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Friday at San Diego Comic Con 2015

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Bayfront Hilton promoting The Strain Bayfront Hilton promoting The Strain
Rick and Morty Panel (LtoR) Brian Quinn, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Ryan Ridley Rick and Morty Panel (LtoR) Brian Quinn, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Ryan Ridley
Tyson promoting Mike Tyson Mysteries Tyson promoting Mike Tyson Mysteries
Cast of Archer. (LtoR) Adam Reed, Chris Parnell, Lucky Yates, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler, Casey Willis, Amber Nash Cast of Archer. (LtoR) Adam Reed, Chris Parnell, Lucky Yates, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler, Casey Willis, Amber Nash
SAN DIEGO, CA (FOX Carolina) -

I started the day off attending a panel for the 75th anniversary of The Shadow and Doc Savage.  It was pretty cool.  The producer of all of the Batman films starting with the Tim Burton movies, all the way through the Dark Knight Rises was moderating the panel.  He said that there was talk of getting both the Shadow and Doc Savage back into theaters.  For those who don't know both of these characters are pulp heroes (think Indiana Jones or The Rocketeer, movies set in the early 30s).  I'm a big fan of the Shadow, so I think it's cool that it might get a new film.  I don't hate the Alec Baldwin movie from the early 90s, but it could use an updated treatment.  

After this I headed over to the Bay front Hilton.  There, at the Indigo Ballroom...which I kinda snuck into (details omitted on purpose), I saw panels for a few upcoming Adult Swim shows including Rick and Morty hosted by the Impractical Joker himself, Brian Quinn, and creator/producer Dan Harmon (NBC's Community).  It was pretty funny.  Everyone is tight lipped about the upcoming seasons of their shows, but they made their answers to fan questions (when they actually could focus enough to take them) funny none the less.  

After Rick and Morty, the Mike Tyson Mysteries panel began.  I think the closest comparison is Scooby Doo. Although, think Scooby Doo for adults.  Norm McDonald plays Mike's pigeon sidekick and he's an abrasive alcoholic.  If I'm being honest, Mike Tyson is not much of an actor, and I have to believe he'd tell you the same thing.  They showed a full episode from the second season coming this fall.  As it began I found myself cringing and thinking there is no way I could watch this.  I also wondered how it ever got a second season. By the time the episode had ended though I was really laughing at some of the jokes.  The saving grace of the show is the writing, and the pigeon. After the panel Mike shook a lot of hands and posed for pictures with a lot of fans.

After this panel was over, I headed upstairs to get ready for my interviews with the cast of FX's Archer. If you've never seen this show I highly recommend it.  It stars H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Amber Nash, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, and Lucky Yates. The story of the show has evolved so much over its six seasons, but the gist of it is Archer, played by H. Jon Benjamin, is an alcoholic spy who works for an agency that is CIA-esque. He loves Burt Reynolds, Top Gun, and turtle necks. Yep. That about covers it.  

At any rate, no one on the cast would give up any details of the 7th season that they are currently still recording.  The best guess I have is that Chris Parnell, who plays Cyril, is somehow going to take over their organization, but because he's Cyril, an accountant/bumbling spy, he's not going to get much respect from his co-workers.  Of course this is all me guessing what’s going to happen.  No one really revealed anything about the upcoming season. But the cast was friendly enough meeting with us.  When they wrapped up with us they were headed back downstairs to the Indigo Ballroom for their panel, and to talk to fans.  The upcoming season is so secretive, this is the first year they didn't show an episode of the new season at Comic con.

Simultaneously while this was going on, over in Hall H there was something big happening.  What is sure to be the biggest talk of Comic Con, and what surprised me because it wasn't held on Saturday, was the Star Wars episode 7 panel.  Now I didn't get into this panel of course.  I've already talked about how I'll never be inside Hall H, but from sources I follow, I did hear that there will be a lot of practical effects in the upcoming film (I'm so happy for this, I'm sick of CGI overload) and I know that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford were all there.  Pretty cool stuff, hate I missed it, but I actually talked to a guy last night on the shuttle back to the hotel that stood in line for 10 and half hours Thursday, was given a wristband, and had to be back at 7:30am today, and sit there all day to watch that one panel. Just not worth it, but maybe to him it was.  After the panel was over, they took the entire audience out to the marina, gave them all lightsabers, and had a fireworks show to the music of Star Wars played by a symphony orchestra.  Pretty cool stuff. 

After all this, I headed to a local Irish Pub I was introduced to yesterday by another friend of mine, had a beer, ate some Shepard pie, and caught up with an old friend.  That pretty much summed up my Friday.  We'll see what the next couple of days has in store for me.  Stay tuned.

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