Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Comic-Con Chronicles 2013: TV Shows Galore

Last year it seems like we did a lot more movie panels, but this year we ended up in more TV show panels. Every year, I can only pick so many new shows to watch and then some inevitably slip through the cracks as the season goes by. One of the shows that Andrew and I are totally obsessed with is the Big Bang Theory. My sister got us into it and in turn we got others into it and it cascaded from there. There are still a bunch of our geek friends who don't watch this show which is a shame. One day they'll find out what they're missing.

We didn't go to the Big Bang panel last year and decided to go to another room that had more things in it that we were interested in. This year, we decided to go to the Big Bang panel and it was totally worth it although we kind of messed up the rest of the day by leaving the room and then tried to get back in later rather than stay in there the whole day. We were totally greedy that day and it didn't turn out well. It was nice that we were able to sleep in and get into ballroom 20 (the second largest room) when we got in line right before 8 am, but our attempt to leave and come back meant that we missed the Shield panel (one of my must-see panels) by a mere 15 people. Sitting right outside hearing the crowd cheering was painful. Our aversion to the Bones panel in between totally messed up our judgement. (Last year, the Bones panel was the worst panel we went to and we didn't want to sit through it again.) Alas, the rest of the day went well because this was the day we saw Almost Human and my beloved Joss Whedon. Andrew puts the Big Bang Theory panel as one of the best we've ever gone to. I wouldn't list it that high, but it was definitely fun. The panel consisted of the writers and Melissa Rauch who plays Bernadette as the surprise moderator. There were no actors scheduled to appear so she was a fun surprise, but it was an even better surprise when Johnny Galecki who plays Leonard showed up during the audience Q&A in full Bounty Hunter Princess Leia costume. If you're a Star Wars geek, you would've loved it. The video of Leonard crashing the panel is above. Let's just say Andrew and I were full of glee when he revealed himself.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Comic-Con Chronicles 2013: Piloting

Cast and crew behind Intelligence

One thing that Andrew and I have really come to enjoy is viewing full pilots of new shows before the public at Comic-Con. It's nice because the people behind the show usually come out afterward for a Q&A. It's like Sundance with a Comic-Con twist. Last year, we were able to catch Arrow and we totally loved it which prompted us to watch it when it aired. This year, we paid more attention to the panels for the new shows and made a point to watch the ones we could.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Comic-Con Chronicles 2013: Navigating the Exhibit Hall

My Comic-Con exclusive Uglydoll Hello Kitty

After we checked into the hotel and picked up our badges, it was finally time to be giddy. We made it! Now to fight the crowds through the exhibit hall during preview night. The exhibit hall is massive at Comic-Con. It's most likely double how big you're imagining it to be now. You could spend your whole time there and still not get enough. There's something for everyone including swag, exclusive goodies, artist alley, and more. You can find retailers of every geeky kind here as well as the newest video games to try out. Major networks and movie studios promote their newest things and give promotional stuff out like candy. Lines are massive in here for the exclusive toys and swag and I've found the best time to be in here is in the early morning before everyone else can get in. I also find that getting in a line and then asking questions is way better than finding out what the line is and then getting in line. By the time you get back to the end of the line, it may have grown exponentially or closed off altogether. It can get pretty crazy in here but it's usually worth the time and effort. Last year, we got a ton of swag that we ended up having so many extras of everything. This year, we didn't end up with as much swag as last year, but we did still end up with posters, hats, t-shirts, bags, pins, comics, and more.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Comic-Con Chronicles 2013: Dressing the Part

When I first told people I was going to Comic-Con, I had a lot of people ask if I was going to wear a costume. I didn't wear a costume my first year there and I found out that I wasn't in the minority. In fact, the majority of Comic-Con attendees don't wear costumes. You're more likely to see a ton of people in their every day attire of geeky shirts than costumes. If you are going to wear a costume though, you're probably going to be stopped for pictures depending on your costume so be aware of that. It's obviously a huge compliment to you and your costume if that happens. If you're feeling a bit self conscious about wearing a costume, it really isn't that big of a deal at Comic-Con. Almost anything goes here which is great for any closet nerd or hardcore fan.

Totoro and Mei costumes
handmade totoro | handmade dress | forever 21 shirt and purse | thrifted shoes

This year, we went to Comic-Con with a huge group. There were 10 of us in total and, after much deliberation, we decided to dress up as Miyazaki characters one of the days. This was the perfect excuse for Andrew and I to wear our Totoro costumes from last Halloween again. Others in our group were characters from Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke. We intended to have a big group together to show off our themed costumes, but it was actually a lot harder than expected with everyone doing different things each day. In the end, we only wore our costumes on preview night and getting everyone together wasn't easy, but Andrew was happy that he didn't have to wear his fleece costume the whole day. (handmade dress pattern HERE)