It is almost that time of year when comic book and science fiction fans, fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers gather together for Comic-Con International: San Diego. The four-day event features a giant Exhibit Hall, a massive programming schedule, hands-on workshops, and educational and academic programming, such as the Comics Arts Conference. The event also includes anime and film screenings, games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the “Oscars” of the comic industry), and much more.
Comic-Con over the years has gained worldwide recognition with attendance reaching 130,000. The massive crowds have been housed in the San Diego Convention Center for over two decades.
Each year, during the event, television networks have panels that feature fan-favorite shows. This gives the fans the chance to interact with and have a Q&A session with the cast and crew of their favorite shows.
For this year’s Comic-Con, Fox has released its Comic-Con panel information. Starting July 20, Fox Network will begin its panels. The shows attending are listed below; all times listed are Pacific.
Thursday, July 20
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Ghosted, Room 6BCF – Robinson and Scott, respectively play a cynical skeptic and true believer in the paranormal. They’re hired to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles while uncovering a larger mystery about the human race. Robinson, Scott, Ally Walker (“Sons of Anarchy”) and EPs Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten will be on hand. Series debuts this Fall.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Exorcist, Room 6BCF – Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera, “Sense8”), Father Marcus (Ben Daniels, “House of Cards”), Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan, “Skyfall”), and EPs Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four”) and Sean Crouch (“Numb3rs”) will discuss season 2.
Friday, July 21
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. The Gifted, Ballroom 20 – 20th Century Fox/Marvel’s X-Men series follows a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the discovery that their children are mutants. The government is after their kids, and the family links up with an underground network of supernatural-powered people for their survival. Cast and EPs will be on hand for a first look of this series debuting in September. Written by Matt Nix directed by Bryan Singer, and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont , Blair Redford , Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Bob’s Burgers, Indigo Ballroom – The Belcher family returns to San Diego for another panel with creator and EP Loren Bouchard, EP Jim Dauterive and cast H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy.
Saturday July 22
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. The Simpsons, Ballroom 20 – A peek at the 29th season with creator Matt Groening, EPs Al Jean and Matt Selman, Supervising Director Mike Anderson and Director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman.
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Family Guy & American Dad! Ballroom 20 – A special preview of Family Guy with cast Alex Borstein, Mike Henry and Jon Viener as well as EPs Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin. There will be surprise guests and a look at upcoming 300th Episode.
It’s a Smith-family Funday with “Francine” (Wendy Schaal), “Steve” (Scott Grimes), “Hayley” (Rachael MacFarlane), and “Klaus” (Dee Bradley Baker), plus EPs Matt Weitzman who will treat American Dad! fans to a first look at the all new season airing July 24 on TBS.
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. The Orville, Room 6A – Come meet the whole crew of the mid-level exploratory vessel U.S.S. Orville – Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, and Chad Coleman – as well as producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga – for an exclusive look at this sci-fi comedy series, which is a take-off of 1960s sci-fi shows like Star Trek. Jon Favreau directed the pilot.
It will be amusing to meet with the cast and EPs of Fox’s new shows that premiere this fall. For example, Ghosted, The Gifted, and The Orville are new additions to the fall lineup, so Comic-Con will give the fans a first look at these shows. Hopefully, reactions from the audience are positive because their plots sound thrilling, entertaining, and intriguing.
Overall, fans and attendees of Comic-Con International: San Diego should be excited about this year’s event. Even though, the official website has not released the program schedule yet, it should be made available soon. However, based on past years, the year’s event should not disappoint.
This story was written by Samantha D’Amico.