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Just like the three previous years before this one, the Arrow and I will be headed down to the sunny shores of San Diego, California next week for the 2003 edition of the San Diego Comic Con. Old-time joblo'ers will remember our past coverages of the event, all of which are still available for perusal here: 2002, 2001 and 2000. Each year also includes our very popular PHOTO GALLERIES, which we will likely intensify this year with the addition of a digital camera into the JoBlo.com family (you have to pay for the nudies though). If you are planning on attending this event, feel free to email or stop us in the hallways just to say "hey" or "f*ck you!" It's the thought that counts. If enough schmoes from the site are to attend, maybe we can even make an evening out of it ("Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll... chips, dips, chains, whips...you know, your basic high school orgy type of thing.")

For your information, below is a basic outline of the movie-related panels that will be at COMIC CON this year (which include celebs like Angelina Jolie, Kevin Smith, Halle Berry, Rob Zombie, Sam Raimi, Hugh Jackman, etc...), with many surprises and obviously...comic book-related coolness all over the place! If nothing in the schedule below moistens you, then you are not a fan of film and you should leave this site immediately... :) You can check out the entire schedule at the OFFICIAL COMIC CON WEBSITE.

Thursday, July 18

12:30–2:00 Why Hollywood Is Really Turning Comics into Movies— Why is Hollywood suddenly paying attention to such comics as Ghost World and Road to Perdition, when they don’t have any costumed characters with unique abilities and a penchant for fighting crime? Lee Nordling, executive editor from Platinum Studios, will explore what makes the comic book medium a valuable sales tool for today’s Hollywood. Room 3

1:30–3:00 Stop-Motion Animation on a $hoe$tring Budget— Larry Loc, the author of Animation on a $hoe$tring, reveals the secrets of low-cost stop-motion animation. Subjects covered include blue screen and masks, combining stop motion with 3-D computer graphics, how to do stop motion without using an armature, building wire armatures, where to buy low-cost professional armature parts to build your own ball-and-socket armature, how to modify off-the-shelf toys for use in stop-motion animation, and where to find and how to create props. Room 2

4:30–5:30 TheOneRing.net: Lord of the Rings— TheOneRing®.net — Earth’s largest Tolkien website—presents a panel of "Tolkien experts" to answer all your burning questions. Topics will range from The Professor himself, The Lord of the Rings and other works both in and out of Middle-earth to Tolkien fandom over the decades and how LotR/JRRT is affecting life today on the Internet, in cultures across the globe, and of course, in the movies. Presenters will include four TORn staff, including Quickbeam and Ostadan, two contributing authors of The People’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien. If you miss the panel but want to get some TORn this weekend, visit their booth in the Exhibit Hall. Room 6A

5:30–7:00 CFQ Presents: The Summer of Our Movie Discontent— The editors and staff of CFQ discuss the latest summer films and preview the movies they're most looking forward to. The free-spirited conversation will cover everything from The Matrix Reloaded to Enterprise. Panelists include David E. Williams (editor-in-chief), Sean Jordan (Zentertainment), Jeff Bond (Music of Star Trek), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), and Mark A. Altman (editorial director). Room 6A

5:30–7:00 The Indie Filmmakers’ How-to Guide to DVD— DVD may well save underground and independent filmmakers. In this informative panel, you'll learn the secrets to releasing your independent film on DVD and getting it out into the marketplace for sale. From DVD authoring details, to financial realities to distribution tips, this indie filmmaking seminar will answer all your DVD-related questions. Moderated by FilmThreat.com's Chris Gore. Panelists include independent filmmakers from the world of DVD, including Augusta (Agent 15, The Velvet Hammer). Room 2

8:30–11:00 Lucasfilm and AtomFilms.com Present the Star Wars Fan Film Awards—These awards recognize the popularity and entertainment value of fan-made films relating to Star Wars, and the saga’s impact on popular culture and the fan community. You’ll see the best of the finalists’ work along with some special surprises. The awards give creators of Star Wars fan films the opportunity to showcase their work to millions of viewers worldwide, both at the Official Star Wars Fan Film Network web site (www.starwars.atomfilms.com) and at Comic-Con International. For more info, click here. Room 20

Special off-site movie screening: American Splendor: Come see the Fine Line Films adaptation of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, the winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Seating is extremely limited, and tickets are on a first come basis. You must have a ticket to get into this screening; your Comic-Con badge will not get you in. Special tickets are available at the Del Rey/Random House booth (1747) and the Dark Horse booth (2415) on Wednesday night and Thursday (if still available). Theatre information is available with the tickets. Screening is at 10:00 p.m. in a downtown San Diego theatre. And don’t miss the American Splendor panel Friday from 3:30-4;30 p.m. in Room 6CDEF!

