Thursday:

3:30–4:30 Bandai Entertainment— Wanna know what's going on with your favorite anime series like .hack//SIGN, Gundam, Witch Hunter Robin? Then come check out the Bandai Entertainemnt panel. As the premier distributor of Japanese animation in North America, Bandai will be making several new anime licensing acquisitions, merchandise announcements, and DVD release announcements. DVDs and T-shirts will be given away throughout the panel! Room 9

Friday:

10:30–11:30 Star Wars Online and LucasArts— Comic-Con’s Star Wars Day begins here! Blast into "hyperspace" at starwars.com and discover the official site’s plans for Episode III. Then become immersed in the universe through Star Wars Galaxies and other games. Starwars.com webmaster Paul Ens and LucasArts’ Haden Blackman tell you what’s hot and what the future holds. Room 9

10:30–11:30 Robotech— Harmony Gold staff members Tommy Yune (Speed Racer, Danger Girl Kamikaze), Steve Yun (Robotech.com), and Tom Bateman (Robotech: Battlecry) shares news about past, current, and future Robotech projects. Room 6A

12:00–1:00 Sci Fi: Battlestar Galactica— The beloved series gets a modern twist when Sci Fi re-imagines this groundbreaking show about the last remnants of the human race fighting for survival. A story of man vs. machine in which the robot is no longer a recognizable enemy, Battlestar Galactica is a four-hour miniseries premiering December 7 on the Sci Fi Channel. Pick up an exclusive Battlestar Galactica premium, available only at this panel! Panelists include Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama, Jamie Bamber as Apollo, Katee Sackoff as Starbuck, Tricia Helfer as Number Six, writer Ronald Moore, and executive producer David Eick. Room 6B

12:30-1:30 Trailer Park— A Comic Con tradition: wall-to-wall trailers, teasers, clips, and featurettes from upcoming genre releases for one hour, under one roof. There are always some surprises, too, and you can't see this all together anywhere else. Special guest: Naomie Harris, star of Danny Boyle's hit film 28 Days Later, will appear to answer questions and sign afterward. Room 20

2:30–3:30 Spotlight on Terry Moore: 10 Years of Strangers in Paradise— Ten years ago a comic book miniseries quietly debuted from Antarctic Comics. Writer/artist Terry Moore eventually made the decision to self-publish Strangers in Paradise (after a brief stint with Image Comics), and the title has gone on strongly (and regularly, a rarity in the indy press) ever since. Join Terry as he looks back at 10 years with Katchoo, Francine, and the whole cast of SiP and describes what’s next. Terry Moore will be presented with his Inkpot Award at this event. Room 7B

 

3:30-4:30 Fine Line Films: American Splendor— American Splendor's Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner appear in person with Ted Hope, the producer of the feature film American Splendor, winner of Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. They will preview the film and answer questions. Room 6CDEF

4:00–6:00 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Animated Premiere— For years the people of Gotham City have asked, "Who is he?" Now they'll be asking, "Who is she?" Find out as Batman uncovers the secret identity of a ruthless vigilante who calls herself Batwoman! Catch the world premiere screening of the animated Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, followed by a panel discussion featuring the creative team of Curt Geda, director/producer; Kevin Conroy, voice of Batman; Alan Burnett, supervising producer; and Michael Reeves, screenwriter. Room 6A

4:30–6:00 Henson Presents: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s MirrorMask— MirrorMask, a Jim Henson Pictures production, is a new fantasy feature film in the tradition of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth scheduled for worldwide release in 2004. Renowned comic book writer and best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman and critically acclaimed multimedia artist Dave McKean created the story of an unforgettable journey through a world filled with magic, fantastic creatures, and illusion. Gaiman wrote the screenplay and McKean is directing the film using a combination of live-action and CG animation. This program offers an exclusive first look at images from the film, as well as a question-and-answer session with the creators and producers, including Gaiman, McKean, and executive producers Lisa Henson (Good Boy!) and Michael Polis (Kermit’s Swamp Years). Room 6CDEF

Saturday:

10:30–11:30 Marvel Blockbuster— Marvel EIC Joe Quesada holds an intimate Q&A with two of comic books biggest stars. Join Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate Six, Daredevil), J. Michael Stracyznski (Supreme Power, Amazing Spider-Man) and possibly some special surprise guests, as they discuss their current and upcoming high-profile Marvel projects with one another and take questions from the audience. Room 6B

10:30–11:30 The Snake Plissken Chronicles— The creative talents behind the upcoming comic, anime, and DVD involving everyone’s favorite anti-hero, Snake Plissken, will speak on the contribution each has made in bringing the character back into the eyes of pop culture. A brief video message by the master himself, John Carpenter, will open the program, along with Kurt Russell and Debra Hill giving their own thoughts on bringing the character back to life. The first 50 people to arrive will receive an issue of the Snake Plissken Chronicles comic with a cover exclusive to Comic-Con. Panelists include moderator Jan Utstein-O’Neil, editor-in-chief; William O’Neill; writer, Tone Rodriguez, artist; Corey Mitchel and William Wilson, co-screenwriters of the Snake Plissken anime; Maki Terashima-Furuta, international operations manager with Production I.G.; and Amy Zwagerman, manager, MGM Home Entertainment. Room 1AB

