So I am back and finally well rested! San Diego Comic-Con 2013 for me was an extended weekend full of hanging with fellow fansite runners (shout out to the Mockingjay.net staff in particular, it was a blast rooming with you guys!) and nerding out about my favorite fandoms, The Hunger Games included, with fellow fans.
It started Thursday morning. After making a beeline for Comic-Con exclusives, we finally made it to the Lionsgate booth, and they were already out of the posters. Womp womp. We would come back again later in the day to try for Catching Fire pins. When we got there again, there was a huge crowd surrounding the Lionsgate booth, waiting for pins to be handed out. It eventually got broken up, and the pins weren’t given out.
In the afternoon, we came back, and Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere), Meta Golding (Enobaria) and Bruno Gunn (Brutus) were busy signing away. We were able to meet them along with several other fansite runners. They all seemed very excited about Catching Fire. Meta asked me about my headband (like the one we gave away for our Holiday Contest in December), and Bruno would not stop signing posters. On the way out of the exhibit hall, we also ran into a Caesar Flickerman cosplayer, who mentioned that several people thought that he was actually Stanley Tucci. That’s not how cosplay works, guys.
Friday during the day was spent in Hall H fulfilling other fandom needs, most notably Veronica Mars, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Mortal Instruments and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
At night, however, I, along with several fansite runners including those from Welcome to District 12, Mockingjay.net and Natasha from TheFandom.net, who helped us stake out spots in line, camped out for Hall H the next day. Truth be told, it was not a terrible experience, and I’m happy to do it for this fandom. In the end, we got seats in the middle at the back of the first section, optimal for viewing anything on the screen. Also it turns, out we were sitting in the row in front of Bill Paxton, and you know how much we love Twister.
After sitting through panel after panel of epic awesomeness (Jeff Bridges! Sandra Bullock! Superman/Batman announcement! Surprise Bill Paxton!), we finally made it to the Lionsgate panel. After an interesting showing from I, Frankenstein, the moderator announced that it was time for what we were really waiting for. Then out came Francis Lawrence, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and of course, the big three, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence.
They started off with a couple of questions. Right off the bat, Francis Lawrence was asked about how what it was like taking over for Catching Fire and the two Mockingjay movies. He revealed that after he got the job, he immediately met with Suzanne Collins and outlined the movie. Then they debuted the trailer. It was very exciting to watch it for the first time with thousands of people and the cast and director in the same room. It was quite sobering to hear Lenny talk about Cinna, mentioning his last scene. Jeffrey and Jena were asked about what it was like joining the cast. There was a particular hilarious and gross story regarding a kissing scene between Katniss and Peeta involving Jennifer’s snot. There wasn’t too much revealed about the movie that we didn’t already know, thanks to there being three wonderful books that the movies are based on but several hints of what may have made it into the movie (“there was a resuscitation”).
After the panel, we headed over to the Lionsgate booth again to meet Jena Malone, Willow Shields and Jeffrey Wright. Jeffrey asked each of us why we love The Hunger Games. Courtney from Welcome to District 12 and I even made it on Jena’s Instagram after both her and Jeffrey asked us for pictures of just us.
Overall, it was an awesome experience being at Comic-Con and representing the Hunger Games fandom.
Can’t wait to do this again next year!