SDCC: Beyond Ballroom 20 and Hall H – Part I 

You don’t have to wait in line all day & night to see some great Comic-Con panels. 
There is a misconception among first time atendeeds and non-convention folk that comic-con is an endless parade of lines. If you’re anything like me, these lines are fun once a convention but not all day every day. If camping on the sidewalk and granola bar dinners don’t sound like your cup of tea, here are my suggestions for the best panels in the smaller rooms and the Indigo Ballroom.
Thursday:

  • Amazon: Hand of God – 6A, 10-11am. Ron Pearlman will be there promoting his new show.
  • The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short Sanjay’s Super Team – Indigo Ballroom, 11am-12pm. Behind the scenes of a new Pixar short. If you love animation you’re likely to enjoy this one.
  • Taming the Web: The Nuts and Bolts of Web Series Creation – 24ABC, 11:30am – 12:30pm. I got a lot of good information from this panel last year. If you’re thinking of starting a web series and don’t know where to begin, start with this panel.
  • Geek and Sundry with Felecia Day – Indigo Ballroom, 1pm-2pm. This will be a busy panel but at least you won’t have to wait overnight. I’ve seen Miss Day several times and her panels never disappoint. Go for the Q&A.
  • Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City – Indigo Ballroom, 4pm – 5pm. Rob Lowe will be in the flesh & talking about this “retro-futuristic  ’80s cop extravaganza”.  If the combination of these words intrigue you, go check it out.
  • The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool – San Diego Central Library, 4pm – 5pm If you’re a teacher and a nerd this is for you.
  • NASA: Journey to Mars – 6BCF, 6pm – 7pm. NASA big wigs and the producer from upcoming movie Martian talk space.
  • So, the Internet Ruined My Life – 26AB, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The dangers of social media hype & how followers can be part of the solution.
  • Tattooine Law: Legal Lessons from Star Wars – 26AB, 7:30pm – 8:30pm. This panel intrigues me because I have absolutely no idea what they will say.
  • Character Creation – 30CDE, 8pm – 9pm. Claire Hummel, the artist of Bioshock Infinite fame will be there, enough said.

Friday:

  • Geek Wars: The Nerds Awaken – 10am – 11am, 14A. Friend of the blog Iva Doom Kitty and other needs of note square off in a trivial competition spanning topics such as online objectification and bullying to casting decisions.
  • Science Fiction and Sex – 11:30am – 12:30pm, 24ABC. Science fiction, the female protagonist and gender rolls as discussed by authors of genre.
  • Technology as a Costume Tool – 1pm – 2pm, 23ABC. Prolific costume designers from Hunger Games, Batman v Superman and the head of costumes and archives at Marvel on working with concept artists to create science  fiction costumes for film & TV.
  • [adult swim]: Rick and Morty – Indigo Ballroom, 1:15 – 2:00pm. The creator, Dan Harmon will be there and I can’t wait to see this panel. There are several adult swim panels directly after this one, but if you can make only one this isn’t a bad choice. Personally I will be staying in the Indigo ballroom for the rest of the day after this panel for Bob’s Burgers, Archer, and Robot Chicken.
  • Over 30 Cosplay: Cosplay for Every Age – 8pm – 9pm, 14A. Costume choice, marketing to the older cosplayer, couples cosplay, bullying and social media.
  • The Aquabats Super Show! What Happens Next?! – 8pm – 9pm, 29AB. I saw the Aquabats panel two years ago… Bat Commander got rowdy & jumped off a panel table! These guys are awesome and entertaining even without their instruments.

Additional Guidence:

  1. If you have a geeky interest, hobby, profession or collection don’t neglect your passions in favor of uncertainty. Sure, it’s cool to be there for the big anouncements but within seconds the rest of the Internet (and you) will know what was shared in that room.
  2. Remember to check what comes before and after the panel you want to see in any given room no matter how big or small. This information can help you guess how many people may be camping out in your room for he next panel or if folks will be leaving in droves. For example if the line up is Walking Dead / Game of Thrones / Star Wars there will be a lot of people staying in that room. Conversely if the line up is more niche or switches genres frequently you may have a chance. 
  3. Keep a look out for panels that may split fans between two rooms such as Sherlock and Doctor Who. You won’t get to see both, so pick your favorite and be thankful there may be fewer people in line ahead of you because of it.
  4. Don’t sweat it if you don’t get what you want. The world will continue to turn, stay positive and look for he next fun opportunity. What can you do now that you have free time to explore? Relish the freedom and get out and about.
  5. Get outside, enjoy some off site events and as Steph once said remember the rill of “3, 2, 1… Three hours of sleep, two meals, and one shower a day” – at least!

