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VOLTRON Panel & Interviews this THURSDAY – July 21

WHAT:           Voltron®, the franchise that began when the 1980s robot-themed television action series Voltron: Defender of the Universe® launched, will make its first-ever panel presentation at Comic-Con International. The panel will feature all-new and classic Voltron content including original graphic novels, the Voltron video game, Nicktoons’ Voltron Forcetelevision series, toys and merchandise, as well as exclusive sneak previews, never-before-seen material and big surprises for attendees.



WHO:            Carrie Keagan, current host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, lead anchor on No Good TV and known for her appearances on G4’s Attack of the Show, will moderate the hour-long event, which includes artists, producers and designers from the entire Voltron universe:

  • From THQ, Adam Affrunti, producer;
  • From World Events Productions, Jeremy Corray, Voltron Force supervising producer, and Todd Garfield, Voltron Force story editor;
  • From Nicktoons, Keith Dawkins, senior vice president and general manager of Nicktoons;
  • From Mattel, Steed Sun, entertainment brands design director, Michael Montalvo, entertainment brands design manager, and Brandon Sopinsky, entertainment brands designer;
  • From Dynamite Entertainment, Joe Rybandt, editor, and Brandon Thomas, Voltron comic book writer;
  • From VIZ Media, Traci Todd, senior editor, and Jacob Chabot, cartoonist and illustrator for VIZ Media graphic novels

WHEN:          Media Room – Thursday, July 21 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Panel – Thursday, July 21 from 6p.m. to 7 p.m.


WHERE:       Comic-Con International

Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton hotel
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 92101



In addition to the panel, Voltron fans can participate in the interactive adventure, “The Hunt to Form Voltron.” The scavenger hunt will take place July 21 to July 23 in the area surrounding the convention center.  Participants will play using their smartphones on a mission to find the five Voltron lion standees and their corresponding QR codes. At each standee, players will receive an exclusive button and a chance to win a variety of collectible prizes from THQ, Mattel, WEP, Viz Media and Classic Media including: a 92-inch flat screen Mitsubishi television, an Xbox 360 console, classic Voltron action figures, Voltron retro

t-shirts, DVDs and more.


Second Annual Girls Gone Genre Comic-Con Panel

We invite you to attend the Second Annual GIRLS GONE GENRE panel at Comic Con. The panel will be held this Friday, July 22 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Room 25ABC.

 Moderator Jenna Busch is joined by panelists: 

– Jane Espenson – Writer/Producer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Torchwood

– Gale Anne Hurd – Producer: The Walking Dead, Terminator, Aliens

– Laeta Kalogridis – Screenwriter/Producer: Shutter Island , Ghost in the Shell, Bionic Woman, Avatar, Fantastic Voyage

– Marjorie Liu – Writer, X-23, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Black Widow, Dirk & Steele novel series

– Marti Noxon – Screenwriter/Producer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, Fright Night

 Come talk with women who write, read, game, and perform in arenas that are statistically dominated by men. What happens when traditionally “male” genres are reinvented by female writers and embraced by female fans? Sex and the City it ain’t. Meet the women who like to play with trucks and Barbies. And Wolverine action figures. And flux capacitors.



Entertainment Weekly is invading Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year with a comprehensive and multi-platform program that truly commemorates this annual fan fest.  Through digital partnerships, onsite events and our award-winning editorial coverage, we’ll bring you the latest reporting, celebrate the fans and bring a piece of the action to the masses like never before.  Our powerful line-up includes: two highly anticipated panels, three consecutive issues of Entertainment Weekly with  comic-con coverage, a comprehensive and dynamic experience on and an exclusive A-list party sponsored by  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham City videogame, which will host some of the biggest names in television and film.

“Comic-Con has always been a celebration of the fans, and so is EW,” said Jess Cagle, Entertainment Weekly managing editor. “That’s what makes it special, and that’s why we’re always there in a big way. This year managing editor Bill Gannon is building a very robust digital presence so we can bring all the stars and excitement at the convention to fans all over the world, as it’s happening, on our site. Comic-Con really has earned the title “The Super Bowl of Pop Culture” and we’re proud to bring consumers the best reporting and greatest access to it through our panels, our site, and our pages.”

The first of’s three digital initiatives this year is a partnership with NowLive, a full-service production and high-quality streaming company dedicated to live entertainment events that will incorporate three full days of streaming video from EW’s own photo and digital studio where famed photographer Michael Muller will take photos of the iconic talent attending the convention.  We will also stream from the red carpet of our annual closing night star-studded event.  Whether it’s the cast from HBO’s fan-favorite True Blood or the highly anticipated stars of Cowboys & Aliens, our partnership with NowLive will help provide a window into the glamorous celebrity scene at Comic-Con like only can. Fans can watch their favorite actors, casts, and comic-book heroes streamed live on Thursday, Friday and Saturday up close as they speak with EW’s editorial staff and hang out at EW’s exclusive rooftop spot at the Hard Rock Hotel. will also allow fans to submit their own questions to their favorite stars to be answered in real-time online.