Friday, July 19

10:30–12:00 Comic Books in the Movies— Some of the warriors of sf- and comic book–themed movies join Stan Lee for an insightful panel about the hottest phenomenon in movies today: the comic book superhero film. Lee, who is co-creator of the characters featured in the biggest blockbuster comics films in recent years (Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men) and other panelists explore the involvement of independent producers as well as big Hollywood studios in the development of superhero films. Joining Lee on the panel are Creative Light Entertainment's Scott Zakarin (Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, Comic Book: The Movie), Mindfire Entertainment's Mark Altman (The Specials, House of the Dead), and actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Creature Unknown). The panelists will share the secrets of what it takes to make a successful superhero movie and how to make comic book-themed movies economically. Room 6CDEF

11:00–12:00 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 25th Anniversary: The No-Budget Epic That Ate San Diego— Meet the creators of the cult comedy classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Learn how they turned a wacky idea into a worldwide icon! It’s a juicy story that features sneak peeks from the upcoming 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD, which hits the streets September 23 through Rhino Home Video. (And if you thought the blind traffic cop was bad, wait ‘til you see the outtakes). Panel attendees will receive an exclusive collectible celebrating the return of the vicious veggies. Aaarrgghh! Panelists include John DeBello, J. Stephen "Rock" Peace, and Costa Dillon. Room 6B

12:00–1:00 Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses— Less than a month before the DVD release of Rob Zombie's feature film directorial debut, Rob and the cast of House of 1000 Corpses give you a taste of what to expect on the DVD. Be there to hear what else Mr. Zombie has on the horizon, including a House of 1000 Corpses comic book, action figures, a greatest hits CD, a videogame. and of course ... a sequel! Joining Rob Zombie will be House of 1000 Corpses stars Sid Haig of Spider Baby, Bill Moseley of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Sheri Moon, Chris Hardwick of the upcoming Johnson Family Vacation and special makeup effects artist Wayne Toth. Room 6CDEF

12:30-1:30 Trailer Park— A Comic Con tradition: wall-to-wall trailers, teasers, clips, and featurettes from upcoming genre releases for one hour, under one roof. There are always some surprises, too, and you can't see this all together anywhere else. Special guest: Naomie Harris, star of Danny Boyle's hit film 28 Days Later, will appear to answer questions and sign afterward. Room 20

1:00–2:30 Creative Screenwriting: Comics to Film— Creative Screenwriting magazine columnist Jeff Goldsmith moderates a panel of screenwriters who will examine the process through which comics have been adapted from the page to the screen. The panel will discuss how they tackled the challenge of breathing new life into already famous characters and adapting complex story lines for film audiences. The panel consists of David Hayter (X-Men), Michael Dougherty (X2), and James Robinson (The League of Extraordinary Gentleman). Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Disney: The Haunted Mansion— A very spooky look at the upcoming film based on one of Disneyland's all-time favorite attractions, The Haunted Mansion. Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, visual effects supervisor Jay Redd, and head of makeup Bill Corso will give you a guided tour and one lucky fan will be transformed into a ghost during the presentation. Room 20

1:30–2:30 Bill Plympton— The one-and-only Bill Plympton presents a sneak preview work-in-progress of his new animated feature film Hair High. Bill will offer behind-the-scene clips of the actors (David Carradine, Sarah Silverman, Ed Begley Jr.) reading their lines, selected excerpts from the film and from his famous Plympton "Ani-Cam," a live drawing demonstration, and a few other surprises. Room 6A

2:30–4:30 Lucasfilm Star Wars Show— The Clones Wars have begun—what’s next? Join Lucasfilm’s head of fan relations, Steve Sansweet, and a galaxy of guests to get the latest report on Star Wars: Episode III. What’s up Down Under as production proceeds? As for what to do until 2005—the Clone Wars are upon us, in a series of animated TV shorts, comics, novels, videogames, toys, and online materials. Find out all about it from the people most involved, including animation superstar Genndy Tartakovsky of Cartoon Network. Expect lots of treats, some surprises, and a chance to ask probing questions. Room 20

