The first panel we went to was at 11 o’clock. It was on the main stage and was a panel for Sean Schemmel, a voice actor most well-known for doing the voice of Goku for the American English dub of Dragon Ball Z.
Mr. Schemmel was a few minutes late as he thought his panel started at noon, but was nonetheless a pure joy to listen to. He gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like being a voice actor, as well as his grievances with the current state of the business. For Spencer, Rob, and myself who are all giant DBZ fans, this was the perfect first panel to attend.
His panel was very funny, informative, and he was great at answering questions. Mr. Schemmel seemed to be a really down to Earth person and I highly recommend speaking with him if you ever get the chance at future cons. Also, you should follow him on Twitter, he’s quite entertaining.
Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 took the main stage next, but as much as I wanted to sit through his panel, I was feeling like a hot dumpster fire in July and needed to take a break (my particular sickness was a lung infection of sorts, so sitting is what really killed me). Spencer went off to buy some art and talk to people, and Rob and I ended up walking the floor again looking for different authors to speak with.
We spoke to a few cool guys from Source Point Press for a bit, then roamed artist alley checking out the great art on display. At some point we also checked out some celebrities (most of them were doing photo ops) and made sure James O’Barr was still alive (he was and is). Then we all met up for our one o’clock panel upstairs: Words Into Pictures, How to Write Comics.
This was the panel I was most looking forward to out of all the panels on Saturday. It featured writers Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man; Thor), Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print; Spider-Man), Joe Harris (X-Files; Great Pacific), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook; Beef With Tomato), and Barbara Slate (Betty & Veronica; Yuppies From Hell).
For 45 minutes we had the pleasure of listening to these pro’s tell us about the industry, what it takes to make it as a writer, and many tips on being a successful creator. I felt Mr. DeFalco gave the best advice and would love to sit in on any panel he’s on. Him and Barbara Slate also had a really good dynamic together and made what could have been a purely educational experience, quite entertaining. I only wish I had the voice at the time to ask a bunch of questions.
The next panel we planned on going to was Gender Roles in the Whedonverse pt2 at two, but I needed a break from sitting. Unfortunately, in order to go back to the main floor we would have to go through the annoying security check again, so we decided this would be a good time to hit the street and get some food.
We ended up walking down to the Sharp Edge and got some amazing burgers. Well, I think they were amazing, I couldn’t really taste anything. But Rob and Spence said they were good, so I’ll just take their word for it.
After eating, we went back to the convention center and went through the main floor again. By this point I was pretty light-headed and in and out of reality, so a few hours there everything kind of blends together. I don’t remember doing much other than buying stuff and maybe talking to some people.
The next clear memory is of us sitting back in the panel room, this time for The Marvel Legacy: 77-Year History of the House of Ideas. This panel started at five, and I’m pretty sure we (or maybe just me) missed a good chunk of it.
This panel was hosted by Danny Fingeroth, and he went over the history of Marvel in pretty generic fashion. I didn’t think this was a very good, informative, or entertaining panel. It was near the end of the day and I think Mr. Fingeroth just wanted to be done for the day.
Our last panel was at 6:30, so we had about 40 minutes to mess around. We decided to hit the main floor one final time (it was pretty cleared out by now) and had to go through the security check for the third or fourth time (you think they would have remembered us by then).
After checking out some cosplayers (no, I didn’t take pictures of any because that’s how they get you) we headed back for the final panel. We fought through some straggling wedding party guest and headed in for Eli Roth’s Crypt TV First Look.
As we entered the panel room, it was pitch black, with only the soft glow of a projection screen giving off just enough light so we could find our seats. Trailers for Crypt TV movies (maybe shows) started playing. The first trailer was for a movie about some sick looking Easter Bunny. The next one was about a couple being killed by a pool zombie thing. The last trailer (not supposed to be the last) was about a boy, but before we saw anything else the laptop it was setup on started updating. Thanks Windows 10!
The owner of said laptop ran in, but the damage was done. The update was going to take a long time. We started asking him questions about Crypt TV because it did look really damn cool, but he had no answers. He wasn’t a rep nor did he receive any information on Crypt TV.