It turned out that the odds were ever in our favor. We knew the minute we got into line - under the tents and NOT all the way down the stairs and out by the marina - that things weren't going to be as bad as last year. It turned out that we were able to get into the room with no problem for the first panel of the day - a panel of the Big Bang Theory show writers. We hung out for that and the subsequent panels as well (Legend of Korra, Bones) and then it was time for Agents of SHIELD.
Much of the show's cast was there, most notably the ever awesome Clark Gregg as the not-quite-dead Agent Coulson, and of course director Joss Whedon. They answered a few questions, and then showed us the season premiere episode. Not a clip or a trailer. THE ENTIRE EPISODE. We were just giddy after this - it was well worth the wait. And I won't give spoilers but let me say that the show looks to be a whole lot of fun, and I'll be tuning in this fall.
Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg at the Marvel's Agents of SHIELD panel
After that I got one of my son's Big Nate comic collections signed by cartoonist Lincoln Peirce, we did a bit of looking around on the exhibitor floor, and then went back upstairs for a 25th Anniversary panel on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Many of the animators were there, along with Charles Fleischer, who did the voice of Roger and several other characters. The panel was full of insights into the making of the movie, and showed what a remarkable achievement it was given the technology of the day.
Big Halo figure on the exhibitor floor
Boba Fett on the exhibitor floor
Han Solo after waiting in line for Hall H all day
Dalek and Doctor
One of the actual tribbles from Star Trek!
A guy dressed as Deadpool dressed as Where's Waldo
Marion, Sallah, and Indy
After the panel we went out for dinner at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, which is just fabulous (they even had one of my favorite wines on the list so we each got a glass). Then we toddled on back to the hotel for a soak in the spa and hitting the hay.
My brie and truffle oil pizza at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza - nom nom nom!
Tomorrow will be a very Whedon-y day with us catching the Nerd HQ Joss panel in the morning, and then in the evening a showing of Serenity. And I might cosplay, depending on the weather and my mood.