Can you feel the stillness in the air right now, San Diego? I hope so, because you won't be feeling it again for another week! Hundreds of thousands of geeks are headed your way, bringing a whirlwind of comics, video games, movies, TV, and more crashing down on the Gaslamp District. The countdown to San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest pop culture convention in North America, is on, and - guess what? - we're going too!
With such a humongous presence of, well, everything, across all sorts of genres and disciplines, there's plenty to look forward to at an event like SDCC, and OTF will be tackling as much of it as we possibly can. Here's what we're looking forward to the most from this coming weekend...
First up, our Senior Editor Rob "Tek" Piontek! He has the precarious and envious distinction of never having attended SDCC previously -- we can all only have one first time. He's certainly no stranger to conventions, but how do you prepare for something like this? But, as we all know, his willpower is strong, and I suspect his ring will burn green the whole weekend.
The old adage, “Like a kid in a candy store” doesn’t even begin to describe the potential experience at SDCC. Even with only a schedule of events and a blitz of e-mails as our guides before even setting foot on the con floor, there is a plethora of events and features that this card-carrying geek would love to experience. On the gaming front, we'll have the opportunity to demo Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, the sequel to War for Cybertron. The original was a blast, and I cannot wait to take control of some Dinobots! Gears of War: Judgment and Halo 4 are also reported have a presence, being showcased by Microsoft itself. (Just in case you haven’t been listening to the Fridgecast, any opportunity to get a firsthand look at these upcoming games would be most welcome.) It’s also exciting to have a ticket to the The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert on Thursday night. Classic music from a classic game to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series? Yes please!
Thanks to The Nerd Machine's "Conversations for a Cause," I'll have the genuine pleasure of getting some time with some of our favorite icons, including Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon. (If I have the chance to speak directly to Nathan Fillion, I intend to yell at him for not being Hal Jordan on the big screen) In addition to that, most of the cast of Firefly will be at SDCC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series. Browncoats unite! And speaking of good sci-fi TV, the Fringe and Doctor Who panels (the latter of which butts up against the DC Nation panel *shakes fist*) definitely have a reserved spot on our schedule for the weekend. It’s doubtful we’ll get any spoilers for the upcoming seasons of either show, but a fan can hope!
I could go on for a good, long while about my hopes, expectations, and goals for the weekend, but rounding out the list are a smattering of incredible opportunities that any geeky fan would kill to experience. The cast of Community will be in attendance, and if I can *slap slap* with Danny Pudi and Donald Glover, it would make my weekend. While it’s unrealistic to expect to get into the Marvel Studios panel, showcasing Iron Man 3, it would be great to get a look at what’s next from the Marvel movie universe. And finally, Star Trek legend William Shatner will be screening his new project, Get A Life!, a documentary version of his popular book, which chronicled his experiences with the Trek fan base. Getting to see that would be a thrill, not just because I’m a rabid Trek fan, but mostly because Mr. Shatner was shooting the documentary at the Las Vegas Star Trek con in August 2011. To answer your question, yes, I was there.
Look out, San Diego. We're coming!
You bet we are. Next up, me!
I, on the other hand, have the pleasure of being a convention veteran at this point. As your intrepid Editor-in-Chief, I plan on making some connections to make the Fridge even better than it already is (and hopefully more popular! Like us please!) Sure, it's a lot of work, but well, if this is work, then I'm set for life.
I will be sitting with bated breath with a few thousand others as we catch Karen Gillan's and Arthur Darville's last Doctor Who panel (single tear), and I am definitely looking forward to our evening with Microsoft, trying out some of the Xbox games just announced at E3. I hope to get a good look at The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, which will both have a presence at SDCC this year, and I am super thankful to have the opportunity to demo Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
As a classical/choral music geek, I am actually pretty damn excited to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert. Not only is TLoZ my favorite series of all time, but also the music is itself iconic. What other game/movie/tv show can showcase four notes and have everyone know what it means? I've had the pleasure of hearing the San Diego Symphony before, and I have no doubt that they'll perform up to the task of bringing the music to life. My only regret is that I'm not singing it.
It's also looking like we'll be able to see a chance at a small private magic show with Jon Armstrong, which is a fantastically unique experience at SDCC. Of course, I'll also be in line for all of the television panels - Archer, Community, Attack of the Show, Legend of Korra, and on and on - and I'm definitely going to check out a bunch of the offsite events at Nerd HQ, Geek and Sundry @ Belo, and the like. Ultimately, though, I'm just looking forward to be in a place that celebrates the things I love with some pretty awesome people.
Well, that, and to lick Alison Brie's face. That's one restraining order that's worth it.
No matter what may happen this weekend, it'll no doubt be a great time. Be sure to follow @open_the_fridge, @dtejano, and @t3kOTF as we'll be tweeting live from onsite! We're just two men staring down the tsunami of mechanical pencil eye stabbings, but we'll be sure to keep you updated with all of the cool stuff from SoCal Con (and we promise to only make you a little jealous if you can't actually go.)