|For many Comic Con fans, panels featuring their favorite performers, artists, writers and shows are the highlights of the weekend. Toronto Comic Con, this Friday through Sunday at the Direct Energy Centre, features a varied lineup of interesting programming, from screenings to cast Q&As to contests and workshops. There are sure to be a few events every fan won't want to miss.|
Friday's highlights include “IDW: the Comic's the Thing? (2-3 p.m.),” a look at the similarities between modern comic book stories and Shakespeare; “Trailer Park (3-4 p.m.), featuring trailers of upcoming films; “Wizard School (4-5 p.m.) with Spider-Man Artist Phil Jimenez; a “Caprica” Screening (5-6 p.m.) with Magda Apanowicz and Luciana Carro, moderated by SPACE personalities Teddy Wilson and AJ Fry; and a rare Q&A with the cast of SAW (7-8 p.m.), featuring Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell and others.
Saturday's programming gets going early with an exclusive, first-look demo of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (10 a.m. - noon); Author Max Brooks conducts a Q&A (11 a.m. - noon), talking everything Zombie; cast members including Luciana Carro and Kandyse McClure will answer Battlestar Galactica questions (noon – 1 p.m.); reality stars from U.S. and Canadian shows field questions (1-2 p.m.), moderated by Reality Obsessed's Murtz Jaffer; Maple Pictures and MTV will show exclusive trailers and conduct a Q&A on its upcoming film Kick Ass (2-3 p.m., mature content/parental discretion advised); a Q&A with lead actors/writers Jarett Cale and Geoff Lapaire of the web-to-TV show “Pure Pwnage” (3-4 p.m.); the always entertaining Costume Contest (5-6 p.m.), open to all ages with a celebrity judging panel; and a screening of The Wild Hunt, a modern medieval saga (7-9 p.m.).
Sunday's big finish includes “Ty Templeton's Boot Camp (noon – 1 p.m.), a one-hour basic training on how to think and draw like a comic book artist; anime screenings (noon – 3 p.m.); Scout Pack #333 hosting a Scouts Workshop (noon – 1 p.m.), best for ages 5-10; Royal Ontario Museum's “ROMic Books (1-2 p.m.),” a taste of comics through history; and, finally, the Kids Costume Contest, open to children 10 and under only (2 p.m.).
Programming is free to all Comic Con attendees.
For more details on each panel, visit www.wizardworld.com/programming-toronto.html.