If I've learned one thing over the years at Comic-Con is that the Con sleeps for no one.
I had the time of my life last night and when I got up today I knew it was it was time to do it all over again.
To be perfectly honest, the only way to truly recover from an all-night party-sesh is to toss back a warp core breach like the ones they serve in a fish bowl at Quark’s Bar in Deep Space Nine, but time was short and I settled for a mimosa and a croissant that reminded me of the Millennium Falcon. I dare you to tell me I'm wrong.
By entertainment industry standards Saturday was a big day, but by Comic-Con standards it was massive. Imagine Godzilla inviting Galactus over for a tea party. Yep, it was that huge! Four studios engaged in an epic game of one-upmanship designed to surprise the sweaty latex pants off of everyone by delivering news bombshells and star power.
The day got off with a bang with the Warner Bros/Legendary panel. Larping (or live action role-playing) aficionados everywhere were stunned into submission to find out there's a World of Warcraft movie on the way. Then, Sandra Bullock, a Comic-Con virgin, took the stage to cheers and chants of "I love you Sandra" to promote her new film Gravity. She definitely had the spirit of Comic-Con as she planned on cruising the floor later for free swag … yeah, she gets it.
Then, another first timer, Tom Cruise, made a surprise appearance for his new film Edge of Tomorrow and he pulled up his costar and my friend Bill Paxton up on stage with him. Bill just happened to be my surprise guest at a Nerdist panel on Friday where he had a blast telling stories about working with James Cameron, his dad and his new graphic novel. Bill even admitted that this was his first Con!
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Afterwards, not to be outdone, Lionsgate rolled out the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where Jennifer Lawrence began round one of her double-header with a candid story about a rather snotty intimate scene with her co-star Josh Hutcherson which quickly made the rounds and became the kiss heard around the Con!
Then I couldn’t resist a pop in for a quick look-see at the True Blood panel. I was sad that Alexander Skarsgard was missing but it was nice to see Anna Camp getting some love. She and I had a funny run-in on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards wearing the same outfit. I don’t know if they were glamouring me or not, but that panel got me hot and bothered for the party later that night!
Then I was off to be on the Nerdist panel with Chris Hardwick, Matt Bennett and Chloe Dykstra for a brief discussion on why nerdy is the new sexy.
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Then it was time for the worst kept secret at Comic-Con as 20th Century Fox rolled out the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. That’s double the size of when Marvel brought all the The Avengers, and trust me, in this game, size matters! I'm a big Peter Dinklage fan and, apparently so was everyone there as he was quite the hit but it was Ian McKellan who brought down the house when he mentioned his joy that California dispelled Prop 8 since he had last been here and immediately introduced himself to Michael Fassbender.
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Not to be outdone by Fox, Marvel unveiled the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which included Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Sebastian Stan followed by a big surprise when the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy took the stage led by Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. Apparently, she's gonna be going back and forth from Avatar Blue to Guardian Green.
The coup de grace came with the announcement of Avengers: Age of Ultron … basically Avengers 2. This may seem like a small thing but it’s actually quite huge because now fanboys around the world can start debating whether Vin Diesel will be playing Ultron or Vision. Discuss amongst yourselves.
Super Saturday was quite a day but if I had to pick the winner of the day, I’d say X-Men took the day as their panel ended with the most uproarious applause causing a 9.0 Nerdquake that sent ripples across the convention center and threatened to tear down the walls of Hall H.
I ended the night sipping on fairy blood with Ryan Kwanten at the HBO IMDB True Blood party at a place that looked an awful lot like Fangtasia.
Ironically, I saw Sam Trammel over to the Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con Celebration party. Obviously he wouldn't set foot into a vampire bar so he made the roof at the Hard Rock his personal Merlotte's for the night. And to round out my vampy evening, I caught up with Ian Somerhalder who must have compelled me with those baby blues because I completely forgot to snap a photo with him. Ugh!
It has been yet another epic and nerdalicious Comic-Con! The amazing fans, the wondrous costumes, the mind-blowing panels, the killer parties, the onslaught of stars, and the occasional moon (from a couple of cosplayers who thought they were at a fetish ball) have all made these last few days an unforgettable journey and so much fun! To those of us who came to nerd out, I salute you!
I've had a great time sharing my adventures with you at the greatest carnival in the world. I hope someday you have the chance to come experience Comic-Con for yourselves cause to know the Con is to love the Con.