Monday, August 1, 2011

San Diego Comic-Con 2011: NBC Peacock Prayers Answered

I have so many thoughts about this years San Diego Comic-Con that I want to share. I already put many of my pics up on Facebook but there are stories behind many of them, which I will share here!

Last year I won an invitation to attend an NBC party in San Diego. This year, I begged to be invited again. Actually, I didn't have to beg, I simply asked for an invite and was given one. I had kept in touch with my NBC contact from last year and had also sent him a pitch earlier in the year regarding Comic-Con and an idea I had to send a "Fanbassador" to represent the fans for NBC's Fan It community. I never heard back after my pitch but when I asked for the party invite my contact asked me if I'd be interested in live Tweeting the party for the Fan It account as the "Fanbassador." So, not only did I get an invite, but I also got to utilize the Fanbassador idea.

Once again, the NBC party was full of awesome people, the cast of Community, the cast of Grimm (which will debut this fall) and many other people that make you say "I totally know that guy! What show do I know him from?!?!"

Here are my pics, please enjoy!

This year, the NBC party was at 207, the bar located at the foot of the Hard Rock Hotel. It's prime real estate in the Gaslamp district and a great place for people watching.

Superfro and I had to arrive a little early for the party. I needed to get my final briefing from my NBC contact and get my brain in order. I was nervous about Tweeting for NBC, even though I had studied the suggestions and "rules" that I had received from the NBC community managers. I also wanted to arrive before the other two Fan It members who had won tickets to the party via a contest. It a crazy coincidence, I knew both of the winners, Barb and Mario. Barb is the owner of When Nerds Attack and Mario is another freelance writer for the site.

We all had name tags, and my indicated that I work for NBC. Not exactly true, but a good conversation starter.

The first special guest to arrive was Zachary Levi, best known from the show "Chuck." Zach also spearheaded a giant off-site event venue called NERD HQ during Comic-Con. NERD HQ features panels and "conversations" with television stars, parties, and other events. It was quite popular and a great success. I suspect he'll be doing it again next year.

Because he had been glad handing all weekend (seriously, he was NON-STOP workin' it!) Zach was losing his voice. He was sipping tea to find some relief. Personally, I would suggest that maybe he stop smoking, but what do I know?

One corner of the 207 lounge was dedicated to interviews, which you can now see on NBC's special Comic-Con site. Here, part of the cast of the show Community is being interviewed.

Another corner of the lounge also featured a video camera, but this one was recording 6 second videos which were then printed off as still photos, trimmed in a fancy machine and bound together to make a little flip book! It was a very cool little souvenir. Superfro and I made a book of ourselves, but I would have loved to get a copy of the Community book!

This is Joel McHale, maybe you remember him from last year? My goodness, is he ever tall! Joel was looking at my name tag closely so I told him that I don't work for NBC but I had met him before, and reminded him of how he mocked me at a restaurant. To this he said "I do remember that and now I know you have a boob tattoo." and then very promptly walked away. Superfro hollered out to him "Quit checking out my wife's rack!" A few seconds later when Joel came back and we were saying good-bye he said "Bye! Nice boobs!" And again, promptly walked away.

Oh hey! It's Jim Rash! Jim plays Dean Pelton on Community. He was just recently announced as a "full time cast member" so congratulations were in order.

Gillian Jacobs was there again, looking stunning as always. She's so cute you almost want to hate her but far too sweet to hate. Poor Gillian spent much of her time leaning up against a sofa because her beautiful shoes were killing her feet!

She's doing a pretty good job smiling through the pain!

Clark Griswold! Fletch! Pierce Hawthorne! So many identities for one man, Chevy Chase! I was keeping my fingers crossed that Chevy would be there. I had told my Dad that I might get to meet him and he asked me to deliver a message. "Tell him I really loved the movie Spies Like Us!" Well, I didn't really intend to tell Chevy that, but the moment seemed right so I did, I told him. In a split second Chevy had pulled my name tag off my shirt, put it on the bar, borrowed a pen from someone and asked for my Dad's name. An unsolicited autograph, an incredible act of kindness.

In the past 12 months Donald Glover has blown up. He's a rap artist, an actor, a stand-up, a writer and beloved by nearly everyone. No wonder he's trying to hide under his hood. It must be impossible for this guy to go anywhere without being mobbed. Oh well, I just wanted one photo and then I left him alone (for a while.)

Danny Pudi was a joy to talk to. He asked us where we hail from and when we tolk him "Iowa" he told us that his wife is from Dyersville and that he got married in Dubuque! I hope you come visit Iowa soon Danny!

I've already posted my pic of me with Yvette Nicole Brown, but here she is with Superfro. Gawd, she's so sweet and adorable.

Here is Superfro with Danny, they look like the best of friends!

Well, we gave Donald a little break, not bothering him for a little while, then snapping this quick pic before leaving him back to his hoodie.

Community creator Dan Harmon is *NOT* this creepy looking in person. Also, anyone near him was always in stitches, I'm almost convinced he exhales laughing gas.

I swear this is Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock, it's not a mannequin or a cardboard stand-up.

I swear he was there in person!

This fall David Giuntoli is starring in a new show called Grimm (on NBC of course!)
Detective Nick Burkhardt thought he was ready for the grim reality of working homicide in Portland, Oregon. That is, until he started to see things... things he couldn't quite explain. Like a gorgeous woman suddenly transforming into a hideous hag, or an average Joe turning into a vicious troll. Then, after a panicked visit from his only living relative, Nick discovers the truth about his visions: he's not like everyone else, he's a descendant of an elite group of hunters known as "Grimms" who are charged with stopping the proliferation of supernatural creatures in the world. And so begins his new life journey - albeit a reluctant one at first - as he solves crimes with his partner who knows something about Nick has radically changed but can't quite put his finger on it. Along the way, Nick finds himself unexpectedly getting help on some of the more difficult cases from Monroe, a guy who seems normal at first but is soon revealed to be what you might call a "big bad wolf." Literally!

This is Silas Weir Mitchell who is also in Grimm. He's very intense with an honesty and a frankness that I really appreciated. I hope to meet him again someday.

I hope you will check out the series premiere of Grimm on October 21st, at 9:00/8:00 CST.

This last pic is of Adam Baldwin. He's on the NBC show Chuck but was also on the cult favorites Serenity and Firefly. I had to tell Adam how much, as a young adult, I watched his movie My Bodyguard and how every time it made me cry. He was very sweet about it. I also noticed that Adam was taking a lot of time to talk with any fan who wanted to meet him. He seemed genuinely enjoy talking with fans.

So, that was my Saturday night at Comic-Con. I managed to not make an ass out of myself Tweeting for NBC as the Fanbassador and I scored a great autograph for my Dad. Success!

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