Counting down to Comic-Con 2011

HELLO everyone! My bags are packed and I’m ready for California! It’s exactly one week until I’ll be at Comic-Con for the first time ever.

In lieu of a Friday post, I’m going to share with you my thoughts as a Comic Con newbie. You know what, to be honest with you, I’m a bit nervous. I really don’t know what to expect but at the same time I know that whatever it’ll be, it’s going to be exhilarating. I’ve been reading all kinds of tips from various blogs and sites, including one from Collider.com that my pal Castor sent me via Twitter for first timers like me. Very helpful stuff, for sure now I’ll be packing bottled water, snacks, a book/magazine, hand sanitizer and most importantly, comfy shoes! (I’ve got my black canvas TOMS so I’m all set) 😀

I’ll be packing a relaxed attitude as well, because really, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not the end of the world if I can’t into a panel. It’s just not worth it to be all in a tizzy and ruin my own mood for entire event [I have to remind myself this for the sake of my dear husband, ahah] As that Collider article said in the first tip: Do It for the Experience and not the Panels. One thing for sure, my budding photographer hubby is gonna have a field day with all the photo ops at the Con, not just the possible celebs but those amusing Cosplay everywhere.

I'll be amongst these folks in less than a week!
I also have to make sure to wake up early! Perhaps even in be in line as early as 6 AM if I want to get into Hall H for Amazing Spider-Man at 4 PM. Oh boy, I really don’t know if I have the stamina and determination to do such a thing yet, we’ll just have to see.

Well, anyway, here are some of the panels I’m sincerely hoping to get into for both Thursday and Friday:

THURSDAY

(schedule info via Collider)

The biggest event for the day is the Twilight: Breaking Down panel at 11:15, so I’m guessing there’ll be camps set up outside the conference by now already. My hope is that given its massive popularity, it’ll be pretty easy to get into other panels going on at the same time. You’d think this would be the perfect time slot for studios to cater to non-Twihard demographic. I will stay as far away from Hall H just in case a stampede happens!

11:45 – 12:45 Battlestar: So Say We All— Richard Hatch hosts a panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar Galactica universe, politics, and philosophy. Richard (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo), Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Blood and Chrome), Dr Kevin Grazier (BG science consultant), and surprise guests for this exciting round table and Q&A session. Room 6BCF

4:15 – 5:15 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites— TV Guide is back with an all-star panel for the fans! Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites features your favorite talent from your favorite shows — in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Panelists include Nestor Carbonell (Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory),  Jorge Garcia (Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and others. Ballroom 20

Oooh, and according to SDCC Blog, Captain America just might make an appearance!

Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving will be at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 for one day. The movie screening location is still unknown, but word on the street is that it will all happen on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 10am. We’re not sure how fans will get a chance to attend, but it’s likely they might throw some sort of raffle to lucky Comic-Con goers.

Doesn’t sound like I’ll have a chance at the raffle, but who knows perhaps they might be at the Marvel booth? [fingers firmly crossed!]


FRIDAY

(schedule info via SDCC blog)

This is the day the mighty popular Hall H will be my home for the whole day (if I’m lucky!) ALL the biggest events happen in this very room, but it can only host 6,500 people and there are about 150,000 people at the entire conference, so you do the math. It’ll be a battle to be able to get in. But considering the lineup, it might be one worth fighting for!

11:00 AM – This is so very exciting! I’ve been anticipating The Adventures of Tintin for some time now as I read the comics religiously as a kid. Now it’s been confirmed that Steven Spielberg will be among the guests during the Hall H panel for the movie!

I don’t know if Peter Jackson will too though, as he’s busy working on The Hobbit right now. No news whether any of the cast member would be there or not, either, but I’ll keep checking on this one and hope I can even get into the panel as it’s the first one of the day at 11AM!

