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Is Comic-Con Losing Its Edge in Hollywood?

18 Jul, 2011 By: John Latchem

The question of whether San Diego Comic-Con has grown too big for its own good seems to have been supplanted this year by the notion that Hollywood’s fascination with the annual event finally is waning.

As fans and studios prepare to trek to the San Diego Convention Center for the annual confab July 21 to 24 (plus a Wednesday preview night), many observers can’t help but notice the schedule lacks many of the types of titles that made the show such a hot spot in recent years.

For example, Marvel Studios has nothing planned for The Avengers after previewing the film last year with a huge panel.

“I think the studios are pulling back from the Con this year,” said Bill Hunt, founder of TheDigitalBits.com. “But I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Hollywood has kind of taken over Comic-Con, and the studio hype machine has really dominated the event during the past few years. That’s great in one sense, but it’s also made the event more crowded and harder to attend as a fan.”

The problem for some studios, according to analysts, is how a lot of movies promoted at Comic-Con tend not to live up to expectations when they are finally released. One need only glance at feature stories in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Deadline Hollywood and others to get the point.

In many ways, Hollywood’s love affair with Comic-Con has become emblematic of a studio approach to attempt to buy success for their films through publicity rather than focusing on the quality of the product.

“While the Hollywood studios have really figured out how to get a buzz going in the fan community about some of these big summer blockbusters and genre films, they’re far less good at actually delivering great films that are worthy of the hype,” Hunt said. And I think fans have been disappointed year after year now by these big titles, previewed with grand panels in Hall H, that ended up being pretty lousy.”

Disney promoted Tron: Legacy for three straight Comic-Cons only to have the film underwhelm at the box office (as much as $172 million domestic and $400 million worldwide can be considered "underwhelming"). This year, the Mouse’s presence at Comic-Con is conspicuously light, with little more than panels for DreamWorks’ Fright Night remake, which Disney is distributing theatrically, a few Disney-produced TV shows, and a booth demonstrating the new “Phineas and Ferb” video game.

Many industry watchers speculate that Disney is eschewing Comic-Con in favor of its own D23 Expo, Aug. 19 to 21 in Anaheim, Calif.

But the poster child for the gap between Comic-Con hype and reality has to be Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which turned its ubiquitous Comic-Con presence last year into a meager $31.5 million domestic gross, barely half its $60 million budget.

It’s not as if a Comic-Con appearance is a pre-requisite for success, even for shows and movies that seem like a natural fit for the convention. Warner by-and-large bypassed Comic-Con for promotion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman flick The Dark Knight, which went on to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, and its sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, isn’t on the Con agenda either.

If Hollywood is easing up it is doing so just as the show organizers have started to make major adjustments to accommodate the Tinseltown presence. For example, the “Twilight” panel to tout Breaking Dawn — Part 1 is slated for 11:15 a.m. Thursday, making it the first presentation in the cavernous Hall H that houses most of the biggest panels for the weekend. A Comic-Con worker remarked that the move should facilitate clearing out a lot of the “Twilight” fans before the rest of the confab can kick into gear, since their interests don’t always mesh with the rest of the Comic-Con crowd. (An infamous story from the 2009 show involved “Twilight” being mercilessly booed by the Hall H crowd who were mostly waiting to see footage from Avatar.)

Some exhibitors, feeling Comic-Con has been over-saturated by Hollywood, have set up an alternative show called TR!CKSTER across the street from the Convention Center July 19-24. The event was spawned by two Pixar story artists who are also independent cartoonists, Scott Morse and Ted Mathot, and celebrates the Con’s comic book roots and the spirit of creator-owned work, with workshops, free events, parties, signings and live music.

Hunt joins the chorus of those who see Hollywood’s retreat as a good thing.

“I’m happy Hollywood is stepping back a little bit,” Hunt said. “It’ll give fans a chance to attend more of the smaller panels and maybe let the Con get back to its true comic book roots a bit.”

While Hollywood may be pulling back on the theatrical side, the studios are still well represented at the Con through their TV and home entertainment properties.

While quite a few marketing reps have expressed a personal eagerness to avoid Comic-Con in recent years, there are many home entertainment veterans who still see enormous value in using Comic-Con as not only a promotional tool for smaller studios and independents pushing fanboy-driven properties, but to put product directly in the hands of consumers.

