For this year’s panels at Comic-Con, two things will be in abundance: zombies and Joss Whedon’s influence. The breakout hit Walking Dead— which Whedon called “the only comic I still read” — will be all over the convention, in scores of undead-related panels, even taking over the Petco Park with a “live” zombiefied obstacle course.
But more so than ever before, this is *the* event to be at for Whedonites, in all flavors and interests. Not only will there be an epic Firefly Tenth Anniversary Reunion, presented by the Science Channel on Friday the 13th (what could go wrong?), but later in the day, Dark Horse will have their own panel with Joss, discussing the continuing seasons of Buffy and Angel in comic form, and– if last year is any indication– anything else fans are craving to know. Both events are taking place in Ballroom 20, the second largest venue behind massive Hall H.
Even before this Joss love fest, at noon on Thursday, Buffy series actors Amber Benson (Tara), Clare Kramer (Glory) and Tom Lenk (Andrew Wells), along with IDW’s editor Mariah Huehner, and Dark Horse’s Scott Allie will be on panel for “Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form.”
And Sunday, Dark Horse again pulls out the stops, to present a “Buffy Turns 20” panel which will look at how the Buffyverse has changed since Buffy the Vampire Slayer film came out in 1992– with the original Buffy herself, Kristy Swanson in attendance! Also on the panel will be prolific writer Jane Espenson, actors Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris) and Clare Kramer, along with Dark Horse artist Georges Jentry and moderated by editor Scott Allie.
Speaking of the amazing Jane Espenson, she’s going to be busy, scheduled for five panels! From the first day at 10:30, she’ll be at Battlestar Galactica‘s 35th Anniversary; then later in the day, at 6pm, for “The Science of Science Fiction.” Friday, she’ll be at “Girls Gone Genre,” along with fellow Mutant Enemy alum, Marti Noxon. And on Sunday, just before the Buffy event, she’ll have a panel to herself at “Espenson – An Anagram for Openness” which will include Husband‘s co-creator and star Brad “Cheeks” Bell and Sean Hemeon.
Of course, that’s not nearly all– the California Browncoats will have a Doctor Horrible Sing-along screening Thursday evening. David Boreanaz will return for what may possibly be the last Bones panel on Friday. Also on Friday, Julie Benz will appear for the multi-platform series Defiance. While on Saturday, Nathan Fillion, out of the Castle, will be on hand at TV Guide’s Fan Favorites.
Likewise, former Mutant Enemy writers will be out in force: Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus), Jose Molina (Vampire Diaries), Andrew Chambliss (Once Upon A Time), David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf (Grimm) will appear at panels discussing writing for their respective shows, while former Angel and Firefly scribe Ben Edlund will have a spotlight all to himself on Saturday.
Whew! If it were possible, we’d hit every one of these. Rest assured, Whedonverse will be bringing as much news as possible from this Whedon-full Comic-Con!