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Comic-Con Wrap Up
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 27th, 2014 10:30PM

Greetings Verdict readers!

So here I am on Sunday night. After a whirlwind few days I wanted to go ahead and recap the major news which broke at the con as well as some other tidbits.

Saturday saw fan favorite Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead serve as a judge for a cosplay contest. George R.R. Martin, the author of the hugely popular Game of Thrones series of books, met with the winners during a crowning ceremony Sunday.

Batman alums Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar were on hand to treat the crowd of Hall H to a sneak peak at some of the many special features which will be found when Batman: The Complete Series drops onBlu-Ray and DVD November 11.

Another long-awaited release is the Sailor Moon series, complete and uncut with an all-new English dub as well as Japanese subtitles and a track for the hard of hearing.

mtvU presented its first ever fandom award to the fans of cult show Veronica Mars, naming the show's fans Fandom of the Year.

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, made a special appearance during the Paramount pictures panel to promote his new movie Hercules which opened Friday. As a treat to con-goers he rented out a local theater to show the movie the night before it opened.

Zachary Levi once again hosted Nerd HQ at Petco Park, adjacent to the convention center. One of the treats at the free location was the chance to play the Alien: Isolation video game. The best part of Nerd HQ is all of the money given to participate in celebrity events such as the popular Conversations for a Cause panels and the Smiles for Smiles photo ops goes straight to the Smile Train charity.

TVland's show Hot in Cleveland debuted a clip from the upcoming animated isles featuring zombies:

MTV hit Teen Wolf premiered the mid-season trailer during its packed panel and announced it has been picked up for a fifth season.

Though there was no presence for the much- anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII there was an exclusive. Lip for Tsar Wars Rebels.

Starz was on hand to heavily promote new series Outlander based on the popular Diana Gabaldon novel.
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Fox premiered the trailer for the 10th season of Bones.

Homer Simpson made his first ever appearance at the com.

The cast of Fox's Sleepy Hollow shared a video of Hyperion experience at the show-themed virtual reality experience, Oculus Rift.

One of the highlights of the outdoor experiences fans got to enjoy was the Gotham-themed zip line. Here's the cast of the upcoming Gotham show showing us how it's done.

Christopher Nolan made his first Comic-Con appearance to promote the upcoming movie Interstellar, and he was given a hand in the promotion by Matthew McConaghey.
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Kristen Schaal made a surprise appearance during the panel for the upcoming holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot and attendees were treated to several clips.

And the first picture of the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, was released. That panel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, featured Ben Affleck, Zach Snyder, Gadot and Henry Cavill.

As always if you have questions feel free to drop me a line!


Friday morning Hall H
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 25th, 2014 1:56PM

Neil Druckmann and Sam Raimi show up at Sneak Peak. They are producing the live version of the video game The Last of Us. Also, Raimi is writing the Evil Dead TV show. There is a mention of Bruce Campbell being in it!

Thursday end of day
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 24th, 2014 7:59PM

So the day has ended. Sean Bean was unable to make it to the #Legends panel but we were treated to the pilot episode.

TNT's #TheLastShip had the cast and producers, including fan favorite #AdamBaldwin. Exclusive looks at the final half of the first season were part of the fun.

#Batman66 press conference hosted #JulieNewmar, #BurtWard and Batman himself #AdamWest. The complete series is set for release November 11. Very cool to see them together.

Thursday update
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 24th, 2014 2:19PM

#TheWitcher panel featured Doug doing a live read of Grenalt during the public premiere of the game play.
#KristenSchaal surprised the #ToyStoryThatTimeForgot panel.

Comic-con 2014 Thursday morning
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 24th, 2014 10:03AM

Greetings loyal Verdict followers!

Last night was CRAZY busy. Exclusive lines wound around booths multiple times, I heard a booth shut down because the line was so out of control, and the floor was hot. Like sweating through your shirt type of deal.

The hot panels today include NBC's Community and MTV's Teen Wolf. Yours truly is going to the Batman '66 press conference and will continue to update!

Comic-con 2013 Sunday
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 31st, 2013 4:05AM

It seemed as though I had just fallen asleep when I was being shaken awake and told it was already 2 AM and we had missed our planned wake up time of 1 AM. But a glance at the clock confirmed we had merely misread the numbers and it was 11:56 PM, not 1:56 AM. Since we were awake we got dressed and went down to get in line for Hall H. We were there by 1:15 AM and it was amazing how many hundreds upon hundreds of people were already in line. I had doubts that we're going to make it inside the 6500 seat hall. I had just settled down to sleep on the grass and was dozing when suddenly all of the sprinklers turned on. It's funnier the more distance I have from it but at the time it was annoying. All told we waited in line over 8 1/2 hours but we made it into Hall H. Starting off the morning was Supernatural, and their annual gag reel presentation brought some much-needed energy to the crowd. Series stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were on hand as well as series regular Misha Collins and recurring guest star Mark A. Sheppard. Surprising the boys was Felicia Day, who plays Charlie, and she announced that she would be returning for season nine. Breaking Bad was next and we got to see an exclusive preview of the final set of episodes. Bryan Cranston entertained the audience with a Walter mask. One of the main reasons for people to be in line for the better part of a day was to attend the next panel which was the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. We were treated to an extended preview and got to hear current Doctor Matt Smith and his companion Jenna Coleman talk about their characters and where they think the series will go. We learned the 50th anniversary special will not only feature Matt Smith but also 10th Doctor David Tennant and to no one's surprise the Daleks. Exterminate! Knowing nothing could top the panels we'd seen, plus being so very exhausted, we decided to leave and spend our last few hours walking the Exhibit Hall floor as well as eating. Community and Its always Sunny in Philadelphia are shows we don't watch so we felt that it was karmic goodness to let someone else have our seats.

