Thursday, July 22, 2010

Heart of Gold! I Find Josh Friedman's Life Disturbing...ly Awesome

And so does Nikki Finke.

If you haven't read this, do it now. If you have, read it again.

Countdown to Comic-Con or What I'll Miss Most About Missing Thursday and Friday


This year, despite finally getting a professional badge -- uh-huh, that's right -- I am unable to attend until Saturday. Maybe late Friday if I'm lucky, but I'm not counting on it.


Luckily (or not, since I'm totally jealous) Jul is headed to the Con this morning -- and in fact may already be there -- so at least she'll get to tell me about stuff and hopefully pick me up some sweet schwag. You can follow her Con-ny updates on twitter -- @julweiss.

But back to me, because, well, of course... How could I possibly miss the first two days? Not to mention Preview Night -- dear God, did I forget about Preview Night?!

No. I most certainly did not. But I think I can reconcile missing it to keep my job whichohbythewaydidImentionisinaone-hourwriter'sroom?

Yeah, I'll be okay.

But in the spirit of lamenting and complaining because that's lots of fun, here is my list of things that I'm saddest about missing from last night through Friday.

PREVIEW NIGHT

I'm basing most of this on IGN's coverage, since the official calendar just lists programs. Which, of course, it should. (But that means a distinct lack of pictures, so... please head over to IGN for a visual.)

1. The Walking Dead booth -- realistic blood-spattered zombies on a faux set that you can take pictures with. Yeah, I think it's fair to say I'm excited about the show coming to AMC... and that's without ever having read the comic.

2. Hoth/AT-AT playset -- just looking at it makes me feel 6-years-old again. Except it would then likely be He-Man and (it goes without saying) unintentionally homo-erotic.

3. Pose as a Star Wars action figure inside a life-size fake plastic toy case -- do you really need me to tell you how embarrassingly awesome that is?

4. Free stuff!!! -- This would have been my first Preview Night, and I always hear that that's where they give out the best freebies. True? Who knows? But I wants it!

5. Pilot previews -- what I'd really be doing. It's just Nikita, but it would mean I didn't need to attend it later :)

THURSDAY

10 am - Megamind -- Sue me, I like animated features and this one looks fun. Plus, I'm really curious about it since the description several people have told me doesn't seem to gibe with the most recent trailer I saw. And since trailers never, ever... ever... ever... ever... ever lie, I want to know what's up with that.

11:15 - TRON: Legacy -- You know, I couldn't give you more than a vague outline of the first movie and I don't even know with 100 percent surety that I ever saw it all the way through, but for some reason I'm stoked about this sequel/reboot/whatever.

3:30 - The Visionaries -- JJ and Joss. That is all.

6 - Universal's Scott Pilgrim -- Read the comics and liked them but didn't love them. Still, the trailers look amazing, and I lurve Michael Cera.

9:45 - Mastermind -- the short film, bitches! Yes, I'm excited to see what Sullivan and Susan Lee got up to.

FRIDAY

10:30 - Stargate Universe -- Much to my non-Stargate-watching surprise, I kind of like this show. Quite a bit.

11:30 - AMC's The Walking Dead -- Did I mention how excited I was for this?

12 - Neighbors From Hell -- sadness that I won't be able to support my old coworkers, but even if you don't watch the show, the panel will be amazing since it includes Molly Shannon (SNL), Patton Oswalt (My Weakness Is Strong, Ratatouille), Will Sasso (MADtv), Kurtwood Smith(That '70s Show), David Soren (DreamWorks animation veteran), Kyle McCulloch (Mr. Wong), and Tracey Fairaway (Chicago 8).

2:15 - The Cape -- creator Thomas Wheeler wrote one of my favorite pilot scripts of the past few years -- Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas -- and when I found out this got picked up and he was the writer behind it, I more or less wrote him a fan-ish love letter begging to work with him. I have my fingers crossed for this to succeed.

3 - Joss Whedon -- talking about being Joss. And yes, I realize that there's no way I'd be able to jump around to panels in different rooms like this were I actually there, but that's the beauty of not going -- I don't have to worry about that reality.

3:30 - MTV's Teen Wolf -- I'm curious, okay. Could it be the new Buffy? Well, no, but maybe the new Smallville...

3:30 - Writing for Television -- Is it just me, or are there a lot of writing panels this year?

4:30 - Falling Skies -- Spielberg's new one-hour show that isn't a ripoff of Land of the Lost. Not that that's a bad thing...

5:15 - True Blood -- The most fun show on television.

6 - Archer -- love this show.

6:30 - TV Guide 2010 Hotlist -- Morena Baccarin (V), Julie Benz (No Ordinary Family), Morris Chestnut (V), Keith David (The Cape), Summer Glau (The Cape, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse), Zachary Levi (Chuck), David Lyons (The Cape), Chi McBride(Human Target), Elizabeth Mitchell (V) and Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries). 'Nuff said.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

With Great Numbers of Attendees Comes Great Responsibility


Most of you attending The Great Geek Orgy (aka San Diego Comic-Con) likely already know both of these things, but...

Wednesday thru Saturday of the schedule is posted on their website, and they are offering a nifty new feature this year -- you can plan and share your schedule with friends on Facebook, twitter, and (strangely) LinkedIn.

How awesome is that?

Finally, an easy way to plan for the panels you want to attend and not accidentally double-book yourself or plan for two panels back-to-back that are on opposites sides of the convention center (I'm looking at you, Jul).