2012 ComicCon TV Recap: Saturday
All throughout the convention this year, lines were an issue. I mention this at the top because I missed the first two panels I’d intended to cover on Saturday, Warehouse 13 and Once Upon a Time, due to lengthy lines. It’s hard to get an accurate image of the lines without a helicopter, but here’s a tiny, tiny idea of what it’s like. The wonderful upside to this is that you’re usually neighbored on at least one side by very cool, interesting people who you’d otherwise never meet. Many people opt out of the largest halls/panels, and by extension longest lines, but if you want to see the most popular projects or celebrities, you’re gonna have to park it for at least a couple hours. This year, Twilight, Firefly, and Iron Man 3/The Hobbit were responsible for the longest waits. It’ll be interesting to see what fills that gap next year, now that the Twilight films are finishing up and, barring some amazing development that would’ve been announced here and wasn’t, there shouldn’t be a Firefly panel either.
After the obligatory several hours in line, and a lovely chat with some San Diego natives, mostly about Terriers, I was able to get into Ballroom 20, where I was able to see…
This panel was an absolute blast. It quickly became clear that the most sure-fire way to make a panel fun is to people it with voice actors. Most of the cast was present and they had lots of fun passing back and forth and jumping in to comment as the various characters they voice. This was also the panel with by far the clearest structure, and it definitely benefited from this. We saw a clip from an upcoming episode, ”Fun on a Bun”, then found out a bit about the upcoming episodes from the characters, rather than actors or moderator, and then were treated to a three-minute draw-off between Matt Groening and director Stephen Sandoval, with Billy West and John DiMaggio on play-by-play and color commentary as Howard Cosell and Tracy Morgan. Afterwards, the floor opened up to fan questions, and the panel finished up with a costume contest. Everyone who’d come to the panel dressed in a Futurama costume came up front and the panel chose a winner- Zoidberg! The costumes were creative and fun and it was great to see a little love sent out to the fans who’d gone the extra mile with their Futurama love. Next up was…
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