As we rapidly approach That Time Of The Year again, where staff journalists for papers and magazines prepare to fly out to San Diego, freelancers worry whether they have enough independently booked interviews to justify the cost of flying out, and fans pray that their cars and trucks will make it down the pacific highway, CCI has released the schedule for the event, and it looks better than ever. There really is something for everyone here, from comics through to movies, through to TV, games and books. Truly, it’s the biggest event of its kind in the world, and a nexus for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror everywhere.
We’ve collated a small list of what we’ll be making a beeline for this year, and if you’re attending, please do post up your own in the comments section. Each day this week we’ll post up our own guide to a day of Con, so keep checking back.
SUNDAY 26 JULY
It’s kids day, but there’s still some good stuff on for the grown ups. Check it out.
10.00-11.00 – Doctor Who – Ballroom 20
Rumours abound of a big announcement during this one, and Doctor Who actually has quite a large following in the States, so expect a decent amount of attendees for this one. Russell T Davies will be joined by Julie Gardner and David Tennant to talk about their experiences with the show and what lies ahead. If Doctor Who isn’t your cup of tea though, why not check out…
10.30-11.30 – Smallville – Room 6BCF
A screening and Q&A session for Smallville, long a darling of Comic Con. Tom Welling apparently won’t be there, but expect to see Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, and Callum Blue, who will be on hand to talk about the show and answer questions. The panel is also being moderated by Jeph Loeb, and Brian Peterson will accompany Kelly Souders to represent the showrunners.
11.45-12.45 – Supernatural – Room 6BCF
There’s no way we’re missing this one, although we’re a little disappointed that Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki aren’t listed in the program as appearing here. On the plus side, we have Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Sera Gamble, Ben Edlund and Eric Kripke on hand for a Q&A, a screening of special features from the season four DVD, and most excitingly, some footage from the upcoming season five! Yeah!
13.00-14.00 – Ghost Whisperer – Room 6BCF
We’re tempted to hit the road after Supernatural, but we would be missing out on an all-star panel for Ghost Whisperer, including Jennifer Love-Hewitt, David Conrad, Christoph Sanders, Jamie Kennedy, Camryn Manheim, Ian Sander, Kim Moses, and PK Simonds. If Ghost Whisperer is your thing, and you want to see some footage from season five, this is the place to be.
18.104.22.168 – Being Human/Torchwood – Ballroom 20
BBC America is presenting two of its shows in a double bill for this year’s Comic-Con. Being Human will have Toby Whithouse, Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner answering questions about the show. Torchwood will have Julie Gardner, John Barrowman and Euros Lyn on hand to talk about the making of Children Of Earth.
And then after…
Hitting the highway – We’ll be making the trip back up the Pacific Highway to LAX for flights home, but if you’re doing the same and happen to stop in Santa Monica along the way, check out Yankee Doodles. Seriously, the burgers there are incredible, they have a huge one that they bring out in a procession with a funeral gong banging behind it. One of the journalists we were with last time didn’t make it back home.