- Photo courtesy of Laika Inc.
Thursday, July 12
Editing Comics the BOOM! Studios Way. From noon to 1 p.m. in Room 9. Sam Humphries, creator of Fanboys vs. Zombies, joins his BOOM! publishing pals for a do’s-and-don’t session.
Not with a Bang, But a Bite: Zombies and the End of the World. From 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Room 6A. Max Brooks, Mira Grant, Diana Rowland and six other authors discuss visions of a zombie apocalypse. Autograph signing immediately after in room AA09.
The Walking Dead. From 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 6A. The comic’s creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard discuss the series and take questions.
The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con. From 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 7AB. Actors Patricia Tallman (Night of the Living Dead) and Stephanie Thorpe (Night of the Zombie King) join a panel of geek women.
Legendary Comics. From 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 6A. Max Brooks (World War Z) and his collaborators discusses his upcoming project, Shadow Walk.
Klasky Csupo: We’re Back. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 24ABC. Rugrats’ animation studio debuts its new character, Ollie Mongo, a skateboarding zombie.
Monsterverse Horror Comics: Bela Lugosi Demands Flesh And Blood! From 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 8. The Monsterverse team discusses current and upcoming projects, including Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave and Flesh and Blood.
History of the Modern Zombie. From 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 7AB. The Zombie Research Society’s big panel analyzing contemporary visions (and physiology) of zombies, featuring Max Brooks, Scott Kenemore (The Zen of Zombie), Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies) and UC San Francisco neuroscientist Bradley Voytek.
Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves on Trial: The Forensic Psychiatry of the Dead, the Undead, and the Unlucky. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 7AB. A panel of psychiatrists debate whether monsters could claim the insanity defense in criminal proceedings.
Friday, July 13
ParaNorman. From 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in Hall H. The writer, director and stars of Laika’s latest animation feature film will debut new footage from the zombie comedy.
Horror on the Paneled Page. From 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 24ABC. Panel features horrorcomic creators, including Alan Robert, whose latest techno-zombie series, Wire Hangers, is published by San Diego-based IDW.
AMC’s The Walking Dead. From 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. in Hall H. A Q&A with the show’s producers and stars—including David Morrissey, who plays “The Governor”—and a preview of Season 3.
Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Retribution. From 4:05 to 4:35 p.m. in Hall H: Actors Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and others join director Paul W.S. Anderson to discuss the latest in the franchise.
Entertainment Weekly Powerful Women in Pop Culture (aka Women Who Kick Ass!) From 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. in Ballroom 20. A panel of female actors, including Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes on The Walking Dead), discuss the roles of women in fantasy.
The Writer’s Room with Jonathan Ross. From 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in Room 6A. Beloved British TV host and comics writer Jonathon Ross leads a panel featuring Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead).
Resident Evil 6: The Fear and Horror! From 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 25ABC. CAP- COM producers demo the latest installment in the zombie video-game series.
Resident Evil: Damnation Worldwide Trailer Premiere, 7-Minute Sneak Peek and Filmmaker Q&A. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 5AB: Following the preview, the director and producer of the animated sequel to Resident Evil: Degeneration will take questions.
Saturday, July 14
CBLDF Master Session: Charlie Adlard. From noon to 1 p.m. in Room 11AB.
The Walking Dead illustrator will demonstrate how he draws zombies. The art will be auctioned in the evening to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Locked and Loaded. From noon to 1 p.m. in Room 23ABC. Joseph Nassise, author of the World War I zombie book By the Blood of Heroes: The Great Undead War, joins a panel on what happens when the military goes to war again supernatural forces.
Nerdist Channel—Chris Hardwick. From noon to 1 p.m. in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Indigo Ballroom. The host of AMC’s The Talking Dead and BBC America’s The Nerdist will unveil the future of the Nerdist YouTube channel.
Minimates Turn 10: Small Toys, Big Plans. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 8. Minimates toy designers unveil new products, including 2-inch Rick Grimes and zombie figurines from The Walking Dead. (The figures will also be available at booths 2401 and 2607).
BOOM! Studios / KaBOOM! / BOOM! Town Panel. From 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 9. The second BOOM! panel to feature Sam Humphries (Fanboys vs. Zombies) reveals upcoming titles and projects.
Sunday, July 15
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Zombie Panel. From 11 a.m. to noon in Room 32AB: Eisner-winning comic historian Craig Yoe and vintage-comics blogger Steve “Karswell” Banes examine zombies of the 1950s. (Free prize for attendees in zombie costume.)
