First goal of the day was to try and get into the Chuck panel and it was also my first failure: not only was the panel full, but the line to get into Ballroom 20 was closed (I've never, ever, seen that occur before).
The nice thing about missing Chuck was that there was plenty of time to settle in for Quick Draw. Peter David was impressive with guessing the secret words: the initial list was, "There is no list, just draw random stuff." He got it correct. They then proceeded to put up three real words, which he similarly dispatched with ease.
I sat through half of the Comics Syndication panel, which was interesting, even if I don't draw comics nor seek to syndicate them. It sounds like it's an easier and more difficult time to be syndicated: if you are syndicated, it's much easier to deliver your product, and it's easier to "prove" yourself by building an Internet audience first. However, it's more difficult in that newspapers are declining and there are 4000 people applying for about 2 new spots a year.
After the syndication panel was the Spotlight on James Jean. He put together a pretty good presentation of 100+ slides that took us from his childhood photos, through art school, his influences, his technique, his Fables and commercial work, his personal/artistic work, and forward. I was tempted to buy the final drawing to accompany the New York Times sketch I bought from him a couple of years ago, but my wallet has already felt enough damage from this year's Con.
I finished the day at the convention center in the Fringe panel (1+ hour of waiting in line, still missed first 15 minutes). The cast had a lot of fun with the audience, asking us trivia questions in exchange for shirts. They seemed genuinely surprised that even their toughest questions were no challenge to a room of over a thousand fans. There was no preview of what is to come. I was disappointed at the time, but more appreciative for the lack of spoilers now.
After I left the Convention Center I joined up with the rest of Team Uni at the Alice in Wonderland exhibit that's showing in a separate building on Seventh street, between J&K. It's a really well done exhibit with most of the main props from the upcoming movie on display. You start off walking through the door into the rabbit hole, "landing" in the same room as Alice, where they her dress, the keys, the potion bottles, and a miniature model of the room are on display. You head through the next set of doors and find the Tweedledum and Tweedledee tea setting, along with the Mad Hatter's hat, clothes, and wig. In the final room is the throne of the Queen of Hearts and her costume, as well as the White Queen's and the Vorpal Sword.
It's hard to explain as just a list of items. They really recreated four different sets there that are richly decorated with actual items from the movie. You get a rusted key as a keepsake. They send you through in small groups with a personal tour guide, so it is quite intimate. My wild-ass-guess is that it is costing them $50 per person to conduct that Tour and apparently it's going to 11 more cities, though no more US.