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The Final Day of San Diego Comic Con International 2017 – Try to Keep Up!

Jeri Jacquin

Here we are, at the final day of what has been a test of endurance for all but fun none-the-less. We are going to jump right in so you know where to go and what is going to be happening.

The morning is going to be amazing as the Star Wars Fan Clubs: Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, RS Builders and the 501st Legion bring a special tribute to actress Carrie Fisher with PRINCESS LEIA STAR WARS FAN CLUB TRIBUTE PRESENTATION. This is an amazing opportunity for fans to have tell their stories and say goodbye to the universes’ Princess!

In Hall H, the best Sunday morning ever and a year event as the cast and producers of SUPERNATURAL hit the day running. Season 13 is promising to be even more amazing but first there are questions about the two part finale that fans will be lining up to ask. Of course I will be waiting for the gag reel which gets better and better every year.

The TNT series THE LAST SHIP is back! The U.S.S. Nathan James helps with the global recovery of the Red Flu but there are other problems that need to be addressed as well. Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Bridget Regan and Steven Kane gives us all a sneak peak of what is it come.

DOCTOR WHO is making it’s BBC America appearance at Comic Con with Peter Capaldi and a bit of the DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special. Also on panel is Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffatt and moderated by Chris Hardwick.

After the Doctor has left the building, the convention hall is the place to be for one more go around and play in the exhibits. Hey, a girl’s got to have some fun too! When I’m done with that I plan to get out of the air conditioning that is the convention center and go outside to hit up all the playful and exciting exhibits that have been waiting for me to return. 

That’s it sports fans – San Diego Comic Con International 2017! It’s time to go home, say hello to the cat and soak my feet for the next year. Just joking! This week is meant for fun, excitement; doing all the things we love from the comic world as well as film, television and animation. 

It is the one week a year where everyone has something amazing in common with every person you meet, reconnect with friends and make new friends. There isn’t anything more exciting for the city and those who come from afar like San Diego Comic Con International.

See you in 2018!

Comic Con 2017: Day Four Keeps Everyone on the Go!

Jeri Jacquin

We are on Day Four and the magic keeps happening. This definitely has been a Comic Con filled with surprises, a lot of fun and aching feet that are ignored (hey, a good soak does wonders). Being this is a Saturday; families will be out in full force to enjoy the outdoor experiences but also hitting the convention floor to find more one-of-a-kind toy or comic book.

The amazing day begins with MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: The Return. This show was the highlight of my weekends and I will admit that I have not laughed that much in a long time. A panel will be held at the Horton Grand Theater so be there! Later Joel Hodgson along with Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount and Rebecca Hanson will talk all things MST3K!

Hall H begins with a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation to include what they have coming and exclusive footage. Chris Hardwick talks Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE with Spielberg Tye Cheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and Zack Penn to talk. Also on hand is BLADE RUNNER 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve. Don’t think that the superhero universe goes without a blip on the radar as Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher are in it for JUSTICE LEAGUE. Want an early look at Aquaman? Well I’m sure you will be accommodated.

On television, ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME brings teases for its seventh season and Henry all grown up with a daughter of his own! That’s going to be an interesting story to be told. Cast and crew will be on hand to talk about those moments we are all wondering about. 

My guilty pleasure is the CW show THE ORIGINALS! Returning for another season there are so many questions I need answered and only the show’s executive producer Julie Plec can answer them – but she won’t and I know that. I’m still watching! The series RIVERDALE will also bring a presentation along with a Q&A that gives a take on small town life and a new season coming October 11 on the CW. 

FOX brings the bad boy back for a Q&A and the series that has everyone talking LUCIFER. This is a show that isn’t exactly what one would think when hearing that name, Lucifer, which is probably why it is a smash hit. It is a world like no other!

STAR TREK: Discovery is the new show on CBS this fall that follows another crew on voyages. A panel with cast and the minds behind the new series will be there to ask all things Star Trekky!

DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW offer up the story of 2017 Los Angeles where dinosaurs seem to be taking up parking spaces and Big Ben is there. Breaking time the superhero’s need to find answers and do what super heroes do!

THE EXPANSE comes to Comic Con as SyFy has once again created a world that is amazing and hundreds of years into the future. Catch up if you will as another season is here and the panel is eager to talk about it all.

What would Comic Con be without THE SIMPSONS. Matt Groening, Al Jean and Matt Selman are ready to share secrets, surprises and what’s coming in the new season. 

FOX brings another favorite with FAMILY GUY with Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry and John Viener preview next season and an exclusive look at their 300th episode. I mean seriously, 300 episodes means they level of epicness will be amazing. Following up is AMERICAN DAD! As the Smith’s of Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Baker and executive producer Zack Rosenblatt talk about the July 24th season premier.

