Every year in July, no less than 130,000 attendees converge into Downtown San Diego as the San Diego Comic-Con is held. With Comic-Con being one of the world’s biggest festivals for comics and nerd culture, not surprisingly some of the biggest news in entertainment is often announced here.

Adult Swim has several events planned for Comic-Con including those that relate to the better cartoon show, including an FLCL panel on Friday, as well as another live episode of Toonami Pre-Flight on Saturday, immediately followed by a concert by The Pillows. Meanwhile, a Dragon Ball Super panel will take place in the infamous Hall H to present news for the upcoming Broly film, and My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi will be a special guest and a headliner for panels on Saturday and Sunday.

Hand-picked from the official schedule, these are some of the upcoming panels and events that are related to Toonami (including shows that have previously aired on the block as well as the block’s various partners), and if you were lucky enough to get tickets this year, we definitely recommend you checking them out (or at least what you can), whether it’s for looking forward to what’s next, hanging out with the creators and other fans, and if nothing else, enjoying just being there. And even if you’re not going this year, we’ll be keeping an eye on what comes out of these panels for any news regarding the future of Toonami and the block’s various programs.

For any potential breaking news, make sure to follow @ToonamiNews as well as our other social media outlets. This year, yours truly will cover the show floor this year as well as covering potential breaking news and trying to get you some exclusive interviews among other things, so feel free say hi if you run up to me.

Do note that there is a possibility that there can be Toonami related news that can appear in panels that aren’t listed below, so all I can say is to keep on your toes.

Edit 7/18: 1:20 pm PDT: Added additional info including lottery procedures to attend Toonami Pre-Flight.


VIZ Media Panel

Time: Thursday, July 19 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Room: 7AB

Official Description: The VIZ crew will talk about some of your favorite titles, including My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul, and Sailor Moon. Panelists will make announcements, show off exclusive first looks at new titles, and give away prizes!


Dragon Ball Super Panel

Time: Thursday, July 19 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Room: Hall H

Official Description: English voice actors for Goku and Vegeta, Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat, talk all things Dragon Ball -and reveal never-before-seen material for the new movie. Don’t miss some special surprise appearances, too.


Funimation Industry Panel

Time: Thursday, July 19 • 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Room: 29AB

Official Description: From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor, Funimation.


[adult swim]: FLCL Panel

Time: Friday, July 20 • 11:30am – 12:15pm

Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Official Description: Fan favorite FLCL travels to San Diego to discuss the revival of one the most insane anime series ever created, from the legendary studio Production I.G. and Adult Swim. Members from the original team will be joined by a new generation of creators. Panelists include Production I.G. CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, producer Maki Terashima-Furuta, voice talents Marieve Herington (How I Met Your Mother), Megan Harvey and Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty), ADR director Stephanie Sheh, and Adult Swim’s senior vice president of on-air Jason DeMarco. Moderated by Michael Sinterniklaas (FLCL, Batman Ninja).


My Hero Academia Panel, Featuring Creator Kohei Horikoshi

Time: Saturday, July 21 • 11:15am – 12:15pm

Room: 6A

Official Description: Meet Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of the world’s most popular superhero manga. Horikoshi Sensei will be talking about his megahit manga and doing a live drawing of one of the characters. But he won’t be alone-he’ll have some voice actor sidekicks, Justin Briner (Deku) and Christopher Sabat (All Might). This is the can’t-miss panel of the show!


Toonami Pre-Flight Feat. The Pillows

Time: Saturday, July 21 • 7:15pm – 9:15pm

Room: Adult Swim Camp – 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way

Official Description: Toonami Pre-Flight is bringing TOM and SARA to you live from Comic-Con! Get behind-the-scenes info from your hosts Jason DeMarco, Gill Austin, Steve Blum (voice of TOM) and Dana Swanson (voice of SARA). Plus, a special performance by Japanese alternative rock band The Pillows!

Important for Prospective Attendees: Must be 18 years or older to attend. Due to limited capacity, admission is determined through a lottery system.

TO ENTER: Visit Adult Swim State Park before Friday at 7P and register your admission wristband. All registrants will be automatically entered into a ticket lottery for the Toonami Pre-Flight event. Every digital badge unlocked at the park’s many games and activations earns another entry in the lottery! Winners will be notified on Friday, July 20 at 8:30P. Admission wristbands for the event will be distributed on Saturday, July 21 at the camp store from NOON-2PM.


Shonen Jump Panel with Kohei Horikoshi

Time: Sunday, July 22 • 11:15am – 12:15pm

Room: 6DE

Official Description: The superhero group known as Team Jump will be joined by Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of the My Hero Academia manga! Together, they’ll scour the mean streets of San Diego, looking for evil to fight! Or maybe just do a really cool panel. Panelists will be making announcements, having fun with the creator, and giving out tons of prizes!