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My Favorite Comic-Con Moments: Batmobiles and Furry Backpacks

July 16th, 2012 | Posted by Michelle Nelson in Comic-Con

Well, it’s been four eventful days but alas, Comic-Con 2012 has come to an end.  Here are a few of my favorite moments this year:

My fellow editor Heather thought it would be a fun idea to count the number of people dressed as Slave Leia because it is always a very popular costume each year.  I really expected to see more, but my final #slaveleia count was a mere eight.  Either they were in hiding, or Lady Captain America is the new Slave Leia.

My first day on the showroom floor, I saw a girl with a Chewbacca backpack with a little pink barrett in his hair.  I had never seen anything like this before, but then the next day, I saw one for Spider-Man.  And thus began my hunt for character backpacks.  Here’s a full gallery.

I tried my best but didn’t make it into the “Firefly” reunion panel.  However, I was able to make it to the press conference and the room was packed!  I also posted this on IMDbLive, but my favorite moment was when Joss Whedon was asked about his strong female characters and responded, “In everything I do, men who are comfortable with powerful women are more powerful men.”

From the larger than life trolls to the press conference, I am more excited than ever to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December.  It was surreal to listen to the details of the film production and to hear Sir Ian McKellen’s defense of 3D technology.

On the first day of Comic-Con, I stumbled upon the collection of Batmobiles on display on the lawn in front of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  As you can imagine, it was an amazing sight to see.  I found myself returning to the display every day to stare in awe, as if I was looking at a piece of history.  On one day, they started up the Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises and I captured it on video.

For years, I have carried a grudge against Kevin Williamson.  Williamson adapted Lois Duncan’s best-selling novel “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, but in my eyes didn’t give her credit for his second film, Teaching Mrs. Tingle.  Duncan wrote the novel, “Killing Mr. Griffin“, and was one of my favorite childhood writers.   And so I have boycotted most of his work, and what I did watch was with arms crossed.  But… after hearing him talk so passionately about his writing process on “The Following” and “The Vampire Diaries“, I have decided to let it go.  I forgive you, Kevin.

I am still coming down from the excitement I felt at the “Fringe” panel and pressroom, and I’m officially counting down the days to the season premiere.  If you missed it, check out my previous blog post on my love of “Fringe”.

At the Pacific Rim press conference, Guillermo del Toro said this film production was the most fun that he’s ever had with a group of actors.  Charlie Day then stated, “You say this was one of your best experiences working with actors, but you tortured the f*ck out of us.” del Toro giggled and replied, “Yeah, that was fun.”

And, I have to agree.  See you next year!

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