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A Comic-Con Noob Shares Her Experiences -- Thursday
July 21st, 2012 3:42AM

Thursday morning and the official start of Comic-Con. As it turned out it was fortuitous that we woke up before 6 AM, as that meant we were able to eat a quick breakfast, catch the shuttle and arrive in time to stand in line for the Psych panel which didn't start until 2:15. There were people who passed us around one o'clock who were shocked and dismayed to see how many of us were in line already. Lesson one of Comic-Con for newbies is to take the amount of time you assume you will be waiting and double it to assure yourself a seat. I'll take a moment to direct you to fellow judge Jim Stewart’s entry about the panel as he summarized it very well.

I stayed after Psych in order to watch the screening of the pilot of Beauty and the Beast, a re-imagining of the 1980 series that starred Linda Hamilton. After the pilot we were treated to a brief Q&A with series stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan. The idea of the beast as a former medical student turned military test subject is an interesting one and the pilot definitely left viewers with the feeling that there were many places the show could go.

It was then time to leave ballroom 20 and instead make the short track over to the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront next door to the convention center, where we were lucky enough to arrive in time to not only get in line but also make it into the room to see RiffTrax live with stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. I have been a MSTie since the early days and thus the chance to see three of the stars who've made me laugh for years was a dream come true. The short they riffed was Safety: Harm Hides at Home, a hilarious offering which called to mind a bad 80s after-school special. It was the perfect way to end Friday.

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