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Saturday
Jul132013

SDCC 2013 Disney/Marvel Programming Schedule

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is upon us! Here is our schedule of the Disney/Marvel programs and events for Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21. Just click and print. See you there! 

Handy links:

Official website of the San Diego Comic-Con

Official blog of the San Diego Comic-Con

Official Facebook page of the San Diego Comic-Con

Official Twitter of the San Diego Comic-Con

Friday
Aug172012

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Electrifies the San Diego Comic-Con

Walt Disney Studios electrified the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con with multiple incarnations of Tim Burton's newest featured project, Frankenweenie.

A cult figure at Comic-Con, Burton's dark, quirky style has loyal fans excited about the black & white stop-motion animated feature. Frankenweenie (2012) is a Mary Shelley-inpired tale about a young boy who brings his dead dog back to life. In a Burtonesque twist of fate, the talented Tim Burton returns to Disney Studios, creating a full-length feature inspired by the Frankenweenie (1984) short-film that led to his firing as a young Disney animator and director.

On June 12, a month before doors opened to convention attendees, Walt Disney Pictures sponsored Frankenweenie Comic-Con banners that appeared all over Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp District. Hanging on lightposts from Petco Park to Point Loma, the ads featured a stitched-up Sparky, Frankenweenie's four-legged star.

Frankenweenie Banner in San Diego's Historic Gaslamp District

At 2:05pm on Thursday, July 12, Walt Disney Studios presented Frankenweenie inside the San Diego Comic-Con's marquee venue, Hall H. To attend the afternoon event, many of Burton's fans lined up before dawn, competing with Twilight fans for coveted Hall H seating. Those lucky enough to get in were treated to Frankenweenie previews and a special Q & A panel with Tim Burton.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie in SDCC's Hall H - Photo by Loren Javier

Following the Hall H panel, Walt Disney Pictures whisked Burton, actor Atticus Shaffer and producers Don Hahn and Allison Abate to a press conference held at the Bayside Hilton. Media outlets asked questions about the black & white Frankenweenie project, including technical aspects related to stop motion animation and the intricately made puppets. Burton also remembered attending the San Diego Comic-Con in the late 70's as a college student, when the event was little more than a collection of comic book dealers in a rented hall.

Frankenweenie Press Panel - (L-R) Don Hahn, Atticus Shaffer, Tim Burton & Allison Abate

Frankenweenie Director Tim Burton

Home & Garden Television partnered with Walt Disney Pictures to create HGTV's Electrifying Garden, a Frankenweenie-style crossover featuring a pet cemetery, Frankenweenie trailers and spooky loooking plants. The Burton-inspired exhibit was located in front of the Gaslamp Hilton, just across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center.

Electrifying Garden guests were invited to take photos, which were green-screened to place subjects in New Holland, Tim Burton's suburban setting for Frankenweenie. Every attendee enterprising enough to cross the street and enter the HGTV tent also received special Frankenweenie mini-tote bags and San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Sparky pins.

Frankenweenie Tote Bags from HGTV's Electrifying Garden

HGTV's Electrifying Garden - San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Sparky PinsEven if Comic-Con attendees decided walking to the Gaslamp Quarter was too much effort and skipped the HGTV event, the Comic-Con's main convention floor featured plenty of Frankeweenie.

The fun folks from Funko featured a pair of SDCC 2012 Frankenweenie Exclusives. Funko's Sparkysaurus figure and Frankenweenie T-Shirts drew long lines, as people vultured around the Funko booth to purchase the popular items.

Funko's Sparkysaurus Figure and Frankenweenie T-Shirt

Gentle Giant also had a little Frankenweenie to show conventioneers. Their Frankenweenie collection included several figures patterned after Frankweenie characters, as well as the cute and cuddly Sparky plush.

The biggest Frankenweenie-related draw, besides Tim Burton himself, was the Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition. The gallery of stop motion puppets, movie props and Burton's concept art created a constant crowd clamoring to get their first peeks at Frankweenie. The movie's official traveling exhibition made the San Diego Comic-Con its second out of eight worldwide stops. The five day stop in San Diego allowed fans in Southern California a sneak preview. For those who missed out, Vincent, Sparky and the exhibition gallery will re-appear at the Disney California Adventure Park from September 14th to November 5th, in time to build buzz for the Frankenweenie's theatrical debut on October 5, 2012.

Sparky Stop-Motion Puppet - Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit

Saturday
Feb052011

TicketLeap's Comic-Con Ticketing System is Refreshing

At 9:00am today, memberships for the 2011 San Diego International Comic-Con went on sale. Thousands of Comic-Con fans were frustrated beyond capacity, as they tried to refresh their way through TicketLeap's overloaded sales system. Scheduled for July 21-24, registration for the pop-culture event became an ordeal, as TicketLeap.com's system was overloaded from the start.

This image might look familiar to Comic-Con fans who tried to purchase their memberships today.TicketLeap apologized via Twitter, urging users to refresh over capacity pages in order to complete transactions. However, it took many hopeful conventioneers hours of refreshing pages to finally purchase their Comic-Con passes.

Around 10:00am, the Official Comic-Con Twitter also apologized, "We’re obviously not happy with this morning’s events. We are trying to find answers and get to the bottom of this." Despite the problems, at 1:00pm Comic-Con announced that Four-Day passes were sold out, though additional 4-Day tickets (Thursday through Sunday) may become available after refunds are processed. Single day Comic-Con memberships are still available for fanboys and girls trying to make it to the convention.

Founded in 1970 as the Golden State Comic-Con, the event evolved into the San Diego International Comic-Con in 1973. In 1991, the Comic-Con debuted in the San Diego Convention Center, which had grown into a pop culture phenomenon, featuring everything from comics to collectibles, animation, anime, gaming, film and science-fiction. The largest event of its kind currently draws more than 120,000 people to San Diego annually.

-- Neil Garcia, FindingMickey.com