khaosworks: (Tardis)
The Comic-Con programming schedule for Sunday, July 26 is up. Here's what I might be going for.

10:00-11:00 Dr. Who— Actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn, and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC America's Doctor Who—television's longest-running sci-fi series—with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20
Um... that's pretty much it, really. And I suspect I'll have to start queueing at dawn, if not before. Or... now, actually.
khaosworks: (Superman)
The Comic-Con programming schedule for Saturday, July 25 is up. Here's what I might be going for.

10:00-11:00 Chuck Screening and Q&A— Chuck returns to Comic-Con! executive producers and co-creators Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and Chris Fedak are joined by series stars Zachary Levi (upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks ), Yvonne Strahovski (upcoming I Love You Too), Joshua Gomez (Without a Trace), Ryan McPartlin (Super Capers), Mark Christopher Lawrence ( The Pursuit of Happyness ), Vik Sahay ( This Is Wonderland ) , Scott Krinsky ( The O.C. ), Sarah Lancaster ( Everwood ) , and Adam Baldwin (Serenity) for a Q&A to discuss season three and screen an exclusive retrospective highlight reel. Plus, don't miss a special surprise from some of your favorite characters! Produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Chuck airs Mondays at 8:00 PM ET/PT on NBC. Ballroom 20

11:15-12:30 Quick Draw!— We say it each and every year, but it's true: Quick Draw is the most fun panel you can visit at Comic-Con. Mark Evanier puts Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw!, and this year's guest artist, Disney Legend Floyd Norman, through their paces as they draw on the big screen. If you haven't seen this amazing display of cartooning magic, this is the year for you: join the fun! Room 6BCF

2:45-3:45 V Pilot Screening and Q&A— Already one of the most talked-about new series of the upcoming television season, catch a special screening of the pilot episode of V, a re-imagining of the groundbreaking miniseries, followed by a Q&A with stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morris Chestnut (The Cave), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Morena Baccarin(Firefly), and Scott Wolf (Go), along with executive producers Scott Peters (The 4400), Jeffrey Bell (Alias), Steve Pearlman (Related) and Jace Hall (Chadam). From HDFilms in association with Warner Bros. Television, V will premiere midseason on the ABC Television Network. Ballroom 20

4:00-5:00 Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment: Iron Man 2— Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel superhero Iron Man. Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man 2 stars Robert Downey Jr. Joining Downey in the cast are Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson. Hall H

5:15-6:45 Kevin Smith— Direct from New York City, where he's directing the new Warner Bros. film A Couple of Dicks starring Bruce Willis, Seann William Scott, and Tracy Morgan, Kevin Smith returns to the Hall H stage for his annual report to the masses. And remember: he flew in just for YOU. Hall H

7:15-8:15 Myth Busters Q&A and Sneak Peeks— The series called "the best science program on television" by the New York Times returns for its second year at Comic-Con. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are joined by Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara to discuss their offbeat series that uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends. Adam, Jamie, Grant and Tory will answer questions and share behind-the-scenes stories and showcase world premiere sneak peeks of upcoming myths. MythBusters airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM E/P on Discovery Channel. Room 6BCF
khaosworks: (Superman)
The Comic-Con programming schedule for Friday, July 24 is up. Here's what I might be going for. It's Star Wars day!

10:00-11:00 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screening and Q&A— Gotham takes over San Diego as Diedrich Bader (Surf's Up), the voice of Batman, returns to Comic-Con alongside John DiMaggio (Futurama), the voice of Aquaman, and executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), producer and story editor Michael Jelenic (The Batman) and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). Fans can catch the world premiere screening of the upcoming "Mayhem of the Music Meister" episode—featuring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) as the Music Meister—and enjoy a lively discussion and Q&A with the show's dynamic creative team. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 8:30 pm ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Batman: The Brave and the Bold Volume 1 will be released on DVD August 25. Room 6DE

11:30-12:30 AMC: The Prisoner— Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd, The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Lennie James (Jericho), writer Bill Gallagher, and Vlad Wolynetz (VP, production, series & movies for AMC) discuss the making of AMC's miniseries The Prisoner, a re-imagining of the 1960s cult classic by the late Patrick McGoohan, premiering in November on AMC. Join Jim, Jamie, Lennie, Bill and Vlad for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the six-part mini-series The Prisoner. Room 6BCF

