Sunday 21 July 2013

America Day Six

Comic Con Day Two

This day was Veronica Mars. They were having a panel where they'd be showing a clip of the film, so I had to go! I woke up at 4 (!), and by the time I'd got ready, waited for the bus and travelled there, it was about 5.20 by the time I got in line.

I sat down and got talking to the people around me. There was a married couple, she was called Diana, and I can't remember his name, maybe Chris? There was another guy who was on his own, but his friend was coming later, again I can't remember his name. He was really sweet, an astrophysicist from New Mexico (I know, get in there right!).

So we all got to know each other for a bit which was good, Diana was so nice. We played zombie dice, I was awful! It's a bit like Yatzee, you have to collect brains, but if you roll 3 bullets you lose all of your brains. The queue started moving quite early. The campers took up a lot of space, so just getting them to compress got us a lot nearer to the convention centre, (when I first got in line, it was about a 15 minute walk from the Hall H door! I was not feeling confident).

We gradually moved forwards, through the streets, along the harbour, and finally onto the grassy area underneath the tents, with the usual back and forward queue set up. We were under these tents until they started letting people in at around 9.30, they should've started earlier, because we only got in at 10.10 and the first panel started at 10, but I think there's some kind of legal requirement against this.

The first panel was The End Of The World, the third in the 'Cornetto Trilogy', so weird that they call it that here when they don't even sell them in America - Go England! The previous two films were Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, so although this wasn't the panel I'd got in line 5 hours early for, I was at least interested in it. I'd seen the panel the day before with Edgar Wright the director, and that was pretty good, so I was looking forward to the exclusive clip.

The film looks good, it's about a bar crawl that goes wrong when aliens attack. The clip looked funny, so I'll definitely be going to see it :)

YAAAAAAAYYYYY I made it for the VM panel! They were all awesome. The two 'love interests' wore T Shirts with the others' name on it which was sweet (there's a pic below).

mmmm schneaky

She remembered her first line from the film and said that in character which was really cool.


This is where Dick joined in with the T Shirts, what are they like.
Next was the Kick Ass 2 panel. Found out some goss in the queue from a nother guy that was behind us, Jim Carrey's in the film, but apparently on Twitter he's been saying how much he disagrees with it! How it's way too violent etc. so there was no way he was coming to SDCC to promote it :'(

The panel was good, Chloe Moretz was filming Carrie, so she couldn't be there, but there was a live stream where she talked about Hit Girl. SHE WAS SO MATURE FOR 16 YEARS OLD! I have accomplished nothing!

Thank GOD, Aaron Johnson (now Aaron Taylor Johnson - feminism in action? I think so) got rid of that horrible blonde hair and beard situation. Ain't nobody got time for that!

Turk and Tybalt on the end! I was excited, but they didn't really get asked anything which was awks. 
Next was the Walking Dead panel, I feel bad because I've seen one episode, and am not really tempted to watch anymore, so yeah it was ok. Cutty from the wire was on the panel, so I just watched him.

YAY GAME OF THRONES! They were all there, except the Lanisters, but what can you do.

Jon Snow is my favourite.

I was surprised how many of them were English, JS and Danaerys, and Robb is Scottish. Who knew?

She was creepy looking. I think skeletal's the word.

Keep Calm and Tyrion.

The Man. The Legend.
Then was Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. I wasn't going to stay, but the trailer looked so good!!! The food takes on a life of it's own, and they have Tacodiles, Shrimpanzees and more that I can't remember. The panel were all quite famous comedians, so it was pretty good. Can't wait to see the film!

This panel made me hungry.
Then it was the Mortal Instruments. I thought it was just gonna be another Twilight (which I thkn it is on some level), but the trailer was good. AND......... THE CAST!



I had no idea Damien Dalgaard was going to be at this panel, so glad I stayed! I didn't stay for Amazing Spiderman 2. Fuck Andrew Garfield. He's so up himself. Apparently he came to the panel dressed as Spiderman, again, and answered questions in character. Dick.

I left the Mortal Instruments panel at about 5, so I went to pick up my GoT swag bag. They give you a ticket in the panel, and you get free stuff! The Dexter one was shit. It was a fan. But this, a book, a T shirt, a notebook, a backpack, money off their store, and some kind of incentive to watch their stuff on Netflix.

I read in the guide that there was a panel called All Shapes and Sizes, about the sexualisation of women in the media, and body image for women in the spotlight. It was really good, they dealt with some pretty big topics like eating disorders, body dysmorphia etc. It was really good though, I felt pretty empowered afterwards.

