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Comic-Con Friday Events Preview

10:30-11:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen: Moderator Jeff Goldsmith (senior editor,

Creative Screenwriting magazine) hosts a panel featuring Stan Lee (

Fantastic Four ), Don Payne (co-writer,

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ), Mark Fergus (co-writer,

Iron Man ) and others. Room 5AB

10:30-11:30 Image Comics: The Founders. Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino reunite for Image's remarkable 15th anniversary. Dont miss this great reunion. Room 6A

10:30-12:00 Warner Brothers Panel: Ed Burns with One Missed Call ; director Zack Snyder for The Watchman; Get Smart and more. Hall H

11:30-12:30 IDW Publishing: Angel, 30 Days of Night , and Transformers , and more, all presided over by IDW publisher Chris Ryall. Room 4

11:00-1:00 Donnie Darko filmmaker Richard Kelly will be signing exclusive posters for his latest film Southland Tales.

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Neil Gaiman: Need I say more? Be there for a panel where graphic novelist Neil Gaiman gets to talk about anything he wants. His current projects include Beowulf, Stardust and Coraline . Room 6CDEF

2:15-3:00 New Line Cinema: Focus on Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen and director Michael Davis. Hall H

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Rick Geary: Writer/artist and San Diego Reader staple Rick Geary talks to long-time friend David Wilson about his career in comics. Room 3

2:30-3:30 Legacy of comic book legend Will Eisner. Room 4

2:30-4:00 Dimension Films: Halloween and The Mist . Rob Zombie talks about his remake of John Carpenters classic Halloween . Writer/director and three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont, along with actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher) of The Mist . Based on the Stephen King novella. Ballroom 20

3:15-4:45 Warner Bros. Home Video: 300 and Blade Runner Final Cut. First up, 300 creator Frank Miller, director Zack Snyder, stars including Lena Headey and David Wenham. Then director Ridley Scott ( Alien, Gladiator, Hannibal ) has created a new, definitive version of this landmark film, The panel includes Ridley Scott, Sean Young, Joanna Cassidy, Joe Turkel, and Syd Mead. Hall H

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Alison Bechdel: Her autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic has been nominated for three 2007 Eisner Awards including Best Reality-Based Work. Room 1AB

4:15-5:45 The Jim Henson Company: The Skrumps, Puppet Up! Uncensored, and More. Join co-CEOs Brian Henson ( Farscape ) and Lisa Henson ( MirrorMask ). Ballroom 20

6:00-8:00 Ray Harryhausen and 20 Million Miles to Earth : 50th Anniversary Edition. Ray Harryhausen will speak briefly, answer a few questions, then do live commentary while the film is screened. Thats better than any DVD bonus feature! Room 6B

6:15-7:45 Kevin Smith. Kevin Smithuncensoredgets his usual anything goes presentation. In addition to his usual rants, insights and question answering, he will present a special Comic-Con version of the pilot will be shown in its entirety. Hall H

8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Ballroom 20

6:00 Zombie Walk: Not an official Comic-Con event but an appropriate happening after George A. Romero's appearance yesterday at a great panel moderated by Max Brooks.

7:00 300 DVD Release Party Event. If you dont have tickets already you wont be able to get into this event. Its not an official part of the Comic-Con but an outside event put on for Con attendees who picked up passes at either Dark Horse or Warner Brothers booths. -----