Comic-Con 2013 in Review
This past month I had the opportunity to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2013. This was my first time at Comic-Con, and I have to say, it definitely lived up to the hype. There were so many things going on at all hours of the day, it seemed like I wouldn’t have been able to explore the entire event even if I had a month. We spent a lot of time just wandering the main floor of the convention center checking out all of the booths and exploring the plethora of products for sale.
I wanted to take an opportunity to discuss some of my favorite things that I was fortunate enough to experience at Comic-Con this year.
5. Preview Night
This was my very first experience with the actual Comic-Con event. We walked into the main entrance and filtered right into the main floor, which was already packed with people. We had the opportunity to wander around the floor for a few hours, which ended up feeling more overwhelming than anything. Next year I will try and take this opportunity to hunt down some of the more exclusive items, as they tended to all sell out quickly. There isn’t much else going on during preview night, so it would be a good time to try and hammer out as much shopping as possible.
Here are a few pictures I snagged on Preview Night:
4. Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” Panel
Unfortunately we didn’t get the best seats for this panel, however there were screens throughout the room, so we were able to see everything that was going on. We saw quite a bit in this panel including a surprise appearance as the first question in the Q&A section by Jeffrey Tambor (of Arrested Development fame). He asked when/if his character would return to the show. He played the voice of Captain Flarty in one episode from this last season. The show’s creator Loren Bouchard joked that he would be making a return at some point.
The panel consisted of Loren bouchard, H. John Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal. They introduced a montage of content from this new season, as well as an unfinished scene. The unfinished scene was very cool to see because the animation was not complete, and showed what the show looks like during the creation process. The panel was very funny and had some great banter back and forth. Overall I very much enjoyed this panel, even though I am not the most avid Bob’s Burgers fan. It is definitely a show that I will pay closer attention to in the future however, as it has a great cast that is very funny and all work very well together.
3. FX’s “Archer” Panel
Archer is one of my favorite shows on TV right now, and H. John Benjamin probably tops my list of favorite voice actors. It was great to get the opportunity to see him again after the Bob’s Burgers panel interacting with a very different set of actors from the previous panel. He was joined by Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates, and was moderated by Eugene Mirman.
The panel opened with an introduction from none other than Sterling Archer himself. Traditionally, they show the first episode of the upcoming season of Archer at the Comic-Con panel. This year however, they explained that the pilot will be too much of a shift in form, and they didn’t want to spoil anything by showing the first episode. While I am nervous as to how they will be changing the show, I am excited to see what these guys come up with. They never disappoint and I have full faith that this upcoming season of Archer will be just as good, if not better than seasons past (though it will be very difficult to top the first two seasons.)
2. SourceFed’s TableTalk Live
If you have seen my previous post, you know that I am a huge fan of the YouTube channel SourceFed. I was lucky enough to attend a live TableTalk, which was held at Petco Park. When I first found out that they would be holding a live TableTalk, I knew that it was something I had to attend. I saw on Twitter that morning that it would be happening that day, and then was lucky enough to run into Steve Zaragoza and Trisha Hershberger on the main floor of the convention center who also mentioned it. We showed up about an hour before it started and got the last two couch seats that were available. As it got closer to the start people started piling in behind until a fairly large crowd had gathered.
The TableTalk event was very fun to watch, consisting of the SourceFed Nerd team along with Philly D himself. Trisha and Meg were rocking cosplay of Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones) and Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite. I wish I had the opportunity to check out their next event coming up in a few weeks, DeFracno does Arizona. I hope they begin to do more of these shows around the country, as I would definitely travel to Portland, Seattle or Salt Lake to see their live show.
1. The Nerdist Podcast Live Taping (with Special Guest Matt Smith!)
I was lucky enough to snag tickets to the Nerdist Podcast Live taping months ago when they first went on sale before they had announced the guest. I have been a longtime listener to the Nerdist Podcast, so this was a no brainer for me. About a month or so before Comic-Con it was announced that the special guest was going to be Matt Smith, and the remainder of the tickets promptly sold out.
The night began with the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, opening with a bit of stand up comedy. This was great to see, as I have not had much of an opportunity to see Hardwick do stand up outside of some of the routines he has done as the host of various events such as the Streamy’s this year and when he is a guest on talk shows. He had some great material, and it was a perfect opening to the evening. After Hardwick opened the show, he was joined by Jonah Ray, Matt Mira and of course, the 11th Doctor: Matt Smith.
As a huge fan of Doctor Who, it was an amazing opportunity to see the 11th Doctor before he bids farewell to the series at the end of this year. I am very sad to see Smith leaving as this incarnation of the Doctor. After Tennant left the show, I was skeptical of what the next Doctor would bring to the table, however Matt Smith never disappointed. Many of my favorite Dr. Who episodes happened during Smith’s tenure as the Doctor, and I don’t think anyone will ever play the Doctor in quite the same way he does.
Seeing the Nerdist Podcast was at the top of my Comic-Con bucketlist, and will definitely be something I attend every year that I get the opportunity to return to Comic-Con.
To listen to the podcast, visit the Nerdist here.
I can’t wait for next year’s event! Did anyone else attend Comic-Con this year? What was your favorite event? What is the thing you are looking towards most that was announced this year? Let me know if the comments!
Bonus Comic-Con Pictures!