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Comic-Con 2012: Television, Comic Book and Special Interest Panels Worth Checking Out

So here we are. Less than 24 hours before Comic-Con kicks off. Yesterday we listed all the movie panels taking place around the San Diego Convention Center, along with a poll to see which movies you're most anticipating. To no surprise, Iron Man 3, The Hobbit and Man of Steel lead the way as most anticipated, though there's still plenty of time to get your vote in.

Today, we take a look at the television and, since it is Comic-con, the comic book and sepcial interest panels worth checking out. Needless to say, TV is taking over SDCC this year with a number of hit shows hosting panels in Hall H and Ballroom 20. Let's take a look at what's in store, beginning with Thursday...

Thursday, July 12:

Television:

USA Network: Psych, 2:15-3:15p.m., Ballroom 20

Psych returns to SDCC for the fourth consecutive year. The panel will include first-look footage from the show's seventh season, video clips exclusively produced for SDCC, a taste of their 100th episode and lots of fan interaction and question answering. Panelists include James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson and other cast and crew members.

Beauty and the Beast, 3:30-4:35p.m., Ballroom20

Earlier this year we reported on Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) being cast in a CW re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. Now we'll get a first look at Kreuk and co-star Jay Ryan (Terra Nova) in the modern adaptation of the classic fairy tale which finds Beauty re-imagined as a tough NYPD homicide detective who discovers Beast, a survivor of a military experiment that went terribly wrong.

Nikita, 6p-7p., Room 6BCF

Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsey Fonseca return to SDCC for Q&A and to present an exclusive video presentation for attendees.

Dexter, 6p.-7:15p.m., Ballroom 20

Stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Yvonne Strahovski as well as creative talent will be on hand to premiere the first two minutes of the upcoming season premiere. Not only that, but fans will also see the trailer for the upcoming season of Homeland, as well as engage in the usual Q&A session with then cast.

Comics/Special Interest:

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way, 10-11a.m., Room 7AB

Marvel may be a movie juggernaut, but it's important to remember that their success is born from their rich comic book history. In this panel, aspiring artists (and there will be plenty of them as SDCC) looking to get their foot in the door at Marvel will want to sit in on this panel hosted by talent scout C.B. Cebulski, artist David Marques and writer Sam Humphries.

IDW & Hasbro Panel, 10-11a.m., Room 9

Hasbro joins with IDW in this panel as they talk about upcoming projects including Transformers, G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons. The panel, which features IDW senior editor John Barber, editor Carlos Guzman and Hasbro's director of global publishing Michael Kelly will also reveal a new Transformers series. The panel also promises some surprise guests, though there's no indication on what it will be. (Hence the surprise)

Stan Lee's World of Heroes, 11:45a.m.-12:45p.m., Room 6BCF

The legendary Stan Lee will introduce his new YouTube channel that tells the stories of heroes, villains and the fans who love them. Joining Stan on this panel will be Mark Hamill, Adrianne Curry, Peter David, Jace Hall and Bonnie Burton. And as with any Stan Lee panel, there will be plenty of surprises from the charismatic comic creator.

Street Fighter: 25th Anniversary Celebration, 1-2p.m., Room 6BCF

Hard to believe it has been 25 years since one of the most iconic fighting games hit the market. Find out all the neat little celebratory plans in store for the franchise, win some prizes and get ready for some surprises.

VIZ Media Panel, 3-4p.m., Room 7AB

VIZ Media returns to SDCC with updates on upcoming releases, new title acquisitions and a few projects they have yet to announce. If you missed their panel at Anime Expo last weekend, here's the perfect chance to catch up on the manga/anime giant and win prizes while standing in line!

Image: The Walking Dead, 3:35-4:35p.m., Room 6A

The Walking Dead are all over SDCC. In addition to their Friday Hall H panel, the undead are also roaming around at nearby Petco Park in an obstacle course and at this panel, where creator/writer Robert Kirkman and series artist Charlie Adlard will discuss the past, present and future of their zombie-themed graphic novels. This is a can't-miss panel for Dead-heads as the duo rarely do sit-down interviews.

Masters of the Web, 4:30-5:30p.m., Room 24ABC

Join our own Grae Drake and Erik Davis as they join fellow movie bloggers in this panel moderated by Dredd star Karl Urban. If you need added incentive, AMC Theaters will be handing out free movie passes to all attendees!

Legendary Comics, 5-6p.m., Room 6A

Moderated by Chris Hardwick, Legendary's panel will include  Mark Waid, Max Brooks, Matt Wagner and others as they discuss upcoming projects and announce a surprise guest.

Live PodCRASH with Chris Gore, 7-8p.m., Room 5AB

G4TV's Attack of the Show host will moderate this special live edition of his podcast which will include special guests galore.

Inside the Batmoblie, 7-8p.m., Room 6DE

One of the most iconic movie cars ever to grace the big screen, the Batmobile is front and center in this upcoming documentary. Attendees will get a special 22-minute sneak peek and be sure to stick around to the very end for your chance to win an opportunity to sit in the actual Batmobile.

