I’ve been planning a relatively long post detailing my weekend at San Diego Comic-Con but there’s just far too much to write about. Instead I’ll just give an overview of all the bits that were in between my favourite bits.
Before going there, I built a schedule for myself that was a mix of the tent pole panels that take place in Hall H and Ballroom 20, and some of the smaller panels that covered the things I really found interesting. I’m not sure what I expected from the Con, but once I got there it was clear I was going to have to pick very carefully which panels I was really interested in.
I got in too late for any partying on Friday night so told myself I’d go to bed early and get a good start to the Saturday. After sleeping through the alarm clock, that plan went out of the window too. In hindsight, this was the best thing that could have happened. Sure, had I made it to Hall H I’d have been there for The Avengers announcements, Warner Brothers, etc., but I was able to read about those, and see videos of the panels, after the fact anyway. Instead, I was able to meet and see a ton of people who I’ve wanted to meet for ages, including Stan Lee, Katie Cook and Tom Hodges.
I also wandered through the melancholy that is the autograph area. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing to see Dirk Benedict and Patrick Duffy in person, but some of the other actors and celebrities that were there looked so sad and lonely, even the recognisable ones, I couldn’t get through there fast enough.
I’m still planning a longer post on the highlight of Saturday, which was the Milo Manara panel.
On Sunday, I went to the Merlin panel which I expected to be popular, but not packed. I was wrong. The panel was lots of fun, with an introduction video starring Warwick Davis and fits of giggles from Anthony Head, and while the only thing I got out of it was an eagerness to see the next two seasons, that was more than enough!
The rest of Sunday was spent meeting some more inspirational artists and I finished up my weekend with a panel on costuming for the 501st. I can’t speak highly enough of the people involved with the 501st and the Rebel Legion and the charity work they do. Being at the panel and hearing about their visits to children hospitals, and the work they do with the Make a Wish foundation made me want to sew my own Jedi robe and grow an Obi-Wan beard.
I didn’t go to the big panels, I didn’t get any amazing deals on collectables, and I didn’t manage to meet everyone I wanted to. What I did do was have a great weekend amongst a friendly crowd of like-minded people, and get a good idea of what is in store for me next year when I go back. Which I will.