After this I just got the shuttle back and fell straight asleep!

America Day Five

Comic Con Day One - Dexter Panel!!

How awesome is this. A rickshaw where the chair is the iron throne! 
One of many great outfits (including mine (lesbian trousers all the way!))
Harrison Ford - The Man. The Legend. He was so miserable, but I think it was an act, slash he was playing what people think of him. It was good though.

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  This, along with the panels on Sunday (I haven't got there yet, I'm not THAT far behind) was something I HAD HAD HAD HAD HAD to see. So I got there at 11.30. The panel was at 6.30 :/. However, this early, there was no line, and I managed to get right to the front! The panels beforehand were surprisingly good. They had the 10 best animation shorts in the world right now which were all amazing. It included Paperman (obvz) and this one about using theme parks in a scientific experiment, and they were all animated, but the guy talking was live action. The rides were like the ones in Spy Kids 2 (<3) - freaking amazing! Then there were panels for some new films, Divergent which looked really good, Enders' Game - meh, no real feelings about this one, and Europa Report which looked quite good, but they kinda spoiled a bit.

So, of course, for the panel I want to see most, where I'm right at the front, and would be able to take amazing picture, my camera died. AAAAH. I was so angry, but what can you do, so I used my phone. The pics are ok, at least you can kinda tell who they were.

Soooooo, the attendees for the Dexter panel were amazing! They brought back the dead, three times, and it was awesome. There were three producers, Aimee Garcia (Angels sister), Desmond Harrington (Quinn, and uncle Jack in Gossip Girl, mmm he is mighty fine), Yvonne Strahavski (Hannah McKay. Also mighty fine), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb, she is sooooooooo thin!), Michael C. Hall (of course Dexter), JULIE MOTHER FUCKING BENZ! (never did I think I'd see the day when I'd be in the same room as Julie Benz, she is one fine ass mofo. Dead for 4 years and still looks amazing. Her ass was huge, she may have had work, it was Nicki Minaj huge.), Angel, La Guerta, and DOAKES (he was awesome! He came in wearing a T shirt with his 'catchphrase 'Surprise Motherfucker', and as he left the stage he shouted it, even though they kept telling him not to swear!

They discussed a lot of things, including the new season and what's coming up. There were questions about getting in and out of character as well as about how much they were going to miss their characters. We got a sneak pic clip of the upcoming episodes which was great, didn't show much, but I'm glad, I want it to surprise me (that's one thing I like about TV, unlike films, the trailers don't give everything away, often you can't tell what's coming up, and especially with Dexter.) for the final episodes.

Right at the end of the panel the moderator asked them to go down the line with final thoughts about the show, what's happened over the past eight years, what's to come, and about the fans. This bit was sad. They all shared how much they've loved being a part of Dexter, and how it wouldn't have got this far without fan support. Several of them teared up and discussed that when in finishes they're going to have a mourning period, regardless of whether or not their characters die (Jennifer said she'd like/have liked (seeing as they've already wrapped) Deb to die. I don't think she will. I think Dexter will, and she may well be the one to kill him, but I don't think se should die). Julie Benz (<3) said she knew she was gonna die, but it still took time to get over it.

mmmmm Des (such an unsexy name)
I don't want it to end :( 

They agreed, but said this was the natural end to the story, and that they wanted to make sure they could still go out on a high.

Saturday 20 July 2013

America Day Four

L.A to San Diego and Preview Night

Again, I don't really have time to do a full write up of these days as I'm only on Wednesday, and it's currently Saturday (I really need to buck up with this blogging thing).

Saw this in a little art room - LOVE RADIOACTIVE MAN! Might go back and buy something.

I thought this was AWESOME!

My comic con badge with free Dexter lanyard <3

These were my day 1 goodies, some I bought, some were free. 

I bought this. I had to.

Has the times and descriptions of everything - this has been my bible. Speaking of which, there's Christians with placards giving out get out of hell free cards outside the convention centre. I want to slap them (but I don't want to get shot).

America Day Three

Disneyland California 

Due to the fact that sleeping was really hard this early in the holiday, we managed to get to Disneyland by 8.30. The queues at this time were pretty short which was good - two go's on the Tower Of Terror (my favourite ride (I think)).

The ferris wheel was weiiiird, the cars went sideways as it turned. Ain't nobody got time for that.

The guy in blue was so beautiful

The castle was a little disappointing, got nothing on Paris.

Oh the carbon emissions.

I should've bought this!!!

They had boats.