3:00-4:00 Meet the Cast of Jeepers Creepers 2— Meet the cast of United Artists' terrifying Jeepers Creepers 2! Hang out with the actors, see exclusive footage, and walk away with free, signed one-sheets and cast photos. Also, enter to win two tickets to the premiere! Jeepers Creepers 2 opens on August 29. Room 16AB

3:30-4:30 Fine Line Films: American Splendor— American Splendor's Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner appear in person with Ted Hope, the producer of the feature film American Splendor, winner of Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. They will preview the film and answer questions. Room 6CDEF

4:00–5:30 Stan Winston— Special effects wizard Stan Winston (Aliens, The Terminator, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands) discusses how the intertwining of film, comics, action figures, and games has come to fruition for Stan Winston Studio. Stan will make a short video presentation, talk about his two new Image series Trakk and Real of the Claw, and unveil plans for upcoming movies, action figures, and videogames. Room 6B

4:00–5:30 From Sketch to Sale: Pitching Hollywood— This panel will take an idea from conception through various necessary and possible steps to production of a film or TV show. This process includes creating a pitch document, using agents, and getting a pitch meeting. Each of the panelists is a current pro in Hollywood with experience developing and producing such TV shows and films as Power Rangers, Transformers: Beast Machines, Static Shock, and Lethal Weapon. Through a hypothetical example, the panelists will explain the process that new creators should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground in general and animation in particular. Knowing that each project is a new path, there will be a Q&A session to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Panelists include Jermaine Turner, development, ABC Family/ABC Kids; Dan Evans, freelance development; Julie Kane Ritsch, agent, Gotham Group; Geoff Johns, writer; Denys Cowan, producer/director, and Steve Aranguren, development, Walt Disney TV Animation. Room 3

4:30-5:30 Miramax: Kill Bill— Cast members from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movie discuss the making of the film. Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Jai White, and Michael Madsen are scheduled to be on hand to preview and discuss this eagerly awaited film. Room 20

5:30–7:00 Movie Webmasters Unloaded— Experience a heated discussion with the world's most outspoken movie maniacs of the web! This year's panel promises to dwarf all others as panelists discuss film franchises like LOTR, Star Wars, The Matrix Trilogy, and the future of entertainment coverage online. Moderated by FilmThreat.com's Chris Gore. Panelists include Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons; Nick Nunziata, Chud; Chris Ryall, MoviePoopShoot.com, Eric Campos, FilmThreat.com, Thom Fowler, eFilmCritic.com; Greg Dean Schmitz, Upcoming Movies; and other webmasters. Room 2 (where's JoBlo.com yo??? :)

7:00–9:00 Mark Hamill Wants to Give You a Sneak Peek at Comic Book: The Movie— Last year fans were blown away by the "Mark Hamill Wants You in His Movie" panel that featured the voices behind the Joker, Spongebob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron, Bugs Bunny, Winnie the Pooh, and every hot cartoon on television. In addition to being part of the filming of the climatic scene of Creative Light Entertainment and Amazing Invisible, Inc.'s Comic Book: The Movie, they were treated to over four hours of the most amazing stories, impressions, music, and a Q & A session featuring the most famous voice-over artists in animation today. This year, Mark Hamill and the core cast of Comic Book: The Movie return to the scene of the crime to share exclusive scenes and outtakes from the movie which Miramax Films is releasing this Fall. Joining Hamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy), Roger Rose (Johnny Bravo), Jess Harnell (Animaniacs), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), Lori Alan (Spongebob Squarepants), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Gary Owens (Laugh-in, Space Ghost), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain), Debbi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron) and many others! Please note: Due to time constraints, there will absolutely be no autograph signings at this panel. Room 6B

Saturday, July 20

10:30–11:30 Warner Brothers— Special guest Halle Berry appears in person to introduce the first look at her upcoming film from Dark Castle, Gothika. Warner Bros. will present footage of Matrix Revolutions, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Troy, Starsky & Hutch, Torque (featuring Monet Mazur, Jamie Pressley and Christina Milan LIVE), Scooby Doo 2, and Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Additional special guests will also be on hand along with gift bags and terrific prizes including an official Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines leather jacket, cast autographed poster and sunglasses, and collector posters of The Last Samurai. Room 20

11:30–12:30 Paramount: Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life— Angelina Jolie will be appearing in person to talk to fans and preview her second outing as everyone's favorite adventuress in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Room 20

