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I'm So Psyched — I'm Going to Comic-Con!

I'm So Psyched — I'm Going to Comic-Con!

Holy geekfest, Buzz readers! I'm heading down to San Diego to attend this year's Comic-Con! I'm a Comic-Con virgin, so this will be my first time at the exciting comic book/sci-fi/fantasy event (though it's become mainstream enough to include some random stuff, like that Rainn Wilson movie The Rocker?) and up until now my understanding of Comic-Con has been vaguely based on that scene in Chasing Amy when Holden (Ben Affleck) goes up to Alyssa's (Joey Lauren Adams) booth where she's signing copies of her new comic book, and he hands her his. . . Oh, man, now I have to go watch Chasing Amy again.

Speaking of Chasing Amy, Kevin Smith will yet again be on hand at Comic-Con, mostly to promote his next comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Smith's also moderating this panel I hope to attend called "Scream Like a Girl" which, OK, is being held by Spike TV, but includes a bunch of ladies who are going to discuss what it's like to be a woman working in the fanboy universes of comic book, sci-fi, fantasy and horror films. I think it sounds pretty cool, and with any luck, I'll be able to interview Smith after the panel. And will try not to swoon or gush. . .too much.

To see some of the other stuff I'm angling to check out,


  • Surely the room for this will be packed to the gills, but I have to try anyway: EW is hosting a few "Visionaries" panels, featuring some heavy-hitters all on one stage. The Filmmakers panel includes Judd Apatow, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, and Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen). For the TV Showrunners panel they're bringing up Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). There is much to learn from these guys.
  • Of course, there are also separate panels just for shows like Lost, Heroes, and Pushing Daisies, along with some for new shows, like HBO's Alan Ball creation, True Blood (yay, vampires!). Sometimes these panel sessions include sneak peeks at things (like, say, the first episode of Heroes, if we're lucky?), so I'll wait patiently in line for that.
  • There are a bunch of movie panels I'd like to check out, too, like the one for Max Payne (with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in attendance), The Watchmen, The Spirit, and a couple of randoms, like Pineapple Express.
  • Oh, and did I mention that Gerard Butler is supposed to attend a panel to promote the upcoming Guy Ritchie film RocknRolla? Yeah, pretty sure my schedule's cleared for that one.

Wish me luck! And if you've been to Comic-Con yourself, send me your thoughts and tips!

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LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
If they do indeed show the Friday the 13th remake trailer, you have to post it. I'm so jealous of you!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Buzz I am so jealous, mostly because of the LOST panel.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
OMG I'm so jealous Buzz! I want to come with you! Take lots of notes on LOST and Pushing Daisies for me :)
ASpoonfulofSugar ASpoonfulofSugar 9 years
MuggleCrazed - I would totally be going where you are if I could. (1) I'm re-reading all of the Twilight Saga books right now (literally right now...audiobook is rolling at the moment, though I have them in print as well) before Breaking Dawn comes out (I'm halfway through New Moon where Bella is in THE Meadow w/ Laurant and the Wolf pack! haha). Everything I've seen for the movie looks great. I'm really happy with the casting for Bella and Edward. (2) Tell the Avatar people I said WTF?!?! Why bring up Zuko's mom and then not tie up those loose ends? --Seriously though, how AMAZING was the finale? All 4 Elements AT ONCE! The 3 fight scenes were beautiful. And wow, I again completely wow myself for being so mature at 26. A young adult novel/movie and a Nick cartoon are my primary interests at the moment. The fact that Gerry is going to be there should wipe them out, but...nope. :)
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Sorry I didn't mean to post twice. My post got flagged for some odd reason so I posted again :oops:
kia kia 9 years
Woohoo! Have a great time!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Littlelovebee — Thanks for all the tips! You're sneaky. ;) I like it!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I totally forgot about the Office panel. I looooove Dwight. There is just not enough time in one day for all the stuff I want to do at Comic Con.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Buzz, I too am so jealous. Have a fabulous time. Looking forward to reading about your adventures! Enjoy!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Wow I'm so jealous of you Buzz! I think it would be fun to go to Comic-Con. Especially if Gerard Butler is there ;)
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oooh lucky Buzz. I think it would be so much to go to Comic-Con, especially if Gerard Butler is going to be there.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yay Buzz! i have always wanted to go - lucky, lucky you! i can't wait to read all your posts from there. :) kevin Smith? woot!
Littlelovebee Littlelovebee 9 years
Buzz you are soo lucky!! I have gone the last 3 years but now I'm on the east coast so I won't be able to attend, I'm so sad about it. The main room for the panels (I think Exhibit H?)gets super crazy and you might end up waiting in a long line - although you probably have a media pass. So plan accordingly if you have a bunch of panels lined up! A little trick I've learned in the past was to just enter from the exit when the previous panel ended and there are just swarms of people leaving. Some people may give you a hard time, but just tell them you forgot something. Also, on Sundays is the day for deals. No one wants to bring their stuff back so bargaining is usually allowed :)
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
thanks Buzz. i mean really, talented maggie all pretty in pink with a "he loves me not/he loves me" petals, what's not adorable about that? ;)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I am SO JEALOUS! I would totally go, but it's my boyfriend birthday and he's not as much of a comic nerd as me haha. Lost is doing something, because they've got the whole Octagon Global Recruiting. TELL ME WHAT THEY DO! ohhhh i wish I could go
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Gerard is supposed to be there on Thursday, 5:30 pm.
MuggleCrazed MuggleCrazed 9 years
I'm going too! It'll be my first time despite me living in San Diego. I'm looking forward to the Summit Entertainment panel, with an AMAZING group from Twilight including Stephenie Meyer, The Director, The Actors for Bella, Edward, Jacob, Victoria, James and Laurent. Also, the Avatar Panel Friday Night is going to be awesome because I am OBSESSED with the show. It will be screening the last hour of the Finale which aired on Saturday and will have a Panel with the Creators afterward. Also, The Office panel has Rainn Wilson moderating it with a panel of the writers including Mindy and Ryan! Also, a panel about the Harry Potter fandom includes 2 people on a great podcast, Pottercast, who I've seen live twice before. I'm so excited!!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I am also so excited about browsing the exhibition rows... I might have to bring a big backpack for all the shopping!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
Ooh Gerard Butler...what day is he there?
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Thanks, guys! And OMG pinkflats I love your avatar picture! That's totally adorable.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
I'm jealous, have a great time.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Lucky, Buzz! bring us back suiveniers.
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