“Most elaborate, multidisc boxed sets aren’t in brick-and-mortar stores,” noted one publicist. “Because of the shelf space required and hefty price tag, Walmart or Target is not likely to carry a lot of the $80 or $120 sets that come out. So San Diego Comic-Con has become something of an alternative platform for direct-to-consumer business when comes to these collectibles.”

And there is still plenty of exciting content relating to home entertainment showcased at this year’s convention. Among the most notable events specifically about home entertainment is “2011-2012: The Golden Age of Blu-ray?” panel presented by TheDigitalBits.com Thursday at 5 p.m. in Room 5AB. While the Digital Bits panel usually lets DVD producers preview their upcoming discs, Hunt said they decided to do something a bit differently this year after realizing that several major films and franchises were making their way to Blu-ray over the next couple years, including “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” Ben-Hur, “Jurassic Park,” “Jaws,” Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia, Titanic and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

“We’ve been doing a special edition producer panel for over a decade now down at the Con — I think our first was in 2001 — so it just felt like it was time to change things up a bit,” Hunt said. “It really seems that the floodgates for catalog titles on Blu-ray have finally opened up wide in the last 12 months. This is roughly year four or five for Blu-ray and, when you look back, it was at about that same time in the life of the DVD format that the same thing happened. And that’s the period that a lot of fans now think of as the ‘golden age’ of DVD. So I found myself wondering: When we look back several years from now, will 2011 and 2012 be thought of as the ‘golden age’ for the Blu-ray format? What does that mean for the future of Blu-ray, and the future of the home video industry in general? It just seemed like the right time to examine those issues in our panel … yet still do what we do every year at the Con, which is to preview for the fans many of the great titles and special editions to come in the months ahead.”

Hunt will be joined by his Digital Bits cohorts Adam Jahnke and Tood Doogan, as well as producers Charles de Lauzirika (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Crave) and Cliff Stephenson (Rambo, The Expendables, Crank 2, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), Warner Home Video SVP of theatrical catalog marketing George Feltenstein and others for a Q&A and special giveaways.

Other home entertainment-related highlights from this year’s Comic-Con include:

