Last year we asked the (mostly rhetorical) question, “Is it Comic-Con or Whedon-Con?” as Joss Whedon and Whedonverse-related events started filling up the schedule at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. From “The Avengers” to the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” comic books, the Whedonverse was everywhere.
We’re pleased to announce that 2012 is continuing the trend as Joss Whedon, Whedonverse alumni, and all things Whedonesque are popping up all over the San Diego Comic-Con 2012 program.
Below we’ve compiled a handy list of panels and events concerning the words and worlds of one Joss Whedon, Geek God, at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. The panel descriptions are condensed from the SDCC program. While some panels are specifically focused on the Whedonverse (the highly-anticipated ten-year reunion of “Firefly,” for example), others only include Whedonverse alumni like Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, and Amber Benson.
Regardless of just how Whedony a particular panel is, we are holding it up as proof that Joss Whedon is our master now… and that he’s staging a non-hostile takeover of Comic-Con.
Thursday, July 12
10:30-11:30 Battlestar: So Say We All— Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo) hosts a 35th anniversary preview panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar universe, politics, philosophy, and 35 year history. Including Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar, Caprica, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Lili Bordan (actress, Blood and Chrome), Michael Taylor (Battlestar, Caprica, Blood and Chrome), Toni Graphia (Battlestar producer/writer), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant for BSG and Defiance). Room 6BCF
12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— “Authors Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine how comic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in which the graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of television series as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universes enjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comic book follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara), writer/producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Torchwood), writer Chris Gage (Angel & Faith), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actors Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods).” Room 26AB
1:00-2:00 Dark Horse: Powered by Creators-An In-Depth Look at the Best in Creator-Owned Comics— A celebration of 25 years of Dark Horse Comics, the comic book publisher behind the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and Firefly comic books. Room 23ABC
6:00-7:00 The Science of Science Fiction: Canon Fodder— “Aliens, robots, wormholes, superheroes…there’s more than a little science in all of these, but how can that science be kept straight and consistent across multiple movies and seasons of TV shows?” Panelists Jon Spaihts (writer, Prometheus), Jane Espenson (producer/writer, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (writers, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Jaime Paglia(producer/writer, Eureka), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science advisor, Battlestar Galactica, Defiance), talk about the ups and downs of respecting the science in ongoing science fiction TV and movie series. Room 25ABC
8:30-10:00 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along— Join the fun as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog-coming back with call back sheets so you can play along during the screening. Enter our costume contest: horrible prizes awarded to the best version of each character from the show. Room 6BCF
8:30-10:30 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope— San Diego Comic-Con premiere screening of the ultimate fanboy documentary from executive producers Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles, and Thomas Tull. Q&A to follow with director Morgan Spurlock (Warrior Poets) and special guests. Ballroom 20
Friday, July 13
12:30-1:30 Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion— The Science Channel will reunite the cast and crew to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Space Western. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau. Ballroom 20
1:45-2:45 Bones— Creator and executive producer Hart Hanson, executive producer Stephen Nathan and stars David Boreanaz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and Emily Deschanel are on hand to discuss the shocking finale of season 7 as well as what’s in store for Booth and Brennan in an exciting season 8. Ballroom 20
5:30-6:30 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon— “Long before directing the biggest superhero film in history, Joss Whedon rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store for us next, and hear exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the ever-expanding number of titles in Dark Horse’s line of Season 9 comics.” Ballroom 20
5:45-6:45 Spartacus: War of the Damned— “Liam McIntyre (McLeod’s Daughters) returns to Comic-Con, along with Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), executive producer Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and a few surprise appearances to show footage from the final season of Spartacus: War of the Damned.” Room 6BCF
6:00-7:00 Girls Gone Genre— “Meet the women who like to play with trucks and Barbies. And Wolverine action figures. And flux capacitors.” Marti Noxon (Buffy, Angel), Jane Espenson (Buffy, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Angela Robinson (True Blood) and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator). Room 7AB
