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San Diego Comic-Con 2007 by Charles Mohapel
Review by Charles Mohapel
Comic-Con International  
Date: 04 August 2007

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A field report from a survivor of the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con (July 25 – 29)

Editor's Note: Also see our report of San Diego Comic-Con 2007 by Drew Bittner.

I went into my first Comic-Con with my eyes open, having received briefings from friends who are regular attendees. I was impressed to discover that the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con had welcomed around 123,000 people, and rumors of higher attendance in 2007 were common.

Wednesday night was Preview Night and can best be described as the offspring of a mosh pit and a piranha feeding frenzy. Hordes of fans swarmed the booths of the major exhibitors such as Warner Brothers, Marvel, DC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Mattel, Hasbro, etc., hoping to grab one or more prized freebies.

I heard that the gigantic red/yellow/black cloth bags featuring "Smallville" on one side and "Superman Doomsday" on the reverse caused near fistfights around the Warner Brothers booth. Given that attendance at Comic-Con seems to keep rising, the organizers need to work closely with the major exhibitors to ensure that distribution of the freebies is conducted in a safer and saner fashion. I waited until Friday before returning to the Dealers Room and by then some of the booths had created orderly lines by handing out tickets.

On Friday I attended the MGM press conference with cast from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, plus Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper, Producer Martin Wood, and Producer Joseph Mallozzi. They discussed "Stargate: The Ark of Truth", including how a US Navy submarine brought the production to Arctic waters. Not only did they have to avoid getting frostbite, but with polar bears as an ever present danger, they were told that when someone yelled "Bear", they were to drop whatever they were doing and run. Christopher (Teal'c) Judge cracked up the crowd with the story of how he avoided joining them on the pack ice by saying that polar bears hunt seals and he was closest in color to a seal.

After this I attended the "Stargate: The Ark of Truth" panel where they wowed the audience with new footage, followed by the "Stargate Atlantis" panel which kept the same crowd enthralled.

I finished my "Stargate" Slam by attending the SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis Q & A with Amanda (Samantha Carter) Tapping (joining the cast as a full bird Colonel), newcomer Jewel (Dr. Jennifer Keller) Staite, Joe (Lt. Col. John Sheppard) Flanigan, David (Dr. Rodney McKay) Hewlett, and Season 4 Producer Joseph Mallozzi.

Friday evening ended pleasantly with the "Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Voices in the Dark" panel, featuring a slimmed down J. Michael Straczynski (Writer/Director/Executive Producer), Bruce (President John Sheridan) Boxleitner, Tracy (Captain Elizabeth Lochley) Scoggins, Peter (Galen, the Technomage) Woodward, Douglas Netter (Executive Producer), and Samm Barnes (Producer). Airing a few clips from this DVD production was enough to bring the gathered throng to a great fervor.

Saturday proved to be a rude slap in the face to all the fans like myself who were unable to get into Ballroom 20 due to the fact that people who showed up for the exclusive screening of the pilot for the new version of "The Bionic Woman", stayed for The TV Guide Hot List, and had settled in for the "Heroes" panel. I'm far from the only person who thinks that the larger rooms like Hall H, Ballroom 20, and Room 6ABCDEF should be cleared completely between panels. I would make an exception in rare cases like having "Stargate: The Ark of Truth" and "Stargate Atlantis" panels back-to-back.

Despite having a first Comic-Con experience that rivaled a roller coaster ride and encountering big problems that may or may not be solved easily, Comic-Con 2007 was a very pleasurable convention, filled with great personal memories and bags packed with loads of posters and assorted freebies. Barring something beyond my control, I plan on returning in 2008.

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