Every year San Diego throws the biggest popular arts convention this side of... well pretty much the world. For the last several years Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animationhave been there in force. This year, they brought the big guns. Toonami and Adult Swim. There are at least ten (10) different panels that focus on them and several of their shows. On top of this, the three anime screening rooms will be showing various series from both blocks.
Click Read More for information on the panels. A listing of series will be shown in the anime rooms is at the bottom.
5:30-7:00 Cartoon Network: Adult Swim: A Panel About Pitching—Do you have an idea for TV but don’t know what to do next? Let Adult Swim gently guide you through the pitch process and have your questions answered by show creators who were once in your shoes. Featuring Nick Weidenfeld, Adult Swim development; Kim Manning, Adult Swim programming; Loren Bouchard, Home Movies, Dr. Katz; Dino Stamatopoulos, Mr. Show, TV Funhouse; and Todd James, Adam de la Pena, and Peter Girardi, Crankyankers. Room 6CDEF
12:30-1:30 25th Anniversary of Teen Titans—Twenty-five! They’re supposed to be teens! Either way, they star in one of the most enduring titles DC Comics has published in the last 40 years. Starting with the first incarnation in the 60s and 70s and moving through their groundbreaking series in the 80s co-created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, the Titans are back again as a hit book! Marv Wolfman will moderates this panel featuring Titans writers and artists past and present, including the legendary Nick Cardy, artist on a memorable run of the first Teen Titans series; Barbara Kesel, former editor of the Teen Titans; Geoff Johns, current writer of the Titans’ tales; and Glenn Murakami, producer of the Teen Titans animated show, appearing on Cartoon Network and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Room 5AB
2:00-3:00 Hasbro: Transformers and G. I. Joe—Hasbro Transformers and G.I. Joe marketing and design teams will share their exciting plans for this Fall as Transformers Cybertron and G. I. Joe Sigma Six debut. The teams will also be available to answer your questions. Room 2
3:00-4:30 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD Spotlight—The world of Eternia comes to San Diego, as animation legends discuss the classic 1980s series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its upcoming DVD release from BCI Eclipse. Producer Lou Scheimer, voice actress Erika Scheimer, Emmy-award–winning writer J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), directors and animators Tom Tataranowicz and Tom Sito, and DVD producer Jeff Hayne will share secrets about He-Man, Orko, Skeletor, Teela, and the creation of the enduring fan-favorite series. Plus, best-selling novelist and documentary director Andy Mangels will pry secrets from the panelists about the upcoming DVD releases for He-Man and share amazing clips from the stunningly remastered episodes and extensive documentaries! And what cool surprises lie in store for attendees? "You have the Power!" to find out! Lou Scheimer's appearance is sponsored by BCI Eclipse and Tower Records. Room 6B
4:00-5:30 Warner Bros. Animation: The Batman and Justice League Unlimited Superhero Action Panel—Warner Bros. Animation takes fans behind-the-scenes of power-packed productions in a revealing panel and Q&A session, including never-before-seen footage and other special surprises. Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie, James Tucker, and Shaun McLaughlin take your questions and unmask the secrets of bringing superheroes to life. The Batman voice talent Rino Romano (The Batman/Bruce Wayne), Tom Kenny (Penguin), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Joker) join producers Jeff Matsuda, Duane Capizzi, and Michael Goguen in a Dark Knight discussion. Don't miss an all-new episode of JLU and world-premiere footage from Warner Home Video's upcoming feature-length thriller The Batman vs. Dracula! Room 6CDEF
4:30-5:30 The Boondocks—A behind-the-scenes look at Adult Swim's The Boondocks with Aaron McGruder, the creative genius behind the provocative comic strip. Joining Aaron are the talented actors voicing this highly anticipated new animated series, including Regina King (Ray), Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!), Gary Anthony Williams (Blue Collar TV), and Jill Talley (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo will moderate this Q&A session that will delve into how the strip is being brought to the small screen for Adult Swim in October. Room 6B
5:30-7:00 Cartoon Network: Adult Swim—Adult Swim brings you the shows’ creators—you bring the questions. Moderated by Keith Crofford, VP of Adult Swim production, and featuring Seth Green and Matt Senreich, co-creators of the new original series Robot Chicken; Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, co-creators of the other new original series Tom Goes to the Mayor; Matt Maiellaro, co-creator and writer of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and 12oz Mouse; and Dave Willis, co-creator and writer of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies. Room 6CDEF
1:30-2:30 Family Guy Feature Length DVD Premiere—The rumors are true! Family Guy is back like you've never seen before . . . in an all-new, feature-length production available only on DVD September 27 from Fox Home Entertainment! In Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story!, the maniacal baby genius is distracted from his plans for world domination by a near-death experience and a time-traveling quest...to find his real father! See an exclusive sneak peek of never-before-seen footage, with a special guest appearances by executive producer David Goodman and writer Steve Callaghan (also author of Family Guy: Stewie's Guide to World Domination)! Room 20
3:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Animation: Teen Titans Live!—Teen Titans talent take the stage and bring to life an action-packed script in an exclusive performance, featuring Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Khary Payton (Cyborg), Tara Strong (Raven), Hynden Walch (Starfire), Ron Perlman (Slade), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Trigon), led by multiple Emmy Award–winning voice director Andrea Romano. Discover what it’s like to be a Titan on the hit series and get an inside look into an actual recording session. Teen Titans innovative producers Glen Murakami, David Slack, and Linda M. Steiner come front and center to answer questions you’ve always wanted to ask and unveil never-before-seen clips from next season. This exciting stage presentation and exclusive sneak peek is a must-see session for Titans fans! Room 6CDEF
6:00-7:00 Cartoon Network: Toonami/IGPX—A leader in bringing anime to the U.S., Cartoon Network breaks new ground once again by partnering with acclaimed animation studio Production I.G. to co-produce Toonami's first original series, IGPX. Blending the quality and style of anime with Western storytelling, IGPX is the first series of its kind. The IGPX panel will offer a sneak peek at the series' first episode and features Cartoon Network executives and writer/producers Sean Akins and Jason Demarco; from Production I.G., Mitsuru Hongo, director of IGPX; and Maki Terashima-Furuta and Michelle Rodriquez, who makes her television voice acting debut as the show's female lead, Liz Ricarro. Room 6CDEF
Toonami and Adult Swim anime being shown (mostly Adult Swim):
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Movie
Full Metal Alchemist
.hack//Legend of the Twlight
Yu Yu Hakusho
Witch Hunter Robin
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Yu Yu Hakusho Movie
...and many many other anime series totally at around 160 hours worth over four days.