With San Diego Comic-Con just weeks away, we’ve put together this handy convention guide to some of our favorite SDCC exhibits and events. Confirmed guests include Venture Brothers creators, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer; Along with James Urbaniak, the voice of Dr. Venture. Exhibitors include Bif Bang Pow!, Sideshow Collectibles and Adult Swim. Check back for program schedule and news updates from SDCC 2011.
San Diego Comic-Con 2011
When: July 21 – 24, 2011
Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 Map It!
(Born September 14, 1971) is an American comic book and television writer, storyboard artist, and voice actor known for his work on several Tick properties and for the animated television series The Venture Bros. He authored the comic book miniseries The Tick: Karma Tornado, a spin-off of The Tick, and was a staff writer and storyboard artist on the 1994 Tick animated series. He also worked on storyboards for PB&J Otter and Sheep in the Big City and as a writer on the 2001 Tick live-action series. He created The Venture Bros. in the early 2000s and produced its 2003 pilot episode. He and Doc Hammer are the series’ co-creators, writers, editors, and directors, producing the show through their animation company Astro-Base Go. Publick voices over 20 characters in the series, including Hank Venture, The Monarch, and Sergeant Hatred. » Jackson Publick’s Dragon*Con Bio
(Born February 2, 1976) Better known by his stage name Doc Hammer, is a multi-disciplinary artist, most notable as co-writer (with Christopher McCulloch), editor, and voice actor (Doctor Girlfriend, Henchman #21 and Master Billy Quizboy) for the animated television series The Venture Bros.. He has appeared in films such as Lisa Hammer’s Not Farewell, Sweet Flesh and Pus$bucket (alongside Terrence Fleming), Ben Edlund’s Crawley, and his own film Rub. He is credited for his earlier work as E.A. Hammer. He is also credited for being the inspiration of the Venture Bros. episode “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean”, based on his bout with testicular torsion. » Doc Hammer’s Dragon*Con Bio
(Born September 17, 1963) James Urbaniak is an American actor. One of his first noteworthy roles was in the avant-garde playwright/director Richard Foreman’s The Universe, for which Urbaniak won an Obie. He has also been acclaimed for his acting in the films Henry Fool and American Splendor, playing legendary illustrator R. Crumb and the play Thom Pain, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. He provides the voice for Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros., as well as the Doctor’s brother, Jonas Venture Junior and the super-villain Phantom Limb.
(Born November 14, 1964) is an American television and voice actor. He is best known for the TV roles, including the title role of The Tick, David Puddy on Seinfeld, the evil Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, and anchorman Jeb Denton on Less Than Perfect. As a voice actor, his uniquely deep voice has been lent to well-known roles including Ken in Bee Movie, Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove and its sequels, bodyguard Brock Samson on The Venture Bros., the wheelchair-using Joe Swanson on Family Guy, Steve Barkin on Kim Possible, and The Wolf in Hoodwinked, among others. He currently appears as macho married man Jeff Bingham in the CBS television program, Rules of Engagement.
Venture Bros. Signing at Entertainment Earth #2343
Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will be at the Bif Bang Pow! and Entertainment Earth booth #2343 from 3:30-4:30 on Friday to sign Venture Bros. action figures and convention exclusives. The toy company company is set to release Venture Brothers Series 4 and 5 and a Rusty Venture Action Figure Set as a convention exclusive. You can Pre-order ALL of these action figures today, or stop by the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at the convention.
» Friday, July 22nd 2:30-4:30pm – Venture Bros. Signing at Entertainment Earth Booth #2343
Venture Bros. Signing at Adult Swim #3949
Venture Bros. creators, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will have a signing at the Adult Swim booth on Saturday, July 23rd from 1-2pm. Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 at San Diego Comic-Con for full details!
» Saturday, July 23rd 1:00 to 2:00pm – Venture Bros. Signing at Adult Swim Booth #3949
James Urbaniak Signing at Devastator L-05
James Urbaniak will be signing at The Devastator booth! Fans are allowed one extra item signed if they buy a copy of The Devatator, the comedy and comics magazine for eight bucks. This is The Devastator’s first San Diego Comic Con and they’ve got some awesome stuff going on for our first year exhibiting, including fun indie signings in Small Press with Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypes) and James Urbaniak (Venture Bros.)!
