Wednesday:

Special off-site movie screening: American Splendor— Come see the Fine Line Films adaptation of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, the winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Seating is extremely limited, and tickets are on a first come basis. You must have a ticket to get into this screening; your Comic-Con badge will not get you in. Special tickets are available at the Del Rey/Random House booth (1747) and the Dark Horse booth (2415) on Wednesday night and Thursday (if still available). Theatre information is available with the tickets. Screening is at 10:00 p.m. in a downtown San Diego theatre. And don’t miss the American Splendor panel Friday from 3:30-4;30 p.m. in Room 6CDEF!

Thursday:

3:30–4:30 DC Spotlight on Jim Lee: WildStorm, Batman, and More!— Get to know Jim Lee, the artist behind this year's spectacular, best-selling run on Batman and founder and editorial director of WildStorm Productions in a special session featuring a live drawing demonstration! Room 1AB

4:30–5:30 Devil’s Due— Don't think of it as a panel—it's a party. Devil's Due president Josh Blaylock will be giving away T-shirts, signed exclusive Micronauts toys, special uncut G.I. Joe, Voltron, Devil's Due printer mocks, and a whole mess of other Weapons of Mass Distraction, leading up to the grand prize: a page of original art by G.I. Joe artist Brandon Badeaux. Then get the scoop on all the upcoming Devil's Due comics and events straight from the horse's mouth. Visit the Devil's Due island in the Image Comics booth to enter for the giveaways. Free posters to the first 30 people in the door! Room 9

5:30–7:00 Spotlight on R. A. Salvatore— R. A. Salvatore’s writing career started with The Crystal Shard for TSR in 1988. Since that time, Bob has published numerous novels, including The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, and The Legacy. He is best known as the creator of the dark elf Drizzt, one of the fantasy genre's most beloved characters. Over 3 million R. A. Salvatore novels have been sold, with many translated into different languages and audio versions. Recently Bob joined the comics world with his Demon Wars series published by CrossGen Entertainment. He’ll be talking about both his fiction and comics work. Room 16AB

 

Friday:

10:30–12:00 Comic Books in the Movies— Some of the warriors of sf- and comic book–themed movies join Stan Lee for an insightful panel about the hottest phenomenon in movies today: the comic book superhero film. Lee, who is co-creator of the characters featured in the biggest blockbuster comics films in recent years (Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men) and other panelists explore the involvement of independent producers as well as big Hollywood studios in the development of superhero films. Joining Lee on the panel are Creative Light Entertainment's Scott Zakarin (Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, Comic Book: The Movie), Mindfire Entertainment's Mark Altman (The Specials, House of the Dead), and actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Creature Unknown). The panelists will share the secrets of what it takes to make a successful superhero movie and how to make comic book-themed movies economically. Room 6CDEF

11:30–12:30 Transformers— Attention Transformers fans! Join the writers of The Original Transformers for an in-depth discussion about the legendary animated series. Featuring Flint Dille, Marv Wolfman, Buzz Dixon, and Earl Kress, who will share their experiences and insights on creating animation history. Sponsored by Rhino Home Video, bringing you The Transformers on DVD. Room 6A

12:00–1:00 Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses— Less than a month before the DVD release of Rob Zombie's feature film directorial debut, Rob and the cast of House of 1000 Corpses give you a taste of what to expect on the DVD. Be there to hear what else Mr. Zombie has on the horizon, including a House of 1000 Corpses comic book, action figures, a greatest hits CD, a videogame. and of course ... a sequel! Joining Rob Zombie will be House of 1000 Corpses stars Sid Haig of Spider Baby, Bill Moseley of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Sheri Moon, Chris Hardwick of the upcoming Johnson Family Vacation and special makeup effects artist Wayne Toth. Room 6CDEF

1:00–2:30 Creative Screenwriting: Comics to Film— Creative Screenwriting magazine columnist Jeff Goldsmith moderates a panel of screenwriters who will examine the process through which comics have been adapted from the page to the screen. The panel will discuss how they tackled the challenge of breathing new life into already famous characters and adapting complex story lines for film audiences. The panel consists of David Hayter (X-Men), Michael Dougherty (X2), and James Robinson (The League of Extraordinary Gentleman). Room 6B

