How NOT to Screw Up a Comic-Con Panel – Fan Version
I just came across this interesting post on the THR blog, Heat Vision titled “How NOT to screw up a Comic-Con panel“. It’s a compilation of quotes from entertainment executives on the do’s and don’ts of holding a comic con panel.
While it’s “nice” to have some industry pros chime in, I felt that the piece was slightly lacking in input from an important group, the fans that actually attend those panels. I am talking about people who wait in line for several hours in occasionally unfriendly weather to sit down and attend back to back panels.
So without further ado, here are a few do’s and dont’s from one lowly Comic-Con fan’s point of view about how to really not screw up a Comic-con panel.
– Start on Time: Nothing stinks more than waiting in line 4 hours to wait another 15-20 mn for a panel which might make us miss another one in a different room.
– Say Thank You: I know it sounds small but the least the talent can do is thank the very devoted fans who waited quite a while to hear them talk.
– Come Prepared: Ok, don’t come to a freaking panel if you don’t have anything to say or if you can’t string two words without giggling like a little schoole. It’s embarrassing for everyone (You know who you are ** Cough** Rob Pattinson** Cough)
– Spill Your Guts But Not Too Much: Please tell your talent to be as open as they can. Nothing is more annoying than “We can’t really say too much” or “You will have to see the movie to find out”. How about you give out a little but not too much? On the flip side, don’t give out major spoilers like, oh I don’t know, the end of the movie!)
– Don’t Make Fun of Questions Unless You Are Good at It: It is not cool to make fun of people who stand behind the microphone to ask questions. Unless you are Kevin Smith and then in that case, please do.
– Bring REALLY Exclusive Clips: This goes for Movies and TV. Don’t say that you are bringing exclusive clips if said clips have already been sent out to all major TV outlets. (Feel free to send it to us though if you do at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 )
Last but not least, just come prepared to have fun. The Comic Con panels can be one of the most energetic rooms you can be in so bring your A Game and the fans will thank you for it.
To the Comic Con veterans out there, anything you want suggest to these industry pros? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.