» Saturday, July 23rd 3:00pm – James Urbaniak Signing at Devastator Booth L-05
Effin with Tonight
Be a part of the world premiere of former Tonight Show writer Jim Shaughnessy’s reinvention of late night, Effin with Tonight starring Patrick Warburton (The Venture Brothers, The Tick ) in the first all-original animated late night talk show. Panelists include Patrick Warburton, writer/creator Jim Shaughnessy, co-writer/EP Jerrod Cardwell (Arsenio Hall, George Lopez), and the voice cast of Rachel Butera (The Howard Stern Show), Jay Lamont (Comedy Central standup, Def Comedy Jam), and Joe Cipriano (the voice of FOX television, CBS TV, the Emmy Awards and the Grammy Awards). Effin with Tonight is comedically uncompromising. No hypocrisy is ever ignored, no jokes are off limits, and celebrity phoniness is always exposed. Exclusive preview clips will be shown followed by a Q&A. Effin with Tonight is a Sony Crackle web series debuting in September.
» Thursday, July 21st 3:00-4:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Archer Screening and Q&A
This animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its self-involved employees. Series creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo) and the show’s voice-over actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, and undercover surveillances — which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gains and prosperity. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Jon Benjamin Has a Van) as the highly skilled yet incredibly vain master spy Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler (Talk Soup, CSI) as fellow agent provocateur Lana Kane; Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) as the easily intimidated comptroller of ISIS, Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer (Mad Love, Arrested Development) as the loquacious secretary, Cheryl/Carol; Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS, Pam Poovey; and George Coe (Funny People, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Sterling’s elderly and always-exploited butler, Woodhouse.
» Thursday, July 21st 4:00-5:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Venture Bros. Panel
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will screen an early premiere of The Venture Bros. Special — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy — a 15-minute documentary-style animated special (premiering August 28 on Adult Swim), discuss their original series, and answer questions. The panel also features James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture).
» Friday, July 22nd 11:45-12:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Pilots / New Shows / Additional Sundry Topics
Mike Lazzo (senior vice president, programming and production for Adult Swim), Keith Crofford (vice president of production for Adult Swim), and Nick Weidenfeld (vice president, comedy development for both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) preview and discuss new Adult Swim programming.
» Friday, July 22nd 12:45-1:15pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital
See a never-before-screened episode of Childrens Hospital and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and Jon Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man), and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. The panel will close with a sneak peek at Adult Swim’s newest live-action comedy, NTSF:SD:SUV::, featuring creator and star Paul Scheer (The League). NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a clandestine team of government agents working to protect San Diego from numerous terrorist threats coming in daily from such evil countries as Mexico, Canada, and Guam. This team of highly trained operatives has only one job: saving your ass so you can drive your Prius and see your movies in 3D without worrying about living in a country run by no-good terrorists.
» Friday, July 22nd 1:30-2:30pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Black Dynamite
Creators and voice talent from the new animated series offer a sneak peek at the show and answer questions. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) and director Scott Sanders (Black Dynamite) appear, in addition to writer and star Michael Jai White, voice actors Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley, and writer/voice actor Byron Minns, all of whom also starred in the live-action feature film Black Dynamite. The 2009 movie is an outrageous action comedy/spoof that follows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies’ man Black Dynamite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps, and The Man. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew.
» Friday, July 22nd 2:30-3:15pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Bob’s Burgers creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen footage from season two, followed by a Q&A.
» Friday, July 22nd 3:00-4:00pm – Room 23ABC
Adult Swim: Robot Chicken
Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), and Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. The series uses stop-motion animation to bring pop culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past presidents. Moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim.
