San Diego Comic-Con 2015: Missing Marvel, Dangerous Women, and Hell No- Sharkado!

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San Diego Comic Con is approaching quickly, and the panel/activity announcements are flooding in. One of this year’s biggest pieces of SDCC news is about Marvel in that they have pulled out of doing any panels in Hall H, leaving DC to jump on that extra time like a Decepticon on energon. Between Marvel dropping out and ridiculous shenanigans that go on in Hall H (fighting over seats, stabbing people with pens, and camping in line for three days), that pretty  much seals the coffin of my disinterest in ever trying to get into Hall H again.

If you happen to be going, I will be taking part in two mighty fine panels. Firstly, you can find me moderating the Psychology of Cult TV, a panel organized by the sagacious Dr. Janina Scarlet. Alongside Dr. Scarlet, you’ll find panelists Dr. Travis Langley, Dr. Billy San Juan, pop culture expert Alan Kistler, and the author of the Geek Handbook, Alex Langley.

The panel is in room 25ABC, Thursday, 8-9pm

You can also find me at this year’s installment of the Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: The Good, The Bad, and the Deadly. You can all name a favorite villain or two: the Joker, Darth Vader, or Loki. But how many of your favorite bad guys are actually bad girls? Here to discuss the best and baddest of the lady villains (and their lack of representation) is a panel of women equally dangerous in their own right: Jenna Busch (founder of Legion of Leia, co-host of Most Craved), Susan Eisenberg (Justice League, Destiny), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Husbands), Jacqueline Goehner (costume designer, cosplayer), Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, The Walking Dead Psychology), Makayla Lynn (Legendary Digital Networks, Nerdist), Chase Masterson (The Flash, Star Trek: Deep Space 9), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Stephanie Thorpe (The Ladies & The Gents, ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining), and Jessica Tseang (comics historian, founder of Little Geek Girls). Room 25ABC

This panel will be Thursday, July 9 5-6 pm.

In addition to being on panels, there are several I’m excited to see myself, especially those from the dependably nutso Syfy Channel. This year Syfy will be bringing talent from their brand new shows, Childhood’s End and The Expanse, alongside Dominion, Z Nation, and 12 Monkeys. But wait, they will also have the cast of…Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The Hoff-man himself is listed to be there from the Syfy press release: “Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke) and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation followed by a Q&A session. Moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine.”  

STARZ will present panels for Outlander and their new series Ash vs. Evil Dead.  Talent for Outlander includes executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon, and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan; and for Ash vs. Evil Dead talent present will be Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce “Don’t Call Me Ash” Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Craig Digregorio, and Ivan Raimi. After the season finale of Outlander, I’m very interested to see what the cast has to say about what’s next. I’m beyond excited for Ash vs. Evil Dead! 

Below you will find a list of Syfy’s panels, times and locations from the press release.

This is the Action Flick Chick, and you’ve just been kicked in the ass!

 Friday, July 10

SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!

PANEL: 7:15pm – 8:15pm | Room 6A

Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke) and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation followed by a Q&A session. Moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine.  

 Saturday, July 11

CHILDHOOD’S END

PANEL: 11:00am – 12:00pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Based on the Arthur C. Clarke classic novel, the upcoming six-hour miniseries stars Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Daisy Betts (Last Resort), and Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black). The cast will be on hand along with screenwriter Matthew Graham (Doctor Who) to discuss how they brought the iconic novel to the screen for the very first time.

12 MONKEYS

PANEL: 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Join executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and stars Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse),Barbara Sukowa (Jones),  Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon) of Syfy’s critically-acclaimed series as they dissect the mysteries of the first season and hint at the twists and turns coming in Season 2. Moderated by Natalie Abrams of Entertainment Weekly.

THE EXPANSE

SCREENING AND PANEL: 4:00pm – 5:30pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Join the cast members Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Steven Strait (Magic City), Shohreh Aghdashloo (The House of Sand and Fog), Cas Anvar (Olympus),Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy) and Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and executive producers Mark FergusHawk Ostby and Naren Shankar for a first-ever, exclusive screening of the series premiere before it airs on Syfy in December! The Expanse is set 200 years in the future after mankind has colonized the solar system. The show is based on The New York Times bestselling book series.

Moderated by book author James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).

Z NATION

PANEL:  5:30pm – 6:30pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Dust off the Z-Whackers and join cast members DJ Qualls (Citizen Z), Kellita Smith (Warren), Keith Allan (Murphy), Russell Hodgkinson (Doc), Nat Zang (10K) andAnastasia Baranova (Addy) and executive producer Karl Schaefer of fan-favorite zombie show, Z Nation, as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at what fans can expect to see this fall when Season 2 premieres on Syfy. Moderated by Z Nation writer-producer Craig Engler.

 

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