Fanboys and fangirls, start your engines. Comic-Con International has released its programming schedule for Thursday, July 21, the first official day of the annual pop culture fest in San Diego that brings together filmmakers, cinephiles and stars.
While there are a number of highlights — we’ve broken out 13 for you below — the convention also makes great use of MySched. It lets you create your personal schedule right from the listings, meaning no longer will you need to copy and paste your preferred panels into a text doc, or try to get the program early and highlight what you want. The app allows you to browse panels, pool favorites and either print out exactly what you want to see or send the information to your smart phone.
But until you have a chance to design your own roster, here’s a look at the big events that caught our attention:
“Game of Thrones”: Based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy book series, the HBO show follows a world of kings, queens and renegades as they vie for power. Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clark and Jason Momoa will be among the cast members answering questions from the audience and from Martin, who is moderating. 3-4 p.m., Ballroom 20.
“Ringer”: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar discusses her new television show. It’s the second time the geek goddess is attending the convention. 1:45-2:45 p.m., Ballroom 20.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″: A sneak peek of the penultimate film in the romantic vampire series will include a Q&A with cast members. A must-see for the tween girl crowd. 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Hall H.
“Harry Potter” Fandom: A gathering of magical-minded Muggles who can’t get enough of the wizarding world, hosted by members of the Leaky Cauldron, the International Quidditch Assn., “A Very Potter Musical” and other fan groups. 5-6 p.m., Room 25ABC.
DC: Batman: Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, David Finch and more writers and artists behind Batman, Robin, Nightwing and the rest of Gotham’s greatest crime fighters answer your questions about September’s new titles. 3:15-4:15 p.m., Room 6DE.
Marvel: Next Big Thing: Panelists Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer and Axel Alonso offer a sneak peek at the future of the Marvel Universe. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 6DE.
Focus on Rick Baker: The Oscar-winning makeup effects master will preview some of his creatures for the upcoming “Men in Black 3.” Hero Complex’s own Geoff Boucher is moderating. 12:15-1 p.m., Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro about the future of pop culture and storytelling. 6-7 p.m. Hall H.
20th Century Fox: The studio presents previews for its upcoming 2011 and 2012 films, including Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” 3:15-4:30 p.m., Hall H.
FilmDistrict: The new studio will host a Q&A for the Ryan Gosling-starrer “Drive” and for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (the update of the 1973 telefilm) ,which was directed by Troy Nixey and co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro. 2-3 p.m., Hall H.
Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Gotham has long been plagued by murderous villains. Here, a slate of forensic experts and an FBI agent team up to profile Gotham City’s serial killers and their real-world counterparts. 7:30-9 p.m., Room 8.
“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”: Sing along with fellow fans at this screening of the three-act cult classic, hosted by the California Browncoats. 8:30-10 p.m., Room 6BCF.
“Star Wars” Fan Movie Awards: This costume-filled event, which recognizes both industry and audience members with “Star Wars”-themed trophies, has been a Comic-Con staple. George Lucas selects the top prize. 8:30-11:30 p.m., Ballroom 20.
For a complete Thursday schedule, see the Comic-Con website.
— Noelene Clark and Jevon Phillips
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