12:00–1:30 Mars: How Do We Get There from Here?— On August 27, the planet Mars will be the closest its been to the Earth in the past 60,000 years. There are five robotic spacecraft heading toward Mars for an early 2004 rendezvous. The Mars Society is building Mars Analog Habitats in the Canadian Arctic, in the Utah desert, in Iceland and in the Australian outback. But human exploration to the Red Planet is still decades away. How do we get there from here? Panelists who will explore the possibilities include Dr. Michael Caplinger, MOC project scientist–Malin Space Science Systems; Victor Lundin, "Friday" in Robinson Crusoe on Mars; Jim Meechan, co-founder of Space Cadets of America; Nichelle Nichols, "Uhura" in Star Trek and NASA recruiter; and John Carter McKnight, futurist for The Spacefaring Web. Dave Rankin, The Mars Society–San Diego co-founder is the panel moderator. Room 9

1:00–2:00 The Simpsons— Now entering its 15th television season, The Simpsons has gone from an animation curiosity to a worldwide pop culture phenomenon! Now, for the first time ever at Comic-Con, creator Matt Groening will join an esteemed panel of writers from The Simpsons for a rare peek behind the scenes of the world’s greatest animated TV show! Al Jean, Don Payne, Kevin Curran, Tim Long, and Dan Greaney will be on hand to reveal everything you’ve always wanted to know about The Simpsons, past, present, and future! Room 6CDEF

2:30–3:30 Wizkids— Join Wizkids for a question-and-answer session about the company’s upcoming plans and projects. Jordan Weisman, Wizkids founder, and several other Wizkids staff members will be present to answer your questions. Room 9

4:00–5:30 Videogames: From Pencils to Polygons— It's rare that videogame players actually get a taste of what goes on behind the scenes. Is the conversion from 2D sketch to 3D character model always palatable? How is thinking "interactively" different from structuring scenes in a comic? Ahh, the eternal debate of pencils vs. polygons! Veterans of the crossover trade—including artists/auteurs Ashley Wood (Contra: Shattered Soldier), Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim), Steve Purcell (Sam and Max: Freelance Police), Gabe Swarr (Spumco's Go! Go! Hypergrind), as well as Mike Mika (creator director at Digital Eclipse) and LucasArts alum Michael Stemmle (director of the latest Sam and Max caper)—will tread on all these topics and more as moderated by freelance journalist Jon M. Gibson. And since it wouldn't be a Comic-Con panel without surprises, expect some very big, very exclusive announcements of what gamers will be playing in 2004. Room 6A

4:00–5:30 Cartoon Voice Actors— A demonstration of the fine art of performing for animation, with readings by the masters. The cast may include Mark Hamill, Billy West, Gregg Berger, Roger Rose, Jess Harnell, Bob Bergen, Gary Owens, Greg Berg, Kathy Garver, Joe Alaskey, Maurice LaMarche, and many more! Hosted by Mark Evanier. Room 6B

5:30–7:00 Videogames to Movies and Back— The videogame revolution is here! A panel of experts, including John Heinecke of Activision and Mark A. Altman, producer of Artisan's House of the Dead (based on the hit Sega videogame series), will talk about translating your favorite games to the big screen as well as making compelling games out of blockbuster franchises, including Activision's Spider-Man and X-Men games. Have your say about your favorite videogame movies and the film properties you'd most like to see turned into videogames. Room 6CDEF

6:00-7:00: The Art and Commerce of Web Site Design—
Web designer (and cartoonist) Steve Conley gives a crash course in working the web. No boring HTML. Just what you need to know to get more traffic and more money from your website. Geared toward fans, creators, and retailers, this hour-long program includes: The dos and don'ts of web design, how to get more traffic to your site, making your comics site pay—now, and how to create your own online comics. Conley has worked online for more than 10 years, and his firm Conley Interactive has designed multimedia for companies including USA Today, Universal Studios, and AOL/Time Warner. Steve is also the creator of the Astounding Space Thrills online comic and comic book series and the co-creator of Comicon.com. Room 2

Sunday:

1:30–3:00 Women on the Verge— Seven saucy creators point and laugh at conventional wisdom about the function of women in comics. They discuss what they do and why; where they look (in comics and elsewhere) for role models and creative inspiration; if, when, and how their gender has been relevant to their business relationships and whether they would produce the same work in a marketing vacuum. The panelists will recount how they've managed crises and expectations as they've developed their careers and business savvy, whether "on the verge" of hysteria, ennui, or comics super-stardom. Panelists include Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Janet Harvey (Jungle Girl), Amanda Conner (The Pro), Laurenn McCubbin (XXX Live Nude Girls), Ariel Schrag (Potential), Colleen Coover (Small Favors) and Christine Norrie (Cheat). Moderated by Kelly Sue DeConnick (artbomb.net). Room 16AB