With San Diego Comic-Con just weeks away, we’ve put together this handy convention guide to SDCC exhibits and events. Notable guests include Venture Brothers creators, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer; Along with James Urbaniak, the voice of Dr. Venture. Exhibitors include Bif Bang Pow!, Sideshow Collectibles and Adult Swim. Check back for program schedule and news updates from SDCC 2011.
San Diego Comic-Con 2011
When: July 21 – 24, 2011
Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 Map It!
Venture Bros. Signing at Entertainment Earth #2343
Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will be at the Bif Bang Pow! and Entertainment Earth booth #2343 from 3:30-4:30 on Friday to sign Venture Bros. action figures and convention exclusives. The toy company company is set to release Venture Brothers Series 4 and 5 and a Rusty Venture Action Figure Set as a convention exclusive. You can Pre-order ALL of these action figures today, or stop by the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at the convention.
» Friday, July 22nd 2:30-4:30pm – Venture Bros. Signing at Entertainment Earth Booth #2343
Venture Bros. Signing at Adult Swim #3949
Venture Bros. creators, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will have a signing at the Adult Swim booth on Saturday, July 23rd from 1-2pm. Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 at San Diego Comic-Con for full details!
» Saturday, July 23rd 1:00 to 2:00pm – Venture Bros. Signing at Adult Swim Booth #3949
James Urbaniak Signing at Devastator L-05
James Urbaniak will be signing at The Devastator booth! Fans are allowed one extra item signed if they buy a copy of The Devatator, the comedy and comics magazine for eight bucks. This is The Devastator’s first San Diego Comic Con and they’ve got some awesome stuff going on for our first year exhibiting, including fun indie signings in Small Press with Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypes) and James Urbaniak (Venture Bros.)!
» Saturday, July 23rd 3:00pm – James Urbaniak Signing at Devastator Booth L-05
Oh, You Sexy Geek!
Does displaying the sexiness of fangirls benefit or demean them? When geek girls show off, are they liberating themselves or pandering to men? Do some “fake fangirls” blend sex appeal with nerdiness just to appeal to the growing geek/nerd market, or is that question itself unfair? And what’s up with all the Slave Leias? Action flick chick Katrina Hill (ActionFlickChick.com) asks Bonnie Burton (Grrl.com), Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model), Clare Grant (Team Unicorn, “G33k & G4m3r Girls”), Kiala Kazebee (Nerdist.com), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Nerdy Bird Jill Pantozzi (“Has Boobs, Reads Comics”), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon) and Chris Gore (G4TV’s Attack of the Show!) to discuss whether fans can be sexy and geeky at the same time — and if they should!
» Thursday 10:45-11:45 – Room 6A
Original cast members from the hit indie film including Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and executive producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) present a new series following your favorite awkward teenager like you’ve never seen him before — animated! Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of the newest member of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup and a “sweet” Q&A session.
» Thursday 2:00-3:00 – Room 7AB
Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode debut season on June 19. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Some of the cast featured in the first season and appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo. Moderated by George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series.
» Thursday 3:00-4:00 – Ballroom 20
Effin with Tonight
Be a part of the world premiere of former Tonight Show writer Jim Shaughnessy’s reinvention of late night, Effin with Tonight starring Patrick Warburton (The Venture Brothers, The Tick ) in the first all-original animated late night talk show. Panelists include Patrick Warburton, writer/creator Jim Shaughnessy, co-writer/EP Jerrod Cardwell (Arsenio Hall, George Lopez), and the voice cast of Rachel Butera (The Howard Stern Show), Jay Lamont (Comedy Central standup, Def Comedy Jam), and Joe Cipriano (the voice of FOX television, CBS TV, the Emmy Awards and the Grammy Awards). Effin with Tonight is comedically uncompromising. No hypocrisy is ever ignored, no jokes are off limits, and celebrity phoniness is always exposed. Exclusive preview clips will be shown followed by a Q&A. Effin with Tonight is a Sony Crackle web series debuting in September.
» Thursday 3:00-4:00 – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Archer Screening and Q&A
This animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its self-involved employees. Series creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo) and the show’s voice-over actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, and undercover surveillances — which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gains and prosperity. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Jon Benjamin Has a Van) as the highly skilled yet incredibly vain master spy Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler (Talk Soup, CSI) as fellow agent provocateur Lana Kane; Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) as the easily intimidated comptroller of ISIS, Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer (Mad Love, Arrested Development) as the loquacious secretary, Cheryl/Carol; Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS, Pam Poovey; and George Coe (Funny People, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Sterling’s elderly and always-exploited butler, Woodhouse.
» Thursday 4:00-5:00 – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Beavis & Butthead
In 1993, Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead) and MTV knocked their heads together and launched a cartoon series starring a couple of lunkheads and unwittingly started an animated pop culture revolution. Now, Beavis and Butthead are coming back to MTV in 2011 to unleash on music videos, Jersey Shore, viral videos, and more. See the first footage from the new episodes, and join Mike as he discusses the duo’s return to MTV!
