Sci-Fi, Robots, and AI, Oh My! (12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 7AB)
We love to speculate about the inevitable robot uprising, and if you do too, this panel should be right up your alley. Sci-fi authors Daniel H. Wilson (Robogenesis), Andy Weir (The Martian), Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Daniel Price (The Flight of the Silvers), M. D. Waters (Prototype), and Nick Cole (Soda Pop Soldier) will presumably wax both silly and prophetic about the possibilities, implications, and ethical considerations of artificial intelligence that will become even more pressing in coming decades. Assuming we don’t wipe ourselves out before the robots get a chance to, a possibility that seems more likely with every passing 24-hour news cycle.
Saga (1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 7AB)
Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is one of the best — and the weirdest — comics out there at the moment, so if you’re a fan, swing by to see Vaughan and co-creator/artist Fiona Staples dish about their crazy universe full of ill-fated alien lovers and robot royalty with TV heads. (Did we mention it’s a weird book?)
The Whedonverse (1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 24ABC)
If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s TV shows but don’t read comics, you might want to revisit that stance, and this panel is the perfect excuse to do so. Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie will head a panel to discuss the ongoing adventures of the various “Whedonverse” shows which are currently continuing in comics form, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Serenity. Other guests will include Buffy: Season 10 writer Christos Gage and co-writer and actor Nicholas Brendon; Serenity artist Georges Jeanty; and TV and comics writer Jane Espenson.
Doctor Who Comics Panel (3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 25ABC)
Titan Comics is launching new ongoing series focusing on untold adventures of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors this very week (with a Twelfth Doctor series to follow in October, after he’s had several months of live-action adventures on the small screen.) Writer Nick Abadzis, artist Elena Casagrande, cover artist Alice X. Zhang, and the Titan Comics editorial team will dish on the future of their newly acquired Doctor Who comics license.