(I'm kind of cheating on this one as multiple events are attached to it. Always a fan favorite, this will be the award winning web series' fifth Comic Con. Besides their two panels (listed below), the entire cast will be signing at booth #4201.)
Thursday 11:00-12:00 The Evolution of Web Series: The Guild to Dragon Age. Writer/actor Felicia Day (The Guild), actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), Dragon Age: Redemption director Peter Winther (Leverage), and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah discuss the secrets to The Guild's success and what happens when you take that winning formula to the dark fantasy video game universe, Dragon Age, for the upcoming web series Redemption.
Saturday 4:00-5:00 The Guild Season 5. In their upcoming season five, the lauded web series breaks out from behind the computers and takes the cast on a fun-filled road trip to a fan convention. Writer/producer Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible, Eureka, Guild), producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker, and the cast of The Guild offer a discussion and Q&A, along with the debut of never-before-seen content, announcements, and other surprises! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Warner Digital Projects
Thursday 2:00-3:00: From producer Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: First Class, Superman Returns) comes a Comic-Con exclusive first look at H+, the forthcoming Warner Premiere/Dolphin Entertainment web series directed by Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) and written and created by John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso. H+ takes place in a near-future world where a tiny and stunning new piece of technology lies at the center of a dark and epic mystery. Then, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a hit web series with over 35 million views, takes the stage for a panel discussion with director Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), Darren Shahlavi (Sanctuary), Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies), and Matt Mullins (Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight). Fans will see -- for the first time -- the long-awaited final Mortal Kombat: Legacy episode, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
New Media Mixer
(Full disclosure on this one: I am one of the founding members of Celebrate the Web.)
Thursday 5:30-8:00: Celebrate the Web will be co-hosting a New Media Mixer with some of the best organizations the Web has to offer: blip.tv, Tubefilter, the IAWTV, and The League of Extraordinary Ladies. There will be food and drink specials with two bars set up, a raffle filled with awesome prizes including the season 1 DVD premiere of steampunk web series The League of S.T.E.A.M. and blip.tv and Tubefilter have generously donated drink tickets to the first 50 people in attendance! Attendance is open so come meet some of the best and brightest working in online entertainment. The Bristol Hotel Lobby1055 First Avenue. San Diego, CA 92101
ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining Panel
Friday 8:00-9:00 Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining as they examine the changing landscape of fan fiction, social media, and the web. Moderator and cast member Taryn Southern (Battle: Los Angeles) chats with creators Paula Rhodes (A Good Knight's Quest) and Stephanie Thorpe (Gold: Night of the Zombie King) about their initial Twitter inspiration, their crowdsourcing campaign, and the overwhelming fan response. Wendy and Richard Pini (ElfQuest creators) will be sharing exclusive, never-before-seen ElfQuest art and news from the eagerly anticipated Final Quest. Meet cast members Cathy Baron (In Time), Jamie Blair (What's Trending), Traycee King (He's Just Not That Into You), Casey McKinnon (A Comicbook Orange), Shannon Nelson (Drop Dead Gorgeous), Taryn O'Neill (Compulsions), Jessica Rose (Lonelygirl15), and Shanrah Wakefield (Oz Girl). One lucky audience member will win a pair of Pini-autographed elf ears from the production! Room 4
(Though this event is paired up with two SyFy television screenings, this one is on my list for purely selfish reasons: I've been waiting for the much-anticipated sci-fi web series Mercury Men for a very, very long time. I even own the limited-edition glass tumblers!)
Friday 9:00-11:00 Syfy Screening: Eureka, Haven, and Mercury Men. Imagine Greater with fellow fans during an advanced preview screening of the next all-new episode of Eureka, followed by a special presentation of an all-new Haven. And be sure to stick around for the exclusive premiere of the new digital series The Mercury Men. Introductions by Eric Balfour (Duke, Haven). Room 6A
Web Content Corner is a weekly IAR exclusive column where new media guru Jenni Powell discusses online trends, and speaks with the most important creators working in the industry today.
Jenni Powell has been deeply involved in innovative online communities for several years, dating back to the cult Internet series Nobody's Watching (over 40M views) and later becoming a central figure on the web video breakout lonelygirl15 fan community. This led to her creating the fan-favorite parody series lonelyJew15, which landed her a job at lonelygirl15's production company EQAL. She has a strong background in production working with Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB) A&E's Deadliest Catch, and Lifetime's Lisa Williams Life Amongst The Dead. Online, Jenni has worked on many popular web series such as the smash Microsoft-sponsored hit The Guild, Streamy Award-nominated With the Angels, Poor Paul, The Crew, and Comedy Central's Atom.com standout The Legend of Neil. She freelance writes for popular web entertainment site Tubefilter News and consults on and produces various transmedia entertainment projects around the web, such as the ghost-hunting comedy Bumps in the Night, the No Mimes Media 10 minute transmedia experience Webishades, and the Atom.com series Video Game Reunion. She is also the Staff writer for DeFranco Inc., which is headed by YouTube influencer Phillip DeFranco.