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Now, this one isn’t a panel so I don’t even know this would work but Hollywood Reporter said Tom Hardy and his WARRIOR co-star Joel Edgerton (an Aussie actor on the brink of stardom) will be at the Lionsgate booth promoting their boxing flick. Whoah! If I can’t get into the Tintin panel I sure know where I’ll be hanging around that morning!




12:15 – 1:15
Raven and Haywire — Two fantastic films from Relativity Media debut in this Hall H presentation.

Cusack squaring off against Luke Evans

RavenThe film is a gritty thriller in which Edgar Allan Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. Raven stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve and is directed by James McTeigue.

I’m not a big John Cusack fan but Wales actor Luke Evans (who’ll also be on Immortals panel on Saturday) is one of up-n-coming Brits on my watch list so it’d be great to see him. Plus the story sounds intriguing. Looks like director Stephen Soderbergh will appear for the first time at Comic-Con to promote Haywire, an espionage thriller with mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano making her feature film debut.

Now, the one event every geek is waiting for (unless you’re a Twi-hard that is, in which case you’re probably still hyperventilating from the Thursday event)…

4:00 – 5:30 — Sony returns to Hall H with a lineup of their movies, but the biggest one of all is undoubtedly …

The Amazing Spider-Man!
The movie isn’t out until July 3, 2012 but the buzz is in full swing with the release of brand new hi-res images (you can see them all here).

I’ve been a fan of Andrew Garfield since Social Network, then he impressed me once again in Boy A and Never Let Me Go, hence his inclusion on my list of Five Notable Breakout Performances of 2010. I like Tobey Maguire as Spidey but I’m actually ready to see what Andrew would bring to the role, and based on what I’ve seen him in, I think he’ll be terrific! The cast is pretty darn good, there’s Hollywood ‘it girl’ Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Dennis Leary as her dad Capt. George Stacy, Rhys Ifans as the villain Lizard, and Martin Sheen + Sally Field as Peter Parker’s parents.

Appearing in person at the panel are producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

Man, if I can get into Hall H on Friday, it’d perhaps erase all my disappointment about not being able to see the Immortals panel on Saturday…

Yes, that’s the one that got away from me… I was so excited when I first saw news that I just might be able to see Superman, a.k.a. Henry Cavill, alas, I read the date wrong (I thought it was a Friday). Even if I could get tickets to the Saturday event, I still won’t be able to attend as our flight back is Saturday morning to catch the U2 concert in Minneapolis. We already paid the tickets last year when the show was canceled due to Bono’s back surgery. Oh well, perhaps next time …


Ok, that’s it folks. I’ll try to post something daily from the Con even if it’s short, though I don’t think I’m going to attempt live-blogging as the wi-fi connection probably will be terrible given how many people will try to connect at the same time. I’d rather just savor the experience and blog about it when I get to my hotel.

Well, wish me luck, dear friends. Anybody else going this year? For those of you who’ve been to SDCC, feel free to share your experience and/or tips from the event.

32 thoughts on “Counting down to Comic-Con 2011

  1. I love cosplaying at cons…i wish i could do it more often, but finding the time and money to get a good cosplay done on top of paying for a con can be difficult. So far i have only been able to cosplay once.

    Anyways, hope you have lots of fun on your trip. I wish i could go myself, but i don’t have the resources for it right now. And if you get a chance, tell Deborah i said hi 🙂

    1. Hi Julian, yeah I’d think those costumes can be quite pricey. For me I just don’t think I have the courage to wear ’em in public, ahah, fun to watch others do though.

      Thanks, and yeah I’ll definitely say hello if I ever run into Deborah. I’m hoping to get into the TV Guide panel which she’ll participate.

  2. Have a blast! My brother went last year and had a blast. He even stood online for hours to go to the True Blood panel on my behalf 🙂

    Take plenty of pictures and be sure to have some fish tacos!

