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

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’s our prime picks for the first day, Thursday!



Epic Games: Fortnite Revealed – Epic’s latest project, a far cry from Gears of War lore, is definitely an interesting one, featuring plenty of strategy and humorous characters in a great new setting.  The panel will bring lots of fun, with design director Cliff Bleszinski in tow, along with producer Tanya Jensen.  They’ll reveal inspirations, new gameplay details, and so much more.  And, as a bonus, you get gaming goddess Jessica Chobot (Herter?) hosting the festivities.  Just go already.  10:45-11:45 AM, Room 6A


Mattel and WWE: Get In the Ring! – Not sure why we would recommend a WWE-oriented panel?  Number one, they’re surprisingly fun, and number two, you have no idea who could possibly show up.  Last year, it was Triple H, aka “The Game”, leading the pack of superstars at the showcase, and just when you thought things couldn’t get more awesome, WWE champion CM Punk emerged from the crowd to raise a few eyebrows.  Expect plenty of wrestler shenanigans at this year’s show.  Dare we start looking for Brock Lesnar?  11:30-12:30, Room 24ABC


Beyond: Two Souls: A New Breed of Interactive Storytelling from Writer/Director David Cage of Quantic Dream – We caught David’s presentation of this game last month at E3 and, needless to say, it was absolutely stunning what the team is doing with this.  In the latest presentation, you can expect plenty of other great clips from the 2013 project, as well as a lively discussion that includes moderator Greg Miller (from IGN) and Academy Award winning actress Ellen Page, who plays the lead character.  Fun times indeed.  12:00-1:00, Room 25ABC


Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Celebration – Happy birthday, Street Fighter!  In this lively panel, you’ll check out features for the Collector’s Set, as well as first snippets of the portable versions of Street Fighter x Tekken.  You’ll also be able to partake in a fun trivia contest with Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono (he’s back to health, yay!) and Street Fighter x Tekken producer Tomoaki Ayano.  Plus other surprises!  Shoryuken!  1:00-2:00, Room 6BCF


Assassins Creed III: Live Stage Demo – If you’ve seen the footage from previous Assassins Creed III presentations, then you know that this latest one is a not-miss.  Creative director Alex Hutchinson will walk gamers through a new live demo, with the busting port city on the brink of a revolution, and a new assassin, Connor, trying to make things right.  Expect plenty of bloodshed, and a lot of fun, as well as a guest host.  3:30-4:30, Room 6BCF

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