This year’s San Diego Comic-Con (the nerd Mecca of the known universe) might as well start calling itself Whedon-Con, judging by the astounding number of Joss Whedon-related events and panels scheduled for each day of the convention.
Joss Whedon, geek god that he is, has always been a staple at the annual Comic-Con. But this year in particular the convention will be quite Whedon-heavy. From panels on Whedon’s Dark Horse comic books to a screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon and the alumni of the Whedonverse will be everywhere at Comic-Con. Let’s take a look at the Whedony events they’ve got scheduled:
Thursday, July 21:
11:00-12:00 The Evolution of Web Series: The Guild to Dragon Age, with Whedonverse alumna Felicia Day.
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Jo Chen, cover artist of Whedonverse comic books Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity.
12:00-1:00 Dark Horse: Fall Publishing Highlights, the publisher of Whedon’s comic books previews its upcoming Whedonverse titles.
1:15-2:15 Books vs. Graphic Novels and Comics, with Whedonverse alumna and author Amber Benson.
1:45-2:45 Ringer, a preview of Whedonverse alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new show on The CW.
5:00-6:00 Buffy The Vampire Slayer and LGBT Comics Fandom, with BTVS comic book creators Scott Allie, Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Tom Lenk, and a special guest (I wonder who that could be…).
5:30-7:30 Showtime: Tired of Ordinary Television?, with Whedonverse alumna and V star Morena Baccarin.
- 8:30-10:00 A sing-along screening of Joss Whedon’s webseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Friday, July 22:
10:00-11:00 Torchwood: Miracle Day, a presentation on the new show with Whedonverse alumna and star writer Jane Espenson.
1:45-2:45 Bones, with Whedonverse alumnus David Boreanaz.
2:45-3:45 DreamWorks: Fright Night, with Whedonverse alumna Marti Noxon.
3:00-4:00 Eureka, with Whedonverse alumna and geek goddess Felicia Day.
3:30-4:15 Robot Chicken, with Whedonverse alumnus and all-around funny dude Seth Green.
Saturday, July 23:
- 10:00-10:45 Chuck Screening and Q&A, with Whedonverse alumnus Adam Baldwin.
- 2:15-3:15 Knights of Badassdom, with Whedonverse alumna and geek goddess Summer Glau.
- 2:30-3:30 TV Guide Magazine Presents: Super Supernaturals, with Whedonverse alumnus David Greenwalt.
- 3:00-4:00 Dark Horse: Joss Whedon, a panel and presentation on Dark Horse Comics’s Whedonverse publications with the man of the hour, Joss Whedon himself.
- 3:00-4:00 The Write Stuff III: Writing for Genre Television and Beyond, with Whedonverse alumnus and comic book creator Jose Molina.
- 4:00-5:00 The Guild Season 5: Convention Timez!, with Whedonverse alumna and The Guild creator Felicia Day.
- 4:00-5:00 Costume Designers: Designing For Television Production, with Whedonverse alumna and costume designer for Firefly, Serenity, and Dr. Horrible, Shawna Trpcic.
- 5:45-6:45 Spartacus: Vengeance, with Whedonverse alumnus and writer Steven S. DeKnight.
- 6:00-7:00 Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, with Whedonverse alumnus Alan Tudyk.
- 6:00-7:00 Girls Gone Genre, a discussion of the geek girl phenomenon with Whedonverse alumna Marti Noxon.
Sunday, July 24:
- 11:45-12:45 One-on-One with Castle Star Nathan Fillion, aka Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly and Serenity.
- 1:00-2:00 International Hit Merlin Returns to Comic-Con with its Popular Cast, with Whedonverse alumnus Anthony Stewart Head.
- 2:00-3:00 Cover Story: The Art of the Cover, with Whedonverse comic book cover artist Jo Chen.
- 2:00-4:00 Browncoats, a gathering for fans of Firefly and Serenity hosted by the California Browncoats. You can expect announcements about new happenings from all over the ‘Verse, including shindigs, products, and Browncoats: Redemption.
- 4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical, a sing-along screening of the musical episode of BTVS, “Once More With Feeling.”
Many of these events feature Whedonverse alumni, and not Joss Whedon’s current or former projects. This just goes to show the reach of the Whedonite fandom, that actors and writers who fans first came to know and love through the Whedonverse now have dedicated fan followings and massive success of their own. For more updates and details on the Whedony events at SDCC, visit the blog of all things Joss Whedon, Whedonesque.com. For live coverage of SDCC, visit the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pop Culture Examiner, Acquanetta Ferguson.
Can’t stop the signal: San Diego Comic-Con 2011 will take place July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is currently sold out, but keep your eye on the official Comic-Con Twitter feed for news on last-minute passes.
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