  • Booth #3528 will present the “Star Wars Blu-ray Experience,” offering a preview of bonus material for the upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray (in stores Sept. 16) and let fans experience one of the saga’s most iconic moments from an in-universe vantage point.
  • Warner presents a world premiere screening of the new DC Universe animated movie Batman: Year One at 8 p.m. Friday in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion with castmembers Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff, directors Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu, and voice director Andrea Romano. An encore screening will take place at 10:15 p.m. The movie, based on the Frank Miller comic book miniseries, hits DVD, Blu-ray and digital release Oct. 18.
  • Comic-Con fave “The Big Bang Theory” returns with a panel, screening and Q&A at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Ballroom 20, featuring producers Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro with stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik. Warner releases the fourth season of the show on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 13.
  • Join Nathan Fillion and the cast of “Castle” for a lively panel at 11:45 a.m. Sunday in room 6BCF. Disney releases the third season of the show on DVD Sept. 20.
  • Animation historian Jerry Beck and Warner Archives' George Feltenstein lead a panel of animation and restoration experts in presenting and discussing selected vintage cartoons from Warner Home Video's fall 2011 Blu-ray release of the newly remastered Tom and Jerry Golden Collection and Looney Tunes Platinum Collections, Thursday at 3 p.m. in room 32AB.
  • A preview of the fourth season of Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” takes place at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in room 6BCF. A panel at 3 p.m. Friday in room 7AB takes fans behind the scenes of the show’s animation process. Warner releases the third season on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 18.
  • Get a preview of “Spartacus: Vengeance,” the upcoming second season of the Starz series, at 5:45 p.m. Friday in room 6BCF. The panel also includes a discussion of exclusive content included with Anchor Bay’s Sept. 13 Blu-ray of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
  • Showtime will present its shows “Dexter,” “Shameless” and “Homeland” with a panel at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Ballroom 20, with actors such as Michael C. Hall, Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy and Morena Baccarin in attendance. Paramount releases Dexter: The Fifth Season on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 16.
  • The Shout! Factory booth (#4248) will showcase a variety of upcoming and current home entertainment product lines and offers exclusive items with the purchase of several DVDs, such as a Damnation Alley lithograph, iron-ons for “M.A.S.K.” and Battle Beyond the Stars, and a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” stressball. Joe Dante and Elizabeth Stanley will be on hand for a signing in support of Trailers From Hell Vol. 2 at 3 p.m. Thursday. Sybil Danning and John Saxon celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Battle Beyond the Stars” at 2:30 p.m. Friday. And the booth will feature a daily prize drawing, with prizes such as a collection of “MST3K” boxed sets and DVDs from Shout!’s “Roger Corman’s Cult Classics” line.
  • Mill Creek Entertainment will sell advance copies of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Second Season, for $25 exclusively at the Funimation booth (#4135). The DVD will be widely available Sept. 13.
  • A panel for the TV movie Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Ballroom 20, with star Bruce Campbell and “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix. Campbell and Nix will sign autographs at booth 4313 following the panel, and fans who don’t want to wait for the July 26 release of the Fall of Sam Axe Blu-ray and DVD can buy copies at the booth as well.
  • Fans can pose with Frank the Bunny as he hands out four limited-edition exclusive buttons on the streets of San Diego to promote Fox’s Donnie Darko: 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, available everywhere July 26. Fans can buy copies of the Blu-ray at booth #4313.
  • The “Wrong Turn” character Three Finger will be stationed at roadblocks throughout the city to take pictures with fans to promote Fox’s Oct. 18 DVD and Blu-ray release of Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings.
  • In addition to Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe and Donnie Darko: 10th Anniversary Edition, fans can visit the Fox booth (#4313) to buy the DVD or Blu-ray of Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (which releases wide July 26), and preorder the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray, Wrong Turn 4, Archer: Season Two and Futurama Vol. 6.
  • Image Entertainment will preview its horror anthology Chillerama at 7 p.m. Friday at the Gaslamp 15 Cinemas (701 5th Ave., San Diego). DreadCentral.com’s Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton will moderate the presentation that features directors Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Adam Rifkin and Tim Sullivan.
  • ChromeSkull returns to Comic-Con Thursday and Friday at the Fangoria Magazine booth (#4108) with a ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 poster signing with the filmmakers and stars. The world premiere of the film, which was recently acquired by Image Entertainment, takes place at 10 p.m. Friday at the Gaslamp 15 Cinemas, followed by a Q&A moderated by Barton.
  • HBO’s “True Blood” panel is 5:30 p.m. Friday in Ballroom 20. The first three seasons are available on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • A “Vampire Diaries” screening and Q&A panel takes place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom 20. Warner releases the second season on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 30.
  • A panel for AMC’s zombie series “The Walking Dead” will be at 11:15 a.m. Friday in Ballroom 20. The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Anchor Bay. A “Walking Dead” autograph session will follow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in booth #3721.
  • Fans can explore the “History of the Modern Zombie” with a panel Thursday at 7 p.m. in room 7AB, as Zombie Survival Guide author Max Brooks leads a discussion about the history and evolution of the modern zombie in film, TV and literature from Night of the Living Dead to “The Walking Dead” and beyond.