“Our partnership with Entertainment Weekly is the perfect marriage of new technology and unparalleled entertainment reporting,” says Sara Bordo, Founder and President of NowLive. “We didn’t set out to be another consumer solution for sharing webcam video – there are plenty of platforms already doing that really well. We saw a need for a live, professional, broadcast-quality solution with a relevant audience interaction platform. Comic-Con is the perfect stage to blend our technology with Entertainment Weekly’s longstanding reputation as a leading news and pop culture authority.”

Entertainment Weekly has always ignited the pop culture conversation, and in our efforts to take that to the next level, we have partnered for the first time with the Infomous-powered “Interactive Tag Cloud.”  This trend-tracking device allows fans online access to the latest breaking news and videos from the convention floor in real time.  The “Infomous Cloud” displays the most commonly used words (“tags”) from all of EW’s Comic-Con coverage as well as Twitter updates containing #SDCC — bringing in a user-generated feel and a more accurate buzz meter from the ground of the Convention Center. 

Comic-con has always been about the fans and to be sure we are providing a forum for their voice to be heard, has also partnered with CNN iReport, CNN’s global participatory news community, to get immediate and direct updates from iReporters and fans taking in the scene on the convention floor.  This initiative will truly bring to light all of the costumes, excitement and genuine fan camaraderie that occur on the floor each day of the convention. 

Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con panels will surely be the talk of the convention as they bring together some of the best and brightest creators in television and movies to discuss the work that is being done in their respective fields.   The first of these panels will be Entertainment Weekly PresentsThe Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) and Guillermo del Toro (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) on the Future of Pop Culture. EW’s Jeff “Doc” Jensen will moderate an in-depth conversation with these two filmmakers at the forefront of bringing geek culture to the masses and making blockbuster art out of pulp fiction. They will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. This panel will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday, July 21.

Next up, EW’s Lost gurus Jeff “Doc” Jensen and Dan “Dan” Snierson will moderate Totally LOST: One Year Later. The duo will wax nostalgic about the past, perhaps with a surprise guest or two, and discuss how they are “moving on” in the wake of Lost’s departure from the air a year ago. The duo will look to the future by previewing promising TV obsessions. This panel will take place at 3:30pm on Friday, July 22.  Video highlights—as well as both of these entire panels—will be available on

In addition, Entertainment Weekly is publishing its fourth annual Comic-Con preview package jam-packed with sneak peeks at some of the most highly anticipated TV shows and movies including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Terra Nova, Immortals, Underworld 4: New Dawn, The Raven, Snow White and the Huntsman and EW’s exciting July 22nd cover story featuring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Ten thousand copies of the fan favorite issue will be distributed at the Convention Center.

No Comic-Con experience would be complete without EW’s legendary closing night party on Saturday evening. This year, Entertainment Weekly will be joined by Hollywood’s biggest film and television talent and industry luminaries to celebrate all things pop culture at a poolside fete at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. The exclusive event will be sponsored by Batman: Arkham City, the highly anticipated videogame based on DC Entertainment’s core Batman license, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios. Toshiba will also have a presence at this invitation-only star-studded event.

Con Invite: True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten stars in Griff The Invisible


Friday, July 22 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm


Q&A with RYAN KWANTEN and director LEON FORD

Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 pm

(immediately following 7:00 pm screening)



Saturday, July 23 at 12 noon

SDCC Booth 4445 (Future Media Booth)



Friday, July 22 at 8:45 pm

(immediately following 7:00 pm screening)



Pacific Gaslamp All Stadium 15

701 5th Avenue

San Diego



Ryan Kwanten of TV’s “True Blood” stars in this charming, quirky and totally unpredictable romantic comedy about the superhero in all of us. Griff (Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff’s secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the “real world,” it’s up to Melody to rescue GRIFF THE INVISIBLE for the sake of herself, Griff and their newfound love for each other.

Top Film and TV Composers to Speak at Comic-Con

Back by popular demand, the second annual Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing Horror to Animation and Everything in Between will be held at Comic-Con International:  San Diego.

Seven legendary composers in film and television are slated to speak for the program from 6 to 7 pm on Saturday, July 23 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd.

Together, Nathan Barr (HBO’s “True Blood”), Ramin Djawadi (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man”), Robert Duncan (ABC’s “Castle,” WB’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Danny Jacob (Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb”), James Levine (FOX’s “Glee,” TNT’s “The Closer”), Edward Rogers (Syfy’s “Warehouse 13”), and Christopher Young (Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man 3,” New World Pictures’ “Hellraiser”) will discuss their pivotal roles in some of today’s top film and TV projects. 

This year’s panel will focus on the different creative processes required for composing music in a wide variety of genres and platforms.  Panelists will also discuss expanding music to ancillary projects such as motion comics, video games and more that boost some of Hollywood’s largest growing franchises.

Attendees will receive exclusive giveaways and be the first to view (and hear) some surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow.

The panel will be moderated by film and television composer Hélène Muddiman.