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San Diego Comic-Con Preview 2016

Written By: Abel S. Pinedo - "Honest Abe"

July 8th, 2016

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Preview Night:

Preview Night, more commonly known as Wednesday, is your first chance to get your bearings on the exhibit hall. It's your first chance to pick up exclusive merchandise, look for some of those early deals and figure out a general sense of what's what. Preview Night is also host to several screenings of upcoming TV shows. Ballroom 20 will screen pilot episodes of Frequency, Powerless, People of Earth, Riverdale, Time After Time and a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!

Thursday:

If you've ever wanted to break into the comics biz, then you'll want to check out 'Getting Into Comics and Staying There' where you can hear stories and advice from such talents as Felipe Smith, Jim Zub, Dan Mora and Caitlin Kittredge. In other comic related news, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be presenting his brand new comic book titled, 'Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook.' The legendary NBA star will appear with artist Joshua Cassara to discuss the new series. All in attendance will receive an exclusive art card.

The ever popular Spotlight on Jim Lee panel returns again which will give you the chance to learn tips and tricks from the man himself. If you're looking for a midday break from the chaos, then I'd recommend the One on One with Paul Dini panel. If you're aware of his Dark Knight: A True Batman Story graphic novel, then you won't want to miss this sure to be intimate discussion.

CBS will present a three hour block of new and returning TV shows including Scorpion, American Gothic and Macgyver. Several other TV shows will be featured today including The Last Ship, Silicon Valley, Mr. Robot, and Teen Wolf as well as a first look at two new series Luke Cage and The Good Place. For a really rare treat, the animated musical Yellow Submarine will screen a restored and remastered version not seen since the early 70's. The day's events end with two other musical treats. You'll have to choose between the upcoming Fox remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog.

Friday:

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Friday is filled with great movie and TV related events. The day starts with a real bang. More specifically, a return to the Big Bang Theory writers room. Learn some of the secrets of how the show is still going strong after 200 episodes. Before the Suicide Squad movie comes out next month, take a listen at a panel headlined by the creative team behind the comic book. The zombies invade Hall H with back to back panels featuring a look at the second half of season two of Fear the Walking Dead. After that, brace yourself for a first look at the upcoming seventh season of The Walking Dead. 

With the season finale of Game of Thrones having recently aired, you won't want to miss the cast discussing where the show is headed. Other TV shows being presented today include Robot Chicken, Archer, Vikings, South Park, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Rick & Morty, a look at the upcoming final seasons of both Orphan Black and Bones and new shows including Dead of Summer, The Exorcist and American Gods. If sharks is more to your liking, then fear not as Ian Ziering and the cast of Sharknado The 4th Awakens lead a panel to answer all your sharknado questions.

Friday is also traditionally known as Star Wars Day, so expect panels throughout the day highlighting several aspects of the franchise including Hasbro, the future of the comic books and other aspects of collecting. Del Rey Publishing will be offering a first look at what the future holds for the Star Wars franchise with regards to books and comics.

DC Rebirth is arguably the hottest thing in comics this summer. This is sure to be one of the most talked about panels of the Con. Join a panel dedicated to the Rebirth title 'Superman' as the writers and artists talk about this latest iteration of the Man of Steel. 

Bill Plympton returns to Comic Con with a preview of his latest feature, Revengeance. Everyone in attendance will receive a free sketch, too! Hard to believe, but Garfield creator Jim Davis is making his first ever Comic Con appearance, celebrating his new book, 'The Art of Garfield'. Following the panel will be a lively Q&A.

Friday night ends with three radically different panels to choose from. There's the ever popular Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. Reminisce about the 35th anniversary of Heavy Metal: The Movie with a special panel devoted to the cult animated film. Finally, there's the world premiere of the latest from DC animation, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke movie.

Saturday:

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Warner Brothers kicks things off with a two hour panel dedicated to Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Kong: Skull Island, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Expect many cast appearances and a ton of footage. Famous Monsters of Filmland will honor the 100th birthday of Forrest J. Ackerman with a look back on his life. Continuing the look at the DC Rebirth titles, today brings a look at the new Batman series and a discussion with Tom King, Scott Snyder and several other talents exploring the newest incarnation of the Dark Knight.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and in anticipation of the newest Trek series debuting next year, William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula and Michael Dorn will take part in a one hour discussion about Trek's long history and their experiences with the franchise.

Last year, Scooby Doo met KISS. This year, Scooby Doo and the gang will team up with members of the WWE in Curse of the Speed Demon. To see how these two worlds merge, join WWE superstars (including Paige and Sheamus) and Warner Animation staff for a sneak peek at the latest animated feature from Warner Bros. Animation.

In 1986, James Cameron's Aliens was released and became an instant classic. Now 30 years later, join cast members including Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn for a nostalgic look back. Maybe even a tease of what lies ahead?

Fans of the CW's The Flash won't want to miss a first look at the upcoming third season as cast members will most assuredly drop some quick hints (bad pun, I know) on what to expect when the show returns this fall. Other TV shows highlighted today include Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Once Upon A Time, Supergirl, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Wynonna Earp and Gotham. New TV shows getting a first look, featuring cast members, include Timeless, Frequency and Riverdale.

Marvel Studios present Kevin Feige will present a look at Marvel's next 2 feature films, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It's a guarantee that several cast members will be there. What's unknown is what kind of surprises will be in store. My personal prediction is the announcement of who has been cast to play Captain Marvel. Stay tuned!

Sunday:

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It's time for Sunday, also known as Kids Day. Much of the programming today is geared towards younger audiences. However there is still plenty of great stuff going on for people of all ages.

IDW has long been a mainstay of several comics titles geared towards kids. You'll want to bring the little ones to this panel discussion of everything from My Little Pony to Skylanders. Only kids can participate in the Q&A and every kid in attendance will get a prize!

For the older fans, the creators behind the BBC series Sherlock will return to Comic Con with a look at the future of the popular series. Immediately following, the cast and creators of Supernatural will be on hand for a look at the upcoming 12th season.

If DC animation is your thing, then you won't want to miss the world premiere of the feature DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year. Members of the voice cast as well as members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your questions afterwards. All in attendance will receive a memento as well. Immediately following will be the world premiere of a second animated feature, Batman Unlimited: Mech Vs. Mutants. It, too, will be followed by a discussion feature the voice actors.

If you ever wanted to build your R2 droid, and after all, who wouldn't? Then you will want to be there as members of the R2 Builders Club share tips and tricks on how to construct your very own astromech.

If you were a fan of Animaniacs then you won't want to miss Animaniacs Live! Watch as the original voice cast sing some of your favorite musical moments from the show right before your eyes. Is there a better way to end your Comic Con than that?

About the Author: Abel S. a.k.a. "Honest Abe" has written reviews for Dark Horizons, JoBlo and MusicTap.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He can usually be found at his keyboard ranting and rambling about the human condition or watching Beavis & Butthead.