The 2020 San Diego Comic Con is here (sort of) and this year, because of a certain pandemic, it’s gone fully virtual! That means you can join in the fun from anywhere in the world. While the at home edition is nothing like the real thing, I’m glad that I can partake in a partial experience. Will I want a keepsake? Maybe…
From industry panels to what’s upcoming–including many anniversary celebrations–the choice of what to do is not as limited as one may think. Without bumping into your favourite hero or pop culture icon in the causeway for a photo op, the only hope is that the mailman can at least bring those items ordered while dressed as Deadpool. The exhibit hall will go online for the duration of the physical event for those wanting to purchase goodies, but will there be exclusives?
On my digital itinerary are my top picks in what to tune in to. The links will to to YouTube when the panel goes live.
Wednesday, July 22
The creators of Wyvern Gaming & the upcoming Stargate SG-1 RPG are ready for your questions! Come join us as we talk franchise, the game, and exciting D&D play in the Stargate Universe!
Thursday, July 23
10:00am Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel
Star Trek broke barriers when it first premiered more than 50 years ago, inspiring people of all walks of life by championing cultural diversity, scientific advancement, and the exploration of new frontiers. Today, this legacy carries on through the Star Trek series on CBS All Access, where Starfleet and new characters alike take on exciting missions and explore uncharted areas of the universe while keeping true to the ideals of “Star Trek” that society needs now more than ever. Join us as we virtually bring together the casts and producers from Star Trek: Discovery, new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard.
The Women of Paranormal unite in this powerful panel, presented by Travel Channel. Join some of the biggest female stars from Travel Channel’s multiple hit series as they share what it means to be a fearless female force in the paranormal industry. Panelists include paranormal investigators and researchers Amy Bruni (Kindred Spirits) and Katrina Weidman (Portals to Hell), paranormal explorer Chelsea Laden (Destination Fear), and psychic medium Cindy Kaza (The Holzer Files). Fans will be inspired by their stories and get firsthand advice from a group of women who ain’t afraid of no ghosts. #WonderWomenTRVL
Ric Meyers (Films of Fury, Atlas Originals Presents Targitt) is back with the most amazing action scenes of the year, along with the master of remaster Frank Djeng (Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks), king of web-fu Eric Jacobus (God of War), Comedy Film Nerd Chris Mancini (Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master), and Jan Lucanus (Justice for Hire)–as well as special guests Peter Pham (Foggy Mountain) and Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, Ip Man 4). If you’ve seen any of the past 22 extravaganzas, or even if this is your first, get ready to laugh, gasp, groan, and cheer!
Friday, July 24
Ever wonder how we can translate what we’ve learned from our recent pandemic challenges into dealing with the next unknown, even the zombie apocalypse? Join author Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, Devolution), biodefense experts Dr. Greg Koblentz (George Mason University), Dr. Gigi Gronvall (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Shanna Ratnesar-Shumate (University of Nebraska Medical Center) and Dr. Jarod Hanson (USAMRIID and University of Maryland Medical Center) and moderator Justin Hurt (Comic-Con Today assistant editor) for an engaging and entertaining discussion of how we could prepare for what comes next in the realm of infectious disease.
Dark Horse Comics, Abrams Books, and Nickelodeon are thrilled to treat fans to a panel worthy of the Avatar! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra creators and writers, Michael DiMartino, Faith Erin Hicks, F.C. Yee, and Gene Luen Yang for a further exploration of the beloved world as it has grown and changed since the animated series has ended.
Dynamite joins current Vampirella writers and artists Christopher Priest (Black Panther), Tom Sniegoski (Punisher), Lucio Parrillo, Meghan Hetrick, and editor Matt Idelson to discuss the timeless appeal of the character, current storylines, and tease the future.
Saturday, July 25
NASA is returning humans to the surface of the moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis program. This decade, the agency and its partners will explore more of the Moon than ever before, including the lunar south pole. Using the Moon for scientific discovery, NASA will also test technologies to move humanity farther into the solar system, beginning with Mars. The panel, hosted by William Shatner, will include NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Kjell Lindgren as well as space technology expert LaNetra Tate, and spacesuit engineer Lindsay Aitchison, who are working to get humanity back to the moon and beyond!
3:00pm Bill & Ted Face the Music
Cast Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, director Dean Parisot alongside writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson gather for a lively panel moderated by filmmaker and fan Kevin Smith.
Marc Silvestri (CEO) and Matt Hawkins (president & COO) remember the legendary Witchblade sensation on her 25th anniversary–and showcase what’s to come from Top Cow Productions! Conversations with Colleen Doran (The Clock), Stephanie Phillips (A Man Among Ye), and Stjepan Sejic (Sunstone) moderated by Henry Barajas (director of operations).
Sunday, July 26
10:00am First TMNT Film 30th Anniversary
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie presents a bit of history of the making of this iconic film with panel guests producer Kim Dawson, writer and ex-offico producer Bobby Herbeck, and moderated by The Old Turtle Den’s creator Chris Castaneda.
2:00pm Robotech: The Next Phase
The Harmony Gold team talks about exciting new Robotech merchandise and licenses, updates on the continuing Robotech Remix comic series, the live-action Robotech film and our new partnership for future Robotech with Funimation!
The rich history of comic series, characters, creators and stories don’t disappear into history thanks to laws governing public domain intellectual properties. By looking at the public domain status and history of properties like Sherlock Holmes, Mickey Mouse, Amazing Man and many others we can learn much about preserving history and making old things new again. Join the lively discussion with Tom Mason (Uncensored Mouse editor), Dave Olbrich (Malibu publisher), Barry Gregory (writer/publisher Gallant Comics), and Michael Lovitz (trademark, copyright and entertainment attorney and Comic Book Law School® founder).