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Previewing San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Sunday

Written by Shawn Bourdo

Sunday is the relaxed day of rest at the convention. If you are leaving town, then you are usually more concerned about getting out of town than what is still happening at the Con. If you are staying, then you are enjoying much less traffic and making last-minute purchases and the panels are usually more oriented towards a younger audience. I find it a wonderful end after such a crowded Saturday. Here’s a few that look good for the stragglers.

INDIEWIRE: WEIRDMAGEDDON: A FAREWELL TO DISNEY’S GRAVITY FALLS (10:00am – 11:00am, Room 7AB) – I’ve always championed this animated series as one of the most under-appreciated around. I think if it had aired on a more mainstream outlet other than Disney XD that it would be more of a cult favorite. It went out with a spectacular three-part event that summarized lots of in-jokes from the whole series. I want to be around to pay tribute to this show before it becomes a footnote in geek TV history.

CONAN & FRAZETTA: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS (11:00am – Noon, Room 29AB) – Frank’s daughter, Holly will be at this panel that focuses both on Frazetta and Conan. I’ve attended a few Frazetta-related panels over the years and I don’t know if there is a more passionate fan group of a single artist out there. It was close for George Perez but Frank’s fans are legion. You can’t help but get excited around that much energy.

ANYTHING GOES WITH JOHN BARROWMAN (2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 6BCF) – This is usually a Saturday afternoon panel and sometimes one of my last of the Con. I’m glad I have a later flight this year and this will once again be my last of the Convention. For years his energy has made this the best freeform panel. I always laugh and leave with a new appreciation of his talents. A perfect conclusion to an awesome week.

SKIP: WORLD PREMIERE OF BATMAN UNLIMITED: MECH VS MUTANTS (redacted) – I am usually all about the DC Universe in animated format. The trend of mixing the Batman video game universes into the animated world has created some very boring and uninspiring stories. That’s what is written all over the plot of this one. It’s Sunday, go forth and shop and walk the grounds before sitting inside for this one.

Written by Gordon S. Miller

EXHIBITION FLOOR – If you want to find some great deals, this is the day to go.  Don’t expect any exclusive items that rabid fans want, but for the causal collector, prices will be slashed so dealers can lessen their load before returning home

JACK KIRBY TRIBUTE PANEL (10:00am – 11:15am, Room 5AB) – One of the men responsible for this wild weekend because of his influential work.  Panelists and fans will gather to honor the man known as The King of the Comics.

PAC-MAN TO MARIO: RETRO VIDEO GAMES AND VIDEO GAMES HISTORY (3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 32AB) – As someone who used to play Space Invaders at the roller rink and own an Atari 2400, I am definitely interested in this topic.

SKIP: DO YOU WANNA BUILD A MANDO (redacted) – Normally, I would be indifferent to a panel like this because if your hobby is building costumes, I hope you derive all the fun you can out of it.   But to see the description contain “the application process, what happens after you’re approved” smacks of exclusion and elitism that I don’t think belongs in fandom.  Are there really only an entitled few who can make Jango Fett outfits?

About Gordon S. Miller

Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/ElBicho_CS

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