1:00-2:00 Star Wars Day: Behind the Scenes: The Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic— Jake Neri (producer, LucasArts) speaks with Hall Hood (senior writer, BioWare), Alexander Freed (managing editor, BioWare), Dallas Dickinson (senior content producer, BioWare), and Jeff Dobson (art director, BioWare), about the making of the new massively multiplayer online role-playing PC game Star Wars: The Old Republic. Join the team to get new behind-the-scenes information about the game! Room 7AB

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie — In his website's infamous Ask The Maestro column, hes answered thousands of questions about the creation of comics and TV. More recently, at the DC Comics Forum, he's answered at least one too many. Now's your chance to ask him anything you want, live, and see if he can't get himself in any more trouble. Emmy, Eisner, and Writers Guild award-nominated writer Dwayne McDuffie has created comic books (Marvel's Damage Control, Milestone's Icon, Hardware and Shadow Cabinet), and a hit TV show (Static Shock). He's written and produced animated favorites including Ben 10: Alien Force, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, and Scooby-Doo. He's written top-selling comics including Fantastic Four and Justice League of America. And he's here to answer your questions. Room 2

3:15-4:15 Eureka— Eureka is back this summer with all new episodes, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Erica Cerra (Jo Lupo), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo), and Jaime Paglia (executive producer/co-creator) are stopping by to let you in on the fun. Moderated by Josh Gates (Destination Truth). Room 6BCF

4:00-5:15 Dollhouse— Join Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon and star/producer Eliza Dushku for a no-holds-barred Q & A about what they have planned for season 2, after they unveil a special screening of the never-before-seen "Epitaph One" episode of the Fox hit, which releases on DVD just four days later. Ballroom 20

5:15-6:15 Lucasfilm: Star Wars Spectacular— Get all the latest news from the Star Wars universe—including some of Lucasfilm's most tightly guarded secrets—in an all-new show format! Special guest hosts G4's Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira grill a galaxy of guests from The Clone Wars and beyond, including supervising director Dave Filoni, plus voice talent from the show and more! See a live table-read of an exclusive new Clone Wars script—leading directly into the series' second season! Find out about the worldwide Star Wars Concert Tour, the latest Star Wars games from LucasArts, upcoming DVD (and Blu-ray!) releases and more! And become a part of Star Wars history with your own Saga stories and movie memories! It's an all-new, interactive Star Wars Spectacular! Hall H

8:30-10:00 Star Wars Fan Movie Awards— The Star Wars Fan Movie Award Ceremony at Comic-Con International is always entertaining, and often studded with surprises. Each year the top prize, the George Lucas Selects Award, is chosen by Star Wars writer/director George Lucas, and finalists wait with anticipation to learn who will win industry and audience recognition and the coveted Star Wars-themed trophies. The Movie Challenge, sponsored by Lucasfilm and, is in its eighth year. Don't miss the most entertaining Star Wars fan-made movies out there! Ballroom 20
khaosworks: (Superman)
The Comic-Con programming schedule for Thursday, July 23 is up. Here's what I might be going for:

10:00-11:00 LongBox Digital Comics— Rantz Hoseley (CEO LongBox, Inc., editor of Comic Book Tattoo) hosts this presentation of the LongBox Platform for Digital Comics. Rantz, along with special guests—including Jeff Katz (American Original Productions)—demonstrates LongBox, talks about the impending launch, and discusses some of the exciting partnerships and plans for what some are calling the future of digital comics. Room 32AB

11:15-12:15 The Middleman Cast Reunion and Lost Episode Table Read— Creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) and the complete cast—including Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Brit Morgan, Mary Pat Gleason, Jake Smollett, Mark Sheppard, Brendan Hines, Sarah Watson, Jordan Rosenberg, Margaret Dunlap, and Andy Reaser—reunite to celebrate the DVD release of The Middleman: The Complete Series from Shout! Factory, with an exclusive table read of the lost 13th episode, The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, which was never produced for television but is now available as a graphic novel from Viper Comics. Room 6A

