Don’t miss these Silicon Valley Comic Con events for 2019

If you’re planning to visit the fourth annual Silicon Valley Comic Con in downtown San Jose on Aug. 16-18, here are some highlights from this weekend’s schedule at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. See the full lineup at

Big Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick lead a “Terminator” reunion to close out the convention Sunday at 3:30 pm.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield delivers this year’s keynote and has a conversation with moderator Adam Savage of “Mythbusters” fame at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Seem like an odd pairing? The two are good friends who dressed up as the astronauts from “2001: A Space Odyssey” to walk the floor incognito at another con in 2015.

John Milius, who directed the 1980s versions of “Conan the Barbarian” and “Red Dawn” and was the screenwriter on “Apocalypse Now,” appears in a spotlight panel Friday at 6 p.m. Need more Milius? He’s back Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to revisit the sword-and-sorcery world of Conan.

Game designer Will Wright, the guy behind “SimCity,” will talk with Fortune’s Chris Morris about science fiction’s influence on our perception of the future at 2 p.m. Saturday. Are we bummed there are no flying cars and Mars colonies by now? You bet.

Cool Stuff

The fourth annual Silicon Valley Comic Con Costume Contest will showcase professional and amateur cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters from movies, TV shows, games and comics at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fury is a multimedia concert and ballet experience based on the film, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” featuring the music of indie-pop band Yassou and composer Kristina Dutton with choregraphy by Danielle Rowe. Performances are held outside the convention center in the Viola Street garden area hourly from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Celebrate 50 years of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion with Jeff Baham, who wrote the book — OK, it was unauthorized, but still — on the spooky fan favorite attraction. Have fun with 999 of your best ghoul friends at noon Sunday.

And Science!

NASA once again has a big presence at SVCC, with a panel of women from the space agency talking about how they got their start and how they’re working to get us back to the moon. The lineup of space superstars includes astrophysicist Kimberly Ennico Smith; Jaya Bajpayee, Deputy Director for Science at NASA Ames; and astrobiologist Mary Beth Wilhelm. 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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