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COMIC CON 2015: A List of Animation Highlights

COMIC CON 2015: A List of Animation Highlights

The complete schedule of panels and and events for this year’s San Diego Comic Con is now posted online and it is massive. I gave it a random skim and pulled out the following list (below) of animation related events of note. There are probably another 20 other things I missed – and this list does not include events and appearances by notable animation folk on the exhibitor floor or at various venues outside the convention center in downtown San Diego. 

I will be there – this year I am an official convention guest. If you want to find me the best bet is to attend one of the four panels I’ll be part of – three on Friday and one on Sunday: 

Friday July 10th – 11am Warner Archive’s “Atom Ant ” Panel – Room 25ABC
Friday July 10th – 6pm A Spotlight on Jerry Beck (This should be good) – Room 4
Friday July 10th – 8:15pm Worst Cartoon Ever! (This will be great!) – Room 6BCF
Sunday July 12 – 1:30pm From Comics To Animation – Room 23ABC

Please come meet me there – I promise these will be easy panels to get into to. 

As for the rest of the convention – Here are my immediate recommendations at first glance:   


Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour

director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join
forces for a tour de farce of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some
of the Bongo and United Plankton artists and writers (Ian Boothby and Jacob
Chabot) who tickle your four-color funny bones and find out what’s in stores in
the months to come!
July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm

Room 9

to Gravity Falls

Creator and
executive producer Alex Hirsch (Grunkle Stan) and other special guests uncover
the mysteries of Disney XD’s hit series Gravity Falls. Find out what’s
next for the Pines Family after Season 2’s shocking cliffhanger with an
exclusive look at the upcoming episodes and an audience Q&A. The panel will
also feature sneak peeks of Pickle and Peanut and Future-Worm!,
two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!

July 9, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Room 6A


Looney Tunes
Legacy: Linda Jones and Ruth Clampett on The Life and Art of Animation

Chuck Jones
and Bob Clampett are two of the most important animators in cartoon history.
Their daughters, Linda Jones (Emmy Award-winning producer, founder of Linda
Jones Enterprises) and Ruth Clampett (founder of Clampett Studio Collections,
former head of Warner Brothers art program) keep their dads’ legacies alive. Moderated by
Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery).
July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Room 24ABC

The TV Animation Story Editors/Head Writers Panel 
Do you have
dreams of writing for kids TV animation? This panel of veteran story editors
and head writers will reveal what you need to know to break into the business,
and stay in it. Topics include creating appropriate writing samples, landing a
first gig, meeting deadlines, and keeping your story editor happy. Moderator
Neo Edmund (Red Riding Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters)
is joined by panelists Andrew Robinson (senior writer at Blizzard
Entertainment, Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters), Jim Krieg (Green
Lantern: The Animated Series, Spooksville
), Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10
Omniverse, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
), Eugene Son (Ultimate
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), and Craig Miller (Transformers,
Curious George

July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Room 24ABC

World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! 
Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss! In Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. Be part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, then stay for a panel featuring the legendary band KISS – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer; NCIS star Pauley Perrette and longtime “Shaggy” and “Daphne” voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (MadRobot Chicken). The panel will be moderated by director/actor/writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film along with Jason Mewes.
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm Hall H

Network: Adventure Time Royal Ball

It’s the 2nd
annual Adventure Time Royal Ball! Last year Cartoon Network filled a
ballroom with the most righteous of warriors and the fairest in all the Land of
Ooo, and this year they’re returning with more fan-favorites, another
first-look Adventure Time episode, and a very special world premiere
screening of the newest Cartoon Network hit series We Bare Bears! Don’t
forget to dress up in your most inspired outfit for the royal procession and
your chance to win righteous prizes. Now come one, come all for a night of
mathematical magic!
July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Room 7AB

Norman Documentary

Michael Fiore (producer of the upcoming feature Home Invasion) and Erik
Sharkey (director of Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) will show clips
from their original feature-length documentary and reunite Floyd Norman
(legendary Disney and Hanna Barbera animator and story artist) with many
animators and artists that he influenced and worked with over his 60-year
career. Panelists will include notables featured in the documentary
includingPaul Dini (animation writer/producer), Gary Trousdale (co-director of
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist, humorist,
historian), Leo Sullivan (animator, producer, publisher), Ken Mitchroney
(writer, director, story artist), Adrienne Nichelle Brown-Norman (illustrator,
Disney Publishing), and Tom Sito (animator, professor of animation, USC). The
documentary also features interviews with such notables as actress Whoopi
Goldberg, cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, Disney music composer Richard Sherman,
producer Don Hahn, Maleficent), Ralph Guggenheim (former Pixar VP of
animation), and film critic/historian Leonard Maltin. The documentary is
supported by a musical score composed by Ryan Shore (composer, Disney’s Penn
and WB’s Scooby-Doo!). The filmmakers will moderate a Q&A
session and celebrate Mr. Norman’s 80th birthday
July 9, 2015 9:00pm – 10:30pm

