After waiting in line for more than an hour, you finally pick up your Comic-Con badge and walk into the convention. You’ve probably already heard about the hottest panels—The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, DC, and Marvel—but there’s so much to check out, you’re not sure where to do first. Here are our daily must-do items to add to your Comic-Con agenda.
Day 1: Thursday, July 24
Legends of TV Land
The title may be confusing but the legendary actors hosting this panel aren’t. Betty White of The Golden Girls, Donald Faison of Scrubs, and the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, answer questions about their work and how they influenced television history. Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
I Know That Voice: Insights from the Cutting Room Floor
A voice actor’s job is to be so memorable that their voice is recognizable in whatever role they play. John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama and Jake the Dog from Adventure Time), Andrea Romano (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain), and many other voice actors discuss the behind-the-scenes techniques of the trade. Room25ABC, 1 – 2 p.m.
Tournament of Nerds
The Upright Citizens Brigade returns to Comic-Con with a new set of disputes. Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Wonder Woman or Black Widow? It all comes down to the ultimate challenge: a comedic debate to the death. Room 5AB, 8 – 9 p.m.
Day 2: Friday, July 25
Star Wars Origami
Master the paper-folding techniques that will let you create Star Wars. Origami master and author Chris Alexander will teach attendees how to fold an exclusive Comic-Con model in addition to other characters from Star Wars. Materials are included. Room 7AB, 10 – 11 a.m.
101 Ways to Kill A Man
How many ways can you kill someone? A fatal chimera virus, murderous microchips, a deathstrike via satellite targeting. The possibilities are endless. Writers Tobias Buckell (Hurricane Fever), Alex Hughes (Marked), M.A. Lawson (Rosarito Beach), and others will discuss the art dying. You’ve been warned. Room 32AB, 1 – 2 p.m.
The Business of Geek Fashion
Do you ever wonder who made those Mass Effect leggings or that Adventure Time t-shirt? Join industry professionals for a behind-the-scene look on how pop culture trends and differing fashion options affect their work. If there’s time, maybe you can make a pitch for the next big item in geek wear. Room 26AB, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Day 3: Saturday, Saturday, July 26
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the four-fingered, yellow cartoon family. Creator Matt Groenig and his crew will discuss their new projects and rejoice in the fact that The Simpsons has been on air for a quarter-century, a milestone the Hollywood Bowl will also celebrate later in August. Ballroom 20, 10 – 10: 45 a.m.
Sailor Moon Official Panel
If you missed the Sailor Moon crew at Anime Expo, they’ll be at Comic-Con to commemorate VIZ Media’s re-release of the completely uncut and uncensored ‘90s English dub. Bring some questions and your best Sailor smile. Room 5AB, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Video Games and Our Future: We’re All Gamers
Video game experts like Ryan “Morello” Scott (League of Legends) and Jennifer Zhang (Twin Galaxies) offer insights into the industry from the creation of the games themselves to the influence they have on culture and how “gamification” makes it possible for everyone to play. Room 24ABC, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Day 4: Sunday, July 27
Kids Draw: A Comics Live Drawing Panel
Kids help cartoonists Kelley Jones (Space Mountain), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), and the other animators tell a story with as many monsters, aliens, and plot twists as possible. Room 30CDE, 10 – 11 a.m.
Archie Action Hour: Sonic, the Hedgehog and Mega Man
The staff and artists of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man are aiming to bring attendees an action-packed hour filled with the latest updates on the two shows. There’s swag at the end. Room 32AB, 1 – 2 p.m.
Disney Pin Trading: Past, Present, and Future
Calling Disney pin traders or anyone who’s a fan of the Mouse House. Join the pin traders organization Pin Pics as members discuss trends in the world of collectible pins and the future of the hobby. Room 29A, 4 – 5 p.m.