The 2017 San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner and today they announced the Friday Schedule of Events for July 21, 2017. There’s a few panels that fall under the Disney umbrella and there’s also a few other goings on that Disney fans will enjoy, too.
Highlights include Disney XD’s DuckTales; Mechanized Magic: 55 Years of Theme Park Animatronics; and Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law.
There’s a few other goings on that Disney fans might enjoy, including Netflix: Marvel’s The Defenders; Star Wars’ Dysfunctional Skywalker Family; and Star Wars Music and Sound.
Below are details about some of the events with tangential Disney appeal.
Friday Schedule of Disney Events
Cartoon Creatives: Woman Power in Animation
10:00am – 11:00am
Panelists examine the history and trajectory of women working inside feature and TV animation to bring to light some great hidden figures in our past. These inspiring women have shown invention and creativity and are expanding the industry. Scheduled to appear are Marge Dean (co-president, WIA; supervising producer, SuperMansion), Mindy Johnson (film historian; author, Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), Victoria Ying (visual development, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), Shadi Petosky (writer/producer, Danger & Eggs; founder, Puny Studios), Julia Vickerman (writer, The Powerpuff Girls; director, RAD Lands, Twelve Forever), and Elaine Bogan (director, Trollhunters, Dragons: Race to the Edge). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (CinemaSiren.com).
Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
10:30am – 11:30am
Swing by this panel to see what’s in store for all of your favorite spider-heroes! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Spider-editor Nick Lowe, writer Cullen Bunn (Venomverse), and other mighty Marvel guests for a spectacular discussion about Spider-Man, Venomverse, and more.
Steampunk Invades A Galaxy Far, Far Away
11:00am – 12:00pm
Star Wars and Steampunk are two fandoms that have become one with the Force to create a bounty of fan-favorite art and cosplays. From Admiral Ackbar to Yoda, Boba Fett to Wicket, all your favorite Star Wars characters have been reimaged into a variety of fantastic steamy mashups. Join in to enjoy some of the best Star Wars universe fan art, plus get tips from fellow steampunks who will share how they created recognizable mashup characters of their own design. With Poppy Appleton (Ahsoka), Matt Eusey (Sir Chewy of Bacca), Rebecca Eusey (Lady Babette Fett), Treb Padula (Cog Bane), Jessica Woods (Mara Jade), and moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair of Gaslight Steampunk Expo).
Lucasfilm Publishing: New Star Wars Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Get ready, rebels! Bestselling, fan-favorite authors Christian Blauvelt (Star Wars Made Easy), Cullen Bunn (Star Wars: Darth Maul), Christie Golden (Battlefront II: Inferno Squad), Claudia Gray (Leia: Princess of Alderaan), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps), Cavan Scott(Star Wars Adventures), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), and Landry Walker (Star Wars Adventures) discuss their latest stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Also featured will be exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming stories, surprise guests, and giveaways exclusive to SDCC. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain.
Mechanized Magic: 55 Years of Theme Park Animatronics
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Bill Butler (creative director, Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) leads a discussion with Disney legend Bob Gurr and Garner Holt (founder and president, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. and the world’s leading animatronics authority) on the history and development of mechanical figures for theme parks from Disneyland to Efteling.
The Genius of Animation: Cartoon Legends and Game Changers Speak
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Experimentation, inspiration, fearlessness, and a little genius has led to this moment in the history of animation. This panel features influential figures and talented artists who have played or continue to play important roles in that history as they share their wisdom, experience, artistic influences, and memories of their famous mentors. Scheduled to appear: Dale Baer (Annie Award-winning artist for Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove), Floyd Norman (Disney Legend, troublemaker, Floyderer), Tom Sito (June Foray Award-winner, animation director, professor, author), Randy Haycock (Aladdin, The Lion King, Moana), Ricardo Delgado (The Incredibles, How to Train Your Dragon, Men in Black), Mike Royer (Inkpot Award-winner, comic book legend, Disney artist), Victoria Ying (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), and Mindy Johnson (film historian, author of the upcoming Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren, ASIFA-Hollywood).
The Science of Star Wars
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Ever wondered if lightsabers could one day be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Expert panelists Kim Steadman (engineer, NASA-JPL), Kieran Dickson(editor, CometTV.com, MGM Studios), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley(editor, Star Wars Psychology), Steve Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Eliot Sirota(VFX expert), and host Jenna Busch (creator, Legion of Leia) act as your Bor Gullet into the mind of Star Wars creators and break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away. Q&As, surprises, and giveaways will follow.
Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law
2:15pm – 3:15pm
It’s gonna get a little weird, a little wild, and a little accident-prone as the creators and stars of Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Milo Murphy’s Law team up to give you the latest exciting news about their shows, answer questions, and share clips exclusive to Comic-Con! Join Star creator Daron Nefcy, Eden Sher (Star), Adam McArthur (Marco), Milo creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and “Weird Al” Yankovic (Milo) for a double dose of Disney XD Animation.
Disney XD’s DuckTales
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Life is like a hurricane on the new DuckTales series for Disney XD. Series stars David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates, Don’t Think Twice), Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless), and Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Sing) join creative team Matt Youngberg (executive producer), Frank Angones (co-producer/story editor), and Sean Jimenez (art director) to share exclusive sneak peeks and talk about what it’s like bringing this classic family of adventuring ducks to a new generation of fans.
Star Wars and Fandom: The Early Years
4:00pm – 5:00pm
In honor of Star Wars’s 40th anniversary and its long association with Comic-Con, Craig Miller,Lucasfilm’s original director of fan relations, gives a slide show on the early association between Star Wars and fandom, including photos from Comic-Con in the 1970s and stories about how fans got involved and were kept involved from even before the film came out.
Artificial Intelligence: Will Computers Take Over the World?
4:30pm – 5:30pm
As scientists move closer to achieving artificial intelligence, what is next? How does real AI science compare to its depictions in movies, on TV, and in books? Could AI save the world—or be its doom? Join the Fleet Science Center as they bring together Craig Titley (co-executive producer/writer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), William Wisher Jr. (screenwriter, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and other science fiction writers to discuss the future of artificial intelligence with Dr. Ndapa Nakashole (assistant professor, UCSD Artificial Intelligence Group) and other AI researchers.
ASIFA-Hollywood: The State of the Animation Industry
5:00pm – 6:00pm
What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Are hand-drawn and VFX gone for good? What will be the impact of VR? How do you get a job? This panel will explore how animators fit into current business models of animation studios and the ever-changing landscape of motion pictures, television, and new media. Moderator Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast) engages in a lively discussion with John Van Vliet (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Samantha Vilfort (Disney Television Animation), Danny Young (FuseFX), and Brooke Keesling (recuiter, Nickelodeon, Disney).
Star Wars Music and Sound
5:00pm – 6:00pm
A special 40th anniversary panel on the greatest sonic universe of them all! Meet the people who helped create the iconic music and sound design of Star Wars. Guests from the original London sessions and their 2017 Hollywood counterparts swap behind-the-scenes stories of the first time the music was heard. Skywalker Sound special guests (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), LSO’s David Cripps(Star Wars trilogy), Richard Anderson (Star Wars: A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark), and Ramiro Belgardt (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) reveal how elephants and telephone poles became the sounds of space battles! Moderated by Steve Lee (Apollo 13) and David Raiklen (Star Trek).
Netflix: Marvel’s The Defenders
5:15pm – 6:15pm
Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic superheroes. One stage. Nuff said! Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly anticipated Netflix original series Marvel’s The Defenders band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the superhero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18 global launch on Netflix.
Star Wars’ Dysfunctional Skywalker Family
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Twins separated at birth, domestic abuse near a volcano, and child abandonment on desert planets . . . the root of all evil in the Star Wars universe is not the dark side, it’s bad parenting! This panel will look at the future of the Skywalker family and how Kylo Ren’s parents’ divorce may have adversely affected him. Plus, the panel will speculate on what’s to come in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Join Chris Gore (Film Threat), Chelsea Blackstone (YouTube’s Figure Fights), Jeff Tucker (Gemr CollectorCast) along with guest comedians and Star Wars experts for a fun yet serious look at how poor parenting choices in the Skywalker family led to a galaxy far, far away thrown into chaos.
Star Wars Trivia Game Panel
9:00pm – 10:00pm
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Comic-Con International, have prepared an even more challenging contest this year for fans who think they know the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be a game round for kids ages 5-11, followed by three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). All game rounds are conducted in a Last Man Standing format. Come test your knowledge, and you may win some of the thousands of dollars of prizes provided by Star Wars licensees. Trivia panel hosts are Leia Hornedo, Linda Crispien, Brendan Prout, Carlos Munoz, Jessica Woods, and Collin Gomez.
But Wait, There’s More!
As always, all information is subject to change without notice. Find the full San Diego Comic Con schedule here: comiccon2017.sched.org.
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