The San Diego Comic-Con International 2007 is almost upon us! Here is the line-up of panels related to Disney:
Thursday, July 26
5:00-6:00 Moonstone: Tales of Zorro— Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition), Sandra Curtis (Zorro Productions), Peter David (Star Trek, Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born), Joe Gentile (Moonstone Books), editor Richard Dean Starr (Hellboy, Kolchak: The Night Stalker), Guy Williams, Jr. (son of Guy Williams, star of Disney’s Zorro series), and other writers and artists discuss Tales of Zorro, the first anthology of original Zorro short fiction ever published. This is the first Comic-Con appearance for Guy Williams, Jr. Room 2
Categories: Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Friday, July 27
10:30-11:30 Pixar Animation Studios' Short Films Collection: Volume 1— Join three of Disney•Pixar's most talented filmmakers, Ralph Eggelston, Oscar-winning director of For the Birds, Andrew Jimenez, Oscar- nominated co-director of One Man Band, and Katherine Sarafian, producer of Pixar's newest animated Oscar-nominated short Lifted, for a discussion about the Studio's acclaimed short films. Q&A session to follow. Room 6CDEF
Categories: Animation | Kids | Movies
3:30-4:30 Boom! Studios— Boom! Studios has an exciting new publishing plan for the rest of 2007 and 2008. Panelists talk about Boom!’s new partnerships with Disney, Paramount, and Epic Games, their existing partnerships, and the many exciting new projects coming out from Boom! Studios. Ross Richie, Adam Fortier, and Andrew Crosby (creator of the hit SCI FI series Eureka) talk about all things Boom! Room 3
Categories: Comic Books | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television
5:00-6:00 Pitching an Animated Show— How do you get your cartoon on the air? Selling an animated series isn’t as easy as it seems. The process is as creative as it is frustrating—and equal parts unpredictable. The major networks get thousands of pitches every year, so is there a secret recipe to getting your idea on the top of the pile? Maybe, and these are the people to tell you: executives responsible for shepherding new shows at the major studios, including Eric Coleman, VP animation, development & production at Nickelodeon; Heather Kenyon, senior director of development original animation for Cartoon Network; Jill Stewart, manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation, as well as creators Jorge R. Gutierrez (Nickelodeon’s El Tigre) and Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), both industry veterans currently in development on several projects. This will be an hour chock-full of wisdom, woes, and even a few “you-saw-it-here-first” surprises, moderated by animation writer/creator Jon M. Gibson, also in development. Room 30CDE
Categories: Animation | Seminars & Workshops | Television
Saturday, July 28
12:00-1:15 Cartoon Voices I— Such a Comic-Con favorite, we're doing it twice this year! Mark Evanier hosts his yearly panel with some of the greatest voice talent in the cartoon business. Today's panel includes Neil Ross (GI Joe), Wally Wingert (Invader Zim), Kathy Garver (Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), Will Ryan (Disney voice artist), Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman), and Joe Alaskey (Duck Dodgers). Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow at noon in this very same room! Room 6B
Categories: Animation | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television
2:15-4:00 Disney— Disney and Disney•Pixar showcase two upcoming films with this exclusive Comic- Con presentation!
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian—Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present never-before-seen footage and a Q&A panel with the filmmakers of the second installment of the epic fantasy adventure series! Be sure to collect the exclusive Prince Caspian Comic-Con poster, designed by fans on Narnia.com, and selected by director Andrew Adamson!
WALL•E—From Academy Award–winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), WALL•E is the story of one robot's comic adventures as he chases his dream across the galaxy. Meet director Andrew Stanton and sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars) as they present a first look at Disney·Pixar's next animated adventure!
Categories: Animation | Kids | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy
4:00-5:00 AFI’s Behind the Plastic II: Creativity to Collectible— Action figure and statue sculpting is pop art that is coming into the mainstream spotlight. In years past, nameless, faceless sculptors cranked out figure after figure of beloved characters, but now the sculptors are becoming better known among fans and the industry. In this discussion with some of the industry’s top sculptors you will discover the path that led them to many a “fan boy’s” dream job. Find out what tools and materials they use and where laser scanning ends and the sculptor takes over. Also covered will be mold making and painting, design, and marketing personal projects. Moderator Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from ActionFigureInsider.com talks to Jean St. Jean (sculptor, NECA, McFarlane, Diamond Select, DC Direct), Mike Locasio (sculptor, NECA, McFarlane, DC Direct, Diamond Select), Ruben Procopio (sculptor, Masked Avengers Studio, Electric Tiki, Disney Classic Collectibles), Kat Sapene (prototype painter, Electric Tiki, Sota), and Eddie Wires (prototype painter, Toy Biz, DC Direct). Room 4
Categories: Action Figures, Toys and Collectibles
6:00-7:00 The Pitching Hour— Jermaine Turner (director, original series, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group), Jill Stewart (manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation), Dan Evans (network exec, Digimon), Jeremy Love (VP, Gettosake Entertainment), Laurenn McCubbin (producer, Showtime's Rent Girl), and Jonas Agin (senior VP, Tom Lynch Company) will take an idea from conception through production. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creator should adapt to make their way into the Hollywood creative battleground. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be IP lawyer Brendan McFeely to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood! Room 5AB
Categories: Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Television
I also have a list of Disney artists I would like to meet: Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch artist/creator/voice of Stitch; He will have his own booth #2146), Amy Mebberson (former Disney artist now working for Tokyopop; hopefully I can bump into her...she makes the cutest Disney retro pin-ups), Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura (both have their own Disney merchandise lines and art work available for veiwing right now at the Disneyland art gallery; Amanda will be signing at the Munky King booth #4639 Fri/Sat 11-12pm; both will have con exclusives for sale...not Disney related). I'm sure there will be more Disney artists...I will post as I find!
Countdown to Comic-Con...2 days (we'll be at preview night wed the 25th)!