The latest Homing Beacon has
arrived and today we talk about what you can expect from Comic-Con. With all the
excitement around Celebration Europe, and the recent Force Unleashed trailer
unveiling at E3, don't forget that Comic-Con International is next week! At a
glance, here are some of the exciting things Star Wars fans can look
forward to in San Diego:
- Lucasfilm returns to the convention floor with a huge Star Wars you
can't miss, complete with licensees, LucasArts, and Star Wars Shop, all
celebrating 30 years of Star Wars and all that is to come
- Official Pix will have autograph celebrities in the booth -- expect an
update on the guest list soon, but we do know Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) will be
there Thursday through Sunday and Matthew Wood (General Grievous) will be there
Friday through Sunday.
- There will be a display of select helmets from the Vader Project
- Also in the pavilion, an autograph session (to be scheduled), with actors
from the upcoming movie Fanboys
- On Thursday, from 1:30 - 3:30 in Hall H, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks
Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies will present a sneak peek at their upcoming
films, including a special segment of the presentation dedicated to the new
Indiana Jones movie
- Friday is Star Wars Day, with Star Wars-themed panels
throughout the day (see below).
- Steve Sansweet, Head of Fan Relations, will present the major Lucasfilm
piece on Friday from 5-6 pm in Hall H
- Don't miss the Fanboys panel on Thursday featuring some of the talent
from the forthcoming Star Wars-themed comedy. It's Thursday from 6-7 pm
in Room 6 CDEF
- Sunday is kids' day at Comic-Con, and Bonnie Burton, Tom Hodges, and Matt
Busch will be teaching one of their great "How to Draw Star Wars" classes
for kids on Sunday from 12:30 -- 1:30 in Room 30 CDE
- Troy Alders of Lucas Licensing will be doing artist portfolio reviews on
Sunday from 11am -- 2 pm in the portfolio review area.
- Official Pix is hosting an Official Star Wars Fan Club breakfast
Saturday morning from 6:30 -- 8:30 at the Marriott Hotel & Marina next door
to the Convention Center.
And there's bound to more as fans gather to continue the year-long
celebration of the saga's 30th anniversary. The souvenir program book for the
show has a Star Wars cover by popular comic artist Adam Hughes, too. Look
closely, and you might spot the key members of Lucasfilm's Fan Relations team
lurking in the background of this great art piece.
Star Wars Day Schedule:
Great Star Wars Books and Book News (10:30-11:30am) Room
Join J.W. Rinzler, author of the recently-released The Making of
Star Wars as he hurtles you back in time for a one-of-a-kind
behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his
key collaborators to make the "little" movie that became a phenomenon. Stephen
J. Sansweet, author of the upcoming The Star Wars Vault, will talk about
collecting the amazing, never-before-published artifacts that will be part of
each copy of the new book. Finally, Keith Clayton (Editor, Del Rey) will reveal
an exclusive announcement on an upcoming Star Wars title from Del Rey and
LucasBooks, just for audience members at Comic-Con!
What's New, and What's Coming at Hasbro (11:30am-12:30pm) Room
Come for first announcements about Hasbro's products that you might
not hear anywhere else, plus a special sneak preview of the 2008 product line.
Meet members of Hasbro's Star Wars marketing and design teams -- the
talented people who work on the company's Attacktix, Titanium, and Star
Wars action figure line. Question & Answer time included!
Star Wars: LucasArts (12:30 - 1:30pm) Room 1AB
twenty-five years of LucasArts videogames and learn about the past, present, and
future by attending this panel with key LucasArts producers. See what LucasArts
has in store, then ask your own questions in a Q&A session.
Star Wars Robot Chicken Sets & Toys (1:30-2:30pm) Room
As Production Designer for the Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Special, Jed Hathaway researched and designed each miniature set with exact
replication and utmost detail. In this discussion, Hathaway will explain the
basics of designing sets, props and vehicles for stop-motion animation. An
in-depth behind the scenes video will show how his team brought the Star
Wars universe to life, and show various comparisons between the special and
the original Star Wars Saga. There will be a 20-minute presentation video
followed by a question and answer session.
Star Wars at 30 Years with Steve Sansweet (5:00 -- 6:00 pm) Hall
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Saga,
and its indelible influence on popular culture. We've got 30 years of great
memories thanks to the galaxy far, far away, but there are also great things to
come, too. Join Lucasfilm's Steve Sansweet for a little Star Wars nostalgia, a
review of the 30th anniversary year so far, and a look at what's new and what's
coming for Star Wars.
Star Wars Trivia (6:30-7:30pm) Room 1AB
Members of the San
Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of great Star Wars trivia
game shows at Comic-Con International in 2004, 2005, and 2006 are planning
another trivia challenge for all fans who think they know their stuff about the
galaxy far, far away.
As always, last-minute schedule changes may occur, so be sure to check
on-site scheduling on the day. For more information about San Diego Comic-Con
International, visit the official site here: http://www.comic-con.org.