Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Craig Ferguson to Host 2013 San Diego Comic Con Doctor Who Panel

Craig Ferguson has announced via Twitter that he will be hosting the 50th Anniversary Comic Con panel at the SDCC.

Known among the Doctor Who community as being a massive Who fan (he has a TARDIS on his desk in his show!), Craig Ferguson will make a brilliant choice to host the panel. He's hosted interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jenna Coleman, Neil Gaiman and Alex Kingston on his show more than once. He has also produced a few quotes about the show;

It's all about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.
- Craig Ferguson

The event will take place on Sunday July 21, 2013 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm (local time) in hall H. The official description of the event is:

BBC America presents the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel featuring Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, An Adventure in Space and Time star David Bradley, and award-winning writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will premiere November 23, on BBC America. As part of the celebrations in November, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, with David Bradley starring as the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell.

There’s rivalry between the Harry Potter fans and the Twilight fans. And Twilight fans think they’re much cooler than the Harry Potter fans. And I’m like, I dunno why, they’d all get their ass kicked by the Doctor Who fans.
- Craig Ferguson

 Unfortunately, there are no other Doctor Who events on the schedule, but Doctor Who people do show up elsewhere, namely John Barrowman. The details of these are as follows:

Geeks Get Published-and Paid!
Trouble finding a book publisher? How about a literary agent? Do you really need your own publicist? Is getting into print different when your book's topic is particularly geeky? Hear how these bookworms got their works into print, how they made money at it, and how you might, too:S. G. Browne (Breathers: A Zombie's Lament), Bonnie Burton (The Star Wars Craft Book), Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook), and Dr. Travis Langley(Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight). Moderated by Jenna Busch (Fanhattan).
Thursday July 18, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm 
Room 26AB
Entertainment Weekly's Brave New Warriors
A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.
Thursday July 18, 2013 4:45pm - 5:45pm 
Ballroom 20
Comic-Con: Anything Goes
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Sing Your Face Off) discusses his past, present, and future projects, including playing the Dark Archer and Captain Jack Harkness. John's sister and co-author, Carole Barrowman (Hollow Earth, Bone Quill), will join him in the final segment to discuss their collaborations.
Thursday July 18, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Syfy Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 25th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, bestselling authorNeil Gaiman (The Sandman, Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neverwhere), actor John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), TV host Chris Hardwick (The Talking Dead, The Nerdist), nominee artist Becky Cloonan (Conan the Barbarian), Hall of Fame cartoonistSergio Aragon├ęs (Groo,MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison(Bongo Comics), and voice actors Maurice LaMarche(Pinky and the Brain, Futurama), Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hil), and David Herman (Office Space, Futurama), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.
Friday July 19, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm 
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Lion Forge Comics Fall Lineup: Knight Rider, AirWolf, Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, Miami Vice, and more!
Some of your all-time favorite TV shows from the '80s are coming to comics with Lion Forge! Joining the event will be creators Joe Philips (Doctor Who), Rick Burchett (Lady Saber), Carl Reed (Lion Forge), Lorenzo Lizana (Lion Forge), Brandon Easton (Thundercats), Joelle Sellner(Jackie Chan Adventures), Geoff Thorne (Leverage),Jonathan London (Geekscape), Shannon Denton(DC/WildStorm), Flex Alexander (Snakes on a Plane),David Gorden (Bulletproof Knights), and some surprise guests.
Saturday July 20, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Room 26AB
End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. NOH8 makes it's first-ever Comic-Con appearance, with founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley along with Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Brad Bell (Husbands), Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), Bonnie Burton (Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change), Jenna Busch (entertainment editor, Fan TV), and Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyberbullying, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by author (and mother of Katie the Star Wars Girl) Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins' Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 4

And finally, one cannot write an article on Craig Ferguson without ending with this video:

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