JJ Abrams & Joss Whedon Doing ‘Visionaries’ Panel At San Diego Comic Con + More Thursday Trek-related Panels

The Thursday schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic Con has been released and it includes a number of panels that could be of interest to Trekkies, especially an Entertainment Weekly hosted discussion with geek gods Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams. See below for details on that and other Trek related panels and guests for Thursday.


Joss and JJ map out the future of geekdom

The biggest Trek-related event for Thursday July 22nd at this years San Diego Comic Con is Entertainment Weekly’s "discussion with geek gods" J.J. Abrams (the man behind Lost, Star Trek 2009, Fringe and more) and Joss Whedon, of Buffy, Firefly and Dollhouse fame. The pair will spend an hour (3:30 – 4:30 in Hall H) discussing the future of pop culture and how "technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web." The panel will be moderated by Jeff Jenson.

JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon at past Comic Cons

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Thursday Trek-related panels and guests

Below are all the Trek-related panels for Thursday July 22nd for San Diego Comic Con

12:00-1:00 Caprica, Battlestar, and Beyond— Hosted by actor/author Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt. Apollo, So Say We All), this panel features composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar, Ureka, Caprica), producer/writer Michael Tayler (Battlestar, Caprica, Star Trek), science consultant Kevin Grazier (Battlestar, Ureka), and special guests. Richard and the panelists will provide reviews, discussion, and Q&A of Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, and the upcoming BSG movie, including trailers. Room 6A

2:30-3:30 State of the Geek Report: From Avatar to Zardoz— A panel of experts examine the state of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film and TV, from the living-ever-longer-and-prospering Star Trek franchise to the future of Star Wars to what the success of Avatar means for the future of movies. Some of geekdom’s biggest luminaries, including Steve Melching (The Clone Wars), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Steve Kriozere (Elvis Van Helsing), Jeff Bond (former Geek Monthly editor), and Bill Hunt and Todd Doogan (Digital Bits), talk about the lackluster state of sci-fi film and television, the rise, fall and rise of Star Trek, and the hits and misses of 2010 that made their midicholorian (and cholesterol) counts rise to dangerous levels this summer. Room 4

3:00-4:00 Masters of the Web— Hollywood writer/producer Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers, Star Trek) and AMC Theatres blog editor John Campea (AMCTheatres.com/ network/ scriptscreen), moderate a panel of the most popular movie website personalities as they come together to discuss how new media has influenced moviemaking and marketing, what it takes to run a popular site, and much more in a panel discussion and Q&A session. The panel consists of Jen Yamato (former senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes, now writing for Cinematical, Hitfix, Film.Com and FEARnet), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon.net), Vic Holtreman (Screenrant.com), Mike Sampson (Joblo.com), George "El Guapo" Roush (Latino Review.com). Erik Davis (Cinematical.com), and Devin Faraci (CHUD.com). Passes to the annual, highly anticipated "From Dusk til Con" party will be given out to a few lucky attendees, and one attendee will win a pass good for one year of free movies at any AMC Theatres location. Room 32AB

3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff "Doc" Jensen. Hall H

4:00-5:00 From Screen to Comics— An in-depth look at what it takes to turn big-screen action into 32 pages. Talented creators from across the spectrum, including Max Brooks, Nancy Collins, Peter David, Tony Lee, and more, look behind the scenes at some of the biggest properties to come to comics, such as True Blood, Doctor Who, The A-Team, Transformers, and Star Trek. Room 9

4:30-5:30 Behind the Music: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Film & TV— Award-winning composers Michael Giacchino (Lost), Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (Heroes), Nathan Barr (True Blood), Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies), John Ottman (Superman Returns), and Jeremy Zuckerman (Avatar: The Last Airbender) have all composed for Comic-Con’s fan-favorite series and are here to share a behind-the-scenes perspective on creating music for television and film. Together they will discuss their respective projects and how they got their big break into the music composing industry. Q&A following the panel plus exclusive giveaways for attendees. Moderated by BMI executive Anne Cecere, director of film/television relations. Room 24ABC

6:00-7:00 Showtime’s Dexter— What’s next for America’s Favorite Serial Killer? If the dramatic season finale left you in an, OMG-what-just-happened frenzy, you don’t want to miss this killer panel! You’ll see the exclusive world premiere of the new season’s trailer, then moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include Michael C. Hall (series star/executive producer), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), Desmond Harrington (Quinn), and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Chip Johannessen (24), and Manny Coto (Star Trek: Enterprise). The new season premieres September 26, at 9:00 pm ET/PT only on Showtime. Ballroom 20

Visit www.comic-con.org for the complete Thursday schedule

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Be cool to be at comic con.

