Totally meant to go see the X-O Manowar panel and the Valiant Comics team as they announced the Harbinger movie that Brett Ratner is purportedly directing. However I couldn't make it through the huge line to get into the Neil Gaiman's speech to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. So I gave up and went and ate a four-dollar pretzel. 'Cause what is a convention without a four-dollar pretzel? Stuck around long enough to see the line for the panel discussing the second X-Files movie and, holy hockey, what a line! And they don't even have a trailer! Just Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, and probably some tubular soft techno music. By the way, The X-Files movie is tentatively titled X-Files: I Want to Believe. [INSERT YOUR OWN JOKE HERE.]
To wrap up the evening, the Sci Fi channel was showing all new episodes of both Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica an entire hour earlier than if you were watching at home. Now if that doesn't justify the cost of admission, I don't know what does. But I am going home. Good night, gorilla trying out samurai swords! Sweet dreams, girl dressed like giant guinea pig! See you tomorrow, people who wait in line an hour for a television show you can watch at home!
Coffee in hand and conference schedule safely on the counter at home, I opened the door to the convention center to see a ludicrous number of people milling about the floors. There were a lot of people waiting in line for various events. The anime version of Emma had a sizeable line. And Mike Mignola, one of the creators of the Legend imprint at Dark Horse Comics and more notably the creator of Hellboy, had a very impressive line. But the longest line was definitely for T.M. Revolution who is apparently big in Japan. Actually he is one of the biggest pop stars in Japan and was performing for the first time in NYC later that night. The line to get in and hear him speak was ridiculous and filled with the cutest, bubbliest, pig-tailed little girls whose heads swiveled in unison to fix me with an evil stare when I timidly asked "Who?" when they said they were waiting for T.M. Revolution. Freaky! I creeped past the scary girls and headed to the IGN Theater.
Although the theater was closed, once again the magic of the press pass ushered me past the ominously large line, through the shut door, and into the theater in time to catch the panel discussion of the upcoming Prince Caspian movie. Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian), William Moseley (Peter Pevensie), Peter Dinklage (Trumpkin), and producer Mark Johnson were all there to put up with a barrage of questions from vaguely hostile fans. The producer promised that they were not going to make the same mistakes that they made on the last film. So, what, this one's not going to suck? Good plan, producer guy. I heart Peter Dinklage. A lot. And I have to admit that the trailer for Prince Caspian looked pretty dark and intense and awesome.