Friday at Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 23rd, 2011
Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havens, John Barrowman

Mekhi Phifer, Eve Myles, John Barrowman of Torchwood

They give you two really thick books when you register for Comic Con.  They’re filled will information on the exhibitors, schedule of events, panels, autograph signings and locations of booths.  Since it opens at 9:30, I arrived a few minutes past only to find out that if you want to get autographs of the big guns here, you need to stand in line (that’s a common theme here) and receive a ticket (or wrist band) at 9 a.m.  It was in the fine print of the program.  So, I really couldn’t get near any of those people yesterday.  Let me just say that the security here is tighter than for the president (seriously).

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I tried, unsuccessfully, to get into the Torchwood (although a friend with an in at the conference let me in to take a quick picture) and William Shatner panels.  It was torture to stand outside and hear all the laughter coming from both rooms.  I opted to browse the main floor of the convention center.  There are rows and rows of comic books, t-shirts (one booth boasted over 200,000 in stock), artwork, books, toys, games and gadgets.  I barely made it half way through before lunch.

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The movie and television studios have huge spaces and large crowds as they offer free stuff. There are giant screens all over that promote movies, tv shows and video games.  They are packed in like sardines there.  I try to avoid it.

Anne Sowards and Patricia Briggs

Anne Sowards and Patricia Briggs

Lisa Kessler was at the spotlight on Patricia Briggs. Patricia was joined by her long-time editor, Anne Sowards.  Together they discussed Patricia’s publishing journey as well as the future of her popular Mercy Thompson series. It was exciting to see so many readers line up at the microphone to ask questions, eager to learn more about the author and the series they love.  Patricia also delighted her fans with some personal stories from home, including introducing her husband who sat out in the audience.
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Saul Rubinek, Joanne Kelly, Eddie McClintock

Saul Rubinek, Joanne Kelly, Eddie McClintock

Although I couldn’t get into the Eureka panel, I finally made it into Warehouse 13.  The actors all seemed genuinely surprised at the filled to capacity ballroom.  Eddie McClintock even ran through the crowd taking pictures before the panel started.  Although they talked about how much fun they all had making the show, they refused to give out any spoilers.  Executive producer, Jack Kenny, did admit that it was like running a day care with the cast.

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Vyxin and Kent

Vyxin and Kent

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I also caught up with one of my favorite teams from The Amazing Race.  Kent and Vyxin, who were just on the All-Star edition last season, gave me some insights into what it’s really like to speed travel the world.  It’s stressful and exhausting but a lot of fun.  They both agreed that they’d do it again.
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True Blood Panel

Steven Moyer, aka Vampire Bill, Anna Paquin aka Sookie Stackhouse, and Alan Ball the exec. producer

Lisa Kessler attended the True Blood panel along with thousands of other TB fans. They gave us a sneak peek into what’s in store the rest of this season!  Without giving away any spoilers, let me just say… WOW!!!  This is going to be a great season!!!  When they turned over the microphone to fans, one woman asked the question that followers of Charlaine Harris’ were wondering…”After following the book so closely for Season one, why have you ventured away from the books in recent seasons?”  Alan Ball the creator/producer of True Blood explained that the books are “Sookie’s story”.  You only see what Sookie sees in the books, but on a television series, he’s able to open up the world a bit and show you what’s happening with the other characters.  He said he tries to keep the rules of the world she established the same, while taking creative liberties with the other characters’ plotlines.  He also promised we would be learning about more supernaturals this season…  WooHoo!

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Jenna Busch (moderator), Laeta Kalogridis, Marjorie Liu, Marti Noxen, Gale Anne Hurd, Jane Espenson,

Jenna Busch (moderator), Laeta Kalogridis, Marjorie Liu, Marti Noxen, Gale Anne Hurd, Jane Espenson,

I finished the day with a panel called Girls Gone Genre.  The panel consisted Marti Noxon (screenwriter/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, Fright Night), Gale Anne Hurd (producer, The Walking Dead, Terminator, Aliens), Jane Esperson (Torchwood: Miracle Day), Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar), and Marjorie Liu (writer, X-23, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Black Widow, Dirk & Steele novel series).  They talked about the difficulties in trying to get strong women movies made and I found it interesting when it was suggested that The Terminator should have been called The Sarah Connor Story because it really is about her, but obviously that’s not a title that would necessarily resonate with males.  I felt very empowered when I left, so a great way to end the day.

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Bottom Line: I’m sure this is not what Walt Disney had in mind when he created the Disney Princesses.

Not so Disney Princesses

Not so Disney Princesses

31 thoughts on “Friday at Comic Con

  1. Christine T.

    Barbara, that’s not Alexa Havens in your Torchwood picture. That is Welsh fireball Eve Myles who plays Gwen Cooper. I can’t tell you how much I love that show. Too bad you missed the panel–I understand from various other reports that Barrowman was even more outrageously charming than usual.

  2. Jusy

    I discovered the year I attended that you have to get in line for the ballroom panels way earlier than expected, like the start of the day. You need to decide if you want to spend your entire day there. Especially if there’s a panel that pulls capacity crowd late in the day, like Twilight or True Blood or Star Trek. It gives other panels a false reading as lots are in their waiting for another panel.

  3. Renee

    Waaaaa! Sooo jealous of you right now! LOL! If I lived in California I would definitely be going to ComicCon especially to see the Twilight and Doctor Who panels there. It sounds like you had a blast. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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