ComicCon@Home: “Hollywood” Panels reviewed

I tried to keep my “live” viewing of panels focused on comic books, but there are loads of panels that focus on comic book adjacent projects in TV, movies, and animation.  A huge advantage to ComicCon@Home is that I was able to watch lots of panels (15 of them!) after the fact that I would have never stood in line with huge crowds of people to see as they happened in the larger rooms at con.

The was SO MUCH to enjoy about ComicCon@Home for me. I watched a total of 56 panels, 41 about comics (a couple of those were edge cases between comics/Hollywood) and 15 Hollywood panels that I talk about in this Blog below.

Bob’s Recommended “Must See” Panels for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture in other media:

Bugs Bunny’s 80th Anniversary Extravaganza (fun for anyone)

Harryhausen100: Into the Ray Harryhausen Archive (should be watched by any fan of classic sci-fi & fantasy film)

…basically any panels related to a show you watch & love (I’m clearly a fan of the shows that I watched the panels for below. There were LOTS of other shows that had panels on the full ComicCon@Home schedule that I didn’t watch but you may really love.)

More detailed information/reviews/links can be found below.

I’m not sure how long these will be viewable for free.  I’m guessing at least through the weekend and into next week, but I wouldn’t wait several weeks to watch any of these that you want to make sure you catch.

Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel (originally aired Thurs @ 10am)


Panel Description: Star Trek broke barriers when it first premiered more than 50 years ago, inspiring people of all walks of life by championing cultural diversity, scientific advancement, and the exploration of new frontiers. Today, this legacy carries on through the Star Trek series on CBS All Access, where Starfleet and new characters alike take on exciting missions and explore uncharted areas of the universe while keeping true to the ideals of “Star Trek” that society needs now more than ever. Join us as we virtually bring together the casts and producers from Star Trek: Discovery, new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard.
Dominic Patten, Deadline’s senior editor, moderates the overall “Star Trek Universe” panels with an introduction and discussion with Secret Hideout executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin who give a glimpse of what’s ahead in the ever-expanding franchise.
The cast of
Star Trek: Discovery reprises their roles in a virtual table read of the season two finale “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2.” Cast scheduled to appear, include Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Tig Notaro (Commander Jett Reno), Alan Van Sprang (Captain Leland), Jayne Brook (Admiral Katrina Cornwall), and the Discovery Bridge crew Emily Coutts (Lt. Detmer), Oyin Oladejo (Lt. J.G. Owosekun), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Lt. Rhys), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Lt. J.G. Bryce), Sara Mitich (Lt. Nilsson), and upcoming Start Trek: Strange New World stars Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One), and Ethan Peck (Spock), alongside Star Trek: Discovery executive producer and co-showrunner Michelle Paradise and executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi, who also directed the season two finale.Act one of the table read will make its world premiere at Comic-Con@Home followed by a brief cast Q&A.
Mike McMahan (
Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites), creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the upcoming animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, which premieres Thursday, August 6 on CBS All Access, will debut an exclusive extended first look from the premiere episode. McMahan also moderates a fun discussion with the Starfleet crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos, including “Ensign Beckett Mariner” voiced by Tawny Newsome, “Ensign Brad Boimler” voiced by Jack Quaid, “Ensign Tendi” voiced by Noël Wells, and “Ensign Rutherford” voiced by Eugene Cordero and the ship’s bridge crew including “Captain Carol Freeman” voiced by Dawnn Lewis, “Commander Jack Ransom” voiced by Jerry O’Connell, “Lieutenant Shaxs” voiced by Fred Tatasciore, and “Doctor T’Ana: voiced by Gillian Vigman.
Patrick Stewart and the lively cast of the hit original series
Star Trek: Picard, come together (virtually) for the first time post-finale to discuss the critically acclaimed first season. Cast members scheduled to appear includes Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Isa Briones (Dahj/Soji), Evan Evagora (Elnor), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), and Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal Rios) along with special guest stars Brent Spiner (Data/Dr. Soong), Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi).

I’m a fan of Star Trek, having watched most of the series over the years, except for Enterprise, which I only caught a few episodes of here and there.  Plus, all the movies, some of them multiples times (II, IV, First Contact).  BUT… I’m apparently not a big enough fan to pay for CBS All Access so I can watch all of the new series they’re putting out.

So it was nice to get a taste of the latest in Star Trek on this panel.  I really enjoyed the “table read” of the beginning of the Season 2 Finale of Discovery.  Classic feeling Star Trek action (that reminded me a lot of Next Generation), I think I’ll be checking this series out, especially since it’s available on Blu Ray.

