Coming at you EVERY Thursday this summer,  ANIMATED INSIGHTS BY SHANNON MUIR takes you inside Shannon’s latest reflections on her passion for animation as a medium, and other animated insights about life. To catch up on all posts, check out the Animated Insights portion of the website! This week, Shannon starts on her review of Comic-Con International: San Diego! I originally planned for this to run two weeks, but due to factors beyond my control I couldn’t get the full write-up done. This week, I’ll tease with Thursday evening and night, and then break down the remainder the following two weeks.

Overall, I will say I could NOT get into many panels I’d hoped to. Demand was too high, perhaps due to less content than normal in Hall H, so those people went elsewhere. However, I will say I learned a lot from what panels I did attend.

After checking in to our hotel, my husband and I went down to catch some Thursday evening and night programming.

We attended:

ANIMATION STORY EDITORS: WHAT DO THEY DO? – This panel was exactly about what it sounded. While we knew the answer to the question in general, it is always enlightening to hear people’s stories first-hand.

PSYCHOLOGY & NOSTALGIA  – An interesting discussion with several people in the field who have done research on best and least liked characters and shows, and if there are generational differences between these choices. For an academic nerd like me whose masters thesis compared the effectiveness of animation and live-action spokespeople, this really captivated me.

INSIDE THE VOICE ACTORS STUDIOS – This spotlight on Max Mittelman, hosted by Bang Zoom, detailed how Max got into the field, his advice, and a chance for some members of the audience to try out ADR acting side auditions.  

More next week!