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Countdown To Comic-Con 2011: Thursday Picks

San Diego Comic-Con International
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With the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con just a week away, fans are already creating their schedules in order to maximize their time and make the most of the few days of geeked-out bliss that the universe grants them oh, but once a year. To help assist our readers, SanDiego.com has combed through the 2011 SDCC schedule and found the best picks of the ‘con for Thursday July, 21.

Help yourself get psyched up for the day by having a cup of delicious convention center coffee and enjoying the brisk conversation at the “Hobbit Talk” panel. 10:00-11:00 TheOneRing.net: Hobbit Talk. Room 7AB

Are hobbits not your thing? Then why not head over to Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior: Vampires vs. Zombies panel. Highlight of this is special guest, Wes Craven. 10:00-11:00 Deadliest Warrior: Vampires vs. Zombies. Room 25ABC.

Have the scantily clad women of comic-con started receiving a backlash due to their nerdiness and sexual appeal? There’s definitely going to be two sides to the ongoing, “Slave Leia” debate at this much-hyped panel. 10:45-11:45 Oh, You Sexy Geek!Room 6A.

Fans of G4’s X-Play Live! Finally get to see Morgan Webb in the flesh...again. 11:00-12:00. X-Play Live! Hosts Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, and Kristin Adams and executive producer Wade Beckett make their triumphant return to Comic-Con and promise a no-holds-barred live panel. Room 25ABC.

Another Twilight movie, another comic con panel, definitely set to be one of the massive lines for the weekend. Get there early ya’ll. 11:15-12:15.The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 and be treated to a filmmaker and cast Q & A session providing details on the first half of the epic two-part finale. Hall H.

Are you looking for that special cylon in your life? Maybe you’ll meet him at the Battlestar Galactica panel before lunch? 11:45-12:45. Battlestar: So Say We All. Hosted by Richard Hatch. Room 6BCF The WOW panel is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. 1:00-2:00 World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft Swag Show. Room 6BCF.

Todd McFarlane and Stan Lee dropping science on music and comics with Yoshiki. 1:00-2:00. Stan LeeYoshiki & Todd McFarlane Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Fans of Buffy of The Vampire Slayer are stoked to welcome back Sarah Michelle Gellar. 1:45-2:45.Ringer. Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her highly anticipated television return in the gripping new thriller Ringer, as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin -- only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind. Ballroom 20.

Napoleon Dynamite is an animated show on FOX? Si se puedes! 2:00-3:00. Napoleon Dynamite. Original cast members from the hit indie film including Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and executive producer Mike Scully. Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and a "sweet" Q & A session. Room 7AB.

The Godfather of alternative comics turns 30. Pay your respect. Word is bond. 2:00-3:00.Love and Rockets. Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez converse with Gary Groth about 30 years of creating their landmark comic book series, Love & Rockets. Since 1982, Love & Rockets has virtually defined alternative comics and culture, launching from the punk rock scene in Los Angeles and growing into one of the most mature bodies of work ever produced in the medium. Room 9.

Street Fighter is a classic video game franchise that will unfortunately never die. And check this out, Street Fighter fans are encouraged to come in costume as Capcom deems Thursday to be "Street Fighter Day." 2:15-3:15.Street Fighter X Tekken.Room 6BCF.

The Game of Thrones panel may end up being the best panel at the ‘con this year, with all the buzz this series has been receiving. 3:00-4:00 Game of Thrones Panel and Q & A session. Some of the cast featured in the first season and appearing on this panel are Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo. Moderated by George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series. Ballroom 20.

Batman Panel. Enough said. 3:15-4:15. DC: Batman. Room 6DE.

Jon Benjamin is on a hot streak with Bob’s Burgers on FOX, Jon Benjamin has A Van on Comedy Central, and Archer on FX. This panel which also includes Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Chris Parnell and Aisha Tyler is definitely worth waiting in line for. Adam Reed (creator of Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021) will also be on hand. 4:00-5:00 Archer Screening and Q&A. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butthead are back. 5:00-6:00.Beavis & Butthead. Room 6A.

Harry Potter fans are sure to mob deep into this Harry Potter panel. 5:00-6:00.Harry Potter Fandom Panel. Room 25ABC.

Video game junkies are sure to be lined up for the Gears of War 3 panel. 6:00-7:00. Gears of War 3. Room 6BCF.

The Gay X-Men panel is sure to provide insight and laughter into a growing demographic of the Marvel universe. 6:00-7:00. LGBTX: The X-Men's Queer Characters, Themes, and Fans. Room 32AB.

This looks like it’s going to be an interesting discussion with Swinger’s Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro. 6:00-7:00. Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pop Culture. Hall H.

Assemble and head towards the food court! 6:00-7:00.Voltron Resurgent. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Elijah Wood’s new series on FX is worth checking out. 6:15-7:30.Wilfred Screening and Q & A.Elijah Wood Room 6A.

Robotech panel always keeps it real. Much respect to Rick and Lisa. 7:00-8:00.Robotech Industry Panel. Room 6DE.

Penn & Teller have a new show on the Discovery Channel. 7:00-8:00.Penn & Teller Tell a Lie. Penn Jillette and Teller talk about their 35+ year careers, answer audience questions, and introduce their new fall series, Penn & Teller Tell a Lie. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

The yearly Star Wars Fan Movie Awards are celebrating 10 years of making nerd dreams come true. 8:30-11:30.Star Wars Fan Movie Awards. Hosted by David Collins, this promises to be a night of entertainment that fans won't want to miss! Ballroom 20.

After the first full day of Comic-Con, your best bet is to try to get into Quality Social to experience the premiere Adult Swim’s new series, NTSF:SD:SUV, hosted by Paul Scheer with a special performance by Kid Koala. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show will start at 10 p.m. (21+)

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  • City: San Diego
  • Dates: Thursday, July 21