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COMIC CON: Saturday Animation Highlights

COMIC CON: Saturday Animation Highlights

Saturday at the San Diego Comic Con is always sheer pandemonium. If I’m not at any of the events listed below, just know I’ll be hanging out at the Asifa-Hollywood booth (#1534), which is situated in a little “animation alley”, right next to Bill Plympton’s booth, Ralph Bakshi’s booth, Spike & Mike, and Animation Magazine. 

Here’s the complete Saturday (7/20) schedule – below are the animation highlights:

10am – Creating Animated Series – Writers who write them and network/studio executives who buy them talk about it and answer your questions. Ted Biaselli (VP, programming and development, The Hub), Steven Melching(Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Craig Miller (Pocket Dragon Adventures, Trash Pack), Bob Roth (Disney’s Legend of Tarzan, Penguins of Madagascar), and Dean Stefan (Matchbox Big Rig Buddies,Quack Pack) join the discussion. Room 9

10am – My Little Pony – Call all Bronnies!  Representatives from Hasbro Studios and The Hub TV Network’s My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic share details of the making of the popular animated series in Room 25ABC.
11am – Gravity Falls – Creator and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Grunkle Stan), creative director Michael Rianda, and voice actors Jason Ritter (Dipper) and Kristin Schaal (Mabel) discuss the funny Disney Channel series. This panel will feature a sneak peek of Wander Over Yonder, the new series coming from Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls). Room 7AB
12 Noon – Futurama – Meet Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche,Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, performing never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.” Plus executive producer David X. Cohen, creator Matt Groening, and a cartooning showdown to the death! Ballroom 20. 
12:45 – The Simpsons – with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and consulting producer David Silverman in Ballroom 20.
1:00 – Cartoon Voices –  Mark Evanier gathers the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year’s lineup includes Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Grey DeLisle (Scooby Doo, Pound Puppies), Christopher Cox (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Family Guy), David Boat (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Family Guy), Michael Leon-Wooley (The Princess and the Frog), and Kari Wahlgren (Bolt, Tangled). Room 6BCF
1:45pm – Family Guy – A sneak peek at season 12, featuring Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Alex Borstein (MADtv, Shameless), and executive producer Rich Appel (The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show) plus other surprise guests. Ballroom 20.

2:00pm – The Awesomes – a screening of Hulu’s first animated series (pictured above) gets a sneak peek with co-creators Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). It is the story of the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Also appearing on the panel is writer/producer  Judd Winick (Batman: Under The Red Hood), and cast members Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Josh Meyers (That ’70s Show), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
3:00pm Cartoon Network’s new shows: UNCLE GRANPA, STEVEN UNIVERSE and CLARENCE – Sneak peek of Cartoon Network Studio’s all new cartoon line up features Uncle Grandpa creator Pete Browngardt, creative director Audie Harrison, and Adam Devine (Workaholics) as the voice of Pizza Steve, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and creative director Ian Jones-Quartey, and Clarence creator Skyler Page. Room 6A.
4:00pm Oddball Comics – Scott Shaw’s hilarious slide show never fails to get huge laughs. An extra-lurid, extra-funny, new edition of his popular show featuring “the craziest comic books ever published.” A Comic Con tradtion in Room 7A. 
5:45pm – Batman The Animated Series Anniversary – Join the creative core of this groundbreaking series, Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Eric Radomski as they recollect the dynamics of crafting a series that would have a resounding influence on Dark Knight properties — and the entire animated television landscape — for two decades and counting. Room 6DE
5:45pm – Adult Swim – Dave Willis (Squidbillies, Aqua TV Show Show), Matt Maiellaro (Aqua TV Show Show), and Jim Fortier (Squidbillies) discuss the return of long-running animated series Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbilles. Christy Karacas (Robotomy) previews season 4 of Superjail. J. J. Villard (Monsters vs. Aliens), and Tommy Blacha(Metalocalypse) discuss King Star King. And get an exclusive look at Mr. Pickles from creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Funny or Die Presents Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time). Room 25ABC
6:00pm – Spotlight on Leonard Maltin – interviewed by Mark Evanier. This ought to be good. I’ll be there sitting in the back. Room 5AB
Man, there’s a lot more than this. Check the full Saturday schedule to find out about the Sid and Marty Kroft panel at 2pm, The Adventure Time book event at 2:30, the American Dad panel also at 2:30, The Pinky and The Brain reunion at 3pm, the Paul Dini meet-and-greet at 3:30… and much much more. There’s also the biggest exhibit room in Comic Con history (hopefully they’ll be some actual comic books for sale there). 

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