In part 1 of my 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Wrap-Up (Part 1): Galacticans, Comedians, and a Cult, I ran down what I did for the first 2 days I was at the convention. In part 2 I will let you know what happened on Saturday and Sunday. Take a look!
Later this evening, I attended “The Walking Dead 100th Issue Comic Release” party. I got the opportunity to talk to the cast and creators of The Walking Dead comic, and television series about the show, and what we should expect when the show returns in season 3. After working the black carpet, I attended the party. The event was held at Petco Park in San Diego, CA and was sponsored by Hyundai.
Saturday, or as I like to call it The Vampire Diaries Day, was just like the name suggests; filled with vampires. While my friend unloaded all the photos and videos from the day before, I stood in line for Ballroom 20 for 3.5 hours to get into The Vampire Diaries panel. This was a true labor of love that was done strictly so I could tweet about the convention. Once inside, I got to watch the panel, but then I had to head back to the Hilton Bayfront for the press room.
Source: Warner Bros.
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Trevino, and Zach Roerig attended the convention this year, along with executive producer Julie Plec. The panel was moderated by EP Kevin WIlliamson, but he had the panel for his new show, The Following starring Kevin Bacon, right afterwards, and didn’t do the press room.
With the panel, the “Extra” stage, and press, the cast had their hands full, so everything was a blur. I did get a chance to talk to them about what fans can expect to see when the show returns for season 4. Of course, they had only worked on episode 4×01, and didn’t know very much. What they did know they couldn’t reveal. I did learn that (for now) everyone has something juicy in the works this season.
Interviews: Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Julie Plec, Steven R. McQueen, Zach Roerig & Michael Trevino
I kicked of the last day of the convention with the cast of the BBC’s Merlin. Colin Morgan (“Merlin”), Angel Coulby (“Gwen”), Katie McGrath (“Morgana”), and executive producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy attended the convention. I didn’t get to go to the panel, unfortunately, because it was immediately after the press room, and there was no way I could get in without being in line. The cast was nice, excited, and fun. I really enjoyed talking with them. Having not seen the show before, their gracious natures made me add the show to my Instant Queue on Netflix. These folks know how to get new fans! Since my vids aren’t up yet, take a look at GamerLive TV’s who was sitting right next to me.
Merlin was the last set of interviews I ended up doing for the day. The rest of my time was spent on the computer working, but I did manage to squeeze out one last bit of fun before the convention ended. I attended the Sons of Anarchy panel.
This panel was the best one I had seen all week, and the cast had me in stitches. It was great seeing how they relate to one another as people behind the scenes, and how much they love working on the show, and the fans. They answered questions during the Q&A, and gave away t-shirts during a fun trivia game. After watching the show for the past 3 seasons, I can honestly say I had no idea what the answers were. Series re-watch time? Quite possibly.
Overall, my convention experience this year was way different from last year. Both experiences were hectic, stressful, and emotionally draining, but I enjoyed them both for different reasons. I got the opportunity to see people I don’t get to see often, met knew people, danced with zombies, hung with vampires, and sat with magicians. Though I wanted to pull my hair out for most of the time, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.