SDCC 2016: Doing the Con Without the Badge

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Admiring the Convention Center and all that was happening inside, while we tried to have fun outside of it

It was a sad day in November when my cousin and I failed to secure our SDCC badges during Pre-Reg. We felt even worse when we struck out again during Open Reg. Despite our bad luck, we decided to still head down to San Diego and partake in the off-site Con activities, with Nerd HQ being our main priority.

Even with our focus on Nerd HQ, if you’ve ever tried to get panel tickets for it, you know it’s almost as hard as getting actual Con badges. They go on sale and less than a minute later, they’re gone. Cousin and I couldn’t get tickets for the Zachary Levi panel, or Zac and Friends, or Orphan Black, and then somehow we FINALLY lucked out and got tickets for the Stephen Amell and Friends panel. So we set Friday as our day to wander downtown.

First on the agenda? Go see Star Trek Beyond. Yeah, we know, so much to do, so little time, but it’s Star Trek! During Comic-Con weekend! In San Diego! We weren’t gonna pass on that. So we went straight to Horton Plaza for the 10AM showing, and because everybody was busy doing actual Con stuff, we were maybe 2 of 10 people in that screening. For what it’s worth, it was a really fun and enjoyable action movie, with just the right amount of character building/drama to push it past some other mindless action movies.

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Special postcard-size lithograph from the screening

After the movie, we had about two hours to check out all the stuff around the Convention Center, so we made our way down Gaslamp. Our objective was pretty much to get the Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con issue (because duh, Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot on the cover), which we knew wasn’t going to be difficult, and get whatever free stuff we could get our hands on. Free Zico coconut water? Thank you for the much needed hydration on a hot day in San Diego! I would’ve liked to check out the Suicide Squad Belle Rive set-up and the NBC stuff at Tin Fish, but there were some hella lines going on and limited time. Had we not gone to see the movie, I definitely would’ve hit up Camp Conival just to check out the Nerdist panels (mainly to see the always wonderful Dark Matter cast) but I didn’t feel the need to go otherwise. It was a quick run through the Petco Interactive Zone, which seemed a little lacking this year, though maybe it was just that there was nothing that particularly interested us. The FXhibition was just whatever for me, seeing as how the only two shows I watch on the network are The Americans and You’re the Worst, both of which are not Con shows, so didn’t care for it. Ditto with the Adult Swim.

I think it’s always fun to check out the yachts docked behind the Convention Center, mainly because celebs make their way through to do interviews. But unless you’ve got insider info somehow, you don’t know who will be coming at any given time. A couple of years ago we caught some of the cast of The Walking Dead walk by. This year, we stuck around for all of 2 minutes and nearly bumped into Stan Lee!

A highlight of our short time around the Center was Con-X, the Entertainment Weekly off-site. It was located in the Embarcadero Marina Park, so it was quite a bit of a walk from the Center, meaning it wasn’t that busy. It might’ve been a little busier had we gotten there when they were doing interviews, but at that moment there wasn’t anything. Anyways, the free stuff was obviously the best part. Free Krispy Kreme donut, with a side of Power Rangers swag (posters, lanyards, pins)? Why, thank you! Free water? Again, thanks for keeping us hydrated! Free ice cream? That one came with an asterisk of having to take a picture with the Scream Queens people (not the cast) and sharing on social media (an annoying re-occurance). Really, you’re gonna make me work for the ice cream? I don’t even like the show, I just want the damn ice cream. PASS. Free t-shirts though?! YES PLEASE! Except there was a sizable line-up that we didn’t have time for, so unfortunately we also had to pass on that. So a good amount of free food, drinks, and swag – hope EW brings this back next year!

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Then it was onward to NerdHQ for the panel! When they announced the Stephen and Friends panel, I immediately just assumed that more of the Arrow cast was going to be there, but then I thought “Wouldn’t they just call it an Arrow panel then?” I followed up that thought with “What if he brings Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist?!” which didn’t happen. Instead, the “and Friends” part of the panel consisted of Emily Bett Rickards (YAYYYY!!), Cody Rhodes fka Stardust (amusing but meh), Arthur Darville, and a surprise appearance from John Barrowman. I’m not gonna go into detail about the panel because you can just watch it, but needless to say, it was pretty fun. Stuck around NerdHQ for the rest of the afternoon after the panel, in hopes of catching some Smiles for Smiles, but nothing happened so that was it for us.

