Comic Con 2010: Day One + Preview Night
We boarded our flight around 8:45am Wednesday and arrived in San Diego around 11:45am. Then had to wait for the free hotel shuttle for an hour, which was fine because it gave us an opportunity to eat what would be our only substantial meal until nearly 10pm that night.
We dropped off our luggage, printed up our tickets and hopped a trolley around 2pm to the convention center to pick up our badges.
The registration process itself was fairly quick and easy. Then we were herded like cattle into a line to moo over the master schedule and play a few hands of rummy.
Three hours (and some confusion, expensive water and frozen yogurt later), and we entered the Preview Night exhibit hall. Not first…but not exactly last.
There was a mad rush to hit up certain booths (Marvel! WB!) and I stopped off at Boom! Studios to pick up a limited edition Dark Wing Duck comic for a friend of a friend. Erin scooped up a ton of free items, but I was quite overwhelmed by the lines and people and mostly tried to steer clear of death by crushing.
We ended up finding The Guild booth and got autographs from the entire cast. They were all so absolutely gorgeous! Sandeep Parikh complimented my tattoo and Felicia Day also ogled and touched my arm. It was definitely my joy moment for the day, year and life!
Next we stopped off at the Webcomics area. Addie chatted and snagged a picture with the guy who creates Dinosaur comics. That was her joy moment.
Finally, we hit up the Browncoats booth and along the way Erin discovered a dude with a Vampire Diaries swag bag, which he nonchalantly traded off and ended up making her day.
After that we were exhausted and took the trolley back to the hotel, then hopped a cab to an In-n-Out Burger down the street. Totally worth it.
THURSDAY: DAY ONE
Woke up at 6am and were downstairs to meet our shuttle at 6:30am. We arrived at the Convention Center at 7am and got into a line already filled with at least 1,000 other peeps.
It was drizzly and cold, but the line moved rather quickly. Dan procured us some snacks from a 7-11 and we met some cool local folks who were planning on spending the entire convention in Hall H. That’s some commitment.
We entered the Hall around 9:45am and got some seats right underneath the big screens they hang for those in the last row section (we were about midway into Hall H).
We sat through the Megamind panel with hilarious bits from Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill. And a cardboard cut-out of Brad Pitt. Oh, we also got yet another swag bag and some 3D glasses to watch the movie clips.
Tron Legacy was next – it was clearly a fan favorite. I was intrigued. It wasn’t really my nerd-love, but it’s definitely going to be an exciting movie experience. Patton Oswalt moderated and he was clever and snappy. Guillermo del Toro randomly appeared to drop the news (he’s directing The Haunted Mansion, Pan’s Labryinth style).
During the change over we scampered up a few rows and found closer seats, where you could discern which celebrity was who.
Battle Los Angeles looks cool, Salt was aight. Michelle Rodriguez blew me away with her response to a question about why she always plays butch roles. She mentioned that she’s a very physical person and is drawn to action oriented roles, but Hollywood doesn’t create enough roles for strong women which don’t make them butch. Unless you’re Angelina Jolie or Milla Jovovich. It was an honest answer and I have tons more respect for her as a person and an actress.
The RED panel was a bit odd. Warren Ellis was present but didn’t say much about anything except making a pile of cash from selling the rights to his material (yeah, we figured as much). Bruce Willis is a very chill guy, and Helen Mirren was a delight. She wore a “RIP Harvey Pekar” shirt in memorium and mentioned how he turned her on to graphics as an art form. I think she met “graphic novels” and “comic books” but she’s won an Oscar, and you can’t admit you read funny books once you do that.
The Joss Whedon/JJ Abrams panel was recorded in it’s entirety and was easily the highlight of my day. If you haven’t already found a decent copy on youtube, I’ll put one together and post it next week. They were witty, insightful and brutally honest about their different journeys, and it was intriguing to see how each approaches their body of work so differently. Especially since they have a similar body of work (except Joss trumps JJ with comic books).
They clearly respect one another as well and that is always nice to see. ALSO: Joss Whedon officially announced he is directing Avengers. Uh, that wasn’t official yet?
Expendables – I tried to read during this panel but it was too loud and so I quickly gave up. Sylvester Stallone was fun – he had some quirky stories…but every ounce of this panel was not aimed at me and I resented that, which made it difficult to enjoy.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was the highlight of my night. Edgar Wright, who directed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz moderated the nearly unwieldy panel of 13 cast members. They were all young and adorable, but even more so was the fanbase. I simply couldn’t help but fall in love with the girls in brightly colored wigs and aviator goggles who shrieked and sweated buckets over Michael Cera (who was dressed in a Captain America costume). It made me happy to see a large body of the female cast represented. Scott Pilgrim fans make me happy in general with their enthusiasm and fun clothing.
About 1000 or so lucky fans received 1up buttons which granted them free entrance to a special screening of the film immediately following the panel (along with cast members being present at the viewing). It’s also screening Friday and Saturday, so we might check it out.
The rest of the evening devolved into a train wreck of spoiled plans (no Dr. Horrible, no Machete taco truck OR Serenity screening). We decided to trolley back to the hotel and procure groceries for the next three days instead. It was the prudent choice.
The lesson learned here is that you must eat something substantial immediately following the closing of the convention hall, or the rest of your evening will suck tremendously. No joke.
Friday promises to be a heartbreaking mix of zombies and vampires. Maybe a boat ride. Maybe another tour of the Exhibit floor. Check the Tiny Heroes twitter to stay posted (if I can get service!).