1:30–2:30 Star Wars Fiction: New Jedi Order— Join fan-favorite authors Troy Denning, Greg Keyes, and Matt Stover—and maybe some surprise guests—in a look at the five-year arc of the New Jedi Order series of Del Rey novels. Will the Yuuzhan Vong ever truly be defeated? Room 9

 

2:30–4:30 Lucasfilm Star Wars Show— The Clones Wars have begun—what’s next? Join Lucasfilm’s head of fan relations, Steve Sansweet, and a galaxy of guests to get the latest report on Star Wars: Episode III. What’s up Down Under as production proceeds? As for what to do until 2005—the Clone Wars are upon us, in a series of animated TV shorts, comics, novels, videogames, toys, and online materials. Find out all about it from the people most involved, including animation superstar Genndy Tartakovsky of Cartoon Network. Expect lots of treats, some surprises, and a chance to ask probing questions. Room 20

4:00–5:30 Stan Winston— Special effects wizard Stan Winston (Aliens, The Terminator, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands) discusses how the intertwining of film, comics, action figures, and games has come to fruition for Stan Winston Studio. Stan will make a short video presentation, talk about his two new Image series Trakk and Real of the Claw, and unveil plans for upcoming movies, action figures, and videogames. Room 6B

4:30-5:30 Miramax: Kill Bill— Cast members from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movie discuss the making of the film. Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Jai White, and Michael Madsen are scheduled to be on hand to preview and discuss this eagerly awaited film. Room 20

5:30–7:00 Starship Troopers 2— Join Making of Starship Troopers author Paul M. Sammon for a sneak peak at the upcoming Starship Troopers 2, the exciting sequel to the 1997 blockbuster film, which was based on the award-winning Robert Heinlein novel. Joining Paul for this presentation will be ST1 & ST2 screenwriter Ed Neumier, as well as actors from Starship Troopers 2. ST2 marks the directorial debut of Academy Award–winning special effects master Phil Tippet. Room 6B

6:00–7:30 Cartoon Network: Star Wars: Clone Wars— Star Wars Day at Comic-Con concludes with this sneak peek at a new facet of the legend: On Friday, November 10, Cartoon Network unveils Star Wars: Clone Wars, an epic microseries from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack. Star Wars: Clone Wars continues the saga where the live action feature film Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones left off—at the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pits the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by the forces of evil. As Clone Wars unfolds, the valiant Jedi Knights lead the Republic’s Clone Army against many new and ruthless adversaries across the galaxy. These new characters, epic battles and intricate stories will add an exciting new dimension to the Star Wars saga. Panelists include Genndy Tartakovsky, producer/director; Paul Rudish, art director; Scott Wills, art director, Bryan Andrews, storyboard artist; and Mark Andrews, storyboard artist. Room 6CDEF

 

7:00–9:00 Mark Hamill Wants to Give You a Sneak Peek at Comic Book: The Movie— Last year fans were blown away by the "Mark Hamill Wants You in His Movie" panel that featured the voices behind the Joker, Spongebob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron, Bugs Bunny, Winnie the Pooh, and every hot cartoon on television. In addition to being part of the filming of the climatic scene of Creative Light Entertainment and Amazing Invisible, Inc.'s Comic Book: The Movie, they were treated to over four hours of the most amazing stories, impressions, music, and a Q & A session featuring the most famous voice-over artists in animation today. This year, Mark Hamill and the core cast of Comic Book: The Movie return to the scene of the crime to share exclusive scenes and outtakes from the movie which Miramax Films is releasing this Fall. Joining Hamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), Lori Alan (Spongebob Squarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Gary Owens (Laugh-in, Space Ghost), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain), Debbi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron) and many others! Please note: Due to time constraints, there will absolutely be no autograph signings at this panel. Room 6B

