Watch Out! Expert geeks and contributing cynics Luke Y. Thompson & Gary Hodges are covering Comic-Con for Deadline. The following is a list of panels that they consider to be of most likely interest to Deadline readers. As there are not enough hours in the day, a panel’s inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean they will report on it in more detail later. This covers official convention events only; numerous other things, like the Cowboys and Aliens premiere, will be happening but are not necessarily open to all badgeholders. Opinions and commentary are those of Luke or Gary alone, and do not necessarily represent those of anyone else at Deadline. (Remember, Nikki doesn’t do geek…) All panels are subject to change, especially if somebody gets stabbed in the eye again this year:


6:00-9:00 – Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:
Alcatraz, Person of Interest, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural: The Anime Series
Comic-Con 2011 wastes no time at all in its planned assault on our asses, opening with three straight hours of sitting watching pilots for this fall’s newest TV shows. Look for impressions of each, right here. (GH) Ballroom 20


10:00-11:00 – Hobbit Talk
If Peter Jackson won’t come and speak in the middle of filming, then gosh-darn it, why not have a panel full of speculation and rumors? Surprise guests are a “possibility,” but getting your hopes too high is not advised. (LYT) Room 7AB

10:00-11:00 – Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
Bruce Campbell appears to promote the DVD release of the made-for-TV movie. But you know all the fan questions are gonna be about the just-announced Evil Dead remake regardless. (GH) Ballroom 20

10:00-11:00 – Deadliest Warrior: Vampires vs. Zombies

Vampires, obviously. There, I just saved you the trouble of going. (GH) Room 25ABC

10:30-11:30 – Spotlight on Joyce Brabner
Harvey Pekar’s widow, as seen as herself and performed by Hope Davis in the movie American Splendor, will talk about what she’s up to, including the completion of Harvey’s unfinished projects. If she decides to go into comic authorship herself, we suggest  the title “RE: Joyce.” Or, you know, American something. Kidding aside, we love Joyce. (LYT) Room 8

10:45-11:45 – Oh, You Sexy Geek!
The hottest debate right now in fandom, aside from “Why is Twilight here?”, is whether sexy female celebrities who claim to be geeks actually are. Since most people coming to this panel will probably just be there to stare at Katrina Hill, Bonnie Burton, Adrianne Curry, Clare Grant, Kiala Kazebee, Clare Kramer, Jill Pantozzi, and Jennifer K. Stuller, it probably doesn’t matter what the actual outcome of the debate is. If your preference is for guys, you get Chris Gore. And everyone in the audience. (LYT) Room 6A

11:00-12:00 – The Evolution of Web Series: The Guild to Dragon Age
Felicia Day (The Guild), actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Dragon Age: Redemption director Peter Winther (Leverage), and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah discuss the secrets to The Guild‘s success. The first secret? Love. (GH) Room 7AB

11:00-12:00 – Obsession: How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon
Panel discussing what makes a cult hit, featuring Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Chase Masterson and a bunch of less-famous people you probably haven’t heard of. If you miss this discussion, you can probably overhear one very similar to it while waiting in line for almost anything else. (LYT) Room 23ABC

11:00-12:00 – X-Play Live
G4’s remarkably long-lived video game show appears at Comic-Con with stars Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, along with a few others. Not a lot specific about the panel has been announced so far (some trivia, some prizes, a comedy short), but it’s safe to expect Webb to garner an auditorium’s worth of wolf whistles and Sessler to sorta act like a twitchy spaz. (GH) Room 25ABC

11:15-12:15 – Covert Affairs
USA’s spy drama – now in its second season – makes its first-ever appearance at Comic-Con. This show’s stars (including Piper Perabo) will be there along with sneak previews of upcoming episodes. (GH) Ballroom 20