» Thursday 5:00-6:00 – Room 6A
See the exclusive world premiere of the new season’s trailer, then moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) will preside over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers, including Michael C. Hall (star/executive producer), C. S. Lee (Masuka), David Zayas (Batista) , guest star Colin Hanks (Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Roswell), and more. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto.
» Thursday 5:30-7:30 – Ballroom 20
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Sing along with your fellow fans at this screening of the original three acts of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog hosted by the California Browncoats, complete with callbacks! Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), and Felicia Day (The Guild) and was written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon (Dollhouse), Zack Whedon (Fringe), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse).
» Thursday 8:30-10:00 – Room 6BCF
AMC’s The Walking Dead
Stars Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints), Steven Yeun (The Big Bang Theory), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile); series creator/writer/director/executive producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption); executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator); executive producer Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series); and makeup artist and consulting producer Greg Nicotero discuss the success of season one of AMC’s series The Walking Dead and reveal what to look forward to in season two, which will air on AMC thisfFall. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season two.
» Friday 11:15-12:15 – Ballroom 20
Adult Swim: Venture Bros. Panel
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will screen an early premiere of The Venture Bros. Special — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy — a 15-minute documentary-style animated special (premiering August 28 on Adult Swim), discuss their original series, and answer questions. The panel also features James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture).
» Friday 11:45-12:30 at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Pilots / New Shows / Additional Sundry Topics
Mike Lazzo (senior vice president, programming and production for Adult Swim), Keith Crofford (vice president of production for Adult Swim), and Nick Weidenfeld (vice president, comedy development for both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) preview and discuss new Adult Swim programming.
» Friday 12:45-1:15 at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital
See a never-before-screened episode of Childrens Hospital and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and Jon Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man), and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. The panel will close with a sneak peek at Adult Swim’s newest live-action comedy, NTSF:SD:SUV::, featuring creator and star Paul Scheer (The League). NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a clandestine team of government agents working to protect San Diego from numerous terrorist threats coming in daily from such evil countries as Mexico, Canada, and Guam. This team of highly trained operatives has only one job: saving your ass so you can drive your Prius and see your movies in 3D without worrying about living in a country run by no-good terrorists.
» Friday 1:30-2:30 at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Black Dynamite
Creators and voice talent from the new animated series offer a sneak peek at the show and answer questions. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) and director Scott Sanders (Black Dynamite) appear, in addition to writer and star Michael Jai White, voice actors Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley, and writer/voice actor Byron Minns, all of whom also starred in the live-action feature film Black Dynamite. The 2009 movie is an outrageous action comedy/spoof that follows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies’ man Black Dynamite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps, and The Man. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew.
» Friday 2:30-3:15 at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Bob’s Burgers creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen footage from season two, followed by a Q&A.
» Friday 3:00-4:00 Room 23ABC
Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), and Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. The series uses stop-motion animation to bring pop culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past presidents. Moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim.
» Friday 3:30-4:15 – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
ThunderCats Premiere Episode Screening and Q&A
Comic-Con, ho! From the moment this series was announced, fans have answered the call — now, the wait is over as Warner Bros. Animation is proud to bring you the world premiere of this new reimagining of the beloved ’80s franchise. Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wily Kit, and Snarf are back! After the screening, producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender), art director Dan Norton (G.I. Joe: Resolute), and members of the voice cast will discuss what viewers can expect in the first season of this exciting new series. ThunderCats premieres in a special one-hour episode on Friday, July 29 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network.
» Friday 4:30-5:003:30-4:30 – Room 6A
Adult Swim: Eagleheart
Chris Elliott discusses his first lead television role since the cult favorite Get a Life. Panelists include series stars Chris Elliott, Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), and Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and executive producers Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg, and Jason Woliner. Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart promises violence, suspense, intrigue, and copious amounts of needless bloodshed as Marshal Chris Monsanto (Elliott) blindly kicks, punches, and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his case.
» Friday 4:30-5:00 – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Venture Bros. Costume Contest
Adult Swim will be hosting various Lounge Events at Quality Social including a Venture Bros. Costume Contest on Friday night. There will also be a performance by Flying Lotus. All Lounge Events are invite only, and the only way to get invited is to visit the Adult Swim booth, panels or ice cream trucks to get more information on how to get a pass to the parties. Check out Adult Swim’s SDCC Page (under ‘Lounge’) for more info.
» Friday, July 22rd 10:30pm – Adult Swim: Venture Bros. Costume Contest at Quality Social
Futurama is back! Again! On stage will be creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of Futurama reincarnated as Japanese anime, along with a thrilling preview of this summer’s new season on Comedy Central. Moderated by Bill Morrison.
