ByLily Masco, writer at
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Lily Masco

It's almost the most wonderful time of the year... No, not Christmas. Even better, it's time for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con! If you don't already know this, then this doesn't concern you because you have missed your window to purchase tickets. It's okay to be bitter about it, it's only natural. For those lucky ones who managed to get a pass in time, the schedule for Wednesday, July 20th and Thursday, July 21st has been released.

Wednesday Evening Preview Night

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Pass
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Pass

Wednesday has been designated as Preview Night, so the schedule only consists of two slots. From 4:00pm to 6:00pm, you can attend "Teaching with Comics: An Interactive Workshop for Educators" to help professionals better address the learning needs of their students and integrate comic books into their K-12 classrooms.

From 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Warner Bros. Television teams up with Comic-Con for their annual Preview Night Tradition. Here, you can view "exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016-17 television season." These shows include Riverdale, Powerless, People of Earth, Frequency, and Time After Time. There will also be a viewing of the newest episode of Teen Titans Go!

How To Survive Thursday Madness?

Captain America: Civil War/Marvel
Captain America: Civil War/Marvel

Thursday's schedule is intensely jam-packed, so get ready for what's coming your way. We know how overwhelmingly amazing Comic-Con can be, so to help you find your needle in a haystack, we've highlighted in bold our selection of the events we personally wouldn't miss out on. For some extra help, here are our five absolute must-sees.

  • Skybound's The Walking Dead (4:30-5:30pm in Room 6DE): "The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard, and Skybound Entertainment editorial director Sean Mackiewicz discuss all things The Walking Dead and what's to come for the comics series as it approaches its 160th issue. This panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)."
  • Captain America 75th Anniversary (5:00-6:00pm in Room 9): "Come celebrate 'Cap' with Jim Simon (Son of Joe Simon) and Allen Bellman (artist, Captain America) all while being interviewed and questioned by former Kirby assistant, moderator Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics)"

  • Marvel's Luke Cage (5:45-6:45pm in Ballroom 20): "The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel's Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel's Head of Television)."

  • Breaking Badder: Suicide Squad and the Dawn of the Heroic Villain (8:00-9:00pm in Room 28DE): "Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M (FBI Ret., supervisory special agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit) and forensic psychiatrists Praveen R. Kambam, M.D. and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) delve deep into the minds of fandom's most iconic villains. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) moderates."

  • Cartoon Network Costume Ball & Screening (8:30-9:30pm in

    Room 7AB): "They will be showcasing new episodes and clips of your favorite CN shows and making some big announcements for stuff nobody has ever seen before, including a world premiere look at animation for the upcoming Ben 10 series. On top of it all, they invite you to come dressed up as your favorite CN character for a chance to impress your friends and win awesome prizes. It wouldn't be a ball without special guests!"

Thursday Morning 10:00-11:00am

10:00am: Becoming Nerdstrong; CW3PR's 3rd Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection; DC Collectibles; Feed Your Head: The VFX of Alice Through the Looking Glass; From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types; Little Fish Comic Book Studio: Building The Artistic Tomorrow; Spotlight on Kieron Gillen; The Dynamic World of Disney Comics; The Graphic Novel Medium; Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast Panel; Dreamworks Animation Theatrical

10:15am: Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A

10:30am: Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure The Philosophy Behind Story Creation; Comics Arts Conference #1: The Joker: Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime; How to Get News Coverage; Relaunching the Battlestar Franchise; Sea of Thieves: Art of Adventure; Spotlight on Peter David; Comic Book Law School 101: Genesis

Thursday Morning 11:00am-Noon

The Upcoming 'Hey Arnold!' Movie Will Be Discussed in Happy Happy Joy Joy/Nickelodeon
The Upcoming 'Hey Arnold!' Movie Will Be Discussed in Happy Happy Joy Joy/Nickelodeon

11:00am: Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson's Labyrinth with Archaia; Cosplaying 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life; Free Comic Book Day in the Library; Love & Rockets: Past, Present and Future; Masters Of The Web: How We Got Started, How You Can Get Started; Spotlight on Alex Sinclair; Spotlight on Lisa Hanawalt; Spotlight on Maggie Thompson; The 4th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero; This Week in Marvel: Live; Top Shelf Productions: Live!; Transformers Generations: More Than Meets The Eye with Machinima

