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In an effort to be more inclusive, Comic-Con’s Films department has made a concerted effort to improve accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. This year, we are happy to announce the inclusion of a total of 30 films with available English subtitles to our lineup.
Just announced, Electric Dreams, directed by Steve Barron, and starring Lenny Von Dohlan, Virginia Madsen, and Maxwell Caufield will now also feature captions. The film will be screened at 9:30pm in Marriott Grand Ballroom 5.
Eisner Awards Tonight!
The 35th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony will be held 8:00pm tonight in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. Doors will open for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) at 7:00 pm and for general audiences at 7:45 pm, and the ceremonies for 2022 works in 32 categories will get underway at 8:00 pm. Attendance is free to badge-holders. I.D. required only for the purchase of drinks at the No-host bars in the ballroom and the ballroom lobby. The ceremony runs until about 10:30 and will be followed by a VIP reception in the Indigo Ballroom foyer, with a live jazz duo for entertainment. Presenters include Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Guild) and voice actors Maurice LaMarche (Brain in Pinky and the Brain). Sponsors for the Awards this year are Gentle Giant Studios, mycomicshop.com, and Pan-Universal Galactic Worldwide. Supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comics Distributors, and Golden Apple Comic and Art Foundation (Los Angeles). The afterparty is sponsored by HarperAlley.
The Will Eisner Hall of Fame awards, hosted by Eisner Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada, will be presented on Friday morning in Room 28DE. Trophies will be presented for 15 judges’ choice inductees and 4 inductees chosen by voters. Other awards presented during this evening include the annual Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the nominees and winner of the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award, and the 19th Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The major sponsor for the Finger Award is DC Comics. Supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.
Additions and Corrections
The following guests had to cancel their appearance at Comic-Con:
The Masters of the Universe Design Panel and Product Reveals program has moved to 11:00AM to 12:00PM in Room 29AB.
The Walking Dead Universe program will run from 1:00PM to 2:00PM, not 1:00PM to 3:30 PM.
Entertainment Weekly: Brave Warriors, 4:00PM - 5:00PM, Hall H
Gen V, 4:15PM - 5:15PM, Ballroom 20
Metalocalypse Army of the Doomstar, 1:00PM - 2:00PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
New Rockstars (YouTube), 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Limited Signing [Full Details]
You must have a line ticket from the Limited Signing ticket drawing to enter the queue.
Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Lovesickness)
Todd McFarlene (Spawn, Venom, Spider-Man)
Rachel Smythe (Lore Olympus)
Sharknado 10th Anniversary Signing [Just Added]
Boundless Adventures with the San Diego Festival of Books, TJ Klune (In the Lives of Puppets), Jarrod Shusterman and Sof
Love in All the Fantastic Places, Mia Tsai (Bitter Medicine), Laura Thalassa (Bewitched, The Bargainer series), Olivie Blake (One For My Enemy, The Atlas Paradox), Piper J. Drake (Wings Once Cursed and Bound), Jacqueline Carey (Cassiel's Servant, Kushiel's Legacy)
The Owl House, Cissy Jones, Avi Roque, Sarah-Nicole Robles, Elizabeth Grullon (added)
Welcome to the Weird West, KC Grifant, author (Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger), John Palisano, author (Try Not to Die: In the Wild West: An Interactive Adventure), Jonathan Fesmire, author (The Adventures of Bodacious Creed)
SF in Comics, John Barber, Cecil Castelucci, Nicholas Tana, Chris Mowry (added)
David Cheung, actor (Star Wars Andor, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
Kayleigh McKee, voice actor (Record of Ragnarok)
Richard Dent, writer (Myopia Vol 1, Myopia The Rise of The Domes)
Hugh Howey, writer (Wool series, Silo)
Darcie Little Badger, author (A Snake Falls to Earth, Elatsoe)
Max Mittelman, actor (One-Punch Man, Genshin Impact)
"Dr. Trek" Larry Nemecek, host/author (The Trek Files, Portal 47, Star Trek The Next Generation Companion)
Zeno Robinson, voice actor (Demon Slayer)
Merrie Spaeth, writer (Grimm's Ghost Stories, Dark Shadows, Baby Bear Comes Back)
Martha Wells, (The Murderbot Diaries, Witch King)
Group Signing Creating The Expanse: A Telltale Series (Cara Gee, a surprise guest) is cancelled.
S. G. Blaise
Samuel C. Spitale
Mariko Tamaki [Part of group signing that will still occur]
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