The Saturday program schedule for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con has been officially released. Several of the main events are previously announced panels by DC Comics and Marvel. However, there are also some intriguing surprises among the program schedule. Here are some highlights.
There is a FX Pilot Sneak Peek Screening on Saturday night from 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM. The screening is described as one of FX's most highly anticipated pilots, but exact details of the exclusive screening event were unable to be released by FX. Our guess from that limited description is that it has to be Powers, which should be quite a treat for attendees.
Another exciting TV related event should be the Terra Nova panel from 11:00 AM to Noon. The Terra Nova panel includes star Stephen Lang (Avatar), executive producer Rene Echevarria (Castle, Medium, The 4400, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), executive producer Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise), and co-executive producer Jose Molina (Haven, Castle). The panel will include premiere footage from the series set to premiere this September on FOX. Terra Nova from the minds of Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) and Peter Chernin follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.
Lost panels are usually legendary at Comic-Con, but the show is no longer on the air. However, there will still be a panel devoted to the show. Lost: A Year Later with Jay and Jack runs from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The panel features podcasters Jay and Jack Glatfelter (The Lost Podcast) and special guests. They will discuss ABC's television series Lost a year after its controversial finale and check in to see what former Lost cast members are involved in now.
Legendary Comics will hold their inaugural year panel from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The panel will feature iconic writer/artist Frank Miller (300), Legendary Comics editor-in-chief Bob Schreck (All-Star Superman), and other artists from the Legendary stable. Of course, there will be info about Miller's Holy Terror.
One of the more unusual panel descriptions is From Buddha to Batman: Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison Discuss The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes. The panel runs from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Here’s the description: “Five years ago, New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned spiritual guru Deepak Chopra joined legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Supergods) at Comic-Con to discuss the role superheroes play in the social fabric. What started as a thought-provoking panel discussion has since become a profound new teaching manual for discovering the superhero within -- Chopra's new book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes. Now Chopra and Morrison are back to elaborate on what the superhero archetype means for us today. Joined by Deepak's son Gotham Chopra (founder of Liquid Comics) and moderated by Chris Carle (editorial director of IGN Entertainment), the discussion will cover the seven essential laws that govern the realm of superheroes and the cultural importance of superheroes -- why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are...and what we may yet become.”
Another interesting angle for a panel asks the question “Is the Comic Book Doomed?” The Panel of Doom runs from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Here is the description: “Is the 32-page, stapled, monthly serial comic book reaching the end of its long road? What might force it out of existence -- and what might keep it alive for another generation? And if the comic book as we once knew it vanishes, what does that mean for the future of the comics medium? Mark Waid (Irredeemable), Vijaya Iyer (Cartoon Books), Laura Hudson (Comics Alliance), Amanda Emmert (ComicsPRO), and moderator Douglas Wolk hash it out.”
Check out the full Saturday program schedule on the San Diego Comic-Con website.