The Animated “Below Decks” series didn’t really grab me, but I really enjoyed the part of the panel devoted to “Picard”.  It was great seeing “Sir Patrick”, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes.  I loved seeing Marina Sirtis give Stewart shit about being old on the panel and telling people not to be too deferential to him since “It took us years to train him!”.  A lot of camaraderie between people from the “Next Gen” crew members.

Huge fun for Star Trek fans, whether you plan to subscribe to CBS AllAccess or  not.


A Look Inside “Marvel’s 616” on Disney+ (originally aired Thurs @ 1pm)


Panel Description: Marvel’s 616 explores how Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators exist within the “world outside your window.” Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Join directors Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer, and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman as they discuss the making of this Disney+ original anthology series with moderator Angélique Roché.

Gillian Jacobs was very engaging talking about how she read tons of comics as research for doing her documentary about female creators.  It was also nice to hear her say that having read so many comics recently as an adult she really wished she had discovered and read comics as a kid.  Paul Scheer’s documentary is about really weird/obscure characters in the Marvel Universe.  I’m a big enough Marvel Geek that I had read and knew about all the ones he mentioned (except Typeface, from Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol. 2 #23).  I know I read this comic 20 years ago, but this character was not memorable enough for me to have any recollection of him.   But I was all in on remembering The Whizzer and US 1.

These documentaries look really interesting….but still not enough for me to give Disney $$ every month for a Disney+ subscription.  I hope to be able to see them one day somewhere.

RECOMMENDED?  8/10.  Worth watching for an overview of this project.

The New Mutants (originally aired Thurs @ 2pm)


Panel Description: Writer/Director Josh Boone and the cast of Twentieth Century Studios and Marvel Entertainment’s The New Mutants, including Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga discuss the upcoming original horror-thriller moderated by Ira Madison III.

We’ve been waiting for this movie for YEARS… it was nice finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (hopefully, covid willing).  Good to see the short first scene with Dani Moonstar followed by trailer footage.  The characters look pretty darned good, particularly Anya Taylor Joy as Magik.

Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced Sin-KEV-itch)

The bad: The moderator should really know how to pronounce Sienkeiwicz if he is hosting a New Mutants panel and must introduce the guy.  Heck, Bill’s Twitter handle is a phonetic pronunciation of his name: @sinKEVitch


Amazon Prime Video: The Boys Season 2 (originally aired Thurs @ 3pm)

Watch When Available:

Panel Description: Executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Aya Cash, with moderator Aisha Tyler, gather for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season of The Boys. Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will also make a special appearance. Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. The even more intense, more insane season two finds The Boys on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought.

I really enjoyed Season 1 and season 2 looks pretty good based on this panel and the material showed.  Great lineup of stars!  Wow!  Most at one time of any panel I’ve seen so far.  If you have not seen Season 1, it’s worth watching an episode BUT BEWARE!  NOT FOR KIDS!   Also, believe it or not, the TV show is a tamed-down version of the comic.  Not for the squeamish or for prudes.


Bugs Bunny’s 80th Anniversary Extravaganza (originally aired Thurs @ 4pm)


Panel Description: Take a trip through eight decades of laughs and carrots when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) presents an all-encompassing look at one of the world’s most beloved and recognizable stars. Join three of the current voices of Bugs Bunny–Billy West (Space Jam, Futurama, Doug), Jeff Bergman (Tiny Toon Adventures, Our Cartoon President), and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Muppet Babies)–alongside Looney Tunes Cartoons executive producer Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), movie historian, author and TV personality Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Tonight), animation historian and author Jerry Beck (Animation Scoop), and Warner Archive senior vice president George Feltenstein as they cover the gamut of Bugs’ history from theatrical shorts to Saturday morning cartoons and the new HBO-MAX series. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, Avengers: Endgame, DC Super Hero Girls) will moderate the panel.

Great panel!  Awesome lineup of panelists and clearly professional job done by WB in putting this panel together.  If you like Bugs Bunny seek this one out and watch it…


Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass – An Action Hero Career Retrospective (originally aired Fri @ 10am)


Panel Description: Actress and producer Charlize Theron reflects on portraying over two decades of action heroes, from Æon Flux to The Old Guard’s Andromache, Mad Max: Fury Road’s Furiosa to Atomic Blonde’s Lorraine Broughton. In a lengthy retrospective Q&A moderated by IGN’s Terri Schwartz, Theron discusses the evolution of the modern female action hero, the roles that inspired her and what drives her to constantly push her limits with fight training.

