Warner Archive Collection returns to Comic-Con International: San Diego in July with its customary collection of eclectic panels. This year WAC will be celebrating the work of influential visual effects wizard Ray Harryhausen and the renowned Hammer horror films collection (with a tribute to the late Christopher Lee). Famed film director Joe Dante will be a special guest and discuss his 1987 hit Innerspace, and animation fans will enjoy a salute to the 50th anniversary of Hanna-Barbera’s beloved Atom Ant and Lucasfilm’s heralded 1983 animated feature film, Twice Upon A Time. Here are the times and locations of WAC events and panels:
Friday, July 10
11:00 a.m. Atom Ant Animation Spectacular! Fans are invited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original pint-sized powerhouse, Atom Ant, along with a bevy of animation favorites from throughout the ages, including a look at the upcoming Warner Archive release of the beloved 1983 Lucasfilm animated movie, John Korty’s Twice Upon A Time. Spend an hour reminiscing over great animation with WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti, Twice Upon A Time animator Brian Narelle (Dark Star’s Lt. Doolittle) and noted animation historian Jerry Beck. Moderator Gary Miereanu might even have a few WAC Blu-rays and DVDs for lucky audience members. Room 25ABC
Saturday, July 11
2:00 p.m. High Def Horror: Hammer Horror Meets Harryhausen. Warner Archive and Trailers From Hell combine forces for a third straight year to sneak a peek at some exciting upcoming releases from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) that will please fans of Hammer films and the legendary Ray Harryhausen. Award winning director Joe Dante (Innerspace, Gremlins) joins Feltenstein, Ferranti and Patterson to discuss such classics as The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Them! and more. A special Hammer tribute to the late Christopher Lee is planned for the panel. And as an added treat, Dante will chat about the intricacies of the 1987 hit Innerspace, which WBHE will be releasing on Blu-ray in 2015. Giveaways are also a distinct possibility, especially for those with good questions of the panelists. Room 25ABC
6:45 p.m. Warner Archive's Toonstock! Featuring the Mayhem of the Music Meister Sing-Along
Back by popular demand! Warner Archive storms Comic-Con with a toe-tapping, floor-stomping celebration of great cartoon music, including it's outrageously fun (and funny) sing-along with the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode, “Mayhem of the Music Meister.” Bring your voice, because you'll be in the spotlight, too. Be there as Grey Griffin, voice of the episode's primary singing super hero, Black Canary, BTBATB producer (and co-lyricist) Michael Jelenic, WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu (and possibly a few surprise guests) take an entertaining, interactive look/listen at some of the great cartoon music of the past 50+ years. You sing, you get a prize! Room 6DE
Visit us at the Famous Monsters of Filmland booth Thursday, July 9 at 3:30pm and Sunday, July 12 at 2:00pm Booth #1507 in the Exhibit Hall.
The folks behind Famous Monsters of Filmland invited us to come to their booth to hand out some posters and discs for an hour or so on both Thursday and Sunday. With our slate of classic monsters making their way to Blu-ray, what team up could be more fitting?
Enchantment Under the SDCC Party
Wednesday, July 8 at 8:00pm Mission Brewery Returning for the third year straight, we hope to see any of you ticket holders at @SD_Comic_Con's annual convention kickoff party—because it's already sold out! Crazy, right? You can still check out their blog to help sort out the myriad of events going on in and around the con.
Film/TV Podcast Greet and Meet Up
Thursday, July 9 at 8:00pm Bootlegger 804 Market St.
Make your way to the Gaslamp to hang out with podcasters behind Battleship Pretension, Criterion Cast and Warner Archive for a night of heated discussion about the pop culture we all may care a little too much about. And if you swing by, be sure to grab some exclusive Warner Archive swag... As always, everyone is welcome!
If you see us wandering around with a rolling bag of goodies and red Warner Archive sign, stop us. And if you follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, look for the hashtag #FindWAC and we’ll tell you where we will be parking ourselves and for how long. What’s in the bag? Find us and all kinds of T-shirts, DVDs, Blu-rays and posters can be yours!
Warner Archive Collection (WAC) and the Warner Archive Instant (WAI) streaming service continue to serve as hosts to some of the most treasured films, television series and animated entertainment in history, particularly in the fanboy realm. WAC/WAI runs the gamut from live-action classics like Ladyhawke and Wolfen and beloved TV faire such as Superboy, Wonder Woman (1974) and Shazam! to animated greats like Thundarr the Barbarian, The Halloween Tree and The Flight of Dragons. The most seasoned animation fan can also find plenty of Blu-ray releases of recent super hero favorites like Teen Titans Go! and Young Justice. WAC Blu-rays and DVDs can be found via many of your favorite online retailers, and you can get a free one-month trial of the Warner Archive Instant streaming service now!