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San Diego Comic-Con 2015: A Smattering of Panels

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At Comic-Con, there are panels for just about every topic and every source of fandom imaginable, most of which are scheduled directly opposite the panels you want to see. Consequently, although there were a myriad of presentations concerning Disney products and Disney personalities, one was forced to pick and choose which ones to attend and which ones to shrug and decide to pick up on YouTube afterwards.

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(This is a skill that may come into more practice at the upcoming D23 Expo, but that's another blog.)

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"Disney Kingdoms" featured Imagineers Josh Shipley and Andy DiGenova, along with former Imagineer Brian Crosby, Marvel's SVP of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel, and author of the "Figment" comic series, Jim Zub.

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These creators discussed the origins and development of the popular Disney Kingdoms comic line, with an emphasis on "Figment," which was recently announced to have a sequel series, "Figment 2."

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In the sequel, Dreamfinder and Figment find themselves transported to the modern day, where their Academy has taken on a rather familiar configuration...

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"Floyd Norman Documentary" showcased an impressive lineup of panelists discussing the upcoming documentary on the life and career of phenomenal Disney Legend/Animator Floyd Norman.

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Filmmaker Michael Fiore showed the first teaser trailer for the documentary and moderated a short discussion during which each panel member spoke of their past histories with Norman.

Floyd Norman - An Animated Life - Teaser 1 from Michael Fiore Films on Vimeo.

Norman was also celebrating his 80th birthday and showed no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

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ABC's popular series "Once Upon a Time" was represented in a large panel with the majority of the main cast members, along with co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

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The presentation started off with a trailer catching people up on the history of Emma Swan and the journey that has brought her to becoming the Dark Swan of next season.

Moderator Yvette Nicole Brown made sure each actor got their share of questions as they merrily swapped around their name cards.

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Upon being asked what Belle would like for herself at this point, Emilie de Ravin commented "a vacation." Robert Carlyle speculated that Rumpelstiltskin still has some trickery to fall back on, even without his magic, but isn't doing all that much right now, as he's in a coma.

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Asked about which lady on OUAT holds Robin Hood's heart (figuratively) Sean Maguire said that by the script, he understands Regina does...however he suggested they resolve it by all going on Maury Povich's show (Adam and Eddie: "Thanks for spoiling the Maury reveal!") Rebecca Mader commented that Zelena is the best character she every played, by virtue of her being a total psychopath.

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Lana Parrilla spoke briefly on the evolution Regina's had over the last few seasons, and how Henry's influence and her newly-inherited family have all helped her get over the notion that she would never be happy without her true love--that her happiness has to come from herself.

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On the flip side of evil, Jennifer Morrison explained her understanding that Emma had lost faith in her own moral strength over the past season, having found out that her parents had manipulated her inherent goodness before birth, and was unsure how much her ability to overcome her past obstacles was due to her own strength.

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From an acting standpoint, she was looking forward to the fun of villainy, as evidenced in this teaser clip.

The wildly popular Colin O’Donoghue was asked what Hook would ask The Author to change about his life--"two hands?"

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Real-life couple Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas noted that having their first baby "changed everything," as Goodwin no longer has to act to get a panic attack when Emma is threatened. Asked about their turn as Dark Side versions of their characters, Dallas said that they loved it and that he misses the guyliner.

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In a response to a query on why anyone with any sense stays in Storybrooke, they played a comical piece by Jane Espenson, with Patton Oswalt, getting to the heart of some lesser known Storybrooke denizens.


Finally, Kitsis and Horowitz thanked the fan base for supporting them through to their fifth season, and speculated that the series has drawn together people who are tired of cynicism.

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One last little reveal, and then the panel was concluded.


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