SDCC 2017 Programming Schedule: Saturday Highlights

It’s less than two weeks away from Comic-Con, and CCI is releasing the programming schedule for Comic-Con 2017 in its annual fashion. We’ll be bringing you the highlights of each day as they’re announced.

We’ll also be discussing our thoughts on this year’s lineup, including our top picks, in a special series of live podcasts this weekend. The first of which covered Preview Night, Thursday’s and Friday’s lineup, and the second segment — in which we break down Saturday and Sunday — will be on Sunday, July 9 at 3PM PT / 6PM ET.

With that said, let’s dive right into Saturday.

Hall H looks, well, exactly like we thought it would with no surprises — but there’s plenty to be excited about. Although the 11:30AM Warner Bros. Pictures panel doesn’t list anything more than “a sneak peek at some of the studio’s upcoming highly anticipated releases”, we know that they will be featuring cast and footage from Ready Player One, Justice League, and Blade Runner 2049This has huge potential to be the biggest thing that happens all week at Comic-Con — and also to be the biggest line.

Chugging right along in that room, there’s also the previously announced, annual Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel, which this year will be focused on actress Charlize Theron (so you can probably also expect some talk about the upcoming Atomic Blonde). Then there’s Netflix’s Stranger Things with at least David Harbour and Noah Schnapp (as well as presumably a lot more), followed by Westworld‘s Comic-Con debut. Then it’s Marvel Studios from 5:30PM-7PM (30 minutes longer than normal!), and while the description is vague, you can expect Thor: Ragnarok and The Black Panther to both be represented in force.

Over in Ballroom 20, it’s the annual Once Upon a Time panel, followed by Riverdale. The annual Fox Animation block is down to just a 12PM panel for The Simpsons and a 1PM split panel for Family Guy and American Dad!. Then there’s your first look at the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery, followed by the daytime equivalent of the former WB/DC TV block in Hall H, with back-to-back panels for Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, new series Black LightningThe Flash, and Arrow. In Indigo, it’s another day of awesome TV, with Ben 10, The OriginalsKryptonLucifer, Gotham, The Magicians, The Expanse, Broad City, and the 10th anniversary of The Guild (yay!). Elsewhere in the convention center, there’s Wynonna Earp in 5AB at 2:30PM, SpongeBob SquarePants at 11:15AM in 6A, as well as Marvel Animation Presents panel to discuss Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at 12:30PM in 6A. Journey into Hulu’s new series Future Man with executive producer Seth Rogen and star Josh Hutcherson at 6:30PM in 6BCF, or catch a look at Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming live-action, sci-fi comedy series The Orville in 6A at 4:15PM. We also recommend the screening of Midnight, Texas with cast at 4PM in 6BCF. Plus, there’s always Blood Drive at the Horton Grand Theatre at 9:30PM. Bring your chrome.

While it’s not an official panel for the revival of FOX’s The X-Files, you can also join series star David Duchovny and the producer of the Audible original drama The X-Files: Cold Cases over at 6:45PM in 6A.

Plus, the team behind the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Joel Hodgson, Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson!) will be discussing the series at The Horton Grand Theatre at 3PM.

For lovers of comics, it’s another amazing day. Celebrate Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday courtesy of IDW and an all-star tribute (Walter Simonson, Kevin Eastman, Scott Dunbier, and Dirk Wood) at 1PM in 25ABC, or join Mark Waid and special guests Marguerite Bennett, Tom King, Gail Simone, and Erica Henderson as they discuss making stories feel fresh at 4PM in Room 23ABC. Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada’s annual Marvel Cup O’Joe chat always features updates on all your favorite titles and heroes, and BOOM! Studios “Discover Yours” panel in 24ABC at 12:30PM is sure to introduce you to your new favorite title. For your Image Comics fix, join Ed Brubaker, Tini Howard, Donny Cates, Sina Grace, and Nicola Scott in 7AB at 1PM.

