• Let's Plan Your Comic-Con Schedule

    After Wednesday night's previews, the San Diego Comic-Con officially starts today! From July 18-21, downtown San Diego turns into a geektastic fantasy land full of cosplay and sci-fi and celebrities and God knows what else. I don't know what else because I have never gone to Comic Con and if I did, I would probably just go to all the panels that look like college lectures. The Comic Con experience is hella expensive and the tickets sell out quickly, so this guide is for the few 130,000+ of you who somehow managed to get tickets. You lucky bastards. Christina

    THURSDAY: JULY 18, 2013

    Comedy Central: Workaholics
    2-3 P.M. at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    I heard this blog likes Workaholics.

    TV Guide Magazine Celebrates the X-Files' 20th Anniversay
    3:30-4:30 P.M. at Ballroom 20
    Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be there! My khaleesi and David Duchovny! Worth the price of admission.

    Masquerade 101
    6-7 P.M. at Room 23ABC
    One aspect of cosplay that you really only see at conventions is masquerades. They're costume competitions that can include skits, lipsyncs, and/or big theme groups. This panel introduces you to masquerades and gives some tips on how to get started in costuming and how to compete - and win.

    Also on Thursday: Sherlock, Spotlight on Jeff SmithSouth Park: The Stick of Truth, Teen Wolf

    FRIDAY: JULY 19, 2013

    The World's End: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Reunited
    10-11 A.M. at Hall H
    Everyone knows that Simon Pegg's a big geek but Nick Frost and Edgar Wright can surely hold their own. After all, Frost co-wrote Paul, which begins at the San Diego Comic Con, and Wright . . . Edgar Wright might know everything there is to know about film. They're at the convention to promote The World's End, the final movie in the Cornetto Trilogy

    Spotlight on Bruce Timm
    2:45-3:45 at Room 5AB
    You may not know him by name, but you sure as hell know him by the work he's done. Bruce Timm's art is the foundation upon which DC Comics animated universe has been built. He co-created Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Justice League. You grew up on his cartoons.

    Making Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary
    5:45-6:45 P.M. at Room 6BCF
    I can't believe this movie is older than some of the people who: (1) read this blog and (2) work on this blog. Babies, the lot of you.

    Also on Friday: Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session, Cosplaying 101: Costuming for Beginners, Archer: Screening and Q&A

    SATURDAY: JULY 20, 2013

    Geek and Sundry: Leveling Up
    11 A.M.-12 P.M. at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    Let's ignore Felicia Day's acting credits for a second and focus on her business lady side. She created, wrote, and stared in The Guild, a web series about six strangers who become friends due to a video game. She's an executive producer and co-creator of Tabletop, a web series focused on board games hosted by Wil Wheaton. (Dear Wil, thank you for teaching me how to play Pandemic properly. I could not figure out why the game was so easy.) She also co-founded Geek & Sundry, a Youtube channel that produces all kinds of geeky goodness. Be sure to check out this panel for what shenanigans the network will be up to in the future. Back to her acting credits: she's really successful.

    Nerdist Industries
    3-4 P.M. at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
    Has Nerdist Industries become Nerdist Empire yet? Nerdist Industries started as a single podcast hosted by Chris Hardwick. It is now a podcast network, hosting about 21 podcasts at the moment; a Youtube channel; a TV show on BBC America; and a big ol' website that will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about fun things. Who knows what Chris Hardwick and co. will conquer next? I'm guessing the people who attend this panel will find out.

    Her Universe: Geek Girl Fashion: A Dialogue Between Fashion Professionals and Fans
    6:30-7:30 P.M. at Room 24ABC
    Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, is going to school you all on geek fashion. I hope she does it while wearing this. Take notes.

    Also on Saturday: When Grrls Fall in Love, The Tick 25th Anniversary, Cosplaying 102: Intermediate and Advanced Costuming, Marvel Studios: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Best and Worst Manga of 2013 

    SUNDAY: JULY 21, 2013

    Women of Marvel
    11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. at Room 5AB
    I lean DC. I'm sorry, I'm trying to correct it. This panel, a discussion about the women who work at Marvel Comics at every level, seems like a great start.

    BBC America's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
    12:30-1:30 P.M. at Hall H
    OMG DOCTOR WHO. You know what, don't bother with the rest of the con. Just camp out in Hall H starting Thursday to guarantee a seat for the Doctor Who panel. I'm sure everyone would be completely okay with it.

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Live Action Role Playing . . . But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
    4-5 P.M. at Room 30CDE
    One of my best friends once stumbled upon a LARP group at her local park. They gave her a foam sword and let her join the battle. I think she fought dragons or something? I don't know. I do know that she loved it and recommended it to everyone she knew. Why not try something new?

    Also on Sunday: Breaking Bad, Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Comics and the Punk Aesthetic, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Screening and Q&A, Harry Potter: Still Magic!