11:15-12:15 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Sigh, sigh, sigh. I shall do my best to try to care about this, but really, none of the movies has been very good so far. Maybe Bill Condon can work magic. But for all you fanboys complaining about how Twi-hards fill the hall and sit through other stuff they don’t care about, your wish is granted: first Hall H panel of the show, and then many of them shall be gone. The Q&A could be hilarious, for all the wrong reasons, especially if booze-swilling faux-pilot/performance artist Bob Stencil gets in line as he somehow manages to do for every major panel. (LYT) Hall H

11:30-12:30 Mattel and WWE: Past, Present, and Future
Former WWE world champions Rey Mysterio and Triple H will appear alongside their action figures, as audiences decide whether the real guys look more plasticky than the toys. (LYT) Room 24ABC

11:45-12:45 – Battlestar: So Say We All
Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo of the original BG series) hosts a panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar Galactica universe, joined by Michael Taylor, Dr. Kevin Grazier (the show’s science consultant), and “surprise guests”, hopefully one of the ladies form the series to break up the sausage party. (GH) Room 6BCF

12:00-1:00 – Nickelodeon’s Fanboy & Chum Chum: Tighty, Whitey & Mighty
The voice cast and producers of the animated series, which depicts the adventures of two supergeek sci-fi enthusiasts who wear their underwear outside their pants and generally look stupid, march before an audience of people who you might assume are fans dressed as those characters…
but they’re not. (GH) Room 23ABC

12:00-1:00 – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Bringing Worlds to Life, From Concept to Pixel
Todd McFarlane’s doing a video game? Now that he’s pretty much given up on making cool scary toys, I guess he has the time. (LYT) Room 25ABC

12:15-1:00 – Focus on Rick Baker
He wins Oscars for creating werewolves. Basically Baker has the best job you’ll never have. In case you’re not already a fan, the lure here is a  sneak peek at some of his creatures for Men in Black III, but really, you should be bowing down regardless. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:30-1:30 – Psych
USA’s clever comedy-drama about a fake psychic using his powers of deduction to solve crimes appears with its cast (Kurt Fuller, James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen) and a preview of season 6. Hopefully some troublemaker in the audience will bring up The Mentalist. Ballroom 20

12:45-1:45 – Animation Showcase
So Aardman (home of Wallace and Gromit) is working with Sony animation now? We can dig it. But don’t expect Nick Park; the other Aardman guy, Peter Lord, will be the guest of honor here, with first looks at Arthur Christmas, a sci-fi take on the Santa Claus story; and The Pirates! Band of Misfits, an all-star stop-motion movie about a bathetic buccaneer who longs to be the best. Hugh Grant stars, along with David Tenant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Brendan Gleeson, and Imelda Staunton… But as far as we know, none of those folks will actually be in attendance. So: celebs, no. Cool stuff to look at, yes. As much as I’m kinda lukewarm on Chicken Run, Aardman hasn’t made a bad film yet. In fact, let’s throw this out to controversy: I’d call their track record, quality-wise, better than Pixar’s. (LYT) Hall H

1:00-2:00 – Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation: The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
Behind-the-scenes info on the series and a sneak preview of the upcoming one-hour musical, along with a panel of the voice talent. According to Wikipedia, The Penguins of Madagascar is the number two-rated animated series among kids 2 to 11, so I’m expecting to want to hang myself 15 minutes in. (GH) Room 23ABC

1:00-2:00 – Stan Lee, Yoshiki, and Todd McFarlane
Okay, so Todd McFarlane’s been doing something other than video games, and Stan Lee’s been doing something other than making appearances at every single comic-related event that takes place on planet earth. As for Yoshiki, he’s apparently a Japanese rock star. They’re all working together on something called Blood Red Dragon. But of course. You expected they’d call their collaboration “Cute Pink Bunny”? (LYT) Indigo  Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:30-2:30 – Spotlight on John Higgins
John Higgins was the colorist for Watchmen (the comic). Bet you didn’t know that. Now you do. (LYT) Room 4

