What can I say about Day 3 of New York Comic Con? Well, so much. But I’m tired and hungry and need to get through the last day AND work a 12-hour shift at my regular job later so I’m gonna try to give you a somewhat abbreviated version. I did say try.
Panels, Panels and More Panels
Day 3 was my day to attend some really great panels. The first was for the Amazon Prime adaptation of Good Omens. The panel, at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden, was full of lovers of all things Neil Gaiman, but specifically Good Omens. I listened to the full-cast audio version on Audible and absolutely LOVED it. Amazon has turned this lovely, fun, and all-around awesome book into a six-part show starring David Tennant (Crowley), Michael Sheehan (Aziraphale), Miranda Richardson (Madame Tracy) and Jon Hamm (Gabriel). Moderated by Whoopi Goldberg and joined by Neil Gaiman himself and Director Douglas MacKinnon, the panel was a lively discussion about the book, the show and what it was like to film such a beloved story. When asked how this adaptation came about, Neil said that Terry Prachett, who co-authored the book, asked that Neil find a way to get it made as his last wish (Prachett died in 2015). And it looks phenomenal. Fans were treated to two exclusive clips of the show as well as the official teaser trailer. I’m ecstatic to see this show and you will be too. See the trailer below:
After having a late breakfast, I was on my way to the Javits Center when I was stopped by a staff member near the Hammerstein Ballroom. Another panel was about to take place for a show called Happy! on SyFy. Now, I’ve never heard of that show but the staff member was so cool, I said “why not?” and went in. REMEMBER THIS.
When the panel started, the moderator (Michael Ausiello) stated that he called Happy! “repulsive, offensive, amoral” and a few other things and he absolutely loved the show. What the hell was I getting myself in to? As he announced the panel, I INSTANTLY perked up when I heard Christopher Meloni’s name. If you don’t know Chris from Oz or Law & Order: SVU and most recently Pose, where the hell have you been?? Anywho, the panel included writer Patrick Macmanus, creators Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor, Medina Senghore (Amanda Hansen), Christopher Meloni (Nick Sax), Lili Mirojnick (Det. Meredith McCarthy), Patrick Fischler (Smoothie), Ritchie Coster (Francisco Scaramucci) and new series regular Christopher Fitzgerald (Sonny Shine). Okay, so what I can tell about the show is that Nick Sax is befriended by an imaginary blue unicorn named Happy. Each season is a different holiday theme (Season 1 was Christmas-themed) and there’s lots and lots of chaos, sex, blood, violence and laughs. I’m sure I’m not giving the show its proper credit because I’ve never seen it. I did see a clip and I was horrified and intrigued at the same time. Happy! is one of those shows that makes you think about the kind of person you really are inside. Because this show is sick, and I want to watch the hell out of it. It definitely has a loyal fan base and they don’t care of you are horrified. THEY love the show and I have a feeling I will, as well.
See for yourself, but for the love of God, don’t let your kids watch this.
And did I mention ANN MARGARET IS A CAST MEMBER???
Once the panel was over, I hurried out so I could try and make the Daredevil panel. However, my stomach got in the way and it made me stop for mochi ice cream (chocolate and strawberry). I’ve had mochi ice cream before and wasn’t too keen on it, but what I had at the Hammerstein Ballroom was nothing but pure joy and love. It was hands down the best mochi ice cream I’ve ever had and I wish I had bought more to console myself for MISSING THE DAREDEVIL PANEL!!! I missed Charlie Cox! I missed the chance to see the cast, see a sneak peak of the new season, CHARLIE COX!! Thank God there was mochi ice cream or I would have felt much worse. So, instead I walked back to the Javits Center, mochi ice cream in hand to see what was what.
Let me tell you guys something: Saturday at NYCC is MASSIVE. The crowd was enough to make even the most secure person feel claustrophobic, there were so many people. See for yourself:
I did get to see a lot, even though there were a ton of people walking around. Like the past two days, Day 3’s cosplay was no joke. Here’s just a taste of the cosplay I saw yesterday:
The level of commitment by these fans is truly awe-inspiring.
