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Countdown to San Diego Comic Con 2018


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Another July and another San Diego International Comic-Con just days away! The Harold and Maudecast is getting prepped and ready and will be on site in San Diego for the entire Convention. Follow our Social Networks for our complete coverage.

Here's a look at some of the events, panels and exclusives we are most excited to see.

Exclusives

Every year at SDCC there's a mountain of fan favorite collectibles. This year Funko and HBO have teamed up for some super cool Game of Thrones exclusives.

Dorbz: Game of Thrones – Dragons 4-pack

The fearsome dragons of Game of Thrones just got a whole lot cuter! Rhaegal, Drogon & Viserion, as well as the ‘Icy’ Viserion raised from the frozen depths by the Night King in Season 7, are all smiles in their exclusive 4-pack!

Pop! Game of Thrones – Olenna Tyrell

Glass of wine in hand and wearing her signature ornate headdress, The “Queen of Thorns” now has her very own Pop! Funko!

ConanCon

Conan O’Brien returns to San Diego Comic-Con 2018 for his annual ConanCon live from Spreckels Theater in Downtown San Diego, Wednesday, July 18 - Saturday, July 21st.

This year's all-star lineup includes the casts of Breaking Bad, The Predator, Glass, and Aquaman.

Here's the schedule:

Wednesday, July 18 Taping – Airs on TV Wednesday, July 18 The Cast of Breaking Bad starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, AnnaGunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Bob Odenkirk and show creator Vince Gilligan

Thursday, July 19 Taping – Airs on TV Thursday, July 19 The Cast of The Predator starring Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski and director Shane Black

Airs Saturday, July 21 (likely the Saturday taping)

The Cast of Glass starring Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan

Airs Sunday, July 22 (likely the Friday taping)

The Cast of Aquaman: To Be Announced.

Additionally and new this year at SDCC, House Coco comedy show offsite. Each night during the week of shows, fans will have the opportunity to win exclusive Conan access in San Diego.

Partnering with State Farm a few lucky con-goers will be awarded VIP tickets to attend that night’s Team Coco House comedy show and show tickets for the following day at Spreckels Theater. Details to follow on how that all works.

Follow @conancon on Instagram for up to date info on tickets or visit http://teamcoco.com/

Panels & Events

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Preview Night, Wednesday July 18

New Line Cinema's Scarediego

9:30pm - Horton Grand Theater

Be the first to see footage from some of the company's eagerly anticipated 2018-2019 horror films and hear from special filmmaker guests.

Thursday, July 19

6th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero

10am, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

From the ominous horns of Jaws or A Quiet Place signaling fear, to the heroic Star Wars theme, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. In the world of superheroes, music sets an emotional tone more than virtually any other genre. This panel offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music of today's biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never-before-heard music. Participating composers include Tyler Bates(Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Marco Beltrami (Logan, The Wolverine), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Kurt Farquhar (Black Lightning), and Blake Neely (The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow). Moderated by Ray Costa.

Blade Runner; Revelations: Storytelling in VR

10:30am, Room 6bCF

The team behind Blade Runner: Revelations, a new VR experience set in between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 reveal their creative approach and behind-the-scenes process to expanding the narrative and characters in this iconic neo-noir world. Featuring Eric "Giz" Gewirtz (CCO, Seismic Games), Trevor Sands(narrative director, Seismic Games), George Collins (executive producer, Alcon Interactive), Tyler Moore (actor), Valerie Arem (actor/PCB VO producer), and Jonathan Krusell (publishing producer, AR & VR, Google), with moderator Jennie Kong (creator, The Game Makers series).

20th Century Fox: The Predator

10am, Hall H

Expected to Appear: Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski and director Shane Black.

A Discovery of Witches

1pm, Ballroom 20

Meet the cast and creatives behind the major new TV series. Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) join Deborah Harkness (All Souls trilogy), author of the original novel, to discuss the TV adaptation.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1:45PM-2:45PM, Room 6A Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with Nickelodeon’s brand-new mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes with a panel that celebrates the latest incarnation of Turtles and reinvention of the world famous franchise. Joining the discussion is the new voice cast–Omar Miller as Raph, Ben Schwartz as Leo, Josh Brener as Donnie, Brandon Mychal Smith as Mikey,Kat Graham as April O’Neil, and Eric Bauza as Splinter–along with the co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. The panel will feature never-before-seen clips from the upcoming series and be moderated by Keely Flaherty (BuzzFeed).

Nightflyers 3PM-3:50PM, Indigo Ballroom From the mind of George R.R. Martin, this highly anticipated new SYFY series is a psychological thriller set in the year 2093 that follows a team of scientists aboard the most advanced ship ever built. Their mission takes them to the edge of space but also to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them out there — it’s already on their ship. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, NIGHTFLYERS combines horror and science fiction in a way that Martin himself has described as “Psycho in space.” Join the cast and creators for an exclusive look into this exciting new series. Panelists include: Jeff Buhler, Eoin Macken, Gretchen Mol, David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith, Gene Klein and David Bartis. Moderator to be announced.

Better Call Saul 3:30PM-4:30PM, Hall H Expected to Appear: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Patrick Fabian, as well as Gilligan and co-creator Peter Gould.

Breaking Bad 10th Anniversary Reunion 4:30PM-5:30PM, Hall H Expected to Appear: Actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Betsy Brandt, Jonathan Banks, and RJ Mitte will join creator Vince Gilligan.

Shooting Clerks 6:45PM-7:45PM, Room 6A Fresh off its feature on AMC TV’s Comic Book Men, the biographical comedy which dramatizes the making of Kevin Smith’s indie cult classic film Clerks is finally coming to indie cinemas around the U.S. later this year. Join Christopher Downie (writer/director), Brett Murray (producer/actor), Ryan James (producer/editor), Matthew Postlethwaite (actor), Jay Booton (actor), Stephanie Price (actress), special guests from Clerks and Comic Book Men including Marilyn Ghigliotti (associate producer), Ming Chen (actor) and more for an exclusive sneak peak, behind the scenes footage, and some very special announcements.

Mr. Mercedes 8PM, Room 7AB Star-studded cast and creators of returning original “Mr. Mercedes,” based on the trilogy by Stephen King, to present a panel and be available for interviews to discuss the all-new season. Get a sneak peek into the making of the highly anticipated season two of “Mr. Mercedes” by speaking with the fan-favorite cast and creators prior to their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 19th.

21st Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza 8PM-10:30PM, Room 6A The whole world of action films is changing and we’re changing with it! This time Ric Meyers (Prof. Ric’s Action Film Autopsy) is staging an international summit of filmmakers, fighters, and fans from America and Asia to celebrate the best in movie mayhem with premieres, sneak peeks, and clips of 2018’s most mind-boggling, eye-bulging, jaw-dropping fight scenes. Already scheduled to appear are Comedy Film Nerds Graham Elwood (First Nations Comedy Experience) and Chris Mancini (Conversations from the Abyss), Eric Jacobus (God of War), Clayton Barber (Black Panther), Alvin Hsing (Luke Cage), Roger Yuan (Skyfall), and Erik Matti & Brandon Vera (BuyBust). Hey, we’re twenty-one this year. Let’s party! Expected to Appear: Erik Matti, Star Brandon Vera, Graham Elwood, Chris Mancini, Eric Jacobus, Clayton Barber, Roger Yuan.