12:30–2:00 Kevin Smith— He’s baaaack! And even we don’t know what he has planned. Maybe he’ll tell us about Ben and Jen in his upcoming movie, Jersey Girl. Maybe he’ll talk about his new house. Maybe he’ll tell us about his comics shop. You’ll have to ask him. All we know is Kevin Smith is back at Comic-Con (and aren’t you glad?). Room 20

1:00–2:30 Pitching Your Animation Project to the Studios— Pitching to the studios is all about finding the right fit—kind of like The Dating Game. The idea might be good but the timing for the show might not work, the look of the show might be good but the story aspect might not work, the show might have everything going for it but the budget is to high and no one can agree. So how does something get optioned by the studios? Representatives from studios and independent content creators will share their insightful answers. Panelists include Michael Diaz, manager of creative affairs, Warner Bros. Animation; Sam Ades, director of strategic and brand initiatives, Warner Bros. Online; Jermaine Turner, development, ABC Family/ABC Kids; John Fountain, independent content creator and storyboard artist, Nickelodeon Studios; Cliff Galbraith, independent content creator and owner, Crucial Comics; Craig Miller, producer and president, Wolfmill Entertainment; and Heather Kenyon, director of development for original animation, Cartoon Network. Moderated by Kellie-Bea Cooper, ASIFA–Hollywood. Room 18

2:00–3:30 New Line: Lord of the Rings and Freddy vs. Jason— Robert Englund, the one and only "Freddy Krueger," will appear with special footage from the upcoming battle to end all battles, Freddy Vs. Jason, crossing over two of the greatest all-time horror franchises. (Englund will also appear as the MC at tonight’s Masquerade.) Joining Robert on stage will be director Ronny Yu, producer Sean Cunningham (creator of Friday the 13th), and Freddy’s nemesis Ken Kirzinger ("Jason"). New Line also presents an in-depth look at The Lord of the Rings with state-of-the-art extras and Andy Serkis and Richard Taylor discussing what it takes to bring Gollum to life. In addition, The Two Towers DVD features will be previewed ,with Sean Astin discussing his short film and an exclusive screening of The Return of the King footage from the August DVD, as well as other surprise guests. Room 20

3:30–5:00 Sony: Spider-Man 2, Hellboy, and Underworld— Spider-Man 2’s director Sam Raimi will be on hand to talk about Spidey’s next adventure, versus. one Dr. Otto Octavious. Sony/Revolution is also bringing Mike Mignola's Hellboy to the big screen and Mike will be here to give you the very first look at Guillermo Del Toro's action/horror film currently in production. Kicking the session off will be a look at Screen Gems’ Underworld, an intense thriller featuring warring clans of vampires and werewolves in a postmodern city. At its heart, a love story emerges between a beautiful vampire warrior and a mysterious young werewolf. Stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman will be joined by director Len Wiseman, Kevin Grevioux (story/associate producer/co-star) and Danny McBride (story and screenplay). Room 20

3:30–4:30 Dark Horse Presents: Joss Whedon— Meet Joss Whedon, the Oscar-nominated, Hugo Award–winning creator behind such hit series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly! Last year Joss made his comics debut with the smash-hit Fray from Dark Horse. With the Buffy series finale being one of the most talked about television events of this year, you won't want to miss this exclusive Q&A! Room 6CDEF

5:00–6:00 Universal: Van Helsing— Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) is taking horror to an epic scale by pitting the legendary monster hunter Van Helsing against his old foe Dracula as well as the Frankenstein monster, the Wolfman and a few other denizens from the Universal vaults. An exclusive look at one of next summer's most anticipated films featuring in person: Van Helsing himself Hugh Jackman, Stephen Sommers, and lots of surprise guests. Room 20

5:30–7:00 The Matrix.com: Comics on the Web— The online Matrix comics include work by Larry and Andy Wachowski, Geof Darrow, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neil Gaiman, Ted McKeever, John Van Fleet, Troy Nixey, Peter Bagge, Dave Gibbons, David Lapham, Greg Ruth and Paul Chadwick among others. Learn the future of the Matrix comics, how soon the trade collection will be available, and perhaps get a free Matrix comic. Paul Chadwick (Concrete), John Van Fleet (Batman: The Chalice), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Stray Toasters ) and others join Spencer Lamm (who heads the team behind TheMatrix.com, as well as edits the comics). Room 6B

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