A LOOK BACK AT COMIC-CON 2007
Comic-Con Adapts to Tremendous Interest in Programming
Always a popular destination for Comic-Con attendees, the programming rooms and
events upstairs at the Convention Center saw an explosive increase in attendance
last year. We're introducing a few new things this year to help you have a
better experience at Comic-Con.
A 15-minute break will be introduced between panels in our bigger programming
rooms. We will NOT clear the audience in these four rooms, Hall H (6,500 seats),
Ballroom 20 (4,250 seats), Rooms 6A and 6B (1,000 seats each), and 6CDEF (each
2,000 seats), but we will utilize the 15-minute break period to allow people to
leave and come in. If you want to “camp” all day in Hall H or any of our program
rooms while they’re open, it’s okay. (We love the campers, but you can’t stay
We're introducing larger programming rooms for two of our more popular tracks,
the Comic Arts Conference and our "Comic-Con Classroom" series of workshops and
seminars. These rooms will be located in the bayside hallway of the newer
section of the Convention Center, above Hall H. The CAC's new home will be Room
30AB, which seats over 330 people. The workshops will be located in Room 30CDE,
which will contain over 300 seats in a "classroom" style setting, with tables
and chairs, to better facilitate note-taking and drawing.
You can expect to see better signage and separate hallways dedicated to
entering and leaving programming in rooms 1 through 10 at the Convention Center,
above Halls A through C. Check your onsite Events Guide for important
information on attending programming and the complete schedule, plus a detailed
And … always IMPORTANT to remember when attending programming:
All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the Fire Marshall.
Even though your badge is needed to get into all events, it does not guarantee
you access to any event if it has reached its capacity. We do not clear rooms
between events. If an event or program interests you, we recommend you get there
The Medium Is The Message!
Comic-Con Programming Celebrates the Many Facets of Comics and Pop Culture
» The Complete World of Comics
» Interview with Darwyn Cooke
» The Big Picture Show
» Heroes returns!
» Superman Doomsday
» Everything else you can imagine…
» Interview with Neil Gaiman
Whether it's comics, movies, television, animation, anime and manga, science
fiction and fantasy, action figures and toys, or videogames -- just to name a few! --
Comic-Con's programming will once again have you covered with the largest slate
of events of any convention in the country! In 2006, Comic-Con featured over 400
separate events over the four-day weekend, with 15 programming rooms running
simultaneously. Everything from animation to writing for young readers was
covered, but our first love remains comics.
The Complete World of Comics
Darwyn Cooke, the new talent behind Will Eisner's creation, The Spirit (pictured above), is one of our 2007 special guests from the world of comics
» Read our interview
» Read his bio
The heart and soul of Comic-Con is comics. The convention showcases the vast
spectrum of the medium like no other event. We celebrate everything about
comics, from the rich history of the Golden and Silver Ages to the most popular
mainstream comics of the current day. We shine the spotlight on the alternative,
indie and self-published gems that make comics such an intense and vibrant
medium. We cover everything from newspaper strips to web comics, from manga to
European comics, from graphic novels to comic blogs and podcasts and everything
We're still working on this year's programming schedule, but some things are
certain: when it comes to comic publisher announcements, you can expect Comic-Con
to once again be "Breaking News Central," all weekend long. There'll be
spotlights on all of our guests (click here for a complete list),
in addition to featuring them in other programming. Our special themes will have dedicated
panels, too, including ones spotlighting the 100th birthdays of comic legends
Hergé (Tintin) and Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon), along
with the centennial of the birth of science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein,
the originator of Comic-Con's blood drive, celebrating its 30th anniversary this
year. In addition, there's a plethora of 25th anniversaries of fan-favorite
characters and titles this year that will be saluted in panels and events, many
featuring the actual creators (click here for a complete list).
Comics and pop culture historian and long-time Comic-Con friend, Mark Evanier --
part of a programming theme this year himself, the 25th anniversary of Sergio
Aragonés' Groo-will be back with some of his fan-favorite panels, including
Quick Draw, the Jack Kirby Tribute, and Cartoon Voices and will once again be
moderating the majority of our panels devoted to Golden and Silver Age comics.
Our educational mission expands with a whole Sunday track dedicated to events
such as graphic novels in libraries, and the popular "Secret Origin of Good
Readers," which unites teachers with comic retailers for a great reading
experience. The Comic Arts Conference, one of the country's leading academic
events, returns for its 15th big year, in an expanded new location, with panels
and seminars all four days of Comic-Con.
The Big Picture Show
Comic-Con is currently talking to the major Hollywood studios regarding
presentations at this year's event. It's
important to note that this part of Comic-Con programming is worked on up to the
last possible minute, so expect changes and plenty of surprises.
In addition to the major motion picture studios, Comic-Con is once again talking
with the major TV networks about their most popular shows appearing at this
year's event. The hit TV series Heroes returns (click here for exclusive
expanded interviews), but another Comic-Con
favorite, Lost, returns to Comic-Con on Thursday of this year in Ballroom 20 from 5:00pm-6:30pm.
In addition, we've just learned that SCI FI will once again feature Battlestar
Galactica as part of their programming. And Comic-Con has a proud tradition of
premiering brand new shows, months before they debut on TV. We did it with Lost,
Heroes and Jericho. Who knows what new shows will debut this year?
Animation is another perennial favorite for our attendees, and this year will be
no exception. You can look forward to panels from Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon,
Disney, Fox, and many more, along with more breaking news and sneak peeks from
the major studios on their new animated films on our informal Thursday
"Animation Day" program, a big hit last year.
Plus, we'll have the world
premiere of the eagerly awaited, first "DC Universe" DVD animated film, Superman
Doomsday. Click here for complete details!
Everything else you can imagine…
Science fiction and fantasy is well represented this year with special guests
such as Ray Bradbury,
Neil Gaiman (click here for
our extended interview), Cory Doctorow,
Laurell K. Hamilton, and
suspense/thriller writer David Morrell.
You can expect numerous panels,
including spotlights on each of these authors and signings with them and many
more of your favorite science fiction, fantasy and horror/suspense writers.
Our seminar and workshop room - always a popular destination for our classroom
style programs - moves to a new location this year to allow for larger attendance.
Once again, Comic-Con will feature an incredible schedule of how-to and hands-on
events, including Michael Lovitz's popular "Comic Book Law School," writing and
drawing seminars and demonstrations, and our popular Kids' Day drawing classes
on Sunday, July 29.
In addition, we're considering panels on many fan-favorite topics, including
videogames, action figures, podcasting, blogging, voice-acting … you name it,
it's probably on our list!
Nighttime programming continues to grow with some of your favorites returning,
including the "Kung-Fu Superhero Extravaganza" and Spike and Mike's "The
Gauntlet." Plus, click on the following links to learn more about our NIGHTLY BIG EVENTS:
As always at Comic-Con, you never know who will show up, so expect more
announcements, especially as we get closer to the event, plus surprises onsite.
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