Thursday, July 21, 2011

Live from San Diego Comic-Con

I'm writing this from Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic Con, on what's already been a long day at the show. I woke up at 5 a.m. and got in line shortly after 6. Things actually moved pretty well here (as opposed to at the Hyatt, where I've heard 2012 badge purchasing was a clusterfuck), and we got into the Ballroom shortly after 9 a.m.

Personally, I'm here primarily to see the panel for Sarah Michelle Gellar's new show "Ringer", but that's the fourth panel of the day in the room. I have to sit through panels for Burn Notice, Psych and Covert Affairs. I don't watch any of those shows, but they all seem good enough, so it won't be too bad. And honestly, it's worth it to see SMG in person.

The reason I can do this is because SDCC has a policy of not clearing rooms between panels. This can cause problems, and does result in people being shut out of rooms while others take up space waiting for one late panel (I've already encountered a bunch of people in this room who are only interested in Game of Thrones, which is the panel AFTER Ringer), but it's the only reasonable way to do it. Otherwise you have to maintain lines for each separate panel, instead of per room, and you make people play favorites if they want to see multiple panels in the same room.

Then again, I'm in, so of course I'm going to say the system works. We'll see how I feel after I get shut out of a bunch of stuff later this week. For now, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the day, and I'll have plenty of pictures to share with you tonight.

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