    1. Thanks! I think I will be standing in line for hours as well but hey, that comes w/ the territory I guess, glad I brought comfy shoes. 😀

  3. Try and see a little bit of San Diego as well if you can, especially the seaport area. When I went out there for Comic-Con, I spent a day before the show down by the waterfront and went on some of the ships they’ve got there. Cool stuff. Don’t go to the zoo, though. That place is expensive as hell.

    Did you manage to get a hotel in or near the downtown area? I had to stay at a place well outside the downtown, which was frustrating. Hotels go super-fast every year.

    1. Great advice Rich, thanks. We’ll be driving down from SF to SD so we’ll definitely try to stop at the seaport area, but that’s about it, I don’t think I’ll pay money to go to the zoo or seaworld or anything like that though, I did that when I was here with my family.

      Our hotel is outside of downtown as we try to stay at Starwood properties like Sheraton, Four Points, etc. because my hubby gets a discount. Yeah, the hotel in downtown are pricey and they fill up fast!

      1. Ahahaha… Custard dahling… why are you jealous when you’re the one living in the beautiful UK!! I’ll definitely get my geek out, though in geek country, I don’t think I’ll b geeky enough, he..he.. I’ll miss FRC but I’ll try to stop by when I get a chance. Have a wonderful weekend, matey!

    1. Don’t faint, Dezzy, then you’ll be missing out… unless your plan is for one of those guys to give you CPR, am I right? 😀 😀

  4. Take care Ruth…actually, TAKE ME WITH YOU:) Next year for sure…but please tell me how you managed to get a hotel room. What’s your secret. Oh and try to get a picture with Bob $tencil if you can and send it to me please:)

    1. I would if I could Marc! 😀 It’s brutal just to get tickets for the Thursday and Friday event, I don’t think I have the patience to do this again. Oh, we got a hotel away from downtown, why did you try to book but couldn’t get one??

      I’ll try to remember/find out what Bob $tencil is when I get there 😀

  5. Ted S.

    Have fun Ruth, I’ve never been to any of the Comic-Cons. I don’t know if I’ll ever go, I just don’t have the patience to stand in line for hours and I don’t like being around so many people that I don’t know or care about. 🙂

    1. Hello Ted, I hear ya man, it’s quite nerve-wracking for me as well. I’ll let you know if this is something I wanna do again but since it was a battle to even get here, I’ll make the most of it. Have a nice weekend, man, and stay cool during the heatwave!

  6. You know, reading that Collider article. I thought this seemed like too much trouble, just waiting in line all day to cram into a room. That’s insanity! But given the popularity of the event, I guess there is a lot of fun to be had and people love it 🙂

    Hope you have great fun on the West Coast and at Comic Con! Best of luck and have fun.

  7. Hope your hubby gets good pictures of cosplayer 🙂 I love taking their pictures, especially when they act at their best. I don’t know whether you have seen this post or not > http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/cosplay-cosplay-and-cosplay-at-gj-ui/ , please understand the quality of the picture as I was only using my pocket camera 😉

    I am not really into superheroes comic…so I am not going to envy you….BUT the panel where it shows Tintin makes me so full of envy 😉
    Tell me all about it when you comeback!!! safe trip Ruth

  8. Hi everyone sorry can’t reply to u individually as I’m on mobile. I’m queueing up for a cable car ride now at Union Square.

    @Scarlet- I couldn’t get to the link u sent me fr my mobile, I’ll try later tonite. Thks so much, talk to u soon

  9. Hope you have fun! I’ve never been. Though, I’ve seen the many costumes people wear to the event. If you dress up it would be neat to see your costume, safe travels! 🙂

  10. This is great Ruth! You’ll have a superb time and my advice would be to save the liveblogging for some daily tweets and sum up each day in the evening.

    Damn is this cool!

    1. Ahah, yeah it feels intimidating isn’t it? That’s why I said I’m nervous :0

      Thanks Ross, I’m quite surprised IMDb picked this up but hey, it’s always nice to get the hits 😀

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