Did you know that will.i.am and (most) of the Black Eyed Peas will be at Comic-Con this year, discussing the making of their Masters of the Sun Marvel comic in 6A at 3PM? Well, now you know.

Kevin Eastman and Stan Sakai (as well as others) discuss IDW’s summer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles releases at 11:30AM in 24ABC, Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane have a one-on-one chat in 6DE at 3:30PM about the industry and breaking new ground, and artists Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin join forces for a panel in Room 9 at 3PM for a spotlight where they interview each other about their lives’ work. Disney lovers (and those looking for something kid-friendly) should check out the From Screen to Panel: Disney Comics Come to Life with New Series panel at 12PM in 25ABC. Kodansha Comics offers a look inside some of their hottest titles in Room 8 at 11:30AM, including AkiraSailor Moon, and more — or you can get more of your Sailor Moon fix on at 1:30PM in the annual Viz anime panel for it in 5AB. Archie Comics will be talking about your favorite Archie titles and Riverdale over in Room 4 at 1PM (and while cast from the series aren’t listed, it’s not out of the question to hope for a surprise or two).

There are a few dozen other panels we could point you towards, including LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 at 1:45pM in 6A where you’ll get a first look inside the upcoming game, “Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy” in 25ABC at 10AM which discusses the series’ impact with voice actor Dante Basco, or “Diamond Select Toys: Minimates!” in Room 8 at 10:30AM (preview new toys! prizes!). Want to know what would really happen to a city if some superhero-sized battle actually took place there? Join San Diego City Councilmembers and California State Treasurers/Assembly Members are they discuss the fallout in Room 29AB at 11AM. TV writers and authors gather together in Room 26AB for a chat about why we love evil characters so much. We’re also excited about the Marvel Studios Theatrical Prop Development panel in 25ABC at 11AM (actual props!), the Sonic Mania behind the scenes panel about the making of the upcoming video game in 24ABC at 7:30PM, and the fact that you can catch Elijah Wood in Room 23ABC discussing indie horror film.

We always recommend Mark Evanier’s annual Quick Draw! panel (this year with guests Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw, and Maria Scrivan) at 11:45AM in 6BCF, as well as the 1PM panel for Cartoon Voice immediately after.

You can view the full Saturday programming schedule on the MySched website.

What will you be lining up for on Saturday of Comic-Con? Let us know in the comments.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site's resident panel guru.
  • Paul

    Total newbie here with a dumb question – in order to get into Hall H 11:30 panel, what time do we have to start lining up?

  • keeleon

    Last week…

  • David

    I’m surprised Outcast didn’t come back this year to promote Season 2!

  • Gail Nawn

    I was hoping to do friday morning at around 5am. Hoping to do some hall h also on Friday. Line spot holding

  • Ted Tarris

    Not a dumb question. Probably a very smart question.

    The night before. Maybe earlier. Someone who has done something like that could probably give you a better answer. If you don’t go earlier, don’t get your hopes up. I haven’t been in Hall H during ‘prime time’ (i.e. Sat 11:30am) ever, I don’t think. There’s a lot going on Saturdays.

    I honestly wouldn’t bother. Anything big in Hall H, you can usually see on youtube. It’s so big, you’ll probably be watching everything on one of the screens anyway.

    BUT… since you’ve never been, I guess you should go if you really want to. You have to weigh your options. Every hour you spend waiting in line for hall H or you spend in hall H, is an hour you are not somewhere else. You could be missing out on a lot of other stuff just because you were in a line.

  • Carmine57

    Also, if you want to hear from the actors and creators and can live without seeing the videos, you can always catch the same day playback of all the Hall H and Ballroom 20 panels over at the Mariott.

  • Gia

    Can you also please highlight the panels that will be having giveaways?

  • Diane S

    Hey Paul,

    Hall H can be a problem. To be honest I have not gotten in Hall H ever. And not likely to now either. From what I understand. You can get a wristband while in line. Talk to the nice people in front of you. They should know what is going on… it may take a few people in line in front of them to get the answer. I have a love/hate relationship with SDCC. because you can sleep out.(way too old for that now for me).