NBC rolls out its new show of the supernatural with MIDNIGHT, TEXAS. Fans will see the premiere episode along with a Q&A session with cast Francois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah and Sarah Ramos as well as the author of Midnight, Texas Charlaine Harris. 

HBO brings their mega-hit WESTWORLD with a panel discussion including Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Ed Harris (gawd I love that man!), Luke Hemsworth, James Marsden, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro (okay I love him too), Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton back to talk all things dark and western!

NETFLIX brings the crazy hit STRANGER THINGS to Comic Call with a panel discussion on what is to come for Season 2 and giving fans of the show a look at footage of what is going to happen come this October! Are you kidding me…I have to wait that long??

Marvel Studios is also bringing president and producer Kevin Feige in to talk about the expanding Marvel Universe and I’m sure there will be plenty of surprises for everyone. 

Finally, bad-ass Charlize Theron heads up the Entertainment Weekly panel of Women who Kick Ass. Theron has made her popularity in diverse roles in such films as MAD MAX: Fury Road, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and PROMETHEUS. Her new film ATOMIC BLONDE is on my list of don’t miss…ever!

There is only one more day of Comic Con and basically that means there is still a ton to see and do as well as make time to charge my cell phone – nah, let it go because there is too much fun to be had.

A good nights sleep and it’s off for the final day – stay with me kiddies!

Comic Con 2017: Your Friday Outlook is to Make Sure to Wear Comfortable Shoes!

Jeri Jacquin

Day three (I count preview night because man, that’s a full day wrapped into a few hours) of Comic Con 2017 and it is a full one so let’s get right to it as television rules Hall H.

AMC rolls out the zombies in Hall H with AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD with Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Daniel Sharman and Michael Greyeyes along with David Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurt, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. The panel will of course be moderated by Chris Hardwick and talk about what is up in the midseason finale and what is coming in September.

Not enough zombie for you? Well, Hall H follows up with the gang that began it all with the AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD panel. Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, and Chandler Riggs are on hand along with Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman to talk about what is coming for the group and will Neegan get what we all think is coming to him! Celebrating the upcoming 100th episode – seriously can you believe that? – the cast will hint at what is coming in season 8 and October can’t come soon enough!

AMC continues to kill it with fans and their panel for another hits series AMC’s PREACHER. Seth Rogen and Garth Ennis bring Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish in to talk about mid-season 2 and a sneak look at the next episode.

Television has the undead of their own with the series iZOMBIE as the zombie is out of the bag in Seattle. Executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright are on panel that follows a video presentation with the stars that have made the CW series a hit!

Adult Swim (and you know it’s going to be good) brings an exclusive look to their new animates series The Jellies! They invite everyone to see an exclusive look at their animated series. They are also bringing fans more of RICK AND MORTY and if you haven’t checked it out we may not be able to continue to be friends. Beginning their third season, do me a favor and check it out – you won’t be sorry. Also on Adult Swim’s agenda is MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES. 

FOX joins the fun with BOB’S BURGERS and the cast including Jon H. Benjamin (did I ever mention I love this guy?), Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and more showing never-before-seen-footage and a Q&A to follow.

ARCHER – that’s all that really needs to be said because fans lose their animated minds when the world’s best secret agent is on the move. FXX bring their award winning fun with Season 8 and the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter (she is hilarious), Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates to talk all things spy-like.

STREET FIGHTER is celebrating its 30th anniversary at Comic Con 2017 and that just made a gray hair pop out of my head. It has been 30 years since Capcom brought their fighting game to the world and they are taking a look back and ahead to what it in store.

SPIKE & MIKE’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation is always one that I can not miss. It probably has something to do with the ‘sick and twisted’ part of it all. Fans now have the opportunity to be part of it all as voting on the films they see is a must. Spike will be in attendance so get your cameras ready. 

HBO is driving us all crazy with their universally beloved series (I’m sure they watch on Mars!) GAME OF THRONES. The seventh season began July 16th as fans wait for the big question to be answered – who will take the Iron Throne? The panel will have Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill Isaac Wright and the ever lovely Sophie Turner. There is no telling who will moderate but fans are going to be thrilled no matter who it is! See me front row dead center for details!

SHOWTIME is bringing my all time favorite ultimate geek out television series to cable with their limited series and the return of TWIN PEAK: A Damn Good Panel. The cast and creator will be there to talk everything Agent Cooper played by the guy who gets me every time, Kyle MacLachlan.

Speaking of cable, STARZ is geared up with the panel many of us are waiting for as OUTLANDER returns to drive us all crazy with questions. Executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis along with author Diana Gabaldon are joined by cast Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughnan (I’m sorry, if he’s wearing a kilt I’m going to fall out of my chair), Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin.

Netflix brings MARVEL The Defenders with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A panel will be on hand to share along with an exclusive look into August 18th launch. 

