SDCC: Your Fanboy-Endorsed Guide to Friday

Comic-Con International 2012 - Preview Night

Comic-Con is now in full swing, and Thursday was a great way to kick off the huge pop culture convention. We had a Hunger Games panel where they showed off a new trailer and said goodbye to the franchise, as well as the Doctor Who panel screening a new trailer, and the Sherlock panel screening an extended clip of the upcoming Christmas special – lots of footage, basically.

Today will likely be lacking in footage, but it’s a big day for TV and comics, with panels for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and various Marvel panels going on, as well as the big dog – Lucasfilm! We at UTF know that it can be a headache navigating through the avalanche of news during this time of year, so we’ve come out from our slumber of squatting inside our abandoned NY office to pick some highlights of the day for you (you’re welcome).

10AM – Marvel: Secret Wars

The Secret Wars rage on! And the architect of Marvel’s universe-destroying event, Jonathan Hickman himself, is on hand to answer your Secret Wars questions! He will be joined by executive editor Tom Brevoort and writer Sam Humphries (Planet Hulk). Prepare for a tour of Battleworld and some of its most unique and dangerous territories!

10:30AM – My Little Pony

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The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the rest of Season 5 and the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Friendship Games movie coming this fall.

11:45AM – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Secrets of the ooze are revealed by the mutated minds making Nickelodeon’s hit animated series. Moderated by the Internet’s biggest fanboy, Andre Meadows (a.k.a. BlackNerd), the panel features executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman as they provide sneak peeks into Season 4 and discuss the epic and bizarre adventures in store for the four talking turtles. Also on hand will be the extraordinary and talented voice actors of the TMNT world: Seth Green (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), and more special guests. Booyakasha!

12PM – Hasbro: Star Wars


Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

12PM – AMC’s The Walking Dead


Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie James join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of Season 5 and what to look forward to in Season 6, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Season 6.

12:45PM – Marvel: All-New All-Different Avengers

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Avengers fans assemble! Get ready for an all-new, all-different team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Executive editor Tom Brevoort, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, and writers Marguerite Bennett (A-Force), Mark Waid (Daredevil), and Nick Spencer (Ant-Man) are all on hand to discuss the newest developments with your favorite superhero team.

1PM – AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead

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Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss the anticipated series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead coming this summer. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the new series.

2:30PM – Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session


Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fifth season in June and will begin filming its sixth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Conleth Hill as Varys, David Nutter (director), Hannah Murray as Gilly, Carolyn Strauss (executive producer), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

3PM – Marvel Television Presents

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Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s head of television) brings you exclusive news and surprises about your favorite action-packed Marvel series on ABC. Join Jeph, showrunners, and the casts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter for this can’t-miss panel that’ll have everyone talking!

5:30PM – Lucasfilm


Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

6PM – Starz: Ash vs Evil Dead

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Original filmmakers Sam Raimi (executive producer, director, writer), Rob Tapert (executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer and star of the series, Ash), Ivan Raimi (co-exeuctive producer), and Craig DiGregorio (executive producer), along with Lucy Lawless (Ruby), discuss the highly anticipated new series and what fans can expect in the premiere season. Moderated by Scott Aukerman (creator/host of Comedy Bang! Bang! and co-creator/director of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifinakis).

If you’re there, then we hope you have a great geekin’ time – if you’re not, then I’m sure you’ll have just as much fun drooling in front of your computer screen (which better be on UTF!) at all of the news leaking out. I know I am!

I’m going to cry now.