I’ve got a lot of respect for Theron as an actor, especially all the action stuff she has done including the recent “Old Guard”, but the moderator of this panel asked quite a lot of repetitive questions that tended to rehash the same movies/topics in the answers.  I’d have liked less “Mad Max Fury Road” and a bit more on the recent “Old Guard”.  Her discussion of the driving training she got for “The Italian Job” was the most enlightening part of the interview for me.


Harryhausen100: Into the Ray Harryhausen Archive (originally aired Fri @ 1pm)


Panel Description: 2020 marks what would have been legendary animator Ray Harryhausen’s 100th birthday. To mark this occasion, the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation present an exclusive look into the incredible collection which was gathered over a lifetime of creativity. Join Ray’s daughter Vanessa Harryhausen (foundation trustee), John Walsh (foundation trustee), and Connor Heaney (collections manager) for a chance to get close to some of Ray’s most iconic creations, as the three share memories and secrets from the archive, celebrating a century of cinema magic.

A must-see for any fans of Ray Harryhausen’s works in films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, and many more.

Such a treat to see Harryhausen’s daughter Vanessa with a huge array of his original models.

It’s hard for people to understand who grew up in the “CGI era” but seeing what Harryhausen could do with green screen compositing and models 50+ years ago is still amazing to me.  The fight with the skeleton warriors from Jason & the Argonauts (1963) is a fantast film classic thanks to Harryhausen.

His work laid the work for what we have in film today… and made fans of the people who would go on to create the cinematic  SFX innovations we have today.


AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead (originally aired Fri @ Noon)


Panel Description: Fear the Walking Dead will present a panel for the series’ upcoming sixth season, premiering later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades. Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan’s (James) last message at the end of season five implored the group to “Just Live” and this season we’ll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia’s communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia’s walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world.

Loved seeing Chris Hardwick again… this was like an online episode of The Talking Dead!  Amazing lineup of actors from the show and nice to see everyone (actors & producers) answering fan questions. Hollywood does a nice job of editing these things together to look pretty good. 

I’d never have seen the Walking Dead panels in Hall H (not into the huge line) so I’m happy this was available on YouTube.   I hope the ComicCon folks do these mega popular “Hall H” type Hollywood these panels on-line like this again even when Con happens live!

“Fear” is probably my current favorite of the Walking Dead shows, I love the cast.  This is after not caring too much for the show for the first couple of seasons, but they made a lot of cast changes that were upgrades for me.  Biggest bummer about this panel was that my favorite character from the show Garrett Dillahunt (John Dorie) was not here.

AMC’s The Walking Dead (originally aired Fri @ 1pm)


Panel Description: The Walking Dead will make its 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting “A Certain Doom, ” which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro. In The Walking Dead episode 1016, “A Certain Doom, ” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.

Another “Talking Dead”-esque episode with Chris Hardwick.  Nice seeing Lauren Cohan back on the show, once I saw the first episode of the ABC series “Whiskey Cavalier” that she left The Walking Dead to do, I knew it would only be a matter of time before she was back on TWD.  What was originally going to be the season finale will be aired on October 4th, and the season will be extended by an additional 6 episodes.  Good panel for fans of the show to catch up on what’s coming up.


AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond (originally aired Fri @ 2pm)


Panel Description: The Walking Dead: World Beyond makes its Comic-Con International debut as the third series in wildly successful The Walking Dead Universe. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the series’ panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Matt Negrete and cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicholas Cantu, Nico Tortorella, Julia Ormond, and Joe Holt. The Walking Dead: World Beyond delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.

Another “Talking Dead”-esque episode with Chris Hardwick and a crowd of actors from the new Walking Dead series (debuting Oct. 4th) that takes place 10 years after the zombie outbreak featuring a predominantly young cast of characters.  I’m looking forward to giving the show a try, I’m an easy touch for the Walking Dead Universe both in comics and on TV.


I Am Not Okay with This – From the Page to the Screen! (originally aired Fri @ 2pm)


Panel Description: Cartoonist Charles Forsman (I Am Not Okay With This, The End of the F***ing World), director Jonathan Entwistle (I Am Not Okay With This, The End of the F***ing World), and actor Wyatt Oleff (It, I Am Not Okay With This) trace the evolution of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series I Am Not Okay With This back to its beginnings as an original graphic novel! Moderated by the book’s editor and Fantagraphics associate publisher, Eric Reynolds.

It would have been nice to have Sophia Lillis on the panel, but they did have co-star Wyatt Oleff who was also in “It” with Lillis (ironically, playing a character named Stanley in both).