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Jerry Robinson— One of the true legends of comics, Comic-Con special guest Jerry Robinson is a writer, artist, comics historian, museum show curator, and creator rights activist. Noted comics writer and editor Mark Waid (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief) interviews Jerry about his life in comics, from his early days on Batman to his founding of the Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Writing Award. Room 4

2:30-3:30 USA Network's Burn Notice— Bruce Campbell (Sam Axe), Matt Nix (creator and executive producer) and Alfredo Barrios, Jr. (co-executive producer) host a panel discussion and answer questions about the creative process of evolving an embryonic idea into a finished episode of cable's #1 hit show. Fans will gain an intimate look inside the world of Burn Notice, complete with war stories from the writer's room and filming on location in Miami. Exclusive video content will include tips on how to survive Comic-Con from your favorite burned spy, Michael Westen (played by Jeffrey Donovan), highlights from the previous two seasons, and an exclusive sneak peek at future season 3 episodes, including the half-season finale and beyond. Ballroom 20

3:45-4:45 USA Network's Psych— James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton "Gus" Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer), Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), and the entire creative team give you an all-access behind-the-scenes pass to the USA Network hit original series Psych. Stars and producers will share personal stories and answer questions about the show's genesis, episodic development, and production process. Video presentations created exclusively for Comic-Con will feature never-before-seen outtakes, a Season 4 exclusive preview, and a special video-diary segment that will take panel attendees inside the daily production process via the perspective of a staff writer, the Vancouver production team, and series star James Roday as he prepares to shoot a scene for the upcoming season. Plus, two lucky fans will find fame and fortune when they win the honor of having a guest character in a future episode named after them! You can also expect giveaways, exclusive merchandise, and a first-run preview copy of the upcoming Psych graphic novel from Oni Press! Ballroom 20
And in the evening, I'll be going for Video Games Live at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.
khaosworks: (Spoiler Alert)
Just zooming in and out of the US this time only for SDCC and to hang out with [ profile] logam for a few days. So here's the travel arrangements.

22 July
0915 SQ 16 - SIN to SFO (via ICN)
1435 VX 956 - SFO to SAN

26 July
2015 VX 969 - SAN to SFO

1 August
0105 SQ 1 - SFO to SIN (via HKG)

2 August
1140 - Touchdown in SIN

See y'all at SDCC who's going. ([ profile] cadhla, which booth are you going to be at?)
khaosworks: (Chilling)
Comic-Con is done, will update soon. But pictures are at my Flickr page. Currently ensconced in [ profile] cadhla's house in Concord, CA.

I also bought myself an AT&T pay-as-you-go SIM card I took from a GoPhone and stuck in my N95, so if you need to reach me while I'm in the US, the number is (925) 890-5952.
khaosworks: (LOLHulk)
Am in my room at the Holiday Inn By The Bay, San Diego, showered and ready to head down to collect my badge. Those who follow me on Twitter will know the basics, but I'll talk in detail about the horror story that was my trip over later (but really, knowing me, is there any other kind?).

In the meantime, this is what I had for breakfast before I left Singapore. The cool thing is that I was reading the New York Times on my iPod Touch.

khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
The Comic-Con programming schedules for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 are up. Here's what I might be going for. Some tough choices will have to be made - obviously there's a lot of overlap and I'll have to consider if I'll even make it in the door for some of these which will be absolutely packed, and/or have queues hours long.

Cut for length )
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
The Comic-Con programming schedule for Sunday, July 27 is up. Here's what I might be going for:

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Kyle Baker— Between the rich history of Nat Turner, the family hijinks of The Bakers: Babies & Kittens, and the wild war in Special Forces, it’s been a busy year so far for Kyle Baker! The Eisner Award–winning writer/artist talks about all this stuff and what’s next. Room 2

11:45-12:45 DC Nation: One Weekend Later— Did you think one DC Nation panel was enough? You thought wrong! So much has happened with the DCU during Comic-Con but right here senior VP—executive editor Dan DiDio saves one last blockbuster announcement for the Nation! This is the panel to be at! Room 6A

