It was great. My bff 4eva, marenpaisley flew out from Pennsylvania, and she, Brian and I had a blast. Comic Con is such a weird experience, because for most of the year, I sit at the computer or in front of my TV, and sometimes my brother comes over to watch Heroes or Avatar or whatever, but that's about the extent of any IRL fan interaction. And then suddenly - it's everywhere! Fan stuff as far as the eye can see! It's...a little overwhelming, but a lot of fun. Although they're really going to have to think about getting a bigger venue. The last time I went to Comic Con was...two years ago, I think? Anyway, it was still huge, but I got into all the panels I wanted to and I only stood in line for about an hour for the more popular ones. But this was crazy. People started queing up hours ahead of time. For example, we figured that if we got there at 6:30 am for the Heroes panel at 10:30, we'd be fine, but by the time we got there, there were probably about a thousand people ahead of us. People had camped out overnight. O_o And I really wanted to see the Venture Brothers panel, but they held it in one of their lower-capacity rooms, figuring it wouldn't be that much of a draw (which is what I figured, too), but when we got there about an hour beforehand, the line was wrapped around the hallway, out the door, and down the steps. Crazy.
Anyway, besides Heroes, I got to see the panel for Watchmen. It looks amazing - we got to see a lot of new scenes, which was funny because it was the first time that the actors had seen it, too, and they requested that we watch it again because they were so excited. It was very cute. Zack Snyder, the director, is adorable - he thought every question asked was "awesome" or sometimes "super awesome." Awww. The other large panel we saw was for this show that I'd never heard of that's coming out on HBO - TruBlood. It's based on these novels about vampires living among the living after the invention of a synthetic blood that allows them to survive without hunting people. The show looks really cute, and the author endeared herself to me by saying that her vampires could kick the asses of the Twilight vampires. What was amazing about this panel, though, was that we got a door prize that included a backpack, a tee-shirt, a comic book, and the first novel in the series. I guess HBO has some money to throw around.
And now - pictures!
NBC only had this tiny little booth set up, but they had some cool props:
Aaaaand my pics from the panel. They're not terribly good (especially since I kept getting the red hat of the person in front of me in all the shots). I was kind of disappointed that we didn't get to hear a lot from the cast, since they showed the whole first episode (not that I'm complaining!) And the ten minutes they did allot for questions were mostly spent up by people asking things like "What's it like to be so awesome?!" and one guy who just wanted to tell them that he'd camped out all night. I think he wanted a medal for Best Fan or something. He was booed off the mike pretty quickly though.
Tim Kring (I think?)
Ali, Dania, and ZQ and his incredibly dorky hat.
Sendhil (I'm starting to think it's a bad idea to let any of the Heroes boys dress themselves. Well, except Milo - he always looks pretty snazzy.)
Hayden and Milo
Cristine! Who is now a regular! :D She promised that season 3 would be "groovy."
Greg, Pasdar and Dania (I think this was the part where Pasdar told us that season 3 would be "sexy, because it will have Greg in a thong." Oh Pasdar - never change.)
Ali, Sendhil, James and Cristine
Not a particularly good pic, but I like it because it shows Jack and his camcorder (he was filming the whole thing)
And there he is showing Masi the footage. :D
Everybody standing up!
A Bat bike and Lego Batman and Robin
Obligatory Storm Trooper
The replica of the Owl Ship from Watchmen - it was very, very cool.
And I'm going to end with a non-spoilery review of the Season 3 premiere of Heroes. (That is, I don't give away any plot points or specifics about anything - just what I thought. I guess if you're really spoiler-phobic, you'll want to avoid it.)
Okay, good news first. The cast remains as awesome as always. They are all obviously having a ball, which is something that I've always loved about Heroes. ZQ in particular really om-nom-noms the scenery in the best possible way. It's hard not to be excited watching them all. I'm also really interested in the direction they're taking some of the characters - I think it has the potential to be really fun. There were also some really (intentionally) funny moments, and some fantastic lines.
And the bad. Well. They've, um, certainly set up some challenges for themselves. I think that they were responding to criticism that the beginning of season 2 dragged, because they've decided that the best way to start season 3 is with FRENETIC NON-STOP ACTION. And they also shoe-horned in nearly every story line, so the scenes were all literally about five minutes long. It was extremely difficult to keep track of what was going on. Like I said, I am interested in the direction that they're taking some of the characters, but again, it all happened so quickly that I didn't really know what to think. In addition, plot points from previous seasons were either hand-waved or apparently forgotten about. Characters behaved bizarrely (which was intentional with some of them, but I can't really be sure with the rest). The timeline seemed off. On the whole, it didn't make a lot of sense. Some of that was on purpose, of course, since Heroes is such a TO BE CONTINUED... show, but the rest? I don't know. They've got a lot of 'splaining to do, at any rate.
I'm going to reserve judgment until we can see the full two-hour premiere (they just showed us the first hour). I'm hoping that they were just using this ep to set everything up, and then they'll slow down and deal with only a few storylines per episode after that. Otherwise, it's going to be extremely difficult to watch. I don't mean to sound like a downer - I'm definitely excited about this season! But I am a little nervous.