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Top 9 Why the Hell Were You at Comic Con?

July 28, 2010

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San Diego Comic Con is a big deal. If you didn’t live in a hole over the weekend, you know that this is there the nerds go to see and be seen, and where those catering to nerds drum up interest in their products.

There are often complaints that Comic Con has gone too Hollywood or too commercial. Skimming over the list of guests and events left us leaning more and more to that opinion. Comic Con is a celebration of all things nerd, be it sci-fi, fantasy, comics, manga, animation, games, and collectibles. But there were a few panels that didn’t seem to get what is truly geek.

Having a nerdy character or actor in your cast? Doesn’t count, Hollywood!

Here’s the Top 9 List of panels and events that should not have been within 100 yards of Comic Con.


FRI 3:15-4:15 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Andy Whitfield (McLeod’s Daughters) makes his Comic-Con debut, along with Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), John Hannah (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), and Viva Bianca (Bad Bush). Executive producer Stephen S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) joins the cast to discuss the upcoming prequel, titled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, expected to air on Starz in January 2011, and the exclusive content found on the first season Blu-ray discs, available September 21. Room 6BCF

Filed unfer “Sci-Fi and Fantasy,” Spartacus is neither. Much as I love historical fiction, this one is hinky as to whether or not it’s nerdy, though the cast and production team might make it so. On paper, it looks like a cheap imitation of Gladiator.


THU 4:45-5:45 Lionsgate: The Expendables Prepare to have your ass kicked by The Expendables, the biggest action movie this summer! Lionsgate presents exclusive scenes and the inside scoop on every punch, kick, and bloodied lip from the most iconic cast of heroes and villains ever assembled, including the director, writer, and star Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), along with Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier), Steve Austin (The Condemned), Randy Couture (Scorpion King: Rise of the Warrior), and Terry Crews (Gamer). Hall H

The Expendables is an action movie, a sad attempt to cash in on the various actors’ 30 year old action flick cred. Ahnold is in the movie and he was in Predators and Conan. Beyond that, this is just lame, mainstream Hollywood. Some producer must have thought they’d have a room full of men chomping at the bit for some testosterone fueled explosions. Yawn.


SAT 3:00-4:00 NBC’s Community Cast and Creative Team— The cast and producers — Joel McHale (The Soup), Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine), Donald Glover (30 Rock), Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement), Danny Pudi (Greek), Gillian Jacobs (Choke), Alison Brie (Mad Men) and executive producers Dan Harmon (The Sarah Silverman Program), Joe Russo (Arrested Development), Anthony Russo (Arrested Development), Neil Goldman (Scrubs), Garrett Donovan (Scrubs) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist) — are on hand for an animated discussion and Q&A session about what’s in store for viewers this fall. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

Community is a pretty funny show about a bunch of people who go to community college. And that’s it. It’s not fantasy or sci-fi, it’s not geeky or nerdy. And none of the cast as an iota of geekery in their background. Boo. Cheap attempt at press, NBC.


SUN 1:30-2:30 Glee One year after the cast and creators of Glee came to Comic-Con for the first time, the show has exploded with blockbuster ratings, number-one albums and a sold-out concert tour. Get an exclusive first look at what’s in store for season 2 from executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, along with stars Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, and Naya Rivera, as they share some never-before-seen footage, spill behind-the-scenes secrets, and take questions from the crowd. Ballroom 20

I’ll admit it. Glee is my guilty pleasure. It’s a silly, fun, and funny show. But it takes place in a high school, not a space ship. Geeks in the cast does not a geek show make. And would you call any of the characters a nerd? Artie looks the part, but I can’t really see him reading Green Lantern or obsessing over Star Trek.


THU 2:15-3:15 USA Network’s White Collar Moderated by White Collar’s very own conspiracy theorist, Willie Garson (Mozzie), the audience will have a chance to interact with creator Jeff Eastin, stars Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey), Tim DeKay (FBI Agent Peter Burke), Marsha Thomason (Agent Diana Barrigan), Sharif Atkins (Agent Clinton Jones), and co-EP Jeff King. Fans will get an insider’s look into the challenges of writing in Los Angeles while shooting on the streets of New York. In addition to having questions answered about the exciting upcoming season, fans will also view exclusive video content featuring a sneak peek at new episodes in season 2, as well as a video of Neal explaining the ins and outs of how to pull off the perfect con. Ballroom 20

USA doesn’t have much in the way of geekery, but that didn’t stop them from showing up at SDCC hawking their entire lineup. I’ll let Pysch slide, because the main characters make repeated geek references within the show. But White Collar appears to be just a buddy cop show with no nerdy elements at all.


THU 1:00-2:00 USA Network’s Burn Notice Bruce Campbell (Sam Axe), Matt Nix (creator and executive producer), and Alfredo Barrios, Jr. (executive producer) host a panel discussion and answer questions about the creative process of evolving an embryonic idea into a finished episode of cable’s #1 show. Fans will gain an intimate look inside the world of Burn Notice, complete with war stories from the writer’s room and filming on location in Miami. Exclusive video content will include tips on how to survive Comic-Con from your favorite burned spy, Michael Westen (played by Jeffrey Donovan), highlights from all four seasons and an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes. Ballroom 20

USA again. Just because your cast includes Bruce Campbell doesn’t mean it should be at Comic Con.


SUN 10:30-11:30 ABC’s Castle: Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic— Up close and personal with actors Nathan Fillion (Firefly) and Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace), creator Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One), and executive producers Rob Bowman (X-Files) and Laurie Zaks. BE sure to be on hand for the Q&A session, filled with exclusive videos and fun surprises. Whether you’re a fan of the show or a fan of Nathan Fillion, you won’t want to miss this panel! The panel will feature stars Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle), Stana Katic (Detective Kate Beckett), Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner Lanie Parish), Jon Huertas (NYPD Detective Javier Esposito), Seamus Dever (NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan), and Molly Quinn (Alexis Castle); plus executive producers Andrew Marlowe, Rob Bowman and Laurie Zaks. Room 6BCF

Just because your cast includes Nathan Fillion doesn’t mean it should be at Comic Con.


SAT 11:00-12:00 Leverage Join the stars of the TNT hit series Leverage — Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, and Beth Riesgraf and guest star Wil Wheaton — along with the show’s executive producer Chris Downey (King of Queens), for a panel and Q&A session. Don’t miss a special sneak peek of an upcoming episode too! Moderated by Anthony Ferrante. Free limited edition Leverage t-shirts to people who attend the panel! Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront

Just because your cast includes guest star Wil Wheaton doesn’t mean it should be at Comic Con.


SAT 10:00-11:00 Twilight Fanfiction Author Fangroup— A Q&A/dialogue with Snowqueens Icedragon (Master of the Universe), m81170 (An Introduction to Swirl & Daisy), MsKathy (The Trip Home), HMonster4 (Deconstructing Dracula), Giselle-lx (Ithaca is Gorges), ElleCC (A Murmur of Fire in the Vein), and Amethyst Jackson (Bonne Foi). Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Hotel and Marina


3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2010 11:10 am

    “Just because your cast includes Nathan Fillion doesn’t mean it should be at Comic Con.”


    No. No, no no. NO! “Twilight Fanfiction Author Fangroup”? Excuse me? Arghhhh.

  2. scandalousmuffin permalink
    July 28, 2010 9:37 pm

    Haha, Wil Wheaton. Star Trek and that episode of family guy.

    I can’t wait for NY Comic Con in October. A bit closer to home.

  3. July 29, 2010 7:40 am

    @scandalousmuffin, that was the best episode of family guy ever.

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