Not really a fan of Joss Whedon either.


If anyone hasn’t listened to Bear McCreary’s BSG work sans BSG, do it. It’ll blow your mind how good this “incidental music” is. I hope Richard Hatch has a new project. Talked to him briefly (and at 20 bucks, expensively) in the walk of fame at Dragon Con last year. He’s got some great ideas, but seems a bit bummed that BSG went the way it did, instead of a remake of his era. Ah well, as I say he’s a good actor who deserves some work.



I hope to meet Richard Hatch again, wish I got to talk to him about his ideas.

Star Trek 12 : Klingon Rising

July 21st is a Wednesday??? Not Thursday!


Michael Giacchino is going to be on a panel, too.

DJ Neelix

Firefly is one of the best (and sadly shortest) sci-fi series of all time. A shame the movie wasn’t quite as good.

Admiral Shatner

My favorite(Whedon) and least favorite(Abrams) director in one place. The world will explode.



Both are not my favourite directors or writers but stil be cool to see them.



Actually I guess I find the two of them very overrated.



Ha! I feel exactly the same way. I’ll be skipping it unless it turns out to Joss’s only appearance at the Con.



I do love it when Abrams wears that INFOCOM shirt … if it’s legit and not just a “geek image branding” affectation, it rocks (and given his love of puzzles, I figure there’s at least a chance it’s legit).

But now I’ll finally have something to ask him if I ever meet him: “DOOD! What’s Joss Whedon really like?” :) Because he should feel very honored to share a podium/forum with the Whedon-dude.

Zachary Quinto will be at Comic Con also.

Friday, July 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 25ABC
Archaia: LUCID — Lucid, the first comic book project from Archaia’s partnership with Before the Door, arrives in stores in August! Join Lucid creator and writer Michael McMillian (“True Blood”) and BTD partners Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa as they share cool behind-the-scenes info and other interesting tidbits about the making of the comic. Moderated by Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy.




Now that is being overrated.

Even my fav writers and directors I don’t consider Gods.

William Kirk

Whedon for Star Trek ! :-)



Most definitely NOT



Have to agree. Whedon has done some good things, but in general I think that he’s got a bunch of undeserved acolytes making excuses for his shortcomings. Even if he really were the bee’s knees, he’s not someone I’d want for Trek–not every creative person would be a good fit for the Trek universe.

That said, I’d be interested in seeing what J.M.S.’s view of Trek would be; I think if he had been doing DS9 instead of Babylon 5 I would’ve liked DS9 even more (considering the inherent similarities).

#18: “a bunch of undeserved acolytes making excuses for his shortcomings.”

I really think most of us are more busy celebrating what he’s good at. Everyone has shortcomings. Among Whedon’s notable _strengths_ are his ability to combine drama with thoughtful humanism, something that was once upon a time the core of Trek …

“–not every creative person would be a good fit for the Trek universe.”

On that point we certainly agree.

“That said, I’d be interested in seeing what J.M.S.’s view of Trek would be”

Amen to THAT, too. JMS is a good grand-idea thinker and has an excellent sense of the mundane impact of the fantastic.


I love JJ Abrams…he is almost godlike in his ability to create. I couldn’t care less that a so called hardcore of ‘traditionalist’ Trekkers despise the man and what he did to “their” Trek, because I loved it. I also think Lost, which he co-created, is the third best TV series ever made…after Star Trek and The Prisoner, the show that inspired both JJ and Lost. I also enjoyed Alias. Nothing…absolutely *nothing* he has worked on displeases me.

As for Joss, I simply adore Firefly…but can pretty much take or leave Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse.

I think if those two co-created a sci-fi series or film, they’d explode our minds. Some huge rupture in the geek-space-time continuum would open up and all sorts of loveliness would come pouring out of it.