For those still recovering from the pop culture onslaught that was the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, it’s hard to believe that today already marks one week since it began. While the memories, sleep deprivation, and muscle soreness are still fresh, I begin the first of four photo wrap-ups following my own day-by-day journey through the event and its surrounding exhibits.
My time at Comic-Con actually began on preview night, a 3-hour sneak peek of the show floor. It was the only night I had time to post a wrap-up immediately afterward, with the up-at-7, return-at-midnight schedule for the following four days allowing me only enough time to post highlights each day. So technically my day-by-day report begins there.
Everyone’s experiences at Comic-Con are entirely different, with overlapping schedules and varying interests drawing attendees in separate directions. Friends and families quickly split up to explore the show floor, attend panel discussions, buy merchandise, and gawk at cosplayers. So this and the four forthcoming posts take a look at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con as I saw it. Your con may vary.
San Diego Comic-Con, Day 1 – Thursday, July 12, 2012
You can watch the whole “Frankenweenie” panel in the video below, minus a couple of the film clips. Comic-Con does not allow recording of any material presented on screens during presentations, but Disney did release the B-movie style trailer that debuted there, which is included here as well.
The entire “Oz the Great and Powerful” panel is available to watch below, including the first-look at footage from the film in a fun trailer:
Everyone in the audience seemed to be excited about “Oz” after seeing the clip and walked away with tickets to later redeem for exclusive posters. Freebies are always a Comic-Con bonus.
The full “Wreck-It Ralph” discussion and Q&A can be seen in the video below, though the 10-minute clip from the film that Moore brought for Comic-Con was not released by Disney and is not included. It was quite entertaining, introducing the characters and showing off many of the licensed familiar video game faces, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Zangief from Street Fighter, and Bowser from the Super Mario series.
The shown “Wreck-It Ralph” clips that didn’t involve known video game characters were not as entertaining and funny as those that did have them. Clips featuring Sarah Silverman’s character (Penelope Von Schweetz) focused on potty humor, with a series of puns surrounding the word “duty.” While there were laughs, the audience responses to the video game worlds were far better than with the silly jokes. Hopefully the film focuses more on the former.
As of the time of publishing this article, more than 20,000 people have watched me make a fool of myself in The Walking Dead Escape, playing into the zombie apocalypse story with a bit of terrible acting and a whole lot of exhaustion. Watch, be entertained, and laugh in the video below.
After all that, Michelle and I grabbed some dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter and headed back to our hotel where I published video, photos, and a report from The Walking Dead Escape and finally got to sleep after 3 a.m. Another early morning awaited us the next day.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Day-by-Day Photo Reports: