By 1:30pm on Day 1 of Comic-Con I already felt like one of the many zombies I saw walking the streets of downtown San Diego. I’ve done South by Southwest, Sundance and Cannes, but this is a whole new kind of festival experience for me. It’s a pop culture sensory overload every where you look, and I keep wanting to take a gazillion pictures to capture it all. And then my iPhone tells me I have no more memory space!
For many (especially those who arrived very, very early and waited for many, many hours), the highlight of the day was the Twilight cast taking to Hall H to talk about the last film in the hit franchise, Breaking Dawn Part 2, which releases in November. At a press con before, cast members like Ashley Greene and Peter Facinelli spoke about the whole process of saying goodbye to the series and how important the fans have been in an age where it’s difficult to attract someone’s attention for longer than 10 minutes. When author Stephanie Meyer was asked about why she thought Twilight became the phenomenon it has, she said she wasn’t quite sure, and was still surprised that it had. Taylor Lautner chimed in to say that the fans loved the series so much because of the characters she created, so all credit is due to Stephanie. I’d give some of that to his abs though – they deserve a little credit too.
The exhibition hall is massive, and I joined the sea of costumed and non-costumed people who walked around to see what was on offer. My inner 6-year old squealed when I saw the My Little Pony and She-Ra stands, but the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ones delighted my adult self too.
There’s a lot of intrigue around the new film from South African born District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. A spaceship-like vehicle from Elysium sticks out of the Hard Rock Hotel, and on Friday Neill joins Jodie Foster, Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley at Comic-Con to reveal a little more about the sci-fi.
Managed to catch a preview screening of Hit and Run a joyride of an action thriller from Dax Shepard, starring himself, his girlfriend Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold and a dreadlocked Bradley Cooper. It was un expected load of fun and a great way to end the first day of wonderful Comic-Con madness.