August 06, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010: Part 2


Friday was a much less-packed day. We ventured to Ballroom 20 much later than the previous morning and met up with friends who'd been in line for a while. (The first year, I felt bad about cutting in line. Then I realized that everyone does it. I've just succumbed to peer pressure.) Our main reason for hitting B20 was to see The Big Bang Theory Panel. It's unfortunate, I would love to have gone to more TV panels, but there's just never enough time to really see everything you want to see. Not with all the line waiting one must endure.

Friday:

Stargate Universe with Ming Na, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Robert Carlyle and Robert Cooper:

I am a huge Stargate fan. I love SG:1 and Atlantis. I had high hopes for Universe, but it's still yet to make me all that happy with it as a series. From time to time, there's an episode that gives me hope, but for the most part, it's much too "human condition" to really fit with Stargate canon. At least for me. 

Caprica with James Marsters, Sasha Roiz, Alessandra Torresani and Magda Apanowicz:
I have never seen an episode of this show. I haven't seen much of Battlestar: Galactica either. I don't know that I'm really interested in catching up with then. I was excited during this panel, however, because James Marsters is awesome.

The Big Bang Theory with Wil Wheaton, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and some crew members:
Such. A. Great. Panel. Prior to the start, staffers passed out sheets of paper with the lyrics to the BBT theme song (the extended version, as written and sung by the Barenaked Ladies). Wil Wheaton, my Comic Con boyfriend, came onstage and said that he had a surprise for us all before the cast came out—The Barenaked Ladies were there to lead a sing along!
One of the best parts of the panel is when Kaley and Jim ganged up on a little girl. I can't even remember what it was about, but the little girl stood her own. And everyone, at least once, answered a question Wil put to them with a "WHHEAATOOON." I am excited this show has done so well.

During the afternoon, Colt and I wandered around the Exhibit Hall floor, picking up swag and checking out the crazy booths. I never take enough pictures of the hall floor. I always feel like such a tourist anyway; I'm always craning my neck around to take everything in. No John Barrowman sighting this year, however. Sad times indeed.

Before we left on Friday, we got a couple of our Scott Pilgrim books signed by Bryan Lee O'Malley. He seemed like a nice guy. (The guy handling the line, however, was not. Talk about Line Nazi.) Odd thing though, I mentioned that I'd seen the movie the night before and really enjoyed it. He just kind of shrugged it off, like it wasn't a big deal. I felt kind of like I'd put my foot in my mouth; I wanted to say something like "I loved the books first!" but I didn't have the time or the brain-gumption. Oh well. I'm sure a lot of fans told him something similar.

Saturday:

Saturday was another Hall H day, at least for the first half. We met up with some different friends—we're gladly spreading the Con virus—early in the line. When we got into the Hall, I went to take out my camera ... and realized that I'd forgotten the battery on the desk at my Dad's. Sigh. One of the gents we were with had his, however. (Thank you Mark for the pics.)

Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Geoff Johns and some crew members:
At the end of the panel, Ryan announced that someone in the audience had won a copy of the Green Lantern ring he wears in the film, if they had a piece of paper indicating it under their seat. I had a piece of paper under my seat, however, after going up to the front of the hall and shakily standing near backstage—where Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong walked right by me—I was told I wasn't the winner. And that no one had any idea what my paper was for.

We also saw an extended trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Tom Felton showed up to lead it in—and some footage and a panel from the Zach Synder film Sucker Punch, with Zach, Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino and Jena Malone. I was so distracted by not winning the Lantern ring that I pretty much missed the entire HP trailer, which I guess was awesome? Boo on that.

After the panel, Colt and I left our friends in Hall H and headed across the street to the Scott Pilgrim Experience. We were afraid that they'd close down the line before we got in, but we made it, just in time. They had a screenprinting press set up, along with a music stage and some consoles on which to play the Scott Pilgrim video game that comes out on the 10th. We didn't see many Scott Pilgrimers, but Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Simmons (Young Neil) and Mae Whitman were there for a bit, along with—randomly—Michael Angarano, Landon Pigg, Alia Shawkat and Sarah Ramos.
We headed home after that and missed the stabbing and the Captain America/Thor/Avengers panel, the latter of which would have been awesome to see. I definitely need to invest in cloning technology.

Sunday:

We met up with friends again for some more Ballroom 20 panels, this time with my dad in tow. It was a low-key last day. I'm not sure if that was because everyone was feeling the end, or if we were all nearly comatose from the three days before.

Smallville with Geoff Johns, Cassidy Freeman, John Schneider, Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley and some crew members:
I haven't watched Smallville regularly since the first or second season, so I've missed a lot. Being in this panel, and knowing that it's the last season, really made me want to catch up. I've definitely got all the seasons on Netflix now. One funny tidbit from this panel—John Schneider was a surprise appearance, so he didn't have a name tag. At one point he pulled out his driver's license and put it in front of him. The cameras zoomed in, and he made fun of the photo. Someone on stage mentioned that everyone now knows where he lives, and he quickly pulled the ID back, then sheepishly said "See you all for dinner."

Supernatural with Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki and some crew members:
I think I watched a few episodes of this in season one ... another show I need to catch up on.

American Dad with Seth McFarlane and a bunch of the other cast and crew:
I was outside for most of this panel, talking with my Dad (who had gone to a Castle panel I wish I could have been in), but I know they showed a part of what I think was the Christmas special. SPOILER ALERT: Lots of dead elves and reindeer.

Glee with Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Ryan Murphy and another crew member:
This was one of the most-talked about panels of pre-Con, particularly because it has nothing to do with comics. I thought it was great, however, and I've previously mentioned my views on the growing amount of general pop culture at the convention. All the cast members were adorable. Seriously, I want to have them all up on a shelf somewhere. Chris was especially engaging. Ryan talked some about the second season, and let slip that we'll be seeing a Rocky Horror Picture Show bit at some point in the future.

Colt, Dad and I piled in the car after a bit in the exhibit hall and headed home, to lie on the couch for a few hours to recuperate. I think I've covered most of it, and if not, too bad. Thanks for sticking it out.

Note to self: Next year, take a wider variety of photos, rather than just of panel screens.

I think I might post a few photos of the rest of the vacation next week, particularly ones from a trip Dad and I took to the OC Fair, if I feel so inclined. We shall see.

4 comments:

  1. Aaaaahh! Sooo jealous of your comicon experience. I really want to go next year.

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  2. I go back and forth trying to decide if I really want to do ComicCon or GenCon. So far I've done neither.

    These covered most of the stuff I was interested in. The only thing missing was the Avengers Assemble bit which I'm off to hunt down now.

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  3. Dude, so awesome. And I agree with your Universe assessment. It's just not Stargate enough for me.

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  4. Noel-You should DEFINITELY go. It's so fun.

    DT-I am kicking myself for not sticking it out, but ah well.

    H-<3

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