Friday, July 22, 2011

San Diego Comic-Con Thursday Wrap-Up: SMG at SDCC

This is going to sound crazy, but if I got locked into my hotel room for the next three days, I'd still be happy with my 2011 San Diego Comic-Con experience. How could that be? Three words: Sarah Michelle Gellar.

I'm an obsessive Buffy fan, and so the opportunity to sit in a panel and hear Gellar talk, even if the majority of the talk was about her new show "Ringer", was incredible. I even got to ask a question, leading to one of Gellar's longest answers of the panel, so I was on Cloud 9.

Of course, to get into that panel, I had to wake up way before 9... 5 a.m. to be exact. As I wrote in my earlier post, I seat-camped in Ballroom 20, sitting through panels on "Burn Notice", "Covert Affairs" and "Psych" before getting to "Ringer."

Here's the funny thing about those panels: even though I'd never seen any of the shows, they were all really engaging, and actually made me want to go out and catch up on them -- particularly "Covert Affairs", which seems right up my alley. Of course, you can never go wrong with a Bruce Campbell panel, and he was awesome as advertised for an hour, promoting his Burn Notice prequel movie and the show itself.

"Covert Affairs" did a solid job selling me on the show, in part because star Piper Perebo is awesome, and anything that involves Oded Fehr can't be all bad. Of the three panels pre-Ringer, I thought they did the best job of selling their show.

The "Psych" panel was a little more insidery and geared towards fans of the show, but that didn't make it any less entertaining for me. In fact, the entire panel was pretty much a non-stop laugh riot, and I loved that co-star Dule Hill kept Tweeting throughout the panel. It gave him a kind of down-to-Earth quality that you don't always get from stars at Comic-Con.

Sarah Michelle Gellar did not give off that quality. She gave off a quality of "ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod I can't believe I'm in the same room as Sarah Michelle Gellar", though honestly that might have just been me. She actually did a really good job of selling the show, which had to be difficult considering no one's seen it. They did show a preview clip reel at the start of the panel, but the stars had to talk about the show without giving away too much, since it is a show that relies heavily on its mystery. It does have the benefit of having a really strong cast, including Nestor Carbonell from "Lost" and "The Dark Knight" and Ioan Gruffudd from "Fantastic Four" and "Hornblower".

As for my question, I asked about the emotional swing from the show getting developed for, then dropped by, CBS and then landing on the CW. I'd asked it as an open question for anyone on the panel, but Gellar stepped right up and answered, telling a great story about the development process. I wish I could remember it all, but my brain was basically like "Buffy is talking to me... this is the greatest thing to happen to anyone ever". If anyone has video of that part of the Q&A and can post it on YouTube, you'd be my hero forever.

Oh, speaking of YouTube, I did take video of one of Gellar's answers.

Ok, I just realized that this post is getting stupid long, so let's sum up the rest of the day in bullet points


  • I picked up my SDCC exclusives preorder from CineQuest.com. I got the Emma Frost statue -- adding to my expansive Emma collection-- the Dollhouse exclusive cover and Charmed #12, a review of which will be coming at some point.

  • I went to the 4pm signing for "The Guild", which was lots of fun. It was great to meet the cast, plus I got to add Felicia Day to my growing list of Buffy autographs, getting her signature on both my Chosen Collection box and my Buffy #1 comic litho.

  • My day at the convention center ended with the Buffy LGBT panel with Jane Espenson, Tom Lenk and Scott Allie, and that was both fun and educational (as cheesy as that sounds) and I had another solid Q&A interaction.

  • Lastly, I hit up the fulfillment center (which is actually in my hotel, conveniently) where I got free t-shirts for Psych and Covert Affairs, and this cool collapsible stool for Ringer. The latter will come in handy for the rest of the show, particularly in the long lines.

That reminds me. The "Bones" cancellation means my Friday should be a little less line-heavy, unless I decide to brave Hall H for the Sony panel. I think I'd rather explore the exhibit hall, considering I've got lots of stuff on my calendar for Saturday and Sunday.

Oh, and last thing (I swear): my swag bag features Supernatural. If you're looking for that specific bag, let me know. I'm willing to trade (I have no preference). I'll be back at the show Friday, still the fat redhead with the fire beard, wearing a Miami Heat LeBron James home jersey. Even if you don't want to trade bags, just come by and say hi.



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