SDCC 2012 Wednesday/Thursday Schedule is Live!

First of all, click here to check it out. Obviously. Then once you obsessively scroll thorough it, read on for my thoughts and picks for best surprises.

So even with trying to balance TV and movies in Hall H this year, it looks like the con still hasn’t nailed it all down. For Thursday at least, there are some pretty cool panels like Disney stuck between terrible ones like a new Jackie Chan movie and some C-List horror flicks. Also, not starting the first panel (Twilight) until almost 1pm is just torture for fans that will still have to get in line really early to secure a good seat. I’m interested to see how the Hall looks in coming days (more exciting I’m sure) but for now I’m a bit disappointed.

As for everything else though, it looks good. Thursday’s never been a huge day for the con, but there are certainly enough solid panels to keep people occupied. Here’s my picks for the Top 5 best surprises. These are panels we didn’t hear much about (or know the full details of) before, but have now skyrocketed to the top of my must-see list.

  1. Image: The Walking Dead 3:45-4:45 – The bestselling, award-winning comic The Walking Dead has been a critical and commercial success-and its TV adaptation on AMC holds its own weight as a record-setting juggernaut. Join creator/writer Robert Kirkman and series artistCharlie Adlard for a rare sit-down, where they will discuss the past, present, and future of the decade’s most talked about zombie phenomenon. A Q&A will follow the conversation between the visionary collaborators. Moderated by Sina GraceRoom 6A
  2. I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!— 3:00-4:00 – Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Companies still need managers, publishers, producers, directors, mo-cap and voice-over actors, game masters, and programmers. Panelists Scott Agostoni (manager of comic creators and comics expert), animation/motion capture supervisor Derron Ross (Blur Studio), gaming CEO Mike Fischer (Square Enix), composerJeremy Zuckerman (Legend of Korra), sound designer Benjamin Wynn (Avatar the Last Airbender), and film/mo-cap actor Joe Gatt (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2), will alert you to some of these careers and tell you how to find your niche. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company). Room 32AB
  3. Battlestar: So Say We All— 10:30-11:30 – Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo) hosts a 35th anniversary preview panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar universe, politics, philosophy, and 35 year history. Joining Hatch for this exciting BG celebration, roundtable, and Q&A session are Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar and Caprica), Lili Bordan(actress, Blood and Chrome), Michael Taylor (BattlestarCaprica, Blood and Chrome), Toni Graphia (Battlestar producer/writer), and Dr Kevin Grazier (science consultant for BSG andDefiance), plus surprise guests. Room 6BCF
  4. The Science of Science Fiction: Canon Fodder— Aliens, robots, wormholes, superheroes…there’s more than a little science in all of these, but how can that science be kept straight and consistent across multiple movies and seasons of TV shows? Panelists Jon Spaihts (writer, Prometheus), Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica),Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (writers, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Jaime Paglia(producer/writer, Eureka), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science advisor, Battlestar Galactica, Defiance),  talk about the ups and downs of respecting the science in ongoing science fiction TV and movie series. Moderated by Dr. Phil Plait (writer/host, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe, Discover magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog), and courtesy of The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences. Room 25ABC
  5. 6:30-7:30 Comedy Central: Workaholics Comedy Central’s hit series Workaholics features three friends, Adam, Blake, and Ders, who work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9, and party together 24/7. Whether they’re getting ready to rage at a Renaissance Faire or take the stage as their gangster rap alter egos “The Wizards,” the guys find trouble wherever they go. Stars, co-creators, writers, and executive producers Blake AndersonAdam DevineAnders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck take fans behind the scenes and give a sneak peek into upcoming new episodes, including a few special guests that are guaranteed to be “Tight Butthole.” Fans will also be able to compete for a chance to have their name written into a future episode. S’Go! Room 24ABC

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  • Thoughts on the Thursday #SDCC schedule (why does Hall H suck so much?) and our top 5 panel surprises.

  • Jon

    Appreciate what you are saying but despite the movies he makes nowadays a lot of people still LOVE Jackie Chan so I think it’s a bit harsh to refer to this as a “terrible” panel, to be honest coming from the UK if I managed to get in the Disney panel I would definitely hang around to see Jackie as he’s a cult legend.

  • epic_skyline

    Do my eyes deceive me, or does NOTHING start in Ballroom 20 until 2:15? Talk about sitting and baking!

  • Zack Young

    He might be an interesting guy but I’d be curious if his knowledge of english is good enough for a good Q&A. I more think the movie will be terrible (and that’s what they’ll try to center the panel on) and the Q&A will likely be a lot of adoring fans going on about their love for him. But it could go the other way. We’ll see.

  • Zack Young

    Wow, didn’t even notice that. Grrr.

  • I definitely recommend the Science of Science Fiction panel. Phil Plait has hosted several of these before, with different collections of panelists each year, and they’ve been fascinating.

  • epic_skyline

    After thinking about it, I see the logic in starting later on Thursday only in the bigger rooms. Last year, the registration lines were so long that I ended up taking an hour and a half longer getting my passes than I had the year before and ended up missing the first three panels in Ballroom 20 once I finally got in line. Since I can’t imagine that situation is going to get any BETTER this year, giving people an extra few hours to get that sorted might make things a bit easier.

    Also, it leaves Ballroom 20 open for last minute additions (unlikely they’d try to shoehorn something in before Twilight), so we’ll see what happens.

  • Kerry

    That Stan Lee’s Heroes thing actually sounds kind of cool too. I’m very underwhelmed by Hall H/Ballroom 20 for Thursday.

  • @fiarra did you see the wednesday/thursday schedule is live?

  • Avenged110

    Am I the only one looking forward to the Expendables 2 panel? Anyone know the odds of getting into it if I get in line at 3:30? (It’s at 4:45).

    Otherwise I’m also really excited for Psych.

  • DC

    My breakdown of ‘must-see’ panels at Comic-Con 2012.

  • Gabe

    Wasn’t The Lone Ranger supposed to have a panel on Thu?

  • 1. I would go to the Science of Science Fiction panel just to give Jon Spaights crap about all the stuff that didn’t make sense in Prometheus.

    2. Avenged110: Maybe. There will definitely be a huge exodus once Twilight ends at 1:45, and another, not quite as big, departure when the Disney panel ends at 3:05.

    3. I can guarantee you, having gone to many Comic-Con talkbacks over the past few years, that the reason that Hall H doesn’t start until 12:45 is because Comic-Con has learned its lesson with the Twilight franchise. Namely, that it’s best to get it out of the way first thing, let the Twi-hards line up for two days before and not bother anybody else over there in the Hall H line. And the reason the Twilight panel itself doesn’t start until 12:45 is that is the earliest possible time that Comic-Con was able to negotiate with Summit/Lionsgate to get the “talent” down to the Convention Center.

  • Jon Reeves

    Note that Hall H has now added an hour of “Trailer Park” (aka: Something to keep you diverted while you are waiting) before the Twilight panel.

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