Max Brooks: Zombie Survival 101. From 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 7AB. Mel Brooks’ son has become a master of the genre in his own right as the world’s preeminent writer on zombies and a popular campus guest lecturer. Here he has panel all his own.
Cover Story. From 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 25ABC. Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) joins artists from Conan and The Punisher for a panel on the challenges of designing comic-book covers.
Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival
Doll Parts. (2011, 10 min.) At 4:20 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Not exactly a zombie movie, but it does involve a hitchhiking corpse.
Cabine of the Dead. (2010,10 min.) At 4:40 p.m. Thursday, July 12. A middleaged man is trapped in a phone booth as the dead rise.
Spoiler. (2012, 17 min.) At 8:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12. In a post-zombie-apocalypse society, a coroner’s job is a little more complicated than it was when the dead stayed dead.
Summer of the Zombies. (2011, 10 min.) At 3:50 p.m. Friday, July 13. An award-winning “Zomedy” that combines humor and irony to tell the story of Summer, a newly turned, vegetarian zombie.
Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.
(2011, 36 min.) At 6:15 p.m. Friday, July 13. A zombie musical about the unlikely romance of the last two zombies left standing after humanity takes back the Earth.
The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego. If there’s one event that zombie fans will be talking about for decades to come, this zombie obstacle course at Petco Park will be it.The first 10,000 survivors win an issue of The Walking Dead No. 100. Tickets to participate are $75, while spectator tickets are $15. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12; 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Book online or buy them on site; no convention pass necessary. thewalkingdeadescape.com
Zombie Costume Contest. Future U.S., in partnership with The Walking Dead, will hold a zombie-costume contest at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Booth 4445.
Zombie Walk: San Diego. The Gaslamp District will be overrun with zombies once again this year, but this time they’ve got an Occupy-style agenda: equal rights for the undead 99 percent. The walk starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 13. Anyone who wants to dress up can participate, but all must meet at Fourth Avenue and Broadway no later than 5:20 p.m. No convention pass necessary. For guidelines, visit sdzombiewalk.com.
Dawn of the Con. From 5:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Petco Park. Rob Zombie hosts the official opening party for pass-holders.
Con of the Dead. From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Voyeur (755 Fifth Ave., Downtown). The horror cable station FEARnet is sponsoring the official after-party for Zombie Walk: San Diego. Featuring undead go-go dancers and Resident Evil 6 demo stations, the party is invite-only, but the Zombie Walk will give out tickets on Twitter (@sdzombiewalk) and facebook.com/sdzombiewalk. This is one party to stand outside with your autograph books ready.
13 Flames Empire (Table H-02, Small Press) Canadian publisher with awesome titles like Zombie Jesus and Undead Inbreds.
Antarctic Press (Booth 2307) The company behind President Evil (our favorite Obama spoof comic) is promoting The Last Zombie and the Zombie Kid Diaries.
Creature Entertainment Studios (Q-05) After a successful Kickstarter campaign, CES will preview the print edition of The Zombie Years.
Devil’s Due Entertainment (2229) Brains! Nom! Nom! Nom! Devil’s Due is teaming up with Ohiya to release new cute-overload comic “Zombuddiez,” a limited edition T- shirt and a new plush zombie bear.
Future US (4445) A prime destination for Walking Dead fanatics, the booth will feature a Hyundai Elantra converted into a Zombie Survival Machine, a zombie makeup station (Thursday through Saturday) and zombie target practice.
IDW Publishing (2643) Australian comic artist Ashley Wood (Robots vs. Zombies) will be plugging a new ZOMB toy and limited hardcover edition of the collection.
Wood will sign autographs from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 12; 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 13; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15.
Ink Pen Mutations (1633) The first 50 visitors will receive a free swag bag, and they’ll be giving away the band Rotting Pussies’ new single, “Miami: Trippin’ on Bath Salts,” with any purchase of the graphic novel Zombie Rock Band Must Be Destroyed.
Orbital Harvest (H-04, Small Press) Author Mira Grant (Feed and Deadline) will sign autographs at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13.
Smart Pop Books (4300) James Lowder, editor of Triumph of the Walking Dead, will be on hand at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 15.
Squid Works Comics (K-14, Small Press) Stan Yan will be drawing zombie caricatures throughout the convention.
Tonner Doll Company (4149) Rico the Zombie Boy, a guy whose body is tattooed like a corpse, will be signing autographs to promote his new doll at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, July 13.
Wire-heads.com (K-04, Small Press) The web-comic publisher will be running a “Zombie Bunnie Adoption Agency.”