2:30-4:00 Pro/Fan Trivia Match— The Purple Pros—Len Wein (Wolverine creator), Mark Waid (BOOM! Comics editor-in-chief), Kurt Busiek (Astro City), and Robert N. Skir (animated X-Men)—again take on the Black Ink Irregulars (Tom Galloway, Terence Chua, David Oakes, and John Sardegna), this time seeking to regain their youth by answering questions about young comics characters, those college age or below, including the convention theme Legion of Super-Heroes. This match is dedicated to longtime scorekeeper John Simpson, who passed away last October. Room 4

3:30-4:30 Dave Gibbons— He's the artist behind the cult classic Watchmen, one of the writers behind Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, and the hidden genius behind countless other titles. We're talking about Dave Gibbons. Be front and center when Dave talks about his art, his writing, and his love for comics. Moderated by DC VP–sales Bob Wayne, this program is not to be missed! Room 7AB
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
The Comic-Con programming schedule for Thursday, July 24 is up. Here's what I might be going for:

12:00-1:00 Doctor Who—Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), executive producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), and writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) discuss their creative process and experience working on the BBC’s Doctor Who—Britain’s most successful sci-fi franchise—with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Torchwood—Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), executive producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), and actors John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman discuss their creative process and experience on working on BBC America’s highest-rated show ever—Torchwood— followed by a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

2:00-3:00 The Middleman—Creator and executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) and The Middleman actors Matt Keeslar (Dune) and Natalie Morales (CSI: Miami) discuss the bizarre world of The Middleman. Based on the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, The Middleman follows the surreal life of twenty-something Wendy Watson as she gets recruited by a top secret agency to fight comic book-esque criminals under the guidance of her straight-laced boss, The Middleman. Room 5AB

4:45-5:45 Mondo Marvel—2008 has already been a huge success for Marvel in all corners of the Universe. Now, join top editors and creators, including Greg Pak (Skaar, Son of Hulk), Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man), Ed Brubaker (Captain America), Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas), Warren Simons (editor), Mark Paniccia (editor), and Jim McCann (publishing), to find out what's to come for Iron Man, Hulk, Daredevil, the FF, and all things Marvel. Room 6A

6:00-7:00 DC Nation—DC Senior VP/executive editor Dan DiDio hosts this gabfest with Keith Giffen (Reign in Hell, Ambush Bug: Year None), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), and some of the top talent in the industry, talking and teasing upcoming stories! Come learn the secrets behind the most talked about events of the summer! Room 6A
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
Call for questions, by way of Tom Galloway:
This year's San Diego Pro/Fan Trivia will have Len Wein, Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, and Robert Skir going up against Tom Galloway, Terence Chua, David Oakes, and John Sardegna, with the questions being asked by Peter David. We're looking for people to write questions for it, with this year's theme being "Young Heroes". Specifically, we're looking for questions about characters college aged or below, from stories published from 1956-1986 (essentially the Silver Age and Pre-Crisis). For example, Superboy, Supergirl, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Robin, Teen Titans, Spider-Man, Human Torch, the original X-Men and Kitty Pryde, etc.. If you send in a Legion question, we request that you also send in at least one non-Legion question for each Legion question, as we don't want an excessively Legion dominated set of questions.

There are two types of questions in the match, toss-ups and bonuses. You should mark your questions with what type you think they are. Toss-ups can only be answered by individuals, while the full team can consult on the latter. The latter can thus (and should) be both harder and perhaps a bit more complex in terms of a correct answer. In general, questions requiring more than one answer ("Name seven of the villains who appeared in the story about Reed and Sue's wedding") should be bonuses, not toss-ups. Ideally, I think 90% of toss-ups should be answered correctly, while around 50-70% of bonuses should.

Questions should not ask for issue numbers (they can be included in the question, but try for more descriptive set-ups than just "Who was the villain in Forbush-Man #3?") or creators. We're interested in story content. Also, unless it was fairly memorable, please don't write questions on the order of "In Superboy #158, Lex Luthor revealed a particular fondness for what Martian dessert?" where this was never mentioned again outside of that one panel.

As an example, take a look at 2003's match, including all questions and whether and who answered them correctly, in this post.

I'll just note that ones I think were probably too easy were Tossup #10, Bonus #11, and Bonus #13. Ones I think were probably too hard were Tossups 2, 8, and 20.