Room 9


Network: Adventure Time and Steven Universe

Comic-Con is
the ultimate destination for amazing fans in Finn hats and crystal gem
bellybuttons, which is why Cartoon Network is celebrating the fan in a one-of-a-kind
Fandemonium celebration. They’ve got big news, behind-the-scenes access, and
special musical performances by the cast and crew from hit shows Adventure
and Steven Universe. The panel features Adventure Time
legends of OooJeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John DiMaggio (voice of Jake),
Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline), andAdam Muto (co-executive producer),
alongside Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar (creator), Zach Callison
(voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and Ian Jones-Quartey
(supervising director).
Friday July
10, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm

Indigo Ballroom,
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Archive Collection’s Atom Ant Animation Spectacular!

the 50th anniversary of the original pint-sized powerhouse Atom Ant, along with
a bevy of animation favorites from throughout the ages, including a look at the
upcoming Warner Archive release of the beloved 1983 Lucasfilm animated movie,
John Korty’s Twice Upon a Time. Spend an hour reminiscing over great
animation with WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and DW
Ferranti, as well as Twice Upon a Time animator Brian Narelle (Dark
‘s Lt. Doolittle) and animation historian and Comic-Con special guest
Jerry Beck, along with a few special guests. Moderator Gary Miereanu might even
have a few WAC Blu-rays and DVDs for lucky audience members.

Friday July
10, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm

Room 25ABC

Animators: The Power of 2D

A luminary
panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the
to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the
history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its
future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot
Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy
Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid,
author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan), and
Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in
technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between
2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be
a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights

Friday July
10, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Room 24ABC


XD’s Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and Star vs. The Forces of Evil

Join the
creators and stars of Disney XD’s newest animated series Penn Zero:
Part-Time Hero
and Star vs. The Forces of Evil, including show
creators Sam Levine and Jared Bush (Penn) and Daron Nefcy (Star). See exclusive
clips from the shows, as well as sneak peeks at Pickle and Peanut and Future-Worm!,
two new animated shows coming to Disney XD.

Friday July
10, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Room 5AB

swim]: Robot Chicken

producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer
Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer discuss their Emmy-winning series,
which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment
chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early
look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.

Friday July
10, 2015 3:15pm – 4:00pm

Indigo Ballroom,
Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton (Cheatin’, Idiots and Angels) and
writer/animator Jim Lujan discuss their upcoming animated feature, Revengeance,
as a work in progress. They’ll screen clips from this comic look at L.A.’s
underworld scene and talk about funding the film via Kickstarter,
collaborating, and possible distribution strategies. Also, Bill will screen
some of his recent shorts and discuss making and promoting his films in the new
digital marketplace. Plus everyone who attends will get a free Plympton

Friday July
10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 23ACB


always-entertaining cast and creators behind Bob’s Burgers bring their
Emmy award-winning animated series back to San Diego. Creator and executive
producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious
cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen
Schaal and Larry Murphy will entertain with never-before-seen footage, followed
by a Q&A panel discussion.

Friday July
10, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Indigo Ballroom,
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

This summer,
Dragon Ball Z returns to the big screen as the series’ most evil villain
seeks his revenge. Get an exclusive sneak peek at the next feature-length film
in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Resurrection “F,” as well as a
panel and Q&A with stars Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku) and Christopher
Sabat (voice of Vegeta/ADR director).

Friday July
10, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Room 24ABC

on Jerry Beck

historian Jerry Beck (The 50 Greatest Cartoons, The Hanna Barbera Treasury,
The Spongebob Squarepants Experience
) discusses his career as a writer,
researcher, animation producer, blogger (for Animation Scoop and Cartoon
Research) and cartoon DVD curator (Looney Tunes Golden Collection). He
will screen several rare animation clips and discuss the reasons some of your
favorite animated films have never been released on home video. He’ll also
announce news of several exciting archival animation projects he’s been working
on. Join Jerry for this Q&A session moderated by Danny Fingeroth (author, Stan
Lee Universe
and Superman on the Couch).
Friday July
10, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Room 4

Cartoons Ever

For the
thirteenth year, Jerry Beck (Cartoon Research) has once again compiled a new
election of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn ,and unintentionally
funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty Mr. Titan (a
physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a one-man weapon of
mass destruction). Be sure to enjoy some of the worst there is out there in
this hilarious salute.
Friday July
10, 2015 8:15pm – 9:15pm 

Room 6BCF



Going into
its record-demolishing 27th season! Join this panel for a sneak peek behind
“Treehouse of Horror XXVI” and much, much more with creator Matt
Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director
Mike Anderson, long-time director David Silverman and the woman behind Bart
Simpson, Nelson Muntz, and Ralph Wiggum, Nancy Cartwright. Ay carumba indeed.
July 11, 2015 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Ballroom 20

Voices 1

The fine art
of giving voice to animated characters is again demonstrated by a dais of the
best. This year, join Keone Young (Star Wars Rebels, G.I. Joe), Pat
Musick (Rugrats, Extreme Ghostbusters), Eric Bauza (Ben 10, The
Adventures of Puss in Boots
), Jessica DiCicco (Gravity Falls, Pound
), Phil Morris (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Ultimate
) and Josh Robert Thompson (Family Guy, The Late Late Show
with Craig Ferguson
). Mark Evanier, as usual, gets these talented folks to
demonstrate what they do so well.
July 11, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Room 6BCF

