San Diego Comic-Con 2011: In line for Coppola


Greetings from the line for Hall H! I took a slight gamble and came “late” this morning (7am for an 11 am panel). My Comic-Con instincts proved accurate… I have a similar spot in line as I did yesterday, when I wound up with SPECTACULAR seats.

Today’s plan is to catch Francis Ford Coppola, who’s here presenting his upcoming movie “TWIXT”. I don’t know anything about it, but it’s Coppola, so I’m there.

The Coppola panel springs at 12:45. The “Community” panel starts at 1. I’m going to make myself available for a Comic-Con miracle and see if there’s any chance that that panel doesn’t fill up. It IS being held “off-site” at the Hilton across the street. I don’t know how gnarly that line is going to be.

Later in the day is “Fringe”. If I don’t have to sacrifice my entire day on the floor, I’ll suck it up and brave the Ballroom 20 line again.

Speaking of Ballroom 20 lines, people are calling yesterday’s Ballroom 20 line “The longest line in Comic-Con history” of course, that’s just line gossip, but I know Jay quit it after 2 hours, giving up hope. The schedule began with “The Walking Dead”, ended with “True Blood”, and in between was a bunch of geek friendly shows like “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13”. So I guess it’s not surprising. I still think it’s mainly a factor of the lack of a “WOW” movie being presented (like “The Avengers”), so people were like, well, then, there is no WAY I’m missing “True Blood”!

So I’ll be here in line til 11. I’ll be in panels (hopefully) for a couple hours after. So I’ll be radio silent til 2ish (here) at least. But after that, today’s the day the costumes REALLY come out… I’ll be taking loads of pics! You won’t want to miss!

In the meantime, I’ll be roughing it out here in line…


San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 2 in Review


Greetings from the lobby of the Yacht Harbor Best Western, where you have to be if you want WiFi.

Been home for a little while from day 2. Had some pizza already, I’m gonna post this up and CRASH.

As I posted, this morning was all about Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. It was awesome, but I covered it pretty well, so we won’t revisit it.

I stayed in Hall H for the next panel as well, Relativity Media. Relativity had two movies to present, “Haywire” and “The Raven”.

Click through to read about them, plus a TON of pics from Day 2!!!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Falling by the Wayside


Greetings from a seat on the floor in the main hall…

I’m one of the people who have fallen by the wayside. Too weak to go on. I’m glad I’m not an antelope, I would get eaten.

I’m recharging my batteries. Literally and figuratively. Food for me, juice for my gadgets.

Getting up at 4 for a panel has it’s rewards and it’s costs. I was HANDILY rewarded. Now I’m paying the cost. Jay is in line for Ballroom 20. I don’t think I can take it. I like True Blood, but standing in line for another 3 hours… F—————- THAT.

Aside from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, I caught John Cusack on the “Raven” panel – the upcoming movie where he plays Poe. Looks great, more on that later tonight. For now, WiFi is strong… I’m going to do a picture dump!




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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson talk “Tin Tin”


Ho.Ly. Shit.

That was awesome. First of all, not that he needed one, but Steven Spielberg had a “surprise guest” – Peter Jackson.

They talked a lot about Tin Tin, which goes without saying. How they each found Tin Tin, what it was like making it, what it was like using mo cap. They showed… had to be 5 minutes from the film? I have to say, I REALLY like what I see, and I’m not just saying that because I just was given such a special treat. I mean, I don’t know anything about the property really, I’ve never read any. But it looks fun, adventurous, exciting… Like a young Indianna Jones.

Speaking of which, these two were very cool about discussing – or name drooping at least – their older movies. Trust me, not all panel guests will do that. But Spielberg talked about how ET inspired him to have children (his attachment to the young actors), mentioned how he doesn’t want to see anymore “Jaws”. Peter Jackson shared how he was inspired by “Jurassic Park”

The panel kicked off with a Spielberg highlight reel if you will. Just greatest hits montage to get the crowd psyched. And you know? I’ve never really seen anything like that, God did it put some perspective on just how MANY awesome movies the man has given us.

Comic-Con then awarded him their “Inkpot Award” for his contribution to Pop Culture.

Quickly thereafter, Jackson was introduced, and the two of them spent an hour on stage, discussing directing, producing, and being fans of Movies.