Needless to say, it was a whirlwind day. It’s true, there is SO much going on in the downtown area outside of the convention center that it will keep you busy. But just like everything else, it all comes down to personal preference – not to mention how willing you are to wait for something. I mean sure, SDCC (or any other Con for that matter) is lovingly nicknamed Line Con, but when you’ve got one day, or in our case a couple hours, you gotta pick your battles.

BUT WAIT! My cousin didn’t get a chance to meet up with her friend on Friday to deliver some stuff, so we managed to squeeze in one more hour on Saturday! As luck would have it, in that hour that we were back downtown, somewhat close to NerdHQ, they announced separate Smiles for Smiles with Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). One of my other cousins got a picture with Kumail, while I ran in to get one of the last pictures with Scott. Even if it was for only like 20 seconds, at least I can say I finally got to meet Scott (Jason Street/George Tucker, y’all!) Regardless, my limited SDCC turned out to be a success!

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So SDCC without the badge was fine, but just for the day. I guess if we had spent more than one day then we probably could’ve done more of the other stuff that required us standing in line for a long time. But honestly, being so close to the Convention Center and not being able to go inside was kinda brutal. I mean with all the panels and not getting to see some of my faves again? Harsh. I missed the final SDCC panel for Orphan Black (I’m certain I’ll still be able to see them at one of the Toronto cons at least). Missed DC TV, Agents of SHIELD, Luke Cage. I missed getting the chance to see my Nikita people again – Shane West for Salem, and even Maggie Q came back this year promoting Designated Survivor! I MISSED SEEING ANNA KENDRICK AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (there for the Trolls portion of the Dreamworks panel)! I’m not entirely sure I’d want to put myself through that again if I don’t get badges again next time. It’s one thing to suffer serious FOMO when you’re at home, but when you’re so close to the action and not at the same time? I don’t think my fangirl heart can take it.

SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 4

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The last day of Comic-Con was an easy going one. My cousin and I only had a semblance of a plan for what we were going to do for the day, which was mull around NerdHQ and hope for Smiles for Smiles with the Marvel TV actors following their panel. First of all, I loved NerdHQ being at the Children’s Museum. It was so nice to see that they had a space of their own during the Con that they weren’t sharing with others. Yes, sharing is caring, but everything just felt more streamlined. Oh, and having the personalized Coke machines? Nice touch, even though the machine rejected my name on the first try because it’s not in the database. Well duh, that’s why I want my personalized ‘Share a Coke’ can.

So as we were sitting around enjoying our Coke, we overheard some of the guys working the Coke machines that they were going to stop the line in a little bit because of line-up for Smiles with SHIELD(!!) So needless to say, we were trying to be so stealth and do our best to position ourselves, so that as soon as they announced it, we’d run to get in line. That didn’t work out so well. For one, as soon as the panel let out, those in the panel had started lining up. Secondly, neither the NerdHQ app or Nerd Machine Twitter account announced the Smiles session. So we ended up just saying “To hell with it” and lined up with everybody else, despite no official word. Unfortunately, Hayley, Chloe, Clark and James could only stay for 30 minutes after the panel, so they got to as many people as they could, and then the rest of us were out of luck.

Heroes Reborn panel with moderator Greg Grunberg and creator Tim Kring

Heroes Reborn panel with moderator Greg Grunberg and creator Tim Kring

After the Smiles disappointment, we headed back to the convention center. Because all our shopping was done, we just wandered around the exhibit floor one last time for a little bit, before deciding that maybe we should go check out a panel. Because we did have the badge, so we should make use of it. So off to Hall H we went, waiting in line for the American Horror Story/Scream Queens panel to finish, and then go in for the Heroes Reborn panel. I am among the many former Heroes fans, who gave up on the show when it went off-the-rails. Season 1 was so good and then season 2, it started going to shit. I think I had made it through to halfway of season 3 before I quit watching. So yeah, I was definitely wary (still am, really) when NBC announced that they were reviving the series as a “limited series.” It’s been five years since the show went off the air, and this new series itself will follow that timeline; meaning we pick-up five years from the finale with a new group of characters (and some old ones) and see how that world has changed since then. Honestly, I really only care about watching this series because of Zachary Levi and now Dylan Bruce. I do have to give it to them for attempting to get everyone in the audience excited about the series. From Tim Kring admitting they went sideways towards the end and that “they’ve had some rest” so are back better than ever; to bringing out Jimmy Jean Louis and Masi Oka for the panel. From Greg Grunberg’s general enthusiasm as moderator, to the multiple clips they showed from the series itself and the prequel webseries. I’ll admit, I’m a little bit more excited now about the series than I was prior to the panel.

