The first part of the programming schedule for the 2012 edition of Comic-Con is officially live—and there will be a ton of cool sci-fi and fantasy events to check out in San Diego next month.
So what's on tap for the first day, which ramps up the night of Wednesday, July 11, and officially kicks off Thursday, July 12?
Here are 9 of the more interesting events coming to the San Diego Convention Center:
Sneak peek a ton of new sci-fi TV pilots
Wednesday night will get things started off on the right foot, with sneak peek screenings of several hot pilots coming up this fall. Show up early and get a first look at pilots of The CW's Arrow, J.J. Abrams' Revolution, Rockne S. O'Bannon's Cult and 666 Park Avenue.
Celebrate Battlestar Galactica's 35th anniversary
Everything really starts in earnest Thursday, and former Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch will bring in Jane Espenson and some former BSG writers to talk about the politics and philosophies of the seminal sci-fi series.
Dig deep into The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien fan site TheOneRing.net will take an independent look at the upcoming Hobbit films, including a special presentation from some folks at FX house Weta Workshop. Should show off some great behind-the-scenes content.
Talk the New 52 with DC editors
DC editor Pat McCallum, and creators Jeff Lemire (Justice League Dark), Rob Liefeld (Deathstroke, Grifter) and Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western) will lead a panel and talk about what's coming up next for DC.
See what Stan Lee is coming up with next
In the "Stan Lee World of Heroes" panel, the man himself will introduce his new YouTube channel. Joined by Mark Hamill, Adrianne Curry, Peter David, Jace Hall and Bonnie Burton, the attendees will take questions from fans.
Buffy! Dig into how Joss Whedon's series continue as comic
Authors Katrina Hill, Jennifer K. Stuller and Traci Cohen lead a panel on how some sci-fi TV series can live on in comic book form, and discuss the different storytelling tools that go along with that. Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and comic, alums set to attend: writer/actor Amber Benson, editors Scott Allie and Mariah Huehner, and actors Clare Kramer and Tom Lenk.
Twlight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 sneak peek
If you're a fan of Twilight, the studio will be showing off a sneak peek at some new footage from the final installment in the vampy love series. Plus a Q&A with the cast and crew is scheduled.
Hang out with the cast of MTV's Teen Wolf
Series cast members Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes will join executive producer Jeff Davis for a Q&A. Plus a new episode will also be screened before it airs.
Robert Kirkman talks Walking Dead
One event that's sure to pack the hall is the sit-down interview with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, where he will discuss the comic and TV series. He'll also do a Q&A, so bring your big questions with you.