HISTORY’s VIKINGS returns to Comic Con with an exclusive peek at the new season along with Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alex Anderson and Alexander Ludwig who will set the room to screaming with excitement. Also writer Michael Hirst will be on hand and boy do I have some questions for him!

Am I exhausted? Absolutely! Will I continue? Is that even a question? This is just a small look at what Friday brought and continues to bring well into the wee hours. Tomorrow is another long day as many people are thrilled with Saturdays as downtown booms even more with the hustle and bustle of all things Comic Con!

Be prepared for Saturday’s onslaught as more people have the opportunity to come downtown and experience all the outdoor exhibits because no badge is required! Don’t you love that? I certainly do as San Diego Comic Con International wants everyone to come down and enjoy the experience so dress accordingly, drive carefully, be safe crossing the streets and bring plenty of water. Once again San Diegans know this is the warm time of year so if you are visiting our fair city from out of town, heed our advice!

With that – Happy Comic Con 2017!

COMIC CON 2017: Preparing for Thursday’s Offerings

Jeri Jacquin

Lets be realistic here, there is no way to cover everything at the amazing and huge Comic Con 2017. So I will do my best to bring you what I can but also let you know there is so much more with something for everyone. 

Comic book alley in the main convention hall is always abuzz with the latest stories, amazing art with authors and artists always ready to talk about their work. To this day I have an original water color from HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON that hangs on my wall. It is rich in color and a story in itself so please stop by and see what made Comic Con what it is today.

Also in the main hall there are offerings from film, animation, television, cable and the fantastic set ups that are there for everyone to enjoy. Be careful around meet-and-greet time as fans just explode when their favorite actors and actresses sign their posters!

So let’s start off with where Thursday takes me and for more of what we manage to photograph, it will all be available at http://moviemaven.homestead.com. Here we go to Comic Con 2017!

Beginning with 20th Century Fox the panels include KINGSMAN: The Golden Circle with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and, ready for the screaming – Channing Tatum can be found in Hall H. Along with MEDINAH with a World Premiere Sneak Peak and Sony Pictures Classics THE FANTASTICAL WORLD OF BRIGSBY BEAR. 

IFC bring John C. McGinley, Janet Varney and executive producer Dana Gould for a peek at season 2 of STAN AGAINST EVIL. 

From the world of television, Carlton Cuse, the creator of LOST and Ryan Condal host COLONY: Season 3 Revealed with a question and answer session with a look back at the season’s shocking finale. MTV’s mega hit TEEN WOLF comes back to Comic Con to take a look back at where wolfing began as the show comes to an end after this season. 

SYFY: Battlestar Galactica Reunion brings Ron Moore, David Eick, Tricia Helfer, Marcy McDonnell, Grace Park, Michael Trucco and Aaron Douglas back to discuss the shows iconic run and – the truth about Cylons! Also on stage is VAN HELSING Season 2 with exclusive footage of the new season. Z NATION is currently in production for its fourth season as Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Keith Allen and Russel Hodgkinson are on panel to talk about it all, or at least what they are allowed to talk about.

FX is giving us all more of THE STRAIN with a screening and Q&A with Carlton Cuse, Chuck Hogan and stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand (hold me back!), Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel (is he not the best evil?) and Max Charles.

FOX’s seriously amazing hit THE EXORCIST is heading back for it’s second season and Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan and producers Jeremy Slater and Sean Crouch bring a fan tribute panel and highlights for the new season. 

Netflix brings its showings with BRIGHT as a story set in present time with humans, orcs, elves and fairies starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace directed by David Ayer. Yes, there will be footage so be prepared for that! DEATH NOTE. Also, CASTLEVANIA brings a video game franchise to the screen. Hear the behind the scenes story from Jessica Tseang, Sam Deats, Kevin Kolde and Adi Shankar. MEDINAH as the first sci-fi series to be staged in the Middle East. It is a story of survivors both human and not so human with stars Eric Roberts, Natasha Henstridge, Rick Ravanello, Tamoh Penikett and Eyad Hourani. 

The animation and television have their own offerings with UNIKITTY! who has become a fan favorite from THE LEGO MOVIE. A new episode will premiere followed by a Q&A. CALL OF DUTY: WWII Nazi Zombies are the new dark chapter for the Call of Duty fans. 

DreamWorks brings VOLTRON: Legendary Defender as a Netflix Original Series to fans who also get a debut look at the first episode of season 3 and an exclusive poster by the Voltron crew!

THE NERDIST PANEL with Chris Hardwick returns with Jessica Chobot, Kyle Hill, Dan Casey, Rachel Heine, Andrew Bowser and John Ford to talk about everything Comic Con!

Finally, an amazing ADAM WEST CELEBRATION brings Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, James Tucker and Gary Miereanu along with more celebrate my Batman – Adam West. 