MacFarlane Animation Block

A Comic-Con
first! The Renaissance man of entertainment will participate in a panel
featuring sneak peeks at the upcoming seasons of fan favorites Family Guy
and American Dad plus an exclusive look at his newest project, Bordertown!
Joined by the casts and executive producers from each show, including Seth
Green, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry, Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker, Wendy
Schaal, Rich Appel, Steve Callaghan, Matt Weitzman, Brian Boyle, and from Bordertown,
Missi Pyle, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Mark Hentemann.

July 11, 2015 1:00pm – 2:45pm

Ballroom 20

Over Yonder: The Galactic Domination Tour

Join creator
Craig McCracken along with the stars of the series for a special sneak peek at
the epic new season of Disney XD’s Wander Over Yonder. What happens when
Wander (Jack McBrayer), the friendliest face in outer space, comes up against
the vilest villain in the universe, the mysterious Lord Dominator? And what
does this fearsome new foe have in store for a suddenly outmatched Lord Hater?
And just who the heck is this Dominator guy anyway? So many questions! Find out
some answers with exclusive clips from the upcoming season and an audience
Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of Pickle and Peanut
and Future-Worm!, two new animated shows coming to Disney XD.

July 11, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Room 5AB

An Inside Look at Google Spotlight Stories 
Karen Dufilho-Rosen (executive producer, Google Spotlight Stories) moderates a panel featuring Jan Pinkava (director, Windy Day, creative director, Google Spotlight Stories), Glen Keane (director, duet), Shannon Tindle (director, On Ice), Patrick Osborne (director, Pearl), Felix Maisse (director, Rain or Shine), Max Keane (production designer, duet), Lou Romano (art director, On Ice), Scott Stafford (creative director, sound and music, Google Spotlight Stories), and Rachid El Guerrab (technical project lead, Google Spotlight Stories), who share their insights and experiences regarding the creation of this new, narrative format for 360-degree, immersive, interactive stories made especially for mobile devices.
Saturday July 11, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm 
Room 24ABC

on Craig Yoe

Yo, Yoe!
Comic-Con special guest Craig “The Indiana Jones of Comics
Historians” Yoe is celebrating 50 years of writing and producing fanzines
and books about the history of comic books and five years of Yoe Books. He will
be interviewed by luminaries Ted Adams (president/CEO IDW), Kelley Jones (Batman),
Jon Cooke (Comics Creator), Carol Tilley (Wertham debunker), David
Scroggy (Dark Horse), and Dean Yeagle (Mandy). Plus, see a colorful
visual slideshow of past highlights and many cool future projects. Free Weird
and Haunted Horror comic books for all!

July 11, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Room 4


Voices 2

panel of experts at voicing animated characters convenes for your edification.
They’ll tell you what they do, show you what they do and probably fracture a
fairy tale in the process. This time, we have Julie Nathanson (Final
Fantasy, Spider-Man
), Bob Bergen (Porky Pig, Star Wars), Misty Lee (Ultimate
Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of SMASH
), Wally Wingert (Batman: Arkham
Asylum, The Garfield Show
) and Chris Edgerly (The Simpsons, Dreamworks
). Hosting and directing is Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).
Sunday July
12, 2015 11:30am – 12:45pm 

Room 6A

Comics to Animation

across mediums can be challenging, and keeping true to your vision even more
so. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) leads panelists Jerry Beck (The
Hanna-Barbera Treasury
), Michael DeForge (Adventure Time), Reginald
Hudlin (Black Panther animated series), Jill Thompson (The Scary
), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), and Lalo Alcaraz (La
) in a discussion about working in both comics and animation.
Learn what it takes to convert a comic to an animated project and how to
succeed in both.
Sunday July
12, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Room 23ABC

Animation Featuring Sanjay and Craig

and Craig
returns to
Comic-Con with a live table read followed by Q&A with the cast and
creators. Featuring co-creators Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger, Chris Hardwick
(The Nerdist), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad),
and other special guests. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, VP of current series
animation for Nickelodeon. But that’s not all! After the Q&A there will be
a screening of sneak peeks from Sanjay and Craig andHarvey Beaks,
plus, a special sneak preview of Nick Animation’s new shows Pig Goat Banana
and The Loud House.

Sunday July
12, 2015 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Room 6DE

Business of Cartoon Voices
How does one
get into the business of doing cartoon voices? Well, careers have been launched
by folks coming to this panel and listening to some serious free advice from
people actively engaged in the process from all sides. Explaining the industry
this year is Paul Doherty (secretary-treasurer of the
Cunningham-Escott-Slevin-Doherty Talent Agency), actors Bob Bergen and Misty
Lee, and your moderator (and voice director/supervising producer of The
Garfield Show
), Mark Evanier. Only serious students need show up.

Sunday July
12, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Room 25ABC

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