San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 1 in Review

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Greetings from the Yacht Harbor Best Western in San Diego, CA.

Decompressing after a tough, but typical day 1. Got a little sunburn, got a bit of a backache, but I saw two great panels, caught a couple of lead in panels. Got Chewbacca and Lacey Underall’s autographs. Had a really really great Pizza across the street once we got back.

The day started waiting in line, and ended in Hall H watching Jon Favreau and Guillermo Del Toro shooting the shit and talking about movies.

Here’s a few pictures from the floor I didn’t get to upload earlier. I had an hour or so on the floor before I had to pick up my passes for the next three days and get in Line for GoT.

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HULK SMASH

Click through for more about my day one experience, plus a bunch more pics!

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I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS THING IS

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THIS IS WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN I MENTIONED GIANT TSHIRT STANDS

I actually got into two panels today that I didn’t pay the best attention to, “Ringer”, which will be on the CW starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ioan Gruffudd, and Nestor Carbonell. It’s going to be a neo noir mystery type show, with Gellar playing two roles (twins).

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The other was Robert Rodriguez’s panel, where he discussed his upcoming projects – “Heavy Metal” and “Fire and Ice”. Apparently he is assisting the family of Frank Frazetta in getting a museum for his original works set up. He’s also acquired the rights to “Fire and Ice” (animated) and now they’re proceeding with remaking it as if it were entirely done in the Frazetta Style. They showed a slide show of some really cool looking concept art.

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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

Of course, in between was the “Game of Thrones” panel, which I wrote up earlier.

The capper of the night was Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Visionaries” panel. This year featuring Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro. Let’s start here. I dont think it’s possible to find a more down to earth pair of individuals than these two. Completely humble and straightforward, they both seemed gracious and thankful for the crowd’s support.

Not the Favreau isn’t genial, he certainly is. But del Toro is soooooo funny. Good God. If his movies werent so awesome I’d say he missed his calling, and should have been a comedian. He constantly was cracking wise. EW’s Doc Jensen moderated and asked him how he was doing, del Toro played up his “English is his second language” thing by saying, “Oh, excrement. Excrement.” He didn’t stop either. Every third word or so was an F Bomb. You can definitely tell he and Favreau are friends.

It was just a fun, lighthearted but sincere panel. They both talked about upcoming projects, and showed exclusive clips. “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” was little more than trailer length, but Favreau brought two full scenes of “Cowboys and Aliens” plus an extended highlight sequence.

Unfortunately, you have to jump through flaming hoops to get to the premiere of “Cowboys and Aliens”, so I don’t think it’s in play for me. This was good enough, though. The two of them really have a way of making you feel as though you just got to hang out with them for an hour.

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I’ll have some better pics later. Unfortunately no video from this one.

Ok though. I know everyone wants more costumes. So here you go! I’ll check in from the line for Hall H tomorrow am as I wait to see Spielberg talk “Tin Tin”!

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