It’s less than two weeks away from Comic-Con, and CCI is releasing the programming schedule for Comic-Con 2019 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, room flow, and what time we think you should line-up 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 7 at 3PM PT / 6PM ET.
With that said, let’s dive right into Saturday.
For movie fans, Saturday is where it’s at. Marvel Studios is back to anchor Saturday night in Hall H (90 whole minutes!), with Kevin Feige and unannounced friends, that will surely rock the house (and have an INSANE line). That’s followed by Kevin Smith at 7:15PM with his annual panel, which this time is mostly about Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. You’ll even be treated to the world premiere trailer for the film. For more Kevin-Smith-related-awesomeness, you can also check out Shooting Clerks: The Kevin Smith Biopic at its world premiere in 5AB at 10PM.
You’ll also find Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal giving you a look inside their upcoming thriller Scary Stories in the Dark at 4PM in the Horton Grand (which will be ticketed, and VERY hard to get into).
Otherwise, TV continues to take control of the convention — even in Hall H. The day kicks off in the cavernous hall at 11:30AM with back-to-back panels for Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Picard. Yes, Sir Patrick Stewart will be there. Then at 1:15PM, get a look inside the upcoming third season of Westworld, at 2:45PM enjoy the annual Animation Show of Shows, and at 4PM you’ll find this year’s Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass. It contains some really interesting names, like Freema Agyeman and Betty Gilpin, which mostly serve to make me sad we don’t have a Sense8 reunion or GLOW panel this year (that we know of, anyway).
Ballroom 20 is the annual DC/FOX animation split day, where DC fans who want to see it all will have to join at 10:30AM for Batwoman and then either leave and come back or enjoy The Simpsons, American Dad!, Family Guy, and The Orville before Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and The Flash. Over in Indigo, it’s a plethora of offerings, with Infinity Train, HISTORY’s Project Blue Book, The Good Place, The Expanse, YouTube’s Impulse, Snowpiercer (giving us the other half of our Hamilton crew this week), Ripley’s Believe It or Not! with Bruce Campbell, Wynonna Earp, and The Magicians. The night finishes off with DC Universe at 7PM.
But wait! There’s more TV! 6A has a big 50th birthday bash for Scooby-Doo himself, as well as The Man in the High Castle and NOS4A2. 6BCF meanwhile is home to What We Do in the Shadows and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And, of course, Critical Role will be at 4PM in Room 6BCF as well.
For fans of comics, Saturday is action-packed. You can catch living legends Walter Simonson and Stan Sakai at 10AM in 23ABC, find out what the Rick and Morty crew and Dungeons & Dragons have in common at a 12PM Room 25ABC IDW/Oni Press panel, learn about the history of Jack Kirby at 11AM in 7AB, enjoy a spotlight on Frank Miller at 4:15PM in 6DE, learn what’s coming up for Elfquest at 6PM in 23ABC, and dive into the world of your favorite heroes in a half-shell at 2PM in 28DE. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is giving a rare, uncensored panel at 3PM in 6DE that’s not to be missed.
Manga lovers will have a lot to love at 11:30AM in Room 8 with the publishers of Sailor Moon, AKIRA, and more. Ever wondered how hard it is to write panel descriptions? Hear from the pros at 2PM in Room 11. Invader Zim fans will want to proceed to Room 24ABC at 2:30PM.
If you’re into toys, don’t miss the Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant panel at 12PM or the LEGO panel at 11:15AM in 6A to see what’s up next.
The 50th anniversary of Comic-Con continues with Memories of the First Comic-Con, featuring several members of the original committee, a dealer, special guests, and more at 10AM in 28DE. You’ll also find The Women of Comic-Con from the earliest days of the convention at 11:30AM in Room 5AB.
Elsewhere on the schedule, there’s a lot to be excited about. We love the annual Quick Draw! panel at 11:45AM in 6BCF, and there’s some big TV writers on this year’s Inside the Writers’ Room at 10AM in 24ABC. Speaking of writers, J. Michael Straczynski’s spotlight panel is always a highlight (and occasionally he’s late because he’s stopping a mugging, like a real-life superhero), which is at 1PM in 7AB. Disney fans can get ready to boogie at 11AM in 25ABC at a look back at the 40th anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Disco album, and Sesame Street fans will find not one, but TWO panels on Saturday to get them on their way to Sesame Street — Sesame Street‘s 50th Anniversary Panel at 2:45PM in 6BCF, and Sesame Street Puppets Live! at 11:30AM in the Horton Grand.
Your kids are going to be very hyped for Party with Peppa Pig and PJ Masks at 1PM in the Horton Grand (ticketed!), and the Cartoon Voices panel at 1PM in 6BCF with talent from Big City Greens, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star Wars Resistance, and more. You can also (try to) excite their minds and imaginations with a special space panel all about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 at 3:30PM in 5AB.
There’s also what’s sure to be a moving panel featuring George Takei at 1PM in 25ABC, as he looks at his new graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy about his childhood in American internment camps. You can also find Disney and WB animator Willie Ito on a spotlight at 2:30PM in Room 8, sit down for a fireside chat with the creators of Cuphead at 4:30PM in 5AB, and find Death Stranding director Hideo Kojima (along with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Geoff Keighley) at 5:15 in 6BCF. Famed composer Bear McCreary will also be giving a spotlight of a sort at 5PM in 25ABC.
David Arquette is moderating a Sid and Morty Kroft 50th anniversary panel at 2PM in 23ABC, actor and writer Thomas Lennon is giving his own spotlight at 5:30PM at the Horton Grand, the co-creator of One Day at a Time and a bunch of other amazing women in the industry are rockin’ 7AB at 2PM, and if you’ve ever wondered what Mean Girls would look like as a Shakespeare play — find out at 2:30PM in the Horton Grand’s ticketed panel.
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.