* Luke Cage
I had to see the Luke Cage panel. I'm a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I'm especially impressed with Marvel's Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Luke Cage made a big impression in Jessica Jones and I can't wait to see him in his own TV show. Most of the panel was clips from the new show and it looks amazing! The cinematography is awesome and Luke Cage is badass. The villain is introduced and he's pretty menacing. The music is different than the other shows as it focuses in rap and hip hop. It's not my favorite genre, but it fits with the show and the Harlem setting. All the stars were there: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missik, Theo Rossi, Alfre Woodard, Frank Whaley, and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. Theo talked about emoting through dark sunglasses as Shades. Alfre described how the script drew her in. I wish they could talk a bit more, but I also wanted the panel to be an additional hour. They also announced the Iron Fist TV show and a tiny teaser for The Defenders show. This was the best panel I've seen even if the security gestapo tried to get people to stop taking pictures.
* John Barrowman
John Barrowman is crazy fun and delightful. He has a huge personality and isn't afraid to laugh at himself or his own stories. He dressed in a Zack Branagan costume for the event. Soon after his arrival, he was told he was flashing too much (as the outfit was quite short) and donned a rainbow tutu to help with coverage and white "slut heels" (as he describes them) just for fun. He sang songs when requested (except for Springtime for Hitler) which you can see in the short videos I took below. He also shared bunches of hilarious stories from the sets of Arrow and Torchwood plus his every day life including peeing in a fountain at hotel unwittingly on camera, playing pranks on coworkers and at fan photo-ops, and accidentally showing his husband naked on a live video on Facebook and the fallout afterwards. John made sure to thank us and reiterated many times that he wouldn't be where he was without his fans. I look forward to seeing him at many more conventions.
* Once More with Feeling
Every year, the musical episode of Once More with Feeling is played at the end of Comic Con a la Rocky Horror with people shouting things at the screen and singing along. I love it! It also got my fiance to give the series a chance because the songs are integral to the plot instead of just silliness. This year, Juliet Landau, who played Drusilla, introduced a documentary series she's doing called A Place Among the Undead where she and her team interview various famous people about vampires, including Tim Burton, Anne Rice, Gary Oldman, Joss Whedon, Willam Dafoe, and many more. It looks pretty interesting, but she has some dramitization (where she stars) that look honestly pretty cheesy. I would watch it for the interviews though.
That's it for panels, but there will be more cosplay and stuff!