Cast of Heroes Reborn

Cast of Heroes Reborn

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And that was it for me from SDCC! Like I said before, every year is a different learning experience, mainly because priorities are different from year to year. The point is, coming to SDCC is all about having a good time with people who share your interests. I absolutely love going to San Diego, even through all the Con craziness and what we put ourselves through for this “vacation”, there’s nothing like being at SDCC. You just gotta roll with the punches and enjoy yourself! It’s all about fun! Here’s to next year!

SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 3

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Saturday was once again an early morning. I had the idea in me to go for the Agents of SHIELD signing, meaning I had to get in early for the exhibit hall line. Once in Sails, I was in the 4th line, thinking that was pretty good. WRONG! By the time I got down to the Marvel booth, the line was already capped. How does everybody get down there so fast?! Lesson learned: don’t try to go for autograph signings at the Marvel booth. I think I stood a better chance had I gone to the FOX ticket drawing for the Salem signing instead, but oh well. I wasn’t in a total rush to get anywhere, so I stuck around Marvel anyways and waited until the Agent Carter signing to catch another glimpse of Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy.

The Last Man on Earth panel (L-R): Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, EP Chris Miller

The Last Man on Earth panel
(L-R): Moderator Kristin Dos Santos, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, EP Chris Miller

After about 10 minutes at the signing, I made my way over to Indigo Ballroom and caught the second half of the Last Man on Earth panel. The show was definitely one of the surprises of last season, and was weirdly funny. When you’ve got Will Forte and Kristin Schaal as the leads, plus January Jones doing comedy, you’ve got to expect that the show is slightly offbeat. Now like I said before, I caught the panel halfway through, so it was a shock to me that there was no time for fan questions. What did they even do for the first half then? And has anyone else seen this happen before at Con?

Childhood's End panel (L-R): Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, director Nick Hurran, writer Matthew Graham

Childhood’s End panel
(L-R): Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, director Nick Hurran, writer Matthew Graham

Next up was the panel for Syfy’s Childhood’s End. The miniseries is based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name, and deals with an alien invasion that leads to a kind of utopia on Earth. I’ve never read the book, so I don’t actually know what I’m talking about. Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, and Georgina Haig are among the cast. It’s a miniseries that will air in December, so not like there’s a whole lot to commit to; if I remember, I’ll check it out.

12 MONKEYS panel! (L-R): Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, Todd Stashwick, EP Terry Matalas, EP Travis Fickett

12 MONKEYS panel!
(L-R): Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, Todd Stashwick, EP Terry Matalas, EP Travis Fickett

Then it was time for my #1 panel of the day (maybe the whole Con): 12 MONKEYS! It’s obviously one of favourite new shows, with some of my favourite people, and I was just SO EXCITED that they were coming to SDCC this year, after passing on it last year. I somehow lucked out and managed to find a spot in the first row of Indigo, though to be fair there was still like 10 feet of space between that first row and the stage, so it was close but not SUPER close. It was great hearing from the EPs and the cast talk about what they’re looking forward to for the second season and what we the audience can expect following the events of the season one finale. EPs Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett tried their best to give us an idea of what they’re planning without getting too spoilery, while the cast (including new series regulars Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, and Todd Stashwick) mused about some of their favourite lines from season one. No surprise, everyone pretty much loved anything Emily aka Jennifer Goines said. There was also a funny moment where Barbara was just talking about time and space on the show, everyone is listening intently, and then she went “I have no idea what I’m talking about.” You just want to believe everything Barbara says, as if she actually is Jones; doesn’t matter if it makes no sense, the way she says it, sounds like total truth.

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During the Q&A portion, I was going back and forth thinking about whether or not I wanted to ask a question. I had a question ready; it’s just me and public speaking is ehhhhh. So in a moment of “Ahh f**k this, I’m doing it!” (not unlike 2 years ago), I made my way to the microphone…and once again, made a fool of myself by not getting my words out properly, as I wanted to say them.

What I Meant to Say: “Hi! I’m Thi from Toronto. Also the one who’s incessantly and probably annoyingly tweeting your praises all the time. Been such a huge supporter of you guys, since the very beginning, because you are some of my favourite people who have worked on some of my favourite shows/movies like Nikita, Fringe, Center Stage – and in consideration of that, I wanted to know if you guys have a wishlist of guest stars that might include your former co-stars?”

