By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García
To horribly mangle The Beatles’ words, picture yourself in this hallway, on a hot July day – surrounded by more than 150,000 male and female geeks in all assortment of accoutrements. Welcome to my weekend in the world’s biggest Jiffy-Pop. If you were only able to score tix for one day, I have some advice for you: if you want to have fun, skip the panels and take in the sights.
If you’re in for all four days and Wednesday’s preview night, though, here’s some panels of interest going on during the event:
2:30 pm: Spotlight on Gene Yang. The artist behind American Born Chinese speaks in Room 4.
4p: “Tipping Point for LGBT Portrayals In Comics.” Centered around the new Batwoman and The Question sharing the spotlight in Detective Comics. Room 32AB
6:30 pm: “The Anthropology of Star Trek.” Expect at least one question regarding Uhura’s hemline. Room 30AB.
The Comic-Con Curse begins to rear its’ ugly head here, as the ST panel is up against a first look at Thirst, which I definitely want to check out. That trailer link I posted, btw, is NSFW.
7:30: “Geek Roundtable.” The note for this panel bills it as “the funniest and most racially diverse group of geeks on the Internet.” The Roundtable accepts your challenge. Room 10.
11:45 am: Spotlight on Flash Forward. If you wanted to know how John Cho feels about playing second fiddle to Joseph Fiennes after being a part of three commercially successful movie franchises, this is your chance to ask. Room 6A.
2 pm: Spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie, where he’s probably going to talk about not just the Milestone U, but an upcoming project dealing with all of the DC Universe’s black superheroes. Room 2. I’ll definitely be at this one.
3:45 pm: District 9. Peter Jackson shifts his focus from New Zealand to South Africa in this sci-fi thriller, where a race of aliens is held as refugees. In South Africa. Subtle! Hall H.
6:30 pm: “Making Comics Relevant To Readers Across Cultures.” Jeff Yang, of Secret Identities fame, moderates a panel discussion featuring McDuffie, Yang, and Gail Simone, among others. Room 3. Continue reading