San Diego Comic-Con is a terrific time, but if you’re a Star Trek fan this will be one for the ages. The Star Trek franchise is inviting fans to celebrate the 50th anniversary at Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego this year, with panels, events, activations and merchandise exclusives from July 21-24.
Fans will be able to immerse themselves in a full weekend of Star Trek events and activities at the world-famous convention, including six panels, the first showing of the 50 Artists. 50 Years. art exhibit, a first look at MAC’s new Star Trek makeup collection, and exclusive merchandise..
CBS will be hosting the “Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years” panel. It will be the centerpiece of the weekend and it will be taking place in Hall H on Saturday, July 23 (2p.m. – 3p.m.). Attending the event will be the legendary William Shatner (Star Trek) and Star Trek alumni Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) and Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
They will take the stage to reflect on 50 years of Star Trek just as the series heads back to the small screen. The conversation will be moderated by Bryan Fuller, executive producer of the new Star Trek television series coming to CBS All Access, following its network premiere in January 2017.
The art exhibit will be called “50 Artists. 50 Years,” it will take place at the at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (363 Fifth Ave #102, San Diego, CA 92101).
Created to commemorate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, 50 Artists. 50 Years. features Star Trek-inspired works by 50 artists from around the globe, including the last piece created by Leonard Nimoy. The exhibit will include original 2D and 3D pieces by the artists, who selected a variety of mediums — illustrations, photographs, sculptures, paintings, graphics and more — to express their love of the franchise and the inspiration gained from it.
Fans are invited to tour the art exhibit Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 from 11a.m. – 8p.m. and Sunday, July 24 from 10a.m. – 5p.m. The exhibit is free and does not require tickets. Special signings by participating artists will occur throughout the weekend. For a full schedule, please visit StarTrek.com
MAC cosmetics is also getting in on the Star Trek action. The brand will deliver exclusive early access to the cosmic new makeup collaboration inspired by the women of Star Trek. Fans can jump aboard the transporter, located in Children’s Park across from the Convention Center, to explore strange new worlds for photo ops and to shop the 25-piece collection, ranging from lipstick to nail polish to eye shadows, six weeks early in a futuristic and unique immersive experience.
Other Panels Include (as described by CBS)
TREK TALKS: SCIENCE, SMITHSONIAN AND STAR TREK
Friday, July 22, 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. (Room 5AB)
From the cutting-edge labs of the Smithsonian Institution to the front-lines of the digital economy, the promises made in Star Trek are coming true. This panel gives a glimpse at real Trek technology: the tricorder that may change medicine; laser weapon technology; and an actual tractor beam. And fans will get a preview of the original Starship Enterprise, fully restored after 50 years and the centerpiece of the National Air & Space Museum. This panel will be supplemented by exclusive preview clips from Smithsonian Channel’s two-hour special “Building Star Trek,” which will air later this year. Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, moderates a discussion with Dr. Sonny Kohli, Team Leader of Cloud DX, a finalist for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE®; David Grier, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University, who is developing a real-life Tractor Beam; Dr. Rob Afzal, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow Laser Sensor and Systems Harnessing the Power of Lasers; and Elizabeth Trojian, Executive Producer of Smithsonian Channel’s “Building Star Trek.”
STAR TREK: THE RODDENBERRY VAULT
Saturday, July 23, 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m. (Room 5AB)
On September 8, 1966, a new television series premiered with a basic mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Little did anyone expect Star Trek would become one of the most adored and influential entertainment icons of the last half century. Star Trek documentarian Roger Lay, Jr.; Rod Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry; CBS’s Phil Bishop; and Star Trek alumni Mike and Denise Okuda will reveal never-before-seen clips and photos from some of Star Trek’s most beloved episodes.
TREK TALKS: STAR TREK & NASA BOLDLY GO
Saturday, July 23, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. (Room 5AB)
Star Trek has influenced many of us to fall in love with the infinite possibilities of space exploration. The various television series and films have also made an indelible impact to NASA. NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts often cite Star Trek as inspiring them to pursue careers in their fields. (Nichelle Nichols even helped NASA recruit astronauts in the 1980s.) How does NASA’s vision of the future mimic the world of Star Trek and where does it differ? What technologies in the Star Trek world have paved the way for real technologies being developed by NASA? Robert Picardo, who portrayed The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager, will moderate a panel which includes Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, NASA Johnson Space Center; Amber Staughn, Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Bobak Ferdowsi, Flight Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Jay Falker, Early Stage Portfolio Executive, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.
STAR TREK THE OFFICIAL STARSHIPS COLLECTION: DESIGNING AND FILMING STARSHIPS
Saturday, July 23, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. (Room 28 D/E)
Star Trek concept designer Rick Sternbach and Visual Effects Producer Dan Curry discuss exactly what it takes to take a Starship from the page to the screen and how the process has changed since Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987 with the introduction of CG. The panel will be moderated by Eaglemoss’s Ben Robinson and everyone who attends will receive a free model Starship from Eaglemoss’s collection.
STAR TREK: FIVE DECADES OF COMICS
Friday, July 22, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m. (Room 8)
A celebration of all the 4-color Star Trek worlds, featuring a look at all past iterations and a chat with many who’ve chronicled the Enterprise crews’ comic-book adventures, including Len Wein, Scott Tipton, Mike Johnson, John Van Citters and JK Woodward. Moderated by Star Trek editor/supreme commander Sarah Gaydos.
Star Trek fans will have an assortment of one-of-a-kind products to choose from, including the debut of a Mega Blok mini-Enterprise in red, yellow and blue. The mini-Enterprises will be available at Star Trek licensee booths throughout the show.
CBS will distribute free limited edition collector’s lapel pins featuring the new logo for the CBS All Access Star Trek series coming in 2017. The pins will be available while supplies last at the MAC activation located in Children’s Park across from the Convention Center, at the 50 Artists. 50 Years. art exhibit at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts gallery and at the QMX booth (Booth #4145).
More information on giveaways and other booths that will be part of the Star Trek experience can be found on the official SDCC website.