8:30–10:30 2003 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards—It’s the gala ceremony for the "Oscars" of the comics industry, featuring a keynote speech by Neil Gaiman, celebrity presenters, the Manning and Clampett Award, and of course Will Eisner himself. Room 20

10:30–12:30 Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, Screening #1— It’s the latest and the greatest from Spike and Mike! And while it may be not-so-nice, we’re still going to show it twice. If you miss it tonight, you can see it tomorrow night! That’s right . . . two big showings this year! Room 6B

Saturday:

10:30–11:30 Warner Brothers— Special guest Halle Berry appears in person to introduce the first look at her upcoming film from Dark Castle, Gothika. Warner Bros. will present footage of Matrix Revolutions, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Troy, Starsky & Hutch, Torque (featuring Monet Mazur, Jamie Pressley and Christina Milan LIVE), Scooby Doo 2, and Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Additional special guests will also be on hand along with gift bags and terrific prizes including an official Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines leather jacket, cast autographed poster and sunglasses, and collector posters of The Last Samurai. Room 20

11:30–12:30 Paramount: Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life— Angelina Jolie will be appearing in person to talk to fans and preview her second outing as everyone's favorite adventuress in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Room 20

 

12:00–1:00 Spotlight on Neil Gaiman— Okay, it’s official. Neil Gaiman holds the record for most panels and events at this year’s Comic-Con. But you knew that, didn’t you? Hear the man himself as he gives you the lowdown on everything from 1602 to Sandman: Endless Nights, from Mirror Mask to The Wolves in the Walls. It’s all here! Room 6A

12:30–2:00 Kevin Smith— He’s baaaack! And even we don’t know what he has planned. Maybe he’ll tell us about Ben and Jen in his upcoming movie, Jersey Girl. Maybe he’ll talk about his new house. Maybe he’ll tell us about his comics shop. You’ll have to ask him. All we know is Kevin Smith is back at Comic-Con (and aren’t you glad?). Room 20

2:00–3:30 New Line: Lord of the Rings and Freddy vs. Jason— Robert Englund, the one and only "Freddy Krueger," will appear with special footage from the upcoming battle to end all battles, Freddy Vs. Jason, crossing over two of the greatest all-time horror franchises. (Englund will also appear as the MC at tonight’s Masquerade.) Joining Robert on stage will be director Ronny Yu, producer Sean Cunningham (creator of Friday the 13th), and Freddy’s nemesis Ken Kirzinger ("Jason"). New Line also presents an in-depth look at The Lord of the Rings with state-of-the-art extras and Andy Serkis and Richard Taylor discussing what it takes to bring Gollum to life. In addition, The Two Towers DVD features will be previewed ,with Sean Astin discussing his short film and an exclusive screening of The Return of the King footage from the August DVD, as well as other surprise guests. Room 20

3:30–5:00 Sony: Spider-Man 2, Hellboy, and Underworld— Spider-Man 2’s director Sam Raimi will be on hand to talk about Spidey’s next adventure, versus. one Dr. Otto Octavious. Sony/Revolution is also bringing Mike Mignola's Hellboy to the big screen and Mike will be here to give you the very first look at Guillermo Del Toro's action/horror film currently in production. Kicking the session off will be a look at Screen Gems’ Underworld, an intense thriller featuring warring clans of vampires and werewolves in a postmodern city. At its heart, a love story emerges between a beautiful vampire warrior and a mysterious young werewolf. Stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman will be joined by director Len Wiseman, Kevin Grevioux (story/associate producer/co-star) and Danny McBride (story and screenplay). Room 20

5:00–6:00 Universal: Van Helsing— Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) is taking horror to an epic scale by pitting the legendary monster hunter Van Helsing against his old foe Dracula as well as the Frankenstein monster, the Wolfman and a few other denizens from the Universal vaults. An exclusive look at one of next summer's most anticipated films featuring in person: Van Helsing himself Hugh Jackman, Stephen Sommers, and lots of surprise guests. Room 20

