Celebrities, Diversity, and Fans – SVCC

The best part of Silicon Valley Comic Con was watching fans getting a chance to interact with some of their favorite actors during spotlight sessions. Jeremy Lee Renner caught a fan off guard when she told him it was her birthday and he ran offstage to give her a hug. Fans often try to ask for hugs or autographs during these types of sessions but actors are usually weary of obliging since the requests will most likely keep pouring in. However, this fan didn’t ask and he did it by his own accord. It was a wonderful spontaneous moment that truly brought about the message of what Comic Cons are suppose to be about, the fans. He talked about his acting methods and how he started out as a musician before getting into acting. He often creates a playlist for each role that he has to get into the characters headspace. A fan asked him about his work with Gabrielle Union and if he’d like to work with her again and he said he definitely would, “I don’t think there’s anybody I wouldn’t want to work with again and I’ve come across some amazing talented people over the years”.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Nathan Fillion provided the following advice to an aspiring actor, “Be kind to people on the way up because they’re the same people you’ll meet on the way back down”. When asked who he’d like to work with dead or alive he said Elvis. He acknowledged that it might come as a surprise to some but reminded the audience that even though the movies Elvis starred in were considered terrible by many, it doesn’t mean the actor is bad or not trying. It was a great point to make since there are many elements to a film and sometimes people forget that. On a side note he also said, Kevin Bacon.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Nichelle Nichols spoke about her important work with NASA in recruiting people of color and women. Unfortunately, Rod Rodenberry couldn’t resist diminishing her accomplishments by re-directing the questions to himself, “Would you have recruited me”? he kept asking after a detailed recollection of how there were zero, zilch, zip, not one person of color or woman at NASA at that time. The recruiters at NASA gave her excuses like, there’s no one qualified, no one interested and they just didn’t know where to look. She herself was caught off guard when she didn’t want to take the job because she was “just a fictional character on television”. Eventually, she gave in to their requests to be the main recruiter for diversifying the program and became part of one of the most important recruitment processes at NASA. Some of her recruits included Guion Bluford (the first African-American astronaut), Sally Ride (the first female American astronaut), Judith Resnik (one of the original set of female astronauts, who perished during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986), and Ronald McNair (the second African-American astronaut, and another victim of the Challenger accident). (source: space.com)

After all this Roddenberry, a white man born with more than average privilege as the son of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek asked, “Would you have recruited me?”. It goes to show that diversity in panel leads are just as important as the guests that are invited. She should’ve never been disrespected like that and proves the point that it doesn’t matter whom one is related to or what he donates to, some people will just never get it. He even grew up around her although, maybe that’s why he was so comfortable asking such a stupid question. Who knows? Money can never replace experience, intelligence and common sense. It was a shame to have to witness that after the inspiring story she told. 

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The Walking Dead Escape – 2014 Tour at The Comic Convention in San Diego, CA

The Walking Dead Escape 2014 San Diego tour was held on July 25 and 26 at the Petco Park in Downtown San Diego. It is an ultimate interactive fan experience. Even if you are not a fan of The Walking Dead, it’s a fun event to do with friends. You will laugh, scream and lose a few pounds from running up and down the stairs.

There were no obstacles this year to crawl, climb or slide on. We do miss the challenge but it gave us more time to have an immersive experience with the walkers and take photographs.

The Walking Dead Escape was launched in 2012 at San Diego Comic-Con and  is produced by Skybound EXP, an affiliate of Skybound Entertainment. Skybound recently announced a 2014 spring tour for The Walking Dead Escape. For more information, please visit Skybound online at Skybound.com and TheWalkingDead.com.

Inside “The Walking Dead Escape San Diego” with Pink Egg Media

Have you ever watched a zombie movie or TV show and thought to yourself, “I’d definitely survive, I can totally outrun everyone and kick some zombie butt?” AMC has created an obstacle course for you to test these skills.

Photo by: Kim Rescate

We grabbed our cameras and headed to Petco Park to experience this year’s The Walking Dead Escape. We have previously participated in their inaugural event. This year, they changed the course and everyone is required to check in his/her bags before proceeding to the entrance during their Wave time. We joined the Wave at around 8:20 p.m. It was starting to get dark which added to the eerie ambiance.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The first stop was a briefing of the situation, a soldier told the group about the outbreak and then led us forward. Zombies came at us almost immediately forcing everyone to go back and head up the stairs. We ran through broken gates and saw missing person signs everywhere. It was pure chaos.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The first obstacle was crawling underneath a chain-link fence with zombies trying to grab you from above, limbs and disemboweled bodies scattered all over the floor. We had to crawl past another zombie that was blocking the barricade to get out.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

We went up the escalator, past the hallways and encountered zombies in cages. We had to slide against the wall because they were so close and were trying to reach out to grab us. We crawled under another set of barricades and ran past Hospital Hell. We navigated through Undead Doctors and destroyed equipment without a single safe spot to catch our breath.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Once we survived that infected area, one of the guards asked everyone to stand against the wall to avoid fainting from fatigue. After catching our breath we proceeded around the corner, we had to climb up 3 wire crawls and 3 wooden overs. With the undead trying to grab us every time we climbed down, there was no time to stop. The long run down the ramps was inundated with zombies blocking our every move.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

We ended up outside the stadium where we had to climb up and down 2 obstacles. Once we made it through we had to climb over more barricades and go through two cargo containers. Then up the stairs we went. We were able to take a moment to chill out as the undead are unable to follow you up.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

