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ToonBarn at SDCC: Day 3 Recap

Day 3 at San Diego Comic-Con was filled with 4 panels, 1 interview session, and some time on the exhibit hall floor checking out what the vendors had to offer. We started off in Ballroom 20 with a perennial favorite at SDCC.

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The Simpsons

Going into its record-demolishing 27th season, The Simpsons are going strong at SDCC as well! We watched this panel for a sneak peek behind “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” and much, much more with creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike Anderson, long-time director David Silverman and the woman behind Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, and Ralph Wiggum, Nancy Cartwright. Eat my shorts and leave room for dessert, because a surprise guest showed up to introduce the opening show sequence for his Treehouse of Horror episode. Yes, we are talking about the one and only Guillermo del Toro. What a treat for the fans! Getting to see Nancy Cartwright‘s first visit to SDCC was an added treat, and she did not disappoint!


Family Guy

Seth MacFarlane returns to SDCC! The Renaissance man of entertainment participated in a panel featuring sneak peeks at the upcoming season of fan favorite Family Guy. Joined by the casts and executive producers, including Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry, Rich Appel, and Steve Callaghan, they previewed the upcoming season and did an impromptu table read for the fans.


American Dad

The Seth MacFarlane block continued with American Dad, where they also showed a preview of the upcoming season and performed a table read for the fans. Panelists included Scott Grimes, Wendy Schaal, Matt Weitzman, and Brian Boyle. Dee Bradley Baker was supposed to be there, but had to go to the Emergency Room right before the panel.

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Bordertown Panel and Interviews

Voice cast Alex Borstein (“Family Guy”), Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl”, “Two and a Half Men”), and Nicholas Gonzalez (“Sleepy Hollow”, “Jane the Virgin”) were in attendance for Bordertown, along with Creator/Exec Producer/Writer Mark Hentemann and Executive Producer Seth MacFarlane. The series, which will premiere on FOX Sundays in January 2016 after The Simpsons and Family Guy, also stars voice cast Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”, “Ray Donovan”) and Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), and features writers Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano. We were happy to be able to interview Alex, Missi, Nicholas, Mark and Lalo for Bordertown, which we will be seeing when it comes out early in 2016. These interviews will be available within a few weeks.


Man of Action Panel

Man of Action‘s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle create TV shows (Ben 10, Generator Rex) and write comic books/graphic novels for the Man of Action imprint and Image Comics. Learn from the pros how to turn comics into hit television shows (Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) and films (Rouleau and Seagle created the comic book team and characters for the Academy Award-winning film Big Hero 6). Man of Action is producing the feature films Officer Downe and I Kill Giants, with scripts by Casey and Kelly, respectively, based on their own graphic novels, with more in the works.


Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall had much to offer this year, with new SDCC exclusives (which we could never get), art, books, toys, collectibles, autograph signings, and geek fashions. We also found plenty of cosplayers and large displays of some of your favorite properties in entertainment.



Thank you for following our coverage of Day 3. We’ll be posting our final recap of SDCC Day 4 tomorrow.

Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.
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