 

Friday, July 13:

Television:

Community, 10-11 a.m., Ballroom 20

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Alison Brie anchor this panel for NBC's hit sitcom. Get  first-hand info on what's in store for the show as well as a Q&A session with the cast.

The Big Bang Theory, 12:05-1:05 p.m., Hall H

For the first time ever, the mega-popular sitcom hits Hall H for a special screening and Q&A session.

Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Ballroom 20

Browncoats unite! Ten years after the crew of Serenity took flight, the Science Channel reunites the cast and creators for the first time ever. Panelists include Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau for a nostalgic and lively discussion and some special surprises.

The Walking Dead, 1:25-2:25 p.m., Hall H

AMC's smash hit invades Hall H with an informative panel with cast members, moderated by Chris Hardwick. The panel will include a sneak peek at Season 3 as well as discussion about events that took place in Season 2.

Game of Thrones, 2:45-3:45p.m., Hall H

One of the biggest and most anticipated panels of Comic-Con finds HBO's George R. R. Martin book adaptation hitting the big hall. Cast members and Martin will discuss Season 2 of the series, which is sure to play to a packed house. Better line up early for this one.

Arrow Screening and Q&A, 3-4 p.m., Ballroom 20

CW's hotly anticipated new series featuring DC Comics' The Green Arrow hosts a special screening and Q&A session with the cast.

Breaking Bad, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Ballroom 20

AMC brings the cast of their smash hit show for one-on-one Q&A and a sneak peek for the fifth season of the show.

Comics/Special Interest:

DC Talent Search Orientation, 10-11 a.m., Room 4

DC Entertainment's VP for art direction and design Mark Chiarello will present an informative orientation session and discuss the different needs of DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD magazine brands. To have your work reviewed, attendance to this orientation session is mandatory.

Star Wars: Collectibles Update, 10-11 a.m., Room 7AB

 Over three decades have passed since Star Wars first hit the screen and the bounty of collectibles associated with the franchise continue to fill toy shelves. Get product development insight and previews to upcoming Star Wars collectibles. 

DC Comics: Superman, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 6DE

Since the launch of the New 52, Superman has been a hot seller. Find out what's in store for the Man of Steel in this panel made up of folks who have taken on the iconic superhero –Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Scott Lodbell (Superman), Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville) and group editor Matt Idelson.

DC Comics: Justice League and Green Lantern, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Room 6DE

This can't-miss panel for comics fans features top writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee as they continue their historic team-up on DC Comics' best-selling Justice League. Joining them will be other writers and artists to discuss other DC Comics properties.

Tron: Uprising, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Room 6A

It's been a few years now since Tron: Legacy hit theaters and while we continue to wait and see what happens next with a third Tron movie, Disney XD is bringing the Grid to Comic-Con. Panelists include Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tricia Helfer and will feature clips from Disney's upcoming original series.

DC Comics – The New 52, 4:15-5:15p.m., Room 6DE

The New 52 and The New 52 Wave 2 have been a boon for DC and this panel aims at giving fans a peek at what else is planned in the DC make-over. Panelists include David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Geoff Johns (Justicce League, Green Lantern) and many other talents from the DC Comics family.

Entertainment Weekly: Powerful Women in Pop Culture, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Ballroom 20

Fan-favorites Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast), Nikki reed (Twilight) and Anna Torv (Fringe) talk about playing characters that have redefined the rules for women. As SDCC programming puts it, the panel is essentially "a discussion with women who kick ass."

Dark Horse: Joss Whedon, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ballroom 20

If you miss Whedon at the Firefly reunion, no worries. One of the perks of directing a little movie called The Avengers means you get multiple panels at SDCC. At this panel, Whedon will talk about upcoming Dark Horse Comics properties including Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Expect a fair share of Marvel/Avengers 2 questions during Q&A.

Resident Evil: Damnation Worldwide Trailer Premiere, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Room 5AB

If that half-hour Hall H panel doesn't quench your Resident Evil thirst, this panel will provide a 7-minute sneak peek along with a trailer premiere and Q&A session with filmmaker Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Japanese producer of the Resident Evil franchise) and Makoto Kamiya (Resident Evil: Damnation director).

 

Saturday, July 14:

Television:

Once Upon a Time, 11-11:45 a.m., Ballroom 20

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Emilie de Ravin and other cast members from ABC's hit show engage in a Q&A session in the Ballroom and who knows, maybe there will be sneak peeks at upcoming episodes.

Attack of the Show, 10-11 a.m., Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

It wouldn't be Comic-Con without the cast from G4TV's Attack of the Show. Join Candance Bailey, Sara Underwood, Matt Mira and Blair Butler and special guests and grill them on questions about the show and dirty secrets behind the show.

The Simpsons, 12:45-1:30 p.m., Ballroom 20

Now in its 24th season, The Simpsons creators gather for a lengthy look at the upcoming Treehouse of Terror, a peek at The Simpsons theatrical short attached to Ice Age: Continental Drift and much more!

