comic-con 2014: part 1

This past weekend Rob & I celebrated our 6th anniversary.



Here’s one of my favorite pictures of us from a trip to Disneyland. It’s been the best six years of my life and I look forward to many more adventures with you by my side. 🙂

So… it’s that time again for my Comic-Con recap!

For the past few years, Rob & I have gone in thinking “one last time.” And each year, without fail, despite the headache of registering for badges and the intense crowds and lines during the actual convention, we come home after having so much fun and immediately start talking about next year. We’re suckers! Unfortunately, getting badges has become increasingly difficult (we really lucked out this year with the start of the new lottery system) and who knows what the next year will bring… but wishful thinking doesn’t hurt. 🙂



Here we are again in San Diego!

SDCC has really expanded well beyond the confines of the convention center — every year there are more and more events and activities held outside. Some of which don’t even require a badge!



To promote the upcoming fall show Gotham, FOX set up an awesome themed zipline. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to try it. I’ve never been ziplining before and it seemed like a ton of fun.



And it was! I did get nervous while I was getting strapped in and I questioned my judgment in that first second as I stepped off the platform, but after that, it was amazing. I even felt brave enough to pose for the camera. LOL.



It was way too short though. Here’s a bird’s eye view of the zipline (30 ft high, 130 ft wide). But it was a great teaser and I can’t wait to do it again!



Legendary had a cool Godzilla display behind the convention center.



Marriott had this ad for Sean Bean’s new show called Legends. The hashtag is hilarious.



A Yahoo! street team was out promoting season 6 of Community.



Ubisoft had a cool obstacle course set-up to support the next installment of their Assassin’s Creed video game series.



You never know who you’re going to see!



The Walking Dead was holding a BBQ for the first 200 people in line each day at the Hilton Gaslamp.

On Friday, we spent most of our day in the infamous Ballroom 20, which is home to the panels for major television shows. We woke up incredibly early (5am or so?) to get in line for the day’s panels, which started at 10am and ran through 6:30p. We were mostly there to see the panels later in the day but the entire schedule was pretty entertaining.



We made friends with the girl in front of us in line and she helped us snag great seats just a few rows behind the reserved section. YAY!



Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz were in attendance for Bones.



Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors panel introduced me to Tom Mison. He was so snarky and hilarious! My favorite moments were when he 1) apologized to the audience for not getting in to the Game of Thrones panel in Hall H which was being held at the same time, 2) he responded “which one is he?” when someone asked him how it is to work with John Noble then 3) he proceeded to say that Noble was eating in their first scene together and he almost burst out laughing as he recalled his other eating scene in Lord of the Rings. Oh man, that scene cracks me up too! Now I find myself wondering if I should watch Sleepy Hollow. Yay or nay?

Time for Marvel!



Peggy is one of my favorite characters from Captain America: The First Avenger. So I’m super excited that she’s headlining her own show — Agent Carter. They haven’t started filming yet so there wasn’t much to share except that they expect to have the directors of both Captain America movies to also direct episodes of the show. Exciting!



Next up was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is one of my favorite shows of the moment.



They didn’t have any new footage to show since they had started filming just the day before but we were treated to this hilarious blooper reel before the audience Q&A.



I adore this cast! They have a really great rapport on screen and off. My favorite moment was when they were all talking about the day they found out Ward was Hydra. Ming-Na Wen said that she and Chloe Bennet were reading the new script and started crying. Chloe was freaking out and said “he kissed me!” and she responded “I slept with him!” LOL.



I just wish that Jeph Loeb, the executive producer of the show, wasn’t the moderator again for this panel (he moderated last year too). He’s almost too much of a hype man. I know we’re there to honor the show but other shows aren’t afraid to acknowledge problems with storylines, characters, etc. Some discussion regarding their learnings from the first season would have gone a long way to reassure fans that they aren’t going to make the same mistakes heading into season two.



I watch The Originals but will probably break up with it for season 2. The first season was actually pretty solid and I thought the end reveal in the finale was well played… but I just don’t care about any of the characters. Sadly I’m not even sure that the promise of Daniel Gillies on screen every week can keep this show on my watch list.



Arrow!



This is my absolute favorite show of the moment. It doesn’t hurt that Stephen Amell is easy on the eyes. 😉 And he seems like an awesome person off screen as well.



Like the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this is another ensemble that not only enjoys and has passion for the show they’re creating but have amazing chemistry. Love the addition of John Barrowman as a series regular next season! It’ll be exciting to see Malcolm Merlyn spice up Thea’s storyline.



Almost the entire cast was in attendance except Emily Bett Rickards (who plays my favorite Felicity) and Katie Cassidy as they were both still filming.



They showed a great sizzle reel for season 3 including a peek at Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer (the Atom) and some hints of a blossoming romantic relationship between Oliver & Felicity (squee!).

That’s it for now… part 2 will cover the sights in the exhibit hall as well as Nerd HQ.