Well, this is a bit of a surprise. After Marvel bowed out of the San Diego Comic-Con Hall H festivities, it was an easy task to make the leap to assuming that the move had everything to do with Disney, and nothing to do with Marvel having nothing to show. It seems that the assumption was a bit premature (when you assume, and all that jazz), as StarWars.com has just officially announced that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will descend upon Hall H next month.
The news comes directly from the official Star Wars website, so you really can’t get any more official than that. Not a big fan of Hall H or camping out for three days to see a 30-60 minute presentation? No worries! The site has also released a schedule of non-Hall H events whose subjects range from comic books to upcoming toys to video games, plus a few others, and you can get your TFA fix at pretty much any one of them!
Friday, July 10, Star Wars Schedule
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 p.m. – 11:00 p.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 Hope, The 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 p.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.
There isn’t a single panel that doesn’t sound absolutely ba-dass but that Disney Infinity panel may be something special.
In addition to the panel listing, the site promises a floor presence and lots of TFA merch for those grubby little mitts, and asks that we check back tomorrow for more information. Oh, don’t worry your pretty little head a BIT about that one, StarWars.com.
The Force Awakens made a hell of a splash at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, when the studio brought out the cast (minus Harrison Ford but, I mean, would you REALLY expect Han Solo to attend?) and debuted the coolest trailer this side of Dagobah. Whether or not attendees will get new footage and/or information on the upcoming auto-blockbuster is to be seen but either way, you can bet your bantha that there will be thousands in line for this one. You’ve only seen that trailer three times? Better catch up to the rest of us!
Will you be one of the approx. 7k in attendance for the Hall H panel? Is there another Star Wars panel that you are looking forward to seeing?
Category: Nerd Culture