Comic Con 2010: The Sun Sets On Nerdville
Well, here we are. As the COMIC-CON supernova flickered it’s final light and we dragged our aching bodies for a final lap around the Convention Center, it’s almost as if San Diego has finally resigned itself to its colorful mutant guest… just in time for it to leave. Disheveled ladies in last-night’s evening wear stumbled into Range Rovers early this morning, the streets are littered with flyers and the traffic cops nonchalantly direct people and automobiles. Imagine the morning after the biggest party you could fathom set to hungover marine-layered sky…
We, on the other hand, were not hungover; hardcore reporting to the dying breath, here’s the meat we were able to rip from the twitching carcass that was the final day of Comic-Con 2010:
- Today was all about animated characters. We started off by hitting the Nickelodeon booth on the main floor and talking with Caitlin Sanchez; A young girl who is the second incarnation of the voice of Dora the Explorer. Asked her about any special voice training to prepare for the roll and she said “Nope, I just taught myself.” What will be, will be.
- From the main floor we traveled to an upstairs press room where we entered the magical land of Disney. We got to speak with Sando Corsaro the creator of Disney’s newest series Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil which has already been nominated for and Emmy. Where did Kick come from? Sando answered, “About 8 years ago I created him a bit after myself.” Fair enough. We also chatted with Charlie Schlatter, the voice of Kick, and asked what he would like to see Kick do that he has not yet done. Before this sentence was even completed, he responded, “Fly!” According to Sando, he will in the second season. Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil airs on The Disney Channel.
- As we finished up our notes from the Buttowski troop, over walks Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the creators and voices of Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, from one of our favorite animated series on television Phineas and Ferb. So, what do we have to look forward to? Seeing as music IS a huge part of the show they let on, “We have a collaboration with [lastfm]Clay Aikin[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Chaka Khan[/lastfm] in the new one hour special “Summer Belongs To You.”” Apparently Chaka Khan was super-excited because she got to say the famous line from the series “Where’s Perry?” We feel for her.
- Next-up we managed to weasel our way into the Glee press conference where we discovered the musical artists that the cast wants to cover next. They are ([lastfm]Maxwell[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm], [lastfm]Justin Timberlake[/lastfm], [lastfm]Carol Burnett[/lastfm]) and their personal favorite episodes (‘Theatricality,’ ‘The [lastfm]Madonna[/lastfm] Episode,’ and ‘Dream On’). series creator Ryan Murphy revealed that they will be scaling back the music portion of the show in the next season so that they could focus more on the character stories. When asked if the experience of Glee had changed them, they unanimously responded that while there are definitely more opportunities for them now, with each episode they feel as dizzy and excited as they did on the first. Awww… shucks!
- A personal favorite of ours was next on the list in press room 33A; the full cast of the FX/Comedy Central indie sensation, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. We were treated to a lazy-Sunday afternoon chat with Danny DeVito (Frank Reynolds), Rob McElhenney (Mac), Glenn Howerton (Dennis Reynolds), Charlie Day (Charlie Kelly), Kaitlin Olson (Deandra Reynolds) and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds (The Waitress). We learned about their writing process (“It’s basically a desperate attempt to figure out what we should do next.”), how much improvisation they do on the show (“We spend a lot of time on the script and then trash it.”) and how important Sunny’s Comedy Central re-runs have been to it’s now-rabid fan-following. What’s in-store for next season? They have written-in Kaitlin Olsen’s pregnancy, Charlie will revive his singing career and, according to Glenn Howerton, there will be some “Euro-S***;” Dave Foley, Tom Sizemore and Jason Sedakis will be making guest-appearances. We will ever learn the real name of the waitress? Glenn Howerton also revealed that this little nugget is in an episode from their pre-pilot home movies. “If you can find one of those, you’ll find out. It’s a treasure hunt! Give Nicolas Cage a call.” We won’t. We hear Mr. Cage is rather ‘angry’ right now. How about a Sunny movie? “We’re sourcing on the script right now.” And we can’t wait.
- As we left the San Diego Convention Center and wandered back to our cars, we made one final (ahem, ‘fanboy’) stop… Britt Reid’s Garage. Housed temporarily inside of Petco Park, the replica home for the cars used in Seth Rogen’s upcoming Green Hornet movie was a great way to round-up the day. As well as three of the ‘Black Beauty’s’ used in the movie, the collection featured a Shelby Cobra, Maserati 3500 and a Ferrari 275. We spent a few minutes drooling and taking pictures for an upcoming gallery as the movie’s trailer played on repeat in the background. We were offered a ride in a fourth Black Beauty, but to be honest, by that point, a tasty burger and refreshing micro-brew from our favorite after-work haunt sounded far more appealing.
And that – as they say in show-business – is all folks. We’re off to find a crack team of massage and physical therapists to make sure we have no permanent damage to our legs and feet; check back right here over the next day or two as we fill in the gaps with full interviews from Elvira, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Matt Groening and the cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
CBS Interactive Reporters Tim Mudd, Cristy Westfall, Cathy Meixner & Anthony Tran contributed to this piece.