SDCC: Last Minute Tips

 

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As I sit writing this I am frantically woofing down a slice of pizza and wracking my brain for everything  could possibly forget to bring, necessary and otherwise. If you’re running around the house doing the same thing, stop. Take a deep breath, remember how lucky you are to be an attendee and read this. Continue reading

Comic-Con Memories Past: The Best 10

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With San Diego Comic-Con aka “SDCC” less than 48 hours from kick off I’ve been thinking non-stop about what I’m going to see, where I’m going to go and who I might meet. If past years are any indication it’ll be a whirlwind trip full of surprises, exhaustion, exhilaration with some minor disappointments. Personally, Comic-Con is the one week I look forward to every year. It is like my Birthday, Christmas & Halloween all wrapped into one happy industry approved package.

When I tell non-convention folks about my passion, the response is usually one of confusion or envy. Here I will elaborate on my favorite Comic-Con memories – the moments that got me to this place in hopes of illustrating why I am so married to this convention. If you are envious of my pass, I am sorry. Getting a ticket is really, really hard these days and I am stupidly lucky to be attending (I know, please don’t hold it against me).

My 10 Favorite Comic-Con Memories:

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Sunday Wondercon Wrap-up

The Easter bunny was at large Sunday (April 5th) at Wondercon. Deadpool, Aurora, Spider-Man… nearly every flavor of character imaginable was sporting ears and a basket. I spent my day squeezing every last moment out of the exhibition floor, taking in all the amazing art, fantastic costumes and booths I missed Friday & Saturday.

My only must-see panel was the very entertaining Screen Junkies Honest Trailers panel. The audience was treated to special guest Jon Daley’s epic movie voice along with a preview of next week’s episode of Honest Trailers. I will give you a hint as to our sneak peak… it was a early 2000s movie connected to a major franchise. I was thoroughly entertained and cannot wait to see the final version when they post it next week.
After the panel I wandered some more, took several dozen more photos and bought some truly beautiful prints from Artists’ Alley.
Overall, I would have to say Wondercon was a huge success. The adults that come to this convention feel loved. Press largely appear to move freely among the crowds. I got into every panel I tried for, including Orphan Black – which surprised me. Wondercon is… for lack of a better word wonderful. To the Anaheim Convention Center and CCI, thank you for hosting a fantastic show. This rocked! Wondercon, farewell & see you next year!
Rose Marie Fox lives in Los Angeles with her pet bunny/monster. Comic-con is her favorite holiday.

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Wondercon Saturday Wrap-Up

Started the day off right with Felicia Day’s panel on her new book, career and geek & sundry. Felecia was lovely and accommodating as always to fans. The panel was nearly entirely a Q & A and there were many shaky voices asking everything from entrepreneurship to on set shenanigans.

And she really has from her own channel “Geek & Sundry” to writing, acting and gaming this girl is really pretty inspiring. Speaking personally I find her awkwardness endearing.

After that I wandered around the exhibit hall and took pictures of my favorite costumes. Actually I took a bunch of pictures… and kept doing that pretty much all day. In case no one has ever told you, Saturdays at conventions are when the crazy costumes come out to play. Saturdays are also the days when the whole convention goes super-saiyan. Everything is turned up to eleven from promotions to panels, tournaments to television premieres. Saturday is so full of events I often find myself becoming ambivalent to all of it… my sense of wonder napping on the job. That being said I love Saturday – but at the end of the day it’s a blur.


I saw a short part of the amazing 30 min San Andreas panel from Warner Bros. Then I hung out with  few dozen more cosplayers…

After that I played the waiting game to get into BBC America’s Orphan Black Panel, which entailed seeing the Falling Skies season 5 trailer. I know next to nothing about Falling Skies… but I will say the trailer looks amazing. I should really get to watching this show.

Orphan Black brought nearly its entire main cast to Wondercon and they did not disappoint. They brought numerous clips, swag and some truly fantastic conversation. Unfortunately I can’t say much more than the tweet below to keep away the spoilers, but needless to say season 3 looks to be killer… and I can’t wait.

For the last panel of the day I listened in on a discussion of LGBTQ and Disney. It was the opinion of the panelists that the LGBTQ community is drawn to Disney for quality, inclusiveness,  and characters who are accepted for who they are after struggling to find their place in the world. The panel also discussed the not so friendly habit Disney movies have of presenting queer characters as villains. Hades, Jafar, Captain Hook & Smee, LaFou, Scar, Ursula… all were mentioned here… which I can entertain.Other concepts were a bit looser to reason, but it was a fantastic panel over all.

Well guys that’s it for tonight. I’m beat. Make sure to check back tomorrow for a wrap up of Sunday (day 3) of Wondercon, Anaheim.

Rose Marie Fox lives in Los Angeles with her pet rabbit/monster. Her favorite holiday is Comic-Con.