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Comic Con 2017: Getting Through Another Con

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Comic Con 2017 was held from July 20 to July 23 in San Diego and I was, once again, able to attend along with a handful of fellow NiceGirlsTV staff members.

As always, the four-day event was filled with lots of panels, off-site events, parties and people – oh so many people!

The big, annual event started with Preview Night, which was a bit of a letdown for me this year because, despite being led to believe that the pilots for the new Syfy series Krypton and The CW’s Black Lightning were supposed to be debuted, they weren’t. Shame on you CCI and The WB!! However, the new ABC drama Deception was screened, but only after the audience had to sit through three animation series for which I am not a fan. Needless to say, my night was pretty disappointing.

The first day of Comic Con got underway with John Barrowman as the “opening” act – if you will. John, as most people know, is the life of the party and always puts on a great “Anything Goes” panel every year. This year was no exception. Just check out the video below to judge for yourself:

Following John were the panels for the Freeform fantasy shows Stitchers and Shadowhunters that included some cool teaser trailers for upcoming episodes as well as the USA Network series Colony. That was followed by the panel for the resurrected NBC series Timeless that included a terrific video salute to the fans who were instrumental in getting the show back. Later that night I got to be in the final panel for the Syfy series 12 Monkeys, which also included an amazing trailer of what to expect for the final season.

Timeless Fan Salute

12 Monkeys Season 5 Trailer

I spent all day in Ballroom 20 on Friday, getting to see the panels for Psych, The 100, Brave New Warriors (which is a salute to today’s male heroes in TV shows), Con Man (the Alan Tudyk streaming series that will air its two seasons on Syfy this September), the new FOX drama The Gifted and, my personal favorite, Outlander [where we got to see the season three premiere episode that isn’t set to air until September 10].

For fans of Psych here is the trailer they screened, showing leads James Roday and Dule Hill getting “trained” to reprise their roles. It is hysterical!

Saturday found me bouncing around between a number of rooms first checking out the revitalized Once Upon a Time followed by a panel for The CW series Riverdale. Then it was a panel for the new summer CBS series Salvation and an emotional panel for the Syfy series Wynonna Earp. Say what you will about the show, but that cast really loves each other and their fans; and the fans love them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more moving panel in all the years I’ve attended Comic Con. My night concluded with seeing the premiere of Midnight, Texas [my second time seeing the premiere actually] along with its cast and then ending with TV Guide’s Fan Favorites panel.

The final day of the convention gave me the opportunity to finally get into the Exhibition Hall to check out all of the booths, collectibles and see lots of cosplayers. I finished out the day with three smaller, but interesting, panels that focused on What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction (which isn’t a world just dedicated to young readers], Women Creators Breaking Stereotypes and Moving Beyond the Strong Female Characters.

As in years past, I enjoyed my time at Comic Con 2017 with my friends and fellow NiceGirlsTV staff members, but it is exhausting attending the event, waiting in all the lines and dealing the throngs of people. Due to several extenuating circumstances beyond my control, this will – more than likely – be my last time attending Comic Con for a while so I am glad I had the chance to do so much this year.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.