Flash on the San Diego Schedule (2008)

It’s only two weeks to Comic-Con International, and the convention has started finished posting its schedule. These look like good bets for Flash-related programming:

Updated! Now includes the complete schedule!

Thursday

3:00-4:00 TwoMorrows Publishing Today — Join the crew from TwoMorrows Publishing for a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating all their fan-favorite books and magazines on the art and history of comics! Publisher John Morrow, Modern Masters’ Eric Nolen-Weathington, Write Now!’s Danny Fingeroth, Brick Journal’s Joe Meno, and Keith Dallas, author of TwoMorrows’ new Flash Companion book unveil new products and offer exclusive previews of upcoming items. Room 10

3:00-4:00 How to Break into Comics: Freddie E. Williams II — A few years ago, Freddie E. Williams II (artist on Robin, The Flash, Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle, and others) broke into comics through DC Comics’ Talent Search. Since that time, Freddie has worked on some of DC’s top-selling books. In this panel, Freddie lends his unique insights about breaking into comics by describing what editors are looking for, what you should include in your portfolio, and how to hang on to a job once you’ve gotten it. Room 32AB

Notes: Freddie Williams II has been the regular artist on The Flash since #233, and will wrap up his 10-issue run in August.

6:00-7:00 DC Nation — DC Senior VP/executive editor Dan DiDio hosts this gabfest with Keith Giffen (Reign in Hell, Ambush Bug: Year None), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), and some of the top talent in the industry, talking and teasing upcoming stories! Come learn the secrets behind the most talked about events of the summer! Room 6A

Notes: If I had to bet on (a) Flash announcements and (b) when DC is announcing the mysterious Geoff Johns/Ethan van Sciver project, I’d say it would be at this panel.

Friday

11:15-12:15 Worlds Collide: The Making of Midway’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe — Ed Boon (Mortal Kombat) and Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane) discuss how two billion-dollar entertainment franchises collide as Mortal Kombat warriors battle DC superheroes for the first time in this highly anticipated video game. Ed and Jimmy provide an exclusive look at never-before-seen gameplay, unveil key characters on the game’s roster, and answer your questions. Room 6B

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Geoff Johns — His ideas have breathed new life into Flash, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, the Justice Society of America, and now Superman. Is there anything writer Geoff Johns can’t do? Probably not, but come ask anyway. Don’t miss this panel hosted by Ian Sattler, senior story editor — DCU, interviewing one of the brightest minds behind the magic of the DC Universe. Room 5AB

6:00-7:00 DCU: Final Crisis Management — The Final Crisis is here! Senior VP-executive editor Dan DiDio talks with Grant Morrison (Batman, Final Crisis), JG Jones (Final Crisis), Geoff Johns (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds and Final Crisis: Rogues Revenge), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), Greg Rucka (Final Crisis: Revelations), Phillip Tan (Final Crisis: Revelations), and others! Catch a glimpse of what will be one of the most talked-about events of the summer! Room 6A

Saturday

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Ethan Van Sciver — His stunning visions of the Flash and Green Lantern have made him one of the most popular artists working in comics today. Comic-Con special guest Ethan Van Sciver talks about his work and what’s next up on his drawing board. Room 2

12:45-2:00 DC: A Guide to Your Universe — Dan DiDio (senior VP/executive editor, DCU), Jann Jones (senior coordinating editor, DCU), and Ian Sattler (senior story editor, DCU), and countless DCU talent gather for a panel that’s not to be missed. Now that the Final Crisis is upon us, what lies ahead for your favorite heroes? Join Keith Giffen (Reign in Hell, Ambush Bug: Year None), Geoff Johns (Action Comics, Green Lantern), Aaron Lopresti (Wonder Woman), Brad Meltzer (DCU: Last Will and Testament), Grant Morrison (Batman, Final Crisis), Gail Simone (Wonder Woman), Phillip Tan (Final Crisis: Revelations), Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps), Judd Winick (Titans), and others to get the answers. Room 6B

2:15-3:15 A Look Back and Forward at DC Universe Animated Original Movies — From the heralded premiere of Superman Doomsday through the unparalleled launch of Justice League: The New Frontier and the blockbuster release of Batman Gotham Knight, the DC Universe animated original movies have ignited a new passion for comic book fare within the made-for-DVD realm. DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, and Warner Bros. Animation presents the creative forces behind these acclaimed films for a glance back at their resounding success, and the inside scoop on future DCU releases — including a Comic-Con exclusive first look at the next film in this exciting series! DC Comics senior VP — creative affairs Gregory Noveck moderates a panel that includes DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz, DCU films executive producer Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery (Superman Doomsday), voice director Andrea Romano and, quite possibly, members of the voice talent behind the next superhero to grace the animated screen — in full color (well, at least red, white, and blue)! Room 6CDEF

Notes: Next up is Wonder Woman. But the Flash had a major role in New Frontier.

Sunday

11:45-12:45 DC Nation: One Weekend Later — Did you think one DC Nation panel was enough? You thought wrong! So much has happened with the DCU during Comic-Con but right here senior VP–executive editor Dan DiDio saves one last blockbuster announcement for the Nation! This is the panel to be at! Room 6A

Notes: Okay, under the circumstances, I’m amending my earlier guess. This is probably where the Van Sciver/Johns project will be announced. Either that, or DC is being re-branded Warner Bros. Comics and being rebooted to 1938 after Final Crisis. 😀

2:30-4:00 Cover Story: The Art of the Cover — It’s our annual soul-searching question: whether or not you can tell a book by its cover. Moderator Mark Evanier interviews four of the top cover artists in comics (and all Comic-Con 2008 special guests): Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Warlock), Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, Fantastic Four), J.G. Jones (52, Final Crisis), and Ethan Van Sciver (Flash, Green Lantern). Evanier presents examples of each artist’s cover work and talks to them about the covers and the process of creating them. It’s a fascinating look at what many regard as the most important part of any comic. Room 5AB

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