What I Actually Said (more or less): “Hi I’m Thi. Umm I’m from Toronto…I’m the one who’s incessantly and annoyingly tweeting you all the time…[They asked me my Twitter handle and then said “Oh yeah, sure!” like they knew, but probably don’t because it’s Twitter, and we don’t have the Twitter relationship I think we have lol] Umm…sorry, I’m nervous… umm it’s just that it’s rare that people who worked on an old favourite show, Nikita, is now doing my new favourite show. So in the spirit of that, I wanted to know if you had a wishlist of guest stars you want for the show, maybe like your former co-stars…?”

A lady who was sitting next to me was kind enough to take a pic of me asking a question (and making a fool of myself)

A lady who was sitting next to me was kind enough to take a pic of me asking a question (and making a fool of myself)

Amanda, taking the cue as I just meant Nikita, passed it to Aaron, who talked about how great it was to work with Noah Bean again, and having Xander Berkeley be on the show for a couple episodes, even though they didn’t share any scenes together. Then Aaron talked about how Travis and Terry have been kinda sorta talking with Shane, so maybe something will come out of that. Great answer from Aaron. I did want to hear Kirk talk about his Fringe co-stars as well, and just hear Amanda talk about Center Stage (just because it’s one of my favourite movies) or Suits, but obviously that didn’t come out in my question, so fail. Yeah, note to self for next time I might want to ask a question: WRITE IT DOWN.

Agents of SHIELD signing at the Marvel booth! Total craziness.

Agents of SHIELD signing at the Marvel booth! Total craziness!

So after the panel, I made my way back to the convention center, took a little time and once again made my way to the Marvel booth, in anticipation for the SHIELD autograph signing. After that debacle in the morning, I still wanted to stick around to see the cast, instead of attempting to go to Ballroom 20 for the Grimm and Outlander panels. I am so glad I was there. Sure, it was a long time standing around in that crowd of craziness, especially since they were running late, but the cast was just so nice to the fans. Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet being at the end of the table, kept going down to sign autographs for people in the audience whenever they had like 30 seconds. And even after they were done signing for all the people who got the tickets, the entire cast went down and signed/took pictures for as many people as they could on their way out. Needless to say, I got lucky and managed to get autographs from Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Chloe, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Ming-Na Wen! (I suck at taking selfies, so wasn’t going to try and get pics with them.)

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My final stop for this busy day was the panel for Salem! Just to see Shane West obviously…and the rest of the cast too. The biggest question going into the panel was whether the show was coming back for another season, and straight out of the gate, EPs Brannon Braga and Adam Simon announced that WGN had indeed renewed the show for season 3! I don’t talk about it much, but let me tell you, this is a bat-shit crazy show and I so thoroughly enjoy it. Most of the talk about S3 was focused on fates of the characters on the show, following the crazy events of the season 2 finale. They also threw out some ideas of what they were looking at moving on with the series, namely other witch covens that might pose a threat to our Salem witches, but they do still want to focus on our main characters.

SALEM panel (L-R): Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, EP Brannon Braga, EP Adam Simon, Seth Gabel, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg

SALEM panel
(L-R): Moderator Eric Goldman, Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, EP Brannon Braga, EP Adam Simon, Seth Gabel, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg

I did contemplate asking the same question to the Salem cast, as I did the 12 Monkeys cast, but before I got to my “Ahh f**k it!” moment, someone beat me to it! Saved me from looking like a total dork in front of Shane…again lol. The EPs contemplated the idea, saying that there are witches everywhere, so maybe they can try to work Maggie into the show. Good answer! You know me, always there for my Nikita cast!

DSCN2104DSCN2069I had every intention to attempt and make my way into Hall H for the WB/DC TV panel, because of how much I adore the casts of Arrow and The Flash, plus I wanted to see Victor Garber (forever known to me as Jack Bristow aka Spy Daddy!) However, by the time the Salem panel was done, I was so tired and hungry, I just couldn’t. Plus, I felt bad that I hadn’t even had a chance to have dinner with my other cousins who made the trip to SD as well. Family bonding time won out.

SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 2

Friday, day 2 of Comic-Con, is always filled with awesome stuff, especially on the TV side of things. It was an early start for my cousin and I, as we tried to go for WB signings – me for iZombie (so I could get best of both worlds and not feel bad about missing their panel later to go see Orphan Black) and her for The 100. The last time I tried to do autograph signings was my first year, when I was going for Nikita – didn’t get it then, but tried to remember what I learned 2 years ago for this year. Unfortunately for me, the iZombie wristbands were done about 10 minutes before I got to the front of the line, but still stayed to help out my cousin (she still got it without my help).