1:45-2:45 – Ringer
Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her second Comic-Con appearance ever, pushing her new show in which she plays identical twins. The way I see it, that doubles my odds! (GH) Ballroom 20

2:00-3:00 – Napoleon Dynamite
Thanks to Jared Hess’ frickin’ idiotic movies since his breakthrough hit (seriously, did any of you actually see Gentlemen Broncos? It was pretty much the worst movie ever. Gosh!) he’s going back to the project people liked and turning it into a cartoon series. Most of the original cast return…yes, even Diedrich Bader as Rex Kwan Do. Besides Bader, Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, John Gries, and Sandy Martin will help preview some footage and discover whether or not the crowd at Comic-Con has large talons. (LYT) Room7AB

2:00-3:00 – Bill Plympton: Independently Animated
Plympton’s hand-animated, nearly wordless Idiots and Angels was one of the best movies of last year, let alone one of the best animated. It’s coming out on DVD. If you missed it, you should go; it’s a rule-breaking flick about a rageaholic jerk whose life improves for the better when he wakes up to find wings growing out of his shoulders. The opposite of everything you’d expect from an American animated feature today. (LYT) Room 25ABC

2:00-3:00 – FilmDistrict Studio Panel
See advance footage from the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake, and Nicolas Winding Refn’s acclaimed action
throwback Drive. Of course, if you went to the L.A. Film festival, you could have already seen both in their entirety. (LYT) Hall H

2:00-3:00 – Warner Premiere: H+ and Mortal Kombat: Legacy
A first look at the Bryan Singer-produced web series H+, and the cast of Mortal Kombat: Legacy will be on hand to premiere the final episode of their wildly popular yet strangely tame web series. Someone on the panel will say “Flawless Victory!” at some point, and the audience will politely laugh. (GH) Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30-3:30 – Hasbro Transformers Panel
Michael Bay, schmay, when you get down to it, the Transformers franchise is really all about the toys. New ones are coming. Find out what they are. If there’s another movie, this is where the ideas for it will begin. (LYT) Room 24ABC

3:00-4:00 – State of the Geek Report: From Avatar to Zardoz
You’re setting yourself up for massive debate any time you claim that any one panel represents “the world’s foremost geeksperts,” but  somebody certainly thinks that Ashley E. Miller (screenwriter, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (director, Free Enterprise), Steve Melching (writer for Star Wars and Transformers cartoons), Mark A. Altman (writer-producer, Free Enterprise, Uwe Boll’s House of the Dead) and Bill Hunt (writer, The Digital Bits) qualify. Who are we to argue? Oh, right, that’s the point of the panel. Sort of. (LYT) Room 5AB

3:00-4:00 – Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A session
Moderated by George R. R. Martin – author of the original book – the cast of HBO’s latest critical and commercial darling appear to discuss the now-completed first season, hint at what’s to come in the second, and hopefully have Emilia Clarke on the stage every single minute possible. (GH) Ballroom 20

3:00-4:00 – Classic Warner Bros./Hanna-Barbera Cartoons Going Blu-ray
Um, yeah. What the title says. Not sure Blu-ray can add a whole lot to drawings, but maybe on some of the Hanna-Barbera stuff, you’ll more clearly see the seams between the cel layers (careful what you wish for). (LYT) Room 32AB

3:00-4:00 – Effin with Tonight
The premiere of the Sony Crackle animated web series, starring Patrick Warburton as the host of “the first all-original animated late night talk show.” Somewhere, Space Ghost is reading this right now and his mouth just dropped open. (GH) Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:15-4:30 – 20th Century Fox
…Is still, as of this writing, being mysterious about what exactly they intend to show. All we’ve heard about so far is Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a movie we can’t believe anybody actually wanted, but have hopes for anyway because chimps are kickass. Be nice to get something on the maybe-maybe-not Alien prequel-or-is-it? Prometheus; dare we hope? UPDATE: As of 10:23 PM Tuesday, Fox has said YES, there will be Prometheus footage. Could steal the show.(LYT) Hall H

