With hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.
Deborah Ann Woll
Geek Cred: True Blood
Comic-Con panel: True Blood,Friday, July 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ballroom 20
THR: What panel would you stand in line all day for?
Woll: RiffTrax with Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. I own so many movies that I’m ashamed I own specifically because I have a RiffTrax that goes with them. They always do a panel with a live RiffTrax. Last year, we had our True Blood panel and the RiffTrax panel was right afterward. I dashed offstage, went backstage and changed into my Hit-Girl outfit, stuffed my designer dress in a duffle bag and ran to their panel.
THR: What stands out from your first Comic-Con experience?
Woll: We were doing our first season signing at the WB booth and they brought us up on this platform above the crowds. It was jaw-dropping to look out and see that milelong convention floor. One thing that always strikes me about Comic-Con is how cooperative and kind fans are; you don’t worry about being mugged or a fight breaking out with anyone because everybody is so respectful of this event.
THR: What makes for a good panel?
Woll: My favorite panels are always the ones were they just let the guests talk: How they go about creating their art; what their process is. I love hearing people talk about their process either an artist, writer, actor or director.
THR: What questions do you recommend fans not ask at panels?
Woll: Spoilers — because we can’t answer them. If you ask us what’s going to happen, we have nothing to say. It takes up time because we can’t say anything but watch it and I hope you enjoy it.
THR: Any can’t-miss parts of Comic-Con?
Woll: If you go to Comic-Con, go to Artists’ Alley. Meet the artists and see their drawings; a lot of them will do commission stuff ad for $50 you can get a drawing that’s incredible.