Our 4-Day San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) pass that included Preview Night allowed us to enjoy SDCC for a variety of reasons. We enjoy Preview Night, the panels, the exhibit hall, the art, and the creative ways the Gaslamp Quarter changes to support the Con. FYI: Last year this 4-Day + Preview Night pass cost $105. 2012 price is $175.
WEDNESDAY (6 PM to 9 PM) – PREVIEW NIGHT:
Oh, what a night. Maneuvering the Exhibit Hall at SDCC is somewhat challenging because you have to dodge oncoming shoppers while simultaneously checking out all each booth has to offer! In three hours we accomplished seeing a fair amount but did not finish seeing all the Exhibit Hall had to offer. Since we do not partake in the lines for free swag, it was a night of oohing and aahing. My conversations usually started something like this: “Aaaaah, what a cute furry hat thingy.” OR, “Ooooh, those spider earrings rock this Con.” Seriously, preview night starts the Con off with a bang and makes us all happy inside.
THURSDAY – DAY 1:
We had two objectives: (1) Get tickets for next year, and (2) finish what we started on the Exhibit Hall floor.
Sadly, we met only one objective – finishing what we started. We left early to get next year’s tickets purchased but were dumbfounded when we saw the line. Holy Comic-Con…not worth the wait. Apparently, people lined up the previous day and spent the night. Crazy. Oh well. We’ll roll the dice and hope we can buy tickets online.
FYI: Last year Comic-Con sold out of Preview Night passes for 2011 by the last day of the Con, and many were super annoyed. So, Comic-Con decided to be fair this year…they would only release a certain amount of tickets for next year each day. No chance we were gonna be able to purchase them without giving up several hours so we decided to give up trying.
FRIDAY – DAY 2:
Monica and I arrived at Comic-Con at 6am to get in line for panels taking place in Ballroom 20. More people camped out for Ballroom 20 this year. It looked like a concrete pajama party when we arrived at 6am. Around 9:30am people began streaming into Ballroom 20 and we were two of them! Woo hoo.
FYI: Panels involve a group of individuals who come together for a discussion. At Comic-Con these panels often involve popular television shows and include celebrities. There is a moderator facilitating questions to the panel with Q & A toward the end of the panel’s time frame. Comic-Con is pretty much all about lines. In fact, while waiting in line for Ballroom 20 one member of the SDCC Staff said, “Only at Comic-Con do you get in a line to wait in another line.” If you don’t get in line early enough the chances of getting into a panel are weak. If a series of panels are good you can pretty much bet on few people leaving the room. Yes, you are allowed to do this. Once in you don’t have to leave. Therefore, getting into a room is quite a feat. Some camp out. Twilight fans began lining up for Hall H for Thursday morning’s panel two days early. It’s nuts, I know…but they get in.
We enjoyed Torchwood, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and True Blood panels in Ballroom 20 (seats 4250):
I do not watch Torchwood. I will now! From the opening moment of the panel with Captain Jack jumping around the stage like a little boy, I had a good feeling about the cast coming out to interact with the Comic-Con audience. I wasn’t wrong. Here are some endearing and funny moments from the panel:
John Barrowman (Captain Jack) stated: “I’m a nerd at heart and proud of it.”
Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) responded to an audience member who shouted out “Wooo Hooo” by saying, “Call me. Seriously, call me.”
Esther Drummond (Alexa Havins) discussed how she was introduced to getting the part for Torchwood. She explained that her husband said, “I will serve you divorce papers if you don’t take this job!” – He is a huge fan of the show. She then said, all cute and bubbly, “Thanks, babe.”
John Barrowman (Captain Jack) was asked by an audience member if he would sing something for the audience. He was kind and obliged. Audience members were shouting out songs for him to sing. He blurted out, “I’m not singing ‘Spring Time for Hitler.” (LOL)
THE WALKING DEAD
This one I watch with deep affection while biting my nails. What a great show! The panel started out with the producers, writer, and make-up artist talking about the show and their experience over the course of a Season. Once the actors came out, it was easy to spot their uneasiness with the sheer amount of people in the audience. However, within ten minutes they were all chattin’ it up, laughing and seemed to feel more comfortable.
