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



Fringe Screening and Q & A – With the final season of Fringe approaching, fans won’t want to miss this.  Stars from the series, including Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown and John Noble will be on hand to discuss the climactic conclusion of the show, as well as other fan-related questions.  Expect exclusive video footage and more!  10:00-11:00, Hall H

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Tapping Into PlayStation History: The Emergence of PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale – Want fighting action?  You’ve got it.  Omar Kendall and Chan Park from SuperBot Entertainment will be on hand talking about how vital PlayStation history is when it comes to putting the game together.  The Vita and PS3 versions will both be discussed, and two new fighters will be unveiled.  (Our money’s on Sackboy!)  11:00-12:00, Room 24ABC


BBC America’s Doctor Who – Grab hold of a TARDIS and climb in for some fun with stars Matt Smith, Kevin Gillan and Arthur Darvill, as well as Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner, executive producers, as they discuss the upcoming season!  12:30-1:30, Hall H


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Warren Spector is joined by various talents from the development team behind this epic sequel, as they discuss what’s going into the game, the new co-op features, as well as a special never-before-seen sequence that’s sure to enthrall fans.  Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will also be discussed aplenty.  1:00-2:00, Room 25ABC

No matter which panels you attend, remember – just have fun!



Family Guy – Seth McFarlane, Alex Bornstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green, and a whole lot of laughs.  Even if they’re not quite what you’d laugh about.  Come prepared for 45 minutes of sheer entertainment.  Giggity!  1:45-2:30, Ballroom 20


Penny Arcade Q & A With Gabe and Tycho – If you ever wanted to ask a question about the Fruitfucker and never got a chance at PAX, this panel is for you.  Oh, and they’ll talk about the comic, the events, and the games too.  2:30-3:30, Room 5AB


Warner Bros. Mega Line-Up – All of Warner Bros.’ upcoming blockbuster films in one place, with big reveals on the fantasy based Pacific Rim (from Guillermo del Toro), Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit films.  You know you want to stop by.  2:30-5:00, Hall H


Halo 4: A New Campaign and Halo Infinity Multiplayer – Everything you wanted to know about Halo 4, you’ll find out in this panel.  Creative director Josh Holmes, executive producer Kiki Wolfkill (love the name) and development director Frank O’ Connor will walk you through both single and multiplayer sessions for the sequel.  Why wait until November 6 to see what Master Chief is up to?  3:15-4:15, Room 6DE


World of Capcom! – If you missed any of Capcom’s previous panels, this is a great catch-up one that looks at all their games, including Lost Planet 3, DmC, Resident Evil 6, Street Fighter x Tekken and a few more surprises.  The world awaits!  4:00-5:00, Room 25ABC


Mass Effect: Past, Present and Future – After attending the Dark Horse panel, make a note to stop by this Bioware one, featuring various staff members from the games that talk about where it’s been, and where it’s going with future downloadable content.  Plus Jessica Merizan will be there.  You don’t want to miss her…right?  5:00-6:00, Room 25ABC


Reimagining a Gaming Icon: Lara Croft – For those of you who can’t wait till next year to see what the new Tomb Raider will be like, check this panel out.  Various staffers behind the upcoming project, along with Camilla Luddington, the voice of Lara Croft, will be on hand talking about all the aspects that are going into this massive reboot.  The session will be followed by a Q & A, and is hosted by GameTrailers’ own Geoff Keighley.  6:00-7:00, Room 5AB


Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3 – Producer Kevin Feige and “lots of surprises”…did someone say Robert Downey Jr.?  Bring some shawarma!  6:00-7:00, Hall H


Comi-Kev: Q & A With Kevin Smith – Everything you wanted to know about the director of Clerks and Red State, but were afraid to ask…here’s your chance.  Bonus points if you yell out “Fly fatass fly!”  (OK, don’t.  Just enjoy the show.)  7:15-9:15, Hall H

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!



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


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


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 & 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


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 – 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


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


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