For the third year in a row, the cast and crew of Phineas and Ferb are making their way to San Diego for Comic-Con, the largest and most well-known of the various fan conventions held across the country. Despite its name, Comic-Con has grown over the past 40 years to encompass more than just comic books and include movies, TV, anime, manga, and whatever else you can think of as well. Comic-Con is such a monumental event that tickets for this year's convention sold out long before the programming was announced.
Comic-Con announced their lineup for Kids Day, July 25, today, and Phineas and Ferb are represented with not one, but two events. First, there will be the annual panel, which is moderated by Disney Television Animation original series director Jill Sanford (who I have blogged about in the past). Answering questions and showing off goodies will be Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Vincent Martella, Mitchel Musso, and "other surprise cast members" while fans will be treated to sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, including an episode revolving around a Comic-Con featuring the guest voices of director and big-time nerd (in a good way) Kevin Smith and Dan's former boss, Family Guy creator and voice actor Seth McFarlane. And later that afternoon, attendees will be able to be among the first to see the one-hour special Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs To You!
Over the years, studios both young and old have realized that the geeks...er, fans are what truly drive their businesses (just look at the reactions to any Star Wars film made in 1997 or later), and Comic-Con is serious proof of that on both sides. As I said before, registration is sold out (although Comic-Con is selling a few returned registrations at face value if you have the money and time to go to San Diego), so this is more of a "hey, this is happening" announcement than a "hey, go do this" one. If you are lucky enough to be going to Comic-Con this year or know someone who is, have fun and be sure to check out the Phineas and Ferb panel and screening. And if you see someone dressed like Phineas and/or Ferb and their friends on the convention floor, give them a hi or something. And if you actually see Phineas and Ferb and their friends on the convention floor, well, either they've perfected transdimensional travel or Comic-Con really is stranger than I thought. Either way, have fun and, as a certain comics guru would say, EXCELSIOR!