Family Guy, 1:45-2:30 p.m., Ballroom 20

Seth McFarlane rides the momentum of Ted into Ballroom 20 with cast members Alex Bornstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green and Mike Henry for a freakin' sweet Q&A session and a preview of the funniest scenes from the upcoming season.

The Vampire Diaries, 3:30-4:15, Ballroom 20

Back for their fourth SDCC, The Vampire Diaries will host a screening and follow-up Q&A session with cast members from the hit CW show.

True Blood, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Ballroom 20

The cast from HBO's hit show takes over Ballroom 20 for a Q&A session about the recently launched fifth season. Panelists will include Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello and more. If you're planning on attending this panel, get there super early.

Glee, 5-6p.m., Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Cast members Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz discuss the past season and what's ahead for the hit FOX show.

Person of Interest, 5:15-6 p.m., Room 6BCF

The smash hit CBS show returns to Comic-Con for a special screening, a sneak peek of the upcoming season and Q&A with cast members Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Tajari P. Henson and Kevin Chapman.

Mythbusters, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Room 6BCF

The Comic-Con favorite returns for their traditional Saturday evening panel. Join Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara and Kary Byron as they talk about recent Mythbusters experiments and upcoming shows.

Comics/Special Interest:

Quick Draw!, 11:45a.m.-1p.m., Room 6BCF

Always a fan favorite, this super-sized edition of Quick Draw will feature the usual suspects Sergio Aragones (MAD magazine) and Scott Shaw (The Simpsons)  and special guest Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) as they duel with wits and markers to draw off the top of their heads.

Twilight Fan Fiction Group, 12-1 p.m., Room 28E

Twilight sticks around SDCC this year with this fan fiction panel  featuring various Twilight fanfic writers for what is sure to be Twihard paradise.

Nerdist Channel – Chris Hardwick, 12-1 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

No guests have been mentioned yet, but you can be sure this will be a can't-miss panel with special exclusive footage and surprise announcements to be revealed.

Avengers vs. X-Men, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Room 6BCF

You only need to look at the first two issues of this Marvel series to know what a huge hit Avengers vs. X-Men have been. Issues 0 and 1 are now in their 6th print cycle with subsequent issues on multiple reprints as well. Last week's AvX #7 X-Men variant edition sold out in many stores on the day of release. If you've got questions about this Marvel mash-up, this is the place to ask them. 'Nuff said.

The World of Capcom, 4-5 p.m., Room 25ABC

Get a sneak peek at upcoming Campcom games including Resident Evil 6, Lost Planet 3 and Street Fighter x Tekken.

EPIX Originals: William Shatner and Roger Corman moderated by Kevin Smith, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Room 6A

The panel title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this. Kevin Smith will be asking William Shatner and Roger Corman questions. Nothing more needs to be said. Just be there.

Best and Worst of Manga 2012, 6-7 p.m., Room 23ABC

Anime usually takes a back seat at SDCC, but this panel will highlight some of the best, upcoming releases as well as titles you'll want to avoid.

A Tribute to the Legendary Ray Bradbury, 6-7:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Some called him the greatest fantasy writer of all time. Join this panel where authors pay tribute to the recently deceased Bradbury.

Comi-Kev: Kevin Smith, 7:15-9:15 p.m., Hall H

Saturday at Comic-Con isn’t over until the fat bearded man has had his say. Kevin Smith hosts his annual Q&A session where he'll cover a broad spectrum of topics. Expect lots of profanity and laughter.

HBO Presents the Comic-con Masquerade, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Ballroom 20

Part of the fun of Comic-Con (and yes, it's supposed to be fun), is checking out all the cool cosplayers as they dress up and emulate their favorite movie, TV, comic book and pop culture heroes. The masquerade hands out various awards at this always popular event. So popular, there will be overflow seating in Room 5AB and 6A.

 

Sunday, July 15:

Television:

Fringe, 10-11 a.m., Hall H

Returning for the fifth and final time, Fringe bids farewell to the Comic-Con crowd with a screening and Q&A with cast members Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and John Noble.

Supernatural, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Hall H

The hit CW show returns to Hall H for a screening and Q&A with cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver and Mark A. Sheppard.

Dr. Who, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hall H

The Doctor and the Ponds land in Hall H for a Q&A session with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill and will also premiere first looks t upcoming Dr. Who specials.

The Cleveland Show, 1:45-2:45 p.m., Hall H

Seth McFarlane returns to Hall H where he'll premiere the first episode for Season 4 of the FOX animated comedy.

Sons of Anarchy, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Hall H

FX's high-rated series rolls into Hall H for Q&A with the cast and creator Kurt Sutter.

Comics/Special Interest:

The Amazing Spider-Man, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 6DE

Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso will be on hand to answer questions about the latest Spidey film and share "earth-shattering announcements that will change the life of Peter Parker for the next 50 years."

Follow along on Twitter @DerrickDeane and @Fandango. Also, beginning tomorrow, we'll have full SDCC coverage over on Fanboy Fix!

 
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