Some may say that Saturday is the busiest day of all at San Diego Comic-Con. But with tens of thousands of fans packing the convention center and surrounding areas, every day is the busiest day. Saturday just happens to be the busiest of the busy.
It’s a day that’s perfect for people watching, with the most elaborate cosplayers donning their most elaborate costumes to show off while wandering the halls, some even entering the evening’s Masquerade competition. It was also the day I wore my own custom costume: Inspector Gadget.
Complete with rotating red police bean and badge-holding hand on my hat as well as a working Go Go Gadget arm that surprised everyone I showed it to, this costume was definitely a success, managing to stand out amidst a sea of impressive creations. But I wasn’t just there to show off. There was much to see on this Saturday beginning with the “Bates Motel” panel.
Much like the popular A&E show, the panel began with mystery and intrigue as Norman Bates actor Freddie Highmore was missing from the line-up of stars. Moderator Tim Stack pressed the issue with producer Carlton Cuse until he finally agreed to reveal why Highmore wasn’t present, the result of a recent unfortuate incident that took place at Universal Studios Hollywood while visiting the original “Psycho” set. The video below was shown.
Video: “Bates Motel” visits Universal Studios Hollywood
Alas, Freddie Highmore finally joined fellow cast members Vera Farmiga, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Campbell, and Max Thieriot for a throughly entertaining discussion of the show. It’s clear this cast has a great time working together.
Though a little bit of Norman Bates did seem to emerge from Highmore occasionally…
From there, it was finally time for me to spend the bulk of the day exploring the show floor, mostly costume spotting. I was still Inspector Gadget, posing for more photos than I could possibly count. There must be several hundred photos and even some pretty amusing videos out there somewhere of me. (If you’ve seen any, please comment below or e-mail me with the link!)
Though I have already shared my mega cosplay wrap-up, I will again include video and a few favorite photos below, as most of it was shot on this Saturday.
Video: Costumes & Girls of San Diego Comic-Con 2013