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Thursday at San Diego Comic Con has come and gone!
There weren’t many panels we were interested in until noon, so Vasili and I spent a lot of the morning puttering around the exhibit hall. I picked up a new print from Scott C. to add to my collection, and checked out several other artists around the same location (Ukioye Heroes, Olly Moss, and Mike Mitchell). It took a little waiting to get a signature and an extra doodle, but small personalizations are always worth it!
At noon we made our way to the first panel of the week, “Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower Us All”. The panel was made up of a handful of psychologists who spoke about how they personally use – and endorse using – superheroes and comics to help patients better connect and relate to others.
After Geek Therapy I headed to the “Gender in Comics” panel, but unfortunately it was here I got stuck in line for several hours without actually making it into a panel. While “Gender in Comics” may not have been especially popular, it turns out the following panel, “Bravest Warriors”, was far more popular than I’d realized. That being the case, the Gender panel filled up with Bravest Warrior people pretty fast and didn’t clear out enough for me to make it inside. Boooo!
So I left that fruitless line, pout in hand, and with Vasili decided to ditch everything else and head straight for the Indigo Ballroom, where in several hours they were going to have a panel all about John Barrowman. We figured that 2 hours ahead of time would guarantee us a seat, and we’d just sit through whatever was there in the mean time.
It turns out that the 2 panels we attended before John Barrowman were great, and I’m so glad I didn’t let my pouting get the best of me.
The first was a panel exclusive for the short film The Sidekick by Rob Benedict. Benedict plays a mediocre sidekick fired by his hero, and follows him figuring out what to do next. I hadn’t heard anything about it before, but I’ll definitely be following it now – he said they’d like to parlay this into a TV or online series, which I think would be a lot of fun.
After The Sidekick was a panel on Wilfred Elijah Wood and all the other members of the cast and writers/creators. I”m not a big fan of Wilfred, but the panel was still interesting and the show preview for the coming season was appropriately wacky.
Finally there was John Barrowman’s panel, Anything Goes. True to the panel’s name, Barrowman spent an hour on stage and answered any questions people threw his way, from his recent marriage to his husband to his thoughts on Jack Harkness. He sang, he danced, and he wrapped most of his comments in salacious innuendo. He’s basically as fabulously fun and flamboyant as you’d imagined, and the panel was a lot of fun.
About halfway through the panel he brought his sister on stage with him, and the two of them told stories about each other from both the past and present and talked about the books they write together – both childrens’ books and a brand new book starring Captain Jack.
Nearing the end of the panel he brought his husband on stage too, told more stories, and generally showed him off for us. It was pretty adorable.
And now it is late, so it’s time for me get some sleep for a SUPER EARLY morning tomorrow. Keep an eye on Facebook for pic updates!