Nickelodeon Kicks Off Comic-Con With Panels, More [Update June11]

Nickelodeon Spongebob Squarepants Tom Kenny Bill Fagerbakke Patrick Sanjay & Craig booth floor displayNickelodeon always heads out to the convention in full force, and this year looks to be no difference. The LA Times has the details.

They’re bringing several fan favorites back to the convention for panels, including the return of SpongeBob SquarePants with a full panel on Saturday, featuring voice talent like Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, and Dee Bradley Baker after taking the Hall H stage last year for the SpongeBob: A Sponge Out of Water film. They’ll also be doing a live table read.

Comic-Con attendees can also catch Seth Green, Rob Paulsen, Greg Cipes, Eric Bauza, and Fred Tatasciore of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Friday. And finally, to wrap up the convention, Chris Hardwick will be making one of what we’re sure is many panel appearances for Sanjay and Craig, along with creators Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell, and voice actors Maulik Pancholy, Matt Jones, and “special guests”.

They’ll also have a special Nickelodeon’s Variety Show ft. Breadwinners’ Live at the Horton Grand Theater on Saturday, with free tickets available in the autograph area of the Sails Pavilion.

On Thursday, as part of a daylong “Throwback Thursday”, they’ll also be featuring appearances from 1990’s classic Nickelodeon stars including Kel Mitchell, Stick Stickly, and Rugrats characters Tommy, Chucky, and Angelica.

[UPDATE June 11]  Nickelodeon has released more information via a press release regarding their booth presence at this years San Diego Comic-Con and what we can expect to see.  Here are the details:

Nickelodeon’s 1800 sq. foot booth (#4113) is inspired by the excitement and imagination streaming out of its Burbank Animation Studio.  Sky-rocketing from the floor to the ceiling of the convention center, the booth’s bold collage design showcases series like Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Harvey Beaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, SpongeBob SquarePants and more.

The booth will feature activations that include: a voice record room where fans can lend their own voices to select scenes from their favorite Nick TV shows; a facial recognition booth where attendees can become their favorite characters; a “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) celebration; and autograph signings with Tom Kenny, Kel Mitchell, and more.

From LA Times, here’s a look at the Nickelodeon panels:

Friday, July 10: “Nickelodeon’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ – Turtle Power!” panel featuring executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman; voice actors Seth Green (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw), Fred Tatasciore (Rocksteady) and moderator Andre Meadows.

Saturday, July 11: “Are you ready kids? Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants'” panel featuring a live table read of the episode “Idiot Box” with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward) and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Bikini Bottom citizens). The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and creative director Vincent Waller, with a sneak peek at a brand new episode. The panel will be hosted by Nickelodeon.

Sunday, July 12: “Nickelodeon Animation featuring ‘Sanjay and Craig’ – Noiice!” panel featuring a live table read followed by a Q&A with creators and co-executive producers Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell, and voice actors Chris Hardwick, Maulik Pancholy, Matt Jones and special guests. The panel will be moderated by Claudia Spinelli, Nickelodeon’s VP of current series animation, and will include sneak peeks for “Sanjay and Craig” and “Harvey Beaks,” plus previews of new shows “Pig Goat Banana Cricket” and “The Loud House.”

Which Nickelodeon panel are you excited for? Let us know in the comments.

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