3:30-4:30 – The Making of Transformers Prime.
If watching all three Michael Bay Transformers movies made you feel like a battered spouse, yet you simply can’t live without robots that change from one thing into another thing, maybe it’s time to give Transformers Prime a shot. The creative minds behind the show will be on hand to talk about what it’s like to make something that doesn’t suck. (GH) Room24ABC

3:45-4:45 – Awake.
The new NBC series starring Jason Isaacs as a detective who can move at will between two distinct parallel realities. In this reality, they will screen the new series and then take questions from the audience; the alternate reality panel will be even better! (GH) Room 6A

4:00-5:00 – Masters of the Web
In other words, if you’re holding a panel anywhere else at this time, almost nobody will be blogging about it, because they’re all speaking here.
(LYT) Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 – Archer Screening and Q&A
A huge chunk of the voice cast (H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and George Coe) appears along with series creator Adam Reed to talk up the ribald animated spy series and screen an episode. (GH) Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:15-5:15 – TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, this panel collects a somewhat random assortment of TV stars: Nestor Carbonell (Lost, Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jorge Garcia (Lost, Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and apparently others. (GH) Ballroom 20

4:30-5:30 – MAD Men.
Who didn’t used to love MAD magazine? Anybody else’s heart dying a little each time a new issue comes out full of actual advertisements? Thankfully, you won’t have to sit through any full-page videogame ads at this panel, which features MAD legends like Sergio Aragones, Dick DeBartolo, John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, and more. Nothin’ but love for those guys. (LYT) Room 8

4:45-5:45 – Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview
Lucasfilm previews season four of their animated Star Wars series, which enjoys somewhat more fan enthusiasm than the prequels did. Other things that enjoy more fan enthusiasm than the prequels: public hangings. (GH) Room 6BCF

4:45-5:45 – Robert Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions
Remember a couple of Comic-Cons ago, when Rodriguez had a big deal panel to announce his upcoming project… Red Sonja, starring Rose McGowan? How about that Barbarella movie he was also supposed to make? We’re not saying he doesn’t fully intend to make whatever he tells you his next dozen or so projects are going to be, but, well…how’s Sin City 2 coming along? (LYT) Hall H

5:00-6:00 – Beavis & Butt-head
Mike Judge talks about the MTV series’ revival, and shows a preview. The show will be very similar to the original in that Beavis & Butt-head will make dopey, snarky comments about the stuff they see on TV, but “more modern day.” Presumably that means they’ll be bloggers. (GH) Room 6A

5:30-7:30 – Showtime: Tired of Ordinary Television?
Showtime crams three of its shows and partial casts into this panel: Dexter (with Michael C. Hall, C. S. Lee, David Zayas, and Colin Hanks), Shameless (with William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum) and its new series, Homeland. Homeland will be introduced by Morena Baccarin, which is big news for Firefly fans and even bigger news for fans of very attractive people. (GH) Ballroom 20

6:00-7:00 – Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes
Dudes that sparkle. Right? Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will moderate a discussion on the topic. Like her animated avatar, she should come up with annoying nicknames for everyone on the panel. (LYT) Room 25ABC

6:00-7:00 – Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pop Culture
In other words, the official magazine of receptionists and Twi-Hards does a panel featuring celebrities at which no news will be broken. But Favreau’s great at playing to the crowd and del Toro loves to swear a lot, so it’ll be fun. (LYT) Hall H

6:00-7:00 – Voltron Resurgent.
Cue outraged fanboys who insist it must be called GoLion or nothing. (GH) Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:15-7:30 – Wilfred Screening and Q&A
Elijah Wood will be on hand to tout his new series: a remake of an Australian comedy about a suicidal young man who starts bonding with his pretty neighbor’s dog, who he sees as a slovenly man in a dog suit. We think it’s much easier to get TV shows made in Australia. (GH) Room 6A

