Geek Takes Over San Diego Comic-Con!

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Fans of GEEK attending next week’s San Diego Comic-Con can meet the editors, staff and publishers of Geek Magazine all weekend long at Booth #4014, the official home at Comic-Con for all things geek.

Everyone who subscribes to the print or digital editions of Geek at the show will receive a free issue of GEEK as well as an SDCC exclusive “Red Star: Rapidfire” collectible poster (subject to availability).

And, if that’s not enough, GEEK will be sponsoring several panels throughout the weekend featuring such geek luminaries as Being Human’s Sam Witwer, The Making of Star Wars Jonathan Rinzler, Thor writer Ashley E. Miller, Haven showrunner Gabrielle Stanton, comic legend Chris Gossett, Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz, Sony Television Senior VP of Development & Production, Chris Parnell, and a live version of our current Star Wars cover story!

And to cap things off, Sunday afternoon, GEEK will once again be presenting the beloved Starship Smackdown, featured on NPR, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood, which boasted a surprise appearance by Neil DeGrasse Tyson last year, and has been one of the most popular and unforgettable panels at the con. Voting is currently open to nominate the contestants for this year’s Smackdown at Starship Smackdown on Facebook.

During the show, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest news and updates throughout the week as we add even more surprises to the schedule:

Geek Panel Schedule


3:00 – 4:00pm – We Still Love the 80s: 1983
Our 1982 Comic-Con panel was such a success that it’s only apropos that it gets a sequel. Welcome to 1983, now in 3-D. If you thought nothing could compare to the greatest geek movie year ever, 1982, you’re only half-right. Get ready as GEEK magazine takes you back to the future, the year of Return of the Jedi, WarGames, The Right Stuff, Risky Business, Vacation, Scarface, Zelig, A Christmas Story, Blue Thunder, Krull, Psycho II, the 3-D triptych of Spacehunter, Jaws 3-D and Parasite and, of course, the ultimate 007 showdown: Octopussy vs. Never Say Never Again. Join GEEK founding publisher and moderator Mark A. Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness) as he promises a San Diego “all-time high” with Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class, Colin Fischer), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-rays), Steve Melching (Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Steve Kriozere (N.C.I.S., Femme Fatales) and David E. Williams (editor-in-chief, GEEK magazine). Presented by GEEK. Room 5AB.

4:00 PM – 5:00pm – I Can’t Believe It’s Over: The Best & Worst TV Series Finales Ever!
It’s time to put the great debates to rest as GEEK magazine answers the most important question of our time: what is the best and worst TV season finales of all-time. Get ready as our panel of geeksperts dissects the end of Galactica’s lonely quest in Battlestar Galactica, the purgatory of the Lost finale, the Sopranos sign-off, all good things coming to an end for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Special Agent Dale Cooper getting piqued in Twin Peaks and many more. Moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales) turns up the volume for GEEK panelists Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, Moonlight, The Vampire Diaries), Kathryn Reindl (Twisted, Millennium), Nikki Griffin (GEEK magazine editor-at-large), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe, Thor), Brian Kronner (Grizzly and Steve Melching (Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Big Guy & Rusty, The Boy Robot). Presented by GEEK. Room 23ABC.


10:00 – 11:00am – The Red Star Rises: Geek Q&A with Christian Gossett
Legendary comic book creator Christian Gossett will be live on stage in conversation with GEEK magazine editor-in-chief David E. Williams as he discusses his pioneering and award-winning comic book series The Red Star (soon to be a major motion picture from Chronicle director Josh Trank for Warner Bros). They will be joined by Ana Alexander, Catherine Annette and Ashley Noel, who appear in an all-new Red Star comic book adventure Rapidfire, appearing exclusively in the pages of GEEK magazine. Gossett will also talk about his design work on such films as Peter Jackson’s King Kong and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as well as inventing the famous two-sided light saber for Tales of the Jedi and an Exclusive Red Star Comic-Con poster will be distributed to the first 100 attendees. Presented by GEEK. Room 32AB.

3:30 – 4:30pm – The Long & Winding Trek: Living Long & Prospering – From The Cage Into The Heart of Darkness
Get ready to boldly go as our panel of ultimate Treksperts discuss the past, present and future of the Star Trek franchise as it comes out of Darkness and heads towards its 50th anniversary in 2016. What can we expect in the next sequel? Will a new television series warp onto the airwaves soon? And who will play Janet Lester? Inspired by the bestselling cover story in GEEK magazine, join Scott Mantz (chief film critic at Access Hollywood), David A. Goodman (Futurama, Federation: The First 150 Years, Star Trek: Enterprise), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-ray special editions) and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales) along with a few very special surprise guests. Presented by GEEK. Room 24ABC.

5:00 – 6:00pm – The Geek Star Wars Roundtable – Live On Stage!
Sense a great disturbance in the Force? Don’t worry, it’s only the cover story of GEEK magazine coming to the stage of the San Diego Comic-Con as we once again re-convene our own Jedi Council roundtable to discuss our new hopes for the saga and the astounding developments in a galaxy far, far, away. Join Sam Witwer (Being Human, The Clone Wars), Kyle Newman (director, Fanboys), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars), Jonathan Rinzler (author, The Making of Return of the Jedi) Christian Gossett (artist, Tales of the Jedi) and GEEK founding publisher and Sith Lord Mark A. Altman (writer/producer, Free Enterprise) as they discuss the return of Han, Luke and Leia, the prequels, the end of The Clone Wars and J.J. Abrams’ epic challenge as Star Wars strikes back. Presented by GEEK. Room 7AB.


11:30 – 12:30pm – Inside The Writer’s Room: Earth’s Mightiest TV Writers Assemble!
Meet the writers, producers and executives who make genre entertainment what it is today and get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the highly classified secrets to getting TV shows made and how to break-in and break-out in today’s highly competitive broadcast environment, the deep dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writer’s room – and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. No canned speeches and press releases here, get the straight scoop from television’s most talented and outspoken writers and producers including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Amy Berg (Eureka, TNT Geena Davis pilot), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Vampire Chronicles, Arrow), Jose Molina (Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, The Middleman) and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle) and surprise guests. Moderator Chris Parnell (Senior VP, Drama Development & Production, Sony Pictures Television) moderates. Presented by GEEK. Room 24ABC.


3:30– 5:30pm – Starship Smackdown™ Redux 3-D: Ultimate Platinum Collector’s Edition
The must-see panel of Comic-Con and Wondercon returns for another action-packed year as the greatest spaceships in the history of the universe converge in the ultimate conflagration for the highly-coveted Smackdown title in Comic-Con’s most scholarly and serious panel ever convened. Will the Starship Enterprise once again defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Can the Serenity make mincemeat out of the Battlestar Galactica? Can you get cell reception in the TARDIS? And will Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson once again suddenly show up to save the Spaceship of the Imagination from certain doom? Join our panel of expert spaceshipologists as they outwit, outplay and outphaser, starring Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition), Chris Gossett (The Red Star: Rapidfire, Tales of the Jedi), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST:TNG Blu-rays), Kathryn Reindl (Twisted, Twilight Zone) and the Gene Rayburn of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales, DOA: Dead Or Alive), along with some very special surprise guests. End your weekend the San Diego way with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all-time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. All-new ships, all-new quips. Vote now for your favorite ships on Twitter and Facebook. Presented by GEEK. Room 6A.

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