Friday started off far too early after the the night before, but I had a plan for panels to execute starting with Hawaii Five-O. Overall I thought the show looked decent and I may give it a shot but its not a must see in my opinion. Daniel Dae Kim answered a few Lost related questions, which gave some insight into what he thought of the finale amongst other things. I stayed in the room for the next panel, which was AMC’s The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead panel started off with zombies roaming the floor. The make-up was absolutely incredibly. I was within a foot of the zombies and between staying in character and the costuming, you felt like a zombie apocalypse was on the horizon. I had never read The Walking Dead before the panel but the show looked terrific and up to the lofty standards AMC has set for itself. Its been two weeks now, so I am forgetting the details but I’ll try and hit the things that really stick out to me.
My next panel was going to be for Fable III, so I went and lined up by the room with about a hundred other people only to find out that it was canceled at the last minute. I think after this I ended up wandering the exhibit floor for a while and then meeting up with a few people for some beverages and a salad at The Field, an Irish Pub in the Gaslamp District. There was a nice selection or beers and I had a very good caesar salad, which hit the spot after a long morning of not eating. Next up was the Jay and Jack meet up at Tivoli.
After having a few at The Field we wandered over the Tivoli’s for the Jay and Jack meet up. This was an absolute blast. Some people were a little intoxicated, as you may have seen from the videos and photos, but I won’t name any names. Meeting up with people was definitely the highlight for me. It was just a good time with no BS and no drama. It truly is a group of people who are genuine and fun. Needless to say the night ended late and Saturday morning rolled around early, too early for some of us.
On Saturday I slept in a bit and had to ship a few things home before heading to the con. The first thing I went to was the Jay and Jack panel with Ryan and Jen from The Transmission. It was nice to get some finale talk in during the trip. I didn’t get to discuss it much with people, and I enjoyed hearing others thoughts on the series as a whole as well as the finale itself. The room had a pretty low ceiling but I think Jay and Jack requested that so they would look taller. After the panel I met up with Josh and Jen of The Gleeful Podcast / Idle Review Podcast and headed to the convention center to check out some panels.
I ended up going to the room where the Mythbusters panel would be later that evening and just stayed there through four other panels. I was glad I did this because each of the other panels (and one pilot) that i saw were very fun and interesting. First was Eureka from SyFy, which I’ve always meant to watch but never did. They split a double session with Warehouse 13, also of SyFy. The casts were very engaging and you could feel the camaraderie and appreciation they have for each other. Next we moved up before Nikita from CW, this proved to be slightly dangerous, for me.
While moving up I was caught in a row that did not have the ammount of seats we needed but, the row in front of me did. So I decided to “hop” over the chairs to the row in front. Im glad I have a son already because I don’t know if it would be possible after my chair adventure. Anyway, Nikita was surprisingly good. They showed the whole pilot before the panel and I will probably check it out in the fall. After Nikita was Human Target, which was also a fun panel but not a show I would ever watch. The main event was up next and that was The Mythbusters.
The entire crew was on the panel, Tory, Grant, Adam, Jamie and of course Kari. Chris Hardwick conducted the panel and was efficient and hilarious. There was great video of the many explosions as well as a sneak peak into next season. The rooom was teeming with energy for these guys andthey absolutely delivered. I would absolutely suggest you find video of their panel and watch it. You may not get the experience of being in the room but its well worth it.
My night ended at The Yard House, which I got lost walking to. I ended up six city blocks from where I was supposed to be, but eventually I did make it. This was the Media Junkyard / SHOE / 10th Wonder meet up and was also my last event of Comic Con. Yards of beer and a confessional cam make for a fun evening. Three ladies in particular dominated the camera corner and made for some of the funnest moments of the trip. I ended up taking a petty cab back to the hotel ,after The Yard House closed, where I ended up staying awake until about 4am, even though I had to be up at 630am to go to the airport. It ended up being four of the most enjoyable days I can recall.
I would like to thank all the great people I met or re-met, you really made this experience memorable.