Star Wars Programming Schedule At Comic-Con Announced

In Panel & Autograph News by Kerry Dixon2 Comments

star-wars-rebels-sdcc-20141It’s nearly impossible to walk around San Diego Comic-Con without spotting a Jedi or a Stormtrooper, but this year, Star Wars‘ programming schedule at the convention feels a little more robust. StarWars.com revealed all of the Star Wars programing and panels to be found this summer, including Star Wars Rebels, Hasbro action figures, collectibles, and much more.

Notably absent from the list of Star Wars programing is anything mentioning Star Wars: Episode VII, with only this note offering any insight:

With Star Wars: Episode VII creators deep in production in anticipation of the film’s December 18, 2015, release, Lucasfilm will not be featuring the movie at SDCC.

While that definitely rules out a Star Wars: Episode VII panel, it doesn’t necessarily rule out a clip being played, or some other kind of teaser for the film happening during the convention.

Star Wars Rebels is now confirmed for a Comic-Con panel, set for Thursday at 6PM in Room 6BCF. Attendees will get a first look at Lucasfilm’s upcoming animated series, debuting this fall. Cast members Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray, along with Executive Producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg, will be on hand to discuss making the series, and will also show exclusive content from the show.

The following day will commence Star Wars Day, a full day of Star Wars programming in Room 7AB, starting at 10AM and running through 4PM. No matter what aspect of Star Wars you love, fans can find plenty of panels to keep their convention experience busy, with subjects ranging from “Star Wars Origami” to “Star Wars: A New Dawn”, a look at the planning and process of the book and a list of upcoming Star Wars novels from Del Rey.

Exclusives fans can choose from options like “Hasbro: Star Wars” at 12PM, as Hasbro director Jeff Labovitz and design manager Bill Rawley discuss Hasbro’s Star Wars line and offer upcoming, never-before-seen action figures from the new Star Wars Rebels series. Attendees can stick around after for the “Star Wars: Collectibles Update”, as eFX, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles provide insight and previews into their Star Wars lines.

Fans can also find never-before-published art from early conceptional and deleted scenes of the original trilogy in “Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy”, and hear author Tony DiTerlizzi discuss Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art later in the day in “Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight”.

From StarWars.com, here’s all the panel information:

Thursday, July 24
The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6BCF
The Empire. The Rebellion. The Beginning. Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated animated series detailing the start of the fight against the evil Empire, is coming this fall — but fans can get a big sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con.

Lucasfilm’s special panel, The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels, will feature executive producer Dave Filoni, as well as the first panel appearance by executive producer Simon Kinberg and stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray. They’ll discuss making the show and will reveal exclusive content from the upcoming series for fans in attendance.

Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

Scheduled to premiere in the fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

With Star Wars: Episode VII creators deep in production in anticipation of the film’s December 18, 2015, release, Lucasfilm will not be featuring the movie at SDCC.

Friday, July 25, Star Wars Day
Star Wars Origami: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Room 7AB
Origami Master folder Chris Alexander (author of Star Wars Origami) demonstrates and teaches the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive Comic-Con model along with other art from the Star Wars universe. Materials included!

Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 7AB
For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present comprehensive storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy — the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes, in a new book from Abrams: Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. Former ILM art director Joe Johnston will discuss the newest addition to the Abrams Star Wars library, and the singular experience of creating the iconic trilogy’s storyboards with his stellar art dept team. Johnston won an Academy Award for Best Visual effects for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, and has directed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Moderated by Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler.

Hasbro: Star Wars: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room 7AB
Join members of the Hasbro brand and design team including Jeff Labovitz (director, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro), Bill Rawley (design manager, Hasbro), and more as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never-before-seen action figures from the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Star Wars: Collectibles Update: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00pm, Room 7AB
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Anita Castellar of Lucas Licensing.

Star Wars: A New Dawn: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room 7AB
The new era of Star Wars storytelling begins in September with Star Wars: A New Dawn. Join New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller, Shelly Shapiro (editor, Del Rey), Frank Parisi (editor, Del Rey), Jennifer Heddle (senior editor, Lucasfilm), Pablo Hidalgo (Lucasfilm Story Group), Vanessa Marshall (Hera in Star Wars Rebels), along with Dave Filoni (executive producer, Star Wars Rebels), as they discuss the planning and process of Star Wars: A New Dawn, and present the list of upcoming Star Wars novels from Del Rey.

Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Room 7AB
Ralph McQuarrie’s art for the original Star Wars trilogy is introduced to a new generation of young readers in Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. Join New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi as he talks about the conceptualization of this project and the process, challenges, and privileges of writing to the works of a legend. Moderated by J.W. Rinzler (executive editor, Lucasfilm).

Saturday, July 26:
Lucasfilm Portfolio Review: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Room PR F
Troy Alders, now art director at Disney Consumer Products, is conducting portfolio reviews, providing critiques, and offering tips to graphic designers. Bring a portfolio selection of your best design work in and see if you have what it takes to create art for the ever-expanding Star Wars galaxy. Graphic Design degrees a plus.

Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more on SDCC 2014, including live blogs and exclusive coverage!

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