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Comic-Con 2014: 14 Things To Do And See On Wednesday & Thursday

HaloHalo: Nightfall – A First Look (11:45am – 12:45pm, Room 6BCF)
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Halo live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Scott’s involvement is enough to ensure my interest even though I’ve never really been a fan of the Halo games. Panelists will include executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and franchise development director Frank O’Connor, as well as unspecified cast and crew.

The Giver (1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hall H)
If you’re excited about the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel, the Giver panel will premiere footage from the upcoming film and feature actors Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, and Odeya Rush, as well as director Phillip Noyce and Lowry herself. If the entire panel is in black and white, send us the pics.

NASA’s Next Giant Leap (3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 6A)
A NASA panel seems like sort of an odd duck at an event so focused on pop culture, but if you’d like to break up your science fiction with a little straight-up science, this one might be worth checking out. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Moon landing, the panel will include NASA’s division director of Planetary Science Dr. Jim Green, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, astronaut Mike Fincke, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory systems engineer Bobak Ferdowsi (better known as “Mohawk Guy” from the Curiosity landing). This is still Comic-Con, however, so the whole thing is being moderated by Robot Chicken‘s Seth Green.

Outlander with Diana Gabaldon (3:00pm – 4:00pm, Horton Grand Theatre)
Much like Twilight — and I’m not comparing them in terms of quality — I’m guessing Outlander may draw in a new crowd to Comic-Con. There may be kilts involved. At any rate, author Diana Gabaldon will be on hand to discuss her Outlander books and the upcoming Starz TV adaptation. Unfortunately, showrunner Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) isn’t on the docket, unless he’s planning a surprise appearance.

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