  • The “Fringe” panel takes place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom 20. Warner releases the third season on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 6.
  • A screening and Q&A for “Supernatural” takes place at 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Hall H, featuring a preview of Supernatural: The Anime Series, coming to DVD and Blu-ray July 26 from Warner, which also releases the sixth season of “Supernatural” on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 13.
  • “Voltron Resurgent,” he first-ever “Voltron”-themed panel, is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Indigo Ballroom, and will preview the upcoming Nicktoons “Voltron Force” animated series and other Voltron products. Classic Media releases Voltron: The Legend Begins, featuring early episodes from the 1980s animated show, on DVD Aug. 16.
  • Check out room 8 Friday at 5:30 p.m. for the “Evolution of Transformers” panel, taking a look back at the adventures of the transforming robot toys on TV and DVD. Panelists examine character development, weaponry, and weaknesses in the original animated series, “Beast Wars” and the Japanese “Headmasters,” “Super-God Masterforce” and “Victory” series, all available on DVD from Shout! Factory.
  • A panel called “Conversations with Sid and Marty Krofft: A Look at the Past, Present and Future,” featuring a discussion with legendary puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft, takes place at 10 a.m. Friday in room 23ABC. Vivendi Entertainment releases the Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters: Season 1 Sept. 6.
  • Get a preview of the fifth season of Web series “The Guild” at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Indigo Ballroom with creator/star Felicia Day, producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker and other members of the cast.
  • A panel for the Warner Premiere Web series “H+” and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Indigo Ballroom. The Warner booth (#4545) will offer talent from “Kombat” for a signing from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday.
  • The cast and creators of Crackle.com’s “Issues” discuss the Web series during a panel at 9:30 p.m. Friday in room 7AB.
  • “The Guild” creator Felicia Day, actor Doug Jones, “Dragon Age: Redemption” director Peter Einther and executive producer Mark Darrah will discuss the secrets to making a successful Web series during a panel at 11 a.m. in room 7AB.
  • Voice actors from “Dragon Ball Z” and “Yu Yu Hakusho” discuss the anime series in a panel at 10 a.m. Friday in room 24ABC, to promote their release on Blu-ray Disc by Funimation.
  • A sing-along screening of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (on DVD and Blu-ray from New Video) takes place at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in room 6BCF.
  • Epix Pictures presents a special panel at 10:15 a.m. Friday called “The Captains,” featuring “Star Trek” skippers William Shatner and Avery Brooks (“Deep Space Nine”), to preview Shatner’s new documentary about the actors who have played captains on “Star Trek.” Kevin Smith will moderate the discussion and Q&A in room 6BCF. The panel also will be available online at www.EpixHD.com/event-theatre, and Shatner will be tweeting from the event and interacting with fans at EpixHD.com. This kicks off “Shatnerpalooza,” which includes a 48-hour marathon of Shatner’s work on Epix starting July 21, and leads into free screenings of The Captains at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park in Los Angeles July 25 and at the Intrepid in New York City July 30.
  • The “Torchwood: Miracle” day panel is 10 a.m. Friday in Ballroom 20, with stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, Alexa Havins and Lauren Ambrose, plus writer Jane Espenson. BBC Video releases Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series on DVD and Blu-ray July 19.
  • Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” arrives with a panel Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, featuring creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, and writer Tom Root. Warner recently released Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III on DVD and Blu-ray and will release Robot Chicken: Season 5, featuring nine never-before-seen episodes, on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 25.
  • Adult Swim’s “The Venture Bros.” panel, with creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, will be 11:45 a.m. Friday in the Indigo Ballroom. Warner has released the four seasons of the show on DVD, with the fourth also on Blu-ray.
  • Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” panel is 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Indigo Ballroom, featuring a never-before-screened episode and discussion with the show's creative team led by Rob Corddry and Jon Stern, plus castmembers Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel and Megan Mullally. A DVD boxed set of the first and second seasons was recently released by Warner.
  • The Adult Swim booth (#3949) will host signings for “Robot Chicken” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday; “Childrens Hospital” from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Friday; “Black Dynamite” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; and “The Venture Bros.” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Adult Swim also presents a “Venture Bros.” costume contest and performance by Flying Lotus starting at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Dark Horse Comics presents Joss Whedon’s annual panel at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Indigo Ballroom, previewing the upcoming comic book series “Buffy: Season 9” and “Angel & Faith,” plus news about new “Buffy” digital comics. The first 19 issues of “Buffy: Season 8” were released as a motion comic on DVD and Blu-ray by Fox earlier this year.
  • Kevin Smith’s annual Q&A panel wraps up Hall H festivities Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
  • Hall H is the site for this year’s “Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries” panel Thursday at 6 p.m., featuring a discussion on the future of pop culture with directors Guillermo del Toro and Jon Favreau.
  • “Bones” returns with a panel at 1:45 p.m. Friday in Ballroom 20, featuring creator Hart Hanson, executive producer Stephen Nathan, and stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. The sixth season of the series is due on DVD this fall from Fox.
