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WonderCon: 'The Hobbit,' '21 Jump Street' Highlight First Day

Consider it the calm before the storm, both literally and figuratively. As a huge storm drifts in to soak Southern California this weekend, comic book and movie fans descended upon the Anaheim Convention Center for Day One of WonderCon.

With the massive exhibitor room filled with fans, there were a few panels that we sat in on. Granted, nothing significant was learned, but the morning began with TheOneRing.Net's panel focusing on The Hobbit movies that are being directed by Peter Jackson.
 
The first half of the hour was spent reminding everyone who each actor was playing. The second half was spent speculating about how the films would be split, referencing the conflict between the dwarves and the goblins and whether the spiders and trolls would talk. No actors have been cast to voice the spiders as of now. Speaking of spiders, we learned trivial bits like Peter Jackson being a big arachnophobe.
 
The panelists also voiced some concern about how much of a Jar Jar effect there would be on the movie, referencing the much-disdained Star Wars character. They confirmed that there were indeed fart jokes and a "snot cannon" that would be used in the film.
 
While there weren't many facts doled out, we did find out that the film would premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, that a musical parody of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship would be coming to Los Angeles and that TheOneRing.Net would be hosting an Oscar party on February 24, 2013.
 
Following The Hobbit panel, a few rooms down, the Quick Draw exhibition took placet. The idea behind this popular and always amusing panel is that a bunch of cartoonists have to think up and draw items on the spot. Games such as If They Mated (borrowed from Conan O'Brien's classic late night skit), Guess the Words (three words are shown and essentially Pictionary ensues) and more took place to the delight of the Room 204 crowd. Below is an example of "Disadvantages of having a comic book convention so close to Disneyland."
 
 
From Quick Draw, it was on to the Ballroom, where we'll be locked in for a day of studio panels tomorrow. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum stopped by for easily the most entertaining fifteen minutes of the day. Again, nothing substantial took place, just lots of jokes to the delight of the thousands in the room. Hill said the idea behind 21 Jump Street was that he "wanted to mix Bad Boys with a John Hughes movie."
 
 
There are a lot of comic book vendors in the exhibition hall, more than San Diego Comic Con, for certain. How the weather effects the turn out tomorrow remains to be seen, but we'll have you covered with panels from Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Sony and Open Road Films. You can follow the Fandango Twitter as well as my account for another day of comic book and movie nirvana.
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