San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Girding My Loins

It begins...
This Thursday I will be making the 45-minute flight to San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con 2012 (I depart at 10:05 a.m. and arrive at 10:50, which seems more than reasonable for flying halfway across the country). It'll be my first time checking out what has become the 4th largest convention of its kind (the biggest in North America) and the premiere event for comics, sci-fi, anime, and Hollywood studios trotting out the coming tentpole releases they hope will draw the lucrative geek market.

I finally took a look at the daunting four-day schedule and immediately went into shutdown mode. There's just too much to do, I muttered to myself, better just to stick with my original plan of getting blind drunk on happy hour martinis at Donovan's Steakhouse and harassing as many Slave Leias as I can find.

But no, that's no way for a professional journalist - or part-time blogger with delusions of same - to act. The San Diego Comic-Con is a massive assembly of twitchy nerds, itchy gamers, and bitchy pop culture enthusiasts, but it *can* be conquered, and conquer it I shall.

Depending, of course, on how many of these panels I can get into, of course.

Not a chance.
To begin with, pretty much anything on Sunday is a no-go, as that's when I fly back to Texas. So, sorry Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sons of Anarchy panels (and nothing says "comics" like gun-running bikers). I also won't be able to ask Ben Edlund why he didn't stop at five seasons at the Supernatural panel. But that's just as well, as I have no doubt Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki could easily kick my ass.

I'm also skipping all the anime, because few things are creepier than a grown-ass man at a Squid Girl screening (to say nothing of the late-night, "mature themes" shows), as well as most of the gaming, unless it's from an observational standpoint. My sack of 20-sided dice has been gathering dust for years, and my X-Box and Wii have been largely unused since Bush's second term.

But here's what looks intriguing to me for the three days I'll actually be on the scene.

I should be in early enough for most of this, or I may spend the day drinking on Mission Beach.

Rich Arons - writer/producer of, among others, Animaniacs and Freakazoid. What? Yakko, Wakko and Dot are awesome.

Battlestar: So Say We All - Richard (Apollo, Tom Zarek) Hatch hosts a Battlestar: Galactica 35th anniversary panel. I'm holding out for the "surprise guests" (please be Katee Sackhoff, please be Katee Sackhoff)

Spotlight on Bill Amend - In a world of Peanuts reruns and third generation Dagwoods, FoxTrot is a consistently hilarious presence on the comics page. For those newspapers that still have them.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 - Ha ha, not really.

100th Anniversary of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars - Big Edgar Rice Burroughs fan here, and I thought the recent JC movie was much better than its box office receipts would suggest. Hosted by Ron Ely, Tarzan from the 1966 NBC series. Not holding my breath for a Bo Derek appearance.

Trailblazers of Comics - Only because I'm in love with Kate Beaton and want to bask in her awesomeness.

The Expendables 2 - The movie's going to be a PG-13 suckfest, but with Planet Hollywood gone, when are you going to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger together in a room again?

H.P. Lovecraft - Also a big Lovecraft fan. Interested to see what our doomed future holds.

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What about SciFy's Being Human?? The cast will be there on Saturday at 3pm..Lucky you!! Have fun!

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