6:30-7:30 – So, You Want to be a Sci-Fi Journalist?
No. You really don’t. There aren’t enough gigs for all of us in the field already. (LYT) Room 4

6:30-7:30 – Shocker Toys: The Real Scoop
Shocker Toys are the Tommy Wiseau of action figure companies: prone to incoherent online tirades and the target of much criticism, they occasionally put out stuff that people enjoy. And position themselves as heroic underdogs, which is questionable. (LYT) Room 24ABC

7:00-8:00 – Robotech Industry Panel
Cue outraged fanboys who insist it must be called Macross or nothing (LYT). Room6DE

7:00-8:00 – Writing Movies for Fun and Profit
Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant have been pimping their book about how two funny people can make a living writing scripts for horrible studio movies…and apparently, it’s a good read. Unfortunately, a certain percentage of dorks who read it will actually believe they too can be screenwriters now. Studio readers: I feel your pain. (LYT) Room 5AB

7:00-8:00 – Penn & Teller Tell a Lie
Allegedly, Penn & Teller will be on hand to promote their new series where they’ll tell the audience a bald-faced lie, and reveal what it was at the end of the episode. I’m already suspicious. Are they really even going to be there? The whole thing sounds fishy. Nice try, Penn & Teller, but I’m too clever for you! (GH) Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:15-8:15 – A New Generation of Spike & Mike Animation
It’s cool that Spike doesn’t just focus on dirty-joke cartoons any more. This new show includes at least one of last year’s Oscar-nominated shorts. Question, though: do the drunken metalheads (no offense, guys, I am one of y’all sometimes) who loved Sick & Twisted know that this isn’t the show they’re looking for? If not, beware. (LYT) Room 6BCF

7:30-8:30 – Jeffrey Catherine Jones: The Documentary
Geek fail: I don’t know who Jeffrey Catherine Jones is. Thankfully, somebody apparently made a documentary that will inform me. (LYT) Room 4

7:30-9:00 – Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers
Actual forensic scientists debate the profiles of various Bat-foes. Why so serious? (LYT) Room 8

7:30-9:30 – Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society
Didn’t this used to be on Sunday? That would make more sense. Unless maybe you just want to pray for a good weekend ahead. (LYT) Room 24ABC

7:45-10:45 – Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
A bunch of really cool fight scenes from movies that came out this year, plus trailers of others, surprise guests, and free stuff. (LYT)  Room 6A

8:00-9:00 – H. P. Lovecraft in Comics and Film
No, Guillermo del Toro is not scheduled to be one of the guests. Are you hardcore enough to come anyway? Various Lovecraft aficionados discuss upcoming comics and movies influenced by Cthulhu’s channeler. (LYT) Room 9

8:00-11:00 – Hall H and Ballroom 20: Thursday Panel Playback
This is a very good idea, although they’re not necessarily going to play back everything, and definitely won’t show the exclusive footage/clips. But if you spent the whole panel in line nervously sweating about that one question you wanted to ask K-Stew, now you can pay attention to the other questions and answers. (LYT) Room 25ABC

8:15-9:15 Garth Ennis’ Stitched Movie World Premiere
The acclaimed writer of Preacher has a short film to show you, and then you can ask him questions about it. Like, now that he’s a director, why doesn’t he go ahead and make Preacher already. (LYT) Room 6DE

8:30-10:00 – Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
A screening of the original three acts of DHSAB. It doesn’t look like any of the cast is actually going to be there, just a room full of singing Joss Whedon fans. Why did you just make that face? (GH) Room 6BCF

8:30-11:30 – Star Wars Fan Movie Awards
George Lucas picks the winners, so don’t bother entering if you’re going to make a movie that’s all complainy about Hayden Christensen’s acting and stuff. (LYT) Ballroom 20

9:30-10:30 – Torchwood: Miracle Day Episode 103
A sneak peek at the latest episode of the British sci-fi series in which nobody dies anymore. What a kick in the balls for the families of the last few die-ers. (GH) Room 6DE