After the wristbands, immediately made my way to the Ballroom 20 line because I was worried about getting into the Marvel TV panel later on. When I got into line, it was surprisingly easy as B20 this year gave  letter cards to people in line just to give us an idea of where we were in line. As one of the staff said, they had 1500 cards, but B20 holds 4200 people so it was very likely that we were getting in. So once I got in, found a seat, I settled in for my long day in B20.

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room panel (L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room panel
(L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

The first panel of the day was Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room. This panel, though officially doesn’t include the cast, has always had at least one of the cast members show up as a surprise guest in the past few years. This year saw Kunal Nayyar moderating the panel and then Mayim Bialik showed up as well! Though my interest in the show has sort of been waning, I thoroughly enjoyed the panel, which included the writers talking about how some stories are based from their own random experiences (like the drone episode) and discussing the logistics of past/present/future tense when talking about time travel (in one episode, the guys are shown arguing about Back to the Future’s timeline). There was also a small segment where the writers had come up with their own fan fiction involving Amy and Raj – pretty weird and hilarious.

Falling Skies panel

Falling Skies panel

Next was a bit of deja vu, as I found myself sitting through the Falling Skies and The 100 panels once again, just like last year. Nothing’s changed; panels were cool enough but nothing to make me want to watch the shows (especially The 100, as Falling Skies is wrapping up).

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The 100 panel

Minority Report was next. I was under the impression that we’d be getting the full pilot screening, but instead it was just the first 15 minutes or so. Better than nothing I suppose, but I wanted to see the whole thing! Anyways, the show takes place some 15 years after the film and follows Dash (Stark Sands), one of the Pre-Cog twins who can see crimes before they occur, as he uses his ability to help Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) prevent those crimes from happening. From what was shown, it looks very interesting. The future tech also looks really cool, probably even moreso than what they did on Almost Human. Not gonna lie, I was very amused (as always) at seeing Toronto act as Washington, D.C. (although the pilot was filmed here, the rest of the series will film in Vancouver).

Minority Report cast (L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Minority Report cast
(L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Then it was finally time for what I was waiting all day for: MARVEL TV with Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD!!! Man, both of the panels were just SO MUCH FUN! There wasn’t actually very much in terms of new info for Agent Carter, except for the basic set-up for season 2. We know that Peggy is called to Hollywood for a case, and though they didn’t go into extreme detail, the writers did mention that it’ll be 1940s Hollywood around the time of the Black Dahlia murder. The SHIELD panel was a lot of joking around, which was expected since it was the entire cast and no writers/producers. It was pretty much them talking about their experiences last season and what they hope to see going forward. They also answered a lot of fan questions, which again, was pretty much expected because what else could they talk about, not knowing what’s actually ahead for their characters? Since the writers were unable to attend because they were hard at work, the panel ended off with a “sneak peak into the writers’ room,” as Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are seen trying to come up with ideas for next season. The obviously not real footage showed an empty whiteboard on one side of the writers’ room. On the other side? A dartboard with them trying to decide who’s gonna die next season (HA!) There might also have been an appearance by an old castmember at the end of the video, asking the better question of who should come back next season.

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter (L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D'Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter
(L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D’Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD
(L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

As soon as the Marvel TV panel was done, I booked it right across sails to 6BCF because there was one other panel that I really wanted to see – Orphan Black. Before the Con, I was tasked with the decision of choosing between OB and iZombie, which were going to have panels at the exact same time (my only real conflict all weekend). After I didn’t get the signing, I went back to contemplating which panel I should see. In the end, seeing all the Twitter posts with the OB cast, I made the final decision to go see them instead. There was a wait to get into 6BCF, but it was maybe 15 minutes and I was in for Colony, the panel directly preceding OB. Colony is a new show that will air on USA from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal; starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Peter Jacobson. We were treated to a 10 minute preview and from the looks of it, it’s a future where “aliens” have invaded Earth (I think, I’m not entirely sure what was going on. What else do you expect from Cuse?)

Colony panel

Colony panel

Anyways, after that panel was done, it was time for Orphan Black! I always love seeing this cast together and so happy that despite the events that occurred during season 3, they still brought Dylan Bruce along for one last SDCC appearance. Plus, Retta moderated the panel! And we got their blooper reel (which was not long enough)! Some highlights included: more twerking from Kristian Bruun, Jordan Gavaris getting momentarily distracted by a service dog, and of course, Tatiana Maslany being cool/awesome Tatiana. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you – the Orphan Black cast is beyond awesome and I just want to be friends with them and hang out with them all the time.

Orphan Black panel (L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

Orphan Black panel
(L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

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!