As afternoon turned into evening on Saturday at Comic-Con, I left the convention hall and walked a few blocks to the Horton Theatre, where Comic-Con holds some limited-seating, ticketed events at the show. Earlier in the day, I was able to get tickets to Thomas Lennon's panel, which was very weird and very fun.
Waiting in line to get in was a pink Darth Vader. I approve.
Moderating the panel was Robert Ben Garant-as-Ken Burns in full Civil War regalia.
Lennon himself didn't come on stage until probably halfway through the panel, instead sending out stand-ins to speak in his place. A good percentage of the audience members were plants with scripted lines, including Goon creator Eric Powell and Lennon's wife and son.
Finally, Tom Lennon himself came out (in a kilt to promote his new book) and talked about some of his characters, the writing process, and just his life in general. It was a very weird panel but I expected nothing less. It was a good time.
After the panel, I went back to the convention center to grab some of the things I left behind. Wait, is this the robot I saw in back of that truck a few times earlier??
It takes a certain level of dedication to paint the majority of your body and then walk around Comic-Con for 10 hours. I think this person is dressed up as the character Purgatory.
Every year, the Geeky Hooker leaves crocheted prizes at random spots at Comic-Con. I ALMOST got this one. I was about 15 seconds too late to get Goose, Captain Marvel's cat. SO CLOSE!
Somethin' I don't trust about this guy...
Here's a few Spider-Man adjacent folks.
In 2018, one of the best costumes I saw was a giant Megatron. I have to believe that these next few folks were responsible for that, as there was now a giant (and wonderful) Starscream. Look how great this thing is. Incredible.
Oh, and he brought some friends, too!
I appreciate the level of detail in all of these.
Okay, back to more bizarre fare.
Then I saw Stargirl!
And Captain Marvel!
The show had ended by this point, but there were panels that went on into the night. I went to one hosted by my friends Grae Drake and Matt Atchity. These folks were previously part of the Rotten Tomatoes crew, but they've since both moved on to play a big part with MovieFone, with Grae being the face of the franchise. She's dressed as a mashup character called "Tanker Bell".
The panel was another movie-themed discussion where we took movie endings and tried to make them better.
At the end of the program, some actors involved with the panel acted out one of the scenarios.
Saturday is the night of the Comic-Con Masquerade, which is so well attended that the Sails Pavilion serves as an overflow viewing area with lots of free food. I grabbed some popcorn on my way out.
This looks like a dangerous conspiracy waiting to happen.
I'd like to report a LEGO murder!!
That's it for Saturday. What a day! And there's still more to come.