It’s less than two weeks away from Comic-Con, and CCI is releasing the 2019 Comic-Con programming schedule in its annual fashion. We’ll bring you highlights from each day as they are announced.
We’ll also discuss our thoughts on this year’s lineup, including our top picks, room flow, and when we think you should line up in a special series of live podcasts this weekend. The first covered Thursday and Friday’s lineup, and the second segment — in which we break down Saturday and Sunday — will take place on Sunday, July 10 at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET.
That said, let’s dive straight into Saturday.
For moviegoers, it’s Saturday that it happens. Marvel Studios is back at anchor Saturday night in Hall H from 5-6 p.m., featuring Kevin Feige and “special guests,” sure to rock the house (and have an INSANE line). This is followed by Kevin Smith at 6:30 p.m. with his annual panel, which this time is mainly about Clerk III. You’ll even get the world’s first trailer for the film.
To start the day, WB Pictures, with black adam, Shazam! Fury of the gods, and more. Then come in Hall H the big actors of television, among which Dragon House; the Star Trek Universe panel with Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decksand Star Trek: Strange New Worlds; and The sand man. There’s also an Entertainment Weekly: Bold School panel, which will bring together “powerful players in the entertainment industry” to share anecdotes.
Elsewhere on the schedule, don’t overlook “The Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror” at 3:30 p.m. in room 24ABC, which features exclusive footage, giveaways from Blumhouse and the creators behind films such as clever, Observer, The quiet roomand more.
A former Studio Ghibli production coordinator gives a behind-the-scenes look at the studio’s original art at 6:30 p.m. in Room 29CD; Entertainment Weekly will present a “Game Changers” panel showcasing the people and projects impacting diversity in Hollywood at 11:15 a.m. in Room 6A; VFX artists from The Batman preview Gotham City’s bold new look at 5:30 p.m. in Room 6DE; and you can hear stunt performers from your favorite movies at 5 p.m. in the Omni Grand Ballroom DE. Chris Sanders, director of lilo and stitch and How to train your dragonlooks back on his career at 4:30 p.m. in room 7AB.
In Ballroom 20, it’s a hodgepodge of great all-day TV shows, including Bad, The simpsons, american dad, family guyby Anne Rice Interview with a Vampire, The Orville, mythical questand critical role. At 8 p.m., the day ends with the annual San Diego Comic-Con Masquerade cosplay contest, but remember you’ll need to purchase tickets to watch it in Ballroom 20.
There are also plenty of televisions in the other rooms, including Tuca and Bertie, Foreign resident, The complex, chucky, Reginald the vampire hunter (with Spider Man actor Jacob Batalon), and a Cartoon Network panel with Craig of the Creek, The Teen Titans Go!and We baby bears in Indigo; Krapopolis in 6BCF; The Ghost and Molly McGee, Hamster and Greteland the creations of the Apple TV+ series behind For all mankind, mythical quest, Foundationand more in 6A.
you can celebrate X-Men: The Animated Series and their 30th anniversary with a special panel at 1 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library.
Speaking of the library, there are some really exciting podcast panels there on Saturday, including Nicole Byer (from Nailed it fame) and Jon Gabrus hosting a live episode of their Headgum Newcomers podcast at 4 p.m. with a “special guest”. If you like The adventure zone or my brother, my brother and methen you’ll want to check out The McElroys (Justin, Travis, Griffin and Clint) at 12pm.
Kesha (yes, that one) “and some of her famous friends” will discuss her new docuseries on Discovery+ at 4 p.m. in Room 6BCF. G4 also makes its “triumphant return” at 12 p.m. in room 25ABC.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is back and staging a new series of science disasters The end is Nyeat 4:15 p.m. in room 6A.
There are also so many behind-the-scenes looks happening elsewhere on the schedule, like Obi Wan costume designer Suttirat Larlarb discusses the new series’ costume reimagining at 4:30 p.m. in Room 10. You’ll find so many talented TV writers at ‘Listening to the Fans’ at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Grand 10 & 11 – then find even more TV writers, showrunners and more in “Inside the Writer’s Room: Zooming Back to the Room” at 10 a.m. in room 24ABC, hosted by Chris Parnell.
Receive even more news on dragon prince and the studio behind at 3 p.m. in room 25ABC. Join a conversation with multiple stranger things actors and more to discuss world-building at 3:30 p.m. in room 29CD.
