Ok, I’m almost current now! SDCC took place this year July 18-21 in its usual, overcrowded place. Through the magic of my friend’s computer-fu, he managed to get all of us tickets for my sixth year of attending. Six of us packed into Shaz’s house (MANY THANKS TO HER) and put up with us for five days. This was the most people I went with, although we didn’t all hang out together simultaneously, and would drift together and apart throughout the day. I went for all four days, and we STILL didn’t get to see everything we wanted, and BARELY made it through the dealer’s room, finally finishing it Sunday afternoon. We didn’t get to see a thing offsite, which is unfortunate, as there was a Hello Kitty event that I really wanted to go to. We lost a lot of time doing silly stuff like… eating lunch (horrors). Next year, if we can go, we’re bringing PB&J for at least part of the time.
This time I took enough pictures to split this event up into its old categories. First up: What I Watched (panels).
The first panel we attended was the Dreamworks panel. However, since we anticipated it would be nutty crowded, we got there early for the previous panel, which was The Anatomy of Superhero Film Music . This was actually a pretty cool panel, as the composers talked about how they made music for a movie, how it affects scenes, and showed clips of Kick-Ass 2, Wolverine, and Agents of Shield with and without music.
Wooo, the Dreamworks panel! Here they showed clips from Turbo (which looked much cuter and more fun than I had anticipated; now I want to see it. Whoever does Dreamworks’s marketing blows); Peabody and Sherman (they showed a clip from the French Revolution–this could be pretty fun as well); and the movie everyone is super excited for, How To Train Your Dragon 2 (where they basically revealed the ENTIRE plot and new characters and whatnot… we were kinda shocked). And then they told us the voice actors for two of the new characters. Cate Blanchett for one (YAY), and then…
…Kit Harington (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones) for the other. The fans went ballistic when he came out on stage as a surprise guest panelist.
He’s much more likable and attractive in person than as Jon Snow. I was getting pretty irritated with Jon in season 3 of Game of Thrones. Plus he’s always in bulky furs and whatnot… well… most of the time, anyway.
At the end of the panel, they announced we’d all be getting free limited edition prints from HTTYD 2, which we went and picked up in the Fulfillment Room.
After this, G and I tried to go see the Gender in Comics panel, but that got WAY overloaded because everyone wanted to see the Bee and Puppycat panel which was afterwards. So we weren’t able to see that, and instead went to lunch, and later ran through Artist’s Alley.
We did get to attend the Kodansha panel in the evening, which was super fun as they announced both My Little Monster and Say I Love You manga licenses.
The next day, we got up early and headed over to the Indigo Ballroom (the largest room we’ll wait in line for. Forget Hall H and Ballroom 20) to try and see Adventure Time. We completely failed. Stupid breakfast. K & D managed to get in (they got there about an hour before we did, but we didn’t want to cut in line with them, as we had 4 people and that would’ve been way rude), but they had to sit separately.
However, Jake’s voice actor, John DiMaggio came out on the hotel’s balcony and sang us the Bacon Pancakes song since he knew we weren’t going to get in, and wanted to do something nice for all of use who wanted to see the panel. And then he was joined by…
… Pendleton Ward, the creator and writer for Adventure Time, and voice actor of Lumpy Space Princess.
Staff then announced the Adventure Time panel was closed to any more people, and G & I left the line to go look at other stuff. H & A stayed behind to get into the Venture Brothers panel that followed Adventure Time.
After lunch, G & I returned to the Indigo Ballroom to see the Bob’s Burgers and Archer panels. We got there like 2 or 3 hours early and had to sit through a number of other panels (including the absolutely awful Eric Andre show). The other panels were at least interesting and fun. Although MAN, did the sign language interpreter get tortured as the various panels realized they could say graphically sexual things, and she would sign them.
First up was the panel for NTSF:SD:SUV. I hadn’t heard of this show before SDCC. It could be pretty good. Kate Mulgrew is in it, which was a bit jarring and weird, since this is such a silly show (I always picture her as a more serious actress). I did like the clip they showed called “Comic-Con Air” about a bunch of dangerous Comic-Con nerds taking over a plane.
I don’t know why they all had mustaches.
I did not take any pictures of the Eric Andre panel. However, K & D who had been there since the Adventure Time panel that morning, was able to get us seats MUCH closer to the stage, which was awesome for the rest of the panels.
Robot Chicken panel! Of which, I’ve seen maybe a handful of episodes, and they were pretty decent.
I’ve always liked Seth Green though, ever since “It.” I also liked Breckin Meyer as Travis from Clueless. Geoff Johns of DC (baseball cap) was also present, as a writer for Robot Chicken. There was also a guest panelist…
… Bryan Cranston, from Breaking Bad. This was SO COOL. Although he was on the quiet side. I just finished marathoning season 5 on Netflix and he’s amazing (and utterly hateable).
Finally, the first panel I came to see, Bob’s Burgers! Shaz made me watch this show, and it took me a couple of eps to get used to hearing Archer’s voice come out of Bob’s mouth (two COMPLETELY different characters), but I’m now hooked. H. Jon Benjamin is Bob and Eugene Mirman is Gene.
Kristen Schaal is Louise, and the only female regular voice on the show, despite there being three female characters. It’s really weird and I’m not quite sure why they did that, even if the male VAs are really funny. John Roberts voices Linda, Bob’s wife.
Dan Mintz voices Tina, the eldest daughter, and he sounds… just like Tina. IT’S BIZARRE. He says nobody knows who he is in public, until he answers his phone, and then they stare at him. Larry Murphy voices Teddy, the regular customer.
They showed a clip from the upcoming Christmas special, as well as some barebones storyboarding, which was pretty cool.
The freebie from this panel was a coloring book. I’m not sure what to do with this.
Main cast of Archer: H. Jon Benjamin as Archer, Aisha Tyler as Lana, Chris Parnell as Cyril, Amber Nash as Pam, and Lucky Yates as Krieger. Missing: Jessica Walter as Malory and Judy Greer as Cheryl.
Adam Reed both writes all the shows and voices Ray, one of my favorite characters. The panel was moderated by Eugene Mirman.
Aisha Tyler knocked back one of those airplane bottles of whiskey while on the panel. The cast also voiced a scene, but then played different parts other than their own.
Freebie from this panel was a very cool Archer t-shirt, but it was handled EXTREMELY POORLY as they handed out shirts to people as they were exiting, causing a massive bottleneck. Also, they had different sizes, but we weren’t allowed to ask for specific sizes. WHY they didn’t just give us tickets like EVERY OTHER PANEL, I don’t know. As it was, I ended up with an extra large. People were milling around outside, desperately looking for mediums. I now have yet another pajama shirt, which I would’ve LOVED to wear outside, but NO.
I really need to learn how to sew. And I need a sewing machine. I wonder if my sister can alter this for me.
And that was it for the panels. Saturday we devoted to the dealer’s room and group cosplay. We did try and see the Vertigo Sandman panel, but the line was insane, and we didn’t want to wait in a line only to not get into the room. So we went back to the dealer’s room. We also left the con early to spend some time with Shaz (she only went for one day, Saturday), except that was marred by G messing up his car on Shaz’s terrible driveway (it’s not her fault, it’s whoever owns that house and wanted a driveway to have a car door munching wall and a driveway slope of like 80 degrees), which ruined the rest of the evening. Sunday we also spent all day at the dealer’s room trying to see everything.