In the absence of the series star creator Charles Forsman and director Jon Entwistle ended up speaking more about the writing and production of the series, so that’s not a bad thing.

Hopefully people who like the series will seek out the Graphic Novel the series is based on.  For Forsman’s other GN adapted by Netflix “The End of the F***ing World” the GN was a bit more concise/contained than the series.  Not a knock on either the GN or the TV series, they’re different things, and it’s always been fascinating to me to see how something ends up being changed to be more suited to a different medium and different audience.


Bill & Ted Face the Music (originally aired Sat @ 3pm)


Panel Description: Cast Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, director Dean Parisot alongside writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson gather for a lively panel moderated by filmmaker and fan Kevin Smith.

Bill & Ted Face the Music looks like it will be a most bodacious sequel, dudes and babes.  Party On!  This panel features a most outstanding collection of star-power, including the resplendently cast Brigette Lundy Paine as Billie, Bill S. Preston, Esquire’s daughter & Samara Weaving as Thea, Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan’s daughter.

Yes, Way!  There are totally non-heinous stories about the origins of Bill & Ted and triumphant clips from the movie itself.

I eagerly anticipate being able to check out this stellar sequel later this year.

Be excellent to each other!

RECOMMENDED?  9/10.   (Steer clear if not a Bill & Ted fan)

The Fleet Science Center Celebrates: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Stories and Science of Androids, Space Travel and Aliens (originally aired Sat @ 3pm)


Panel Description: For seven seasons Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed to take us on one wild ride after another. The show is coming to an end with season seven, which premiered on May 27, and we are excited to celebrate the show with this panel. It is one thing to explore the amazing, and sometimes scary, abilities of inhumans (mutants), and quite another to take these stories into a matrix-like world, into space and even on a time-traveling adventure. Join the Fleet Science Center and executive producers, writers, and actors from Marvel’s immensely popular TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as they reveal how these stories came to life and discuss with San Diego scientists if they got the science right. Panelists are Jeffrey Bell (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunner, executive producer, and writer), Andrea Decker (Fleet Science Center, moderator), Dr. Virginia De Sa (professor in the Cognitive Science Department at UC San Diego), Elizabeth Henstridge (actor, Jemma Simmons), Dr. Anila Kanchan Madiraju (research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Melissa Miller (scientist and science writer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography), James Oliver (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-producer and writer), Sharla Oliver (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-producer and writer), Dr. Troy Sandberg (postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego), Joel Stoffer (actor, Enoch), and Craig Titley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer and writer).

This was a pretty interesting panel.  Only one actor from the show and a few writers, but a LOT of scientists from the San Diego area.  I was fascinated by the conversation and the desire of the people on the show to keep the pseudo-science as “real” as they can.  It was interesting to learn that Elizabeth Henstridge had been pre-med in school, but also taking drama classes.  Though the drama won out she has more of a basis in the sciences than most actors.
This panel was promoting real science to TV fans under the guide of a panel about a TV show, so I’m all for that…  ~5300 fans as of Monday July 27th, which is almost a “Hall H” of fans.


What We Do in the Shadows (originally aired Sat @ 5pm)


Panel Description: Named “TV’s best comedy” by the Hollywood Reporter, What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the lives of four vampires and their loyal familiar who, in a surprising twist, is a descendant of famed vampire slayer Van Helsing. Join us in raising a glass of regular human alcohol beer to the sharp-toothed cast–Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén–and the creative team for a spirited discussion hosted by special guest, Haley Joel Osment.

Great for fans of the show, I really enjoyed this!  If you don’t watch the show you’re probably not going to get a lot out of this.


An Evening with Kevin Smith (originally aired Sat @ 6pm)


Panel Description: Kevin Smith talks Son-In-Lockdown, unveils a new Funko Pop, and drops the first look at his new film Killroy Was Here. Plus, Kevin chats about a new podcast he created with his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and reveals how to get your very own Mooby’s Cow Tipper.

Bleeping out Smith’s profanity was a bad choice, since he curses A LOT.  It made this panel completely unwatchable for me. I gave up after hearing about 20 irritating bleeps in the first few minutes.  Kevin Smith was able to host the entire Bill & Ted panel without cursing & being bleeped continually, so he is capable of not swearing. 

If Smith knew Comic-Con was going to be bleeping him, he should have just refrained from swearing here as well.  Is it possible that the Con people didn’t tell him he was going to be bleeped throughout this panel?  Better if they had just issued a content advisory and let the panel run with language intact. 


Opinion piece by: Bob Bretall
( By Fans who Love Comics For Fans who Love Comics