William Shatner, Stan Lee, Bionic Woman, Futurama, and Adam West headline Anaheim Comic Con this weekend


William Shatner, Stan Lee, Ilya Salkind and the original cast of Batman and TV show and movie screenings highlight the daily programming at Anaheim Comic Con this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Friday begins with a special session with Academy Award-winning make-up artist Barney Burnham (5 p.m., Room 202A), followed by the popular “Wizard School” with veteran comic artist and writer and Wizard favorite Phil Jimenez (6 p.m., Room 204B). The evening screenings beginning with the film Van Von Hunter (7-9 p.m., Room 204B), complete with Q&A with Tokyo Pop CEO Stu Levy and producer Steven Calcote. That is followed in the same room by viewings of two popular Syfy shows, “Merlin” (9 p.m.) and “Stargate SGU” (10 p.m.).

Saturday is chock full of activity from start to finish, beginning with panels featuring Stan Lee and Avi Arad (10:30 – noon, Room 204B), followed by a tough choice between the “Bionic Q&A” with Richard Anderson and Lindsay Wagner (noon, Room 202A) or the Futurama cast Q&A (noon, Room 204B).

At 1 p.m., help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a Q&A session (Rom 204B), or take a Wizard School session with Mike Mayhew (Room 202A). It’s Star Trek vs. Superman at 2 p.m., with television icon Nichelle Nichols (Room 202A) talking about her time on the Enterprise, and Ilya Salkind, producer of Superman I, II and III (Room 204B).

At 3 p.m., reality TV fans can meet their favorites in the fast-paced “I Saw You on TV” Q&A (Room 202A) or catch up with five-decade TV and movie star and “Tek Wars” comic book producer William Shatner (Room 204B). Then at 4, it’s a rare reunion of the original cast of the “Batman” TV series, featuring Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Yvonne Craig join George Barris, designer of the original Batmobile used in the series (Room 204B). Or, for a more modern look, Jewel Staite talks about life on “Stargate Atlantis” (Room 202A).

Don’t miss the always-entertaining – even if you’re not dressed up – Anaheim Comic Con Costume Contest at 5 p.m. (Room 202A), followed at 7 p.m. by an advance screening of the new Drawn Together movie (Room 204B).

Sunday has two unique panels that fans will surely want to take part in. Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer David Mandel discusses Comedic Writing at noon (Room 204B), followed by “Hearing Voices,” when voice actors Gregg Berger, Jennifer Hale, Lori Alan, Rob Paulsen and Candi Milo share their experiences (Room 202A).

The day wraps up with the Charity Auction at 1 p.m. (Room 204B), featuring great items generously donated by comic artists, celebrities and other Comic Con guests, followed by the ultra-cute Anaheim Comic Con Kids Costume Contest at 2 p.m. (Room 202A).

Anaheim Comic Con runs from April 16-18, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The pop-culture convention brings together fans of comics, toys, collectibles and offers a chance to see the actors, writers and artists that each industry has to offer.

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