SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 1

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The most wonderful time of year: SAN DIEGO COMIC CON! This is my third year attending, and as always, learning new things about how best to tackle the gigantic event. There’s really no right way and you just gotta do what’s best for you on any given day.

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For day one (Thursday), my cousin and I decided to tackle the exhibit hall. I had wanted to check out the Mockingjay panel in Hall H and see Jennifer Lawrence, but honestly, I got deterred by what seemed like a really long line to get into Hall H. Of course, as is the case most Thursdays it seemed (or at least from what I’ve noticed the past three years), that long line wasn’t so long once everyone who camped out or got there early was inside Hall H. So I probably could’ve gone to see the final panel, but alas, I ended up getting most of my shopping and whatnot done on the exhibit floor.

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Actually, we had gone to the convention center early (before the hall opened) just to check out the early line-ups and getting into the hall from those lines for future reference. I mean, better to figure it out on a day that we didn’t really have much planned, right? Once we got into the hall, we tried to hit up the main booths we wanted, whether it be to buy stuff or get information about autograph signings. So yeah, it ended up being a day of wandering the exhibit floor, which we all know is HUGE, and just checking out all the exhibitors. I also probably could’ve went to the CBS panel, just to see the Limitless pilot and Q&A, but I didn’t want to sit through those other panels in the line-up. Oh well.

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On the bright side, I spotted celebs on the exhibit floor today! I only got a picture with one of them but the point is that I saw them! While waiting around at the Marvel booth, I met and got a picture with Miles Brown who, if you’ve seen the show Black-ish, plays Jack, one of the twins! Too adorable and actually saw him a couple more times during the weekend and it was always at the Marvel booth (that ABC connection guys…) Also passed by Cyrus, who was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance season 9; saw Nolan Gould aka Luke from Modern Family; and I walked right by actor/comedian Michael Ian Black, though I had so much trouble thinking of his name at the time – in my head I was just like “I know him from somewhere!” I also passed by Bryan Cranston and Seth Green’s signing at BOOM for SuperMansion; at first I wasn’t sure what was going on with all the people surrounding the booth (as you know, happens all the time when there’s a signing) and then all of a sudden I saw Bryan Cranston!

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Bryan Cranston (and you can kinda see Seth Green beside him)!

I did do one significant thing today and that was the Dark Matter autograph signing. In the morning, I went over to Dark Horse to ask how their signings work and when to line up, and one of the guys said to come to the booth 15 minutes before the signing. I did know ahead of time that wristbands weren’t required for this particular signing but I was still a little shocked that I didn’t have to wait like an hour in advance. Anyways, Dark Matter is a new show on SyFy that’s based on the comic book of the same name, about a group of people who wake up aboard a spacecraft with no memory of who they are and why they are there. Four of the seven cast members were here for the signing and the panel later: Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Jodelle Ferland, and Roger Cross. First of all, they’re all Canadian, which for some reason made it easier for me to interact with them. I mean, I was still my awkward self, but I wasn’t any MORE awkward than I normally am (which is what I was Saturday…more on that later). Got up to Melissa O’Neil and told her that I’ve been a fan of hers for a really long time and she laughs asking “How is that even possible?!” I’m like “Well, Idol!” (Melissa won the third season of Canadian Idol back in 2005. I also just realized that we’re the same age.) We just laughed and she was so sweet and nice. I went over to Anthony Lemke next, and I think he had said something like “Thank you for coming!” which led me to respond by saying “Of course! Fellow Canadians!” That then led to the question of where I was from and finding out that we’re both University of Waterloo alums. The best part was when they asked me if I was coming to the panel later, and I told them I wanted to but I wasn’t sure about dinner plans, to which Melissa goes “Oh, of course, you gotta eat! Don’t worry about us”; then Anthony joked that there was going to be pizza, but he couldn’t promise that that was actually happening. I made a little conversation with both Jodelle and Roger, who of course were just so nice (it’s the Canadian way, don’t ya know?), and made my way. With that, I experienced my first SDCC autograph signing! Yay!

Dark Matter signing with Anthony Lemke and Melissa O'Neil

Dark Matter signing with Anthony Lemke and Melissa O’Neil

Dark Matter signing with Roger Cross and Jodelle Ferland

Dark Matter signing with Roger Cross and Jodelle Ferland

And so concludes, my day one at SDCC!