If you miss any of the action or a panel you were really wanting to see, Comic Con has come up with a fantastic solution. Hall H and Ballroom 20 replay the panels so you have an opportunity to hear from all your favorites and on the big screens it’s just like being there, sort of.

That’s what we have so far for Thursday and we will make sure to have Friday’s craziness ready for you as soon as possible. This year we are going to be outside as well because even though inside the convention center is amazing, outside is spectacular with so much to see it’s geek-overload!

Please visit www.comic-con.org for scheduling that will tell you everything you need to know and show you exactly where to go – and for me that’s important. It’s also a great way for the family to get together and form a game plan to divide and conqueror! 

So if you happen to see us round and about please say hello, of course you know it’s like playing ‘Where’s Waldo?’ to do so but it is interesting to see how many people actually do. Thank you for that – it means the world to us!

Happy Comic Con 2017!

Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con International Sets the Pace for the Week!

Jeri Jacquin

It’s here and it’s as epic as ever. San Diego Comic Con International begins the next four days with Preview Night and it always brings in the crowds. Everyone is looking for something special, one of a kinds or hitting all the fun exhibits and hands on attractions that are pretty darn cool.

Everything in the main hall at the Convention Center can be found up and down each of the aisles. To give you a bit of a heads up of what you can expect to find, I’m going to run down as much as possible. Here we go!

Warner Bros., Lionsgate and ABC are in the 4500-4200 block of the hall with their offerings of what is coming in theatres and on television. Sharing real estate is AMC and their fantastic programming and 20th Century Fox ready to give you a shocker or two.

BBC America always captures my attention as I am a huge ORPHAN BLACK fan and it is also the home of the famous DOCTOR WHO. Next door is STARZ and you can be sure your favorite OUTLANDER series will be represented to the maximum. Netflix is going to grab the attention of fans of so many of their original programs and if you haven’t seen STRANGER THINGS, well I have to wonder what planet you have been on.

Lucasfilms is close by and that’s where many people I know are going to be stationed to get word on what is to come and all the new goodies for fans. Seriously, I couldn’t walk past that exhibit if I wanted to as most know I’m a huge fan from before time was time. I plan to go to the Princess Leia gathering to celebrate the life of our own unique Princess – Ms. Carrie Fisher.

Animation isn’t about to be left out of the loop as Funmation brings their characters out to play, Cartoon Network is equally loved and you can be sure I’ll be looking for my favorites as well. Nickelodeon always brings the family fun and this year is no exception. 

If it’s toys you happen to be looking for – you know – for the kids and the kid in all of us, well Hasbro, Mattel, Lego and Toynami can help you fill your bag so you might want to bring a couple of extra. You will probably find me in the Funko section because I have to get the Game of Thrones Funko’s, it is a moral imperative.

Video games are high on the list of places to visit in the hall as PC Games, Nintendo, Capcom, Xbox and more will tease and tempt the gamers with their latest adventures.

Of course what would Comic Con be without – comic books! There are plenty represented by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse Comics, IDW publishing, Torpedo Comics and so many more. I don’t know how anyone is going to have time to go through them all but a way will be found because once a die hard comic fan, always a die hard comic fan.

Of course please visit the artists that bring their work to Comic Con each and every year. I have found some of the most amazing illustrators from superheroes to action, fantasy and more. They are always so gracious and excited to talk about their work. Support them by stopping by and seeing all the amazing pieces and stories.

Making my way outside I knew it was time to have a little fun. First I began with the BLADERUNNER 2049 Experience and let me tell you – go there! It is an immersive experience that will give your more to look forward to with the films release.

Also, the sci-fi outdoor experience THE EXPANSE is right next door so you can jump from one awesome interactive bit of fun right to the other. THE EXPANSE is celebrating it’s second season and I had the chance to interview Cas Anvar about his role so being part of their outdoor experience was uber cool.

Then, Amazon Prime welcomed me to THE TICK experience. THE TICK is a series coming August 25 and I couldn’t be more excited. Going through their interactive offerings I had the chance to test my knowledge about THE TICK and then challenged armed with my super wrist band to tap my way to find out what kind of superhero I am. In case you are wondering, I’m a “Super Citizen – When Destiny Calls You Answer!” so back off me man I’m a super citizen according to THE TICK!

There are so many interactive exhibits to visit and you can be sure that I will let you know about everyone one of them. In the mean time, eat a hearty dinner and then rest up because tomorrow brings a day with a little something for everyone.

Here we go!

It is important to always thanks those who have made covering San Diego Comic Con International possible! First, thank you to every single person who puts their time and effort into making SDCC the best it can possibly be. We here at Movie Maven truly wish we could thank them all in person!

I have my personal thanks to Jenise Jacquin-Geppinger for taking hundreds if not thousands of photographs for me to go through every year, running to interviews and panels when we discover our schedules have criss crossed and for helping me do my job. Every year I count on you and every year you help keep the crazy fun!