- Announcement: October 16 at 9 pm – Season 2 will begin on AMC
- A zombie school exists in Atlanta. I loved learning this! Seriously, if you are selected to play one of the zombies you have to go to their zombie school. Coolness.
- Jeffrey DeMunn relayed his story about how he came to work on the series. Frank Darabont called and asked Jeffrey, “Jeff, how would you like to come to Atlanta to kill zombies?” Jeffrey’s response: “I’ll do it!”
- It was mentioned how plentiful ticks are in Atlanta. Steven Yeun explained how he completed a tick check in the morning after waking and at night before bed. He continued by sharing a “tick” experience. One had gone into a special hiding place, and he said when he noticed it he said, “Holy F-…” He stopped, looked at the audience and stated, “I’m not allowed to say that word here.” So instead he came up with the term “Holy FRESH.” LOL That could be funny on an episode.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
This panel started out with a bang. The voice of Howard’s mother came screaming from the empty panel. Quite a funny moment. The Big Bang Theory cast is a hoot and well worth the 6am wake up call. One of the funniest moments was when an audience member asked Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Simon Helberg (Howard) to imitate Howard’s mother. In Ms. Wolowitz’s voice, Simon simply said, “Howard!” But when Melissa Rauch took her turn, she belted out “Hooowwwaard. What is this Comic-Con? Is this that sex convention I heard about on 20/20?” (The laughter in Ballroom 20 belted throughout the room.)
BONES – cancelled (bummer)
The cast of Eureka seems like they must have a blast on set. One of the coolest moments of this panel was when the entire audience of Ballroom 20 sang “Happy Birthday” to Colin Ferguson (Jack). I also enjoyed Felicia Day’s interaction with the original cast members. Eureka panel did not disappoint.
One fun aspect of the Warehouse 13 crew is Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo) from Eureka moderated the group. They too had a blast interacting with each other and the audience. In fact, Eddie McClintock took his smart phone and ran around the Ballroom floor recording how many people were in the audience. Good times. One audience member asked the panel if they could create artifacts specific to using at Comic-Con what would they be? One response was a device that allowed one to be transported into multiple panels at one time, and another was a device that would put more clothes on some of the costume people. Funny group.
The panel most people were waiting for all day. The moderator for this panel is hilarious. He definitely pushes boundries, but then again, so does True Blood. What I think is so adorable is despite the shows outlandish and provocative moments, the actors always seem so tame. Hard to believe they do what they do. This panel was the only one of the day that gave out free swag. A True Blood backpack, journal, novel, and a t-shirt that showed vampire teeth and a message “Grow a pair.” LOL I think my favorite moment (and there were many) was when an audience member asked a question of the panel — and this member was young (no older than 10) — Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) said, “You shouldn’t be watching our show. You’re too young to watch our show.” Funny moment. The cast and the kid were somewhat perplexed but quickly moved on. As for the photos below, I took many pictures of the entire cast, but these were the only ones that didn’t come out blurry.
Our day of panel marathoning proved to be a fun and a panel-packed day.
Saturday – Day 3
A day to pretty much relax. However, we did put a few hours in at the Exhibit Hall, you know, spending a few dollars on original art. In the afternoon we took in Harry Potter 7 and enjoyed the Zombie Walk down 5th Street while we ate on the patio at a restaurant called “Sadaf.” Fun day.
Sunday – Day 4
Another day of panels, however today’s panels were mostly education related. We took a last walk around the exhibit hall and then went to participate in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sing-A-Long, but discovered not much participation was going on, so we left.
Bye bye Comic-Con. Hope to see you next year.
Peace out, Trenquilla