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COMIC-CON 2019 TOUCAN TIPS!

014: Additional Schedule Info + Ticket Info for the Horton Grand Theatre

Comic-Con 2019 Toucan Tips

We’ve published a number of our other schedules for Comic-Con 2019 … click the links below for complete information!

Click here for the Anime schedule!
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Click here for the CCI-IFF schedule!
Click here for Sunday’s Children’s Film Festival schedule!
Click here for the Films schedule!
Click here for the Games schedule!
Click here for the Portfolio Review schedule!
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Comic-Con 2019 at the Horton Grand Theatre

Now in its sixth year, the Horton Grand Theatre plays host to a variety of ticketed panel presentations and film screenings. Tickets are free, and fans who take part are treated to a unique and up-close experience at the intimate venue.

Ticket Information

Admission to each panel at the Horton Grand Theatre requires a Comic-Con badge and a ticket. There is no additional charge for these tickets. Please note: There is limited seating in the Horton Grand Theatre for those with a disability, who use a wheelchair, or who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Drawings are held in the Autograph Area at 9:00 AM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. Each day’s drawings are only for tickets for that day’s panels (the Thursday drawing only applies to Thursday panels, etc.)

Each winner gets two tickets. Any tickets left from the day’s drawings will be available at the Horton Grand Theatre box office. Follow #HortonGrandTixSDCC on Comic-Con's Twitter for official information on tickets available at the Horton Grand Theatre box office. Winning ticket holders must be in the Horton Grand Theatre 15 minutes before the panel start time or else they will forfeit their seats to standby ticket holders.

Horton Grand Theatre is located at 444 4th Avenue, and can be reached via a two-block walk from the Convention Center.

Here’s the complete schedule of programs and events at the Horton Grand Theatre.

Thursday, July 18

12:00-1:00 Stories That Put Your Heart in Your Throat—Experience the chills and thrills of these authors' works as they craft breathless prose that will have readers turning the pages at lightning speed. Get chilly with Katrina Leno (You Must Not Miss), James Murray (The Brink), Brendan Reichs (The Darkdeep), Ally Condie (The Darkdeep), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

1:30-2:30 Care and Nurturing of Someone Else's Universe—What are the responsibilities and opportunities writers embrace when writing about iconic characters in universes created by someone else, whether an individual or a corporation? Talk comics, cartoons, games, and television universes with F. C. Yee (Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi), Matt Forbeck (Dungeons & Dragons: Escape the Underdark: An Endless Quest Book), Brenna Yovanoff (Stranger Things: Runaway Max), Adam Christopher (Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town), Kiersten White (Slayer), and Gary Phillips (Batman: The Killing Joke), and Fictitious podcast host, Adron Buske.

3:00-4:00 D&D: All Bards—Comic-Con special guest Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black) will DM a bunch of authors playing an hour-long D&D session where everyone is a Bard and combat isn't allowed. The bold adventurers include Chuck Wendig(Wanderers), Paul Krueger (Steel Crow Saga), Pierce Brown (Dark Age), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Queen's Shadow), and Jim Zub (Monsters & Creatures; Warriors & Weapons).

4:30-5:30 The Art of Ghibli—Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of the anime films and television series we all know and love? Would you like to learn the trade secrets and day-to-day job profiles of one of Japan's most lucrative industries? Well here's your chance to find out with anime industry insider Kihara Hirokatsu. Kihara will talk about his time working on some of the most iconic anime films of all time. Attendees will also have a chance to glimpse some incredibly rare pieces of animation history! Kihara Hirokatsu formerly worked at the Studio Ghibli production desk and was involved in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, which has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.

6:00-7:00 SHAZAM! Documentary World Premiere—Discover the unbelievable history behind the iconic, magical, and influential superhero who is really just a kid at heart: Shazam! Introduced in person by one of the film’s stars—Asher Angel—this DC spotlight (streaming later this summer on DC Universe) features interviews with the people who helped The World's Mightiest Mortal evolve from comic book hero to pop culture icon. You'll witness the enlightening perspectives of legendary DC writers and artists, including Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway, Tom Mandrake, Jeff Smith, Gerry Conway, Jim Lee, and Dan DiDio; filmmaker/comic expert Kevin Smith; and the stars and makers of 2019's hit film Shazam!: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, director David F. Sandberg, and producer Peter Safran.

7:30-8:30 Impractical Jokers: From Hidden Camera to Worldwide Success—One of television's top-rated and longest running comedies is making its official Comic-Con debut in the show's first-ever panel. Come see why millions of people love these four lifelong friends and comedians who have turned their hidden-camera TV show into a global sensation. Joe, Murr, Q, and Sal have sold out worldwide tours, their very own cruise festival (back for a 4th year), a feature film in the can, tons of merchandise (including a mobile game, action figures, and Halloween costumes), and a new TV game show on TBS called The Misery Index. Brian “Q" Quinn, SalVulcano, James “Murr” Murray, and Joe Gatto share their secrets to success and how four guys from Staten Island built an incredible and hilarious franchise from the ground up.

