In the first part of my Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018 recap, I offered highlights from the panel I moderated, “A New Hope: Geeks & Mental Health.” Next up, a recap of some of the panels I attended. Read on for highlights from Michael Rooker, Danny Trejo, Mark Sheppard, and the “Redshirts & Runabouts” podcast.
My panel schedule began on Friday with Michael Rooker, who has played Merle on “The Walking Dead” and more recently Yondu in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The panel began with him chatting with hostess Clare Kramer, then they opened for audience Q&A. Apparently he was impatient waiting for people to line up with questions because he hopped up and went out into the crowd with the mic, asking random people for questions.
He was especially sweet with kid questions, and gave interesting insight into Yondu’s relationship with Peter Quill/Star Lord in “Guardians.”
Here are some highlights from my live tweets:
- “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” was @RookerOnline’s debut film. #PlanetComicon
- @RookerOnline stayed in character all day while filming “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”. He sat in a dark quiet room alone in between scenes.
- The character Merle was not in the #TheWalkingDead comics; he was created for the show.
- Sawing his own hand off as Merle in #TheWalkingDead is what excited @RookerOnline about the part.
- “What was @prattprattpratt like? He was nice.”
- Acting in CGI-heavy movies is really hard work because you basically have to film the same scene 4 or 5 times for all the special FX.
- @RookerOnline just walked past the sign language interpreter and said “Jiggly butt. Jiggly butt. Jiggly butt,” just to make her sign it.
On Saturday I attended three panels, beginning with Danny Trejo, who has played so many roles, it’s hard to narrow down, but many know him as Machete, as well as drug lord Tortuga on “Breaking Bad.”
Trejo was just as unabashedly himself as you might expect, and was very open about his past with drugs and years in prison. Here are more tweet highlights:
- @officialDannyT has over 350 projects on @IMDb. His motivation for acting? “The check cleared.”
- @officialDannyT trained Eric Roberts how to box for “Runaway Train.”
- @officialDannyT and Robert Rodriguez are second cousins.
- @officialDannyT owns multiple restaurants in Los Angeles.
- Q: “If you could be anyone in the MCU, who would you be? @officialDannyT: “I would be Machete.”
- @officialDannyT loves dogs and owns 4. “Sometimes we have play dates and have 8 in the house.”
- If @officialDannyT could have a superpower, he would be a teacher who helped kids graduate. He frequently speaks at juvenile halls, prisons, & drug counseling services to offer hope.
Right after Trejo was Mark Sheppard, who I have seen referred to as “the workingest man in sci-fi.” He’s appeared on “Firefly,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Supernatural,” “Doctor Who,” “Dollhouse,” and “Warehouse 13,” among many others.
His characters are often quite sarcastic and caustic, and I’d say that might be a bit true to his nature. Tweet highlights:
- @Mark_Sheppard comes out for his panel, looks at the audience, and mutters, “Sorry lookin’ lot, i’n’ it?”
- So many spoilers in the @Mark_Sheppard #PlanetComicon panel for someone only on S2 of #Supernatural.
- I’ve always believed we are the custodians of a story. We are a part of the story. @Mark_Sheppard
- If I knew I was going to live this long, I REALLY would have taken better care of myself. @Mark_Sheppard
- @Mark_Sheppard directed his father in a film and it drove him crazy. 😂
Finally I attended the “Redshirts & Runabouts” podcast panel, where the hosts recapped and discussed the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.”
“Redshirts & Runabouts” is a part of the Heroes Podcast Network, formerly known as The Grid Daily, and as such, recorded the panel as a podcast. Moderator Derreck Meyer, SirynRae Cosplay, and Greg Bosko broke down highlights of the premiere season, with plenty of enthusiastic engagement from the audience. They discussed the prelude episode, along with favorite characters, and thoughts on ship design. Be sure to check out the podcast for the full discussion.
Those were some of the programming highlights for me – I was bummed to have missed the Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom of “Harry Potter” fame) and Alan Tudyk (Wash on “Firefly” and “Serenity”, plus so much more) panels due to the timing of my own panel, but heard they were great.
What were some of the highlights of Planet Comicon Kansas City for you? I’d love to relive them with you in the comments section!