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Panels You Can’t Afford To Miss At This Year’s Comic-Con: Saturday and Sunday

Comic-Con 2012 is just days away from happening, and geeks from all over the world will swarm to San Diego, California, to take in the gaming, comic and celebrity madness of the four day event.  I’ll be attending for my second straight year, and believe me when I say that my schedule is already packed.  Not just with interviews and floor roaming, but with panels.

Comic-Con is an ideal place to attend some great panels, most featuring celebrities and some even dedicated to the true geekery of the world.  (Yes, that’s a word, be quiet.)  So, with that, rather than look through the schedule to see what’s the most important, I’ve put together this handy guide that breaks down the most vital appointments at the show.  We suggest getting in line ASAP.  Now, if you can.

Here are our prime picks for the final two days, Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday

Optimus

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Activision Panel – This game is shaping up to be quite the improvement over War For Cybertron, so expect this panel to bring plenty of great news, as well as gameplay footage and surprises for the new multiplayer mode.  The panel will consist of game director for High Moon Studios, Matt Tieger, along with voice talent from the game, including Nolan North, Gregg Berger (Grimlock!) and Peter Cullen, aka Optimus Prime.  Oh, yeah, we’re rolling out, baby.  10:00-11:00, Room 7AB


Sara

Attack of the Show – Two words: Candace Bailey.  OK, two more words – Sara Underwood.  Look, just come to the panel.  Oh, and there’s some Blair guy there too.  Sure.  10:00-11:00, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Mass

Dark Horse: Bioware – The Mass Effect legacy may be closing on video games, but why can’t the story continue in comic books?  THEY SHALL!  This panel talks more about the upcoming ME adventures, as well as Dragon Age, with plenty of Dark Horse talent on hand, as well as plenty of surprises.  Moderated by “Evil Chris” Priestly.  Yes, EVIL!  10:30-11:30, Room 24ABC


Geek

Geek & Sundry – With Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton at the helm, this YouTube geek network has really taken off since its launch, and you can expect plenty of great reveals with this panel, as well as plenty of fun with The Guild gang – they’re all coming – and director Daniel Strange.  Come and have some fun.  (Bring a board game for Wil if you can.)  11:00-12:00, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Django

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained – Time to get all bad-ass with Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, which follows a former slave in the 1800’s as he converts into an unstoppable bounty hunter.  Tarantino and various cast members will be on hands to show exclusive footage from the movie, as well as hosting a special discussion with fans.  It’ll be off the hook.  11:30-12:30, Hall H


Futurama

Futurama – We’ve looked into the future and we see this panel being a hit.  Matt Groening, the creator of the series, along with executive producer David X. Cohen, will be on hand for a Q & A discussion, along with cast members Billy West, Katey Segal, and Bender himself, John DiMaggio.  If you have an excuse that’s stopping you from making it, bite our shiny metal asses!  12:00-12:45, Ballroom 20


Lost

Capcom’s Lost Planet 3 and DmC Devil May Cry: Westward Bound – Capcom’s got some big presence at this year’s Comic-Con event, and two of its bigger franchises, in the hands of US development studios, are coming with big surprises.  Expect plenty of fun with various Capcom talent, as well as producers and directors to discuss the new directions for these series.  There’ll be gameplay footage and surprises as well.  12:30-1:30, Room 24ABC


Avengers

Marvel Video Games – If you missed out on the specific Marvel-licensed panels and floor reveals, check out this panel, where you’ll learn more about Marvel’s The Avengers game, the Marvel Heroes MMO from Gazillion, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron from Activision.  Q & A will follow afterwards.  1:45-2:45, Room 6A

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