  • The “Psych” panel takes place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Ballroom 20 with series stars Dulé Hill, James Roday, Kurt Fuller, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen, plus creator Steve Franks and executive producers Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze. Universal has released the first five seasons of the show on DVD.
  • USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” panel will be held Thursday at 11:15 a.m. in Ballroom 20 with star Piper Perabo and other members of the cast and crew. The first season is available on DVD from Universal.
  • “Battlestar Galactica” star Richard Hatch will host his annual panel celebrating the BSG franchise at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in room 6BCF. The panel includes a discussion of the politics and philosophy of the “Galactica” universe.
  • Fans of “NCIS: LA” (on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount) can explore the technologies on the series with creator Shane Brennan, actor LL Cool J and others during a panel at 7 p.m. Friday in room 6BCF.
  • The Indigo Ballroom hosts this year’s “Archer” panel at 4 p.m. Thursday. The first season of the FX animated comedy about a spy agency is on DVD from Fox.
  • Syfy’s “Eureka” gets a panel at 3 p.m. Friday in Ballroom 20. Universal recently released Eureka: Season 4.0 on DVD.
  • Syfy’s “Warehouse 13” gets a panel at 4:15 p.m. Friday in Ballroom 20. The first two seasons of the show are on DVD from Universal.
  • Comedy Central’s “Ugly Americans” panel is 4 p.m. Friday in room 23ABC. Ugly Americans Vol. One is available on DVD from Paramount.
  • Disney Channel previews its upcoming movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, premiering Aug. 5, during a panel at 4:45 p.m. in room 6A.
  • Fan-favorite “Chuck” has a screening and Q&A panel at 10 a.m. Saturday in Ballroom 20. Warner releases the fourth season on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 11.
  • Fans of “Sanctuary” can check out a panel at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Indigo Ballroom with stars Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne and moderator Josh Gates. Entertainment One releases the third season on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 13.
  • “Futurama” is back with a panel Saturday at 12:15 in Ballroom 20, with executive producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and castmembers Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal and Maurice LaMarche. The panel will feature never-before-seen footage of the show reincarnated as Japanese anime.
  • “The Simpsons” panel follows at 1 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom 20, as Matt Groening and the producers provide insights about the show.
  • Adam West highlights a Seth MacFarlane-less “Family Guy” panel at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom 20.
  • The “American Dad” panel arrives at 2:35 p.m. Saturday in Ballroom 20.
  • Fox celebrates recent Emmy nominee “The Cleveland Show” with its panel at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in Hall H, with a look at the show’s parody of Die Hard. The second season hits DVD Sept. 27.
  • The cast of “Community” will be on hand for a panel at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Indigo Ballroom. Sony Pictures releases the second season on DVD Sept. 13.
  • The “MythBusters” return for a panel at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in room 6BCF with Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron.
  • Catch a screening and Q&A for animated series “Young Justice” at 10 a.m. Sunday in room 7AB. Warner releases Young Justice: Season One Vol. One on DVD July 19.
  • “Glee” creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk join the show’s stars for a sneak peek at Glee: The 3D Concert Movie at 10 a.m. Sunday in Hall H. Fox releases the complete second season on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 13.
  • Matt Smith and Karen Gillan headline the “Doctor Who” panel at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Hall H to preview the back half of the sixth season on BBC America. BBC Video releases Doctor Who: Season Six, Part One on DVD and Blu-ray July 19.
  • Check out the “Merlin” panel at 1 p.m. Sunday in room 6BCF with Anthony Head and the rest of the cast. The first two seasons are available on DVD from BBC Video.
  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has its Q&A panel at 2:45 p.m. Sunday in Hall H, with stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito. Fox releases the sixth season on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 13.
  • Get an inside look at FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Hall H with creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman. Fox releases the third season on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 30.
  • The “State of the Geek Report: From Avatar to Zardoz” panel takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday in room 5AB, featuring the world's foremost geeksperts discussing the state of contemporary sci-fi, fantasy, and horror cinema and television, ranging from the superhero smackdown of the summer of 2011 to the future of 3D films.
  • Anime distributor VIZ Media celebrates its 25th anniversary at 2 p.m. Friday in room 9 with a special panel offering prizes for fans, updates on new acquisitions and previews of upcoming products.
  • A panel Thursday at 11 a.m. in room 23ABC will explore the nature of fan obsession and how TV shows and movies can grow into a pop culture phenomenon.
  • Animation is the focus of the “ASIFA/Hollywood's State of the Animation Industry” panel at noon Friday in room 32AB, with animation veterans discussing the future of 2D vs. 3D animation.
  • Comic-Con closes with the traditional “Buffy the Musical” sing-along screening of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode “Once More With Feeling,” playing at 4 p.m. Sunday in Hall H.
  • Fans missing their favorite TV shows to be at the Con can catch up with special screenings. The latest episode of “Torchwood: Miracle” day shows at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in room 6DE, while new episodes of “Eureka,” “Haven” and “Mercury Men” will be shown from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday in room 6A.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Comic-Con will replay video from that day’s Hall H and Ballroom 20 panels from 8 to 11 p.m. in room 25ABC, with those in attendance voting on what they want to see.

 The complete schedule is available at comic-con.org.


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