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Comic-Con 2003 Daily Planner

What is Comic-Con, you ask? Well, aside from nerds around the globe coming together to play D&D, it's also about comics! And the art! And, you guessed it, Futurama! Futurama will be there this year, like the past 4 year's. If you plan on going to Comic-Con, which starts this Thursday (July 17th, 2003) and ends Sunday (July 20th, 2003), I suggest you print this article out or memorize it online.

Things to remember when going to Comic-Con:

  1. This is happening in San Diego, California
  2. Tickets are 25 dollars each
  3. Parking is not free
  4. Wookies will want you to take their picture
  5. There will be lots and lots of freebies scattered around Comic-Con, so be sure to bring some sort of tote-bag
  6. Check out the Bongo Comics Group/Bongo Entertainment (booth #1829) to buy cool Bongo stuff, win cool Bongo stuff, and get cool Bongo stuff signed
  7. Look out for 'lazy webmaster #2 at'
  8. Bring stuff to get signed after the Futurama panel discussion (the Futurama gang are great people, and don't really like denying signatures to fans. Though, if people bombard Matt Groening, he will cut things short, which is understandable)
  9. For more information, and directions:

Here is a list of all the happenings at this year's San Diego California Comic-Con. Friday through Sunday (nothing is taking place Futurama related n Thursday):

FRIDAY, JULY 18 2003

4:00PM–5:30PM in Room 16AB
Bongo Comics 10th Anniversary
Bongo Comics is having a birthday! The company known for bringing you the graphic versions of The Simpsons and Futurama is a decade old this year. And you’re invited to join the celebration with a host of all-star talent, including Ian Boothby, Dan Brereton, Batton Lash, Phil Ortiz, Eric Rogers, and Patric Verrone! Bonus: This 90-minute panel will feature a half-hour focus on Bongo’s new superhero series, Heroes Anonymous, with co-creators Bill Morrison and Scott M. Gimple and artists Pia Guerra, Andrew Pepoy, and Adam Van Wyk. Moderated by Bongo’s managing editor and raconteur, Terry Delegeane.

4:00–5:30 at Room 2
Starship Smackdown II: Starship Smackdown Strikes Back!

Ever wonder who would win in a battle between the Starship Enterprise and an Imperial Star Destroyer or the Battlestar Galactica vs. a V Mothership? Well, our panel of spaceshipologists did, and they are returning for their second year to weigh these important issues with all new ships and all new quips in the geekiest panel ever to come to San Diego (which is saying a lot!!). Featuring Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise director), Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP DVD), Steve Melching (Men in Black, X-Men, Starship Troopers animated series), Kay Reindl (Millennium, Twilight Zone writer/producer), Dan Vebber (Futurama producer), and moderator Mark A. Altman (House of the Dead producer).

7:00–9:00 at Room 6B
Mark Hamill Wants to Give You a Sneak Peek at Comic Book: The Movie

Last year fans were blown away by the "Mark Hamill Wants You in His Movie" panel that featured the voices behind the Joker, Spongebob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron, Bugs Bunny, Winnie the Pooh, and every hot cartoon on television. [..] Joining Hamill on the panel are Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy) [...]


10:30–11:30 at Room 9
Stories from the Animation Trenches
Find out what every animation writer, story editor, and creator needs to know in order to break in and to survive in today's animation industry. The Writers Guild of America's Animation Writers Caucus is sponsoring this program, at which true stories will be shared— some hilarious, some terrifying. Panelists include Alan Burnett, producer/writer, Warner Bros. Animation; George Krstic, co- creator/story editor, Low Brow, Cartoon Network; Eric Lewald, senior vice president, creative affairs, DIC Entertainment; Patric Verrone, supervising producer/writer, Futurama; and moderator Craig Miller, writer, co-creator/story editor, Pocket Dragon Adventures.

12:00–1:00 at Room 6CDEF
Futurama 5.0

Calling all Futurama fans! Matt Groening is proud to present Comic-Con’s fifth annual Futurama funfest! Matt and executive producer David X. Cohen will be on the dais to unleash the savage wit of writers Bill Odenkirk and Patric Verrone; the vocal wizardry of actors Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, and Billy West; and the visual magic of animators Rich Moore and Claudia Katz. Once again, attendees will be treated to a screening of a brand-new, unaired episode of Futurama!

1:00–2:00 at Room 6CDEF
The Simpsons

Now entering its 15th television season, The Simpsons has gone from an animation curiosity to a worldwide pop culture phenomenon! Now, for the first time ever at Comic-Con, creator Matt Groening will join an esteemed panel of writers from The Simpsons for a rare peek behind the scenes of the world’s greatest animated TV show! Al Jean, Don Payne, Kevin Curran, Tim Long, and Dan Greaney will be on hand to reveal everything you’ve always wanted to know about The Simpsons, past, present, and future!

3:30–4:30 at Room 16AB
"Oh, I've Wasted My Life:" Collecting Simpsons Merchandise

Do you crave those little pieces of yellow plastic? If so, this panel is for you! This is your chance to ask those hard-hitting questions about the merchandise you love to spend insane amounts of money on. Representatives from toy licensees, along with several well known collectors and website representatives, will chat in a roundtable forum about anything and everything related to Simpsons merchandise. The panel members include Michael Crawford, panel moderator, Simpsons Collector Sector company liaison; Brant Bridges, Sideshow Toys (makers of Simpsons busts); Pat Linden, Playmates Toys (makers of World of Springfield action figures); Carmella Jones, director, Fox Studio Art; Cesar Vargas, Rocket USA (makers of Simpsons tin items [and Futurama]); Mark Lindsay, chieftain for Simpsons Collector Sector; Mark Tarses, owner of Sunway Co, online retailer of a wide variety of Simpsons merchandise; and Bill Morrison, Bongo Comics.

4:00–5:30 at Room 6B
Cartoon Voice Actors

A demonstration of the fine art of performing for animation, with readings by the masters. The cast may include Mark Hamill, Billy West, Gregg Berger, Roger Rose, Jess Harnell, Bob Bergen, Gary Owens, Greg Berg, Kathy Garver, Joe Alaskey, Maurice LaMarche [Kif] , and many more! Hosted by Mark Evanier.

5:30–7:00 at Room 6A
Cartoon Network: Adult Swim
This panel will highlight the creative talent and voice actors behind the original programs on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s successful block of animation for grown-ups. Moderating the panel will be Cartoon Network senior vice president Mike Lazzo, who is responsible for Adult Swim. Panelists include Brett Butler (Sealab 2021), Clay Croker (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show), Maurice LaMarche (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law [Futurama, Kif]), Andy Merrill (The Brak Show), Adam Reed (Sealab 2021), Brendon Small (Home Movies). and Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force).


Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival:
11:00–11:45 at Room 4
Space Arm
The adventures of a ship that was once part of a giant international space robot that, due to an act of sabotage. has been reduced to only the Canadian arm. With no weapons except a good right hook and a new crew originally meant to be organ donors, can our heroes survive in space? And there’s space pirates, plus a talking goldfish with a gambling problem. Panelists include Ian Boothby, writer/actor/producer (also writer for Bongo’s The Simpsons and Futurama comics); Roger Fredericks, actor/producer (also writer of Casper’s Haunted Christmas); and Pia Guerra, art director (also co-creator and artist for Vertigo’s Y: The Last Man).

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