Comic-con 2013 Saturday
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 31st, 2013 3:59AM

Today we spent our time over at the Hilton Indigo Ballroom as opposed to waiting for the Hall H panels like so many other people. We started off with the Machinima panel during which we learned about some upcoming videos including a new offering from the guy who brought us YouTube sensation Hughes the Force. Next up was the Geek & Sundry Panel, one of the reasons we were in line for the day. We Heard Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day talk about some of the upcoming vloggers for the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. The next panel was our motivating force for skipping the convention center panels-- the one and only How I Met Your Mother panel. We were treated to a Robin Sparkles sing-along, a very humorous clip, and Neil Patrick Harris running down the aisles in order to give a fan the highest of fives. A panel for the CW's The Originals, a spinoff of the highly popular The Vampire Diaries, was next and while The Vampire Diaries isn't a show I currently watch the presentation for The Originals certainly made its case well for me to watch it. Following The Originals was the panel for The Awesomes, a Hulu plus cartoon show created by Seth Meyers. We got to watch the pilot and were treated to some trading cards. It was genuinely funny and seems to have a lot of places they can go with it. Our final panel of the day was The Nerdist, led by the poster boy for workaholics, Chris Hardwick, who was cosplaying as his favorite The Walking Dead character. He was joined by Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, and the trio threw their support behind a movie called Zero Charisma they are helping to distribute. We got to see the trailer and could see why the gang is so excited.

Comic-con 2013 Friday
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 19th, 2013 11:42PM

Today is a long day so only a summary of events I'm at which are within the Holy Grail of the Cnvention Center, Hall H. Please feel free to ask questions if you've got 'em, I'll reply ASAP!

World's End Panel: hilarious interactions between Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. The trailer and a mash-up are among the treats.

Veronica Mars: An incredibly grateful cast led by Kristen Bell takes over Hall H and treat fans to clips, Q&As, and the first footage of the forthcoming movie.

Kick-Ass 2/Riddick: Jim Carrey is a no-show and Chloe Grace Moretz appears via satellite. The combination of this panel with Riddick means only time for some clips and a few questions but the audience appreciates the clips. Riddick sees Katee Sackoff and Vin Diesel entertaining the crowd with Diesel being especially verbose.

The Walking Dead: teasers of season four and a large number of the cast are present including fan favorite Norman Reedus. the audience demands a Rick/Michelle pairing and the creators are amused.

Game of Thrones: Winter may be a way off still but the King of the North, his mother, the mother of dragons, Jon Snow and his lady love, Sam, and Tyrion Lannister are here and receive an enthusiastic reception to say the least. An "In Memorium" compilation is the perfect way to begin the panel.

Sony Pictures: Cloudy With. A Chance of Meatballs 2, Robocop, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and the Amazing Spider Man 2 are the mini-panels within this block. clips and teasers are shown for all but the guests are the highlights. Michael Keaton,Samuel L. Jackson, Andrew Garfield, and Jamie Foxx are the most whoop-worthy.

Metallica: Lucky fans get free tickets to the group's performance tonight.

I'm exhausted for the best reason I can think of (while massively sleep deprived) so I am off to catnap.

Comic-con 2013 End of Day One
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 18th, 2013 9:14PM

So as promised here is my update after the panels of day one. I'm happy to report getting in to see not only my beloved Psych panel but also Intelligence, a new CBS drama starring Josh Holloway and Marge Helgenberger, Star Crossed, a new CW show starring Matt Lanter of 90210 fame and Beauty and the Beast, making its second appearance at Comic-con.

Intelligence seems at first look like a typical spy procedural, with the hook being a chip which instantly downloads all of the world's digitized data into Holloway's Gabriel's brain. There's the typical will they are won't they dilemma, a tough boss who secretly understands more about the characters than we are led to believe, and two lead characters who are ruled more often by their hearts than their heads. It's a successful formula which works well in a show like Alias and more recently Covert Affairs, only time will tell whether or not Intelligence lives up to the genre. The panel was very engaging, especially Holloway, whom the crowd adores.

it's not surprising first day bugs pushed the panels back 15 minutes, meaning there wasn't time for Q&As with some shows like Star Crossed. The Beauty and the Beast panel boasted one of the funniest gag reels I've seen in awhile, and Star Crossed elicited a definite emotional connection to the material from the target audience members in the crowd.

But the highlight of the day is definitely Psych. The entire cast was on hand and seemed genuinely excited to be interacting with the crowd, many of whom got a chance to see the cast members the night before for an exclusive engagement wherein the upcoming musical episode was shown at local theaters. As a special treat for audience members who missed the chance to see the musical, James Roday and Dule Hill treated the panel to an acapella performance of one of their songs. It was a special treat to have Cary Elwes moderate the panel, as he is a fan favorite not only from his iconic role in The Princess Bride, but also his role on Psych as criminal master mind Despereaux. Psych also is the first panel of the convention to give me swag in the form of a free t-shirt which is always appreciated.

I skipped out on the rest of the panels in order to spend my remaining time walking the floor of the exhibit hall in order to try and obtain as many of the exclusives on my list as I could. I can report about 80 percent in my possession as we speak. One of the things I know from today is I'm going to wake up at an even more insane single digit hour in the morning so until tomorrow I bid you all a fond farewell.

Comic-con 2013
Judge Dawn Hunt -- July 18th, 2013 10:57AM

Here we are once again at San Diego and Line-con...er I mean Comic-con! So far all my time is being spent waiting with brief moments of movement (#thelineismoving). Mix in a dash of disappointment as I see things being sold out (I'm looking at you NerdHQ) and you can imagine you're with me! I hope to get in to see the Psych panel later today and will update if I do!

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