5:30–7:00 Cartoon Network: Adult Swim— This panel will highlight the creative talent and voice actors behind the original programs on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s successful block of animation for grown-ups. Moderating the panel will be Cartoon Network senior vice president Mike Lazzo, who is responsible for Adult Swim. Panelists include Brett Butler (Sealab 2021), Clay Croker (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show), Maurice LaMarche (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law), Andy Merrill (The Brak Show), Adam Reed (Sealab 2021), Brendon Small (Home Movies). and Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Room 6A

7:00–10:00 Kung-fu Superhero Klip Extravaganza— Columnist, author, audio commentator, media pundit, and hall of famer Ric Meyers is back with an all-new batch of eye-popping, mind-boggling, bone-bending, hair-curling martial art movie fights designed to make you gasp, laugh, and cheer. And yes, of course, he may even bring his usual stack of freebies to get you in the mood. Room 6A

8:30–11:30 Comic-Con International 2003 Masquerade—It’s the biggest Masquerade of any convention in the United States, and each year it keeps getting bigger! Come see the pomp, the circumstance, the costumes, the performances, the judges, and a few surprises. Room 20

8:30–1:30 Masquerade Party— So you’d rather party then sit in Ballroom 20? No problemo! We have you covered either way, as you can view a live feed of the Masquerade in the Sails Pavilion, where you can par-tay and partake of the broadcast! Sails Pavilion

Sunday:

10:30–11:30 Running a Comics-Oriented Website— Running a website that covers the world of comic books and graphic novels is work enough, but when you throw RPG’s, movies, TV, collectibles, and manga into the mix, it becomes a mammoth challenge on a daily basis. Yet that’s exactly what the small but efficient team at WellredPress.com does. How much time goes into managing a site like this? Where does content come from? Who writes the articles, edits them, uploads graphics, and manages HTML issues? Join moderator Adam Messano and panelists Rob DeBorde, Faruk Malek-Asghar, and Miguel Concepcion for an educational look into how to run a successful website that appeals to a wide range of interests. Room 18

11:00–12:00 Richard Hatch: Battlestar Galactica— Richard Hatch addresses the growing controversy behind the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries on Sci-Fi, in addition to talking about his role in the new BG CD-ROM game and DVD boxed set of all the episodes coming out later this year. He will also be playing his BG trailer and introducing his company’s new epic space adventure series, Magellan. Room 6A

11:30–12:30 Trailer Park Reloaded— A not entirely redundant version of Friday's Trailer Park, featuring a few previews that couldn't be fit in earlier, and maybe even some last-minute additions. Room 20

12:30–2:00 Eliza Dushku: Tru Calling— 20th Century Fox Television presents an exclusive sneak preview of the studio's new shows, including a special panel session with the cast and producers of Tru Calling. The event will start with a 15 minute showing of trailers for two new shows: Still Life from executive producer Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Wonderfalls from executive producers Todd Holland (Girls Club, Malcolm in the Middle) and Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Six Nine). Following the trailers, guests will view the pilot episode of Tru Calling and then be joined by the cast and producers for a Q&A session including Jon Feldman, executive producer (American Dreams, Dawson's Creek, Roswell), Dawn Parouse, executive producer (Fear, Septuplets), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wrong Turn, Bring it On), Shawn Reaves (Auto Focus), Jessica Collins (American Dreams, Off Centre), AJ Cook (Final Destination 2, Wishmaster, Virgin Suicides) and Zach Galifianakis (Late World with Zach). Room 20

1:30–3:00 Fantasy Films After Lord of the Rings— The blockbuster popularity of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings raises a number of questions, foremost of which is: will the film trilogy endure? How does it fit into the history of fantasy film as a genre? Has fantasy had the sort of generic turning-point movies that science fiction had in 2001, Star Wars, or Blade Runner, movies that influenced what came after? Just what are the fantasy classics, both known and overlooked? Will the success of LOTR be repeatable, and what should fans hope for--or dread? Stephen Potts, UCSD Department of Literature; Jefferson Swycaffer, author; Michael Underwood, SDSU Department of Rhetoric and Writing; and Jesse Cunningham, editor, Greenhaven Press will discuss these and other issues. Room 7B