Sunday, August 2, 2009

Comic Con 2009: Panels Edition

Joey and I finally returned from our trip to San Diego and we had an amazing time! I would love to post everything in one post, but it truly isn't possible. So, I will start with the one of the main reasons we went: Comic Con! I will post our pictures and tell stories as I go along.

The first panel we attended was Avatar. We almost didn't get in at all because of the Twilight panel (not saying more about that!). We caught a glimpse of James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, and Zoe Saldana.

Terry Gilliam has an imagination that I would love to play in someday. His next movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will definitely be a fun treat to see. We also saw one of the stars of the film, Verne Troyer, who seemed very excited to be there to talk about the film. I skipped out at the end of the panel to run upstairs to nab autographs from authors Jacqueline Carey and Cindy Pon (I recommend their books totally!).

More Stargate! We went to the Stargate: Universe panel and cannot wait for the premiere of the new show in October. It was fun seeing Robert Carlyle, who stars in one of our favorite obscure movies (Formula 51). We picked up some fun Stargate toys at this convention, and even a picture in front of the SG-1 Stargate. Stargate, Stargate, Stargate!

One of the most amazing panels that I will never forget was the Disney Animation panel. We lucked out and were able to get inside to see a peak of Beauty and the Beast in 3D, and then what I waited for more than anything was the preview of Ponyo and the appearance of Hayao Miyazaki. John Lasseter, the director of Disney and Pixar animation, interviewed Miyazaki (one of his friends and mentors) with the help of a translator. I still can't believe we lucked out to see one of Miyazaki's rare American appearances.

Even though we had to run between Ballroom 20 and Hall H on Friday, we managed to catch the Dollhouse panel! They showed us the unaired episode Epitaph One and then brought out Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku. Two other stars appeared to our surprise (can you guess by the picture?). We picked the exclusive Comic Con DVD, but didn't manage to nab autographs. We did have a few other Whedon related surprises, but those will come later! Also, many more comics to come (Book! Dr Horrible!). *Fangirl squeal*

Last, but not least, is the Doctor Who panel on Sunday complete with our favorite doctor David Tennant (in the stormtrooper shirt!). The rumor of the movie was shot done pretty much instantly, and then we watched some shiny previews of the upcoming last episodes with Tennant. No sneak peaks with the new Doctor, but I wasn't too disappointed. I was charmed. We didn't make it to the Torchwood panel with John Barrowman, but maybe another time!

Those are just the panels! I have a few other fun photos to share, but will post those at a later date! Now time to relax after some unpacking, eating, and so on!


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