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SDCC: Preview Night and Day 1

Preview Night: Grabbed passes and went back to the room. Standing in waiting line for 3 hours did not appeal. By the time I got my act in gear I decided to skip preview night and went to dinner instead. High over cast and no sign of the sun.
Day 1: So far consisted of waiting in line for Hall H which did not disappoint. The line started behind the convention center and somehow we managed to get it. Thankfully it was overcast and even some drizzling rain.
The Megamind Panel was not a complete disaster since Will Ferell was in full costume. Tina Fey carried the panel while Jonah was fine. The star of the panel was the life sized cardboard cut out of Brad Pitt. If it wasn’t for that cut out the entire panel would have been a disaster.
The Tron Legacy Panel turned out extremely well with Patton Oswalt MCing the event. The cast was in attendance and I have to say Jeff Bridges is going the way of Beau. Eight minutes worth of a scene was shown and it looks good. Q+A happened with the last question from a Mini Unibomber (I wish I could take credit for the moniker but can’t) asking how Mister Bridges like Disney rebooting Tron.
After the Q+A there was audience participation which consisted of us chanting several lines of Dialogue and stomping our feet. So, when Legacy does arrive in December and you hear either: Disc Fight or Dee Rez. That was Hall H.
The new trailer is up over at Yahoo Movies. After the panel ended, several things happened afterwards: Captain Jack Sparrow gave us a heads up about Stranger Tides and G. Del Toro came out to announce he is producing/writing/directing (?) Haunted Mansion. The amount of hats he is wearing for this movie is up in the air.
Returned to the room to recharge phone now planning next move: Hall H maybe be a lost cause. The lines involved and the sun is now out. So a swing through dealer’s room then maybe dinner at House of Blues with Revision 3 guys then Serenity Screening with California Browncoats….

SDCC: Day Zero…

So, after a 5am wake up call, the Airport Taxi was actually 5mins early, I managed to successfully managed to get through the 6AM security line at TF Green. Even saw one of the old Atomic Comics Crew in line.
The great news was I was in Group A and managed to get a window seat on both flights. And, I managed to break out the iPad, plug it into the keyboard mount and get some writing done.
The bad news was both flights were full. Memories of going to Screenwriting Expo many years ago were vague enough that I forgot about how cramped a 737-700 can be.
Thankfully no screaming kids and managed to have a seat mate that was a graphic design major and going to the Con too.
I’ve been posting pictures here and there on Twitter/Flickr but judging from the route we took but I think we flew over the dullest parts of the USA either that or the cloud cover obscured it all. I think I’ll take isle seat on the way home.
I haven’t flown anywhere in a while so the quick hop to BWI wasn’t so bad, the 5 hour bus trip to San Diego with no Internet Connection just shows you: 1. How addicted we are to the interwebs and 2. If the Virgin America can get Wi-Fi then so can SWA.
After the horrible attempt at getting hotels, I’m extremely happy with the accommodations I found on-line. No, I’m not dropping names, I found it first and so long as Comic Con stays in San Diego, I’ll be rebooking for next year.
Badge pick up isn’t until 3pm, so it’s either the Zoo or the Aircraft Carrier Aviation Museum for me tomorrow morning . . .

SDCC Programming for Thursday is available…

Lo and behold the SDCC Program Listing for Thursday has appeared, Friday drops tomorrow and so on at 9am PST.
After all the hotel shenanigans that happened this year, I happy to see SDCC taking a big step forward with the programming and partner with Sched to bookmark which programs you want to go to and allowing for prints outs/iCal Calendars. This saves scanning down pages and pages looking for the panel.
Check out here for linking up with Sched. The linking to Facebook/Twitter/Linkdin was painless and even imported my Twitter icon.
The only downside is there isn’t a Sched App for SDCC, yet. Judging from the App Store there isn’t a general Sched App but more of one customized for a specific event. So maybe a SDCC Sched App is on the way.
Judging from Thursday looks like Hall H is the place to be if you want full exposure to the big panels like Tron, RED, Whedon, Abrams and Scott Pilgrim. This should make Thursday interesting since the last panel I actually made it to was the Farscape panel back during first season before Chiana was introduced.
Just a word of warning if you do go the iCal route, the hours of the panels will need to be changed to PST.

So with San Diego Comic Con now only two weeks away. . .

I thought it would be good to post some links regarding people’s advice about handling SDCC.
SDCC was in previous years was somewhat manageable.
Nowadays it’s gotten ten times worse with tickets selling out, the reservation system was a trip through at least one to two levels of Hell and for some reason a group of Doctors decided to hold their convention at the same time. And, let’s not forget the constant: “We should move the Con outta San Diego!” Vulture.

My only pieces of advice may sound vaguely familiar because, well, all the SDCC Survivors have been doing this for long enough everyone has this down to a science.