“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” screening and panel
Edgar Wright is a very funny man, who seems both slightly intimidated yet perfectly adapted to the loud cheers that followed him around both at the Scott Pilgrim panel and the screenings. He regularly threatened sniper attacks for anyone who might ask follow up questions or tape footage of the movie. With most of the cast at the panel and video snippets used to introduce the cast, there wasn’t much time in the panel for additional dialogue, but it didn’t matter. The director entertained the audience with his witty banter and everyone made fun of Michael Cera for showing up in an ill fitting Captain America costume. The Scott Pilgrim Experience set up across from the convention center had stars from the movie screen printing t-shirts for fans, and allowed me to meet Superman himself, Brandon Routh. Add to that a screening of one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve seen in some time – complete with an enthusiastic, cheering crowd – and I don’t know what else could better symbolize Comic Con 2010 for me.
The entire cast of Supernatural not answering questions
For the first time in a number of years, both Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles attended the Con, along with costars Misha Collins and Jim Beaver, and executive producers Sera Gamble, Eric Kripke and Ben Edlund. If you’re not familiar with Supernatural, you probably don’t know that the list of names just rattled off is a whole bunch of crazy entertainment. Yes, tidbits were shared about season 6’s plot – including a one year time jump, Castiel returning regularly despite needing to clean up the aftermath of the apocalypse in heaven (“It’s like post-Soviet Russian. Maybe Cas will start talking with a Russian accent!”), and a clip from the Jensen Ackles-directed fourth episode showing off the return of demon Crowley. These are all great and wonderful things, but the cast really showed off their chemistry and affection for one another during fan questions when they could never come up with answers and started making fun of each other instead. And Misha Collins talking in a Russian accent is always made of win.
Jeffster’s dance video and the Chuck panel
Who thought 45 minutes was long enough for a Chuck panel was a little messed up in the head. After the hilarious Jeffster dance video set to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and the time it took for the cheers to die down after the cast finished throwing t-shirts into the audience, the two moderators had about thirty minutes to ask their own questions. As usual the cast of Chuck, fronted by Adam Baldwin and Zach Levi, entertained the crowd with goofy antics on stage while show runner Josh Schwartz avoided answering many questions. Announcements included that Sarah Connor herself – Linda Hamilton – would be playing Mama Bartowski and the Old Spice guy, among others, would be playing a CIA agent named Greta who works at the Buy More. By the time all the guest stars were named and the moderators were willing to let go of the reins, there was no time for fan questions, a disappointment for all those involved. Still, it was a highly entertaining panel that made my Saturday morning, and I never regretted missing Green Lantern.
Videos of these and many other panels are all around the internet by now, so if you weren’t able to attend, you can live through the experience anyway. If you did attend, what were your favorite moments and experiences of the Con?