The nefarious supervillain COVID-19 has completely decimated summer cons, even taking down the greatest con of them all, San Diego Comic-Con. SDCC is the highlight of the con season for many freaks and geeks (myself included) and considering how hard you have to fight to even secure tickets, it was a huge (but super necessary) bummer that the event was canceled. Thankfully all is not lost as SDCC is hosting Comic-Con@Home, a completely FREE virtual event for all to enjoy. Best of all, it’s only two weeks away!
Today, WarnerMedia announced its Comic-Con@Home plans for HBO, HBO Max and TBS and it looks like they have several pretty strong panels planned. The one I’m most excited about is the HBO Lovecraft Country panel with Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee, and Courtney B. Vance. Lovecraft Country premieres in August so this is great timing for the show to get some strong hype behind it.
Check out the release below for all the details! Which are you most excited about?
HBO, HBO Max and TBS Announce Lineup For San Diego Comic-Con’s Virtual Comic-Con@Home
Featured Virtual Panels Include:
HBO’s His Dark Materials and Lovecraft Country
HBO Max’s Close Enough
Summer Camp Island, The Fungies & Tig n’ Seek,
Adventure Time: Distant Lands – BMO
Robot Chicken, Final Space & Primal/Samurai Jack
Looney Tunes Cartoons
TBS’s American Dad
HBO, HBO Max and TBS will bring the very best of fantasy, sci-fi, animation and more to Comic-Con@Home, San Diego Comic-Con’s first fully online virtual event. The combined nine virtual panels will each be available to view for free at https://comic-con.org and via SDCC’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ComicCon.
Complete virtual panel line-ups and descriptions for HBO, HBO Max and TBS below:
HIS DARK MATERIALS
Thursday, July 23 at 1 p.m. PT
This virtual panel will include a look back at highlights from the first season of the hit drama series as well as an exclusive conversation about what to expect in season two. Moderated by award-winning journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt, the panelists include executive producers Jane Tranter and Jack Thorne as well as cast members Dafne Keen (“Lyra”), Ruth Wilson (“Mrs.Coulter”), Ariyon Bakare (“Lord Boreal”), Amir Wilson (“Will Parry”), Andrew Scott (“John Parry”), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Lee Scoresby”). Fans can follow live coverage of the panel on Twitter from @daemonsanddust and use #HisDarkMaterials to join the conversation.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Philip Pullman’s first book in the best-selling His Dark Materials trilogy being published, the first episode of the hit HBO series is now available to stream for free on HBO’s YouTube channel.
Saturday, July 25 at 4 p.m. PT
Join the cast of HBO’s upcoming new genre-bending series for a panel with stars Jurnee Smollett (“Letitia ‘Leti’ Lewis”), Jonathan Majors (“Atticus Freeman”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“Montrose Freeman”), Aunjanue Ellis (“Hippolyta Freeman”), Wunmi Mosaku (“Ruby Baptiste”), Abbey Lee (“Christina Braithwhite”), and Courtney B. Vance (“George Freeman”). Entertainment Weekly’s Sarah Rodman moderates. The ten-episode drama series from showrunner and executive producer Misha Green will debut on HBO on Sunday, August 16. Fans can also follow live coverage of the panel on Twitter from @LovecraftHBO and use #LovecraftCountry to join the conversation.
Thursday, July 23 at 5 p.m. PT
Join JG Quintel, creator of the Emmy Award-winning Regular Show for a panel and table read for his new HBO Max series CLOSE ENOUGH, a surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates all living together on the east-side of Los Angeles. Jason Mantzoukas (Alex), Gabrielle Walsh (Emily), Kimiko Glenn (Bridgette) and Jessica DiCicco (Candice) will join Quintel (Josh) and Calvin Wong (supervising producer) and moderator William Salyers (Regular Show) to discuss the show’s themes of navigating the transitional 30’s, juggling work and kids, and pursuing your dreams, while avoiding time-traveling snails, stripper clowns, and murderous mannequins. Cartoon Network Studios’ CLOSE ENOUGH is now streaming on HBO Max.
HBO Max Kids & Family Featuring SUMMER CAMP ISLAND, THE FUNGIES and TIG N’ SEEK
Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m. PT
HBO Max and Cartoon Network Studios are excited to share with you a few highlights from their amazing collaboration. Featuring show creators Myke Chilian of TIG N’ SEEK, Stephen P. Neary of THE FUNGIES and Julia Pott of SUMMER CAMP ISLAND, we’ll take a look into what makes these shows truly awesome. Hear from cast members, watch exclusive content and learn to draw a few of your favorite new friends.
ADVENTURE TIME: DISTANT LANDS – BMO
Friday, July 24 at 11 a.m. PT
C’mon grab your friends for a special return to the Land of Ooo and beyond with ADVENTURE TIME: DISTANT LANDS -BMO. Based on the animated series Adventure Time by show creator Pendleton Ward and executive producer Adam Muto, these four specials explore the unseen corners of the world with both familiar and exciting brand-new characters. Join moderator Michaela Dietz (“Amethyst” from Steven Universe), as she shares all of the ba-nay-nay details about the BMO special from Adam Muto (executive producer), Glory Curda (Y5), Olivia Olson (Marceline) and Niki Yang (BMO). Plus, stick around for a righteous sneak peek of the second special, OBSIDIAN. It’s gonna be so spice! ADVENTURE TIME: DISTANT LANDS – BMO from Cartoon Network Studios is now streaming on HBO Max.
Friday, July 24 at 12 p.m. PT
The mysterious and compelling fan-favorite series from Cartoon Network Studios and HBO Max pulls in for a triumphant return to Comic-Con this year. Climb aboard and join Owen Dennis (series creator), Madeline Queripel (supervising director), and show writers Alex Horab, Lindsay Katai and Justin Michael as they look back on Books One and Two and reveal a sneak peek of Book Three, only on HBO Max.
HBO Max Adult Animation Featuring ROBOT CHICKEN, FINAL SPACE and PRIMAL/SAMURAI JACK
Friday, July 24 at 3 p.m. PT
Join show creators of ROBOT CHICKEN, SAMURAI JACK, Genndy Tartakovsky’s PRIMAL, BLACK DYNAMITE, LAZOR WULF and FINAL SPACE as they share their favorite San Diego Comic-Con memories. Panelists include Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Genndy Tartakovsky, Carl Jones, Henry Bonsu and Olan Rogers.
LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS
Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m. PT
Executive producer Pete Browngardt, supervising producer Alex Kirwan, and art director Aaron Spurgeon join voice cast members Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Jeff Bergman and Candi Milo for the looniest and liveliest panel at the ’Con. The creative team will exclusively premiere an all-new cartoon and take fans into the process of bringing Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the other iconic Looney Tunes characters back to the screen. Warner Bros. Animation’s LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS is now streaming on HBO Max.
Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m. PT
Ever wanted to learn how to draw one of your favorite AMERICAN DAD characters? Now is your chance, join show Supervising Director, Brent Woods, as he teaches the cast and executive producers how to draw Roger! Grab a sketchbook & pens and learn to draw everyone’s favorite alien alongside Rachael MacFarlane (“Hayley”), Wendy Schaal (“Francine”), Scott Grimes (“Steve”), Dee Bradley Baker (“Klaus”) and EPs Nic Wegener and Joe Chandler as they chat about the current season and look toward the series’ 300th episode airing on TBS this fall.
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