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Comic-Con Saturday Events Preview


Bionic Woman: Exclusive Pilot Screening and Q&A with Michelle Ryan (

EastEnders ); Glen Morgan (

The X-Files ), and Jason Smilovic (

Lucky Number Slevin ); co-stars Miguel Ferrer (

Crossing Jordan ). Ballroom 20

10:30-12:00 Quick Draw: Quick Draw is just about the most fun you can have at any comics convention panel. Host Mark Evanier keeps artists Sergio Aragons, Scott Shaw!, and Mike Kazaleh on their toes through this rollicking cartoon improv event. Cartoon improv?! This I gotta see! Room 6CDEF

10:30-12:00 Animation Writers Caucus: Holy Bleep, Batman! or Censorship and Animation. Room 8

10:45-12:00 The Simpsons : Matt Groening (creator and executive producer), producer) and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) in a panel moderated by Bill Morrison. Hall H

11:30-12:30 Reality-Based Graphic Novels: A panel featuring Alison Bechdel ( Fun Home ), Guy Delisle ( Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea ), Rick Geary ( The Bloody Benders ). Room 3

12:15-2:00 Rogue/Focus Studios Balls of Fury (with appearances by Robert Ben Garant, Tom Lennon and Dan Fogler), The Strangers (with appearances by Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman and writer/director Bryan Bertino), and Doomsday (with appearances by Rhona Mitra and Neil Marshall). Hall H

1:30-2:30 Gumby ! He's lean, he's mean, he's green, he's Gumby! Three-time Eisner nominee Bob Burden ( Flaming Carrot) , Comic-Con special guest Rick Geary ( Gumby artist), coloring legend Steve Oliff, Artand Joe Clokey (creator of Gumby ), Robert Thompson (writer/director The Gumby Movie ), and Mel Smith (editor, Gumby ) upcoming new movie, DVDs. Room 5AB

1:30-2:30 Family Guy: Creator/star Seth MacFarlane. Room 6CDEF

3:30-4:30 Futurama: Matt Groening, Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela) talk about the upcoming new episodes. Ballroom 20

4:00-5:00 Mission: McFarlane and in a special appearance Robert Kirkman ( The Walking Dead and Invincibl e). Room 5AB

4:00-5:00 Two Rays: Bradbury and Harryhausen share a life-long friendship and passionate interest in all things fantastic. Room 6CDEF

4:45-5:45 Dark Horse Presents: Joss Whedon. Joss Whedon ( Fray, Astonishing X-Men ) talks about picking up where the TV series left off. A sneak peek from the upcoming SerenityCollector 's Edition DVD. Ballroom 20

5:30-7:00 Columbia/Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Extinction. 30 Days of Night . Sam Raimi, creators Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, and stars Josh Hartnett ( Sin City ) and Danny Huston ( Children of Men ) plus Superbad Producer Judd Apatow. Hall H

6:30-7:30 Troma's Poultrygeist : Night of the Chicken Dead : How to make and market your indie film Lloyd Kaufman. Troma may be silly and low budget but they've been around forever and they actually can offer some helpful hints to filmmakers who don't have a budget. And they are always entertaining. Room 1AB

7:00-9:00 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Benefit Auction: Another one of the Comic-Con's good works: raising money for the CBLDF, which helps comic book writers protect their First Amendment rights. Room 8

8:30-1:30 Comic-Con International Masquerade. Sails Pavilion

9:00-11:30 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 10th Anniversary: Screening two Buffy episodes, including the musical episode, Once More with Feeling . Room 5AB

Enjoy and be patient as lines for many of these events may be long.