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My Likely Comic-Con Schedule

For whatever it’s worth (but mainly to make myself go through it at least once all the way through), after the jump is my intended, at this stage, plans for Comic-Con, day by day. It still include a couple of conflicts arisen from indecision.
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Full Comic-Con Schedules Up

Finally, all four days’ worth of schedules are online and ready to be voraciously pored over by all of us wondering what we’ll have to drop from our personal lists due to the inevitable conflicts. See the links in the sidebar.

Comic-Con Releases Sunday Schedule

They’re starting at both ends and working towards the exciting middle. Comic-Con has posted Sunday’s schedule to accompany Thursday’s. Now we wait for Friday’s and Saturday’s. My picks for Sunday after the jump.
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Comic-Con Schedules Re-Appearing

It looks like the Thursday schedule just went up for real. In addition, the page indicates that Wednesday’s Preview Night is when the Fringe pilot screenings will be held, one from 6:00 to 7:30 and one from 7:30 to 9:00, both in Ballroom 20. The room will be cleared between screenings.

An earlier report indicated that there would be both on-site and off-site screenings of the pilot. I’ve seen no definitive word yet on the latter.

The schedule is almost exactly the same as the one which I linked to earlier this week when it appeared, for a short time, on the Comic-Con website accidentally. (”Needless to say,” the con’s David Glanzer told me about their review process, “we’re probably going to go to a hard copy format from now on.”) Really, there are only a couple of minor changes.

But that, of course, doesn’t mean that the accidentally leaked version of Friday’s schedule from earlier this week won’t end up completely different. Presumably, we’ll all find out soon enough either way.

Do Not Take Internally

It goes without saying that any Comic-Con schedule one sees is subject to change. But you’ll forgive me if I take David Glanzer’s comment over at Spout with a grain of salt. One does not put “internal use” schedules on one’s public website.

There might still be changes to what we saw last night and this morning, but I’d be willing to bet a drink at a nearby convention hotel that when the schedules are posted for real, there will be very little difference.

This’ll Be A Clusterfrak

While we all sit around waiting for the Saturday schedule to be posted, keep this in mind, from The Live Feed:

Director Kevin Smith has agreed to moderate Sci Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” panel at Comic Con. This could push the typically packed venue into fire marshal-shutdown level of geek engagement.

Comic-Con should give away a Golden Ticket that gets the winner in and out of any and all rooms whenever you want, so I could find the winner and steal it.

Comic-Con Schedule “Leaks”

It’s not really a leak, per se. Rather, the schedules for each individual day are beginning to be posted to the Comic-Con website, even though they are not yet linked from their programming page. As of this post (or, rather, the previous one), the schedules for Thursday and Friday are available.

Update: While we all wait for the Saturday schedule page to actually include the Saturday schedule, what follows after the jump is my initial take on the panels I’m interested in on Thursday and Friday. These two days are scheduling fusterclucks, and I’m not looking forward to how Saturday will look.

Update: Comic-Con apparently caught on to the fact that these schedule pages were easily discoverable to anyone who knows their very obvious URL scheme, and has taken them down. But the fine folk of Galactica Sitrep have posted pdf files of the Thursday and Friday schedules for you to download.

Update: Actually, it seems the Thursday schedule page remains on the site and accessible at the URL above.
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Dr. Horrible To Play Friday Night At Comic-Con

While they haven’t yet put up any links on the programming page, pages for two of the days already exist on their website: Thursday and Friday. The latter of which, of course, includes this:

1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon— Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses Buffy Season Eight, the Fray crossover, and the upcoming Serenity comic focusing on Shepherd Book. Ballroom 20

But it also includes this:

10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog— The story of a low-rent supervillain (Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible), the hero who keeps beating him up (Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer), and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to (Felicia Day as Penny). This musical in three parts, created for the Internet and written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, premieres in its entirety on the big screen at Comic-Con. Room 6B

So not only a panel in the afternoon, but the entirety of the musical will show later that night.


Newsarama reports that the highly-anticipated Mystery Science Theater 20th anniversary reunion panel scheduled for Comic-Con (on Friday from 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM) is slated to be held in Room 6B. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that one gets there early if one wants to get in.

Once More With Big Screen

Despite the supposedly on-going issues which caused Fox to block theatrical licensing of all of its television properties, it seems that this year’s Comic-Con will feature (or, they say, conclude with) “Once More with Feeling” on the big screen — in Ballroom 20, no less.

For those unfamiliar, that would be the beloved musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It used to be screened in theaters seemingly on an almost regular basis until licensing for such showings (and, as stated above, all Fox television properties) was suspended for reasons still not fully disclosed by the relevant parties.

On a personal note: I always have had very mixed feelings (no pun intended) about these events. Mainly because while I get the idea of just kicking back and having fun with it, it’s really not that sort of musical. The songs are not divorced from the meaning, and the meaning of the episode in the context of the season in which it appeared is rather profound, and not all hugs and puppies.

You can’t pull many (if any) of these songs out of context and treat them as “all in good fun”.

But most of what I’ve seen of these events seems to do just that, up to and including some behavior towards the material I can only describe as mobbish and, frankly, thuggish.

I’ve seen audiences at these events be (I’m sorry, but there’s no other word for it) ugly.

So, buyer beware, although your mileage could vary. But there’s every possibility that I myself will be skipping this one.