» Friday, July 22nd 3:30-4:15pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Eagleheart
Chris Elliott discusses his first lead television role since the cult favorite Get a Life. Panelists include series stars Chris Elliott, Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), and Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and executive producers Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg, and Jason Woliner. Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart promises violence, suspense, intrigue, and copious amounts of needless bloodshed as Marshal Chris Monsanto (Elliott) blindly kicks, punches, and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his case.
» Friday, July 22nd 4:30-5:00pm – Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Adult Swim: Venture Bros. Costume Contest
Adult Swim will be hosting various Lounge Events at Quality Social including a Venture Bros. Costume Contest on Friday night. There will also be a performance by Flying Lotus. All Lounge Events are invite only, and the only way to get invited is to visit the Adult Swim booth, panels or ice cream trucks to get more information on how to get a pass to the parties. Check out Adult Swim’s SDCC Page (under ‘Lounge’) for more info.
» Friday, July 22rd 10:30pm – Adult Swim: Venture Bros. Costume Contest at Quality Social
Futurama is back! Again! On stage will be creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of Futurama reincarnated as Japanese anime, along with a thrilling preview of this summer’s new season on Comedy Central. Moderated by Bill Morrison.
» Saturday, July 23rd 12:15-1:00pm – Ballroom 20
Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Adam West (Batman), and executive producers Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan, and Kara Vallow present a sneak peek at the new episode Stewie Goes for a Drive, featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds, followed by a Q&A session.
» Saturday, July 23rd 2:00-2:35 – Ballroom 20
Catch a preview of the Season 7 premiere of American Dad, featuring guest star Cee-Lo Green as a singing hot tub, followed by a Q&A with cast members Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, and Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, and Kara Vallow.
» Saturday, July 23rd 2:35-3:15 – Ballroom 20
Venture Tweet Up at SDCC 2011
The Venture Bros. Blog will be hosting its second annual Venture Tweet Up at SDCC 2011. The Tweet Up will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis bar and lounge on Saturday, July 23nd at 6pm. The Marriott Marquis is next door from the convention center and has a wide selection of draft beers and drink specials. Join us for costumes, cocktails and booby traps! Hope to see you all there!
Adult Swim Shop will hit Comic-Con International with what are sure to be “must-have” items that fanboys will buy and then brag to their friends and blog about. The Adult Swim Shop (www.adultswimshop.com) knows just what you want – Comic-Con exclusives, one-of-a-kind art prints, toys and more – and will be hauling a bunch of it down to San Diego for your purchasing pleasure.
The Adult Swim Shop (www.adultswimshop.com) is the online retail shop for the network, based in Atlanta, GA. The shop is managed by Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim and features a wide collection of exclusive and non-exclusive items based on Adult Swim’s portfolio of originals.
» Visit Adult Swim at Booth #3949
Bif Bang Pow! / Entertainment Earth
The company produces first-rate collectibles for such popular properties as Dexter, Lost, Californication, The Venture Bros., The Twilight Zone, The Big Lebowski, and Flash Gordon. Founder Jason Lenzi is a seasoned television producer and the ultimate fan of cultish pop culture. So when he created his company in 2005, he took the fan’s perspective. His idea was to bring items to the marketplace that he himself would want to own. Cultivated from TV, movies, books, comics, music, and more, Bif Bang Pow!’s mission is to provide high-quality action figures, toys, and collectibles to the massive cult audience (and kids of all ages) that wishes these toys were already in their collection. Bif Bang Pow! is a unit of JLA Direct, LLC.
» Visit Bif Bang Pow! at Booth #2343
Specialty manufacturer of licensed and proprietary collectible products. With Sideshow’s dedication to accuracy and artistry, these products reflect a passion for creating unique, highly sought after figure collectibles, as well as film prop replicas and fine art pieces. Sideshow artisans are renowned sculptors, experienced model makers, painters and costumers whose combined efforts result in the creation of outstanding original designs and intricately detailed likenesses of pop culture icons, including film and television monsters, villains, heroes, mystical creatures of fantasy, and legendary figures from history.
» Visit Sideshow Collectibles at Booth #1929
Stay tuned for convention schedule and program details!