But wait! There was still one other thing I had to go to: the Geeks Go Glam party, hosted by Megan Gotch (The Nerdy Girlie) and Liz Giorgi (Being Geek Chic)! I was initially on the fence about going in the first place, just because of my introverted ways and not doing well in social situations, especially when I don’t really know anyone. But then I found out the party was literally 2 blocks away from where I was staying, so I didn’t have a good excuse for not going. I figured on the positive side, I’ll get to meet some of my Twitter/Female Geek Blogger friends in real life. I finally met Megan and also Gladys (Usagi in Wonderland), yet somehow still missed a few others. I tell ya, I’m terrible at doing parties, but I still had a good time talking with others!

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Pop Cultured Summer 2015 – June

Summer is upon us! Which means its that special time of year where a lot of things happen, but also don’t happen. The movie blockbusters are coming in at full force, while TV takes it easy (sorta). There will also be plenty of concerts and events to fill up those wonderful summer days and nights. So here are some of the things I’m looking forward to!

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Yeah, that thing I said about TV taking it easy? Well, by the look of things, it doesn’t really look like it. First of all, my favourite summer show, So You Think You Can Dance (June 1), is back! Some changes are afoot for season 12, the first being that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be on the judging panel. I understand having Paula as a judge, Jason not so much. The biggest change for SYTYCD however, is that they will be doing Stage vs. Street – meaning the Top 20 will consist of 10 dancers with formal training (Stage) and 10 dancers with no formal training (Street). The logistics of how that will ultimately change the show’s fundamentals can be read here. Syfy continues to add some interesting new shows to their lineup with Dark Matter (June 12) and Killjoys (June 19), both of which are Canadian-made and American co-produced. Dark Matter, based on the comic book of the same name, is about a spaceship crew that awakens with no memory of who they are or how they even got there, and now must work together to figure out those secrets and survive. In Killjoys, Hannah John-Kamen, Luke Macfarlane, and Aaron Ashmore play a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters. While we’re on the topic of space, I’m actually quite excited to check out The Astronaut Wives Club (June 16), based on the true story of the women who were left behind as their husbands ventured into space. It’s an interesting time period to look at, but I’m actually just really excited about the cast involved: Joanna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable, Yvonne Strahovski, Wilson Bethel, Bret Harrison, and Desmond Harrington are the more recognizable names. Then there’s Zoo (June 30), based on author James Patterson’s book about a not-so-distant future that sees all the animals in the world revolt against humanity for how we’ve treated them over the years. The so-called limited series (though CBS said the same thing about Under the Dome and Extant, which are going into seasons 3 and 2) is a suspense thriller with a slight tinge of sci-fi – all good considering one of the writers and executive producers on the show is Jeff Pinkner, one of the men responsible for Fringe. Lastly, June sees the return of Suits (June 24) and Graceland (June 25). Season 5 of Suits will see the fallout from last season’s ender, with Donna leaving Harvey and working instead for Louis, and of course, there’s that little thing of Mike and Rachel being engaged! Meanwhile, with season 3 of Graceland, we finally get the answer to whether Mike is dead or alive (he has to be alive though right? Hurt/damaged but alive.)

On the movie side of things, the only movie I’m REALLY looking forward to is Inside Out (June 19). It’s a Pixar movie, featuring a voice cast that includes Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling! I’m sorry, that’s just a no-brainer. I’m excited for everyone to see Love & Mercy (June 5), a movie about Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys, during two very critical times in his life. It’s a film I saw at last year’s TIFF and just really great.

June will see the release of two albums that I’m really looking forward to!. The first is Tori Kelly‘s “Unbreakable Smile” (June 23). After this post, I went and downloaded more of Tori’s previous releases. I’m still in love with her song “Nobody Love” and can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album sounds like. Joy Williams, formerly of The Civil Wars, will be releasing her first solo album “Venus” (June 30), since the band’s break-up (she released 4 albums prior to forming The Civil Wars). Based on her first single, “Woman” (which for the record, is co-written by Matt Morris, a wonderfully talented musician in his own right), Joy’s new sound is a departure from what people may expect (that is, if they’re expecting just The Civil Wars’ sound but solo) but it is entirely refreshing.