    At some time early in the am. the wristbands have no number as far as I know but the colors change from the people first in line. As I said I have never done it so I speak as a watcher. Hall H and Ballroom 20 are the most popular. If you get there early enough to get a wristband and your 11:30am panel is not the first panel in the room you are not as likely to get in. The wristband alone does not guarantee you a seat as there is no way to tell how many people will leave after any panel. So, how bad do you want to see the panel? TWD? GOT? plan 24 to 48 hours in advance and have someone that is your buddy or a person beside you to save your place so you can run to the restroom. The people handing out the wristbands can tell you when you must stay inline from the color you get as it is not a place saver… if they go past your color, the only thing left is the tears. I wish you the best of luck. Also you will learn fast that the phrase most spoken at SDCC is… “What is this line for?”

  • sdrob

    The night before, they announce what times wristbands will be handed out the evening before and the lines and waits for wristbands can be excruciatingly long as well (hours). As others have said, people just tend to sleep overnight. I stopped trying to get into first Hall H several years ago, before then you could show up at 5am and get in (doesn’t help you now). As others have said, you can catch recap in other rooms (just not exclusive content shown) and most of it ends up on Youtube or if its a trailer premiere, many times the studio releases it to the world that day, PLUS lately many times you can catch the panels at signings on the main floor (if you all you really wanted was to say you saw them or take a grainy useless picture of them from 100 ft away). The last 2 years, there’s been very little offered in Hall H that you couldn’t see just a little bit later… hardly worth it. As for going to Hall H for later events, based on the lineup I’m seeing, it may not be impossible to get in a line and get in because there’s not stellar back to back lineups that are going to keep people the whole time.
    So to answer your question, probably Friday at 7pm you should line up and then you could leave after you get your wristband and come back later if you don’t mind going farther back in line (oh, but you have to have your badge already, if you have to wait until Saturday to get your badge situation straightened out then you may be out of luck).

  • sdrob

    Disappointed with the Hall H offerings in general this year. 2 Movie studio offerings on Saturday, 1 on Thurs, and none on Friday (not counting Netflix as a movie studio). Hall H on Saturday used to be overrun with big studio productions and their cast, now its more TV related… disappointing. I wasn’t going to wait to get in anyways, so I’ll quit complaining now.

  • Dan Mitchell

    Hi Paul,
    Ive done Hall H and the Hall H line last couple years. Doing Hall H with a group can make things easier of where you can take shifts waiting inline & freeing up more comiccon time. A wristband will guarantee you’ll at least be in the panel room for the first panel of Saturday. I suggest getting inline anytime before NOON friday, earlier the better. If they stick to the same wristband distribution system they’ll start handing wristbands out around 9pm Friday night. The wristbands are color coded and have either an A,B,C, or D on them. Hall H should seat 6,500. Once you And Or your group receive wristbands you have two options: a person in your group sleeps overnight saving place inline OR once given wristbands you can leave the line and return back in early early morning at the back of all people who have wristbands. It takes time to distribute wristbands to over 6,000 people. So earlier you get inline the earlier at night you’ll receive wristband. Last year someone in my group got inline around 11am Friday for Saturday panels and wristbands that night started being handed around 9pm for Saturday and we didnt receive our wristbands until around 1130pm.

  • Papool Chaudhari

    I’m with you. I mean, it doesn’t come as a big surprise, but it still is a bummer to only see 20th Century Fox on Thurs and then WB/DC and Marvel and Sat (and I don’t count Netflix as a movie studio for this purpose either).

    I’ve gone back to look at SDCC schedules of years past. Oh man, SDCC 09, for example, had tons of movies Thurs, Fri and Sat. It was amazing. And then we had the years of Saturday having movies all day (with a few movie panels sprinkled into Thurs and Fri). And now, this. Like everyone has said, the movie studios, for the most part, are done with SDCC.