It’s less than two weeks until 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International will host more than 150,000 fans of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes and other pop culture, and SDCC has now released the entire panel schedule for this year’s big show. If you haven’t been to the modern-day Greatest Show on Earth, it should at least be on your bucket list, but beware: if you attend the show once you’ll want to keep going back.
Tickets as usual were sold out months ago, but for those attending this year’s show, we have some quick links to the event list so you can start planning your days now.
This year’s panels prove yet again that you shouldn’t listen to the naysayers who claim SDCC doesn’t focus on comic book artists and writers. Even more events are occurring this year focused on the comic book medium, including benchmarks like Batman’s 75th anniversary. Yet there are also all of those big panels planned full of this summer’s movie blockbusters and big-name casts and the casts and creators of your favorite television series.
First and most importantly you’ll want to download to your smart phone the SDCC handy My Schedule app here. We’ve used it before and it’s a great help when you’re in the crowd and can’t get into one panel but you want to try the dash for another one or you just get tired of walking the main hall with Artists’ Alley and the dealer booths and you want to sit down and see something new for an hour.
Having trouble choosing from all the panels? We think the biggest event and best bang for your buck will be the Warner Bros. panel we previewed a few days ago here with pilots and previews of DC Entertainment series The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, and Arrow. After the break we pulled some other panels you might like if you follow borg.com regularly.
Here are the quick links to each day’s panel events for SDCC 2014:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Preview Night
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Panel Schedule
Friday, July 25, 2014 Panel Schedule
Saturday, July 26, 2014 Panel Schedule
Sunday, July 24, 2014 Panel Schedule
Here are some panels to consider (after the break):
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season — The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie — as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm
NASA’s Next Giant Leap
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, join Seth Green (actor, creator, writer, director, and producer) in a far-out discussion on NASA’s plans for the future with Dr. Jim Green (NASA’s division director of Planetary Science), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 Astronaut), Mike Fincke (NASA Astronaut), and “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi (Curiosity and Europa Missions).
Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
DC Comics: Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 12, 09:35AM
In his 75-year publishing history, Batman has grown into one of the most popular and influential icons of all time. Don’t miss this historic panel with the legendary creators such as Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, and Scott Snyder, who have shaped the Dark Knight into the hero he is today.
Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Costume Designer’s Guild: Costumes as a Career
Ever wanted to know what it takes to design costumes for some of the biggest TV shows and movies? I.A.T.S.E. Union Local 892 Costumer Designers Guild has put together a panel of experts to fill you in. Panelists include Kristin Burke, costume designer (Sleepy Hollow); Brigitta Romanov, assistant costume designer (Glee); Gina Dedomenico, costume illustrator (Godzilla); and Cate Adair (VP, Costume Designers Guild Local 892 Union), as well as Eddie Marks (Western Costume Company), Celia Sedwick Rogus (creative director, FIDM Film & TV Costume Design Advanced Study Program), and Shane Mahan (co-founder of Legacy Effects). Moderated by Chrisi Karvonides (UCLA-Theater Film & TV Costume Design Program department head, CDG Member).
Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels
The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.
Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Star Trek’s Ships of the Line
A team of Star Trek designers will take fans into the art department as they showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line. The panelists include John Eaves (concept artist and senior illustrator, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, and more), Andy Probert (production illustrator, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and consulting illustrator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Doug Drexler (makeup artist, scenic artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and visual effects artist, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Mike Okuda (lead graphic designer and tech consultant, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), ILM’s John Goodson (model maker and digital artist, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Greg Jein (model maker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Join the team of Star Trek designers for a Q&A moderated by Ben Robinson, editor for the long-running Star Trek Fact Files and the manager of Eaglemoss’ new Starship Collection. Limited edition collectibles from Eaglemoss will be distributed to every attendee.
Thursday July 24, 2014 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Creation of Creature
Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek, Tron, Prometheus, Noah) will be sharing his techniques and vision for creating creatures and characters in the entertainment industry. Examples will be shown from various productions as well as tips and tricks from his upcoming book, Beauty in the Beast.
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present comprehensive storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy-the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi-as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes, in a new book from Abrams: Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. Former ILM art director Joe Johnston will discuss the newest addition to the Abrams Star Wars Library and the singular experience of creating the iconic trilogy’s storyboards with his stellar art department team. Johnston won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark and has directedHoney, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Moderated by Lucasfilm editor J. W. Rinzler.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am – 12:00pm
Hasbro: Star Wars
Members of the Hasbro brand and design team including Jeff Labovitz (director, global brand marketing, Hasbro), Bill Rawley (design manager, Hasbro), and others discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming, never-before-seen action figures from the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Spotlight on Francesco Francavilla
From the critically acclaimed classic pulp feel of The Black Beetle to the unnerving horrors of Afterlife with Archie and everything in between, join Comic-Con special guest Francesco Francavilla for this Q&A session moderated by Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast).
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm – 5:00pm
History: Vikings Blood Legacy
History’s Vikings return to SDCC fresh from the set of season 3. Count on the Lothbrok clan — Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) — along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator), and Julian Hobbs (History VP, scripted and nonfiction development and programming) to reveal an exclusive sneak peek at the new season. Find out what the gods have in store for season 3!
Friday July 25, 2014 4:45pm – 5:45pm
The World of Mouse Guard
Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles, and other surprises with creator, writer, and artist David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and panelists Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Meredith Salenger (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hollywood Heights), and a surprise guest! Moderated by BOOM! Studios marketing manager Mel Caylo.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
With Oliver Queen’s arch-nemesis Slade Wilson now behind bars, Team Arrow can breathe a long sigh of relief and shift their focus to recounting their most recent conquests with all their fans at Comic-Con 2014. However, they better act fast, as the threat of Malcolm Merlyn is once again looming over Starling City. Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Paul Blackthorne (The River), and John Barrowman (Torchwood) — with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern ), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) — will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and panel discussion previewing the show’s upcoming and highly anticipated third season. Arrow: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet on September 16. Based upon characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series returns this fall, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe, Spider Man 2), Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall), Mark Goffman, and Heather Kadin return to Comic-Con with the breakout show of the year, featuring an exclusive look at the highly-anticipated second season followed by a fan Q&A featuring cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, and Lyndie Greenwood!
Friday July 25, 2014 5:45pm – 6:45pm
BBC America’s award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con. Stars Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Rachel, Helena, and more) Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine) and Ari Millen (Mark) join co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross. The Clone Club gathers to discuss the second season of the conspiracy thriller, which just wrapped in June and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and across all digital platforms to download.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. returns to Hall H with a look at three upcoming movies: Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am – 12:00pm
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), and other fierce, fearless, and flat-out fantastic female actors who open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:10pm – 5:10pm
That ’70s Panel
It was a time of change in comics with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what it was like from Steve Leialoha (Howard the Duck, Spider-Woman), Len Wein (Swamp Thing, The New X-Men), Walt Simonson (Manhunter, Batman), Louise Simonson (Creepy, Eerie), Anthony Tollin (Batman, Superman), and more, plus moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel Featuring Quentin Tarantino as He Comes to Dynamite! The Sequel to Django Unchained-Django Meets Zorro
Join Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci, Dynamite senior editor Joseph Rybandt and moderator Alan Kistler as they present a special 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring the upcoming Django/Zorro crossover creative team of Reginald Hudlin (editor, Django/Zorro), Matt Wagner (writer, Django/Zorro) and of course the very special guest Quentin Tarantino as they help to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite Comics!
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:15pm – 3:15pm