As SYFY celebrates its 25th anniversary and its recent brand reboot, the network is headed to San Diego Comic-Con bigger and better than ever before. In addition to 15 SYFY series panels or screenings, the network is rolling out a host of events, activations and parties designed to leave no fan behind. And SYFY will once again extend the fun to fans nationwide, with a three-night live TV event, SYFY Live From Comic-Con, hosted by Zachary Levi. Here's what Alexandra Shapiro, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, USA Network and SYFY, had to say in a statement.
"San Diego Comic-Con is the pinnacle event of the year for sci-fi enthusiasts, and as the only network dedicated to the genre 24/7, we can't wait to celebrate in a big way. SYFY is going to San Diego this year with a singular focus: to put fans first."
The SYFY SDCC takeover includes 15 SYFY panels and screenings, including a frakking great Battlestar Galactica reunion with creator Ron Moore and cast from the hit series. Also on tap for Comic-Con is the ultimate sci-fi debate throwdown with SYFY Hosts the Greate Debate! Moderated by John Hodgman, the biggest names in the sci-fi universe duke it out over the most influential moments, milestones and people in the genre's history. In SYFY Hosts the Great Debate, our expert panel will have the final word (or not!) on important topics like: Star Trek or Star Wars? Did Han or Greedo shoot first? And just who was the most influential captain of all time?
There will also be panels for 11 SYFY shows, including Syfy's upcoming Superman prequel series Krypton and the graphic novel adaptation Happy!. The Krypton panel is co-hosted with Warner Bros. Television Group, and Happy! is co-hosted with Universal Cable Productions. The stars and creators of current SYFY hits The Expanse, The Magicians and 12 Monkeys will also have Q&A panels, with The Magicians and 12 Monkeys panels co-hosted with Universal Cable Productions. Fan favorites Sharknado, Van Helsing, Wynonna Earp, Z Nation and Dark Matter will also have panels, along with upcoming new series Ghost Wars. All panels hosted by their respective studios. SYFY and Universal Cable Productions are screening an all-new episode of the grindhouse series Blood Drive and the premiere episode of No-End House, the next installment in SYFY's hit horror anthology Channel Zero.
There will also be a number of events and activations, including SYFY fan parties! Stripping away the exclusivity of traditional Comic-Con parties, SYFY is throwing two nights of first-come-first-served bashes. Hosted at the Children's Museum on Thursday, July 20 and Saturday, July 22, the themed parties feature photo booths, hourly surprises, live performances and more. There will also be some superfan nuptials at the Con this year. Actor Orlando Jones makes fans' dreams come true, as he presides over pop-up nuptials at TBD locations throughout the weekend. Syfy will also have Trivia trolleys, where fans can test their sci-fi knowledge and compete to win prize money and other giveaways on SYFY trolleys roaming the streets of San Diego.
Fans will also get the opportunity to belt out your favorite sci-fi theme songs on SYFY cosplay karaoke buses traveling throughout the city. You might even be surprised by one of your favorite stars! Get an expert makeup touch-up or costume repair at these roaming cosplay repair carts, designed to ensure that all cosplaying 'con-goers are at their camera-ready best. There will also be a Syfy drumline marching through the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, playing sci-fi theme songs and commemorating major moments in science fiction history. SYFY is also partnering with Zachary Levi to co-host his annual invitation-only Friday night party. Levi will host SYFY Live From Comic-Con, a three-night live television event that allows fans across the country to experience the best Comic-Con has to offer, dissect breaking 'Con news, and hear from their favorite stars and creators. Airing Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22, the live event is produced by Wilshire Studios. SYFY Wire's intrepid reporters and correspondents are providing 24/7 coverage of all the breaking news from the 'Con, online via www.syfy.com and on air on SYFY (including SYFY Live From Comic-Con).