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COMIC CON: Friday Animation Highlights

COMIC CON: Friday Animation Highlights

Second day of the big Comic Con and again, loaded with animation panels – several opposite each other making it impossible to see it all (that is, if you can even manage to get into the rooms the panels are in), unless you’re The Flash (pictured above, from the new Justice League Flashpoint Paradox, which will have its world premiere screening at the Con this second night). Click here for the complete Friday July 19th Schedule

Here are most of my picks – this list below doesn’t include the Phineas and Ferb panel at 1pm in Room 6A, discussion of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 in Hall H at 4:05pm, an Archer panel at the Hilton Bayfront at 5pm and the Spike and Mike Screening at 9:30 in Room 6BCF. There just isn’t enough room! 

10am – Regular Show/Adventure Time Panels featuring Regular Show creator J. G. Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (supervising director), Matt Price (writer), and storyboard artistsToby Jones and Calvin Wong – and Adventure Time creator  Pendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), Olivia Olson(Marceline), Kent Osborne (head of story), and Adam Muto (supervising producer). Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

11am – Jerry Beck Book Signing. I’ll be signing my previous books, hanging out and talking cartoons (and giving a preview of my forthcoming Spongebob book) at the Insight Editions booth #1134. Meet me there! 

11:15am The Legend of Korra panel with creator team Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) who discuss what’s in store for the highly anticipated Book 2: Spirits. Voice actors Janet Varney (voice of Korra), David Faustino (voice of Mako), and P. J. Byrne (voice of Bolin) also share their experiences working on the series. Ballroom 20

12:15pm – The Venture Brothers with creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammerdiscuss the series, and will be joined by the voice of Brock Samson, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Tick). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:45pm – Spotlight on Bruce Timm – a legend in the world of animation. ‘Nuff Said. Room 5AB

3:15pm – Robot Chicken with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, joined by co-head writer/executive producer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer and writer Matthew Beans. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
4pm – Animation: The State of The Industry What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Is 2D dead? What’s happening in VFX? How do you get a job? Discuss with Tom Sito (Osmosis Jones), Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken), Jamie Kezlarian Bolio (Ernest & Celestine), Rick Farmiloe (Little Mermaid),Carol Wyatt (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), and Joan Collins (Starship Troopers) in Room 9.
4pm – Bob’s Burgers with creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the voice cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
5:30pm – 100th Birthday of Walt Kelly, the creator of Pogo, with Jeff Smith (Bone), Paul Dini (Batman), comic historian R. C. Harvey, Maggie Thompson (ComicBuyer’sGuide), Carolyn Kelly (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series and Walt’s daughter), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer). Room 8.
5:45pm – The Making of Roger Rabbit panel led by producer Don Hahn and the voice of Roger Rabbit himself, Charles Fleisher. The panel includes animation masters Andreas Deja and James Baxter, animator/writer/historian Tom Sito, and special effx wizard Dave Bossert. Room 6BCF
7:30pm – World Premiere screening: JUSTICE LEAGUE, The Flashpoint Paradox. Come for the film, but stay for the panel that features Grey’s Anatomy stars Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd as Flash and Batman, respectively, along with C. Thomas Howell (Southland), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Sam Daly (The Daly Show), and a few surprise voice cast members, plus the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker (Superman: Unbound), director Jay Oliva(Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series), and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice). Ballroom 20
Here’s an exclusive clip from Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox:
And last but NOT least…
8:15pm Worst Cartoons Ever! Yes, it’s my program of the worst cartoons ever made, including episodes of Phys Ed super-hero Mighty Mr. Titan, space cadet Johnny Cypher and some of those 1960s Marvel Super Heroes cartoons. The best/bad animation ever! Don’t miss it! Room 6BCF

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