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SDCC 2014: Horror Highlights – Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26

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It’s that time of year again. We’re not far out from the biggest “geek” event there is and as per usual, the overwhelming amount of panels, screenings, signings and dealers contain a healthy dose of the macabre. See below for the horror highlights of Days Two and Three at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

Notable panels include the ever-popular THE WALKING DEAD, of course, as well as inquiries into Comics History (“60 Years Ago” and “Moving Forward by Looking Back”), CREEPY & EERIE, Scream Factory, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, the highly anticipated return of MAD MAX, and a talk with legendary FX artist Phil Tippett.

Friday, July 25

  • Moving Forward by Looking Back: This is the Golden Age of Classic Comics Collections, 11:00am ROOM 32AB

President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein leads a spirited discussion about the recent boom in prestige collections of archival comic material. Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian Craig Yoe, VP of book trade sales at Dark Horse Comics Michael Martens, founder of Sunday Press Peter Maresca, associate publisher of Fantagraphics Eric Reynolds, and IDW senior editor of special projects Scott Dunbier. If you have a bookshelf bowing under the weight of great big books full of comics and still crave more, this is the panel for you! Plus announcements and giveaways.

  • iZombie: Pilot Screening and Q&A, 11:30am ROOM 6BCF

Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident, is on the fast track to a perfect life…until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses all traces of her former drive and ambition. She transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to reluctantly access the only real form of sustenance left available to her-and the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity-human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet: With each brain she consumes, Liv experiences “visions”-flashes of the corpse’s memories-including, in some cases, clues as to how they were killed.iZombie makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZombie premieres Midseason on The CW.

  • AMC’S THE WALKING DEAD, 12:20pm HALL H

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, 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) to discuss the shocking finale of season 4 of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 5, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 5.

  • Spotlight on Mike Mignola, 12:30pm ROOM 24ABC

Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A.

  • An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, 7:00pm ROOM 23ABC

Brian Ward (DVD producer), Melissa Boag (VP, kids & family), and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director) give you an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming Blu-ray and DVD collector’s editions and make some very special announcements. Moderated by Kyle Anderson (Nerdist).

  • QUEER HORROR, 7:00pm ROOM 28DE

Horror films, TV shows, books, and comics are more popular than ever. Authors, filmmakers, and comics creators are always looking for new twists to the medium, including presenting LGBT subtext, plot elements, and characters. But does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Do queer horror creators bring a different sensibility to the medium? Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Prism Comics and moderator/horror expert Sean Abley (Fangoria’s Gay of the Dead, Out in the Dark) and panelists Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination, Day of the Dead), J. T. Seaton (George: A Zombie Intervention, NOLA Horror Film Festival), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Chillerama), and Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) explore these and other aspects of this popular medium from a queer perspective.

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Saturday, July 26

  • MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, 10:00am HALL H

Mad Max: Fury Road – Seminal director George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic universe he created three decades ago with the cultural phenomenon Mad Max. Tom Hardy reinvents Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller’s extraordinary new take on the legendary character for a new generation of fans. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

  • Fantastic Females: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy, 10:30 ROOM 8

These authors know how to thrill readers with stories of kick-ass heroines who traverse the boundaries of other worlds and dimensions. Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), S. J. Harper (Reckoning), Christina Lauren (Sublime), Tonya Hurley (Blessed series), and moderator Chris Marie Green (Only the Good Die Young) discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and readers on the edge of their seats.

  • Legendary Pictures, 12:25pm HALL H

Legendary Pictures presents a panel featuring their upcoming slate of highly anticipated films.

  • Warner Archive Collection: Trailers From Hell! Live, 1:00pm ROOM 25ABC

A match made in classic movie heaven: the gurus of Trailers From Hell paired with the fan-centric trio of Warner Archive Collection podcasters taking a detailed, often humorous dissection of trailers from some of the great films in the fanboy spectrum. From sci-fi and horror to action and noir, you’ll get an interesting, hilarious education on current and upcoming releases in the WAC catalog and Warner Archive Instant, from a panel that includes Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and D. W. Ferranti.

  • IDW: Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, 2:30pm ROOM 24ABC

2014 saw the end of the Eisner Award-winning series Locke & Key. Creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, along with IDW’s editor-in-chief and CCO Chris Ryall, discuss the end of that seminal series, Joe and Gabe’s follow-up projects (The Wraith and Little Nemo, respectively), what they have coming for the future with IDW, and who knows what else? With these three, it’s always an adventure.

  • THE ART OF FEAR, 2:30pm ROOM 8

Horror novels have been keeping us up at night for years. From haunted houses to creepy-crawly worms, mysterious illnesses, demons, human extinction, and the apocalypse, these authors give you goosebumps while you read. Authors Mira Grant (Parasite), G. Michael Hopf (The New World Series), Katherine Howe (Conversion), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish), and James Rollins (The 6th Extinction) discuss their novels, the writing process, and why you keep the light on while you read. Moderated by Glen Hirshberg (Motherless Child).

  • BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: Shaking the Pillars of the Comics Industry, 3:30pm ROOM 8

The hilarious adventures of Jack Burton continue as Big Trouble in Little China, one of the most beloved cult films of all time, is now a BOOM! Studios comic series. The series picks up right after the end of the film and, with the guidance of director John Carpenter, it’s the first time new stories of the Pork Chop Express have been told in any medium. Join series writer Eric Powell (The Goon), colorist Michael Garland (The Empty Man), and editor Ian Brill for a lively discussion of what to expect next in the series and to talk all things Big Trouble in Little China. Plus, writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters) will be on hand with a special announcement relevant to Big Trouble fans’ interests! Moderated by Comics Alliance senior writer Chris Sims.

  • Inside the Making of TWIN PEAKS: THE ENTIRE MYSTERY Blu-ray, 3:30pm ROOM5AB

Go behind the scenes of the unprecedented collection of the groundbreaking cult phenomenon from David Lynch and Mark Frost, Twin Peaks-The Entire Mystery. Join actress Kimmy Robertson (“Lucy Moran”), Blu-ray producer Charles de Lauzirika, Blu-ray co-producer Brian Kursar, and restoration and remastering executive project managers David Grant and Ryan Adams. Get an advance look at not only the staggering results of the high-definition upgrade of both the series and feature film, but also an exclusive sneak peek at the Blu-ray’s massive array of bonus features, including the “holy grail” of Twin Peaks fandom, The Missing Pieces, the long-awaited deleted and extended scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, directed and edited by David Lynch himself! Moderated by Robert Meyer Burnett.

  • CREEPY & EERIE, 21st Century Horror, 4:30pm ROOM 24ABC

A ghoulish panel of horror freaks discuss the impact and influence of the classic Warren horror titles Creepy and Eerie on modern horror creators in film, TV and of course, comics. Some special guests will add to your discomfort as Dark Horse announces special plans for the 50th anniversary of Creepy. Moderated by Gemstone’s J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide) and consulting editor and writer DanBraun (Creepy), panelists include sculptor Justin Mabry (Trick or Treat Studios), Chris Zephro (Trick or Treat Studios), and New Comic Company’s Josh Braun (Eerie). Throw in a couple of surprise Creepy artists and writers and they’ll have quite a stew for you. Plus: awesome Creepy swag!

  • CONSTANTINE: Pilot Screening and Q&A, 5:15pm ROOM 6BCF

John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness-from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he’s an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, each with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural, but when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman whom he’s never met but is connected to in a very important way. With dark forces gathering power in the world, Constantine allies himself with Manny, a rogue warrior angel, and his giant childhood protector Chas-the only friend who’s managed to stay alive. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine, a morally challenged character who doesn’t come down on the side of either good or evil…but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. Attendees will see a screening of the complete pilot, followed by a Q&A with series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Charles Halford (True Detective) and executive producers Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine will air Fridays at 10/9c on NBC this fall, premiering October 24th.

  • SALEM, 5:45pm ROOM 6DE

The star-studded cast — including Shane West (Nikita, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg, and Elise Eberle — along with executive producers Brannon Braga (Star Trek, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey), Adam Simon, and Josh Barry look back at intriguing footage from the groundbreaking first season of the series, from WGN America and Fox 21. Set in the volatile world of 17th-century Massachusetts, Salem explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. Followed by an audience Q&A.

  • 60 Years Ago: Comics on Trial, 6:00PM ROOM 9

Members of Los Angeles-based Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, as a preview of their upcoming play, dramatically read excerpts from some of the offending stories and transcripts of the April 1954 Senate hearings attacking comics, highlighting a discussion led by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art) and Craig Yoe (editor, Haunted Horror comics) about how comics such as EC never were the same again.

  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, 7:00pm ROOM 6DE

Who’s the baddest witch in town? For the first time ever, the critically acclaimed miniseries visits Comic-Con with an exclusive look back at AHS: Coven followed by an all-star panel featuring AHS cast members Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and executive producer Tim Minear. The panel will also treat fans to some exclusive secrets from the set of the next franchise instalment, AHS: Freak Show.

  • Phil Tippett: Analog and Digital Effects, 7:30pm, ROOM 24ABC

Academy Award-winning stop-motion and CGI master Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robocop) presents a talk spanning the history of his career in visual effects, including clips and insights on inspirations, experiences, and relationships that have inspired his creative perceptions and contributions to the world of film and animation. Joining Phil will be Corey Rosen (Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Host, Grindhouse), VP of creative development for Tippett Studio, showcasing Tippett’s new mobile effects app, Efexio.

  • Science in the Stories of H.P. Lovecraft, 8:00pm ROOM 4

Iconic weird tale author H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), in his introduction to the story The Call of Cthulhu wrote: “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” Was he right? A panel of scientists and Lovecraft experts will discuss the science behind Lovecraft’s stories and what modern research has revealed about humanity’s place in the cosmos. With Cody Goodfellow (Deepest, Darkest Eden: New Tales Of Hyperborea), Shane Haggard (Chemistry instructor, San Diego City College), Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft), Andrew Leman (The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society), and Lisa Will, Ph.D. (astronomy and physics professor, San Diego City College). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon-Los Angeles).

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