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Thursday Panel Highlights

Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam at Comic-Con

Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"
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Above: Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"

OMG! It's only Thursday and the panels already boast the incredible line up of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Park Chan-Wook, and Bruce Campbell. Plus Comic-Con begins its series of panels looking back at the convention with The Secret Origins of Comic-Con at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2. Also at 11:00 a.m. Tim Burton appears on the Disney panel to talk about his new "Alice in Wonderland." This by the way had the Twilight Moms excited because they are hoping for a surprise appearance by "Alice" star Johnny Depp. After all, they told me, Hugh Jackman surprised them last year, why not Depp this year? Sounds like a longshot but they can always hope.

At 1:00 p.m. in Room 32AB, Shinya Tsukamoto of "Tetsuo" cult fame, will make a rare U.S. appearance and talk about his "Tetsuo Project."

At 2:30 p.m. comic book fans can find themselves torn between a spotlight on Gene Yang and a panel with veteran attendees Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier. And just to make life even more complicated, at 2:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20, the always entertaining Bruce Campbell is part of the "Burn Notice" panel.

But Terr Gilliam faces les competition at 4:30 p.m. in Hall H with a panel on "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," the film featuring Heath Ledger's last screen appearance. And then programming continues into the evening with South Korea's Park Chan-Wook talking aout his vampire tale, "Thirst," at 6:30 p.m. in Hall H.

If you're in the mood for late night programs, check out either Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible Sing-a-long Blog" at 8:00 p.m. in Room 6A or the Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza at 8:15 p.m. in Room 6BCF. It's only the irst day and already the schedule is packed and you'll have plenty to choose rom -- in fact it's almost too much for day one.

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