Comic-Con 2017: Another Unique Experience

It seems that every year at Comic-Con is fun and different. This year was no exception. Even though I was not able to go all five days for San Diego Comic-Con,  I did acquire Thursday and Sunday badges. And yet it seemed like my time at SDCC was jammed-packed. There’s a lot to report, so hang on for the ride!

First off on Thursday, I was lucky to score tickets to the Conan O’brien Show for the first time! For three years now, ConanCon comes down to San Diego and films four tapings of his television show. There were stipulations and directions to pick up said tickets early from the box office in Downtown San Diego. Because there were two tapings for Thursday, I knew that the line was going to be long. This was my first Line for Comic-Con. It took over two hours to pick up tickets. Yes it was long, but well worth it. My tickets were secured (sadly, it was rumored that some ticket holders had to be turned away). But yay for yours truly!

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Next, I trekked my way toward the convention center via shuttle bus! My team and I went and grabbed our obligatory WB bag, lanyard, programming schedule, and souvenir guide from Sails Pavillion. We then proceeded to explore the exhibit floor. As per usual, it was packed! Instead of swag, there were a lot of walk-through experiences. Case in point, was ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Here, attendees were treated to a 360 degree experience that featured the character Hook. This was to promote the upcoming season with changes in casting. Check it when it premieres this fall on ABC.

The next item on my list was making sure to attend the Battlestar Galactica Reunion panel in Ballroom 20. As fate would have it, we were able to make the panel beforehand. This panel featured John Barrowman, Charlie Jane Anders, Aisha Tyler, Orlando Jones as well as Adam Savage. These panelists participated in the great Syfy debate, where they had to defend their argument given a what-if scenario regarding pop culture. Like who would win in a fight, Batman or the Hulk? A good time was had by all as laughter filled Ballroom 20 immensely. You can see the panel here.

The Battlestar Galactica Reunion panel did not disappoint. Though time has passed since the series finale, the fans came out in full force. It was a joy to see some of the actors regale the audience with stories from behind the scenes. Some of the cast members included, Mary Mcdonnell, Tricia Helfer, Aaron Douglass, Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Trucco, and Grace Park. Even Edward James Olmos made a special message for the fans and made a tribute to the late Richard Hatch. View the BSG reunion panel.

More exploring of the Exhibit floor took place. At the Fox booth, we saw the cast of FX’s Legion (featuring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart meeting with fans). Earlier the cast of the new show Ghosted (featuring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott) were signing autographs for fans as well.IMG_7605.PNG

As the day moved on, we knew that we wanted to be early for the Conan Show. After grabbing a bite to eat and dropping our loot at the car. We made our way to Spreckles Theater. Already, lines were forming outside the theater. The excitement filled the air.

The Conan Show did not disappoint. Along with sidekick Andy Richter, Conan was hilarious, and he has made a home for himself here at Comic-Con. The cast of the Lego Ninjago movie made an appearance. The cast included Kumail Nanjiani, Olivia Munn, Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Zach Woods, Abbi Jacobson, and Michael Pena. It was exciting to see these personalities live on stage as I have been a fan of most of their work for some time now. Suffice to say, an amazing time was had. Of course the icing on the cake, was the fact that each audience member received a Funko Pop figure of Conan as the Flash. This was a lucrative and exclusive souvenir that I mean to keep for awhile! This capped off my Thursday at Comic-Con! Here’s a clip from ConanCon.

Friday was my chill/non-comic-con day. However, on Saturday, I decided to partake in a few outside Comic-Con events. First up, I was invited to the Geeks Out/Skybound panel featuring LGBTQ talent in the comic-book related industry. Sina Grace, Ross Marquand, Shannon Waters were some of the panelists and they shared their experiences in the entertainment industry.

 

My next adventure took me to Nerd Nite sponsored by National Geographic. I was lucky enough to gain press passes where I enjoyed free food, drinks and swag! The night took audiences on an intergalactic journey through Earth to Mars to celebrate the second season of NatGeo’s Mars and its upcoming new series, One Strange Rock. Special guests Bobak Ferdowsi, Mallory Lefland, and former NASA astronaut Jerry M. Linenger presented their love of science and the work they do within the space industry.

To cap the night off, I attended the Screen Junkies party  at the House of Blues where Wooden Wisdom aka Elijah Wood and Zach Cowie deejayed the night away.

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My last day of Comic-Con got me into Hall H. It was so easy to get in. I saw the Supernatural panel where the band Kansas made an appearance singing their classic hit Carry On Wayward Son (the show’s unofficial theme). The audience went wild and it was truly memorable! Take a look! Here’s a performance from Kansas!

 

Next, I got to see the BBCAmerica show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency where the creators and cast promoted their upcoming season. I saw this panel last year and fell in love with the show instantly. It’s a must see for those who enjoy creative, non-linear and unconventional storytelling. Check out the cast of Dirk Gently here!

Last but not least was the Dr. Who panel. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, fans of the show got to express a fond farewell to the 12th doctor. The cast and creators were charming and endearing. Fans are eagerly waiting for the new season, and first ever female Dr. Who!

I had a great time at San Diego Comic-Con.  What were your favorite moments from this year’s event? Comment below. Thanks SDCC and we’ll see you in 2018!

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