COMIC-CON EXTENDED COVERAGE
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SAN DIEGO -- The world premiere of the animated film, "Batman: The Killing Joke," will highlight the second day of Comic-Con International Friday at the San Diego Convention Center.
The film -- which includes the voices of Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Ray Wise and Mark Hamill -- is based on a 1988 graphic novel in which the Joker targets the family of Commissioner James Gordon.
Strong, Wise, director Sam Liu and writer Brian Azzarello will appear on a panel to talk about the film. The session is scheduled for 9 p.m. in Room 20.
Other highlights for the day include panels with cast members from "Game of Thrones," the "Walking Dead" franchise, "Preacher," and producers and writers of "The Big Bang Theory."
The 28th annual Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the comic industry, is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom, One Park Blvd.
Officials are urging the use of public transit because of the huge crowds of attendees and gawkers expected in downtown San Diego over the next few days. The Metropolitan Transit System is running Blue and Green line trolleys every 7 1/2 minutes during peak periods, with the last trains leaving downtown after midnight. The Convention Center and Gaslamp stops provide access to the venue.
The MTS has also printed a limited quantity of commemorative Comic-Con day passes.
North County Transit District officials said they added a northbound Coaster train that will leave the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego at 9:15 p.m. Amtrak will not accept Rail-to-Rail service with Coaster fares during Comic-Con.
For those who don't attend, this is the first year for Comic-Con HQ, a video on-demand service in partnership with Lionsgate that will remain free through Monday. During the four days of the event, the service will include airings of select panels, access to the convention floor, the masquerade ball and the Eisner Awards, according to Comic-Con officials.
The ad-free streaming service is available here.