Saturday is well known to be the craziest day of the con, but it's so much nuttier than I thought it would be. Here's what I saw on this wild day.
Cracked: Bad movies that deserve a remake
I'm staying on the north side of the city, and I didn't check my panel schedule efficiently enough, and so when I saw at 10am that Cracked.com's Saturday panel was at 11:15am, I had to rush as fast as I could to McCormic Place. The race to the con was a good preview of the pace of my day!
The panel was about movies that were working with good ideas but didn't quite get the proper support from studios. The panel was made up of Michael Swaim, Soren Bowie, Cody Melcher, and someone named Stephanie whose last name I didn't catch. Michael: Kevin Costner should be replaced in all movies, since he's just not a good action star. Stephanie: Jennifer Aniston is amazing. She would like to remake Friends with benefits and he's just not that into you, but staring Jennifer Aniston. Soren wants to make an apocalyptic future movie, but with the factions too sick and afraid to fight, who need to steal bees from one another, since honey is more useful than gas. They'd ride bikes since they don't use gas. Cody wants Showgirls to be remade as an HBO show. There was lots of talk of Jason Statham and The Rock. These guys have an amazing sense of pop culture and they bring that to their comedy and their whole panel.
Wandering the Floor
After the cracked panel, I wandered the con floor looking for interviews for our report from C2E2. I managed to grab interviews with Daniel O'Brien and Soren Bowie from Cracked, as well as with a few artists from Wetta Workshops in New Zealand who worked on both The Hobbit and Krampus. I also talked to past guest of Professional Geek, Wesley Sun, and collaborators on his book Eisegesys: Kings+Queens, like Ali Cantarella. These guys are the real deal, and they all met through these cons!
CM Punk interview
Pro wrestler turned Marvel comic writer and MMA fighter had a Q and A I managed to catch. I've been a huge fan of his since I started watching pro wrestling in 2009, so it was great to see him, by he said a lot of things that were applicable to pro geek! He talked about his process and needing so sit down and complete stories before he could start on a new one, since he simply had to get everything out before he moved on. He also said about his Drax run, that Drax is constraining! He doesn't talk much. He never thought he'd write drax; he'd always wanted to write The Punisher. But the constraint helped focus him. Also, he mentioned meeting people at C2E2 who he's been collaborating with for years at Marvel, but had never met in real life. It felt like meeting an old friend! Seeing CM Punk in a post-wrestling career makes me really happy, since his awesome run in WWE didn't end on the best of terms. He seems to have
found what his passion is!
There was simply too much good stuff here to talk about it all. In Twisted Toonz, voice actors Jennifer Hale, David Hayter, Richard Horvitz, Troy Baker, Steve Blum, Dave Fennoy and Jim Cummings all read the script to Back to the Future in both their cartoon characters voices and impressions. This panel is a hit every time it happens and if it's posted on YouTube, I'll link it here, but some highlights were:
A dirty Elmo character!
A spot on Jeff Goldblum impression!
Jennifer Hale emphasizing stage directions as FemShep!
Solid Snake reading stage directions!
Winnie The Pooh as Marty McFly!
The best characters singing Bohemian Rhapsody!
Next con you go to, don't miss this show!
Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Weird Science in the White City
This How Stuff Works podcast did an awesome Chicago centric panel for an upcoming podcast! They mostly recapped Devil in the White City, but where all the awesome facts were front and center. I learned that in the early 1800s, the population of Chicago was less than 1/10 of the population in attendance at C2E2! I also learned about the architecture and attractions at the 1893 worlds fair, like the Ferris wheel. The end of the panel was all about H.H. Holmes, americas first official serial killer, and secret terror of the worlds fair. If you don't know about him, he was a surgeon who set up a murder castle on Chicagos South side. It had rooms that would trap and gas visitors to the castle, which was set up as a hotel for worlds fair visitors, and deposit them into the basement where they were turned into skeletons that were sold to the local medical school. We were left with a warning to check our hotels before we go to sleep. I learned a lot about my city in this fun panel!
Today was super busy, and I saw even more awesome cosplay and met even more incredible creative people. Saturday lived up to its hype. Let's close out the con spectacularly tomorrow, Chicago!
How many panels did you go to today? Did you get some selfies with your favorite characters? Let us know what your top C2E2 experience was on twitter @ProGeekPodcast!