The first official day of Comic-Con International kicks off Thursday, July 18, with comic creators taking center stage ahead of movie and television properties.
Top creators Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”), Jim Lee (“Batman”) and Frank Miller (“Sin City”) will be on hand to hear readers’ praise, and complaints.
Fans of Marvel TV will be treated to a panel featuring the stars of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as they take over Hall H. Also in the main hall, there will be a preview of the new “Terminator” movie with the filmmakers.
Thursday is the first day San Diego Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park will be open for the public, lasting through Sunday. It will have have comic book cover art on display and Batman displays for the character’s entrance into the newly created Character Hall of Fame.
Here are some highlights, with official descriptions courtesy of the folks at Comic-Con.
For a complete Thursday schedule, go here.
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
George Lucas’ new museum is under construction in L.A. Meet Lucas Museum curators Erin M. Curtis, Anastasia James, and Ryan Linkof and learn about a collection of visual storytelling that spans everything from ancient art to illustration, comic art, photography, and the arts of filmmaking, including storyboards, costumes, props, and visual effects. Room 5AB, 10-11 a.m.
Terminator: Dark Fate
Paramount Pictures brings a Terminator: Dark Fate panel discussion and footage presentation with talent and filmmakers. Hall H, 11-12 a.m.
Mattel and WWE Elite Squad Fan Panel
WWE Universe, get ready —The WWE Elite Squad is back! Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins host this year’s all-star panel featuring Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, and “The Man” Becky Lynch. Not to mention the Mattel team, who will reveal the hottest upcoming WWE action figures. Anything can happen in WWE! Room 6A, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
DC Meet the Publishers
DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee dish the latest news on the world’s greatest superheroes! Filled with humor, breaking news, and even the occasional superstar surprise panelist, this is the place to be to find out what’s in store for your favorite DC heroes and villains. Room 6DE, 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary
Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary with many members of the creative team behind the breakthrough production, including producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), eight-time Emmy Award–winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (Justice League), director James Tucker (Batman: Hush), writers Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier), and the acting stars of the series: Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible), the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. Stay to the end for some exclusive prizes and cool announcements. Hall H, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Meet the cast of Netflix’s The Order at their first ever Comic-Con appearance. Featuring Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Adam DiMarco, Devery Jacobs, Thomas Elms, Katharine Isabelle, Louriza Tronco, creator/showrunner Dennis Heaton, writer/EP Shelley Eriksen, and executive producers Chad Oakes and Michael Frislev. They’ll premiere a sizzle reel with never-before-seen footage. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
DC Entertainment publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee (Batman, Superman, Justice League, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. Watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tricks of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life. 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Room 6DE
Join series stars Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon, and Tunji Kasim, along with executive producers Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu-Taylor, and Stephanie Savage for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine. Nancy Drew will air Wednesdays this fall on The CW. Ballroom 20, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman answers questions from fans and discusses his latest projects, including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Oblivion Song, and more. Room 6A, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
The cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. take over Hall H for the first time ever! Be the first to hear the scoop about the show-stopping conclusion for season 6 and what awaits in season 7 of Marvel’s flagship television show. With your favorite stars in attendance, including Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb, this is a must-see panel to celebrate seven seasons with the world’s greatest fans! Hall H, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the acclaimed superstars known for their work on Batman and DC Metal, sit down for this one-on-one conversation on what was, what is, and what’s yet to come. From their early days collaborating on the Batman comic to their final Batman story in Batman: Last Knight on Earth and all things in between, get insights into one of the genre’s most influential teams. Room 8, 4:40 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hear from the cast and creators of the hit YouTube Original Series Cobra Kai, which launched its second season last spring to another round of fanfare and critical acclaim. From its iconic roots in The Karate Kid film franchise to the current YouTube series, fans can learn the moves it took to bring these popular characters back for a new generation — and try to wrestle free the surprises in store for its upcoming third season. Ballroom 20, 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
The Lady of the Lake finds her voice in Cursed, a twist on the tale of King Arthur — soon to be an original Netflix series starring Katherine Langford in 2020. Creators Tom Wheeler and legendary artist/producer/director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City) hold a not-to-be-missed discussion about their debut YA coming-of-age novel about Nimue, who grows from a sheltered priestess-in-training to a teenager hell-bent on revenge, and finally, to a young woman with the power to change the fate of the world. Room 6A, 6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
The Banana Splits Movie
One banana, two bananas, three bananas ... gore! Be among the first to witness the terrifying return of everyone’s favorite silly quartet as The Banana Splits Movie offers a new take on the classic characters, which were first introduced to audiences in 1968 with The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety program. In the upcoming horror thriller, a boy named Harley and his family go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley. But things take an unexpected turn—and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom, and their new pals safely escape? The film stars Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) and Dani Kind (Wynonna Earp), while Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Woody Woodpecker, UniKitty!) supplies the voices of the Banana Splits. Horton Grand Theatre, 10 p.m.-12 a.m.