Planning a trip to San Diego Comic Con 2011 and don’t want to be stuck in boring-sounding panels about the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund? (Zzzz?) Not to worry – CraveOnline has got you covered.
Though I’ll be at booth L5 all show with my comedy magazine The Devastator (mention CraveOnline and get a free high-five!), here are Friday’s can’t-miss comedy panels that unfortunately I will be missing. We already made a guide for Thursday — Saturday and Sunday comedy guides are coming soon! So let’s skip past the panels on comic book tie-ins for video games based on movies originally adapted from comic books, and get to the goddamn funny. Here are some panels that stood out to me for their potential hilariousness:
10:30-11:30 Cartoon Network Comedy: Regular Show/The Problem Solverz and More!— Johnny Test! The Amazing World of Gumball! Adventure Time! Regular Show! MAD! The Problem Solverz! Cartoon Network is dominating Monday nights with the funniest night on television! Join creators and talent from Regular Show and The Problem Solverz as they talk about how these two comedy hits came to life, perform unique live readings, and show exclusive clips from upcoming episodes. The panel features Regular Show creator J. G. Quintel (Mordecai), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Pops, Benson, Muscle Man), Janie Hadad (Margaret), and Mike Roth (creative director). The Problem Solverz talent includes acclaimed artist and show creator Ben Jones (Alfe and Roba) and Kyle Kaplan (Horace).Room 6A
The kids are into some crazy shit these days, like Cartoon Network’s trippy teen line-up. Regular Show and Problem Solverz are both awesome, and the latter series promises to make you laugh, give you seizures or both?
11:45-12:30 Adult Swim: The Venture Bros.— Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will screen an early premiere of The Venture Bros. Special — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy — a 15-minute documentary-style animated special (premiering August 28 on Adult Swim), discuss their original series, and answer questions. The panel also features James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture).Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1:30-2:30 Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital— See a never-before-screened episode ofChildrens Hospital and hear from the show's creative team led by Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and Jon Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached),Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man), and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. The panel will close with a sneak peek at Adult Swim's newest live-action comedy, NTSF:SD:SUV::, featuring creator and star Paul Scheer (The League). NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a clandestine team of government agents working to protect San Diego from numerous terrorist threats coming in daily from such evil countries as Mexico, Canada, and Guam. This team of highly trained operatives has only one job: saving your ass so you can drive your Prius and see your movies in 3D without worrying about living in a country run by no-good terrorists. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
2:30-3:15 Adult Swim: Black Dynamite— Creators and voice talent from the new animated series offer a sneak peek at the show and answer questions. Executive producer Carl Jones(The Boondocks) and director Scott Sanders (Black Dynamite) appear, in addition to writer and star Michael Jai White, voice actors Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley, and writer/voice actor Byron Minns, all of whom also starred in the live-action feature film Black Dynamite. The 2009 movie is an outrageous action comedy/spoof that follows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies' man Black Dynamite, who's out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps, and The Man. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew.Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
4:30-5:00 Adult Swim: Eagleheart— Chris Elliott discusses his first lead television role since the cult favorite Get a Life. Panelists include series stars Chris Elliott, Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), and Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and executive producersMichael Koman, Andrew Weinberg, and Jason Woliner. Produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart promises violence, suspense, intrigue, and copious amounts of needless bloodshed as Marshal Chris Monsanto (Elliott) blindly kicks, punches, and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his case.Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Your favorite black and white title card makers are taking over the Indigo Ballroom all day, which is across from the main Convention Center. Pitch a tent, bring your Aqua Teen Hunger Force lunchbox, and enjoy comedy greatness from Team Venture, Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Michael “Black Dynamite” Jai White and the ass-kicking Chris Elliot.
1:30-2:30 Screen Gems: Underworld 4 and Attack the Block— Screen Gems presents two big new movie previews to Comic-Con fans!
Underworld 4 brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D. Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrior Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find that humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Appearing in person are Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Len Wiseman (producer and director of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution), and directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein.
It's the inner city vs. outer space from the producers of Shaun of the Deadand Hot Fuzz. Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial warzone. This is the film you've been hearing about since its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin where it won the Midnight Screening Audience Award. Funny, frightening, surprising, wildly entertaining and winning rave reviews across the country. Appearing in person will be directorJoe Cornish and producer Edgar Wright.
Edgar Wright is a prince of nerd comedy, so you can serve him properly by attending the panel for Attack The Block, a buzzed-about, Shaun of the Dead-esque alien invasion comedy he produced. Bonus: I hear the Underworld 4 trailer is chock full o’ larfs.
3:00-4:00 Bob's Burgers— Bob's Burgers creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts,Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen footage from season two, followed by a Q&A. Room 23ABC
An animation domination show that’s not by Seth MacFarlane? I know, it’s a nutty concept, but “Bob’s Burgers” had many great episodes late last season, so if you want a second helping of H. Jon Benjamin after Thursday’s “Archer” panel, bon apatite!
4:00-5:00 Comedy Central: Ugly Americans— Dan Powell (executive producer), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), and the voice talents behind Mark (Matt Oberg), Leonard (Randy Pearlstein), Randall (Kurt Metzger), and Lt. Grimes (Larry Murphy) take you behind the scenes of season two. Featuring a live, in-character surprise table read, a sneak peak at an upcoming episode, a Q&A, and a look at the highly anticipated downloadable game Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon, coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network in August. Ugly Americans airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. Room 23ABC
If you enjoy the dry humor of “Bob’s Burgers,” then stick around Room 23ABC for the cast of “Ugly Americans.” The Koala Man will cry if you don’t.
6:00-7:00 A Strange Tale of a Panel: Indie Creators on Marvel's Strange Tales—Excelsior! Show up early and stay late as some of comics' best indie creators come out of the closet, revealing themselves as maniacal Marvel madmen. Witness twisted love for some of mainstream comics' best characters! Forbidden fantasies fulfilled! Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler comes clean about his eco-terrorist Red Skull; Jhonen "The Homicidal Maniac"Vasquez mulls over M.O.D.O.K.; and Jeffrey "Incredible Change-bots" Brown messes with the Merry Mutants. And more major terrific talents join this core crew, spilling secret stories from Marvel's Strange Tales. Room 9
Marvel has a super humorous anthology series called Strange Tales, where they let indie creators do whatever they want with Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and all their X-Friends. Wheeler, Vasquez and Brown are three of the funniest guys in comics, so this is worth catching for comics and comedy fans alike.
6:45-7:45 RiffTrax Live— Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett(RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short! Join the riffers for fun, laughs, and the latest news about their upcoming Jack the Giant Killer live show, a one-night event playing in select movie theaters nationwide in August. RiffTrax.com is the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows, and vintage shorts. At RiffTrax they don't make movies, they make them funny! Room 6DE
Some movies are better seen with people talking through them, as RiffTrax proves again and again. Catch the popular film hecklers live!
9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever— Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) once again compiles a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn, and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty Mr. Titan (a physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction)! Room 6BCF
Jerry Beck has an encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons, with a giant volume in his head labeled “Terrible.” This annual Comic-Con tradition is worth catching if you’d like an animated dose of ironic, vintage awful.