The power of the Force is coming to San Diego Comic-Con, and StarWars.com 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 StarWars.com 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 EW.com 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 Hope, The 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