Ok, I’m finally getting around to posting about Comic-Con. For those of you that don’t know what Comic-Con is, here ya go….
Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television (as was evident by the three circled figures appearing in Comic-Con’s original logo), and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels.
Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and The Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.
Mostly I was interested in the tv show and movie panels. During the panels, they’ll show previews and some of the cast and writers will come out and the audience can ask questions. I got to see some really cool panels. The ones I missed and REALLY wanted to see were Legion, Zombieland, 2012, True Blood, Fringe, Lost and Ray Bradbury. I also missed the Charlaine Harris autograph signing. 😦 There is just SOOO much to do and see and it all overlaps. Not to mention the lines to get into anything are ridiculously long.
I got pics. Not great pics, but pics all the same. In some of the panels I had to sit pretty far back and I have a point and shoot that is a total POS. The zoom sucks. I need a better camera. Seriously.
The worst pics were of the Big Bang Theory panel. Which sucks because the whole cast was there.
One of the more entertaining panels was the Wonder Women panel. Sigourney Weaver looks fantastic for someone going on 60.
Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Elizabeth Mitchell
The Fear Clinic panel was awesome. Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Clive Barker, Danielle Harris and Robert Hall were there. I got to sit 20 feet away from Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. How cool is that? Clive Barker was supposed to be the moderator but he got stuck in traffic so the moderator was Spider from Powerman 5000 (which is an awesome band).
Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley were at the District 9 panel. Peter Jackson talked briefly about The Hobbitt.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Melinda Gordon), Jamie Kennedy (Eli James yuck), Camryn Manheim (Delia Banks) and Christoph Sanders (Ned Banks) were at the Ghost Whisperer panel. Apparently Melinda is going to have the baby and then they’re going to jump the show forward 5 years. Not sure how I feel about that.
Ghost Whisperer cast
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jensens Ackles and Jared Padalecki were still filming so they weren’t at the Supernatural panel. 😦 Misha Collins (Castiel) and Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer) were there though.
Misha Collins and Jim Beaver
The gorgeous Tom Welling (Superman/Clark Kent), Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow), Calum Blue (Zod), Allison Mack (Chloe), Erica Durance (Lois Lane) and Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer) were at the Smallville panel. I only got decent pics of the guys though. Heh, don’t know how that happened.
I did end up getting Sherrilyn Kenyon’s autograph. She is one of my favorite authors and was super sweet. She was giving away copies of her graphic novels that she’d sign and Dark Hunter wristbands. I also got a Dark Hunter bag and Lords of Avalon pin. She signed my copy of Acheron and she also signed a book for Private Pinhead’s new wife (who happens to be a big fan too).
Adrian Paul from The Highlander was there and he signed the case from my Highlander DVDs.
I’ve always thought that Her Majesty has quite a lucky streak. For example, a couple months ago she wanted to go see Great Northern, which is one of her favorite bands. It turned out the concert was at the House of Blues and she’s not old enough to go. She was really upset. A few weeks later, she found out they were playing a show that was going to be brodcast online and they were playing it at a radio station that’s just a couple miles down the road from us. She got to go and hang out with the band. They remembered her from MySpace so they gave her t-shirts and signed them for her.
One of the main reasons she wanted to go to Comic-Con was for the Gerard Way/Umbrella Academy panel. Gerard Way is the lead singer of My Chemical Romance and also writes a comic called The Umbrella Academy. For Her Majesty’s 13th birthday, we were living in NM but flew down to San Diego to take her to an MCR concert. For her 14th birthday, we got her a limited edition Umbrella Academy poster signed by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (this is how much of a fan she is). So she was thrilled to go to the panel.
Mikey and Gerard Way
After the panel, there was a raffle to get Gerard Way’s autograph. We had gotten 3 of the raffle tickets (one for each of us) and to nobody’s surprise, we had one of the winning tickets for her. So here she is with Gerard (that’s the back of her head because she wouldn’t turn and look at me).
Then we were bummed because we missed the True Blood panel. Yes, Her Majesty likes True Blood. Yes, I’m probably a terrible mom for letting her watch it. Well, on Sunday, we saw a bunch of people with True Blood bags. As I stopped to take a picture of something, I saw a couple with the bags. I told Her Majesty to go ask them where they had gotten them from. They told her they had gotten them at the panel. She chatted with them for a couple minutes, then as we were walking away, they stopped us. The man handed her the bag and said they didn’t really need two and that she could have his. He said she had to make him a promise though. She had to promise to watch Psych on USA because he was one of the co-producers.
Then as we finished talking to them and were walking away again, I noticed the bag looked full. I asked Her Majesty if there was something in it. She opens it up and inside is more True Blood stuff. A card, a notebook, the first novel of the series (which we already have though) and a t-shirt (which I swiped from her because I gave her the 2012 t-shirt I got). I wish I remembered the guy’s name becaue that was pretty cool of him.
Aside from the True Blood stuff, they give away tons of free crap. T-shirts, bags, posters, bookmarks, lanyards, cards, trading cards, matchbooks, books, pens, pencils, keychains, buttons, stickers, etc… We even got Zombieland hand sanitizer (which cracked me up).
And here are some random photos from my wanderings around the exhibit hall.
Rob Van Dam and Christy Hemme