Star Wars: The Force Awakens and More Coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2015

The Force is strong this summer in downtown San Diego.

The power of the Force is coming to San Diego Comic-Con, and has your opening crawl for the megaevent’s Star Wars programming. Check out our guide below for information on panels that cover Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hasbro’s latest action figures, new novels based on the original films, and much, much more. (If you can’t make it, don’t worry; visit for exclusive real-time liveblogs!)

The event takes place July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center, with The Star Wars: Force Awakens panel scheduled for Friday, July 10; look for some exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens products at SDCC, and be sure to check out tomorrow for details.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Hall H

Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Thursday, July 9, Star Wars Schedule

JAKKS Collector Toys: Star Wars, DC, TMNT, Nintendo, Warcraft and More! 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; Room: 29AB

Get the latest sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes scoop, and a preview of really big things to come from all of your favorite toy brands, including Star Wars, the World of Nintendo, DC Heroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Halo, Power Rangers, and the Warcraft 2016 film. Panelists include Dominic Laurienzo (senior VP Action Figure Design), Peter Skourtis (senior director design), Eli Halpert (senior designer), Jose Alvarez (senior designer), Alec Willis (creative services art director), and moderator Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich (director Action Figure Marketing).

Science Channel: Raiders, Raptors, and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Room: 25ABC

Fans will get to see exclusive clips and receive unprecedented access behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, as science and creativity give birth to some of today’s top films. The secrets behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and many more will be revealed during this once-in-a-lifetime panel. Join Science Channel as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic at this year’s Comic-Con like no one else can. Surprise guests and exclusive footage along with a very special prize will be given away at this VIP experience where the science behind the movies is unveiled for the first time ever.

Tatooine Law: Legal Lessons from Star Wars, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Room: 26AB

Federal Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal, Gerry O’Brien (NY political consultant and novelist), Jessica Mederson, Esq. (The Legal Geeks), and Joshua Gilliland Esq. (The Legal Geeks), explore the legal system from a galaxy far, far away. The panel will jump to light speed to explore the many legal lessons on Tatooine, including the intricacies of property ownership of R2-D2 and C-3PO; employee and independent contractor safety issues in Jabba’s Palace; and Han’s legal justification to shoot first.

Friday, July 10, Star Wars Schedule

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a dynamic, all-star, New York Times-bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in conversation with Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain about the new Star Wars retellings for a younger generation of fans. From  picture books to novels, these authors present A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became legends for legions of fans.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars Goes Steampunk, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Room: 14A

From Admiral Ackbar to Master Yoda, enjoy a lively discussion and slideshow on how your favorite Star Wars characters and designs have been re-engineered in Steampunk style. Steampunk artist and Star Wars fan, Brian Kesinger (artist/writer Walking Your Octopus), and fellow Southern California Star Wars Steampunks will discuss what it takes to create Steampunk concepts based on traditional designs until the art becomes cosplay reality. The program will finish with “How to Steampunk a Star Wars Character in 60 Seconds” with all Steampunks and Star Wars cosplayers brought forward to show off their incredible creations! Panelists include Shawn “Obi-Shawn” Crosby, Rebecca “Lady Fett” Eusey, and Alex “Dapper Fett” Vargas. Moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair, Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention).

Hasbro Star Wars, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings, and word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. In attendance will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardline categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.

ILM 40th Anniversary, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures — to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at San Diego Comic Con 2015

For the first time, Star Wars joins forces with characters from across The Walt Disney Company in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition – the next chapter in the best-selling hybrid toy/video game series. Fans are invited to the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at the heart of Gaslamp District, for the opportunity to play as Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul or any of the Star Wars characters featured in Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire.
Fans will also have a chance to step into the “Disney Infinity Only in the Toy Box” mediated reality experience, where guests virtually enter the Toy Box and interact alongside their favorite Disney Infinity characters, such as engaging in lightsaber duels with Darth Vader or Yoda, and take home a customized photo and video with their chosen character. Other Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop activities include a Toy Box TV Live Edition webcast on Twitch featuring new announcements, surprise guests, contests with prizes, and exclusive giveaways. 
Saturday, July 11, Star Wars Schedule
Marvel: Cup O’Joe, 2:45 p.m. –  3:45 p.m.; Room: 6BCF
Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred panel on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel’s Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy comics? This panel has you covered. Featuring editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, executive editor Tom Brevoort, and talent scout C. B. Cebulski, as well as writers Charles Soule (Lando), Cullen Bunn (Moon Knight), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), Mark Waid (Daredevil), and some other mighty Marvel guests.
The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode V, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Room: 24ABC
Geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show) step into the pop culture ring to debate the psychology of teamwork, rebellion, and galactic war. Panelists include Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), Consetta Parker (Rancho Obi-Wan), and Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars Insider). Join a side, but remember: phasers and lightsabers are no match for this battle of wits! Refereed by Brian Ward (Comics, Assembled!)
The Science of Star Wars, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Room: 24ABC
Could lightsabers ever be a reality? Does science matter when designing a Star Wars spacecraft? Is Vader really more machine than man? Fon Davis (production designer, Star Wars prequel movies) Emily Manor-Chapman (NASA mission planner), Kieran Dickson (editor, Outerplaces), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Eliot Sirota (VFX artist), Steve Huff (fight choreographer), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far far away and discuss whether or not Kylo Ren’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens lightsaber is genius or sacrilege.
Sunday, July 12, Star Wars Schedule
Mandalorians: The Canons of Honor, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Room: 14A
Members of Haran’galaar Clan (San Diego chapter), Manda’galaar Clan (Los Angeles chapter), and Vhetin’Ade Clan (Canada) discuss the ins and outs of the Mandalorian Mercs costuming club. Topics include introduction to the Mandalorian culture and what defines them; overview of armoring, its benefits and limitations; female Mandalorians and their positive impact on female fans; and the charity side of the costuming club. Moderated by Thaxos of Vhetin’Ade Clan. All Star Wars, all the time.

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