The fine folks at Comic-Con International have released their programming schedule for this summer’s big show. While you can find the entire schedule in it’s entirety at the official CCI site, CBR thought we might help you by pointing out here some stuff you may miss as you wander the halls in a daze. We all know that Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and the other big names will have big announcements pretty much every day, and you probably already have your schedule mapped out with time set aside for all of their events, so we’re gonna focus on some of the highlights, surprises and potential hidden gems that are unique to CCI.
Yesterday we brought you a condensed guide to CCI’s programming for Thursday, today, we’re jumping ahead a few days to Sunday. For a full and complete listing of the CCI event for the last day of the show, click here. These are the events we thought stood out as particularly interesting.
If you’re able to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, take care of your checkout at the hotel and store your luggage somewhere safe, you might want to drop by the convention center at 10:00 for the annual Jack Kirby Tribute, a CCI tradition (Room 7AB).
10:30 is a popular time for a few potentially big panels. You can find out “what makes Harry Potter fans so different from members of other fandoms” at the Muggles, Wizards, and Fans in the World of Harry Potter panel (Room 2), join DC’s webcomics community in Room 4 for a Zuda Online Comics presentation, or kick back and watch Whilce Portacio, Terry Moore and other artists at the CBLDF Live Art Jam (Room 5AB).
At 11:00, we have the first Dave Stevens Tribute panel hosted by Mark Evanier in Room 7AB, or the Asian Jointed Dolls 101 Collectors Meeting in Room 8.
My wife will most likely be doing her best to see Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as they host the Supernatural Screening and Q&A in the fantastically named Room 6CDEF at 11:30.
Last year they were there to promote the theatrical release of their flick, this summer Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris drop in on Ballroom 20 at 12:00 to tell folks to buy the “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” DVD.
At 12:30, the popular little goth girl Emily the Strange gets her own feature panel (Room 2).
The Michael Turner Tribute Panel runs for a full 90 minutes starting at 1PM in Room 5AB, featuring a number of the beloved artist’s fellow Aspen Studio members.
Also at 1:00 is the TV Writers of Marvel panel featuring Jeph Loeb, Daniel Knauf and other television scribes turned comic pros (Room 7AB) as well as a sneak peek at the new remake of “Friday the Thirteenth” (Ballroom 20).
Considering the amount of mainstream press Elfquest has been getting since the new movie deal was announced earlier this week, the 30 Years of Pointed Ears panel may be something you want to get to early. It’ll be hosted by Elfquest co-creators Wendy and Richard Pini, natch, at 1:30 (Room2).
It’s starship VS starship at Starship Smackdown XI, where the most important debate of the Con will be settled – can the new Battlestar Galactica whoop the new Enterprise’s metal-plated aft? Drop by Room 7AB at 2:00 for the answer.
From 2:30 to 5, you can watch the Comic-Con 2008 Masquerade Playback, featuring a video presentation of the previous evening’s costumed festivities (Room 8).
Virgin Comics helped kick things off with a big panel on Thursday, and they help wrap the show up on Sunday with another Grant Morrison hosted extravaganza in Ballroom 20. Morrison will be joined by Deepak Chopra to discuss the Spirit of the Superhero at 2:45.