Sunday, July 26, 2009

Comic Con!

San Diego Convention Center

I just got back from Comic Con in San Diego. It was great to see some old friends (and my Mom) and dive into the sea of geek. You really can't grasp the size of this event without seeing it first hand. To that end, I've posted a bunch of photos, including some from "Flynn's Arcade", a replica of the arcade in the original Tron, built in a warehouse in downtown SD as part of a promotional gimmick.

Flynn's Arcade

I also got into the Disney 3D panel, hosted by John Lasseter, where they showed clips from upcoming films. We saw the new 3D teaser for the Toy Story 1&2 double feature, the opening sequence of Toy Story 2 in 3D, a Toy Story 3 teaser (featuring Ken), some Beauty and the Beast in 3D, and two sequences from The Princess and the Frog. Then Hayoa Miyazaki showed up and premiered a clip from Ponyo. Lasseter and Miyazaki were given honorary Inkpot awards for there contributions to animation. Patton Oswalt was there to moderate the ensuing panel, which featured John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements, John Musker, and Miyazaki.

Lasseter and Unkrich show preview Toy Story 3

There was an Avatar panel featuring James Cameron that I would have liked to attend, but I didn't want to have to wait in line for hours. I also missed the panel on Walt Stanchfield, which really bummed me out. Luckily, Animation Mentor recorded the event and will be sharing it online for free!


  1. TS3 looks awesome! I thought Prep and Landing looked really cute too. My kids are gonna love it. Congrats to Disney/Pixar for a great show!

    Too bad you missed the Avatar panel. I waited 3 hours in line, and have the sunburn to prove it. But it was worth it. Don't worry though, August 21 is "Avatar day", so everyone who wants to can get a 15-min sneak peak for free at their local IMAX theater! Heck, maybe it will even screen in the Pixar theater, so you won't have to go far.

  2. Wow. I'm looking forward to all the posts of panels and stuff since I couldn't go this year. I had a few friends that went so I'll have lots to go through. I love the tron arcade photo, looks cool.

  3. Dang. Didn't know you were down here. Had a feeling you might be. I was there Sunday. Were you there all 4 days?

  4. Ugh, I was in line for this panel and they cut it off before I got in!:( Disapppooooointeeeed! But it was a fun Con anyway and met a lot of cool people.