Anime fans will want to check out the special naruto 20th Anniversary Panel at 10:30 a.m. at 6BCF.
For comic book fans, it’s another stacked day. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Rocket at 10 a.m. in room 29AB; a preview of Image Comics’ Massive-Verse with Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott, Melissa Flores, Cherish Chen, Mat Groom and Michael Busuttil at 10 a.m. in room 28DE; Top Cow celebrates its 30th anniversary at 12 noon in room 4; and Jim Lee returns to WildStorm Productions alongside collaborators at 11:15 a.m. in Room 6DE.
Kevin Eastman will discuss all things turtle power during a 5 p.m. panel in room 23ABC. There’s plenty of DC talent to be found on the “DC Comics Are Fun” panel at 12:30 p.m. in Room 6DE, including Daniel Warren, Johnson and Juan Gedeon, Kami Garcia, Becky Cloonan, and Michael Conrad. Marc Hempel and Mark Wheatley share a spotlight panel at 2 p.m. in room 23ABC.
How is the comic world surviving the pandemic? Get the scoop during a panel hosted by Publishers Weekly at 3 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Grand 12 & 13.
Comics and television writer J. Michael Straczynski receives two panels on Saturday, including “Becoming a Writer” at 6 p.m. in Room 11 and a spotlight panel at 1 p.m. in Room 7AB. Cartoonist Scott Shaw! gets its annual Oddball Comics panel at 3 p.m. in room 7AB.
Prefer your comics to the power of a pop culture star? There’s NBA star De’Aaron Fox discussing his new comic at 5:15 p.m. on 6BCF;
You can bring your favorite Marvel and DC superheroes to life with Cardboard Creations at 7:30 p.m. in room 24ABC, a perfect panel for your kids if they (and you) can stay up that long.
For toy lovers, you can go behind the bricks with LEGO at 11:30 a.m. in room 6BCF.
Abrams Books, Dark Horse Comics, and Magpie Games bring star power (and voice actress Janet Varney) to 24ABC at 12:30 p.m. to explore the continuation of the Avatar world. Fantasy writers Marissa Meyer and Aiden Thomas discuss their new releases at 1:30 p.m. in Room 10. There’s also a spotlight panel on comic book author Lilah Sturges at 2 p.m. in Room 29AB.
Many of our favorite artists (including Jeff Granito, David Maya, Cesar “Outl1n Island” Anzora, Laura “Rarabird” Harper, and more) will be on hand to discuss “Lowbrow, Tiki, and Popular Art: Passion to Profession” at 3 :30h in room 5AB. We are also delighted to Gundam and Macross Projector by illustrator Hidetake Tenjin at 12 p.m. in room 7AB.
Step back to the 1980s with the writers of your favorite animated series at 10 a.m. in Room 9, or look back at Max Fleischer’s animation career at 3 p.m. in Room 28DE. Troma President/Creator Lloyd Kaufman is on hand to look back on 50 years of cinema at 9 p.m. in room 25ABC. Celebrate the wonder of Ray Bradbury’s work with the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum guide at 11:30am in room 29CD.
Get your lucha libre love at 5 p.m. in Room 4 with “Can Mexican Pop Culture Superheroes Save the World?” with professional Mexican lucha libre wrestlers at 5 p.m. in Room 4. Discuss the intricacies of legal analysis in Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness with real legal geeks at 7 p.m. in room 23ABC. Pass under the helmet of The Mandalorian with a real psychologist, bounty hunter, pilot and blacksmith at 1 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Grand 10 & 11.
Unnecessary debates are always a necessary panel for fun, which takes place at 8 p.m. in room 23ABC. There are plenty of other fun interactive panels throughout the day, including “Live Celebrity Gameshow: Is The Answer That You Wrote On Your Card The Same As The Answer That I Wrote On My Card” at 6:30 p.m. at 5AB with voice actors;
And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention two of our favorite panels, returning to be hosted by Mark Evanier: Quick Draw!, in which Scott Shaw!, Lalo Alcaraz, and Mike Kazaleh will draw whatever YOU challenge them to. at 11:45 a.m. in 6BCF; and Cartoon Voices at 1 p.m. in room 6BCF in what is always a good time.
What will you be lining up for on Comic-Con Saturday? Let us know in the comments.