|Posted by Christina Cooper on July 17, 2012 at 3:25 AM|
Wow. I can’t believe another Con has come and gone. It doesn’t seem possible. It was an Interesting Con to say the least. I was only able to make it for Saturday and Sunday, and because of this, I barely slept for just the two days I was there. I was stressed about stuff going on that had nothing to do with Comic-Con, which led to me wishing I hadn’t even bothered with the trip out to San Diego.
I woke up Saturday morning and got in line to get my badge. The line wasn’t very long and they moved us around 8, and by 8:15 I was in line to enter the Floor. A friend was holding my spot in line for Hall H, but some crazy stuff went down, and I ended up not meeting up and instead decided to spend my day on the floor. I was devastated, since I had flown all the way to San Diego to see the Marvel panel. But, it’s like I always say, the Con is what you make it, and it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Once I got my wits back after the incident in the morning, I went straight to Marvel and somehow won a signing with director Shane Black and Don Cheadle (James Rhodes) from Iron Man 3!
It was pretty sick getting to walk across the Marvel stage and see the brand-new Iron Man 3 armor up that close. They shuffled us through pretty quickly, but I was able to mention to Shane Black how stoked I was that he was working on the project, and how much faith I have in him. Of course I’m sad that Jon Favreau isn’t directing, but I think since Shane Black and RDJ have worked together before, it will show through in the final product.
After the autograph session, I walked around the Con floor for a bit longer. For some reason, I had tons of difficulty getting swag at some of the bigger booths. Marvel had sweet posters and buttons, but every time I went to WB, they had already capped the line. Showtime/CBS was giving out most of the same swag every time I walked by, so I went through that line and picked up an Elementary Bag and some awesome buttons. I walked by a masked Robert Kirkman who was walking on the floor with his son. I didn’t bother him, but it was pretty cool knowing that the creator of Walking Dead is walking the floor just like you!
After running around the Floor for an hour, I ended up trying to get in line for Hall H. The line wasn’t too long, and by the time it moved up, I figured I’d actually make it into the Hall for Marvel’s panel. But after an hour of waiting, I decided that not getting in wasn’t worth wasting my whole day in line. So I settled for meeting some friends for lunch in the Gaslamp. One of my friends offered me her ticket to the Joss Whedon panel at Zach Levi’s NerdHQ panel. I flipped of course! And then, my friend got a tweet about standing room only tickets for Doctor Who Panel later that night, also at NerdHQ. I sprinted to the HQ and was able to purchase a ticket for the event!
The Joss panel at NerdHQ was probably the highlight of the Con for me. Joss is such an awesome guy, and it was a pleasure to be in such an intimate setting with him. He spoke about Avengers 2 and said that in order for him to do a sequel there needs to be a story. Joss said that you can’t just make a movie for the sake of making a movie (Spiderman 3, anyone??). I was able to ask him about the 3 hour cut of Avengers and asked what he took out, and how he managed to cut 45 minutes from his movie. He told me that most of what was cut was other people seeing the Avengers in action and trying to bring humanity and realism to the film. He said that Marvel is one of the best companies he’s worked with because they never wanted to cut the movie down simply because it had human elements or stuff like that. Although he didn’t mention it, I’m sure we are going to get his full cut when Avengers is released on Blu-Ray. If you have a chance to watch the panel, I would recommend it, because honestly, everything Joss says is golden.
Joss also talked about how much fun he had working on Much Ado About Nothing. He also mentioned that he has started working on Doctor Horrible 2, and plans for that to be filmed this summer. Although he didn't mention it at his NerdHQ panel, I was watching his panel from SDCC via youtube, and he announced that the CW will be airing Dr. Horrible this year!
I headed back to the floor for an hour or so and made my way to an outlet to charge my iPhone. I’m not sure if anyone else had trouble, but my phone struggled to hold a charge this weekend. I did use it as my phone, and my camera, but I was constantly turning it onto airport mode, just to save as much of my battery as I could.. Sorry for the rant, but I thought it was worth mentioning that my iPhone had tons of battery issues.
I headed back to NerdHQ and was able to stand in the back for the Doctor Who panel. It was such an awesome, awesome panel. I’d seen Matt and Karen at last year’s panel in Hall H. This blew last year’s panel out of the water. Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, and Matt Smith are the best of friends, and they had as much fun talking to us, and we did listening to them. They broke out into Queen in the middle of the Conversation, and we all joined in for the sing along. I would have to say that the questions asked at this panel may be some of the best questions I’ve ever heard asked at a Con.
When Zach Levi introduced the panel, he said that he had met Matt at the TV Guide Fan Favorites panel last year, and Matt had asked about NerdHQ and said he’s be totally down for a panel. How cool of Matt!?? What Zach Levi has done for fans is something that will continue to make Comic-Con even better.
Sunday was a quick day for me since I had to catch a flight out at 3:00pm. I spent my final hours at the Con walking the floor and decided to purchase some awesome Marvel Avenger’s Con edition action figures. I also had my eye on some of the figures at the Hasbro booth and I’m thinking of picking some up once I’m back in town. I’m not a collector, but I couldn’t help but buy the toys once I saw them. Sunday is usually my day of buying everything that I’ve had my eyes on all Con long.
Overall it was a very different Con for me than years past. I didn’t attend a panel, and couldn’t fathom that people were spending multiple nights in line to see things in Hall H or Ballroom 20. (Apparently I was talking in my sleep about how I could not believe people were waiting in line so early!!) I truly feel that this year proved that Comic-Con has gotten too big for San Diego. The line for Ballroom 20 on Friday was longer than the line to get into the actually convention. As I reflect on the Con, I’m starting to wonder why I’ve spent the last two years seeing panels every single day, all day, every day. With the way comic-con was this year (people spending the night in line almost every night), I don’t think I’ll be attending many panels next year. The smaller, more intimate panels are probably going to be what I’m focusing on next year. Unless it’s a huge event, like probably Hall H next year on Saturday for Captain America 2 and Thor 2, I’m going to spend most of my time on the floor.
Getting sleep is the most important part of comic-con. Okay, maybe eating and drinking correctly are tied for first, but either way, you’re not doing anyone any favors if you’re spending the entire weekend not sleeping. All in all, I thought it was an interesting and overall, very exhausting Con. I’m hoping I can make it to all 5 days next year, that way I don’t feel like I have to rush through everything in just a day and a half.
Final thoughts: For those that are over the craziness of not sleeping and waiting for days to see certain panels, I would recommend NerdHQ as a place to hit up instead. The Floor (to me) is the best place to be at comic-con. Celebs are always walking the floor (sometimes in disguise), but if you play it cool and don’t draw attention to them, most will be more than willing to chat and take a picture with you.
Also, Comic-Con has officially released the dates for next year’s Con, July 18-21, which means we have to wait over a year for next year’s Con.
Feel free to send us pic’s or videos from your time at Comic-Con, and I’ll be sure to post them! I hope you all had a safe, fun, and memorable 2012 San Diego Comic-Con!