Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect (2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 25ABC)
I would be very, very surprised if BioWare has anything to substantial to show off from Mass Effect 4 at this point, as there has been no announced release date and most of their promotional attention is fixated on the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. Still, I’m such a die-hard fan of the series that I’ll eagerly gobble up any tidbits they might drop, so if they announce something cool, let us know. The panel will include lead animator Carl Boulay, producer Fabrice Condominas, producer Mike Gamble, senior artist Noel Lukasewich, and community manager Jessica Merizan. They’ll be sharing “their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series.”
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski (5:30pm – 6:30pm, Room 7AB)
Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski is a busy guy these days, so he should have a lot to talk to. He’s continuing to write a ridiculous number of comics, including his assorted Joe’s Comics series as well as a Dark Horse Terminator miniseries and Dynamite’s Twilight Zone series. Even more exciting, he’s working on the upcoming Netflix science fiction series Sense8 with the Wachowskis, and I’m guessing Comic-Con might be the perfect place to premiere the first footage, or at least a teaser of some sort.
Anything Goes with John Barrowman (4:00pm – 5:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
Some panels you go to because you’re excited about the show or movie or what-have-you. For others, it’s all about a single celebrity. This one is very much the latter, a chance to watch Torchwood star John Barrowman just take the stage and be John Barrowman. Sure, he’ll probably talk about his experiences on Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Arrow, but I’m personally hoping he discusses his unforgettable role in Shark Attack 3.