11. Cartoon Network: Surfing with Adventure Time and [adult swim]
It's guaranteed to be "anything but" when Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel presents the inside scoop on Mordecai, Rigby and their pals and rivals on the hit cartoon. Right after that, travel to the very strange Land of Ooo for an Adventure Time (pictured above) panel with creator and Quintel's old CalArts buddy Pendleton Ward. Can't get enough of the boy and his magical dog? There's also a panel the next day about the upcoming Adventure Time Encyclopedia with a slide show and "dramatic reading" from the book, which is followed by an AT comic book panel. Whew! I think I need to lie down after all this excitement.
Cartoon Network will also present a sneak peek of new comedies Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe and Clarence with a Q&A featuring their respective creators; separate screenings and Q&A sessions for Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go!; and what sounds like one of the zanier Comic-Con panels: A look behind the scenes of the bonkers series Annoying Orange with creator Dane Boedigheimer and other voice talent that includes an episode premiere, a live musical number and a Toby Turner dance (whatever that is?).
Now, then, people. The incredibly prolific [adult swim] has something like nine friggin' panels going on. It's a world I'm (mostly) unfamiliar with, but I know for sure you'll want to check out the Robot Chicken sneak peek and Q&A with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and other creatives, and I have it on good authority that Venture Bros. creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer are guaranteed to be highly entertaining in their panel. Any time you can get Patton Oswalt and Amy Sedaris together on a panel, in this case to explain the epically weird The Heart, She Holler, it's worth a peek. And a panel on Saturday features Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro discussing the return of the beloved series Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbillies.
12. Disney Gets in on the Action
In "Marvel Television Presents," Marvel's head of TV Jeph Loeb shows off the company's latest offerings on Disney XD, including what's next for Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man, a new ep of Marvel's Avengers Assemble and the world premiere of Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Rawr!
And we'll get an epic answer to the eternal question "Whatcha doin'?" in a panel for perennial phavorite Phineas and Ferb, as creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh plus voice stars give us a look at Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel (pictured above), in which Our Heroes help Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man and the Hulk save the world.
13. Na Na Na Na Nickelodeon
In "The Legend of Korra Returns!," find out what's coming on this anime-influenced fave in a panel featuring sneak peeks of Book 2: Spirits and a discussion with the show's creators and voice stars.
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel features a rehash of Season 1 and a preview of Season 2 with a strong lineup of voice actors: Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen, Mae Whitman and Kevin Michael Richardson. Plus, the "unmasking of a fan-favorite character"!
"SpongeCon 2013: The Year of the Fan" has voice-of-SpongeBob Tom Kenny hosting an "interactive live SpongeBob event" featuring finalists from the "SpongeBob SquareShorts" fan-film competition and an exclusive peek at the new special SpongeBob, You're Fired!
13. The Freaks of FX
Remember that scene in Sons of Anarchy where Jax (pictured above) and co. go careering down a ravine in a junky old car that rolls and tumbles crazily but somehow ends up standing upright, the SAMCRO crew unscathed? I've always thought that was the perfect visual metaphor for this loopy biker tragedy. Get an inside look at the series with creator Kurt Sutter and the entire cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, and Jimmy Smits.
I honestly don't understand It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but apparently it's expected to attract a Hall H-sized crowd with a screening and Q&A, so there you go.
For that matter, who the hell ever thought Wilfred would become a thing? Stars Elijah Wood and Jason Gann join co-stars and producers to discuss bringing this "unique live-action comedy to life."
15. Other Cable Stars
Comedy Central celebrates the final season of Futurama -- again. Creator Matt Groening will be on hand as most or all of the voice cast (Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr and Lauren Tom) perform never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming "last episode ever." Plus, a cartooning "showdown to the death!"
Teen angst, thy name is Teen Wolf. Discuss Season 3 of MTV's hit supernatural high school drama with stars Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, and more, plus see an exclusive video presentation.
All hail Vikings! Get teased for Season 2 and meet writer-creator Michael Hirst and the stars of History's fave-rave barbarian drama: Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), George Blagden (Athelstan), Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy), Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki) and Clive Standen (Rollo).
Some call it a guilty pleasure, but TNT's alien-invasion drama Falling Skies is also a bona-fide hit for the network. Sneak a peek at the upcoming third season in a panel featuring stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Collin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Conner Jessup and Doug Jones.
I can only grudgingly put Sherlock on this list. I love the show, but the panel doesn't include stars Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman, or any actors. However, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, with producer Sue Vertue, will carry on talking about the latest modern-day adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, coming to PBS later this year.
16. On the Web
Grant Morrison's only Comic-Con 2013 panel unveils the launch of 18 Days, his new animated series for YouTube. See clips of the show, based on the epic Eastern myth the Mahabharata, and hear more about it from the Man Himself.
A discussion and Q&A on Stan Lee's World of Heroes features the legendary comics creator and his collaborators talking about the first year of their YouTube channel, with a sneak peek at new stuff and a special performance by Cosplay Piano star Sonya Belousova.
Executive producer Jack Black presents a preview of new web series Ghost Ghirls (pictured above), in which blonde beffies battle ghosts and tired old chick stereotypes. He's joined by the co-creators, including stars Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci, and Drunk History's Jeremy Konner, who's totally having a mainstream moment right now.
See exclusive footage from Season 2 of the hugely popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy, premiering on the gamer-oriented Machinima YouTube channel. Hear from voice stars Casper Van Dien, Brian Tee, Ian Anthony Dale and Samantha Jo, plus MK creator Ed Boon and series creator/director Kevin Tancharoen.
It's not all about Netflix, ya know. Hulu's got a new animated series for adults called The Awesomes, about "the greatest superhero team in history and what happens after all the most powerful members leave." Co-creators and late-night heroes Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker will be on hand for a screening and Q&A.
17. Et Cetera
Fancy a geek heartthrob? He might be on "Entertainment Weekly's Brave New Warriors" panel, featuring Matt Smith, Kit Harington, Steve Yeun, Tyler Posey and David Giuntoli discussing their characters and sharing stories from their sets. Or, if you prefer "Women Who Kick Ass," EW's got your back on that too, with Michelle Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira (pictured above as The Walking Dead's frighteningly fierce Michonne) and others.
Not to be outdone, "TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites" features a chat with Candice Accola, Kristin Bauer, Henry Ian Cusick, Giancarlo Esposito, Danai Gurira, Tyler Hoechlin, Joseph Morgan, Yvonne Strahovski and others.
TV Guide also "Celebrates The X-Files' 20th Anniversary" with series creator Chris Carter, a bunch of writers/producers and more guests to be announced. A different panel, "The X-Files with Creator Chris Carter," focuses on Season 10 in the comics, but also on two decades' worth of The X-Files. Because the truth is still out there. Somewhere.