Comic Con 2010: Bringing the Big Guns Out First

I love comic books.  I love webcomics.  I love listening to comic book creators and illustrators talk about other comics.  At the same time, I love television and movies.  And JJ Abrams.

That’s why Comic Con is awesome.  Television and movies mix together with comic books to create four days of sensory overload, pop culture madness, and overwhelming excitement.  Here are some of the most interesting panels across the pop culture spectrum for Thursday:

Comics

DC Writers Unite A spin off from a WonderCon 2010 panel, a group of popular DC comic writers, including J. Michael Straczynski and Gail Simone, will discuss the art of writing for DC.

DC Focus: Geoff Johns – With the Green Lantern storylines Blackest Night and Brightest Day, Johns has become one of the most well known names in comics over the last few years.  Now that he’s working on films and acting as Chief Creative Officer at DC, he should have an intriguing look at how the two industries are shifting together.

I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics! – I’m pretty sure this panel was labeled this way just so I’d attend.  Panelists include members from Dreamworks, video game developers, Top Cow Productions and Killspace Entertainment to discuss alternative career paths involving comics.

Robert Kirkman – So awesome, his panel doesn’t even need a catchy name.

From Screen to Comics – This panel is worth it for the hilarious Tony Lee (the on-going Doctor Who comics) alone.

Writing Workshop with James Hudnall – For any aspiring writer – comics or otherwise.

Vertigo: The New Classics – The company that’s brought us Sandman, Y the Last Man, Fables, Preacher, and so many more discuss their latest batch of offerings like American Vampire and iZombie.

Television

White Collar – Yeah, they aren’t sci-fi or fantasy or even really a spy show, but the show is extremely entertaining and Matt Bomer is really good looking.

Psych – Still not much to do with sci-fi or fantasy, but bound to involve lots of belly laughs.

Our Heroes Have More Fun: The Anti-Heroes of Showtime – If you love Showtime shows, but don’t want to attend all their separate panels, this is a way to see all your favorite stars at once discuss the rise of anti-heroes.  Includes Michael C. Hall from Dexter, David Duchovny from Californication, and Mary Louise Parker from Weeds.

Movies

The Clockwork Girl – The best part of Comic Con is walking into a panel that you know nothing about and finding something awesome.   This panel about a stereoscopic 3D computer animated film based on a comic of the same name has the potential to be one of those panels.

TRON: Legacy – Last year, Disney put together an entire Flynn’s Arcade.  Now that they have some real footage of the movie, they’re going to have to out-do themselves.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – The idea of this movie makes me giddy.  The reality will be so much better.

Web

Masters of the Web – Robert Orci, of all people, moderates a panel with some of your favorite sci-fi and entertainment bloggers.

From the Computer Screen to the Silver Screen – A group of digital creators will discuss how to get your online content – whether comic, show or film – enough clout to become something bigger, like Sanctuary and now Riese have done.

Books

The Power of Myth – A group of well-respected authors including Seanan McGuire and Lev Grossman will discuss the creation of world mythologies in shaping stories.  A panel with such a diverse group of guests (nine are listed) always has the potential to become very interesting as viewpoints diverge.

Twisting Genres – More fantasy authors gather to discuss breaking out of nice little genre  boxes.  Panel includes Scott Westerfeld, China Mieville, and current hot shot Justin Cronin (the recently released The Passage).

General Geekery

Divas and Golden Lassos: The LGBT Obsession with Super Heroines ­– An intriguing look at iconic heroines and fan worship.  Wonder Woman’s new costume will probably come up as I imagine it will in regard to any panel remotely related to WW.  For or against?

Iron Man and Rocket Man: Is Stark Industries an Appropriate Model for Private Industry Space Exploration? – Only at Comic Con would real rocket scientists discuss space exploration in the guise of comics.

Sci-Fi That Will Change Your Life – I wasn’t able to make this panel last year, but io9 is one of my favorite websites and their staff of bloggers are sure to cover a lot of territory regarding sci-fi of the last year.

Comic Book Sunday! – Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim!) and Marv Wolfman front a panel to discuss how they formed the Comic Book Sunday! Group and how they’re changing the entertainment industry for the better.

State of the Geek Report: From Avatar to Zardoz – Former editor of Geek Monthly and a slew of comic writers discuss the hits and misses of 2010 and why so many sci-fi movies and television shows suck so much.

Behind the Music: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Film and TV – It’s missing Bear McCreary, but Michael Giacchino will be there with the composers from True Blood, Pushing Daisies (RIP), and others to discuss how to create the soundtrack for the fantastic.

SFX presents The British Invasion – For all the anglophiles attending.  Panelists range from author China Mieville to Being Human creator and Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse.

Geek Girls Exist – Mythbuster Kari Byron and all-around geek Veronica Belmont front a panel of other awesome women to discuss what it means to be a geek and a girl.

Abusing the Sci of Sci-Fi  - A panel featuring a NASA scientist, a physicist and the writers on shows like Fringe, Eureka, and The Big Bang Theory.  Should be an interesting conversation.

The Big One

Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries I think someone was spying on my dreams.  JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon in a room together for an hour will make this entire trek worthwhile.  Two of the most interesting creative minds working in television over the last decade will sit down to discuss the future of pop culture and the changing elements of entertainment.  Who knows?  Maybe Joss will even confirm that Nathan Fillion will be playing Antman in the Avengers movie.

 

So many things to do and see, and this is only the first day!  Other events include panels highlighting Danny Elfman, Charlene Harris and the creators behind the updated Battlestar Galactica and Caprica; games like Assassin’s Creed and the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; and TheOneRing.net discussing rumors surrounding the Hobbit movies.  See the full schedule here.

I expect the schedule to only get crazier from here.  Come back tomorrow for Friday’s highlights.