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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Be At San Diego Comic Con 2015

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Better get in line now, folks.

Believe it or not, Comic Con 2015 is coming.  Yes, we are less than a month away from the big convention, which means a lot of announcements pertaining to what will be at the show are coming left and right.  Most of them so far have been television, with mum being the word for a wide majority of the film’s expected to make the con (except Marvel Studios of course, who will not be in attendance, and DC/Warner Bros., who are already confirmed to be there.)  One of the big questions marks about the convention overall though was the presence of one Star Wars, whose previous films have all been present at the Comic Con when under the regime of George Lucas.  With his reign now over and Disney in control, many were wondering if they would skip out on San Diego in lieu of the confirmed panel at D23.  Well thankfully that is not the case, as Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be at San Diego Comic Con 2015.

They also announced a smorgasbord of other panels that will be at the show, which is great because it allowed me to use the word “smorgasbord.”  What a fun word…smorgasbord.  Anywho, I’ll let the official press release from StarWars.com take over from here with the full list of panels:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hall H 

Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a dynamic, all-star, New York Times-bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in conversation with Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain about the new Star Wars retellings for a younger generation of fans. From  picture books to novels, these authors present A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became legends for legions of fans.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.

Hasbro Star Wars, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings, and word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. In attendance will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardline categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.

ILM 40th Anniversary, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures — to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at San Diego Comic Con 2015

For the first time, Star Wars joins forces with characters from across The Walt Disney Company in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition – the next chapter in the best-selling hybrid toy/video game series. Fans are invited to the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at the heart of Gaslamp District, for the opportunity to play as Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul or any of the Star Wars characters featured in Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire.  Fans will also have a chance to step into the “Disney Infinity Only in the Toy Box” mediated reality experience, where guests virtually enter the Toy Box and interact alongside their favorite Disney Infinity characters, such as engaging in lightsaber duels with Darth Vader or Yoda, and take home a customized photo and video with their chosen character. Other Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop activities include a Toy Box TV Live Edition webcast on Twitch featuring new announcements, surprise guests, contests with prizes, and exclusive giveaways.

The only noticeable omission I see on there is a panel for Star Wars: Rebels, but this is only panels that will happen on Friday — perhaps that will be scheduled some other time in the week.  In any case, I’m super psyched to see Force Awakens at the con.  In light of Marvel’s absence, it’s nice to know we’ll have something huge in store for us in San Diego this July…you know, in addition to the DC stuff.  That will also be a thing.

I will be attending this year’s convention, and will once again be provided coverage on everything I can straight from the show — let’s hope I can get into this panel, huh?

…Let’s freaking hope.

-Matthew

  • bill norris

    the one thing i regret from 14yrs of working as a comic slinger and manager was not going to the #SDCC