11:15am: Happy Happy Joy Joy; Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish with Brian Haberlin

11:30am: DC All Access: No Boundaries; Spotlight on G. Willow Wilson; Spotlight on Howard Chaykin; The Relationship Between Artist and Model; Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics, Place, and Space

11:45am: Street Fighter Nation; Snowden

Thursday From Noon-1:00pm

12:00pm: CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books; Comics are Literacy, Too!; Getting Into Comics and Staying There; IDW & The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Present Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet; Jakks Pacific: Insider Fan Panel; Justice League Action Video Presentation and Q&A; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Mycroft; New Authors Making a Splash in the Literary Pool; Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self Confident and Successful; The Comixologist Traveling Podcast Party; The Pitching Hour; The Smitten Word: Romancing the Reader; Welcome to the Whedonverse; The Geek & Sundry Panel; CBS Television Studios Block - including Scorpion, American Gothic and MacGyver

12:30pm: Comic-Con How-To: Helping Teens Use Their Powers to do Good; Grant Morrison & Graphic India: Myth & Legends; Moana: Art of Story; The Business of Creativity: Can Comics Find the Balance?; UDON 2016

12:45pm: Spotlight on Jim Lee

Thursday From 1:00-2:00pm

The Simpsons (L) & SpongeBob Squarepants/Nickelodeon/Fox
The Simpsons (L) & SpongeBob Squarepants/Nickelodeon/Fox

1:00pm: Adapting Octavia Butler: The Making of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation; Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Behind the Scenes of the Immersive Narrative; CBLDF: She Changed Comics; From Concepts to Comics: A Conversation About Editing in the Comics Industry; Hey, You Got Science In My Fiction; Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way; Mattel & WWE Fan Panel; On the Mic Podcast Live from San Diego Comic-Con; Something for Everyone: Indie Comics; Spotlight on Sarah J. Maas; The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick; The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets; Inside the World of Geek Cosmetics; Comics Arts Conference #3: Comics and Latin America

1:30pm: Comic-Con How-To: Starting a Comic Creator Community; Fiction vs. Reality: An Investigation of Science in Movies; First Second Tenth Anniversary Celebration; Nerd Trivia Challenge: Author Edition; Star Trek: 50th Year Celebration with Roddenberry Entertainment

1:45pm: USA Network's FALLING WATER: World Premiere Screening

Thursday From 2:00-3:00pm

Gears Of War 4/Microsoft
Gears Of War 4/Microsoft

2:00pm: Comic Book Women: Understanding Coloring and Lettering in Comics; Comics and Animation Story Boards; DC: One-On-One with Paul Dini; Digital Color for Comics; Foam Costume/Cosplay Fabrication; Graphic Novel Collection Development; IDW and Hasbro: The Revolution is Now; Image Comics: Creating the Zeitgeist; Meet Comic-Con HQ; State of the Holodeck; The 2000 AD Thrill-Power Hour; Thunderbirds Are Go; Transformers Animation: Then and Now; Two Packs A Week: The Trading Card Comedy Show

2:15pm: Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast; Feral Audio Live with Dan Harmon and his Podcast Pals

2:30pm: Comics Arts Conference #4: Latin American Comic Arts: Dialogues and Perspectives from Chilean Artists and Critics; comiXology Ask Me Anything; Star Trek: Where Lawyers Boldly Go; Warhammer 40,000 Panel; Comic-Con How-To: Traditional Sculpting with the Shiflett Brothers

Thursday From 3:00-4:00pm

3:00pm: 1986: There Can Be Only One; Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Entertainment Industry; Destination: Nerd; Dreamworks' Voltron: Legendary Defender; Early History of Comic Book Films; Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Literary Cocktail; H.P. Lovecraft & Steam Engines of Oz: Arcana's Animation Slate; Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle; NBC's The Good Place: World Premiere Screening and Q&A with Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Michael Schur and Drew Goddard; Snoopy for President: Politics in Peanuts; The Art Heroines; TNT's The Last Ship: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Peek; We Need Diverse Comics; Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing; How to Host a Library Comic Con!

