s box office smash Twilight. Surprise members of the cast will answer your questions about the second film in the series and debut never-before-seen footage from the new film. HallÂ H
2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Gene Yangâ€” Only three years ago, Comic-Con special guest Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) was making his reputation on minicomics. Now he’s an award-winning graphic novelist. Hear him in conversation with fellow comic artist and collaborator Derek Kirk Kim (The Eternal Smile). RoomÂ 4
4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Gail Simoneâ€” One of the most popular writers working in comics today, Gail Simone is a Comic-Con special guest. Mark Waid interviews Gail about her work in comics, including Wonder Woman, Secret Six, and her much beloved run on Birds of Prey. RoomÂ 5AB
5:45-6:45 Spotlight on John Kricfalusiâ€” He’s the wild man of animation, the groundbreaking genius behind Ren & Stimpy and The Ripping Friends, whose creations have become inspiration for practically every animated show on TV today. John Kricfalusi (AKA John K) is a Comic-Con special guest and in this Spotlight event he’ll talk about his career in animation and what’s coming next. RoomÂ 6BCF