Oh, there is so much I want to tell you! But you will see why all I have time to do right now is entice you by sharing my schedule for today.
6:00 am Pick up by stretch limo to be taken to the studios of my good friends Emily, Tommy, Laura, and Jeff and Jer. I usually review movies on their show each week from my house (at a more civilized time of the morning — Eastern time). But one of the best parts of my visits to San Diego for Comic-Con is that I get to be in studio with them.
Exhibit Hall to look at some of the more than more than 1000 booths and displays — everything from solo artists drawing on a table to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of effects — and of course 150,000 attendees, many in costumes. All day long, I took photos of my favorites, more than 100.
The biggest venue at Comic-Con is Hall H, which seats 6000. That is where the high profile events are held, so that was my next stop. I saw the actors and filmmakers behind “Paranorman” and the cast and producers of “The Big Bang Theory,” though Sheldon (Jim Parsons) attended via computer screen because he is starring in “Harvey” on Broadway and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) did not make it because his plane was delayed.
I then went to a series of interviews with the “Paranorman” people and then a press conference with Joss Whedon and the cast of “Firefly,” who were announcing their 10-year anniversary special, to be broadcast on November 11.
Then I visited a display of the Batmobiles, including Adam West’s, Val Kilmer’s, and the Dark Knight’s. And a guy from TV Guide was conducting an interview of the creators of “Big Bang Theory,” so I stayed to listen to that.
Then back to the Convention Center for three panel discussions: Hollywood concept artists talked about their work on films from “Rango” to “Stargate,” “Rise of Planet of the Apes,” and “Oz the Great and Powerful;” “Girls Gone Genre,” with Gale Anne Hurd (Producer of “The Terminator” and “Walking Dead”), Marti Noxon (“Buffy,” “Glee”), and Angela Robinson (“True Blood”), and a status report on “Stripped,” a new documentary about the rich history and precarious future of comic strips. Just to give you an idea, at any time of day or night there are dozens of these events going on, each, smart, funny, and fun. I wish I could go to everything!
More details coming soon!