San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Amid DC, Marvel and 'Game of Thrones', here are some lesser-known intriguing panels deserving attention
We are just a week away from the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2019 and there is a lot to do in the four days that this mega event takes place over. While Marvel panels and 'Scarediego' seem to be among the many fan favorites, followed by 'Supernatural', 'Walking Dead' and 'Fear of the Walking Dead', here's something you should take a look at before deciding to queue up for the bigger events. The following panels are not the most popular, but they are particularly intriguing and deserve attention.
7th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero: Film and TV Composer Panel
This is slated to take place July 18, Thursday at Ballroom 20 at 11.30 a.m., and the panel will explore how music helps in narration, development of story arcs and more, especially in superhero TV shows and movies. If you are someone who has enjoyed what music brings to a film, this panel is something you must check out.
Moderated by composer Michael Giacchino (Spider-Man: Far From Home), this panel will feature Blake Neely (Batwoman), Christopher Lennertz (The Boys), Sherri Chung (Supergirl), Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel), and Benjamin Wallfisch (Shazam!).
Making Magic for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': An Interactive Masterclass
Have you ever wondered what went into the making of one of the most popular stage productions 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'? Especially how they brought the magic alive on stage? Then find answers to your questions at this panel slated to take place July 18 at Room 6BCF at 6 p.m. The interactive panel will see magical demonstrations, video footage, and never-before-told stories of the making of the show.
The audience can also see the techniques the magicians and actors use including cunning psychology to make the impossible seem real. The most exciting part - you’ll even learn to perform magic yourself! Magic and Illusions designer Jamie Harrison and his associate Chris Fisher will be joined by the cast at the panel.
Jim Starlin: 'The Infinity Gauntlet' Saga and Beyond
Jim Starlin, the brain behind the 'Infinity Gauntlet' saga and the creator of Avengers' biggest villain Thanos will sit down with ComicBook.com’s Jim Viscardi July 18 at 10 a.m. in Room 7AB, to talk about how his work has become one of the biggest pop culture references in the 21st century. This was made possible by 22 movies produced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe spanning the last 10 years including its conclusion, 'Avengers: Endgame'.
Of course, the SDCC will also see Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame' sit down to discuss their films, but if you like to delve deeper in the source material that inspired their film, this panel is for you.
Creator Origins: A Candid Conversation on LGBTQ Comics Creation
Given the recent conversation surrounding Ruby Rose being cast as 'Batwoman' and the debates surrounding her identity, this is a panel that is important in understanding LGBTQIA+ representation in creating comics. The panel is slated to take place July 19 at 6 p.m. in Room 9.
The inclusion of queer characters in comics has also increased in recent years with popular series such as 'Rat Queens', 'Lumberjanes' and 'Midnighter'. The panel will see LBGTQ comic creators Joe Glass (The Pride) and Clive Hawken (Delver) team up with LBGTQ publishers Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics) and Ivan Salazar (comiXology) to discuss how they entered the comics industry. The panel will be moderated by GLAAD's Megan Townsend.
Nostalgia-Ganza: A Look Back at Animated Series from the '80s
If you love the comics that were published in the 1980s and are one of the fans who still go back to their favorite animated series from the 80s from time to time, this panel is for you! It will take place July 20, Saturday, at 10 a.m. in Room 9. Cartoon writers Len Uhley (Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears), Brynne Chandler (He-Man), Marv Wolfman (Transformers), Craig Miller (The Real Ghostbusters), and Karen Willson (G.I. Joe) will come together to speak about what went into the making of these shows, and delve deeper into how things worked out behind the scenes.