After a brief rest, I made my way back to the Hulu Theatre for the Outlander panel. It’s been awhile since Season 3 and we were READY. The moderator, Lola Ogunnaike, was on the stage doing her thing when out walks Diana Gabaldon herself. Myself and the rest of the fans went NUTS because this amazing woman has written books that we adore. It’s hard to describe what Outlander means to me and other fans because it’s tough to put into words. But to see her was an absolute joy and I was grateful for the invitation to be there.
After we all (barely) calmed down, Diana surprised us all and announced we would be watching the first episode of Season 4!! That’s right folks, I’ve already seen it! Jealous much? Don’t be because the episode is so worth the wait, trust me. And no, I’m not telling you ANYTHING.
After watching the episode, some of the cast and crew came to the stage. Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), Sophie Skelton (Brianna), Richard Rankin (Roger), Executive Producers Maril Davis and Ronald D. Moore and, of course, Diana Gabaldon sat down and gave us all things Outlander. I have to tell you, I was completely engrossed in what I saw and heard, so much so that I did not write anything down or take a lot of photos (sorry). I took the time to just be there and enjoy myself. I will tell you that Outlander is a go for Seasons 5 and 6 (hallelujah!) so that’s something else for us to look forward to.
Since I was lacking in my duties, below is a link to the opening credits of Season 4, courtesy of STARZ. Surprise!
THE WALKING DEAD PANEL
During my time at NYCC, my ultimate goal was to attend The Walking Dead panel. I am a HUGE fan of the show and I wanted nothing more than to attend this panel. And with the announcement that my absolute fave, Andrew Lincoln, was leaving, I had to find a way to get there. This was my last chance to see this man in the flesh as Rick Grimes, and dammit, I made it. It helped that Hulu Theatre doesn’t clear the room after each panel so I moved to a seat closer to the stage (not by much, though) and parked myself until the panel began. The only time I got up was to purchase a cocktail. (Side note: the staff at the Hulu Theatre really know how to make a good, strong drink).
Anywho, once the panel began, the moderator turned out to be Chris Hardwick, which I admit, I was initially excited about because I used to listen to The Nerdist religiously. Then I remembered why he had been MIA and felt like utter crap, especially with everything that’s going on. But I’ll save that discussion for another time.
Then the panel was introduced and I lost my shit. I was finally going to see Andrew Lincoln. In person. On stage. And when he came out I jumped out of my seat and screamed like I do when I see Bey in concert. I was overjoyed. Chris asked the cast what it felt like to not be working with Andy (I can call him that) and they all had different but very lovely things to say. Norman Reedus (Daryl) said that he and Andy used to have lunch every day in his trailer. Now he just sits there and he still has the last mug Andy used to drink out of in his trailer. Awwwwwwww!
Andy talked about his last day on set and he said he wanted to finish with dignity but instead said he “finished like a fool.” Andrew Lincoln is done playing Rick Grimes. I am DREADING the episode where Rick leaves us for good. Will I keep watching after? Of course I will.
Once the panel was done and the cast left the stage, Chris announced that fans would be treated to the first episode of Season 9. WHAT??? I get to see another episode of a show I love before you guys??? Seriously, how are you not jealous!!!??? No really, I didn’t think that was going to happen. But watch it I did and no I’m not telling you ANYTHING. Just stay tuned for my recap on Monday.
By the time I got back home I was spent. I’m still at home but will be leaving for NYCC to see a couple of panels, some more cosplay, the Outlander booth featuring a replica of Claire and Jamie’s house on Fraser’s Ridge (I’ll post pics, of course) and try not to buy another t-shirt. No promises though. Stay tuned!
Videos are courtesy of STARZ (Outlander) and SyFy (Happy!).