At the top of the stairs, we were unsure where to go because the only entrance forward seemed to be blocked by six walkers. We made it through by distracting them towards one side and running past them on the other.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Up the ramp, we hid in the corner from several walkers and waited for them to wander out of our way. There were only four us and it would have been too hard to run past them in that tiny space. A few feet from this hallway, we also waited a while to crawl through a chain-link obstacle because there were two zombies at the end. It would have been impossible to get out without getting infected. After a few minutes, one of them figured out how to get underneath the obstacle and started coming towards us. After she got out and moved to one side we crawled as fast as we could, slid down the next two obstacles and just kept moving.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

We had to work as a team to go through the next hallway because it was such a tiny space (the width would be comparable to three people, shoulder to shoulder) and there were walkers everywhere. We were unsure we’d make it through.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

After escaping from that hallway, we ran past another set of the walkers and navigated through numerous large boxes of medical supplies that the undead could hide behind. We had to climb a few more barricades before the final obstacle. Broken cars, smoke, walkers and road signs try to stop us from getting out uninfected. We dug deep and just went for it. We jumped over tires, went around smoking cars and ran as fast as we could.

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines


Video by Kim Rescate

We stopped to catch our breath around the corner before heading into the Quarantine tent. We were separated into two lines. The infected and the uninfected. I was deemed infected so I waited in line with about five others. Ana tested clean and was able to get out of the tent. When it was my turn, I was told to go into another tent. The doctor said that since the test result showed that I was infected, there’s no other choice. She took out a handgun and shot me in the head…execution style!

Photo by: Ana Pines

Photo by: Ana Pines

The whole course took us about half an hour, including the waiting. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, this adventure is not to be missed. Even if you’re not, going through these obstacles provides an adrenaline rush!

Kim Rescate and Ana Pines

Kim Rescate and Ana Pines

There are three ways to participate in The Walking Dead Escape. Be a survivor, which is what we did. You can be one of the Walkers by embracing the inevitable and becoming one of the undead. If you’d like to watch from the sidelines and cheer on the Survivors (or the Walkers), you can sign up as a spectator. For more information, visit http://www.thewalkingdeadescape.com/

Firefly 10-Year Reunion at Comic-Con

Firefly 10th Year Anniversary

Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk reunited for a Firefly panel at San Diego Comic-con International 2012. The short-lived sci-fi show’s creator Joss Whedon and writer Tim Minear also participated in what probably is the most emotional panel of this year’s Comic-con.

 

The Walking Dead Escape – LIVE THE APOCALYPSE

The Walking Dead Escape - LIVE THE APOCALYPSE

Get a chance to experience the apocalypse during Comic-Con 2012. A ballpark infested with zombies where you will climb, crawl, hide & slide your way to safety. Will you survive?

 

True Blood Cast

True Blood Cast

The True Blood cast held a panel at Comic-Con to talk to fans about the upcoming season. The cast also had fun teasing Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) about his dance moves in “Magic Mike”. A good sport, he turned it around and taught his fellow cast mates to do a body roll. Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) was dared to do a hand stand, after cheers from the audience he took it up a notch and walked across the stage almost falling at the end. With so much chemistry on stage it’s no wonder the show is a hit.

Zombies haunt Comic-Con in Downtown San Diego

Zombie Walk : San Diego

Meeting at the intersection of Fourth and Broadway, hundreds of zombies took over the streets of Gaslamp Quarter. SDzombiewalk.com has organized several walks since June 30, 2007. The walks include zombies of all ages and backgrounds.

 

A&E introduces the “Coma” Experience at Comic-Con 2012

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A&E introduces the “Coma” Experience at Comic-Con 2012. Fans are able to partake in an immersive experience based on the A&E mini-series from Ridley & Tony Scott, located right outside of the convention center on 1st Ave & Ave J, from July 12-14, 11AM-9PM. The experience offers fans 4 different areas where they can get a first look, interact with nurses and doctors from the the ominous coma patient institute and check out set pieces from the mini-series.
Coma” is a two-night special event starring James Woods, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn, Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Pasquale (“Rescue Me”) premiering on A&E, Monday, September 3 and concluding on Tuesday, September 4 at 9PM ET/PT each night. In “Coma,” a young doctor (Lauren Ambrose) discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table.

“Coma” is produced by Sony Pictures Television for A&E Network. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, Martin Erlichman and Mikael Salomon.

For a fully immersive experience that extends beyond Comic-Con, fans can go to www.comaconspiracy.com where they can activate a thrilling digital experience.

The Walking Dead Invasion at Petco Park

Walking Dead Escape 2012

The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego takes place July 12 -14 at Petco Park, a few blocks from the Convention Center.

There are three ways to participate in this epic adventure. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party. Greg Nicotero and his team at KNB EFX will transform those who sign-up to be Walkers into scary zombies.

The  survivors are allowed to go through the obstacle course in different waves. We were in the 7:00PM wave. Our anticipate grew as we waited for our turn. When they opened the doors zombies attack everywhere. They have people that act as “guides” to let you know which way to go. We climbed and up down ropes, jumped over walls, walked across logs inside ropes, ran and up down stairwells and crawled under dead bodies. The atmosphere was very exciting, complete with smoke, rusted cars and, of course, ominous music blaring through the speakers. Put this ‘obstacle run’ on top of your list to do. It’s an experience that you will never forget.

For more information: thewalkingdeadescape.com

WRECK-IT RALPH Panel

WRECK-IT RALPH Panel
WRECK-IT RALPH Panel at Comic-Con with Rich Moore (director), Clark Spencer (producer), John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman. The bad-guy character in a classic game who longs to be a hero brings trouble to his entire arcade after sneaking into a new first-person shooter game and unleashing a deadly enemy. Release date: November 1, 2012