It’s that time of year, again, and the Collective team is once again making the greatest of nerd pilgrimages to San Diego to commune with geeks from around the world. I spent the past few hours going through the schedule and going through the many, many, many press emails, and here are a few things I’m excited to see next week.
Okay, it’s been a while since I really engaged with the Doctor Who fandom, but when Jodie Whittaker was announced as the first female Doctor, my interest began anew. There is an official BBC America panel for the series on Thursday morning, and you can bet your fish fingers and custard that I will be there. Don’t worry; you can follow along on the fun because we will be tweeting and Instagramming our way through the convention.
In addition to the official DW panel, John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) returns for his always-a-riot Anything Goes with John Barrowman! panel. Here’s a taste of what happened last year (fun fact: this is our most-watched video EVER).
John Barrowman’s panel takes place just an hour or two after the DW one, so no worries–you can totally make it to both!
So, a new thing that I noticed on this year’s schedule is that the convention will be showing films in the Marriott Grand Ballroom, so if the main convention center is too crowded/it’s too hot outside, you can chill for a few hours and catch up on some recent releases. I noticed that both Deadpool films will be shown on Thursday evening, probably in anticipation for the panel on Saturday evening. The description of the panel is as follows:
Prepare for the ultimate superhero landing as Deadpool and pals drop into Hall H for an hour of maximum effort. Expect dirty jokes, broken fourth walls, maybe some spandex, and real, live unicorns!* *Panel may not actually include mythical creatures.
Additionally, you can get an even more raunchy look at Wade Wilson and friends in the uncut extended edition that the studio is bringing to San Diego, which is scheduled for 10 pm in the Horton Grand Theatre.
Maybe it’s because I cosplay, but the number of costuming panels on the schedule really excites me. In particular, I’m looking forward to the panel with Ruth Carter, who designed the costumes for Black Panther. Costuming is so integral to making a film successful, and in superhero films, it’s especially important to capture the essence of the comic character while evolving it into something eye-catching for the big screen.
If you’re interested in costuming and will be at SDCC, here’s a few panels that I recommend checking out:
- Marvel’s Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth Carter: Designing the Costumes of Wakanda, Friday 7/20 12:00-1:00 pm, Room 9
- Costumes and Technology: How Technology is Changing the Way Hollywood Makes Costumes, Friday 7/20 3:00-4:00 pm, Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
- Costuming and Cosplay Support for the Mature Cosplayer, 12:00-1:00 pm, Grand 1&2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
What are you most excited to see this year? Tweet it at me.