10:00-12:00 World Premiere of The Banana Splits MovieOne 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. The movie was written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (Raven's Home, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) and directed by Danishka Esterhazy (Level 16). Produced by Blue Ribbon Content in association with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY, The Banana Splits Movie comes to Digital on August 13 and Blu-ray and DVD on August 27.


Friday, July 19

12:00-1:00 A Fan Celebration of Batman in Animation—Kevin Altieri (storyboard artist and director, Batman: The Animated Series), Dan Riba (storyboard artist and director, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League), and Mike Goguen (character design artist, Batman: The Animated Series) discuss how the animated Batman has brought some of the most defining moments in this character's eight-decade-long history, moderated by Londyn Jackson (host, History of the Batman, DC Comics verified fan).

1:30-2:30 Dark/Web: An Independent Sci-Fi Anthology Series—Actors Sibongile Mlambo (Netflix's Lost in Space), Nicholas Brendan (Buffy), Clare Kramer (Buffy), Robert Davi (The Goonies), Lana McKissack (Transformers), Michael Nardelli (Circle), and Noemi Gonzalez(Paranormal Activity), along with filmmakers Tim Nardelli, Mario Miscione, and Roxy Shih, will discuss the ambitions and challenges of crafting an entire season of one of TV's first independently produced series, Dark/Web.Moderated by Greg Alba (YouTube's The Reel Rejects).

3:00-4:00 The Diversity of Star Wars—Despite taking place in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars remembered representation was important. From Rose Tico, Poe Damaron, Finn, Rey, Jyn Erso, and the cast of Rogue One, it only made the recent announcement of The Mandalorian so much more exciting. Special Star Wars actors, film critics, and cosplayers discuss with the founder of Positive Pop Culture/Persisted Media Group the coming of diversity for Star Wars and their hopes for the future.

4:30-5:30 The 10th Anniversary of Parks and RecreationSince the finale episode, Parks and Recreation has remained one of the most rewatched series on both Hulu and Netflix. Join Jessica Tseang (founder of Persisted Media Group/Positive Pop Culture) to celebrate Leslie's love of waffles and government work with writers, producers, and members of the cast as they reflect back on the legacy that Amy Poehler, Greg Daniels, and Michael Schur created.

6:00-7:00 Q&A with Nathan Fillion and Alexi Hawley—Nathan Fillion (Firefly, The Rookie) reflects on a career that has spanned from sci-fi to Shakespeare and discusses his newest role playing John Nolan, the oldest Rookie in the LAPD. Moderated by longtime friend and collaborator, Alexi Hawley (Castle, The Rookie).

7:30-8:30 Game of Thrones: A Reflection and the Future—The Sunday Night Watch has ended, and Game of Throne fans around the world are in mourning. Jessica Tseang (founder, Positive Pop Culture/Persisted Media Group) discusses with panelists from the cast, television critics, and psychologists on how to fill the void from the legacy George R. R. Martin left behind and take a look back on all eight seasons.


Saturday, July 20

11:30-12:30 Sesame Street Puppets Live!—Come watch live readings, sketches, and improv performances with your favorite Sesame Street characters. Muppet performers include Matt Vogel (Big Bird, The Count), Eric Jacobson (Grover, Bert, Oscar), and Ryan Dillon (Elmo).

1:00-2:00 Party with Peppa Pig and PJ Masks—Bring out the family for a fun-filled event with your favorite preschool characters Peppa Pig and PJ Masks! Join the singalong, show off your silly moves (or “get your dance on”), and experience a meet-and-greet with the characters.

2:30-3:30 Much Ado About Mean GirlsExperience a live performance of the epic drama Mean Girls as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, iambic pentameter, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! Based on the book from bestselling author Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare's Star Wars), the audiobook narrators will perform select scenes from this cult classic. Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. When you think about it, it's pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn't actually write Mean Girls . Thou shalt wear pink upon the morrow!

4:00-5:00 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: A Master Class with Guillermo del Toro, "The Making of a Monster"—Fantasy master and Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro (producer) and acclaimed director André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) give movie fans an exclusive window into their visionary process bringing the book series' iconic and terrifying illustrations to life for the upcoming thriller Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. This intimate master class will also debut an original monster created specifically for the film and include a Q&A with the audience. It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind ... but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time-stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying home. In theaters August 9. A CBS Films/eOne Entertainment presentation, a Lionsgate release.

5:30-6:30 From Lt. Jim Dangle to Ronan Boyle: A Discussion with Thomas Lennon—
Actor and writer Thomas Lennon presents a rollicking career retrospective and discussion of his new novel, the instant New York Times bestseller Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Best known for playing Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Reno 911! and as the co-author of the Night at the Museum film series, Lennon was a member of the influential sketch comedy group The State and has appeared in 38 feature films, including 17 Again and I Love You, Man, and numerous television shows. Lennon delved into his Irish ancestry to write Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, a high-adventure fantasy tale set in a magical world of law-breaking leprechauns that the New York Post called, "the next Harry Potter."

7:00-9:15 Studio Ghibli Kiki's Delivery Service Screening—Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kiki's Delivery Service! This coming-of-age story follows Kiki, a young witch-in-training, to a new town where she delivers goods by broomstick and meets new friends. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes, and a special screening of this delightful adventure with special host.


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