Eventually they turned to questions from the audience, and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) made a guest appearance with a comedic question. Eventually, the panel ended with the last questioner wearing a TShirt that said “I just want to meet Steven Spielberg, shake his hand and say ‘Thank You'”

I think he was speaking for all of us.

But they brought this lucky guy up on stage, let him shake Spielberg’s hand, and He and Peter Jackson took turns taking pictures of the fan with each other, pretending as if they were directing. The crowd went wild.

I’m still blown away to be honest.

I took video, if all goes according to plan, I’ll share with you all at the beginning of next week. And remember, the video will be better than these crappy pictures out of my bad camera…


San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Waiting for Spielberg


Ok. So, I’m sitting here waiting for Steven Spielberg… But I also get to sit here next to Quint from “Ain’t it Cool News”. How awesome is that? Great guy, very friendly, sharing his experiences about interviewing Spielberg and Coppola…

I asked if he had any advice for people just starting out, and he said, “Just let your passion for movies show through.” I’m gonna try my best. I think I’ve been trying already…


Radio silent now for a few hours. A brief Spielberg summary in a couple of hours!

San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Pre-Dawn At the Hall H Refugee Camp


Greetings from the line for Hall H. The sun hasn’t risen yet, it’s 4:51 am.

I’m in line to see Steven Spielberg present his upcoming movie “The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn”.

I’m not the first in line. In fact, there’s an entire column already full. A makeshift campground… People in sleeping bags who camped out all night, or at the very least, got here before 4:30 am.

Why so early? Well there’s a big difference in the quality of the experience between being on the back of this enormous Hall and being up front. Enormous difference. And of course, it’s Spielberg.

WiFi seems pretty good, so I may make a post or two out of boredom. But the truth is, there won’t be much to report until the show is over. It doesnt even start til 11!

In the meantime, enjoy THIS aspect of the Comic-Con experience with me!






San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 1 in Review


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.



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

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Game of Thrones Panel


Greetings from Hall H. Hell Hall. The room where the dude got stabbed in the eye last year.

I managed to make it in, after GoT sprang and I got Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)’s autograph.

I know you all want to hear about the GoT panel. First thing is,it was awesome, and I got 95% of it on high def video. I’ll be posting it to You Tube next week and linking it to the site!!

Firstly, it was moderated by the author, George RR Martin. Andrew (Andrew@the cinema, see link in blog roll) I was wrong. He didn’t spoil a thing. In fact, he was a great moderator and almost completely unobtrusive, so hats off!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Waiting through “Ringer” for “Game of Thrones”


Greetings from Ballroom 20, Comic-Con’s home for tv panels. I made it through the line in time to join the “Ringer” panel in progress. “Game of Thrones” begins in 20 minutes.

That line was rough. When you see signs in front of you that say 2500 people in front of you, it might as well say “Abandon all hope all ye in line here.”


For those of you who can’t read what’s written in pen beneath, that’s a comic-con geek reminding the sign makers that “people” is not a unit of time.

It’s a gorgeous setting to wait in though. Here’s a couple of quick pics while I wait for “GoT”




San Diego Comic-Con 2011: In Line for Game of Thrones

Ok, right now a line feels like taking a breather. Plus, this is the Harbor Side line… The line for Ballroom 20, so there’s a cool breeze, and in 20, 30 minutes, I’ll have a nice view. I’ll try to share.

It’s hard to convey how hectic this can be. Especially trying to take photos and upload them and stuff. There are people EVERYWHERE. Every time you score a chair to sit in, it feels like a triumph.

I did a quick run through the floor earlier in order to get the lowdown. Swung through the DC Comics booth, picked up all their freebies…

I’m. In line about 4 hours before GoT. I know that will mean sitting through a panel or two beforehand, but that’s cool. There’s always the possibility of finding something you really like. That’s how I discovered “Fringe”, waiting for the True Blood panel two years ago.

Spielberg will be in the hizzy tomorrow. Shatner, unfortunately, will probably get bumped. I couldn’t pass up Capt Kirk for an 80% chance of seeing Spielberg, but for a 100% chance? Beam me to Hall H Scotty.

Apparently picture uploads aren’t working out here… I continue to do Mortal Combat with the evil WiFi.

Just text for now, worse comes to worst I’ll do a massive photo dump at the hotel tonight. I’ll definitely do a “Day in Review” post anyways…

Peace out for now. I’ll post more if Ballroom 20 has a usable connection.