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San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Day 3 – Cosplay, Futurama, Frankenweenie Electrifying Garden, True Blood

in Conventions, Cosplay, Disney, Entertainment, Events, Movies, Television

Saturday is generally the craziest, busiest, and most entertaining day at San Diego Comic-Con, when locals can finally get off work and come out to the convention. It’s also “TV day,” meaning all the biggest TV shows host their panels, this year not only in Ballroom 20, which has traditionally been home to TV-related presentations, but also in the substantially larger Hall H to accommodate annually growing crowds.

Day three of Comic-Con is also when the most attendees show up in costume – myself included. And that’s where we begin today’s photo recap.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012
After arriving in my flying DeLorean, I stopped to check my watch while holding my mirrored sunglasses on my head to see if I'd arrived in time for the first panel of the day. If only that were true. Though many liked my Marty McFly costume, I really did need the ability to time travel to reach all of the presentations I wanted to hit that day.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Comic-Con was definitely filled with great costumes on day three. Within a few feet of me posing in my own outfit, my wife spotted these three Disney fairies from Sleeping Beauty: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.
San Diego Comic-Con 2012
As much as I love Mario and Luigi, those portly mustachioed plumbers have nothing on these twins.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012
This little girl was completely convinced that she had just met the real Korra. Sometimes cosplay is more than just dressing up.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Michelle's goal for the day was to see the "True Blood" panel. It was scheduled for 4:30pm, but we showed up to Ballroom 20 early to avoid waiting in a line outside for 6 hours like we did last year. This time, the entertainment began with a hilarious Futurama panel that included an impromptu costume contest, live drawing session with creator Matt Groening, and plenty of voice talent.

San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Billy West, voice of Fry, recreated the "NOT SURE IF..." meme live on stage while reading the cards in Fry's voice. John DiMaggio chimed in with a few Bender-isms here and there too. After Futurama came The Simpsons panel, though I didn't take any pictures during that one. It was a surprisingly dull panel overall, though the new "The Longest Daycare," a new short film starring Maggie, which was wonderfully executed. It'll be shown in 3D in front of the new "Ice Age" film in theaters.


  1. Beanie

    How do the bathroom passes at the ballroom work? Can people just sit in there all day long and a seat is saved or do you have to have someone with you to save your spot?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Since the room isn’t cleared between panels and there is no restroom or food available inside Ballroom 20, they offer passes to leave and get back in within the timeframe of the same panel. But no, they don’t save your seat. So if you’re there with someone, they can hold your seat while you leave for a few minutes, as long as you return before the current panel is over.

      I was able to leave without losing my seat because my wife was there and held it for me while I went to do a few things, grab a snack, and use the restroom. Then when I returned, she left and did the same while I held her seat. Also, it helped tremendously that American Dad and Family Guy were lumped into the same panel, so that offered a 1.5-hour in which I could return, rather than the usual 45-minute span. But it’s dangerous because as soon as the panel ends, they won’t let people in using that pass anymore, as they will have moved on to the next one. And even if you do get back in, if you are alone, you’ll have to fight for a seat again.

  2. Andrew

    Nice pictures! The pirate band is called The Dread Crew of Oddwood! http://www.facebook.com/thedreadcrewofoddwood.

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