Jul 23 2010 12:16pm

Comic-Con Day One: Caprica, British invasions, ogling Michael C. Hall, and more

It’s Day One of Comic Con and all I want to know is where the bloody hell is my Jayne knit hat? Also, do you know what 125,000 nerds stuck in a small space smells like? Cuz I sure do...

Let me just preface this post by saying that I am writing this at 11:41 PM on Thursday night, and that I have been up since 3:15 AM, either standing in line, being crushed in the hoards of crazies and jerkfaces down in the Exhibition Hall, sitting in a panel behind a wall of giants, trying to figure out who was dressed as which anime character, and desperately seeking respite from the crazies and jerkfaces down in the Exhibition Hall.

I have just come back from a very amazing dinner that came with very delicious drinks poured by a very liberal bartender, and I’ve spent the last few minutes watching the end of “Where No Fan Has Gone Before” and am now trying to ignore Jason Alexander and Sandra Bullock roasting William Shatner. So, basically, I’m not exactly the most coherent person right about now.

This is my first time at Comic Con and, I must say, I have yet to be disappointed. I was lucky enough to come with my two best friends Adelle and Phaedra (the latter of whom, despite plenty of warning ahead of time, still insisted she could wear her admittedly very cute hot pink heels but within four hours had to suck it up and buy the ugliest sparkly flip-flops known to man to quench her suffering feet). After walking 15 miles to the back of the line we finally secured a scenic spot that also, judging by the stench apparently doubled as the yacht latrine dumping grounds. After two days of waiting in line we finally made it inside...only to wait in line again just to get into the Exhibition Hall. Nothing was open even though it was well past 10 AM, so we consumed sandwiches I’m convinced were really science experiments the guys from The Big Bang were working on.

I then split off to catch the “Caprica, Battlestar, and Beyond” (Richard Hatch, Bear McCreary, Michael Tayler, Kevin Grazier, and Aaron Douglas) panel and ended up catching the last half of “Cuckoo Nest Films: Hoohah! Heroes Behind the Heroes” (Amanda Conner, Mark Evanier, Bill Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Shawl, and Jerry Hogrewe). I’d like to tell you what went down in the “Cuckoo” panel, but for some reason a group of people decided that the only place available for them to hold a loud conversation was RIGHT NEXT TO ME. Fortunately they left before the Caprica/BSG guys showed up otherwise I might have had to kill someone. At least I would have been within my legal right.

The Caprica/BSG guys were all shades of awesome, Aaron Douglas especially. He spent much of the panel cracking jokes and saying “frak” while bitching about getting canceled (CBS just axed his Canadian cop show). Not much news to report except that ***SPOILERS HIGHLIGHT TO READ***Starbuck really is dead***END SPOILERS***, that Bear is planning to release a DVD and CD of his House of Blues performance from last year, that the upcoming “Science of Battlestar Galactica” book will for once and for all explain exactly how Cylons could scientifically exist, and that there may be a Battlestar Galactica feature film (as in theatrical release!) in the nearish future.

After wandering around the Marriott Hotel looking for the pick-up spot for a T-shirt I won—and then ogling Michael C. Hall as he stood within 5 feet of my person—we did what every good conner does: took a nap in the hotel lobby. It was the best nap I have ever had. Later we wandered back through the Exhibition Hall looking for alleged steampunkers when I saw a person wearing a Jayne knit cap who told me he bought it “over there.” Jayne’s knit cap has now become my Holy Grail. I WANT THAT GORRAM HAT! To console my temporary failure I bought myself a leather corset. But it’s still no orange and yellow knit cap.

Lastly the three of us caught the “SFX Presents The British Invasion” (Dan Abnett China Miéville, Paul Cornell, Kieron Gillen, Toby Whithouse, Pat Mills, and Dave Bradley). This was yet another fantastic panel that veered regularly between Doctor Who praise and fanboys and fangirls trying to out-geek each other on British SFF shows that haven’t crossed the pond with China interjecting intellectual arguments about the socio-cultural state of “Britishness” and the politics of SFF. Neither of my friends were familiar with China, but both were fans of his by the time we left and the three of us agree we would like to take him home and keep him forever and ever. He is both awesome and yum. Again, not much news to report since just about everything was locked up with “I am contractually obligated not to answer that.” What was revealed is that Paul Cornell is working on a Prisoner Zero comic, whoever is doing the 140K series is working on even more (not really my deal...), that China’s new book is due out July 2011, and that his two favorite characters he’s written are the Inchman and the Remade.

And now I’m going to have to call it a night. Another early day...oh, and check out my ever-growing Comic Con Flickr stream for more epic insanity.

Alex Brown is an archivist in training, reference librarian by day, writer by night, and all around geek who watches entirely too much TV. She is prone to collecting out-of-print copies of books by Evelyn Waugh, Jane Austen, and Douglas Adams, probably knows far too much about pop culture than is healthy, and thinks her rats Hywel and Odd are the cutest things ever to exist in the whole of eternity. You can follow her on Twitter if you dare...

Marcus W
1. toryx
I must be losing my geek cred. The best part of this write-up for me was the part where you were that close to Michael C. Hall.

Which would be more understandable if I were either gay or a girl. I guess I just admire a guy who can switch from portraying a gay mortician to sociopathic serial killer that gracefully while marrying his "sister" co-star.
2. Brian2
By "Prisoner Zero" do you mean the Soldier Zero comic Paul is doing with Stan Lee? Actually, Prisoner Zero is a more interesting name, sort of like the starting point of an epidemic of captivity.
3. blueworld
China Miéville: hot author, or hottest author ever?
David Goldfarb
4. David_Goldfarb
"Prisoner Zero" was the villain in the first episode of the latest season of Doctor Who. It might be possible to do a comic about that. (I don't know one way or the other.)

The fellow whose name is given here as "Scott Shawl" is actually "Scott Shaw!" with an exclamation point.
5. titfiwwab
Unfortunately, it seems that Adam Baldwin was not really acting when he was Jayne in "Firefly", since he's a right-wing nutcase, writing for Andrew Breitbart's horrible "Der Stürmer" web rags.
Marcus W
6. toryx
@ 5:

That really is terribly unfortunate.
Alex Brown
7. AlexBrown
Brian2 @ 2: Yes, sorry, it was Soldier Zero. I was tired...

David_Goldfarb @ 4:'s "Shawl" in the Comic Con booklet...
Cathy Mullican
8. nolly
China really is amazingly hot,with a shiny, shiny brain to boot.

It's Shaw! on p136 in the book, but may be wrong elsewhere -- it caught my eye whil looking up the Browncoat booth #.

If you haven't found your Jayne hat yet, you want the Browncoats booth, A7.
Alex Brown
9. AlexBrown
nolly @ 8: My bad on the Shaw!. Reread it and all ya'll are right. What can I say? It was late and I was dead exhausted. Also, thanks for the Browncoat info!
Rachel Hyland
10. RachelHyland
Great post, and I totally want that hat! I would add it to my Whedonverse accessory collection -- though I probably wouldn't wear it as much as my claddagh ring, I admit. Hope you find it!
11. Darkcargo
Thanks for the lead about the hat. I've made one for Duncan's birthday, he's most delighted, and there's enough yarn left over to make another. The photo can be seen at, pattern by

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