7:00-8:00 And Then What Happened? Serialized Shows That Ended Too Soon— A panel that answers the question, “What would have happened if a canceled show had kept going?” Writer/producers Andrew Chambliss (Once Upon a Time), Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead), Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), andJose Molina (The Vampire Diaries) talk about the lost futures of shows like Dollhouse, Flash Forward, Firefly, and The Middleman. Room 7AB
8:30-9:30 Space Command: Bold Adventures in the Far Reaches of Space— “Science fiction legends Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Doug Drexler (Battlestar Galactica), Neil Johnson (Humanity’s End), Michael Reaves (Star Wars, Batman), and Ian McCaig (Star Wars) premiere footage from the highly anticipated epic adventure series that spans 200 years of Galactic History. Stars Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth), Katherine McEwan (Humanity’s End), Christina Moses (Star Trek New Voyages), and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) discuss their roles.” Room 5AB
Saturday, July 14
11:00-12:00 Geek & Sundry— Felicia Day (The Guild, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka), director Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and the cast of The Guild (Vince Caso, Jeff Lewis, Amy Okuda, Sandeep Parkih, and Robin Thorsen) make some big announcements and offer an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Moderated by Kim Evey (producer, Geek & Sundry). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1:00-2:00 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites— “Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV’s hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop.” Panelists include Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Joel McHale (Community), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Maggie Q (Nikita), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and others. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Ben Edlund— “Comic-Con special guest Ben Edlund (creator of The Tick, writer/producer, Firefly, Angel, Point Pleasant, Supernatural) tries to understand what he’s been up to for the last four decades, with clips of some of the lively absurdities in which he’s had a hand.” Room 8
3:00-4:00 Grimm Q&A/Season 2 Preview— Get a glimpse of season 2 of Grimm and participate in a Q&A session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli (Turn the Beat Around), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist), Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break), Reggie Lee (The Dark Knight Rises), Sasha Roiz (Caprica), Bree Turner (The Ugly Truth), and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), executive producer/director Norberto Barba (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), and executive producers Sean Hayes (Hot in Cleveland) and Todd Milliner (Hot In Cleveland). Room 6A
3:00-4:00 The Write Stuff V— “Meet the writers and producers who make sci-fi, horror and fantasy entertainment what it is today, and get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows.” Including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Transformers, The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Femme Fatales), Steve Melching(Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: The Series), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Gates), Dave Simkins (Grimm, Human Target), Jose Molina (Firefly, Terra Nova), Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Necessary Roughness). Room 24ABC
5:00-6:00 Costume Designers and Illustrators: From Concept to Reality— Join a discussion with the creative minds that help bring your favorite sci-fi, fantasy and comic book characters to life on the big screen through the art of costume design and illustration. With Shawna Trpcic (The Cabin In The Woods, Firefly), Monique Prudhomme (Underworld Awakening), Varya Avdyushko (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter), Christian Cordella (Snow White, Hunger Games, Thor), Constantine Sekeris (Green Lantern, Thor, Star Trek), Phillip Boute Jr. (Man of Steel, Star Trek, Hansel & Gretel, Twilight), Brian Velenzuela (Star Trek, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), and Rosi Gabl (xXx, Mission To Mars). Room 24ABC
Sunday, July 15
12:00-1:00 Espenson: an Anagram for Openness— Writer Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Husbands) discusses past and current work with moderator Jenna Busch (Zap2It). Artwork from an upcoming Buffy comic will show the first look at an anticipated new character. Room 7AB
12:00-1:00 California Browncoats Meet-Up— Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Firefly by joining up with your fellow Broancoats. “It’s a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.” Room 32AB
1:45-2:45 Foes Beyond Fur and Fangs— “Vampires have staked their claim on readers, and werewolves have certainly taken a bite out of pop fiction. But these paranormal creatures aren’t the only ones that run havoc in the pages of science fiction and fantasy novels.” Moderator Kim Alexander interviews participants Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, Calliope-Reaper Jones novels), Rachel Caine(Morganville Vampires series), Tom Sniegoski (Remy Chandler series), Kiersten White(Paranormalcy series), Gail Carriger (Timeless), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Poison Tree), and Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races). Room 5AB
2:15-3:15 Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer— BTVS TV stars Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer join Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, comic illustrator Georges Jentry, Kristy Swanson (star of the 1992 motion picture), and some surprise guests to celebrate 20 years of the Slayer. Room 6BCF
3:30-4:30 Buffy the Musical “Once More with Feeling”— End the convention with a sing-along screening of the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with hundreds of your fellow BTVS fans. “Audience participation: It isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.” Room 6BCF