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Before I get into it, does anyone else remember Inuyasha’s name being two words, or is this just one of those Mandela Effects?
So Update from Comic Con. First up, I caught the tail end of the Goku and Vegeta voice actor panel. Sean Schemmel says you’re not the only one who thinks Goku Black Rose sounds weird. He says he’s working on it and the voice will be different in the finished dub. He also jokingly hinted at starting a let’s play channel where he only plays boring games like Carcassone. I also got to hear him argue with himself as Goku and King Kai, which was fantastic.
First surprisingly good panel of the day was one about the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars. Nothing else, just the cantina, and I thought, “This is going to be the dullest panel,” but I was so wrong. The guys who ran the thing were superfans who worked on recreating the cantina scene for a commercial, so they had gone through every frame and production photo mapping out exactly who and what was in this scene. Greedo’s mask was actually altered from a mask from an old commercial. There was an art piece on the wall that was actually bits of a specific type of engine and the other bits were used elsewhere in the movie. All the humans in the scene were hired from the same strange modeling agency that hired mostly ugly people. They had names and old headshots for everyone. It was fascinating to see that someone has gone through one fantasy location with such a fine toothed comb. Weird, but fascinating.
Then I went to a Dungeons and Dragons panel on the shortcomings of the system and how to branch out to other systems to become a better game master. This one was small enough that I got to ask a question. I asked them, “What from a GM’s perspective is the best way for me to become a better player?” They said to pay attention when it’s not your turn and throw in some humor if possible. I guess GMs like to be entertained too.
Next was Blending Realism into Magic Systems. I chose this one because it had Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, and Pat Rothfuss, author of Name of the Wind. Pat couldn’t make it though. Take aways from this are that it’s a good idea to have a newbie character who can be taught your magic system in universe so that your audience can learn with them. It can be a good idea to let this character screw up the magic so that you can explain the limitations naturally. Also, you can’t imagine every detail of the impact your magic system has on the society you create, so just pick a few big things that are plot relevant and think those through thoroughly.
Next was the spotlight on Jess Harnell, the voice actor for Wacko Warner. This guy is a ridiculous character by himself and is quite possibly the happiest man on Earth. He’s hilarious and treats everyone like family, but boy is he skeevy sometimes. A fourteen year old girl asked him a question and part of his answer was “come back in four years.” He has the memory of an elephant, and can recognize fans who’ve talked to him before, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did get back to her in four years.
Surprisingly awesome panel of the evening was a puppetry lecture with Mary Robinette. Her IMDB only lists Lazy Town, but she’s done other stuff uncredited. She walked us through the basics of conveying emotion and movement through hand puppets and it was fascinating. She had a real puppet, but most of the time she just used a scarf with a knot tied in it for the head. The way she made subtle movements with this scarf brought it to life. Then someone asked if there are emotions that a puppet is better at conveying than a human, and I kid you not, she killed that poor little scarf right in front of everyone and it was devastating! If you watch an actor die, there is always a disconnect. You know the person will get back up again. Maybe you can see them still breathing or their skin still looks alive. The thing with puppets is that they are inanimate objects that a puppeteer can bring to life. When your hand leaves the puppet after it’s final breath, it will return to being inanimate. It truly dies. I was NOT prepared for such feels from a freaking puppet panel!
The final panel was on writing believable relationships. It was meh. They spent the first ten minutes discussing if they thought soul mates were real. I went to this one because i thought Pat Rothfuss wouldn’t be at his spotlight since he was missing from the other panel, but now I regret not at least checking to see if he was there. Oh well, there’s still tomorrow!