There’s another big convention attracting attention this week: Comic-Con International, one of the world’s largest pop-culture celebrations, takes over the San Diego Convention Center through Saturday, showcasing content from across the entertainment spectrum, including TV, movies, streaming, interactive and, of course, plenty of costumes. More than 160,000 fans are expected to attend the festival, and the AP will be there, too – in all formats. Here’s more…


Set Pieces (all times EDT)

Tuesday, July 19

COMIC-CON-ANNIVERSARIES — “Wonder Woman,” ”Star Trek” and “Aliens” are among the long-running entertainment franchises that will be celebrating milestones at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, the annual pop-culture convention that’s expected to draw more than 160,000 fans to the San Diego Convention Center. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Wednesday, July 20

COMIC-CON-PREVIEW — The doors to San Diego Comic-Con are set to open Wednesday night with a preview of the pop-culture convention’s show floor. “The Walking Dead,” ”Game of Thrones,” ”Justice League” and “Star Trek” are among the beloved entertainment properties expected to be hyped at the four-day extravaganza. By Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, with an update by midnight, photos.

COMIC-CON-STAR TREK PREMIERE — The cast of “Star Trek Beyond” is beaming into San Diego Comic-Con for the sci-fi sequel’s U.S. premiere. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m., photos, video.

Spot Coverage (all times EDT)

Text spot coverage each day will consist of a series of individual items on panels, events, celebs and scene color, with longer versions for the more significant developments. All stories will be slugged BC-US–Comic-Con-(subject). Here’s a day-to-day rundown of coverage highlights:

Wednesday, July 20

— 9 p.m. EVENT: Preview night.

— 11 p.m. EVENT: “Star Trek Beyond” premiere.

Thursday, July 21

— 1 p.m. PANEL: DreamWorks Animation.

— 2:45 p.m. PANEL: “Snowden,” with an evening screening planned.

— 4 p.m. PANEL: “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

— 7:30 p.m. PANEL: MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”

— 8 p.m. PANEL: “Pokemon Go.”

— 8:45 p.m. PANEL: Netflix’s “Luke Cage.”

— 9 p.m. EVENT: FX’s “Archer” Live.

— 11 p.m. EVENT: “Sausage Party.”

Friday, July 22

— 3 p.m. PANEL: AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead.”

— 4 p.m. PANEL: AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

— 5:15 p.m. PANEL: HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

— 8 p.m. PANEL: Comedy Central’s “South Park.”

— 9:30 p.m. PANEL: CW’s “Riverdale.”

— Midnight EVENT: Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” anniversary.

Saturday, July 23

— 2:30 p.m. PANEL: Warner Bros.

— 5 p.m. PANEL: “Star Trek” anniversary.

— 6:15 p.m. PANEL: “Aliens” anniversary.

— 7:15 p.m. PANEL: CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow.”

— 8 p.m. PANEL: CW’s “The Flash.”

— 8:30 p.m. PANEL: Marvel Studios.

— 8:45 p.m. PANEL: CW’s “Arrow.”


AP Video will be in San Diego beginning Wednesday. A first look at the convention center and city scene will move by Thursday 1200 GMT. Coverage continues through Monday morning for broadcast and online customers. Daily coverage highlights will include opening-night “Star Trek” premiere, costumes worn by attendees and press lines and cast interviews for upcoming Marvel and DC comics-based movies including “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and “Wonder Woman,” plus “Valerian” and “Trolls.” See the daily Entertainment Digest for output details.


AP/Invision photo coverage is planned for all days of the 2016 Comic Con fest. This will include a continuous stream of images featuring film, TV, and games, including preview night of the show floor, atmosphere around and inside the convention center, fans in costumes and outdoors “brand activations” installations where visitors engage in games and sports-like activities similar to an amusement park, red carpet celebrity portraits, Q&A panels and parties.


An interactive quiz testing your knowledge on 50 years of Star Trek will be available for subscribers, as well as a dataviz showing the lifetime revenue of the past 12 “Star Trek” films.


Watch for Comic-Con updates and observations on our Twitter account: @APEntertainment. Site staff will also be tweeting on their personal accounts:

— Lindsey Bahr: @ldbahr

— Derrik Lang: @derrikjlang

— Ryan Pearson: @ryanwrd


— Text: Steve Loeper, 213-952-1250, sloeper@ap.org.

— Video: Ryan Pearson, 310-430-4979, rpearson@ap.org.

— AP Photos: Carolyn Lessard at 212-621-1923 or clessard@ap.org.

— Invision Photos: Blair Raughley, 213-346-3833 (o), 410-829-6648 (c), blair@invisionagency.com.

— Interactive: Paul Cheung, 212-621-7269, pcheung@ap.org.

The AP.