Comic-Con 2010 Highlights and More

It was an exhausting 5 days of Comi-Con madness, but I enjoyed every minute I had to run through crowds of Steam Punk-costumed people; 

halls filled with wall to wall Avatars, “Alice in Wonderland” characters and Tony Starks;

or jog upstairs against a current of Spartans,

 or Storm Troopers. Okay, a special Strom Trooper, my friend Kent from All Things SD and his friend Seth Green (Robot Chicken).

The yearly pop-culture convention also transforms our otherwise peaceful, unasuming town into a bustleling metropolis for the entertainment industry. Hollywood desencends on San Diego bringing every major film studio mogul, movie stars from A to C, producers, writers and all their ancillary staff along with them.

San Diego's Comic-Con has been dubbed 'Sundace Without the Snow' and the 'Cannes for Blockbusters' by The Wrap.

It is really nothing less.

Take a look at the photos of the few panels and press conferences I was able to get to in one piece without getting stabbed (pun intended) to hear the heavy weights of the industry pomote their films and television shows in America's Finest City.


Attending the “TRON: Legacy” press conference was nothing short of amazing! The cast was warm and friendly, and really added a human touch to the cold and impersonal feeling of Sci-Fi flicks.

Jeff Bridges at “TRON: Legacy” (All photos by S. Valle)

The largest press room was for “TRON: Legacy”

The next one was a roundtable with the cast of “Stargate Universe”. To be honest, I don't watch these type of shows, but Comic-Con is precisely where the SyFy Channel should be. First off is the press line.

David Blue (“Ugly Betty”) plays Eli Wallace on “Stargate Universe”

Then the actors came around and (not so) briefly talk to us about both the show and their personal lives – to some extent.

Robert Carlyle plays Dr. Nicholas Rush on “Stargate Universe”

Ming-Na (“ER”) plays Camile Wray, a lesbian, in “Stargate Universe”

Another very fun press gathering was the voice cast of Comedy Central's “Futurama”. Those guys were so funny!

 Left to right, Guiness World Recors Rep., Lauren Tom, Matt Groening (writter/creator), John DeMaggio (voice of Bender), David X. Cohen, Billy West (voice of Fry). (S. Valle)

By the way, the Guiness World Records people showed up and surprised the cast with an award for “Most Critically Aclaimed TV Series Currently on Television”.

The next day was very exciting because I was able to sit in and listen to Guillermo Del Toro and Troy Nixey talk about their collaboration on the scary movie “Don't Be Afraid of the Dark”.  It was so interesting to hear how much my fellow compatriot, Del Toro, revealed about himself. (Read my detailed post about Del Toro's press conference here)

Guillermo Del Toro and Troy Nixey at Comic-Con press conference

Then came time for the “Community” cast to talk to us about their show. It's only been on the air for a year, and it was the cast's first time at Comic-Con! They were blown away by the fans and the sacrifices they made to see and listen to their favorite TV personalities — they were not expecting so much love!

Joel McHale (The Soupe, E!), Gillian Jacobs (“The Book of Daniel”) and Yvette Brown (“Rules of Engagement”)

This man doesn't need an introduction, but just in case it's Chevy Chase.

Danny Pudi “(Greek”) plays de role of Abed and Yvette Brown is Shirley

Suzette Valle and Joel McHale at Comic-Con

I'll have a little more about the round table press conference with Chevy Chase, Joel McHale, the producers and the rest of the cast in a separate post — they were way too generous with their time and comments about the show, what it's like to work with each other, and some of their personal lives. So I hope you'll come back to read about them later.

In the meantime, check out the other great encoutners I had at the Con!

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