» Saturday 12:15-1:00 – Ballroom 20
Now entering its record-annihilating 23rd season on FOX and airing its landmark 500th episode on February 19, 2012, The Simpsons has won 27 Emmy awards, was the subject of an international film smash in 2007, and inspired a ride you ride again at Universal Studios. Plus, Homer Simpson was named the greatest television character of the last 20 years by Entertainment Weekly. Get insight into the daily doings of this series from creator Matt Groening, showrunner Al Jean, co-executive producer Rob Lazebnik, co-executive producer Matt Warburton, supervising producer Mike Anderson, and producer/panel moderator Tom Gammill.
» Saturday 1:00-1:45 – Ballroom 20
Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Adam West (Batman), and executive producers Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan, and Kara Vallow present a sneak peek at the new episode Stewie Goes for a Drive, featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds, followed by a Q&A session.
» Saturday 2:00-2:35 – Ballroom 20
Catch a preview of the Season 7 premiere of American Dad, featuring guest star Cee-Lo Green as a singing hot tub, followed by a Q&A with cast members Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, and Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, and Kara Vallow.
» Saturday 2:35-3:15 – Ballroom 20
Cartoon Network: Adventure Time
What time is it?! It’s Adventure Time…Comic-Con style! See what’s in store for Finn, Jake, and all their friends from the mystical Land of Ooo as Cartoon Network’s breakout hit comes to you live with a star-studded panel of talent, including show creator Pendleton Ward, Jeremy Shada (Finn), Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum), Olivia Olson (Marceline the Vampire Queen), Kent Osborne (storyboard artist), and others. If you want to see sneak peaks of upcoming episodes (and we know you do!), be the first to learn about upcoming special events (don’t deny it!), and want to get your hands on some algebraic Adventure Time gear (Hammacow!), you do not want to miss this totally out-of-this-world panel!
» Saturday 3:00-4:00 – Room 6A
Venture Tweet Up at SDCC 2011
The Venture Bros. Blog will be hosting its second annual Venture Tweet Up at SDCC 2011. The Tweet Up will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis bar and lounge on Saturday, July 23nd at 6pm. The Marriott Marquis is next door from the convention center and has a wide selection of draft beers and drink specials. Join us for costumes, cocktails and booby traps! Hope to see you all there!
BBC America’s Doctor Who
Stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, along with writers and producers, make their first Comic-Con appearance for a panel and Q&A! They’re bringing exclusive new footage of the new season to be shown ahead of its late summer return on BBC America. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the mysterious traveler who journeys throughout all of time and space, picking up companions along the way and almost always sidestepping danger. From award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and starring BAFTA nominee Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as his companion Amy Pond, the second season’s Part One delivered record ratings for BBC America and marked the first time Doctor Who filmed on American soil. Also starring Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston, the Part One finale ended with the unveiling of a massive secret and the words “Let’s Kill Hitler” on screen. Part One is now available on Blu-ray/DVD/iTunes, and Part Two premieres late summer on BBC America’s Supernatural Saturdays.
» Sunday 12:30-1:30 – Hall H
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Join the hilarious cast — Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito — for a Q&A panel session.
» Sunday 2:45-3:30 Hall H
Adult Swim Shop will hit Comic-Con International with what are sure to be “must-have” items that fanboys will buy and then brag to their friends and blog about. The Adult Swim Shop knows just what you want – Comic-Con exclusives, one-of-a-kind art prints, toys and more – and will be hauling a bunch of it down to San Diego for your purchasing pleasure.
The Adult Swim Shop (www.adultswimshop.com) is the online retail shop for the network, based in Atlanta, GA. The shop is managed by Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim and features a wide collection of exclusive and non-exclusive items based on Adult Swim’s portfolio of originals.
» Visit Adult Swim at Booth #3949
Bif Bang Pow! / Entertainment Earth
The company produces first-rate collectibles for such popular properties as Dexter, Lost, Californication, The Venture Bros., The Twilight Zone, The Big Lebowski, and Flash Gordon. Founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture. So when he created his company in 2005, he took the fan’s perspective. His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own. Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!’s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection. Bif Bang Pow! is a unit of JLA Direct, LLC.
» Visit Bif Bang Pow! at Booth #2343
Specialty manufacturer of licensed and proprietary collectible products. With Sideshow’s dedication to accuracy and artistry, these products reflect a passion for creating unique, highly sought after figure collectibles, as well as film prop replicas and fine art pieces. Sideshow artisans are renowned sculptors, experienced model makers, painters and costumers whose combined efforts result in the creation of outstanding original designs and intricately detailed likenesses of pop culture icons, including film and television monsters, villains, heroes, mystical creatures of fantasy, and legendary figures from history.
» Visit Sideshow Collectibles at Booth #1929
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