Finally, if possible, try to add a bit of style to the questions, sothey're not of very basic forms like "What's the Top's real name?" "Who fought Forbush-Man in Forbush-Man #1?", etc. I like Tossups 3 and 14 from the 2003 match in this regard.

Questions should be sent to

The match'll be Sunday the 27th, 2:30, in Room 4.
khaosworks: (Default)
Just to get this nagging question out of the way:

Any idea where I can get one of those pay-as-you-go SIM cards for my mobile phone when I touch down in San Diego?
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
For those attending Comic-Con this year in San Diego and are interested in seeing two teams battle it out over items of information that no one in their right minds would ever, ever remember... but we do:

This year's Pro/Fan Trivia Match at the San Diego Comic-Con International will be taking place on the Sunday, July 27, between 2.30pm and 4pm at Room 4 of the Convention Center.

For years, there was a team trivia match challenge at Comic-Con, but after three years of being on championship teams, fans Jim Drew and Tom Galloway were banned from ever participating again. Len Wein then suggested a pro/fan trivia challenge: eventually the original trivia challenge ended, but the Black Ink Irregulars vs. The Purple Pros match continues to today.

Rules are simple: Two teams of four people (one captain and three team members) each. The first question asked is a Toss-Up, that goes to the person who buzzes in first. If they get it right, the team gets 10 points. If someone buzzes in before the question is finished and gets it wrong, there's a 5 point penalty. If the Toss-Up is answered correctly, the winning team gets first crack at the Bonus Question, worth 20 points. If they can't answer, the chance goes to the other team. Questions continue until time or questions are exhausted.

The permanent captains of the Pro and Fan teams, respectively, are Len Wein and Tom Galloway. You can find a history of the various matches and the winners each year here.

I took part in the match last year, of which the theme was "The Multiverse". The BIIs beat the PPs 230-130 - I have to say though, that was probably largely due to the fact that Mark Waid didn't show up as he was supposed to.

This year we were hoping to do a Legion of Super-Heroes theme, since this is the Legion's 50th Anniversary, but naturally Len balked because if Mark didn't show up again, they'd be toast. So the compromise is "Young Heroes", that is, college age or younger, which means Legion, Titans, original X-Men, Silver Age Spidey, Robin, etc.

See you guys there. I'll be wearing my flight ring.
khaosworks: (D'oh!)
So, Comic-Con next year, for which I have pre-reg'd, is from July 23-27.

Worldcon next year, in Denver, is from August 6-10.

One week separates them.


Possible to do both, but... what shall I do in the week or so in between? And is anyone (aside from the obvious Denverites like Kathleen Sloan) planning on being there?
khaosworks: (No Pot Pie)
Well, I'm pre-registered for next year's San Diego Comic-Con.

Con over

Jul. 29th, 2007 09:04 pm
khaosworks: (Coma)
Con over, back at the Golds'. Am going to collapse soon. Con reports, such as they are, and some pictures to follow when I am conscious. Was fun and terrifying at the same time. May do it again next year.

And oh, Fans (Hal Shipman, David Oakes, Tom Galloway and myself) beat Pros (Len Wein, Paul Levitz, Kurt Busiek and Elliot S! Maggin) in the Trivia Contest, I believe 230 points to 130.
khaosworks: (Rocket)
Bags are packed. Sorta. Kinda. You know how I am. I just throw stuff in the bag and hope it'll spontaneously rearrange itself into some kind of order. Entropy, ha!

Flying off at 1015 hrs local time tomorrow, and will land in LAX at 2.20 pm Pacific Time on 24 July 2007, to be hopefully met by Lee Gold. Then take the Surfliner down to San Diego the next day.

Will update when appropriate.
khaosworks: (Default)
So I'm finalising my plans for the San Diego Comicon trip, and wondering if I should extend my stay after the con - seems a shame to just go there and not see anyone else. Anyone in California want me to visit?

(One of the things I'm thinking about is maybe taking a trip down to Anaheim to the Disney California Adventure park to take the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. Yes, I'm a geek. Of course, my knowledge of Californian geography is sketchy at best, so I really don't know where you all stay or what's in easy reach. Let me know?)
khaosworks: (Superman)
I've registered for Comic-Con 2007 and will be rooming with [ profile] querldox.

Anyone else going?

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