Sulagna Misra
Updated Jul 10, 2015 @ 2:19 pm
Comic Con 2013

I’ve wanted to go to San Diego Comic Con for ages, ever since I became obsessed with television and science fiction and pop culture when I was younger. My friend was on a panel, so she got tickets and added me as a guest, which means I got to go this year. I was hopeful for a fun convention experience and so far it’s been great. The exhibition hall was overwhelming but not crushingly slow, and it was a good first day. Here’s what happened.

I met the creator of an awesome webcomic

That would be Lora Innes, creator of the webcomic The Dreamer, about a modern teenage girl who keeps having dreams about the Revolutionary War—but are they really dreams? I’d found it years ago, before it had really started, but the creator told me that it had just completed the first major story arc (she was selling the first three issues), so she told me this was the perfect place to start. Which is great, because I’ve been looking for something new after Girls With Slingshots ended!

I pretended to be in an episode of Doctor Who

My friend and I also went to see the Doctor Who photo booth at the BBC, where we took pictures of us being scared of the weeping angels. This is mine:

I realized that Sara Rue is completely ageless

After grabbing lunch, I headed to the TVLand panel because I hoped it would be fun without being too crowded. I’ve enjoyed their show Younger. I had liked the pilot of the show Impastor and liked the clips of The Jim Gaffigan Show (they both premiere next Wednesday at 10 PM!). Michael Ian Black introduced the panel, which included watching Sara Rue and Michael Rosenbaum, whose banter, well, fell a little flat. I really can’t believe how young they looked, though— I watched them both on Less Than Perfect and Smallville when I was a tween, so that was about 10 years ago, And yes they’re both still young but they look THE SAME.

I talked to rad action music composers

After that, I stayed in the same presentation hall because it turned out the action music composition panel was in next. That meant: Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Marco Beltrami (Snowpiercer), Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road), Christophe Beck (Frozen, Ant-Man), Lorne Balfe (Terminator: Genisys), and Blake Neely (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl). They were all completely charming, especially since at least 20 people lined up to ask questions, including me.

Part of the panel was telling people a little bit of a story, and I was proud of mine I loved the Snowpiercer soundtrack but I really liked how the soundtrack has the sound of train tracks, which makes sense because it’s a dystopian science fiction story set in a train, where all humanity lives after the world freezes over. I only heard the train tracks for the first time while on the New York subway in the middle of a bad February winter, giving me the thought: “Oh my God, I live in a capitalist dystopia!”

I won an awesome new t-shirt

My story actually won me more than laughs: I got a prize, too! It Mad Max: Fury Road t-shirt, which I’m wearing now, and the soundtracks of that (which I got Junkie XL to sign) and the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.

I got to see a TV star in passing

After her panel, my friend and I went to a Supernatural Party which was nice (they had a drink called A Single Man Tear which were basically tequila shots) but I went home early because I am boring and was tired. But on the way home I passed by Bradley James, from Merlin and iZombie, so that was pretty amazing. Can’t wait until tomorrow!


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