3:15pm: DC Rebirth: Young Gotham/ Young Metropolis; The Strain: Screening and Q&A

3:30pm: Make Your Own Story; The Eisner Effect on American Publishing; The Mark, Sergio, Stan and Tom Show; Under the Radar; Warcraft: The Road to Legion; What Was Old is New Again: IDW's New Formats for Classic Comics

Thursday From 4:00-5:00pm

4:00pm: Be A Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne; CBLDF Podcast Live: Banned Authors Speak Out; Crockett Johnson's Barnaby: What Makes a Great Comic Strip; Essential Deserted Island Comics; Geek's More Greatest Movies & TV Never Made: The Threequel; Marvel: Death of X; Retellings & Remixes; Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A; Spotlight on Jason Aaron; The Forgotten Trio: Inkers, Letterers, and Colorists; Top 10 Tips to Up Your Comics Art Game; VIZ Media Comic-Con How-To: Painting in Acrylic

4:15pm: The Man in the High Castle

4:30pm: Cartoon Creatives: Women Power in Animation; Christopher J. Priest: Adventures in the Funnybook Game; MTV Teen Wolf; Skybound's The Walking Dead; The Enduring Allure of Grimm's Fairy Tales: Live Reading and Discussion; The Zone Show: Underground 3-D Comics; Vertigo; Making Comics in the Library

4:45pm: USA Network's Colony Panel with the Cast and Creators

Thursday From 5:00-6:00pm

Captain America/Marvel
Captain America/Marvel

5:00pm: Captain America 75th Anniversary; Comic Book Women: Working with Licensed vs. Creator Owned Characters; DC Master Class: Art History; Fandom Diversified: Changing Dynamics of Nerd Media; Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro; Queer History in Comics; Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games into the Real World with Ingress and Pokemon GO; The Nappy Hour; Van Helsing; Video Game Comics: Level Up; World of Capcom

5:30pm: Cartoon Art Museum Family Drawing Dynamite Entertainment: The Art of the Deal Kotobukiya Summer Preview and Product Update Mormons in Comics Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: To Bechdel, Or Not to Bechdel

5:45pm: Sausage Party Filmmaker Conversation; Marvel's Luke Cage; The Core of Collecting

Thursday From 6:00-7:00pm

6:00pm: Being a Nerd for a Living: IGN Talks Movies, TV and Comics; Bringing Primetime to Comic Shops: All About Comics From Television; Bubble Comics Russia: How to Create a Comic Book Industry from Scratch; Chicano Comics and Public Art in San Diego; Funimation Industry Panel; Inside the Voice Actors Studio; LGBTQ Geek Year in Review; Mad About MAD; Masquerade 101; Streetpass San Diego: Gaming Communities and Changing with Time; USA Network's Mr. Robot: Panel Discussion with the Cast; Comedy Central's Drunk History and Legends of Chamberlain Heights

6:30pm: Comics PR & Marketing 101; Death and the High Cost of Resurrection; SuperheroIRL: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing; Swipe Right with Simon and Schuster

6:45pm: Behind The Scenes of Overwatch's Newest Hero

Thursday From 7:00-8:00pm

7:00pm: Dark Matter: Season 2; DVD-Duesday Live; Europe vs. USA: European and American Creators Meet; Heavy Metal: This Panel Goes to 11; Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining; Hollyweird Science: Science Fiction as Inspiration; Kick9 Games Panel: MOBA Legends; Lost in Translation; Marvel Goes Steampunk; Props and Weapons: Supersize It; The New Comics Journalism: Representation For All

7:15pm: Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation

7:30pm: Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur; Deleted Scenes; It Gets Geekier: How Being Gay and Nerdy Turned Out for the Best; Legacy Effects: The Secret Partner

Thursday From 8:00-10:30pm

8:00pm: Breaking Badder: Suicide Squad and the Dawn of the Heroic Villain; Bring Your Idea to Hollywood; Ghost of Name That Movie: The Sequel; Independent Toy Designers: From Pants to Pajamas; Jimmy Olsen Asks the Tough Questions on Kryptonian Justice; Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 3; Star Trek: How We Got To 50; The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming; The 19th Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza

8:15pm: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

8:30pm: Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow's Legends; Cartoon Network Costume Ball & Screening; Robotech: A Look to the Future; Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering; Comics on Comics: Live; Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog

9:00pm: George Clayton Johnson Memorial Gathering; Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Playback Free Play

What San Diego Comic-Con event are you most excited about?

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